Fra Til (From To) - Mikkeller ApS
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.48/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
07-18-2010 07:28:52 | More by BDTyre
3.53/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
12-26-2009 01:28:42 | More by kingcrowing
3.7/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
12-30-2009 18:05:07 | More by augustgarage
3.78/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
02-08-2009 03:54:11 | More by Sammy
3.78/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
12-07-2009 19:11:46 | More by baggio
3.8/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
08-08-2011 13:52:46 | More by Gueuzedude
3.8/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
02-15-2010 02:57:24 | More by CMW
3.9/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
02-17-2009 14:21:57 | More by JohnQVegas
3.95/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
12-27-2010 03:17:30 | More by Mora2000
3.95/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
10-27-2012 01:07:10 | More by ToasterChef
4/5 rDev -5%
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.
08-21-2009 12:26:01 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev -5%
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.
12-06-2008 19:56:20 | More by Douglas88
4/5 rDev -5%
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.
09-03-2011 20:06:59 | More by Knapp85
Fra Til (From To) from Mikkeller ApS
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