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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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362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 153
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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.

Photo of Samaurer23
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of RangnaR
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
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

Photo of itracy63
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of steevbr
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of jdkitchi
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Laklimell
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tclang
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of pperez38
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pkalix
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of PStriedl
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of magictacosinus
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of davey101
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Strix
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.