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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Smoked PorterAlaskan Smoked Porter

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1,601 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,601
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 299
Gots: 270 | 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 Orrshow
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2005 bottle brought to me by my father who took a trip to Alaska.

Appearance – Pours pitch black with beautiful dark tan head. The head goes away in time leaving little lacing.

Smell – Very smoky. Roasted malts are there and faint coffee aromas. I detect a slight bitterness as well. Appetizing.

Taste – Right up front I am bombarded by smoke and wood flavors and I love it. There is some coffee and bitter chocolate as well with of course…roasted malt. With the exception of the smoke, the flavors don’t seem to stand out individually creating complexity and letting you enjoy each sip more.

Mouthfeel – Nice and thick….but not too thick. Carbonation is bang on being noticeable without tingly. Not criticisms here.

Drinkability – Very good. I didn’t have many problems with this one.

I love this beer. Among the best Porters I’ve ever tasted.

Orrshow, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of blackie
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2004

appearance: A gentle-ish pour give a low, mocha colored head that soon recedes to a small ring and a layer on the surface. The beer is a dark brown in color. No lacing.

smell: At first I find aromas of wood smoke, reminiscent of the inside of a well-worn, wooden smokehouse. Close behind is an aroma of roasted barley with some light cocoa. The hop aroma is light to moderate, and is not so easy to pick out from amongst the smoke and roast. As the beer warms, I find hints of sugary, dark liquor soaked dates and banana sneaking in.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium and smooth. The body is on the heavier side of the medium range, creeping into heavy territory.

taste: Even with the age on this beer, the smoke is still obvious and pretty much dominates. Providing some nice counterpoints to the smoke are notes of dark chocolate and roasted barley. After the swallow, the light sweetness of the malt disappears, leaving behind dry flavors of wood smoke and roasted malt. There is a nice balance between the malt and smoke, allowing the smokiness to stay on top while not being overdone. This beer definately opens up as it warms. Very little hop flavor is evident to me, and a slight bitterness lingers with some smoke into the finish.

drinkability: just a pleasure to drink...a great smoked porter

This beer has been cellared for well over a year, the sole remnant of my first trade ever. I don't even remember who it came from, someone in AZ perhaps. Consumed a week or so ago, review entered from notes.

2011 version - purchased in Rock Springs, WY. Surprisingly, still agree with all my notes above - I wasn't so bad as a noob. A classic with lovely fresh smoked balanced against an already quality porter. 4/14/2012

blackie, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A helluva good porter. 2005 bomber. Pours out to a medium dark brown color with a 1/4 inch head of brown foam. Medium low carbonation. Aromas of smoked and cured meats, hearty malts and grains with some dark molasses notes. Very inviting. Taste is medium bodied and very complex, yet not overpowering; dark smoked malts and grain, some soy notes, sweet maple, smokey wood, earthy mild hops. Wow. I like it. Mouthfeel is smooth, but isn't very dense, or as dense as I expected it to be. Drinkability is good. This would be great for autumn evenings. Recommended.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Peaches, as of late, has taken full control of the hoser-bowl, drinking hers and Benjies' samples. She found this brew most enjoyable, albeit the smoke aroma put her off at first. Good dog...

Frozensoul327, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of arizcards
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I could not get enough of this back in January, I picked up a 2005 edition from AJ's for $4.59 back in late February.

Beer poured a very dark brown with a good two fingered head that is sustaining quite well. Nose is of alder wood smoked malts, very pleasant and not overpowering. Taste is of chocolate malts blending into a blissful medium hopped finish. Mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth and creamy. Drinkability is very good. This is one of those beers that will be part of the rotation of my favorites!

arizcards, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of idResponse
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Edition Bomber

Alaska is known for it's amazing game and fish... and if you catch salmon the size of the fish in alaska you will inevitably smoke some... so naturally people in alaska had better know how to smoke!

Well, it appears they can smoke their beer just as well as they can smoke their fish!

This looks like a porter, nothing heavily notable about it. dark and hard to see through. The first smell was a heavy woody alder smoke scent that faded to a mild smoked brown sugar.

The taste is wonderful! This is definately an easily consumed porter and tastes better than it smells by far with some overtones of dark fruits and roasted nuts mixed with the superb alder smoke flavor. It's almost like drinking a smoked salmon without a hint of fishy taste!

