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High Water Aphotic Baltic Porter 2011

High Water Aphotic Baltic Porter 2011
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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
Porter Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Oak Barrels - Vintage 2011. Aphotic

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2012
(Bottle) Pours black with a creamy brown head. The aroma holds milk chocolate, dark chocolate/cocoa, coffee, tar, some liquorice, light anise, subtle cinnamon, earth, brown sugar, dark caramel and soft oak (wood and vanilla). Hints of blackberries, dark cherries, flowers, nutshells and maybe a touch of dark fruits. Deep and elegant nose. The flavour is light to medium sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic with notes of deep/soft roast, balanced hops and subtle oak. Hints of dark berries. The mouthfeel is super soft, smooth, fairly velvety and tiny astringent with a light carbonation. Fancy roast, earthy hops and some light sour berries on the finish. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2012
Bomber courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours black with a dark chocolate mocha head that leaves some thick lacing on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet, malty and full bodied with roasted malts, sweet dark bread, resinous wood, sweet liquorice candy, moist soil, vanilla, toffee, pine, black pepper, dark quality chocolate, brown sugar, slightly dry grass and hints of dark roast coffee and alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, resinous wood, pumpernickel, liquorice root, moist soil, anise seed, minerals, vanilla fudge, bitter cocoa powder, dark roast coffee, lemon zest and hints of prunes. Mouthfeel is smooth, silky, round, rich, tiny dry and medium bodied. Finish is bitter, tiny sour and malty with pumpernickel, roasted malts, cocoa powder, minerals, dark roast coffee, anise seed, resinous wood and hints of lemon peal. Smooth and incredibly rich. A nice surprise...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6074) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2012
(22oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) clearish deep brown, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of rich chocolate, cream, cocoa, raisin. Taste of cocoa, bakers chocolate, raisin, toasty, dry and toasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5260) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Black pour with a cream head. Chocolate, roasted malts, sweet, wood, fruits, and sticky. Great palate, heavy chocolate, sweet, wood, light coffee, and a nice finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2012
Bottle thanks to Daknole. A black colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma of dark fruits and dark malt, notes of spices. The taste of dark fruits, prunes, bitter roasted malt and some chocolate. The aftertaste is a little sweet with bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle. Black with a thick creamy light brown head. Chocolate coffee roasted cereal grain and leather aroma. Tastes of milk chocolate vanilla roasted coconut coffee and light cherry. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 29, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours a deep, dark chocolate color; creamy, medium-brown head with excellent retention and lacing. Cocoa, milk chocolate, and toasted oak in the aroma; focused, soft, oaky. Medium-full body; creamy, modestly acidic, with a solid coffee note; toasty oak, cocoa, and milk / dark chocolate; plenty of chocolate; modest acidity; well-integrated. Lasting finish: bitter chocolate, cocoa, toasty end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2012
22oz from the Co-Op here in Grass Valley, CA. $14.49, bit over priced if you ask me (now that it’s been consumed). Pours big bold and black with a tanned head that sits for a moment. Roasty toasty malty nose, hints of burnt bourbon, and dark chocolate. Flavor has a lot of the same, fairly smooth in a cocoa way up front, moving into a bold yet polite roasted malt flavor, then blending well with a bourbon note, lighter than expected, but well fit into the brew. Everything blends really well here, and it’s pretty thick on the palate. Hints of tobacco and leather. I guess I was hoping for a bit more bourbon, and there’s not much wood that I picked up on, especially for $15, but overall a very well made brew. Thick, to the point, and not over done. Won’t buy again, but a goody!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (5730) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Deep dark brown coloured body with a nice thick tan head - about three centimetres tall. Aroma of cream, alcohol, nuts, earth, prunes, cherries and a good amount of caramel and other sugars.Full-bodied; Strong oatmeal flavour at first with a touch of smoked peat, some cherries and tart flavours next followed by a lot of cream and then some tobacco notes with a lot of alcohol warmth at the end. Aftertaste is also quite complex with some oak dryness, some pungent pit fruits and a very strong and malty finish with tons of alcohol. Overall, a nice and super complex beer that shows off the style well with the extra complexity of the oak aging. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, California on 05-March-2012 for US$8.99 sampled at home in Washington on 28-May-2012 in honour of Memorial Day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9533) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2012
Dirty yellow-beige head over black beer. Bourbon-barrels, vanilla oak obvious, sweet and lactic, but not sour - lactose? Sharpish alcohol flavour, bitter chocolate, bit smoked, vanilla and the rest of the oakflavours. Sharpish, alcoholburn, pretty viscous and smooth. Too little porter, too much barrel aging, IMO.

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