Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,693
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
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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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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle.

2007 vintage tried Jul 2008.

Brown medium sized head. Color is pitch black. Aroma is smoky, coffee, chocolate. Starts with a lot of roasty coffee, chocolate, but not much smoke. Smokiness develops, becmong stronger throughout and lingering in the aftertaste. Finishe is bittersweet. Would get this again.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Version from Lone Hill Liquor.

Pours super dark brown. Big light tan head. S'okay.

Big smoky aroma. Coffee-ish. Robust. Smoked ham with pineapple and brown sugar.

Wow, when they say smoked, they mean smoked. This puppy is smoked. Over the top in your ass smoked. Pretty damn good. Like a smoked ham again.

Light to medium body. Fairly smooth until the swallow, she said, where it roughens up a bit.

No problem enjoying this bomber.

Overall: great experience

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle courtesy of my Secret Santa! Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of smoked meats and roasted malt. Flavor is sweet initially with smokey meats and oak in the finish. This is a very nice smoked, even with a year of age.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

Photo of CoolJosh
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I apologize to the BA who sent this to me, I can't remember who you are, but thank you.

Poured into my snifter, shows a keen dark black with some visibility around the edges. A lofty light khaki colored head that makes for a very rich looking brew.

A lot of smoke coming off in the scent. Smells like a crispy piece of bacon, as seen noted in a review by Beachbum1975 a while back. Very dry smoke. Dry Coffee and burnt malts pop out very strongly. This smells so different from any other beer I have ever had.

The taste doesn't quite match up with the smell. This beer is way too light. Moderately acidic right from the start, and tons of burnt malts make for a very roasty taste. Bitter chocolate and bitter coffee add to the complexity of the flavor nicely.

Would definitely try again, and the drinkability on this pretty good but I'm good after one glass.

Photo of colts9016
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a mug about 50 degrees.

Appearance: A very deep dark brown dang near black. There was a two finger head but it slowly dissipated to a one finger tan head that is foamy and creamy. The head has some retention. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is almost opaque. There is a lot of lacing on the mug of the beer.

Nose: There is a nice mellow rich smoked malts. There is a nice coffee and chocolate. There are really noticeable fruity esters in the background of this beer.

Taste: There is a rich roasted malt close to being burnt but not. The smoked porter is a tad over smoked, just a little too much alder wood in this beer. There is a nice coffee, chocolate, molasses, and anise. There are hints of a dried fruit and fruity esters.

Overall. I really think that I like this beer. I was unsure about drinking a smoked beer. But hey, give me some smoked pork sandwiches and this beer and I will be in heaven. The mouth feel is creamy and slightly carbonated. The finish is surprisingly bitter where it allows the drinker to find the hops in this beer. I like that there decent balance between the smoke and the beer, well it is kinda heavy on the smoke. I feel that the beer could have more flavor too it. Other than that it is a really good beer.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Dark chocolate color with brown milky creamy head.

S. Nicely roasty and malty with just the right touch of smoke. Sweet and creamy, well balanced. Just perfect!

T. Pleasantly bitter with the smoke going on again blending with the roast. Well balanced is an understatement.

M. Creamy in the mouth and perfectly carbonated.

D. I could drink this all day...literally. This is one beer that lives up to the hype TOTALLY. The absolute best smoked Porter I have ever had, bar NONE!

Photo of erosier
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MtGoat for this beer!

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that fades slowly down the glass and leaves some nice lacing.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, and then a nice smokey aroma that finishes the beer off nicely. This is one smokey smelling beer.
T: Very smokey taste over sweet roasted malts, then a hints of chocolate and coffee and then finishes with more smoke.
M: Very thick, smooth, warming, relaxing. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. The bomber was done before I knew it. Very nice flavors all blend well and it certainly lives up to its smokey title.

Photo of warmstorage
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

1996 vintage, drank and reviewed 1/4/2009. A kind gift from a guy with a huge beer cellar.

12 ounce bottle, no "pfft" when opened. I poured about 3/4 of it hard into a tulip glass, and then poured the remainder gently into another tulip.

Appearance: The hard pour formed a limited, fairly large-bubble head. The easy pour formed almost no head. Otherwise, both pours are identical for all below. Deep brown, essentially opaque.

Aroma: smoke, but somewhat muted. A little spice, some wood, hints of licorice.

Taste: wood, leather, dust, must. Like an old canvas jacket that hangs up in a cabin that houses a wood stove, if that makes sense.

Mouth: moderate body, minimal carbonation. I think it was sealed properly, but in a 12 year old beer, the twist-off just couldn't maintain much.

Overall: tasty and fun, relatively muted smoke for the style. At GABF a couple years ago, I had six different vintages over two days, and this compares similarly to the more muted-smoke styles of the late 90s.

2006 vintage, 16.9oz bottle, poured into bell pint glass.

Pours a very deep opaque brown, practically black. Pours with a dense light brown head that dissipates to little, leaving little head.

Aroma is the smoke and creosote you'd expect. Slight hints of chocolate.

