Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tfinn:
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
when this started appearing at my local brew shop(s) in late 2003, I bought a case with the intention of laying it down for a few years to see how it developed. it didn't happen. this beer's goodness overrides my patience.
I was able to find a few more bottles here and there, and on this fine overcast Portland sunday, I decided to crack open the last remaining bottle and see what the months have done to it.
appearance is dark muddy ruby color. very little head, although I probably shouldn't have chilled it for so long. no matter. I'm savoring this glass.
the smell: I <3 the scent of smoke porters. this one is no exception. it's deep and rich and somewhat invocative of salmon for me, or perhaps that's just my imagination running wild with alaskan allegory.
taste: definitely a porter. no doubt there. it's not super salty, nor overtly sweet, nor extra tangy, nor excessively chocolaty, yet all these aspects are present, connected by a smoky tour guide.
mouthfeel: definitely the pseudo-slippery porter thing going on. by scent alone, I expect it to be heavier than it is, and it feels substantial on the tongue until swallowed, but the expected syrupy coating simply isn't there. this of course urges me to take another mouthful...
drinkability: it's meaty. it's complex. it smells great and tastes better. it would go well with cream cheese and a bagel. it isn't something I'd make a night out of drinking, simply due to the attention and respect it deserves. that being said, I have enjoyed a pint or two in a sitting as a seasonal treat.
in my experience, the smoke character tends to vary with time. my late 2003 case had an extremely pronounced smoke character, which had settled back in my early 2004 samplings. in this April 2004 sampling, the smoke is a bit more forward than my last sampling, although nowhere near the strength of my original tastings.
I eagerly look forward to 2004's alaskan smoked porter, and hope I can restrain myself enough to lay down a case for more than two months.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2004 22:37:05 | More by tfinn
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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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