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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 390
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 81
Gots: 88 | FT: 5
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 12-17-2008

Robust dark lager inspired by Porters from around the Baltic Sea region. This beer is luxuriously round with a mild bitterness. The malts contribute flavors of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. The use of cherry-wood smoked malt provides a subtle hint of smoke.
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Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply stated, one of the best beers I have ever had. This was included as an extra from a very fine Canadian BA who I had the honor of trading with recently. I had never heard of the brewer nor the beer. But I this lovely bottle was corked and caged, served chilled and poured into a New Belgium Snifter.

The pour was very, very nice. Rich dark brown, essentially black coloed beer came forward right away.Completely opaque with a huge tan foamy crown that rose up over the top to a height of atleast 2 inches and literally sat there for a few minutes before settling down slightly to a thin veil that coevred the entire glass.

A unreal aroma then caem forward from this. Rich scents of vanilla, molasses, dark fruit and bourbon just jumping out all over the place. This was one of the strongest aromas I have ever encountered. Even as it warmed it was just so full, notes of coffee and chocolate starting to come through now as I take the first sips. This was unlike any baltic porter I have had., It was insanely big and full. Rich chocolate then mellowed into mollasses and finally a coffee infused finish that simply put, would not quit. Huge full bodied profile was perfectly cabonated and the richness of the flavor made this one of the best sippers I have ever come across.

Overall I really do not know what to say here. This was an extra, something I had never heard of, and it ended up being one of the best beers I have had in the last year at least .I need to see if more of this is around, as really I was blown away by this one.

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Photo of bbHOP
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into snifter

Pours a very (very) nearly black with a thick, mocha head - about 1-finger with good lacing and strong retention. Very appetizing.

Roasted malts and smoke, tart dark fruits (prune and dark cherry) that come with a mild sweetness, touches of oak and maybe some black licorice. A LOT going on here...

Wow. Creamy sweetness gushes onto your palate, with hints of tart, dark fruits right alongside. This thing is almost milky... all riding on a bed of roasted malts. Smoke, chocolate and coffee notes play in the background, with burnt sugar, oak and a slight alcohol spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and super smooth / creamy, without being syrupy (doesn't get too dense). Mild carbonation throughout with a fairly dry finish and pleasant lingering notes of sweetness and oak.

Really - an amazing creation, this... the creamy sweetness, tart overtones and roasty, oaky, smokey goodness is over the top for me. It's a sipper for sure... what a pleasant and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a beautiful thick, syrupy opaque dark brown-black with 2-3 inch dark tan head that slowly recedes. Good lacing to boot. Wonderful for style.
S: Earthy funk hits from a few feet away. Upon closer inspection, deep and dark roasted caramel malt, coffee, molasses, leather, and wood smoke emerge. An intoxicating aroma and, again, perfection.
T: Dark roast coffee with smooth and sweet dark roast caramel malt up front. In the background play some mulched earth funk, cherry, plum, wood smoke, sweet cigar tobacco, brown sugar, and dates. Beautiful complexity.
M: Smooth, oily, and heavy feel. Dark sweetness gives way to a hint of spice midway through and then to a mildly bitter smokey finish. Leather, tobacco, and earth notes in the finish as well which lingers and matures nicely on the palate. Turn up the bitterness in the finish a bit and this would be perfection, but man am I nit-picking.
D: Wow. Wonderfully complex and yet a relatively easy drinker (even with an ABV of 10%). Best beer I've had in a long, long time. Style defining. Simply phenomenal...seek it out...now.

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Photo of tallarin
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this through the rare beer club, first one of the two opened.

This beer pours a dark, mahogany, producing a nice thick tan head. The aroma in this is very complex, giving notes of dark fruits (prunes, dates, fig) and some chocolate.

Flavorwise, it's very complex. Ranging from fruity notes, to earthy/oaky, dry fruit. The perception of alcohol increases as it warms up. Not much in the way of hops, but it's to be expected from a beer like this. I really have to give it to the brewers, I dont know if they achieved such complexity through their malt bill, fermentation process, or aging.

