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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Bottle shared by MaxxDaddy. Interesting aroma, lots of mint, banana, tobacco, and a fair amount of smoke. Deep and complex and very enjoyable. Sweet flavor up front, with some very minty, herbal qualities late, cigar/tobacco finish. Again, complex, though I must say that despite the awesome aroma and great flavor of this beer I’m still not that crazy about it. The fresh herbal character is odd and out of place and this is a bit tough to drink as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7489) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Courtesy of sebletitje, thanks Sebastian. Pours deep brown with copper edges and thin mocha head. The aroma is at first very full with notes of rich dark fruitiness like Concord grape jam, prunes and cherries to go along with a bit of molasses and a light amount of wood like smokiness. The taste is very nice and bold. It starts with wood and a bit of smoke and then sweet molasses, toffee, vanilla and those notes are moving into rich dark fruitiness. Each of these flavors seem to mix together to create a near sweet bourbon sensation. Is this bourbon barrel aged? Very smooth and rich tasting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Bomber. A dark mahogany colored body is topped with a creamy head of dark khaki colored foam. Minimal, spotty lacing noted. The aroma is complex, showing notes of chocolate, anise, vanilla, stewed raisins and figs. A hint of roasted coffee seeps in, followed by dark cherries and traces of creamy vanilla. Depth and complexity aside, there is an odd, plasticy note that I cannot quite place or forgive. Flavors follow suit, chocolate dipped cherries and raisins countered by roast, dark coffee, sharp anise, and earthy hop notes. Again, I pick up a plastic or artificial element that I can’t shake. Medium-full bodied and silky on the tongue, the substantial mouthfeel is a highlight. A promising brew, I’d like to see if some time in the bottle gets rid of the plastic oddity I picked up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3545) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2009
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a brief tan head. Nose is raisin, circus peanuts, coffee and chocolate. Medium to full body with light carb. Taste is coconut, molasses, vanilla and coffee. Finishes with a bitter grassy alcohol bite. A good dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2009 22 oz. bottle - pours clear, cola brown with 2" chocolate colored head; aromas mainly of chocolate and very sweet and thick; very unique bite at first and drinks with good amount of heat; rich, thick with dry finish; some oak, chocolate, vanilla, dank fruit and spice; lots of raw freshness too; i really enjoyed this and will be interested to see how this does over time

2009 version - fresh from the release; thin cola brown; vanilla, candy & one dimensional nose; lovely flavor though of choco, dark fruit, molasses, and candy; quite lovely again and not quite as full tasting as the 2008 and a touch medicinal, but again age does this wonders

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12469) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Bomber from Liquid Solutions. Very dark ruby brown color with a decent tan head. Aromas of vanilla, darker fruits and roasted malt. Chocolate as glass approaches lip. Near full body with creamy carbonation. Bit of heat. Very roasted malt. Some light chocolate. It is a bit like chocolate and cherry - like a liqueur without the sugar. Finishes rather dry than sweet. Quite delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raphael (1015) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Alcohol, sour cherries, wood smoke, flavors of milk chocolate, cherries, roast malt. Darkest red brown w/ creamy hot chocolate colored foam. Had some Baltic Baltics in the past, and none as good as this, better balanced and richer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Tasting at mikeds place **Summary** - Alaskan makes some great beers and some so-so beers. This one falls somewhere in the middle. I think that is mainly due to the age. With some time this should develop into a fantastic beer. If you have a bottle I would sit on it for a few more months to see if it improves. **Aroma / Appearance** - Fluid, light and somewhere right on the border of brown and black it smelled of Virgils root beer, vanilla, bananas, and rubber. Excessively sweet I think this one is either young or just flawed. **Flavor / Palate** - Moist banana bread, chocolate, and cheap Hersheys chocolate melded into a passable fluid experience. Fading fast it lacks the depth you would expect from a baltic porter but is not all bad. In the end I would love to give this one some time and try it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of bananas, raisins, cloves, dark fruit, rich malt, boozy. Tastes of chocolate, bubblegum, figs. Boozy and bitter. Disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7564) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Bomber from bhensonb. This completely opaque black ale poured with a decent bubbly tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a chocolate and vanilla flavor with lots of oak in the finish. It tastes sort of like a chocolate cherry. This is an interesting and delicious brew. Thanks Bill.

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