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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 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 Damian
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -5.6%
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 +2.1%
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 +6.1%
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 -1.2%
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 -2.8%
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 -1.2%
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 -7.1%
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 -4.9%
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 -2.4%
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 -1.6%
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 +10.4%
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 CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
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 -0.2%
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 +1.6%
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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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 UCLABrewN84
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at drewone's place.

2011 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark reddish-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, smoke, and wood. Taste is much the same with a smoke and cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors.

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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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Photo of WanderingFool
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique pours black with little to no head. A few spots of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate and roasted malt. It's also somewhat boozy with a little dark fruit and a touch of vanilla and oak.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and light on the palate, smooth with light carbonation. The flavor is a nice blend of chocolate, roast malt, dark fruit (raspberry), grape and plum. It finishes with mild bitterness and lingering chocolate when gone.

This is a very tasty and drinkable beer that has a complex flavor. However, I was expecting a bigger mouthfeel with this beer.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.29/5  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.

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Photo of SebD
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.29/5  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!!!

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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
94 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.