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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,535 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,535
Reviews: 907
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 272
Gots: 255 | FT: 17
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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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merlin48

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At long last, I got to try this American classic thanks to trades with BigLove and waldowin. 2005 edition in a 22 oz bottle pours an ebony black body with a two finger, cocoa brown head that retains very well. Profuse patchy lace adorns the English pint glass.

Aroma is superb. There is a charred wood note from burnt campfire logs, smoked salmon aromas, and some subdued notes of chocolate and coffee. Nice!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, thinning a bit as it reaches room temperature. Moderate carbonation works well.

Taste has lots of smoked alder wood and smoked salmon flavors. Coffee and chocolate are prominent enough to let you know that this is a quality porter. Grassy and earthy hops bitterness adds excellent balance. Smoked almonds add a nice touch.

Wood smoked malts produce an excellent beer when executed as well as this one. Similar to the Bamberg rauchbiers, but the smoky note here produces smoked salmon characteristics, as opposed to the barbequed meat noted in the German rauchbiers. The smokiness is also a bit more retrained here, resulting in a very good drinkability. Definitely, the class of American smoked beers and worthy of its reputation.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 11:45:44 | More by merlin48
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach. Dark brown color, thin beige head.

Smelled like salami. Strange smell for a beer, but it works in a strange way. This was the first time I tried it, and most likely the last time as well. Unique but not my style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2005 23:32:54 | More by TurdFurgison
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acoatley

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Smokey wood, salt, chocolate, light coffee

App: Opaque black, amber edges, thin head

Mouth Feal: Crisp, dry, appropriatley light, definately unique

Flavour: Light smoke, choclate, buttery finish that I really enjoy, can definately taste dthe characteristics of the wood

Over all: just a great beer

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 01:29:40 | More by acoatley
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After hearing so much about this beer I finally have the opportunity to try it. This is a very robust porter, as it pours to a nearly black color with a nice fluffy tan head that subsides quite quickly. Not much lacing.

The smell is good. The smoke is actually quite mild. The malts are quite rich and sweet with a nice roast, and of course, plenty of smoke.

The taste is rich and chocolatey with some nice roast and smoke. Has a nice sweetness to it as well. This is a very well rounded porter. I can see why it is the most hyped smoked beer around. The more I drink it, the more I begin to love it. Easily the best and most balanced smoked beer I've ever had, but don't worry: it's not for wussies either.

The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and rich. Only has a light bitterness, and the finish doesn't provide a lasting sulphuric flavor like so many other smoked beers I've had. Easily the most drinkable smoked beer on the planet! Believe the hype!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 06:07:12 | More by neonbrown82
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle enjoyed thanks to BigLove.
Pours a dark brown, almost black in color with no light passing thru.
A full finger of tan head with decent lacing...a thin layer of head sticks around for the duration of the pint.
Aroma is full of smoke and gets all the attention at this point. A slight sweetness is added in with a lingering nose.
Taste is a nice balance of chocolate, coffee and sweetness....a huge smoked profile and unlike any other "smoked" style I have experienced.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but the carbonation is perfect for the style.
Very drinkable at just over 6%...the bomber disappears in no time.
Alcohol very well hidden and while not my favorite style, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 02:47:01 | More by warriorsoul
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KroMagnon

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black beer with moderate tan head. The aroma is immediately smoky but you get some roastiness too. The alder smoke is not as heavy-handed as say hickory smoke or even beechwood (isn't that what rauchmalt comes from?)...it blends nicely with the roastiness. The flavor is good:. There is the smokiness, a little malty sweetness, and then a good dose of roasted bitterness and some hop bitterness too. This is well-done and a clear American classic, but the mouthfeel seemed a little thin and I think the beer could have been a tad more aggressive wrt maltiness and/or malt complexity without hurting the smoke profile at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 02:50:05 | More by KroMagnon
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assurbanipaul

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Vintage, acquired in a recent BIF. Pours a deep dark brown with a thin brown head. Aroma is black malts, red wine and a heavy alcohol odor. Head disappears quickly.

