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.

Added by mikesgroove on 12-17-2008

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the austere looking jet black bottle into a snifter. Pitch brownish-black brew with next to no head, just a stippling of dark rusty brown bubbles against the sides of the glass. Intensely sweet nose of dark dried fruits (cherries, prunes), toffee, rum, licorice candy, and enough roasted malts melding with the sweet elements to evoke coffee liqueur. Wonderful stuff. The taste does not disappoint either, although be forewarned ... This is SWEET, like in Samichlaus Classic Bier territory. Flat, almost non-carbonated, and drinks like dessert, although there is a roasted licorice element that engages the palate after a while. Coffee toffee, black forest cake, and molasses with just the barest hint of smoke (at first). Apparently there's hops in here but I do not taste them. This is a challenging brew to rate ... One has to evaluate on the basis of the style guidelines and what the brewery is intending to execute here. Far too sweet on most nights for me, but sipped slowly and shared this is a sublime brew ... Earthy, rich, and fruity, with a slow building alcohol warmth like a high end rum and an emergent cigar-like smokiness.

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Unreadable date in 2013 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt and figs
Head small (< 2 cm), light brown, fizzy, immediately diminishing to a tiny floating clump of bubbles
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins moderately sweet with figs and dates, a hint of alcohol and smoke at the end; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy to syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.875. Final weighted score: 4.15
This is another delicious brew from Les Trois Mousquetaires. The appearance loses points because there is neither head nor lacing. Other than that, this is a very good brew: smooth, flavorful with hints of figs and dates, a little raunchy (good), very good palate. This goes on my short list of beers I’ll buy whenever I find them.
On a packaging note – the date is printed on the back label with other pertinent information (a good thing) but is very light and mostly unreadable (a bad thing).

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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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