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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,750 Ratings

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

2007 Vintage.

A- Poured into a mug, this beer pours solid black with dark brown highlights when held up to light. The head is a dark tan color and fades to a thin layer, leaving some thick lacing on the glass.

S- Smoked meat and scorched earth with a faint cocoa background. The aroma is very evocative of a peaty Scotch whisky. Awesome.

T- The initial smoke flavor fades to a mild cocoa bitterness. There is a slight malt presence in all of this too. The smoke flavor resurfaces and lingers on the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with lively carbonation, slightly coating the inside of the mouth.

D- The smokiness isn't overpowering and the ABV (6.5%) seems just right for this beer. I can easily polish off a bomber.

This is one of my favorite beers. If you are a fan of smoked meats, Islay Scotch, or the way your clothes smell after being around a campfire, then this should be a no-brainer. Highly recommended.

Photo of deanhead
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and viscous appearance. Almost black in color. This beer poured a brilliant toffee head.

A smoky aroma, just permeates this beer, not unlike the smell of a campfire in your clothing in the way it permeates your everything when camping.
smoked, smoky, smoke, Peaty. Somehow it's not overwhelming.

Taste like smoke, and peat. Very Robust, yet sublty sweet, and slightly bitter in the finish.

Nice medium bodied beer, with a solid chewy aftertaste.

I enjoyed this beer. I wouldn't consider it a daily drinker, but it is definitely worthwhile if you can get your hands on it. Very interesting, and notable beer.

Photo of hrking
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a sit down with the cast from the GOOD BEER SHOW! All I can say is WOW! this is an icredible unique brew..

N- Smoke up front very noticeable..
P- Smooth easy to drink with an awesome start to finish smoothness
D- drinkability is over the top ..I could drink a cooler full of this. Smoke up front and evident throughout the entire beer..even in the lingering after taste..
F- If your a fan of any campfire cookout or just sitting around the campfire feeling this beer will take you away on a journey to a fall evening sitting around a campfire with friends shooting the shit..A great share and I can't recommend trying this enough..Hats of to the folks at Alaskan brewing! This is an outstanding brew..

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

2007 edition

A: Nice a stoutish, really black with a solid 3 finger tan head. Quite pitted, leaves a thing film.

S: Deep roated malt comes out and then lost of woodsy, smokey smell. Small hint of bitterness behind the smoke.

T: At first the smoke was really overpowering, but after a few sips I got used to it and roasty malt came out. Finishes with a hint of hops, but very little and it could just be a residual of the smoke. Tastes a bit like it's been oaked, but again that could just be the flavor from the wood.

MF: More bubbly than I would have though, but maybe porter's are more carbonated than stouts, I haven't tried a lot in this style. Fairly thin for such a dark beer. Alcohol is a non-factor.

D: Easy to drink, not too strong. The smokey flavor is clearly the focus but there's enough other flavors going on to make this pretty good. However, I didn't really feel like the beer got better the more I drank it. Easy to drink, especially because of the manageable alcohol, but I'd have to taste more in this style before I really called this a keeper.

Photo of beerking1
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007. Pours pitch black. No light escapes. Big, brown head, fades, but maintains a good collar to the end of the glass. Aroma is rich, smokey and complex, with lots of dark malts, some faint dark fruits, and a bit of chocolate. Smoke is big, but very smooth, backed by a real nice, rich maltiness. Not too sweet. Hops are subdued, and not apparent, except in balance. Aftertaste is quick, clean and softly smoky. Really nice, with some great notes from the alderwood.

Photo of AAvgerinos
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 22oz bottle of the 2005 offering last night over dinner. If there was one word to sum up this beer it would be "balanced." Perfectly aged, the smokiness is apparent, yet subtle. Being that it was a 2005 bottle (and this is 2008), I found it to display a wonderfully smooth, creamy, and slightly vinous fruity character.

The worst part was realizing this was my only bottle and that I'll need to stock up so that I can enjoy more in a few years.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is clear that the younger beers display a more prominent smoke characteristic, but it would be inaccurate to say that the smoke fades into the background in older vintages. Instead, as the beer ages, a sweet roasted malt characteristic surges forward before the smoke characteristic takes over with the finish of the beer. This sweet characteristic was most prominent in the 2005 vintage, and had developed to a point where the initial taste was reminiscent of an imperial stout. It displayed wonderful characteristics of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits that combined perfectly to deliver a very complex flavor. The only other aspect of the beer that changed with time was the carbonation level, but this is to be expected. The 2007 had a very lively level of carbonation, but the older vintages still displayed a nice creamy mouthfeel, that was a bit of a surprise.

