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
More User Reviews:
4.53/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Black color with some ruby red highlights. Thick creamy beige head.
Smoked wood, some charcoal, sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate.
Smoked wood from start to finish, rich, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, a little charcoal. Bitter finish, very smooth. Body is full, creamy, silky, smooth.
It's an outstanding smoked porter.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 21:37:40 | More by mjurney
4.24/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: Pours with huge, thick, mostly very fine bubbles (some big ones in the middle), head. Good, slow, sticky retention (big bubbles breakdown principle). Leaves a thin, creamy top layer and fair amount of lacing. Dark brown with strong amber hue, can't see through but seems relatively clear.
Smell: Smoked, first associations were of light pork meat but combined with salty notes it creates a raw smoked salmon smell - fantastic. Also some light fruity notes, watermelon and little sweet tomatoes. Porter backbone is present, but light - milk chocolate warmth. It's very clean.
Taste: Light sweet middle, some hints of chocolate, caramel, dates, coffee. Very light sour and mineral notes. All builds up and goes to very clear, clean medium bitterness, mostly ash smoke with a bit of roast. Very smooth, light porter milkiness with light hop presence at the end too.
Mouthfeel: Medium, medium heavy body feel, silky, smooth - very good. Fills the mouth completely.
Overall: It's very clean, the salmon smoke character is very unique and outstanding, porter backbone is barely noticeable. A very interesting example of the style and good representation that the smoke can do some unique and superb shit.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 22:40:58 | More by tmzl
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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