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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,605 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,605
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 299
Gots: 272 | 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 Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this one.

What can I say, this brew is awesome.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, some carbonation, little fizzy creamy tan head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly smoked/roasty, toffee, some chocolat, and caramel. The taste is awesome as usual, malty, smokey/roasty, nice touch of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome vintage of this great brew.

2007 Vintage

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this one.

What can I say, this brew is awesome. This bottle is only a couple of months old.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, some carbonation, little fizzy creamy tan head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly smoked/roasty, toffee, some chocolat, and caramel. The taste is awesome as usual, malty, smokey/roasty, nice touch of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome vintage of this great brew.

2006 Vintage

I've had this bottle for about a year.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, some carbonation, little fizzy creamy tan head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly smoked/roasty, toffee, and caramel. The taste is awesome as usual, malty, smokey/roasty, nice touch of toffee/caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome vintage of this great brew.

2005 Vintage

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this one.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, some carbonation, little fizzy creamy tan head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly smoked/roasty, toffee, some chocolat, and caramel. The taste is awesome as usual, malty, smokey/roasty, nice touch of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome vintage of this great brew.

2002 Vintage

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this bottle.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, some carbonation, little fizzy creamy tan head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly smoked/roasty, toffee, and caramel. The taste is awesome as usual, malty, smokey/roasty, nice touch of toffee/caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome vintage of this great brew.

Wasatch, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Rzzzzz
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle that had been sitting in a cool dark spot for maybe a couple of months--my most successful attempt at cellaring to date (patience not my strong suit).

Pours black with a thin cream-colored head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of smoke, malt, caramel, prunes. Did I mention smoke? Like walking into Hickory Farms.

First sip reveals a wonderful smokey flavor, blended well with hints of chocolate & coffee. Slight hoppy bitterness lingers, carrying the other flavors along with it. Light carbonation, smooth and satisfying. All around, just an awesome beer.

Rzzzzz, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very dark brown brew with an enormous frothy brown head, lots of retention and a ton of delicate lacing.

S - High smoke, content, but it is of fresh burning wood, only partially dried, none of this charcoal aroma. Aromas of wild grasses with hints of very dark coffee, even darker chocolate and peat moss. The overall aroma is very intense - a little more than I would like truthfully.

T - Smoke! A bit of campfire, more peat, dark coffee, something very faintly fruity (almost like blackberries). Aftertaste is lingering campfire with very faint hints of dried fruit... cranberries? The bitterness is mostly from campfire, but a bit of peat in there as well.

M - Carbonation is apparent, but smooth overall, thin, very refreshing.

D - My roommates got me this one, I had been looking for it for quite some time. I was excited to have - that usually means that I leave the brew in disappointment. This was an exception. Normally, smoked beers are too gross. They have so much negatives that I can't see the positives. This one is over the top, but it is not gross. I wouldn't want to drink more than a bomber in one setting, but this is GREAT for food. Spicy food. Would wash down a burrito in no time.

mrasskicktastic, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Younger35 for this bottle. I've enjoyed the Alaskan beers I've had thus far, but this one has long eluded me.
Pours a murky black color that you'd immediately take for an imperial stout or big porter. At first I thought it was totally flat but then all of a sudden a tan colored head springs to life. I've never seen anything quite like it. It's a little bit like a delayed effect.
Smell is smoky, but unlike some other smoked offerings, it has more of a wood, fresh coffee, peat-fire smell. Some seem to be almost meaty, while this one isn't.
Taste starts off with a burnt dark chocolate flavor and then the smoke and woody flavors start to come in. They're not as BBQ as you might expect, but more of a campfire flavor. It's not overbearing and I'd actually say it's somewhat balanced with the malty chocolate/coffee traditional porter flavors.
Mouthfeel's right in the range that it should be. Not too thick, bit not watery like a few porters tend to be.
I drank this bomber myself with no issues at all. Normally smoked beers have pretty limited drinkability for me, but this one is balanced enough to keep my interest and palate intact.
This shockingly paired well with some nachos and I could see this making a nice accompaniment for something from the grill.
Smoked/Rauch brews are hit or miss for me, but this one's a hit. I think the porters do better than the lagers. If you like this, seek the O'Fallon, which is the only one I like more.

