Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 344 | Reviews: 215 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Jeffo:
1.7/5 rDev -59.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Bottle provided by akbeerfiend in a big trade a while back. Thanks man!
From a bomber into a snifter
APPEARANCE: A transparent brown pour makes a one finger, medium looking, light tan head with decent retention. head quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Very transparent as well. A ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. A little too thin looking for the style.
SMELL: Bigger nose and it’s totally fruity. Dates, prunes, with some dark grapes and cherries as well. Grape juice maybe, with a couple spoons of brown sugar thrown in for fun. This is going to be way too sweet and off the mark. None of the dark malts that’s expected of a big porter.
TASTE: Bold flavors as well, with lots of fruity qualities. Dark fruits, cherries and grapes, with a good dose of sweet brown sugar. Grape juice. Some light hints of vanilla and dark chocolate at the swallow, but that leads to a bold and persistent, brutally sweet aftertaste of grape juice spiked with brown sugar. Some might like this for what it is, but it totally misses the mark of what an imperial porter should be all about.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Not creamy or smooth enough on the palate, then goes down with a decent burn at the swallow and finishes rather cloying. Definitely needs to be creamier and less cloyingly sweet.
OVERALL: This gets really high marks on this site, so maybe this vintage just sucks. Either that, or people are reviewing it as a beer and not as a Baltic porter. I can see someone liking this one on its own, but as a big porter, it takes three straight strikes looking. It is far too transparent and thin looking for the style, is much too sweet and fruity while missing the patented dark malt flavors the style is so well-known for, and is much too cloying on the finish. I’d scrap this one and start from scratch. Drain enjoyed half the bottle. Ignore this and drink buckets of their Smoked Porter instead. Regardless, thanks heaps for the great trade akbeerfiend. Can’t wait to do it again!
Serving type: bottle
08-16-2011 11:04:15 | More by Jeffo
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From: France 44, Minneapolis, MN
Date: 2012a on label
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.
Pours a 2cm tall head of light tan foam, made up of small-sized bubbles that yield a frothy appearance, that quickly fades to nothing in under one minute. Lacing is modest, a few patches of small dots and lines cling to the walls of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing about little change aside from a slight brown-orange hue around the perimeter of the beer. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body.
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.
Overall flavor is of base malt sweetness mixed with strong oak and moderate ethanol, prune-like esters, cherry, vanilla, and accents of roasted malts (cocoa, charred toast). Front of palate tastes oak, base malt sweetness, sweet cherries, vanilla, and mild roasted malt contributing a touch of sweetened cocoa. Mid-palate of base malt sweetness with strong oak, ethanol, sweet cherries, vanilla, and mild roasted malt character yielding charred toast and sweet cocoa. Back of palate experiences base malt sweetness, heavy oak and prune esters, slight roasted malt yielding burnt toast and cocoa, and ethanol. Aftertaste of intense prune-like flavor and sweetness, slight smokiness and char, roasted coffee beans, and fairly obvious ethanol.
Beer is medium to medium-heavy, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth (4/5) and slightly foamy (1/5) mouthfeel that is appropriate for the sipping nature of the beer and within stylistic expectations. Surprisingly minor ethanol burn or heat on the palate/throat/nostrils. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness on the palate.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 08:26:41 | More by falloutsnow
Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.