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Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series)Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

344 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 148
Gots: 41 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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. Aging on toasted French oak adds further complexity.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 04-27-2007)
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DousedInStout

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must say this bottle description is a bit intriguing for a baltic porter, which technically should be a lager. But coming from Alaskan, I expect high quality...

Poured near black with a light tan head. The carbonation seemed appropriate. The aroma is wonderful, and you truly can pick out all the elements added to this beer - cherries, vanilla, oak, brown sugar...along with some dark chocolate and fruity esters. The taste that follows is very nice, and the flavors marry together well. However, after time, this beer starts to taste a bit medicinal and syrupy as a result of the cherries and unfermentable sugar left in the beer. It results in a pretty sweet, cloying baltic porter - I probably would've just labeled it as an imperial porter because of it's lack of a dry, crisp finish. But overall, a nice effort again from Alaskan.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 16:07:21 | More by DousedInStout
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A heavily oaked and vanilla, cherry-infused baltic porter, Alaskan's take on the style is unique, quite appetizing, easily drinkable, and complex, though certainly rather far from a traditional baltic porter. It is not a lager, nor particularly focused on its roasted malt components, instead letting the oak, base malt sweetness, cherry, and vanilla rise above all that might be roasted and dark. An interesting and enjoyable beer, probably the best I have had from Alaskan at this point. Would pick up again, if seen.

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Aroma of strong oak, modest roasted malt character yielding cocoa, mild vanilla and cherries, and slight ethanol. There's quite a bit going on here, none of it unpleasant, but it's more like an oaked, fruity dark beer than a baltic porter.

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Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.