Taste is rich cocoa, dark roasted malts, some cold Indonesian coffee. A light smokey flavor floats through, a gentile sweetness. Charcoal, more smoke, maybe some sort of cheese and smoked meat, traces of red wine. Reminds me of a campfire in the mountains, the way the food gets black and charred. There's some bitter hops circling in the background but they're hardly noticed.

Mouthfeel is medium, not as heavy as it looks. Finish is clean, a little lingering. It's not just a smoked beer; this is a very good porter infused very well with a slight smokey essense.

I'm surprised at how well this holds up with aging. This sample is four years old and other than a slight degradation in the aroma (which vanishes before the glass is empty), it could have been brewed yesterday. I would not advocate aging this beer. It is near-perfect; drink it immediately. Time won't improve it.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 03:34:51 | More by assurbanipaul
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FirstMan

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first had this beer lo many years ago at a little diner counter down in Pioneer Square in Seattle. My trusted friend and then-beer-guide Knuckles insisted that give it a try. Up until that point, every smoked beer I had tried had been a stunning disaster and I was really really skeptical.

"I'm really going to hate it," I said.

"Shut up and drink the goddam beer," Knuckles said.

"OK, but watch your language, for chrissakes." I said.

And the rest is history. I've been in passionate love with this beer since that first sip. I covet every single bottle I can get my hands on.

Pours black and thick from the bottle, with the head rising only after the pour has finished - a soft, bubbly mocha layer the eases down into a wispy ghost across the top with a ring of uneven bubbles around the edge of the glass. Looking down into the glass is like looking up at the sky on moonless night - little inklings of clouds drifting around, but barely there. oooo alliteration...

One thing I love about this beer is how subtle the smoke is. This is especially noticable in the nose, as there isn't a big smoke note. It's present, but mainly you get a somewhat woody smell intermingled with molasses. My family is from North Carolina originally, and many of my ancestors worked tobacco. One of my favorite smells as a child was walking through the curing barns were tobacco leaves were drying or being bailed. There's a little bit of that aroma here.

When you're camping in the early fall, there's a point late in the evening when the night sky is clear, the air is crisp, and the fire has died down to a glowing ember that occasionally pops and crackles. Everything seems quiet and right with the world, staring into that fire. This beer tastes like that moment.

One of the great beers of the world.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 01:07:22 | More by FirstMan
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AltTrinker

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 2005 bottling in a 651ml bottle pours a deep reddish brown crowned by a coffee colored head. The head gradually disappates over 5 minutes with a moderate lacy residue clinging to the glass.

The nose gives a distinctly smokey aroma that reminds me of a wood fire on a cold winter evening. The smokiness is blended with a dark malty roastiness that keeps the smokiness in check and keeps it from being overpowering.

The taste is a wonderful blend of rich roasted malt, smokiness, with bits of chocolate and a little amaretto. The finish has a gentle hop bitterness that lingers well.

The mouthfeel is moderate that suits this beer well. I love Rauchbeers, and this brew does an outstanding job of giving a distinct smokiness that is well balanced by the maltiness and allows the complexities to come through. This is a delightfull beer to enjoy on a fall evening while eating a hardy dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 02:26:37 | More by AltTrinker
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delicious

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 Pint 6 Fl. oz. bottle. Labeled 2005.

The head displays a gradient of white to brown. The beer is dark and opaque until the very edge of the glass, where it turns brown-red.
This beer smells of lovely wood-smoked coffee beans.
The flavor is slightly roasted and smokey, with a light but very noticeable mouthfeel. A breath out the nose after swallowing brings a coffee aroma. This beer gets smokier as it warms, gently lulling the drinker into a state of well-being, like a soft-spoken playboy in a padded leather chair in front of a roaring fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 01:11:14 | More by delicious
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sloejams

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am easily discouraged by smoked beers. Often it the smoking is too intense and it feels like I’m drinking a chimney and oddly enough, I don’t like drinking chimneys. Hesitantly, I try the latest batch of Alaskan Brewing Co’s Smoked Porter.

