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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!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 24, 2009
Deep, golden brown. Dark tan head, goes away quickly. Mild, resiny hop notes, charcoal and molasses, crispy toasted yeastish(is that a word?) aroma. Flavor earthy with spice hints, alcohol aftertaste. Medium to thick body. Improves as it warms, warms you up from the inside as well... YUM

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (413) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jdobbs (381) - New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
Aroma is one of beer’s most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam. Click on a term below to add it to your tasting notes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
Good, not great. Doesn’t warrant the price of admission. Six dollars at my local NB Liquor should good me something along the lines of this brewery’s winter warmer or something enjoyable from Unibroue. That being said, it does have a lot going for it. The finish is surprisingly clean. Not being too familiar with the style I can’t comment too much on it. However, it is not the best black beer I’ve had with a malty character and high alcohol content.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2012
0.5l bottle from the LCBO. Served in a pint glass. Pours an opaque brown, small frothy beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: Grapes (muscat), chocolate, coffee. Palate: Full bodied. Creamy. Slow, slightly dry finish. Taste: Flavour packs a punch. Sweet and bitter, notable alcohol taste. Strong notes of butterscotch. Pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hidden_Pooch (315) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle. The only Baltic Porter, I have tried, but hopefully not last. Garrison is probably one of my most favourite breweries as it really pushes the envelope for breweries in Atlantic Canada. This beer tasted of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, liquorice, very complex. A lot going on in this brew, but it all meets in the end. A little boozy, but in a warming way. Not a whole lot of carbonation bot a whole lot of mouth feel. a real great brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewGoblin (310) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
I wanted to like this more than I did. Love me a Porter and when things get imperial I usually love them even more. Not bad in any way, just not as smooth tasting or judo-chop kick-ass as I would have thought. Reeks of molasses, leather and peat and darrrrrrkkkkkk chocolate and tart cherries. She tastes like a big old boozy and burnt dark fruitcake. The mouthfeel was a wee syrupy for me. I know big dogs like this should only be barked at in moderation but I can’t see having more than one every now and then as a wild treat.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chris__hartley (274) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2012
It pours deep mahogany almost black with auburn highlights; the head is beige and foamy. The aroma has notes of: molasses, cocoa, leather, rum, wet-cedar, and slight vanilla flower. The taste is medium sweet that finishes light dry; there are notes of: molasses, pumpernickel bread, dates, and dark chocolate. The palate is medium bodied, has low carbonation, and a little sticky. Overall, could use some body but the flavours stand well on their own.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scubaguy (230) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2011
It pours a black color but it appears more brown when held up to the light. It has a 2 finger fluffy tan head. It has a decent amount of carbonation present and some small spots of lacing. On the nose I am getting some roasted malt but mostly dominated by chocolate. The flavor is somewhat similar to the aroma, I am picking up some roasted/burnt malt, but some dark fruit for sure in there, also I am picking up some real dark chocolate bitterness. This offering has some great elements but nothing bringing it all together. It finishes with some real metallic notes and a sourness. There is some bitterness that shows up near the end but nothing to crazy. I have to say compared to other Porters I have had it falls short but still worth a try.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mullet2007 (209) - St. Johns, Newfoundland, CANADA - JAN 4, 2009
Pours a thick opaque brown with a thin creamy light brown head. Nose is very faint, with some roasty malts, and not a whole lot else. First thing I notice is that it is very smooth. Flavour is a bit of alcohol and lots of chocolatey malts. There is some bitterness, particularly in the finish. It has some almost spicy notes present as well, in the middle and the finish. Finish is slightly slightly bitter and lots of black malts. Mouthfeel is super creamy and smooth. Very nice.


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