Grand Baltic Porter - Garrison Brewing Company
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Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
500mL wax-sealed bottle with vintage on the label.
Pours black, hints of brown near the edges of the glass, with a generous fizzy tan head that's a little rocky. Reduces to a haze that disappears about halfway through.
Aromas of dark chocolate and roasted grains, dark fruit tartness, with some molasses sweetness. Alcohol warmth is very mild.
Up front there's a mild sweetness of caramel or molasses, quickly moved aside by a tart fruit flavour - like sour dates or prunes. The molasses is tasted again, fairly smooth and quite sweet, before the alcohol gives you a kick on the finish.
The smooth mouthfeel is about a medium body, though there's a stickiness to it that makes it feel weighty. Carbonation is very mild, almost nonexistent. Clings to the mouth.
The alcohol and thick, almost syrupy taste makes this one a sipper. This one's going down fine, but I'm not looking for another one.
Malt sweetness dominates this beer, sometimes to the extent that it's cloying and syrupy. I put a couple aside, and interested to see where it goes in a few years.
01-18-2009 23:42:31 | More by nighthawk
British Columbia (Canada)
3.58/5 rDev -6.3%
Appearance. Deep, deep brown-red with two fingers of thick and creamy tan head.
Smell. Plums, burnt sugar, roasty malt.
Taste. Apples, molasses and heavy roasted grains. A little bitterness and tobacco in the end.
Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-strong, smooth carbonation.
Overall. Not bad. A little harsh, but not bad tasting. Finished without any troubles, but wouldn't open another right away.
05-05-2011 23:36:15 | More by Rutager
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.58/5 rDev -6.3%
I recall last year's batch being pretty good, and it won an award. As such, I was eagerly awaiting this year's batch to see how it turned out.
Pours an ink black with plenty of chocolaty head. Head is very thick and has plenty of staying power. Sporadic lacing down the glass.
Very deep, rich scent. Definitely some molasses, though there are distinct chocolate notes as well. A light touch of alcohol is also detectable.
Molasses and toffee malt flavor is the first thing I notice when taking a sip. Alcohol is also easily detectable. Light background of some chocolate. Aftertaste of molasses and alcohol.
This is a slower drinker. 9% definitely feels like 9%, and you get some warmth in your cheeks before you finish half a glass. More suited for a little warmth after those cold wet days, rather than for an extended drinking session.
02-26-2010 23:36:14 | More by Seanstoppable
3.48/5 rDev -8.9%
500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $5 or so back in 2011
Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and light coffee. There is also a lot of a maraschino cherry like flavour.
Overall - Perhaps aging was not a good idea with this one.. if the maraschino cherry flavour is intentional it is a little weird. The booze is well hidden, but the beer has an odd flavour to it.
08-12-2014 00:33:46 | More by spinrsx
Prince Edward Island (Canada)
3.48/5 rDev -8.9%
It's almost a red... you can see it as it pours, but it's so dark when in the glass that it looks like a solid dark brown. Quite dark / clear... not cloudy despite sediment in bottle.
Definite smell of whole wheat bread and molasses. Rich. In some whiffs, I can faintly smell the alcohol.
The taste is good, much like the smell. Very much a bread-y / molasses taste, with maybe some hints of coffee / chocolate as listed. As the beer goes on, though, the alcohol does come out a bit in the taste. It's still good, but the alcohol coming through is what keeps it as just good.
It feels alright in the mouth. Not too much carbonation. Smooth. Don't like the kick of the alcohol on the tongue, though.
This would be very drinkable... if it was 1/2 a pint or 1/2 a bottle. Nice-tasting, smooth, rich. A full bottle is a bit much (due to the alcohol... just for how it comes out more as you drink it).
07-06-2010 19:28:04 | More by PEIBeerGuy
3.45/5 rDev -9.7%
Appearance: Well, it's deep brown/black like a porter should be, but it doesn't quite pull off many other traits I'd expect from a porter. The head is lager like, not creamy and it makes pop like fizzle as you set it down. I managed to get a finger's worth but it was gone in a nearly a minute.
Smell: Sweet malt scent with a touch of acid. It doesn't need a lot of warming. I'm kind of left expecting more, given I usually expect a bit more roast in a darker beer, but it's still solid.
Taste: Nice roasted barely taste that still manages to have a slight sweetness to go with a coffee and smokey flavour. Walnut, almond and cherry notes in the background. Bitter, but not stout bitter and a mild acid touch which helps to smooth it out.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation fell flat really quick, and that really held the beer back. It was great for then whole minute it lasted, but then once is was gone it was just too watery in texture. The aftertaste sticks around just long enough, which is good.
Drinkability: No problems getting it down, but as a porter I kind of expect it to be a bit heavier. It's missing something that I can't quite put my finger on.
