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Style: Baltic Porter
L’Assomption, Canada

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle at Volo courtesty Hogtown and tupalev. Near black with a thin head. Fairly chocolatey, with some cocoa and gutted nuts. Tart body with some chocolate, some nuts and cherry. Too much tartness keeps this beer from doing much of anything to interest me, sa the other flavours all become obfuscated.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9734) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2011
A deep dark porter with a very thin moka head. A sweet bready chocolate aroma, musky, smooth alcohol notes, dark fruits, a bit of wet dough. In mouth, a smooth sweet chocolate with maraschino cherries, plums, some bananas, lingering coffee bitterness, dry and sustained. On tap at St-Bock, April 23rd, 2011.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8354) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2008
Nowhere as good as the oak-aged, still a decent baltic porter. This has maple syrup, I guess to sweeten the normal style’s sourness. Medium mouthfeel, white bubbly head on black body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2009
Tap at Vices et Versa. Deep brown black beer with a bit of ruddy/ruby highlights. The aroma is surprisingly clean. Light molasses and a soft dried plumminess in the nose. Very plummy and toasty, but it doesn’t have much roasted character at all. As it warms, it really opens up. Loads of clean, well-lagered dark sweetness. Some treacle and a bit of fudgey chocolate character. Very, very clean palate. Light lingering roast. Very complex with a nice mix of figs and dark malts and a clean finish. One of the better Baltic Porter’s I’ve had in quite some time.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
750 mL bottle shared by Kinz at the 20th Richmond Gathering. Thanks! Pours a dark reddish brown color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of dry roast, nuts, mild tart fruity notes. The taste is chocolate, nutty notes, sweet malts, herbal hops. Medium bodied. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2007 My Bottom Line:
This Baltic Porter’s molasses and roastiness dwell in a rich body ably cut by a hoppy and earthy finish. A well-balanced number which worked a little better for me than their Oak-Aged version.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam dissipates into the browned blackness.
-Carbonation is comfortable, working efficiently with the nourishing body.
-Earthiness is found in the nose and amongst the drying roastiness as well.
-Almost a year into its existence, I can say this beer ages very gracefully.
-Another thing which is fun with this brewery is that their Baltic Porter and Imperial Stout are very different from each other. These guys are really having fun.

On tap at the Mondial de la Bière and at the brewery tasting room.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
2008-05-31. Black body with a nice foamy khaki head. Aroma is surprisingly subtle, mild roast malt, dark malt with tiny touch of acidity, with both the roast and acidity growing as it warms. Flavour has a similarly acidic tang, modest roast over dark malt throughout. (7+) Average to medium bodied palate. Pretty decent but doesn’t quite make it to the next level. Bottle, Mondial, Montreal, 5T

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2013
On tap at Pro Pig with Max and Andy. Pours a lightly hazed brown with a medium sized white head. Big sweet roast and caramel. Sweet roast and caramel. Chewy roast. Long sweetness, faint roast, caramel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6486) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 15, 2012
On tap @ local option. Pours a clear dark brown with a creamy light brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces beautifully. Aroma is very creamy dark grains with light coffee with a bit of bitter chocolate. Flavor is creamy coffee and dark chocolate with a bit of dry grain in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 8, 2007
On tap at Mondial.
Dark brown falling into ebony. Smallish creamy head.3+
Roasty, even with coco accents. Lightly vinous. Roasty, hint of smoke.
Full bodied .Rich potent pit tar like smoky charcter.It is quiet different in character to let say Polish Baltics. I feel that the emphasis is placed in complexity of its brew than straight forward solid yet unsophisticated quality roast. Here roasted qualities are secondary. Over all quiet pleasant potent brew. Long lasting gently bitter finish.


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