Fresh Alaskan Smoked Porter delivers an incredible mixture of typical chocolate and roasty characteristics normally found in a porter, enhanced by the smoke. The smoke reminds the drinker of pork barbeque and beef jerkey and delivers a incredible treat upon the palate. As the beer ages, however, it reaches a whole new level of complexity. None of the depth contributed by the smoke is lost. It is only enhanced by the emergence of other flavors. Even though this beer was incredibly tasty at two years, you have to think that a three or four year vintage of this one would be even better.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 Vintage
Pours a very dark brown in color. There are ruby highlights around the edges. Smell is smoky, dominating the underlying malt. This is more smoke-forward than I imagined it would be. Almost has to be paired with food while drinking. A little thin on the mouthfeel. For a smoked beer, this is very well done. Would like to have some cheese and sausage to eat while drinking.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to nflmvp for this one.

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass an almost opaque black color with dark caramel highlights and topped by a cocoa colored head of about one finger in size. Head leaves quickly and becomes a slight film with large bubbles around the borders.

Aromas were smokey and burnt grains. Not a whole lot else going on. Smokiness is subtle yet very refreshing.

Full of deep smokiness. Tastes like the grains were smoked in a pit with some sausage and hickory chips. Absolutely wonderful. The smokiness greets the palate first but is completely kept in check and does not overpower the rest of the beer. Slightly bitter grain huskiness, a tad sweet as well.

Finishes sweet and silky with minimal dryness. Medium bodied. This was a great beer. I have been wanting this beer forever and am glad I got a chance to drink this one. Very nice. Subtle smokiness and overall deliciousness. My 22oz was gone in about 15 minutes!

Photo of wagenvolks
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Duvel chalice, shared at my Superbowl Stout Tasting (yea G-men!!)...

Pours a seal brown body with deep garnet highlights that prevent the transparency from becoming completely opaque. A thick, creamy, tannish-mocha head leaves behind great lacing & retains equally as well. The nose picks up sharp, hoppy peat notes, a touch of wet smoke, and hints of chocolate.

The flavor is unlike any porter I've come across. Alaskan BC is completely unabashed about matching the "Smoked" advertised on their bottle with the level of smokiness in the brew. The palate is hit with a TON of beefy, roasted, and smoky malts, as well as chestnut, mesquite, pepper, chocolate, oak, and lots of earthen hops. Mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated, with a medium body that sits well on the palate and finishes smooth & strong, with a definitive smoked bitterness. Overall, I was quite pleased with this one. If only it were distributed somewhere near NC...looks like I'd better move to Alaska.

Photo of Lupe
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very dark brown and almost black, with a slight garnet hue when held to the light. Nice thick head that slowly recedes and leave some awesome lacing. One of the most visually appealing beers I've seen.

Light woody smokiness, some sweetness, and dark roasted malt aromas.

The smoke flavor present from start to finish, in varying degrees of strength and presence. Starts with caramel and dark chocolate sweetness that is followed by coffee and roasted malt. Hops pop in, adding some leafy flavors and firm bitterness. Hints of wood and vanilla come in before finishing with the strongest smoke the beer has. Smoke is never overwhelming, and complements the dark malt and roasted flavors very well.

Medium bodied, super smooth and slightly creamy. Wow this is so easy to drink. I can have this day and night and probably never get sick of it. So well balanced and just the right amount of smoke. Excellent.

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

Purchased from South Bay, thanks Joey.

Appearance: Pours jet black with very little light getting through the edges. Topped by a 2 finger light tan head that really never fades. Fair amount of lacing lines the glass.

Smell: A nice smokey aroma, smells like when I use my smoker. A hint of dark fruity sweetness tries to get through the smoky malts.

Taste: Starts with a bit of dark fruit/caramel sweetness that is ever so slight that is followed by dark roasted malt. A relatively firm hop bitterness comes through then is followed by a fantastic smokey finish. The smokiness lingers long after the swallow as does a bit of roasty dryness.

Mouthfeel: Medium in the mouth, coats nicely. Good bit of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

Drinkability/Notes: Been wanting to try this beer for a while now and glad I did. A really tasty porter that is not run of the mill. The smoked malts really up the ante with this one. Has most the characteristics of your standard porter then the smoke hits and kicks it up a notch. Sorry for the Emeril reference. Anyway, wish I could get my hands on more of this. A very unique beer that is highly drinkable. Definitley recommended. Seek and Enjoy.

