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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,750
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 310
Gots: 328 | FT: 19
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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 BucBasil
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2007 vintage.

Appearance: Poured from the 22oz bomber into a large mug. Very thick looking coming out of the bottle. The beer is very very dark. I would say black, but there are some brown notes shining in on the sides when held to light. Head was tan, frothy, and about 2 and a half fingers thick.

Smell: Earthy and malty with a somewhat strong smoky, charred wood smell coming off it (in a good way)... like a wood burning grill about to be used for a barbeque.

Taste: Woody. A meaty flavor comes in for a moment, then it's smooth malt. A faint sweetness comes and fades quickly on the midpalate. Smoke then takes over and is very present in the finish, spreading into the nostrils and staying with you for a while, not unlike the sensation left in the mouth after smoking a good cigar. As the beer warms, the malt profile become more defined, revealing semisweet chocolate and roasted coffee. The smoke stays in play throughout the whole glass however.

Notes: This just became one of my favorite smoked beers. Wildly drinkable with a smoke character that is unmistakeably present, but also not terribly overpowering and allowing some other flavors to shine through. Gold Medal winner, and deservedly so. Recommended.

Photo of badbeer
3.26/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, but dark brown when held to light. Light tan head with decent retention. Smell is obviously of smoke, but I also got some vegetal aromas as well. Taste was roasty, smokey, and some vegetal tastes also come forward. Was not really what I was expecting. Worth a try.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark dark brown in color and not letting any light through at all. One finger brown head that quickly fades to thin layer of brwon foam on top. Decent lacing on glass.

S - Strong aroma of chocolate malt and a smoked meat smell. The smoked aroma is very strong and rather interesting.

T - Strong taste of roasted malt and chocolate. The smoked flavor is not as strong as the smell would lead to you expect. Also a nice earthy hop bite later.

M/D - Very creamy and full bodied. The taste is very strong which I feel limits the drinkability a touch, but a very good porter.

Photo of Scoobydank
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:Off white choclate milk head that disaapears quickly. At first I thought it was dark black, but on second look it is more of a dark brownish colors. No light shining through at all.
S:Very pungent smoked wood chips right up front. Almost covers everything up. Jus a touch of sweet chocolate milk comes out.
T:WOW!!!! The smoke on this beer is awesome. Through out drinking it the smoke continues. IT continues to stick to you mouth until the end. It is almost like sticking your head in camp fire smoke. Slight burnt chocolate.
M:Light thin fizzy bubbles. Yet it still sits in your mouth with a treally thick full feeling.
D:Great smoked porter. There is certainly no mistaking the smoke.

Photo of jamiejohnson
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember the first time I sampled this smokey delicacy at the 99 GAB in Denver - I was stunned. This classic's probably not for everyone due to the intensity of the smoked malt, but it's black heaven for me. I guess I'm one of those who crave that special flavor. I've tried and truly love the German smokers, but the brewers in Alaska really nailed a special one with their ASP. It's good fresh and it's good aged. I've heard that malt smoking is labor intensive, so I really respect the crew behind the scenes in Juneau for all their hard work, and I realize you gotta price it accordingly. Much thanks for a very special treat. Hope to visit your brewery soon. ASP on cask!?

Money's all gone,
Now I'm broke.
Spent it all
On liquid smoke.

Photo of SeanRedd
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been transported to a stream of wild, smoked salmon. Wood chip smoke clouds dance over the palate and remain active beyond my expectation. Grizzly bears barbecue sausage, over charcoal lit with newspaper, and slightly overcook the links that are a little too close to the flame. For a moment I am sharing some herb with a nomadic Mongolain tribe, enjoying an aged Puerh Tea, then awaken to notice a small fish has found her way onto my toasted, everything bagel. A small serving of chocolate syrup sleigh-rides between my vocal chords and I'm hooked. May I remain in this wilderness, and enjoy possibly one of the tastiest, smoked beers for the rest of my days? Yes...I believe I can.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alaskan- Smoked Porter

Big thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Thick brownish black with a moderate tan head. Decent lacing on the glass.
S- Smokey malt, light dusting of cocoa powder, and slight burnt sugar.
T- Slight burnt brown sugar and smokey earthy malt immediately hit you. Good doses of chocolate and BBQ sauce.
M- Smooth and creamy with a smokey and sugary body and finish.

Overall- Smooth easy drinking porter. a good dinner beer.

Photo of tmitch75
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber I picked up on Tahoe. I couldn't wait for this one!

Deep opaque black and huge creamy tan head. Lacing all around.

Roasty smoke smell with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Smoke right off the bat with a nice offsetting sweetness. Lightly floral hop flavor almost gets lost in there but just barely sneaks through.

