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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Reviews: 149
Hads: 401
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 81
Gots: 87 | FT: 5
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Les Trois Mousquetaires visit their website
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 Ozzylizard
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Unreadable date in 2013 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt and figs
Head small (< 2 cm), light brown, fizzy, immediately diminishing to a tiny floating clump of bubbles
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins moderately sweet with figs and dates, a hint of alcohol and smoke at the end; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy to syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.875. Final weighted score: 4.15
This is another delicious brew from Les Trois Mousquetaires. The appearance loses points because there is neither head nor lacing. Other than that, this is a very good brew: smooth, flavorful with hints of figs and dates, a little raunchy (good), very good palate. This goes on my short list of beers I’ll buy whenever I find them.
On a packaging note – the date is printed on the back label with other pertinent information (a good thing) but is very light and mostly unreadable (a bad thing).

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Photo of kevinlater
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
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 BuckyBeerBeaver
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Microbrasserie Les Trois Mousquetaires was established in 2004, and is located at 3755-C Boulevard Matte in Brossard, Quebec. Its Porter Baltique 2009 won World's Best Stout & Porter at the 2010 World Beer Awards.

This is the first beer that I have sampled from Trois Mousquetaires, and I was a little wary given its impressive reputation...having been disappointed in the last highly touted Quebec brewed beer that I tried. Porter Baltique Grande Cuvee ("PBGC") 2011 came in a corked 750 ml bottle purchased from the LCBO, with a date of 01/07/2011 printed on the reverse label. PBGC was a very healthy 10% alcohol by volume.

PBGC poured an opaque black..back lighting did nothing more than lighten the beer around the edges of the glass to a dark brown. The aroma was fabulous, a combination of chocolate, alcohol, dark ripe fruits and wet autumn leaves. Pouring produced just over 1" of crema coloured, creamy head which lasted for 4-5 minutes before disappearing completely, leaving no lacing or spotting down the glass. It's flavour was as wonderful as the aroma, with sweet, dark malts, chocolate, and dark fruits, ending with a modest bitterness. As the beer warms, the alcohol aroma becomes more noticeable, and the already modestly bitter finish mellows further. A bittersweet aftertaste lingers, and though I'm not normally a fan of lingering aftertastes, it was a shame that I eventually had to brush my teeth before going to sleep. Trois Mousquetaires has the carbonation just right on this one, and PBGC is full bodied with the creamy mouthfeel of an oatmeal stout. One thing that struck me about the beer was the variability in taste...one mouthful the chocolate dominates, in the next the dark fruits are more pronounced, in another the malt sweetness is front and centre. PBGC is a complex beer, but not so complex that the individual aromas and tastes get lost. In summary, a wonderful beer...the only area in which it falls down is the "value for money" factor. At $9.95 a bottle, I'll have to put this beer in the "special treat" category. In a 750 ml bottle, PBGC is best shared...or at least stretched out over a long winter night.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Received with a thin skin of head that looks to already be gone. The head was a light beige with hints of ochre while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Some spots of lacing but mostly a clean glass after drinking.

Nose- Heavy notes of chocolate (somewhere between bittersweet and milk; there is a creaminess to it) followed by lighter notes of cocoa. Hints of caramel, toffee, and even butterscotch flit around the edges. This is a very promising aroma.

Taste- Starts off with a good amount of chocolate that tends more toward the bittersweet variety with hints of roasted malts and coffee. Some nuttiness. Vanilla and caramel in the background, some oak on the finish. Dark, red fruits around the edges. Some cherry (maybe from the cherry smoked malt but I get that flavor from many stouts/porters). Good complexity with no individual note commanding presence over the flavor profile. Complexity plus good balance almost always makes for a good beer or a really good beer (which I think this is). Could be a great beer but it doesn't have that certain something to push it over the edge. I even wonder if the flavors have faded since I had a sip of this beer a few months ago. Probably not- it most likely that my expectations are higher than they were before. I would classify this as really good with hints of being great. They should think about a barrel aged version.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with perhaps too much carbonation. This is unfortunate for this beer because it could really use more viscosity to bolster the flavor profile.

Drinkability- Very easy to drink and no indication of the 10%. Four bucks for 6 oz seems reasonable but I would probably pass on this in the future. Especially if the Harvest Calvados was an option.

Overall- Really, good beer with slight hints of greatness. Very good representation of the Baltic Porter style and why I like it. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of brureview
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the best Baltic porters I have tasted. There are a lot of variations on the style,
but this beer has a lot of character.

Served in a stein- at about 55° F. Dark chocolate brown opaque color.

The aroma is strong coffee-chocolate- vanilla.

The mouth feel is light and enhances the overall style.

Taste: exceptional. Coffee, chocolate, cocoa with an added sweetness.

Finish: coffee with sweetness.

