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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,602 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 1,602
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 299
Gots: 271 | 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 DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006:
Thanks to grub for sharing this bottle and giving me another as part of BC2.

This one poured a deep brown with chestnut edges. The thin, fine bubbles settled to a solid ring that produced some spotty lace. The aroma was full of smoke, but while it was assertive it wasn't over the top. Behind that were caramel and chocolate maltiness combined with a bit of charcoal. Moderate bitterness with flavours of semi-sweet chocolate and restrained smoke. Notes of roastiness, nuts, and caramel rounded things out. The finish had some lingering smoke and a hint of sour cherries. Medium/full bodied, a little dry with lowish carbonation that contributed to a creamy texture. This stuff was easy going down. I'm glad I have another bottle!

DrJay, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for bringing this to the tasting!! biegaman and DrJay were also in attendance, good times.

Pours a clear brown/red, nice colour to the edges, thick brown head forms, lace rings, good retention, looks like a porter. Smell is nice, sweet, toffee, chocolate roast, smoke, pretty well integrated, smoke is nicely balanced. Taste is caramel, roasty bitterness, chocolate and coffee, bit of beef jerky smoke, light bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied with low carbonation, quite nice, maybe a touch too much smoke in the flavour for me but pretty nice to drink. Thanks a ton Russ!!

Viggo, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of thinkfull
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yup, it's smokey. My girlfriend tried a sip, but disliked it, noting that it tastes like tobacco.

This is an extremely dark porter, visually speaking. Light head, lighter lacing, small head retention.

The smell is the most striking part of the beer. I purchased it as a pint, and the two glasses that I poured from it were very different. The first glass smelled a touch smokey and rich, like a well- seasoned grill being fired up. Hints of tobacco and peat were also present. The second glass smelled primarily of hickory or mesquite charcoal, with a sweet tang to it- honey glazed! Again, the tobacco smell, but more of a cigar than raw tobacco.

The taste mostly followed the smell; more porter than smoke the first glass, with a peaty scotch flavor, then moving to the smoke-heavy second glass, where the "porter" flavor becomes secondary. The warmth is obviously what changed it; this may be fun to play with a little. I think I'll try the next one just under room tempurature. The constant through both glasses was an alcohol warmth and an uncooked wheat bread dough flavor.

The mouthfeel was creamy- traditional porter-y goodness. Drinkable only in a "I'd like to have one beer every hour-and-a-half" way. However, I rather think that this is the desired effect; a beer for lingering over, rather than quaffing with the boys after the game.

This beer is probably not for everyone, or for every day. However, you won't know until you try it, and scotch drinkers may find the peaty-ness of this brew quite enjoyable.

thinkfull, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this bottle in a trade with BigLove. thanks travis!

22oz bottle, 2006 vintage.

pours deep brown, not quite opaque, with a small dense tan head. drops fairly quickly and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. lots of smoke, but pleasant and not overpowering. light sweetness. bit of chocolate. hint of alcohol.

taste is great. light smoke. medium bitterness. bittersweet chocolate. light roast. toasted multigrain bread. bit of coffee. makes me think of a nice smoked salmon.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium-low carbonation. the smoke seems to give it a light drying character.

drinkability is great. balanced and enjoyable. the smoke is obvious, but not overpowering. very nice.

grub, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of rgrace99
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber, 2006 edition. Very dark with a small, rapidly dissapating head, some lacing. Aroma, as expected, was very smoky. Flavor was a mixture of chocolate and coffee with the smokiness always in the background. Very light mouthfeel, went down very easy and smooth. Tasted great with the salmon I grilled too.

rgrace99, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to metallitone1 for this bottle. 2006 vintage.

a - pour very dark brown, nearly black, one-finger tan head with retention mostly around the edges, moderate lacing

s - big cedary (I guess it's actually alder) smoke aroma is dominant smell, hints of burnt malt and coffee, some bitter chocolate

t - slightly sweet chocolate and coffee at the start, quickly evolves into a nice smokey body and a finish that lingers dry and cedary

m - light-to-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, pretty dry finish

d - not the most drinkable porter I've had, smokiness and dryness of the finish get to be a bit much for the palate after awhile

Great example of the style. It's not something I'd drink all that often, but it's a great brew for when the mood hits. Well worth seeking out a bottle.

