1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Til Fra (To From) - Mikkeller ApS

Not Rated.
Til Fra (To From)Til Fra (To From)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

71 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale, cara-crystal, pale chocolate and chocolate), unmalted oats, dark cassonade, hops (Centennial and Cascade), spices (star anise, cinnamon, clove and coriander) and yeast.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 11-22-2007)
View: Beers (267) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112


4.83/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even a slight trace of lighter color when held to a light source and a massive three finger frothy mocha colored head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.

Roasted mal aroma with lots of spicy notes and roasty chocolate. Hints of peppermint, pepper and cinnamon as well as some toast, coffee bean, toffee and oatmeal in the nose. That unpleasant medicinal cough syrup presence that often appears in holiday beers is absent. This beer smells amazing!

Wonderful chewy full body with lots of different flavors bouncing off of one another. Roasted chocolate maltiness with silky lactic creaminess as well as plenty of peppery spice. I'm picking up a lot of peppermint and cinnamon which add a decent balance to the roasted coffee, oatmeal and toffee notes. This beer is extremely well balanced with some subtle dark fruit notes thrown in there as well. The ABV is very well masked making this beer extremely quaffable. Excellent and highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 01:28:37 | More by corby112
More User Reviews:
Photo of afsdan


4/5  rDev +12%

03-21-2014 04:16:53 | More by afsdan
Photo of QuentinCall


1.75/5  rDev -51%

02-27-2014 03:19:23 | More by QuentinCall
Photo of Rihup


2.5/5  rDev -30%

12-25-2013 23:42:12 | More by Rihup
Photo of Chico1985


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love the label on this one, gift tags are overrated...

Black pour, thick brown head, this easily could be mistaken for an imperial stout by the appearance. Patchy cap left behind, great retention and lace.

Nose brings roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, spices, pine. Very little sweetness and a decent Christmasy feel to it.

Taste follows mostly. Malts are definitely roast-forward with some smokiness and char there as well, some dark chocolate and coffee, bread, maybe some dark fruit as well. Spices are pretty noticeable, maybe a tad strong but fine here. Clove definitely sticks out with perhaps some cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is slick and somewhat thin-feeling considering the bold flavors, but considering this is actually a porter it's understandable. Medium-low carbonation, some booze, a bit of a sipper.

One glass is probably enough for me, but a good holiday beer that's bold in malts and spices. Kinda like their Santa's Little Helper, but in baltic porter form. A nice one to split on a cold eve.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 01:53:22 | More by Chico1985
Photo of Rickythejeweler


4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

06-23-2013 16:10:30 | More by Rickythejeweler
Photo of mendvicdog


3.75/5  rDev +5%

01-27-2013 15:50:38 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generous gift from my good friends at Boo's in Columbus Ga (thanks much Chris).
appearance: Beautiful opaque brown with some ruby highlights. Huge fluffy mocha head that leaves swaths of lacing.
smell: Dark cocoa and spice. Quite dry.
taste: Mostly dry with a hint of sweetness. again, dark cocoa and spices.
overall: Another very interesting beer from Mikkeller. Keep experimenting guys.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 22:51:17 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-21-2012 01:38:00 | More by djrn2
Photo of samEBC


4.25/5  rDev +19%

04-19-2012 17:22:17 | More by samEBC
Photo of Rollzroyce21


3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-02-2012 21:56:46 | More by Rollzroyce21
Photo of kojevergas


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It took me some time to find this beer on the site, but after looking at all of the variants, I'm confident the bottle I have is indeed this listing. Brought to me from France - thanks Pauline! Brown glass bottle with foiled-over standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Best before date is 30/08/15. Reviewed live.

Expectations are high; Mikkeller is me favourite brewery.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beautiful tan colour head of excellent cream, fantastic thickness, and great retention for the high ABV (~4-5 minutes). Body colour is a solid nontransparent black. Quite appealing.

Sm: Light smoke, dark malts, roast, cream, and hints of coffee and chocolate. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Dark malts form the foundation alongside roasted barley, with hints of chocolate, cream, caramelized malt, nuts,molasses, spices (cinnamon) and some hints of smoke or even bourbon. Tasty and balanced. Built pretty well. Not unique or special, but certainly pleasant and enjoyable for the style. I do like it.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, wet, and thick. Apt for the style but not horribly impressive. Complements the flavours decently.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV - which it itself well hidden. Another good dark beer from Mikkeller. I won't actively look for it on-draught, but if I found it I'd give it a go.

Might age well.

