Baltic Porter
Alaskan Brewing Co.

Baltic PorterBaltic Porter
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Style:
Baltic Porter
Ranked #19
ABV:
9.8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,162
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 11.24%
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
411
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Alaskan Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
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Baltic PorterBaltic Porter
Notes: This style shares many characteristics with a Russian Imperial Stout, at times the two are almost indistinguishable. Baltic Porter is full-bodied and jet-black in color with brilliant garnet highlights and a dense tan head. The smooth, deep maltiness is accentuated by raisin and licorice notes, as well as chocolate and mild coffee characters. A touch of cherry and dried fruit flavors are also evident with a mellow vanilla background rounding the finish. The oak brings hints of bourbon and hot toffee and contributes to the warmth of this richly flavorful beer.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a finger of khaki head.
Smells of roasty malts and dark chocolate.
Taste is dark roasty malts, toffee, dark fruits, also getting lots of oaky/almost BA notes.
Medium to full body, smooth.
Overall a very enjoyable porter.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle at Alaskan Fish and Chips in Juneau. Dark black body, one finger offwhite head. Milk chocolate, a bit of fudge, roast, dark fruit, touch of marshmallow, faint dry char. A little more dark fruit is present on the finish. Medium in body, good carbonation, but soft without being prickly. Fits the archetype for the baltic porter in terms of body, with the adjuncts having melded together well enough by this time.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.39/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Glossy solid black with a thin, creamy tan film and ring.

Smell is roasted malt, cocoa and amaretto while taste adds black and red licorice, chocolate, root beer and cherry with a little sting of heat.

The round, full body has a creamy carbonation and a semi-wet but substantial finish.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: black body with no light getting through. Head was a tiny off white khaki color that disappeared quickly and just left a film.

S: Lots of cherry, bakers chocolate, a little licorice, wood smells a little like a tootsie roll.

T: The cherries really come on strong on the tip of the tongue followed by a lot of chocolate mid tongue followed by a little vanilla and roasted malts and maybe a tinge of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied a little alcohol slickness light carbonation but noticeable.

O: Not a bad beer at all more something you want to drink a glass of and call it a day.

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Photo of hreb
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle of Alaskan Pilot Series Baltic Porter. Best before 2025. Served in a goblet. The cherries are the most evident thing in the aroma, with a fruity, syrupy quality that reminds me of boysenberry syrup... blueberry, vanilla. I get neither beer nor bourbon from then nose. The body is opaque to light, and shows a brown tinged red murkiness. Maybe it's the glass, but it reminds me more of Belgian Dark Ale than Porter.

The flavor is somewhat tangy, and mostly it is just smooth all day long, with rich flavor coating my palate, with nothing to offend the senses, and only a hint of the 9.8% ABV inside. It's like drinking chocolate covered cherry cordials, but without the chocolate or the booze. Really, the use of fruit in this beer is genius. It's not overly sweet, and finishes relatively clean, but I keep coming back sip after sip.

Far better than anything I expected to pick up from Alaskan.

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Photo of Zorro
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light proof brown colored ale with a bare wisp of a brown head.

Smells very strongly of cherry. Dried cherry and prune with a strong general berry scent. Strong vanilla and a lesser scent caramel. Patent malt and coffee are there if you try hard to find it, but really this is intensely fruity. Exceedingly aromatic ale.

Starts out mildly sweet and rich, not near as sweet as it smells. Cherries and berries on a mildly bitter ale backbone. Tastes of coffee and oak with solid bittersweet after taste. Alcohol can be felt but not tasted. Pretty much a very fruity porter. Bitterness increases as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good, not to rich or thin.

Overall a very tasty cherry porter. If you like the taste of cherry or berry in your porter or stout you will like this.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate and enjoyed in a snifter. This beast pours
a rich dark murky brown with light cola highlights and a very nice head of light tan foam
that subsides to a thick ring, thin pooling layer, and showcases some nice soapy lacing.
Nose of strong booze, moderate oak, subtle vanilla, blackberries, dark plums, molasses,
and subtle char notes. Flavors nail it with dark fruited berry notes of black and blueberries
mingling with dark coffee and molasses notes that are touched by oak and vanilla bean
and lightly bruleed over a nicely roasted malt with touches of dark sweet chocolate. Dark
cherry notes appear with warmth as well as dark plum notes. Excellent! Fantastic mouth feel;
lightly slick, moderately coating, warming, medium full body, low carbonation, and a rich
malty finish.

What can I say----I think I am in love with this brewery for making such a grand summer sipper
or winter warmer.....ahhh, heck with it----one of the best Baltic porters I have had.