Domingo, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of dnichols
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a 22 ounce capped bottle provided by my BA buddy rdunham. It was served in an ambient temperature pint glass.

A: It poured a deep black nearly completely opaque body that with some effort revealed ruby tints. The moderately aggressive pour produced a tan two-finger head made up of large sticky bubbles. The head lingered for a decent interval before slowly receding. As it receded a dense curtain of lace formed. The lace curtain, as the brew was diminished. toke on thick legs marching down the side of the glass.

S: The aromas were dominated by charred dark chocolate malts accented by a smoked woody smell that reminded me of how my cloths smell after an evening sipping brews at the campfire. There were also hints of dark molasses and prunes.

T: The front of this brew presents a dead on porter profile with burnt bold darkly roasted malts spiked with licorice, dark fruits (prunes) and spices (black pepper). There was a light warming from the alcohol and a noticeable zing produced by dry clean hops.

M: This is a nice medium body brew that has a creamy presence and a dry clean finish and aftertaste. The carbonation is balanced and non-intrusive.

D: This is a fairly easy drink to sip long into the night. It is not a beer to be slammed in a race to the finish line. However, it would be a pleasant drink at a party where there is great conversation and you need a beer that can stand up from start to finish as it is sipped.

Comment: I'd read the accoladed this beer has received and looked forward to sampling it. I was not disappointed. It will join the beers I try to keep in house for occassions that would benefit from a special Porter.

dnichols, Nov 16, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a smoky aroma. Tastes of licorice, leather, a bit of coffee and chocolate, and lots and lots of smoke. Maybe a bit too much smoke, but the word's on the label so I guess I can't complain. Smooth and creamy on the palette, leaving a bitter smoky aftertaste. I don't think I'd drink more than one, or maybe finish the bomber at most, but that's not a bad thing. One of these goes a long way.

PhxHorn, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of Trueant1
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate. Looks sticky and thick.

Smells up front of a Rauchbier style beer. but not as potent as this style. This would pair good with smoked pork. Definate adler wood smell. Maybe pruins and figs in there? The smoke is overpowering any other smells. (not a bad thing)

Tastes of prunes and smoke up front. Then a bitter even oily hop aftertaste. Some alcoholic notes. Espresso like flavors in there as well. This beer tates very complex.

Mouthfeel is medium with lots of sugar to coat the mouth. Some carbonation.

Overall this beer is just oversmoked for me. The smoke is so overpowering. A little over the top. The bitter hops counter act the smoke. You really need to be in the mood to drink this smoked beer. Tonight I was not. An above averate porter for special occasions like roasted duck or smoked pork. Even some smoked cheddars would be good with this special beer.

Trueant1, Nov 15, 2007
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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours an opaque brown/black hue, head is two fingers' of tan, creamy goodness that is surprisingly sustaining, fair lacing on the glass
S- Nose is roasty and toasty malts, very coffee-forward with heavy tones of smoke, hints of caramel, chocolate, and butter as well
T- Initial taste is mostly subtle coffee and chocolate malts, nice smokiness and a touch of roast, finish is sweet malts with slight bitter hops
M- Medium-bodied ale, watery texture, slightly under-carbonated
D- Nicely balanced porter that is easy-to-drink and just in that session range, this is a solid Porter that does many things good, but not great, and it lacks any sort of innovation or uniqueness that would drive me back again
Buy again? Undecided
Personal score- 83/100

Stoneman78, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of genog
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very black, and dark color with a brown head that lingers on top and sticks around for a good while. Smell is of a rich smokiness that punches through your nostrils. Taste is heavy on the malt with the smokey aftertaste. Great carbonation on this one and a lingering bittering aftertaste.

genog, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very black with a brown hue and cocoa head. Smells of huge smoke, almost smoked salmon like, and very roasty. Taste is sweet malt, very huge roast, toasty, chocolate and delicious. Smooth as silk in the mouth and off the charts drinkable. A must try experience.

franksnbeans, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage.

Been a while since I've had this.

Pours a beautiful black with a touch of brown and a 2 finger tan head that doesn't ever completely go away.

Smells deliciously smoky. Some roastiness there too, but mostly smoke. Love it already.

