Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.22/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Provided by thebouch01 at a recent, small tasting. Thanks, Kevin!
22oz bottle poured into a pint, split 3 ways.
A - Pours a light chocolate brown, not unlike a glass of cola. A frothy, tan-colored head forms slowly after pouring, with decent retention. The lacing afterwards is quite nice as well, with a complex lace pattern crisscrossing itself sporadically.
S - While I'm not a huge fan of smoked beers and wasn't sure what to expect out of this one. I'm not sure if it normally is like this or if it just mellowed a bit due to the age, but it is not overly smoky at all. Fret not if you don't enjoy the heavy BBQ char that some smoked beers bring, as this is integrated nicely within the porter base. You can actually get the roast and chocolate both before and after the smoke really settles in, which gives it some nice depth. It has the smell of a campfire which has been put out for several hours and you get that slightly ashy but rich aroma of smoked wood.
T - The smoke does play a more central role in the taste, as it comes in sooner and lasts for far longer as it lingers on the palate. It is still possible to get the coffee notes and the sweeter chocolate, which serves to balance the smokiness. Again, it's not as if chewing on charcoal, but merely gives it some complexity and a warming note. A bit salty in the finish.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with lowish carbonation. I always find myself torn on porters that bring a big rush of flavor, as I am simultaneously found wanting a bit more body in the more robust beers, but also think the thinner feel helps keep it from being too heavy. In this beer, I have to say the thinner body does help, as it doesn't let the smoke invade the palate which keeps each sip as balanced as the rest.
D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. As mentioned in the last sentence of the mouthfeel, I think they key to this beer is the balance. It has smoke, but is kept in check by the coffee, sweet chocolate, and slight saltiness. Not one specific aspect of this beer overwhelms the mouth, but rather it comes together in a succinct package to just be a tasty beer.
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2011 02:06:50 | More by nhindian
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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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