Alaskan Pilot Series: Baltic Porter

 
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RATINGS: 347   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Dark cola looking brew with nice ruby highlights. Thin tan head sits for a while. Smells of burnt sugars, banana, and chocolate. Some feint flavors of dark stone fruits and fig. A little smokiness, a little oak, and some good chocolaty notes.Finishes with a little bit of vanilla bean and booziness.


3.7
ABUSEDGOAT (2932) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2018
Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, darker fruit, light licorice, coffee, caramel. Medium to full bodied, darker fruit and malt flavors dominate.

4
KevinReddirt (248) - Midland, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2018
My first stab at a Baltic porter. Let’s see how it is with Alaskan. A discovery at a nearby craft beer establishment, I am happy to try this bomber. Going into my .47 liter New Belgium globe glass, it arrives a dark, dark amber with a prodigious medium tan top. I smell it from the pour but take a closer pull on it, malt, baked bread, something berry. The money shot, a drink. Hmm, different than I expected, better actually. Cherry maybe, a woodiness, chocolate, whole grain bread, red licorice, completed by a strong bitterness. Pretty good all in all.

4
stevoj (5957) - 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 (1812) - 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 (1258) - 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 (2224) - 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 (3130) - 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 (684) - 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


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