Fra Til (From To) - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 97
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 11-18-2008

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.
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Photo of drpimento
2.58/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I can tell where they were going with this one, unfortunately for me, I got the bottle to late to get there. The beer is starting to go sour ( I bought several as Christmas gifts too :( ) The flavors of the beer couple with its turning don't work well together.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had higher hopes for this, but I find it actually somewhat bland.

It looks good...dark ruby, almost black, with a thick, rich khaki head. Malty, gingerbread-y smell with a noticeable hop spice to it. Dry malt and gingerbread flavour, but lacking sweetness. Raisin bread and slight cinnamon hint in the aftertaste.

Nice carbonation, smooth mouthfeel - but its coupled with a weird, dry-spicy taste. Maybe better at Christmas, with Christmas dinner or dessert...but on a hot July night...not so much.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle from 2008 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with a small light brown head that fades fast. Nose has a light booziness, with some hoppiness ad holiday spices behind it.

Taste is fairly boozy, but not over the top. A bit smoky reminds me of bacon a bit. Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery for a baltic porter, but it's not too bad. It's a decent holiday beer but the worst of the four I had this christmas day.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a generic wide-mouth tulip.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with two thick fingers of fallow cream. Multiple messy layers of lacing paint the sides and recede slowly like a broken etch-a-sketch. Glassy legs.

Very unusual ester-heavy aroma with burnt banana, dates, and agave. Roast malt, brown sugar, and a touch of citrus round out the nose.

Almost savory (though not vegetal) palate-entry with grape-skin and malt. Cardamom, raisins, allspice, and brown sugar flavors emerge next. The finish is long and sweet yet tart. A strange fruity-mix. I suspect the strain of yeast and/or mix of hops they are using is confusing my taste-buds as this defies my expectations of the style.

Medium-bodied, slightly sticky, and moderately carbonated.

Quite unique, and worth trying if only for its quiet novelty.

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Photo of CMW
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - After my struggle with the cork, this beer pours into my pint glass a jet black color. There is a huge tan rocky head that leaves heavy streaks of soapy lacing behind.

S - You can definitely smell the difference between this and a standard baltic porter. This has all the nutty and roasted characteristics but with plenty of sweet Xmas spice.

T - Tastes are pretty straightforward. Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate with some nice bitterness for balance. Very little sweetness with maybe a little spice upfront.

M - Medium carbonation and a little watery.

D - The alcohol is well hidden and I think that is the secret to its drinkability.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One question is what is it. Pours a thick dark brown coffee-looking chocolate imperial stout. Aroma of coffee. Some head and lines of lace. Taste is of good coffee, a bit of expresso, chocolate, barley.Initial bitterness that is licorice and mollasses sweetened down. Another off-the-scale by Mikkeller.

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Photo of baggio
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage shared with friends.

A: Dark brownish with a creamy head.

S: Chocolate, Spices (christmas), Coffee, Fudge.

T: Burned malt, Spices (among them pepper & chili), Fruit, Chocolate.

M: Very smooth and and quite an easy drink for the style. Carbonation is plenty!

Quite interesting brew from Mikkeller but i could have done without the pepper/chili-thingy. Nice.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008; Sampled June 2011
Pours with a frothy, somewhat large bubbled, well browned head (it is dark enough that you can’t really call it tan anymore); the head subsides quite slowly leaving lots of lacing and falling with a very varied, rocky surface. The beer is a deep, dark brown color that perhaps some black touches to it. The beer smells quite spicy still, with notes that remind me of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. There is perhaps a hint of nuttiness to this beer, that suggests at a very feint oxidation. There is a rich underlying, toasted maltiness here that suggests also at a rich caramelized malt character. Notes of molasses mix with the spice character that suggests of pumpkin pie. There is perhaps a hint of tartness here that also suggest at pumpkin pie and perhaps a dark fruit character (though this last is fairly subtle). The aroma on this is quite vibrant and interesting after all this time (I wonder if the spices were overwhelming when this was fresh).

