beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
1997 vintage. Poured fairly black with medium brown head. Nice chocolately roasty aroma, and maybe a little smokey. Good choclate malty flavors, with some roastiness and some maybe some earthy type fruit. Somewhat thin for a baltic porter, but super drinkable. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2005
2003. Poured black with a medium brown head and and lots of lacing. Aroma of chocolate followed by some coffee and a tangy smoke, like from smokehouse almonds. Roasted smokey malt flavor. Light to medium body with a light bitter semi dry finish. thegreenrooster (4373) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Pour is a jet black with a tan head. Aroma is nice and roasty. Flavor is roasted chocolate with a nice dark fruity aftertaste. It is a bit thin like some raters have stated but there is plenty of flavor to satisfy. RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Vintage 1997 Bottle #2884 Very dark brown pour with a non-existant head. Great big rich caramel-coffee aroma that promises much. Does not disappoint. Roasted malt flavor with notes of coffee, burnt fruit, nuts, caramel... Very warming alcohol presence. This eight year old baltic porter is much more mellow and rich than the fresh batch. Dorwart (2585) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Large dark brown head of very fine bubbles. Light carbonation. Lovely ring lacing. Head reduces very slowly. Sweet aroma with plums, malts and chocolate. Sweet and very smooth flavor. Little thin in the body. More malts, bitter dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Very smooth and very easy drinking. Hides its alcohol very well. Creamy finish with a little biterness but is short lived. Another very good baltic porter. Damn I like these baltic porters.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Pours a fat foamy brown head that leaves a ton of lace. Fully opaque. Chocolate and roasted malt. Mediciney. Oily Long Finish....get it? kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2005
Poured deep black with a lasting light brown head. Mild chocolate aroma, with some nice coffee notes. Flavour is a combination of berries, roast coffee and chocolate. Almost some burnt sugar notes there too. Medium bodied. Not bad! Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Got this at valley wines. Poured black/brown with a huge tan lasting head. Roasted malts and coffee and chocolate nose. Taste was the same a bit burnt coffee and chocolate, sweet. Balanced finished. Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2005 A great finnish--in more than one sense of the word. This is deep, strong, dry and full of body. This is what Guinness wishes it could be when it grows up!
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2005
It pours black and oily, thick enough to block out the setting sun. The head is beatifully thick and almost coffee colored, and forms a round bulge in the middle.
The smell is earthy, smoky, and rich. In the mouth it is pleasantly oily and thick, with a burnt rick coffee flavor. Very solid beer that is readily available in Finland anyway. Probably among my Finnish favorites.