Final Thoughts: Nitro would have really helped this one out. Heck, blowing into it with a straw to get some carbonation might have made it fare better. I dunno, maybe I left it in the fridge too long, and maybe I'm being a bit unfair, but I'd say pass.
09-18-2011 04:34:02 | More by TheHammer
3.43/5 rDev -10.2%
Private Garrison order. A big beer, very malty with a touch of sourness. While drinkable, not hitting the style. Rather muted and simple for flavours,I did not find this particularly interesting even for a plain porter. Minimal roast. AVerage carbonation and mouthfeel.
03-20-2011 05:04:44 | More by Sammy
3.4/5 rDev -11%
A - Pours a cloudy dark amber. Nice carbonation coming up. One finger of light brown head sitting atop looking a little creamy but fizzy as well. No lace and a half finger of retention.
S - A blend of chocolate, cola, chocolate milk, a little toasty.
T - A sourness is present with alot of chocolate and roasty malt. There is a clean fruity note like a blueberry maybe as well. Some sweet spice is there also. Odd combo of flavours.
M - Mild carbonation and a full body with a sweet, berry-like finish.
O/D - Odd for the style but it works. A tasty brew with lot's of depth of flavour. Perhaps needs some tweaking, but a nice Baltic Porter. I couldn't have more than one of these though.
02-04-2012 23:32:25 | More by tbeckett
3.35/5 rDev -12.3%
Thanks to Long813 for sending me this one. Cheers!
The beer is black, but not dark black. The head is beige and nicely formed, however it disappear quickly. The aroma is light. I get some chocolate with some metallic notes. Not inspiring. I doubt this could won a gold medal but apparently it did...
The taste is more intense. I get some molasses with a coffee type bitterness. Not bad but nothing out of this world too. For a baltic porter I think this beer is pretty light. However, due to the alcohol level, it is a sipper but in no way the body is full. There is no complexity in this beer, just pretty straight forward I would say.
Drinkability is low due to the high ABV. Mouthfeel is not great for this type of beer, could be almost watery. Not an inspiring beer.
06-05-2010 13:21:58 | More by ZorPrime
3.33/5 rDev -12.8%
500 ml bottle poured into a white wine glass · cellar temp (november 6) · Bottled January 25th, 2011
The bottle claims this is a lager, so I guess they use a lager yeast to make a porter style beer. Ingredients include: Water, malt, hops, yeast, molasses, dates & coffee
Appearance: Pours a very dark black with red highlights (pretty). The head builds like a lager would and shows great retention. Light brown in color, it slowly recedes and leaves a coating on the glass.
Smell: Roasted malts, sweet fruit (dates), raisins, and I think I can smell the molasses coming through. Love that dark fruit, toasted malt combo.
Taste: Roasted malt, alcohol, bitter hops, some dark fruit. The aroma made me think this beer would have denser flavors. I am getting a lot of alcohol from this one.
Mouthfeel: Lagerish, fairly dry, lots of booze, some quaint dark fruit. Without the booze, this would be easier to drink.
Overall: I like this beer. Like the other beers from Nova Scotia, there needs to be more complexity in this beer.
11-07-2011 03:07:43 | More by Risser09
3.33/5 rDev -12.8%
Poured from a bottle into a tall Muskoka Brewing snifter. Generous white rounded head, good retention. Slowly dissipates into thin white band. Bottled November 25, 2011 part of LCBO brewery feature.
Dark opaque beer with hints of ruby red around the perimeter. An attractive brew.
Nose is red licorice, sweets and toasty malts. Not what I expected from a Baltic porter.
Taste is malty, toasty and a bit sour. Sour taste was unexpected.
Decent mouthfeel, a bit thick, what I was looking for in the style. Aftertaste is a bit sour, not entirely unpleasant, but not what was expected for the style.
Overall, not my favorite Garrison brew.
02-02-2012 02:58:18 | More by DaPan
2.58/5 rDev -32.5%
Deep, rich, and murky brown colour, very close to black. Thin tan head dissipates quickly, no lace. Aromatic notes of cacao powder, raisin, coffee, and brown sugar. Chocolate flavour up front, followed by dried fruit, and a fairly strong molasses note. Coffee notes are faint and linger in the background. The beer is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich without being heavy.
When I saw molasses listed as an ingredient on this beer, it made me somewhat fearful after their molasses-bomb Spruce Beer. This isn't quite as overpowering. After a few mouthfuls I actually found myself thinking "I could actually get through this bottle." I was wrong. I can't get around this. After drinking half the bottle, I had to pour the rest down the drain. It simply overpowered my palate.
That's still a half a bottle farther than I made it with the Spruce Beer though.
03-02-2012 00:49:25 | More by mintjellie
Grand Baltic Porter from Garrison Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.