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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,535 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,535
Reviews: 907
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 272
Gots: 255 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
The dark, robust body and pronounced smoky flavor of this limited edition beer make it an adventuresome taste experience. Alaskan Smoked Porter is produced in limited "vintages" each year on November 1 and unlike most beers, may be aged in the bottle much like fine wine.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-18-2001)
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

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.

2009 vintage.

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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Taste: Delivers amazing balance of smooth smoke with an amazing finish. I am in love with the smoked flavor. Doesn't over power like some. So well balanced.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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