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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 1, 2012
A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head atop. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind a thick layer of lace. S - Aroma is lots of oak and vanilla, with some strong roasted chocolate malts, a hint of coffee, a bit of dark fruit and some booze. T - Starts off with vanilla and roasted chocolate malts with a bit of dark fruit sweetness and a bit of black licorice. Through the middle, some strong oak flavor comes through with with some dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor and and a bit of earthiness. The finish is a mix of oak, vanilla, milk and dark chocolate, dark fruit, and a bit of booze. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and thick, with a warming, sweet, and dry finish. D - Very drinkable. The Bourbon barrel aging added some great flavors to the Baltic Porter base. The balance of barrel flavors is really nice here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9231) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle from Ledgers Liquors. Pours black with a nice tan head and atreacle aroma. There is a strong coffee, chocolate and dark molasses flavor. Little carbonation, but lots of oak. Complex and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1561) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1670) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (8463) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12711) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8572) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (5866) - 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.

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