Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series)Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series)

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 367
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 150
Gots: 42 | FT: 4
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Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 04-27-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Alaskan Baltic Porter is a deep, dense beer with an intricate array of aromas and flavors derived from substantial amounts of specialty malts, dark black cherries and whole gourmet vanilla beans. Aging on toasted French oak adds further complexity.
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Photo of LilMatrix
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark with a very slight red brown tint and a . Seems highly viscous and gooey as it swirls around during the pour.

S - Light vanilla scents combined with some sweet fruitiness.

T - I immediately think of cake... maybe caramel; then I am reminded of rum/sugarcane. Definitely a sweeter beer to my palate. Medium complexity with subtle nuances... not the big beer roasty taste I was expecting.

M - A thick, heavy bodied feel with a pleasant med to low carbonation.

D - Given the not well hidden high ABV and sweetness of this beer, I def have to share a 22 oz. with someone else.

This beer is not one of my favorites but is definitely worth a try. I will probably not seek this one out again in the future. (720 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Dark brown almost black. Minimal tan head. Drops to a small, tiny, collar in short order. No visible carbonation to speak of.

Smell: Ripe cherry. Red licorice. Small touches of vanilla and caramel. Some oak. Leather, chocolate and some acetic notes. Cocoa nibs. Some minor roasted malts. Lots of cherry. Hints of plum and honey. Cocoa and milk chocolate. Some black licorice. Dark fruit with some floral notes.

Taste: Dark cherry and licorice. Black and red. Small hints of vanilla coupled with a touch of oak in the back. Some slight toasted malts. Cocoa and milk chocolate. Marshmallow. Like a s'more minus the graham cracker. Roasted. Touches of smoke in the back. Crazy cherry licorice. Cherry skin and even more licorice. Warming makes this a red licorice bonanza.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to full body. Minimal carbonation. A bit juicy.

Overall: Roll it ad smoke it.

If they took Smoked Porter and added the things they did, this would be intense. As it is, it's a red licorice bomb. Good, but loses something as it warms.. (1,072 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours almost black into the glass with a creamy beige head that settles into a thin cap and leaves sporadic lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with

The taste has tons of sweet dark malts and lots of molasses, raisins and even some grapes. There's also some vanilla and wood sweetness with some licorice thrown in. Definitely a sweet aroma.

The taste follows the aroma with a cola sweetness up front. It's got some chocolate, vanilla and dark fruits as well. Got some banana sweetness in the finish with a bit of dry woodiness.

The mouthfeel is very slick with lower carbonation than I expected.

I had high hopes for this when I cracked it but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. It's very sweet but not a lot of complexity. A good beer but not one I'll go back to. (809 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a bomber of Alaskan Baltic Porter at a beer store $8.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a nearly opaque black color, but it is clear and translucent, with garnet red hues. Frothy tan head is resilient but not sticky. Minimal lacing adheres to the glass.

Smell is strong and sweet. I smells like burnt brown sugar and molasses.

Taste is dark sweet flavor, molasses and dark fruit flavors like prunes and dried cherries. There is a bit of a bitter charcoal aftertaste, with a whiskey-like flavor on te finish.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, cloying, lightly carbonated with some alcohol heat in the back of the throat.

Not the most drinkable beer. Too much ABV to be sessionable, and the flavor is overpowering. It wouldn't pair well with food, or go woth other beers. It's "sippable" that's about all you can say for it. (830 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - pours deep dark brown, not quite black, smallish tan head with retention around the edges and minimal lacing

s - some roasted malt, but it's overwhelmed by the cherry, brown sugar and oak additions, slight licorice aroma as well, really "fake" smelling, unfortunately

t - roasted malt and toastiness up front, but a big burst of sweetness, marked by cherry and oak, on the mid-palate, finish is pretty sweet as well with the brown sugar and vanilla making their appearance, almost completely overwhelming the roasted/black patent malt flavors that mark most Baltics, in my opinion, the additions to this beer (cherry, brown sugar, vanilla beans, oak) have taken over the beer, a little hot

m - medium-bodied with moderate carbonation fairly sweet finish, not very much drying, definite alcohol warming

d - a bit too sweet and hot to be overly drinkable, but this is a 9.8% beer, so drinkability is not the aim, a lot of flavors going on, so it gets points for that

Overall, a somewhat disappointing offering, in my opinion. As stated above, I feel the additives have overwhelmed the base beer. (1,102 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan Baltic porter pours a rich deep red brown. It's not overtly thick and let's plenty of light through on the sides but has a hard time making it all the way through the center. A tan head comes and goes quickly, quietly and disappointingly.

The nose is roasty and sweet with hints of stone fruits. Not a distinct malt scent but a mix of fruit, booze, brown sugar and caramel. The sugar is almost a candied smell that reminds me of Belgian quads.

Slick on the tongue and very reminiscent of the smell. The same dark fruit and brown sugar mixed with roasted, toast flavored malts. Cherries lead the way and are followed by a caramelized coating and finish.

