Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +20.2%
2008, received from dmeadows in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks Denis!
Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep clear dark brown. The only way to get light through it is get it close to a bulb. Minimal light tan head of about half a finger, that drops rather quickly, leaving barely a wisp and a few bubbles on the surface. Some lacing, but the legs drag it back into the brew.
Aromas of anise, cherries, dark fruit, dark raisins, figs, prunes, some cocoa, and a distinct bourbon quality, vanilla and oakiness. And sherry.
Flavors are very much like the aromas. Very complex, a whole lot going on in the glass. Dark cherries, bourbon (vanilla and oak), sherry, dark fruit, raisins, figs and prunes, light cocoa, some anise. There is also a peatiness to it. LIke a light Islay scotch. Some alcohol heat as well. The finish is long, hot, with loads of dark sherried cherries.
Mouthfeel is huge, explosive. Lots of alcohol warmth. Barely perceptible carbonation. Creamy slickness and velvety on the tongue.
Overall a fantastic brew. Would love to compare a fresh bottle to this 3 year old aged beauty. A perfect cold weather, after dinner drink to sip slowly and enjoy.
05-18-2011 00:13:57 | More by JamnesCameron
5/5 rDev +20.2%
This is an absolutely amazing beer! I've had 3 bottles of the 2012 vintage and the flavor complexity of this beer is out of this world! each time I tried it, it had been aged for several months longer .i had one pretty fresh and I would recommend waiting at least 4 to 6 months before cracking it if you only have 1 bottle....maybe even a year if you have some paitience. right now I'm drinking a bottle from the beginning of 2012 which makes it well over a year and a half old, in this bottle the cherries are really coming to the front of this with some vanilla, tasting almost like a mild sour or even a good framboise with much more complexity and maltyness. last time I had it about 6 months ago the oakiness and heat of booze was most noticeable with some brown sugar.... this is such an amazing example of a Baltic porter and my favorite by far to date of this style.
08-17-2013 03:54:47 | More by Beerlover
4.88/5 rDev +17.3%
A: pours a deep black with a small tan head that fades to a collar around the glass into a snifter
S: smells of chocolate covered cherries and a hint of vanilla. very sweet. roasted malt and slight coffee as well
T: tastes of chocolate, some coffee, a nice roastiness, cherry, some vanilla, and a slight caramel oakiness. swallow brings more cherry and chocolate along with a bit of roast malt and slight coffee. roast malt bitterness helps to keep the sweetness in check but still a dessert beer.
M: nice and soft carbonation on a medium mouthfeel that is very smooth but not quick thick and silky
O: absolutely phenomenal, fantastic complexity and excellent flavors. Deceivingly drinkable at almost 10% ABV and not a whisper of alcohol comes across on the palate. I can't sing the praises of this beer enough, it's top notch.
09-25-2012 03:16:29 | More by SHODriver
4.88/5 rDev +17.3%
A - It pours the deepest possible hue of mahogany-crimson, capped with a persistent crown of sandalwood-colored froth. Quite impressive.
S - Deep maltiness punctuated by notes of oak, vanilla and the most delectably sophisticated nuance of cherry.
T - The flavor takes the elements of the nose and runs with it. The flavor profile is so richly complex; succulent notes of malt-driven caramel and toffee yield to rich impressions of chocolate covered cherries, delicious oaken butteriness (not diacetyl), faint mulled spice. No matter how I try to articulate its greatness, I will necessarily understate it. Also getting: molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, floral jasmine and the faintest hint of smoke. Nutty too. What a powerhouse!
M - Excellent; silky, velvety, delectable.
D - ISO more of this immediately.
10-16-2010 03:37:07 | More by ktrillionaire
4.85/5 rDev +16.6%
A: almost jet black with a hint of dark ruby around the edges. Nice thick dark tan head.
S: big time cherries on the nose with hints of oak and vanilla.
T: Taste is where this beer is a viking. Big time but smooth roasted malt character forms the backbone of this beer before a wallop of delicious cherry and oak smack you upside the mouth. After that a hefty dose of vanilla, chocolate, and maybe some hints of fig follow up and round off a complex and intense group of flavors. Overall really incredible, the oak is a bit heavy right now but should mellow nicely. Definitely a beer worth of some cellar time.
