Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires
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4.21/5 rDev -1.9%
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Baltic Porter Grand Cuvée
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.
01-21-2014 21:55:40 | More by inlimbo77
4.69/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
01-06-2014 01:35:46 | More by ChrisKayler
4.23/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
12-12-2013 03:08:08 | More by Damian
3.91/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
12-07-2013 21:25:09 | More by DenisKolkin
4/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
12-05-2013 02:40:41 | More by TerryW
4.35/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
11-28-2013 22:08:03 | More by Flounder57
4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
10-06-2013 01:37:15 | More by brewcrew76
4.21/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
10-03-2013 00:59:40 | More by FrostBlast
Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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