Overall, an excellent Baltic Porter. The label is detailed about the ingredients in the beer, gives an added dimension to the tasting. It includes the malts, hops,pairings, aging, glassware, and serving temp.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle to a snifter.

A : pours a deep dark brown darn near black. There was a decent one and a half finger head that lasted a brief moment before disappearing leaving little behind but a ring of foam.

S: sweet, licorice, molasses, raisins, chocolate, roast and dark fruits.

T: follows the nose closely, but the sweet is subtle...No doubt it is there but not overpowering. The first flavors that come are the licorice and then chocolate and roast.

M: medium body, good carbonation. Nice and enjoyable.

O: I've had this beer a few times now, and each time it has had a little more age on it (this particular bottle is just under a year) and each time it has gotten better. This beer is a steal at $9 a bottle and is well deserving of its high ranking.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Jefferson St, Chicago, IL
Date: 2012 vintage
Glass: Tulip

Trois Mousequetaires' Porter Baltique is an exceptional baltic porter, clearly a lager, producing smooth flavors from roasted and sweet base malts that come together in a delicious combination. Very enjoyable over the two days it took to finish this bottle, perfect for winter evenings such as this. Would definitely pick up again, even at $15 per bottle.

Head of 3cm in height, good retention of several minutes, composed of dark tan colored, small bubbles, frothy looking, falling to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island atop of lace atop the body. Lacing is excellent, complex patterns and many large dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is very dark brown to black in color, light bringing slight dark red-brown hues along the margins. Carbonation visible only near the top of the body, though appearing fairly numerous and active.

Aroma of smooth roasted malt with a bit of medium-dark caramel and pale malt sweetness, cola, anise, prunes, raisins, slight creamy coffee, and hints of smokiness.

Flavor of smooth, caramel and cola-like sweetness affixed to an equally smooth, bitter chocolate and char, with dark dried fruits and some anise/ethanol in the background to add complexity, all lagered together quite nicely. Front of palate tastes smooth dark chocolate and charred toast, substantial base malt and medium-dark caramel sweetness, raisins, prunes, and anise-ethanol. Mid-palate of slightly bitter roasted malt joined to base male sweetness, charred toast, bitter chocolate, anise, mild smokiness, all smooth and clearly from a lager. Back of palate tastes charred toast and moderately dark chocolate, black licorice, dark caramel-like sweetness, and light smokiness; all flavors still nicely smoothed from lager yeast and subsequent lagering. Aftertaste of fairly bitter black malt and roasted barley, mild dark chocolate and charred toast, modest anise and spicy ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a velvety smooth, softly bubbly mouthfeel that's probably around half foamy and half smooth. The result is quite nice for the beer, actually fairly exceptional, and within the guidelines for the style. Ethanol is exceptionally well concealed for a 10% ABV beer, only the slightest of heat in the nostrils and tingle on back of throat. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Les Trois Mousquetaires
Baltic Porter Grand Cuvée
750ml, 2012
Riedel tulip

A: Pours deep dark brown that appears black. Some light leading through at edges. That medium brown light tan head. Thin layer. Lacing sheeting.

S: Roast. Dark chocolate. Some coffee. Lager yeast.

T: Dark chocolate and a strong roast character right away. I do like the mouthfeel of a Baltic porter. Almost makes it more drinkable even at 10%.

M: Medium leading to more full bodied. High carbonation.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Damian
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a somewhat thin and translucent dark brown color. Slick and oily in the glass. A one-finger tall, creamy and bubbly, saddle brown head topped the liquid. The crown faded to a think, clingy ring of froth that unfortunately left no lacing.

The aroma was unexciting initially. Nutty with a crisp, lager-like yeastiness. Some booziness was noticeable. As the head died down, the nose became much more complex. Nougat-like notes were apparent. I definitely picked up some powdered cocoa and a sweet nuttiness. Lots of brown sugar and vanilla. Plummy. Freshly roasted coffee beans came through as well. Toward the drink's end, I detected some bourbon-like notes as well.

On the palate, the beer was solid. Like in the nose, there was a distinct, lager-like yeastiness. Strong dark fruit notes. Plums and cherries were most apparent. Hefty dose of roasted malts. Loads of brown sugar and fresh vanilla bean. Slightly smoky. Espresso notes appeared in the center. The finish was crisp, dry and somewhat boozy, but this is to be expected for a beer of this magnitude. Again, I definitely thought I picked up some bourbon-like notes as beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Somewhat slick on the palate with a very fine, moderate effervescence.

Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique is a very solid beer that reminded me of the better traditional (lagered) examples of this style produced by a handful of breweries in the Baltic region. I probably would not go out of my way to buy this again, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle purchased from the LCBO for a hair less than $10 CDN. Served chilled into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Black as night, 1.5 fingers of head that recedes fairly quickly due to the high ABV. Extremely decadent looking and almost slightly syrup from the way it moves in the glass. Nice lacing.

