Fra Til (From To) - Mikkeller ApS
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4.95/5 rDev +17.6%
Pours an opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is smoky with strong tones of coffee and unsweetened chocolate - very mouth-watering. Rich flavor is like mocha with a hoppy undertone and hints of smoke, sweetness, molasses, toffee and spice. Ragged, lively, tingly texture is a great finish to this winner of a beer.
12-13-2009 04:03:10 | More by Cyberkedi
United Kingdom (England)
4.83/5 rDev +14.7%
Poured from 750ml bottle into a wine glass
Dark rich black colouring veering towards very dark brown
An amazing head 2 to 3 fingers initially, frothy with flecks of darkness
Smells of coffee, chocolate, liquorice
Bold taste - lots of coffee, raosted malts, chocolate, toffee, biscuit, burnt/roasted nuts
Mouthfeel was excellent, it dared you to drink more all the time and you couldn't help yourself but do so! Big big body and lovely creamy texture on the palate
A fantastic beer!
12-30-2011 12:24:34 | More by Ruds
British Columbia (Canada)
4.55/5 rDev +8.1%
Appearance: Very, very dark brown thick pour, almost black in the glass. Dark beige head that isn't large but exhibits some retention and leaves some nice lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, cinnamon, star anise, cloves. Lots of smoke. Spices are moderately subtle.
Taste: Changes as the beer warms.
At first, there is lots of chocolate, roasted malt with gentle coffee, clove, cinnamon, star anise. Again, the spices are moderately subtle. Slight sweetness, but this is well tempered with a lingering roasty bitterness. Smoky. Alcohol strength is gently apparent, not harsh.
As the beer warms further, some hazelnut comes through. As it approaches room temperature, a hop bite becomes apparent before a strong piney hop flavour subdues the chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Oily, very full bodied, but with a little crispness when chilled. Dry.
Drinkability: I did not detect the coriander seed at any stage; unless the gentle sweetness comes from them, which is possible. This is a very nice beer that is worth sipping from chilled until room temperature to explore all the flavour transitions; or could be drunk quicker cold, or only drunk warm, depending on the mood. I would like a little more assertiveness from the spices and perhaps a touch less roasty bitterness, but that is just a personal preference; the flavours are there. Definitely a worthwhile beer.
07-18-2010 08:50:32 | More by lumikuuro
4.53/5 rDev +7.6%
#5 - 12 beers of Christmas. 750 mL bottle at 45* into a St. Bernardus chalice.
A: This pours a completely opaque black color with a two-finger, thick, foamy, and lively dark khaki head with excellent retention and lace. It actually bears a resemblance to FBS.
S: Big roasted espresso notes leap from the glass, followed by dark chocolate, herbal notes, gingerbread, and bittersweet dark fruits; excellent.
T: The taste consists of a blend of espresso, chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits, combined with herbal and winter spices: juniper, nutmeg, cinammon, and gingerbread.
M: This has the typical medium to medium-light body for the style but with thick creaminess and some finishing stickiness.
D: This is terrific all-around and among the best Christmas beers I've tried.
12-19-2010 09:02:20 | More by bucklemyshoe
4.53/5 rDev +7.6%
This beer pours beautifully. Impenetrably black with a super-dark brown head that laces the glass nicely. The smell is of roasted chocolate and a little coffee bitterness. Some cherry and plum sweetness and some spiciness I can't put my finger on. Also, a surprising amount of hops.
Wow. One of the most interesting beers I've ever had. There's almost too much going on here. The flavors come in three waves, each of which seem to cancel out the one before it. Up front there's a dry, almost coffee like roast that is different from any roastiness I've ever experienced in a beer because it's accompanied by spices (some cinnamon, perhaps?). This is followed by some dark fruit sweetness through the middle, and a mixture of that sweetness with a big dose of hops in the finish. The aftertaste is like an amalgamation of everything that happens throughout, with an emphasis on the hops and the roastiness. It definitely keeps you reaching for more. I would like to give it a four, but that wouldn't do justice to how much I'm actually enjoying this beer right now.
Mouthfeel is damn near perfect, with great carbonation (Mikkeller actually got the carbonation right for once, or maybe this is the second time...) and a medium thick body (just about right for the style). The drinkability is huge, as it keeps you reaching for more after every sip.
01-21-2010 06:21:51 | More by jdklks
4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
brewed in 2008, a gift from last Christmas, aged a year in my cellar and opened with biegaman tonight. Opaque black, tan head, about a finger and reduced to a filmy, spotty, swirled blanket. Nose was coriander, minty chocolate, clove, cinammon, powdered cocoa. Hoppy taste and mouthfeel, spicy, cocoa, bone dry bitter bakers' chocolate, a flash of astringency, big taste and body, roasted malts and espresso. Mouthfeel a touch pine as well, dense and very rich, alcohol well done, benefits from air and warming to take on other dimensions. Nice and complex, one to sip and savour, don't pass up an opportunity to try one if the chance comes along.
