Til Fra (To From) | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale, cara-crystal, pale chocolate and chocolate), unmalted oats, dark cassonade, hops (Centennial and Cascade), spices (star anise, cinnamon, clove and coriander) and yeast.

Added by mikesgroove on 11-22-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Rickythejeweler:
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Took this to the inlaws tonight and endulged myself,poured into a nonic style glass a deep dark brown with some ruby highlights when in a well lit room a large blooming mocha colored head atop that inched its way down as it settled very very slowly.Deeply roasted malt and some woody notes in the nose along with dark bitter chocolate,heavy handed hops going on here on the palate intensly roasted with big French roast coffee flavors up front followed by a big raw earthy piney hop finish.Not sweet really in any since its just roasted to the hilt with a awesome hop profile, a very worthy Xmas eve beer to be had,the label says ale brewed with spices I think Baltic Porter hits it right on the head, just a heavily hopped one.

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Photo of Todd
2.47/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

750ml split with the bro.

Opaque black. Creamy and creeping coffee colored head with good retention.

Phenolic in the nose with a chaos of spice characters that borderline overwhelming with hints of pine.

Smooth and creamy, with an tangy, somewhat acrid, roastiness upfront. Coffee, some light molasses, chocolate, with some burnt raisins in the back. Bitterness melds with the tanginess and offers a leafy feel on the palate. Spices steal the show, unfortantely, with a very strange pine sap character and a mess of flavors from what appears to be an overuse. Dry finish, slightly smoky in the linger, with a residual powdery spice and malt dusting.

Had high hopes for this one, and it was good in places, but ultimately I was let down. There's just too much going on and absolutely no balance which leads to a beer that's virtually undrinkable; hardly enjoyable. Tastes like it wasn't meant to be released yet; unfinished and rough.

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Photo of Jason
2.52/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Excellent head retention, no doubt there. Big tan froth with lots of clinging going on. Aromas of toasted cocoa beans, pine sap, harsh herb and a warming alcohol. Incredibly smooth with a medium to full body and bitty mouth feel. Burnt malt flavors overwhelm the palate odd herbal and spice flavors come second. Hints of lemon peel, molasses and burnt bread crust come to mind. Harshness clouds the palate a little. Wet charcoal finish.

Interesting is the best word to use for this beer. Hardly drinkable let alone palatable, not pleasing to the taste buds at all. Homebrew-esque in a few ways.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of magictrokini
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours opaque brown, nearly black, with a short, thick off-white head. Patchy lacing. Holiday spice aroma, blended with chocolate malt. A blend of star anise, brown sugar, cinammon, spruce, pine, and something veggie. While the aroma was great, the blend did not translate as well in the taste. Mostly "Whoppers" candy-like taste of chocolate and malt with the expected currants and licorice, but the spice gives it a unusual bite. The spruce tips quality comes out again, whether with hops or actual spurce. Its kind of a minty, herbal pine character that is enhanced by the anise. The nutmeg/cinnamon flavors subdue bite a little, but give it a long, spiced finish. Got to be the most interesting Baltic Porter I've tried, but that doesn't make it the best.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store - it's a newer keg however it clearly stated it was To From and not From To in two locations on the keg.

Pours one shade from black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of semi-sweet chocolate with light spices that don't overpower the flavor profile rather they take some edge off of the roastedness of the malts.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Dark chocolate flavors up front are backed by a mild roastiness. Midway through the sip light hints of anise enter into things then fade a bit to make way for a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with mild carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this was an easy-drinking porter. Light on roasted malts but without being light in flavor in general. A good holiday porter that's worth a shot.

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Photo of mully
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -- Black with just a tinge of brown around the edges, pours with 2 fingers of cappicunio brown head into a regular pint glass

S -- A mix, some spices, a little pine and dark roasted malts

T -- Black patent malt was prevalent, the piney hops were balanced

M -- Not as heavy as I thought it was going to be, full but not heavy

D -- Not boozy for such a big beer, could settle in and have a couple on a cold night.

