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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,568 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,568
Reviews: 913
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 295
Gots: 260 | FT: 16
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 Spikester
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 version. 22 ounce bomber.
Pours black with a generous tan head and good amount of lacings.
Aroma is smokey cocoa.
Taste is smoked chocolate, molasses, a good amount of bitter hops, some coffee, and a medium dry finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and fully bitter.
Drinkability is good if you can handle the 6.5%. You won't notice it right away. Good tasty beer.

Spikester, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of bitterthebetter
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a jet black with off tan head

smoky malty notes with dry and chocolate malts

sublte smooth smokiness combined with dry, roasted, chocolate and slight spice notes

smooth, balanced, great finish

the subtle layers are smooth, balanced and continue to impress with every sip. best smoked porter or smoked beer i've ever had

bitterthebetter, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage tasted on 5/2/04. Dark black in color with a large tan head. Aroma dominated by smokey smells but also hints of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Some beef jerkey. Smokey chocolate tasting.

Did a vertical tasting (2001,2003 & 2004 vintages) on 1/14/05. The '01 is my favorite out of the 3 vintages I've tasted.

I have another veritcal ready to go!

hopdog, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of popery
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid and extremely smoky porter that could use some aging. The beer pours a nice black-brown with a healthy head, a pleasant surprise as I wasn't expecting much. It smells like a smokehouse that makes summer sausage and smoked salmon. This flavor and smell would probably smooth with age, but I know very little about cellaring. The taste is mostly smoke with some sweet chocolate or coffee, struggling to make it through the thick haze of smoke. I imagine cellaring for a long period would allow the other flavors to brighten up and smooth out the smoke. The feel is good, bubbly and mouth-coating. Drinkability is high despite the oddly flavored smoke, but it still detracts. I'm going to pick up another bottle and hide it away in my storage with a note that says do not drink for at least one year.

popery, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this on on draft and via the bottle. Never reviewed it so it is about time after drinking from the bottle this evening.

07 Vintage.

A: Pours a nice dark black hue with a small tight head. Okay retention and no lace.

S: Tons of smoke with notes fresh fish. As a child my grandfather used to smoke mullet and the aromas remind me of wonderful times with him.

T: Nice smoked flavors with hints of smoked fish and beef jerky. Bits of ash and wood can be picked up along with hints of dark chocolate.

M: Medium in body, smooth with wonderful carbonation.

D: Would love to take this one camping. Fire up the ol campfire cook fish on an open flame and begin sipping this gem. After dinner contiune to enjoy this one with some burnt marshmellows on a stick.

As I said it reminds me of good times with my grandfather god bless his soul. It is a smoked beer that is truely smoked. I love it and crave some more.

tpd975, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of craytonic
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours jet black, minimal to non-existent head and lacing.

Smell: Smoke, like beef jerky, roasted malts, burnt chocolate, burnt coffee.

Taste: Smokey taste through the whole thing, like beef jerky and smoked salmon. Some sweetness, but I did not get any fruit. Somewhat like "liquid smoke"

Mouthfeel: Great medium-full body, but a little too much carbonation. Adds a fizzy-water element and thins the brew.

Drinkability: Very smokey, I don't think I will drink it again. Could be decent with some smoked meats.

I think it might have benefitted from some aging to mellow a bit.

craytonic, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of Douglas88
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottle thanks to Eric, shared over some Turkey and Pumpkin Pie. Pours a deep black with a mocha colored head. The aroma, wow! Smoked bacon, wood chips, beef jerky, and a forest fire. The taste was more of a porter, though the smokeyness did come in. A burnt malt and some sweet fruity flavors comes through. The body was a bit thin, but overall quite good. A really unique beer that goes great with food and the holidays.

Douglas88, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of waltonc
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first smoked porter, so I don't have much context within which to review, but overall I'm pretty impressed. Very dark brown with big tan head. Smell and taste are primarily of campfire smoke and dark chocolate. The smoke is great. This is a great beer for a cold night on a ski trip or for sitting around a campfire. With fairy low ABV, you can finish this bomber no problem.

waltonc, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of drjay44
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle year 2008. Pours a nice darkish, tan head,some lacing.over a black body...nose of malts and smoke, only minimal hop aromas....tastes of malt initially, then smoke, finishing with a nice hop. Pleasant, although not outstanding mouth feel. Nice balance and it seems to meet the style. I'd like to store a few to taste its evolutiion.

drjay44, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of davexisxrabid
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 ml bottle with a buddy of mine at the Coffee Table Bistro/Lounge in Eagle Rock, poured into a pretty standard pint glass.