12-25-2010 02:31:45 | More by ThatWineGuy
4.47/5 rDev +6.2%
This was the best beer of the night after having many fine beers. A great way to cap the evening.
dark dark color with brown highlights, creamy tan head.
Great smell, chocolate, earthy, spices, hops, dark fruits, coffee.
smooth, creamy, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and some hops.
Excellent, creamy, velvety beer. Perfect, with some age on it, it would be great.
12-29-2010 05:24:27 | More by Murchmac
4.45/5 rDev +5.7%
Served in a wine glass
This beer looks gorgeous in the glass with it's chocolate color and it's tan head. The aroma has what I might go as far to say is the perfect amount of smoke. There are some peppered spice notes in the back to accompany the chocolate and coffee aromas. The taste is just as good. The smoke is on point in this beer's flavor as well. The chocolate and the coffee come though in a creamy melange that works so very well for me. At 8% I'm wondering why I can actually still taste the liquor, but It's not enough to detract from what is really an outstanding beer. I could truly enjoy having this again.
12-09-2010 19:28:38 | More by Vdubb86
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
2008 vintage. 750 ml bottle. gold foil caged and corked.
pours out an opaque blackish/brown colour with some ruby red highlights. a monstrous tan head supported by vigourous carbonation shows no sign of receding in my wine glass. lots of chunky lace. couldn't really look any better. dark roasted malts and spices such as anise and allspice...maybe some nutmeg in the nose. a resounding hoppiness, too. definitely a festive smelling beer. lots going on in the flavour department...dark chocolate and a caramel/nougat combination with some light cherry/raspberry nuances. spicing is really minimal but recognized as belgian like with a holiday twist. really hard to pinpoint the exact spices but it's clove like with a black licorice subtleness. fruity, tangy hoppiness provides some character and a touch of bitterness. a bit of yeastiness adds a delicate layer, also. pretty damn tasty and always balanced. the mouthfeel is pretty silky smooth for such a round and full bodied beer. drinkability is great for a holiday porter.
snagged this bottle for $5 and it delivered the x-mas goods. a perfect beer to start my x-mas eve imbibing. delicious!!
12-25-2009 00:29:58 | More by budgood1
4.4/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Mikkeller goblet.
A: Pours a dark cola-brown with mahogany accents at the edges. The head is a massive, three-finger, fluffy, and creamy dark mocha color with amazing retention that left a TON of lace stuck to the inside of the glass.
S: The nose on this beer comes alive just a touch cooler than room temperature, so let it set for awhile. Aromas of dark fruit, black licorice, ginger, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a little campfire smoke. Has a tangy citrus/tart cherry scent, as well.
T: Big blast of roasty malt followed by some semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruit, honey, cherry, pine, smoke, bittersweet cocoa, citrus, licorice, spices, black pepper, and earthy Belgian yeast. Sweet milk chocolate, tangy fruit, and dark chocolate in the finish.
M: Full and creamy with a bracing hit of bitterness. Much bigger and oilier than I expected. Awesome porter coating left on my lips!
D: The drinkability score was helped along by how full this beer was. Not a trace of typical porter thinness to be found. Excellent!
03-24-2009 00:04:14 | More by GbVDave
4.4/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass, a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus foamy tan head, which leaves some nice small islands/sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some spices, chocolate, coffee/toffee notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, very nice chocolate/coffee/toffee notes, there is some spice thing going on as well. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice BP, quite different than other's I've had.
04-24-2009 22:42:44 | More by Wasatch
District of Columbia
4.4/5 rDev +4.5%
A: Almost completely black with a dark maroon head that fizzes then settles.
S: Aroma of dark cocoa, dates, prunes and cinnamon.
T: Lots of flavor going on - dark and sweet roasted malts, dark fruits, bitter chocolate and a finish of smoke.
M: Thick and chewy, like 10W40.
D: Amazing Christmas beer. Would love to see what happens after a couple of years in the cellar.
01-03-2010 23:41:48 | More by Travlr
District of Columbia
4.4/5 rDev +4.5%
fantastic, top notch beer... pretty much what we've come to expect from these guys. well refined example of a classic style. dark dg to ark with a coffee and cream colored head that holds very well and leaves very pretty lace. nose gives hints of coffee, roastiness, dark fruit (plum?), and some sweetness topped with a subtle dose of hop. well balanced taste with a lemony hop trying to break through the other flavors. medium full with a finish of flavor that sticks to the palate and lets you enjoy well ater the brew has gone down the hatch. cheers.. here's to more mikk!!!
11-29-2008 05:24:04 | More by timtim
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.38/5 rDev +4%
750ml corked and capped bottle bought from Beermerchants.com
Poured a deep dark mahogany red colour. Mocha tan head pours big, thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like topping then fades slowly to good thick coating... good sticky lacing...
