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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!


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2011
Bottle, thanks to hobbersr for the share! Pours cola black, 1-finger pale tan head, slowly dissipating, spotty/ropey lacing. Nose is date sugar, moderate roastiness, burnt toast, some vague coffee notes here too, along with a light ashiness. Flavours of dark fruit, graphite, ash, ink, big on the minerals in the mouth! Dates start really coming through in the finish. Not my idea of a Baltic Porter, but a tasty brew regardless.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1127) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011
500ml bottle. Flavours of toffee, dark chocolate and coffee make this bitter but sweet. Not a quick drink, but enjoyable

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (968) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2011
500ml bottle
9.0% ABV
I tried this beer on June 3, 2011 at "Bar Volo" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a deep black colour with a thin brown head into a tulip glass. The aroma was roasted malt, coffee, and molasses. The mouthfeel was full with mild carbonation. The flavour was more pronounced in the molasses direction with the coffee tones taking a back seat, but still there.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2602) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
500ml brown bottle. Rusty bottlecap! Pours out deep brown with dark red highlights. Good sized column of tan foam on top. Modest lacing on the glass. Chocolate nose with fruity notes. Flavor has dark chocolate malt, roasty bitterness, raisin, earthy malt and a light smooth alcohol prescence that mostly stay hidden. Medium body, soft and creamy in the mouth, soft carbonation. Lingering dark malt aftertaste, light bitterness. Very drinkable for a being 9%abv.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thb (681) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2011
Rusty lid for me as well. Pours dark dark brown - light only sneaking through on the edges. Nice tight foam on top. Aromas - raisin, roast, molasses. Overripe banana? Almost has a smoky quality to it. Interesting progression as it warms up in the mouth. Warming alcohol touch to it. Sweetness gets a bit sticky/cloying after a while.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle, same as pictured. I dont know how long that bottle was sitting there but when the beer was opened the cap had rusted and let a nice rust residue on the top of the bottle. Almost surely leaving some in the beer. After that happened I still went on to drink some of the beer. I donít think that cap should have rusted no matter how long it sat there. Pretty funnky stuff. Anyways about the beer, it poured a dark brown to blacky colour. It had a light head from an aggressive pour. The beer tasted decent, really exactly what you expect from a porter, nothing more nothing less, Not extremely appetizing. After that rust insident I would probably search for another porter I wanted rather then springing for another one of these, due ot the rust as well I dumped most of it down the drain, It seemed like the beer really drinking have much flavour

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6420) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2011
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,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scubaguy (230) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2011
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VertBaconStrips (2081) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2011
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.


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