Grand Baltic Porter | Garrison Brewing Company

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Grand Baltic PorterGrand Baltic Porter

Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This traditional beer style was originally brewed in countries bordering the Baltic Sea. Although derived from English porters, it was mostly influenced by Russian imperial stouts. Typically, the Baltic porters are brewed with lager yeasts and are smoother than the imperial stouts. Grand Baltic Porter is good for the soul and luxurious on a cold Baltic night. Skal!

30 IBU

Added by nighthawk on 01-18-2009

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4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Got on a trade! Thx Curtis. Served at 4deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a nice 1" light brown head that dissipates to nothing in no time. Very dark brown

S- Nice licorice and fig tones. Has chocolate and malt

T- Figs. Honey. Malt. Touch of coffee.

M- Creamy good

O- Nice brew. Has a decent backbone that stands up for it's own.

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with..... Peppercorn encrusted pork loin


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3.71/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $5 or so back in 2011

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and light coffee. There is also a lot of a maraschino cherry like flavour.

Overall - Perhaps aging was not a good idea with this one.. if the maraschino cherry flavour is intentional it is a little weird. The booze is well hidden, but the beer has an odd flavour to it.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, bottled Nov 12, 2011 aged for approx. 22 months. Colour is black, with some strong initial carbonation leaving a ring and some whisps of slight tan lacing. 3.75

S ā€“ rich notes of chocolate liqueur, gingerbread, licorice, plummy stonefruits and dates, a full dark malt presence, coffee notes are strong with a lot of balanced roasty flavour, pretty much on par for the style but with a big jammy dark fruit/date note. 4

T ā€“ roasty malt, chocolate liqueur, a smooth creaminess, woodsmoke comes through, some mulled red fruits and dates again, semisweet cocoa, some vanilla and gummy butterscotch. Big notes of dry dark chocolate mixed with some slight coffee, toffee and roasty notes, full flavor with a subtle bitterness with earthy and slight spice notes. Finish is very dry with a dark malt note and some bitterness. Enjoyable. 4

M ā€“ big malty and roasty profile, light/moderate carbonation, very smooth with a pleasant dry finish. A slickness to it as well, long aftertaste. 3.75

Found this to be a quite chocolate forward Baltic Porter. Pretty solid mix of flavours, and warmed nicely, some slight astringent bitterness that worked well to counter some of the sweetness, alcohol is somewhat present but works to give some spice and heat. Overall Iā€™d say this is a solid representation with some very hearty character and worth trying, but in certain areas it could be more interesting. 4

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of SebD
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice brown color to it with some amber hues shining through. It has a nice mocha head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit (raisins and cherries), chocolate, caramel/toffee and some roasted malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has dark fruit, some chocolate, roasted malts and a toffee/molasses sweetness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Jeffo
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer last summer from a generous trader who's name escapes me. Cheers for the beers man!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A brown, muddy looking pour produces a 2+ finger, medium looking, light tan head with very good retention. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap. Muddy black body with no carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking. Pretty nasty.

SMELL: Dark malts, dark fruits, mostly raisins and dates, with some spicy yeast notes. A light touch of dark chocolate as well. Bold enough and reminds me of a Belgian strong dark ale.

TASTE: Spicy and fruity Belgian strong dark. Dark malts, toffee sweetness, and some dark fruits up front. Raisins, grapes and dates are in there. Some spicy yeast flavors and a touch of dark chocolate at the swallow as well. Bold and persistent aftertaste of dark fruits, spicy yeast and some bitter dark chocolate as balance. Interesting, and probably a more traditional lager-style baltic porter. Reminds me more of a flavorful Belgian strong dark ale.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down a little fizzy and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. A bit of a burn at the swallow. Average at best, unfortunately.

OVERALL: This is a bold, flavorful and spicy lager. A traditional baltic porter for sure, much of the aroma and flavor profile reminds me of a Belgian strong dark ale. Regardless, this is a good beer no matter what, and a thicker, creamier palate would make this one of the better ones in the country. Complex and enjoyable. Cheers!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The flavor has a bit of a smoky taste, but the liquid itself looks like it's been outirght burnt; the basically opaque black appearance is appropriate for a beer that tastes of oily coffee bean and black licorice. Its total flatness and lack of life seems about right for a style traditionally brewed for long journeys and cold-winter climates.

The bouquet has a cola-like sweetness with strong black licorice notes. It's not always that you can actually pick out the special ingredients by scent, but this smells strongly of both molasses and dates. The rich, sweet toffee, creamed coffee and plum-y/prune-y fruitiness are all characteristics straight out the style guidelines. Delicious.

Grand Baltic Porter tastes, as do many in the style, like it was blended with a pot of week-or-two-old coffee. Make it yourself at home in a few easy steps: brew some instant decaf, let sit for several days, then add equal parts prune juice and brown sugar, let stand several more days. OK, it's not that easy, but it does taste something like that, albeit with added notes of black currant, wild truffle, chocolate tartufo, and mesquite smoke.

The funny thing about Baltic Porters is that they're lagered and, despite the ultra rich flavor profile, they drink with suspicious ease and a flat, completely mismatched mouthfeel. The only texture is that of a stale and sooty coffee. It's like the coffee bean oils have come to life! Still, despite the astringency, for a 9% beer this is effortlessly drinkable.

Baltic Porter is not exactly a popular style to emulate and, besides, its complexities make it beyond the abilities of many brewers. Garrison, however, has done an exceptional and noteworthy job. If it weren't for the limited availability and $6 price tag in these parts, there's no saying how many of these I'd have stashed away in the cellar.

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3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark red, nearly black, but light permeates throughout. The compact tan head lasts for a shortwhile and doesnt leave much lace on the glass. The aroma is malty with some roasted barly, coffee and black licorice present. The taste is of bittersweet dark chocolate, vinous fruitness, hop bitterness and caramel drenched rum cake. The mouthfeel is full with a very active carbonation, mmm prickly. The finish is long and malty with some slight booze. Overall though, the high abv is quite well hidden.

Great Baltic Porter. I highly recommend this. Very rich.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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