Lighter body than expected, only makes it more enjoyable.

What an awesome beer. I'm a big fan of the brewery (from when I have been able to find it) and the style, and this one was exceptional.

Tasted on 6/6/08.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle, 2007

A: Deep brown under a small brown head. Slight lace and retention.

S: Smoke mixed with a bit of chocolate and nuttiness. Subtle and very balanced.

T: Much of the same on the tongue, more sweetness. Smoke dominates with hints of chocolate and nuts. Again, balanced and subtle. A bit of cream and a hint of peat. A mild bitter in the end as well.

M/D: Very comfortable on the tongue, smooth, a little creamy. Good drinkability. A very balanced beer. I don't think it was anything mind blowing, but I could easily drink this all night long.

Photo of wspscott
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber in pint glass (2007 batch)

A: black like a stout, no light gets through. Thick dark head, looks like a foamy chocolate milkshake, head disappears and leaves a bit of lace
S: rich chocolate malt, with a hint of smoke, hints of dried fruit/cherries
T: the smoke is much more obvious with the chocolate in the background
M: well attenuated yet mouth filling/coating, nice level of carbonation
D: NICE beer, an excellent dessert beer, highly recommended.

Photo of Sticket
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P- a declared 6.5% abv in a 22oz brown bomber bottle.

A- pours a dark mahogany with little to no light penetration. Creamy-tan head dissipates shortly after pouring and a thin lacing lasts to the end.

S- smoked and slightly sweet malts.

T- starts with a well balanced smoke which hangs in the background through the finish, a bit of sweetness from the malt and some roasted grains, not overly complex.

M- creamy, medium-full bodied, and lightly carbonated.

D- on its own, it is worth a try, would benefit greatly along side a rack of ribs or some smoked salmon.

Photo of Beaver13
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is chocolate malts with quite a bit of liquid smoke.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts up front followed by liquid smoke and some BBQ. The finish has a good amount of bitterness (slightly plasticy). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not very complex (chocolate and smoke), but it's fun. The aftertaste was a bit off, otherwise this would be higher.

Photo of MiScusi
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage.

A- Pours a really dark oily black. The head builds up really slowly but it comes through. As you're pouring it really looks like the thing is dead as far as carbonation goes but it's all in there, just hard to be released.

S- The smoky dark malt really does come through here. It's a pretty unique smell, as expected, but not in-your-face unique.

T- It's just nice dark semi-roasted malt finishing with a really cool hearty smoky flavor. Really smooth as far as dark malt flavors go, there's roastiness but it's not really astringent or bitter.

M/D- Carbonation levels are good but it's fairly viscous for a porter overall. It's overall a pretty mellow dark beer with a unique twist to it. Really good, went with the roast and potatoes tonight.

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

Alaskan Smoked Porter (2006) I picked this up on a trip to California. Poured a dark brown with very minimal light showing off a tawny red at the top where a thick but fading head disappears quickly.

The aroma is smoke, bread, caramel, nuts, slight coffee, earthy hop aroma. The taste starts smokey, moving to a sweet caramel feel that again moves to more sweet smokey bitterness, the body is a bit watery but balanced nicely in the overall finish. I paired this with some smoked pork, green beans, and sweet potatoes.

Photo of avaulteriam
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a bit of campfire topped of with a standard porter. It's decent/good, but it's no Schlenkerla, in terms of genuine smokiness. Perhaps more quaffable, but not as exhilarating. Deep Brown Color with dark head. Nose is smokey with roast malt in there. Nice.

Photo of HopDerek
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to vasdef42 for the trade

Pours an opaque dark brown with a black center. 1 finger of foamy/creamy dark tan head has good retention and leaves behind some nice lacing. Smells of smoked sausage, roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of grass. Tastes of caramel, smoked bacon, molasses, and earthy hops with a subtle roasted coffee and grassy hop presence in the finish. Medium in body with good carbonation, smooth with good smoky tones but not too intense and a crisp finish. Well balanced and easy to drink and not too heavy. Very enjoyable.

Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received via I Want That BIF 2 from lou91. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, forming a 1/8" brown head over the barely translucent dark brown brew. Head is quickly but a mere swirl of teeny bubbles, with average to good lacing. Aroma is intensely of sweet malts and moderate smokiness. Taste follows the nose, sweetness and smoke comingling throughout. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice, could be a bit more bubbly, but it is aged, so not unexpected there. Seems like good stuff, no matter the age or situation. Seek this out!

