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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2010 bomber 2008 by way of riversideAk... muchas gracias, alex!

dark reddish cola brown colored with a tan tinted head which fades and lasts as a ring.

floral bananas, yeast and alcohol are initially noticed before a blast of marshmallow peeps... you know, the candies... yuck! itís a bit perplexing yet is noted by my drinking companion so i know that iím not losing my mind... later on as the beer is allowed to warm and open it reveals notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, dark roast and cinnamon. the peep aroma remains...

the first taste is definitely peep flavored... pink to be exact. i allow it to sit and hope that it opens... about an hour later it shows vanilla, roast, cocoa, loads of coffee, bananas, denatured alcohol (yep) and a floral, ashy, booze laden finish. the peeps still haunt my palate. there IS a pleasant char character in the aftertaste. the medium body has some texture from the ale yeast but it is too sweet for my liking (though not unusual for a BP). the mouth feel is somewhat flat and dead on the tongue.

a day later (lunch to be exact).... still pretty much the same but mellower. the plastic floral notes are still in abundance and itís riddled with ethanol... blech, this thing is a mess. 4/3/4/2/7/2.0

bottle reluctantly tried on 1/2/2010. still... super sweet, roasty and full of artificially flavored peeps. sure there is some ash and nail polish in there but i canít get past the damn peeps. i should stop trying this since my score for it keeps going down...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Bottle: Dark brown with a thin tan head. Fruity and sweet aroma. Malty and chocolate with a vanilla element. Tastes malty and roasty with the fruity notes and vanilla real easing into a mellow barrel aged taste. Even a bit of toasted marshmellow... A delicious dessert beer. Thanks Matt!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2009
12/1/08 From 22oz bottle. Aroma is roasty and creamy, semi-sweet, and low on alcohol and fruit. Appearance is very dark brown with a well maintained light tan head. Flavor is much of the same, unsweetened cream followed by a fruity roast bittering and almost tart, but not acrid finish. Mouthfeel is lightly warm, medium-full bodied with a low carb feel. Overall, a complex brew that is fairly easy drinking for the style but lacks some of the higher fruit and alcohol notes Iíd expect of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (13420) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Bomber poured a clear deep dark brown with ruby highlights and a lasting tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, plum, toffee, pepper, cherry and light vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a lightly dry finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, cherry, vanilla, cola, pepper and light toffee with a smooth lightly dry lingering chocolaty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with ruby-tinted edges in the light and a thin ring of khaki-colored bubbles. Smell: A deep scent of dark malts mingled with a liqueur-like black cherry aroma and notes of vanilla, seasoned wood, unsweetened chocolate, and toffee. Taste: Rich dark maltiness with flavors of bakerís chocolate and toffee. Hmm. Itís rather sweeter than I would have imagined from the nose. Minimal roastiness. Splash of cherry cordial stirred up with some black cherry cola. Touches of vanilla and oak. Light earthy bitterness. Finishes dry and fruity with a lingering chocolate-coated cherry taste. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability: Loaded with an almost shameful amount of flavor, this brew pleases me on several levels and is one I wholly recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 19, 2009
black with big beige head. fruit, spices, and chocolate in the aroma. very slick and creamy mouthfeel. chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rwaters (27) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Dark brown almost black with a cream colored head. chocolate aroma with a sweet/piney flavor. The best beer Alaskan has brewed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Date: December 13, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: dark brown with ruby edges, frothy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma with a nice fruity character
Body: creamy body
Flavor: big sweet fruity malt flavor, nice chocolate character, lots of vanilla sweetness, light earthy bitterness

Date: March 29, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
same rich and creamy chocolate flavor with the sweet vanilla, is this oaked?

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrob21 (3454) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Oh man this was tasty. This is one of those beers I am going to think back to and dream and reminisce about how tasty it was. Mega points as well for uniqueness. Creamy texture with a marshmallow and chocolate like flavor. Smooth chocolate and cocoa aroma. Pours deep black and has almost like a flat cola like texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 10, 2009
22oz bottle from 5000, thanks Andre. Super dark crimson color, almost black with a tan head. Has a bourbon barrel smell to it, but I know itís not barrel aged. Very strong rich flavor, and very smooth, this is damn good. Hints of vanilla and toffee.

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