rwgould (320) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.5l bottle from the LCBO. Served in a pint glass. Pours an opaque brown, small frothy beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: Grapes (muscat), chocolate, coffee. Palate: Full bodied. Creamy. Slow, slightly dry finish. Taste: Flavour packs a punch. Sweet and bitter, notable alcohol taste. Strong notes of butterscotch. Pretty good.
rederic (2790) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle, dark brown color, with a tan bubbly head, but falls quickly, mild yeasty dried raisin, date fruity, light chocolate nose, with some mild coffee, roasted, toasted, chocolate malt, faint molasses notes, and with some chocolate cake, licorice, chocolatechip cookie dough accents in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, earthy chocolate, roasted, toasted malt sweetness, faint grape bubblegum, brown sugar, molasses, dark dried date, fig fruity character, with a mild nestlé quick chocolate powder, mild coffee flavor, leading towards a warming, fruitcake, chocolate, plummy fruitiness, lingering coffee, sweet roasted, choclate maltiness finish.
PatIrish (166) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown to black with head that wisps away very quickly. Aroma, black licorice, oak, vanilla. Palate is very sweet, molasses, toffee & coffee. Not quite what I expected, but enjoyed all the same.
toffsbury (113) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark brown with a thin, oily head. Delicious candy aroma, sweet and rich. Thick texture and sweet full flavor of port, caramel, complex loveliness. No hops to speak of, very little in the way of battering. Very nice for dessert; would really wait till after dinner to drink this.
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
black pour, not really any head. mostly tasted black licorice, raisins and booze. not a fan of black licorice so i didnt really like this beer.
herrbrown1974 (410) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Ruby pour, tan head. A lot going on here. Aromas of burnt malt, lavender, citrus hops, prunes. Oily mouthfeel. A little metallic and salty, not well balanced, but nice levels of sweet dried fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, and then a fresh hoppy finish. Not too boozy given the ABV. Ok, not great.
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Johnsense (600) - - FEB 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous pour, dark brown with ruby hues. small head that left a good amount of lacing. Roasted malt, some soy sauce, worcestershire, hint of brown sugar. Soy sauce up front followed by roasted malts. Let this one warm up for about 20-30 or so and the soy disappears, giving way to the malt. Heavier bodied. Once you get past the soy this is a solid porter, though the LTM we poured afterward blew this away.
robinvboyer (2757) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from the lcbo.
Dark brown pour, not as dark as i expected. Sweet malty aroma, light roast and some subtle dark fruits. Low carb, good mouth feel. Finish is quite sweet, almost cloying. Light bitterness, and light roast, with a touch of coffee. Hmmm, kinda disapointed.
rob6239 (550) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark hue but very slight reddiness and slight brown head. Aroma is strong of molasses and caramel. Taste carries through with the same roastiness and very little bitterness. Very smooth.
pootzboy (1568) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
½ liter bottle; pours a hazed deep brown color in the snifter like dark roast coffee with ruby highlights. 2 finger sticky off white cap lasts and laces the glass. Soft demure carbonation. Aroma is typical of the style and gets more complex as it warms – dark fruits, toffee, molasses, wet hay, roasted hazel nuts, some licorice. Lighter in body than suits the style but adequate body to give the soft silken mouth feel you expect from a Baltic. Wonderful rich amalgam of flavors assault the palate with the noble hops sitting in the background – dark dried fruits (figs prunes) dark treacle/molasses, toasted sesame halva, licorice, caramel - wonderful complexity indicative of the style – goes to a long rich finish where hops become more apparent – then the Garrison signature bitter ness right at the end – although any bitterness is out of place in this style, the little shot of bittering in the end of this brew is not offensive or piercing as it seems to be from Spalters and is rather pleasant. All in all this is a decent Baltic that compares well with Okocim or Zywiec.