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Aphotic Baltic Porter - High Water Brewing

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Aphotic Baltic PorterAphotic Baltic Porter

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85
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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:
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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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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 -6.4%
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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popery

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-23-2012 20:58:46 | More by popery
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AgentMunky

California

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Vintage 2011. I've heard this talked up around the Bay Area, and the price tag suggests the same. I hope it's not another over-hyped barrel-aged beer.

A: The name is appropriate; no light is getting through this beer. Darkest brown, opaque, with three fingers of fluffy brown head. Great lacing.

S: Strong-sweet malts, with a notable bourbon influence. Some coffee/roast as well. Dry. Excellent nose, though with a touch of metal.

T: Alas, I fear it is another one of "those beers" aged in barrels only to emerge slightly anemic and sour. It's not BAD, but it's not quite what I was hoping for. This said, it grows on me. The roasted malt is dominant, with a distant 'wannabe' oakiness and the merest hint of vanilla. The aftertaste is quite nice, creamy and nutty and full of coffee. Damn nice.

M: "Luxurious" and "rich" the mouthfeel is not. Thin, flat, and dry would be more apt descriptions.

O: Overpriced and overhyped. It's not a terrible Baltic Porter, but save your time and money for something else. Still, if someone gives you one, you'll probably enjoy it. I did, overall.

Brewmaster's Notes
Released: January 10, 2012
"This beer is one of my favorites. It was a blast to brew it and was really an evolving process. One third of the beer was barrel aged in 18 Year old Elijah Craig bourbon barrels, another third was aged in premium Brandy barrels and the final third was aged in stainless. After 4 months of aging the three different variations were combined back together resulting in the blend you have in front of you. Copious amounts of Carafa 1, 2, and 3, as well as chocolate malts and Midnight Wheat malts were used. Deep, dark and delicious!!!! Enjoy....Steve "

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 06:18:50 | More by AgentMunky
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FunkyMacGroovin

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

04-03-2012 19:32:37 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
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jpajpajeff

California

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

03-17-2012 04:18:45 | More by jpajpajeff
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brotherloco

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. 2011 Edition. Served in a snifter.

Pours pitch black. "Aphotic" as described on the back of the bottle. A pillowy 2 finger mocha head forms and hangs around for awhile. Settles to a thin covering. Some big swaths of lacing.

Aroma of rich, roasted chocolate malt. Smokiness from the roast. Brown sugar sweetness. Dark fruits. Vanilla oakiness from the barrel. A slight sting of vinegar and alcohol.

Initial flavor is surprisingly tart, a little like a barrel aged sour ale. I suppose that's why there was some vinegar in the nose. That flavor lingers, but does fade away as bitter roasted and smokey malt take over. Long lingering finish. Very dry roasted coffee bitterness.

Medium bodied with medium-sharp carbonation. Not as smooth a feel as I'd like with this style.

An interesting blend of flavors. I like the uniqueness, but I'm unsure of the sour qualities.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 04:00:36 | More by brotherloco
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rbrefbeerman

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-14-2012 01:48:18 | More by rbrefbeerman
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avaldivia

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-11-2012 03:53:14 | More by avaldivia
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mactrail

Washington

2.03/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Some barrel taste, but more tar, oxidized wine, boysenberry syrup, and burnt raisins. More like an Old Ale paired with last year's fruitcake. Aroma of Truly awful aftertaste that just won't leave you alone. Looks nice enough in the glass, dark brown with attractive foam, for what that's worth. Medicinal taste of burnt sage and more than a hint of that cherry cough syrup that makes you shudder as it goes down.

This stuff may have some happy bacteria working away. I can't see any other reason for the peculiar flavors. The weirdly bitter flavor is not something that comes from hops alone. Label says 2011 so it can't be that old. From The Boulevard, San Diego, 22 oz bottle. Kiss the drain, dude.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 07:01:34 | More by mactrail
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Diomede

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-07-2012 07:09:43 | More by Diomede
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Adrianized

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a one finger thick creamy mocha head.  Looks really great.

Not much on the nose.  Some vanilla,  cured meat, oak, coffee, and a touch of male syrup.

Lots of roasted malt, some coffee, wet wood, black licorice, vanilla, cacao nibs/cacao baking powder, and maybe a bit of sea salt. Finishes bitter and very dry.

Mouthfeel is light, but not watery.  Good carbonation.  Feels good for a porter (vs stout... but that's a never ending debate).

Overall there's something about this porter that in having trouble placing... But I keep reaching for the glass.  It's a very nice classic dry porter, a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 22:50:36 | More by Adrianized
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codynevels

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-22-2012 20:28:43 | More by codynevels
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

Pours nearly black in color with a khaki head. Smells of roasted malt and dark fruit to begin with. Lots of licorice notes and perhaps some vanilla from the oak. A good chocolate and coffee aroma, too. The flavor is more impressive than the nose. Good roast, chocolate, and coffee with a more pronounced vanilla and oak flavor. A little bit of cocoa as well as some toffee sweetness. The body is a bit thin, unfortunately.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 19:50:56 | More by womencantsail
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DaveHS

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porter aged in oak barrels. Vintage 2011

A-Pours inky black with mahogany highlights and a thin, tight coffee colored head. Leaves very minimal stringy lacing down my snifter.

S-Mouth watering aromas of coffee and dark chocolate up front. Whole wheat toast, vanilla bean, lightly toasted American oak.

T/M-The flavor profile leads with bittersweet flavors of cacao nib and coffee. Roasty malts intermingle with assertively dry hop bitterness. The label doesn't indicate whether or not this was aged in bourbon barrels, but there is definitely a bourbon-like vanilla/oak flavor on the back end. Thin caramel sweetness emerges as it nears room temperature. Medium to full bodied with moderate, supportive carbonation.

O-A tasty Americanized Baltic Porter. I like the inclusion of a big hop profile. This will probably age very well.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:55:42 | More by DaveHS
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Aphotic Baltic Porter from High Water Brewing
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