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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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1,518 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 268
Gots: 249 | FT: 18
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 edition. Interesting smokey taste and aroma from the unique wood used, well carbonated, perhaps a tad too much. Salt. Intense. Bit of bitterness in finish. Good with grilled meat and fish. Black of course. Quite a nice one and an easy, medium mouthfeel drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 05:02:47 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -28.2%

08-11-2012 22:28:43 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a big 2 inch tan head that fades to a small cap. Nice rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of roasted coffee, unsweetened chocolate, campfire smoke, and a earthy wood smell. Very nice to sniff. Taste is similar with smoked malts in the front followed by subdued coffee and slight cocoa powder flavors. There is a woody essence that lingers in the mouth after each sip. Mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. Very low carbonation leaves the beer very thick to drink easily. Overall, this is a great porter with a great smoky taste. I am glad I have a few other bottles in the cellar to enjoy later on.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 06:20:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

01-05-2012 01:15:12 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this from one of the Oregon bottle shops. Served in a Jackie O's snifter

Pours a very dark brown and is nearly opaque. Good off white head with a bit of lacing and a good collar as it goes down. The nose brings quite a bit of smoked malt and a bit of meaty bacon. There's also a slight amount of roast. Flavor is dominated by smoke and meat with a nice roasted malt backing. Medium body with a nice dry finish. Waited awhile to try this and it did not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 01:19:49 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Wet Kodiak brown bear on a moonless night brown (that one just missed making the Crayola 64-pack). I don't believe that I've ever seen a porter this light rejectingly dark. The malted milk colored cap is compact, creamysmooth and is depositing lace in a virtually unbroken sheet.

The nose consists of a wonderful combination of roasted barley and smoke. Thankfully, the smoke isn't rauchbier-like and is restrained enough for me to appreciate dark chocolate and hops underlying the principal elements of the aroma. "Some think the smoke is tooo strong and some think the smoke is tooo weak, but I think the smoke is juuust right."

This is tasty beer without a doubt. Again, well-roasted barley and wood smoke play off one another nicely. While the flavor is good, it doesn't quite achieve greatness in my eyes, possibly because the body is lighter than expected and results in a beer that lacks some degree of power and presence in the mouth. I know that this is an American porter and not a Baltic porter or a stout, but still...

Yet another facet of the flavor profile is a mellow, fruity tartness. In addition, hops contribute a modest finishing bitterness. The body/mouthfeel is strictly medium for the style and tends to thin out just a tad on the swallow. I'll restrain myself from marking it down, even though I prefer more full-bodied beer. It probably qualifies as nitpickiness, but the carbonation is slightly too sprightly.

Alaskan Smoked Porter is good beer. Bulking up the body would help immensely and would turn it into something special. I can see how some just love it though. This a beer that I'll buy whenever I have the opportunity to do so. 2003 edition.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 16:38:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting a good long while to get my hands on this outstandingly rated brew. My first shot was this relativly young 2006 bottle.

A - Poured a deep dark jet black with a small tan, caramel colored head that did not have much staying power. Low retention led to a quick fade to a skim layer on top and a smll amount of lace.

S - The smell was very strong, knocking you back almost at first. Big smoked flavors were the predominant course here. Small hint at some sugary sweetness and perhaps a bit of a bittering hop in their at the end. But just about anything in there would have been overwhelmed by the absolutly absurdly strong smoked flavors.

M & T - First impression was extremely smmoth, crisp, and damn strong. Tons of flavors in the back here, but I think this may need to sit down for a few to get the strong aromas to mellow and allow some more of the subtle stuff to come though. Great, really light frothy carbonation left the palate feeling cleansed and refreshed. A slight bittering hop could be found in the finish and and a long lingering flavor that I could still taste several hours later!

D - Overall there is really nothing like this. It is a superbly put together brew and I can now see why everyone raves. Would love to try some older vinatge to see if some more complex flavors come out.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 00:05:53 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2006 Vintage, tasted in July 2007

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a modest tan head that leaves the occasional splotch of lace

Smell: Dark chocolate and dark fruit with a considerable amount of alder smoke

Taste: Starts out with a bitter, but fruity, dark chocolate flavor that is joined, mid-palate by the alder smoke; after the swallow the flavors magnify into the finish

Mouthfeel: Rich and full-bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just superb, as always

I was curious about the shelf like of AK Smoked Porter and tried the 2006 again on 7/15/13. Faded, but still drinking fine.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 23:27:31 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

12-14-2011 04:16:45 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a black color porter with a quite big foamy head with some good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of smoked malt is dominating with some dry roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is dominated by smoked malt with a well balance mix of dry roasted malt. I enjoyed the fact that while still being a smoked beer it was well enough balance to enjoy other aspect (i.e. roasted malt). Body is quite full with some medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 14:41:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 sampling--thanks to SheepNutz.