This is a very wonderful drinkable porter and I highly recommend it. I may go back and grab a couple more simply to put in storage for a while. Very well done!

idResponse, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that borders on black. The head was almost two fingers at the apex, and then faded slowly to a fairly thick cap, leaving behind a nice sheeting of lace.

Smell; very mild notes of chocolate and coffee with a little bit of some dark fruits. The smokiness is barely detectable at all in the nose.

Taste; the smoked flavor is a bit more defined than it is in the nose, with the coffee and chocolate coming out nicely. Some dark fruits emerge as this warms, and finishes with a little bit of a hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and a creamy, and has a very good drinkability.

RedHaze, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2005 version. Very dark brown, almost black color with a tan head that quickly disappears. The smell is smoky; I get oak and some hickory definitely a hardwood. There is a sweet dark fruit smell in there too. The taste is toasted malts, more of the smokiness, and some dark fruits, like prunes. The mouthfeel is medium, creamy not chewy. There is a biting carbonation. There is a slight bitter aftertaste but the smokiness lingers the most. Very drinkable and tasty.

orsulacp, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that rapidly disappears to a thin ring with a small patch. Nice color - disappointing head retention.

The smell is of smokiness, a little on the thin side. Some dark fruits emerge but are partially masked. Wood (oak) scent comes through.

The taste is smoky at first, but becomes more mild as the drink progresses. Some meaty smoke is there, but it's more of a wood smoke than a meat or charcoal smokiness. Dark chocolate and a touch of dark fruits emerge as the drink progresses. There is a slight alcohol, though creamy, finish. The flavors are good, but not quite as rich as I was expecting for the style.

The feel is creamy and smooth. Some smokiness lingers.

Glad I got to try this one. Enjoyable and worth trying, though I've had several others of the style that were richer.

jwc215, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark beige head made up of medium sized bubbles but fell quickly. Body is pitch black with patches of bubbles sitting oddly on the side of glass.

S: Milky sweetness, gentle campfire, black patent malt, marion berry, aromatic coffee house, toffee and lovely vanilla.

T: Sweet Jesus. Peaches, toffee, marshmallow gentleness caress the palate before the rompus french roast evolves. Gorgeous bittersweet baking chocolate and bitter roasted grains complete the first cycle. Then comes the smoke. Its a cold smoked style, crisp and fresh. Finishes with some berry esters that tickle the tongue. The smoke gently trickles out while mixing with the maltying finish. Damn thats good.

M: Thick and chewy.

D: What a porter. What a smoked beer. I would like to age a bottle of this for a couple of years to see what happens.

Westsidethreat, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of BillyBrew
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Edition: Part of a Bundle of Joy from Califorja

A few shades south of Black, an uber brown. Nice dark tan head that pours thick and rich, and lasts for quite a while.

Rich malts rush the nose followed by a thickly sweet smokiness. The smoked nose intensifies with a little warmth.

Surprisingly sweet malt profile while still (too) cold, but mellows of as it warms. Having some trouble differentiating the leafy hops from the earthy smoke, but I dig it either way.

Medium mouth that finishes pretty dry for its maltiness.

I certainly enjoyed this brew more as it warmed. I did have it too cold to start, but dinner was ready. I may have been distracted by the ribs I made, but the beer was much sweeter with the cold. THis is a great food-pairing brew, alas, I had only the one.


BillyBrew, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

That coal black pour, topped by a tan head – is a fine start to this brew. Head did die a tad too quickly, but I see some lace rings to make up for it.

The aroma is surprisingly lite of smoke – subtle hints of a smoky peat on top of a big malty backbone. Quaff also noted these same traits – I thought this would be a <bigger> smoke brew. Somewhat raw and harsh in the taste, too – but it does have a sour ale pouter drive to it.

Thin in the mouth. I’m not seeing the big rating this one has on BA. I mean, its fairly tasty, and I’m enjoying it – but my score isn’t as high. Que sera, sera.

2005 – version – would cellaring help intensive the brew?

Vancer, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of Fugazme
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent suprise gift from Bditty! Thanks...

2004 edition...

Black pour... slightly tan head, minimal yet attractive... great look.

Aroma is very inviting... roasty, smokey, chocolate... extremely woody.... like a campfire... I can't quit sniffing it. Amazing.

Mouthfeel is good... but more important are the complex flavors that arise all over the palate.... chocolatey, roasted malts... nutty, slightly sugary... awesome. Rich and dry. Wow.