Taste is of roasted malts with a nice touch of coffee, all accompanied by a great smoked meat flavor (as it should be!). Some hops as well seem to be back there that help accentuate the smokiness. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is about on par for a porter. Drinkability is great.

Highly recommended. A great smoked porter - better I'd say than Stone's.

rallison, Nov 04, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2006, but only a few months in the cellar; "unknown" whereabouts between 2006 and mid-2007.

Poured into a mug, it is pitch black, opaque, with no highlights whatsoever; this is as black as it gets. Quickly dissipating brownish head, coffee and milk colored, little to no lacing.
It smells as expected, a coffee like porter, some caramel, and a smoked scent that if it is not subtle, it is certainly less conspicuous than most rauchbiers.
Nice medium to full body, creamy, with some carbonation, taste is a combination of a rauchbier and a porter. The same bittersweet chocolate you would expect, coffee-like flavors, and that smoked flavor that goes wo well with sausages (though not as perfect a match as rauchbiers).
Easy to drink even for a large bottle, although it takes a long time, savoring each sip along the way.
Very nice and well-crafted, if not as fantastic as I hoped for. Certainly worthwhile.

brdc, Oct 28, 2007
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage.

Pours a thick dark brown color, thin brown head settles fairly quickly. Smells just the right level of smoked, along with some faint sweet aroma. Taste is smoke, some faint bakers chocolate, maybe even a bit of coffee. It lacks any hint of soy sauce that i've picked up from other porters. Mouthfeel is somewhat thinner than i was expecting, but not bad. Finishes nicely, just the right amount of aftertaste. Drinkability is good, flavor is unique. If you've had a rauchbier, and were expecting more of that flavor, you'd be dissapointed. A very nice beer, a great end to a long day at work.

BigJTrucker, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of Murchmac
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's me dave. This beer pours a with a light head black as the night coming out of the bottle. When you try to hold a light up and shine it through this beer, nothing. Pours a black with some brown hues in it. The frothy head looks like mocha. This beer looks like Halle Berry on a pinup of celebrity sleuth.

It smells like smoked salmon. some hops, coffe, and malts come to the surface as well. Big taste of smoke for the first few mouthfulls. After that, the sweetness, coffee flavors, chocolate, and mocha come out. It coats your tongue and leaves a sticky sweet syrupy residue feeling on your palate. If this beer was a song it would be Def Leppards "Pour some sugar on me"

Good mouthfeel, would love to taste a cask version of this beer.

This beer is a drinkable. If you dont like smoke flavors you might be overwhelmed, but there are many other flavors out there to warm up to. So take a log, sit around the fire, and bust out with some Kumbaya's.

2007 vintage. I have an 04 in the closet I cant wait to drink.

Murchmac, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of jmalex
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For 10-10, I decided to pull this out. What a lucky find this was.

2006 vintage

APPEARANCE: Pours black into a nonic pint. The head is small and drops immediately to a thin collar with a hazy surface.

SMELL: Well there's the smoke! It's massive and by far the most prominent aroma. The amazing thing is that a really delicious-smelling finds its way through the smoked malt and present some flavorful smells. It's caramelly, chocolaty, and has just a hint of buttery diacetyl.

TASTE: As strong as the smoke was in the nose, the flavor is MUCH more balanced. The smokiness adds a sort of sweet quality to an otherwise well-made base porter. All the traditional porter flavors are there - most prominently bitter black malt which serves to balance on the finish along with am herbal hop bitterness and flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Seems just a hair thin, but the carbonation is just about right.

DRINKABILITY: Drinkability is very good. It's not too heavy and not boozy at all. The flavors strike a nice balance and a bomber is the perfect serving size.

I'm not that big on smoke beers, but I can surely appreciate and enjoy this one. I'm not too sure what the age has done to this bottle. It seems to have aged fine even though the modest ABV would hint otherwise. I would definitely be open to trying this again.

jmalex, Oct 11, 2007
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3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2006 vintage. 22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. Purchased at BevMo.

A - The beer pours black with faint red hue and a tan head.

S - The aroma is a mixture of smoke and dried fruit. For a smoked beer, I think the smell is a bit weak, but that could be due to the fact that the beer is still young.

T - The beer tastes of smoked wood, charcoal, and roasted malt. The after taste came across a bit astringent.

M - Very thin. This one kind of threw me for a loop.

