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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Smoked PorterAlaskan Smoked Porter

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1,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 1462
Reviews: 902
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%

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)
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Photo of WMEugene


4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prospector's Pizzeria at Denali.

A - Pours a dark brown with a nice dark khaki head. Very nice lacing.

S - I pick up some smoke and roasted malt notes. Not super strong, but very pleasant.

T - Rich, deep smoke flavor with balanced notes of coffee and chocolate with neither predominant. Excellent balance and a great taste. The smoke is great, but not overpowering. Very nice.

M - Very smooth with just a bit of smoky aftertaste. Goes down easy.

O - Just a great Smoked Porter and an enjoyable beverage to enjoy after a day in the Alaskan wilderness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 02:02:59 | More by WMEugene
Photo of magictacosinus


3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the newly opened Albany Taproom. Served in a 16oz pint glass.

Pours a darkened, brownish color with barely any light passing through, as well as sporting a modest half-finger of head. The top rim of the glass allows some clarity, but for the most part, this is by far one of the murkiest looking porters I've seen lately. Some bubbles and carbonation float around the glass, but there's an impressive viscosity with every swirl I give this. Some decent alcohol legs, although no lacing to be found. A solid, lively take on the style.

The aroma consists of a smoked, brown sugared malty flavor with a subtle yet astringent grainy backbone. There's lightly tinged coffee aromas, a little bit of chocolate and blackcurrant, but if you're wanting to try a legitimately smoked porter, look no further. This is pelted with smoky characteristics resemblant of firewood, smoked curated fish or meat, tobacco, and charcoal. It pretty much reminds me of sitting by a fireside outdoors on a camping trip in the company of friends. There's something to be said about a beer that can trigger such imagery.

The flavor continues the smoky trail, but there are luckily some aspects that open up here. Underneath the smoke, there are thickened, spiced rye-like breadiness, enormous peppery blackcurrant-like grains, and a little bit of grassy zest, all submerged in a ton of carbonation. Syrupy, caramelized sugar follows soon after. Can't make out any fruitiness in this one, and the smoke continues to the wood soaked bread flavor to almost overwhelming heights. This is honestly not a beer you want to chug down, as every sip is really intense and filled to the brim with charcoal and rich breadiness. There's definitely no thinness here to speak of, although the excessive carbonation gets a bit distracting in the long run.

There's smoked beers, and then there's this! This is really intense but flavorful if you give it a chance and the right mindset. This would go really well with game meat, smoked salmon, or simply paired with a cigar. Fans of whiskey may enjoy this one as well. I would welcome this on any cold evening, just as people in Alaska would when escaping from their own harsh weather. It's a beer with atmosphere, for sure, just definitely not for every occasion!

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 23:20:29 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of josephwa


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - lightly tan head, lots of lacing, dark chocolate brown color.
S - sweetness, smokyness, nice malt.
T - charcoal, roasted malt, bitterness, oak.
M - extremely well carbonated, medium body, good retention.
O - overall a very tasty smoked porter, very solid flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 23:47:31 | More by josephwa
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint.
Amber brown, little head.
Really nice porter. Malty. Sweet. Smoky.
Slight sweey hopy flavor but really mild but strong smoky flavor.
I usually don't like a smoky brew, but this is really nice.
I would almost say seek this out, but deff say to try it if you see it for sure. I almost passed it up, but glad I got one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 02:54:17 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of drgarage


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2000 vintage enjoyed on tap at Toronado

A: Nice dark chocolate brown body with one-finger chestnut brown head. Just what I look for in this style.

S: Smoke, roast, and chocolate. Delightful.

T: See smell, add in coffee and vanilla.

M: Big, fluid and chewy. Like biting cubes of campfire.

O: This is fantastic with more than a decade of age on it. Much better than when new, and with no signs of going over the hill any time soon. Love to try the same keg another decade from now.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 05:11:51 | More by drgarage
Photo of Merkur


4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Neighborhood resteraunt in San Diego. I had been wanting to try this beer for a long time as I love smoke beers.

The beer pours a dark brown almost black color with a bit of brown oily head.

The beer smells strongly of smoke. You can detect abit of raosty coffee, but who are we kidding, it was mostly smoke.

The beer tastes amazing. VERY smokey taste throughout. However, unlike some smoked porters where the smoke is not balanced or does not feel "blended" well, this one tastes smooth throughout. Very nice flavor.

The mouthfeel was fairly smooth and creamy.

Overall, best smoked porter I have ever had. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 15:50:36 | More by Merkur
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap in 12 oz serving ( 2011)

A- pours dark mahogany almost black with a thin and fresh tan collar some spotty lacing

S- was smoked malts , roasted toffee, caramel and cocoa

T- followed the nose the smoke was present first but it complemented the great porter flavors of chocolate and coffee nice malt profile with just the right amout of smoke

M- was nicely textured , creamy malty and velvet, with smoke

O- i loved this smoked porter as it was nicely balanced with the smoke and malts, will age 2 more of these

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 22:27:59 | More by gatornation
Photo of Scotchboy


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian ID. Poured into a chalice.

