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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Smoked PorterAlaskan Smoked Porter

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1,654 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,654
Reviews: 916
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 299
Gots: 281 | FT: 15
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 jujubeast6000
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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 +9.4%
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 +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 +2.9%
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 -47.1%
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 +9.4%
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 +15.4%
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 -5.5%
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 +6.5%
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 -19.5%
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 -13.5%
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
Photo of oakbluff
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage- pours a dark cola with quickly dissipating beige head. Nose- sweet smokiness and some dark fruits. Taste- initial wave of smoke, then blends into a fairly light bodied dry porter. Not much heft to it. Carbonation is on the high side. Finish is quite bitter. The smoke really makes the beer, otherwise would be a pretty boring porter. Drinkability is good.

oakbluff, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Appearance: Deep black with a tightly wound, tan head.

Smell: Slight mineral aroma. Hints of alder smoke and chocolate.

Taste: Great smoke flavor. Reminds me of smoked salmon. The malt flavors come through in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Slightly acidic.

Drinkablity: A classic from Alaskan Brewing Company. Flavors evolve with as the beer ages.

SargeC, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, or very dark brown with a tan head.

S: Like a smoke pit, with some maltiness to it.

T: Smoke and chocolate malts. Very good. Smooth finish, with smoke lingering for a little bit.

M: Creamy and very thick. Goes well with the taste.

D: For the style and amount of smokiness, it's very drinkable. I wouldn't mind substituting this for water for the next 5 years.

nickd717, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of LittleBreeze
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 Bottle

Thanks drseamus for bringing this to the BBQ ribs dinner.

Smooth and well balanced. Unlike some smoked beers, this one isn't heavy or dominated by the smoke. That could be due to the age of the beer. I wasn't surprised that it went well with smokey BBQ ribs. However, it married well with the sweetness, spice and heat of the sauce.

LittleBreeze, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Completely opaque when held up to the sun. Mocha colored 1 inch thick head. Lacing that refuses to go down without a fight as you drink the beer. The glass is empty and it's still clinging on for dear life.

Smells: Strong and pungent, could easily smell it while pouring. Smells like salted beef jerky from afar. Strong salted beef jerky. If there is anything hiding in the smell I can't find it.

Taste: The beer taste pretty good actually. It's taste like it smells but it's not overpowering. The aftertaste left in your mouth is almost exactly like the small. Taste like: smoked/roasted/burnt malts and dark chocolate. While you're drinking it there is not any beef jerky taste but it lingers in the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick creamy and slightly syrupy. Low carbonation, aftertaste lingers for quiet a while.

Drinkability: Would probably go great with certain meals or a good cigar, however two of us split this bomber and neither one of us wanted anymore of it.

ThreeWiseMen, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of froghop
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours jet black with a thin brown head, some lacing.

smell is dark cocoa, some coffee, beef jerky, smoke, touch of vanilla, roasted almonds.

taste is thick and smooth, campfire smores just not as sweet, dark and milk chocolate, some coffee, creamy vanilla, nice and not overpowering smokiness, ends slightly dry and a little bitter with a definite smoke aftertaste.

froghop, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

457 reviews as of this writing. I've seen the posts for this beer, I've heard friends describe how good it is. Well... It's that good. I'll skip the usual review and say that I thoroughly enjoyed a 2007 version of this beer. What stands out for me is how well smoked, balanced and nuanced this beer is. It's been over an hour and I still have a nice lingering smoke effect.

yeah, I'd buy a case of this. Enjoy if you get a chance.

barleywinebrewer, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! 300th review. 2007 Edition. Poured from a 651ml (not a typo - bottle says 651ml) bottle into a pint glass. It was pitch black even against a strong light. It had a thick tan head that slowly settled into a thin foam with a carb fed island in center. Much lacing.

The aroma was, of course, smoke. Wonderful, wonderful smoke. It dominated the underlying malts and I couldn't wait to taste it. I love smoked beers so knew this would be great and it was. Not as smoke dominated as a rauchbier but pretty close. Starts with a good hit of carb on the tongue and then the smoke attacks the taste buds. Roasted malt flavor also comes thru so it's not just about the smoke. Finishes smooth. Great creamy texture.

Overall, an excellent beer that lives up to the hype. Very highly recommend. Probably my favorite smoked beer out there. Can't wait to try it again. Would love to try this one on tap. Rotation: not avail in TX. If so, would be a regular. As is, I get it whenever I can. [R;Y;cellar]

Re-review: had 2009 edition that I got at South Bay and shipped back on 11/10/09. Same scores and just as good. My prior review had some age so the smoke was more prevalant on this one. Bought a 2nd that I'm going to age for a few years (if I can) and see how it turns out.

