Thursday, 31 May 2012

Garrison Brewery-Grand Baltic Porter

When I think back on the time I've spent in Halifax during the winter, I remember snowy, windy weather and toasty, crowded pubs. This big ol' porter would be a great compliment to the latter and a fine weapon against the former. Garrison's Grand Baltic Porter is sold in 500mL bottles topped with black foil and emblazoned with a cannon.  It tips the scale at a virile 9% alcohol.

GBP pours a dark brown that is nearly black, with a ruby twinge.  It is topped with a full brown head. There is a strong molasses aroma accented with a hint of roasted cacao. The flavour has lots of malty action for a porter, with a taste reminiscent of a molasses cookie. This is balanced against some bitter ballast on the back end.  And GBP definitely has enough boozy warmth to combat the fiercest winter storm.

Garrison's Grand Baltic Porter is a full-on winter brew and should readily appeal to those with a taste for darker ales. Get thee to a liquor store.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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