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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,762
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 314
Gots: 341 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,762 | Reviews: 942
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 22oz. Bottle - Pours deep rusty brown with a small 1/8 inch, dark for tan head. Average lacing, slightly under carbonated. Smells of smokey malts, sweet almonds, liquorish. First sip is smooth, smokey, malty, followed by pleasant bitterness. As is warms, the complexity increases with tobacco, coffee, caramel, and chocolate slipping through the smokey malt. Not over smoked, not under smoked, this one gets it right. Very Drinkable

Photo of mentor
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 bottling just purchased at the local liquor store, because Alaskan is now distributed to Colorado! Pours a full finger of brown head over a dark liquid. Brown edgings when held to light. Smells bacony smoke with a clean hardwood character and burned sulfides. Maybe some freshly toasted apples.

Tastes wet sweet malt with noticable, but not overbearing smoke. Smoke adds a drying character that cuts into the sweet midway through. Chocolate flavor is buried beneath the smoke with mild dark fruity esters.

A few sips and I've habituated somewhat to the smoke (my palette is quite sensitive to phenols and I'm actually not fond of them). Chocolate and roast grains are much more clear as is a sour that must be from the smoke, as it doesn't taste like a black patent sour. It's like a sour fig newton. The sweet is much lower than the first sip and plays the background balancing act. Drying grassy hops rise up retronasal during the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is md-thin, but with a creamy character. Carbonation is a bit stronger than I would have liked, but I swirled strongly to get rid of it.

Photo of hardy008
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours dark brown almost black from the bottle with a two finger foamy tan head which leaves a nice lace.

Smell - smoke and sweet malt. Reminds me somewhat of smoked salmon.

Taste - Smoky with some sweet malt and roasted coffee bitterness. Exceptional.

Mouthfeel - smooth and medium bodied. Very well made.

Drinkability - Exceptional. This would be fantastic with smoked salmon. I will need to have some with the next bottle. Try this if you can. It does not disappoint.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22-oz bomber poured into snifters. 2007 vintage.

A = Very dark brown, small brown foamy head which settles into lacing on surface.

S = Smoked salmon, chocolate, coffee, good balance.

T = Roasted malt, Turkish coffee, dark unsweetened chocolate, some sweetness of malts in mid-palate with a long bitter finish.

M = Medium-heavy bodied, stinging level of carbonation and alcohol, good mouthcoating.

D = This is very drinkable, but I think the flavors are still not as belnded as they could be. I will be interested to see how this one ages.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 bottle.
Poured into a snifter. ASP is onyx in color with a rich tan head. Low retention rate, with some mild lacing. Very sweet aromas. Breakfast cereal malts, and a lot of smoky characteristics. The smokiness is definitely on. Some bacon and smoked salmon flavors, tied together with some great roasted malts. Perfect carbonation level. Nice rich mouthfeel, but not heavy at all. A very nice change for me, but I think its a little too hyped from the beer community. Definitely worth a try but I didn't find it to be amazing.

Photo of SaltyLime
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007
Appearance - nice dark porter with a light brown head
Smell - smoky wood and charcoal
Taste - smokiness overpowered any attempts for other flavors to come out
Mouthfeel - nice and creamy, thick body
Drinkability - I bought four bottles expecting something better and not so overpowering in the smokiness...will have to find someone to give the others to, because I lost interest in this one.
I might save one in case the smokiness mellows out with a little time.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/20/08. 2007 version. I had the 2006 version last summer and loved it, so I hope this one is just as good.

Pours a very dark brown/black. About 3 fingers of tan head which leaves nice lacing around the glass. Smell is wonderful. Lots of smoked smell, almost like smoked salmon. Chocolate and coffee malt aromas also.

Taste is also great. This would probably pair quite well with some smoked salmon (oh how I wish I had some right now). Nice smoked flavor, chocolate flavors, even a little coffee. The smoked flavor is a little strong, but this is a smoked porter. Dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner and more carbonated than I would like. Still pretty smooth, but if it were a little thicker it would be perfect. Leaves my mouth sticky afterward. Very drinkable. The smoky flavor doesn't overwhelm, and the alcohol level (6.5%) make this quite drinkable.

This is easily the best smoked porter I've had. I only wish it were more easily available to me. I'd really like to buy a few more of these and put them away for a couple years.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was the one I picked up that I was the most excited for. I've never tried a smoked beer, and was quite excited. 22oz bomber from Vegas, 2005 edition.

A: Opaque dark brown, this is practically black with a light brown head that reduces to a film throughout the rest of the beer.

S: Well, smoke is very present, its a sweet smell though, reminds me of a campfire, can smell the chocolatey malts too. Not too bad.

T: There are the standard flavors of a porter, chocolate, nice hop bitterness, but the smoke is really overwhelming, it almost crowds out the other flavors. The beer is still very tasty, and there is a nice hop bitterness, but the smoke is really prevalent in my opinion. There is the distinct malt taste too from the Alaskan's darker malts, the malt characteristic is similar in flavor to their oatmeal stout. Very complex beer, pretty tasty, but the smoke is too much.

M: Creamy, nice carbonation, pretty smooth, sadly though, it leaves an ashy feeling though, maybe its just the flavor, but all in all a little weird.

D: Pretty complex beer, and one was enough for me, I'd like to try some of the other years to compare it to this one though.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, almost black, brown. Nice tan head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing. Aroma is of: smoked malt, as one would expect, roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and a touch of fruit. Taste is more smoked malt of course, bitersweet chocolate, coffee, a bit of grassy hops, roasted malt. Smoke lingers on the palate. Finish is also a touch sweet. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but it probably helps drinkability.

Very nice beer. The smoke isnt overpowering but still at a very good level. Very nicely done. Bought this one in Vegas. 2005 edition, It would be interesting to see how it compares fresh, but the bottle indicates it can be aged for years, and it seems to hold up well.

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

Nice 2 finger head with good retentio and a nice dark brown color. Retention is nice as well.

Nice coffee, caramel, tofee, and chocolate smells. Coffee is fairly strong and mixes well with a nice smokiness.

Sweet caramel malts and tofee followed by a coffee and chocolate flavor finished off with a nice roastiness.

Nice creamy mouthfeel.

This is a damn good beer that I could make a great session out of.

Photo of DHGranstrand
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark brown with decent head for a porter.

Very nice smoky aroma with smoked salmon dominating.

Tastes quite good with lots of smoky flavor, coffee & molasses. Not very hoppy though, even at the finish.

Very good mouthfeel for a porter. Very rich and smooth.

I can drink two or three 22oz bottles in an evening quite easily.

Very good porter! Nice and smooth. Well balanced for a smoked porter. I think for the price $5.99/22oz bottle that this beer is a great value.

I am going to cellar quite a bit of this to see how it ages over the years.

Photo of charlzm
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 01/11/08.

Pours a dark, dark brown. A little coaxing brought a tan head into being which lingered on as a foam skin for some time.

Smoky aroma. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with... surprise! a pronounced smoke flavor. Luckily, there's more to this one. A fleeting malty sweetness and a long, bitter chocolate finish challenge the smoke and, while losing, put up a good fight.

I like it, but it's a bit too smoky for me to have more than once a year or so.

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

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,762 ratings.