Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by stoutfiend27:
4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
another incredible bomber sent my way by genghis22...you are killing me James...very slightly chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass
a-pitch black..zero light penetration...two finger off white/khaki colored head in spots...lots and lots and lots of lacing
s-whoa...lots of roast and dark fruits dominate the front end...a little smoke and tobacco creep in...the brown sugar is present in a big way as well..tons of vanilla in the front and some wood...
t-taken back...starts off with dark fruits and very vinous...the vanilla and wood rush in and take over..the middle is semi sweet with some roast and coffee....the brown sugar lends itself very gently as well as the very faintest of cherries...the slightest hint of toffee...the vanilla stays throughout...the bittering hops make a presence in before the mad rush of citrus and dry vanilla carry this one off
m-perfect...creamy and smooth..coats the entire mouth...the carbonation is perfect and i do mean absolutely perfect..the hops leave a slight resinous note...
d-man if this stuff was here i would be a glutton for punishment with this one..i love baltic porters but this goes down way to easy and way too fast...abv is no where to be found...so smooth it is dangerous
wow..just wow...this is a terrific brew...i will def seek this one out in the future...
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2010 02:17:10 | More by stoutfiend27
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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.
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