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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Reviews: 218
Hads: 367
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 150
Gots: 42 | FT: 4
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Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 04-27-2007

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.
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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Dark brown, pours with a light tan head, fades to no head, with a ring of carbonation, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Chocolate and coffee, with molasses - dark chocolate and cocoa - caramel, toffee, and some sweetness overall - cooked malts, and some dark fruits - cherry and black licorice

Taste: Follows the aroma, with lots of coffee and chocolate - dark chocolate and cocoa, with fruit, it kind of tastes like a chocolate-covered fruit - cherries, and a ton of black licorice - lightly roasty - sweet caramel - sweet... ultimately too sweet

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, a bit oily, sticky, could use more carbonation

Overall: Good, but not as good as Alaskan Smoked Porter...

Perhaps I am slightly disappointed only because Alaskan Smoked Porter was so good. This has some nice chocolate, coffee, and licorice flavors, but it's not ideal. Too much sweetness, too many cooks spoil the soup, etc. (978 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Dark brown almost black. Minimal tan head. Drops to a small, tiny, collar in short order. No visible carbonation to speak of.

Smell: Ripe cherry. Red licorice. Small touches of vanilla and caramel. Some oak. Leather, chocolate and some acetic notes. Cocoa nibs. Some minor roasted malts. Lots of cherry. Hints of plum and honey. Cocoa and milk chocolate. Some black licorice. Dark fruit with some floral notes.

Taste: Dark cherry and licorice. Black and red. Small hints of vanilla coupled with a touch of oak in the back. Some slight toasted malts. Cocoa and milk chocolate. Marshmallow. Like a s'more minus the graham cracker. Roasted. Touches of smoke in the back. Crazy cherry licorice. Cherry skin and even more licorice. Warming makes this a red licorice bonanza.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to full body. Minimal carbonation. A bit juicy.

Overall: Roll it ad smoke it.

If they took Smoked Porter and added the things they did, this would be intense. As it is, it's a red licorice bomb. Good, but loses something as it warms.. (1,072 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Baltic Porter is a very high alcohol, sweet, robust porter that originated in the Baltic states.

Alaskan Baltic Porter is another entry into their Pilot Draft series, and we believe it is another home run. The beer pours a deep and dark, nearly black but brown around the edges. A thin ring of tan head provides tons of lace throughout enjoyment. The deep and dark theme continues through the nose with notes of cherries, dark fruit, molasses, oak, and black licorice. All of the flavors found in the nose add to an amazingly complex brew that also features hints of candied sugars and vanilla. Medium in both body and carbonation, Baltic Porter weighs in at a hefty 9.8% ABV. It is time to come over to the dark side....

Cheers! (731 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated A2012. Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Roast and brown sugar aromas contribute to a big overall sweetness. A very faint tart cherry aroma in the background.

T - A really prominent brown sugar flavour mixes with vanilla bean up front. Roast enters mid-palate and the finish is more sweet brown sugar with a slight tartness. Very slight woody/oak presence in the background. No cherry flavour is detectable, just the slight tartness.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Light carbonation. (551 characters)

Photo of Hawksfan79
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Glass used: porter/stout glass

Appearance is a motor oil black with a thin fizzy white head.

Strong cherry aroma with a slight hint of wood chips.

A strong cinnamon flavor that morphs into caramel and vanilla and finishes with an alcohol warming.

This beer has a full body mouth feel with slight carbonation.

A fantastic beer I've always been a huge fan of Alaskan's smoked porter and thought it was IMHO the best porter around until I had this. (451 characters)

Photo of yamar68
2.68/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2012 vintage:

Dark nut brown body topped with a finger or so of tan khaki head with some yellow hues... good amount of lacing.

Molasses, brown sugar, I'm struggling to pull any cherry out of this... or much oak for that matter, just smells sweet with a bit of alcohol at the tail end of the sniff. The cherry characteristic shows itself after a few degrees of warmth.

This is not my bag... metallic brown ale type flavors... pennies and tin foil, laden with cooked brown sugar, some maple syrup flavors only add to the predicament...

Ditch the brown sugar, ditch the vanilla beans. But first ditch the brown sugar. (619 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz (2012) into a tulip. Pours a dark brown w/ garnet edges and a minimal tan head that settles to a thin collar.

Aroma is dark fruit, molasses, licorice, vanilla. Smells sweet and sugary.

Taste is sweet and fruity as well. Black cherries, molasses, vanilla. Complex and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, coating.

Overall a tasty, interesting porter. Might stock up on a few more to age before they're gone. (418 characters)

Photo of C3likesbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour this into a beer glass from a bottle purchased near San Clemente, CA.

A- Pours very black with a smaller than anticipated head.

S- Chocolate, vanilla and a slight bit of cherries.

T- Chocolate and sweet molasses and you can feel the alcohol warmth pretty quick. Pretty smooth but not silky.

M- Medium to dark body.

