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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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 BEERchitect
3.89/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of excellent tan colour, lovely cream lacing, excellent thickness, and great retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Heavy rich chocolate, caramel, roast, and very light cream. A moderate strength aroma.

T: A roasted barley foundation, with cream, caramel, and very very light cream atop. Built well and enjoyable, but of questionable balance. The yeast is pleasant, but not as biscuity as I'd like. It's rather simple, with a limited flavour profile.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours only generally. A bit disappointing.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. The balance is just off. I wouldn't have it again. Boring and a bit bland.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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 olradetbalder
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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 dcmchew
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
2.46/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On-tap at Beer Revolution

The beer pours black in color with a small off-white head. Intense licorice and booze aromas, there’s a bit of rubbing alcohol and paint thinner, maybe some charcoal. Some heavy char and roast aromas, too. Heavy on the roasted malts. There's a bit of chocolate, mild molasses, and some char flavor. There’s also just a ton of booze flavor, too. Medium body and carbonation. And just not good.

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

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%

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 bylerteck
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a shop in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured black with a really creamy dark mocha head. A little lace and a film of retention.

S - Sweet, dark malts, roast, chocolate, sweet cocoa.

T - Sweet and roasty. Tobacco and a fair bit of sweetness with some smoke.

M - Fairly dry, gentle carbonation, full body.

O/D - Pretty decent. Perhaps too sweet but alright otherwise. Doesn't break the mold, but does the trick.

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Photo of shelby415
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7%

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

on-tap, brasserie V

appearance: served in a goblet - had no idea what the beer even was, but went for it. black body, foamy chocolate hat

smell: dry roast, green hops, smoke, char, toffee

taste: nice porter - espresso roast, evergreen, smoke, char, caramel, roasted malt, some holiday spice

mouthfeel: dry and roasty, medium body

overall: worth a go - i like trying mikkeller stuff

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Craft Beer Co. into a goblet.

A: Opaque black body under a light brown head that settles into a fine ring and leaves spotty lace. Nice.

S: Piquant. Spicy, chocolatey, herbal, and a little boozy. Dark and delightful.

T: Smoky and fruity up front, with chocolate and herbal notes filling in behind. Very spicy, bright, and savory. Long, sweet, roasty finish. Pleasantly intense.

M: Smooth, creamy, moderately carbonated full body. Great.

O: I was surprised to see this one getting low reviews so far, as I found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting brew - far better than several other Mikkeller offerings that are currently rated higher.

Cheers!

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

Photo of EgadBananas
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always saw this each christmas, but never pulled the trigger. Why not this year.

Pours black as night, with a big 3+ finger of medium mocha colored head. Nice lace and retention.

Aroma is chocolaty, with huge roasted/burnt malt notes, spices, and dry cocoa.

Taste's very roasted, with a bit of ashy charred malt, nice sweet chocolate notes and a hint of bitterness.

Very creamy, medium to full body. Pleasantly rich.

Very nice. Might be a bit too charred for some, but I like it.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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 ADZA
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black hue that lets no light in and leaves a three finger hot chocolate laced head and lacing everywhere,the smell is cocoa nibs,dark rich chocolate,dark plums and raisins,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and on taste theres alot of dark rich chocolate and cocoa nibs which is really full on followed by some herbal hops,raisins,a touch of rum,charcoal and the finish is a mix of dark chocolate and strong black coffee and overall its alright but i wouldnt buy again in a hurry as the dark rich chocolate is dominating from start to finish very similar to Youngs Double Choc stout just without the full feel and i think it could be better balanced cheers.

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3.74 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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