Grand Baltic Porter | Garrison Brewing Company

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Grand Baltic PorterGrand Baltic Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada
garrisonbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
9.35%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
7
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0
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of TheHammer
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Well, it's deep brown/black like a porter should be, but it doesn't quite pull off many other traits I'd expect from a porter. The head is lager like, not creamy and it makes pop like fizzle as you set it down. I managed to get a finger's worth but it was gone in a nearly a minute.

Smell: Sweet malt scent with a touch of acid. It doesn't need a lot of warming. I'm kind of left expecting more, given I usually expect a bit more roast in a darker beer, but it's still solid.

Taste: Nice roasted barely taste that still manages to have a slight sweetness to go with a coffee and smokey flavour. Walnut, almond and cherry notes in the background. Bitter, but not stout bitter and a mild acid touch which helps to smooth it out.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation fell flat really quick, and that really held the beer back. It was great for then whole minute it lasted, but then once is was gone it was just too watery in texture. The aftertaste sticks around just long enough, which is good.

Drinkability: No problems getting it down, but as a porter I kind of expect it to be a bit heavier. It's missing something that I can't quite put my finger on.

Final Thoughts: Nitro would have really helped this one out. Heck, blowing into it with a straw to get some carbonation might have made it fare better. I dunno, maybe I left it in the fridge too long, and maybe I'm being a bit unfair, but I'd say pass.

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Photo of Long813
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on: December 1st, 2009
From: Garrison Brewery

A: Dark brown almost black body with three fingers of dark mocha head. Head dissipates quickly to a thin ring and leaves no lacing.

S: Mild roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, some caramel. Some bread fullness too.

T: Strong notes of mild malts, coffee beans, chocolate and creamy caramel and ends with some wheat/bread notes.

M: Medium bodied and medium low carbonation. Texture is smooth leaving a bitter finish. Alcohol becomes more prominate as the temperature hits ambient.

D: Not bad Garrison, after a number of months the flavours smooth out, but the alcohol is still shown. It's a drinkable beer, but I don't see what makes this "baltic" or a lager.

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Photo of Risser09
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into a white wine glass · cellar temp (november 6) · Bottled January 25th, 2011

The bottle claims this is a lager, so I guess they use a lager yeast to make a porter style beer. Ingredients include: Water, malt, hops, yeast, molasses, dates & coffee

Appearance: Pours a very dark black with red highlights (pretty). The head builds like a lager would and shows great retention. Light brown in color, it slowly recedes and leaves a coating on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, sweet fruit (dates), raisins, and I think I can smell the molasses coming through. Love that dark fruit, toasted malt combo.

Taste: Roasted malt, alcohol, bitter hops, some dark fruit. The aroma made me think this beer would have denser flavors. I am getting a lot of alcohol from this one.

Mouthfeel: Lagerish, fairly dry, lots of booze, some quaint dark fruit. Without the booze, this would be easier to drink.

Overall: I like this beer. Like the other beers from Nova Scotia, there needs to be more complexity in this beer.

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Photo of sdm9465
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ludachris
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went down to the brewery today to pick this one up and thought it would be appropriate for my last beer of my holidays in Halifax. Bottled on December 1, 2009, so I'm drinking this one fresh but I'd love to have one of these aged a year or two.

Pours an opaque black with honey amber and ruby red highlights. 2 fingers of light tan head top this beer. Good retention and leaves some nice patchy lacing along the sides of the glace.

The nose is rich with notes of molasses, raison, candied dates, and milk chocolate all coming out amidst a light roasted background.

Rich notes of molasses, candied dark fruits, and chocolate immediately hit the palate, finishing dry with hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is rich, full, and velvety smooth. Nice balance and a great drinker with the 9% ABV being concealed very well.

A great seasonal from Garrison. I enjoyed this a bit more than their winter warmer, especially since I found it to be more suitable for the season. Despite its fairly high ABV and rich flavours, it was still nicely balanced and easy to drink. The sweetness is pronounced but not cloying and that's partly why I enjoyed this one so much. Can't wait to buy this one next year.

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Photo of Mousel
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyrenaica
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
9.0% ABV
I tried this beer on June 3, 2011 at "Bar Volo" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a deep black colour with a thin brown head into a tulip glass. The aroma was roasted malt, coffee, and molasses. The mouthfeel was full with mild carbonation. The flavour was more pronounced in the molasses direction with the coffee tones taking a back seat, but still there.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Deep, rich, and murky brown colour, very close to black. Thin tan head dissipates quickly, no lace. Aromatic notes of cacao powder, raisin, coffee, and brown sugar. Chocolate flavour up front, followed by dried fruit, and a fairly strong molasses note. Coffee notes are faint and linger in the background. The beer is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich without being heavy.

When I saw molasses listed as an ingredient on this beer, it made me somewhat fearful after their molasses-bomb Spruce Beer. This isn't quite as overpowering. After a few mouthfuls I actually found myself thinking "I could actually get through this bottle." I was wrong. I can't get around this. After drinking half the bottle, I had to pour the rest down the drain. It simply overpowered my palate.

That's still a half a bottle farther than I made it with the Spruce Beer though.

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Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I recall last year's batch being pretty good, and it won an award. As such, I was eagerly awaiting this year's batch to see how it turned out.

