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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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93
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1,686 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,686
Reviews: 920
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 308
Gots: 295 | FT: 17
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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:
The dark, robust body and pronounced smoky flavor of this limited edition beer make it an adventuresome taste experience. Alaskan Smoked Porter is produced in limited "vintages" each year on November 1 and unlike most beers, may be aged in the bottle much like fine wine.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-18-2001)
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Photo of rajendra82
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained this 2005 bomber in a trade with BigLove a little while back. The beer inside was dark brown while pouring and black after settling in the pint glass. The head atop the opaque body was light beige in color and one finger thick. While the looks were good, the aroma was otherworldly smoky, underlain by a chocolate smell. The smokiness was also unmistakable in the taste, but it was far from overwhelming, and permitted chocolaty sweet and lemony sour flavors of a very well made porter come through. The hops were also present with a citric bitterness. Mouthfeel was chalky and dry, while still being silky smooth. No hint of harsh graininess in the aftertaste, just smooth long drawn out smoke. After tasting this spectacular beer, I wish more brewers would start experimenting with smoked malt. I would love to get my hands on more, as this would be phenomenal with more age on it, as the layers of flavors merge. It was still a world class beer as it was.

Photo of WeymouthMike
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sample from a 22oz bomber from 2005. I can say that I've never really tasted a smoked porter before this one. I still like the Stone version but damn I am mad I didn't team this one up with the pulled pork I made last weekend. The appearance is a black with a nice brown head which disappears over time while leaving no lace even after a second pouring. Taste is coffee, roasted, smokey goodness while being a super smooth beer. This is a perfect beer tonight as a little snow comes down and I read "Beer School". I am psyched to have received this in a trade and thanks to BA for that one.

Photo of tonistruth
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

A- dark dark dark brown, damn near black with a very thin tan head. Head did not hang around for very long. Tan lacing on glass.

S- heavy smoke and roasted scents, had to force myself to stop sniffing this thing and drink it.

T- Taste as good as it smells. Heavy roasted flavor with a nice bitter flavors. Finishes smooth, with a delicous smoked malt aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

M- smooth and full bodied.low on carbonation.

D- without a doubt, this is a sipper instead of a gulper. ABV level is moderate at 6.5%. Still wouldnt recommend for session drinking. Eye opening and refreshing. Must try brew, especially for porter lovers.

Photo of bodybyadam
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2004 bottle opened after one year. We're in the PNW so the nose reminded me of an exquisite smoked salmon dinner. The smoky nose is FULL. Color is dark brown with a true porter 1 inch head. Subtle touch of caramel at first taste then the smoky hops envelope the taste buds with a somewhat fruity finish. I enjoyed this with a med-rare BBQ brisket. The choclately flavors came out back and forth when I would take a bite of the steak, and then again with the porter. I need to try this with a smoked salmon dish. I've had it with a regular King Salmon and I still enjoyed it better with the brisket. I have another 2004 bottle I'm aging.

Photo of misterscooter
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark as dark, it is, with a tan head, about a quarter inch, sitting on top. Some lacing that stays pretty wet and slides down the side as you drink it down.

Smells of molasses and dark brown sugar, slightly toasty. Any smoke flavor is old smoke, possibly hickory, but I'm not sure because it was faint and far away.

The coffee mocha flavor in this porter sticks out as well as the brown sugar from the smell. Not too thick for a porter. Syrupy sweet, almost to a fault. The hops are just bitter enough to offset the malt in this. A little more of the smokiness in the dry bitterness.

This is a good beer and a good porter. Looks good, smells good, tastes good and has a good feel. It doesn't really get past that point, though, and the sweetness is a bit more than I want so it makes me less likely to have another. With the 22 ounce bottle, that's a given. But it is still another impressive brew from this brewery.

Photo of Redrover
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was in Portland for work and went out to meet some old neighbors from Chicago. The bar they took me had this on tap. I was stoked! The beer is black with a dense tan head. Nice lacing.

The beer has a nose of dark fruits (plums & raisins). Some definite wood smoke lingers in the background.

The taste is sweet and malty with fruit undertones. The smoke flavor is prominent but not overpowering. The beer becomes a bit woody with hints of chocolate. Slightly burnt (or should I say charred) aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is nice and firm. Extremely easy drinker. I wish they had this one in Chicago. Well done indeed!

