AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20ChadPolenz (1694) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 9C Baltic Porter
AROMA: Dark malt presence with dark fruit notes (plum, raisins,
currants). Slight toffee and dark chocolate. Some sherry notes from
APPEARANCE: Seemingly black but actually deep ruby red. Clear. Moderate tan soapy head evaporates. 2/3
Dark malt throughout, but not particularly sweet nor roasty/bitter.
Some dark fruit flavors, especially of black grape. Minor toffee flavor
in the aftertaste. Faint trace of spicy hops. Slight sherry component.
Good palette considering its age. 13/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with med-low CO2. Feels a bit thin and watery. Smooth. 7% alcohol is fairly tame. Finishes too clean. 2/5
IMPRESSION: For a year-old bottle this has held up well. Palette is
complex but mild and body has diminished. I can see why BJCP considers
it a classic example of the style. 7/10
TOTAL SCORE: 33/50
NOTE: I am a rank-pending BJCP judge. I am reviewing commercial beer to BJCP specs to hone my judging skills.