Overall, this beer is excellent! Definitely hope to get a second.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken at Volo. Pours with a thick tanned foam, black in color. Looks thick and delicious. Nice lacing.

Smells phenomenal, very bold dark malty goodness, chocolate and fruits. The aroma of this beer is top notch.

Tastes as good as it smells if not better (if that's even possible). Lots of chocolate, chewy maltiness, some bitterness, coffee, alcohol and hints of fruit. Great mouthfeel creamy and smooth. Very drinkable glad I had this as my night cap.

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Photo of oberon
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Everything from this Quebec brewery I have had has been top notch,I have been looking to get my hands on this beer for a couple years,thanks to Roger at Bestway I was finally able to get some.Poured into a half liter stein a deep deep dark chocolate color with a 1/2 finger deep beige head atop.Cherry wood smoke like the label says is predominant with dark roast coffee and raisin,as it warms the coffee really comes into play more.Lightly smokey with big dark roast coffee ground flavors,it's brash and big,cherry and raisin flavors abound with some mild earthy tones in the finish.The best Baltic porter I have had and that's saying something,it's as good as advertised if not better,my favorite beer of 2012.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very very dark brew, almost pitch black. Head is light brown (caramel) and is big. Doesn't last that long, but it was impressive for a baltic porter.

S: Cacao and vanilla are very present. There are hints of maple syrups and coffee too. Some nice cigar tobacco smoke too. Roasted malts are very present too. Some raisins and other dried fruits thanks to the high alcohol level. Some buttery esters. Strong smell overall

T: Powdery cacao is all over the place. The kind of butter taste is there and mixes well. Some almonds and cashews. Vanilla is still there but much less present. The dried fruits are still there, raisins being the more easily identifiable. Maple syrup is there, but very subtle. Lots of HUGE malty tastes here. The smoke is great. Sometimes with Porters the smoke tastes like a bad cigarette but this one feels like a huge and high quality cuban, very very nice. The taste is bold.

M: that is one HUGE and BOLD beer. Very thick feel, very syrupy. It covers the mouth really well. It's a heavy heavy brew. And it's how a 10% baltic porter should feel, intimidating.

O: The 2009 edition is my favorite beer of all time. Do I need to say more?

Overall, one of the best brews I had the pleasure to taste.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into matching Porter Baltique glass I got with the gift pack

A more light would escape from a black hole then this beer she's black as black can be. the head is like a cola in both color and retention and there's no lace

S some mild coffee and like the bottle says I smell chocolate but very little booze and I get a heavy amount of dark fruits mostly cherry also stated on the bottle

T this is one awesome tasting beer, I got only mild coffee on the nose but more like espresso in the mouth. I get some smoke, licorice and some nice dark chocolates along with some dark fruits. I must admit I'm blown away by this one, the booze is very well concealed and the smell and the taste are quite different.

M nice and creamy with a bite to it that makes sure you know you are drinking a real beer, this bad boy coats your mouth too so your tasting it for some time after finishing it

D when you add all these thing up you get yourself one world class beer that I only wish was available in Alberta in single bottles. this beer is dangerous at 10%alc I could drink myself into a stupor with this one with ease.

I've said this a few times lately and I may say it again soon but this may be this best Canadian beer I've ever had. This perhaps turns my theroy that "the best Canadian beers are all from Quebec" into undoubted fact

Edit- I'm drinking the 2009 vintage today (Jan, 13, 2014) and its standing the test of time with no problems. Well worth the wait and I think this could stand up to another couple years of age without diminishing. My early reviews with high scores wouldn't get the same marks from me today today, this ones an exception.

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Photo of ReFill31
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Trois Mousquetaires tulip glass.

I had the Fall 2009 batch, which was written on the label.

A : Really dark, almost black with some brown reflects. Good dark brown head with good retention. In fact, it stayed until the end.

