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

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3573) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3568) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3562) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
Deep brown,big lasting tan head.Light roasty nose,hint of chocolate .Big smoky burnt profile,bacon overtones.Lasting roasted bitterness in finish Light alcohol heat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
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 I’d drink it again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
probstblueribbon (3323) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
500 ml bottle from a BarTowel private order, shared with Lubiere, served cool in a tulip glass. Bottled DEC 1/09. 21AU11.

App.: Deep brown-black with a nice, dense tan head. Aroma: Very deep licorice and molasses, quite fruity, slightly ashen, a little leafy and herbacious, a touch dusty, some soy sauce, a touch floral, lovely. Palate: Medium-full body, restrained effervescence. Flav.: Really big, beautiful dark chocolate, huge molasses and licorice, a touch of brine or soy sauce, lots of dark dried fruits, some leafy hops, huge and beautiful; sweet with sufficient bitterness, vanilla, chocolate, etc., dark dried fruits, long residual molasses and licorice, alcohol, beautiful.

Grand indeed!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (3283) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2012
Des notes sévères de mélasse et de torréfaction soutenu par une présence en bouche très enveloppante.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3260) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2009
500 ml bottle
Thanks to jerc for giving me a bottle of this. It was so tempting that it moved right to the front of the queue. All told it was actually a solid baltic porter. Not heavy on the palate despite the ABV it makes for a nice nightcap.

Aroma / Appearance - Short lived the beige head collapsed like a sandcastle at high tide. The black fluid base soon took over the full glass. Dark and bittersweet chocolate, blackberry, smoke, and airy coffee complement each other nicely. Well balanced and thought out it is clear some craft and care went into this one. The ashy finish is the cherry on top of a solid product.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (3211) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle # 4 of my solo Garrison 5 beer sampler, thanks to C & K! Black, nice thin brown head. Boozy aroma, slightly sour, some chocolate. Taste - whoa, big alcohol up front and more the finish (along with a pleasant roasty linger). In between this one is all over the place - roast, big metallic notes, lactose, and again, way too much unbalanced alcohol. Successful Baltics balance the alcohol with a silky smooth body but this one is too light and fizzy to handle all of this. A nice flavourful effort but it misses the mark. Great effort though, very few of these even being tried in this country. After saying all of this, I did enjoy it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2976) - 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.


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