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

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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: Winter

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
373
Reviews:
220
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
42
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 373 |  Reviews: 220
Photo of LiquidPoem
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark ruby brown, appears nearly black. Rich light brown head with nice lacing. Aroma of toasty malt, dark fruit and cherries with a slight sour aspect. Flavor is toasty malt, dark fruit and cherries. Well integrated. Nice porter flavors with clear cherry tone. A slight bitterness in aftertaste. I love this beer and it's my favorite Baltic porter. I was really glad a tucked a few of these away before Alaskan (temporarily, I hope) stopped brewing it.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Sean9689
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Treebs!

A - Pours black, tan-colored head, thin cap, thin collar.

S - Smoke, dark chocolate, toffee, roast, and toasted malt. A nice mix of flavors, but the smoke overpowers the rest of the beer.

T - A little too much smoke for me on the palate. Dark chocolate, roast, malts, light caramel. I like the smoke, but wish it was dialed down a bit. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden. Finish is creamy smoke and bitterness.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A nice Baltic Porter, but overly smoked with less sweetness then I'm normally use to for the style. I would probably try again, but wouldn't actively seek out this beer.

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Photo of Treebs
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Portsmouth tulip. 2008 vintage courtesy of Matt (mfavoino). Thanks buddy!

A: Pours a semi clear brown color with no real head forming on the pour.

S: Nice dark fruits, chocolate, molasses and oaty and roasty malts.

T: Same as the nose. Nice dark pit fruits, with a much sweeter malt profile. Pretzel bread malts, some sweet vanilla, a little oaky and some nice dark chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and nice carbonation. The finish is roasty and drying.

O: A very solid beer and this has held up extremely for being close, if not very close to four years old. Thanks again for the vintage tick Favi.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

2009 vintage.

Pours a clear dark brown with a khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, vanilla, and cherry. Taste is the same with an aftertaste like a cherry vanilla cola. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the cola-like flavors were unexpected.

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4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage into a snifter.

A - dark brown, ruby highlights, minimal tan head.
S - Cherry pie, dark chocolate, fresh baked cookies, lavender, toffee, toasted bread. Lots going on, in a good way.
T - Vanilla, tart cherry, chocolate, hints of coffee and tobacco. Tons of malt. Hops have faded a bit, and you can't even guess the alcohol level it is so smooth.
M - Medium-high, but not chewy. Carbonation is on the low side, which only helps showcase the flavors here.
O - a great porter. Love the cherries.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of July2Nov
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 edition served @ Denver Rare Beer Tasting 2011.

Appearance: Dark with a frothy off-white head, just the way I like my porters.

Smell: Has a coffee like scent of roasted beans. A hint of vanilla comes out too.

Taste & Mouthfeel: This one is hefty but with a smooth taste. The Vanilla is upfront, with the cherries delving into the background a bit. The abv is hidden very well with just a slight bit of sting coming in after the first gulp. Very well balanced with the malts and the Pacific Northwest hop varieties.

Overall: A well-rounded porter that lives up to it's reputation.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Alaskan Baltic Porter (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 373 ratings.
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