It pours darks as night, with the slightest tan head. It’s a foreboding darkness in liquid form. The smokiness is evident from the first scent. It’s not subtle but it’s also not intense. Slight maltiness breathes through the powerful smoke. The taste is very unique. Of course, the smokiness is the first thing that hits you: almost a woodstove cedar flavor that could warm a ski lodge. The flavor lingers. It takes a few sips to get find enjoyment, but then it’s a very pleasant porter. This is the finest smoked beer I’ve had. If you fear getting oversmoked like I did, give this a try. It might change your perception.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 23:58:49 | More by sloejams
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DogFood11

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown to black with an tan head that falls to a thin cover and partial lacing. Fine carbonation.

Obviously there is a pretty large segment of smoked aroma, It's not as if your next to a bonfire though, more like some wet cedar used to smoke a chinook salmon. Subtle but robust enough to make you crave it. Malts were very evident and gave it a creamy smooth mouthfeel.

I think the best thing about this beer is they didn't overdo it. A well crafted porter with a solid smoked center.
Price per quality? ehhhh its good but c'mon.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 05:24:43 | More by DogFood11
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Dukeofearl

California

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark oily brown, with a tan-brown head that sticks around only long enough to proclaim its beauty. Very nice looking beer.

Aroma includes smoky, chocolaty, coffee tones that are very pleasant . A slight sweetness in the aroma, not much, but just there to tease.

The flavor is also smoky, rich, full of roasted malt goodness. This is a complex beer.

Mouthfeel is very full and tells you that this is a very good beer. It's the best part fo the beer.

Overall, this style isn't my favorite, and so I'm trying to review on the style. Based on that, this beer is definetely a winner, even though I'm not likely to spend a lot of time with this beer. But I appreciate what it is, and that is good.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 04:16:25 | More by Dukeofearl
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waldowin

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tall 22oz bottle, labeled "2005"

Pours a dark, dark roasted brown. Black in the glass, very faint ruby highlights at the edges when held to a light. Dark brown head forms quickly and clumpily, and fades in a few minutes to nothing.

Smells of dark malts, bananas, smoke, roasts, and anise. Would actually be a good smell for a barbeque, almost. Thick and earthy smell.

Taste is complex. Starts with raisins and dark malts, fades to cherries, bananas, and roasts, and finishes with a slight aftertaste of heavy roast. Smoke is pressent throughout. Definitely the best brew I've had from Alaskan.

Mouthfeel is huge. Thick, chunky, and lightly carbonated. You could chew on this stuff.

Very tasty, not too filling, and not too rich. If it were available regularly, it'd replace Black Butte as my daily drinker, even with the higher price tag.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 08:35:33 | More by waldowin
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OStrungT

California

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown with a light brown head. The head fades quickly leaving a thin layer of foam and a good lacing. It smells smokey. It also smells like wood. The first time I had this beer I thought was like a campfire. I still think it smells like that. Not much hop aroma. I can detect a roasted malty aroma, but just slightly. This beer tastes strongly like smoked wood. Almost like I have a fire log in my mouth. Only not quite so strange, or gross. Behind the smokey wood flavor, I detect some maltyness. As with the aroma, I dont taste much in the way of hops. This beer has a bold aggressive smokey flavor. It is full bodies. It leaves a woody, smokey aftertaste. It is carbonated very well. This beer is very good, but I dont know if it would make a great session beer. Although the alcohol content is not too high, the aggressive flavor might not agree with a night of drinking. This beer is definately a winner. Do not pass it up.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 03:20:18 | More by OStrungT
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juzy

Alaska

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Alaskan Smoked Porter
released recently

This beauty poured dark and forboding, the color of bittersweet chocolate, topped with a thin, loose, tan head.
The smells of alder wood, not overpowering though. Very gentle on the nose. A fair amount of dark-roast coffee tingling my nose "buds" .

Anticipating that first drink, I finally take it. Mmmmm. Toasty, mellow alder-smoked malts mingling with a rich coffee bitterness. Smooth and delicious.

It's a medium bodied beverage with good legs for an ABV% of 6.5

We enjoyed this with homemade Boston baked beans, bbq beef brisket, and brown bread fresh from the steamer. The molasses in the beans and bread echo and slightly intensify that same flavor in the beer. This was a great food and beer pairing and I look forward to this one again.
We also had this at Cafe Amsterdam, on tap, with a soft goat cheese, slices of French baguette, kalamatta olives and grapes. This, too, was a good match. In this case we are talking about a contrast pairing, rather than the complimenting pairing with the beans.

