bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Poured from bottle into Flat Earth Pint glass. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2009
Exceedingly dark black-like ruby with a creamy tan head.
Aroma of mild roasted malts, dark chocolate, spicy hops and caramel.
Very chocolaty with a nice roasted malt character. Secondary notes of caramel, brown sugar and a very light spicy bitterness at the end. The beer sweetens just slightly as it warms.
Moderate carbonation, with a very smooth clean and almost creamy lager body.
Overall, a highly drinkable roasted lager. While my limited Baltic Porter experience tells me that this beer should be bigger in terms of both body and abv (this is only 5.8%), it is hard to complain when the results are so good.
(bottle) Pours black with a medium tan head that settles to a thin cap. The beer shows some ruby highlights when held up to the light. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt, and a definite musty lager yeast character that’s common in Schell beers. There’s also a sweetness here, which I think is cherry. Flavor possesses nice chocolate, lightly bitter coffee, subtle smoke, and finishes with some burnt caramel and lightly roasted malt. The yeast crashes in here a bit strongly, which yields some tartness in the flavor that I could’ve done without. Mouthfeel is super smooth and full with nice carbonation. If that yeast aspect was toned down a bit, this would be really good, but as is, it’s a very solid beer. tdaglow (41) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2009
I’m a little underwelmed by this years snowstorm. I don’t know if Baltic Porter is not my thing or the bar’s been set so high by the last few year’s home runs. The aroma has a nice bit of sweet carmel, some cocoa, and a little earthy almost coffe thing going on. Appearence is dark, thick, and has a creamy head that disipates quickly. Flavor is a little lots of sweet, malt, malt, roasted malt, a little smoke and earth. Overall an o.k. winter warmer I’m sure I’ll by at least a 12pk of this winter. DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Bottle. Dark black pour, medium carbonation and a decent mellow sweet and earthy aroma. Flavor is sweet caramel, some peat and plenty of roasted malts. Not a spectacular Baltic porter, but worth a try. tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2009
On tap at Stub and Herbs. Pours dark brown with some deep red highlightsand a creamy biege head. The nose seems to be hoppy with some toast and roast malts. Honestly, I think this is a bland beer. Nothing here to make it stand out.