This porter was wonderfully dark as a good porter should be with a rich deep brown/tan head that stuck around for a bit. Nice lacing too.

There was a nice dark chocolate aroma, malts, and a smokiness there.

The taste was pretty well balanced. Good malty flavor, smokey but not earthy. The taste went well with the aroma of the porter.

This brew was crisp, smooth, and not too heavy on the tounge. I would definitely drink this beer again, but am having some trouble deciding if I like this one better or Stone's Smoked Porter. Hmmm ...

davexisxrabid, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was given a bottle of this in a trade, thanks go to MASPuros.

Poured a thick dark black with a finger of tan foamy head. Lacing was nonexistant, head retention was good.

Smells of wood smoke, dark roasted malt, and molasses.

Taste is interesting. Smokey at first, heavy dark chocolate with roasted malts. Hop is pretty light. Beer finishes with a salty smoke flavor thats actually rather nice.

Mouthfeel is alright. Heavy bodied, syrupy and sticky, light carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Not my favorite porter but definately the best " smoked porter " that I've had. Easy to drink a bomber of.

LumpyGuitar, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/27/08

Poured into a pint glass. Medium brown, thin head. Body is dark brown, nearly black. Hints ruby when held to the light.

Smell is of coffee and chocolate. Also, ofcourse, a good amount of smokiness.

Taste has a great smokiness and mild bitterness. Roasted malts, coffe and hints of bitter hops in the finish. Some chocolate taste as well.

Mouthfeel is medium body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. A little to much towards the stout side, but overall its good.

riored4v, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottling poured into a Guinness pint glass, on to the beer:

The head is tan colored and less than an inch thick, the body is nearly black with hues of ruby brown. Do you like smoked meats? Then you may like the aroma of this beer, it's very smokey, cured meats, a bit of molasses...I bet you could make some killer BBQ sauce out of this. But I shall taste it to make sure.

The smokiness in this beer is big, but not as big as in a rauchbier. It's not overbearing....but damn, I want some dry rubbed BBQ now! Cured meat flavor is big in this porter. Underneath the smoke flavor is the base porter flavor of the usual semi-sweet chocolate and pinch of molasses. Astringent smoke kicks back in to balance it out. tame smoke flavor lingers in the aftertaste.

Alaskan Smoked Porter is one big porter not intended for the weak. It's good on its own, but this might be one of the better beers to cook with.

DoubleJ, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to ThreeWiseMen for providing this in a recent trade.

Had this with dinner tonight and was delighted with my choice to have this with a meal...

Very interesting beer and one that really "opened up" as it warmed to room temp.

Poured into my tulip shaped glass and was greeted with a thin 1 finger tan head. This head faded extremely quickly. The beer was on the edge of black and really the color of dark chocolate. No lacing at all.

Aroma at first was slightly alcoholic... But the beer was a bit too cold. As it warmed you got all sorts of roasted/burnt and yes, smoky aromas.. A touch of chocolate perhaps...

Flavor was great and also fairly complex. There was certainly a smoked quality... Really reminded me of BBQ Beef Brisket from Texas. Also noticed a bit of cinnamon flavor. Very subtle. Both my wife and daughter said they tasted Roasted peppers.... I had to give them credit on that one....

Fairly smooth mouth feel and light in thickness, but bold with the smoke in presence.

Love the drinkability.

Reagan1984, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/17/2008 (2007 edition bottle from AZ):

Pours an extremely dark body. Small head, off-white, quickly diminishing. Very smoky flavor. Not mesquite. Some malts. Fizzy flavor. Smokey & somewhat malty, dusty. Very good flavor. I can see this going great w/steaks and bbq.

jujubeast6000, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of ccbrewing
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this beer as I waited for a flight at SFO. Way better than the crazy expensive meal that I bought with the beer. Great color, and the smoked, peated malt smell is very pleasant. Pours thick, with a cappucino colored head. One of the few smoked beers that I could drink more than one at a sitting.

ccbrewing, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle (2007 vintage) into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep, dark, almost jet-black color with reddish caramel colored highlights around the edges of the glass. The head poured 2.5" of dark tan, rocky goodness. Lots of thick, sticky lace down my glass. Beautiful!

S= The initial whiff I had of this beer was all head and it smelled like a campfire! Once things settled down a bit, I found the aroma profile to be much more balanced with sweet and roasted malts, molasses, dark ripe fruits, and a much milder smokiness. When swirled I found an interesting burst of sweet cream in there too.

