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. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2005
Pours very black with a thick brown head that clings to the glass like a monkey to a limb. The aroma is beautiful, malty and chocolate like some molasses. The flavor is strong and robust lots of black malts in this give it the burnt flavor that I enjoyed. Through the smokiness emerges a sweet caramel covered cherry flavor that is very unique though. Not too thick on the palate very balanced and almost creamy but a nice dry and bitter finish makes my tastebuds beg for more. This was my first beer from Finland and my first Baltic Porter. I like this alot and can’t wait to try more of this style. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2005
Awesome deep brown/black color with nice deep beige head which lasts for a while. Good aroma with hints of roast but dominated by chocolate and malt. Slight herbal hop hints and fusel alcohols as well. Flavor is robust with chocolate and roasted malts along with some burnt character malts. Moderately sweet but balanced in the end with a decent bitter finish. Very smooth overall. Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Very black, not much light shines through this in the glass. Light brown very creamy head leaving laces on the glass. Pronounced burned, dry bitterness - probably not only from the hops but also from the black malts. A very solid Porter. 150405
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2005
First Baltic. On pour, I don’t see a difference between this and a foreign stout. Pours black with a big brown head. Looks very appetizing. Smells like I’d expect, molasses, chocolate, maple syrup and prunes. Taste is of apples, oddly enough. With chocolate and roast notes combined with molasses. Seems thin, so i guess this is why it’s not a foreign stout? At any rate, a strong contender for best non-stout porter, ever. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2005
Sampled out of the bottle. Poured very dark brown like a shot of espresso at Starbucks. Nice white head which left good lacing. The aroma is rather hoppy with burnt coffee, caramel, vanilla and butterscotch. The taste is hoppy for a Porter, kind of like the Smutty Nose Robust Porter. Good burnt coffee, chocolate and burnt toast taste. The complexity is well hidden as is the alcohol. Good beer. freekyp (2235) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2005
Nose contains prominent bitter dark chocolate and leathery notes. Flavor is very full with a burnt toast overtone. Bitteress is long and sharp. Very dark brown with a creamy tan head, this brew is all that. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2005
Almost black with a thin, tan, creamy head. Tart aroma with leather, caramel and coffee. Big bodied with a clean and tart, mildly bitter finish. Flavors of ash, plum, coffee, burnt toast. Alcohol hides well behind the strong flavors. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 Pours absolutely tar black, with a beautiful even brown head, that’s fading a little. I’m smelling fresh grilled franks, with a light ground mustard aroma (seriously). Burnt malt dominates the foreground of the flavor profile, with a little mustard still in there. Finishes with a good burnt nut smack. Very strong and quite delicious. Very rich, smooth, and creamy. A little hint of chocolate, honey and cherries. Palate is even and very silky smooth. Fantastic stuff!