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Grand Baltic Porter - Garrison Brewing Company

Grand Baltic PorterGrand Baltic Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.95%


Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This traditional beer style was originally brewed in countries bordering the Baltic Sea. Although derived from English porters, it was mostly influenced by Russian imperial stouts. Typically, the Baltic porters are brewed with lager yeasts and are smoother than the imperial stouts. Grand Baltic Porter is good for the soul and luxurious on a cold Baltic night. Skal!

30 IBU

(Beer added by: nighthawk on 01-18-2009)
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, bottled Nov 12, 2011 aged for approx. 22 months. Colour is black, with some strong initial carbonation leaving a ring and some whisps of slight tan lacing. 3.75

S – rich notes of chocolate liqueur, gingerbread, licorice, plummy stonefruits and dates, a full dark malt presence, coffee notes are strong with a lot of balanced roasty flavour, pretty much on par for the style but with a big jammy dark fruit/date note. 4

T – roasty malt, chocolate liqueur, a smooth creaminess, woodsmoke comes through, some mulled red fruits and dates again, semisweet cocoa, some vanilla and gummy butterscotch. Big notes of dry dark chocolate mixed with some slight coffee, toffee and roasty notes, full flavor with a subtle bitterness with earthy and slight spice notes. Finish is very dry with a dark malt note and some bitterness. Enjoyable. 4

M – big malty and roasty profile, light/moderate carbonation, very smooth with a pleasant dry finish. A slickness to it as well, long aftertaste. 3.75

Found this to be a quite chocolate forward Baltic Porter. Pretty solid mix of flavours, and warmed nicely, some slight astringent bitterness that worked well to counter some of the sweetness, alcohol is somewhat present but works to give some spice and heat. Overall I’d say this is a solid representation with some very hearty character and worth trying, but in certain areas it could be more interesting. 4

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 03:25:09 | More by mick303
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice brown color to it with some amber hues shining through. It has a nice mocha head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit (raisins and cherries), chocolate, caramel/toffee and some roasted malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has dark fruit, some chocolate, roasted malts and a toffee/molasses sweetness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 20:10:20 | More by SebD
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer last summer from a generous trader who's name escapes me. Cheers for the beers man!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A brown, muddy looking pour produces a 2+ finger, medium looking, light tan head with very good retention. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap. Muddy black body with no carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking. Pretty nasty.

SMELL: Dark malts, dark fruits, mostly raisins and dates, with some spicy yeast notes. A light touch of dark chocolate as well. Bold enough and reminds me of a Belgian strong dark ale.

TASTE: Spicy and fruity Belgian strong dark. Dark malts, toffee sweetness, and some dark fruits up front. Raisins, grapes and dates are in there. Some spicy yeast flavors and a touch of dark chocolate at the swallow as well. Bold and persistent aftertaste of dark fruits, spicy yeast and some bitter dark chocolate as balance. Interesting, and probably a more traditional lager-style baltic porter. Reminds me more of a flavorful Belgian strong dark ale.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down a little fizzy and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. A bit of a burn at the swallow. Average at best, unfortunately.

OVERALL: This is a bold, flavorful and spicy lager. A traditional baltic porter for sure, much of the aroma and flavor profile reminds me of a Belgian strong dark ale. Regardless, this is a good beer no matter what, and a thicker, creamier palate would make this one of the better ones in the country. Complex and enjoyable. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 19:48:32 | More by Jeffo
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The flavor has a bit of a smoky taste, but the liquid itself looks like it's been outirght burnt; the basically opaque black appearance is appropriate for a beer that tastes of oily coffee bean and black licorice. Its total flatness and lack of life seems about right for a style traditionally brewed for long journeys and cold-winter climates.

The bouquet has a cola-like sweetness with strong black licorice notes. It's not always that you can actually pick out the special ingredients by scent, but this smells strongly of both molasses and dates. The rich, sweet toffee, creamed coffee and plum-y/prune-y fruitiness are all characteristics straight out the style guidelines. Delicious.

Grand Baltic Porter tastes, as do many in the style, like it was blended with a pot of week-or-two-old coffee. Make it yourself at home in a few easy steps: brew some instant decaf, let sit for several days, then add equal parts prune juice and brown sugar, let stand several more days. OK, it's not that easy, but it does taste something like that, albeit with added notes of black currant, wild truffle, chocolate tartufo, and mesquite smoke.

The funny thing about Baltic Porters is that they're lagered and, despite the ultra rich flavor profile, they drink with suspicious ease and a flat, completely mismatched mouthfeel. The only texture is that of a stale and sooty coffee. It's like the coffee bean oils have come to life! Still, despite the astringency, for a 9% beer this is effortlessly drinkable.

