tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
Sweet aroma has chocolate, yeast and roasted malts. Dark brown with amber highlights and decent tan head that recedes to ring. Lightly sour roasted flavour with some dark fruitiness and bitter dark chocolate. Medium body is smooth in the mouth. Sampled at the Extreme Beer Festival 2005. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Draft, EBF: From the deep dark brown body raises a magnificient foamy beige to light brown head. Mellow lactic aroma, creamy and mostly focusing on dark fruits (grapes, grapefruit) though bearing a mild coniferous hops background. Sour yeast takes away the flavour balance as soon as the roasted malts kick in. Decent bitterness seems to come straight from a dark chocolate bar, which would be very pleasant without this slight soy undertone. Mellow round body, moderate carbonation and well worked edges. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest. Dark brown color. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate and fruits, bitter finish. Light to medium body, liquorous texture. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Sample at XBF:Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Vinous grapey notes roam above rich but sourish charred malts.
Roasted malt and vinous bitterness combine with citrusy, flowery hoppiness. A plump body encourages the palette of flavors but the malt is not developed enough to my tastes. I wouldn’t mind revisiting though.
XBF05: Clear ruby with a very small white head. Roasted chocolate and light hops in the aroma, starts and ends lightly sweet, with a touch of acidity at the end. A yummy porter.
ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2005
XBF05 draught. This beer pours a nearly transluscent mahogany brown, with some dark chestnut and light auburn tints. Any head that forms while pouring, rapidly disipates. Aroma smells VERY strongly of sour German yeast, hints of baker’s chocolate and light notes of ash and roast. First sip proves to be quite flavorful, with sweet caramel and milk chocolate notes on the forefront. As I drink more, a sour yeast flavor creeps up and sets up shop. Now I can’t seem to get the yeast flavor out of my mouth. Lactic and very out of place, it seems to dominate the flavor. The body is slightly watery, with notes of dry, almost astringent yeast or overly roasted grains. Though, I make it sound too dry, when it does have some decent chocolate and earthy brown malt flavor. A beer that demands another sample. DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Dark dark brown color, thin tan head. For a porter, this beer is a bit above average. But it certainly doesn’t have the strength or body for Baltic status. Roasted malty body, lower hop profile than other Victory brews. Still, this is a good beer with plenty of roasted malts. dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Draft at the Grey Lodge. Solid Porter. Wasn’t as sweet as some othe baltic porters I had but it still was very good. Nice roasty flavor to it. Dark as night. obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Excellent porter, black in color, great tan head with nice lacing around the glass, smoky & slightly hoppy nose, lots of chocolate notes in the flavor, also a burnt & smoky wood flavor as well, a nice mix of hops in the body, very smooth & drinkable, very strong flavors that just about wrecked my palate for the rest of the night
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Enjoyed this one at the brewery while watching Philly stomp the Vikings. Very dark body with a head that appeared to be a giant cluster of little beige pearls. Aroma is dark chocolate and sweet carmel. The flavor very roasted, blackened. Some sweet cherry flavor followed up with a nice bite. Very nice!