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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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
frogbandit (2) - - MAY 22, 2013 does not count
This is the best beer I have ever had. I wish it were available year round. You should you it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
clovisc (9) - USA - JUN 16, 2009 does not count
one of the finest beers iíve ever had. vanilla, chocolate, and cherry balanced with warm alcohol notes. very smooth, decadent. a well balanced work of art.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2009
$8.49 for a bottle; I took the chance and OMG this is fucking delicious. One of the most distinctive beers or this or any style I can remember. On the flavor is some kind of caramelly, toffee-ey, sugary-sweet (without being cloying) character. Like oak-aged cherry is in here as well; cheating off the description here, I can readily see a cherry-vanilla thing as well, not unlike a soda spiked with that flavoring. I could even see the banana aspect as others here have described; itís perhaps like the flavoring used in a fruit smoothie, quite breezy for lack of a better word. And it goes down as smooth as silk. Gets knocked down a peg for no head-retention. A very special beer; just too bad itís priced so damn high.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5649) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2009
This mostly smells of the brown sugar surprisingly, dominating the other elements one would imagine to be more aromatic in general. This is very good. Sweet. Tons of flavor. Doesnít very strong at all. Good cherry flavor with the vanill and wood there as well. Each element is subtle on its own but complex and fantastic together. Great finish. I really loved this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2012
2012: Pours a deep ebony with a thick tan head. Huge aroma of milk chocolate with a hint of fruitiness (sherry?). Creamy smooth body with huge milk chocolate flavor. Slight hint of fruit (blackberry?) and espresso. Finish is long and smooth with a slight warmth coming from the alcohol. This is phenomenal. I need a vanilla sundae!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany with a decent tan layer of froth. Aroma: Sweet cherry, and very faint roast. Taste: A great pronounced balance of cherry, vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Overall: One of the best beers I have had this year, and surely my favorite from Alaskan. An amazing use of oak and cherries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OWENSR1 (11) - Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Apparently Iím supposed to fill this out. Take the numbers that I put down with a grain of salt if you will, but Iím just your average NW beer junkie looking to sample as many different brews as possible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harry13 (11) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 24, 2012
pitch black with light brown head. A beautiful beer. Tastes sweet yet very strong. I could really pick out cherry flavors. a refreshing finish that tingles all the way down the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 3, 2010
2009 bottle from Sun Devil. I really like this, obv. Nose is nice and big, with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, a really nice oak character and slight, sweet bourbon that goes well with the dark cherry they used. Flavor is exactly the same, with all elements fusing nicely, esp the oak and coffee. Nice roast is evident. Color is thick black with a robust brown head. This should be ther highest-rated beer, IMO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Black, tan had w. nice lacing. Nose is cherries, caramel, alcohol, some vanilla, barrel softness, roasted figs. Flavor is caramel, cherries, maple cream, brown sugar, honey. Alcohol is there but hot overwhelming. Finish has vanilla maple & brown sugar w. some really nice roasted caramel maltiness. A stunning beer.

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