Even though the costs of imports is a slightly different question that that of regionally made and bought craft beers, given recent posts, you can imagine my excitement that this 500 ml bottle cost me 9.00 USD - and I bought it back when nine buck was nine bucks and not 8.57 Canadian. It's 50% more even than Norway's Nøgne Ø. Heck I can get Harvey's porter, not a Baltic porter admittedly, from England all of a sudden at the LCBO for half of the cost of this Danish brew (and in CNY at least a six of good craft brew) so I really hope to be impressed by what is in this bottle.
Let's see how it pours. Deep mocha chocolate head over inky deep brown ale. Rich with Dutch unsalted licorice, dark chocolate and strong notes of dark plum and maybe even a little baseball glove or tobacco back there with the hint of twig hops that barely raise their heads into view. Very big for a porter. Many might call this a stout as there is neither a lighter note somewhere in the palate or a tang of any sort. But there is not dry toastiness, the hallmark often for the distinction between the style families. There is even perhaps almost a beef brothiness to this one - a word I used last December in relation to Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout - even though it is definitely a dessert beer. Something about the thick richness that hints of fatty tallow. It would be good to compare with its Baltic neighbour Sinebrychoff Porter from Finland...which cost me one third of this three years ago. Huge BAer support.
So is it worth that much? Well, it isn't not worth it but I would be definitely adding just one bottle to a six otherwise filled with Sinebrychoff or Sweden's Carnegie if it was Baltic porter, pickled herring and black current tart night at my place.