Fra Via Til (From Via To) Bourbon Barrel Aged | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Holiday ale brewed with spices, aged in bourbon barrels.

Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller, at the Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfe, Belgium.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Rickythejeweler:
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. This is my 100th Mikkeller rating.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, but it also features a hint of oak and some bourbon whiskey notes. The flavor is heavier on the barrel-aged notes. I get a lot of oak and bourbon, as well as some chocolate and roasted malt. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of Corkpuller
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of mozim
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Bung
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.7oz. Nice very dark brown nearly black pour with a dark tan ring of head.

Aroma, a little boozy, dark chocolate and oaky vanilla, caramel.

Taste, oaky roast malt, chocolates. Coffee and a bit of an acrid/ tart note. Still pretty smooth.

Solid medium body, carbonation is a little too prickly. A little more creaminess would probably help cut the acrid note as well. Abv is well enough hidden.
A bit of buyers remorse at the price point. It is tough to say this is worth trying. Maybe better to split with someone.

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of chelodina1
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle. Deep brown/black which is inpenetrable to light. Head is a cafe au lait brown composed of the finest of bubbles. The myriad of tiny bubbles conveys a sense of refineness.

S-This ones a little tough to be accurate...sufferring from a bit of a cold. The clogged schnozz detects a major bourbon presence backed up by dark notes of coffee and perhaps an undetermined (by my clogged honker) spice.

T-Once again sufferring form a cold but enjoying the coffee notes of the porter which act in unison with the strong bourbon notes.

M-Mouthfeel is great...It possesses that refined dense tiny but omnipresent carbonation usually found in quality doubles and quads (St Sebastian comes to mind).

O- I must say I'm happily surprised by this nice holiday BAL by Mikkeller. I've been tempted on too many occasions to try interesting sounding beer by Mikkeller only to be dissapointed. Thumbs up...I really enjoyed this one and would buy another if I see it again (I haven't)

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high mocha color head that has excellent retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of bourbon in the nose along with notes of spices and hints of chocolate.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of fruity yeast, roasted malts and spices along with notes of bourbon from the barrel aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The body of the beer seems surprisingly light given its strength and dark color.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink and the alcohol Is well masked from the taste. The addition of bourbon adds a nice complexity to this beer and makes it a little more interesting to drink. It could use more of a malt backbone to make it fuller-bodied.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of duracell
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz, super thick bottle. No freshness date. 8.0% ABV.

A - Pitch black color with a large, brown, creamy head with good retention and lacing.

S - Heavy maltiness: roasted grain,, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, some burnt notes. The hop is also present but moderate with perfumy and resiny notes. The barrel aged feature is shows up as it warms up with some oak, bourbon and vanilla aromas. I also pick out some raisin, alcohol and a certain spiciness. It's amazingly complex!

T/M - Alcohol is quite heavy at the taste. Lots of bourbon notes. Light bitterness but acidic on the palate. Medium to full body with a lively carbonation and a dry finish caused by the alcohol. I'd like to find a bigger body but the beer is pretty smooth.

O - Taste is intriguing at first. I needed some time to appreciate its character but, at the end, the flavors are really enjoyable. This is my first Mikkeller and I understand why this brewer make interesting beers. This Baltic Porter could be controversial and seen as experimental, but at the same time it has a certain rustic feeling, mainly due to the acetic notes. The drinkability is medium but the beer has a good balance and a high level of complexity. I would definitely recommend it!!

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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - served in a 33cl tulip. Good chocolate brown head, excellent retention. Beer is beautifully dark, completely opaque.

S - My nose is rubbish but to me I'm getting a coffee / bourbon whiff, which is quite pleasing.

T - Good complex taste. Big hints of coffee / molasses. Bitter after taste which is refreshing.

M - Quite a lot lighter than I was expecting. Fine carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this porter. I've not sampled too many of this style but this one will certainly have me coming back.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is almost black in color with a khaki colored head. Nose starts off with dark/burnt sugar, roasted malt, and a bit of alcohol. Very little in the way of oak or bourbon. Maybe just a touch of vanilla. There is a little bit of dark chocolate, too. Sweet sugar, roasted malt, and dark chocolate make up the majority of the flavor profile. Like with the aroma, light bourbon, vanilla, and oak notes. Some hints of dark fruits and a nice sweetness.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz green glass (come on, Mikkel!) bottle with standard unbranded silver/grey pressure cap served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; this is me favourite brewer in the world. 8% ABV confirmed. Brewed & Bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Acquired at K&L Wine in Hollywood.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good (~4+ minute) retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Opaque. Typical of the style; there's nothing overtly wrong here but nothing stands out as unique or special. The head is well executed. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Warm bourbon. Vanilla. Cream, caramel, alcohol. I look for roast but don't find it. Minimal hop presence. No yeast character at all. A mild to moderate strength aroma. The overt presence of alcohol concerns me.

