DerWeg (1419) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lesson - if youíre going to make just one style of porter make it a good one. This Baltic style is ROUND... emphasis is on sweet fruit aroma and taste, light citrusy acidity, layer of chocolate and demerera, some mineral and really nothing funky to speak of. Nice straightforward BP but wonderfully deep and even a bit complex.
manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. Pours a deep brown with voluminous tan head. Aroma is faint and underwhelming. Subtle notes of cocoa, some roasted malt. Taste is better. Licorice notes upfront mixed with cocoa, some coffee, slightly lactic, burnt malt (seems to be a recurring theme with these Garrison beers) slightly earthy near the finish. Lingering note is somewhat burnt malt with a certain bite. Alcohol is reasonably hidden but a warmth lingers in the throat. Iím conflicted...itís pretty good but a little unbalanced and Iíve had better in the style.
beernbourbon (1209) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to OKbeer. Pour is dark brown with hints of red and a small tan head. Aroma is very sweet: sweet malt, dark fruits, berries, and molasses. This really smells more like an old ale. Flavor is also very sweet. Notable malt and dried fruits up front. A bit cloying. Im not sure if my bottle has some age on it, but I am not detecting the hops that others have mentioned. It would be nice because this is just too sweet for me. Finish is sweet with hints of smoke and tobacco.
VT (1181) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 Iíd put this one a notch below last yearís Black Lager.
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle at a casual Saturday afternoon tasting with matt7215. Bottle from Jeff, thanks to both of you guys. Pours a deep dark reddish-brown that is mostly clear, but with a bit of sediment. Aroma is very much in line with an Imperial Stout. Anise, chocolate, coffee, soy sauce, ink, molasses and toffee, minor booze. Flavour is a a seemless blend of all of the above, nice fuller-feeling palate and definitely rich and satisfying. Not terribly complex, but very tasty and well brewed. A nice standard rendition of a Baltic Porter. Hard to believe this is a Canadian beer!
rejtable (1047) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2012 What a beautiful beer in all respects. Frothy head, grand aromas of malt, chocolate, dark fruit and only a hint on the mouth of the alcohol strength.
Update Feb 2012: Still lovely beer. A bit light in the mouth but otherwise outstanding. Also getting molasses.
HeistAlmighty (1000) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Flavours of toffee, dark chocolate and coffee make this bitter but sweet. Not a quick drink, but enjoyable
WheatKing (971) - Oak Bay, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the toastiest beers I have ever had. Maybe they started with an IPA and threw it on the campfire? The flavours are sharp here, not much intermingling but a duel to the death between the roastiness and the hops. Definitely NOT a session brew, but just an ephemeral experience for your gullet.
cyrenaica (943) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I tried this beer on June 3, 2011 at "Bar Volo" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a deep black colour with a thin brown head into a tulip glass. The aroma was roasted malt, coffee, and molasses. The mouthfeel was full with mild carbonation. The flavour was more pronounced in the molasses direction with the coffee tones taking a back seat, but still there.