S : Caramel, chocolate and coffee. Really inviting.

T : Strong taste, creamy, rich. Torrefaction notes, caramel again and coffee.

M : Creamy, really enjoyable

D : I would easily drink another one after I'm finished. The only thing stopping me from doing it is probably the 10%ABV...

Overall an excellent beer, a great porter (which I prefer, by the way) and I just hope that the Trois Mousquetaires will continue to make beautiful beers like this one again and again!

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Photo of Jigglenaut
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Rich complex and sweet. Full of flavors like black forest cake, cherries, dried fruits, bannana, molasses, coffee, toffee, and many other rich and delicate flavors. My mate who tasted this with my though it tasted like cough medicine, but he's an idiot. Would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours molasses-brown with a rusty mocha coloured head. Good retention and lacing.

The aroma is fruity, like dark raisins, with brown sugar and chocolate, but most of all there is a wooden roastiness pervading the proceedings.

That taste is beyond satisfying, very much the liquid version of the aroma as chocolate and bitter roastiness meets plump raisins all offset by a light hop bite, with as slightly smokey wooden dryness lingering in the finish--very well balanced with a nice interaction between all the elements. While present the alcohol isn't as overbearing as I would expect.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for something to full of flavour. It's well carbonated which helps keep the sweetness in check.

It's delicious and easy drinking and another stellar beer from Les Trois Mousquetaires. I've yet to have anything from them that wasn't outstanding.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - opaque black, tan head is creamy and persists for awhile, then receeds to a ring, appears overly carbonated (pretty good pop when I pulled the cork too), not much lacing,

S - rich, sweet milk chocolate, carmel, light roast, hint of dark fruit, very clean,

T - bigger fruit and roast character than in the aroma, really nice blend of dark fruits and chocolate flavours, deeply rich flavours, aftertaste is lingering ashy roast and hints of smoke

M - quite carbonated, but still smooth, not fizzy, full body works nicely with the rest of the beer, soothing warmth in my belly reminds me there is alcohol in this, otherwise, not much trace of it except as it aids in the drying finish

D - powerful yet smooth, a decadent beer to enjoy on its own or with an equally rich dessert

Good golly, miss molly! This is a damn fine beer. It is all about malt flavours here, and they are most impressive. The interplay between the fruit notes and chocolate/roast is outstanding. I've got nothing more to say, except do not hesitate to pick this one up if you come across it.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Glass: wine glass.

Appearance: dark, relatively thick. Ruby red color when held up to light. A 1/2 finger dark tan/brown head forms with a moderate pour and a cap of head remains for over 20 minutes if left undisturbed.

Smell: raisins, plums, vanilla, alcohol, dark chocolate. Amazing.

Taste: sweet overall, but very complex. Raisins, slight milk chocolate, vanilla. Alcohol manifests almost like bourbon in the finish. A subtle but obvious smoke also lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel: syrupy and full bodied. Ample carbonation, however. Nice for the style.

Overall: an incredible beer. One of the best I've had. Complex - I love the notes of dark fruit. Only negative is that it is slightly sweet but it still works well for this sipper.

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Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark brown with a small brown head.

The aroma is of sweet brown sugar and black coffee.

The taste is wonderful. So very different from other porters. It tastes of almost like brown sugared watered down coffee. In a good way, it's extremely tasty. There is a vanilla and light roasted malt flavor. It has a clean finish and good carbonation.

It is very easy to drink with a nice dark sugar pop. I'm not sure where to place it with Baltic Porters, but I can surely say it's one of the best beers I've had.

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Photo of charlesw
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautifully deep deep brown almost black and utterly and completely opaque. 3/4" of really dark really tight head that sticks around a really long time. Fricking awesome! Smells deeply of chocolate, earthy tones, dark roast coffee, raking old wet leaves... Still freaking awesome!

