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Alaskan Pilot Series: Baltic Porter



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RATINGS: 346   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
Pours a very dark brown color, with a tiny little off white head. Smells pretty sweet. lots of raisins, molasses, dark fruits, and mild chocolate mostly stand out. The flavor seems a bit overly sweet to me. I like more roast and nuttiness in my porters. I know baltic porters generally are a bit sweet er, but this was a bit too much for me. Very sticky sweet on the palate, I got mostly the dark fruits with subtle chocolate presence in the finish and lingering aftertaste. Seemed pretty average for me, which was disappointing as I was very much looking forward to this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuchuchwen (1) - skagway, Alaska, USA - APR 4, 2009 does not count
Oversweet and bourbony and a little stuffy at first, bitter dark cocoa and molasses. Mellows and improves as it settles, allowing the sweetness to fade a bit from the intro, and bringing the cocoa to the fore, but also introducing deeper shades of complexity that i look forward to discovering next time around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured black/ruby with a tan head. aroma of dark roast, dark fruit, candi sugar, and toffee. flavor of dark fruit, candi sugar, and alcohol. medium body with low carbonation. pretty decent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2009
CPLYFO 09. Bomber. Pours a deep dark brown almost black with a nice beige head. Toasted dark black cocoa powder aroma, dark chocolate candy bars, and hints of roasted barley- light phenolics, ok fruity esters- raisin, and apricots- smells toffee and sugary sweet. Big chocolate flavor, toffee, molasses, fruity , light doughy yeastiness, slight acrid burnt taste, but fairly sweet overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4606) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Black in color with an average sized tan head. Aroma is of vanilla, light banana, and chocolate. Taste is of chocolate, banana, booze, vanilla, cocoa, and a light roast coffee finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a deep dark brown with tan head. Aroma of dark roast, some tang, candy sugar. Flavor of some dark roast, faint tart, some candy sugar. Mouth feel is medium-full body with low-medium carbonation. Overall, not bad at all....could have done without the faint tartness...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6511) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5359) - 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.

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