Photo of UberWasser
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours into the glass with a thick black color that almost no light penetrates. The head is thin, when poured lightly, and has a great light brown color.

The nose is full of sweet fruitiness up front with a great subtle smokiness in the background. As it warms up, a sweet alcohol smell comes through too.

The smoke is much less subtle in the taste...and here I thought that Stone Smoked Porter was smoky! The sweetness is present on the front of the tongue but a great roasty bitterness develops, as well as a mild alcohol taste, as it moves back in your mouth. The aftertaste is strong with smoke...tastes like a campfire smells. It's quite silky in your mouth with a good sizzle of carbonation.

All in all, a truly great smoked porter.

Photo of Callenak
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Truly a great smoked porter. I know this sounds weird, but the alder-smoke must be the same way they smoke Alaskan salmon because the taste similarities are undeniable. It has the exact same smoked flavor of it, but of course doesn't taste "fishy". One sip and you'll pick up on that unique flavor that reminds you exactly of Alaskan smoked salmon.

I'm not normally a big fan of smoked porters, but this one will change anyone's minds. Deep, rich color. Decent head retention, but this beer is all about it's strong unique flavor. Not a beer you want to drink every day, but a great occasion beer. I like bringing one of these on a boys fishing weekend. Perfect beer to drink after catching some trout.

Photo of germaniac
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Edition

Deep, dark brown. Almost black, but enough light filters thru to see some reddish highlights.

Nice woody smoke aroma in the nose, curling around the sweetness of the malt and creating some interesting nose candy.

Smoke is totally a factor in the taste, otherwise it wouldn't be called what it is, juneau what I'm talkin' about? But the smoke doesn't overpower the hop bite that lurks within, nor does it cover the rich chewy goodness of the malt.

Mellows out into smoked chocolate, which isn't as bad as it might sound. Matched up well with a chunk of dry peppercorn Jack cheese and smoked salmon on Ritz crackers.

A total winner in my book. If only it was more available. Deserves the status it has achieved.

Photo of doubleipa
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe my expectations were too high for this beer. I was thrilled to pick up three of these in Portland, last November. There was a light roasted aroma with, of course, a smoky and a bit of oak aroma. I had expected a more powerful smoked smell. Virtually no head, no matter high hard I tried. Heavy smoke taste, which covered up any other flavors. This was good, but not great. This beer is definitely made to pair with something from the smoker.

Photo of ChuckD
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a chalice. The body of this stuff is thick dark. You won't see a more opaque beer. Not much of a head or lacing.

To the nose, the charred smoke overwhelms you. A little of the malts on the top - but it's hard to get past the smoke.

In the mouth, you again are overwhelmed by the smokiness. It's a pleasant flavor - not sour or rotten, but just over the top. As it warms, the molasses sweet malts are present and tend to complement the smoke slightly. In the back, the alcohol is there and tends to intensify.

This is one smooth, creamy brew. Thick and chewy. The finish is not as dry as I'd like - there not much change from the mouth flavor.

Musings: This is a tough beer for me to drink in quantity. The smoke flavors are way to extreme for me. It's a solid porter, but I enjoy a more drinkable one - slightly dryer and not as smoky.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure there is really anything I can say about this beer that has not already been said. It had been a while since I've come across this gem. We compared this with Stone Smoked Porter in a vertical tasting during halftime of the Super Bowl. Now Stone makes an outstanding smoked porter, but it left me almost wanting to dump it in the sink so I could get on with drinking the Alaskan. So velvety and rich, with a smoke bite almost that of an Aecht Schlenkerla beer. Dumbfoundingly good.

Photo of Prufrock
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a pilsner.

pours pitch black with an inch of tan head.

tons of smoke in the aroma; much more prominent than other smoker porters i have had. reminiscent of burning leaves or the smoked flavor of a smoked sausage. some roasted and sweet malts behind the smokiness.

taste is very much like smoked sausage as well. very much like burning wood. malty chocolate sweetness and a hint of alcohol as well. bitter and burnt in the aftertaste. very smooth with a heavy mouthfeel and a moderate carbonation.

admittedly not my favorite style; i have yet to run into a smoked porter that i really love. but a solid, well-balanced beer.

Photo of blitz134
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another pitch black brew...never a bad thing. Light tan head that started an inch thick and reduced to a nice layer. A solid miniscus of bubbles sticks to the glass around the edge. I'm having this one just slightly chilled to really let the smoke comes out.

