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Alaskan Pilot Series: Baltic Porter

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RATINGS: 341   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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davey101 (693) - Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2013
2012 vintage, 22 oz bomber into a teku glass. Long time want here! A - Pours a dark, dark brown body. Two fingers of khaki foam dissipates into a thin edging. Some solid lacing, pretty typical looking porter. S - Lots of roast up front followed by some dark fruits and ripe cherries. On the end is smooth oak and vanilla and some dark brown sugar. Touch of alcohol. Each ingredient is present but not gimmicky and just accents the base beer. This is a thing of beauty! Those cherries though, so subtle and just perfect with the right balance of sweet and spice. T - Bitter roasted malts and some ash and char. The cherries are bit more "dark fruit" than the nose here. Light oak and vanilla. Not as sweet as the nose as it returns to char and ash on the finish. Somewhat syrupy but a creamy carbonation helps to cut through that. O - Absolutely loved the aroma on this. Maybe its due to the few months it has on it but the taste was not as impressive. Still, an extremely solid beer that lived up to my personal hype. The ingredients are just perfect here. This and their Smoked Porter are just wildly impressive beers to me.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
prawlie (1153) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
On draught at the Amsterdam Cafe in San Francisco. Black with a temporary brown head. Smoky aroma. Deep chocolate malt and smoky roast, very nice. Hint of mint. Excellent, if a little boozy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5186) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2013
Thanks to Keir and Free Beer Week for this one. Black, thin brown head. Smells sweet fruity, and chocolatey. Flavor is kinda like a German chocolate cake - sweet chocolatey notes combine with nicely fruity flavors, very rich and satisfying. I dig it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbgrayson (543) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a tan head. Aroma of malt and vanilla. Taste is rich and good, complex mix of flavors. A VERY nice baltic porter, thumbs way up.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernovice39 (3140) - Montana, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle pours a brown/black with a thick tan top. Scent is malty, dark fruits, chocolate, and roasty. Taste follows nose with a sweet roastiness followed by a roasty bitter finish. Outstanding brew!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle shared with friends. This was an 08’ vintage. Wow! This beer was a total dream for me. It was everything I hoped it could be. The aging has only done this beer wonders. Very nice charred chocolate taste along with some vanilla to boot. Any boozy flavors have pretty much disappeared but doesn’t have that "mellowed" out feeling. Fantastic!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6571) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Sampled at a bottleshare. Mostly clear, dark brown color. Good thin khaki head. Loose lace. Some wood. Dark fruit. Roast, little vanilla. Bigger body. Light carbonation. More dry. Sweet taste. Vanilla, roast malts in the finish. Tasty stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is light cherry cough syrup, vanilla,, chocolate, and a hint of roasted coffee. Taste is much the same. Hides the alcohol really well, good balance.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Pours dark and black with a small brown head that recedes quickly. The nose is as the label states. Cherries, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, licorice and wood. The taste is so complex. Sweet and bitter but even 30 seconds after the drink it continues to change in waves. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, the body is heavy and the finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maley1 (784) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
Dark brown pour with small tan head that quickly dissapated. Aroma of cocoa, cherry, malts and dark fruits. Taste of chocolate, black cherries, molasses, vanilla, malts. Full bodied, perfect carbonation and creamy mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden. Absolutely delicious!!


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