Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by joe1510:
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Discount Liquors, Milwaukee
I get excited for the release of Alaskan Smoked Porter every year. A two finger mocha meringue like cap sits atop an inky black body that no light can penetrate. Intricate Belgian-style lacing clings to the glass after each drink and finally settles to a creamy skim coat. This is one appetizing looking beer.
Alder immediately leaps from the glass but this smoke is restrained. Dark cocoa and bittersweet chocolate lay a rich base over which light coffee & cream interplay. A hint of berry sweetness pops up occasionally. The smoke is more sweet than savory.
The flavor not only equals the aroma but surpasses it. This is a hugely complex, hugely layered, supremely balanced porter. Each aspect of the flavor profile is big and robust but they all balance flawlessly. Smoke, chocolate richness and bitterness, coffee with cream & sugar, and dark berries are all in attendance each with it's own brief spotlight.
The mouthfeel is near perfect. The body is medium full with carbonation on the sluggish side. Can't find a much silkier body than you find here. There's even a whisper of alcohol dryness in the nose and some bitterness at the back of the throat.
This is one of the best smoked beers on the planet and easily the best I've had from America. The smoke is restrained and in good taste but the porter underneath that alder wood is fantastic. I'd recommend Alaskan Smoked Porter to anyone in the craft beer scene whether new or an old timer.
Serving type: bottle
08-28-2013 03:59:11 | More by joe1510
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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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