Anchorage Brewing Company

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Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
Porter - Baltic
Ranked #12
Ranked #2,765
4.34 | pDev: 6.22%
Apr 15, 2022
May 25, 2021
Notes: Aged 1 year in Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Barrels. Finished on Madagascar vanilla beans.
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4.49 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Apr 15, 2022
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4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Stevedore from Oregon

Dark black body, tan head. Dark chocolate, cocoa, brownie batter. Vanilla not present on nose but follows through on the backend, giving a bit of a chocolate swirl flavor. Medium whiskey warmth on the backend, a bit of a slight boozy bite. Med full body.

Jan 02, 2022
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4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by jngls from Germany

No bottling date. Bottle to snifter.

Look: Pours pitch black with a beautifully thick golden brownish foam.

Smell: Boozy and sweet bourbon notes up front. Subtle hints of chocolate and licorice lingering in the background.

Taste: Sweet bourbon and vanilla followed by milk chocolate and coffee with a slightly bitter finish.

Feel: Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and a perfect minimal but foamy carbonation. Thick and syrupy.

Overall: Very good imperial porter that could just as well be categorized as imperial stout. Typical taste of a (well executed) bourbon barrel aged stout. Madagascar vanilla is hardly detectable and overshadowed by the already vanilla-like boozy bourbon notes. The real stars here are the phenomenal creamy mouthfeel and the long-lasting foam on the dark black liquid. Very nice and warming experience.

Dec 28, 2021
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3.31/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Alieniloquium from Florida

375 mL bottle. Pours thick but not quite black. Smells of strong vanilla, whoa. Sweet chocolate and bourbon. Tastes of bourbon and vanilla throughout. Fudgy chocolate and very rich. Heavy and very boozy. It doesn't taste viscous and chewy like a lot of other Anchorage beers, but it hits just as hard.

Nov 20, 2021
4.34 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia on Oct 16, 2021
4.45 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Sep 03, 2021
4.75 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Aug 12, 2021
4.39 by WDJersey from Colorado on Aug 08, 2021
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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by maximum12 from Minnesota

375ML bottle with luminescent light blue wax that comes off easily. I fed my wife a Mocha Noir so I could hoard this to myself. Hope it’s worth it.

Pour as black as any stout with a nose is rampant vanilla & bourbon. Like.

Frayja is soul coating & mind numbing. The greeting party consists of deep malty sweetness, ground vanilla, booze with bits of black licorice & chocolate & whiff of smoke. Then the finish – oh, the finish. A flood of bourbon hits the palate & obliterates the memory of every other taste I’ve ever tasted. Holy bourbon. Those Woodford barrels might have still been a quarter full. Full. My first sip turned into four. That’s drinkability, baby.

You better like barrel if you wade into Frayja. Luckily I do. A brute & a very good beer bordering on excellent.

Jul 27, 2021
4.48 by weavere15 from Illinois on Jul 22, 2021
4.44 by smithj4 from New York on Jul 19, 2021
4.46 by morrowd3 from Vermont on Jul 19, 2021
4.46 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin on Jul 17, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by beergoot from Colorado

Ink black body topped with a thin yet creamy, khaki colored head. Intense aroma of fudge, cocoa and milk chocolate; richly sweet and alluring. An outstanding taste tracking along the lines of the smell; sweet and boozy with a hearty all-around chocolate character; vanilla adds depth to the chocolate; very light bitterness. Heavy body; smooth and almost gooey in texture; immensely pleasing residual sugars coat the palate; alcohol warmth coursing beneath the sweetness.

Anchorage just nailed this Baltic porter. From a great appearance to an incredible combination of smell, taste, and mouthfeel sensations, this is one beer to die for. The barrel aging seems almost tame compared to other barrel aged beers, but in this case, the subtlety and an excellent nuanced complexity are added to the overall sweet character of the beer.

Poured at 53 °F; no bottling data found.

Jul 16, 2021
4.17 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Jul 05, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Brownish black body, brown cap. The huge vanilla leads the bourbon into the malty fray of aromas. Dueling tobacco, earth, anise, oak and dark fruit all present. Taste I thought the bourbon and vanilla ran away with it more, licorice and anise are the next biggest notes, while the more robust flavors from the nose, along with dried dark fruit, are in the background. Feel is warm and lush, very smooth, hides booze well, though thinner than expected.

Jul 02, 2021
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4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

one of those baltic porters thats so big and rich it sort of pushes past the typical style parameters and drinks more like an imperial stout, but that is not a critique of this, not in the least, for this is one of the very best beers of this style i have ever encountered, and it was a joy to drink it at the brewery, a longtime dream destination of mine! shiny, black, and leggy in the glass with a deep brown heady of tiny bubbles that sits on top and never recedes at all. it smells like heavy, all the woody whiskey in the world here, deep slow roasted dark malt without any sense of anything being burnt or harsh, espresso crema, and the high end vanilla beans this is finished on, just dripping and luxurious, nuances of brown sugar, wet oak, honey, pipe tobacco, and black cherry, its wildly complex and regal, just warm from the alcohol too. the flavor is silky dark chocolate with the vanilla woven through, just a trace hint of smoke and the richness of the oak and bourbon, the right amount of sugar, and perhaps a little bit of a lager element rising through as it warms, but this really is not a defining element in this beer at all for me. it warms incredibly well, never gets boozy, and has an absolute satin texture on the palate with a long and slow finish with the best parts of the vanilla and the darkest corners of the malt sticking around the longest. of impeccable overall quality, epic maturity, honest and robust vanilla without it being forced, this is just brilliantly done, elite level dark magic here!

Jun 29, 2021
4.35 by rab53 from Washington on Jun 28, 2021
4.46 by pkalix from California on Jun 27, 2021
4.25 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Jun 21, 2021
4.3 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jun 19, 2021
4.4 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Jun 14, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Radcpa from Washington

Dark brown appearance with a slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a nice bourbon and vanilla blend. Taste is also a nice bourbon and vanilla blend. A little thin.

May 29, 2021
4.04 by unclekeith from Alaska on May 25, 2021
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