Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series)Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series)
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Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series)Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alaskan Baltic Porter is a deep, dense beer with an intricate array of aromas and flavors derived from substantial amounts of specialty malts, dark black cherries and whole gourmet vanilla beans. Aging on toasted French oak adds further complexity.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,597
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
406
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
147
Gots:
47
Trade:
4
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4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
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3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
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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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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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4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hreb
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 406 ratings