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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,535 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 1,535
Reviews: 907
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 272
Gots: 255 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
The dark, robust body and pronounced smoky flavor of this limited edition beer make it an adventuresome taste experience. Alaskan Smoked Porter is produced in limited "vintages" each year on November 1 and unlike most beers, may be aged in the bottle much like fine wine.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-18-2001)
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a couple of bottles of the 2008 release back in the day. For whatever reason, I never got around to drinking it until tonight.

Pouring a very dark brown, this beer has reddish brown highlights. Capped with a thick, light brown head with great retention and lacing, this is a very good looking porter. The nose is fantastic. The balance on the nose is perfect, with all the characteristics I look for - a nice roast, a mellow cocoa - present. And like the Russian River Porter, there's some light caramel. As much as I love a smoky, meaty, rauchbier, something like this has its time and place as well. Modest but not understated in character, the mellow smoke character pairs very well with the caramel and the little vanilla that's present.

The palate opens with a sharp, roasty bitterness that's accentuated by the smoky flavors. As with the nose, this is very well balanced, with there being some unsweetened cocoa, toasted whole wheat bread and a little caramel. Drying on the finish with a robust bitterness, there is also a lingering smoky character. Medium-light in body with an impeccably smooth mouthfeel with perfect carbonation, this beer is an absolute treat. I'm very impressed.

**Edit 03 Nov 2012**
I'm drinking my lone bottle of the 07 vintage. I'm not sure who gave it to me.

The smoke character is a little more reserved on the nose than the 08, but is a little more assertive, particularly in its acidity, on the palate. The extra year seems to have tamped down on the creamier, caramelly flavors, though there is a bitter cocoa flavor present. Very nice, scores stand.

**Edit 11 May 2014**

I'm drinking my lone bottle of the 05 vintage. Either Joe or Chris gave this to me.

What a magnificent beer! The nose is delicate and smoky, earthy and chocolatey (more chocolate than I remember other vintages being) , a little bit of green/grassy fire. Roast, chocolate, a mild coffee note are all present, Age brings out the sweetness/ caramel notes. The palate opens with a blend of sweetness - caramel, coffee, burnt sugar - and roast with a hint of smoke. Earthy bitterness is present. Not as acidic as the 07 was. Fantastic, long-lasting finish. Scores stand.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 22:21:03 | More by DefenCorps
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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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