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.

Added by ccrida on 04-27-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,096
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
391
pDev:
11.59%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
Wants:
144
Gots:
44
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 391 |  Reviews: 228
Photo of Sabtos
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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Photo of zestd
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of morrowd3
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SomethingClever
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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Photo of bigpoppa67
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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Photo of mpenske
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of Zorro
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +5.1%
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 bshefftz
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of braker649er
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
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 shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
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 jrsqc7
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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 poisoneddwarf
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of daem3384
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of FalconOne
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
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 Bunuelian
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 391 ratings