Til Via Fra (To Via From)
Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS
Baltic Porter
3.96 | pDev: 9.34%
Dec 06, 2015
Apr 27, 2010
Very Good
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Rated: 3.53 by Olesjm from Kansas

Dec 06, 2015
Rated: 3.65 by RajaSTL from Missouri

Jun 27, 2015
Rated: 3.89 by SStein from Colorado

Dec 21, 2014
Rated: 4.05 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 19, 2014
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Reviewed by MDHopster from Maryland

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.
Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 4 by afsdan from Colorado

Mar 21, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by GRG1313 from California

Oct 26, 2013
Rated: 4 by beernads from Florida

Sep 12, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by sendbeer from Georgia

Dec 03, 2012
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Reviewed by mcss from New York

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
Jul 16, 2012
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Reviewed by ummswimmin from New Jersey

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.
Apr 07, 2012
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Reviewed by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

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.
Mar 24, 2012
Rated: 4 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jan 09, 2012
Rated: 5 by Rickythejeweler from Maryland

Dec 14, 2011
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Reviewed by TMoney2591 from Illinois

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).
Dec 11, 2011
Rated: 4 by nmann08 from Virginia

Dec 10, 2011
Rated: 4 by oline73 from Maryland

Nov 16, 2011
Rated: 4 by sbricker from Illinois

Nov 14, 2011
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Reviewed by Brent from Kentucky

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.
Sep 06, 2011
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Reviewed by vfgccp from New York

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.
Mar 12, 2011
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

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.
Mar 06, 2011
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Reviewed by phattysbox from New York

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!
Jan 15, 2011
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Reviewed by July2Nov from Virginia

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.
Jan 06, 2011
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Reviewed by charlzm from California

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.
Jan 03, 2011
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Reviewed by BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

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.
Jan 03, 2011
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Reviewed by oglmcdgl from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at the pour house.

A- comes to me with a good finger of mocha colored slightly creamy head that settles after the first sip to leave a thin skin and a good amount of sticky lace. Very dark brown black in color.

S- dark chocolate and deeply roasted malts that give off a lot of coffee and molasses.

T- ride that roast train. Loads of espresso, bakers chocolate, cocoa powder. A dark molasses sweetness creeps in and keeps the heavy roast in check. Mildly smokey and peaty at times with some earthy char. Some bitterness fights its way in, now is it a hops bitterness or just the complex layers of roast I'm not sure.

M- smooth and a bit chewy but to too much. Good carb that doesn't come on to strong and let's the brew feel its way around your mouth.

D- the goblet I was given was done in no time. While you do get a warming happy feeling from it its not a hard drink. One of the better I've had from them.
Jan 02, 2011
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Reviewed by Reaper16 from Alabama

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
served on-tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a tulip

Pours a very dark brown. Might as well be black. Blackish (like Drake!). The foam on this beer is intriguing. It's a lighter brown, but very intense in color. It looks sort of like butterscotch, with glints of orange. There isn't much of it, but it laces pretty spectacularly.

You can always trust Mikkeller to bring unique profiles, and To/From doesn't disappoint. A ton of caramelized toffee on the nose. I thought it was caramel malt at first, and maybe it still is, but it quickly took on the aroma of toffee being cooked down. After you get used to the toffee, you can pick out the smoky scents. The malts here are very roasted. They smell less like woodsmoke than they do an ash tray, for better or worse. Ashy chocolate. All in all, the beer sort of smells like a Heath brand candy bar being cooked over Kingsford charcoal. Pretty unique, though not entirely amazing.

The taste is less of a toffee blast than it is a smoky, ashy roasted porter. I'm missing a lot of the underlying dark fruits than Baltic Porters tend to have. In this sense, it is reminiscent of the Baltika 6 Baltic Porter, only more smoky. Candy sweetness with some cream flavor, like a Werther's Original, helps to balance out the heavy roast. Pretty decent stuff, but missing the complexity of the best Baltic Porters. This is a little blunt.

Nothing standout about the drinkability or the mouthfeel. Each, while solid enough, are missing something extra to take it to a 4.0 score. The mouthfeel is such that I didn't really process it. The body seemed appropriate, and it wasn't overly syrupy or anything. A nonevent, which is almost always a good thing in a beer, IMO. I think the heavy burnt quality to the flavor could make this more of a taxing drink for some people. That toffee flavor is pretty heavy, too.

