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

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356 Ratings
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 152
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 Viggo
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a clear very dark red, like blood, light bit of purple, out of the light it looks black, medium sized tan head forms, drops some lacing as it settles down to a thick ring around the glass and thin layer, good retention. Smell is nice, vanilla, milk chocolate, plums, candi sugar, light bit of roast, quite sweet, caramel and a bit of molasses, very fruity, strawberries and honeydew, alcohol creeps in a bit but is well hidden, blackberry and cherry, very fresh aroma. Taste is cream soda, fresh fruit and vanilla, some spice, milk chocolate, brown sugar sweetness, cola character, rum raisins, a bit milky, fresh berries, pretty neat. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth but the alcohol is well hidden. Pretty interesting beer, unique and tasty, bit of a strange sweetness and cola flavour/aroma, but I like it. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of woemad
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ass bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $8.49. The label features a Russiany-looking building with an onion dome as it's most prominent feature. Maybe it's in Juneau, and it's what Palin sees out the window when she thinks she's looking at Russia! This beer was consumed in honor of my being officially one year closer to death.

Pours a super dark version of mahogany that takes on a more ruby-ish tinge when held up to direct light. An inch or so of creamy, tan foam perches on top, and leaves lots of sticky lace.
Almost belgian in the nose, with lots of sweet candy and fruit, brown sugar, bitter dark fruit notes and some booze. Doesn't seem to me to be typical for the style, but I don't care because its smells pretty damn tasty!

Starts off with sweet flavor such as toffee, caramel, chocolate, with black licorice, dark fruits and pipe tobacco keeping things from being too cloying. There's a warming alcohol flavor that becomes more obvious as time goes on, but it's not as strong as other beers I've had with similar abvs. Hops are present in a spicy way, but they are deep in the background, providing balance and structural support only. Doesn't taste like a typical Baltic Porter, but it tastes great so who cares!

Thick, creamy mouthfeel that coats the deepest, darkest recesses of the mouth. Lots of viscosity to this one.

I don't think this is necessarily right for the style, but I don't really care, coz it's one seriously tasty beer. Not a session beer in any way, but it makes one hell of a dessert beer. I'm really glad I decided to pick up two of these, as I'm interested in how this will taste after it's been laid down for a little while.

woemad, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see Alaskan branching out to more specialty beers. The pour is a midnight black color with a darker brown hue around the edges. Some clinging to the side of the glass, but not really what I would consider viscous. A darker tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

The nose is limited overall but is still very nice. The malt comes out nicely with some minor astringency. Mostly malty with a hint of lactic, almost milk like. Some lighter phenols, more of a black cherry aroma. Some minor woody notes as well with a touch of vanilla. Some lighter yeasty notes but mostly clean. A hint of oxidation, but more of a nit picking type of thing.

The taste is more descript and on par with a Baltic Porter. To start the malt has some depth and a light astringent roast flavor. Sure it's a Baltic porter but I would like to see a bit more roast. Some unsweeted dark chocolate notes. This is emphasized by a light milky note and a silk texture. There is a surprisingly hoppy note that comes out that is more herbal than anything. A bit strong for style. The yeasty notes back off versus the nose but some fruity notes that come out more as it warms. A slight acetaldehyde note as well, but only as it warms.

The body is closer to full than moderate. There is a silky feel that could be boarder line DMS but didn't get it in the taste. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall a pretty tasty BP. Some minor off notes and would like to see more roast but very easy drinkability.

Oxymoron, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with ruby-tinted edges in the light and a thin ring of khaki-colored bubbles.

Smell: A deep scent of dark malts mingled with a liqueur-like black cherry aroma and notes of vanilla, seasoned wood, unsweetened chocolate, and toffee.

Taste: Rich dark maltiness with flavors of baker's chocolate and toffee. Hmm. It's rather sweeter than I would have imagined from the nose. Minimal roastiness. Splash of cherry cordial stirred up with some black cherry cola. Touches of vanilla and oak. Light earthy bitterness. Finishes dry and fruity with a lingering chocolate-coated cherry taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Loaded with an almost shameful amount of flavor, this brew pleases me on several levels and is one I wholly recommend.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to a great new trader LilMatix!

Appearance: Pours an obsidian black color, but when held up to the light pecan shell highlights show themselves around the edges. There wasn't much of a head on this beer, and it left minimal lacing on my glass.
Smell: There is plenty of molasses, vanilla, oak, dark cherries, and other dark fruit coming to life. As the beer warms I get port wine and chocolate as well.
Taste: The chocolate comes to life upfront with the dark fruits (dominated by cherry) round initial flavors out. In mid-drink I get more grassy hops and vanilla finished by a dry roasted malt flavor.
Mouthfeel: This beer is thick and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation, and the alcohol was well hidden.
Drinkability: This beer is quite delicious, but is quite heavy and is really only a sipper. I would certainly buy this beer again.