Cheers

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Photo of braker649er
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

I had heard of this beer brewed in 2008, 2009 and 2012, and was glad to see it was back. The smell and flavors were especially great as a rich porter--the flavors were really layered, which is something I don't sense in every beer.

L - deep and black with a nice head that dissipates.
S - striking. I picked up the vanilla and the dark malts first. Then a roastiness.
T - I can really pick out the black cherry, and the vanilla, followed by dark roasts tempered by oak--and a touch of bitter hop along with that roast. Fairly sweet but overall well-balanced.
F - very smooth, silky, not overly thick--what I seek from a porter
O - it took me by surprise how well structured these flavors were ... though it probably shouldn't have, considering the care in craft and deep history of its makers at Alaskan.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Albertsons. Pitch black pour, small, tight head. Heady roasty aroma, dark chocolate, smoky. Taste is deep and rich, feel is thick and smooth. Burnt toast bitterness, sticks around for a while. Just enjoyable all the way through.

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Photo of Impetuous
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Opaque, deep brown with light white head and sticky lacing.

Carbonation is light and the viscous body does a great job of conveying the complex flavors, the cherry overlaying alcohol, chocolate mixing with piney hops.

Pretty good but not great.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance was a nice looking mostly dark brown color with a thin layer of white foaminess gracing the top of the beer. Lacing was few and far between. The smell started off with a big dark fruity mix leading to a slight chocolate and then after I gave it a good warming, light black licorice comes out and allows a decent vanilla. The taste follows the nose for the most part. Big sticky dark fruity aftertaste leading to the same sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. The carbonation seemed really smoothed out as the beer just seemed to roll right on off my tongue appropriately. Overall, really nice Baltic Porter, I'd have again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes out dark brown, thin head, 1/3", lighter brown in color. Aroma drops massive alcohol blast, less dark fruit.

Taste brings the alcohol again, dark fruit bitterness, red wine notes, mouthfeel keeps dropping that bitterness. A little bit of anise. Just doesn't have the body to absorb this high level of relatively challenging stuff/style.

Found the bomber format to be expensive, excessive and not worthy of a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Briken
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown and thin brown head with no retention. Oak, vanilla, and notes of cherry in the aroma. Strong vanilla and oak with some cherry and chocolate sweetness. Light warming. Strong oak dryness and sticky linger.

Perhaps needing additional aging, the oak is far to strong finishing after a wonderful flavor. The oak sucks all the moisture from your mouth as well as the flavor and your left with only a woody stickiness on the lips. It's great, until you swallow.

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Photo of FLima
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deepest black color with a thin caramel head.
Bold aroma of vanilla, oak, cherries and cocoa.
Flavor with notes of vanilla, cherries, roasted and smoked malts, oak, cocoa, licorice, char and lots of dark fruits.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9.8% is superbly well hidden.
Excellent beer with good malty and fruity complexity in both nose and mouth. You can really feel the added ingredients, but they were carefully balanced not to over excel one over another. Recommendable.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

22 oz Bomber.This was recommended by a beer geek that worked at Bev Mo to me.I have to say that I am going to start listening to those people a little more.This is the Best Porter I have ever tasted.Beautiful brown color in the 20 oz firestone glass.I was sitting in the house listening to The Who live at the isle of wight and I could not believe how good this was.I guess this is very hard to find the date was 2012 on the bottle.If you can still find this Please do.You will not be disappointed.This Porter Rocks.And so does The Who.Rock on with the good beers.Motley out.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: France 44, Minneapolis, MN
Date: 2012a on label
Glass: Tulip

A heavily oaked and vanilla, cherry-infused baltic porter, Alaskan's take on the style is unique, quite appetizing, easily drinkable, and complex, though certainly rather far from a traditional baltic porter. It is not a lager, nor particularly focused on its roasted malt components, instead letting the oak, base malt sweetness, cherry, and vanilla rise above all that might be roasted and dark. An interesting and enjoyable beer, probably the best I have had from Alaskan at this point. Would pick up again, if seen.

Pours a 2cm tall head of light tan foam, made up of small-sized bubbles that yield a frothy appearance, that quickly fades to nothing in under one minute. Lacing is modest, a few patches of small dots and lines cling to the walls of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing about little change aside from a slight brown-orange hue around the perimeter of the beer. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma of strong oak, modest roasted malt character yielding cocoa, mild vanilla and cherries, and slight ethanol. There's quite a bit going on here, none of it unpleasant, but it's more like an oaked, fruity dark beer than a baltic porter.

