tillmac62 (756) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2016
BBD 2016. Pours black. Normal head volume, poor lacing and retention.
Outstanding nose of light roast, dark chocolate, raisins with plum notes, caramel and light molasses with a bit of caramel.
Light full bodied with a smooth texture that has a bit of creaminess. Slightly below normal carbonation level and is a bit low for the body. Light effervescence in the middle and prickly in the finish.
The flavor profile is quite outstanding. The 9% ABV is very well covered by the rich complex flavors. All the flavors of the nose appear, but mostly in blended fashion. Sweet molasses and caramel form the base with roast on the top. Bitterness is a hint in the middle and mostly roast based. The finish is a slow sweet fade with notes of chocolate, raisin and plum.
eRock_2013 (501) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Wow, this beer shoots for and nearly achieves greatness. A phenomenally superior Baltic Porter, with an excellent coffee and sweet tobacco leaf aroma, nice ruby-brown-black appearance, but with a rather minimal head, looks very flat. The flavor profile is perfect, slightly charred roasted malt, predominantly still sweet and warm maltiness, as a porter ought to be. Some dark fruit notes and an alcohol sweetness, but no boozy tartness, very well done. Indeed very smooth and pleasant texture, with minimal carbonation. My only dissatisfaction that keeps me from going a full 4/5 stars with this beer is its lack of body, personally I would much prefer some additional foam and texture. Still delicious and I will definitely drink again. kevinsenn (2267) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Rich dark fruit and roasty coffee aroma. Great rich taste of dark fruits, leather, a little roasty. Clean fruity finish with no booze. Tasty. SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2016
Une robe brune sur laquelle flotte un anneau de mousse. Au nez, voilà une richesse fruitée liquoreuse dans une mélasse imbibée de réglisse et touchée par une fumée de cigare. Au goût, la mélasse est dominante, teintée par des malts bien tournés, accaparée par des saveurs de fudge aux noix et découpée par des fruits noirs qui ont bien vieillies. En bouche, j’ai l’impression d’un corps de moyenne densité avec un pétillement modéré à bas et une texture crémeuse. La finale est très mélasse noire, mi-amère ou mi-sucrée, assez forte pour lui mais conçue pour elle. Bon liquide qui n’est pas beau mais qui fait le travail qu’il doit faire. Efficace. maley1 (1301) - Calgary, CANADA - MAY 13, 2016
Dark brown pour with a few beige bubbles for a head. Aroma of malts, caramel, lactose, chocolate and licorice. Taste of roasted malts, fudge, chocolate, lactose, slight fruits, hint of coffee, molasses and slight licorice. Full bodied, lower carbonation, velvety smooth creamy mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced and a nice lingering chocolate fudge on the finish. Absolutely delicious!
Stoned99 (1650) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2016 341ml bottle from trade with SlovakSniper. Aroma: chocolate, candied fruits, licorice, raisin. App: dark brush almost black, minimal to no head (brown), no lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, velvety fruity, moderate carbonation, medium sweet finish. Overall: good but not huge fan of licorice at least when its that much but once it?s warmer it led present. Body feels a bit too thin as well but the texture makes it up. Do much better around 18C.Still something I could drink on cold days after shovelling. Not exactly today’s weather though but still, this is highly drinkable. I guess I?ll update this rating a 3rd time soon. GIJOE (1251) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - APR 20, 2016
Pours almost black with a thin off white head. Nose is malty. Taste is delightfully balanced. One of the best porters I've had.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2016
Bottle. Long time want. Great aroma of intense roast, peanuts, chocolate syrup, tobacco, and cherries. Tastes very roasty, some smoke and chocolate, dry nutty finish with some lingering dark fruit. Medium body. Some intense stuff here and pretty complex. Would love some more of this. Chorigan (5) - Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2016 does not count
I think that most of the reviews have the tone of someone more concerned with impressing beer snobs than giving an objective opinion about the beer.
(I will post the same comment with every review)
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BVery (11241) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle shared by Tom - thanks! Oh man, first whiff and you know it’s an elite beer. Good god. Dark brown pour. Rich aroma of nut, mild licorice, cold coffee. Taste is also very rich - similar to aroma with some caramel and raisin as well. Slick palate with some heft. This is one of the best, if not the best, porters I’ve ever had. And one of the best made beers I’ve ever had. Damn, this is spot on.