Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.83/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5
Well this is a new one... my first beer from Alaskan Brewing and I suspect my first beer from Alaska, period. Pours from a 22oz bomber into my goblet, and fills it with a lush looking deep brown (nearly black) beer. There's a toasted red-tan head that settles in around the outside edge and lies low, but sticks around a good while.
This smells great, if you like wood-smoke. Very reminiscent of a Rauchbier, the first thing to hit your nose is a smoky, meaty wallop that reminds me of a peaty scotch -- Lagavulin, anyone? Hiding behind the smoke are the usual porter suspects of coffee and roasted grain, but they hide well. Alaskan Smoked Porter certainly lives up to its name.
The flavor is equally bold. For a poor approximation of this, take some liquid smoke and squirt some into a good porter -- say Anchor -- and stir. The flavor isn't unpleasant, but it's assertive and rich. I suddenly question the wisdom of drinking this on one of our miserable 90 degree Carolina nights. Oh well, too late now.
But I'm getting sidetracked. I'm tasting a lot of smoke character, which wraps up the sweet roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, molasses and burnt sugars in a thick smoked blanket. The flavors complement each other nicely, but I can't help but think there's a little too much smoke going on here. The mouthfeel is near perfect though, fizzy without being harsh and smooth going down. The aftertaste is again more smoke and burnt grains and lingers long. Interesting.
This is an oddball beer. It's good, but much like a smoky, salty scotch, it's not something I'd drink on a regular basis. Kudos to those crazy Alaskans for doing something different and doing it well. Give me a bottle of this on a frigid Northern night while I'm sitting on beech logs around a roaring fire and my score would likely be much higher. It's all about context.
More kudos to Edgelow for the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2007 01:37:47 | More by kkipple
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4.53/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Black color with some ruby red highlights. Thick creamy beige head.
Smoked wood, some charcoal, sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate.
Smoked wood from start to finish, rich, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, a little charcoal. Bitter finish, very smooth. Body is full, creamy, silky, smooth.
It's an outstanding smoked porter.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 21:37:40 | More by mjurney
4.24/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: Pours with huge, thick, mostly very fine bubbles (some big ones in the middle), head. Good, slow, sticky retention (big bubbles breakdown principle). Leaves a thin, creamy top layer and fair amount of lacing. Dark brown with strong amber hue, can't see through but seems relatively clear.
Smell: Smoked, first associations were of light pork meat but combined with salty notes it creates a raw smoked salmon smell - fantastic. Also some light fruity notes, watermelon and little sweet tomatoes. Porter backbone is present, but light - milk chocolate warmth. It's very clean.
Taste: Light sweet middle, some hints of chocolate, caramel, dates, coffee. Very light sour and mineral notes. All builds up and goes to very clear, clean medium bitterness, mostly ash smoke with a bit of roast. Very smooth, light porter milkiness with light hop presence at the end too.
Mouthfeel: Medium, medium heavy body feel, silky, smooth - very good. Fills the mouth completely.
Overall: It's very clean, the salmon smoke character is very unique and outstanding, porter backbone is barely noticeable. A very interesting example of the style and good representation that the smoke can do some unique and superb shit.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 22:40:58 | More by tmzl
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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