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Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Robust dark lager inspired by Porters from around the Baltic Sea region. This beer is luxuriously round with a mild bitterness. The malts contribute flavors of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. The use of cherry-wood smoked malt provides a subtle hint of smoke.

Added by mikesgroove on 12-17-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
429
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
14.82%
 
 
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92
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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours inky black with a small tan head. Subtle smoke aroma among the coffee and chocolate is incredible. Those continue well into the flavour but I found it finished a little sweet and sticky. Somewhat cola like in the mouth feel as well. Head and carbonation fall off quickly which detracts from savoring the flavour slowly

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

This pours a dark brown, not quite black, with a long lasting head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like black cherry, raisins, chocolate syrup, caramel, toffee, and a bit of coffee.

This is quite sweet, too much so, unfortunately. I wish for a bit of hop bitterness, or a more heavy roast to balance things out. There is some nice complexity here, though, a really great dark fruit character, cherry, plum, and raisin, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. This is a heavy sipper and a dessert beer for sure.

The booze doesn't really show much, which is nice. It's a very slow sipper, due to the intense flavors. It's got a slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

I had very high expections for this one, and it didn't quite meet them. That said, it was still pretty solid nonetheless.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown, nearly black. Creamy beige head settles after a time. Small dots of lacing.

S: Bakers chocolate. Chocolate cookie crumbs, fudge, chocolate covered coffee beans, faintly nutty. Kiss of woody smoke far in the background. Subtle and nuanced.

T: Sweet molasses at the outset dries right up. Bakers chocolate, brownie crust, roasted coffee beans covered in chocolate. Cream and vanilla impressions at times. Tight hint of cherry and plum at its core. A subtle woody smokiness inches its way in middle to end. Maybe a little dusty/nutty yeast. Dry bakers chocolate and restrained smoke on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Easy and silky-smooth in the mouth. Gently carbonated.

O: For my money this is one of the best Baltic Porters on the market. Stylistically on point, and effortless and nuanced in the way the best beers are. The cherrywood smoked malts add a subtle and elegant complexity that fits perfectly. It drinks with the ease of a 5% abv beer rather than one twice that strength. Canada, and Quebec specifically, has a handful of real diamonds in the rough that are relatively unknown in the U.S. for reasons that escape me. This is one of them.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a room temperature tulip.

A: Pours a rich dark chocolate with a thick tan head that maintains well and laces perfectly throughout.

S: Some smokey, hoppy notes initially. As it warms up some chocolate, coffee and vanilla come through.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, some light, pleasant smoke come through along with a touch of hop bitterness. A great collection of flavors resounding nicely off of one another. The chocolate settles nicely on the palate.

M: A great body for a porter, she's rich and round with lots of smoothness and a tight carbonation that dances on the tongue. The alcohol is ever so slightly warming.

O: A truly great porter, this one has all the elements you wish all Baltics had. The symphony of flavors and full, smooth mouthfeel makes it a genuinely pleasure to drink, while the makes it a beer you have to respect, if not indulge in. This one will be a staple in my collection going forward.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

750 mL bottle. Black body. Smell is interesting. Chocolate. Nutty malts. Almost like a meaty aroma. Taste is much sweeter than expected. Chocolate is nutty with some dark fruit. Has a bit of a meaty taste, also. Not really thrilled with it. Heavy. Struggling through this a little. Really was expecting more.

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Photo of kculrich
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle corked-and-caged, dated 09/10/15. Served at about 55°F in a tulip.

Appearance:
Pours black with gold and plum highlights. What starts out as an epic loose tan head disappears instantly when you look away leaving only the slightest furtive ring of foam and minimal lacing.

Nose:
Brown sugar and dried fruits, apricot, plum, vanilla, and freshly ground coffee perking downstairs when you're trying to sleep in on a Sunday morning.

Taste:
Starts sweet, toasted malts with vanilla toffee and flowers. The middle is all about roasted cocoa nibs and coffee grinds, dates, plums and dried apricot. Wraps up quickly with very mild bitterness, peat, burnt string and an elusive cognac booziness.

Feel:
Sweet and sticky but never quite crosses the line into actually being syrupy. Low-to-moderately-low carbonation, medium body, not creamy but nonetheless smooth-drinking.

Overall:
This is an intense experience, bursting with flavorful boozy goodness. The abv is well hidden but it never altogether let's you forget it's there. Truthfully, this doesn't strike me as being even remotely porter-like so I don't know how to go about rating it to style.
An eminently tasty adult beverage.

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Photo of RandyFlameThrower
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. This isn't one that tries to hide the alcohol. It punches you right in the face. Great boozy, cherry taste. May never get it again, got the last bottle in town and the taxes may keep the next batch from ever arriving. Worth every penny. A very tasty treat, perfect bottle with every last piece of info you could ever want, aged nicely. Great beer. Get it if you can, because, it turns out, it could be gone.

