Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Smoked PorterAlaskan Smoked Porter

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1,805 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,805
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 325
Gots: 364 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-18-2001

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.
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Ratings: 1,805 | Reviews: 949
Photo of Jeffsta1
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty, dark color. Head is tan, moderately fine foam.

Smells good, smoky, a bit sour. Mesquite smoke.

Malt, smoke, sour flavor. Good not great.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than suggested by the color and smell. Carbonation is good, not overdone.

I want to like this beer more than I do.

Photo of jzlyo
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is pungent smoked malts and hickory/oak. The flavor is smoked malts, hickory/oak, hints of smoked meat, dark malts, fruit and a long and acidic/tangy/slightly dry finish.

Photo of Teen-o
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The only thing I can say about this beer is holy smokes.

Photo of gobuccos
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 from a gift pack found on shelf. Pours jet black, very little head. Taste is great. Still some great smoke. I was concerned with 6.5% abv, but this aged nicely.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a super dark brown, bordering on black color with a nice billowy tan colored head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a god sum of foamy and stringy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather strong of a sweeter aroma with lots of molasses and caramel mixed with a good showing of a brownie smell of a slightly burnt and roasty nature. Along with these aromas comes a nice smoky smell mixed with a little bit of a grainy and hay-like aroma. Overall, the aroma is dark, smoky, and sweet. It’s quite nice.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet caramel and molasses taste as the nose would have suggested. Along with these sweeter tastes is a rather strong roasty flavor containing within a nice hit of grain and char. As the taste advances some of the sweeter tastes dwindle a bit all while more char and some rather smoky flavors come to the tongue. The smoke really comes on strong more toward the end, and with some hay, more roast and a loss of the sweeter tastes, one is left with a rather nice roasty and smoky porter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a on the slightly thinner side for a porter with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side as well. The lower carbonation is great for the darker, smoky, and upfront sweet nature of the beer, allowing all the flavors to really coat the tongue. While said, a little thicker of a body would have accentuated these nice flavors even better, really allowing all the dark tastes to linger on the tongue. Overall, the feel was just OK.

Overall – This was a very flavorful and tasty smoked porter with a nice sweet start mixed with a good showing of smoke and char flavor later on. If only the body was a bit thicker it would have been totally spot one. A very good one to try if you have not yet had it. Quite tasty overall.

Photo of Furlinator
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich dark malt with a subtle smoke finish. Very good.

Photo of IMFletcher
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Felt that the smoke flavors were excellent, but danced too close to the Band-Aid line for me.

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.98/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my favorite. Hands down no doubt. I am lucky enough as a lower 48er to have Alaskan smoked salmon sent to me. When I drink this beer it reminds me of a second home. I eat more salmon around drinking this. It makes me close my eyes and sigh in relief something tastes this good. I told my friends to recreate the movie How High with my ashes but smoke me with the alder wood used for this beer. Never pass on someone offering you this.

Photo of cryptichead
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The smoky smell of BBQ and jerky is too unsubtle and overpowering. This type of beer is not for everybody.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

March 21, 2015

22 oz bomber, snifter

(2013 Vintage)

A – Very, very dark brown, nearly black. Looks like it is clear, but it is mostly opaque so hard to tell for sure. Maybe a quarter-inch of light tan head, mostly bubbly, with moderate-low retention.

S – Smoke is very much prominent, definitely beechwood but I feel like some mesquite or pecan presence as well, similar to wood used in American barbeque. Black and dark malts provide some minor roast notes, a touch of sweetness, but masked by the smoke. Perhaps some fruity hops, but nearly impossible to distinguish.

T – Despite being so prominent in the aroma, smoke is much more balanced here, though still quite up-front. Some roasted, slightly bitter malt, along with some chocolate sweetness. Again, maybe the lightest touch of fruity hops, and some moderate-low bitterness.

M – Medium-bodied, leaning just slightly heavy. Lower carbonation. Slightly malt-sweet and slightly hop-bitter.

O – An excellent smoked beer. Lots of aroma and flavor with a solid base robust/American porter. Very much in balance, perfect next to a campfire or with some smoky meats.

Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is no doubt that this is the best smoked Porter that I have ever had. Literally a perfect beer. Pours nearly black with a small layer of tan foam on the top. Smooth mouthfeel and incredible smokey taste. I'm somewhat biased as I am partial to smoked porters, but this one is hands down the best I've ever had. Beautifully balanced, it's a wonderful evening treat.

Photo of patrykfus
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from 2013. good but not to much smoked :)

Photo of Mone1000
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been collecting for awhile. 2008 2012 2013 2014. My own retirement present. Ya. That good!

Photo of MNAle
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 version. First pour: bomber into a tulip glass. Second pour: into a pilsener glass to try to see more (color, carbonation). Pours very dark, almost opaque black. 1.5 in thick tan head that retains nicely. Leaves thick, clinging lace as it receded. (This pilsener pour had a much larger head, that collapsed with a very nice visual effect from the bottom up. Also, if I backlit the pilsener, I could see a very dark red color behind the front-lit black.) Smokey aroma, as expected from the name, with a faint meaty bacon or ham note. A bit of a boozy smell, even though it is only 6.5%. Pleasant aroma, but not the traditional beer-like. Smokey flavor on initial taste, with a mild bitterness lasting into the aftertaste. Thick, creamy mouth feel. Almost no carbonation visible in the tulip or in the feel. The smoky bacon is there in the taste, but the smokiness is more subtle than I was expecting. With backlighting in the pilsener, I was able to observe light carbonation. The malt backbone of this beer is well represented, but still, the overriding taste is smoky and somewhat bitter. I would have expected more of a malt-forward taste for a porter, but I do like the taste nonetheless. I have two other bottles that my intention is to drink one per year and see how it ages. I'm looking forward to see how this very good beer changes with age.

Photo of Sixpoint
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An American classic - what a beauty.

Photo of NailtheAle
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent taste, great aroma, and very smooth.

Photo of montesown
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, but I either should have aged this (2014 series) or let it get a little warmer I feel.
Cheers -

Photo of Sasquatch_B_Foot
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Flavor varies from year to year. Over all this is the Smoked porter to which all smokes porter should aspire to.

Photo of jrob21
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

on tap at the brewery. get’s a couple of points for style and originality but i can’t help but think of smoked fish when i taste this beer

Photo of Sweffin
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage. Smooth and balanced smoke, some chocolate.

Photo of PaulyB83
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's got a level of smoke that I'm looking for but the porter is a bit lacking compared to the likes of Founders or Edmund Fitzgerald.

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Red/brown colour. Smell: smoke, chocolate, bit of dryed dark fruits. Taste: same, with a touch of citrus. Guess the acidity is a result of aging (from 2012). Classic, indeed. Very recommendable.

Photo of Vogie
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass. 2014 series.

Pours a dark brown almost black with a half inch of coffee colored head that leaves some lacing and a ring around the edges with tiny bubbles rising to the top. Aromas of campfire smoke, earthy hops, and dark chocolate. Taste is intense campfire smoked malts leading to an earthy hop bitterness. As it warms it almost gets a touch sweeter with more of the rich chocolate qualities coming through to balance the smoke. Mouthfeel is creamy, smoky, heavy body, mild carbonation.

Yum! A mixture of smoky, creamy, chocolatey delicious goodness. Balances out more as it warms. This is what smoked beers are all about.

Photo of BrewCrew44
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply amazing. Smokiness is there but not overpowering and doesn't have that enormous alcohol taste of most beers you age

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 bottle. Liquid bacon. Some smoke, but balanced out well with the sweet malt backbone. Pretty good.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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