DerWeg (1702) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
Lesson - if you’re going to make just one style of porter make it a good one. This Baltic style is ROUND... emphasis is on sweet fruit aroma and taste, light citrusy acidity, layer of chocolate and demerera, some mineral and really nothing funky to speak of. Nice straightforward BP but wonderfully deep and even a bit complex. pootzboy (1784) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2012
½ liter bottle; pours a hazed deep brown color in the snifter like dark roast coffee with ruby highlights. 2 finger sticky off white cap lasts and laces the glass. Soft demure carbonation. Aroma is typical of the style and gets more complex as it warms – dark fruits, toffee, molasses, wet hay, roasted hazel nuts, some licorice. Lighter in body than suits the style but adequate body to give the soft silken mouth feel you expect from a Baltic. Wonderful rich amalgam of flavors assault the palate with the noble hops sitting in the background – dark dried fruits (figs prunes) dark treacle/molasses, toasted sesame halva, licorice, caramel - wonderful complexity indicative of the style – goes to a long rich finish where hops become more apparent – then the Garrison signature bitter ness right at the end – although any bitterness is out of place in this style, the little shot of bittering in the end of this brew is not offensive or piercing as it seems to be from Spalters and is rather pleasant. All in all this is a decent Baltic that compares well with Okocim or Zywiec. 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. Marheb (5987) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2012
Des notes sévères de mélasse et de torréfaction soutenu par une présence en bouche très enveloppante. cfrancis (3535) - 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.
czar (9334) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2013
pours dark brown with a small beige head, some retention. burnt caramel, molasses, lager dark fruitiness, spices, light coconut, raisins, caramelized and buttered nuts - not really diacetyls, roasted dry coffee - hint of acidity. soft carbonation, light to medium body - smooth and not too heavy, nor sweet, just enough grassiness in the finish. remarkable balance, never cloying and classic. definitely what i would hope for in... estonia or lithuania..! bdettweiler (57) - KITCHENER, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
This one has been languishing, forgotten in the back of the fridge for a while (dated Nov. 2011). Pours dark ruby brown with thin beige head that lasts about 3 seconds and disappears without a trace. Aroma is light, but decently complex - toffee, roasted nuts, licorice, molasses and dried fruit (raisins and dates). Smooth medium-heavy bodied with average carbonation and slight stickiness. The taste is sweet, slightly salty and like the aroma, but more intense with the light and indistinct hops and alcohol coming through in the finish. Overall, even after almost 19 months, this is a pretty good tasting brew, especially for a style that is not one of my favourites. OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
500 ml bottle, 2008 edition, sampled 12/5/08. Opaque, very dark brown colour with a mostly lasting creamy and frothy tan head. Licorice, dark fruit, persimmon, roasty, and lightly phenolic smoky aroma with a very light alcohol note. Dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, raisin, and roasty coffee flavours with a vinous, acidic, roasty, and lightly phenolic bitter finish. No sign of alcohol or heat at all, just full bodied, chewy and warming. Still very good but I’d put this one a notch below last year’s Black Lager. TimE (6067) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2010
dark brown color, light brown color. Huge molasses and dark chocolate nose. Rich molasses and chocolate. Molasses finish. jsquire (4563) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2010
This is a dark beer with a small tan head. Big sweet molasses nose. Tastes of sweet caramel corn, brown sugar, raisens and some toast. This beer deserves a better rating, but it was late in the night.