D - I could pair this with many a meal, but I don't think this one is especially drinkable.

Overall, this is a very good beer, although perhaps not as good as some would argue. Given the substitutes, I'd rather have Stone Smoked Porter, as I feel it's easier to find and the taste is more robust. Have a try for yourself and decide.

sessycuban, Oct 05, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another special gem from the stash, as part of my count down to 300 reviews...
2006 vintage 22 oz. bottle poured into my East End Brewing Co. shaker pint, the darkest, deepest garnet, with a large, creamy, rocky, dark tan head, with a long lasting collar and light lace.

The aroma is a nice roasty smoke in front of some sweet chocolate malt and an impressive showing of earthy, spicy hops. Really fantastic.

While I like the relative balance of the taste with the smoke and chocolate, their synergy is not quite as elegant as the nose, and a bit more subdued as well. Nevertheless, it's very, very good. A nice hit of clean tasting alcohol towards the finish lets you know what end of the spectrum this porter stands. Very tasty and satisfying.

The mouthfeel is light and luscious, with a nice creamy carbonation.

Worthy of it's world class status, this is a supremely enjoyable smoked porter. But the fact is, the smoke tempers it's drinkabilty, in that as good as it is, I don't want to have to many of these in a sitting. Still, I was worried it was to early to bust out of the cellar, but it turns out that it's already rounded off nicely.

ccrida, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle (if I did my math correctly) into a pint glass, "2005" on label. Pours black, no signs of highlights at all, just plain black. A creamy, mocha head develops quickly and settles leaving a layer behind for the remainder of the drink and leaves decent lace. Smell is of smoke, as expected, mocha, and caramel. Taste is on track with the smell. A nice blend of smoke, coffee, chocolate, and what seems to be a small hint of honey. The "smoke" aspect of the beer is very enjoyable. Low carbonation leads to a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Overall a very drinkable beer. Not really my style but I was very impressed with this.

bunnyhustle, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Patrick999
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, the famous Alaskan Smoked Porter, finally. Thanks to Liquid Solutions, I was able to get a bottle all the way down here to the opposite end of the continent.

A - Poured into a chalice - black as night, some creamy head, but not much retention.

S - The smoke is very apparent right from the pour. As it warms, it makes way for a milder mocha aroma.

T - I'll be very honest, I don't taste much here besides smoke, some roasted coffee flavors, some hop bitterness, and more smoke. I like the smoke taste in a beer....I say smoke 'em if you got 'em, but with this I was expecting something along the lines of Anchor Porter with some smoke flavor. It doesn't really seem to have as much depth of flavor as Anchor's porter....how this can be rated higher than AP is beyond me. I'm enjoying it, but not loving it.

M - This beer does shine in the feel department. It's creamy and smoothed out.

D - Not bad, considering the massive smoke flavor. The 6.5% ABV won't kill you, and actually feels like less than that.

All in all, I'm glad I tried it, but I won't make it a habit.

Patrick999, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of Finite
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - black as black gets, tan head is a little smaller than expected, ok lacing.

s - burnt malts, smokey notes with hints of coffee and smooth malts balance the profile. some fresh hops are a welcome addition.

t - rich in dark burnt malts, wonderfull balance of sweetness. a reasonably body and bite. woody, smokey and molassis flavours smooth out any charcol bitterness. A load of fresh green hops are a welcome addition, keeping the brew a little sharp. Not the strongest porter but fantastic flavour profile.

m - smokery and moderate thickness which disapates to a lighter grassy, fresh profile. A little thin if anything.

d - easy to drink but remaining full bodied. A wonderfull porter. One of the best ive had.

Finite, Sep 08, 2007
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I had the pleasure of trying this while traveling through Alaska. Admittedly, I was a bit surprised with the stature of this beer, given that most of the rest of the offerings of this brewery were of far lesser quality.

There arent many smoked porters out there (or at least not easy to find), and this one does the job well... Like any porter, color was dark as night, but unlike traditional porters, less of an unsweetened coffee flavor than of smoked wood (as the name clearly states).

I would definitely recommend this beer, given that it is a hard to find beer style and also well done. Easily the best beer brewed in Alaska ive tried, though the rest of this brewery's lineup is a bit lackluster (Alaskan Amber and Alaskan IPA are a bit watery).

