IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
If this were brewed in Germany it would probably be considered a doppelbock. Reddish brown color. Very caramelly, some medicinal cherry, some alcohol. Slight burn for only 7%, smooth, short finish. I’ve certainly had better. Frank (4236) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Well, here we go. My first Estonian beer and one of the few brews I’ve tried made in the elusive Baltic porter style. My first impression is that this beers just to damn sweet though it does have a nice medium amber color and a decent head. Normally, i’m a fan of the big sweet beers, eisbock and the like but sometimes if you combine sweetness with dark malts in just the wrong proportions I find it strongly disagreeable. Now, strongly disagreeable may be a bit harsh but I just can’t control my blasted mouth when the ABV climbs over 6.5%. Like all Baltic porters, I’d describe this as more similar to a malty doppelbock than your run-of-the-mill English style. The palate is sticky and thick with just a little touch of the carbonation. I taste some goodness here and there--chocolate, molasses, honey and more but I still don’t really like it. Why!? Well, hell if I know.