1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Alaskan Smoked PorterAlaskan Smoked Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,535 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,535 | Reviews: 907 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sweetbrew82:
Photo of sweetbrew82
sweetbrew82

California

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
More User Reviews:
Photo of sonnydeezy
sonnydeezy

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-31-2014 04:43:01 | More by sonnydeezy
Photo of pintofparadise
pintofparadise

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-29-2014 02:39:09 | More by pintofparadise
Photo of MDDMD
MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-smoke, dark malt, caramel, chocolate, hint of coffee

T-chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, smoky, light molasses, hint of char, very well-balanced

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-really nice blend of flavors and easy drinking. Enjoyed savoring this one

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2014 01:29:20 | More by MDDMD
Photo of mostfadedone
mostfadedone

California

5/5  rDev +19.6%

07-23-2014 19:13:11 | More by mostfadedone
Photo of jessicajoann
jessicajoann

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-21-2014 14:45:28 | More by jessicajoann
Photo of Sellen
Sellen

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-19-2014 17:12:20 | More by Sellen
Photo of jmtpi
jmtpi

France

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-16-2014 19:12:47 | More by jmtpi
Photo of Iamjeff6
Iamjeff6

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-16-2014 14:08:30 | More by Iamjeff6
Photo of THoff94
THoff94


5/5  rDev +19.6%

07-14-2014 23:56:29 | More by THoff94
Photo of tectactoe
tectactoe

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-14-2014 17:04:07 | More by tectactoe
Photo of 22Blue
22Blue

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-14-2014 13:03:47 | More by 22Blue
Photo of nebuchadnezzer
nebuchadnezzer

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-14-2014 06:05:44 | More by nebuchadnezzer
Photo of DrBier
DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-13-2014 23:34:00 | More by DrBier
Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-13-2014 15:52:10 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
Photo of mrebeka
mrebeka

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-13-2014 03:48:22 | More by mrebeka
Photo of SitkaSteve
SitkaSteve

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-11-2014 01:46:40 | More by SitkaSteve
Photo of bobv
bobv

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-10-2014 17:59:17 | More by bobv
Photo of Yeti1979
Yeti1979

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-10-2014 15:28:34 | More by Yeti1979
Photo of kwhittle11
kwhittle11


4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-09-2014 07:05:46 | More by kwhittle11
Photo of BearMittens
BearMittens

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-09-2014 04:35:49 | More by BearMittens
Photo of ldhughes3
ldhughes3

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-09-2014 01:18:02 | More by ldhughes3
Photo of bastu
bastu

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-08-2014 07:01:44 | More by bastu
Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
ItsYourBoyBlue

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-07-2014 23:41:26 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
Photo of mpipe
mpipe

Minnesota

4.99/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. black with a nice head with retention.

Smell: Smoke, caramel, coffee, chocolate nirvana.

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.

Drinkability: This beer is my go to for the love of beer. If you don't like porters, or smoked beer stay away. if you like smoked porters, this is the one. Stone is close, but not as good.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 21:35:59 | More by mpipe
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,535 ratings.