This beer is really quite remarkable with food.
Wicked good.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 17:50:01 | More by juzy
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bultrey

New York

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what else to say about this beer except that it's fantastic. I've had it on draft, and this review is based on a 2004 vintage bottle, but it doesn't really matter -- it's firkin fantastic no matter what. It is so goddman creamy and chocolaty, but then the subtle yet ever-present smoke adds a haunting depth of flavor that nothing else could provide. Add this to the fact that it's fairly well-hopped, and the balance of this beer is mind-blowing. A legend and deservedly so -- go out and try this, even if you don't think you like smoked beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 03:15:13 | More by bultrey
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a 22oz. bomber of the 2005. MCAS Miramar has an ass load of em'.

Poured an opaque black, dark purple/maroon highlights. Thick froathy tan head. Nice lacing.

Sweet roasted malt scent, nice smokey aroma. Rich nutty smell.

Perfect sweetness, tastes of roasted malts and of coffee followed by a light bitterness and a great dry smoke flavor in the finish. The smoke sticks to the palate as if I were eating charcole briquets

Very drinkable, nice smoke porter.

I think I might merinade a steak in this.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 05:04:20 | More by SteveO1231
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 edition. Interesting smokey taste and aroma from the unique wood used, well carbonated, perhaps a tad too much. Salt. Intense. Bit of bitterness in finish. Good with grilled meat and fish. Black of course. Quite a nice one and an easy, medium mouthfeel drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 05:02:47 | More by Sammy
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grindcore666

California

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night. A nice lookin medium tan head, doesnt live very long, but leaves nice bubbly lace.

Aroma showcases coffee, chocolate, caramel, charcoal, and butterscotch.

A thick and nicely carbonated chocolate coffee chunk. Melts ever so briskly. The finish is roasted and mildly hoppy just the way I like it. I couldnt ask for much more than this in a Porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 23:26:16 | More by grindcore666
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karst

Missouri

4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 Smoked Porter courtesy of Eagle River, Ak residents Tim and Julie. They are long time fans of this beer and think that '04 was an outstanding year. My compliments on both their judgement and careful cellaring of a great one! Thanks Juzy.

As fall reaches south from the arctic and Mid Missouri awaits its first frost, I search my glassware and select a 0.4 L Rastal Sniffer (New Belgium) for its ability to maximize aroma, show off color and its thin walled characteristics of not changing the temperature of its contents. Holding my nose close to the Gold "Made in Alaska" Polar bear sow and cub graphic I lift and sniff . . . . . . Pzzzsstt

Thus begins two hours of drinking pleasure.

Pouring clear dark brown (nearly expresso coffee black aka ) with a compact layer of dense brown sugar micro bubbles - becomming rich tan lace as I tilt to taste. I am already captured by its aromatic Alder smoke and hope that it is not fleeting. Held to the 4 pm direct sunlight, only a single Ruby glint sits on top of the stem surrounded by by darkness like the last glowing ember of a smoking midnight campfire. The globe of the glass contains the smoke of all those fires from all those Canadian canoe trips of my youth. Compared to my experiences with other smoked porters this aroma is "3 dimensional and alive" As good as Bamburg Smoked malt can be - this Aroma-Taste rises above them in this fine American Porter.

I would not call this "roasted pig over mesquite" nor "bacon or smoke ham" smoke Aroma-Taste - it is pure smoke - meatless. Just the morning campfire burnded down to black coals and a few sticks of still smoldering Alderwood that are gently fanned as the morning sun stirs the air and tries to lift the fog whisps from the lake.

What of the flavor which this wood smoke permeates?

Soft alcoholic smoke, smoked dark fruits - unsweetened prunes and black currants in a fruity bread. Never too much but always present, the smoked malts are masterfully roasted and hopped for a mellow acidity that keeps all things lightly dry and lightly bitter ending. I can not discern coffee or chocolate favors and although I don't find a cornucopia complexity - the few perfectly blended malts, hops and fruity esters dance on the palate and share dominance thereby keeping flavors changing and interesting.