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Photo of fiedler84
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle with a gold foil wrap. Classy looking bottle. Pours a

S- The aroma is dark and roasty with some cocoa, almost like a Russian Imperial Stout, but it has some hints of spices as well which sets it apart. The nose is also just a tiny bit tart as well. Pretty solid.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out dark and roasty, with a god amount of roasted bitterness in the finish as well as some alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is just a touch under medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This was a sipper for me, the ABV wasn't that high but I did take my time with it. One bottle is plenty with this brew. Overall, To From is a solid beer that is worth a shot.

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Photo of morimech
4.58/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, appears viscous with a large brown head that had excellant retention. The head never really goes away. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is sensational. Belgian strong ale like. Spicy and fruity with some vinous qualities. A hint of chocolate and alcohol is also detected.

The flavor is more porter like. Big malt flavors of chocolate, coffee, charcoal, with a touch of smoke. Definate Belgian yeast qualities are present such as grapes, plums, and cloves. The flavor is like combining a great porter with a great Belgian Strong Ale. A little alcohol is detected in the finish and it gives some warmth to the beer. I could not really detect any hops and the bitterness comes from the burnt aspect of the malt.

The body is not as heavy as I would expect from the pour. Moderate body with low carbonation lend a semi-creamy texture.

I obviously enjoyed this beer much more than other reviewers. Mikkeller's website does not list this beer so I assume it is not brewed any longer. The age of my bottle could not be determined so I assume it has some age on it and it improved immensly. I knocked the drinkability down a little because of the high ABV and, well, it is not exactly inexpensive. This turned into a great treat for myself. I hope to try it again someday.

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Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 750 mL corked, caged and foil-wrapped bottle that I received as a Christmas gift (the To From has been kindly filled in by the family).

A: The beer opened with a small hiss but erupted in the glass. The first pour was 2/3 head and 1/3 beer, requiring several pours. The coffee-and-cream head laced nicely around the glass. The beer itself is a thick black hole.

S: The nose prominently features chocolate, both semi-sweet and baker varieties, and lots of hops. Coffee also makes itself known.

T: The taste matches the complexity of the nose. Hops are omnipresent, bitter with resiny pine flavors. They make themselves known without detracting from the malt profile. That malt profile is strong on chocolate, much like the nose, supported with coffee, anise, cinnamon, graham and burnt toast. A lot to take in and the tastebuds are definitely jumping.

M: The complexity of the malt is astounding and if you like hops, Mikkeller never disappoints. It's not really Baltic porter but it works.

D: The abv is a little high and the tastebuds can be overwhelmed by the profile. I'll finish the bottle but wouldn't want to try another.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of goryshkewych: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a huge brown foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt notes with some spicy notes in there as well. Taste is a mix between some dry roasted notes similar to a dry stout with some easily discernable spices mix that could have been used in a strong Belgian ale with some weird yeast attenuation. Full body with a creamy texture and some good carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. This one does not fit into one style in particular but is enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great Winter Warmer. Pours a deep dark opaque brown, essentially black with a nice three finger tan head that restlessly turns into a nice layer of side glass lace. The aroma is full of chocolate and coffee with a noticeable sweetness to it. Insanely smooth feel goes down like a chake with a great full body. Very robust flavor or chocolate and licorice with a great pine hop finish. This is a great warmer and something I need to pick more of. A really great beer.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generous gift from my good friends at Boo's in Columbus Ga (thanks much Chris).
appearance: Beautiful opaque brown with some ruby highlights. Huge fluffy mocha head that leaves swaths of lacing.
smell: Dark cocoa and spice. Quite dry.
taste: Mostly dry with a hint of sweetness. again, dark cocoa and spices.
overall: Another very interesting beer from Mikkeller. Keep experimenting guys.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ncvbc for this bottle.

Pours a dark black color, no light shining through, large head that has great retention, leaves patchy lacing all over the place.

Smell has a strong coffee presence, some weird smokey aspect as well.

Taste is of roasted malt with an interesting burnt coffee bitter aftertaste, some sour funk in the mouth but is mostly covered up by the roasted malt and coffee, carbonation is a bit high and harsh and would be better if it was softer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle that appears to be the 2007 vintage, the date is smudged a little bit. Pours a jet black color with a creamy, dense brown foam that leaves a complete coating of lace on the glass. Darker than expected, but a pretty impressive looking beer.

