Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 930
Hads: 1,821
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 325
Gots: 364 | FT: 20
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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:
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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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an absolutely amazing porter! pours near black with a reasonable tan head. huge nose. smokey as anything, lots of chocolate malt roasted heavy, and some alcohol tang. flavor is equally smokey, bornerline rauchbier, but the body is bigger here. this is expresso a little, but also some unexpected hop bitterness as it concludes. mouthfeel is fantastic, close to full bodied, strong, and carbonated a little more than most porters are, which gives it a more delicate feel. overall one of the better porters ive had in a while, very smoked. certainly the best alaskan beer ive had. gonna be gold with a major spicy chille con carne! (629 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,687 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber procured in a Whole Foods in Bellevue, WA. Damn, they have good beer available in that Stepford Wife-ridden suburb...

This beer pours a very dark, very ominous brown cola colour, with one finger of weighty foamy beige head, which leaves some sea bluff profiles of painted lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of smoked salmon, chocolate malt, and mildly bitter pine hops. The taste is salty, smoked malt, some languishing medium chocolate, and some bitter earthy hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body close to full in weight, and quite smooth. It finishes with a soft saltine cracker malt doused in chocolate.

Wow - a whole lot going on in this brew, but it all comes back to the chocolate malt, whether it be from a swing by the fishy seashore, or a traipse through the wild northern forests. A very fine porter that rams home that outdoors-y feel. (884 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  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. (640 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,333 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  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. (648 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,160 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2001. Quite black in color with only a sliver of clear brown visible at the base of the glass. Pours a pillowy, deep tan head that holds well, eventually drops to a good collar, and leaves some excellent lace. The smoke is clearly present in the aroma. It's satisfying - much more like burning wood than dry leaves, or cigarettes (as some smoked, and even roasted barley tinted, beers can be). Much like the smell you pick up on yourself while camping. When combined with the earthiness and grassiness of the hops present, the aroma is like being out in the wild. It's slightly sharp, but not too acrid; with a delicate, "woody" taste. The smoke is backed by a lightly sweet, dark chocolatey maltiness and the aforementioned hops. Surprisingly, it's smokiness is continually noticeable and enjoyable. With some smoked beers, the smoke is mainly found at the outset, and then lost. The body is medium-full with a moderate carbonation level. The mouthfeel is nicely creamy. The flavor is softly fruity, and mainly chocolatey, with a lingering sherry-like character, some hops, and a really nice soft smokiness in the finish. Very well balanced, but also assertively hoppy! Very enjoyable; even comforting in a way. Quite complex, not just with the smoke adding an exciting layer, but within the beer itself. Quite rich, and very rewarding. Absolutely worth trying - even for the person who doesn't normally like smoked beers! This one is quite unique! (1,449 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge 2 finger frothy and fluffy head that fades at a medium pace over essentially black beer, no real light coming through but not pitch black, and some nice lacing.

Nose brings a nice smoke, some smoked meats/cheese, light campfire, some light creamy roasty porter, bit of toffee, coffee, earthy malt aromas, and just a hint of earthy hops.

Taste also brings plenty of smoke, a nice smoked cheese/meat again, very light campfire, a slight creamy malt, some roasted malts, a bit of coffee and toffee, touch of caramel, and slight hint of vanilla, slightest salty/briny taste, little fluffy, and a very slight earthy hop flavor too. Finish gets a slight drier, lots of lingering smoke and a bit more bitterness, slight sticky feel and hint of brine.

Mouth is fairly creamy, a bit heavier bodied to medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drink it pretty good, no real abv kick, creamy and rich but not heavy, decent carbonation and a nice balance but touch of salty/briny taste, a slight sticky finish but dries decently. (1,028 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 release, acquired from joshd, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is smoky along with roasted malts, coffee, a little bit of fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise very smoky and malty with flavors of coffee and dark fruit. The smokiness seems to come and go as it's more pronounced in some sips than it is in others. There's a very mild hops presence as expected from this type of beer. The after-taste is smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style while adding the smoked element, if you're in the mood for the smokiness this is a good beer to drink for a long time. (927 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown in the chalice. Moderate head and an attractive appearance. A coarse and spritzy mouthfeel. First sip is a surprise with a distinctly different kind of smoke. Long nose of wood smoke.