Would pair well with smoked fish/meat or chocolate.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:50:51 | More by kojevergas
Photo of VIPbeer

New York

2/5  rDev -44%

02-20-2012 23:15:42 | More by VIPbeer
Photo of jfcaa193


3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-05-2012 19:40:33 | More by jfcaa193
Photo of ohtheguilt


3/5  rDev -16%

01-04-2012 13:19:59 | More by ohtheguilt
Photo of fiedler84


2.5/5  rDev -30%

01-01-2012 03:32:03 | More by fiedler84
Photo of jophish17


3.5/5  rDev -2%

12-24-2011 07:03:32 | More by jophish17
Photo of KirstenJ


4/5  rDev +12%

12-19-2011 01:49:36 | More by KirstenJ
Photo of jlindros


3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Ho-Ho Belgian Christmas.

Dark creamy smaller head, dark molasses colored looking beer with hints of ruby light.

Nose is typical baltic porter, dark roasty bitter charred malts, hint of very dark choc, black patent malt, light earthy hops.

Taste big bold, dark malts, dry bitter charred malts roasted, little scorched, hint of nutty malts and light spices, caramel, light clove and cinnamon like spices, heavy, hint of booze, finishes bitter and roasty, more sticky syrupy feel, bit of booze and hint of choc, dry light woody ester taste late.

Mouth is heavier full bodied, rich, decent carb, warming booze.

Overall nice baltic porter with hints of spices, light booze, nice roast that barely starts to get briny burnt, nice bitterness and hint of hops. It has its good and bad points, fairly typical but not the best in show.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 03:44:33 | More by jlindros
Photo of brandoman63


4.25/5  rDev +19%

11-22-2011 03:34:07 | More by brandoman63
Photo of HopStoopid120


3/5  rDev -16%

11-16-2011 05:09:36 | More by HopStoopid120
Photo of mattboyer182


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours dark dark brown with a light tan, one fingered head. Good lacing.

S - a really light smellkind of a light fruity smell to me. Some wood as well.

T - taste is fruity and malty. Not a whole lot of complexity to this. I don't get a lot out of it.

M - medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation.

O - its not bad but not a great example of a Baltic porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 01:19:24 | More by mattboyer182
Photo of beerpirates


3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

75 cl bottel had this at the 16th christmas beerfestival 2010 in essen belgium

Pours an opaque black color with a thin brown head. Nice aroma of spices with dark, roasted malt and chocolate. Good flavor of chocolate, dark roasted malt and spices. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. This is an interesting porter with christmasy spices added to it, nice!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 20:32:29 | More by beerpirates
Photo of Bendurgin


3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle last year a bit after Christmas so I wanted to wait until the holiday season to drink it. Cracked it last night with a couple friends. The beer pours dark brown with a huge light mocha colored head that is very fluffy and holds good retention leaving sticky soapy lace behind. The smell is pretty interesting. I mostly get cinnamon up front so it's spicy in the nostrils and has a bitter cocoa and roasty aromas behind the spice. It's certainly not what I expected but I can dig it. The flavor is a bit more mellow than the aroma. Spicy cinnamon and a bitter chocolate and espresso finish. Seems more balanced than the aroma for me. The body is relatively light but it's smooth and creamy making this one drink pretty well, but the flavors a little intense at times.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 20:44:45 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of BEERchitect


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With Stout-like maltiness at heart, this Christmas beer takes on the Belgian tartness, spicy character, and high gravity heaft that ultimately make for an aggressively experimental ale.

Dark brown in color and with an opague cloudiness, the beer has a thick appearance that's only exacerbated by the moussey lightly tanned foam that blankets the glass and laces wildly during the session.

Aromas are a blend of roasted grain, heavy toast, coffee, and phenolic spice/smoke/peat (edging on plastic at times). A tawiny-tart aroma takes the shape of charred currants and berries to ride along side of a plethera of tart fruity esters.

Flavors of cocoa, coffee, toast, and acidic tartness lines the mouth, giving balanced yet conflicting flavors. High bitterness from both hops and roast are amplified by a moderagte dose of grainy astringency. Otherwise, the burnt fruit, malted milk, and high roast character give more intrigue than conflict.

Full creaminess early on, the beer turns from rich cocoa and milky textures and makes a quick turn to dry roast, medium astringency, and acidic tartness. Never reaching full dryness or crispness, the beer leaves some residual malty-roasty sweetness on the tongue.

The Christmas-like spice never really makes the impact that is expected. But as a Belgian foreward Stout, the beer fares well. The early phenolic notes and the late astringency are too distracting and could be ommitted for optimal taste and drinkability. But overall the beer fares well.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 08:29:53 | More by BEERchitect
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Til Fra (To From) from Mikkeller ApS
81 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.