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Garrison Grand Baltic Porter

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Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: Baltic Porter
Halifax, Canada

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This traditional beer style was originally brewed in countries bordering the Baltic Sea. Although derived from English porters, it was mostly influenced by Russian imperial stouts. Typically, the Baltic porters are brewed with lager yeasts and are smoother than the imperial stouts. Grand Baltic Porter is good for the soul & luxurious on a cold Baltic night. Skal!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperTiti33 (557) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
2011. Noire. Reflet rouge. Très sucré. Mélasse. Datte. Figue. Biscuit. Légèrement madérisé. Épicé. Bien.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadie (741) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2014
Noir avec une petite mousse marron stable. L’arôme de molasse, malt torréfié, chocolat et café. En bouche il à les mêmes saveurs mais avec un peu de chaleur d’alcool et une finale d’une amertume moyenne. La palais est assez lourde et onctueux avec peu de carbonization.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewGoblin (349) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
I wanted to like this more than I did. Love me a Porter and when things get imperial I usually love them even more. Not bad in any way, just not as smooth tasting or judo-chop kick-ass as I would have thought. Reeks of molasses, leather and peat and darrrrrrkkkkkk chocolate and tart cherries. She tastes like a big old boozy and burnt dark fruitcake. The mouthfeel was a wee syrupy for me. I know big dogs like this should only be barked at in moderation but I can’t see having more than one every now and then as a wild treat.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hidden_Pooch (333) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle. The only Baltic Porter, I have tried, but hopefully not last. Garrison is probably one of my most favourite breweries as it really pushes the envelope for breweries in Atlantic Canada. This beer tasted of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, liquorice, very complex. A lot going on in this brew, but it all meets in the end. A little boozy, but in a warming way. Not a whole lot of carbonation bot a whole lot of mouth feel. a real great brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (882) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
Pitts cola Brown, not too much head. Aroma is fruity and anise. Taste is boozy, and dark fruity. Nice, but a bit thin for my liking.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
plaugher (175) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
500ml bottle into an English pint. Pours a deep ruby brown with a light peripheral tan head. Aroma of caramel and roasted malts, and perhaps a hint of chocolate. Rich flavour with caramel and dark chocolate. Medium bodied, a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. Warming.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (1269) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle generously provided by Ellen & Malcolm. Very deep mahogany with no real head. Mild sweet molasses aroma. Lots of sweet licorice flavour with bitter coffee coming in on the finish with warming alcohol. Really nice stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdettweiler (57) - KITCHENER, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
This one has been languishing, forgotten in the back of the fridge for a while (dated Nov. 2011). Pours dark ruby brown with thin beige head that lasts about 3 seconds and disappears without a trace. Aroma is light, but decently complex - toffee, roasted nuts, licorice, molasses and dried fruit (raisins and dates). Smooth medium-heavy bodied with average carbonation and slight stickiness. The taste is sweet, slightly salty and like the aroma, but more intense with the light and indistinct hops and alcohol coming through in the finish. Overall, even after almost 19 months, this is a pretty good tasting brew, especially for a style that is not one of my favourites.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
500 ml bottle shared with czar, thanks mate. Pours a ruby reddish black with a nice beige head. Aroma is burnt caramel, dark chocolate, coffee. Flavor is dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, black cherry, roasted hazelnut. Finish is black coffee, dark chocolate, but not overwhelming in any way. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Weak carbonation. An excellent baltic porter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4496) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2013
pours dark brown with a small beige head, some retention. burnt caramel, molasses, lager dark fruitiness, spices, light coconut, raisins, caramelized and buttered nuts - not really diacetyls, roasted dry coffee - hint of acidity. soft carbonation, light to medium body - smooth and not too heavy, nor sweet, just enough grassiness in the finish. remarkable balance, never cloying and classic. definitely what i would hope for in... estonia or lithuania..!


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