Taste is the smoke and creosote you'd expect. Notes of chocolate and deeply roasted grain manage to fight with the smoke, and alternate.

The body is a tiny bit thin to back up the huge taste, and really my only meaningful criticism of the beer.

Outstanding, even this young a vintage, and a clear demonstration why this beer is the benchmark for the smoked porter style, and even rauchbier generally. Intensely drinkable, since I like intense beers.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 vintage

A -pours like any good porter should, impenetrably dark with a thin dark tan head

S - i could smell the smokiness before the cap was even off the bottle, it really does smell like beef jerky, or more fairly (perhaps) a good porter mixed with liquid smoke, even hints of fresh leather, but huge, like i walked into a leather retailer

T - extremely monotypic, so much smoke that it nearly drowns out any other flavors, the only survivor is a suppressed roasted malt flavor that at least makes it recognizable as a beer

M&D - it was drinkable, smooth and easily sipped, but the flavor was just too much at times, i was unprepared for its aromatic and flavorful girth, would compliment any sort of BBQ dish perhaps, i let this one sit for over a year, maybe that was a mistake

Photo of EnigmaticDream
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks appetizing. Quite dark with just a hint of brown at the bottom. The head is about quarter of an inch high. I wish it was a little higher but oh well. The head bubbles of the head are nice and small, very creamy looking.

S - Smells of smoked chips. Crazy how that is embued into this beer. Obviously it is a smoked porter but I've never smell one quite like this before. I can smell some malty goodness underneath the smoked smell.

T - The initial taste is that of smoke. It reminds me of BBQ. It has a good balance of bitterness and sweetness. The smoked flavor is a little strong for my liking. I would definitely say this is the definition of a smoked porter. I've never had any other smoked porter quite like this one.

M - Pretty good mouthfeel. It feels a little thin to me but still good.

D - I could tolerate the smoked flavor but I know it isn't something I'd actively try to get my hands on. Definitely drinkable.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a sac. kings pint glass, dark as night, dark head, clingy lacing
smalls of woods smoke, and dark fruits
tastes is mindblowing dark fruit, roasted malts, a huge smokey presence. the smoke that is so coy and teasing in a good scotch ale has come out of its shell and is putting on quite the show in this brew. I bought this beer as a novelty, i thought i would drink one, and trade the rest, but damn that or the 6 i bought only one made it back from california and its days are numbered.

Photo of beer2day
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black, with minimal head and little retention. The aroma is one of this beer's best features, all roasty, smoky, and peaty. Thin hit yields quickly to a big meaty taste. This one could stand up to just about any food you could pair it with. Finish brings a faint roasted chocolate flavor, but the peatiness is what I take away.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Big, black, and badass with a solid two finger head that shows excellent retention and leaves some dark brown lace around the pint glass. Looks tasty.

S - Roasting meats, fireplace soot, cigar smoke, and toasty almond notes. This has a lovely and alluring woodsmoke note that percfectly complements a night with the in-laws after a late night mass.

T - Espresso, toasted nuts, and a smoky note that is very much like a nice puff off of a maduro-wrapped cigar. I shared a few sips with all of the non-beer people at the gathering, and the general concensus is that this is nasty and tastes like cigarettes. I, however, love the dark alluring smoky notes found here. Let them drink wine.

M - Medium bodied, roasty, and slighty sour. The deep smoke stains the palate, and like a cigar the aftertaste lasts for days. I drank this right before bed (around 1am) and I could still taste the roasty-burny notes in the morning.

D - I specially requested this brew from my siter-in-law and her fiance since they live in Colorado and can easily get many beers that I can't find here. I was suprised when they not only brought this brew, but two mix-a-sixes of beer that is only distributed in the western states and about ten 12-packs of Alaskan Amber for my father-in-law (he is obsessed with that stuff).

Merry X-Mas everybody!

Photo of SaucyA
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007. Merry Christmas.

A - Sniftered. Pours an extremely deep brown into the snifter with a head that fades as quickly as it pours. Decent legs. No lace. Second pour has a better formed head, but still retention is lacking.

S - Smokey! Bacon, jerky, deep chocolate malts, raisins, olive juice, sweet underlying banana-ish yeast vibes. Bandaids.

T - Rather smokey in the mouth as well, not as meaty as the nose. It's just a big, smokey porter, with big smokey malts. Not overly bitter or acrid, just... a smokey brew. I wish it were bigger, though. It seems a little incomplete.

M - It's too thin for what it is. I'd expect this to be a little heavier in the mouth. The carbonation is good but the over-attenuated mouthfeel kinda drops the ball for me.

D - It's rather easy to drink but the smoke coupled with the lack of body make it less than exciting for me. Sorta reminds me of a smoked English Mild.