First taste is overwhelmingly sweet chocolate milk. Second taste is slightly less sweet, maybe bittersweet chocolate. As you're going through it the flavors are getting more complex and coming out all over the mouth. There's woodiness and maybe some ash in the end and you catch a hint of citrus, maybe, every third or fourth sip. I'm blown away at how different it is mouthful to mouthful! I'm blown away that my SO picked this one up (randomly) and that I totally missed it. I'm kind of bummed that we only got one of them - this stuff rocks!

Edit: the SO says that it wasn't a random choice - she picked it because it's the WBA best Baltic porter. Which just goes to show that the WBA knows what they're talking about, man!

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle: This beer is dark black color and its looks is similar of a stout. The head is nice, thick. However, it dissipates rapidly. The aroma is intense. Black chocolate, anise and cherry. On the taste side, there is some chocolate with a smoky finish. The taste is very good and interesting. This beer is complex, superb and should be drank slowly to be sure to get everything it has to offer. This one is truly a good beer. The bitterness is light, the beer is warm, creamy too. So good...

2010 bottle: Dark black with some brown notes on the edge. I would say it is slightly less dark than the 2009 version. The head is similar and dissipates quickly. The aroma is coffee with some dark chocolate. On the taste side, cherry with some black chocolate. Slightly smoked. The bitterness is similar to an espresso. Complex. Superb. Excellent. One of the best Porter I've had so far. Can't wait for the 2011 version :)

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to freud for this bottle.

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Very dark brown colour with one finger of espresso coloured head. Higher carbonation than expected.

S - Intense aroma of dark fruit, chocolate and coffee up front with a nice sweetness that has hints of molasses and brown sugar. A very robust and very pleasant nose.

T - A complex palate full of dark fruit, coffee and a hint of cocoa. A nice sweetness compliments the palate with hints of caramel and molasses. The finish has a nice bitterness that lingers slightly making you want the next sip even more. As the beer warms up it opens up even more, offering more pronounced cocoa flavour as well as some licorice and toffee.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated.

D - A truly remarkable beer.

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Photo of Tim2000
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL brown bottle.

Dark brown beer with a thick tan head.

Aroma is of coffee with a bit of sweet fruit.

Lots of sugary molasses with dried fruit. Roasted coffee and chocolate notes. Hints of brandy. Hops are faint in the background. Thick, syrupy body with moderate carbonation.

A delicious and complex beer, though extremely sweet.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on-tap at st-andre resto pub in montreal

a: pitch black with ruby tinges around the edges. two fingers of frothy light brown head

s: whoa, huge licorice and dark fruit. molasses, hints of alcohol, some chocolate. smells sweet

t: powerful sweet licorice and cherrywood up front, with molasses, cherries, and raisins. roasted malt and slightly bitter dark chocolate enter shortly after, but both aren't too dominant. huge and lasting flavours here. bits of alcohol. finishes surprisingly dry for how sweet it started off, like eating a piece of the aforementioned dark chocolate

m: full bodied, super creamy. mild carbonation

o: a really big, sweet, delicious brew. really heavy on the licorice and cherrywood to start, but rounds out afterwards with those classic dark beer flavours

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Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Most Baltic Porters aren't entirely opaque but, for all intents and purposes, might as well be; this one, however, fully is and its head-to-toe balsamic black body won't concede anything more than a thin ruby underbelly, not even when held right up against a lamp. It makes an overnight thundershower seem bright by comparison.

I wish I could put in to elegant words that which makes a Baltic Porter smell so distinctive; I can tell you that it's a combination of black licorice, strong coffee, fumes of (fortified, port-like) fruity alcohol esters, mesquite smoke, chocolaty malts and an underlying cassis-like sweetness. Beyond that, there's obviously some intangibles - nothing smells quite like it.

In describing the flavour it wouldn't be untrue to say, simply for broad strokes purposes, that it has all the dark, chocolaty character typical of a beer its colour and strength. To leave it at that, however, would be grossly under-selling it: rich distinction comes of fortified but lush notes of black currant and plum, licorice and molasses, truffle and tartufo.

