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Alaskan Pilot Series: Baltic Porter

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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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Alaskan Baltic Porter is a deep, dense beer with an intricate array of aromas and flavors derived from substantial amounts of specialty malts, dark black cherries and whole gourmet vanilla beans. In order for the British to export their dark ales to the northern ports of the Baltic Sea, they were brewed stronger than normal to endure the long voyage. The extra warmth was welcomed in these countries with harsh winters and a taste for the robust, attributes that also fare well in Alaska.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a thin, spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and fresh oak with a touch of grape candy. Body starts with a nice fullness and good fresh oaky complexity with a hint of light fruity tartness. Finishes smooth and slightly warming with some lingering dark chocolate. A nice strong porter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6017) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2009
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, walnut in color with no head, vinous alcohol nose, old fruit, candy sugar and rye whiskey flavors

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
2008 Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a deep brown body and a light brown head on top of that. Dark fruits in the aroma with frozen (chocolate dipped) banana, toffee, chocolate and vanilla. Taste is soil, coffee, dirt, vanilla, chocolate, candi sugar, cotton candy, and woody with a sweet and boozy finish. A bit thin on the mouth with a decently strong alcohol burn.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Tasted during the Nor Cal Beer Geek Tasting on 3/11/2009. This Baltic pours a deep black color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized beige foamy head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, some vanilla, kind of sweet. A medium bodied Baltic Porter. The malts are dark chocolate and sweet. The hops are earthy. Its kind of sweet tasting and perhaps somewhat diacetyl, which is not necessarily a bad thing here as it goes well with the vanilla flavors. A touch under carbonated. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9052) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. Nice beer!! Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is cocoa and fruit with some light molasses notes. Flavor is full of cocoa, vanilla and some of the dark fruit I found in the aroma. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Pours jet black into the glass with a tan head. Aroma is chocolatey with a minimal coffee roast and some fruitiness. Flavor is velvety smooth with a deep chocolate flavor followed by a warm vanilla finish. Absolutely delicious and extremely smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Pours attractive deep brown with no head. Nose and flavor are molasses, vanilla, and a creme brulee influence. Sweet and interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Pours dark brown, dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla, crystalized sugar, little dark fruits, little coffee.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle at nearbeer’s Spring Cleansin’. Pours amber black with nice beige head. The aroma is strong licorice, toffee, chocolate, and prune. The flavor is licorice, vanilla, marshmellow, walnut, some bitter chocolate. It’s very clean and sweet all around. Clove, licorice, and vanilla linger far into the aftertaste, and the vanilla gets a little stronger with time. The alcohol is almost entirely undetectable. Definitely more of a dessert beer or a light sipper, but quite well made.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3677) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Bomber shared by tronraner. Opaque with a lasting head and some crunchy lace. Aroma is sweet licorice and anise with some coffee. Flavor is vanilla, sweet licorice, anise, light coffee, alcohol and oak. Medium-heavy body is smooth and sticky. Definitely a desert beer.


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