TheodorHerzl, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SeaBass for this one.

A: Pours a nice deep dark brown with a small creamy brownish head. The retention is so so with some spotty lace.

S: Tons of dark fruit with light sweet roasted malt. Hints of sweet molasses as well as a touch of tobacco.

T: The dark fruit really stands out and matches well with the molasses sweetness. Hints of wood and smoke as well. Just a touch of coffee.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: Damn drinkable and a great represenation of the style.

tpd975, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of bkilpatr
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an Ommegang chalice. 12/31/08. 2008 version.

Pours almost pitch black with a thin finger of tan head. The head quickly dropped to a thin layer, decent retention. Aroma is filled with roastiness and dark fruits, fig, maple syrup, and cherry.

Taste starts with a lot of roasted malt. That is then followed by dark fruits, mostly fig and date. Some dark chocolate and cherry. Hints of vanilla and caramel. Almost like drinking brownies with cherries on top. The finish is somewhat sweet, almost too sweet. The alcohol is very well hidden in the taste.

Feel is thick and smooth with a full body and ample carbonation. Slight warming from the alcohol, especially as it warms. Drinkability is decent. The sweetness and heaviness make it a bit hard to drink for me. One bottle is definitely enough for me.

Overall, a very interesting and tasty beer. The sweetness gets to me after awhile - if it were toned down a bit then this would be great. The price is a bit high (~$9 for 22 oz) and for that price, I'd say it's probably not worth it. If you're a big fan of porters, or can find it for a cheaper price, then give it a shot.

bkilpatr, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of DoShek
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - black, dark tan head that poured creamy but thin and subsided quickly to a minute ring around the glass, viscous

Smell - raisins and other dark fruits, molasses, heavy malts

Taste - strong malt, dark fruits, little bitterness, slightly roasty, vanilla, reminds me quite a bit of dark naval rum

Mouthfeel - thick, full, and creamy, slight bit of alcohol warmth

Drinkability - could only have one in a sitting, but would not hesitate to have another in the future

This was a great beer. Will definitely be interesting to see how it tastes with a bit of age on it and when the alcohol (which is already barely noticeable) cools a bit. I say good job to Alaskan.

DoShek, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz. bottle of the 2008 version, poured to a pint glass. Christmas Eve, 2008. Served after sitting/warming about 20 minutes out of the fridge.

A: Man, that's dark! Would pass for 'black' if I hadn't crossed the line by holding it up to a 100 watt light bulb, revealing the deep auburn hues knifing through the darkness. The audacity! Can see a few rising bubble streams rising in the glowing depths. Decent creamy head, maybe 1/2 finger at the outset, dropping to a centered splotch of film and a thin ring. Creamy lace in meandering bands.

S: Sweet aromas, not necessarily ones I'd expect from a 'Baltic Porter': sugared raisins, cocoa powder/milk chocolate, honeyed nuts, vanilla.

T: Got a small taste of this at an impromptu sharing table at the HotD Dock Sale in November and found it intriguing. This is my first taste since and, frankly, I didn't like it after the first sip. Second sip improved some: robust spiciness and not-too-sweet vanilla. Third sip reveals dark fruit (everything from raisins to earthy berries to red apples), dark cocoa, hints of tea and roasted coffee beans. Molasses, too. Just as interesting as I remember from that first try. YUM.

M: Rich and rather thick mouthfeel, not syrupy. A little alcohol warms the palate, some sweet malt sticking around on the lips. Subtle carbonation prickle.

D: Enjoyable now, this will be (I hope) even better after a year in the cellar (as is implied on the label). Say goodnight to the two bottles I'm tucking away for at least a year. Definitely one to pick up if you see it - recommended!

msubulldog25, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If it's not black, it's the darkest possible shade of brown known to man. Toasted-brown head is modest and thins to a skim that hangs around for the duration.

Aroma is rich and roasty, bursting with anise, dark fudge, fresh-cut oak, marshmallow, smoke and molasses. Fresh cream sweetness comes in too, as does a warming glow from the alcohol.

Wow, the flavor is big. And decadent. Big bursts of black licorice, caramel, chocolate cake batter and blackstrap molasses cover the dark sweet angle, while the zing of new wood, gingerbread, alcohol and vanilla lend some balance.

The gooey, syrup-like flavor is appropriately round and hefty, although perhaps just a tad too carbonated for my liking. Still can't call it anything less than good in the texture dept.

Delicious--and very, very dessert-y. Another winner from this great brewery. Many thanks to msubulldog25 for the chance to try it.

Metalmonk, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of LilMatrix
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
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 kevinphish
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (2008), drank in a bubbled pint, over an hour while it snows like crazy here in Portland, OR. (!!!)

