HogTownHarry (6872) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (330ml - dated 1998) shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc at tupalev’s domicile - provided by me from my Premiere haul. Poured a sinister black, with a small medium-brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, strong coffee, a bit of sour milk, alcohol, essence of various nutmeats and a little wheat-beer ashiness. Flavour of prune juice, dark roasted malts - mustiness & old barrel fire ashes. Oily and creamy mouthfeel, but disappointingly weak-bodied, a little metallic harshness in the finish. Maybe a little stale? Still a nice porter. jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 1998 VintageRated December 2005. Black body, small creamy dark khaki head. Initial impression of the aroma is dry kitty litter, which thankfully does not return. Chocolate malted milk quality to it, with muted raisins and dark fruit. Flavour is moderatley vinuous but it dominates the whole flavour profile. Fruity flavour with a not quite sour acidity is mostly indecipherable from the vinuous nature of the beer as a whole. Second wave of prunes, figs, and date squares. Medium almost oily palate. Lots of nice underlying flavours are spoiled by off putting nature of the beer as a whole. 8/4/6/3/14<P>
1998 VintageRated July 2005. Dark black body, small milk chocolate coloured head. Aroma is malt, and muted chocolate. Similar flavour with mild roast coming into its element in the finish. Decent but not impressing me as much as I had hoped. Thinnish palate. 6/3/6/3/13 jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Bottle. Black with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, chocolate and smoke. The smokiness comes out more in the flavor. Big roasted malt flavor with some chocolate and a bit of coffee. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
Bottle. Really quite delicious. Really chocolatey and smooth, with a dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Smooth, thickish mouthfeel, long finish. Its funny how some of the larger crappy lager breweries come up with gems like this. I was drinking this on a hot summers night and i still could have downed a couple more, its a shame i only had one. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Black. Creamy, grayish tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, lactose nose. Very slight hops in the nose as well. Choclate malt character up front, roasted finsh with touches of hops and dried dark fruits. Not much lactic character to the taste. Well carbonated, a little too much, actually. Very good porter.
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 12, 2005
first off i must say the looks of this one caught my eye.pitch black body with dark creamy head.as the head sat it left thick chcolate looking webbing all along the glass.my nose picked up fuits,smoke,roasted malts,and a bit of beef jerkey.the first sip actually lit my eyes up.chocolate,cream,malts,and a tiny bit of milk all mixed up together in a medium body.it left a nice coating on the tounge as well.it doesnt get much better than this folks..... howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Dark brown body, high somewhat lasting tan head. Big roasty-fruity and earthy malt aromas. Easy-going roasty, coffee like flavors, some saltiness in the finish. Farily high carb, but maintans a decent mouthfeel. DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2005
pours dark as night with a tan head.The aromas of chocolate come pouring out.Wasnt too heavy in body and had flavors of coffee and chocolate.This beer was a suprise for me as i havent heard of this brewer before and that also i can now add Finland to my country list. KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Yummy, and so smooth! Nice coffee flavor with some chocolate notes in there as well all packaged in a nice black black beer. Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 This is an excellen porter! At 7.2% alcohol its surprisingly smooth. So nice and roasted. Really warms your insides. Full malt and chocolate flavors coat your mouth. One of my top favorites from the Finlanders.