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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 77
Photo of corby112
4.8/5  rDev +34.5%
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 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 hellbilly
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
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 Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a big tan head that sticks around. Great lacing. Smells spicy with sappy evergreen. Tastes spicy as well with spruce and juniper as well as some other Christmas spices. Sappy and slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is spicy, sharp, and full with a creamy finish. Quite nice, and a great addition to the winter lineup.

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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 GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12/18/08- Purchased at the Pizza Port bottle shop in Carlsbad, CA. $11.99 price tag.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with a synthetic cork..looks like best by 2011 according to the cork. Poured into a celebrator glass.

Appearance- Deep black colored pour with a very dirty brown and large bubbled fat one inch plus head. Looks mildly creamy and leaves some light chunks and patches of lace behind.

Smell- I'm going to base all my facts on a room temp consumption as I will explain in the taste category. If drank cold, it's a super burnt charcoal nose with a bit of alcohol and the deepest malt you have put your nose to. When smelled at room temp..there is still a super dark malt base, the charcoal has mostly faded as well the alcohol, but a very nice dark cherry scent has emerged.

Taste- This is the true tale of two beer. Read this and do it. Do not drink this cold....DO NOT DRINK THIS COLD! Do NoT dRiNk ThIs CoLd!!
Drank cold it is a drain pour. Huge burnt acrid harsh charcoal flavored liquid. Some alcohol and some hops, but I'm not sure if the hops are actually just a bitter burnt flavor. If you sit this out for about 45 minutes or so...you will be rewarded. The flavor has done a complete 180. Malt is very dark, but has some light super dark chocolate notes, a bit of super roasted coffee bean flavors and a wonderful dark and sweet cherry flavor. The charcoal and burnt to a crisp flavor has all but gone away. Only in the aftertaste can you detect a slight burnt chicken skin like flavor.

Mouthfeel- Hihgly carbonated at first, but gets to normal at room temp. Slight annoying burnt aftertaste.

Drinkability- A very good and interesting beer at room temp. A very bad and harsh beer right out of the fridge. Don't waste your money if you are planning on drinking it cold, or even slightly cold.

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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 RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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 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 Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting with grub and Lexx, I picked this one up in Buffalo.

Pours an opaque dark brown, bordering on black, thick tan head forms, settles to a medium sized layer, tons of chunky lace. Smell is caramel, chocolate, lots of pine needs, light funkiness, bread, lots of spicy phenols. Taste is roast and chocolate, smokey, chocolate is almost spicy and bittersweet, some citrus, a sour spicy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth, quite 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 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 ccrida
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (winter 2007 release) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, To: From: is pitch brownish black with a large, very dense, dark tan head, super thick with tons of last, leaving heavy, foamy lace, very nice. I really like the look, like a Belgian stout. I don't know what it is about these De Proef bottlings, the cork limps out so effortlessly that I always expect them to be flat, but they never are.

Smell is rather chocolaty, with some coffee, spices, kind of mish-mashy. As it warms, I get some fruity Belgian esters, which I dig. Also a hint of vanilla. Complex and hard to pin down without being to over the top, I'm really enjoying the juniper with the sweet dark malts, especially as it warms, almost minty.

Taste is similarly dominated by the coffee and chocolate, as well as some of the indistinct spices, some juniper and coriander maybe? Tough beer to wrap my head around, but overall pretty good. Really loads of chocolate, it reminds me a bit of the 2007 Mikkeller Santa's Little Helper that I recently had, but with some spices, some dark stone fruit as well, cherries. Super rich, I'm sure this would age really well, especially with the spices, like an Anchor OSA on steroids. But certainly not a Baltic Porter, way to Belgian - which I really like. De Proef in the house, I'm really enjoying this after the first half a glass, but am not at all rating it to any style. Letting the last third of a glass sit while I munched on some pretzels, it really turned on me, not sure if it was the slight warming in temp, or more likely the salt on my palate, but I got really acrid, solvent notes, ashy and harsh, whoa! Don't pair it with pretzels!

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, with an herbal zestiness to it that makes it's rather digestible, like what I assume those German tonics probably taste like.

Drinkability is pretty good in regards to tastiness - I have to say, I'm surprised how much I enjoyed it. Based on the reviews, I'm glad I gave it a year to come together. Not exactly smooth, very full flavored, but it really suited me, a nice dose of Belgian Christmas. While the alcohol isn't overt, the robustness makes it a slow sipper. Also, it was a one off release, and I certainly don't need another bottle after this one, at least tonight. But for the cellar, yes!

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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 OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +12%
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 grub
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. cork is dated 09 25 11. sampled jan 11/08.

pours opaque black with a big fluffy brown head. the head drops slowly with tons of chunky lace.

aroma is great. touch of lemon and funk, making me think of something like the madrugada obscura from jolly pumpkin. hint of baltic sourness too. light vanilla and oak. toasty multi-grain bread and biscuits. bit of alcohol. light roast.

taste is good. nice smoky character. bit fruity. nice roast. bit of chocolate. light baltic character. bit of vanilla. light coffee. low bitterness level. earthy hops.

mouthfeel is ok. medium carbonation level. medium body with very dry finish. bit of astringency.

drinkability is nice. the dry/astringent bitterness kind of takes away from the drinkability. fairly interesting. alcohol is hidden fairly well.

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

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A: Very dark brown with a thick brownish head.

S: Roasted Malts, Coffee, Spices, Bitter Chocolate.

T: Cardemom, Cinnamon, Bitter chocolate, Belgian Yeast, Coffee.

M: Filling beer with lots of spices and a nice bitterness at the end that feels very plesant.

This is a good take at a christmas porter. Looking forward to try this years version of this beer (From - To). Recommended!

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle last year a bit after Christmas so I wanted to wait until the holiday season to drink it. Cracked it last night with a couple friends. The beer pours dark brown with a huge light mocha colored head that is very fluffy and holds good retention leaving sticky soapy lace behind. The smell is pretty interesting. I mostly get cinnamon up front so it's spicy in the nostrils and has a bitter cocoa and roasty aromas behind the spice. It's certainly not what I expected but I can dig it. The flavor is a bit more mellow than the aroma. Spicy cinnamon and a bitter chocolate and espresso finish. Seems more balanced than the aroma for me. The body is relatively light but it's smooth and creamy making this one drink pretty well, but the flavors a little intense at times.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a N'ice Chouffe chalice. Served at cellar temperature. Beer was black in color with a two finger, creamy, sand colored head. Heavy lacing around the glass with light carbonation.

Aroma was sweet and spicy. Lots of pine, ginger, cherries, earthy notes and bread. Also slightly sour. Reminds me of a fruitcake.

Taste was chocolate, orange, gingerbread and holiday spices. Finish was just a hint on the sour side.

Pretty tasty beer. Taste was not what I expected, based on the appearance. Still, very enjoyable and unique. This one has been hiding in the beer fridge since last xmas. I wish I had a few more.

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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 Halcyondays
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
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 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 Chico1985
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
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 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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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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Til Fra (To From) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 77 ratings