Alaskan Pilot Series: Baltic Porter



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RATINGS: 346   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2009
22oz Bomber Gravity Beer Market Olympia, WA
Aroma: Huge dark malt and rich alcohol and spice aroma.
Appearance: Dark brown in color, clear with a light head.
Flavor: Dark brown with tons of coffee and high alcohol flavors
Palate: Dry finish with a great overall Mouthfeel.
Overall: This was a huge beer with great flavors. One of the betters Baltic porters it was drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (7142) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle Pours out a black topped with a very small tan head. Aroma was of sweet milk chocolate and some crazy banana. Along with some vanilla. Tast was very nice rich chocolate, and dark roast. A very sweet and tasy brew. Thanks Matt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2009
I cant remember being crazy about any baltic porters, but this one was very good. Pours black with a tan, short lived head. Smell is banana, chocolate and cocoa. Taste is rich malt, dark chocolate and banana. Nice and rich and extremely tasty. Full body and normal carbonation. Unlike any other baltic porter Ive had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2009
22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black into the glass with a creamy beige head that settles into a thin cap and leaves sporadic lacing. The aroma is very sweet with The taste has tons of sweet dark malts and lots of molasses, raisins and even some grapes. Theres also some vanilla and wood sweetness with some licorice thrown in. Definitely a sweet aroma. The taste follows the aroma with a cola sweetness up front. Its got some chocolate, vanilla and dark fruits as well. Got some banana sweetness in the finish with a bit of dry woodiness. The mouthfeel is very slick with lower carbonation than I expected. I had high hopes for this when I cracked it but it didnt quite live up to my expectations. Its a little too sweet for me and lacks complexity. A good beer but not one Ill go back to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (4064) - Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2009
22 oz bottle courtesy of bvc. 2008 Vintage. It appears that the 2008 is 9.8% ABV. Pour is black with some cordovan redness present, topped with a one inch tan head. Aroma of roasty malt, sweet marshmallow, some leafy tobacco notes and some oaky booziness. Nice nose, though the sweetness is a little odd, as marshmallow is the closest I can come to describing it. Taste is the roasted malt, very much coffee in flavor, behind that is licorice tobacco notes, followed by the sweetness of the nose. The sweetness is more of a vanilla in taste. There is also a brown sugar molasses to the taste beyond vanilla. Some black cherry fruit. The oak woodiness and alcohol heat show up late and linger long into the finish. Palate is medium, some carbonation and as mentioned, lingers with alcohol heat. This should improve with some age, its pretty hot right now. This is a nice sipper, thanks for sending my way Brandon!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4359) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Deep mahogany color with a thin beige head. Big dark caramel, brown sugar and alcohol nose. Thick mouthfeel, with tons of molasses, dark brown sugar and some chocolate, cherry, licorice, tar and sherry. Alcohol tingle on the tongue. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2009
22oz. in trade from HopDog...Thanks Steve! Pours almost black with a very thin, tan head. Aroma is brown sugar, toffee, light alcohol, sweet fruits: plums, cherries, and grapes. Flavor is roasted marshmallows, plums, and brown sugar...very sweet. Very smooth, nice and warm. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lakersfan16 (53) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 8, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tannish head. Aroma of vanilla, bananas, chocolate, and cherries. Tastes of chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2009
22oz bottle. 2008 Vintage. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla, dark cherries, licorice, bananas, chocolate, and woody. Tastes of dark cherries, vanilla, chocolate, oak, dark fruits, and marsh mellows. Vanilla creme. The addition of dark cherries and vanilla beans were done nicely. The oak was there but not overpowering. Alcohol content well hidden. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2009
208 Bottle - Thanks Matt - Pours a murky black with a small tan head..aroma is chocolate covered bananas and sweet vanilla...flavour is bold, charred oak, cherry coconut, vanilla...fruity and dark, good over ice cream...

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