Notes: I guess I was really spoiled when I started drinking beer. Frankly, I can't find a Porter I like more than Edmund Fitzgerald, and lemme tell you... I've tried.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

like a porter.
Nearly opaque in the like with a black body and a thin offwhite head.
like bacon! some malt undercurrents but smoke is dominant in the odor.
On the palate it makes for an interesting experience. There's a kind of a curve and a pulse of flavors. First a sweetness, then roasted coffee/dark chocolate flavors, then smoke, then a lingering bitterness with some artisanal bread textures in the finish.
I gotta give some added points for the bacon reminders, if only because I happen to be hungry at the moment and this is scratching that particular itch. Read some positive words on this site about this beer and am pleased that this site lead me to it.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of desertbronze
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bomber poured into a pint glass.

An aggressive pour gave a 2 finger head which faded as the beer warmed. Left a little lace on the sides of the glass. Opaque brown color with amber highlights visible at the edge of the glass.

Smoke aroma is dominant over malt notes. No hop aroma.

Good malt backbone. The smoke flavor washes over the tongue. Some fruity notes in the finish.

Leaves a smoky coating on the tongue and a lingering smoky aftertaste.

Gets better as it warms up. For me, it takes a few minutes for my taste buds to adjust to the smoke and then the beer tastes better and better. I prefer this to Stone Smoked Porter - the only other smoked beer that I can buy with regularity.

Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2008 vintage. Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a heavy chalice. An appropriate amount of head. I tend to pour more gently as I'm not a big fan of big head. A good looking color, perhaps a little darker than most porters. About the amount of lacing that was expected given the pour. The smoke aroma was quickly apparent upon pouring.The smokiness seems to cover most of the usual porter aromas. The smoke is obviously the first thing you taste, but is followed by the traditional porter roastiness. This beer did not have as much body as is my experience with the style. I could drink a couple of these in a row, but suspect my palate would quickly tire. A fine beer, I'm glad it comes around every year.

Photo of weeare138
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA. This is a bottle of the 2005 vintage...
Appears a dark, opaque black with a dark tan head that never really fades away. Lots of scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell - whoa. Can we say liquid smoke and beef jerky? There are hints of other complexities(caramel, cocoa, wood, ash, minerals) but the smokiness just controls this beer from start to finish.
Taste - It's already been said. I think the smoke is probably outweighing any of the other goodness of this beer. I'm not sure if that's a good thing, or not. Most people think highly of this beer, so I'm guessing this is supposed to be a good thing.<?>
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sweet up front, leading to an all out smoke filled attack on the palate. Mild notes of bitter cocoa, and mineral earthiness are abound.

Photo of HalfFull
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005. This is an incredible porter. Pour is black with brown bubbles one could consider the head. The aroma is smoky and heavy with malt. The taste is perfect. Smoked malts do not overwhelm the light coffee tones, but are very well balanced. Smooth and thick enough to enjoy repeatedly.

Photo of kasper
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark, dark brown with a loose, creamy head that's a shade darker than your average caucasian.

S: Never smelled a dark beer like this before. Strong, but sweet smoke -- kind of like smoked meat, but of the mild variety like maple-smoked bacon with some chocolate, dark fruit and roasty aromas in the background.

T: Taste mirrors the smell almost precisely. It's almost scary. The smoke flavor in the nose comes through most pronounced; woody and slightly dry. A bit of hop bitterness rounds our the brew on the finish.

M: I wasn't impress with the mouthfeel on a chilled pour. Carbonation is somewhat high with a medium body, which produces a bit too much of the tingly effect.

D: They say the smoke serves as a preservative and you can age this low ABV like big beers or wine, which will smooth it out a bit and undoubtably work to aid the feel at the same time. I think this will be an excellent porter with a year or so on it.

Photo of HoustonTX
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alaskan Smoked Porter 2008 Edition.

Rich dark brown body, with a thick large mocha head.

Excellent smoke in the aroma. Thick deep intoxicating layers of smokiness, underlays of chocolate, and hefty backing of roasted malt. Aroma is absolutely huge, and perfect for the style.

Hefty amounts of roasted malts attack the palate immediately. Followed closely by some insanely deep highly complex smoky notes. The roasted notes, and the smoke, blend perfectly creating a flavor tone that is just absolutely amazing.

This is perfection, this beer nails the head on everything. Insanely complex and with no apparent faults, this one easily deserves a 5.
Best Smoked Porter in the world.

Photo of likestoswallow
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle from Beverages4less. This is a fresh bottle of the 2008 release.

A: Pours an opaque black color with a two finger khaki head that has good retention and lacing.

S: The aroma is rich with good smoked meats, some charcoal and a bit of dark fruit.

T: The taste is huge. This beer is brimming with more smoked meats(I'm thinking smoked kielbasa or Wisconsin summer sausage). This is not a simple smoke, it is complex with a good nutty character and some hickory.

M: Very smooth and creamy palate. The finish is long with lingering smoke and spruce tips.

D: This goes down very easy for a smoked beer.

Notes: Last years (2007) smoked porter was not as good as this years beer. I remember last years offering as having a bit of an acidic quality (at least in the bottle that I tried). This year that is gone. A highly recommended brew.

Photo of dalion037
3/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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