Aphotic Baltic Porter | High Water Brewing

Aphotic Baltic PorterAphotic Baltic Porter
BA SCORE
3.76/5
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
pDev:
13.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of minterro
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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1.89/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

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3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aquazr1
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a tulip. Pours jet black with little head. Bitter roasted chocolate with some coffee. Don't pick up any Notes from the barrels. Decent beer but nothing special.

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

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

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3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle, almost no head but good carbonation. the little head that develops dissipates quickly. Beer is as dark as advertised.

I get very little aroma from the beer.
The taste is quite good, smooth and malty, and has a singular and unique flavor profile.
The mouthfeel is not as creamy as i would like but is quite good.A little thinner than one might expect here.
Overall, an excellent beer thatI would drink again.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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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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3.98/5  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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Aphotic Baltic Porter from High Water Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 57 ratings
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