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Grand Baltic Porter - Garrison Brewing Company

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Grand Baltic PorterGrand Baltic Porter

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86
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-16-2013 18:01:51 | More by lgmol
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-08-2012 03:15:33 | More by jsnoek
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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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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 23:36:14 | More by Seanstoppable
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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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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.5%

03-06-2012 23:01:49 | More by heebes
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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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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 23:42:31 | More by nighthawk
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-07-2012 15:49:42 | More by MattyV
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mmurphy525

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.5%

04-19-2013 00:00:43 | More by mmurphy525
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MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-03-2012 02:10:21 | More by MattPS
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traumaqueen


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-03-2012 05:01:34 | More by traumaqueen
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PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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).

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 19:28:04 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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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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graybayou

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-07-2012 21:49:57 | More by graybayou
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bcrocker

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

10-06-2012 19:59:58 | More by bcrocker
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JoeyRamone


4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

03-18-2012 01:55:11 | More by JoeyRamone
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Jeffry-Mazerolle

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-27-2014 20:23:48 | More by Jeffry-Mazerolle
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ajhod

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased the bottle at the brewery only a week after the release for 2009.

Poured into a cool, but not COLD wine glass.

Thick rich head, as expected with a beer of this gravity. Stays around a long time.

Deep roast/caramel/chocolate flavour. Very intense and rich. Delicious.

Hop profile minimal if at all noticeable. (as is appropriate)

Heavy beer. Coats the tongue and fills the mouth. Served it with some cave aged cheddar and blue cheese from the Halifax area. Went VERY well with the blue, went ok with the cheddar.

I expected a high ABV with this beer...and got it. You don't taste the alcohol, but it does get to you fairly fast.

An excellent Baltic Porter. If I could keep it around...I'd get some to age, but it is just too good..I'll drink it all.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 23:42:58 | More by ajhod
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Grand Baltic Porter from Garrison Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.