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High Water Aphotic Baltic Porter 2011
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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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Porter Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Oak Barrels - Vintage 2011. Aphotic


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1005) - sacramento, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle shared with marcus. Color is get black with a slight brown head. Taste is co co, coffee an pick up a slight coconut also

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bomber. Pours viscous and dark with thick tan head that yields plenty of lacing. Dark roasted malt aroma with notes of coffee. Bitter coffee comes through on the front end but faded into a smooth vanilla bourbon taste. Solid

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6523) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
22oz bomber pours deep darkness with tall firm mocha like head of foam. The aroma offers up pretty rich bites of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, toffee and dark roasted coffee. The taste is very imperial stout like with rich dark roasted malts to burnt malts, chocolate brownie and dark roasted coffee. To midway a brief yet somewhat firm sweet dark fruity ester note is noticed in the form of faint blueberry notes that are quickly smashed by burnt malts and dark roasted maltiness and dark roasted coffee. I’m not sure how this is a Baltic Porter but it is a damn nice Imperial Stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5333) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2012
750ml, from City Beer in SF. dark pour with dark khaki head. chocolate notes with light coffee, good dose of bitterness, dark roast. pretty good

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (5556) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bomber thanks to Robert. Pours a pure jet black color with a medium brown head. A slightly sour oaky and rich roasted malt nose, something akin to blackberries. The flavor is superb; rich roast and coffee, more lingering sourness that is rich in line with oak and tannins, lots of metal which often mirrors sourness, lingering black licorice and coffee. Big on the oak with the power to balance it out. Very tasty. In fact, this reminds me a lot of Duck Rabbit’s Baltic Porter, both have sour components. Damn good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5528) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2012
Tap at Monk’s Kettle, SF. It pours opaque black, with a thick tan head. The nose is tangy, coconut, vanilla, smoke, over-ripe pineapple and some meat. The taste is roasted malt, tang, caramel, burnt malt, smoke, liquorice, coffee, charcoal, wood, vanilla, fruit (more dried pineapple) and earth, with a dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Well balanced and flavoursome.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a brown head. Vanilla and light bourbon aroma. Vanilla and toffee flavor with earth and light fruitiness. Medium-plus bodied. Vanilla and earth lingers with toffee and very light roastiness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
On draft at Tap 25. It pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is strong with cocoa, light oak, cherry and dark fruit. The flavor is rich with dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and cherry. Nice roasted, bitter, slightly ashy finish. Perfect body. Really great.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10352) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Rating 10 seals the deal. Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown/lack with a 3 finger dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate with a hint of anise. Near full bodied. Flavor is chocolate for start, then a dose of anise appears. It seems to have oak astringency, and maybe a little vanilla. With time anise seems to override the chocolate. Amazing stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeTheYounger (1127) - Claremont, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
On draft at Whole Foods in Santa Rosa. Black pour with white head. Aroma was tons of bourbon and mild roast. Taste was also on onslaught of bourbon but not much in the way of roast. Better as it warmed up. A bit thin on the body.


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