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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

355 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 151
Gots: 43 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 04-27-2007)
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Photo of irishevans
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a solid black affair with an off white/tan head. the nose isn't very roasty, a smooth malt aroma is more present. the background is a bit copperish, kind of sour on the finish, and to my dismay a bit watery for a porter of any kind. the mouth-feel is extremely thin and not much in the way of carbonation. as far as drinkability is concerned it is an easy downer, but as a porter it is a downer.

irishevans, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of DaveHS
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark burgundy color with a thin tan head. Lacing in
minimal. The nose is heavy on oak, vanilla, and dark fruit. Slightly
sharp from the high ABV. A light aroma of toffee. Mouthfeel is
medium to full bodied, with a rich, roasty finish. Heavy vanilla
dominates, followed by touches of oak, cherry, toffee, dark chocolate and licorice. Boozy, cloyingly sweet, and overdone. Aging might help this one along.

DaveHS, May 23, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle $9. I bought this just because I like their barleywine, bad idea. This was dark black, decent head, looks just fine to me. The smell was sweet, sticky, vanilla, uhhh. The flavor hada hint of the cherries and a lot of vanilla sweetness. I honestly could not get past what the vanilla and oak had done to this beer and I did not think there was anything special about it. It was not a bad beer it was just quite average tasting and I was expecting to be wowed. Oh well...

ArrogantB, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of rudzud
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this at a little bottle share at Tree House Brewery. Reviewed from notes. This is a 2009 vintage.

A - Poured into a Tree House glass a thin brownish hue, looks slightly watery, with a thin mocha head that leaves faint wisps. Not a bad start...

S - Ugh! I know this has cherries in it, but all I'm getting is cherry cough syrup aromas. Really disappointed here. Not getting much chocolate or malts just overwhelming cherry syrup.

T - Unfortunately it is like the nose with big, almost sickeningly sweet cherry cough syrup as well as cola syrup with heavy malty sweetness and molasses. Way, way too sweet for my tastes.

M - Mouthfeel was super, super thin here. Lighter carbonation just feels watery.

O - Overall I was looking forward to this beer but it really fell short. Not sure if it is just an off bottle or what but this vintage did not hold up.

rudzud, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

acurtis, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of bca115
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

bca115, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of bcostner1
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

bcostner1, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

mmilyko, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of LilMatrix
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

LilMatrix, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
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..

Goblinmunkey7, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of RJLarse
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

RJLarse, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of gford217
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

gford217, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

jmccraney, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of WeisGuy
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

WeisGuy, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

bluckbeyes, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of funkyaudio
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

funkyaudio, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of RangnaR
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

RangnaR, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

coreyfmcdonald, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

djrn2, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

BMart, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of jjheinrichs
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

jjheinrichs, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of jbphoto88
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

jbphoto88, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

angrybabboon, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Bfarr
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Bfarr, Monday at 11:22 PM
Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.