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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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 monkeybeer
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 smoked porter

A- Black with a nice thick dark tan head and good tan lacing

S- Dark smoky coffee aroma with a slight sweetness.

T/M –Much like it smells Smokey flavor with a sweet chocolate coffee flavor. Mouth feel is very nice and smooth..

D- Alaskan brewery never disappoints and they do not with this one either. This is a very good Porter and would be enjoyed even by those who do not typically like dark beers. I wish I could drink it more often, but it is a limited release and only comes in the larger Pint bottles. This is not bad in itself it just means it coasts more, but it is well worth it.

Photo of RJLarse
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Alaskan Smoked Porter 2007 in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a charcoal black color and is opaque. A robust rocky head forms, and is quite resilient, leaving curtains of tan lace on the glass.

The smell is predictable smoky. The smoke aroma dominates, letting just a little malted grain scent through.

The taste is also smoky, a bitter-sweet charcoal flavor, with a little roasted grain, and a mild bitter, vinegar-like finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and buttery, with a little alcohol heat. Very little carbonation.

Average drinkability on this one. The smoke theme may be overdone, and the ABV is a little high to be sessionable. Still a very unique and enjoyable porter, for a glass or two, but probably no more than that.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 Release. Sampled 11-23-06

Pours very dark brown that no light can pass through. Slightly smoky nose that reminds me of being in Ireland and riding in the van of a peat deliveryman. Flavor is just the same, but more. Very strong smoke flavor, that I think is very overdone and shows no balance. Feel is decent, but I think overall there is no balance and the smoke completely leans it too far to one side. Low Drinkability.

I had high expectations but lower results than expected. Would only go back to this if it were a different years release.

Photo of Floydster
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from a local store for about ten dollars, split with my dad last night

2007 Edition

Poured into my Stone pint glass with a very dark brown color with a slightly red tint, light definitely goes through when it is held up to the light, 1/2 inch creamy light tan head that stuck around for several minutes, good retention, and some really sticky lacing which was surprising for a porter

Smell was lots of roasted and burned malt, tons of strong smokiness, charcoal scent, faint coffee aromas, toffe, caramel, sweet cream, and a hint of piney hoppiness

Taste was super smoky and dry right off the bat, some chewy malt that was roasted to the maxiumum, nice dry hoppiness to balance it out, once it warmed it became more sweeter, some different coffee and chocolate tastes, hint of black licorice, mostly smoked accents and bitterness when cold but sweet and creamy once it reaches room temperature, last few sips had lots of caramel and more cocoa in it, great taste overall with one of the most smoky tasting beers I have ever had

Body was pretty thick but it was overly carbonated to me, remninded me of the barrel aged Wild Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter I had a couple months back, taste did not last a very long time though, above average mouthfeel

Could drink a few bombers of this and that would be about it because of its heaviness on the stomach, it is not strong and the ABV is pretty low, long lasting taste that keeps you coming back for more and the alcohol is hidden well

Best beer from Alaskan Brewing Company I have tasted yet, but I am expecting big things from their first bottled version of the barleywine, highly recommended, I will be putting some down for a year or two in my cellar, grab some before they are all gone, most places near me sold out already

Photo of dirtylou
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 2006 vintage, shipped to me in the beerfest bif i believe

appearance: pours into a great dane imperial pint glass...big dark brown body with a huge chocolatey head and pretty terrific retention. this porter has the body of a champion

smell: aroma's of nestles powder mix, creamy, smoky, mild coffee, lots of roasted malts...very nice aromas

taste: silky and creamy...smoked wood, char, and smoked meat dominate the initial flavours...there is also a ton of milk chocolate and espresso behind the smoke that really make this a world class porter.

mouthfeel: creamy and silky bliss, wonderful

drinkability: high

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was really tasty. Smoked beers aren't my favorite style of brew, but I was pretty impressed with this one. Thanks to JDV for the trade!

2005 Vintage

Poured part of a bomber in a pint glass.

Appearance - It pours almost completely opaque, but has a translucent red color around the perimeter of the glass. It produced a 1/2 finger whitish tan head that quickly dissipated to a thin crown on the surface of the beer.

Smell - Smokey. Really smokey. There are also notes of soy sauce and scorched coffee beans. As the beer warms to room temperature, there are notes of cocoa powder.

Taste - The flavor is very smokey and it dominates all the way through. Beneath the smoke, I detect flavors of scorched coffee. There is a bitterness at the end of the flavor, and it tastes like cocoa powder intermingled with bitter hops.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is very smooth - the prefect mix of slight effervescence and creaminess. It has a lot more carbonation than I would have expected for a beer that is nearly three years old. It isn't sticky or oily - the smoke flavor doesn't stick to my mouth as other smoked beers have.

