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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle shared with friends. This was an 08’ vintage. Wow! This beer was a total dream for me. It was everything I hoped it could be. The aging has only done this beer wonders. Very nice charred chocolate taste along with some vanilla to boot. Any boozy flavors have pretty much disappeared but doesn’t have that "mellowed" out feeling. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Sampled at a bottleshare. Mostly clear, dark brown color. Good thin khaki head. Loose lace. Some wood. Dark fruit. Roast, little vanilla. Bigger body. Light carbonation. More dry. Sweet taste. Vanilla, roast malts in the finish. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is light cherry cough syrup, vanilla,, chocolate, and a hint of roasted coffee. Taste is much the same. Hides the alcohol really well, good balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Pours dark and black with a small brown head that recedes quickly. The nose is as the label states. Cherries, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, licorice and wood. The taste is so complex. Sweet and bitter but even 30 seconds after the drink it continues to change in waves. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, the body is heavy and the finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maley1 (1177) - Calgary, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
Dark brown pour with small tan head that quickly dissapated. Aroma of cocoa, cherry, malts and dark fruits. Taste of chocolate, black cherries, molasses, vanilla, malts. Full bodied, perfect carbonation and creamy mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden. Absolutely delicious!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2013
22 oz. Bottle: Pours black with a thin tan head that diminishes rather quickly. Malty aromas have hints of vanilla, oak, and cherries. The robust flavor is chocolate cherries with hints of vanilla in the creamy texture of the finish. Well balanced and sipping delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1982) - Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Dark brown. Small tan head reducing to a rim around the glass. Aroma is boozy, vanilla, fermented dark cherry, oak, chocolate. Flavor is much the same. Medium to Full body and mouthfeel. Sweet, bitter, creamy smooth. A little roastiness. Nice development and balance. Great finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarinEvelyn (823) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2013
large variety of flavors! Inital alcohol taste, followed immediately by brown sugar. Almost pitch black color, with small tan head. Aroma of vanilla and oak chips, bit of brown sugar also. Very delicious

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces a three finger thick, nicely brown tinged head. The beer is a rich, concentrated brown / almost-black color that shows opaque depths, but clear, ruby-amber hues around the edges when held up to the light. Sweet, rich notes of smooth dark chocolate, caramelized blackened malt, candied caramel malt, and candied brown sugar encrusted nuts. Hints of warm alcohol melds with the caramel character to produce something like a brandy character here in the nose. Touches of burnt / roast character provides some firm, not quite sharp aromatics towards the finish. Once I noticed the oak in the flavor, I get a toasted character that accentuates the malt character but is distinctly oak induced.

Not quite as sweet up front as the beer smelled, but it picks up more sweetness in the middle and finish. It has a smooth, caramelized and fruit sweetness to it as well as a rounded, accentuating, vanilla note that clings to the palate in the finish. There is a spiciness here in the finish that is light, but had me wondering if this was aged with oak, and apparently there was some used in the recipe. The oak is nice and light, not very woody, but more rounded and slightly spicy, and really serves to boost the complexity more than intrude on the other flavors here. Rounded chocolate notes, a rich nuttiness (that comes out more as the beer warms up).

This was a complicated recipe, with cherries, vanilla, and oak, but luckily things are kept very well balanced here. The vanilla is the most noticeable of the “adjuncts” used, but it still kept at a nicely accentuating level here rather than playing a central role. A bit simplistic perhaps, but quite well integrated, if a touch sweet; it could use more richness and balancing complexity, but really is quite enjoyable in the end.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Pours jet black. Tastes of vanilla and coffee with a hint of cherry. Warming alcohol on the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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