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Aphotic Baltic Porter - High Water Brewing

Aphotic Baltic PorterAphotic Baltic Porter

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%


Brewed by:
High Water Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in a combination of Elijah Craig 18 Yr Bourbon and Gallo Family Reserve Brandy barrels.

(Beer added by: DaveHS on 01-12-2012)
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Reviews by rlee1390:
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Black with a two finger almost brown head with some lacing.

S-Oak, chocolate, roasted malt, slight coffee and a tad vanilla.

T-Starts with oak and bourbon. Rounded out with roasted/burnt malt. Tad but of coffee. However something is off.

M-Light and well carbonated, overly carbonated for a porter.

O-There is something off with this beer. Not sure what exactly it was. I wish I knew what it was but it was off putting.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 20:11:44 | More by rlee1390
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flagmantho

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This label says "Imperial Porter", rather than "Baltic Porter", but is otherwise identical to the pictured Aphotic label (with the waterfall and everything).

Appearance: completely black with some highlights of brown around the edges. Head is a thick finger of frothy dark-tan foam. Nice.

Smell: lots of rich roastiness with plenty of chocolate and coffee elements, underscored by an element of dark fruits which I like. There's a bit of a chalky yeast character here, too, which makes it seem more like a Baltic porter. Overall, quite good.

Taste: quite bitter and astringent, but with an underlying dark fruitiness which really works its way to the top through the middle of the palate. The finish is bitter and roasty, but not vegetal, which I like. Classic Baltic.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation. Not 100% the creamy texture I like, but certainly getting there.

Overall: I quite like this beer. Baltic, Imperial, or whatever, it's a tasty strong porter with the right amount of fruit and roastiness in a good balance. Kudos!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:23:03 | More by flagmantho
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours opaque black, living up to its name, with a one finger light brown head that fizzed and dissipated at first, but settled into a thick brown cap with lots of lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, light vanilla and a hint of cherry juice. Flavor of toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, licorice, chocolate and a hint of dark stone fruit with a nice lingering char, hop bitterness and hot cocoa in the finish. Lighter in body than expected for its complexity, closer to medium bodied. Quite a bit going on in this porter, with some mild fruit flavors that may be from the brandy barrels, but are perfect for a Baltic porter. Flavor starts with a thin roastiness, but develops a more integrated dense malt and chocolate flavor that then fades into the roasty, lightly charred hop finish. Nice flavor progression. I'm not getting much barrel influence here, but it may contribute to the complexity of flavors. I really liked this porter and hope it gets brewed again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 04:30:39 | More by LiquidAmber
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-19-2014 06:02:18 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

02-14-2014 06:04:21 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-20-2014 18:03:43 | More by Beerswag
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archero

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-04-2013 03:19:57 | More by archero
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-28-2013 16:51:05 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Zbeetleman

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-08-2013 04:51:49 | More by Zbeetleman
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shigg85

Japan

4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-07-2013 02:06:24 | More by shigg85
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Notes

Appearance- opaque dark black with and medium brown foam on top that lingers

Aroma- dusty chocolate some cofee notes.

Taste- Roasty toasty and dry on the front end a little acidic almost in the end. hops are piney and resinous but take a back seat to the roasted malt. the finish is like a burnt marshmallow. It makes me want to captain a boat in a stormy sea!

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with a dry finish not even the slightest hint of booze.

Overall- This beer for whatever reason tasted really good. It was a hot day and this made me feel like i was in the hold of a cargo ship in a drafty damp bunk. Plotting the impending mutiny on our captain gone mad.... It was roasty but not warm man was it tasty !

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 22:30:16 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-30-2013 23:53:48 | More by largadeer
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BeastLU

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-22-2013 23:09:57 | More by BeastLU
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Akiloverbatim

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade from timfoolery, pretty delicious, not my typical style. but truly enjoyed this barrel aged beauty.

a: black with a tanned leather head.

s: delicious

t: vanilla, red berries, coffee, delicious

m: velvety

very happy with this one for one that i never would have suspected to like

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 19:33:21 | More by Akiloverbatim
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cletusdog

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

01-27-2013 17:11:06 | More by cletusdog
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

10-14-2012 01:44:57 | More by t0rin0
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seand

California

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark inky brown, with a fair amount of dense dark tan head. The head dissipates to a thin film on the surface but retains a relatively thick ring around the edge of the glass, and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Rich molasses with a touch of vanilla.

