Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Grande Cuvée Porter BaltiqueGrande Cuvée Porter Baltique

Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 edition- bottled July 1, 2011.

Beer is nearly black with ruby red hints. The red colour is more apparent when pouring out of the bottle- in the glass this is very dark. A very active tan head of moderate size- lots and lots of very small bubbles popping all over. Head dissipates fairly quickly.

Chocolate/cocoa powder and coffee scents abound in the nose. Some caramel is there as well. A bit of a tart cherry scent is lurking around as well. A woody scent is present, with a hint of smoke.

Taste is very rich. Huge chocolate flavour, coupled with the tart cherry that was noticeable on the nose. The chocolate flavours are not particularly sweet, and the beer finishes fairly bitter. Reminds me of cocoa powder rather than milk chocolate. I find the taste quite variable- sometimes I get almost entirely chocolate, others it is the cherry that is the focus. The wood scent is present in the flavour as well- almost as if this was lightly barrel aged, though not nearly in the way that the actual barrel aged version is. Really good.

Pretty high carbonation level, slightly too much. Beer otherwise has a very silky feel, coats the whole mouth. A bit sticky.

Overall, a great beer! Lived up to the hype for me.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Alex (Masterski) for this one.

A tan head forms and stays for a brief visit. Fades away leaving little lace behind. Dark brown beer with light penetrating through at the edges. Looks a bit like just standard black coffee.

Aroma is of dark malt. Really a lot of that malt aroma as if you were brewing. Some chocolate sauce and a touch of alcohol.

I get a great deal of chocolate, especially as it warms.Some prune as well. A hint of alcohol late in the profile.

Almost a light powdery feel on the tongue. Medium bodied...

Pretty good Baltic Porter. I usually like a touch more body and some more smoothness, but still solid.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with an average size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels slightly thin on the tongue. I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a roasted/smoke taste. I swear at first I could taste smoked meat.. but that faded as my glass progressed. It also has the same hoppy taste found in all the other LTM beers. It ends with a chocolatey sweet slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – I have to say I was a little disappointed in this beer. The appearance wasn't great and the taste and smell were just slightly above average. The main highlight is probably how well of a job it does hiding the 10% alcohol level. Maybe a little age would have helped this bottle. It's still good and if you're a fan of the style you should check it out. I just wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a two finger head upon a near black bodym, some lacing with decent retention. Root beer head.

S: Smells of chocolate, coffee, burnt malt, anise and licorice.

T: Sweet and follows the nose. All of what I enjoy about an imperial stout but with a lager twist.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full with some carbonation. Not overly bitter.

O: An excellent brew that held up well at the head of a long tasting session.

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

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a massive 3 plus finger root beer head. Average retention, a little lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate, coffee, mild roastiness, cream, licorice.

T: Rich, sweet and tasty. Reminds me a lot of an imperial stout with lots of delicious chocolate and coffee flavours. Alcohol is felt, not tasted.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy with suitably low carbonation.

D: For 10% ABV, the drinkability is outstanding!

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours near pitch black with a reddish hue, accompanied by a tall and creamy mocha coloured foam head. Very good retention combined with some good lacing.

S: Woody/earthy elements, leather, smoke, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits. Very appealing with quite a unique blend of aromas going on here.

T: Very similar to smell with a syrupy dark chocolate and damp wood tastes coming through initially. Follows with some toffee and dark fruits (plums, dates, cherries). A lingering and quite potent smoky element is present. Alcohol is slightly noticeable but quite well hidden considering. Quite an overall malty sweet taste but the smoke and earthy elements cuts through it enough to provide a good contrast.

M: Full body with an appropriate level of moderate carbonation. Creamy and oily. Near perfect.

D: I'm enjoying the combination of these tastes - Malty sweet (toffee & dark fruits) against the earthy (damp wood) and smoke qualities. Will be stocking up on this before it's gone.

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Photo of abraxel
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed side-by-side with a few other highly-rated baltic porters.

A - Very dark, opaque brown, with a finger or two of dark brown head that takes its time settling, but eventually disappears. There's no lacing to speak of.

S - Rather sweet, and lightly sour. It's really quite fruity, like red grapes, but there's also a little bit of chocolatey malt.

T - This is much sweeter than other baltic porters, and vaguely reminds me of a moderately sweet red wine. There's a lot of dark fruit flavor and semi-sweet chocolate and a nice twinge of sourness and mustiness. The aftertaste is interesting and very difficult to describe... sort of like red wine mixed with chocolate, but not really.

M - A little bit thin, but nice and smooth. Nearly no hint of alcohol.

Overall, I like it. I wish there were a bit more roastiness to balance the sweetness, but this is damn good.

