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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.62%


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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one intense beer with almost too many flavours going on at once. I would love to age some of this as the finishing sweetness was a little much right now but the beer is complex and full of deep notes of dark fruit and molasses. Quite a beer from a Canadian brewer and on to hold onto for awhile.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 01:00:34 | More by canucklehead
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

Dark cola brown colour. Small, poorly retained tan head. No lace. Aromatic notes of raisin, fig, and sweet chocolate. Hints of coffee, smoke, and alcohol add complexity. Sweet raisins and brown sugar hit the palate first, followed by chocolate and very light smoke midpalate. Coffee, light char, and a gentle acidity in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, rich, silky mouthfeel. This well-crafted strong black lager shows great depth and complexity of flavour, great length; and exceptional balance of sweet, bitter, and even tart tastes - though it definitely leans closer to the sweet side of things.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 02:06:25 | More by mintjellie
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrating 2 years on Beeradvocate!

Appearance: It has a very dark brown color to it with some light amber shining through. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down slowly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark roasty malts, dark fruit, caramel, molasses, chocolate and licorice.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice roasty character, some smokiness, caramel, chocolate, molasses, some licorice and dark fruit. The flavors work really well.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 21:28:18 | More by SebD
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Rijtjeshuis

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note that I had had this brew cellared for about 14 months prior to drinking. This may account for milder hop bitterness/flavor/aroma and poorer head retention .

Look (3.0/5) – Very dark black in colour with mahogany tones when held to the light. The head was a bit of a disappointment: it rose deep khaki to only about ½ cm or so; it had decent stand and fell to a nice wispy head; there was some decent lacing. It eventually collapses to nothing. Clarity was relatively poor for the style.

Smell (4.0/5) – Very good for the style, it was rich with dark malts but the burnt acridity you get with many imperial stouts was more restrained, leaving a rich and somewhat sweet impression. From the malt I get: a whole lot of coffee, chocolate, and dark/dried pitted fruits (so melanoidins). The light roasted notes gave the impression of a rich chocolate-fruit cake with very, very dark chocolate and some espresso. Very slight floral alcohol. Hops were minimal.

Taste (4.5/5) – Similar to the smell, although I would say that the roaster/burnt character was greater; this was good because it balanced the sweetness much better. The same characters were present: coffee/espresso and chocolate were more equivalent on the palate. A wide range of background flavours added complexity: there were also some melanoidins; a good helping of caramel/molasses; black licorice; a hit of lighter (berry?) fruitiness; and nuts. Given all that sweetness, the finish is fairly dry and well within the espresso wheelhouse. There is a bit of hop bitterness that provides a nice balance (although it is difficult to discern the hop bitterness and the bitterness from the dark malts). A slight floral alcohol note, no hop flavors. This was very, very, very malty but the balance was such that it was rich and complex without being cloying. I’m almost thinking of a rich espresso with a slice of rich dark-chocolate fruit cake.

Feel (4.5/5) – Full body and medium-low carbonation give for that feel of ‘velvetiness’ that is epitomized by very good cask ale. There finish is smooth and rich without being cloying (in fact, it is surprisingly dry). Some nice warmth from the substantial ABV adds something to the finish.

I really, really enjoyed this brew and would serve it as a good example of the style. Basically, the thing that sold me on this brew was the extent to which they counter-balanced the impressively complex, sweet malt profile with bitterness (roasted/burnt grains, hops) and a lager yeast finish to make an exceptionally malty beer without getting too cloying. Great job, TM!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 23:46:24 | More by Rijtjeshuis
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mmapes

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Richard for the bottle, in trade. Drank it September 2012 (it's a 2011 vintage).

Pours reddish-brown/ black, foamy head. Smells of beery molasses. No smoke on the nose.

Nice mouthfeel - not oily, but medium-thick. Sweet finish lasts pretty long. Sweet dark dry fruit like raisins or plums. Molasses. Vanilla. No smoke or wood -- maybe just a hint at the end; mostly dark fruit. Very pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 01:21:36 | More by mmapes
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got bottles of this from a couple guys last year, but can't remember who you are. I had it all logged on my computer, but she crashed a while back. If bottles came from you, cheers! This particular review is of a 2011 bottle I got while in Quebec this past summer.

From a 750ml into a snifter
Bottled 7 January 2011

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, fizzy, light tan head with decent retention. Clear black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp. A light ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Dark malts, caramel, foral hops and a touch fo dark chocolate and leather aromas. Bold enough, though the floral notes make it a little different than expected.

TASTE: Dark malts, caramel sweetness and some toffee flavors start us off, then give way to some nice bitter dark chocoalte, nuts, molasses and woody flavors at the finish. This is quite sweet for sure, though no booze is evident. Aftertaste is sweet with molasses and sweet wood flavors, though some of the bitter chocolate and coffee notes do come through. The sweet flavors are definitely nice, though this could use more bitterness as balance.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine with a slight scratsh at the swallow and finishes rather cloying. No heat. Good weight on this one.