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Photo of Slongie
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a beautiful bottle with all the information that we'd want on there and more. It has the bottled on date, serve temp, IBU's, ABV, glassware, ingredients and food pairings.

The nose is slight bourbon to a lovely little punch of Brandy. Dark fruit elements there, chocolate, some coffee.

Taste is wonderful, coffee, chocolate, cherry, brandy, hint of bourbon, vanilla sweetness.

Really enjoyed this 2014 bottle

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Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black in color with no highlights and a thick layer of tan head that disappears to leave some lacing around the edges.

S-roasted malt, dark fruit sweetness and chocolate, with a bit of char

T-taste of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malt and a light smokiness

M-medium body, smooth, light to moderate carbonation, and a dry finish

Overall very drinkable and tasty Baltic Porter with well hidden alcohol

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black with a big beautiful creamy head . Aromas of dark chocolate and espresso followed by black cherries. You get a dark chocolate taste right away, with nice hints of black cherries and a really subtle flavor of vanilla. You also get a nice sweetness from the malts and a good alcohol feeling. Really excellent!

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Opaque black color with no visible activity. Well constructed creamy brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with average legs.

Aromas of oak, earth, caramel, and coffee. Flavors of thick fruits like cherries, dark berries, grapes, with a taste of mocha coffee and chocolate, extra earthy and oaky. Highly sweet, but delicious, with a low vinous feel.

Smooth oily light to medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Strong and long finish, ending with a barrel aged oak wood feel, yeasty spices, and a lingering tongue coat of dark fruits and caramel.

Overall incredibly well crafted: inviting smell, tons of delicious flavors that are well balanced and super complex, strong but still well intensified, amazing barrel aged mouth feel, good freshness from the low booziness and almost no vinous feel. The perfect appetizer.

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Photo of headlessparrot
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An intense experience. 2014 bottling, pours inky black, almost opaque, with cappuccino coloured foam. Two fingers, tight bubbles, but solid persistence and great lacing (especially for the high ABV).

Smell is booze, licorice, coffee, raisins/dates/plums, chocolate. Roasted malt. Faint almost Belgian yeast? Slightly metallic. Like port, almost.

Taste is sweet, plummy, toffee, creamy, chocolate, coffee. Dates/raisins again, some alcohol heat. Slightly metallic twang, and again a hint of Belgian dubbel-y or trippel-y yeast. Thick, sweet body. Low-ish carbonation.

Repeating: an intense experience. From a technical standpoint, this is no doubt an absolutely superb beer. And yet any more than a few ounces of it and I'm absolutely spent. I don't really crave it, and I suspect even this sample is inching me closer to diabetes than I'd like. Glad I had the chance to try it, but I don't feel the need to stock up or bunker, as I can only really see myself consuming it in very small doses.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.49/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty, dark color. Tan head.

Nice smell, malty, clean.

Taste: wow, not what I hoped for. Tastes like Ten Fidy mixed with a good Trippel. Rich, thick, sweet. Just not a porter. Like, at all. This isn't why one drinks porter.

Mouthfeel is rather rich. Pretty carbonation, not much, but fine. Sweetness masks the alcohol. Just doesn't feel like a porter. As a stout this would get 4 or 4.25.

This is a really well made beer that just shouldn't be labeled a porter.

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Photo of icormier
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition, bourbon and brandy cask, bought at Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau, and aged about one year in my crawl space. Wow, this is a real booze bomb. I feel funny using the same word "beer" to describe this and the IPA I drank last night. Dark black appearance, smells of brandy, delicious boozy taste. Would go back in time and buy another, were this possible.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a porter glass.

Starts with a fizzy yet full and substantially foamy head, dark-khaki in color. The body is pitch-black in the glass but poured dark brown with amber hues. A layer of laces sits over the body after the head dissipates and it bubbles a bit. 5

This nose is big. Dark chocolate abounds, creamy caramel and vanilla, boozy molasses and faint but floral hops. 4.25

Oh my. That first sip was wonderful. I'll have to take a moment here. Lots of dark malt/sticky molasses flavor that has a sweet spice flavor akin to Dr. Pepper but veers into a deeper roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor before becoming to soda-like. The contrasts of flavors are tied together by sweet vanilla and a bitter hop finish. 4

I enjoy the smooth body on this, just a tad light to make it drinkable, but smooth and creamy as well. Bitterness is potent on the finish and is perhaps overly done, but I still get down. 4

This is a good brew that I enjoy but don't quite love. I'd drink it again for sure though.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

WOW! This beer totally took me by surprise. Had as part of a 9 bottles stout/porter tasting and this was far and away the best of the bunch. This beer has such phenomenal richness, creamy texture and balance between sweetness, roastiness and a dry/drinkable finish. Highly recommend, especially at a pretty darn reasonable price of 13$/750ml

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Almost Opaquely black with some ruby red highlights coming through when really pressed against the light. One finger of creamy looking beige head. Retention was good along with lacing.

