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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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Art. Bitter chocolate, crisp hops, ripe berries, coffee, then a massive charred oak finish. Great brew. High Water really is an up and comer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (5822) - 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.

   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Bottle shared by Cloudskipper at Beer Revolution, pours deep brown with an attractive dark tan head that persists. Full nose of fruit, chocolate and roasted malt. Same in the flavor with tons of oak, leading to a very dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14167) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (8462) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4553) - 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 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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
On tap at Toronado. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla, and roast malts. Flavors of wood, vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate. Light bourbon presence and solid base beer. Really nice beer with very good balance. Nice find on tap.

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