OVERALL: The flavor is a little too sweet for my palate, but it is still a well made beer. There is lots of complex, interesting flavor, and the booze is held in check. The feel is pretty big as well, which really helps its cause. This would be good in small servings, but I found the 75cl bottle a little rough going at it alone. As a final note, I remember the '09 being much different than this 2011 vintage, which tells me this is a good candiate for a vertical one day. Cheers to the guys who helped me out with this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 20:33:22 | More by Jeffo
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Bung

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. 2011 picked up at Brawley's. Fairly dark brown pour, thin layer of light tan bubbles. Maybe just a tad lighter than standard.

Aroma, A minerally chocolate and roast malt. Some faint wood and dark fruits.

Taste, powerful yet balanced roast malt, cocoa, chocolate covered raspberry, grape, plum. Finish is more of the roast and cocoa. Pretty straight forward and clean.

Medium bodied, carbonation keeps this quite light feeling though. Drinks dangerously easy. There is a faint warmth to remind you.
Pretty top notch, you decide if it's in the top three for the style though.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:35:29 | More by Bung
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a true pint, this is from the 2011 vintage. The beer is a dark auburn-brown color with a filmy coating of light brown, big bubbled head. Dark, rich nose of balsamic vinegar, oakey wood characteristics, roasted nut, and a slight bitterness. The body is creamy and rich, with roasted and full flavors. Wood and earthy notes are imparted on a dark nut and creamy backbone, with an overall roasted quality. Roasted and boozey aftertaste, with a slick finish and lingering roasted charcter. Very smooth, very strong, and very good!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 03:54:13 | More by GarthDanielson
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rarbring

Sweden

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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".

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 09:54:13 | More by rarbring
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MadScientist

New York

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle of the 2011 vintage.

This is an almost black beer showing deep garent on the edges with a carmel colored head of foam.

The aroma is of deep roasted grains and licorice with dark fruits like currents and dates. There is a bit of coffee and a slight note fo chocolate as well.

Rich malt sweetness is one way of putting this is sweet and complex with flavors of dark fruit and tons of roast. The dark roast starts to take over towards the finish along with coffee and molasses flavors

This is full bodied and smooth.

I can only think of a couple of beers that as so complex beer. I'm usually going to seek out a drier beer but can still appreciate a an fine example of this style from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 02:04:42 | More by MadScientist
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metter98

New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger high tan head that gradually faded away, leaving on a bit of lacing on the surface and a very thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted and burnt malts, the latter of which lingers through the finish. There are also some hints of hops.
M: It feels slightly higher than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: You might want to slowly sip this beer on a cold winter night but it’s incredibly easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste, which is unusual for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 02:01:38 | More by metter98
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Black with a small nice tan head. 4/5

Smell- Roasty and chocolate. Little burnt aroma. 4/5

Taste- Smooth, and roasty. Bits of chocolate. Alcohol is not nearly as prominent as I thought it was going to be. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation. 4/5

Overall- This is a great Baltic porter. Good flavor, and good mouthfeel. 4.5/5. 

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 15:20:12 | More by MADhombrewer
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oberon

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 22:08:47 | More by oberon
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2011 vintage. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, it smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit (cherries), smoke, and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, tart cherries, plums, smoke, molasses, wood, and a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and smooth, and has good, soft carbonation. I think this is a pretty good overall brew. I'd certainly buy it again. $12.99 a bottle, bought from Keg Liquors.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 22:14:37 | More by bluejacket74
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a pitch black color with a 1-finger creamy head. The smell is surprisigly hoppy but dominated by a frank malty sweetness and milk chocolate aromas. In the taste, malt first appears with toffee and chocolate. Then hop shows up, adding some more comlexity with a nice blend of herbal notes. A gentle bitterness and alcohol bite finish the experience. This full-bodied beer has a perfect carbonation and a good amount of malt which leaves a sweet touch in the mouth. Overall, an excellent brew, amazingly balanced!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 14:25:02 | More by duracell
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, with some yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Smoky chocolate nose. Flavor is smoky chocolate and molasses. High ABV is hidden. $11.99 for a 750ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 22:06:21 | More by jdhilt
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shopshopshop

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle sitting in the fridge for a few months, bought at the LCBO in the winter. Remembered it as being sweet, with a hint of tart cherries. Brought this bottle out to pair with a strawberry rhubarb pie.

Pours dark, but not quite black. Hint of dark, dark red/brown. Once it's in the glass it's near-black.

Smells like chocolate, with a bit of bitter wood/smoke. Didn't remember this aspect the first time around.