Tastes plenty smokey, but the bitterness takes over and the smoke flavor doesn't linger so long on the tongue as it does in the nose. Hops are quite forward. Hard to tell what's going on besides the bitterness, but there's some grapefruit pith. After some sipping it tastes like there is quite a bit of the charcoal barley in the mix and a touch of acidity.

Starts with a pleasing sweetness but the thin body leads to a sharp finish. More of a dry Stout flavor with a dose of smoke, and hopped like an IPA. Not my favorite smoked beer. From the 22 oz bottle, the 2011 edition. (778 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at my birthday tasting and save a bit back for a second taste - 2005 edition from a trade. 22oz bomber poured chilled into a goblet - no freshness date.

A - A deep totally opaque walnut brown w/ a 1 1/2 finger medium tan w/ plenty of thick spacious bubbles.

S - a scent that is very intense yet refined which is a bit like smoked wood and chocolate fudge juxtaposed.

M - The mouthfeel is big with plenty of smoked texture and mild carbonation. The smoothness of chocolate malt and creamy texture finishes dry w/ a light alcohol tinge

T - The flavor is nutty and spicy at first with a wood taste that is shadowed by a moderately full smokiness cushioned by chocolate malt and roasted malt flavors. The alcohol shows up in the taste after the malt, smoke and spice from the hops subside. I am surprised by how smokey the taste is considering I had one two years ago and it was mild according to my memory. Ahh, but the memory is funny. The smoke is actually balanced with the maltiness and alcohol overall. A very tasty smoke too with sweet woodiness adding dimension to the dry roasted flavor in the dark malt flavors. The is a bit like bittersweet cocoa as I swallow the last sip.

D - This is a great smoked porter at the top of the category for me. The way the attention to keeping the smoke high in the taste without overtaking the the spice of the hops or the flavor of the malt is great. I can't wait to taste this beer again now that I have had it aged and fresh. (1,486 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 Release. Sampled 11-23-06

Pours very dark brown that no light can pass through. Slightly smoky nose that reminds me of being in Ireland and riding in the van of a peat deliveryman. Flavor is just the same, but more. Very strong smoke flavor, that I think is very overdone and shows no balance. Feel is decent, but I think overall there is no balance and the smoke completely leans it too far to one side. Low Drinkability.

I had high expectations but lower results than expected. Would only go back to this if it were a different years release. (553 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint brown bottle with the vintage date of 2002 on the label, suggests to cellar the beer.

Appearance: Really freaking dark, thick looking with a tightly cropped thin lacing with minimal stickage.

Smell: Woody charcoal smokiness, earthy with a layer of sweetness of malt in the aroma.

Taste: There is a certain smoke flavour from start to finish, not over whelming but not complacent either. Layered thickly the smoke wraps itself around the malt tightly, malt gives some sweetness as well as a complementing flavour of a level charcoal roasted grain. Hint of fruitiness in the back, prune … black currant? Alcohol becomes a warming factor half way through the bottle as the finish come slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: More creaminess than anything else, smoothness is there as well but the creamy mouth feel is where it is at. Full bodied of a sturdy foundation of malt.

Drinkability & Notes: Not as legendary as so many of the aficionados said it was. A sound porter as a whole with a thickly line smoky backing, smoked cheese and meat would be the obvious pairing … why not try a contrast pairing of a grilled venison burger topped with soft pungent goat cheese and lime accented mayo … did me just fine. (1,237 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage 22 oz bomber pours a super effervescent mahogany with 3+ fingers of fluffed up mocha colored head with streaks of mahogany & black. Very good head retention & lacing

S Nice chocolate, alder & smokey oak notes

T: Chocolate, roasted grain, hints of wet oak chips. Baker's chocolate, iron, more smoke as this warms, along with dryness. Finishes with pleasing smokeyness, more cocoa & toasty malt notes

MF: Pretty rich for the abv, smooth, oily & near perfect carbonation

Drinks pretty darn easy. maybe I'd get tired of this after a while due to the smokeyness, but I'm not sure. This would pair great with Mississippi Mud Pie or BBQ, glad I finally got to drink more than a few ozs of this (703 characters)

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