Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by assurbanipaul:
4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2001 Vintage, acquired in a recent BIF. Pours a deep dark brown with a thin brown head. Aroma is black malts, red wine and a heavy alcohol odor. Head disappears quickly.
Taste is rich cocoa, dark roasted malts, some cold Indonesian coffee. A light smokey flavor floats through, a gentile sweetness. Charcoal, more smoke, maybe some sort of cheese and smoked meat, traces of red wine. Reminds me of a campfire in the mountains, the way the food gets black and charred. There's some bitter hops circling in the background but they're hardly noticed.
Mouthfeel is medium, not as heavy as it looks. Finish is clean, a little lingering. It's not just a smoked beer; this is a very good porter infused very well with a slight smokey essense.
I'm surprised at how well this holds up with aging. This sample is four years old and other than a slight degradation in the aroma (which vanishes before the glass is empty), it could have been brewed yesterday. I would not advocate aging this beer. It is near-perfect; drink it immediately. Time won't improve it.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2005 03:34:51 | More by assurbanipaul
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4.09/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottled September 2013. Thanks to cbutova for sharing this one, always have wanted to try it.
Appearance - Very very dark red, nearly black. Beige head transforms to a ring eventually, slight lace left.
Smell - Big ol' peppery-salty-meat scents with cocoa, roast, and vanilla sweetness. Pretty much a rauchbier-level smoke takeover going on, but the porter base is noticeable.
Taste - The taste is a bit less smoky and more balanced. Grains, roast, some chocolate and vanilla, light hop bitterness. Smoke has a unique woody salty meat thing going on, can't help but think of Alaskan salmon.
Mouthfeel - Little high on the carbonation, definitely some extra foaminess, but the mouthfeel was fine overall. A little bit of a sipper for me.
Overall - Great smoked porter, AK goodness. I wish the porter base showed through a bit more but quite good as is.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 13:14:04 | More by Chico1985
4.16/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Finally getting to try this beer for the first time. I always like the sound of it for about four years now, got one in CA and time to give it a go. 2013 vintage.
A- Black bodied pour from the bomber into two pint glasses. A cap forms atop the brew with a beige, light tan hue. The head reaches two fingers with a creamy texture and has decent retention. Eventually a frothy ring leaves nice webs of thick lace and spotty patches beyond the top.
S- Smoke is intense here and reminds me of the smoky Black beers of Germany. The porter base comes through a bit but is pale in comparison to the nice meaty smoked malts. Not all that campfire-esque but more smooth than that. Some sweet roast cocoa and caramel malts as well.
T- The Porter base and the smoke really come together here as compared to the nose. Malts are the star in this beer between the smoke and the roast. Rich dark cocoa powder, toasted nuts, toffee and caramel. Obviously a good deal of smooth meaty smoke. Some hops in the back end with earthy, citrus and floral hints. Some dark fruity yeast notes.
MF- Moderately thick oily body with an overall texture somewhere between creamy and foamy. Carbonation comes in at a medium, silky level and supports the rich malts.
Heavily smoked malty without being too in your face or abrasive. A rich, deep dark cocoa feel balances the smoke out nicely with some hints of yeast and hops on the back end. Certainly something I would pick up again when on the West coast.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 21:46:24 | More by cbutova
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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