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

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2594) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 15, 2009
Thanks to Tupalev. Appearance: Pitch black with a small orange head. Aroma: Malt with lactose, slight chocolate and a tiny tiny amount of alcohol. Flavour: Very thin body, some dark fruit, some carbonation, chocolate, malt, creamy with a spicy finish, kind of made my gums tingle a little.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and garthicus, bottle courtesy of tupalev. Near opaque ruby-black, decent fizzy-creamy tan head. Slightly metallic aroma, leafy, dry, slightly boozy, burnt prunes. Taste - burnt molasses, dry herbal bitterness, alcohol, steeped raisins, scorched nutshell - a lot going on, not balanced, but interesting. Light, slick mouthfeel, alcoholic, a bit carbonized - long boozy burnt linger. Nice effort.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2009
[2082-20090410] 500mL bottle. Overly sweet currant malt aroma with mild burnt caramel and a hint of bubblegum in the background. Clear, dark mahogany body with a quick creamy tan head. Wooden toasted malt flavour with lots of burnt grass and a long aftertaste. Medium-full body. Nice toasted, a little too much of it though.
(c/o GregClow, w/ him, jerc)

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
swiseman (409) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 10, 2009
While this is an excellent beer very rich in both malt and hop flavour, the strong alchol taste is overally present. very thick body. a good sipping beer, but maybe a bit too "heavy" for most drinkers.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2009
2009-04-10. Black body with a modest creamy tan head. Moderate alcohol in the aroma, roasty chocolate undertones. (7+) Flavour is pleasant, rich malt, moderate bitterness, mild fruity undertones - dark fruit. Smooth full bodied palate. Simple but pretty good, very enjoyable. Bottle shared by GregClow

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
500 ml bottle, 2008 edition, sampled 12/5/08. Opaque, very dark brown colour with a mostly lasting creamy and frothy tan head. Licorice, dark fruit, persimmon, roasty, and lightly phenolic smoky aroma with a very light alcohol note. Dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, raisin, and roasty coffee flavours with a vinous, acidic, roasty, and lightly phenolic bitter finish. No sign of alcohol or heat at all, just full bodied, chewy and warming. Still very good but I’d put this one a notch below last year’s Black Lager.

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 (8212) - 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 (3271) - 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.


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