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Photo of heebes
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 2011 bottle.

Pours black with a thick bubbly dark tan head. Nose is mocha, cream, smoke, roasted almonds chocolate malts. Taste is heavy roasted malts, coffee beans, vanilla extract, cocoa nibs, cream, smoke. Mouthfeel is velvety, smooth heavily bodied.
Overall a highly enjoyable porter, sweet at cellar temperature. Format and price is my least favourite part of this beer, and will probably limit my purchases.

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Photo of uno99
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO. 2011 brew.

A: Poured into a Tirpel karmeliet glass at near fridge temp. head is huge and dense. Beer is super dark brown. completely opaque. Looks amazing!

S: Quite boozy, but not in a bad way. very rich prunes, and dark fruits. lots of smokey almonds. quite herbal as well. a basil or parsley note.

T: rich flavors like a Christmas cake. Sweet brown sugar, coffee and chocolate. Plus all the nice stuff from my scent dissection.

M: Seductively smooth and rich. like velvet on the tongue. coating and sticky but slightly dry.

O: Delicious stuff and quite drinkable. A 750ml bottle makes for a good friend on a late October evening.

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Photo of kjyost
3.34/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fall 2009 bottle, purchased in Dec 2009 and cellared. Opening this with great anticipation, celebrating the birth of my third child! Poured into a large wine glass at ~6C, warmed to 12-13C during session.

A: Deep, dark beer with brown edges and a nice tan head. Head drops a touch quicker than expected and leaves little lacing.
S: Very enjoyable nose, with a healthy dose of liquorice, notes of molasses, alcohol, burnt paper and chocolate.
T: The first few sips are nice with liquorice and roasted malts being dominant, but the beer quickly gives way to acrid burnt flavours along with a too-hot alcohol that finishes badly. Some enjoyable earthy hops are also playing in the body, but man oh man, for a beer I have been looking forward to for eons, it is a grave disappointment.
M: The heat lasts seemingly forever in the back of the throat. Otherwise well carbonated.
O: Haven't had too many of this style and this is a highly rated beer, but the beer I had was fundamentally flawed. As I said, a grave disappointment.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Lots of smoke once the cork was popped. Towering mocha colored head settles out rather quick on top of a nearly black body. There's absolutely no lacing on this at all.

S- The smell is fantastically rich & sweet. Big flavors of malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and espresso. There's definitely some residual molasses sweetness and licorice. It's not really smoky, it's like smelling oak boards that's had tobacco sprinkled on top.

T- Flavors move across the palate well. Alot of rich malty sweetness up front that carries through the entire time. There's some heat that hits the back of the throat and nostrils halfway through which I'm enjoying. It comes in at the same time as some mild smoke, dark fruit and molasses. Alot of chocolate and more malt on the finish.

M- It feels full because of how chewy and sticky it is. Really gives off the impression of a thick body, I'm not so sure that this is the case. Low carbonation makes for one creamy mouthfeel.

O- Had a tough time finishing this one as it warmed to room temperature as the sweetness and richness of the malt got to me. Very good beer though, watch out for the 10% abv!

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Photo of rtepiak
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

vintage 2009 bottle had on this date.

the cork was trying to force its way out of the cage... a very active yeast. pensive about 'over doughiness'.

pop was totally proper... no overflow even though the cork was just barely in there. its hot out... but this was smoother than silk. nose of a perfect balance of forest fruit and chocolate and straight up mesquite smoke. this made me think of poland. the Łodzki, warmanski, and ciechan 22. but this is aged to perfection. feel is mineral but viscus anise texture. hints of acidity. leather salt... wet saddle, and undertonics of smoke and balsamic vinegar. lots of anise. chalk dark fruit tannin sticky. great great great beer. wonder if its lager or ale yeast???

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Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Most Baltic Porters aren't entirely opaque but, for all intents and purposes, might as well be; this one, however, fully is and its head-to-toe balsamic black body won't concede anything more than a thin ruby underbelly, not even when held right up against a lamp. It makes an overnight thundershower seem bright by comparison.

I wish I could put in to elegant words that which makes a Baltic Porter smell so distinctive; I can tell you that it's a combination of black licorice, strong coffee, fumes of (fortified, port-like) fruity alcohol esters, mesquite smoke, chocolaty malts and an underlying cassis-like sweetness. Beyond that, there's obviously some intangibles - nothing smells quite like it.

In describing the flavour it wouldn't be untrue to say, simply for broad strokes purposes, that it has all the dark, chocolaty character typical of a beer its colour and strength. To leave it at that, however, would be grossly under-selling it: rich distinction comes of fortified but lush notes of black currant and plum, licorice and molasses, truffle and tartufo.

