Aphotic Baltic Porter - High Water Brewing

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Aphotic Baltic PorterAphotic Baltic Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of DaveRinn
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle, almost no head but good carbonation. the little head that develops dissipates quickly. Beer is as dark as advertised.

I get very little aroma from the beer.
The taste is quite good, smooth and malty, and has a singular and unique flavor profile.
The mouthfeel is not as creamy as i would like but is quite good.A little thinner than one might expect here.
Overall, an excellent beer thatI would drink again.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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 !

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Akiloverbatim
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of seand
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of aasher
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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Aphotic Baltic Porter from High Water Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.