Overall flavor is of base malt sweetness mixed with strong oak and moderate ethanol, prune-like esters, cherry, vanilla, and accents of roasted malts (cocoa, charred toast). Front of palate tastes oak, base malt sweetness, sweet cherries, vanilla, and mild roasted malt contributing a touch of sweetened cocoa. Mid-palate of base malt sweetness with strong oak, ethanol, sweet cherries, vanilla, and mild roasted malt character yielding charred toast and sweet cocoa. Back of palate experiences base malt sweetness, heavy oak and prune esters, slight roasted malt yielding burnt toast and cocoa, and ethanol. Aftertaste of intense prune-like flavor and sweetness, slight smokiness and char, roasted coffee beans, and fairly obvious ethanol.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth (4/5) and slightly foamy (1/5) mouthfeel that is appropriate for the sipping nature of the beer and within stylistic expectations. Surprisingly minor ethanol burn or heat on the palate/throat/nostrils. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, dark bread, brown sugar, toast, cherry, raisin, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes with the cherry/brown sugar/vanilla additions and oak; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, light coffee, cherry, raisin, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, oak, clove, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, toast, roasted malt, light coffee, raisin, cherry, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, clove, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with the flavor and oak additions; with huge robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and moderately silky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Baltic porter style! All around awesome balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt with flavor additions and oak; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an absolutely amazing beer! I've had 3 bottles of the 2012 vintage and the flavor complexity of this beer is out of this world! each time I tried it, it had been aged for several months longer .i had one pretty fresh and I would recommend waiting at least 4 to 6 months before cracking it if you only have 1 bottle....maybe even a year if you have some paitience. right now I'm drinking a bottle from the beginning of 2012 which makes it well over a year and a half old, in this bottle the cherries are really coming to the front of this with some vanilla, tasting almost like a mild sour or even a good framboise with much more complexity and maltyness. last time I had it about 6 months ago the oakiness and heat of booze was most noticeable with some brown sugar.... this is such an amazing example of a Baltic porter and my favorite by far to date of this style.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Alaskan Baltic porter pours a rich deep red brown. It's not overtly thick and let's plenty of light through on the sides but has a hard time making it all the way through the center. A tan head comes and goes quickly, quietly and disappointingly.

The nose is roasty and sweet with hints of stone fruits. Not a distinct malt scent but a mix of fruit, booze, brown sugar and caramel. The sugar is almost a candied smell that reminds me of Belgian quads.

Slick on the tongue and very reminiscent of the smell. The same dark fruit and brown sugar mixed with roasted, toast flavored malts. Cherries lead the way and are followed by a caramelized coating and finish.

Mildly carbonated with an oil like mouthfeel. Smooth and thick feeling as it coats your face hole. The feel is my favorite part of this brew. I find it to be weak for a porter and kind of confused with its identity. A good brew but too sweet for my taste. I'd rather a porter go more roasted grain then sugary.

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Photo of brentk56
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A billowing head settles in, stout-like, on the fudge brown liquid and does a nice job lacing the glass

Smell: Chocolate-covered cherries, vanilla and oak, all underpinned by a brown sugary base malt

Taste: Sweet, booze-soaked chocolate-covered cherries, with a growing harsh, ashy character that really dominates the middle; the vanilla appears, after the swallow, along with more chocolate in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation, and a harsh, boozy burn in the finish

Overall: If only the beer tasted as good as it smells; I found this to be an adventurous failure, as the adjuncts dominate rather than supplement the beer

Thanks, kemoarps, for the opportunity

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of davey101
4.43/5  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.

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Photo of Strix
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of zipper8650
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Abbreviated review tonight:
Snifter, pours nice and dark with little to no head, really like the nose on it, very cherry forward. The vanilla and oak come through nice as well. Mouthfeel is nice for a porter, not as thin as I expected. Initially I get a nice balance with the vanilla and oak, finished well with the cherry. I was on a brief Baltic porter kick and this is exceptionally good, well balanced really good beer.
Skol

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Photo of ncketchum
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage, served in an imperial pint

A - pours a deep brown with a chocolate brown head, leaves a nice thin layer of head

S - smells malty, a bit spicy, some sweet fruits, actually I get a whiff of french toast in the end

T - chocolate, malt, the sweet of the brown sugar and the tart of the cherries give a ton of complexity to this one

M - smooth, thick, not a whole lot of carbonation, not much alcohol

O - This is probably my favorite beer from Alaskan to date. Very complex, drinkable. I'm certainly going to try and pick up a couple more bottles of this one

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Baltic Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 411 ratings