Nicely carbonated, which helps to carry the medium’ish viscous body across the palate without letting it get too heavy. The body lingers on the tongue after a sip. The beer has a sweetness to it that speaks of complex toasted malt, browned caramel and molasses. There is a certain phenolic character to the finish that produces a smokiness as well as a clove note; the smokiness lingers in the palate, though it is fairly soft overall and the spiciness adds something to the finish that is quite different but sort of substitutes for a hop bitterness (though it is nothing like it). There is a nice, toasted brown bread character that has a spiciness that is reminiscent of spicy browned whole grains. The smokiness the finish at times also tastes a bit vegetal at times. The finish can actually get a bit weird at times. The spiciness also takes on a certain woodiness to it (which seems to be akin to the flavors of aged cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice). I like that this beer is not overly heavy, but has a certain richness to it. There is a touch of a cola flavor to this beer, though it is fairly subtle. As the beer warms up, lots of roasted, quite porter like notes start to become noticeable; the dry quality this accentuates helps to balance the sweetness and sweet accentuating spice character that is here, though this was certainly never a cloying beer.

Despite being a touch rough at times in the finish, I find that I am quite enjoying this spice dominated beer. The spices definitely play a large role here, but there is just enough malt complexity to keep this fairly balanced.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This beer seems to be very temperature sensitive, even moreso than most porters/stouts. Let it get to around room temperature to get the most out of it, otherwise the spices can get kind of weird.

Bottle into chalice.

Pours opaque black with a creamy, dark tan head that quickly settles into a thin creamy cap, and leaves an absolute wall of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good looking beer.

Nose has the usual roasty espresso notes, but there's some definite spicy licorice in there also that comes out quite clearly.

Taste is interesting. Molasses and brown sugar, a bit of a roasty coffee presence, with an array of spices - citrusy orange rind, cinnamon, anise, a bit of nutmeg, spicy currants, and more besides. The spiciness lingers on the palate, a bit resiny, alongside licorice and molasses notes.

Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit slick, medium bodied. Really, a fascinating beer once it warmed up.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle. Bottled in 2008.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, dark cherries, chocolate and molasses. Fairly complex with all of the elements blending nicely.

The flavor is burnt and roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. The flavor is much roastier than the aroma, which works out nicely. The dark fruit is hidden in the background behind the malt. The heavily roasted malt also provides some bitterness. I don't get much spicing in the flavor, but that may be because the malt is so prominent.

Medium to full mouthfeel and high, prickly carbonation. The only thing I would change about the beer is to dial down the carbonation a little bit.

A nice, complex porter that has aged very nicely.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle marked "Bottled 2008" which has been in my cellar since I received it as a gift in December, 2009. I've poured into a pint glass.

The beer has a very dark brown color. It is too dark to see through. The head is large and made up of good sized bubbles. It has light brown coloring. Good lacing is left behind.

The aroma has a healthy amount of spices. Clove and cinnamon are the most prevalent scents. A chocolately sweetness can also be detected.

The beer has a decent base of dark malts. It is slightly sweet, but my tongue is distracted by the spices. Clove seems to be the strongest flavor, but hints of cinnamon can be tasted (especially in the aftertaste). I am also tasting small amounts of chocolate and anise. The alcohol is well hidden.

The beer is a little bit sticky, on both my lips and within my mouth. It is full bodied, so it feels a little bit heavy. But since this is a winter beer, its fullness seems appropriate.

This si an enjoyable porter. As mentioned above, I received this as a gift, so I can't comment on it's value in terms of the price paid. I can say I would drink it again, but I wont go out of my way to obtain another bottle. I never had it fresh, so I can't be positive, but I feel safe saying that aging this beer for four years has not hurt it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt is dominating with light spices also noticeable. Taste is dominated by creamy 60% cacao chocolate with a light spicy finish though I didn't find as much spices as per beer description. Body has a very nice creamy texture with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very well done and something I would drink more often if it was available in my neighbourhood.

