Fra Til (From To) - Mikkeller ApS
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4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
Cracked a bottle of this alone a few weeks back and took notes, which I just stumbled across. 2 and a bit weeks later it is hot as fuck here and I couldn't imagine drinking it, but it was appropriate at the time. Lousy Smarch weather. This is the second time I've had it, the previous bottle split with 2 or 3 others, but I had this one all to myself. From Bob, To Bob.
Very dark ruby-tinted brown with a monstrous long-lasting head. Smells like Christmas alright - dark fruits, nutmeg, even a bit of gingerbread.
First impressions upon sipping are mostly chocolate related. Bit of coffee roastiness, and then the spices. The end of each sip is kind of like a liquid panforte - spicy, fruity, nutty, not especially sweet. Fantastic. Nice little hop bite in he finish, too.
Mouthfeel is around medium. Creamy from the carbonation, but a bit thinner than I'd like - in this case, I think bigger would have been better. Overall though, I love this and on a colder night could drink it indefinitely.
09-08-2010 05:09:50 | More by Parrotshake
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
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
4.38/5 rDev +4%
750 mL bottle tried 7 Jan 2010. Bottled 2008.
Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Pours black and thick. Small tight dark brown head. Well carbonated. Asoma is of cinnamon and nutmeg, dark chocolate covered figs. Flavor is full of chocolate and molasses, some coffee. Fairly sweet. A woody perfumy quality to the finish, some of this is noticeable in the aroma too. Aftertaste is somewhat peppery with an ethanol burn. Body is very silky.
Would like this as a gift every year.
05-13-2010 04:01:41 | More by htomsirveaux
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
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
4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
01-25-2010 08:06:47 | More by nickd717
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
4.53/5 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
4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
01-19-2010 18:08:31 | More by dqrull
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
First off, "From To?" I don't think that is the name of this. It says Holiday Ale Brewed With Spices down the side of it. That's what I would call it. Now Baltic Porter as a style ... cool.
A few years back (two or three) I added several of these to my aging collection. Since I am trying to do a purge, poor me, I have to drink this stuff. I will force myself. I am pretty sure this is the first I tried. Happily, there is more!
It's a heavy duty brew, with a wonderful bunch of favors. It all immediately hits you pretty forcibly, but definitely not offensively. It's black like a stout, but much more refined. Like a porter, but less creamy and thick. But baltic porter sounds about right.
When I opened this I had no idea what I was going to get. It turns out to be a nice treat. This sample is at least three years old. I doubt I will find more when this and the other bottle are gone, but it was nice.
So that first bottle was drank 1-16-2010. Today, 11-23-2011 had had the last, and it is still very nice.
01-16-2010 17:17:44 | More by schoolboy
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
4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
01-14-2010 15:52:24 | More by mdwalsh
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
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
4.28/5 rDev +1.7%
pours jet black with a nice cocoa and cream head, about a 1/2 inch or so.
very rich, light cherry and roasted malt.
again, a bit rich and a nice lingering sweet dark cherry flavor that just barely nudges over the roasted malts. a slight charcoal flavor mixed in here and there. no booze what so ever.
very thick, a bit like syrup without being too much. nice light carbonation. near perfect.
this was a great baltic porter, a nudge off what most taste like but a great example. i shared this and everyone loved it. i will for sure buy another bottle and see what a year can do.
12-30-2009 23:56:57 | More by hooliganlife
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
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
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
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
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. synthetic corked and caged bottle, topped with gold foil. Purchased for $13.99 at Rozi's in Lakewood a few months ago. No observed "best by" date. "Holiday Ale brewed with spices" printed vertically on the side of the label. Poured into my Great Lakes Christmas Ale goblet.
A Having not checked the style here on BA before cracking this one, I was surprised and delighted to find a stout looking beer pouring into the glass with a dark brown, 4 inch head. Body is pitch black and lets no light through, even in front of direct light bulb. Very good lacing is left on the inside of the glass as well. 4.5
S Dark roast malt and an almost dopplebock like sweetness. Reminds me of a baltic porter but it smells a bit darker. I quite like this smell. 4.5
T/M Oh yes, this is a very good beer. Again, dark roast malt with a dopplebock or baltic porter like sweetness in a very creamy mouthfeel. The spices mentioned on the label are not all that prominent but there might be a peppery spice to it. 4.5 for both taste and feel.
D Good for the ABV and dark roast presence in this beer, two qualities that would normally drive the drinkability down for me. This bottle should be cracked and shared with a beer advocate near you. 3.5
Notes: Mikkeller remains one of the premier breweries in the world and this beer demostrates that skill. Any Baltic Porter fan or fan of stouts would love this beer.
12-17-2009 05:39:08 | More by adamette
4.22/5 rDev +0.2%
A: almost opaque; thick head that dissipates slowly--nice, tan coloring to the head; good lacing
S: subtle hop aroma; roasted chocolate and coffee; very subtle spicing as well
T: Malty with coffe undertones; but there is a good amount of hops in this beer too; the alcohol is very well masked; the spices were very subtle which I appreciated
F: so very creamy; wonderful mouth feel
D: Very smooth and drinkable; you can't tell that there is 8% because of how well masked it is; this is a very drinkable and very good beer; one of my favorites from them
12-14-2009 03:00:30 | More by dbossman
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
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
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
Fra Til (From To) from Mikkeller ApS
93 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.