Til Fra (To From)
Mikkeller ApS

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Baltic Porter
3.62 | pDev: 16.02%
Mikkeller ApS
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 78
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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black. Minimal tan head. Nose is minor coffee with some alcohol zing there as well. Almost seems a bit unbalanced. Flavor gets very nice as it warms up. Nice roasted tones with a minor bean edge there. Robust and consistent flavor profile. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is smooth. Very nice to drink...again...thank you Mikkeller. Another quality production.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 morimech
4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
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 drseamus
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer just didn't do it for me. It was too sweet for my taste. It pours very dark with a thick dark mocha colored head. The flavor is very roasty but with a very powerful sweetness that lasts partly through the aftertaste until some bitterness steps up and takes over. It's not a bad beer, but that sweetness was too much for me.

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Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of gford217
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark, dark brown with a huge three-finger tan head that lingered for a long time as a cap and showed tons of lacing.

This one smells a lot like a spiced-up porter. It's got the coffee and chocolate malt undertones like a porter but the spices are present in spades with some modest hoppiness. Very interesting.

The taste also has the base of a porter but with a big spiciness on top. There is a bitterness from the hops and coffee on top a huge dark malt base.

The mouthfeel is slightly thin with good carbonation and a fairly big bitterness for the style.

This is an interesting porter but not one that I was terribly impressed with. The flavors just didn't come together for me.

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Photo of jwolfie70
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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 OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light tan/ brown-ish head. In the aroma, roasty coffee and hints of caramel. In the taste, bitter coffee, hints of cherry and a small caramel like sweetness. A small bite and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and small caramel like aftertaste. Nice flavoring, especially with hints of cherry. I did not know this was a porter until right now.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours dark black with a rich, tan head, nice lace all-around.

S: Not as robust as I would have thought, but some nice dark malt notes.

T: Dark baker's chocolate, black malt and mocha dominate the flavour. Really a straight up RIS type flavour, strong heavy malt with a light note of booze. Moderate notes of smoke and licorice.

M: Smooth, creamy, but thin at times for me.

D: A very good beer from Mikkeller, not a classic Christmas beer with the spicing et. al, but a pretty nice big ol' porter for the holidays.

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Photo of hellbilly
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a walnut stained black shade of brown with a teenie tan head and sporadic spots of lace.

this smells intensely of fruit cake...yum! aromas include chocolate, molasses, licorice, anise, candied nuts, black raisins, faint acidity/milky sourness and something meaty and smoky akin to beef jerky when it is warm.

the palate is far drier than the aroma lead me to believe... flavors of chocolate, coffee, frisee, toasted walnuts, anise, molasses and roasty grain with an enormously dry finish. that dryness carries over into the aftertaste and is joined by ash (and lots of it) which lingers on the tongue. creamy smooth carbonation but it has a lighter body than one would expect. fairly tart mouth feel combined with ashiness keep it really easy to drink.

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Photo of Floydster
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750 ml corked and caged bottle with gold foil, purchased from Cooke's market for close to fifteen dollars after tax, split with some friends last night, poured into my New Belgium snifter

A-Color looked promising and was a very dark brown, nearly black, 1/2 inch creamy light tan head that stuck around for about two minutes, not much lacing

S-Spices, herbs, burned malt, charcoal, caramel, tons of piney hoppiness, dark fruits, cherries, earthy aromas, and some espresso

T-Started off with a big charcoal taste, spices and bready malt in the middle, super dry and herbal finish, dark chocolate and coffee a little later on, got harder to drink when it warmed and the spices really stood out, ingredients seemed misplaced, lots of hops in the finish by the end that left a dry bitter finish to go along with all the java, oddly balanced and not very good overall

M-Medium to thick body, spicy and dry mouthfeel, not enough carbonation, a little syrupy towards the end, taste lingered too long

D-Could not have gotten close to drinking this by myself, five or six ounces was too much in my opinion, not smooth, super heavy, tiresome

Usually buy each new Mikkeller beer I see regardless of the price but this was not worth the money, one of the worst beers I have had from them, would not drink again, recommended only if you are curious to taste a much different and spicy baltic porter

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of StraightNoChaser
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
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 glid02
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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 deltatauhobbit
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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 JohnQVegas
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours opaque black with a thin, small-bubbled brown head.

Nose has some lactic sourness, a bit of roasty coffee underneath, spices - notably some cinnamon and nutmeg. Very different, I like it.

Taste is sweet up front, cocoa, then roasty, with a light lactic sourness, dry, nutty, woody, a bit smokey. Finish is lightly sour, a bit acidic, with some lingering spices - citrus zest, more that I can't pin down. A lot going on here, past the point of complexity and into muddled territory. Too much at times - flashes of greatness, but too often sinking into just too much going on at once.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, a bit too fizzy. Fra Til is a much stronger effort in my opinion.

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Photo of smellsofstout
2.23/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thick brownish black pour. Alcohol and spice hints on the nose.
Smoky malts with bittersweet notes of chocolate.
smooth palate and bitter resonating finish. very sour and oily finish that did not sit well for my tastes. Couldnt do more than a sample of this one.

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Photo of froghop
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a opaque with a large mountainous khaki head, very excellent lacing.

smell of sour malt, cocoa, some coffee, a touch of spice.

taste is of sour malt, dark fruits, some cocoa, roasted hazelnut, some coffee in the back.

overall this is good beer, different, but good.

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Photo of nick76
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is toasted with hops and a bit of rubber and plastic that just don't suit any beer. The appearance is super dark brown with a medium tan head. The flavor is like the aroma with some burnt taste as well as licorice. The palate is thin for the style. Overall I don't really like it but it still has some good qualities.

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Photo of corby112
4.8/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even a slight trace of lighter color when held to a light source and a massive three finger frothy mocha colored head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.

Roasted mal aroma with lots of spicy notes and roasty chocolate. Hints of peppermint, pepper and cinnamon as well as some toast, coffee bean, toffee and oatmeal in the nose. That unpleasant medicinal cough syrup presence that often appears in holiday beers is absent. This beer smells amazing!

Wonderful chewy full body with lots of different flavors bouncing off of one another. Roasted chocolate maltiness with silky lactic creaminess as well as plenty of peppery spice. I'm picking up a lot of peppermint and cinnamon which add a decent balance to the roasted coffee, oatmeal and toffee notes. This beer is extremely well balanced with some subtle dark fruit notes thrown in there as well. The ABV is very well masked making this beer extremely quaffable. Excellent and highly recommended!

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Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Chico1985
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love the label on this one, gift tags are overrated...

Black pour, thick brown head, this easily could be mistaken for an imperial stout by the appearance. Patchy cap left behind, great retention and lace.

Nose brings roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, spices, pine. Very little sweetness and a decent Christmasy feel to it.

Taste follows mostly. Malts are definitely roast-forward with some smokiness and char there as well, some dark chocolate and coffee, bread, maybe some dark fruit as well. Spices are pretty noticeable, maybe a tad strong but fine here. Clove definitely sticks out with perhaps some cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is slick and somewhat thin-feeling considering the bold flavors, but considering this is actually a porter it's understandable. Medium-low carbonation, some booze, a bit of a sipper.

One glass is probably enough for me, but a good holiday beer that's bold in malts and spices. Kinda like their Santa's Little Helper, but in baltic porter form. A nice one to split on a cold eve.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Til Fra (To From) from Mikkeller ApS
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