WeisGuy, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of brewandbbq
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005

Pours opaque dark brown, with barely translucent edging of muddy amber. A beige head rose to a half inch, and fell quickly to a mostly bare surface, with some tight foam on the edges and a whisp on center. No lacing except for a couple of dots.
Aromatics are full of porter character, with light smoke. Bakers chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee grounds, and smoldering twigs.
Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and thickish. Lingering viscosity.
The pallet is filled with roasted cocoa nubs, dark coffee beans, and an afterthought of embers. Hints of vanilla, burnt ends, and Kahlua follow through.
Finishes with lingering smoke and some mild acrid character.
The smoke seems to have faded since 2005, but the brew has picked up some nice complexity.
A well balanced beer, but I'm left wanting an "Imperial" version.
Thanks to Timmcd64.

brewandbbq, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of klewis
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to markgugs for this one.

2005 edition

A: Pours nearly black with a two-finger bubbly head. The head quickly fizzes away and leaves little lacing.

S: Smoky aroma of cedar and smoked meats. Similar to the Schlenkerla rauchs, but a bit more subdued.

T: Earthy flavor with a light smoked taste and a mild bitterness. I expected this to be maltier with some more typical porter flavors, but the flavor is still nice.

M: A bit light in body with moderate carbonation.

D: I can't say that I'm blown away by this, but I could certainly see myself drinking this as a session brew.

klewis, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. 2006 vintage.

A: Very dark color, almost black. A very nice creamy head forms after the pour.
S: The smell of smoked malt is overwhelming.
T: A classic porter taste followed by the smoky flavors. An absolute joy to drink.
M: The mouth is overwhelmed with all of the wonderful complex flavors found in this brew.
D: One of the best beers that I've ever had. I'm not sure how often I'll be drinking it since it's a bit heavy. I paired it with fajitas and it was a fantastic match.

willjschmidt, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of cheers2beers
3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Pours very dark for a porter. Showcases mahogany edges. A beautiful two finger rises up and has ample retention.

Smell: Over-powering smokiness criss crossing with burnt chocolate and faint malt sweetness. Absolutley no hop aroma is detected.

Taste: The taste of this porter is where it really shines IMHO. It has a very nice balance of chocolate,coffee,wood and then a robust suggestion of smoke yet again. The smoke is not nearly as potent as it is in the nose. Tons of complexity and a long smokey finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth drinker. Seems a little chalky in the finish as well. Medium amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer is hugley complex and a bit unsetteling if your not ready for it. I would be hard pressed to try this again because of the over-the-top smokeness. Worth a try but I prefer the nuance of Stone's smoked porter.


Cheers2Beers

cheers2beers, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of EPseja
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served form a 22oz bomber in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

A - Deep mahogany color that pushes up a commanding head; cocoa in color, and diminishing in bubble size from the top to the bottom -- big and frothy. Lacing begins immediately as the head begins to settle and leaves it's marks around the rim. It continues to form a light lacy residue in the glass as it drains. Head retention is only "good".

S - Heavily toasted, almost burnt smelling malts with an integrated character of smoked pine. Think campfire embers sprinkled with espresso grounds and you've got the picture. Deep, yet clean if a bit one-sided.

T - Dark chocolate covered espresso bean sweetness, quickly joined by the hefty taste of the smoke. Dries out a bit in the back, as some of the hop character gets working. Almost like a rauchbier in its smoke qualities, but allows the complimentary sweetness and ending hoppiness to enjoy some playing time. Excellent balance.

M - Light tingle with super small bubbles forming a rolling ocean foam. Swallow is viscous and throat coating. Fantastic.

D - This is one seriously excellent beer although it resides on the fringe of the Porter style due to the big smoke character. I personally like the smoke, so I'm cool with it, but others might be turned off. That said, big satisfaction means big marks. Perfect for a chilly evening, and light enough to enjoy a second after the first disappears.

EPseja, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle. My first smoked porter.

2005 Vintage

Appears clear, very dark copper/brown. Almost opaque. Medium sized, light brown head.

Smoke is primary aroma, actually cedar. This tones down as it warms. Molasses and caramel come out. A bit of plastic?? Not positive. Roast character, obviously.

Taste follows aroma with respect to the smoke. Sweet is next impression, again cedar & molasses. Roast notes, and a bit of coffee at the finish. Some grassy/herbal bittering.

Medium in body. Medium in carbonation. Drying from smoke & hops. Very smooth.

Not an everyday beer in my opinion, but very good. I would certainly drink this again. Might try it with Mexican food.

, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of Ego
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this from LiquidSolutions.com a while ago, 2005 vintage.

eyes...
one full finger of dark tan foam, lacing is a bit hard to describe, it kind of rides up the sides of the glass and then slinks back down like a blanket being pulled from a bed, color is black as night, opaque. the head "looks" creamy a good looking porter.

nose...
nice smoke tones (duh), you can really smell the wood but it is not overly done like some smoked beers that remind you of smoked sausage etc. a bit of sweetness and a hint of dry cocoa. nice.

taste etc...
carbonation is a bit active taking away from the smoothness, the smoke flavor is there after the sweetness of the malt fades, body is medium to full but the carbonation is distracting, also there could be more smoke flavor in the overall mix, this one winds up being a tad too sweet for my tastes and the depth of flavor is not all there. This leaves the mouth dry with a hint of cocoa as well. It sort of lacks depth but is good nonetheless.

verdict?
probably something I wouldn't mind picking up now and again if it was local, but other than that just another good beer in the pack.

Ego, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of SoCalBoomer
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Very dark, very little head. Way close to Ebony than Ivory.

S-Smoky (strange, considering the name!) Nice.

T-Very distinctive, very nice. Smoother than I expected.

M-It's nice at first, but started to get a bit tiring.

D-Fairly smooth - malty, and very good (me like malty)


this was the 2006 "vintage" - I liked it quite a bit and will get it again.

SoCalBoomer, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of orfeu
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to dmeadows and b0ldfacelies for sending me samples of the 2005 bottling of Alaskan Smoked Porter. This looks beautiful in my nonic, all the darkest brown there is (which basically means it's black) with a lovely mahogany halo ringing the bottom edge of the glass. The head is surprisingly modest (or maybe not so surprising given the age of the bottle), and is a sandy ecru color; it's noisy and doesn't stick around for very long. Before the head completely disappeared, however, I detected faded wisps of alder smoke, very much like the way one's clothes smell waking up in the morning on a camping trip, with the embers of the previous night's fire still clinging to everything. There are also some slightly sour, but full and chocolatey nonetheless, aromas from the dark, black roasted malts. These qualities persist in the taste as well, with the chocolate becoming decidedly more pronounced, along with a slightly sour, earthy mineral flavor. The smoke, mind you, is of course the highlight of the taste. But at this age (one-and-a-half years, at least) it has become pleasantly muted. Enough to let the drinker know that this porter is indeed brewed with smoked malts, but it's not here to make you feel as if you chased a smoked-ham and smoked-gouda cheese sandwich with a swallow of bong water. No, this is some subtle, nuanced, well-crafted smokiness that most likely has improved since its fresher days (this is the freshest sample of Alaskan Smoked Porter I've yet to try). Medium in body, full-ish on the palate with a dignifed smoothness that seems to have emerged due to its stay in the cellar. Overall, this is a fabulous, paradigmatic porter. I'm very glad to have more bottles stashed downstairs. By the way, this paired extraordinarily with some spicy black bean quesadillas.

orfeu, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of loren01
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark black color, small tan head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Strong smoke smell not much else really
T: smoked cheese flavor, good malt flavor but the smokey flavor is dominant for sure
M: Perfect amount of carbonation, thought this beer would be heavier bodied, fairly light for its color, goes down easy
D: Very good smoked porter, wish this was easier for me to get on a regular basis

loren01, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of peabody
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really dark blackness with two to three fingers of brown suds. Lots of lacing is left on the pint glass.
Smell is a smoked pork shoulder/burnt down house with malt and sugar abounding.
Taste is smoked coffee and just a hint of bacon, very smoked bacon. The sweet malt falls into a smoked coffee bitterness.
There is almost a fruityness like grapejuice in the initial sip but the smoke quickly and definatly covers all that up. I have an aftertaste of smoked pork/bacon.
The mouthfeel is oily, like you have had a big ole slab of smokey porkfat in your mouth. This is the most smoked flavor I have ever had in a Smoked Porter. And it is the best one too.
Drinkability is great if you like to be outdoors around the fire drinking dark bitter beers.

peabody, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mucho gracias to beeryhandy for this trade "throw-in." Vintage 2006.

Pours very, very black. Just little bits of brown around the edges. Slight tan head that had no retention and receded very quickly. Nose is peat and smokiness.

Oddly, for such a great flavor it is fairly simple. Just loas of smoked wood and toasty goodness. Kind of a burnt oat bread thing as well. Slight hop presence gives it enough hop bitterness to round out the flavor. Medium body that has a slight dry edge to it. Makes my tongue feel a bit like sandpaper actually. Way too easily drinkable.