Aroma - Lots of toasted chocolate and slightly charred malts, some piney resin, nutmeg spiciness, cinnamon and allspice, some coriander, light treacle / brown sugar sweetness, toasted nuts, citrus notes, faint clove, some woodiness, light smoke..
Taste - Rich and lightly spiced chocolate, fruitcake notes, some sooty / charred notes, toasted nuttiness, light brown / muscovado sugar sweetness, piney hops, allspice and cinnamon, some bitter coffee, toffee, nut brittle...
Feel - Rich and creamy with just the slightest sharpness coming through... medium bodied... very very quaffable...
Overall - A superb winter brew - so well balanced and drinkable... highly recommended
01-11-2010 12:00:44 | More by mdagnew
4.38/5 rDev +4%
From notes 12-8-09
Eye: You can't ask for more from this beer. Black as night here, opaque. Head formation and retention is excellent. The muddy colored head looks like mousse on some kind of chocolate pie.
Nose: Dark and complex. I get light dark fruits under everything, maybe hints at cherries, chocolate covered cherries. Roasty notes, slightly burnt notes, chocolate, and coffee notes as well. Some dark spices too. I can't put a finger on it, but I'm reminded of the Juicy Fruit gum as far as the spice goes. Cinnamon too, like as in Big Red gum or fireballs. Hop character comes through too adding more depth. Quite an interesting beer, not sure what I'd call this except for complex.
Tongue: Definitely chocolate and coffee notes in here. Roasted grain bitterness is here too. Again dark cherry fruitiness is there in the background, tartness on top of that. These however are much in the background behind everything else. Spices come out near the finsih and its really hard to tell what they are. All I can really get is impressions from them, as it was in the aroma. Excellent use of spice, not enough to be boisterous and obnoxious, but enough to give flavor without giving away the blend of spices.
Feel and Drinkability: Feel is medium and could be a bit heavier given the way this beer tastes and the way that the head looks so creamy and rich, expected it to feel a bit heavier than it does. Carbonation is low and non-obtrusive, perfect for body, and flavor. This is one is one to pick up. Its worth the money. This is one brewery that never lets me down.
01-24-2010 21:30:20 | More by becktone
4.38/5 rDev +4%
Fra Til is an awfully dark beer for the so-called season of lights; its black and opaque body is without even a single highlight and shuns any of my and the room's overhead lights' efforts at making some. Its head, however, is most decorative and even just a little colorful too; its tan brown lacing festoons the glass in an elegantly patterned drapery.
Judging by smell, this beer is certainly in the running for most distinctive and original brew I've ever tried. The aroma is nothing if not offbeat, showcasing lively, effervescent spices as well as the more familiar roasty and bittersweet components. It's like a giant breath of Christmas air (and it's got enough booze to warm you up a little too).
An ingredients list containing pale, cara-crystal, pale chocolate and chocolate malts, oats, dark sugar, two varieties of hops as well as star anise, cinnamon, clove and coriander reads less an ingredient list and more an inventory sheet for a homebrew store. There's a lot of things put in this and, as result, there's a lot of flavour that comes out of it...
The spices are all unbridled: clove is as rabid as coriander is riotous while cinnamon is only slightly less firm than anise is forceful. The sensation is like a fourth of July pyrotechnics celebration for the palate. Dark, rustic breads are also tasted, albeit slightly overrun by pressing notes of roasty coffee, bakers chocolate, dried fruits and anisette liqueur.
A certain piny, spruce-y quality was also present - I felt as though I were drinking the thing in an enchanted forest. Each sip was at some point resinous, leafy, spicy and minty; evidently Mikkeller found a way to get hops and spices to work together. One must also factor in the esters of the yeast to fathom what a spicy, savory, complex treat this was.
It takes a very skilled brewer to blend so many spices in such a bold manner and create something as palatable and delightful as this. Fra Til is one of the most simultaneously distinctive and delectable beers I've had (even more so than its predecessor Til Fra) and considering how well this bottle held up after 2 years aging, I'm sad to not have more.
01-04-2011 19:35:06 | More by biegaman
4.38/5 rDev +4%
Corked, caged, and foiled bomber into nonic pint at fiddy degree.
Huge, cascading, rocky, brown head fills the glass and eventually fades into permafilm over a black body with ruby edges. Big sticky chunks of lacing on the glass. Purdy.
Nutty and tannic aroma, with molasses, charcoal, and some allspice and nutmeg blended in for holiday cheer.
Good roasty espresso flavors up front, with a light cherry-like acidic bite, just enough molasses sweetness, and mellow pine hop - really nice blend. Overall, it seemed like a mix of Baltic Porter and Belgian Strong Dark Ale.
Relatively creamy mouthfeel - nicely carbonated, and pretty easy drinker.
This is a fantastic holiday selection, and something I will definitely seek out again.
01-16-2010 14:53:40 | More by BeerImmediately
Fra Til (From To) from Mikkeller ApS
93 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.