Wonderful, rich, deep dark-chocolate brown with ruby highlights, poured with a long lasting tan head; excellent lacing, and foam wisps remaining until the last sip..

Aroma of sweet molasses, vanilla, oak bourbon, chocolate, and faint raisins/dates, star anise, and of course, some alcohol booziness.. Quite complex, rich, and satisfying.. (This beer is very, very interesting that they say nothing about a bourbon barrel on the bottle, but damn it's gotta be blended with a bourbon-barrel or oak--it's so prevalent in the flavor and aromas.)

Flavor is enveloping, and follows through with creamy baking cocoa, bourbon/oak, vanilla, and molasses/maple, finishing with a wonderful warming effect, and pleasant oak/bourbon barrel flavors-- a beautiful beer, and such a wonderful, often neglected style.. Mouthfeel is creamy and not overly cloying or sticky, which keeps it in the Porter realm.. The alcohol is very well disguised, even when consumed fresh.. I'd love to lay one of these down for a year or two- it should age very gracefully..

Such a great beer.. I cannot recommend it enough.. Delicious!

With a few of these new, killer versions of this style coming into vogue, (also check out Sandy Paws Baltic Porter from Heater Allen- totally different from this beer, but equally wonderful), I predict that all breweries will start brewing a Baltic Porter in the near future... Cheers!

kevinphish, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of czechsaaz
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

czechsaaz, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of vtfan77
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark reddish brown with about an inch of light brown head, thanks to an aggressive pour.

S- Cherries, figs, grapes, and all sorts of dark fruits are thrown in there. A touch of chocolate backs up the fruity aromas.

T- Dark fruits upfront with a distinct cherry note, followed by vanilla-tinged dark malt and a big alcohol bite. The hops add a nice bitterness and the beer finishes fairly dry with a slight cocoa aftertaste.

M- Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. It could maybe benefit from a little more viscosity.

D- It's hampered a bit by the obvious alcohol presence, but otherwise, not too bad. This isn't a style that should be quaffed anyway.

This is a very good Baltic Porter, and one that I believe is probably fairly true to style. It's definitely not an imperial stout, as it lacks the roasted malt aspect. I'd put it right there with Smuttynose as far as domestically-brewed examples of the style go (although I haven't had that many). Recommended.

vtfan77, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 vintage pours chestnut tinged ebony with a pinky of mocha head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Dark fruit, port, & leafy hops, & bananas

T: Dark chocolate, dryness, leafy hops, raisins & plums & a bit of banana?? up front. Vanilla, rum raisin & plums as this warms, along with a hint of creme Brule. Finishes with plummyness, dryness & some nice hints of caramel, bananas & vanilla

MF: Fairly rich, restrained carbonation

Drinks extremely easy for the style & ABV, not much to nitpick on this, awesome Baltic Porter! Attempted to squeeze the bottle like a toothpaste tube, but the damn glass wouldn't yield....

russpowell, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Dubbercody
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredible beer. Must seek out more bottles. Lots of well combined flavors that really work well together. Brings in with it the coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla all wrapped up in a sweet but wonderfully drinkable beer. Nice work from my norther neighbors.

Dubbercody, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of mugglesandhops
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

mugglesandhops, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Xmas present for me while helping a fellow BA with Secret Santa.

Pours a dark brown with a smallish tan/white head that laces the sides all the way down. Nice dark ruby highlights when held to the light. Smells really sweet like cream soda. Strong aroma of dark fruits, cherries and plums, some vanilla, mix in some chocolate and some roast. Really great nose! Taste is roasted malts and dark dried fruits. Quite sweet. Finishes with a bit of alcohol and a lingering bitter fruit if that's possible. Sticky/silky mouthfeel, thick body, light carbonation. Great brew, I wish I had bought a few more.

johnnnniee, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle at 58 degrees.

Pours dark mahogany with a ruby tinge when held to the light. A two inch tan, dense head settled slowly to reveal a mostly solid skim coat on the surface, and plenty of ripped sheets of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with bitter chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, and dark fruit.
Nougat, caramel, and a hint of cherries follows through.

Full bodied, with a creamy, crushed velvet mouthfeel. Lush.

Dark chocolate, charred malt, black forest batter, and vanilla start the palate. Hints of Kahlua, cherries, and an oaky dryness follow through.

Finishes with lingering oaky char, chocolate covered fruit, and warming alcohol.

Great beer. The cherries and vanilla are very subdued and add complexity but allow the Baltic Porter character to shine.

Big ups to Tim for another terrific hookup!

brewandbbq, Dec 02, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby color with minimal head and decent lacing.

Scent of sweet malts, sugars, chocolate and dark fruits, damn good.