T: Bourbon is noticeable - your usual oak and vanilla. But some alcohol heat accompanies it. Dark malts, caramel, cream. Maybe some chocolate malt. Any hop character is unnoticeable to me. Same goes for yeast character. Licorice/fennel. I search for more spices but have trouble identifying any. Roast is sorely missed. I get some coffee on the finish. A balanced enjoyable beer, but the complexity is wanting. Well balanced and executed, but it lacks the subtlety and complexity to truly rise to the top. The bourbon barrel aging could be better executed to boot, but it does serve a helpful purpose here so I'm not inclined to criticize it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Creamy. Delightfully done. Good carbonation. Good body. Great presence on the palate; the full flavour profile is delivered well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable in spite of the obvious alcohol presence. I can't say I'd get it again at its price point, but I'm glad I got to try it once. I do wish the Shelton Bastards wouldn't overcharge so damn much. A tasty brew from Mikkeller. Well done for its style. Doesn't hide its alcohol well.


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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of unclejazz
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Porters are a many fickle style of beer. This is a god example. For a porter is meets all the Webster's definitions fo what it is supposed to be< ut it is missing ts soul. Mikkeller took is beer's soul.

A-it looked just like a good porter should with a nice tan had that had ample lacing(enough for me to give an example to lacing to my gf)

S-pepper, pepper and more pepper> there might be a hint of Worcheshire sauce, but not in a good way. My hopes are for a taste that exceeds the smell.

M-it had what is was required to have along with the unagi palettes that allowed me to have a lingering of pepper that could only be removed by Yakima Glory. Now that is a beer with a good mouthfeel.

O-I hoed and was let down. It happens and I am coming to terms with it. Not a bad beer, just not my style.

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Photo of Paul68
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of ronricorossi
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark mahogany and tan head that leaves a nice layer

S: I can smell the bourbony vanilla oak but it seems like it will be nicely balanced. a nice roast as well with a touch of unknown spice

T: taste is roasty like a stout and then the bourbon mingles along with that. really well balanced with that barrel aging. a little bit of holiday spice come through after breathing.

M: a nice pop of carbonation clears the palate with every sip. quite nice

O: a nice enjoyable special occasion beer. i would actually love to have this as a christmas present but i would also drink it anytime of the year. nothing crazy amazing but a well balanced aged beer and a joy to drink

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Photo of ohtheguilt
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of phils93rul
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of nezelrac
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark earthy black with generous foamy mocha head that slowly dissipates to a finger leaving dense rings and full coverage down the glass

S - dark malty goodness; a strong roasty character dominates, but there is plenty of rich malt and coffee/chocolate/molasses as well as cooked stone fruits and baked berry notes; there is a whiff of sweet alcohol, too; there are hints of a variety of spices, but none dominate

T - big blast of roasted malt/coffee/chocolate/molasses that slowly yields to myriad flavors and notes of fruits and layered malt; good bitterness, but hops are only part of the story; the alcohol gently makes itself known toward the back end; excellent length

M - creamy textured and full/round; the firm edge of the roasty malts doesn't get a chance to put a stop to the rest; quite easy going for such a heavy-seeming beer

O - an excellent effort; spiced without being obvious; while it would reward slow contemplative sipping, my portion vanished all to soon; I wonder if my scoring was mean

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Photo of Ratman197
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml green bottle from Wine and Cheese Place poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lasting brown head., Aromas of bourbon, prunes, dark chocolate, roastiness, oak, vanilla and spice. Mouthfeel was meduim to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, spice, oak and dark fruit with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holiday Ale Brewed with Spices Aged in Bourbon Barrels w/From: To: label

Pours pitch black with a huge thick frothy 3 finger dark tan head that recedes slowly leaving heavy lacing in its wake. Smells boozy with strong bourbon notes dominating the nose with just a tad of holiday spices peaking through. First sip reminds me how much I love Mikkeller as I am getting a fine balance of bourbon and holiday spice flavors. Not as thick as the Black Hole BA series but the thinness is not much of a flaw due to the immense flavor. Very Nice!

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of FLima
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown and thick consistent head that stayed there forever. Deep black color, light won’t go through not even using a lamp.
Strong aroma of Bourbon, spices, caramel, coffee and wood, and it wasn’t a stretch!
Medium carbonation with tiny bubbles.
Flavor is also complex, one hint: you got to like liquor type of alcohol beverages, specially bourbon and scotch. Malty flavor with spices, roasted like, bourbon, wood and coffee. Mildly sweet with a full body.
Most of those flavors remain in the aftertaste. Good, but hard to drink more than one bottle.

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