Pours an ink black with plenty of chocolaty head. Head is very thick and has plenty of staying power. Sporadic lacing down the glass.

Very deep, rich scent. Definitely some molasses, though there are distinct chocolate notes as well. A light touch of alcohol is also detectable.

Molasses and toffee malt flavor is the first thing I notice when taking a sip. Alcohol is also easily detectable. Light background of some chocolate. Aftertaste of molasses and alcohol.

This is a slower drinker. 9% definitely feels like 9%, and you get some warmth in your cheeks before you finish half a glass. More suited for a little warmth after those cold wet days, rather than for an extended drinking session.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a one finger mocha head that quickly dissipated to nothing, nearly completely black with ruby highlights, minimal lacing.

Very complex nose, some booze, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit.

The taste is massive, follows the nose lots of anise/licorice coming through especially as it warmed. Very sweet. Earthy hops emerges as well.

Full bodied with little carbonation, sweet although not overly so, this is a sipper with plenty of bitterness throughout. Definitely not a session brew it is nevertheless relatively smooth for the style.

An excellent complex brew that is perfect for ending an evening of brews by sending you to your slumber.

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Photo of heebes
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DoktorZee
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a schooner. Bottling date on the bottle of Jan 25/2011.

A - Pours a dark brown, ruby with a fluffy tan head that dissipates after a couple minutes leaving small bits of lacing in the glass. Clear, with the ability for some light to pass through.

S - gingerbread and black licorice on the nose, spicy

T - mild bitterness with a hint of dark fruit; definitely less malt than I was expecting - reminds me somewhat of a Belgian Dark or Strong Dark ale. Vanilla as it warms. Definitely some alcohol warming down the throat. Some moderate peppery spice in the finish.

M - medium to heavy bodied; slightly syrupy with moderate carbonation

D - goes down fairly easy, but the alcohol warming is quite prominent.

A solid beer; I was expecting something smokier, but found something with a larger dark fruit character. I liked it, but was only partially blown away...:)

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Photo of mmurphy525
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of nighthawk
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL wax-sealed bottle with vintage on the label.

Pours black, hints of brown near the edges of the glass, with a generous fizzy tan head that's a little rocky. Reduces to a haze that disappears about halfway through.

Aromas of dark chocolate and roasted grains, dark fruit tartness, with some molasses sweetness. Alcohol warmth is very mild.

Up front there's a mild sweetness of caramel or molasses, quickly moved aside by a tart fruit flavour - like sour dates or prunes. The molasses is tasted again, fairly smooth and quite sweet, before the alcohol gives you a kick on the finish.

The smooth mouthfeel is about a medium body, though there's a stickiness to it that makes it feel weighty. Carbonation is very mild, almost nonexistent. Clings to the mouth.

The alcohol and thick, almost syrupy taste makes this one a sipper. This one's going down fine, but I'm not looking for another one.

Malt sweetness dominates this beer, sometimes to the extent that it's cloying and syrupy. I put a couple aside, and interested to see where it goes in a few years.

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Photo of MattyV
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of MattPS
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of traumaqueen
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's almost a red... you can see it as it pours, but it's so dark when in the glass that it looks like a solid dark brown. Quite dark / clear... not cloudy despite sediment in bottle.

Definite smell of whole wheat bread and molasses. Rich. In some whiffs, I can faintly smell the alcohol.

The taste is good, much like the smell. Very much a bread-y / molasses taste, with maybe some hints of coffee / chocolate as listed. As the beer goes on, though, the alcohol does come out a bit in the taste. It's still good, but the alcohol coming through is what keeps it as just good.

It feels alright in the mouth. Not too much carbonation. Smooth. Don't like the kick of the alcohol on the tongue, though.

This would be very drinkable... if it was 1/2 a pint or 1/2 a bottle. Nice-tasting, smooth, rich. A full bottle is a bit much (due to the alcohol... just for how it comes out more as you drink it).

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Photo of graybayou
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of tonyf55
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the large Garrison bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Visual (4.5): Extremely dark, black opaque color. No clarity at all. Head is a nice tan color made of small spherical bubbles, lasting due to a consistent film of active carbonation.

Aroma (4): Caramel malts prevalent. Sweetness is subdued by alcoholic lingerings and hints of fruit includes dates, prunes and fig. Not overly complex with no real yeast or hop scents. Really shines more when its a little warmer.

Taste (4): Mild roasted flavours dominate with alcoholic flabours that linger in the mouth. Sweetness from the malt is mild and dark fruit flavours touch the pallet before the swallow. Flavours are slightly understated despite being a "big" beer. Decent warming capabilities.

Mouthfeel (3.5): A medium body with a nice creamy feel. Alcohol floods the pallet. Prevalently dry but compliments the taste and feel of the style nicely. Could be chewier.

Overall (4): All together Baltic Porter by Garrison is a well crafted offering. Fantastic appearance coupled with an interesting nose and complimentary taste gives this Garrison beer great marks. I feel like the 9% ABV dominated a bit and flavour complexities could have been increased to balance the big alcoholic taste and mouthfeel. Overall, a great beer for a cold Canadian night.

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Photo of Jeffry-Mazerolle
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of bcrocker
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of JoeyRamone
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Grand Baltic Porter from Garrison Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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