Fra Til Via (From To Via) | Mikkeller ApS

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81 Ratings
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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 MasterSki on 11-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
16
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
8.73%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 16
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

probably the best Baltic porter ive come across. this was purchased at holiday time and finally decanted. it pours a chalky brown color, like chocolate syrup in terms of color, with a few inches of light airy mocha colored foam. the nose is muted a bit, with some dusty old English dark malts and a dab of honey. faint cocoa and bitter barley as well. the taste is much more expressive, with the complex depth of this beer being immediately apparent. really dark roasted barley malt is just short of scalded, which gives this beer a huge base. layers of milk chocolate, peat, and even raisins brush across the palate one after the next, before a moderately bitter smoky vanilla rounds out the finish. what a joy to drink this beer, and I could see it being sensational around the holidays. alcohol is invisible, beer has a velvet smoothness to it, very soft on the mouth despite its big body. a very impressive offering from mikkeller, are the other labels of this different versions or just different packaging? either way, this one is a standout for me in the Baltic porter category.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml gold-foil capped bottle, mucho gracias to John the rep for the sample. Apparently a new version for this year, even though the style and ABV remain the same.

This beer pours a rather over-foamed mess, of the dense bubbly mocha sort, with an underlying solid black hue, and no discernible highlights. The head maintains a decently spiffy retention, eventually giving up some consistent honeycombed lace around the glass.

It smells of chalky, powdery milk chocolate, some mildly meaty caramel malt, a bit of licorice root, syrupy cola, and leafy, floral, earthy hops. The taste is more pithy, dry chocolate, bready caramel, some vegetal astringency, a slight lactic sourness, and more bitter floral, earthy hops.

The carbonation is rather laid back and sedate, but hardly absent, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, a slight edginess taking just a tad away. It finishes on the dry side, the malt beholden to the pull of the aforementioned cocoa, and attendant bitter hops.

A pretty hefty, and attenuated porter - the dryness is actually quite welcome, when I was expecting a sweet, boozy Yuletide clusterfuck. Not here, boyos, just a solid chocoholic porter - no foolin'. Worthy enough of the 12 dollar price tag, I would imagine.

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoic dark beer from Belgium brewed by a very notorious Dane, big black body dark tan head, beautiful looking brew. Aromatics offer up Christmas trees pine needles, and resin of earthy hops, other than that maybe some cinnamon/ginger spice additions. There's some herbal aspect to it like mint or wintergreen that I just can't quit taking deep inhalations of, very nice nose on it. Flavor dark roasted malts mixed with the wintergreen herbal mint flavor and dank pine needles perhaps some juniper it's an intensely bitter finish in this dark chocolate infused spiced porter. Not much sweetness or creamy notes to let the bitterness back off plus the layer of spices pretty much just stick to the palate, moderate carbonation nothing else to write home about. Overall an interesting take an a rustic porter with possible pine needles. and juniper berries.

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3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Bottle shared with Boise RBers. Initial impression was disappointment, but this was one to sneak up on you, very subtle in many ways. I had hoped to resample before leaving to get a second impression, but was left with lots of positive thoughts and approving nods.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a blackish bodu with frothy, foamy head that is a little bit of a gusher. There seems to be an espresso like coffee aroma in this beer as well as chocolate and something sweet and spicy and cinnamon. Sturdy, medium to heavy bodied beer, has the sweet tastes from aroma along with a little hoppy dryness that adds balance and a dry finish that complements beer.

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4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml gold foil covered capped bottle poured into tulip 29/11/12

A black liquid with a massive mocha foam even after a gentle pour, good retention slowly falling to an island leaving several partial rings of lace

S fennel, anise, licorice, and faint mint mix well with some smoke, molasses and cola, nice dark roast notes of char and faint cold coffee, smells great with lots going on, some earthy and faint citric hops are in there adding to the mix

T less of the lovely licorice, anise and fennel notes and a little more dark roast flavors, more smoke and char especially on the finish, a little burnt sugar and some root beer and cola are noticeable

M silky and just a few bubbles with some faint heat, there's a little left behind on the gums and just a little sticky on the lips

O very solid brew and yet another example of .25 increments being useful so slightly higher overall score. Great use of spicing even though I'm not sure what they used, solid in every area

I might be buying another of these if I have any money left from all the Winter seasonals that just bombarded Alberta. I like the gift tag label and just had to write my name beside both to and from, I deserve a gift to ya know

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of rspauldi
3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not sure if I got a bad bottle or what, but this was almost a drain pour for me. It was a gusher when I opened it and had a very off putting aroma and flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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