shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Pours a rich brown color with a brown head. Aroma is caramel, toast, chocolate, cherries, some plum, toffee, raisins, some vanilla, and alcohol. Flavor is plum, caramel, chocolate, strawberry, toffee, and a thin toasty finish. SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2009
12 oz. bottle - thanks to eclectic for the trade; clear, dark brown with thin off white head; aromas of very sweet candy sugar, touch of butter, nuts and rich malts; flavors well faded with age and nothing interesting going on; sweet toffee baltic flavors with thin texture and some sweetness and dark fruit; was expecting more, but this is plenty old at this point cheap (5888) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Majestic thanks goes out to FROTHINGSLOSH for this special brew! Had the pleasure of sampling this at the 7/9/2009 Pittsburgh RB tasting extravaganza (PGHRBEXT) at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. It will be a long time, if ever I see a spread of bottles like I did there. I am not good enough for the beers that were that we served! For example, how about this beer; heavyweight hammer 2006! Barely any aroma, but what I do smell is a little off. Starts off really strong on the palate then goes somewhat astray. Weird! Some smooth carbonation, but just barely. I think I can’t really describe this experience, very unique. I don’t know what to really say about this brew. Rude finish. On style, even this old. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2009
This one was sampled a bit old, mind you, slightly oxidized it seemed, but not quite sure. Poured a dark dark brown color with a lgiht tan head. Aroma was sweet roasted malts, but not burned, and some dark chocolate as well. Flavor was somewhat sweet chocolate, slightly roasted but thinned and a bit ruined by the oxidation. Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
This one has seen better days. Had this one at the RB Pittsburgh tasting. That said, there is a good beer under the oxidation.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Bitter chocolate, tar, tobacco, roasted malts. Pours very dark brown, black at center. Very rich dark chocolate, dark fruits, sherry-like, wine-like flavors, very smooth chocolate. It has a silky mouthfeel, very smooth. So so good!!!! cgarvieuk (24788) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle at home ... deep brown .... thin tan head ... sweet cheery and roast malt nose ... sweet fruity ... light roast ... cherry ... vanilla ... maybe a tiny sour tinge ... some raisins... quite tasty Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 13, 2009
(bottle from OSLO) Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is very vinous and somewhat candy like, with prune, raisin, light roasted malt, honey, and little to no oxidation. Taste is the same as the aforementioned, with a lot of vinous flavors, tons of raisins, honey, and just a light hint of roasted malt right on the finish. This is really good, and I’m glad I got to sample a non-oxidized bottle. Thanks Al! LinusStick (3473) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2009
A fantastic Baltic porter. Aroma was nice and full. Dark and roasted malt with a hint of black licorice and coffee. Pour was a beautiful deep dark brown/near black with a 1 finger tan head. Taste was big and malty with dark roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate dominating with the underlying black licorice making just enough presence to let you know what style beer you are drinking. Very nice carbonation for the style and a bitter aftertaste. Great beer. sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - APR 15, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 [Bottle] Pours dark brown with a small lingering beige head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is sweet, with dark fruits, toffee, raisin, honey, and a touch of chocolate. Really, really nice at times. Taste has a little coffee, chocolate, oxidation, raisin, alcohol, roasted malt, sweet notes of honey, oxidation again. Clearly, the taste has suffered with age, but there are some flashes of the great beer that I suspect this was at one time. Good mouthfeel, smooth and has a long finish. Hopefully the amount of oxidation is variable between bottles, because although this bottle wasn’t dead it was certainly struggling to hold on. Would have loved to have tried it when fresher, but at least the aroma has held up pretty well. I would recommend drinking this now if you are holding onto it. Old rating: 8/4/5/4/13=3.4. Re-rate: This bottle was not very oxidized. Very chocolatey, some marshmallow, a little malt, honey, and plum. Silky smooth, thick mouthfeel. Very, very nice. Out of four bottles, this is by far the best one that I have had. I averaged the score out a bit with the oxidized ones.