Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by sweetbrew82:
3.4/5 rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
22 oz. into a snifter/ 2009 version
P: Very dark, cola brown with 2 fingers of light brown foam on top made up of tiny, soapy bubbles that stay pretty tightly knit. Showed only average retention, then sank to a thick halo with patches of bubbles and left some really nice lace coverage that didn't have enough stickiness to hand around for long, though.
A: Deep, roasted malts that smell primarily of barley are surrounded by a campfire-like, woodsy smoke that isn't overwhelming, but is a prominent player in the aroma. Following that up is some coffee, chocolate, and maybe a splash of vanilla on top of some very subtle dark fruits.
T: This puppy is roasted and smoky from the jump with a malty sweet flavor of barley grain, and that same kind of woodsy smoke noted in the nose. The smoke isn't quite overbearing in strength, but tippy-toes the line of my personal threshold as it gives me that same kind of ash-like unpleasantness that you get when you're too close to the campfire. I also get some espresso, mocha, and a prune/raisin-like flavor in the background that tasted overly ripe. Hop bitterness comes in late to try and balance things out, while a little vanilla sweetness is noticed underneath.
M: Upon my first sip of this Alaskan Smoked Porter, my initial impression was, "Damn, this is shockingly thin!" It's light-bodied for the style and borders on being downright watery. It's got no creaminess or chewiness to speak of, and it seems as if the lack of beefiness is making it impossible for the flavor to grab any traction.
Notes: Man, I usually like smoked beers, and I usually love porters, but this version of a smoked porter just didn't sit well with me. I thought I was going to like it based on the aroma, but was a bit underwhelmed by the flavor profile. However, the mouthfeel of this beer was a major let-down. It just didn't offer near enough in the way of heft to let the flavors shine as brightly as they could. A bit disappointed considering all the hype surrounding this brew.
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2009 09:38:10 | More by sweetbrew82
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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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