T= I thought the flavors in this beer were exceptional. Lots of sweet malts, mild chocolate, and treacle up front followed by a quick flash of earthy hops and some smoke. The finish ventured back into creamy sweetness, then trailed off with a faint smoke flavor that lingered on my tongue.

MF= This was a heavy bodied porter with a crisp mouthfeel that was just the tiniest bit too sharp. The carbonation level was a bit high but the body was mostly up to the challenge of balancing it out.

D= A really great porter that I will gladly try again. Complex yet still very drinkable. I have a bottle from 1999 that I need to crack open soon to see what nearly 10 years can do for this beer.

spointon, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of tangentrider
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque black beer with a one-inch brown head.

S- Smokey, roasty aroma, slightly sweet

T- Smokey malt with a nice bite from the carbonation; dark chocolate and a touch of coffee

MF- Very smooth, almost chewy

D- I would definitely have this one again, of course this could be a particular bent toward smoked beers.

tangentrider, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of lsenerote
2.2/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Tasted this beer at several different bars in Alaska in their large bottles. Pours dark amd smokey.Taste, well, this beer is misnamed. It should be called a "burnt porter." The taste of ash in the beer predominates the overall flavor. The ash leaves an aftertaste in your mouth that lingers for several hours. I was very dissapointed and would rate this at most as a D.

lsenerote, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of Meandmymonkey
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with red tones. Thick, tan, enduring head that conceals the true smell of the brew. Had to tip to unveil a woody, whiskey, sweet, aroma with hints of chocolate and an overall smokey essence. First taste felt like a mouth full of flavorful but not so overbearing liquid smoke. As stated by many other BAs, the taste mellows out to reveal an ultra smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very well balanced and much more complicated than my uneducated palate will allow. Awesome smell, awesome taste, awesome porter. Saved an even better rating only for if/when I get to taste some of this stuff aged.

Meandmymonkey, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of ph2001
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a 22oz bottle of the 2006 in a pint glass

black with no head. smells of carmel, whiskey, smoke and malt. first sip is of delicious smoke flavor. the smokiness mellows out with each sip. it is incredibly smooth and drinkable. there is a mellow sweetness hidden in the flavors, pretty malty, but balanced great.

ph2001, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of kosmoraios
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep oily black with ruby edges when held to the light. Head is tan, 1.5 finger and edged with white, swirls like a cappuccino. Very interesting.

Aroma is of smoky wood, very earthy, with an acrid tang that is almost a little offputting; reminiscent of "Liquid Smoke", if you've ever used that in cooking.

The smokyness that I was frightened of in the nose is subdued but present in the flavor. Just a tad bit much, though. Dark, sour bready yeast, ripe fruit. Spices - cumin, coriander, black pepper. Ample hops lead to a pleasantly bitter finish. There is a deepness to the flavor that is unmatched.

Mouthfeel is creamy and thick with a spicy finish and ample carbonation.

kosmoraios, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of bifrostguard
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: 2007

A - Black with some light poking through near the bottom. Nice tall dark tan head that leaves moderate lacing.

S - Smoke, malt, smoke, caramel and smoke.

T - Wow. I don't typically enjoy low alcohol porters or the Alaskan Brewing Co. beers in general but this one is pretty damn good! Not overly smoky, not too sweet and balanced with malt. About as good as I could imagine a smoked beer.

M - As with all porters it is a little thin, but has a bit more creaminess than most.

D - I find myself taking massive gulps from my glass and the bomber is almost gone in the time it took me to write this review. Yeah, it's drinkable.

bifrostguard, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to howl1309 for the opportunity to try this one. 2007 vintage poured a deep brown with red highlights around the edges. Thin, soapy, off-white head; some lacing, no legs. A smoky character dominates the nose, as well as a hint of chocolate malt. Taste is beef jerky, smoky and slightly bitter at the finish. Chocolate is disguised in the mouth. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and effervescent with a light burn throughout the mouth. An interesting brew, but all and all, not to my general liking. I definitely needed help with this bomber.

Jwale73, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of sevopie
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark brown, close to black; thick rocky tannish head.

Smell - Smoky and woody, with the typical bittersweet porter smells.

Taste - Very woody with the smoke flavor, almost overwhelming. The porter flavors all but disappear to the very end of the flavors.

Mouthfeel - Slightly lighter than I was expecting, but still thick.

Drinkability - Solid, but not fantastic. The smokiness overwhelms a bit too much, and I was expecting a bit more with as many medals as its won.

sevopie, Oct 12, 2008
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,568 ratings.