Photo of ryane
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Jet black, with a very thin brown head that quickly dissipates

Nose: reminds me of charcoal, with a touch of liquid smoke

Taste: lots of roastly malts up front followed by an overwhelming amount of smoke - finishes a bit sweet

MF: smooth, good body, a little more carbonation than i like in porters/stouts but very good

Drinkability: depends on what your doing, definately needs to be paired wisely, would be great with a bacon blue cheese burger, smoked salmon etc

Notes: I think this would be great to cook with, in fact I poured a bit onto a piece of chicken anda pork chop to marinate, hopefully some of that flavor comes through on them

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

Purchased from Liquid Solutions ($6.25 plus shipping for 22 oz bomber). Poured from the 22 oz brown bottle (2007 edition) into a pint glass. The head that formed was beige in color and rose to about 1-1/4" and slowly fell to a thick cap leaving good lace on the glass. The color of the beer is a deep ebony that yields only a trace of red highlight when held to a bright light source.

The nose on this one is intense! I like it. The smell was of roasted malt... caramel and a touch of smoked almonds. Nice aroma!

Taste: Very nice!... There's the smoke! Predominant smokey taste... like an aromatic camp fire made with hickory. Nice woodsy taste and the obligatory caramel and deep roasted malt. Nicely complex.

MF: Nice and smooth. Appropriate carbonation. Great/abundandt mouth coating and aftertaste. Nice and robust... RIGHT ON STYLE for an American Porter.

Drinkability: Yes... it will be easy for me to finish this bomber. I'll be looking for another to cellar and see the effects of aging.

Photo of travolta
2.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Milk chocolate head, foamy, black. Minimal retention and lacing.

A pungent black olive, licorice, charcole, whisky.

Smokey, black smoke like charcole, ash, whisky.

Very charred and smokey. Not BBQ Smoke, but black, out of the fireplace smoke.

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

Received this in a trade with Tayner..thanks

A - Poured a dark black with red highlights into a pint glass with a nice large brown to tan head that fell slowly and left a good lace down the glass

S - Obviously..very much of wood smoke along with a burnt toast smell and a hint of floral hops

T/M - The taste opens up with a big malted statement you it's a bready taste that is cut quickly by a hop bitterness and then the end is all smoke..it's very much like drinking a complex porter in a smoke house

D - It was very good..and I enjoyed it thoroughly but I wouldn't want to do a smoked beer all the time..overall it was nice though

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

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a thin layer of tan foam on top.

S: Smoked meats, hints of wood, and not much else. But, incredibly inviting, just pulling me to drink it!

T: And drink I did! And it was wonderful. The smoke is incredibly well balanced by the myriad of flavors. Hints of wood, vanilla, chocolate, tobacco, and a hint of sweetness balance it all out. Far and away one of the best smoked beers I've ever had.

M: Thick, but very nicely carbonated, making for a delightful drink.

D: Man oh man, if only Alaskan Brewing shipped to the east coast, this would be a regular addition. It's absolutely fantastic.

Photo of pirate252
2.36/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After reading through some other reviews I am starting to wonder if I just got a bad bottle.

I have been asked to describe the taste to my roommate and came up with a description that I think fits it perfectly.

Mine tasted like a porter, that was filtered through burnt wood and smoked salmon, no joke.

I am hoping that I got a bad bottle because I got this for a celebration and ended up pouring most of it out :(

Photo of shivtim
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 2005 bottle I picked up in Vegas, sampled in Indiana in January 2008. Paired with a delicious chocolate cake baked by a pregnant barefoot woman (no joke).

Great bottle. Love the silhouette of caribou and sunrise colors.
Pours out deep black with brown edges and little ruby hints. Slight brown head. Nose is liquid smoke and bacon bits with malts, very much like a rauchbier. A bit one-noted smokiness, but damn it's a wonderful smokiness. Taste is pure smoke, with slight chocolate malts, more smoke, and subtle sweetness. Mouthfeel is good, foamy, and... smoky. Drinkability is great, this is one of the most drinkable smoked beers I've had.

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

I'd heard a lot of good things about this beer, and the combining smoke with the tradition flavour profile of a porter appeals to me. That's why on a visit to San Fransisco I found myself enjoying a bottle in my room after a pleasant day of sightseeing.

Alaskan Smoked Porter pours an extremely dark brown, which borders so closely on black as to be indistinguishable. A large mocha head is kicked up before slowly recing to a fine film, and leaving some fingers of lace behind. The nose is rich and tempting, hinting that the marriage of smoke and porter has been a fruitful one. Abundant smoky campfire aromas, mix in with cocoa and leafy hops. A light graininess and hints of wood also linger, but the smoke is the dominant force here. The first sip is greeted by a nice smooth smoked chocolate flavour (if such a thing exists). Caramel, smoked sausage and wood combine in ways I wouldn't think could be so pleasurable, while a light sweetness and slight hint of sourness provide a delicate balance. Medium body and carbonation is par for the style. Weird, but fantastic. Had it a few years later on tap in New York and it was still on fine form.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, 2007 release. A: Pretty opaque dark brown with some amber in there. Small amount of head but it retains very well, some lacing. S: Smoke of course, chocolate, coffee, darker fruit, some faint earthy hops. T: Nice subdued sweetness on the front, coffee, burnt cocoa, a very long, smokey, dry finish. M: Pretty perfect carbonation, smooth, sticky yet nicely crisp. D: I could drink this one all night long. I grew up in Idaho and I love sampling whatever beers I can't get on the east coast when I come here, but it does leave me with a lingering sadness that I won't be able to pick up wonderful beers like this every week. Fantastic balance in this beer. For a thick smokey brew it's insanely drinkable.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Update 02/25/2010, reviewing a 2006 draft version at Bailey's Taproom:

It would be hard to top my original review but this is better- imagine an Islay single-malt and convert it to beer. Wonderfully smoky, peaty even, well-spiced. Stunning flavor; absolutely tasty.

Original Review:
This beer I've had on several occasions, both from bottles and on-draught (most recently at the Holiday Ale Festival in Portland, Dec. '07). Remarkable that I haven't reviewed til today; this is a 22 oz. bottle, 2007 edition, poured to a pint glass at a cool temperature (guessing 55F).

A: Pours absolutely black, with just a little auburn at the edges. Sports a hefty tan head, about a finger-worth of froth. Drops in less than a minute to a splotchy film with a few larger 'soap bubbles'. A few spotty bits of lace.

S: I can think of few things finer than smelling a fresh pour of this porter. Wonderful billowing aroma of smoked alder, reminiscent (as I'm sure has been said hundreds of times) of smoked salmon. A pinch of sweet brown sugar and an undercurrent of toasty cereal grain. Even a sweeter, yeasty spice that reminds me of a dark Belgian - I don't ever recall detecting that. Simply 'Exceptional'. Easy.

T: Captures all that smoky goodness in a rich, savory maltiness. Smoke, but not quite like a rauchbier. This has notes of caramel and chocolate and meaty jerky. A little spiced tea and a coffee bitterness in the finish. It's that ever-changing transition of flavors that gets to me; it's perhaps the most flavorful porter I've had the pleasure of tasting.

M: Medium-full mouthfeel, smooth and coating. Warming stickiness and a not-so-heavy bittering on the back of the tongue. Little carbonation is noted. Finishes remarkably clean, although in some ways I wish those flavors would stick hard and last for hours.

D: Again this is a beer I've had more than a few times and it never ceases to amaze me how much i enjoy it. A bit less than a 'perfect 5' because not every mood calls for a big husky, smoke-flavored beer, and after a while it can just a bit overwhelming. But, it's world-class overall, and one I highly recommend. At just 6.5% ABV, it drinks like a much bigger sipper without all the repercussions.

Photo of jaxon53
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Release.
Thanks to magget for this brew. Served cellar temperature, into a pint glass, from a twenty-two ounce brown bottle. Pours out a deep brownish black color, with some ruby highlights when held up to the light. Two inches of creamy, pillowy, mocha brown head formed, and just seemed to hang there. Great retention. Thick head left creamy trails of lace on the glass. Aromas of extremely smokey malts, some wood, and a touch of bittersweet chocolate filled my nose. Different, but in a good way. Taste was quite unique and as good as the nose. More smokey malts, some charred wood, a small tinge of chocolate, and maybe just a bit of smokey bacon. A little bit of tingly carbonation was noticed on the tongue and throat. No noticeable alcohol here. Mouthfeel was a little thin in my opinion. With all of the heavy flavors it almost seems it should be a tad thicker, almost chewey. Pretty decent drinkability. Would like to try an aged version of this as the bottle states"Enjoy now or age for several years". Overall: Awesome.

Photo of DIM
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This beer is a very dark brown and poured with a medium sized tan head.

s: Smells a bit like my flannel shirt after a night of sitting around a campfire. Lots of smoke and a little bit of coffee. I'm not sure that I like the smell, but I'm guessing that this is what they were shooting for so I didn't ding the score too much.

t: The smoke works much better on the tongue than it did on the nose. Smokey malts that almost have a meaty flavor at times. Some coffee typical of a porter does sneek through. Not all that complex, this beer is unique to me and delicious.

m: Thick, oily, and decently carbonated.

d: Many thanks to tayner for the chance to try this one. I'd be curious to see what some time in the cellar did to this one.

Photo of mattster
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 22 fl. oz. of 2007 Smoked porter bomber into Nonic glass.

Nice full 1.5" foamy head, tan in color; dies down slowly. Brew is an espresso colored opaque brew.

Smell is a little woody. Nice smoke tones. Taste is nice malty yet dry. Very smoky on palate, real good nutty flavor. Also a little peetyness... Like a good Scotch Whisky.

Mouth feel is thick with slight bubbles, but otherwise creamy. Finish is good and dry, very drinkable for its class. Really good brew.

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