Baltic Porter is not exactly a popular style to emulate and, besides, its complexities make it beyond the abilities of many brewers. Garrison, however, has done an exceptional and noteworthy job. If it weren't for the limited availability and $6 price tag in these parts, there's no saying how many of these I'd have stashed away in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 05:03:59 | More by biegaman
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark red, nearly black, but light permeates throughout. The compact tan head lasts for a shortwhile and doesnt leave much lace on the glass. The aroma is malty with some roasted barly, coffee and black licorice present. The taste is of bittersweet dark chocolate, vinous fruitness, hop bitterness and caramel drenched rum cake. The mouthfeel is full with a very active carbonation, mmm prickly. The finish is long and malty with some slight booze. Overall though, the high abv is quite well hidden.

Great Baltic Porter. I highly recommend this. Very rich.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 02:27:11 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 00:49:25 | More by mintjellie
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed on November 25, 2011. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured medium brown and settled dark brown with half a finger of bubbly light brown head that quickly receded to a ring around the glass. A slight ruby glow is evident around some of the edges.

S - Big dark fruit aroma up front - cherry, raisin, figs. A touch of cocoa is evident in the background along with some brown sugar and toffee sweetness. A very atypical nose for a baltic porter but very inviting.

T - Dark fruit up front with raising and a warming alcohol presence. A touch of cocoa is evident in the background along with a big sweetness with hints of molasses and brown sugar. The sweetness and the warming alcohol balance each other out nicely. Overall, this is a very nice beer, but if I tasted this blind I would think I was drinking a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 14:50:52 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a one finger mocha head that quickly dissipated to nothing, nearly completely black with ruby highlights, minimal lacing.

Very complex nose, some booze, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit.

The taste is massive, follows the nose lots of anise/licorice coming through especially as it warmed. Very sweet. Earthy hops emerges as well.

Full bodied with little carbonation, sweet although not overly so, this is a sipper with plenty of bitterness throughout. Definitely not a session brew it is nevertheless relatively smooth for the style.

An excellent complex brew that is perfect for ending an evening of brews by sending you to your slumber.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 21:28:34 | More by Stocean1
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous inky black with decent coffee-coloured head, albeit one that dissipates more quickly than I'd expected. Mouthfeel is pleasant and pretty unremarkable, which totally belies the 9% ABV.

Aroma of dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, vanilla and oak. The taste is well balanced with a sweetness I'd taken as caramelized malts, but which the bottle no doubt correctly identifies as dates, lingering well into the finish. The oak tannins are not as prevalent in the flavour as in the aroma, which from a purely personal perspective I view as a positive.

Definitely a beer I'd recommend and will purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 22:38:05 | More by hopsolutely
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Super dark, murky brown with red hues. Half finger width off white head that quickly drops to thin cap. Lacing is minimal.

S- Chocolate and coffee. There is a anise and dark stone fruit presence. There is a caramel and toffee with a slight cherry aroma.

T- Chocolate, cherry, coffee and caramel. Licorice is there but very slight. Quite complex tasting.

M- Medium to full bodied, slightly creamy and a touch of alcohol.

O- Another awesome offering from Garrison's will have to get more of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:41:24 | More by korguy123
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 23:32:25 | More by tbeckett
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:58:18 | More by DaPan
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on November 25, 2011.

Very dark, almost black, but some brownish hints are present. A small and somewhat fizzy tan head dissipates quickly.

Smell is malty with dark berries- maybe blackberry, some cherry. A bit musky and an anise scent as well. A bit of a medicinal smell. Some nice scents but the anise and the medicinal aspects are not for me.

Taste works better than the smell for me. The berry and cherry flavours are present along with some roasted, caramel malt, a bit of chocolate. Anise flavour is light, less than in the smell, which improves matters for me. Also a bit of a nutty flavour. I feel like the use of lager yeast lessens the flavour a bit for me, but it is really quite good.

Highly carbonated, medium to full bodied, chewy. Nice but carbonation is too much.

Overall, pretty nice flavour but the rest of the elements are not quite there for me. All fine but not great. Happy to finish the bottle, that is for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:21:22 | More by jrenihan
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a schooner. Bottling date on the bottle of Jan 25/2011.

A - Pours a dark brown, ruby with a fluffy tan head that dissipates after a couple minutes leaving small bits of lacing in the glass. Clear, with the ability for some light to pass through.

S - gingerbread and black licorice on the nose, spicy

T - mild bitterness with a hint of dark fruit; definitely less malt than I was expecting - reminds me somewhat of a Belgian Dark or Strong Dark ale. Vanilla as it warms. Definitely some alcohol warming down the throat. Some moderate peppery spice in the finish.

M - medium to heavy bodied; slightly syrupy with moderate carbonation

D - goes down fairly easy, but the alcohol warming is quite prominent.

A solid beer; I was expecting something smokier, but found something with a larger dark fruit character. I liked it, but was only partially blown away...:)

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 21:10:42 | More by DoktorZee
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tonyf55

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the large Garrison bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Visual (4.5): Extremely dark, black opaque color. No clarity at all. Head is a nice tan color made of small spherical bubbles, lasting due to a consistent film of active carbonation.