O- Sweet chocolatey and deep porter. Alcohol is there so not a multi-beer affair. (407 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 2012
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours a really deep brown. Not a lot of light getting through, just some reddish hues around edges. Cherry cola look. Not a ton of carbonation. Head of light tan was basically a ring immediately.

S: Getting lots of that soft vanilla and cherry hints. Sweet brown candied sugar. Really overpowers the roast that you would normally get in a Baltic porter.

T: Tart cherry dominates the front of the palate. Dark chocolate for sure. Vanilla beans soften the flavor. Oak tannins come in there too. Dryness.

M: Big medium. (551 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cola brown color with a one finger tan head. Looks pretty decent.

S: Tons of roasted malt and tons of dark fruit. Molasses, some anise, burnt wood, chocolate cake, burnt toast and some faint vanilla.

T: Opens very sweet and very malty. A nice rich malty hit right away with some notes of fruitcake, rye bread, and almond paste. Middle brings traces of cherry skin, cola nut and brownies. Finish is slightly drying and warming and leaves a hint of burnt wood, tobacco and burnt raisin skins. A really nicely done baltic porter and possibly the best beer I've had from Alaskan. (590 characters)

Photo of josephwa
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - cherry oak hue, with thin, very light brown head. Dark brown brew, mostly opaque.
S - oak, malt, fruit, cherries, light smoke.
T - sweetness, molasses, smoke, oak, cherries, & tastes a hint of an oyster stout.
M - medium carbonation, leaves a mild singe on the tongue that is nice.
O - Over a really great Baltic porter with a lot of depth and variety to it. (366 characters)

Photo of cocojoe
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage. Bomber. Alaskan Baltic Porter Ale. Brewed with Cherries, Brown Sugar, Vanilla Beans, and Oak Chips.

A: Fantastic dark black brown. Very dark red hints. Rich mocha head.

S: Complex aroma full of vanilla, dark fruits, sweetened cocoa, makes you yearn to drink this beer. Its got a kind of bite to it. Not sure if it's from the alcohol or the roasty malt. Floral hops. Certain tobacco funk underneath.

T: I cannot wait to taste this.... Interesting. Not as thick and sweet as I was expecting it to be from the aroma. Juicy cherries, rich dark chocolate. Vanilla. Dry tannic/roasty quality finishes it off. Pretty clean tasting.

O: Really awesome. Very complex. A lot of different things going on here. Not as thick malty sweet as I was expecting, which was nice actually. The aging clearly mellowed it out, but kept all of the complex richness of this beer. (874 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 2012 vintage. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that stayed around a while. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit (cherries), caramel, vanilla, coffee, brown sugar and some oak. I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, but with the addition of some roasted malt and molasses. There's also some bitterness in the finish, but overall there's a good mix between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I'd like to try it again in the future. Definitely worth trying! (688 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. 2012 bottle.

Appearance: Pours very dark and black with only a little brown color showing. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of tan head that fades into a small patch. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A dark and sweet aroma. Dark roasted malts with big hints of dark chocolate, toast, burnt caramel, toffee, coffee, and vanilla. Some scents of oak chips and banana. Also a good smell of dark fruits including cherries, plum, and fig. Anise spice and a little whiff of tobacco. Hop presence is pretty light. Sweetness is balanced. A pretty nice dark smelling porter.

Taste: Roasty and sweet like the aroma previews. Dark malts with a taste of dark chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, dark bread, coffee, and vanilla. Oak chips and some anise spicing along with a touch of tobacco. Some banana taste and notes of dark fruits including dark cherries, plum, and fig. Tastes sweet but not cloying in any way. Not really any signs of smoke like a Baltic Porter typical has. Tastes good anyways.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy. Feels a little too light for the style. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A pretty nice porter overall. Good fruit taste. Could of had more body and some smoke. (1,361 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage

Pours a murky brown colored ale with a beige foamy head that starts strong but simmers down to a slight film.

The smell reminds me spot-on of a vintage barleywine. Malty with heavy brown sugar whiffs. Me likey. Oak is definitely there and there is the vanilla present as well. Not getting the cherries as indicated on the label. Everything else listed has come out to play.

The taste brings out hints of dark fruit and a long finish of roasted sweet malt. Picking up the oak in the flavor as well. Don't want to say it, but the end also seems watery to me. Not a robust Baltic Porter in my mouth by any means.

More carbonation than I expected.

Overall I have been wanting to try this for awhile and while I enjoyed my session with it, it did not live up to my expectations. Was looking for a hint of cherries since that is listed first, but alas....it was not to be. Maybe I sat on this too long, but now that it's available again, a fresh bottle may need to be consumed. (989 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.52/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What is this, blackberry jam? A pie-flavored, burnt crust, Splenda-sweetened beverage I hesitate to call beer. The aroma is light but the nose of wood and vanilla is pleasant enough but tiki torches are smoldering in the background.

Black as an Alaskan night in the glass. A thin mustache of foam but sub-par carbonation. So sweet it tastes like something you'd have at the deli for breakfast with coffee. But that bitterness never lets you forget. I would call this blackberry Manischewitz with a dark, guilty secret. Finally, after some remorse, the flavor of canned sweet cherries comes through. Bitter, cardboard, woody, burnt sugar, fruit cocktail-- it tastes like Sterno looks like.