Fugazme, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of elricorico
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer looks like a porter should, it is nearly black in the glass and a finger of light brown head formed. As it starts to recede lacing is left all around the glass. About one centimeter of head holds on for the long run.

My nose picks up smoke, but not just smoke, wooden chips used for cooking perhaps. A little bit of sourness and dark chocolate peak through, but the smokiness is the dominant aroma.

Rich milk chocolate and a faint creamy coffee hit the tip of the tongue and hold on until the middle when smoke starts to take over. Coffee strengthens a bit near the back of the mouth. Smoke fills the mouth for the finish, that pleasant woody smoke much like the aroma. Very, very nice.

I don't think I could ask for much more in the mouthfeel department. It feels thick the second it hits the tongue, and the carbonation is what I expect in the style, not overdone. It has a way of filling the mouth without becoming heavy.

Does it sound like I'm raving yet? This is a fantastic beer. I owe orrshow big thanks for getting his folks to bring an extra bottle of this one for me. Needless to say, if I see it again I will be buying it.

elricorico, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of Citadel82
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Red Onion. Okay so its a tourist bar but they have a good beer selection and food that my kids would eat.

Beer was served a litle too cool for this style but warmed sufficiently in a few minutes. Poured deep - no scratch that - opaque brown with a sticky tan head.

Aroma was sweet molasses, faint hops and a healthy whiff of smoked malts.

Taste was balanced and only slightly smoky. Some fruity ale yeast, some rich malt, some chocolate and a healthy dose odf smoke. Nice dry finish.

Mouth feel was oily and slik with only slight carbonation evident.

Wonderfully drinkable after a nice light lunch on a cool Alaska afternoon.

Citadel82, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Beerzebub
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage.

Black, creamy tan head. Smells like smoked salmon (wood smoke, but also the salmon itself!), chocolate, dark fruit. Touches of ocean brine and black pepper.

Tastes delicious. Rich and smokey. Some smokey sweetness, like the mild sweetness of smoked salmon. Smoked salmon, chocolate, coffee, toffee. Touches of fruity yeastiness, spice (black pepper and nutmeg?), and minerality. Balanced. Creamy mouthfeel. Unusual, interesting, and really good.

Beerzebub, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Higravity
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah pretty much spot on. Not too smoky and not fake smoky like that Stone version. This is really best drinkable just below cellar temps the colder it was the less it was and the room temp was just not cohesive enough everything really seemed too sharp. The look is great nice black body covered in a tan head. The smell is a dull wet smoke with tannic touches and a addition of roasty malt. The taste comes out smoky and stays smokey only in the back finish does the porter part pop. I think the base beer is pretty good on its own and the nice smoke gives it a unique twist. This is a little bit thinner than I thought it would be but still holds enough to support the cast. A 22 is good enough to fly solo or share. It would be nice in a usual rotation.

Higravity, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottling.

This is one seriously black porter, with a thick tan head that retains for over a minute and then settles to a thin layer. Bubbles? Some, but so very hard to see anything in that opaque miasma.

Aroma clearly puts smoke at the forefront, the kind of smell you get on your clothes after standing around a bonfire. Some coffee notes peeking through too.

The flavor is like burnt dark chocolate. Very dark. Very burnt. The smoke flavor is clearly the feature, but the other elements, such as chocolate, coffee and dark fruits, do not get lost amidst the smoke. This is absolutely delicious stuff.

The mouthfeel only adds to the positive experience. It's thick, chewy, and creamy, perfect for the flavors and aromas featured.

It might be too heavy to drink multiples of in one sitting, and the flavor is definitely not something most would want regularly, so I have to dock the drinkability points just slightly. But still, whenever you do quaff this one, you will be drinking and very much enjoying one of the finest porters ever brewed.

Metalmonk, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bottle of Alaskan Smoked Porter from AKSmokedPorter, perfect.

Appearance: Dark maroon, clear body. The head is gigantinc after an aggresive pour. Leaves a tan lace on the way down.

Smell: Plenty of smoke, coffee, very earthy.

Taste: The smokiness is subtle, but adds to the porter flavors nicely. Coffee and roasted grains, very nice. This is an extremely easy-to-drink beer, one that I could see laying down for a while or drinking fresh, either way, fantastic. I did like the Stone Smoked Porter better, but this one comes very close.

