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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
Draft @ Hamiltons, San Diego, CA. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma with woody hints. Roasted malty woody licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate and licorice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Pours nearly black in color with a khaki head. Smells of roasted malt and dark fruit to begin with. Lots of licorice notes and perhaps some vanilla from the oak. A good chocolate and coffee aroma, too. The flavor is more impressive than the nose. Good roast, chocolate, and coffee with a more pronounced vanilla and oak flavor. A little bit of cocoa as well as some toffee sweetness. The body is a bit thin, unfortunately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14165) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, milk chocolate, vanilla and carmel. Palte was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, oak, dark chocolate, dried fruit, carmel and a hint of bourbon with a smooth dry lingering roasty oak finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2016
(22oz bottle, 2011 vintage) Pours a black body with a small brown head. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, roasted malt, and caramel. Flavor of oak, chocolate, roasted malt, anise, coffee, caramel, and vanilla with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12707) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9505) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9221) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8557) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (8455) - 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.

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