Drinkability - The drinkability of this beer is awesome. It was very easy drinking, and it went down smooth. I will definitely be seeking this one out again. It would have paired nicely with some BBQ or a smoked gouda. One of the better smoked beers that I have sampled.

Thanks again for the trade, JDV.

Photo of pweis909
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark with thin tawny foam that recedes quickly, leaving a narrow translucence at the surface of an otherwise opaque black beer. The feint caramel notes first detected rapidly gives way to the strong smoked aroma that makes this beer famous. The flavor evokes bacon, smoked fish, and tangy extra sharp cheese. It makes me crave crackers, but I am having Thai noodles, which are not the best pairing. Over the course of the 22 oz bomber, I grow accustomed to the smoke and the beer warms, revealing some coffee or chocolate more common to a porter, but these flavors are subdued, perhaps still masked by the smoke. For me, and probably most people, this is not an everyday beer, but it is a tasty, interesting brew and with the right pairing, it will surely make an enjoyable experience.

Photo of pheggeseth
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Surly Darkness Goblet.

A: almost totally opaque, thin tan head that generates late and dissipates quickly, not much lacing

S: smells like a campfire is the best way to put it, some light hops and malt, but mostly that charcoal mesquite, wow

T: again, the campfire, but a little more subdued, some chocolate notes in the middle, with a hop bitterness in the back that mixes with the rough, almost metallic charcoal character

M: pretty thick, coats the entire mouth and stays with you for a while

D: a true sipper, amazing for the style, but it's so intense, I had a little trouble finishing the bottle, one would be enough for me for quite a while

Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, 2007 Vintage, 6.7% alcohol,

A: Pours black, with a full light tan head, great retention and lacing in my tulip.

S: Huge smoke character, mesquite, BBQ, campfire, with some coffee and chocolate, though that character is more subdued.

T: You get a huge surge of coffee and dark chocolate on the first sip and the smoke character is light. Later on, the smoke comes much more to the forefront. Very dark, charcoal tasting flavours, but quite tasty as well.

M: Much lighter than I expected it to be, but it makes it easier to drink, kind of chalky, smooth, medium-bodied.

D: An interesting and tasty porter beer from Alaskan. I have only had this beer fresh, in the same year as the vintage, but would like to try it aged, it is always very good fresh, and I'm glad to have this available to me in CA.

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

The Alaskan Smoked pours black as opal into the glass with a two finger foam head. Very good looking beer. Leaves some nice sea foam lacing on the side of the pint.

It smells of burnt wood. I am expecting smoked salmon. The smokiness is really intense and the tough guy in the class.

The flavor is a charcoal with bitter chocolate. Get a little bit of coffee in the finish.

The mouth feel was thin which I seen in quite a few porters. It was nicely carbonated and left a tingling in the whole mouth. It was a very solid porter and I would recommend highly.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Many would argue that this is the best beer made by alaskan. I think it depends on the vintage. I am way too stingy to crack my 05's so I cracked an 06 for the review. Pours thick and dark as usual, and reeks of smoke. Thin head of a light brown color. Incredibly malty at first with the thickness of an imperial stout. The alder smoked malts come out with vengeance in the early finish and mostly just smoke and malt flavor in the aftertaste which seems to last for minutes. The smoke flavor in this beer is incredibly strong, its like drinking a burning log cabin. you can literally taste the difference between the alder smoked malt and other rauchbier. The 07 vintage is significantly less smokey and less hop flavors, hopefully it ages to be better. to really taste this beer get your hands on 06 or earlier vintage. truly unique.

Photo of irishevans
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a bottle of the 2006 vintage a year later. still smells like it's been smoked, however it is not AS noticeable in the taste. the beer also seems thicker than when it was fresh borderline stout thick overall the year has done this beer well, i'm excited to see how this vintage matures further.

Photo of aforbes10
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle bought at the Van Ness Bev Mo in San Francisco. Poured black and kind of grainy looking, but still kind of clear. Head small and spiderwebs nicely. A textural beer, like a river at night. Nice smoky flavor, which i assume is the alder smoke. Whiff of alcohol and burnt grains before i take my first sip, then im hit with a smack of malt and chocolate with subdued but ever-present smokiness. Not a rauchbier-like beef jerky flavor, more of a campfire smoke. very nice. medium bodied and grainy texture....but smooth drinking. its fantastic.

Photo of drumrboy22
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage, poured into a standard pint glass. A friend of mine brought these back with him after he visited Alaska this past summer and was nice enough to share some bottles with me.

Pours a dark black color with a small, creamy tan head. Left some lacing around the glass. Aroma was smoke, campfire smells along with dark chocolate and coffee. Very robust aroma.