The brewer got it right going heavy on the toast, mild on the roast and smoke; the general public might be unable to distinguish this from a stout, but it has nowhere near the level of blackened roast and no ashy aftertaste what so ever. It is a strong but smooth and slightly sweet lager(!) with a drinkability, on a scale of 1 to 10, as high as its alcohol content (9.2%).

If you don’t already know, *this* is what a Baltic Porter is. I'm not sure what business this young, small, French-Canadian brewery has in showing up some of Eastern Europe's most established, vested brands but they've done it. This is a (if not, the) definitive example of a very complex, historic, hard to brew style of lager. Merci beaucoup, PeenSteen!

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Photo of rtepiak
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

vintage 2009 bottle had on this date.

the cork was trying to force its way out of the cage... a very active yeast. pensive about 'over doughiness'.

pop was totally proper... no overflow even though the cork was just barely in there. its hot out... but this was smoother than silk. nose of a perfect balance of forest fruit and chocolate and straight up mesquite smoke. this made me think of poland. the Łodzki, warmanski, and ciechan 22. but this is aged to perfection. feel is mineral but viscus anise texture. hints of acidity. leather salt... wet saddle, and undertonics of smoke and balsamic vinegar. lots of anise. chalk dark fruit tannin sticky. great great great beer. wonder if its lager or ale yeast???

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Photo of rarbring
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is black with a light brown head, little lacing and rather small curtains.

Smelling of burnt bread, some ashes, dark dried fruits, sausages.

Intensely sweet start, candid sugar, toast, dates, figs, dark chocolate, a hint of cocoa beans.

Little carbonation, oily and smooth, a huge body.

Really a treat, "probably the best Baltic porter in the world".

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Photo of James_Michaud91
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

WOW! This beer totally took me by surprise. Had as part of a 9 bottles stout/porter tasting and this was far and away the best of the bunch. This beer has such phenomenal richness, creamy texture and balance between sweetness, roastiness and a dry/drinkable finish. Highly recommend, especially at a pretty darn reasonable price of 13$/750ml

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Photo of LampertLand
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Les Trois Mousquetaires 'Grande Cuvee Porter Baltique' @ 10.% , first time tried/had on tap at GCBF'12 & it was one of my fav's , this review from 2011 vintage cellared for a couple of years , purchased for $12 (its worth it) this beer gets better with age , treat yourself
A-pour is a dark brown almost black in the glass with small tan head that is quickly dissapating leaving no lace along the pint glass
S-fresh fruit mix , strong hints of booze , also some floral smells
T-such a surprising sweet start , mellows in the middle , so smooth
MF-medium carbonation , full bodied , just a little lingering bitterness at the back of the throat as it warms the body going down
Ov-if you like big beers with some sweetness to them & don't mind paying a little extra $ welcome to one of Canada's best beers , it gets better as more is consumed so says my Mom , cause it's her new favourite , spend a little extra $ , put one away for cellaring and enjoy this beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of SteveyMcSteve
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011; 10% ABV

Look: A dark as the Oregon winter nights. A nice tannish foam appears after pouring and then quickly fades leaving behind only a hint of itself.

Smell: First waft is of chocolate, molasses, a hint of coffee, and something sweet...maybe raspberries or figs. As it warms, I picked up a growing hint of roasted plums/figs. Inviting, to say the least.

Taste: Sweeeet! Some molasses, a little chocolate, and some grape/raspberry like flavors. The aftertaste has an almost sour feeling backed up with a lingering sweetness. A little carbonation as well. Almost no hint of the 10% ABV.

Mouth feel: A bit light compared to how it looks. Kind of fizzy...just the right amount really.

Overall: I was looking for something to warm me up after the bitter cold bike ride home in the crushing 4:30 pm darkness of PDX, and I think I found it. This thing is interesting and inviting, a bit sweet, but that makes it an easy drinker, a bit too easy, maybe, given the 10%. I will definitely seek one out for the cellar as I think this one may round out nicely. A keeper indeed.

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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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