Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Roasted aroma with chocolate and a hint of metal. Flavor is sweetish caramel, roasted malt, dried fruits and chocolate. Medium to full bodied, slightly bitter aftertaste. fletchfighters (1538) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2012
thanks to Baggio for the bottle
Pours a dark cola and settled black. Big light brown head that settles to a thick ringed collar. Good head retention to this.
nose is mostly licorice, roasted or smoked malts, and some smoked and salted ham.
Good amount of chocolate licorice in the taste with salted and smoked meat. Some nice hop bitterness in this as well.
Creamy body, a bit chewy but enough carbonation to sort this out. Nice licorice sweetness to mix this up in the mouth as well. Beerheart65 (1503) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2012
Aroma has sweet licorice and bit hoppiness. Black coffee, some beige lacing. Taste has dry roasted malt, sweet licorice also, long and full flavor, full bodied, soft feel, low carbonation. Tasty beer with nice aroma, good body and balance. One to enjoy. Tranquillity (2412) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
Draught. Black body, tiny light brown head. Amazing smoky aroma with some coffee. The palate is very smooth and the flavor full. The finish is only slightly bitter, with nice hos and coffee. Tide (3959) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2013 Update 22/02/2013:
Bottle from Alko. Black color, brown head. Roasty taste with chocolate, vanilla, toffee, nuts and coffee. Velvet smooth body with mostly roasted malts. Sweet/roasty finish with toffee and coffee. Excellent baltic porter.
Draught at Bruuveri. Black color, brown head. Roasty taste with chocolate, coffee, bread and nuts. Slightly burnt finish. Good porter.
bierkoning (13387) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2012
Bottle from Tbone, Winter Porter. Almost black and opague. Roast, ash, malt and chocolate in the aroma. Malty sweet flavor, slightly alcoholic, with chocolate and anis. Roast. Almost full bodied. Very nice beer. mabjork (692) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 14, 2012
Bottled. A malty experience, beige head, minor lacings. Not that distinct an aroma. The flavor is malty with a fresh/dry after taste. Erasmus_ro (3060) - Alabama, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours black, a dark cola-brown tinge against the light. The head is large and latte-colored. Aroma is roasted malts, lots of liquorice, slight tones of dark fruits. Taste is sweet with liquorice, but also roasted. Turns dry at the finish with dark fruits, chocolate, some wooden notes, slight smoke. Palate is quite carbonated and a bit light. Arborescence (29) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Black, pours a nice head of medium thickness.
Roasted malt, caramel, hint of licorice and woodsmoke.
Medium dry, no nonsense porter. Maltyness hints you in the aftertaste, the beer is actually surprisingly light when you first sip it. A fairly standard porter with an emphasis on roasted malt.
Porter is perhaps my favourite style of beer, and I’m always keen to try new ones. Having tried so many of them, my criteria is quite strict, so although this could easily be rated 4/5 being a rather nice beer, I’ve dropped one mark because I’ve had so many excellent porters. I feel like this one might be a bit too light if it weren’t for the reasonably high ABV — it supports the characteristics of the beer. The aroma is actually excellent, and I was expecting a very good beer from that. The taste does not disappoint, but it’s not as deep or developed as the aroma might suggest. sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 6, 2012
(Bottled, rated 2011-11-18) Very dark brown with a largeish, quickly fading, beige head. Dryish nose with mild roastiness, hint of chocolate and oatmeal sourness, and a touch of metal. Sweetish, caramely and mildly roasted flavor with some licorice and chocolate. Some ashy burnedness, that feels out of place in the otherwise sweetish, malty body. Medium to full body, soft CO2. A decently balanced Baltic Porter (it’s been a while since Stallhagen released something drinkable). Unfortunately at this price, this has no chance against the Estonian competitors.