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Photo of Douglas88
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice 750ml bottle from the Bayou in Salt Lake City. Pours a dark black color with a nice light brown head, very thick and full. The aroma is full of super aggressive spices, sweet sugar cookies, very nice. The flavor was initially very spicy, cinnamon, cloves, all spices, but later the smoky and roasted flavors really stood out. Some candied prunes and light alcohol warmth also. Very nice. A great find.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours out as a nice deep rich brown color with a really good sized head on it. The lacing was nice and the retention was really good too. The smell of the beer is herbal, Lots of different aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer is really nice, plenty of anise in the flavor, some other herbs I'm not really sure of and it's got a hefty amount of malts too in it. The mouthfeel of the beer is thick like a stout, I really like the body this one. Overall I founf this to be very nice, it's a really good brew to have in the winter time around the holidays. I would love to have this one again.

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Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado SF, listed as "To From," but it beats me whether this is the correct listing. Don't think it was "To From" since that was retired awhile ago. Mikkeller should differentiate between this beer and the other similar beers better.

Anyway, pours from the tap jet black with a one-finger tan head. Looks pretty intense.

Aroma is heavy roast, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of dark fruits. Smells very nice.

Flavor starts off with some some sharp roastiness/char and a little smoke. Strong chocolate and coffee flavors with some nebulous dark fruits, maybe cherry.

Fairly full body with a somewhat slick mouthfeel with average carbonation.

Overall a very enjoyable beer, and drinkable for a beer this thick and charcoaly.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note after tasting: Try this one out of a snifter or wine glass rather than a pint glass or mug as the style guidelines show. This isn't your typical Baltic Porter as currently (1/3/08) classified on BA, and could just as easily be categorized as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The bottle states it's a "Holiday Ale".

750ml corked/caged bottle into nonic. The bottled date appears to have been intentionally rubbed off. The last digit, 8, is still intact, and I assume this means 2008.

Pitch black with a thick and dense two and a half finger tan head that starts off as a rough head (think about the tops of a cloud) that slowly settles to a pillowy bubbly cap. A solid wall of lacing is left in its place. Rings of dense lacing are left on the glass as the beer descends.

The roasty malts are well hidden by some clove-like spices and the earthy Belgian yeast aromas. A touch of chocolate is in the background.

The beer starts off more as a Baltic Porter with some roasty coffee flavors and a little bit of chocolate, but it's then quickly met with some sharp phenols and the characteristic fruit flavors that come from the Belgian yeast. The roasted flavors return in the end to finish off the taste. Full bodied. The warming alcohol shows itself more and more as the beer slowly warms.

An interesting beer from Mikkeller that's hard to pigeon-hole. A cross between a dark Porter and some sort of Belgian Ale. Similar in concept to Hoogstraten Poorter and Allagash Black, but in this case it seems the Belgian Ale is the dominant style compared to the other two. Recommended.

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Photo of dqrull
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as hell awith a thick, creamy dark brown head that leaves alot of lacing on the glass.

Smells very christmas-y, with great roasted malt and some spi ces, most notably cloves and star anise, all very well weighed together.

Taste is at first just huge roasted malts, but along the taste some fruity and spicy hops appear, and it all finishes with aformentioned christmas-spices, would have fitted really well with our swedish christmas food this one!

Creamy mouthfeel with a soft and refreshing carbonation.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at The Brick Store Pub in Decatur. Nice beer.

Finger plus of tight creamy tan head.. Some decent retention. Dark brown leather color to the beer. A little dull in color. Tons of lacing left behind.

Mostly cocoa in the nose with some dark burnt sugar sweetness.. (Later after tasting, this became brown sugar like to me)

Cocoa, brown sugar, slight crème brulee topping flavor along with some very subtle spice. A touch of cinnamon perhaps. Lots of deep, rich malt... very nice and actually grew on me.