The brewer got it right going heavy on the toast, mild on the roast and smoke; the general public might be unable to distinguish this from a stout, but it has nowhere near the level of blackened roast and no ashy aftertaste what so ever. It is a strong but smooth and slightly sweet lager(!) with a drinkability, on a scale of 1 to 10, as high as its alcohol content (9.2%).

If you don’t already know, *this* is what a Baltic Porter is. I'm not sure what business this young, small, French-Canadian brewery has in showing up some of Eastern Europe's most established, vested brands but they've done it. This is a (if not, the) definitive example of a very complex, historic, hard to brew style of lager. Merci beaucoup, PeenSteen!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As rich and fortified as any Baltic porter but also cheating a bit by borrowing some roasty and unresolved sweetness that makes me think of tropical stouts.

Baltique starts with a weighted plop into the glass, giving the impression of silky and viscous textures. Modestly carbonated, but the onyx black beer seems to form a dense platform of foam that reduces to a ribbon of lace around the surfaces perhaps a touch sooner than it should because of the shere viscocity of the beer, its alcohol, and level of sweetness; and with low levels of lacing to boot. A good look but it's hindered by its bigness.

Malty, malty, malty sweet to the nose with burst of malted milk balls, Whoppers candies, medium coffee, walnut oils, bittersweet chocolate, and rum-like alcohols. A soft grape-like ester lurks deep in the background.

Roasty malt flavors give the first porterish impressions, but the heavy toast, medium roast, and coffee soon give way to the malty-sweet dominance at mid palate. Robust flavors of walnuts, malted milk, chocolate, honey, and cream take hold. Additional sweetness seems to be of lactose or some other source than barley and doesn't attenuate away- leaving a sugary sweet (think powdered sugar) bit that joins the malt and rivals the toasty, roasty character of the beer. With one taste, it's a savory sweetness. With the next, it's a distraction from the malty roast.

Full bodied, the heavy ale carries an early creamy weight into a sweet feel on the middle of the tongue before finishing with a long linger of sugar, roast, and chocolate. The beer's aftertaste lingers deep into the next sip- whenever that would be.

If intensity of flavor wins you over, then this beer will satisfy, but it's a large beer for its style- far exceeding what porters are expected to be. If the label wasn't adorned with the porter moniker, then I would have assumed a foreign export stout of tropical origins- that's what they do.

Again, a great and mighty shout out goes to flipper2gv for working with me on this swap!

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Photo of BBP
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Near black with a thin head which came down to a film. Slight carbonation and lacing.

S- Smokiness and dark malts. Slight roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee as well.

T- Smokiness, roasted malts and chocolate. Hints of toffee and caramel. Good hop foundation to balance the sweet malt. A bit of molasses. The smoke was some of the better smoke I've tasted in a beer so far. There was a bit more wood character to it than usual. A bit more elegant than most smokiness.

M- Medium full, leaning to full body. Lower levels of carbonation helps that effect and makes it seem a bit bigger. Sticky finish.

D- Almost too drinkable. At 9.2%, it's hard to notice the alcohol. There is some boozy sharpness to it, but it's not abrasive or coarse. Incredibly easy drinking. Good follow through as well.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 version pours a dark black with just a little bit of caramal brown foam. Tastes very roasty, almost like a roasted nut type of taste in there. Nice notes of chocolate as well. This bottle said it was 9.2% alc, and I call bullshit. This was insanely easy to drink. By far the smoothest porter I have had to date. Really sad to see this bottle go.

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

Pours a very, very dark brown, just tinged round the sides. Head is ochre; settles out to a thinnish film with some decent clingy, thick lace. Pretty good-lookin' dark heavy.

Smells quite espresso-esque. Lots of roasty, almost spicy, coffee with slight sour, vegetative edge and a good, intense peppery spice that almost makes me sneeze. Sweet oak underlying as well. Not sure about its overall drinking appeal but it's intriguing and nicely complex.

Taste is intense, with big whomps of flavour throughout. Lotso roasty malts with espresso and dark oak with plenty of liceorice and pepper as well. Mild vanilla underlying, with a slight weak cocoa that also lingers past the back of the roast flavours. Full, heavy beer with the big spike of flavour on the front where it should be, and a decent lingering afterwards. Nice.

A good texture to this beer, it just glides down. Does feel a bit thin upfront, but I think that's par for the porter course, even a big one like this.

Yeah, the mild finish is a surprise, but a pleasant one, and it in fact excels to become the key selling point here.

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

Purchased for me from Slowbeer by @epiclurk, and shared with @FakeCousinAndrew, @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Very dark black body, with a hint of reddish transparency at the edges when held to the light. Head is pleasantly full and crackly, a deep tan colour. Minimal lacing, and the body is actually slightly lighter than I expected, but otherwise, a really good looking beer--one I want to sink my teeth into.

