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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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344 Ratings

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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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Photo of davey101


4.41/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 03:14:04 | More by davey101
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-18-2013 06:33:43 | More by zenithberwyn
Photo of Strix


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 01:18:32 | More by Strix
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-13-2013 02:40:34 | More by bluckbeyes
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-08-2013 17:36:19 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-04-2013 03:51:56 | More by sloelco
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-04-2013 01:28:51 | More by SeanSweeney
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New York

4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:07:21 | More by zipper8650
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4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 00:26:27 | More by ncketchum
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-30-2013 01:42:25 | More by Twan22
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

03-25-2013 04:00:03 | More by bca115
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-25-2013 00:02:20 | More by Sparky44
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -27.9%

03-16-2013 23:27:32 | More by Circleo12
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3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 15:45:10 | More by jlindros
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-12-2013 15:04:54 | More by boogercrack
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

03-10-2013 21:43:05 | More by JeffSuttonTX
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-02-2013 21:12:32 | More by codynevels
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3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 06:27:45 | More by rudzud
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-01-2013 03:29:33 | More by KiMiRaiK
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-24-2013 19:11:08 | More by Texasfan549
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-19-2013 00:30:26 | More by King_KongDCO93
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

02-16-2013 02:53:13 | More by jjheinrichs
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3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A Dark brown body that borders on black with an off white head that dissipates quickly.

S Lots of dark fruit espcially cherries with a hint of brown sugar.

T Again lots of cherries with some brown sugar. In addition there is a lot of oak and a bit of vanilla. Very sweet.

M Thick and almost syrup like with a slight burn.

Overall I went into this one not knowing what to expect due to a lack of familiarity with the style. A little surprised to not get any traditional porter qualities here but it was still an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 21:50:57 | More by beerandcycling88
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3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Alaskan Baltic Porter, 9.8% ABV.

Solid blackness under a roasty tan head, starts solid, slims down.

Aroma: rich roasted dark barley malt is the dominant factor of course, with notes of smoke and char on top, with hint of cocoa and coffee below.

Taste: Big in the mouth, with sweet dark malt overtaking the senses. Molasses and brown sugar take charge now, with sweetness being fully in charge of the flavor. It ceases with the initial sip and swallow, and ends dry and cool. But not mellow. I almost wrote mellow. It's strength is very evident and threatens to become part of the flavor.

That said, halfway in it is starting to feel a bit more balanced, and easy on the tongue. Darnkess and deliciousness, all in one. Glad to have tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2013 00:52:20 | More by feloniousmonk
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with barely any light coming through, topped with a half finger of pale brown head.

Smell. Dark malts and dark fruits with a little vanilla and dark chocolate ...dark!!! Anyways, smells pretty good.

Taste. Dark fruits again with sweet chocolate syrup, and vanilla with some dark malts and a bit of marzipan.

Mouthfeel. Thick and a bit syrupy with low+ carbonation.

Overall. Nice stuff. A sipper that's being sipped a little too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 03:30:50 | More by Rutager
Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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