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

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RATINGS: 97   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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1126) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011
500ml bottle. Flavours of toffee, dark chocolate and coffee make this bitter but sweet. Not a quick drink, but enjoyable

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bendrixian (1101) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (1065) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2012
500mL bottle from LCBO. Clear dark brown with very little head. Aroma of molasses, raisins, and smoke. Smooth sweet taste with raisins, dates, molasses, chocolate, and a little hint of smoke. 9% ABV well hidden. Medium-bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (1026) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (966) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2011
500ml bottle
9.0% ABV
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atheist_Peace (945) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2013
500ml bottle. Dark brown/red pour with a fairly minimal toffee head that leaves a light ring of lace. The nose is remarkably light for the style. Some roasted character and the faintest hint of licorice, light dark fruit. Quite boozy on the palate with a hint of dark chocolate, some stewed fruit and some other dark flavour I can’t put my finger on.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (829) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (791) - - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (734) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
200 rating. Wow what can I say about this amazing brew? Draught at Bar Volo Toronto. Pours midnight dark black with dark tan head, no real lacing. Aroma was alcohol and creaminess, with a hint of cherry. Taste was coffee, maybe some vanilla, bitter, smokey and a bite like a good port. Great brew, can’t wait to have it again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thb (680) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2011
Rusty lid for me as well. Pours dark dark brown - light only sneaking through on the edges. Nice tight foam on top. Aromas - raisin, roast, molasses. Overripe banana? Almost has a smoky quality to it. Interesting progression as it warms up in the mouth. Warming alcohol touch to it. Sweetness gets a bit sticky/cloying after a while.


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