Smell - Complex, smokiness, malty, molasses & some black licorice. Boozy. Also a bit of coffee aroma.

Taste - Similar to the nose, very complex, licorice, bark, smokey buy not overly so. Extremely flavorful and intense, a bit too much so for my palate.Some black cherry in there as well as coffee undertones. Chocolate as it warms and the booze also becomes more pronounced. A bottle of this could be split 3-4 ways with easy and there would still be more than enough intense flavors.

Mouthfeel - Wow! Ridiculously smooth and filling in the mouth. Coats the tongue without effort but is not syrupy. Super smooth finish. One of the best feeling beers.

Overall - A very fine beer, one that might improve with some age on it. For now, while it was quite delicious, it was extremely intense in its flavors and a bit unrelenting. This is one of the first beers where I've truly understood of sharing a bottle, because with other large containers, drinking a bottle over 3-4 hours still is not a chore, but with this it was. Still highly recommended for those enjoying the style, or those looking for something extreme.

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Photo of TerryW
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours walnut black with a moderate head that eventually disappears and does not provide any kind of lace.

Big plummy nose - dark fruit, licorice and smoke, coffee and roasty malt, lots of sweetness, just a hint of alcohol despite being 10%. Smells rich and luxurious. Lots of things happening.

Quite sweet to taste, very fruity. Coffee and charcoal, some tar. Again, lots of thing happening, quite complex.

Full mouth feel, heavy, slightly syrupy.

Good sippin' beer. Be sure to give yourself enough time to work your way through the bottle.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. it is a jet black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Burnt molasses, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, and smoke.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, molasses, smoke, chocolate, roasted malts, and very delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, delicious, and enjoyable.

Overall:10%, no way. This beer is so good you don't even notice it. Sign me up for another.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost black with a mocha head.

S - Roasted malt, dark cherry, fig, raisin, prune, milk chocolate, coffee grounds, molasses, leather and a light touch of smoke.

T - Roasted malt, dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, cherry, fig, dates, molasses, tobacco and light smoke.

M - Medium body, smooth and oily in the mouth. Tobacco, leather & smoke linger after each sip.

D - Alcohol is completely hidden. Very complex and interesting but drinks pretty smooth for all that is going on.

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Photo of FrostBlast
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-

APPEARANCE : Dark brown on pour becoming pitch black in the glass. Mocha head, average size, which drops fairly rapidly and fades into nothingness, leaving a small amount of lacing.

SMELL : First nose is coffee, roasted malts, some booze. Second nose releases some chocolate over this. Third nose keeps the chocolate but brings the black roasted coffee back on top of it all, with the hops showing through as well.

TASTE : Sharp and precise hit of black coffee with some of the dripping chocolaty molasses that can be expected from such a beer. But let's say they drip in a very orderly way. Caramel, nuts, figs and other thick fleshed fruits. Some smoke, very discreet, well integrated.

MOUTHFEEL : Very, very pleasing. Coating, thick, rolls on the tongue, all around the mouth, and never quite seems to settle down totally, thanks to a perfectly balanced carbonation. This thing just keeps moving and it's awesome.

OVERALL : A very good baltic porter. Somewhat better balanced than their 2013 bourbon/brandy barrel version, but then this 2013 edition is meants to be over-the-top to a point, so it's hard to compare. This standard version of their baltic porter gets the job done in a most amazing way. Rich and warm and pleasing.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey for DC beer week. Always wanted to try this one even though I am not the biggest Baltic Porter fan.

No head presented. Thin soupy collar, tan in color barely hanging on. Deep walnut brown body with a slight red hue to it also.

Real nice bouquet on this beer. Great tobacco and woody notes at first. Sweet vanilla like cream and pipe smoke. Light roast but not emphasized on the nose.

Palate is noticeably sweet but not too terrible. First hint is a woody like maplesugar sweetness, then good kick of vanilla and hints of clotted cream smoothness. The mouthfeel is intensely full but very light which is shocking how it plays out. Palate comes with some more diversity. Black licorice, with a mild roast soft finish.

Overall a unique take and very memorable. A bit sweet for my tastes but much to enjoy here.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

My pour is a robust mahogany brown color with a walnut edge. A slight ruby tint is visible in the thin parts of the glass as well. A medium sized tan head forms initially and fades to a ring over time.

The aroma has a full, smooth roasted malt presence. Some creamy chocolate, dark cherries, a bit of oak, and vanilla all round out the aroma.

The flavor is quite sweet. There is a smooth, medium roasted malt with a sweet, dark chocolate presence. There is a little bit of molasses and vanilla, with a building cherry oak presence and a bit of unspecified dark orchard fruit. The finish stays sweet, with a touch of smoke, and smooth.

