RATINGS: 766   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Our imperial, Baltic-style porter is inspired by the strong, dark brews exported from Great Britain to Eastern Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. Rich and flavorful with upfront notes of chocolate, caramel and toffee.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11971) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
Muddy very dark brown with lace. Smooth.Good but have had better, more drinkable for style.More coffee and roasted malt than I would like. Alcohol drying mouthfeel.Anise in nose, initial sip and some bitterness. Hop numbing of tongue. Medium-full mouth. Thanks JoeyC.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2005
I do believe this is my favorite porter of all time. Rich dark color with crimson tones, not a lot of head or lacing. Aroma was rich malt and espresso. Flavor was malty, with tones of espresso but not too overpowering for this non-coffee drinker. Hints of chocolate, toffee, and some light hints of dark fruit. Slightly sweet throughout and finishes with a light to moderate bitter/hoppy finish. Very very good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
much thanks to jah noth for this brew.this impy poured black with hints of crimson red peaking through when held up to light.i got a small off-white head that disapeared pretty quick.my nose was greeted with roasted malts,a bit of chocolate,and metal.the taste/mouthfeel starts a little light and on the metalic side.then the carmel,chocolate,and smoke start to kick in.the palate changes even after the beer has been consumed,and thats a great thing if ya ask me.overall this is pretty tastey stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1461) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Pours dark brown almost black with a big tan colored head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is restrained malt a bit of chocolate, maybe Im expecting impy stout, but the aroma seems a bit lacking to me. The flavor on the other hand is very refined. Lots of dark chocolate maltiness with a bit of light smokiness. Flavor is very enjoyable but aroma needs to be pumped up somehow to be a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2005
A deep dark magenta/brown in color clear with a thin beige head. Smooth malty aroma with hints of roasted coffee, oak, and alcohol. The flavor is somewhat sweet, with chocolate and caramel notes, with a bitter finish. The beer itself is a little thin, but overall this is a really good beer and extremely drinkable for a 7.5% porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Slightly roasted with some fig in the aroma. Nice fluffy eggshell head sits on top a garnet black body. Slightly watery but the mouthfeel gains as it warms. Flavors abound with chocolate and raisins, smoky malts, slight hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol at the finish. This is a very nice brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas of malt (slightly roasted), chocolate, smoke, and caramel. Flavors are strong caramel, smoke, roasted malt, and some chocolate. Body should be heavier for this style. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. Thanks to Probiere for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3463) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Bottle XXII reserve,from Julios. Good nose,Malty. Raisin,cocoa, caramel, salty, little peat. Clean orangy brown color,small brownish beige head that left a ring mostof the way. Bitter sweet flavors, same as aromas with a bakers chocolate. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, sweet roastedbitter finish. Nice, the imperial level gives it some rich flavors.Abv shows up in the finish. Litely burns. Nice to see Southampton in Mass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (6542) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2005 2005 bottle from Julios. Consumed 5/5/05. Pour is a dark brown, approaching black, but you can still make out some deep magenta tinges on the edges. Greyish-beige head, with light flecks of tan, is only one finger high, but remains for most of the experience. The head has a creamy consistency, with low lacing, as well. Aroma brings in oily roast, moderately dry chocolate malt, notes of salty smoke and plenty of caramel. Low on the vinousness, this one is. Which is fine with me, as an afterthought. Flavor begins with bacon-fat smokiness, moderately sweet, little bit of spice and flawlessly transitions in to a chocolate-roastiness. The flavors are delicious, though my main complaint is the relative lack of complexity here, not counting the smoke. I think the classy smokiness really bails this one out. Its not too sweet, and has a smooth, even mouthfeel, but nothing really mind-blowing here, or so I thought. Medium-full body, lots of caramel and toffee in this one. But I chose to concentrate on the smoke at the beginning of every sip, and that was more than enough for me.

Rerate. Same vintage, about 4 months old. Horribly peppery carbonation, dry, bready texture, alcohol has begun to show through. Everything tastes more stale than it did 4 months ago. Light signs of oxidation already. This is why filtration is wrong, people!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2005 tasted at the dark Lord release party.dark brown clear brew.Roasted malts with lots of toffee.Taste isnt what I would normally expect from a Baltic as it was too much toffee candy like for me.I was hoping for something darker and with more roasted flavor.

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