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Review by smellysell on 09/13/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 16 3 8 2008
Appearance
Pours jet black with a dense, light brown head. The head has very strong retention and leaves thick lacing.

Smell
Immediately hit with a lot of sweetness when you put this to your nose for the initial smell. After sitting for a bit there are tons of roasty malts, brown sugar, and molasses.

Taste
Much like the aroma, there is a heavy sweetness up front. In the middle there is a strong molasses flavor along with a hint of smokiness. It finishes with a slight, burnt chocolate bitterness. It is very well balanced, but I was a bit disappointed with the lack of complexity.

Feel
This was surprisingly light and thin bodied. The carbonation was pretty light, exactly what I expect from a Baltic. I’m hoping with some time in the cellar it might gain some creaminess to the body.

Overall
This is probably the most sessionable Baltic porter I’ve had, but really lacked the complexity I was expecting/hoping for. This is a good beer, but with all the hype it gets I was expecting a bit more. I won’t hesitate to drink more, but won’t go out of my way to hunt more down.

Served In: Pint Glass