Medium bodied, tight prickly carbonation, but overall very smooth.

I enjoyed this beer and happy I tried it. Nice for a cold winter evening.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, tan head of fluffy foam. It left traces of sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled oaky and earthy with mild "christmas-like" spices. There was a subtle hint of bourbon, too.

T - Chocolate, caramel and toffee flavors at first sip with touches of vanilla. The cinnamon and anise spices are mild but clearly present. It has a bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth, dry finish. A medium bodied ale with some boozy alcohol warmth.

D - This is a very unique but delicious porter. It's like they've made a Christmas porter with a hoppy kick. Very nice.

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Photo of hopdog
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. Bottle stamped labeled 'Bottled 2008'.

Poured a dark black color with a huge (4.5) finger off white head. Lacing left on the glass.

Aromas of roast, cocoa, and dried fruits. I was also getting a floral green hoppiness almost akin to a harvest ale.

Tastes for roast, chocolate, and the same floral hoppiness I was getting in the aromas.

This was a nice and solid beer. The only issue was the PA pricing on it - $17 bottle.

Tasted on 11/23/08

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah the joys of working at a beer store. A free-bee.

A: Black, too black to see any active carbonation. There is a thick 1-2 finger head on top though. It looks a little too stoutish though, even for a Baltic Porter (which the bottle doesn't call it)

S: Mild coffee, some spices, and an itty bitty wiff of alcohol. Just smells dark though for the most part. I think I'm a little too stuffy to sort it all out.

T: Clearly a robust porter in the taste, and the spice really comes through. I get something that reminds me of coffee, but clearly isn't a coffee taste, I don't know. There's no alcohol though.

M: It has a dry feeling, like a tannic red wine, but is still pretty full.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wine glass.

What a nice gift. It pours a lovely dark brown topped by a finger or so of tan foam. The nose comprises cedar, mint, chocolate, spruce, and a touch of roasted malts. The taste brings more of the same, along with some light peppermint, figs, and molasses. The body is a light-ish medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, though not the greatest exemplar of the Baltic porter style, this is a pretty darn tasty brew. I could see enjoying this happily during the holiday season.

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Photo of brendan13
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass a very dark brown with a few centimetres of tan/brown head that slowly subsides. Fair bit of lacing is left down the glass.
S - Roasty chocolate and dark fruits up front in the smell. Some herbal and spice notes hidden in the back.
T - Taste is also quite dominated by the chocolate roastiness and dark fruit but the cinnamon and clove spice notes come through a lot more. Towards the back a nice floral hoppiness reveals itself.
M - Medium to full bodied with a carbonation level on the lower side of medium.
Roasty bitterness gives way to quite a strong dark fruit aftertaste.
D - A very complex beer. Do I want another? Not right now...but I'd drink again. Be a nice beer drank room temp on a winters night in Denmark.

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Photo of Ljunkan
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a black color with a very nice, creamy brown head. It leaves quite much lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicey with mostly cinnamon, aniseed and other spices, like clove. Roasted malt and coffee is also noticable with a slight smokey note. There's also some burnt wood note which reminds me a bit of "Norwegian Wood" from Haandbryggeriet. Taste is spicey with those cinnamon and aniseed notes also found in the aroma. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and lightly smokey. A light bitterness at the finish. Filling on the palate with a medium body. Quite smooth. Very drinkable, even though some people might think the spices is a bit overpowering.

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Photo of rarbring
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extremely black beer, a brown head leaving good lacing and good curtains.

Extremely much roasted malt, coffee, coffee bean, coffee leftovers, coffee whatever.

Sweet black syrup, dark toffee, dark dried fruits, coffee shots.

Little carbonation, soft and oily, sticky, warm and a big body.

An extreme beer in many ways, but no bad ways.

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Fra Til (From To) from Mikkeller ApS
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