A: Opaque and black with caramel colors showing in the thinnest parts of the glass. Khaki colored head leaves some decent lace.

S: Instant but not unpleasant/overwhelming smoke...campfire or 2nd hand BBQ smoke. Hints of alder and milk chocolate behind that.

T: Silky smooth milk chocolate, smoked alder, and roasted malts...hints of dark cherries. The aftertaste is of dry smoky wood; again, not overpowering.

MF: Creamy and smooth, medium body, low carbonation.

O: Exactly what it is marketed to be. Couldn't drink a lot of this so I'm glad I've got 8oz and not a whole bomber.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2011 15:33:36 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of RFModeler


4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010 - From Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids

A: Thin head with very little lacing. A very dark chocolate color, almost black. As with most porters I personally don't prefer much head so it was a good start.

S: A sweet and smokey smell. The smoke aroma wasn't overpowering and it seemed like a good balanced beer from the aroma alone although there was hardly any contribution from the hops and no noticeable alcohol smell.

T: The smoke permeated the taste from the beginning to the finish of each sip. There was a decent amount of malty sweetness to the beer to balance the woody smoke. Again, like the aroma, the smoke was not overpowering and the sweetness was the perfect amount so as balance the smoke and still be very drinkable. Only a mild and pleasant smokey aftertaste that would disappear with a sip of water.

M: A good amount of body, like a porter should have. Not too chewy and not too clean.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and since I live so close to Oskar Blues I plan to purchase this beer again on a return visit. This beer went very well with my barbecued pulled pork sandwich and if I wasn't driving I would have had another. It seemed to age well, although I haven't tasted a 2011 Alaskan Smoked Porter to compare.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 15:35:03 | More by RFModeler
Photo of Rifugium


3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured a coffee brown with a moderately lacing beige head. Aroma of chocolate, dark malts, and light smoked wood. Roasted malts in the taste, chocolatey. Honestly didn't get much smoke on first sip, but after a quick palate-cleansing, there was a definite smokey, ashy character going on, so it's a good thing I tried again, and properly so (God knows what I drank before it). Also a very subtle plum sensation barely detectable, I thought. Nice, not quite full-bodied, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 15:33:22 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Tone


4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, smoke, sweet malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of smoke, slight roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hop, and slight coffee. Overall, the best offering I've had from Alaskan Brewing. Good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 15:05:00 | More by Tone
Photo of Duff27


4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a thick medium mocha two inch head atop a dark brown/black beer. Great lacing and head retention.

S- Smells sweet.

T- Roasted malts usual of a porter, only tastes better than the usual. Slight coffee taste. Smokiness IS apparent but not overwhelming. Great.

M- So smooth and creamy. Good carbonation.

D/O- Drinkability is incredible which you wouldn't expect from a smoked beer. The smokiness is well balanced with the porter. Quite possibly the best porter I've ever had. Thanks to TATURBO for hooking the up keg, bringing it back from Arizona.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 03:50:30 | More by Duff27
Photo of fsimcox


4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a wonderful beer.

Poured a deep, dark black, like an abyss. Fluffy tan foamy head that dissipates to a thin off-white cover. Some nice lacing.

Smells of smoke, and coffee. A strong smell, but not overpowering. Some roasted malt.

A smooth smoked coffee bean taste. A hint of creaminess up front, roasted malt and coffee, with a mild coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smokey creaminess, medium body even though it looks heavy. Some carbonation in the middle.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. But I do enjoy the roasted and smokey notes found in this porter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 14:12:11 | More by fsimcox
Photo of olmatty


3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Pours a deep brown, bordering on blackness. A very thin head with a little lacing.

Smell-Light but persistent smoke and faint roasted malt character.

Taste-Roasty coffee malts up front are quickly followed by a salted, earthy, leafy smoke with the smoke carefully in balance with the roasted malts and a spicy bitter hop presence.

Mouthfeel-Moderate bodied, middling carbonation with the hops, smoke and roast teaming up to create a flavor more reminiscent of a meat entree as much as a beer.

Drinkability-Plenty smooth, but I can't imagine more than one per session. I expected nothing different and there's not a thing to change here.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 04:08:32 | More by olmatty
Photo of Schmittymack


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Old Chicago Westy in a shaker glass. Pretty dark brown with decent head and lacing. Smoke on the nose and first sip was all smoke. Since glass was cold and the brew was too cold, too, I let the glass/brew warm a bit. After a few minutes, still got the smokiness but was able to pick up malt with a little chocolate. Drinkability is good to great; this is my favorite brew from Alaskan.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2010 04:17:28 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of LittleDon


4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black with no head an medium head retention. Aroma is combination of slight malt sweetness and light smokiness. Medium carbonation on the front end. It begins lightly sweet with chocolate notes. Smokiness builds in middle but only a moderate extent. Tastes like liquid brisket. Medium mouthfeel, consistent with style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 00:07:34 | More by LittleDon
Photo of birchstick


3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a black with a creamy white head

S - smells of smoked malts and coffee, with a lot of sweetness. Not very bold on the nose...it was hard to pick out the aromas.

