Alaskan Brewing makes some good brews. I haven't had one that's disappointed me yet. So, when I was placing an order for some west coast brews that are generally unavilable on the east coast I snatched up a bottle of Baltic Porter Ale.
Little did I know, at the time, that this was a limited edition brew. Lucky me for grabbing a bottle while it was available!
It is a strong, hoppy ale with the rich flavors of black cherries and whole vanilla beans - it is complex and wonderful.
Alaskan Baltic Porter (9.80% ABV) pours a dark cherry red with small but dense head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a wisp of foam.
The aroma is deep and pleasant. Roasty malt, dark fruit, and mellow sweetness with a hint of booziness.
The taste is a mosaic of flavors. It's a little sweet with dark fruits and dark sugars, a little roasty with dark toasted malts, and gently bitter. The alcohol can be felt as a cozy warmth and tingle on the tongue. The finish brings forth the essence of vanilla and cherries that lingers nicely.
The mouthfeel is thick, smooth and coating with gentle carbonation.
This is a really lovely beer.