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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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BA SCORE
93
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344 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 148
Gots: 41 | 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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MykeJ

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

10-27-2013 01:58:07 | More by MykeJ
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livingtodie

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-12-2013 02:14:05 | More by livingtodie
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-09-2013 20:13:46 | More by dfhhead25
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

10-07-2013 18:57:22 | More by BMart
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, dark bread, brown sugar, toast, cherry, raisin, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes with the cherry/brown sugar/vanilla additions and oak; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, light coffee, cherry, raisin, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, oak, clove, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, toast, roasted malt, light coffee, raisin, cherry, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, clove, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with the flavor and oak additions; with huge robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and moderately silky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Baltic porter style! All around awesome balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt with flavor additions and oak; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 05:10:21 | More by superspak
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FINLANDski_1619

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-23-2013 04:49:27 | More by FINLANDski_1619
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bcostner1

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

09-01-2013 11:16:22 | More by bcostner1
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

08-21-2013 02:00:45 | More by thebigredone
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-18-2013 05:06:59 | More by Kopfschuss
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Beerlover

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 03:54:47 | More by Beerlover
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 22:36:01 | More by jbphoto88
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Samaurer23

California

2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

07-29-2013 20:45:41 | More by Samaurer23
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RangnaR

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

07-14-2013 20:00:14 | More by RangnaR
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 00:29:01 | More by brentk56
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itracy63

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-02-2013 01:51:38 | More by itracy63
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-29-2013 18:55:32 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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steevbr

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.2%

05-24-2013 20:18:38 | More by steevbr
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-19-2013 03:49:38 | More by jdkitchi
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Laklimell

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-14-2013 07:10:12 | More by Laklimell
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tclang

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-12-2013 20:51:21 | More by tclang
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pperez38

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-02-2013 10:20:28 | More by pperez38
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-27-2013 09:02:14 | More by Kelp
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pkalix

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-27-2013 00:33:49 | More by pkalix
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PStriedl

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-26-2013 22:39:54 | More by PStriedl
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magictacosinus

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Included in the first monthly "Beermageddon Night" with several people. Review is from my notes. A thousand thanks to Erik for sharing this with us. Poured into a teku glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a darkened, black color with brownish streaks throughout the rims of the glass. Having just had the 2011 Abyss vintage beforehand, it was nice to see another great imperial stout follow it up with a similar tint and generous 2 finger of head. Color is an off-khaki at the top, with several streaks of bubbles gliding upwards. Lacing is decent, although not too prevalent. Has a viscous nature that was very similar to their Smoked Porter I had a while back. Looks very hearty and inviting.

The aroma is filled with a surprising sugar sweetness and roasted character, almost to the point of being between milk and dark chocolate, yet not much of either. There's a tinge of coffee here, as well as some vanilla and sugar, but it's really the semi-dark chocolate sensation that shines here. It's not super sweet, however, and luckily there's a bready, cracked barley flavor that backs it up, as well as a light floral hop character that's pretty masked underneath. Either the malts are really the one providing the extra bittered touch, or the hops may be a little old at this point. Booziness is pretty present, even with the extra sugar on top, but isn't too distracting or anything. Given the fact that this was the final beer we had this night, it's only fitting that this would be treated as our dessert. Satisfying overall.

The flavor continues more of the same, but really goes even more out of its way to emphasize the chocolate-y goodness within. As a fan of chocolate decadence of all kinds, yet not the largest porter drinker, this really ends up being more enjoyable to me by focusing less on a smokey, coffee character, and far more on a caramelized, cocoa nib centered flavor. In one sense, this is a lot like eating a milk-chocolate fudge brownie filled with vanilla. Plums and figs abound. It's really the extra alcohol doing its job here beyond the large malt chunks, and as a result, allows it to be more silky and smoothened out than I would have expected. It's actually never sweet enough, and therefore pretty easy to drink. However, I wouldn't be able to say if I could have a whole bottle on my own.

I gotta say, Alaskans really know how to make big yet very comforting beers when they want too! This is definitely a sweet, sugar filled porter, but I've never really had too many Baltic Porters in the past and this definitely peaked my interest. The are a good alternative to the heavy character of various imperial stouts, but definitely I'd like to find more with extra balance going on. This is still very recommended from me, and a must for porter and chocolate fans.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 21:20:05 | More by magictacosinus
Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.