DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 19, 2011
18-Dec-11 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 17-Feb-11 for $5.49 at John’s Marketplace in Portland, OR)5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2011
If you like a chocolaty beer, this one’s really gonna hit the spot! It’s as chocolaty as any beer I’ve tried, medium-sweet, slightly earthy, moderately roasty, some coffee. The nose is equally chocolaty, smelling like cocoa and fudge, but also a bit earthy. Full-bodied, creamy, and richly textured on the palate without seeming heavy. Carbonation is a bit lower than medium, but this allows the rich and creamy mouthfeel to shine without any interference of prickly bubbles. Medium-dark brown with ruddy highlights, clear in appearance, with an inch of tan head that settles to a wide ring while leaving a fair amount of intricate lacing on the glass. Overall, it’s not a complex beer by any measure, but what it does, it does well. It might fall under the "guilty pleasure" category.
Bottle:   Just about black in color, moderate to large frothy light biege head, spotty lacing.   Sweet
roasted malt nose, very smidgen of soy, peat, and campfire.   Straight forward lightly roasted malts, sweet
lactose, and some peat/campfire on the tongue.   Not a heavy example, but a little different from most porters.
Luckily it has a decent malt base, and isn’t overly hoppy.   One of my biggest gripes about the style,
overly hopped without enough malts.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   More soy as it warms.   Has a bit
of dark bittersweet chocolate as well.   Fairly tasty and robust.   Not over the top, not real complex, a
little simple, but smooth and fairly flavorful.   Could stand to be a bit heavier to compete with others, but as
is its fairly tasty.   Clean, just needs more complexity and body. troopie (2379) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2011
This is a beer I rave about. Black with medium beige head. Full aroma of chocolate and malt. Full bodied. Cocoa, coffee and just a tinge of hop. Not super strong, but with enough muscle. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2011
22oz bomber courtesy of Luke.
Pours fairly light for a Baltic porter, settling in as a dark chocolate brown with a decent beige head that recedes to a patch of foam in the middle. Not much lacing.
Aroma is dominated by roasted chocolate malts and coffee with some sweet dark fruits and a hint of smoke. There is a sweet molasses presence as it warms a bit.
The taste is a slightly smokier version of the nose. It’s still dominated by dark chocolate and roasted coffee, but the smoke seems to be a bit more pronounced and there is more sweet nutty character than in the nose.
Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with strong carbonation. it might be a tad light bodied for a Baltic porter but it’s still decent.
This is a very tasty beer though it tastes like a cross between a Baltic porter and a schwarzbier. Surprisingly good and the smoke kinda caught me off guard. illidurit (2347) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Bomber courtesy Sam. Pours a clear darkish brown color with a khaki froth. Roasty coffee aroma, some powdery cocoa, a hint of dark caramel/molasses. Flavor is similar but with a smokey tinge to it. Sweet, simple, drinks like a schwarzbier almost. A little underwhelming. This ain’t gonna warm you up in the Nordic winter.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bomber from Belmont Station. Super dark brown in color, with a light beige head. Rich fudge in the aroma with some dry toasty and roasty malt. The flavor is creamy and smooth with sweet chocolate and light hops. Borders on being to sweet and one-dimensionally chocolatey, but I still dig it. Full bodied and smooth. While I could see this being better with a more complete fermentation, I still dug it as-is. larryLSB (533) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Poured from bomber, dark brown with minimal tan head. Nose was a bit musty, smoky. Complex taste; chocolate, coffee. Medium thin bodied with a cola like feel. Interesting beer, would try again. Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Bomber. Pours deep brown with hints of red and a light tan head. Aroma of smoke, chocolate, coffee. Tastes of coffee, caramel, smoke and roast, light earthen hops. Tasty representative of the style. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Thanks to Brandon for the bomber! Poured translucent, medium-dark brown with a tighter-bubbled beige head. The aroma picked up lots and lots of sugars.. mostly caramel and molasses with a lighter roast to it.. vanilla and light buttery notes too.. just a hint of sourness present.. entirely pleasant, but underwhelming for a Baltic porter. The flavor did the same thing.. sweet, buttery chocolate and caramel notes at the core with light coffee bitterness and roast surrounding.. lightly sour coffee notes and a splash of alcohol warmth on the mostly sweet finish.. not that complex, but candied and tasty. Medium-bodied and sweet as mentioned on the palate.. the splashes of sourness and roast worked well.. OK and very drinkable, but I was hoping for more. SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Bomber; thanks Brandon!! Pours thin dense brown with trace tan head bubbling along the edges; sweet candy malt on the nose with some coffee and faint sweet roast; texture is thin and finish is bone dry; cola sweetness and a little chaulky mouthfeel