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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10872) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
graham515 (537) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4879) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2009
nearbeer’s Spring Cleansin’. Sample from a bottle thanks to tronraner. 2008 Bottle. Dark black with a finger of tan head. Aroma of licorice, vanilla, roasted malt. Taste is big black licorice sweetness, vanilla, lightly bitter roast finish. Is very sweet overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Great dark visual while pouring, nice dark thick small bubbled head. Nose is amazing lots of soft aromas, chocolate, burnt oats, vanilla and oak. Taste is roast, burnt coffee and sweet overripe dark fruits. Taste did get a bit heavy as the bottle finished.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2009
2008 bottle. Black in color, thin light tan head. Sweeter aroma, molasses, treacle, almost a juniper- or licorice-like tinge. Taste has some mild roast, but is overpowered by sweetness and a bit of alcohol. Doesn’t have the cleanliness of a traditional baltic but still pleasant, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreggG (19) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2009
2008 bomber. Pours very dark with a small head the color of milk chocolate. A ruby tinge can be seen around the rim, but only when the beer is held up to light. Aroma is heavy on oak smokiness, followed by sweet cherries, and then chocolate in the background. The vanilla aroma was subtle enough that it could barely be detected. The first sip is - SLAP - cherries! The initial swallow is a cherry cough syrup sweetness that quickly flashes off, followed next by dark chocolate, and then finishes a few long seconds later with the charred oak smokiness. The smoke taste lingers persistently on the inside of the cheeks. Overall, this is an excellent beer. I think a year in the cellar would make this beer truly fabulous - by mellowing the initial (almost artificial) cherry sweetness and bringing forth the chocolate in the finish. I’ll have to pick up a couple more bottles for the cellar.

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