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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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
Good, not great. Doesn’t warrant the price of admission. Six dollars at my local NB Liquor should good me something along the lines of this brewery’s winter warmer or something enjoyable from Unibroue. That being said, it does have a lot going for it. The finish is surprisingly clean. Not being too familiar with the style I can’t comment too much on it. However, it is not the best black beer I’ve had with a malty character and high alcohol content.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Poured a hazy caramel brown color with a beige head and thick oily brown legs. The aroma was salty, smokey, and doughy. Phenolic and smokey flavor but there was some sweet chocolate. Some heat on the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2009
Dark brown beer. Very strange aroma. Earthy and herbal with a bit of orange fruitiness amid the heavily toasted malt. Lots of caramel and toffee. Lightly toasty with a hint of licorice. This is quite strange, and not like any baltic porter I’ve ever had. Quite boozy. Meh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3369) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle shared by JoeMcphee. Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with a large brown head. Pleasant aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dates and malt. The flavor is decidedly boozey with bourbon and there is some caramel also present. Strong heat from the alcohol at the finish. This one is a bit rough around the edges.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2404) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2009
500mL bottle shared by JoeMcPhee. Poured into a copita glass with a larger brown head and a black body. Aroma is partially affected by the overcarbonation, take some elements away from it. Otherwise, there is a good amount of roast and light cocoa maltiness. The flavor is nicely balanced with the thick roast, cocoa and light dark fruit sweetness. It’s easy drinking yet full of flavor. Just needs a little less carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mullet2007 (209) - St. Johns, Newfoundland, CANADA - JAN 4, 2009
Pours a thick opaque brown with a thin creamy light brown head. Nose is very faint, with some roasty malts, and not a whole lot else. First thing I notice is that it is very smooth. Flavour is a bit of alcohol and lots of chocolatey malts. There is some bitterness, particularly in the finish. It has some almost spicy notes present as well, in the middle and the finish. Finish is slightly slightly bitter and lots of black malts. Mouthfeel is super creamy and smooth. Very nice.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gethinbeer (2141) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2008
From bottle. Rich, slight liquorice aroma with roasted malt. Black in colour, thin white lace. Strong sharp alcohol texture. Liquorice and molasses. Sharp tart finish. Leaves a hint of blackberry.


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