TastyTaste, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of fisherman34
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled sample. 2005 vintage. Black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of wet maple wood, along with both vineous and dark berry fruits. Alder woodsmoke is the dominant flavor here, along with notes of mild chocolate and other roasted malts. Medium bodied, which was a bit lighter than I had expected. It lacked a bit of caramel malt and chocolate flavors for my taste, but the smoke flavor has great potency. It would be interesting to do a side-by-side tasting with this and the Stone Smoked Porter.

fisherman34, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2004 bottle.
Nice head, opaque body, plenty of lacing, great smokey nose. Unfortunately the taste is to be blunt ... yucky. I love this beer normally, so I thought I'd try a aged version. Either something is wrong with this bottle or the age did no favors. It tastes very sour, and as expected has little of the smokiness. Mouth is still very nice. I hope something is wrong with the bottle rather than just a bad side effect to the age. If I try another aged bottle and it tastes different I will edit this review.

TheBungyo, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aquired via trade with thanks to Mschae1017.

Spent motor oil black with a large lgith tan colored head that dissipates very slowly and leaves a thin topping for the duration of the glass and a thin coat down the pint.

Large smokiness dominates the nose. The smokiness is a little disappointing because it's more of a charcoal smokiness than a woody smoke smell. There's a hint of some dark chocolate hiding amongst the smoke.

Sweet porter taste and roasted maltiness with huge notes of smoke. Very bitter chocolate taste. I didn't really expect this brew to be this bitter... almost a bit over the top. Finishes sweet and slightly dry. This is a really creamy and smooth feeling beer but a bit bitter and dry for me.

A bit overrated in my opinion. I don't think I'll go out of my way to get this one again. Hopefully the one in the cellar will do better after a year or two.

timtheenchanta, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first smoked porter I ever had. Since I first tried it I've had some others like the Schenkerla Rauch bier but this one is definitely something that Alaskan should be proud of.

Appearance is dark, almost opaque with ruby highlights when held up to light.

Aromas are the most interesting aspect of this beer. Smokey, fruity, bready (from english yeast?) salty. Chocolate and toffee.

Taste is Chocolatey, malty, bready, molasses, burnt caramel, dark fruit, licorice.

Medium to full body.
Good drinkability.
Try with some smoked salmon, or smoked sausage.
I've even had it with bagels, cream cheese and smoked salmon lox.

BillyB, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of Brian700
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours nice and dark with a brown head that sticks around for a while.

The aroma is of chocolate, smoke, coffee.

The flavor is amazing. There is presence of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and SMOKE. The amount of smoke is perfect. All of these flavors blend together nicely to give you what is the Alaskan Smoked Porter, holy cow.

The mouthfeel is medium carbonation with a full body. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had.

Brian700, May 24, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronado, blessed Toronado.

Thick black body with a chunky brown head. Appearance is practically perfect. Head is lasting and wonderfully aromatic. Smoke, smoke, and smoke! Chocolate, coffee, caramel, scotch, peat, and a whole wheel barrow load of other great stuff can be found in this beauty. I am thrilled. This is one of the best porters I’ve ever held in my hand and I haven’t even tasted it yet.

Mouthfeel is nearly full, charcoaly, poking at times but nearly flawless.

Taste is peat and mesquite, caramel and chocolate, bittersweet and acidic grains in the finish. Spicy, delicious, smoky as can be. Just great.

Drinkability is very high. There isn’t an overwhelming meatiness that I find in some smoked beers. This one is just mellow and refreshing. Damn drinkable.

A masterpiece.

DaPeculierDane, May 21, 2006
Photo of scottoale
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was pleased to find this on-tap at a local pub, this was as dark as a Porter gets. I didn't realize the pint glass that it was served in had a logo and such, silk-screened in black, until 1/3 of the way through it. Damn dark with 1/2inch of cocoa head.

The nose was heavy on the smoke with a strange dark fruitiness that I could not quite place. None the less, it had a great aroma that begged to be tasted.

The taste was smoke filled sweetend dark malt with a fruitiness of prunes, molassas, rich coffee and chocolate. The smoke carried right through too the finish, with a very pleasant and lingering, aftertaste. Like the smell, makes you want more. The alcohol was sufficiantly burried by the smoky flavor, the mouthfeel was smooth and velvety.

I was very impressed with this offering from the Alaska line of brews, it's my favorite of the four that I've tried and the first I've had on-tap.

If you like smoky, you'll love this one ! Cheers!

scottoale, May 16, 2006
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,601 ratings.