T: Thick roasted malt with a high note that's almost a touch tart. Hops come through a bit towards the finish.

M: A touch on the light side of full bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, enjoyable. It's not something I'd likely go out of my way to search for, but I enjoyed it and wouldn't say no if someone else was pouring.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 05:47:56 | More by seand
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aasher

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received this beer in a box from New Hampshire last week.

Aphotic pours a full bodied dark chocolate brown with a two finger, very smooth and creamy dark khaki head. The head looks great. It is Yeti esque. The nose is pretty simply. It features dark roast, dark chocolate, bitter baking chocolate, and it has a "different" oak element. The flavors are big and roasty. It features plenty of dark roasted malt, bitter cooking chocolate, oak, and it has an odd and vinous grape character. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. Really, the flavors are pretty well balanced. I don't get any bourbon at all, from the nose or flavors, but I could pick out some brandy. It's not over the top but it's there. Overall this is a decent beer, solid all around, but nothing too crazy. I'd prefer a few standard Baltic Porters to this BA Baltic.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 03:03:36 | More by aasher
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Chebyshev

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

06-12-2012 07:33:14 | More by Chebyshev
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Pjilsner

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my trusty unbreakable plastic mug!

A: Very black. Burnt creme head reminds me of a very even creme brule. Head craters and sinks away. Lacing stuck around until I was finished with the glass.

S: Like a coffee milkshake and a roasted marshmallow in the BEST way! I love the smell and can't wait to see how it tastes!

T:Bitter, slight sourness, funky. I really like it! The bitterness is strange and I can't compare it to anything I've tried, but it's pleasant. Tart AND roasty. Not much malt sweetness. Some of the alcohol bites through but it isn't intense. I don't find the alcohol to be in the way at all, in fact I would say it's quite balanced.

M: Thick and mild, soft carbonation. Wet finish which made my lips smack noticeably.

O: I picked this up because I'd always been curious to try a Baltic Porter. While I have no idea whether this is "to style" or not, I can say that I really enjoyed it and will pick it up again anytime I see it. This beer probably isn't for everyone and it's a very much a different beer than the kind of porter you'd pick up at any old supermarket. I can't recommend it enough though. The strange funky flavors with the delicious sweet-roast smell really connected with me. I'd buy these often if I could get them easier.

Reviewed from notes

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 00:04:06 | More by Pjilsner
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gregk

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aphotic is a very nice example of a well balanced barrel aged beer. The mix of burbon, brandy, and stainless help to balance out the flavor profile and not overwhelm the drinker. Color is very nice as is the mouth feel of the beer. I can only imagine how good this beer would taste after being aged for several months!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 23:44:38 | More by gregk
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Mister_Joshy

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-29-2012 07:15:00 | More by Mister_Joshy
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kojevergas

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2011 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the style.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice tan colour, good cream, good thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visibile, but then it's nontransparent... Opaque (or aphotic, if you prefer).

Sm: Light roasted malts, cream, hints of acidity, and slightly pungent yeasty funkiness (but not in a brett sort of way). Dark malts. Quite intriguing. I'm excited to try it. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Very inviting.

T: Brown sugar, roasted malts, some chocolate, strange yeasty funkiness, hints of bittering hops, cream, dark malts, and well-rounded acidity. An interesting baltic porter, with an interesting build. Decently balanced. The brown malts in particular are wonderful as a foundation, and do well alongside the yeast. It's certainly got character, but the mixture of the funkiness and the porter build is a bit odd for my tastes. Neither simple nor complex. Some subtlety is present.

Mf: Smooth and wet in classic porter fashion, with some underlying biscuity coarseness from the yeast. Thick enough. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but I wouldn't get it again. I find it strange, but fans of the style might really like it. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but I have nothing against it. It's decently priced for what it is. Hides its ABV well. There's no harm in picking this one up.

I don't know that age does particularly much for this beer.

Low C

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 07:01:28 | More by kojevergas
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 07:26:32 | More by ngeunit1
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shleepy

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Writing based on 2-week-old notes. Served from bottle into tulip glasses.

A: Pitch black; enormous, tan head. Looks great.

S: Slightly tart roastiness.

T: Bitterness balanced with the aforementioned tart roastiness. Very chocolatey.

M: Medium body. Creamy.

O: Enjoyable, but not as good as the Drake's barrel-aged stuff that's on tap at the Barrel House.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 03:47:04 | More by shleepy
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Aphotic Baltic Porter from High Water Brewing
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