Til Fra (To From)
Mikkeller ApS

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Style:
Baltic Porter
ABV:
8%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 16.02%
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
78
From:
Mikkeller ApS
 
Denmark
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
84
Good
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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
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 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 Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

September 2011 Cork Date, Sampled December 2007
Fairly well carbonated as a gentle pour produces a persistent, initial three-finger, cresting at four-finger thick, creamed chocolated colored, frothy head in my tulip glass. The head on this is quite long lasting and it forms a very textured, varied, structural crown of froth as it slowly recedes back into the beer. The beer is an opaque, black color. The aroma is a mix of interesting dark / burnt malt notes and soft spices. Aromas of cocoa, cinnamon, licorice, clove, ginger and black pepper. Some sharp, burnt espresso notes mix with the piquant parts of the spice aromatics. The aroma is actually quite piquant, almost smells a bit like a dried Ancho chile.

A zippy carbonation and a medium body make this beer quite drinkable. It is quite spicy in the flavor as well with notes that are reminiscent of menthol and a finish that has a lingering anise / licorice flavor to it. The dark malts play a big role here as well; these accents flavors of black coffee, burnt berries, and burnt-dark-chocolate. With the spices and dark malt notes (including a roasted tartness), this beer seems at times to taste like a birch beer. It certainly is a bit woody at times, and has flavors of molasses, sour yet burnt plums, cloves, a touch of woody cinnamon, definite anise and a rich, concentrated caramel flavor. The spice notes and even the roast malts seem to suppress the sweetness of this brew a bit, at least it comes off as being more dry than I would expect from a beer of this heft. As the beer warms a bit the woody spice notes move towards a more earthy vegetal flavor (akin to less refined coriander).

This tastes like a bigger, more roasted version of Anchors Our Special Ale. It is currently fairly tasty and I have a feeling this will easily age through the 2011 date on the cork. Currently it is enjoyable, but at times the spices can be a bit much, in fact the longer I sit and sip this the more overwhelming the spice get (though they never get to the point of ruining the drinking experience). In fact I actually think that this beer will get quite a bit better with a few years of age. The spice notes and alcohol should soften up a bit allowing for a richer, deeper malt character to come forward.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of mully
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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 oberon
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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 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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Til Fra (To From) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 78 ratings