Baltic Porter
Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Porter - Baltic
Ranked #31
Ranked #4,790
4.14 | pDev: 11.35%
Jun 08, 2022
Apr 27, 2007
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.

53 IBU
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3.75 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Jun 08, 2022
4.02 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Nov 14, 2021
4.34 by Giggy from Michigan on Oct 13, 2021
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3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Baltic Porter from Alaskan Brewing. On room temperature shelf 18/3/21 at Tuscan Liquor & Deli, Grand Rapids, MI. $9.63 (Including tax)/22 oz bottle ($ 0.438/oz). Stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 16/6/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped on front label “BEST BY YEAR 2025”. Served at 49.6 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 58.1 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Amber Brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Brown (SRM 20) muddy and opaque. When rear-lite, still opaque.
Head – Small (Maximum 2.5 cm, aggressive center pour), goldenrod, high density, average retention, diminishing to a seven mm crown fed around the complete circumference by aggressive carbonation, and a thick complete cap. Second pour produces a dense 2.2 cm head.
Lacing – Good. Alternating thick and thin rings of near-microscopic bubbles.
Aroma – 3 – Begins and ends with faint brown sugar, no hops, faint roasted malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins slightly sweet with some brown sugar and some roasted malt flavors. No cherries, no vanilla, no hops, no yeast, and no ethanol (9.8 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, approaching creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 Pretty much an average example of the porter-stout spectrum, balanced between sweetness from the brown sugar and a slight tannic bitterness from the oak chips. Cherry, one of my favorite fruits and flavors, is totally missing and the vanilla is below my level of detection. Still, surprisingly reasonably priced. One I would select again if the price were compatible and the vintage different.

Jun 16, 2021
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3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Midnight black pour with tan highlight and ring. Earthy and smoky on the nose, dark chocolate and dried black cherry with leather support. Taste has caramel, dried fruit and earth leading, bit of cola, char and bitter smoke finishing, seems to clash a little with the sweet and bitter. Feel is thin for style, maltwork is shortlived, somewhat harsh. It's ok but easily not one of the 19 best baltic porters I have had

Apr 06, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by barnzy78 from Illinois

22oz bottle
2020 release
L: dark brown body with maybe a slight reddish hue; thin tan head
S: fruitcake, cherry, vanilla, dark grain, dark fruit, bread, caramel, oak
T: liquid fruitcake here; bread crust, cherry, raisin, plum, caramel, vanilla, oak, tobacco, spice, white pepper, earthy hops
F: full body, moderate carbonation, alcohol is warming, excellently balanced with a semi-dry peppery finish with a hint of cherry lingering
O: SO much complexity with this one!

Mar 24, 2021
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 02, 2020
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3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by cratez from Canada (ON)

Rating from notes. Consumed Summer 2012. "Very good, but too boozy and one dimensionally malty to be great."

Jan 25, 2020
3.93 by BlueSpader from Washington on Nov 25, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

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.

Aug 18, 2019
4.57 by cstasek from Indiana on Jun 20, 2019
4.03 by youknow__thefarmer from Texas on May 03, 2019
4 by Musineer from Texas on Apr 27, 2019
3.87 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Mar 16, 2019
4.31 by TryThemAllOnce from California on Feb 14, 2019
3.83 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jan 24, 2019
4.02 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Jan 15, 2019
4.23 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire on Dec 16, 2018
4.15 by sunnovgoat from California on Nov 09, 2018
4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Oct 10, 2018
4.45 by NodakEric from Minnesota on Oct 07, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Stevedore from Oregon

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.

Aug 12, 2018
3.25 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Jul 31, 2018
4.11 by WDJersey from Colorado on Jul 23, 2018
3.89 by DOCRW from Washington on Jul 19, 2018
3.75 by archero from Texas on Jul 15, 2018
4.54 by sbuck from New Mexico on Jun 10, 2018
4.31 by wvsabbath from West Virginia on Jun 06, 2018
4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on May 20, 2018
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3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Apr 03, 2018
3.88 by zestd from Idaho on Apr 01, 2018
4.15 by morrowd3 from Vermont on Mar 24, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by SomethingClever from Ohio

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.

Mar 16, 2018
4.19 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Mar 15, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by hreb from Washington

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.

Mar 06, 2018
4 by mpenske from California on Feb 25, 2018
4.06 by Nunya from Ohio on Feb 25, 2018
4.12 by gobuccos from Ohio on Feb 22, 2018
3.96 by ecophonic from Washington on Feb 16, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Zorro from California

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.

Feb 10, 2018
Baltic Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 420 ratings