MuddyFeet, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Oxymoron
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is a place in Wyoming that I found that is still caring the Smoked Porter. I ended up picking up a case and wanted to age them a bit. I'm not doing a great job with aging it, as I've had three already but I'm amazed at the significant difference between them all.

The pour is a dark black color with some light brown colors around the edge. When held to the light there is a ruby hue to it as well. There is a nice frothy head that has a tan color that remains through out the tasting but does hide to the side of the glass.

The nose varies per beer but there is a nice malty essence to it. Smoke flavors are the most significant smell. The nose varies from a beef jerky to a very noticeable smoked salmon. Im not a big fish fan, so I didn't really appreciate it too much, but my wife had no problems taking it. So the smell is very unique in that aspect.

The taste varies just as much. Similar with the nose there is a malty backing and a salmon flavor that is very distinguishable. The salmon flavor did vary from very noticeable to a light hint in the background. If it was light there was more of a smokey presence. The malt balanced well with some light astringent malt in the backing. Very smooth overall and a somewhat hop backing. Although the hops play a minor role overall.

So with this review, it should be noted that I am not a "fishy" fan at all. So I will age most that I have and see how they do over time.

Oxymoron, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of nlmartin
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2006 vintage. The beer comes my way complements of TheBungyo. I have sampled this beer on several occasions. A big thanks to all the BA's who sent it my way. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark brown to black coloration. A slight ruby opaqueness is noted to light. The head was one finger thick with a light tan coloration. The head resolves to a ring of foam. No lacing is noted to speak of on my glass.

Smell: A mesquite charcoal smokeyness covers my glass. The smokeyness is nowhere near oppressive. The smoke actively wraps around the malty sweetness. This captures the essence of smoked aromas perfectly.

Taste: The smokey character of the beer is definately dominate. The smoke encompasses a very brief malty sweetness. A bit of dark fruityness, chocolateyness and coffee like flavors break through the smoke occasionally. Again a near perfect smokeyness dominates this beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is on the lighter side. The beer never seems to be actually thin. The carbonation is slightly more than medium. The smoked aftertaste seems to last forever. This is a dam tasty beer treat. This beer is welcome at my house and in my glass any time!

nlmartin, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of granite
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottled into a pint glass.
A--- Poured Black with red hue and a rocky tan head.

S--- The aroma is a combination of smoke and fruit, very pleasant.

T--- Smoked hard wood, char, roast and black malt. It left a very astringent after taste.

M---The body was lighter then I expected and it seemed to thin.

D--- I feel a little disappointed because I had high hopes for this. I would enjoy trying it again if I had access to it. This was a batch of 2006.

granite, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of Mdog
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a fading head. Decent lacing, though.

Smell: Mmm, barbeque smoke.

Taste: Dominated by a smoky barbeque flavor, but has a little chocolate sweetness come through.

Drinkability: Not available in Minnesota, but I'd have this regularly if it was distributed here.

A very interesting beer to me since I haven't had many smoked beers. Not overpowering in its smokiness, but since I love barbeque this hits the spot. Recommended!

Mdog, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2006...
This doesn't disappoint.
Smoked aromas are definitely there but not overpowering...although little else can be sensed in the aroma.
Flavors are soft toasted malt initially followed immediately by pleasant soft smoke flavors then finishing with the smoky malts. Hops are not present at all.
Aftertaste is not surprisingly the smoked malts.
If a smoked beer is what you seek, this is the one for you.
Wonderful and unsurpassed in it's class.

IntriqKen, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of simmons
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 Alaskan Smoked Porter

Apperance: A nice dark porter with a dark brownish thick head lasting awhile. there is a very dark redish tint to it when held up to the light.

Smell: a very pleasent smoky aroma with a hint of malt and no hops

Taste: The is a mild malt flavor with plenty of smoked malt. The hops has a mild bitterness

Mouthfeel: The body of this brew is fairly light, medium carbonation and perfect ballance.

Drinkability: This beer is the best beer ever!!!! everything about this beer is great. I would travel anywhere to get this beer on cask.

simmons, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of Enola
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005
Obtained through trade.

This beer is a very dark color with just a hint of light coming through. There is a small tan head and a little bit of lacing. The smell is very smokey. The taste is heavily smoked and there is a hint of smoked salmon that is typical of these smoked beers. The beer is very smooth and thus is an easy drinker. This is the best smoked beer I have had. I may have to trade for another sometime.

Enola, Jan 07, 2007
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,602 ratings.