T - the taste follows the nose...the smoked malt imparts a meaty taste. Got some coffee notes and a touch of sweet milk chocolate. Nice roastedness and sweetness balance going on.

M - smooth, medium body and goes down nicely

D - this is a really good smoked porter. This one has been on my radar for a long time; I am glad I finally got to try it, and on tap taboot.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 18:47:02 | More by birchstick
Photo of samie85


4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on 2/28/10 at Falling Rock Tap House.

A-Pours a dark brown with a little bit of tan head.

S-Smells like coffee, and smoke that comes from smoking meat.

T-Taste is roast coffee, that "smoked meat"smokiness, and it finishes with a dry, bitter roastiness.

M-This was a full-bodied beer and it was pretty well carbonated.

D-This was a great to finish out the night, but I couldn't imagine having more than a pint of it. Very rich and filling.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 07:26:08 | More by samie85
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01.14.10 at City Beer Store

A: dark and opqaue

S: love the smoked salmon scent

T: almonds bring out an almond-like flavor. This beer always makes me wish I had a huge honey ham in front of me. Seems like it's perfect for a Christmas feast.

M: beautifully malty, with a milkshake-like quality

D: love this stuff -- really need to try it with the ham someday

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2010 23:12:31 | More by Chambic
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3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Toronado:

Well I had Stone Smoked Porter(good, but not very "smoked") and this beer would have to be the true definition of a Smoked Porter. Pretty much liquid campfire. To the point, where it was not very enjoyable. Tasted like smoke, barbecue sauce, soy sauce, and a little meaty. Don't think I'd recommend this one, but if you like smoke, then go for it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2009 20:33:14 | More by Trappissed
Photo of jminsc76


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big brownish head that settles quickly, but reemerges nicely upon agitation. Additionally exhibits slight tinges of gray. Didn't notice the lacing at the time so I can't comment, but other reviewers say it's there and it's beautiful. The color of the body is black with a tinge of brown, and a little clearness around the edges as I tilt and rotate the glass. Almost like a slightly transparent coffee (if that makes any sense).

Strong aromas of smokiness and ocean (perhaps I am thinking saltwater), as is the smoky taste that I am sure was the idea of this beer. Flavors include hints of charcoal, salmon, and coffee. Also very peaty flavors, like drinking Talisker or Lagavulin but in beer form. The smoky charcoal flavors intensify as the beer warms slightly.

The mouthfeel is full, though the intense flavors may be adding a lot to the consistency. Not quite the fullness of an imperial stout, but much fuller than many of the other porters I have had.

This for me is not a session-able beer, and I could only knock down one or two per sitting, but very enjoyable especially if you love peaty/smoky scotches as I do.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2009 16:42:11 | More by jminsc76
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. Been waiting a while to try this one.

Pours a very dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes slowly into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smoky roasted malts with a bit of chocolate and tobacco.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Loads of smoked malts up front, followed by a good amount of tobacco flavors and ending with a mild dark chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness and solid carbonation that make this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I'm a big fan of beers with a smoky quality, but this might begin to wear on me after a few glasses.

Overall this beer didn't disappoint. The nice thickness and sheer amount of smokiness set this apart from other smoked porters I've had - definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2009 00:25:51 | More by glid02
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color that's not giving a lot of credence to the low bar light. The head is tightly packed and leaves good lacing, without being tall and in the way. In it's own manner, this is a timeless looking brew.

Bacon. There are a lot of things than can be smoked and cured to smell like this, but in my experience (I'm from the Midwest, people) it's Bacon. Actual characteristics are roasted barley and a dry smoke component. Mildly sweet, with some hops that indicate that this is in fact an American beer.

Full of flavor but not necessarily complex is the way I think of Alaskan's porter. The smoke is loud and in your face, with the hops playing second fiddle big time. Mildly acidic/tart component that is compounded by the relatively high amount of carbonation for a porter.

Ergo, the body is no more than medium, although this isn't a bad thing. There's a lot going on in the nose and flavor, and having a super-thick malt bomb might make it a little difficult to handle all of this in one package.

Good beer verging on great is the bottom line for me. This side of Germany there isn't quite the smoked beer culture, so seeing such a prominent example of a smoky, flavorful beer is great.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2008 02:27:10 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of HalfFull


4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/black in color with an appropriate head.

Smell is of chocolate and with rich berry notes. A hint of oak in the mix.

Taste initiates with a slapshot of burnt smoky oak embers. This is not a hanging by the campfire smell/taste, but one of sniffing a charred log that was burning all night and has just recently become touchable. And now your fingers have that smoky sense as well!

Good feel and drinkability with a moderate ABV. The intensity of the smoke does diminish with exposure as the taste buds adjust. Rather pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 05:50:09 | More by HalfFull
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3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am usually very fond of Porters but this was not to my liking. I thought it was too dry and too sweet. It looked chocolaty red and smelled like a woodsy mocha coffee but the taste really killed it for me. All I can say is try it if you must try everything but not worth seeking.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2008 05:17:09 | More by dalion037
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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,462 ratings.