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%
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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1693) - Hopville, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerWeg (1595) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beernbourbon (1559) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bendrixian (1492) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
dark brown in colour, little head and some lace. aromas sweet malt, prune, and almost soapy. has a light chocolate aroma. medium bodied, slight roast, caramel?. quick flavour/finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1482) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
Pitts cola Brown, not too much head. Aroma is fruity and anise. Taste is boozy, and dark fruity. Nice, but a bit thin for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (1368) - - FEB 11, 2012
Gorgeous pour, dark brown with ruby hues. small head that left a good amount of lacing. Roasted malt, some soy sauce, worcestershire, hint of brown sugar. Soy sauce up front followed by roasted malts. Let this one warm up for about 20-30 or so and the soy disappears, giving way to the malt. Heavier bodied. Once you get past the soy this is a solid porter, though the LTM we poured afterward blew this away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (1267) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2012 (500mL from LCBO) Poured at cellar temperature, a clear dark brown with auburn accents and a thin ring of head quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma of molasses, dates, muscat grapes, raisins, rum balls, woodiness. Flavour is sweet to start, molasses, cocoa powder, vinous grape juice, dark fruit, something like smoky oak and light bittering hops leading to a dry finish where the alcohol makes the barest impression, again with chocolate. Smooth, malt and sugar addition-driven without much yeast character as expected. Fairly light mouthfeel for the ABV, no burn and soft carbonation. This feels like an old-school beer like I imagine the style to be typified by.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadie (1253) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2014
Noir avec une petite mousse marron stable. L’arôme de molasse, malt torréfié, chocolat et café. En bouche il à les mêmes saveurs mais avec un peu de chaleur d’alcool et une finale d’une amertume moyenne. La palais est assez lourde et onctueux avec peu de carbonization.

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