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Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 151
Gots: 42 | FT: 4
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Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
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 Rand_ale_Thor
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of magictacosinus
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Bendurgin
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pour netted one finger of crackling, light brown foam. That head didn't hang around long; within a minute it had sizzled its way down to a thin, sticky crown. Body is very dark and nearly opaque: shows shades of orangish brown around the edges when held to light. Looks to be fairly light in body, as expected for the style.

Smell: From a short distance away, I got lots of banana bread. I still get that banana bread when I dig my nose into the pint glass, but I also catch whiffs of dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla. I'm searching for the oak, but I'm having trouble finding it amid these other strong aromas. Unfortunately, the taste really outdoes the smell in terms of pungency. After a few sips I can't really smell anything. Oh well. What's there is very nice.

Taste: Cocoa and lager yeast come together beautifully! On top of that, I get vanilla, toasted malt, oak, nuts, and sherry. Everything is balanced very, very well! The sherry component rolls right into the dry finish, which I find to be... amazing. I'm loving the taste of this beer (can you tell?).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and actively carbonated with a finish that's both dry and flavorful. Though high, the carbonation is soft, producing a very pleasant foamy feel. The overall feel is similar to what I would expect a carbonated dessert wine to feel like: nice mouth-coating; fairly syrupy; kinda dry; actively carbonated. I dig.

Drinkability: I didn't expect to like this beer so much. I think I've found my new favorite Baltic porter. Pick this one up if you get the chance. You'll be happy you did.

Photo of M1A2
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of KeefD
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sparklepants for sharing this one with me. My first Alaskan beer. Pour a dark brown color, but looks like a dark ruby in the light. Decent foam and lacing. Aroma is slightly muted, some roast and dark fruit, perhaps raisins. Flavor is lightly roasted barley, plenty of dark fruit, maybe some light chocolate poking through, and very little bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel, perfect carbonation for the style. Very smooth, easy to drink. A nice beer!

Photo of bort11
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

johnnnniee included this for Black Booty 09

2008 dated 22 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint glass. Good inch of tan head that gradually recedes. Not much lacing. Color is a solid black with a hint of purple.

Smell is sweet and a bit like juniper berries. There is some brown sugar in the aroma. Taste also has an interesting berry flavor with a little bit on mint and dark plums. This is very sweet for a baltic porter, they are usually more bitter. I really like this switch up.

Mouth feel is a little slick and has a juicy character. Goes down very easy, and I can't believe it is almost 10%. Wow this is fantastic.
Blipped Black Lounge by Baltic Fleet

Photo of colts9016
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A nice solid dark tan head but the retention is not the greatest. The body of the beer is opaque. The clarity of the beer is nonexistent. There are garnet highlights.

Nose: A very nice rich roasted malt with cherries, oak, vanilla, anise, and coffee.

Taste: A very rich roasted malt with oak, cherries, vanilla, slightly sweet, coffee, currants, and anise.

Overall: The mouth feel is rich, well aged smooth, alcohol flavor, and slightly creamy. The body of the beer is thick and full and the finish is full. This beer is absolutely a wonderfully thick Baltic porter. Hands down one of the best Alaskan brewery beers.This beer was hard to drink, it need some serious time to age.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very dark brown brew with a reddish tint, with a large head the color of toasted marshmallows. The head leaves no lacing and fades to nothing rather quickly.

S - Vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, faint coffee and cola.

T - Sweet cherries, molasses, bourbon, cola and coffee. Aftertaste moderately bitter of molasses, cola (without the sweetness) and char.

M - A little harsh, pretty refreshing and moderately thick.

D - Pretty good! I really enjoyed this one. The beer has a robust flavor, some might say it is too sweet (it is really sweet), but the flavor is so pleasant that it okay against the sweetness. Its actually easy to put back a whole bomber.

Photo of powdersoldier
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 2008 vintage. Big thanks to Jason for this unexpected gift! Served cellar temp in a New Belgium Globe/Snifter.

Pours thin dark brown with a one finger light brown head that leaves just some temporary spots of lacing but holds a good foamy cap.

Aroma is strong dark fruits, cherries, raisins, figs, plums, good dose of chocolate, some vanilla, bourbon, coffee, caramel, smoke and burley tobacco round thingd out but it's mostly chocolate and dark fruit. Some alcohol heat on the nose as well. Great overall aroma strength.

I can simplify the flavor as pure liquid Raisinettes or chocolate-covered cherries. And I love me some Raisinettes and chocolate covered cherries. Serious chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, cherries and the like, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, a bit of coffee, not much in the way of hops and virtually NO alcohol. Couple years did it good in that regard, surprised to see this at almost 10% ABV! Fairly sweet lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, very creamy and velvety, low carbonation. Feels full in the mouth but not too full in the belly which is what a proper Baltic Porter should be.

One of the better examples of the style that I've had. Always high on my wish list but never thought I'd get a chance to try this. Quite a treat.

Photo of joepais
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to thethrone for hooking me up with this brew. The bottle was split between a few of us and poured in tulip glasses. It produced a small tan head that disappeared quickly and never was seen again. The body was midnight black in color with no highlights to be seen.

The Madagascar vanilla was over the top what a wonderful aroma. As it warmed I got a slight cherry note but not much. The brew tasted as well as it smelled sweet, roasted, vanillin and coffees all come to mind. The feel in my mouth was medium with a slight carbonation I did wish for a little more.
A great brew would love to drink it again. The strange thing to me was the said to age it, but there was no sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Was this brew filtered?

Photo of sgoro
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of DucksFan16
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of BillHilly
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of funkyaudio
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of pperez38
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ambruns1979
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of unclekeith
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

2008 drinking awesome right now. Viscous, sweet, cherry.

Photo of yamar68
2.68/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

Photo of scottoale
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of sukwonee
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.