Aroma (4): Caramel malts prevalent. Sweetness is subdued by alcoholic lingerings and hints of fruit includes dates, prunes and fig. Not overly complex with no real yeast or hop scents. Really shines more when its a little warmer.

Taste (4): Mild roasted flavours dominate with alcoholic flabours that linger in the mouth. Sweetness from the malt is mild and dark fruit flavours touch the pallet before the swallow. Flavours are slightly understated despite being a "big" beer. Decent warming capabilities.

Mouthfeel (3.5): A medium body with a nice creamy feel. Alcohol floods the pallet. Prevalently dry but compliments the taste and feel of the style nicely. Could be chewier.

Overall (4): All together Baltic Porter by Garrison is a well crafted offering. Fantastic appearance coupled with an interesting nose and complimentary taste gives this Garrison beer great marks. I feel like the 9% ABV dominated a bit and flavour complexities could have been increased to balance the big alcoholic taste and mouthfeel. Overall, a great beer for a cold Canadian night.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 02:04:10 | More by tonyf55
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 03:07:43 | More by Risser09
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 04:34:02 | More by TheHammer
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall bottle shared with friends as part of our Best of Nova Scotia beer tasting night.

Poured into a small snifter glass. A chestnut-grape coloured brew, fairly dark, but certainly with some colour. Thin head, some lacing.

The nose on this spicy and fruity, with notes of figs, grapes, dates, prunes, a bit of nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel and slight bittering hops. Divine.

A flavorful and enjoyable Baltic - our previous brew that evening was an imperial stout, yet this brew felt neither washed out or bland. Rather, the lovely grape-date fruit flavors paired well with the hearty malts and spices, making for a lovely sipper. A mild rye bread and grainy character also pervades the brew. Very nice. Thin bodied, mild carbonation.

Baltic porters are a diverse breed, and this brew certainly falls under the lighter, fruity end of the spectrum. But it does it extremely well, and Garrison is certainly to be commended.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 20:24:32 | More by JohnnyBarman
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle form mmurphy525

Deep brown colour, ruby highlights in the light, 1.5 fingers of tan head, sticky with some lace. Smell is of roasty malt, lots of dark fruit, sugary toffee and caramel, liquorice, touches of coffee, light bittersweet chocolate notes. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, the dates come out more in taste than in the nose, raisin and dark berries, some alcohol and a lightly burnt sugar taste. Medium-high carbonation, syrupy, full feel and big body. Nice slow sipper, enjoyable and quite drinkable. Kind of wish I saved this for a colder evening but still nice in August.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 19:15:22 | More by peensteen
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled January 25, 2011... I've never seen such a rusted cap in such a short time.

A: Deep chestnut, pours with a nice light tan head, thin ring of retention, slight leg.

S: Very vinous aroma, raisins, treacle, spicy hopping with a hint of floral notes.

T: Caramalized raisins, figs, dates, demerara, roasted nut, sponge toffee, dark rye bread, balanced bitterness, slight alcohol warmth. Roast is very restrained, there's hints of molasses & black licorice, but it's a bit like a dopplebock.

M: Fairly full body has a light residual sweetness and a hint of drying alcohol in the finish.

D/O: A divine sipper. Well-crafted.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 02:12:14 | More by Derek
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
9.0% ABV
I tried this beer on June 3, 2011 at "Bar Volo" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a deep black colour with a thin brown head into a tulip glass. The aroma was roasted malt, coffee, and molasses. The mouthfeel was full with mild carbonation. The flavour was more pronounced in the molasses direction with the coffee tones taking a back seat, but still there.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 22:26:25 | More by cyrenaica
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep wood brown, two fingers of thick mocha head, retains long and consistent
S - mocha, molasses, raisins, and an alcohol hint
T - very sweet toffee, thick molasses, bakers chocolate, dark cherries with syrup, super sweet and tasty
M - somehow light and syrupy together, finishes full and sticky
O - a full flavour and feel brew that is dangerously drinkable at 9%, I really hope this is a mainstay in Alberta

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 02:25:56 | More by joemcgrath27
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with thick tan head. Great head retention, some small streaks of lacing. Smells of molasses, chocolate and some grains with roasted malt. Very sweet flavour, nice chocolate aftertaste. Very smooth mouthfeel. Overall this is an excellent baltic porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 03:54:04 | More by kwjd
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 23:36:15 | More by Rutager
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, if somewhat mild Baltic porter. Dark ruby with a thick, fluffy off-white head.

Coffee, rum, raisins and slight apple in the nose. Similar taste, but with a pronounced wine profile to it. Definite coffee character. I also pick up chocolate covered raisins. Mild rum flavour, and even brandy. Slight alcohol burn - enough to make me slow down.

Smooth, slick body. Low carbonation, suited to the style. A good sipper - one to finish the night with.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 06:09:49 | More by BDTyre
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Grand Baltic Porter from Garrison Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.