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Baltic Porter by Alaskan Brewing Co.
Baltic Porter
9.80 % ABV


 
Review by joe1510 on 12/09/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 16 3 7 2008
22oz Bomber

2008 Vintage

That Grizzly Bear from the Great White North, AKBelgianBeast, sent me this bottle a while back, thanks Phrank! Alaskan’s version of a Baltic Porter has the deepest red body you could imagine. It verges on black but when backlit lights up with mahogany highlights throughout the entire body with a ruby ring around the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of creamy beige head sit atop the body and eventually, slowly, settles to a thick cap with sheet lacing left behind. The creaminess sticks to the glass with no problem at all.

The first thing that hits me from the smell is a super rich lactic sweetness along the lines of heavy cream with a touch of vanilla. A soft roastiness brings up the rear that nearly verges on caramel but has enough roastiness to separate the two. Milk chocolate and a sweetened cold coffee compliment this beer in a surprising way. There is no way in hell I expected so much sweet lactic qualities in this beer but I like where it’s going.

The flavor follows the aroma nearly stride for stride with big, sweetened lactic notes that border on vanilla extract and thin chocolate milk. Light roastiness pulls through in the middle but it’s very light and a touch of cold coffee finish things off. Overall this is a pretty mild brew with zero noticeable alcohol and well integrated flavors. As it warms the coffee notes come forward a little more aggressively and I actually prefer it. They dampen down some of the artificial vanilla notes.

The body is on the heavier side of medium with a moderate carbonation that pushes this one through fairly quickly. The overall mouthfeel is nothing spectacular but nothing bad either. It’s just kind of there. I’d prefer a little more heft and a little less carbonation but with that said, it doesn’t really help or hurt the overall flavor of this Baltic Porter.

The vanilla extract can get a little cumbersome at times but as it warms the coffee notes make it more bearable. I have no problem drinking this entire bomber and while there are better Baltic Porters out there this is a solid brew with a twist on the style.

Alaskan brewing does some good things with their bombered beer. I’d like to have another bottle of this for the cellar to see if that vanilla/lactic quality would eventually dissipate to a more palate pleasing level. I can’t imagine how strong it was a year ago when first released. Thanks for the bottle Phrank!

Reviewed: 12/8/09

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 08/12/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 4 7 2009
Nice to see Alaskan branching out to more specialty beers. The pour is a midnight black color with a darker brown hue around the edges. Some clinging to the side of the glass, but not really what I would consider viscous. A darker tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

The nose is limited overall but is still very nice. The malt comes out nicely with some minor astringency. Mostly malty with a hint of lactic, almost milk like. Some lighter phenols, more of a black cherry aroma. Some minor woody notes as well with a touch of vanilla. Some lighter yeasty notes but mostly clean. A hint of oxidation, but more of a nit picking type of thing.

The taste is more descript and on par with a Baltic Porter. To start the malt has some depth and a light astringent roast flavor. Sure it's a Baltic porter but I would like to see a bit more roast. Some unsweeted dark chocolate notes. This is emphasized by a light milky note and a silk texture. There is a surprisingly hoppy note that comes out that is more herbal than anything. A bit strong for style. The yeasty notes back off versus the nose but some fruity notes that come out more as it warms. A slight acetaldehyde note as well, but only as it warms.

The body is closer to full than moderate. There is a silky feel that could be boarder line DMS but didn't get it in the taste. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall a pretty tasty BP. Some minor off notes and would like to see more roast but very easy drinkability.

Served In: Pint Glass

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