neongolden (1649) - 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. chris__hartley (445) - 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. kevinsenn (2213) - 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. Metalchopz (3384) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
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). TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2012
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.
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. rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2012
500ml bottle, dark brown color, with a tan bubbly head, but falls quickly, mild yeasty dried raisin, date fruity, light chocolate nose, with some mild coffee, roasted, toasted, chocolate malt, faint molasses notes, and with some chocolate cake, licorice, chocolatechip cookie dough accents in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, earthy chocolate, roasted, toasted malt sweetness, faint grape bubblegum, brown sugar, molasses, dark dried date, fig fruity character, with a mild nestlé quick chocolate powder, mild coffee flavor, leading towards a warming, fruitcake, chocolate, plummy fruitiness, lingering coffee, sweet roasted, choclate maltiness finish. PatIrish (183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
Dark brown to black with head that wisps away very quickly. Aroma, black licorice, oak, vanilla. Palate is very sweet, molasses, toffee & coffee. Not quite what I expected, but enjoyed all the same. toffsbury (118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
Deep dark brown with a thin, oily head. Delicious candy aroma, sweet and rich. Thick texture and sweet full flavor of port, caramel, complex loveliness. No hops to speak of, very little in the way of battering. Very nice for dessert; would really wait till after dinner to drink this. RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
black pour, not really any head. mostly tasted black licorice, raisins and booze. not a fan of black licorice so i didnt really like this beer.