Lovely roasted but slightly sweet character, a lot like you get in a barrel-aged American Impy Stout. Some amount of almost seltzer acidity to it, but with very dark overtones of burned out campfires and toasted coconut. Deep but pleasant.

Taste is very roasted, but with really lovely notes of brazil nuts and almonds coming through to balance the dark characters. Gives it a leavened and sweeter, lighter note to go with the bold and brash darkness. Very refined as well.

Mouthfeel is slightly lighter than it might be, but this perhaps is the only thing that turns this from an Imperial Stout into a Baltic Porter. It's ever so slightly more supple and airy on the palate, which aids the drinkability.

Very, very good beer this one. Trois Mousquetaires continues to impress me, and this, indeed, is them at the top of their game.

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Photo of dgilks
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black colour with a creamy, dark tan head. Fair head retention.

Rich, malty, chocolatey coffee notes. Dark caramel and nutty notes. Like a good, sweet coffee.

Thick malt sweetness with a hint of chocolate. Caramel. Mild alcohol sweetness. A little over the top.

Full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A decent baltic porter and really quite tasty. Thick, full flavoured and interesting. It is a touch sweet but that is good in it's own way.

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

Pours very dark brown with a tan heads that quickly dissipates and leaves a thin ring. Aroma of chocolate, smoke, and ash. Strong malty flavor with rich dark chocolate, some dark fruits, and bitter coffee in the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation, and slightly dry. Very nice, this is a great winter beer! I'll definitely buy this again.

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Photo of ADZA
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark as night cola hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a mocha laced two finger head that slowly reforms to a nice rim and little lacing,the smell is pretty much what it says on the back of the label its mostly aromas of chocolate and alcohol with some tobacco,oak and port in there aswell,it has a nice smooth,medium bodied mouthfeel which leaves your lips sticky with mocha hints and coats your mouth with tastes of dark cherry ripe,brandy liqueor encased in dark rich chocolate,dark berries and finishes with a nice strong port warmness that almost feels like you have just had a shot of some dark liquor and to be honest overall this brew is very interesting with alot of twists and turns in smell and taste but its not something i could drink all the time but glad ive sampled as its different and as this drop is my last for the night its the perfect nightcap.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle proudly displays 9.2%.

Dark ruby appearance with a lovely creamy, khaki head. Sweet, rich malty, slightly smoky head. Wine and cherry linger.

Sweet taste. Chocolate, fruit, raisins and a bit of dessert wine. Slight alcohol burn. Faint woody, smoky character and even a bit of marshmallow.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Only the high alcohol stops this from being perfect.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Christmas gift from my Girlfriend's Mom. Part of a gift pack with 2 glasses.

A - Half finger of tan/mocha head on a pitch black body. Good carbonation streaming up the glass.

S - Tons of chocolate in the nose combined with a very roasty element. Smells very deep, rich and inviting.

T - Very rich like the aroma. Lot's of chocolate and a hint of black licorice. Lovely malty flavour, so rich, sort of sweet but not cloying. Semi sweet chocolate is a very noticable flavour.

M - Smooth, oh so smooth. Full bodied. Really coats the mouth with minimal carbonation allowing it to really cling to the tongue.

D - I could drink this all night in the Winter. Absolutely delicious stuff here.

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Photo of peensteen
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost jet black with 1/2" of tan head that lasted quite a while before retreating to the edges of the glass, almost no lacing to speak of. Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malt, pine nut/nutty, mocha and a lingering alcohol. On the palate there is coffee, a bittersweet chocolate presence, a woody presence almost like oak, a firm bitterness and a mild alcohol finish. Medium to thin mouthfeel that is quite pleasant, perfectly carbonated and as a result is very smooth. Great slow sipper, definitely a bottle to split. Good stuff here.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours molasses-brown with a rusty mocha coloured head. Good retention and lacing.

The aroma is fruity, like dark raisins, with brown sugar and chocolate, but most of all there is a wooden roastiness pervading the proceedings.

That taste is beyond satisfying, very much the liquid version of the aroma as chocolate and bitter roastiness meets plump raisins all offset by a light hop bite, with as slightly smokey wooden dryness lingering in the finish--very well balanced with a nice interaction between all the elements. While present the alcohol isn't as overbearing as I would expect.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for something to full of flavour. It's well carbonated which helps keep the sweetness in check.

It's delicious and easy drinking and another stellar beer from Les Trois Mousquetaires. I've yet to have anything from them that wasn't outstanding.

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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
4.25 out of 5 based on 450 ratings.
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