Til Via Fra (To Via From) | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mora2000 on 04-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
33
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MDHopster
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this one today at Frisco's Tap House in Columbia Md. Was listed as Mikkeller Til Via Fra-Christmas Porter despite notes that beer is retired. Maybe mislabeled or maybe it's been rereleased?

10 oz pour in a goblet following shot glass taster. The taster was heavy on foam and released a strong alcohol nose along with chocolate and coffee nose. Dark black with little head. Lesser alcohol nose in goblet but smokiness and chocolate with slight bitters, not too sweet. Smooth mouth feel with slight bite.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of mcss
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shelton brothers the festival glass.

A: no head, jet black, looks like crude our used motor oil... Has the same sheen.

S: pleasant, licorice, coffee, dark chocolate

T: smokey, a little sour, but a pleasant smooth finish.

M: thick, almost oil like coverage of the tongue... Strange.

O: very interesting brew,enjoyed, but will not soon repeat....intense

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up from the sale shelf at my beer store. I read about To/From in the top 1001 Beers to Try book. I have had this chilling in my beer fridge for awhile waiting for tonight. My biggest challenge was in finding the correct beer on the BA page (there were six or seven different To/From beers in their catalog).

This looks like a great example for an Imperial Stout. The coloring is as dark as midnight, and there is a lot of thick foam. The head leaves a tan lacing that is really sticky on the glass.

The smell is rich. You get a bunch of bourbon and spice in the nose. This is one of those beers that I could just breathe in and be happy all night. Luckily, though, I still get to drink this.

The flavor is a ripper. It is a ton of flavor slapping me back and forth across the face. I get a bunch of bourbon and coffee. When I let this beer sit on my pallatte, then I get the spices on the top of my mouth. I can just experience this through my nose.

Mikkeller beers tend to be pretty pricey. They also can be a big gamble. Some are amazing, and some are a challenge. I also feel like Mikkeller beers create a wide divide between beer drinkers... you love them or dislike them (they have a pretty decent deviation number). This was a home run for me.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pure black, viscous brew. Crayon brown head recedes pretty quickly.

S - Big sweet and strong bouquet. Rich chocolate syrup, dried dark fruit sugars, brown sugar. Malty and sweet roasted, with an aroma of the alcohol.

T - The nose is sweet but the taste is robust. The bitterness of dark chocolate, and roasted black coffee. Dark, tangy sugars like dates and prune. Semi sweet like cocoa, with a dark roasted grain chew. A hint of licorice, and tobacco leaf.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry on the finish.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice at Plainfield's Tap House.

These damn Mikkeller "gift tag" beers can be downright confusing at times. But I have confirmed that this is indeed the one I had here. It pours a bleak black-brown topped by a finger of dirty light-sienna foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate, nutmeg, and molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, though the chocolate percentage is definitely higher now. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth, almost grainy feel. Overall, a very tasty brew, the highlight of this visit to the Tap House (easily).

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My sample was from a somewhat aged bottle, so the flavor profile may have changed. Called to mind a more muted version of Mikkeller's Santa's Little Helper and the Anchor Our Special Ale-sort of resinous, woody spices. ETOH was not prominent, and there was slight oxidation. Some caramel and Heath Bar at the finish.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

- Tasted at Split Thy Skull 2011 at Mugs Alehouse -

A - Deep cola with a light khaki head. Fantastic lace.

S - Huge barely aroma. Vanilla. Light woody, barn notes. Some caramel.

T - Dark roasted malt. Burt toast, touch of black coffee. Some cream in the middle. Woody on the backend.

M - Light body. Dry finish some rolling chalky-wood.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a thin tan head.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts and smoke in the nose along with something that's foul smelling (possibly the algae).
T: Flavors of roasted malts dominate the overall taste; these continue throughout to the finish, where some notes of spices become apparent.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some alcohol warming in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because for the most part the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of phattysbox
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at dba in manhattan. At first I ordered a sample because I had no idea what the brew was from the name. Quick check on BA reveals a Baltic porter - interesting!

Poured in a 10 oz glass, black as night with a 1/2 inch cocoa head. The recedes slowly to whispy lace. No light penetrates this brew.

Nose is a bit muted. What I do get is lots of roasted malts and coffee. Before I knew what this beer was, I thought it was a coffee stout. Hint of caramel in the nose but it's all roast.

Taste is a roast BOMB. Ash, chocolate, bitterness (from the roast), coffee, and freshly ground espresso beans swirl about in the mouth. The caramel malts used are absolutely beaten down by the roast. I would almost say it's too roasty, but I like it. Everything kind of melds together and is supported by sweetness that keeps the roast in check.

Medium body and average carbonation. Any thicker and this would be a stout.

My only quip - where is the lager yeast? Traditionally, Baltic porter are brewed with lager strains and I'm detecting some (a tiny bit) of diacetyl. A minor flaw.

Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of July2Nov
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Three inches of coco colored foamy head that goes down to a respectable 1/2 inch. Great retention of lace! Color is a very dark brown...on the verge of blackness.

Smell: Malty, buttery and spicy.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Nothing smooth about this one...it's all bold! Has a big perfume flavor upfront. A bit stringent to the tongue with some spikiness. Has a peppery spice to it and I'm also getting a bit of almond flavor with it. Mouthfeel is bold with a deep roasted malt flavor and an outpouring of alcohol.

Drinkability: While this no where near my favorite Mikkeller offering, it's not a bad beer...just not something I would buy again. Try and decide for yourself...it's the only way to judge for yourself.

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Photo of charlzm
2.74/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed at Encinitas Ale House in Encinitas, CA on December 29th, 2010.

Virtually black, opaque beer with a fine, uniform head of tiny bubbles that provides excellent sheeting.

Primary aroma is anis with a fruit accent I can't pin down.

Flavor is rich, dark (over)roasted malt. A long, lingering bitterness and a medicinal note finish things up. Some ash as well. The bitterness is way out whack and not enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat undecarbonated and a bit watery.

Not a fan.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Pour House

To From From To Til Via Fra whatever you wanna call it came to me looking goopy, not a dark lord goop but a big bold baltic with a dark brown bordering on black appearance looking slick and thick. A nice cap of dark tan some streaks. Smell is a big roast bomb with some dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, toffee, vanilla and yeast. Tasting this Im blown away by the roast, it's large and in charge but not the whole picture. Under that chocolate, malts galore and some sweet toffee flavor. After a while the roast weared on me but I pulled through. Some vanilla accompanied by some warming alcohol with some time. The feel on this is thick somewhat coating, smooth and baltic in every way. Not super carbed up but creamy from the tap. I can imagine bottles of this being significantly hotter than this. I drank my glass and smiled the whole time.

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3.96 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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