Nose is quite fruity - sour cherries come to mind, seems like there is more than just a mere hint of sourness, makes me wonder if some bacteria was intentionally introduced during the brewing process. Dark chocolatey malts come into play, as well as some citrus fruit flesh. The nose reminds me a bit of those cheap orange and brown wax paper wrapped halloween candies.

Very mixed bag of flavors here, but I would not go so far as to say deliciously complex. Weird spices smack you around a bit upon first sip. Theres a cherry fruitiness with a pretty hefty hop bitterness that is accentuated by the spices. Very strange brew! Grows on you a bit as the glass empties, but I am not quite sure I am totally enjoying the experience. I think I have come to the conclusion that it tastes like a nutmeg encrusted pine tree...probably spruce.

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Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to axilla for sharing this bottle...
Appears a dark brown with crimson highlights when held to the light. A silky, dark tan head slowly fades out into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, anise, nutmeg, cinnamon, and toasted nuts.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a heavy hand of bitter chocolate, and some java notes coming to the front of the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, bitter, and slightly thin on the swallow.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown on the pour with a nice, huge, frothy head. Looks good!
Smell is a bit of chocolate with plenty of seasonal spice like clove and nutmeg. This is a well done beer. Taste is very nice. Huge and creamy on the mouthfeel. The spices blend very well in the beer.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

75 cl bottel had this at the 16th christmas beerfestival 2010 in essen belgium

Pours an opaque black color with a thin brown head. Nice aroma of spices with dark, roasted malt and chocolate. Good flavor of chocolate, dark roasted malt and spices. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. This is an interesting porter with christmasy spices added to it, nice!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Struise tulip.

Date on cork: 25/09/11

A: Pours a forbidden looking pure black with a huge creamy dallop of cocoa colored head, the consistency of meringue, with excellent retention. Copious amounts of lace as the glass is drained. Beautiful!

S: Slightly sour at first. This calms down as its' temp rises. Also there are roasted malt, chocolate, spices, and a faint pine needle aroma.

T: Just like the smell, the slightly sour flavor is prominant at first but lessens as it warms. This allows the other flavors to shine. Heartily roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, cherry, cocoa, spices, piney hops, anise, and dark roast coffee. The flavors become more and more chocolate-y as it warms.

M: Quite prickly and sticky and, true to the style, slightly thin (but not watery-just right). Finish is quite peppery, with a healthy dose of funk, and lasts forever. Becomes sweeter as it warms up.

D: This is not meant to be guzzled. Enjoy it over the course of a couple of hours. Try it fresh out of the fridge and then notice how its' flavors, aromas, and textures change as it warms.

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Photo of jwolfie70
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a jet black, with a thin tan head. Smell is of chocolate, smoke and toasted malt. Taste is very dry, a lot of smokiness, strong coffee, burnt chocolate and hops. This beer doesnt have a lot of malt sweetness and the bitterness seems to rule. Definitely a beer for sipping.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle purchased from Table & Vine, West Springfield, MA. Corked & caged, gold foil, plastic cork.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 3/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head dwindles slowly as bubbles pop, with plenty of coating lace. Aroma is dark grains, fruit, and spices. Taste is well, hard to describe. A team of dark maltiness and dark fruits starts the show, then dance through the middle with some heavy spicing, which all linger on after the swallow. Mouthfeel is smooth, with drinkability somewhat limited by so much flavor action going on. A little too intense with all facets of the flavor for me.

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Ho-Ho Belgian Christmas.

Dark creamy smaller head, dark molasses colored looking beer with hints of ruby light.

Nose is typical baltic porter, dark roasty bitter charred malts, hint of very dark choc, black patent malt, light earthy hops.

Taste big bold, dark malts, dry bitter charred malts roasted, little scorched, hint of nutty malts and light spices, caramel, light clove and cinnamon like spices, heavy, hint of booze, finishes bitter and roasty, more sticky syrupy feel, bit of booze and hint of choc, dry light woody ester taste late.

Mouth is heavier full bodied, rich, decent carb, warming booze.

Overall nice baltic porter with hints of spices, light booze, nice roast that barely starts to get briny burnt, nice bitterness and hint of hops. It has its good and bad points, fairly typical but not the best in show.

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