Taste is a well balanced smoke flavor mixed with the malty, chocolate flavors found in most porters. It's not overly smokey, which is a good thing in my opinion. A very tasty beer that opens up as it warms up.

Mild carbonation and surprisingly easy drinking. In the past, I've only had samples at the GABF. It was nice to be able to sit down and really enjoy a full bottle. This is a really great beer.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2005 into a tulip.

This beer pours a dark black with bits of rootbeer around the edges and the whole thing took on some reddish tints when held to the light. The head was an ample tan collar.

Smells like a rich and smoky rauch. There’s a little maple sugar, brown sugar and some old rotten rood. The base is a sweet tootsie roll barley.

Tastes rich and smoky with a caramel malt and camp fire along with a little sour base of lime rind, birch bark and red grape skin.

Feels silky smooth and dry with little carbonation, but thick enough to enjoy.


Photo of Risser09
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vintage 2005 22oz bomber shared graciously by mughugger - Poured into a tulip

Appearance: Pours a pitch black beer with a tan head and some lacing.

Smell: Prominent aroma of beef jerky, smoke, a damp campfire, smoked malt and roasted malt. Quite complex.

Taste: Tastes like beef jerky. Loud and clear. Mesquite and roasted malts. This beer is quite complex and tastes like some of the lapsang souchong smoked tea that I drink quite often. Only this is a big dark bully that has a malt taste and will get you drunk.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an apparent alcohol burn. Kind of dry and chalky, like a big mouthful of ashes.

Drinkability: Ashy but palpable. Nicely smoked. This beer gets so many good reviews, but I thought Lefthand's Smokejumper was way better. This type of beer would be tough to drink copious amounts. Give it a try.

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three year old bottle poured into a snifter at 45F.

Dark brown and almost black color. Nice active tan head that dissapates to a silky cover.

The nose is smokey and of burnt malts. There is also a light presence of coffee, chocolate and floral hops.

The taste is again of sweet dark malts and smoked malts. There are hints of piney hops and molasses.

Medium body and nice carbonation give a full and crisp feel with a nice dry porter finish.

Nice job on the smoked malts. This is a rare smoked beer that is in good balance. Overall, a great tasting and drinkable porter.

Photo of russpowell
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage 22 oz bomber pours a super effervescent mahogany with 3+ fingers of fluffed up mocha colored head with streaks of mahogany & black. Very good head retention & lacing

S Nice chocolate, alder & smokey oak notes

T: Chocolate, roasted grain, hints of wet oak chips. Baker's chocolate, iron, more smoke as this warms, along with dryness. Finishes with pleasing smokeyness, more cocoa & toasty malt notes

MF: Pretty rich for the abv, smooth, oily & near perfect carbonation

Drinks pretty darn easy. maybe I'd get tired of this after a while due to the smokeyness, but I'm not sure. This would pair great with Mississippi Mud Pie or BBQ, glad I finally got to drink more than a few ozs of this

Photo of Overlord
2.35/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I can see how this might be a good example of the style, but this was absolutely not my cup of tea. I would say that the Stone smoked porter is about as strong of a smoke sensation as I am willing to tolerate.

Pours a beautiful, beautiful black with a light brown foam topping and gorgeous slow bubbling carbonation. I was loving this beer till it approached my nose and lips.

Heavy, heavy smoke. Almost BBQ/charcoal like. Ugh. Do. Not. Want. Some light coffee overtones and rich chocolate, but did I mention the smoke? I know, I know: why buy a smoked porter if I don't want that flavor? Now I know better.

Mouthfeel was thick and chewy. I would imagine that there are folks who genuinely love this beer.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Edition

A - Poured out a jet black, opaque color with a small, tan head. It left a tiny amount of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very smoky like a good barbeque. There was also a roasted malt aroma.

T - The roasted malt flavor was quite strong. The smokiness was a little muted, it is not nearly as strong as a Rauchbier.

M - It was sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. It certainly is worth a try.

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

2008 Vintage

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this one.

What can I say, this brew is awesome.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, some carbonation, little fizzy creamy tan head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly smoked/roasty, toffee, some chocolat, and caramel. The taste is awesome as usual, malty, smokey/roasty, nice touch of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome vintage of this great brew.

2007 Vintage

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this one.

What can I say, this brew is awesome. This bottle is only a couple of months old.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, some carbonation, little fizzy creamy tan head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly smoked/roasty, toffee, some chocolat, and caramel. The taste is awesome as usual, malty, smokey/roasty, nice touch of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome vintage of this great brew.

2006 Vintage

I've had this bottle for about a year.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, some carbonation, little fizzy creamy tan head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly smoked/roasty, toffee, and caramel. The taste is awesome as usual, malty, smokey/roasty, nice touch of toffee/caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome vintage of this great brew.

