Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by northaustin:
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
appearance: poured into a brooklyn flattop schnifter. pitch black with dark brown undertones when held to the light. minimal light almond head settles quickly and leaves only some traces of spotty lacing.
smell: the vanilla beans are out of control!! im mostly getting a very dry spice smell with a toffee/caramel backbone. some chocolatey roast is still present too. perhaps the smell could mellow more over time. although it smells great right now, too many things are competing and i would hope for more obvious flavors from such a distinct beer.
taste: a shitload of things are bouncing around. in the initial taste young toffee and vanillas are strong but are quickly balanced by a bitter oaky, dark malt flavor.
mouthfeel: please kill me
drinkability: cant remember what i paid for it back in '09, but im sure its worth it. this beer is unique, and the perplexion created by its many flavors and aromas is exactly what i needed.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2011 22:38:36 | More by northaustin
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.