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Alaskan Pilot Series: Baltic Porter



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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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
ChainGangGuy (4531) - Marietta, 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 baker’s chocolate and toffee. Hmm. It’s 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 (10884) - 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 (2928) - 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 it’s not barrel aged. Very strong rich flavor, and very smooth, this is damn good. Hints of vanilla and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3729) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2009
When I heard Alaska, I was worried. I thought this beer would suck and use horrible grammar. However, both were not true. This beer was great. Big Chocolate aroma, and big chocolate flavor. No detectable alcohol. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (2055) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra and Honkeybra. Much dark chocolatey and roasty and awesomeness on the nose. Sexy mouthfeel. How could Sarah Palin come from the same state as something this awesome?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Bottle thanks BrianK for the share. Pours a brown black body with a tan head. Big fruit up front, minty, rusty smoke, and light earthy hop body. Very creamy light minerals, dark fruit, and loads and loads of vanilla. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2009
courtesy of googzoid10. Thanks for yet another awesome beer and trade. This is one complex beer that will certainly become huge with age. Every single sip invited one to discover more and more goodness. Pours dark brown with brownish head and light yellow lacing. Aroma offers a smooth nose with good fruits and malts with light smoke and wood. Taste is just pure goodness. Notes of vanilla, dark fruits - dark cherry, raisin -, smooth mouthfeel with roasted malts. Some spices, and a light hoppy finish. There is a strong feel that the beer had some good light smoke and bourbon in it, and all make for one amazing and savoring beer.

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