Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires
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4.05/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
04-28-2014 23:11:42 | More by artoolemomo
4.36/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
02-23-2014 03:15:49 | More by brureview
4.39/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
02-20-2014 21:50:28 | More by polloenfuego
4.44/5 rDev +3.5%
From: Binny's, Jefferson St, Chicago, IL
Date: 2012 vintage
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.
02-17-2014 04:37:55 | More by falloutsnow
Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
95 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.