Alaskan Pilot Series: Baltic Porter



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RATINGS: 345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
Alaskan Baltic Porter is a deep, dense beer with an intricate array of aromas and flavors derived from substantial amounts of specialty malts, dark black cherries and whole gourmet vanilla beans. In order for the British to export their dark ales to the northern ports of the Baltic Sea, they were brewed stronger than normal to endure the long voyage. The extra warmth was welcomed in these countries with harsh winters and a taste for the robust, attributes that also fare well in Alaska.

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harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Vintage 2008, consumed 11AUG11 A: Pours a deep, dark brown ale with a single finger of burnt cream head which falls to a solid sheet of the same. Spotty lacing. Cherried mahogany hues shine through a beer with excellent clarity where permitted. S: Cherries vanilla and molasses are sweet and playful. The aromatics are pretty strong here, nice cocoa biscuit malts round out the back end. T: Differs from the ’09 in profile, dunno if it’s a different recipe, but more dry malts on this one. Coffee grounds, cocoa dust, light molasses. Still has hints of alcohol heat. M: Velvety with light carb and a semi dry finish. Good feel. O: Good beer, wish I had more of the ’09, preferred of the two I’ve had. Vintage 2009, consumed 24FEB11 Poured to NB globe. A: dark brown ale with ruby hues around the edges. Quite pleasant looking. Little head, but consistent blanket over the surface of light caramel foam. S: Cherries, licorice, molasses, caramel, vanilla. Goddam fragrant and beautiful. I find myself leaning in to smell the beer, over, and over. Can’t be a bad sign. T: Not as good as the smell, but still very good. The cherry stands out so much more than I had ever anticipated. The oak shines here more than in the nose. A bit boozy - surprising given the age of the beer. Malty. M: Full bodied, lower carbonation. I can swish in the mouth only to get more experience with the flavors without being overwhelmed with foam. Good job. D: Very nice beer. Not the best of the style, but definitely worth a try, maybe two. Serving type: bottle 08-11-2011 1

Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2013
2012 Pours dark ruby, minimal head. Smell fruity barleywine Taste fruity honey, dark fruit, Sweet light to mid body Very well done

umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2013
2012 bottle thanks to crajun. Pours black with a very small that fades to a very small ring. Really interesting aroma. Chocolate, cherries, toffee, vanilla, figs, and light roast. Taste is very chocolaty at first but the other aromas come through nicely and balance out well. Cherries and toffee become very noticeable by the finish. The slightly booziness in the finish reminds me a little of cherry cough syrup. Moderately sweet, almost no bitterness. Medium to thick body, mouthfeel is awesome. Lots to love about this beer but I just wish it didn’t have that slight cough syrup feel.

superspak (6216) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, dark bread, brown sugar, toast, cherry, raisin, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes with the cherry/brown sugar/vanilla additions and oak; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, light coffee, cherry, raisin, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, oak, clove, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, toast, roasted malt, light coffee, raisin, cherry, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, clove, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with the flavor and oak additions; with huge robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and moderately silky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Baltic porter style! All around awesome balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt with flavor additions and oak; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with tan head, some dark and light alcoholic tones. Flavor is roasted with some light fruit, vanilla and malty tones.

1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2013 Thanks for picking this up Jenny. The beer pours to a dark cola colored body with a rapidly dissipating whitish head. The aroma is chocolate brownie and a light cherry juice. The flavor is cocoa powder and chocolate brownie with a lot of cherry. The palate is medium full bodied but relatively clean. Letting this sit out open over night made this beer marvelous.

dr_sarcastor (66) - - JUN 26, 2013
It tastes just like the name would suggest, as if I was drinking from the Baltic Sea after I had washed my docks in it. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

wildbeercat (359) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle at a tasting. Aroma: Molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, and some nice nuttiness. Appearance: Handsome, handsome beer. Opaque dark brown with a large dark brown, frothy head. Taste: Delicious toffee. A little boozy. Tasty chocolate and roasted malts. Great stuff! Palate: Full, thick body. Creamy. Long finish. Overall: Great, great beer. Fantastic.

maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a small tan head on it. Nose is very dark and slightly sour, with some dark fruit and black licorice notes to it with some roasting underneath. Taste is somewhat roasty with just a hint of that sourness to it. Rather smooth and drinkable, though thick.

frogbandit (2) - - MAY 22, 2013 does not count
This is the best beer I have ever had. I wish it were available year round. You should you it.

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