Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2007
Several months old version. Quite the black pour wearing a lasting light tan head. Not quite as fruity as I expected. This is a soft, round and sweetish, chocolatey offering. Fudge and nuts own most of the palate, but a grapey and plumy understated layer can be found underneath. Soft carbonation, medium, comfortable body. Moderate hops are still doing the job, bringing a healthy bitterness with leafy, earthy notes. Clean, well-balanced and most pleasant offering. beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2007
Pours a black color with brown highlights and a medium, light brown head. Aroma of chocolate and vanilla beans, there’s a promise of luscious malt in there. Good flavor of chocolate with rich roasted malt and a dry, bitter finish. THe body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. GRM (4198) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2007
Sample, at the Mondial de la bière 2007, savoured May 31 2007; eye: black, creamy beige head, opaque, no effervescence; nose: aggressive hops, caramelized malt, light smoke; mouth: roasted malt, silky, hops, grainy malt, soya sauce, salty, long finale in hops, creamy, quite bitter, medium body, sticky and lightly grainy texture, average carbonation; overall: correct DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2007
Échantillon, bue au Mondial de la bière 2007, savourée le 31 mai 2007; oeil : noire, mousse crémeuse beige, opaque, pas d’effervescence; nez : houblon agressif, malt caramélisé, légère fumée; bouche : malt torréfié, soyeuse, houblon, malt granuleux, sauce soya, salée, finale longue et houblonnées, crémeuse, assez amère, corps moyen, texture collante et légèrement granuleuse, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : correct
Tap Mondial. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Deep rich smell of roast coffee, dark brown, ruby at the sides, small cappuccino head. Fine coffee flavour, dark chocolate, treacle, brazil nuts, liquorice. Full bodied,complex, very well balanced, bitter and bold. Great!
Sampled draught at the Mondial, Montreal (May 2007). Opaque with a nice bit of lasting head, utterly black....aroma is at first dominated by plump dark grapes and prunes, but soon lovely roasty malts show up, and chocolate-covered cherries sweeten things up later....the body follows quite as you would expect, very fruity and chocolaty, blueberries bursting through chocolate frosting and light whispers of cherry sauce swirling around....little bitterness to go with the light roastiness until the very finish, when a faint burnt note arrives....low carbonation, could be fuller in the mouth. Still very, very solid.
daniel0017 (455) - Yukon, CANADA - JUN 22, 2007
Opaque, dark with reddish hue, one finger’s head with much lace. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Flavor similar to aroma with notes of caramelized malts and hops (fuggles). Pronounced alcohol but well balanced with the strong flavors. Afertaste is sweet with bitter notes. Too bad this one cannot be purchased bottled for taking home! Quevillon (3182) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2007
Bu en fut à Vices et Versa (12 oz). Brune cola foncée, petit collet avec de la denteille beige. Arome de café malté avec des notes de cassonade et un peu de cacao. Goût cochon de malte choco-cafiné, quelque fruits rouges mures et un peu sucré. mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2007
Draught. Very dark brown with a small brown ring of head. Solid aroma - oaky, smoke, raisin sugars, and plum. Medium body that has a good dose of sweetness but is never overwhelming. There’s some toffee and roast fluffiness and finishes with a nice malt bitterness. Very good. Radek Kliber (7487) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 8, 2007
Sampled at Mondial on June 1, 2007.
On tap at Mondial. MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2007
Dark brown falling into ebony. Smallish creamy head.3+
Roasty, even with coco accents. Lightly vinous. Roasty, hint of smoke.
Full bodied .Rich potent pit tar like smoky charcter.It is quiet different in character to let say Polish Baltics. I feel that the emphasis is placed in complexity of its brew than straight forward solid yet unsophisticated quality roast. Here roasted qualities are secondary. Over all quiet pleasant potent brew. Long lasting gently bitter finish.
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2007 My Bottom Line:
This Baltic Porter’s molasses and roastiness dwell in a rich body ably cut by a hoppy and earthy finish. A well-balanced number which worked a little better for me than their Oak-Aged version.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam dissipates into the browned blackness.
-Carbonation is comfortable, working efficiently with the nourishing body.
-Earthiness is found in the nose and amongst the drying roastiness as well.
-Almost a year into its existence, I can say this beer ages very gracefully.
-Another thing which is fun with this brewery is that their Baltic Porter and Imperial Stout are very different from each other. These guys are really having fun.
On tap at the Mondial de la Bière and at the brewery tasting room.