swoopjones (6755) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to one of the Canadian crew for the gift< darker black pour, mediu roast, liquid tootsie roll. medium mouthfeel. hid the 9% well. Nice enjoyable porter
GothGargoyle (1598) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
TheJester (2091) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle. Opaque cola brown. Just a ring of head. Malty in the nose. Dark, dried fruit. Light molasses. Grape juice? Anise. On the sweet side, as the style tends to be. Bitterness at the end (from alcohol?) Quite well done.
Metalchopz (2561) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice to see a bunch of new Garrison hitting the LCBO. This baltic porter pours a darker brown colour with lots of red highlights. Not much of a head, disappearing quickly and not leaving any lace. Aromas are mild with raisins, plums, chocolate and something sweet, kind of like grape juice. Nice medium-full bodied. Becomes hazy at last pour and smells a bit more balanced at that point. No burning at all (really, this is 9% ABV ??). Taste is not as sweet as one would think. Nicely blended bitterness with the dark fruits and chocolate coming out in the finish. A nice version of the style (as per the description).
neongolden (728) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
plaugher (245) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle into an English pint. Pours a deep ruby brown with a light peripheral tan head. Aroma of caramel and roasted malts, and perhaps a hint of chocolate. Rich flavour with caramel and dark chocolate. Medium bodied, a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. Warming.
AleRider78 (151) - - MAR 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alrighty. Halifax home of Alexander Keith’s. Neighbour to Garrison. Well, not quite. Next visit to Hali, I must visit! Very nice pour, dark brown colour. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and hints of vanilla. Almost similar in taste, along with roasted malts and molasses. For 9%er, doesn’t feel like it. Deceiving I would say, but in a good way. A little bit bitter aftertaste, but does not diminish overall tastebuds. Yummy!
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle
Thanks to jerc for giving me a bottle of this. It was so tempting that it moved right to the front of the queue. All told it was actually a solid baltic porter. Not heavy on the palate despite the ABV it makes for a nice nightcap.
Aroma / Appearance - Short lived the beige head collapsed like a sandcastle at high tide. The black fluid base soon took over the full glass. Dark and bittersweet chocolate, blackberry, smoke, and airy coffee complement each other nicely. Well balanced and thought out it is clear some craft and care went into this one. The ashy finish is the cherry on top of a solid product.
Radek Kliber (6600) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Volo
Aroma proper aroma, raisins, prunes with light roast. Slight alcohol with earthy ending.7+
Appearance slight haze on this dark brown ale. Beige top.
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied with softer walls. Raisin, alcohol sugary sweetness, malty. Good interpretation of Baltic Porter.
reebtogi (4614) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle poured almost black in color with some red highlights and a nice light tan head with some good retention leaving some fine lace on side of glass. Aroma is predominantly chocolate and roasted malts with a trace of coffee and alcohol. Taste is light roasted bitterness with some malty sweetness and a bit of chocolate and coffee and some hop bitterness in the finish. Medium to heavy body and light carbonation give this beer a pleasing enough palate. Fairly smooth and easy to drink and highly recommended.