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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

343 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 149
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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sloelco

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-04-2013 03:51:56 | More by sloelco
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pperez38

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-02-2013 10:20:28 | More by pperez38
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yamar68

Minnesota

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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scottoale

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage 22oz. bomber pours a dark reddish brown with a two-finger light tan head and some short lived lace. Looks good, but not overly impressive.

The smell on the other hand stands out, with a bunch of sweet cherry and vanilla in domination of everything else. As it warm quite a bit, some estery notes of alcohol and even more sweetness from the cherries and vanilla stand out.

The flavor starts sweet and estery chocked full of cherry and vanilla with just a hint of oak stepping in, and that's about it. It's very sweet, but not a brown sugar kind of sweet...almost confectionary, powder sugary sweet. There is just enough hops to keep this dessert type ale from becoming too cloying. Only just. It's good flavor with a ton of sweetness, hopefully some age will tone this down a bit, I'm thinking it will.

Medium body with a very mild carbonation and gentle warming contribute to a soft and soothing mouthfeel. I've had two bottles of this brew so far and the first bottle tasted a little more robust and not as sweet as this one. Still very enjoyable, this would make a great after dinner, dessert type sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 07:34:05 | More by scottoale
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-25-2014 02:24:08 | More by PappyVans
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powdersoldier

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-27-2013 18:47:17 | More by powdersoldier
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BillHilly

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-15-2012 01:01:31 | More by BillHilly
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gpawned

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

10-01-2012 22:00:12 | More by gpawned
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-07-2012 23:38:05 | More by gleemonger
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M1A2

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-26-2012 02:06:50 | More by M1A2
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-27-2014 18:41:47 | More by DaveMiller
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davey101

Connecticut

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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Strix

Wisconsin

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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July2Nov

Hawaii

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 edition served @ Denver Rare Beer Tasting 2011.

Appearance: Dark with a frothy off-white head, just the way I like my porters.

Smell: Has a coffee like scent of roasted beans. A hint of vanilla comes out too.

Taste & Mouthfeel: This one is hefty but with a smooth taste. The Vanilla is upfront, with the cherries delving into the background a bit. The abv is hidden very well with just a slight bit of sting coming in after the first gulp. Very well balanced with the malts and the Pacific Northwest hop varieties.

Overall: A well-rounded porter that lives up to it's reputation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 03:44:16 | More by July2Nov
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blindpiggie

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-20-2012 03:45:40 | More by blindpiggie
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 19:31:13 | More by andrewinski1
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Dark ruby-black pour with a nice caramel colored head that quickly fades with minimal lacing. Huge complex nose with hints of oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, and a subtle hint of alcohol, smoke and cherries. The taste is all oak and bourbon. And the cherries that were subtle in the nose jump out, along with rasins, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Great creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. I'm not a big Porter or Stout guy, but this is one incredible beer. Highly drinkable considering the alcohol. Will definitely seek this out again!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 16:37:07 | More by beerdrifter
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sukwonee

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 23:15:06 | More by sukwonee
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OldhouseRecs

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-16-2012 06:37:48 | More by OldhouseRecs
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kaseydad

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 02:05:47 | More by kaseydad
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DaveHS

California

3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark burgundy color with a thin tan head. Lacing in
minimal. The nose is heavy on oak, vanilla, and dark fruit. Slightly
sharp from the high ABV. A light aroma of toffee. Mouthfeel is
medium to full bodied, with a rich, roasty finish. Heavy vanilla
dominates, followed by touches of oak, cherry, toffee, dark chocolate and licorice. Boozy, cloyingly sweet, and overdone. Aging might help this one along.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 20:58:29 | More by DaveHS
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Murchmac

California

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited to see this beer in a bomber so despite the 9 bucks, I picked it up. Was not disappointed. Big creamy coffee head, dark black some brown highlights and lacing.

Cherries, vanilla, malt, wood all present in the smell.

Cherries upfront with a very good, some heat, chocolate malt taste. Vanilla at the end coming through. Like a chocolate, cherry, vanilla swirl. Burning heat at the back of the throat.

Buy two, one to drink now, one to age.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 06:21:26 | More by Murchmac
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ambruns1979

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-27-2012 05:01:43 | More by ambruns1979
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azdback

Arizona

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Poured into a snifter. Almost completely all light sucking, just a hint of dark brown at the stem. Small head of less than a finger. Head is light brown and thin. Lace is minimal.

Smell is really roasted and charred or maybe even barrel smell. Sweet and tart cherries with a bit of vanilla. There is an alcohol burn in this too. This nose is really fantastic.

Taste is initially sweet cherries with oak and vanilla. The cherries really take the drivers seat as this warms. The dark roasted flavors meld very well with the sweetness and tartness of those cherries.

Mouth is velvety, carbonation is creamy. Body is full and the finish is long.

Overall I am floored by this....again. I haven't had this for a year or two, but this has done nothing but get better in the bottle. A must try if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 09:03:35 | More by azdback
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lakersfan16

Alaska

5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-18-2011 23:17:23 | More by lakersfan16
Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.