Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bkilpatr:
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an Ommegang chalice. 12/31/08. 2008 version.
Pours almost pitch black with a thin finger of tan head. The head quickly dropped to a thin layer, decent retention. Aroma is filled with roastiness and dark fruits, fig, maple syrup, and cherry.
Taste starts with a lot of roasted malt. That is then followed by dark fruits, mostly fig and date. Some dark chocolate and cherry. Hints of vanilla and caramel. Almost like drinking brownies with cherries on top. The finish is somewhat sweet, almost too sweet. The alcohol is very well hidden in the taste.
Feel is thick and smooth with a full body and ample carbonation. Slight warming from the alcohol, especially as it warms. Drinkability is decent. The sweetness and heaviness make it a bit hard to drink for me. One bottle is definitely enough for me.
Overall, a very interesting and tasty beer. The sweetness gets to me after awhile - if it were toned down a bit then this would be great. The price is a bit high (~$9 for 22 oz) and for that price, I'd say it's probably not worth it. If you're a big fan of porters, or can find it for a cheaper price, then give it a shot.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2009 05:11:03 | More by bkilpatr
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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.