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


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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2963) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2009
500mL bottle shared by JoeMcPhee. Poured into a copita glass with a larger brown head and a black body. Aroma is partially affected by the overcarbonation, take some elements away from it. Otherwise, there is a good amount of roast and light cocoa maltiness. The flavor is nicely balanced with the thick roast, cocoa and light dark fruit sweetness. It’s easy drinking yet full of flavor. Just needs a little less carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2938) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2010
500 ml bottle from Bishop’s Cellar. Pours a very dark brown with small but lasting tan head. Lightly roasted aroma with moderately sweet dark fruit and some cocoa. Taste is also lightly roasty with much stronger fruitiness (raisin, prunes), toffee, cocoa with a light hoppiness. Alcohol is fairly muted for 9%. Delicate carbonation. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2823) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2012
Pours a slightly velvety black with a small carbonation and a small light beige ring of foam. Aroma is slight cedar wood and roasty malts with a some alcohol sting. Taste is a chocolaty roasted slightly bitter malts with a warming tinge of alcohol. Earthy wood overtones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2715) - 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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
radiomgb (2560) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2012
Dark brown in colour with a thin but long lasting tan head, light lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate, caramel, alcohol, toffee, earth, burnt malts. The flavour is very boozy, thin, liquorice and chocolate. Hot alcoholic mouthfeel, medum/light body, mild carbonation. Finishes long, very hot with lots of booze.

A strange Baltic Porter. Very heavy on the alcohol and too thin.

500ml bottle from the LCBO in Orleans, Ontario.
Opened on May 20, 2012.
No date.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gethinbeer (2400) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (2379) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle generously provided by Ellen & Malcolm. Very deep mahogany with no real head. Mild sweet molasses aroma. Lots of sweet licorice flavour with bitter coffee coming in on the finish with warming alcohol. Really nice stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ontbeertaster (2361) - 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 don’t 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

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