Taste of chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of leather and some alcohol as well. Raisins and sugars come in more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is full, it's smooth with a slight bite.

paco1029384756, Nov 29, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't find any of the 2008 Abyss at the N. Seattle Central Market today, but they had a goodly supply of this stuff.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with at best fair head retention and lacing. That's the only flaw to this beer, if you want to call it that, as otherwise this beer is clearly world class. The nose on this beer was so sweet I was initially afraid I hadn't adequately cleaned my glass of dish washing soap. However, trying the beer in a different glass produced the same results. I get some lovely cherry, vanilla, chocolate and rootbeer, with possibly a hint of ginger as well. This beer really does smell terrific. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except there is a more pronounced milk chocolate, vanilla and cherry flavor. The mouthfeel is nothing short of incredible, as the beer has a rich, long, luxuriously soft, creamy finish. Damn, but this porter is delicious. Each sip begs you to take another. The beer finishes very well and is entirely too easy to drink. Given the 9.9% abv., I almost feel as if I should take away points, as one is very tempted to drink glass after glass of this terrific beer. It's THAT easy to drink!

This beer is just outstanding and, along with the Smuttynose JD oaked porter and Olfabrikken baltic porter, is yet another outstanding porter I've come across of late. This used to be a type/style of beer I really didn't care for all that much. However, beers like this are quickly making me a convert. Good stuff.

John_M, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of froghop
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours an opaque with a thin tan head, and some lacing.

smell is of chocolate, malt, some coffee, touch of smoke, and a touch of licorice.

taste is of sweet malt, some hops, milk chocolate, a little bit of coconut in the back.

overall the alcohol is well hidden by the nice flavors.

froghop, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black color. Pours like motor oil in the glass so to get a goo head going on I have to have a fine splash down the middle of the glass which formed a latte like sticky head. Slight taffy aroma with a soft chocolate, faint ripe fig and mild char nose. Big lush creaminess cradles the delicate smoothness, amazingly smooth. Sweet dark and burnt sugar flavors to kick things off, a hint of brownie batter and dark fruit in the middle. The alcohol is a bit warm but does not play like it is 9.8% abv. The modest hopping really lets the maltiness shine here. Finishes sweet with a long linger of mellow roasted grain.

A big beer with modest complexities, they are there but just not in your face. The alcohol is somewhat hidden, hard to tell it is that strong. All around a solid beer.

Jason, Nov 22, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- This beer looks tasty, Nice dark dark brown, almost black. The head is nice and fluffy...almost very light with very tan head.

S- I'm getting some vanilla and cherry. It is almost like there is dr. pepper in here. I also get some apple and cinnamon. My first impression was Crayola crayon, as it seemed like a wax smell.

T- Cherry for sure, roasted malt, but cherry keeps coming back. The front taste is cherry, then it switched to chocolate/vanilla and malt, then back to cherry. This has a nice complexity, but its not so complex you need a decoder ring. Although that would be cool to have a ring to come with your beer that has flavor notes on it. Would be a great marketing gimmick.

M- Feels good in the mouth, it has a nice thickness, its not too thin. Its nice to see a cherry flavored beer that is a bit thicker. Reminds me of flathead cherries, and how they are thick yet creamy.

D- Very drinkable. Goes down smooth, not too hot, but just easy going.

Wetpaperbag, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark caramel mahogany hue building to a jet black in the glass with garnet and cherry highlights. A half-finger khaki head of tiny dancing bubbles appears and then fades surprisingly quickly to a thin ring, leaving behind some minimal syrupy lacing.

Aroma is complex, with strong rich roasted malt with hints of bittersweet cocoa. Strong dried fruit aromas emerge as it warms, primarily bing cherries and raspberries. A beautiful caramel vanilla aroma blends in with the malt and some earthy smoke and oak woody notes.

Taste is fairly complex as well, with a strong roasted malt taking up the forefront. Cocoa powder and some dark toasted bread are complimented by a fruit and vanilla sweetness. Dark cherries, blackberries, and vanilla blend into a unique sweetness that's earthy and fruity without being overly sugary or cloying. There's no sourness either... a purely rich malty fruit sweetness. Dark, full, and complex. The alcohol is barely present, adding more depth than anything.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and a bit silky. Moderate carbonation carries the sweetness and the slight malt bitterness beautifully and keeps it from being overly syrupy. Finish is just dry enough to keep things interesting.

Drinkability is fairly high right now, and I can only imagine how beautifully this one will age. The flavors are rich and complex with some interesting and fairly unique notes. The alcohol is just a touch hot and the oak aging isn't quite as mellowed and blended as it could be, which will hopefully occur with some aging. Definitely worth hunting this one down and grabbing a few bottles. Beautiful.

djeucalyptus, Nov 21, 2008
Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.