Mikkeller Fra Til Via (From To Via)

Reviewed by on December 2, 2013 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Mikkeller

  • Origin: Denmark

  • Rated On: November 27, 2012

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Baltic Porter

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

This beer comes to us in a 750ml gold-foil capped bottle, apparently a new version for this year. The label is essentially a reproduction of those tiny to/from stickers everybody uses for Christmas gifts.

This beer pours a rather aggressively foamy nature, of the dense bubbly mocha sort, with an underlying solid black hue, and no readily discernible highlights. The head maintains a decently spiffy retention, eventually giving up some consistent honeycomb lace around the glass. The aroma is chalky, powdery milk chocolate, some mildly meaty caramel malt, a bit of licorice root, syrupy cola, and leafy, floral, earthy hops.

The taste delivers more pithy, dry chocolate, bready caramel, a mild vegetal astringency, a slight lactic sourness, and a bitter floral, earthy hoppiness. The carbonation comes through in a rather laid back, but hardly absent and sedate manner, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, a slight edginess taking just a bit 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 well balanced porter – the dryness is actually quite welcome, where one might expect an overwrought malty sweetness. Not here, my friends, just a solid chocoholic porter, worthy of nights spent in front of families and fireplaces alike.

Brady White

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