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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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343 Ratings

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 148
Gots: 40 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-03-2013 04:29:57 | More by vande
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3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours black with a half finger dark tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- roasted malts, chocolate, cherries, faint vanilla

T- roasted malts, some chocolate, cherries, bitter molasses

M- medium body and carbonation. Would never know this is almost 10%

O- good beer and very good Baltic porter. Molasses slightly dominates in flavor, and wish vanilla and cherries came through more.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 06:26:51 | More by kawilliams81
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-27-2013 18:47:17 | More by powdersoldier
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark, and produces a creamy, tan head, like a root beer float.

The dominant smells are of caramel and toffee, which presumably reflect the use of brown sugar. A little cherry is present, and some vanilla.

It's richer than expected on the tongue. It's roasty and sweet, with some stone fruit, chocolate, and leather.

Mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side, but otherwise, this is a very satisfying drink. It's really top-notch.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 03:24:33 | More by DaveAnderson
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Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 04:36:52 | More by angrybabboon
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3.41/5  rDev -18%
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..

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 04:22:37 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
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....


Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 01:30:45 | More by phishsihq
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Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 01:49:39 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-13-2013 23:57:00 | More by plumcrazyfx
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-12-2013 23:22:23 | More by iKrystin
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4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 21:05:21 | More by Hawksfan79
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

01-09-2013 02:22:03 | More by nmann08
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-08-2013 22:32:39 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

01-06-2013 04:54:57 | More by Pjmjr22
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2.6/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 04:47:45 | More by yamar68
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4.2/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 06:08:06 | More by draheim
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4.23/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 02:54:12 | More by C3likesbeer
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-29-2012 01:10:52 | More by mothman
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4.23/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 14:52:10 | More by inlimbo77
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 08:36:02 | More by notchucknorris
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 19:20:41 | More by josephwa
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4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 10:20:32 | More by cocojoe
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-20-2012 03:45:40 | More by blindpiggie
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-16-2012 06:37:48 | More by OldhouseRecs
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-15-2012 03:07:25 | More by djaeon
Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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