blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2014
[Draught at Station Ho.st, Montreal. 2007 vintage] Pours deep black with a small frothy tan head. Some lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, light leafy hops, vinous notes and wood. Interesting flavour, it’s a bit sour, with dark malt, dark fruit, wood, red wine and chocolate. Medium bodied. Another fantastic rare treat! czar (9430) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
on tap on the premises. funky the 13. unclear dark brown pour with thin yet creamy light beige head, some retention and lacing sticking. lactos and raspberries, some cherries, red grapes - vinous character for sure, astringent and peppery wood, coffee grinds, underlying chocolate - milky, bit of metal. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily, fruity, lightly tart and grassy-astringent finish. tasty sour. balanced. Quevillon (3174) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
Drank from a bottle (750 ml) from Éponge (Merci!) at Hopfenstark’s 4th anniversary on November 20, 2010. Very dark brown, medium head. Aroma of chocolate, with grapes and small tart fruit. Taste of malted chocolate, bitter fruit notes, a small dry bitterness.
You would not think it is a Baltic Porter!
beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2010
Pours a black color with ruby highlights and a thin light brown head. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, toasted bread and oak. Very good flavor of chocolate, oak, toasted brett and mild tartness, the aftertaste is bitter. The body is light to medium with a vinous texture and medium to lively carbonation. Another oak aging succes from Hopfenstark! Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Bottle at BCTC 2009. POurs a nice deep dark black with a medium foamy beige head. Aroma is toast, nutty chocolate, larger than expected fruity esters, plum, raisin, slight burnt malts, oak, and light vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, fruits, burnt toast, light roast, nutty and earthy with a nice oaky finish that helps to dry it out a bit. Nice.
Fred82 (2339) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2009
Bottle, one year oak-aged. Pours dark black, nice head retention, extensive lacing. Nose is nicely sour and funk. Taste is roasty and nicely sour. Some funk also. A bit acidic. Nice sour finish with some roasted malt. The sourness takes pretty much all the space here. A tiny bit buttery at the end. Very unusual and this may not be the result the brewer expected but it was quite nice. JulienHuxley (5950) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2009 750 ml Bottle @ Host 3rd anniversary. At a first whiff from the glass I get some light fruit like peaches that quickly disappears and makes way for the traditional chocolate and spice aromas along with something quite winey, probably the oak barrel coming through. Taste if chocolate, roast coffee and some sour grapes, more of that oak aging. Something else. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2009
From the bottle, at BCTC, via puzzl. Pours a slightly cloudy brown body with a wispy brown head. Very oaky nose with coffee, roast, and chocolate notes. Really nice oak-Porter balance on the flavor, chocolaty, dark caramel, roasty, with some licorice and a light yeast note. I kept thinking it had a bit of a Hershey’s Syrup flavor to it. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a soft fizzy carbonation level and a slightly tannic finish. Slightly warming. Pretty nice, I liked the oak character to this one. HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle. Mondiale 2009 - day 3. Brown-black murky pour, light brown frothy head. Fairly boozy sweet deep roast nutty malt with green fruit tartness, almost salty. The saltiness continues in the taste, oddly resiny, with green persimmon tartness balancing a chocolate sweet roastiness, plenty of alcohol, and some slightly vinous squeakiness - nice, though. Light-ish bodied, astringent and a little still - but slick and easy to drink ... that saltiness was very appealing. PilsnerPeter (3050) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Bottle at BCTC 2009: Murky brown pour with a light khaki head. Fruity aroma with some buttery oak and nutty crystal malt undertones. Slick light feel. Fruity with some buttery oak and cocoa- some tart green raisin notes leading to a toasted finish. Solid and interesting.