S: A fair hint of booziness. Some roasted malt but sweet malts lead the way on this one. Caramel and a bit bready. Some milk chocolate.

T: Intensely sweet with lots of dark fruit notes. Plum, cherry, raisin, and date come through backed by a faint hint of light roast (think heavily sweetened coffee). Caramel and toffee are definitely here as well. Bitterness is too restrained IMO and the beer is somewhat syrupy. After a year of age there is almost no trace of booze on the actual palate. Very subtle alcohol; I could easily believe this was a 7 percent beer. Given how dark it is, roast character is reserved. Some sherry notes but I don't get any smokiness.

F: Thick and syrupy. Carbonation is minimal which seems to further accentuate the thick body.

O: This is just not for me. Many people seem to like this style of insanely high ABV, very sweet, extremely dark beer. From time to time it's okay but this sort of beer isn't okay. I enjoyed it a bit and am happy I finally tried it - i have some more bottles in the cellar - but it's not something I truly enjoy that much.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; thanks Ross.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, color.

Smokey, peaty, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, syrupy body.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with tan froth. 4
Port, Concord grape, and treacle on the nose. 4
Fig, sweet coffee, chocolate-covered cherries, Welch’s and some roast. 4.5
Dark chocolate finish and clean linger. 4.5
Medium-full, round, chewy. 4

Huge, deep, and sweet. Not strictly to style - too big and strong - and no signs of underlying lagery lightness. But heroic overall - Quebec’s got to be the best unsung brewing “country”. 4.25

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 edition, on tap at back country pizza. if this isnt barrel aged, wow, if it is, still wow, its fantastic! have not had enough beer from these guys, the price points are really off putting, but the beers are such turn ons. thick and shiny this one, viscous enough, big looking, dark but not impenetrable to light, a little red glow exists in bright light around the edges of the globe. it smells and tastes like it saw some time in bourbon barrels, sweet and vanilla forward, it really seems like it, and the smooth feel attests, although im not positive it is. the coffee aspect is there too, but more on the front end than the back end, unconventional but fitting. there are caramels and buttery notes on purpose in the middle, a counterpoint to the roasted barley profile thats trying to be dry and bitter. full bodied to say the least, sweet all the way though, swear i taste whiskey, but i also get raisin cake and almonds, so who knows. awesome brew, lager yeasts asserts itself right in the very last instant. before that, hard to tell its lagered. rock star quality, but id like to try more of their beer. this has my interest, and the gose was excellent as well. i need more please!

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Photo of taxes
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. depending on the depth of beer left in the glass and on the lighting: from pitch black in the body to dark caramel but going through a reddish brown phase in the middle.

S. weak nose. sweet, malty, hints of alcohol.

T. sweet, hints of burnt malts, of chocolate. light hops in the finish, touches of bitterness. black cherries

M. liquorous. good heat from the alcohol.

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Photo of parris
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 2011.

Super dark brown color, no carbonation.

Smells nasty, like vinegar and mushrooms. Not a huge deal, flavor is worth it.

Tastes amazing. Starts off vanilla cherry, then tobacco, then a little vinegar, ends with dry dark chocolate. This was one of my more successful cellar attempts.

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Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Near black color, only a touch of light passes through the base of the glass. Great starting bar-pour head. It leaves a ring of lace after each sip b

Smells like a port--sweet with dark raisins.

Think Port meets Porter. Rich, sweet and smooth. The aftertaste features a sugary almost treacle finish. If you like your beers dry, avoid this one. This is extremely sweet. Otherwise, make an effort to try this. As a Port lover, this bring two of my passions together superbly.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to try this beer - one of my original 'wants' from when I joined BA and I was fortunate to procure a bottle at the State Liquor Store in Stowe, VT on 12/24/14. 750ml caged and corked bottle served in a tulip. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a loose, fizzy, quarter inch, khaki-colored head. Head quickly dissipates into oily droplets and specks and strands of lacing. Nose is vinous and roasty with kiss of smoke, cocoa and booze. Taste consistent with nose; however, you definitely get that lagered quality in the flavor profile (hard to describe what it is, but it's there). There's a bit of a medicinal grapey quality that comes out towards the back and lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of lively, a light acidity and a residual burn at the back of the throat. Overall, not my favorite Baltic Porter, but very much true to style. Not something I would recommend for extended cellaring as I can see this oxidizing with time.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark color with mocha head. Aroma is a bit faint. Just some dark malts and faint coffee and cacao. Taste is very weird. Reminds of a German dunkel but not a very good one. It’s just on the border between sweet and roasty but it’s not falling in any category. That doesn’t mean it’s balanced, it’s just... weird. Body is also on the medium-thin side showing it’s lager characteristic. I can’t say it was bad but I didn’t really enjoy it.

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