The label says this is the 2012 version. I call it undrinkable, though for cough syrup it would be pretty good with a vodka chaser. In fact, now that you mention it... From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's in San Diego. (915 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 edition

Dark brown body with a thin but persistent brown head. Roasted grains, a hint of cherries, bitter chocolate in the aroma. Rich, creamy vanilla flavor, rife with a deep sweet chocolate backbone; nice alcohol glow in the background. Smooth, heavy-body; soft and creamy texture.

An outstanding Baltic porter packed with rich, chocolate and vanilla goodness. The ingredients really shine through in the taste and mouthfeel. Strong, dark ale nirvana...!!! (465 characters)

Photo of boisebeerfan
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer caught me by surprise.

It poured a rich dark brown, with a moderate and long-lasting beige head.

The scent was subtle but pleasant: oak, dark-red cherries, chocolate. No real vanilla notes that I could detect.

The taste was very smooth, and there were no harsh fusel alcohol notes. The oak was understated and paired well with the natural cherry. I didn't get any smoked/peaty/phenol tastes.

I didn't think Alaskan put out a beer of this quality, and it was the second of a batch of winter beers I had picked up in bottles this weekend.

TL;DR: An smooth and highly drinkable porter with subtle oak and cherry accents. (633 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, black with a thin tan head.

S - Heavy oak and vanilla creating leather and tobacco aromas. Bittersweet chocolate, alcohol, dark cherries, smoke, dark fruits and brown sugar.

T - Strong oak flavor, slightly overwhelming. Vanilla, smoke that seems to build with each sip, fairly sweet, dark cherry, dark chocolate and roasted malts that linger through the finish.

M - Medium body with carbonation on the low side. Touch of hot alcohol with a roasty lingering finish.

D - Interesting beer. Love the aroma but the oak/smoke combo gets a bit strong at times. (573 characters)

Photo of DimensionX
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: almost jet black with a hint of dark ruby around the edges. Nice thick dark tan head.

S: big time cherries on the nose with hints of oak and vanilla.

T: Taste is where this beer is a viking. Big time but smooth roasted malt character forms the backbone of this beer before a wallop of delicious cherry and oak smack you upside the mouth. After that a hefty dose of vanilla, chocolate, and maybe some hints of fig follow up and round off a complex and intense group of flavors. Overall really incredible, the oak is a bit heavy right now but should mellow nicely. Definitely a beer worth of some cellar time.

M: Drinks like a big beer without being sludgy.

O: Really an incredible beer overall and probably the best that Alaskan makes or at least distributes, I can't believe they don't sell this all year long. I really like that I can easily taste and differentiate all the ingredients at this point, it will be fun to watch them blend together as the beer ages. There is really a lot going on in this beer but none of it feels extravagant or out of place. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andy forthis one. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark brown with about an inch of khaki head.

Lots of dark fruits on the aroma with some oak. Hints of bitter chocolate with some unripe bananas in the background. Boozey on the pallet hints of char oak. Maple is noticeable with dark fruits lingering in the background.

Full and robust body with soft carbonation. Overall this one is tasty. Lots of good flavors. (430 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is black with a nice tan head.

The aroma has some nice chocolate with some cherry.

The taste is full of maple. The cherry notes are muted in the taste. There is some mild chocolate as well. This is definitely a sweet beer.

This is full bodied with sharp carbonation. This is tasty. I like the flavors here. (340 characters)

Photo of trevorjn06
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights. Almost no head, slight ring around glass. No lacing.

Aroma is vanilla up front, some chocolate, the cherry comes through a bit but vanilla dominates... a bit too much for me.

Taste follows the nose a bit, lots of dark vanilla beans, dark cherries, light chocolate. Overall too much sweet vanilla for me. Some alcoholic heat on the finish.

This beer is OK but just doesn't do it for me overall. less vanilla and a bit more robust roast malt would improve it. (504 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: A generous finger of tannish head. Black and opaque. Heavy lacing.

S: Sweetish, but with jarring elements of wine and metal. Banana bread, milk chocolate chips, and brown sugar.

T/M: It *is* sweet, big, and substantial. Smooth, sleek, and ensorcelling with a vivifying alcoholic undercurrent. Berries (oops! looking at the label, cherries), oak, vanilla, chocolate. Thick and satisfying.

O: Very nice beer, but somehow less than exceptional. Recommended, and I'd have it again...I'm not quite sure where my reservations lie. (590 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black body with 2 finger head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, roasty aroma, chocolate.

T: Dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruit notes (cherries, I guess - as mentioned on the bottle label, I also get some raisin and fig). Slight alcohol taste. I would really give this one a higher raiting if it was a tad bit less sweet.

M: Thick, syrupy. Alcohol can be felt slightly.

O: Very good dessert beer. Too sweet for my taste though. (486 characters)

Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.