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RATINGS: 345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
dr_sarcastor (66) - - JUN 26, 2013
It tastes just like the name would suggest, as if I was drinking from the Baltic Sea after I had washed my docks in it. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wildbeercat (354) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle at a tasting. Aroma: Molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, and some nice nuttiness. Appearance: Handsome, handsome beer. Opaque dark brown with a large dark brown, frothy head. Taste: Delicious toffee. A little boozy. Tasty chocolate and roasted malts. Great stuff! Palate: Full, thick body. Creamy. Long finish. Overall: Great, great beer. Fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (4316) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a small tan head on it. Nose is very dark and slightly sour, with some dark fruit and black licorice notes to it with some roasting underneath. Taste is somewhat roasty with just a hint of that sourness to it. Rather smooth and drinkable, though thick.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
frogbandit (2) - - MAY 22, 2013 does not count
This is the best beer I have ever had. I wish it were available year round. You should you it.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davey101 (750) - 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 (1474) - 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 (5928) - 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 (703) - 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 (3270) - 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 (2486) - , 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!


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