M: Drinks like a big beer without being sludgy.
O: Really an incredible beer overall and probably the best that Alaskan makes or at least distributes, I can't believe they don't sell this all year long. I really like that I can easily taste and differentiate all the ingredients at this point, it will be fun to watch them blend together as the beer ages. There is really a lot going on in this beer but none of it feels extravagant or out of place.
11-03-2012 01:33:26 | More by DimensionX
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Poured into a chalice a very deep brown color, very nice carbonation, with an awesome thick/creamy tan head, with some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some very nice chocolate/caramel notes, vanilla, slight oak/cherries. The taste is awesome as well, malty, sweet, slightly bitter, slight oak notes, nice chocolate note. Medium body, a really smooth brew, very would know it's high ABV. Very drinkable, this has got to be the best brew I've had from Alaskan, hands down.
11-22-2009 20:45:03 | More by Wasatch
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
pored into snifter,dark mahogany in color with tints of ruby,nice 2 finger tan head,black cherries,roasted malts,vanilla an oak on the nose,fantastic smelling brew!,taste, much like the nose...fantastic!! perfect example of the style,and then some!...get this brew!...CHEERS!!!
04-17-2011 03:28:08 | More by timus1119
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
In a snifter, this one pours a slick looking black with a head that is light brown and contributes some nice lacing.
The nose is mainly of rich malt with a light cherry that comes through, a hint of oak and coffee.
Phenomenal taste. Rich decadent malt with the vanilla bean and oak front and center. Underlying hint of black cherry with roasted coffee beans in the finish. Great depth of flavor.
Very smooth, but not as full as say an imperial stout. The body makes this nicely drinkable.
Loved this beer and will have to get some more of it. Lots of flavors that work very well together.
09-15-2012 20:22:48 | More by jera1350
4.8/5 rDev +15.4%
65.1 cL bottle - that's a strange volume. Still, a dark purple label with the vintage clearly noted. There's no head, just the thinnest of tan rings around this dark, opaque beer. It smells of vinella and cherries, a rich sweet smell which just barely masks the alcohol smell. It smells a bit like molassass - potentially the brown sugar used in making this. The smoky oak flavour and the brown sugar really carry through the drink. If you let it linger, the cherries really come through on the finish. It's a tad dry, and the alcohol content periodically comes through. There's a bit of bitterness, like cross between licorice and dark chocolate, that's hard to place. Eminently drinkable, this is a phenomenal brew.
11-01-2010 01:52:22 | More by mrkc
4.78/5 rDev +14.9%
Pour: 22oz bottle to tulip glass. Hefty latte colored head, two fingers thick, appears over bubbling dark brown body. Actually, maybe make that black. No light passing through, even around the sides. Sticky retentive head.
Nose: Beautiful aroma, chocolate, vanilla, roses, cherries. Lots of fruit for such a dark bodied beer, but not getting a ton of roasted notes. Full, lush smell.
Mouth: Creamy mouthfeel, full delicious flavors. Rich vanilla all the way, with a lingering, nice, light roasty finish. The fruit is subdued but present: cherries & raspberries. Looong lasting finish! Love it, actually. Love it.
09-14-2009 00:40:30 | More by clickpush
4.76/5 rDev +14.4%
Glass used: porter/stout glass
Appearance is a motor oil black with a thin fizzy white head.
Strong cherry aroma with a slight hint of wood chips.
A strong cinnamon flavor that morphs into caramel and vanilla and finishes with an alcohol warming.
This beer has a full body mouth feel with slight carbonation.
A fantastic beer I've always been a huge fan of Alaskan's smoked porter and thought it was IMHO the best porter around until I had this.
01-11-2013 21:05:21 | More by Hawksfan79
4.75/5 rDev +14.2%
22 oz Bomber.This was recommended by a beer geek that worked at Bev Mo to me.I have to say that I am going to start listening to those people a little more.This is the Best Porter I have ever tasted.Beautiful brown color in the 20 oz firestone glass.I was sitting in the house listening to The Who live at the isle of wight and I could not believe how good this was.I guess this is very hard to find the date was 2012 on the bottle.If you can still find this Please do.You will not be disappointed.This Porter Rocks.And so does The Who.Rock on with the good beers.Motley out.
08-20-2014 03:32:02 | More by Motleydrunk56
Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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