manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. Pours a deep brown with voluminous tan head. Aroma is faint and underwhelming. Subtle notes of cocoa, some roasted malt. Taste is better. Licorice notes upfront mixed with cocoa, some coffee, slightly lactic, burnt malt (seems to be a recurring theme with these Garrison beers) slightly earthy near the finish. Lingering note is somewhat burnt malt with a certain bite. Alcohol is reasonably hidden but a warmth lingers in the throat. Iím conflicted...itís pretty good but a little unbalanced and Iíve had better in the style.
mcberko (4809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL bottle, pours dark brown / black with a small tan head. Aroma of light espresso, light roasted malt and light chocolate - all subtle notes. Flavour of slightly burnt, roasted malt, espresso, slight bitterness and slight sweetness. Quite decent,
Scubaguy (230) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a black color but it appears more brown when held up to the light. It has a 2 finger fluffy tan head. It has a decent amount of carbonation present and some small spots of lacing.
On the nose I am getting some roasted malt but mostly dominated by chocolate.
The flavor is somewhat similar to the aroma, I am picking up some roasted/burnt malt, but some dark fruit for sure in there, also I am picking up some real dark chocolate bitterness. This offering has some great elements but nothing bringing it all together.
It finishes with some real metallic notes and a sourness. There is some bitterness that shows up near the end but nothing to crazy. I have to say compared to other Porters I have had it falls short but still worth a try.
VertBaconStrips (1950) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well, the initial tasting and aroma was not impressive so I let it sit for 45 mins from cellar temp. Then I let it sit another half an hour. Here we go. BIg ass light brown head that looks good as it fizzled down to nothing. Very dark brown with red hues. Decent nose: cherry, earth, deep roast, tobacco, chocolate... interesting list of scents but man, this has been quite mild even from first pour. No real flaws, a different aroma bill than I expected but not up to par on the upper end stuff. The flavour reminds me of a mix of a weaker barley wine and a standard west coast porter without a ton of hops. There is some alcohol in most sips, light licorice, lots of roast, the alcohol is on the end but is not hot on lingering. Hint of citrus, tasty spice, good stuff but this isnít what I hoped from a baltic porter.. then again, Iíve had some awesome BPís in the last while so I guess the bar is set high. There are some reminders here of an american strong ale. Decent feel, sort of medium bodied and a nice soft finish. Thank you for zero coffee crap! Zop.
patricks110 (1486) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the greatest beer in my opinion. The pour is an unusual brown body with a finger of beige head. The aroma is lightly roasted with a yeast and fruit complex. Not the greatest aroma on a Baltic Porter. The taste is sweet and moderately malty with a warm alcohol finish. Detectable raisin and prune with a mild yeast taste. Just not amazing overall.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Volo
Aroma proper aroma, raisins, prunes with light roast. Slight alcohol with earthy ending.7+
Appearance slight haze on this dark brown ale. Beige top.
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied with softer walls. Raisin, alcohol sugary sweetness, malty. Good interpretation of Baltic Porter.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle provided by Alex for our Canadian tasting...Pours a medium brown with a light tan head that rises about a finger but is gone right away, ugly...Light aroma of chocolate and grain, with a light dark fruits, not as sweet as expected for a bp...From the taste and feel I think right away this is a very lagerish bp. Not very sweet, roasy with dark fruits, not overly strong but decent enough to drink.
Nothing special but Iíd drink it again.
Sammy (7716) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Private Garrison order. A big beer, very malty with a touch of sourness. While drinkable, not hitting the style.
Hammy78 (659) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
200 rating. Wow what can I say about this amazing brew? Draught at Bar Volo Toronto. Pours midnight dark black with dark tan head, no real lacing. Aroma was alcohol and creaminess, with a hint of cherry. Taste was coffee, maybe some vanilla, bitter, smokey and a bite like a good port. Great brew, canít wait to have it again.
rejtable (1048) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2012 What a beautiful beer in all respects. Frothy head, grand aromas of malt, chocolate, dark fruit and only a hint on the mouth of the alcohol strength.
Update Feb 2012: Still lovely beer. A bit light in the mouth but otherwise outstanding. Also getting molasses.