frozen_glass (52) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2010
I don’t have a whole lot to say other than this is basically a beer trying to be a mocha and succeeding. It looks just like any other dark brown beer, minimal tan head, but reveals some hidden orange flare when held up to the light. Has that roasted coffee smell like walking into a Starbucks or down the coffee isle at the grocery store. Flavor-wise, it delivers that mocha taste in spades, balancing the bitter coffee with a sweet chocolatey finish, with some bite in the middle. Has a clean easy feel. Basically just a sexy, very drinkable mocha with some alcohol.
(Side note: I had it with a pasta dish, and then with some truffles for dessert. Perfect application.) SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle. At D’s packs and dogs. Pgh, PA.
Aroma of chocolate and Vanilla.
Taste espresso like. Deep hints of roasted coffee and malt. Turning sweet as toward the back. I wouldn’t call it a Porter. But it is very enjoyable. Easy to drink. Niko100 (3012) - Chicago, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, & coffee; Flavor of roasted malt, rich coffee, and some vanilla; Overall, a bit thin - but decent. matthewjk (1138) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2013 Poured from 12oz bottle - Starts off with fragrant coffee and malt and looks beautiful in a glass. Things go downhill from there: flavors are pretty weak, but pleasant. On big problem that compromises this beverage is its thin palate. If this were beefed up it could be quite good. Reminds me of Nils Oscar Coffee Rwanda Gatsinga. I’m sure one other person will know what I’m talking about. **re-rate** 11.12.13 - enjoyed this a little more the second time around. Didn’t find the palate as disappointing. I’ll have to re-try this three years from now. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2010
bottle: actually pretty decent. dark pour, nice arouma of coffee and beans, vanilla. Roasted malts with a touch of coffee. mouthfeel is a bit foamy/soapy and thin. pretty tasty.
CountingDown (2) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2010 does not count
This was better than I expected. Body was slightly watery, but not bad...just not as thick as I would have expected. The coffee nose is really nice and is one of the brews best features. The vanilla bean mellows the java taste and makes is smooth and not overbearing. Pwn3d (1958) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 30, 2010
Bottle. Lots of espresso and vanilla beans.. pretty delicious but the body is a bit watery. jgb9348 (6588) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2010
Deep brown coloured body with a slight glow and a thinnish tan head - a lot of oil on the sides too. Aroma of deep coffee, burnt, a la *$. Some malt, nuts, caramel and alcohol come through too - not too pleasant. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasted malt, a lot of stale coffee taste and a pungent smokey, biting flavour near the end. Overall, not such a great beer - definitely overpowering, and showing way too much bitter, stale coffee, not enough smooth flavours and a pungent bitterness at the end. Overall, I love coffee (I roast) and I love porters (baltic, especially), but this beer wasn’t very good and didn’t show enough quality - probably because it’s from a larger craft brewery. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 05-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 11-April-2010. Sammy (13000) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2010
I have found organic beers to be a bit watery and thin. Similarly here, however the mildness of the coffee was preferable to me than another thick coffee beer. It was more pleasant to drink at lunchtime, sessionable. Poured black, with roasted coffee aromas. garthicus (2962) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 3, 2010
Thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing this. Appearance: Pitch black, dirty brown head. Aroma: Pepper, vegetables, sharp chocolate and spices, odd. Flavour: Chocolate and milk followed by pepper, jalapeño, spice and potatoes??? Very odd.