Aphotic Baltic Porter | High Water Brewing

Aphotic Baltic PorterAphotic Baltic Porter
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56.1%
Liked This Beer
3.76 w/ 57 Ratings
Aphotic Baltic PorterAphotic Baltic Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
High Water Brewing
California, United States
highwaterbrewing.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in a combination of Elijah Craig 18 Yr Bourbon and Gallo Family Reserve Brandy barrels.

Added by DaveHS on 01-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
57
Liked:
32
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
13.83%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 21
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of gregk
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aphotic is a very nice example of a well balanced barrel aged beer. The mix of burbon, brandy, and stainless help to balance out the flavor profile and not overwhelm the drinker. Color is very nice as is the mouth feel of the beer. I can only imagine how good this beer would taste after being aged for several months!

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4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head atop. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind a thick layer of lace.

S - Aroma is lots of oak and vanilla, with some strong roasted chocolate malts, a hint of coffee, a bit of dark fruit and some booze.

T - Starts off with vanilla and roasted chocolate malts with a bit of dark fruit sweetness and a bit of black licorice. Through the middle, some strong oak flavor comes through with with some dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor and and a bit of earthiness. The finish is a mix of oak, vanilla, milk and dark chocolate, dark fruit, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and thick, with a warming, sweet, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The Bourbon barrel aging added some great flavors to the Baltic Porter base. The balance of barrel flavors is really nice here.

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4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade from timfoolery, pretty delicious, not my typical style. but truly enjoyed this barrel aged beauty.

a: black with a tanned leather head.

s: delicious

t: vanilla, red berries, coffee, delicious

m: velvety

very happy with this one for one that i never would have suspected to like

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Pjilsner
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my trusty unbreakable plastic mug!

A: Very black. Burnt creme head reminds me of a very even creme brule. Head craters and sinks away. Lacing stuck around until I was finished with the glass.

S: Like a coffee milkshake and a roasted marshmallow in the BEST way! I love the smell and can't wait to see how it tastes!

T:Bitter, slight sourness, funky. I really like it! The bitterness is strange and I can't compare it to anything I've tried, but it's pleasant. Tart AND roasty. Not much malt sweetness. Some of the alcohol bites through but it isn't intense. I don't find the alcohol to be in the way at all, in fact I would say it's quite balanced.

M: Thick and mild, soft carbonation. Wet finish which made my lips smack noticeably.

O: I picked this up because I'd always been curious to try a Baltic Porter. While I have no idea whether this is "to style" or not, I can say that I really enjoyed it and will pick it up again anytime I see it. This beer probably isn't for everyone and it's a very much a different beer than the kind of porter you'd pick up at any old supermarket. I can't recommend it enough though. The strange funky flavors with the delicious sweet-roast smell really connected with me. I'd buy these often if I could get them easier.

Reviewed from notes

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Photo of BillRoth
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porter aged in oak barrels. Vintage 2011

A-Pours inky black with mahogany highlights and a thin, tight coffee colored head. Leaves very minimal stringy lacing down my snifter.

S-Mouth watering aromas of coffee and dark chocolate up front. Whole wheat toast, vanilla bean, lightly toasted American oak.

T/M-The flavor profile leads with bittersweet flavors of cacao nib and coffee. Roasty malts intermingle with assertively dry hop bitterness. The label doesn't indicate whether or not this was aged in bourbon barrels, but there is definitely a bourbon-like vanilla/oak flavor on the back end. Thin caramel sweetness emerges as it nears room temperature. Medium to full bodied with moderate, supportive carbonation.

O-A tasty Americanized Baltic Porter. I like the inclusion of a big hop profile. This will probably age very well.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours opaque black, living up to its name, with a one finger light brown head that fizzed and dissipated at first, but settled into a thick brown cap with lots of lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, light vanilla and a hint of cherry juice. Flavor of toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, licorice, chocolate and a hint of dark stone fruit with a nice lingering char, hop bitterness and hot cocoa in the finish. Lighter in body than expected for its complexity, closer to medium bodied. Quite a bit going on in this porter, with some mild fruit flavors that may be from the brandy barrels, but are perfect for a Baltic porter. Flavor starts with a thin roastiness, but develops a more integrated dense malt and chocolate flavor that then fades into the roasty, lightly charred hop finish. Nice flavor progression. I'm not getting much barrel influence here, but it may contribute to the complexity of flavors. I really liked this porter and hope it gets brewed again.

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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This label says "Imperial Porter", rather than "Baltic Porter", but is otherwise identical to the pictured Aphotic label (with the waterfall and everything).

Appearance: completely black with some highlights of brown around the edges. Head is a thick finger of frothy dark-tan foam. Nice.

Smell: lots of rich roastiness with plenty of chocolate and coffee elements, underscored by an element of dark fruits which I like. There's a bit of a chalky yeast character here, too, which makes it seem more like a Baltic porter. Overall, quite good.

Taste: quite bitter and astringent, but with an underlying dark fruitiness which really works its way to the top through the middle of the palate. The finish is bitter and roasty, but not vegetal, which I like. Classic Baltic.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation. Not 100% the creamy texture I like, but certainly getting there.

Overall: I quite like this beer. Baltic, Imperial, or whatever, it's a tasty strong porter with the right amount of fruit and roastiness in a good balance. Kudos!

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3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Notes

Appearance- opaque dark black with and medium brown foam on top that lingers

Aroma- dusty chocolate some cofee notes.

Taste- Roasty toasty and dry on the front end a little acidic almost in the end. hops are piney and resinous but take a back seat to the roasted malt. the finish is like a burnt marshmallow. It makes me want to captain a boat in a stormy sea!

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with a dry finish not even the slightest hint of booze.

Overall- This beer for whatever reason tasted really good. It was a hot day and this made me feel like i was in the hold of a cargo ship in a drafty damp bunk. Plotting the impending mutiny on our captain gone mad.... It was roasty but not warm man was it tasty !

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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of smoke ash in aroma. Toast in taste. Only the slightest hint of sourness in finish. From Premier Gourmet. Opaque black. Big mocha lacing. Make it warm to room first.

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Photo of seand
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark inky brown, with a fair amount of dense dark tan head. The head dissipates to a thin film on the surface but retains a relatively thick ring around the edge of the glass, and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Rich molasses with a touch of vanilla.

T: Thick roasted malt with a high note that's almost a touch tart. Hops come through a bit towards the finish.

M: A touch on the light side of full bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, enjoyable. It's not something I'd likely go out of my way to search for, but I enjoyed it and wouldn't say no if someone else was pouring.

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Aphotic Baltic Porter from High Water Brewing
Beer rating: 56.1% out of 100 with 57 ratings
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