7/18/07 - 4.5/4/4.5/5/5
22oz bottle received via I Want That BIF from flexabull. Thanks for the opportunity. 2006 vintage.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, forming a 1/2" dark tan head over the opaque dark brown brew. Thick head mellows nicely, with plenty of sticky lace. Aroma is hearty sweet malts with smoke running through, a bit light on intensity. Taste balances dark grain sweetness with the smoke, and comes together very nicely. Mouthfeel and drinkability are superb. Always glad to enjoy this one.

Photo of beace
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 22oz bomber poured into a pint,

Appearance is spot on for a porter dark with a light beige rocky head after a fairly aggressive pour. Head retention was pretty solid and left some impressive lacing!

The smell is astonishing to me having this been my first smoked porter. The tell tale smells of smoked beers is here, savory slow smoked meats. Slightly sweet, and a hint of citrus possibly from late hop additions... perhaps a dry hop? Lets not forget the milk chocolate blanket that washes over the nose.

The taste is more porterish and less of a smoked character than was present in the nose. The chocolate notes really come shine throughout the palette. The smoked and bitterness meld together for a very pleasant finish. The mouthfeel is almost chewy and leaves a delicious coat around the mouth.

Fairly drinkable, the smoked character could get a bit cumbersome after 2 of these but by that point I assume any drinker would move on to another beer or simply call it a night.

Great beer, happy to finally taste it.

Photo of raiser
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: Deep Brownish-black, good head and nice lacing.

S: smoke, molasses... and a wet dog?

T: smoke, molasses, coffee. Did I mention smoke?

M: fairly full body and creamy.

D: It's SO smoky, I kept thinking of what to drink it with next time. I came up with grilled Hamburgers, or BBQ ribs. I am probably going to substitute liquid smoke with this in my Salsa Recipies. Yummy.

Photo of gford217
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of zapata poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby hints when held up to light. Very little head when poured and lacing was minimal.

S: Smell is nice and, of course, smoky - smoked bacon and charcoal. Underlying sweet malt notes also present.

T: Sweet roasted malts are much more prevalent in the taste up front before giving way to the smoke taste in the finish. There are also definite coffee and chocolate notes in the taste though they are supporting the smokiness. The finish also has a bit of pine hop bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and pretty crisp with the hop finish. Not a lot of carbonation in the body.

D: This is definitely one of the better smoked beers I've tasted and probably the most drinkable.

Photo of pwoods
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cburian and inflatablechair for the bottles.

22oz. brown bomber, poured into a tulip. 2007

A: Pours pitch black, opaque. 1 finger of frothy tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Soft 'porter cola' aroma. Lightly smoky. Subtle green hop touch.

T/M: Great smokiness. Assertive but not abrasive. Perfect compliment. Reminds me of a campfire. Rich malts with a coffee bitterness. Earthy, grassy, barky but all pleasant.

D: Easily drinkable and a good change of pace.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Younger35 in trade.

A- very dark with large dirty tan head
S - Great smokiness coming from the beer with roasted chocolate/burnt toffee coming in nicely
t - lots of smoke, caramel, and toffee on the tounge, molasses as well. I've never tasted this but it reminds me of that I think campfire cooked pancake syrup would taste like, but not as sweet. I really like this.
M - little light, but medium bodied with medium carbination
D - I would love to have more of this since I traded for it, but I ended up buying 6 of them from Liquid Solutions when it was available.

Thanks for sending me a real winner here Dan!

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Maybe a hair away from a black body. Light tan head and some nice lacing.

s: Smoked meat. Malt.

t: Sweet roasted malt is wrapped up in a blanket of delicious smokiness. Beckons you to pair it with fine smoked meat or cheese or, if you are lucky, both.

m: Smooth and creamy.

d: Lives up to its reputation as a great smoked beer. Wish I had some smoked gouda! Good stuff, but I still think I prefer O'Fallon Smoked Porter (could be my Missouri bias though).

Photo of jamie2dope
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last time I tried this brew, I was in Vancouver, and just happened to find it by accident while travelling over the border in to Washington. I enjoyed it so much then, that I had to have it again. Poured in to my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass a completely black color, with a good looking tannish white head. Literally no light is penetrating this one. Aroma is hard to put a finger on, as it is light, with some peat smoke, but not a whole lot else. Taste is full of interesting flavor. The smoke is such that it almost reminds me of smoked meat, or beef jerky. There is also a nice background of chocolate, and a somewhat bitter finish. Mouthfeel is heavier then I remember. I could probably finish a couple bombers of this, but will lay down my other bottle of it to age for a little while. I have to say that my second experience with this is as good as the first. Many thanks to Smokingmex for the opportunity. Cheers

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,750 ratings.