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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4.09/5 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
3.89/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
2011 bottling poured into a Maudite snifter. The beer is very dark, arguably black, admits no light that I can see, and sports a rocky brown head. The nose has distinct smokey notes, but the smoke is not terribly potent. Underneath the smoke are some nice roasty notes and a rich malty vanilla-like sweetness.
Medium body with a nice porter flavor of roast and malt accented by a lovely smokiness. Up front you get sweet malt and sarsaparilla flavors, then at mid palate roasty notes and smoke come in. The smoke is well-balanced by the other flavors and does not dominate. A little roast and smoke linger on the finish. The beer is much easier-drinking than I thought it would be.
I traded for this beer a while ago and forgot I had it. I probably waited just a bit too long to crack it open, but I think it held up pretty well. Generally, I don't go for smoked beers, but this one is very nicely done. The smoke is subtle and a bit player, not the star of the show. I would prefer if the sweet flavors were a little more aggressive, and I find the feel to be a bit thin, but it's still a really nice beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 00:46:44 | More by deadonhisfeet
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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