It's what I have expected. Surprisingly so. A solid, well-balanced, heavier than normal, rich, porter. Alone, without the smoke, would warrant a big-time review. With the smoke additions, it's nearly perfect. Lots of chocolate, powdery, roastiness, light coffee, and milk-stout flavors that have melded well over the past few years. The smoke doesn't only add another flavor on top of the porter flavors, it becomes an integral part of the brew. Difficult to detect where the porter ends and the smoke begins. The perfect camp-fire brew. Bold to the taste, and silky to the touch.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 21:27:50 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with some reddish hues and a short lived khaki head.

S: Big time smokiness to the nose with an intense saltiness and woodiness. There's a slightly meaty aroma to it, too. Some roasted malts and a hint of sweetness underneath, perhaps toffee.

T: As expected, huge smokiness on the palate. Burnt wood and ash with plenty of roasted malt flavor to it as well. A slight chalkiness to the flavor and only a minimal toffee sweetness to the beer.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: The smokiness didn't work well with the other flavors here, it just takes over and really dries out the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 07:30:10 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-09-2012 00:54:14 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

2008 Vintage. A real WTF moment when I finally noticed I had never properly pounded out some notes for this beer.

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown, near black body with some ruby-hued edges and a topped by a frothed, beige head.

Smell: A distinct aroma with its alder wood aspect that's always suggestive of high quality smoked meats. Also some roasty and unsweetened chocolate notes as well as a waft of dark fruits.

Taste: Though the smoked alder wood is full and present in the flavor, it doesn't totally squash the beer's other characteristics. Roasty, sweetish malts with some subtle chocolate tones and even milder hint of decaffeinated coffee. Touch of dark fruitiness in the background. Slight clean bitterness present. The smokiness remains beyond the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: With its relatively lighter body and good balance, this one is just that much more drinkable and it can become quite difficult not to grab a few bombers and drink yourself into a stupor on the couch. It's a beer I'm always happy to have regardless of vintage or time of year it happens to be.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 22:22:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-06-2011 18:04:07 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-19-2013 16:50:32 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-17-2013 05:34:44 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

12-21-2011 19:54:55 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

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

2004 bottle,pours and almost ink blank but I did see some ruby near the bottem of my glass with a thin mocha head,wow what aromas going on smoked meats,unsweetened chocolate and some earth what combination.Big and bold tasting as expected big dose of alder smoke and unsweeteded chocolate with a dry earthy/nutty finish.Wow complex and big my first stab at this leaves me quite impressed will get more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 02:02:59 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

09-16-2013 02:54:51 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

Pours a nearly opaque black-brown with about a finger of tan bubbly head. Laces very well, very thickly. The nose has a healthy dose of smoked ham, along with some dark malts, molasses, and charcoal. The taste generally follows, with that smoked ham really taking center stage (and boy, is it ever tasty!). Along with that, the dark malts and charcoal are the most prominent, with the molasses, brown sugar, and subtle bitterness hanging around in the background. The body is quite medium, with minor carbonation and a smooth, borderline watery feel. Overall, a very tasty and very highly drinkable brew, especially for those who dig both porters and rauchbiers.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 16:57:47 | More by TMoney2591
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

03-06-2014 14:46:39 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

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

Finally (!) I get to try this beer, thanks Joe! 2006 edition.

Appears black with reddish mahogany highlights around the edge. A cap of light tan foam forms and recedes after a few minutes.

Aroma of dry, subdued campfire smoke. Some mildly sweet molasses comes out also.

Smoke flavor is moderate and balanced, not overwhelming at all. Finishes dry with a light complimentary bitterness towards the end. Deep malt-centric flavors, some subtle plum, with a dry bitter finish. Feel is smooth with ample carbonation, pretty light feeling overall.

A really easygoing smoked porter, not as overbearing as ones from Bamberg can be sometimes.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 03:02:57 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

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

2006 Edition

A - Poured out a jet black, opaque color with a small, tan head. It left a tiny amount of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very smoky like a good barbeque. There was also a roasted malt aroma.

T - The roasted malt flavor was quite strong. The smokiness was a little muted, it is not nearly as strong as a Rauchbier.

M - It was sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. It certainly is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 02:47:38 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

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

2005 vintage sampled 11/30/06.

Appearance: Poured opaque black with a moderate foamy head that faded pretty quickly into a small ring around the glass.

Smell: The nose is all earthy, smoked malts and dark chocolate. Intensely aromatic stuff.

Taste: The taste mirrors the smell - sweet, smoaked malts in the front, chocolate, hazelnut, and a light hoppy finish.

Mouth: This is thick for a porter; drinks more like a stout to me. Lightly carbonated and very smooth.

Drinkability: While entirely delicious, the strong character makes it hard to drink a lot of this in one sitting. A glass or two is enough for me. It's thoroughly enjoyable stuff, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 02:30:50 | More by largadeer
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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.