doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours black, not overly thick looking. Tan, somewhat creamy head that leaves some lace. Smells dark and roasty at first and then malty and sweet as you sniff. Taste is sweet, smokey and malty. Finish is malty sweet. Very tasty and complex flavors. I would almost call it an imperial porter. Full body, but not syrupy, crisp carbonation. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 14, 2008
On tap at Stone. Black with almost no head. Roasty, chocolate, fruit and hops aroma. Tangy citrus and chocolate taste. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
From a growler filled 3/31/08. Opaque black with a 1/2 finger beige head that lasted about 30 seconds before fading to a ring and a swirling film. The aroma is full of milk chocolate and yeasty bread dough. Some deeply toasted grain and roasted malts are also present. Flavor has plenty of yeasty bread and chocolate up front with lots of chocolatey malts--there is a degree of roast, but not as much as I get from imperial stouts--I thought PP was bullshitting me and disguising an imperial stout as a Baltic, but they did well. A tinge of soy with a semi-dry finish, low bitterness (2-3 out of 10). Though the Baltics from their "homeland" end up a bit too sweet, this one didn’t at all. Full body with light to moderate carbonation. Rating #10! This officially gets a style percentile! Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Tap @ Toronado’s Pizza Port night. Pours a deep coffee brown / black with a small creamy beige head. Faint coffee on the nose along with black cherries and other dark fruits. Roasted malts and dark fruits dominated the palate. Finish was very creamy and smooth, damn tasty. wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
On tap at PP Carlsbad. Looks like I’m the first to rate this hidden gem. Small head that settles to small dense dark tan microfoam ring around the edge of the glass. Black liquid. Heavy body. Aroma is mild. Alcohol burn in the throat. No off flavors. Surprizingly easy to drink for 9.5%. Leans to the sweet side. I suppose a little malty. Very little if any roastiness. Pretty interesting. Very nice.
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown’s. Poured midnight black, no seeing through this one. Aroma is strong chocolate malt with rich caramel whiffs as well. Mouthfeel is rich and warming, with a really nice nutty middle. The malts in this were absoulutely insane. The finish was brilliant and lingered nicely tapering off perfectly. Great Porter! heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Thanks for sharing this one, iowaherkeye. The body was blakc with an orangeish tan head. The aroma was pancakes and plain brown syrup. I also got some milk chocolate. The taste was more of the milk chocolate with some walnuts. There was also coffee. A nice medium body kept this easy to drink. Solid. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Aroma is chocolate, dark fruit, light alcohol and cooked molasses. Flavor comprised of the same notes from the aroma, but with more concentrated alcohol, vanilla, deeper fruit notes and light coffee as well. Very tasty brew. hapjydeuce (1002) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. This is a first for me at seeing a Baltic Porter at my neighborhood stomping grounds. Modest aroma of sweet caramel and dark fruits. Pitch black in the glass with a bit of lacing going on, not much head formation. Nice flavors of malty molasses, dates and just a touch of smoke. Finishes with a warming sugary tone and subdued bitterness. You beat me to the posting John. Good stuff! awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2008
On tap at the Carlsbad location. Pours a deep chocolatey black color, opaque, with a thick head of creamy roasted tan. Clean malt forward aroma of dry baker’s chocolate and a toasted nuttiness. Toasted biscuit, but no harsh roast bitterness. Wonderfully clean, but very chocolate forward; doesn’t have any of the molasses or dark fruit components that are wonderful additions in other examples of the style. Medium full bodied, creamy carbonation with a gentle warmth. Rich, clean, malty flavors of chocolate and toasted black patent malts (not used as a blind recipe guess but merely as an observation on the clean flavor similarity to these malts consumed raw); very porter-esque without crossing over into stout territory. I’d like a bit more malt depth in the way of dark fruits, molasses, and/or toffee, but the flavors that are there are wonderfully clean and satisfying. Lingering finish of toasted bread and cocoa, relying on the maltiness to dry up the finish rather than hops. Wonderfully authentic rendition of the style. The clean lager character and restrained hops really allow the malts to shine through.