Taste is chocolate on the front, a bit of tart cherries, and then finishes with a strong woody, smoky, bitterness. Amazingly well-rounded taste, with three flavours that stand out from each other. Definitely a rounded beer, as the bottle said.

Mouthfeel was medium, not quite a super thick stout but not thin.

Definitely one of the best Baltic porters ever--far more flavourful than the Garrison Baltic porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 16:02:54 | More by shopshopshop
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Parrotshake

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours just about black. Viscous. About 2 fingers of tan head. I've seen this beer a couple times before but this is still exciting.

Burnt toast, licorice, malted milk, a twinge of maybe chocolate orange. Lovely nose. Plays out in the mouth about the same. Milk chocolate, molasses and black cherry along for the ride. A whole different profile to a big stout. Almost overwhelming amounts of flavor. Bittersweet and slightly astringent. Long finish with a decent amount of hop bitterness.

A fairly full-bodied beer with a fine and unobtrusive level of carbonation. Slightly warming. Profound and contemplative. I need to stop fucking around and buy a dozen to age. Love this.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 22:22:30 | More by Parrotshake
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a dark ebony colour with a large tanned head.

S - Pronounced malt, licorice and awooded barrell aged aroma.

T - Nice chocolate flavours, followed by sweet licorice. The sweetness comes back with a little warming booze flavour at the finish.

M - Merdium to full body with low to medium carbonation.

O - I haven't had a baltic porter for a while. I'll be having a few more after this. Its a cracking brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 14:28:19 | More by eric5bellies
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gford217

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours deep, chocolate brown out of the bottle and settles in pretty close to black with a big thick tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is heavily roasted black malts, bakers chocolate and some hints of smoke. There is also a bit of sweetness, especially the licorice and vanilla.

Taste is even sweeter with malted milk balls coming to mind - sweet chocolate and lactose with smoked malts and licorice. The finish is dry with bitter roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Maybe a hint of cherry tartness as it warms, very subtle.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and really, really smooth on the palate.

This is not one of the biggest or most flavorful Baltic porter but it's extremely tasty and sweeter in the taste than the nose suggests.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 01:09:05 | More by gford217
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phichifiji00

California

3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, pours 2 fingers of thick tan head that fades slowly.

Smell: roasted malt, orange, estery, biscuit, chocolate, dark fruit, leather, oak.

Taste: roasted malt, a bit smokey, sweet, oak, coffee, molasses, chocolate, cherries.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, minimal carbonation, silky, smooth, creamy.

Overall: Very complex, sweet, smokey, woody, coffee, chocolate, almost too much going on here. Drinkability is moderate. WOuldn't be able to handle a whole bottle to myself.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 06:26:42 | More by phichifiji00
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Super thick viscous black liquid with a diminutive coffee colored head. The aroma is vinous and boozy, but not in a distracting way. The taste is very complex - coffee, chocolate, crème brulee, plums, mint, tobacco, berries, spicy hops and other flavors fill each sip. Alcohol heat isn't overbearing ever, but the 10% ABV is not immodest. The mouthfeel is thick and mouthcoating. Very good stuff. The finish is malty and boozy like a fine sherry. This is an excellent Baltic Porter. Its packed with flavor and very enjoyable on a cold winter night.

I used to think 'contemplative' was a bad word to describe a drink, but not with this beer. Seek it out if you can.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:12:02 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my Cheers drinking mug.

A) This is dark brown, pretty much black. There was a nice 2 finger khaki colored head that settled to a dusting. There was a good amount of sticky lacing.

S) The aroma is of dark roasted malt and smoke. There is a sweetness, like brown sugar slowly cooking down. As this warms there is also some pleasing pipe tobacco.

T) There are quite a few layers here. I picked up coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, drown sugar and a hint of sweet rum. This has an earthy/woody finish, and an aftertaste of smoke. The 10% ABV is remarkably well masked.

M) Rather full bodied, and lightly carbonated. This beer is rich and very smooth. A pleasure to drink.

O) Absolutely delicious... I wish I had another one of these in the cellar. Highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 01:50:28 | More by RoamingGnome
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bbHOP

California

4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 04:14:31 | More by bbHOP
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark, brown with firm cap of brown froth, decent retention. First whiff brings notes of dark roasted malts, molasses, anise, dark bitter baking chocolate, full roast coffee beans, dark fruits such as plum and currant, faint acidity, port-like, light char. Taste takes all of these components and blends them wonderfully. Notes of bitter chocolate cake throughout, cherry, currant and plum like fruitiness. Backed by roasted malts, light molasses, notes of anise, wood, port wine, vanilla, char. Deeply complex. Fuller side of medium bodied, somewhat dry end. Fantastic representation of the style that takes it to another level. Imperial Baltic Porter?

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 14:32:12 | More by rfgetz
Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
95 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.