Beer was served from 22oz bomber bottle, like any porter there was not a lot of head, scent was strong and distinct of smoked wood...very fitting given the popularity of smoked salmon in alaska

metalitool, Aug 28, 2007
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 24, 2007
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3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

2006 edition.

Well this is a new one... my first beer from Alaskan Brewing and I suspect my first beer from Alaska, period. Pours from a 22oz bomber into my goblet, and fills it with a lush looking deep brown (nearly black) beer. There's a toasted red-tan head that settles in around the outside edge and lies low, but sticks around a good while.

This smells great, if you like wood-smoke. Very reminiscent of a Rauchbier, the first thing to hit your nose is a smoky, meaty wallop that reminds me of a peaty scotch -- Lagavulin, anyone? Hiding behind the smoke are the usual porter suspects of coffee and roasted grain, but they hide well. Alaskan Smoked Porter certainly lives up to its name.

The flavor is equally bold. For a poor approximation of this, take some liquid smoke and squirt some into a good porter -- say Anchor -- and stir. The flavor isn't unpleasant, but it's assertive and rich. I suddenly question the wisdom of drinking this on one of our miserable 90 degree Carolina nights. Oh well, too late now.

But I'm getting sidetracked. I'm tasting a lot of smoke character, which wraps up the sweet roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, molasses and burnt sugars in a thick smoked blanket. The flavors complement each other nicely, but I can't help but think there's a little too much smoke going on here. The mouthfeel is near perfect though, fizzy without being harsh and smooth going down. The aftertaste is again more smoke and burnt grains and lingers long. Interesting.

This is an oddball beer. It's good, but much like a smoky, salty scotch, it's not something I'd drink on a regular basis. Kudos to those crazy Alaskans for doing something different and doing it well. Give me a bottle of this on a frigid Northern night while I'm sitting on beech logs around a roaring fire and my score would likely be much higher. It's all about context.

More kudos to Edgelow for the bottle.

kkipple, Aug 21, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 edition. Thanks to Edgelow for the trade on this one. The first review of many from that trade. :-)

A- Very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights when held to the light. has a solid couple fingers of head after a moderate pour, that settles to mild lacing on top and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S- Tons of dark roasted grains, roasty malt, nuttiness, black bread and toast. Just a hint of sweetness comes through the strong smoky aroma, and increases as it nears room temperature. A faint hint of alcohol is there too, but no hop or yeast aromas to speak of... which is fine for the beer and the style.

T- Some initial dark maltiness with a hint of sweet, quickly overridden by burnt toast, a hint of acridness, strong dark roasted grains, and some smoked meat. Not like a rauchbier, but closer to that than a normal porter. Finish is more of the roastedness, but it's not overwhelming.

M- Medium-full body with medium carbonation and a quite dry finish.

D- It's a very good beer, enjoyable, but the smoke may be a bit too strong to drink a lot of it. I'd recommend trying it, though. And pair it with some beef jerky. A match made in... the woods.

khiasmus, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of younger35
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of pint glass. This is my last bottle of this bad boy and I’m sad that’s it’s only the second I’ve had. It’s a terrific beer. Enjoying with some cheese and crackers. 2006 edition.

Appearance- Pours extraordinarily dark brown with a huge foamy tan head. Not a lot of lacing down the glass but more than you would expect. Leaves a nice cap the entire duration of the beer.
Smell- Very mellow alder wood smokiness permeates the glass. A light roasted malt gently sits in the background. Reminds me of the drippings in the bottom of my green egg when I smoke beef jerky.
Taste- This beer is extremely mild in all facets. A mild sweetness from the roasted malts tickles the tongue to start followed by the extremely pleasing smoke. It’s definitely the star of the show but not at all in an overpowering, unpleasing way. Slightly bitter with a very very subtle fruitiness. The smoke lingers in a nice sweet, mild finish with tinges of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Thinner than you’d expect from such a beer. Light, semi-watery feel with vibrant carbonation. Very little alcohol warming.
Drinkability- This is such a good beer! I honestly can’t think of a better beer to sit down with some cheese and crackers or anything Bar-B-Q’d. It’s such a fantastic Porter I wish I could regularly get my hands on this stuff. Definitely in my top 5 beers.

younger35, Aug 17, 2007
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,605 ratings.