Til Fra Via (To From Via) | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 12-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings:
48
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
10.46%
 
 
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Photo of kitch
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 16th August 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a nice two finger brown head that had decent retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, cinnamon and cloves. I want to say it kind of reminds me a bit of banana cake.

Taste: Starts sweet-ish before turning bitter especially on the finish. Dark fruit plums and prunes, roasted malts, smokey, char, dark chocolate, spices and a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: Quite a nice Imperial Porter with spices, but perhaps a touch too much smoke and char for my liking.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DruC4
4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephensinner
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of timmy2b
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz pour from tap at local bar. Poured a very dark black with only a small almost yellow head around the edges of the glass. Large amount of black licorish in the scent with a boozy almost bourbon smell as well. There were a small amount of pepper spice in the taste with a fair amount of alcohol coming through as well. I really enjoyed sipping on this beer as it was heavy in the mouthfeel, but very drinkable. (review is from memory and I hope that this is the correct variation of what I had)

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

baltic porters are one of my favorite styles, and they are all too uncommon. this is a wonderful take on it, with a mild spice profile and a lot of character. not sure if the beers are all the same and just the labels are different, its been too long since i had any of the others to recall differences, but they are certainly real similar. its impressively layered beer, with notes of tobacco and smoke, licorice and spice, roast and char, chocolate and coffee, and of course plenty of booze. its got a great big body on it, but finishes remarkable dry, i just love that feature. its absolutely not over spiced, i can barely perceive any real spices added in, and i certainly cant identify them. maybe clove, it has a holiday flare to it, but i would not call it a beer specific to the christmas holiday. its just amazing cold weather beer, yeasty too, which i love in a lager, and which would be missing if it werent there. these age really well too, i wish i had another bottle to sit on for awhile. of of my favorite baltic porters out there, and one of the best beers in the advent calendar box this year.

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Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with dark brown head. Dark fruits and dark malts on the aroma. Taste starts balanced and fruity with blackberry and blueberry. Aftertaste is bitter and roasty. Really easy to drink and fruity.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/29/2019. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, smoke, char, tobacco, leather, wood, pepper, light dark fruit/licorice, and herbal/roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready/smokey malt and moderate earthy hop/spice notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, smoke, char, tobacco, leather, wood, pepper, light dark fruit/licorice, and herbal/roast/smokey earthiness. Moderate herbal/roasted/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, tobacco, leather, and herbal/roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/smokey malt and moderate earthy hop/spice flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and bready/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced Baltic porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/smokey malt and moderate earthy hop/spice flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of gruss004
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LAND_MINE
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black, pours like oil into the glass. Not penetrated by bright light. A finger of reddish rusty chocolate milk foam head.



S: Coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, a hint of tar, a hint of smokiness. Slightly fruity character.



T: Dark chocolate, coffee, tar, tobacco, snow, an almost rusty quality, burnt rubber, molasses.



M: Thick and oily with a light foamy carbonation.



O: Got this on Wishbeer delivered to Chiang Mai. Drank in Kunming April 2nd, 2015. Baltic porter, not really getting the Christmas quality or spices, but a nice change from what I’m used to.

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Photo of Poupae
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerTruck
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%

Rich aromas of cocoa and milk chocolate, along with sweet, lightly roasted malt, and nutty, toasted notes form the aroma. Flavor is dominated by sweet chocolate and cocoa initially, becoming bitter and roasty in the lingering, charred finish. Undertones of dark cherry add complexity. There's a soapy character that surfaces late and is offputting.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of KristineT
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Bubbles
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With recently enjoying the tequila and cognac barrel aged versions, I finally get to uncover those cloaks to see its true body that hides beneath. Without the veil of barrels, booze or associated complexities, the true Baltic Porter stands up all on its own...

Its Porter roots are on full display with its deep and dark "bark" brown hues. Approaching stout proportions, the beer is just a shade shy of black. As a creamy and dense froth builds on top the beer, it becomes meringue-like with its sturdy and rocky structure. An intricate network of lacing adorns the glass in the beer's wake.

Bracing roast aromas front the olfactory sense with an abrupt scent of roast that's usually reserved for stout. But in this porter, the nose is also greeted with toasted walnuts, fresh ground coffee and strong cocoa-rich chocolate. A twinge of grape, plumb and apple offer up an element of intrigue but also interferes with the beer's burnt malt scent- all this transpires with a thread of molasses and maple weaving in between.

Its taste is just as robust as its stout-like taste tastes command early. Its short-lived sweetness of molasses and maple are seemingly of the burnt variety. This charred flavor introduces a grilled fruit notion in the middle; full of blackcurrant, red grape, apple and tart berries. Its acidic finish is somewhat of fruit esters but also of alcohol combined with burnt flavor. A light vanilla waft brings all the flavors together.

Its mouthfeel is tricky- of course its full and creamy roastiness is a welcome sensation even though its more reserved for stout- but its fledgling sweetness leaves its exaggerated carbonation to highlight the texture of charcoal and ash as its malty-roast character is exposed. Couple that with the roast-derived astringency that takes shape of apple skins and grape seed- a tannin-rich red wine character may be found. Its warm and roasty finish extends well into aftertaste.

I rather enjoy this roasty ale even though it in no way resembles the host of Baltic Porters that I have come across. Its and abrasive, roasty and dry ale that carries a major American chip on its shoulder.

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Til Fra Via (To From Via) from Mikkeller ApS
3.73 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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