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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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353 Ratings

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 149
Gots: 42 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

anteater, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

DMB, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

RevCraig, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Elprico, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BobZ, Dec 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

dwitt24, Dec 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bcm75, Nov 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

mkh895, Nov 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

MykeJ, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

livingtodie, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

dfhhead25, Oct 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

BMart, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of superspak
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.

superspak, Oct 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

FINLANDski_1619, Sep 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

bcostner1, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

thebigredone, Aug 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Kopfschuss, Aug 18, 2013
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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.

Beerlover, Aug 17, 2013
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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.

jbphoto88, Aug 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

Samaurer23, Jul 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

RangnaR, Jul 14, 2013
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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

brentk56, Jun 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

itracy63, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DarthGuitarHero, May 29, 2013
Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.