GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
NorCal tasting Apr 07 - Yowza!! What do we have here!! What an awesome beer!!! Now this is what I wish more brewers would do with their Baltic Porters. Make it so it’s refined, clean and smooth yet still pack a serious punch. Aroma is dark fruit, caramel, toffee, baker’s chocolate with some underlying smoke. Appearance is perfect. Flavors were intense, yet smooth enough to not be overpowering. Any more and it would have been a ragged stout and any less unrefined. Dark fruit, baker’s chocolate, roasted malts, and toffee with just enough of a subtle hop kick to remind you it’s there. Nice job and highly recommended. MaliMisho (215) - East Meadow, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2008
What a beer, I loved it. It had a black body with tan head. It was simply delightful, with a gentle chocolate taste, and somehow there was almost a little cherry taste to it. robinvboyer (4663) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2008
Aroma is very smokey, it dominated the aroma. There are some subtle notes of chocolate, and toffee, and a touch of coffee. Flavour is very nice, robust dark fruit notes mixed in with bitter chocolate, and smoke, lots and lots of smoke. There is some nice bready, biscuity malt in the finnish, with a googd amount of bitterness with a touch of alcohol. VERY NICE! Dscales22 (10) - - DEC 25, 2012
Great taste. 7.2% black ale. A little heavy on the stomach. Would definitely buy again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Surprisingly delightful after a very disappointing White. Huge explosion of chocolate and hops in the nose. Reddish brown, almost black, with a small beige hiead that vanishes and leaves good lacing. Big round mouthfeel, with good carbonation. Taste of chocolate and sweet malt, toffee, sourness, citrus hops, and a long bitter finish. This is a great porter, not a bad stout, which is what so many porters seem to be!
ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Bottle. Pours a completely opaque brown with decent brown head. Aroma is roasted malts and licorice. Taste is full with caramel, chocolate, and a little salt. Mouthfeel is very creamy and warming. This is an excellent porter. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 11, 2007
(22 oz. bottle (labelled "XXII Reserve" via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=1 target=blank>jimmack , thanks Jim!, cellared for 10 mos. after trade) This is one nice beer...Pours dark, dark mocha brown with a very thin tan head that pretty much stays. Rich aroma of grape, semi-sweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and elegant. Feels full until it reaches close to room temp. and then thins out. Nice thin rings and webs of lacing. Flavor is charred, grapey, semi-sweet, milk and bitter chocolate and light coffee. Wonderful flavor. Has a very warming and comforting feel. Alcohol well-hidden. Pleasurable. JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2007
This Imperial Porter is a gorgoeus mocha with lovely sweet notes on the nose. The palate has coffee and bitter dark chocolate. The finish goes a long long wsy. SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2008
22 oz. bottle - purchased at new beer in NYC; pours thin cola brown with quickly fading tan head; aromas are very sweet and alcohol is obvious despite "only" being 7.2%; aromas of candy, toffee and mocha; the sweetness is the key word here; wow, first sip is just divine; body is definitely on the thin side (being a baltic), but full of flavor; toffee and candy dominate over the coffee and/or chocolate of other imperials porters; and just a touch of smoke; due to some other Southampton letdowns, my expectations were lowered for this and that made it even more enjoyable; i like the imperial baltic porter angle rather than the standard imperial porters that are borderline stouts in flavor and texture; this retains all the flavor with a thin, smooth body; something i might aim from in a future homebrew batch SudsMcDuff (8428) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 13, 2009
alright alright... . so meaty on the onset, pretty smooth . . .nice roast level .. . lacing is great . . yummy stuff, a roastier baltic .. . great stuff i must say .. .