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Fra Til Via (From To Via) - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

68 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-12-2012)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml gold-foil capped bottle, mucho gracias to John the rep for the sample. Apparently a new version for this year, even though the style and ABV remain the same.

This beer pours a rather over-foamed mess, of the dense bubbly mocha sort, with an underlying solid black hue, and no discernible highlights. The head maintains a decently spiffy retention, eventually giving up some consistent honeycomb lace around the glass.

It smells of chalky, powdery milk chocolate, some mildly meaty caramel malt, a bit of licorice root, syrupy cola, and leafy, floral, earthy hops. The taste is more pithy, dry chocolate, bready caramel, a vegetal astringency, a slight lactic sourness, and more bitter floral, earthy hops.

The carbonation is rather laid back and sedate, but hardly absent, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, a slight edginess taking just a tad away. It finishes on the dry side, the malt beholden to the pull of the aforementioned cocoa, and attendant bitter hops.

A pretty hefty, and attenuated porter - the dryness is actually quite welcome, when I was expecting a sweet, boozy Yuletide clusterfuck. Not here, boyos, just a solid chocoholic porter - no foolin'. Worthy enough of the 12 dollar price tag, I would imagine.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date, although I am confident that I have the correct listing of this beer. I wonder if there is a difference in taste between this beer, and it's many variations. Bottled sometime in late 2012. Been eyeing this beer for a while now, and excited to try it.

Poured into a St. Bernardus Watou chalice.

A - Pours three giant fluffy fingers of creamy doughy mocha colored head on top of a thick oily opaque black body. Nice stringy strands of lacing coating the glass. Very nice looking.

S - Smell is comprised of coffee bean roast, licorice, some subdued hop presence.

T - Taste follows the nose: roasted coffee bean bitterness is most pleasant, with some underlying licorice and other winter holiday spices that I can't really identify. Quite possibly there is some peppermint present in there as well. Some dark chocolate & fermented dark fruit action. Licorice isn't over-done, and doesn't ruin the main concentrations of this beer. Body is creamy, fluffy, and smooth.

M - Feel finishes with a bitter coffee bean roast, which is most pleasant indeed. Perhaps a light hoppy aftertaste, also.

Overall, it about lived up to my expectations. Light-bodied, well-balanced, and palatable, and with a rewarding 8.00% abv, I have to say I am a fan. Not heavy or thick like I thought it might be. I am definitely interested in trying other variations of this beer; past and present varieties.

Mikkeller Fra Til Via (From To Via) ---4/5.

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Fra Til Via (From To Via) from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.