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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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93
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1,535 Ratings
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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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Reaper16

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber - 2009 vintage - poured into a tulip glass

Pours a dark mahogany brown with hints of plum throughout the body. The head is tightly constructed of small bubbles and comes in at two fingers. Lovely, wall-like lacing. Not much to say other than "really good." A simple appearance executed marvelously.

Oh, yeah. This porter brings the smoke. Very good smoke element; it doesn't smell like chemical liquid smoke or anything. Pure burning firewood, some of it fairly green wood, characterizes the smoke aroma. Not a bacon aroma, not the aroma of a grill, but the aroma of campfire. This isn't all smoke, oh no. There are rich brown malts, some chocolate, and a decided nutty smell. Curiously, I detect a sweet sort of fragrance on top of the smoke, almost a purfume.

This is a legit porter. Sweet & roasty chocolate malt with an understated hop bitterness. A little bit of pecan. It is already a tasty porter BEFORE you consider the deep smoke flavor. The smoke is not overbearing; it augments the roast character and draws out the sweetness from the malt the way that smoke draws out the natural sweetness in food. If anything I'd prefer a bit more smoke on the palate - though it might be diminished as a result of age. Still, this is an appropriate, delicious amount of smoke flavor for a delicious porter.

The body of Alaskan Smoked Porter falls on the thicker side for the style. But a robust, substantial mouthfeel works well given all the smoke. I think that, because of the smoke, a 22oz. bomber is an ideal bottle size for the beer. Any more and you risk tiring out your palate.

If you see this and haven't had it then you need to buy it without a moment's hesitation. This is an absolutely fantastic porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 01:44:50 | More by Reaper16
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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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