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Alaskan Pilot Series: Baltic Porter



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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7819) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6817) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2008
22. Pours jet black with a towering, heavily pocked, sudsy tan head that takes foreeeeever to settle so you can finish the pour. Plenty of lace that looks like whipped egg whites. Or egg tans, in this case. Big baking chocolate and cocoa powder presence right from the start of the nose, though the nose is much milder than the mid-palate. A little plum there as well. Creamy medium body, soft carb. Rum, vanilla, baking chocolate, and cocoa powder mid-palate, with a long, dry cocoa finish. Very sweet. Not a refreshing chuggable beer at all, but very nice for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2008
22oz. bomber, 2008 vintage, pours a brownish burgundy with a one finger tan head that maintains a thin covering, minimal lacing. Aroma is ripe dark fruits, rich caramel, vanilla, and some general wood/bourbon, although Im sure this isnt barrel aged in any way, nice nose overall. Flavor is also enjoyable, with more roasted/toasted malts, dark fruits, caramel, and more vanilla and oak. A bit on the sweeter side, but not too much so. A tasty sipper for a cold evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBunker (954) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Pours dark brown, almost black with a small brown head. Heavy on the carbonation. Aroma is of toasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, booze, and wood. Taste is of toasted almost wooden malt, with notes of chocolate, dark fruit, hops, vanilla, and caramel. Has a nice underlying sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel aided by the very heavy carbonation. Nice warming alcohol feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Incredible beer. Must seek out more bottles. Lots of well combined flavors that really work well together. Brings in with it the coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla all wrapped up in a sweet but wonderfully drinkable beer. Nice work from my norther neighbors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a moderate tan head that lsted until mid-glass and left a partial coating of foam. Pleasant aroma of caramel, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. The flavor is complex and lovely with caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisins, and bourbon all present. This is an excellent dessert beer. Definitely sweet, but not excessive, at least for me. Nice silky mouthfeel, not cloying. A slow sipper for sure, to be enjoyed by a fire at the end of an evening. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Much sweeter then I was expecting. Vanilla sweet icing/cream flavor, smooth milk chocolate, and toffee. A touch on the sweet side, but still a nice flavor to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AKfaust (19) - , Alaska, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Loads of vanilla and bourbon overtones. Black/Red and mysterious in tone. Good goop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 27, 2008
More like dessert than beer. Not a good paring with a meal but like a meal itself. Has a nice appearance and aroma and is very smooth given the ABV. It will very occasionally be in the rotation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2008
pours an opaque with a thin tan head, and some lacing. smell is of chocolate, malt, some coffee, touch of smoke, and a touch of licorice. taste is of sweet malt, some hops, milk chocolate, a little bit of coconut in the back. overall the alcohol is well hidden by the nice flavors.

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