Pilot Series: Baltic Porter

Pilot Series: Baltic Porter

Baltic Porter

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. Enjoy this brew now or age it for several years. This beer has a longer life than lighter styles, allowing it to develop rich, new flavors over time.

Flavor

Full-bodied and jet-black in color with brilliant garnet highlights and a dense tan head, Baltic Porter’s 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 hits of bourbon and hot toffee to this richly flavorful beer.

Ingredients

Cherries, brown sugar, vanilla beans, and French oak chips.

Specifications

  • Original Gravity: 1.100
  • Bitterness: 53 IBUs
  • Alcohol (by vol): 9.8%
  • Color: 90 SRM

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A deep, dense beer with an intricate array of aromas and flavors, aged on toasted French oak to add further complexity. 

History

In order for the British to export their dark ales to the northern ports of the Baltic Sea, they were brewed stronger and hoppier than normal to endure the long voyage. The beer’s flavor characteristics were welcomed in these countries with harsh winters and a taste for the robust, attributes that also fare well in Alaska.

The Story Behind the Label

Russian Orthodox churches are a part of many communities in Alaska as well as Russia and other countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. Built in Alaska by early settlers, the onion-domed copulas and traditional trim of these structures stand out amid the wild spaces of The Last Frontier. Alaska may have been purchased from Russia in 1867, but the churches’ influence is still evident in these icons dotting the hillsides and towns of our state from Juneau to Unalaska.