Mildly carbonated with an oil like mouthfeel. Smooth and thick feeling as it coats your face hole. The feel is my favorite part of this brew. I find it to be weak for a porter and kind of confused with its identity. A good brew but too sweet for my taste. I'd rather a porter go more roasted grain then sugary. (976 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Dark brown, pours with a light tan head, fades to no head, with a ring of carbonation, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Chocolate and coffee, with molasses - dark chocolate and cocoa - caramel, toffee, and some sweetness overall - cooked malts, and some dark fruits - cherry and black licorice

Taste: Follows the aroma, with lots of coffee and chocolate - dark chocolate and cocoa, with fruit, it kind of tastes like a chocolate-covered fruit - cherries, and a ton of black licorice - lightly roasty - sweet caramel - sweet... ultimately too sweet

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, a bit oily, sticky, could use more carbonation

Overall: Good, but not as good as Alaskan Smoked Porter...

Perhaps I am slightly disappointed only because Alaskan Smoked Porter was so good. This has some nice chocolate, coffee, and licorice flavors, but it's not ideal. Too much sweetness, too many cooks spoil the soup, etc. (978 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown and thin brown head with no retention. Oak, vanilla, and notes of cherry in the aroma. Strong vanilla and oak with some cherry and chocolate sweetness. Light warming. Strong oak dryness and sticky linger.

Perhaps needing additional aging, the oak is far to strong finishing after a wonderful flavor. The oak sucks all the moisture from your mouth as well as the flavor and your left with only a woody stickiness on the lips. It's great, until you swallow. (467 characters)

Photo of BDJake
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark brown, decent head.

S- Smells like banana candy to me actually, as opposed to cherries. Some of the oak comes out, as do the chocolate malts.

T- Like espresso mixed with bananas, dark chocolate, and vanilla.

M- Pretty thick, with appropriate carbonation, and quite a bit of the alcohol warmth.

D- Comes together well, but due to the nature of the beast, it still takes awhile to finish. (403 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown, thin lacing, looks generous. Smell, whoooo alcoholic, for reals. So alcoholic you might think its aged in some grain alcohol barrels. But there's some other stuff in there. Wine like in its diversity of flavor.

A sipping beer, but you don't need a lot of time between intervals. While the alcohol is obviously there, for how high it is, it isn't overpowering. I would recommend.

Revisit 8/2011: Not as impressive as the first batch was. A little more bitterness than I like, needs an RIS body to absorb this. Mild licorice/dark fruit. Just not a style I dig so much on. (590 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

2009 vintage.

Pours a clear dark brown with a khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, vanilla, and cherry. Taste is the same with an aftertaste like a cherry vanilla cola. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the cola-like flavors were unexpected. (474 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A billowing head settles in, stout-like, on the fudge brown liquid and does a nice job lacing the glass

Smell: Chocolate-covered cherries, vanilla and oak, all underpinned by a brown sugary base malt

Taste: Sweet, booze-soaked chocolate-covered cherries, with a growing harsh, ashy character that really dominates the middle; the vanilla appears, after the swallow, along with more chocolate in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation, and a harsh, boozy burn in the finish

Overall: If only the beer tasted as good as it smells; I found this to be an adventurous failure, as the adjuncts dominate rather than supplement the beer

Thanks, kemoarps, for the opportunity (704 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review dated 8/23/2010. Bomber from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Pours pretty much pitch black with a huge tan head that lasts. Has some viscosity to it.

The aroma is very rich. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and dark fruit jump out at you. It’s not extremely balanced, but I like it.

The flavor is a mishmash of all kinds of intense aspects. It’s tasty, but sort of lacks an identity. Did they actually add cherries and vanilla beans to this brew? I definitely do get those flavors, along with your typical roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Slight anise.

Very full-bodied and slick on the palate. Really an intense mouthfeel, perhaps a little too much so.

This is good, but the drinkability on this one is just not there. This beer really wears your palate out in a hurry. (787 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Treebs!

A - Pours black, tan-colored head, thin cap, thin collar.

S - Smoke, dark chocolate, toffee, roast, and toasted malt. A nice mix of flavors, but the smoke overpowers the rest of the beer.

T - A little too much smoke for me on the palate. Dark chocolate, roast, malts, light caramel. I like the smoke, but wish it was dialed down a bit. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden. Finish is creamy smoke and bitterness.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A nice Baltic Porter, but overly smoked with less sweetness then I'm normally use to for the style. I would probably try again, but wouldn't actively seek out this beer. (650 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is black with a nice tan head.

The aroma has some nice chocolate with some cherry.

The taste is full of maple. The cherry notes are muted in the taste. There is some mild chocolate as well. This is definitely a sweet beer.

This is full bodied with sharp carbonation. This is tasty. I like the flavors here. (340 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andy forthis one. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark brown with about an inch of khaki head.

Lots of dark fruits on the aroma with some oak. Hints of bitter chocolate with some unripe bananas in the background. Boozey on the pallet hints of char oak. Maple is noticeable with dark fruits lingering in the background.

Full and robust body with soft carbonation. Overall this one is tasty. Lots of good flavors. (430 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared at at the Tree House bottle share back in December. Reviewed from my notes. 2009 vintage.

