Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jdklks:
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
pours like an average porter. very little, light brown head atop a deep amber-brown body that is much too light for what ive come to expect from the style. with the smell, however, things begin to look up: though its not quite as strong as i would prefer, it has notes of vanilla, dry oak, and candy-sweet cherries. its also very sugary, chocolatey, and hot with alcohol.
The flavor is simply fantastic. it emphasizes individual flavors while remaining true to its complexities. vanilla is the stand-out player here, and it is perceived against a background of woody roastiness and a very elegantly presented cherry sweetness. the alcohol is well hidden until it shines in the aftertaste, and there is even the slightest hint of chocolate in the finish. my only complaint is that the brown sugar notes seem to kind of just hang out, refusing to mingle with the other flavors; but that little problem will be dealt with with a little age.
the mouthfeel is surprisingly thicker than the appearance of the body suggests, and the beer is well-carbonated. i dont exactly know why, but ive had a few of these now, and the drinkability is rather low (i wouldn't want more than one in a night), though this should not reflect poorly on the general enjoyment of the beer.
bravo, Alaskan... one of your best efforts to date.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2009 01:26:25 | More by jdklks
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 343 ratings.