From the label of this 2006 brewing, you would think it was made for the importers, Shelton Brothers, given the slim reference to the actual brewer. Not the greatest BAer reviews either - I do not like to see the word "thin" pop up in reference to an 8% stout...or rather a "dark holiday stout", the first and third words of which style I would have thought were redundant.
A loose but resilient mocha head sits over dark mahogany ale. In the mouth, the body is a little lighter than an imperial stout of similar strength without an overwhelming roastiness. There is, however, definite grain texture and a nice licorice touch along with dark chocolate, espresso, plum and date - as well as some minty/herby/nutmegy hopping. A wee tang to it as well, perhaps a result of a year in the cold corner of the stash. Is it's only fault that it is not extreme and actually more-ish? I like and I think you will if you think cheery lush Baltic porter.