Light fizzy head, touch lacing, dark brown color.

Nose dark malts, chewy oats, light roast, acrid, hint choc, faint smoke, some cherry cough syrup.

Taste creamy choc, light roast, hint cherry that turns to cherry cough syrup eventually, lactose like, lots of milk choc on the end, cola syrup, sticky sweet, light acrid burnt roast and little wift of smoke.

Mouth is med bod, syrupy, little carb.

Overall meh, nothing special but decent beer. (545 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Alaskan Baltic Porter, 9.8% ABV.

Solid blackness under a roasty tan head, starts solid, slims down.

Aroma: rich roasted dark barley malt is the dominant factor of course, with notes of smoke and char on top, with hint of cocoa and coffee below.

Taste: Big in the mouth, with sweet dark malt overtaking the senses. Molasses and brown sugar take charge now, with sweetness being fully in charge of the flavor. It ceases with the initial sip and swallow, and ends dry and cool. But not mellow. I almost wrote mellow. It's strength is very evident and threatens to become part of the flavor.

That said, halfway in it is starting to feel a bit more balanced, and easy on the tongue. Darnkess and deliciousness, all in one. Glad to have tried it. (744 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated A2012. Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Roast and brown sugar aromas contribute to a big overall sweetness. A very faint tart cherry aroma in the background.

T - A really prominent brown sugar flavour mixes with vanilla bean up front. Roast enters mid-palate and the finish is more sweet brown sugar with a slight tartness. Very slight woody/oak presence in the background. No cherry flavour is detectable, just the slight tartness.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Light carbonation. (551 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours black with a half finger dark tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- roasted malts, chocolate, cherries, faint vanilla

T- roasted malts, some chocolate, cherries, bitter molasses

M- medium body and carbonation. Would never know this is almost 10%

O- good beer and very good Baltic porter. Molasses slightly dominates in flavor, and wish vanilla and cherries came through more. (433 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very dark brown brew with a reddish tint, with a large head the color of toasted marshmallows. The head leaves no lacing and fades to nothing rather quickly.

S - Vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, faint coffee and cola.

T - Sweet cherries, molasses, bourbon, cola and coffee. Aftertaste moderately bitter of molasses, cola (without the sweetness) and char.

M - A little harsh, pretty refreshing and moderately thick.

D - Pretty good! I really enjoyed this one. The beer has a robust flavor, some might say it is too sweet (it is really sweet), but the flavor is so pleasant that it okay against the sweetness. Its actually easy to put back a whole bomber. (661 characters)

Photo of popery
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009. This beer pours coffee black, dark maroon-brown at the edges. The head is light brown and dissipates quickly. The aroma is a bit cherry dominant. It's surprisingly not roasty in the aroma. Besides the cherries, there are also caramel, vanilla and alcohol notes. The flavor is a tad sweet. I wish the oak was a bit stronger. Actually, I wish that the malt was stronger, as well. The roasted malt come out a bit on the palate, but there just isn't quite a big enough malt flavor to push this already quite good beer into the same ballpark as the best Baltic Porters. The beer seems a bit bogged down in alcohol without enough corresponding richness. I can see it improving with age, but I can also imagine it going downhill. (728 characters)

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recieved as an extra from a great trader from Portland.

A- Poured into a pint glass very dark brown, some ruby highlights if you look at it in the light. Big 2 finger head that faded fairly fast and left a nice ring aroudn the glass.

S- Sweet malty floral aroma

T- Alot sweeter than it smells which suprised me.

M- Med. to heavy bodied even at a warmer temp. lots of carbanation feel to it.

D- Great tasting beer but I probably couldn't drink more than 1 bomber in a sitting

I'm not a big a big porter fan to say the least but this is a great example of a well made porter. I almost wish I would have aged this a bit. (624 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of fruity esters in the aroma right off. Deep dark ripe fruit. Lots of caramel malt and then a bit of roast malt too. I get all kinds of sugary stuff from toasted marshmallows to Brown sugar. But the fruit is what stands out the longest.

Dark brown but when held up to the light it has a red color. Small head witha little rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a little island in the middle. Light lacing.

Flavor is more in the fruity vein. Big, huge, base malt sweetness that is not really tempered with bittering hops. Yeah, the hops are there but overall it is kind of sweet. Very nice fermentation character with even more fruity flavors and an almost wine grape flavor.

Big bodied but a little under carbonated. Feels a little heavy instead of big and lively.

Very nice beer but I'm not sure of the style. When I think of the Synebrechoff and other native porters this seems out of the norm. But I really like it on it's own. (950 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 3/31/11, bottle says 2009

Pours a nice pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam that appears to be leaving lots of lacing. The aroma is mostly roasted malts with some vanilla mixed in as well. The suggestion of toffee and caramel are well warrented. The toffee really comes out as it lingers. The flavor is really where the caramel and toffee shines. I'm definitely picking those up mainly with alot of vanilla sweetness coming through in the finish. Its medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Its easy to drink though a bit too heavy for some people. I'd gladly have another but its pushing it after that. (616 characters)

Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.