Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jampics2:
4.22/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bomber bought at AJs foods in Scotsdale. 2008 vintage.
*Note - I'm going to give this genre-bending beer the benefit of the doubt that it deserves. It's clearly not your "typical" American Porter, more of a viscous dark rauchbeer. But, since it's straddling the lines and doing it well, I'm giving it kudos rather than docking points*
Dark black, tan head drops off and all but disappears. No real cling on the lace - only a few stragglers left behind.
Nose is devine. I had a smoked beer a few years ago that opened my eyes to the style. I'm not big on heavy rauch - ie., eye-watering beers that feel like a campfire draft down my throat. But finesse is possible with the style, athe smokey smell mixes with a roast chocoalte malt nose and has perect balance. This smells so appealing!
Taste is SO nice and follows the smell well. Chocolate campfire and peat turn into chocolate covered burnt toast. This is roasty and delicious, but I have a question - since the style guidelines say a porter sholdn't be too roasty, does this get a pass? I say YES! Just like a coffee porter that relys on roast, this wouldn't work without it. Hands down the best smoked beer I've had - Cornerstone Brewing in Berea Ohio makes the second best with their smoked porter. Must try to brew on some day :)
Perfect carb. Med-thick mouth. Not a milkshake, but not a typical malty porter. Well done indeed!.
I feel bad that I need to ding the drinkability due to the uniqueness, but I don't feel like I need another. But it's WAAY more drinkable than other smoked beers or even other porters.
Glad I got to try this absolute legend in the craft community. Thanks for the goodness, Alaskan - this is one amazing beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-29-2009 02:21:08 | More by jampics2
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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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