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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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerWeg (1482) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
Lesson - if you’re 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VT (1298) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beernbourbon (1284) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2009
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1245) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2012
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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1235) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
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. I’m conflicted...it’s pretty good but a little unbalanced and I’ve had better in the style.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1223) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1170) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
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 I’d put this one a notch below last year’s Black Lager.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1145) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlainG (1127) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
Noire aux reflets rougeâtres, une mousse dense et compacte flotte à sa surface et se colle aux parois du verre. Des odeurs de torréfaction et de mélasse se présentent instantanément aux narines. En humant de façon plus perspicace, des arômes de dattes et de raisins secs en émanent. Un goût semblable aux odeurs, avec une touche d’amertume et d’un alcool assez présent, qui fait sortir des vapeurs par le nez pendant que le liquide coule lentement au travers le gosier, Quand même une belle corpulence. (422-231012)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1111) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2012
Dark dark brown with a good tan head that leaves behind a little lacing. Aroma is chocolate, oak, licorice, coffee. Taste is balsamic vinegar, coffee, vanilla. Well balanced, medium body, touch of wood on the finish. Tasty! More like an Imperial Stout than a porter.


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