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%
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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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2655) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2012
September 15, 2012 on tap at the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis. Dark brown pour with limited head. Dark fruit, woody and booze in aroma, taste was similar with some vanilla.


4
stevoj (5878) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 29, 2017
Bottle from Albertsons. Pitch black pour, small, tight head. Heady roasty aroma, dark chocolate, smoky. Taste is deep and rich, feel is thick and smooth. Burnt toast bitterness, sticks around for a while. Just enjoyable all the way through.

3.8
chucklemation (1796) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2017 Pours a jet black with a thin tan head. Aroma is vanilla, bitter chocolate, roast, dark roast, booze, and bourbon. Flavor is raisin, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. Smooth, with a full body. Nice, complex brew.

4
furthur (1255) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2017
Bottle, 2017 re-release. Black thick beer, dense walnut colored head. Aroma is cherry cola, chocolate, vanilla, toast. Taste is cherry chocolate, brown sugar, anise, oak, vanilla, coffee. Palate is smooth enough, but actually a bit thin for the abv., carbonation moderate. Finish manages to be dry. In fact the balance on this is quite good. An old favorite from way back, glad to see it hasn’t lost anything after so many beers in between.

4.2
MaBeer1972 (2207) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 17, 2017
Fresh bomber from Winco (best by year 2025). Apparently it's not retired anymore. Poured into a snifter. Jet black. Frothy tan head. Rich earthy spice aroma of chocolate, coffee, prunes and cherry. Big and chewy with lots of flavor. Well-balanced sweetness. Some brown sugar and vanilla. Quite excellent.

3.1
Klimaet (3096) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2017
Bottle from 2008. Pours dark brown with a small brownish head. Notes of dark dusty malts, dark fruits, roasty ashy notes, light chocolate.

3.6
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2016
Dark brown brew with night highlites... 1" tan head leaves descent lace and a good cap... Nose is pretty complex.. lite chocolate is complimented and slightly amplified by the vanilla (maybe too much for my tastes).. dried cherries for sure, but it seems like there are some fruity esters in there adding to the myriad of goodness. oaky without the unneeded tannic elements. Alot of stuff going on as soon as the first sips meet my palate.. cocoa and very background coffee.. again tons of vanilla.. followed closely by some cherries ... Bing? oakey with some maple wood notes.. a smidge of alcohol and all the mash-up of flavors remind me of bourbon... more rich than I remember.

4.1
blueshockey24 (666) - Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2015
2012 Bomber decided to break out for pre Christmas! Pours black. Aroma is Chocolate, Vanilla, Cherries and Oak. Taste is Cherry, Vanilla and Oak up front with a sweet chocolate oak finish. I really like this and sad that it was my last bomber of it.

3.9
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2015
22oz bomber (2012) thanks to poisoneddwarf form FBW 2015. Pours black with a finger of small foamy tan head. Aroma is nice despite the age. Milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and earth. Taste of black malts, chocolate, earthy nut shell, vanilla, and hints of plastic. This was actually pretty good for a 2012 bottle.

3.8
Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAR 1, 2015
From a tasting. 2012 bottle. My portion was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking mostly dark brown color with a thin layer of white foaminess gracing the top of the beer. Lacing was few and far between. The smell started off with a big dark fruity mix leading to a slight chocolate and then after I gave it a good warming, light black licorice comes out and allows a decent vanilla. The taste follows the nose for the most part. Big sticky dark fruity aftertaste leading to the same sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. The carbonation seemed really smoothed out as the beer just seemed to roll right on off my tongue appropriately. Overall, I say this was a nicely aged Baltic Porter. So glad to have tried it before I left Alaska.


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