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

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RATINGS: 96   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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2209) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
Nice to see a bunch of new Garrison hitting the LCBO. This baltic porter pours a darker brown colour with lots of red highlights. Not much of a head, disappearing quickly and not leaving any lace. Aromas are mild with raisins, plums, chocolate and something sweet, kind of like grape juice. Nice medium-full bodied. Becomes hazy at last pour and smells a bit more balanced at that point. No burning at all (really, this is 9% ABV ??). Taste is not as sweet as one would think. Nicely blended bitterness with the dark fruits and chocolate coming out in the finish. A nice version of the style (as per the description).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2010
bottle at the Tally tasting, pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is bitter roasted malts, cocoa, and soy. Flavor is rich complex layers of roasted, chocolate, caramel, and burnt malts. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2155) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
500 ml bottle from tupalev. thx jeff. pours dark brown with a short tan head. big roasted malt nose. the flavour was similarily of dark roasted malt. really this is an imperial stout that has been lagered. almost as good as the smutty nose baltic but not quite that good. solid beer all around with nothing much that stands out. id buy it regularily if local.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gethinbeer (2119) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2008
From bottle. Rich, slight liquorice aroma with roasted malt. Black in colour, thin white lace. Strong sharp alcohol texture. Liquorice and molasses. Sharp tart finish. Leaves a hint of blackberry.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VertBaconStrips (2063) - 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 isn’t what I hoped from a baltic porter.. then again, I’ve had some awesome BP’s 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (1967) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2012
Des notes sévères de mélasse et de torréfaction soutenu par une présence en bouche très enveloppante.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1798) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2012
500 mL bottle. Opaque cola brown. Just a ring of head. Malty in the nose. Dark, dried fruit. Light molasses. Grape juice? Anise. On the sweet side, as the style tends to be. Bitterness at the end (from alcohol?) Quite well done.

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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2011
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1578) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2012
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.


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