Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
04-21-2013 21:20:05 | More by magictacosinus
4.41/5 rDev +6%
2012 vintage, 22 oz bomber into a teku glass. Long time want here!
A - Pours a dark, dark brown body. Two fingers of khaki foam dissipates into a thin edging. Some solid lacing, pretty typical looking porter.
S - Lots of roast up front followed by some dark fruits and ripe cherries. On the end is smooth oak and vanilla and some dark brown sugar. Touch of alcohol. Each ingredient is present but not gimmicky and just accents the base beer. This is a thing of beauty! Those cherries though, so subtle and just perfect with the right balance of sweet and spice.
T - Bitter roasted malts and some ash and char. The cherries are bit more "dark fruit" than the nose here. Light oak and vanilla. Not as sweet as the nose as it returns to char and ash on the finish. Somewhat syrupy but a creamy carbonation helps to cut through that.
O - Absolutely loved the aroma on this. Maybe its due to the few months it has on it but the taste was not as impressive. Still, an extremely solid beer that lived up to my personal hype. The ingredients are just perfect here. This and their Smoked Porter are just wildly impressive beers to me.
04-19-2013 03:14:04 | More by davey101
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
Very dark reddish brown, good initial head but fades completely with no lacing.
Sweet malty smell, some cherry and vanilla.
Sweet malt, vanilla, oak, cherry, sugar, smoke. Nice flavors, but the sweetness runs away with it eventually.
Mouthfeel thick, somewhat syrupy.
Nice, but a bit cloying towards the end. Sort of a like 3/4 doppelbock and 1/4 cherry coke.
04-18-2013 01:18:32 | More by Strix
4.46/5 rDev +7.2%
Abbreviated review tonight:
Snifter, pours nice and dark with little to no head, really like the nose on it, very cherry forward. The vanilla and oak come through nice as well. Mouthfeel is nice for a porter, not as thin as I expected. Initially I get a nice balance with the vanilla and oak, finished well with the cherry. I was on a brief Baltic porter kick and this is exceptionally good, well balanced really good beer.
04-03-2013 01:07:21 | More by zipper8650
4.39/5 rDev +5.5%
2012 vintage, served in an imperial pint
A - pours a deep brown with a chocolate brown head, leaves a nice thin layer of head
S - smells malty, a bit spicy, some sweet fruits, actually I get a whiff of french toast in the end
T - chocolate, malt, the sweet of the brown sugar and the tart of the cherries give a ton of complexity to this one
M - smooth, thick, not a whole lot of carbonation, not much alcohol
O - This is probably my favorite beer from Alaskan to date. Very complex, drinkable. I'm certainly going to try and pick up a couple more bottles of this one
03-31-2013 00:26:27 | More by ncketchum
3.7/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
03-15-2013 15:45:10 | More by jlindros
3.23/5 rDev -22.4%
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.
03-02-2013 06:27:45 | More by rudzud
Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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