2005 Vintage

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this one.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, some carbonation, little fizzy creamy tan head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly smoked/roasty, toffee, some chocolat, and caramel. The taste is awesome as usual, malty, smokey/roasty, nice touch of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome vintage of this great brew.

2002 Vintage

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this bottle.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, some carbonation, little fizzy creamy tan head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slightly smoked/roasty, toffee, and caramel. The taste is awesome as usual, malty, smokey/roasty, nice touch of toffee/caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome vintage of this great brew.

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

2007 bottle that had been sitting in a cool dark spot for maybe a couple of months--my most successful attempt at cellaring to date (patience not my strong suit).

Pours black with a thin cream-colored head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of smoke, malt, caramel, prunes. Did I mention smoke? Like walking into Hickory Farms.

First sip reveals a wonderful smokey flavor, blended well with hints of chocolate & coffee. Slight hoppy bitterness lingers, carrying the other flavors along with it. Light carbonation, smooth and satisfying. All around, just an awesome beer.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very dark brown brew with an enormous frothy brown head, lots of retention and a ton of delicate lacing.

S - High smoke, content, but it is of fresh burning wood, only partially dried, none of this charcoal aroma. Aromas of wild grasses with hints of very dark coffee, even darker chocolate and peat moss. The overall aroma is very intense - a little more than I would like truthfully.

T - Smoke! A bit of campfire, more peat, dark coffee, something very faintly fruity (almost like blackberries). Aftertaste is lingering campfire with very faint hints of dried fruit... cranberries? The bitterness is mostly from campfire, but a bit of peat in there as well.

M - Carbonation is apparent, but smooth overall, thin, very refreshing.

D - My roommates got me this one, I had been looking for it for quite some time. I was excited to have - that usually means that I leave the brew in disappointment. This was an exception. Normally, smoked beers are too gross. They have so much negatives that I can't see the positives. This one is over the top, but it is not gross. I wouldn't want to drink more than a bomber in one setting, but this is GREAT for food. Spicy food. Would wash down a burrito in no time.

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

Thanks to Younger35 for this bottle. I've enjoyed the Alaskan beers I've had thus far, but this one has long eluded me.
Pours a murky black color that you'd immediately take for an imperial stout or big porter. At first I thought it was totally flat but then all of a sudden a tan colored head springs to life. I've never seen anything quite like it. It's a little bit like a delayed effect.
Smell is smoky, but unlike some other smoked offerings, it has more of a wood, fresh coffee, peat-fire smell. Some seem to be almost meaty, while this one isn't.
Taste starts off with a burnt dark chocolate flavor and then the smoke and woody flavors start to come in. They're not as BBQ as you might expect, but more of a campfire flavor. It's not overbearing and I'd actually say it's somewhat balanced with the malty chocolate/coffee traditional porter flavors.
Mouthfeel's right in the range that it should be. Not too thick, bit not watery like a few porters tend to be.
I drank this bomber myself with no issues at all. Normally smoked beers have pretty limited drinkability for me, but this one is balanced enough to keep my interest and palate intact.
This shockingly paired well with some nachos and I could see this making a nice accompaniment for something from the grill.
Smoked/Rauch brews are hit or miss for me, but this one's a hit. I think the porters do better than the lagers. If you like this, seek the O'Fallon, which is the only one I like more.

Photo of dnichols
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a 22 ounce capped bottle provided by my BA buddy rdunham. It was served in an ambient temperature pint glass.

A: It poured a deep black nearly completely opaque body that with some effort revealed ruby tints. The moderately aggressive pour produced a tan two-finger head made up of large sticky bubbles. The head lingered for a decent interval before slowly receding. As it receded a dense curtain of lace formed. The lace curtain, as the brew was diminished. toke on thick legs marching down the side of the glass.

S: The aromas were dominated by charred dark chocolate malts accented by a smoked woody smell that reminded me of how my cloths smell after an evening sipping brews at the campfire. There were also hints of dark molasses and prunes.

T: The front of this brew presents a dead on porter profile with burnt bold darkly roasted malts spiked with licorice, dark fruits (prunes) and spices (black pepper). There was a light warming from the alcohol and a noticeable zing produced by dry clean hops.

M: This is a nice medium body brew that has a creamy presence and a dry clean finish and aftertaste. The carbonation is balanced and non-intrusive.

D: This is a fairly easy drink to sip long into the night. It is not a beer to be slammed in a race to the finish line. However, it would be a pleasant drink at a party where there is great conversation and you need a beer that can stand up from start to finish as it is sipped.

Comment: I'd read the accoladed this beer has received and looked forward to sampling it. I was not disappointed. It will join the beers I try to keep in house for occassions that would benefit from a special Porter.

Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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