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

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RATINGS: 102   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!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
plaugher (238) - 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 (1798) - 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 (1795) - 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 (5243) - 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..!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2013
500ml bottle. Dark brown/red pour with a fairly minimal toffee head that leaves a light ring of lace. The nose is remarkably light for the style. Some roasted character and the faintest hint of licorice, light dark fruit. Quite boozy on the palate with a hint of dark chocolate, some stewed fruit and some other dark flavour I can’t put my finger on.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
Aroma is one of beer’s most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam. Click on a term below to add it to your tasting notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoR (622) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
Pours a deep brown, almost black colour with small beige foam on top. Aroma of roasty malts. Taste of chocolate, coffee. Sweet beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlainG (1408) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
Noire aux reflets rougeâtres, une mousse dense et compacte flotte à sa surface et se colle aux parois du verre. Des odeurs de torréfaction et de mélasse se présentent instantanément aux narines. En humant de façon plus perspicace, des arômes de dattes et de raisins secs en émanent. Un goût semblable aux odeurs, avec une touche d’amertume et d’un alcool assez présent, qui fait sortir des vapeurs par le nez pendant que le liquide coule lentement au travers le gosier, Quand même une belle corpulence. (422-231012)

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2012
In short: A sticky Baltic Porter marred by salty soy sauce. Meh.
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed a few weeks after purchase, probably fresh
The look: Very dark brown body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is rich blackened malts, toffee and a bit of soy sauce. Taste is black liquorice, salty soy sauce, toffee, tar, raisins, spicy notes of red pepper. Alcohol is a bit apparent. Body is a bit sticky. I’m not a big fan of those sweet sticky Baltic Porters and this one had too much salty soy sauce for me to enjoy it. A rather bland beer form Nova Scotia, a very bad beer province, an when an alcoholic craftbeer lover moves out of Nova Scotia to a province with good beer he is considered a recovering meh Addict.


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