pintbypint (3671) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
500ml brown bottle. Rusty bottlecap! Pours out deep brown with dark red highlights. Good sized column of tan foam on top. Modest lacing on the glass. Chocolate nose with fruity notes. Flavor has dark chocolate malt, roasty bitterness, raisin, earthy malt and a light smooth alcohol prescence that mostly stay hidden. Medium body, soft and creamy in the mouth, soft carbonation. Lingering dark malt aftertaste, light bitterness. Very drinkable for a being 9%abv. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle shared by JoeMcphee. Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with a large brown head. Pleasant aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dates and malt. The flavor is decidedly boozey with bourbon and there is some caramel also present. Strong heat from the alcohol at the finish. This one is a bit rough around the edges. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
500ml bottle provided by Alex for our Canadian tasting...Pours a medium brown with a light tan head that rises about a finger but is gone right away, ugly...Light aroma of chocolate and grain, with a light dark fruits, not as sweet as expected for a bp...From the taste and feel I think right away this is a very lagerish bp. Not very sweet, roasy with dark fruits, not overly strong but decent enough to drink.
Nothing special but I’d drink it again. cfrancis (3474) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2012
Pours a slightly velvety black with a small carbonation and a small light beige ring of foam. Aroma is slight cedar wood and roasty malts with a some alcohol sting. Taste is a chocolaty roasted slightly bitter malts with a warming tinge of alcohol. Earthy wood overtones. Metalchopz (3419) - 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).
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. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle # 4 of my solo Garrison 5 beer sampler, thanks to C & K! Black, nice thin brown head. Boozy aroma, slightly sour, some chocolate. Taste - whoa, big alcohol up front and more the finish (along with a pleasant roasty linger). In between this one is all over the place - roast, big metallic notes, lactose, and again, way too much unbalanced alcohol. Successful Baltics balance the alcohol with a silky smooth body but this one is too light and fizzy to handle all of this. A nice flavourful effort but it misses the mark. Great effort though, very few of these even being tried in this country. After saying all of this, I did enjoy it. garthicus (2933) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 15, 2009
Thanks to Tupalev. Appearance: Pitch black with a small orange head. Aroma: Malt with lactose, slight chocolate and a tiny tiny amount of alcohol. Flavour: Very thin body, some dark fruit, some carbonation, chocolate, malt, creamy with a spicy finish, kind of made my gums tingle a little. rejtable (2753) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2012 What a beautiful beer in all respects. Frothy head, grand aromas of malt, chocolate, dark fruit and only a hint on the mouth of the alcohol strength.
Update Feb 2012: Still lovely beer. A bit light in the mouth but otherwise outstanding. Also getting molasses. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2012
Dark brown in colour with a thin but long lasting tan head, light lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate, caramel, alcohol, toffee, earth, burnt malts. The flavour is very boozy, thin, liquorice and chocolate. Hot alcoholic mouthfeel, medum/light body, mild carbonation. Finishes long, very hot with lots of booze.
A strange Baltic Porter. Very heavy on the alcohol and too thin.
500ml bottle from the LCBO in Orleans, Ontario.
Opened on May 20, 2012.