Very solid effort from Mikkeller on this one. If you like smoke or unique flavor profiles in dark beer, you should seek this out.
Dec 30, 2010
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Had this yesterday at the map room, Chicago, IL.

Appearance: This beer looks great! Dark black and dark tanish brown head. Lacing coats intire glass as beer is drank.

Smells: just like I hope it would! Smells like a really good barrel aged beer. smokey, oaky, malty, chocolate, hints of coffee, and some earthiness.

Taste: Its wonderful! I really took my time drinkn this beer and letting it open up. It was fantastic! Not alot of sweetness, but some is there. Some bitterness also, but it balances with well with the sweetness. Chocolate, oaky, earthy, vanilla. Very complex flavors working great together!

Mouthfeel: right on for the style! mild carbonation and very smooth! Full body.

Drinkablility: Wish i could have drank 5 of these. Had other beers to try at map room since i live a long ways away from the map room, i only had the one! Best baltic porter i have had to date! Must try!
Dec 29, 2010
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Reviewed by homebrew311 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Served on-tap at Durty Nellies

A: pours a dark black, opaque, some lacing, thin collar of head

S: roasted and bitter chocolate notes up front with a big earthy hop character in the middle and a finish of licorice and notes of tobacco

T: initial malt sweetness, lots of deep roasted malts with notes of caramel, brown sugar, licorice, and earthiness...all with a bitter hop finish and a touch of dryness

MF: medium body, high carbonation

D: decent brew, thin one leans a little bit heavy on the bitter side when it comes to Baltic Porters, I just wish there was a little more richness in this beer
Dec 21, 2010
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Reviewed by John_M from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a dark cola color with good head retention and lacing. The is attractive, showcasing milk chocolate, light licorise, vanilla and coffee. As good as this beer smells, it's considerably better on the palate. The flavor profile is dominated by dark chocolate and a considerable coffee ground flavor, and the bitterness and licorise in the finish help to counter the moderate sweetness quite well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, licorise filled finish. Drinkability is good, though the licorise and sweetness wear me out just a bit. Stil, I thought this a very enjoyable beer from Mikkeller, and one I wouldn't hesitate to order again.
Dec 18, 2010
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Reviewed by jrallen34 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Max's into a huge heavy glass goblet...Pours a nice really nice deep black with a light tan head, looks really good...The aroma has a very familiar quality to it, you can tell its Mikkeller, similar to beer geek breakfast; lightly roasted coffee, hint of smoke a touch of hops on the back, really good...The taste has tons of smoke, very roasty, raw bitter coffee. Very flavorful and nice.

Another well done Mikkeller beer worth trying.
Dec 13, 2010
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Reviewed by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Mikkeller To Via From on tap at mighty Max's in B'more, MD, served in their classic thick goblet.

Described by Mikkeller as a "Christmas Porter", labeled here as a Baltic Porter. I would say it is more of an Imperial Porter, or even a Smoked Imperial Stout.

Appearance: A very dark brown, almost black. Beautiful brownish edge. No head, watery lacing.

Smell: Reminds of Weyerbacher 15. Lots of smoke and burning wood. Chips thrown in the fire during a camping night out in the mountains. Some aged booze (bourbon?) and even a tad of vanilla sweetness. Also smells of chicory, earthy roots freshly extracted from the earth and dirty shoes (in a good way). My wife compared it to liquid smoke, or licking Uncle Joe's ashtray after he is done chain-smoking his Camel Lights. I can't agree with that, but it is definitely SMOKY!!

Taste: Smoke, smoke, smoke. Could take care of your nicotine cravings! A nice bitterness on the back as it goes down. The smokiness is a tad one-dimensional, but enjoyable nonetheless. Wintery this is for sure, but I don't know about "Christmas" or even "porter". Also, I do not detect the spices the brewery says they used in brewing this.

Mouthfeel: Sticky. Leaves big thick sloppy stains. Heavily smoky but balanced (somehow), good carbonation, full body. Flavor and feel linger in the lips and mouth long after sipping.

Drinkability: Poundable! It's 8% but tastes like more and feels like less.
Dec 03, 2010
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Reviewed by Mora2000 from Texas

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a light brown head. The aroma is licorice with some roasted malt. The flavor is leather, tobacco, roasted malt and licorice. As the beer warms you get more chocolate notes in the flavor and the aroma. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Apr 27, 2010
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