kschep (1707) - DENMARK - DEC 25, 2011
#1019 bottle; Nose is decent cane sugar, medium sweet roasted malt, alcohol whiff, cream, feel is medium, carb is medium, taste is sour roasted malt, plum, alcohol, coffee, velvet hops finish VincentL (287) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Odeur chocolaté a souhait. Une super mousse chocolaté abondante avec un robe noire presque totalement opaque. Un goût exquis ou le sucre domine en entré suivi par une légère torréfaction. En soit, une porter typique mais l’équilibre est parfait, le goût est très ’clean’ et le palais est excellent; juste assez épais avec une finale qui vous suit longtemps sans qu’on s’en lasse. 50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Smoke and roasted malt nose. Sweet and smokey notes. I usually do not care for Baltic Porters, but this is very good. PatIrish (183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2011
This beer is outstanding. I can’t help but feel that it will only get better with age. It was the perfect night cap. Thick, heavy, cultured, yeasty....notes of blue cheese even. Crockett (1117) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2011
Pours beautiful jet black with a foamy brown head. Nose of cocoa, sourdough yeast, wine, toasty cereal, port, and brine. It has a shiraz-like sweetness and pumpernickel bread. Lactic acid. Coffee and Chocolate. Dark Caramel, macerated fruit and old honey. HIdes alcohol extremely well. Surprisingly light bodied and drinkable this young. Finish is very satisfying.
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2011
Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown, frothy dark beige head. Aroma: Caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, coffee, some other notes I don’t recognise. Slightly woody, nutty. Palate: thick bodied, creamy, smooth, not much carbonation, but it’s not flat. quite a slow, dry finish. Taste: Starts off very sweet, and moves to a faintly bitter finish. Strong coffee and chocolate notes. Pretty good. bp (922) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle: pours dark black with a thin tan head, aroma of chocolate, malt, coffee, smokiness, taste is chocolate, malt, roasty, smooth. Nice. solidfunk (8964) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Really good from the get-go. Smell starts strong with roast malt. Taste has some caramel and more roast malt before the more stoutish-tastes like bitter chocolate. First breath after livens up the mocha and nutiness. Just saw my first snowfall in two years and a good thick porter is perfect for the cold. VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2011
2011 edition. From a 750 ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep, dark brown, almost pitch black with some orange reflects and a thin brown head. Smells of caramel, coffee and oak. Tastes of strong caramel, toffee, maybe 70-75%-ish black chocolate and dates. The alcohol definitely is present, yet it helps balance all the caramel, chocolate and dry fruit taste. Aftertaste of very subtle espresso, leaves a persistent, lingering roasted malt flavor. Has a very unctuous, oily texture, with a weak level of carbonation which definitely leaves ample room for all of its flavor. A true masterpiece, which I can definitely call my all-time favorite lager. toffsbury (118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
Pours a rich black with a hint of red. Sweet and smoky aroma, very nice. Taste is just a bit smoky, with a lot of malty sweet backup. Dark dark caramel with complex notes of coffee and just a hint of vanilla and toffee. No indication that it’s as strong as 10%, and not much indication of hops either. This is one tasty beer. Tasting courtesy of my excellent cousin kevinsenn.