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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Big, Bold, and Black. This unusual lager style has many similarities to Imperial Stouts. A lengthy conditioning period creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. At 10% alcohol by volume, this beer is sure to keep you warm on a cold winter night.

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3.9
mansquito (6896) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2017
New Beer Distributors, NYC bottle: somehow I have had a number of these barrel-aged versions but never got around to the original. In any case pours pretty black with a beige head. Aroma is molasses, ok quality dark roast coffee, general maltiness. Body is smooth and alcohol is well covered. It is kind of sweet but far from cloying. Body is not too heavy. Kind of chocolate and molasses aftertaste. Good.

4.5
tfontana (1125) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 3, 2017
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery. Appearance is almost opaque black--very dark brown with red with light source directly behind--with light sparkle at the edge of the glass, cascading effervescence like a nitro beer on initial pour, 3-finger width foamy light brown head with fair retention and fair soapy lacing. Aroma is rich roasted malts with coffee, dark chocolate and licorice. Taste is strong roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and dark fruits--very imperial stout-like as described. Palate is full bodied with smooth, creamy texture, soft carbonation and finish as taste with dryness representative of the style. Overall, this is one helluva beer.

4.3
HonusWagner (2223) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2017
A great beer all-around, a smooth and flavorful booming porter with incredibly high drinkability for the ABV. I’m surprised this chocolatey, smooth monster doesn’t get more love these days.

3.8
douglas88 (9622) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2017
RBSG. Pours a pitch black color with a small tan head. A big roasty licorice nose. Sweet, vanilla, toffee, very sweet licorice, cocoa, caramel. Solid.

3.6
stevoj (5567) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2017
Bottle at RBSG, courtesy of Steve. Dark brown pour, small sustained ring of head. Mildly sweet aroma, cola, coffee, taste adds a bit of heat, more sweetness, chocolate.

3.6
BuckeyeBoy (8466) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2017
12oz bottle pours out dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. Nose is molasses roast malts some chocolate. Taste is more of the sweet malts ash roast chocolate.

4.3
ZodiacM (1280) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2017
LCI. Uit de fles geschonken. Prachtige Baltic Porter, aromas van geroosterde mout en gedroogd fruit. Dit komt ook in de smaak terug met wat koffie en chocola erbij.

4
DiarmaidBHK (5881) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2017
Draft at Sturbridge Seafood. Pours black with a khaki head. Leaves trace lacing in the glass. Solid caramel notes on the nose and tongue. Lots of licorice notes on the tongue as well. Hides it’s booze well. Nice.

4.1
ehaak26 (709) - - JUL 1, 2017
Bottle from AJ’s Beer Warehouse. Pours black with a little tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and some anise.

4
Jabic (702) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 4, 2017
Ar: Toasty, melanoidin-rich malts; raisin and a touch of banana; molasses. Ap: Deep brown, opaque; small light-tan head with low retention, leaves a band of finely bubbled foam aroudn the edge and a nebulous haze across the surface. T: Rich, semi-sweet molasses and toffee; raisin, hints of cocoa, some cherry; medium bitterness with a herbal hop flavor; clean, warming alcohol mingles with the rich melanoidin malts, tasting like oatmeal raisin cookies; more toffee and raisin, plus a bit of char, on the finish. P: Medium-full body with medium-high carbonation; finish is medium. O: Lucious and delicious; a big baltic porter packed with complex and rich malt and caramel flavors; the fruit flavors and alcohol warmth are in great balance, neither becoming overwhelming. decadent from start to finish.


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