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

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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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!


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (3296) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (3251) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (3063) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (3043) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (3036) - 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).

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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2897) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
radiomgb (2686) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
500 ml bottle shared with czar, thanks mate. Pours a ruby reddish black with a nice beige head. Aroma is burnt caramel, dark chocolate, coffee. Flavor is dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, black cherry, roasted hazelnut. Finish is black coffee, dark chocolate, but not overwhelming in any way. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Weak carbonation. An excellent baltic porter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2453) - Cavan Monaghan, 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.


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