TexIndy, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this many times since 2001. This is the 2007 version.

A- Nice black liquid that fills the glass. I poured this beer to give more had, to allow for more aroma (other then smoke) to come though. The head is slightly tan very thick and pillow fluffy.

S- I smell chocolate, roasted malts, and the very present smoke flavor. There is a very hearty earthyness that can be found in the smells of this beer. Wood and almost a heavily roasted meat.

T- The earthy flavors come though on this beer. The smoke flavor is there for sure. But you also get a nice wood taste as well. The smoke is a bit on the strong side.

M- Based on the type of beer this was, and the fact that it is a smoked porter, I was thinking it was going to be thicker. I always have when I drink this beer. However, it is surprisingly thin and almost the consistency of water.

D- Because of its thin consistency this beer is super easy to drink.

One thing though, I wish that they would just give smoked porters their own category.

Wetpaperbag, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks for this beauty when a friend of mine returned from a cruise in the Juneau area, as well as a "bike and brew" tour. Said this one was his favorite after doing a full sampler at the bar.

A: Poured from bomber into oversized wine glass to show a jet black body and a half a finger dark tan head. Moderate lacing but very high retention.

S: The name says it all folks. Smoked aroma hits your nose before you get near the glass. Aged wood from the barrels hit my nose afterward and plenty of earthen smell. You can detect the ABV before drinking.

T: Beyond the obvious nose accents of smokeyness, tough malts rush to your pallet right afterward. Not entirely sure what the sweetness was from, but was of a candy sort.

M: Much lighter than I expected but not dissapointed at all. The carbonation keeps your tounge stingning in a good way with each quaff.

D: I highly recommend to the beer geeks. next time I will let it age a few months instead of days and ensure it's much warmer upon opening and then drinking. After reading other reviews, I can tell the beer was not given enough time to breath and perhaps the glassware difference hid some of the vanilla or chocolate flavors.

Brianmerrilyn, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the darkest of browns, almost black, with a two-finger tan head that recedes slowly leaving lots of thick lacing.

Smells like smoked peat moss, burnt wood, a bit of dark chocolate and vanilla, and spent coffee beans.

Taste starts with some smoky peat moss and bittersweet chocolate before some vanilla and dark fruit. Finishes with some roasted coffee beans and charcoal. Most of the flavors are lost to the overwhelming smoke flavor, though.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium. Smooth and creamy.

Tasty, but the smoke flavor is a little overdone and just too strong at times, overpowering all other flavors.

MrMonkey, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving info: 22 ounce bomber 2007 edition, thanks Pebkac for another fine gift. Pours dark mahogany, lovely tiny bubble, creamy dark tan head and then spotty lace. The nose here is pleasantly woody, smoky and of dark malts. Smooth, smooth mouthfeel, luxurious and fine as it crosses the tongue. Notes of the expected smoke, but its subtle and not of the "hit over the head variety". Also, dark malts, vanilla, malted milk, quite yummy stuff. Great balance and again smoothness, full flavor and well crafted porter porter, too bad this is not widely available in my area....Lived up to the hype.

Billolick, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of kmeves
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick black with a small mocha head. Aroma is sweet chocolate and smoke. Flavor is light chocolate, roasty and big time smoky. Finishes long and mostly smoky. Medium bodied, rich texture. I really don't get the whole "smoke" concept.

kmeves, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of MikeWilson
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled at "cellar" temps (around 55 degrees F). Opaque black in the glass with a nice big tan head. Even before the glass met my nose I could pick up the smoky aroma. That aroma was strong yet oddly made my mouth anticipate what was to come. The smell was just like what you get when you open a bottle of scotch - peaty, with kind of a campfire-like quality to it.

One would expect such an assertive taste as smoke to dominate or destroy the other flavors that are present in this beer, but that was not the case at all. The smokiness is most definitely there and in force, but somehow the darker malt flavors still manage to poke their heads above the smoky storm and make their presence known. I detected some roasted grains in there, along with chocolaty goodness.

I really enjoyed this beer for its complexity and uniqueness. Most of all, the smoke flavors perfectly complement everything else the beer has to offer. Sampling at warmer temps is the only way to go, for that's when the beer really shines.

MikeWilson, Jul 26, 2008
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,654 ratings.