A solid medium body and round mouthfeel that is full enought to hold in your mouth for ever. Carbonation stays with my 55°F pour for nearly two hours and is aroused with a swirl near the final glass sitting beside the spent bomber.

Always the triple finish - soft alcohol - smoke - and exceptional mellow acidity of heavily roasted grains and hop's alpha acids. Each lingering then fade to the next. Then you nose in to a smoke taste (matching the smoke flavor) that never overburdens the nose or tires the taste and repeat. Flavors so perfect that cleaning the palate with water would be a sin.

I was planning a side by side with 2005 O'Fallon Smoke porter. There is no need. Ak. Smokes Mo.'s finest porter in taste, aroma, mouthfeel, and by far in drinkability.

For the rest of this day and the next I reach fro the empty glass and bottle deeply inhaling - close my eyes and think about the supurb drinkability, lightly chewy mouthfeel, masterful blend of favors and . . . .

the smoke . . . . the smoke

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 04:55:21 | More by karst
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks erik for the sample

22oz bomber, i believe, direct from the brewery

dark and impenetrable by light. cloudy film of murk rests atop this brew. foreboding. aroma of barbecue char and encompassing malty goodness. flavor ventures into a fishy realm, mildly.. leads into the big rauch smokiness (less than a german, more than most americans) which is nicely balanced a twice-burnt sugar flavor. perfect foil for the smokiness but adds to the overall character of fire, smoke, and beer. goes down very very smooth and represents true mastery of a style. suprisingly sweet in the finish, with mild roasted nut and slight fruit left. what a spectrum of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 23:00:29 | More by goodbyeohio
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OldSock

District of Columbia

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

Appearance and Presentation – 2004 22 oz bomber picked up at Plump Jack’s in San Fran while there recently. When poured into a pint glass the color is closer to a stout pitch black than the standard porter dark brown. On top is a creamy tan head that has poor retention but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell – Smoke is the main aroma but it does not completely obscure the flavor of coffee from the roasted malts. As the beer approaches room temp the alcohol also presents itself. It is definitely a strong, pungent aroma that you can smell from several feet away not unlike Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock.

Taste – Again the smoke leads the way, particularly the first few sips. After that the smoke calms down and I begin to taste the malts with their chocolate, earthiness and sweetness of the porter. In the aftertaste the beer has a bit too much astringent charcoal from the smoke and the malts. There is pretty much no hop presence and only a hint of alcohol as the beer warms, which is fine.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is creamy and medium, with a slightly prickly carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability and Notes – Easy drinking because of the interesting flavors that change as you drink. A quality smoke beer, one of the best I have had, but not without flaws, I wish I could get this around here.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 18:49:31 | More by OldSock
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GABF2004... Poured a nearly opaque, dark brown color with a tan head, that left light, sticky, tan lacing on the glass. Roasty, smokey meat, and cocoa in the aroma. Burnt wood, roasted and chocolate malts, and light alcohol in the finish. 2004 vintage.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2005 23:59:14 | More by egajdzis
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far333

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature in a 20 ounce imperial pint glass.

Dark and evenly colored, like the glass was painted black. A light brown head of tight even bubbles reaches a half inch and settles back down leaving a raised ridge of foam around the inside of the glass. Aroma is only faintly smokey, there's also cocoa and bready yeast, and some fine hops.

Flavor is unassertive, but rich. The smoke is much more understated than I expected, and seems to take a back seat to a burnt espresso initial flavor, followed by cocoa and molasses, and then a hop pucker, and only then in the finish does the smoke come out. The smoke flavor, however, is excellent - charred wood bark and a flavor reminiscent of that smell that sticks in your fleece after hanging by a campfire all night.

Mouthfeel is round and comfortable, not overly carbonated. Not as full as I would like. Drinkability is high for me because the flavor is slow and steady and doesn't try to kick your ass, so I could sip on several of these. This just begs for a cigar.

Thanks to cvschaller for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 21:58:00 | More by far333
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,535 ratings.