Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.75/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
651 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high on account of both the brewery (which I quite fancy) and the recommendation of a friend (blakelive784). I'm quite a fan of both rauchbiers and porters, so I should be in for a treat. 2011 vintage.
Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger head of nice rich tan colour, great cream, great thickness, and good retention - though the ABV is merely above average. Colour is a predictable nontransparent solid black. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible - likely due to the nontransparency. So far so good.
Sm: Smoke and cream sit surprisingly well alongside each other. Dark malts - perhaps lightly toasted. Chocolate. Hints of nuts perhaps. Caramelization. A vibrant rich aroma with more depth than most porters. I'm impressed. The smoke isn't overbearing. A mild strength subtle aroma that really makes me want to try it.
T: A delightful body comprised of dark malts with a smoke tone running throughout the whole beer, giving it a flavourful throughline and clear focus. Chocolate is present but not too rich. Delightful malt layering is a highlight. Rich cream aids the open but doesn't negatively impact the balance. And the balance here is critical between the smoke and the cream. I don't know how they handled that so well. It's nicely well rounded, with hints of toasting and roasting keeping it subtle. A complex porter that is very pleasant to drink. I quite enjoy it. Built very well for the style. It's everything I expected it to be.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with some lovely coarseness on the climax - likely from the smoke. It's a masterful touch that adds a unique element to this porter, distinguishing it from others. This porter ventures as much into stout territory as an average oatmeal stout ventures into porter territory. The result is a fantastic mouthfeel with a great deal of depth. Complements the taste very well. Silky yet tantalizing.
Dr: Very drinkable. I could drink it all night in the proper mood. Decently priced as a practical import. Another winner from Alaskan brewing. I'd recommend this to friends, and I'd certainly like to try it on draught.
This gets better as it warms; I recommend giving it a good ten minutes out of the refrigerator before serving.
Would pair excellently with any fish or meat. Barbecue would be a joy. Salads and breads would also suit it nicely, but likely not cheese. Chocolate is also a poor choice to pair with this beer.
Drank well out of me goblet, but a pint glass or glass mug would be ideal methinks.
A good candidate for aging. Deserves a spot in any porter lover's cellar.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2012 02:36:06 | More by kojevergas
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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
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