Porter Baltique is smooth, rich, creamy, and definitely masks its 10% ABV very well. It is unfortunatley sticky and a little too far on the sweet side. The carbonation is a little lighter than medium and has a creamy nature. On the other hand, the body is definitely on the full side.

I liked this overall. It is full and rich, although it may be a bit sweet to drink too much of it.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Served at cellar temperature. Been looking for this guy for quite a while and very excited to try it out.

Pours very dark brown to black with a one finger foamy brown head that settles to a nice creamy cap and leaves some short-lived lacing behind.

Aroma is overripe dark fruits, a little acidic, some oxidation, some chocolate. Good but not great strength.

The flavor is mighty impressive. Big time rich chocolate and in-your-face dark fruits, dates, figs, raisins, tart cherries. Rather sweet. Minimal bitterness. Some alcohol on the finish but not bad for 10%.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus, nearly full bodied, good carbonation, a little sticky.

Excellent Baltic Porter. While the aroma is only OK, the flavor is fantastic. Very rich and complex.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 bottle
The beer pours a jet black with a creamy tan head that laces. The nose is quite fruity, toasty, almost smoky, and has a deep molasses sweetness. The taste is booming with far more pronounced smokiness and fruity sweetness. This is unlike any Baltic porter I've had with a tremendous amount of interesting flavor layered on top of the smooth, rich, velvety mouthfeel. Honestly I'm a bit taken aback by the strangeness of this brew, considering the smokiness. The beer has more carbonation that I'd prefer, but the flavor richness masks its huge abv well. This is definitely a world class Baltic porter with an incredible amount of complexity and flavor.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From autumn 2010, shared with rudzud, thanks to grub for sending me this one.

Decent creamy darker color head fades at a med pace, decent lacing, pitch black beer no light.

Nose is very aromatic, nice dark malts, toasty black malts, faint roasty slight metallic mineral lager like, little caramel toast, some cocoa and almost vanilla.

Taste stars with dark malts, just a bit of dark roast slight soy acrid, but then quickly into a nice toasty dark porter, good cocoa and caramel, little syrupy, a light latte like iced coffee flavor, just a touch of oxidation later. Bit of bitterness from the dark malts and faint earthy hops, light acrid roast. Lager characters are there, light mineral and crisp flavors. Finish is long, slight more oxidation, sticky slightly syrupy but very long cocoa and toasty caramel malt flavors, some bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, syrupy feel hides the booze well.

Overall pretty nice beer, goods malts and lager feel, the aged feel was nice other than the slight oxidation, tasty with a long great finish.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing, 2010 vintage.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice dark brown hue with a thin blanket and light halo.

S - Aromas of burnt malts, light mineral lager notes, light dark fruits, no ABV at all.

T - Taste is nice roasted malts, light chocolate, faint dark fruits, lingering iced coffee/espresso notes. The aftertaste is exceptional, just awesome. The start is just okay but the finish and lingering notes are heavenly.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style and age. not heavy even though the ABV is so high.

O - Overall I was happily impressed by this beer, while everything was nice as a whole, the lingering finish is just awesome.

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Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
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 CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head.
Nose shows roasted and bready malt, some nutty notes and a bit of cocoa.
Sweet flavours of chocolate liqueur, roasted malt, soft coffee, bready malt and booze. Too sweet.
Could use higher carbonation to cut the sweetness.

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Photo of papat444
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been a long, strange ride through the Top 100 Canada that became the Top 50 with the recent overhaul. Glad to close that chapter and move on to more discoveries.

Also, "Been Away For Too Long" by Soundgarden rings in my head while i'm having this beer. Been too long since i've had this classic.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle, bottled 11/2012.

Appearance: An opaque black body fills the glass and above it sits a rather large brown head that takes its sweet old time while bubbling away on the surface.

Smell: Roasted notes, cherries, figs, rum cake, nuts, charred wood.

Taste: Rum balls more than cake, nuts, milky robust espresso, woody vibe, sweet molasses a bit, an almost port-like finish that compliments the permeating dark cherries.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, a prolonged presence in the palate.

Overall: A classic that has great potential for aging. Excellent all around.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 brew, cellared for 1 year

Appearance: full but airy, mocha head, lasts 5 mins; dark brown, almost black

Aroma: the usual roast flavours - coffee, anise, chocolate, with anise and chocolate taking the lead; the difference is a distinctly fruity aroma that is almost on par - raspberry, dark cherry

Taste & Mouthfeel: rich, full chocolate flavour blends well with fruit - raspberry, orange; like a chocolate covered raspberry; great length, with the flavours in synch and intermingling from start to finish; enough bitterness from the roast to provide some balance, but predominantly a sweeter beer, good as a dessert pairing; fresh, bright, light mouthfeel with almost no sense of alcohol; velvety smooth

Overall: a fantastic blend of flavour and silky mouthfeel make for a great brew, everything balanced well

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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
94 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.