Fra Til (From To) - Mikkeller ApS
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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
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%
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
4.1/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
12-09-2010 21:47:13 | More by TMoney2591
4.08/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
01-27-2010 02:14:11 | More by zeff80
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
3.8/5 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
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
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
4.22/5 rDev +0.2%
A: Pours motor-oil-black with a enormous pale brown compact and creamy head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.
S: Sweet, hard roasted dark malt. Lots of dark dried fruits. Coffee, chocolate and slight vanilla (oak-aged?).
T: Dry and sweet at the same time. Coffee galore. Roasted malts. Chocolate and vanilla. Burnt. Syrupy. Bitter.
M: Long burnt bitter aftertaste. Body is syrupy full while carbonation is held back.
O: A well-crafted beer, a bit on the wilder side.
12-30-2011 18:38:30 | More by Evil_Pidde
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
4.18/5 rDev -0.7%
"From To" is the 2008 version of "To From" which was made in 2007.
A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark black color with a very nice tan colored head that possesses very good retention and lacing qualities.
S- The aroma is dark and roasted malts with hints of cocoa. The big roasty aroma is very good and makes me really anxious to try the taste.
T- The taste like the aroma is dark and roasty with a nice creaminess to it as well. The finish is very moderately hopped, but it does feature a good amount of roasted bitterness to help balance out this brew. Very tasty stuff.
M- the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation and a good texture.
D- Mikkeller did a great job with this beer, it is a very enjoyable brew that is highly recommended.
11-18-2008 03:58:58 | More by cjgator3
4.08/5 rDev -3.1%
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
11-24-2008 01:36:02 | More by hopdog
4.05/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
12-26-2009 14:54:52 | More by Reagan1984
4.25/5 rDev +1%
750, into the Gran Marnier snifter.
Near black pour, did not look that black pouring out, but it is pretty solid. About 2 fingers of tan head. Lowers to just under a finger and really sticks around.
Twigs and juniper are the first things that hit in the aroma. Some corriander, roast malt, dark chocolate. May be just a bit too herbal for me.
Taste is very malty, some roast. Whole bunch of cocoa. There is some nutmeg and a mild hop spiciness, but finishes strong with dry roast and cocoa that lingers.
Man is this smooth. I'm guessing the oats help this out. Creamy, coating, not quite full bodied. Nice standard baltic warming sensation, but the alcohol is no where present in the mouth. Have no problem drinking the whole 750.
Glad I finally got to try this one, had a bottle that broke on a flight home(5 others made it, go figure) about 4 months ago and just located another.
A bit pricey, but I think it's worth if for a Baltic fan.
12-12-2010 03:32:48 | More by Bung
Fra Til (From To) from Mikkeller ApS
93 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.