Oak smoke is immediately noticable in the nose. Smells like clothes the day after sitting around a fire the night before. This is really all I pick up. Maybe a touch of floral or sweet essence underneath. Nicely done for the style. Most smoke beers use too much smoked malts, but this one has the perfect balance of smoke with some sweetness and a bit of bitterness. Nicely done.

Taste is smoke dominated, again with some oaky flavors. Not really any char to this which is nice. A bit of biscuit and the lightest touch of sweetness, in the form of bittersweet chocolate. Even though the alcohol isn't high I seem to pick up a bit of alcohol "twang" on the tongue. Some people mention rum, which is how this could be interpreted.

Mouthfeel is solid. Coats well and the smoke flavor hangs around for a while. Not overly full, but nice nonetheless.

Drinkability is a highlight of this one. A unique well done smoke flavor which isn't over loaded and a smooth body makes this one go down easy.

Photo of chargerfanjess
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown color, with ruddy, mahogany highlights at the edges. The tan head is tall, creamy, thick and dense. Looks fantastic! It’s moderately roasty, lightly bitter, but somewhat sweet and wow, the finish is very chocolaty and delicious . The nose is lightly roasty and slightly more chocolaty, but overall, is only mildly aromatic. The head never really subsides, so retention is fantastic, and as expected, dense, thick foam coats the glass. Would like to try this on draft,

Photo of bennetj17
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one just came in the mail from Liquid Solutions, it's been a long wait. 2005 Version. Pours leaving a short, one centimeter thick head of brown/tan foam. The overall color is dark, but some light penetrates giving it those reddish hues. The smell is not overpowering, mostly hints of toasty/burnt coffee. Taste is very rich and dry. The flavors of toasty coffee are present, and its doesn't really seem that smoky. Finally in the finish I get the flavor of campfire smoke, just a hint. Bitterness is at a moderate level. The mouthfeel is nice, full body, semi-thick, nice carbonation. This is one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. Its not the best or most complex, but its perfectly well-rounded. Many smoked beers over do it so I was glad that they were subtle. I have one more but I don't think that's going to be enough...

Photo of troutmask96
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 Edition:

Truly an exceptional brew here. Pours a deep black with tan lacing. You definitely pick up the smoked peate malts right away when you take your first whiff. Taste is remarkable - smooth with mild smokiness done just right. This baby had cellared enough to mellow oh-so nicely. The truly beautiful label trumpets this real winner from Alaska...

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2005 edition.
Pours an opaque black with a tan head and some sticky lacing. Aroma is smokey with some bubblegum -- like sweet charcoal. Palate is lighter than expected with an unusual lingering hop presence. Flavor has a sweet start leading to a tart metallic middle and a (for a porter) crisp finish. Overall, I was not impressed. Maybe expectations were high. However, I did not find this porter to have well balanced characteristics.

Photo of joecast
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled and reviewed as a side-by-side with stone smoked porter.

both pour extremely dark with the stone showing slightly more crimson when held to light. the alaskan head is a shade or two darker with both fading away after a few moments in the glass.

seriously meaty, smoky aroma. has that bacon-wood aspect to the smoke. really hangs on to the smoke aspect while the stone fades back more to a sweeter malt and chocolate smell.
also starting to pick up a slight floral hop there as well. very complex.

the smoke is still present in the taste accompanying the full malt profile. much less sweet than the stone and finishes less dry despite the higher abv. some bitter dark chocolate comes through as it warms.

very smooth mouthfeel, and a damn good beer. impressive work from the boys and girls at alaskan. the numbers work out a bit higher for the stone mostly because of my cursed sweet tooth. but this is a porter not to be messed with.

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a charcoal brown into my nonic from a bottle marked A-17. Damn near black, and very opaque, shows just a little hint of glowing red around the edges when held up to the light. Thin tan head recedes quickly to a velvety ring and a little tan scum. Appealing looking porter.

Wow, big whiffs of brown sugar in the scent, very caramelly. The longer you draw in a breath the more scents come out; At first it starts out sugary but the longer you breathe in the more smoky, nutty scents come out.

Now that's a good porter! The smoke flavor is evident but is so well balanced. It's mixed in with almondy, nutty flavors, with just a teeny-tiny flash of hop oil on the back of the throat; There's some caramel slickness rounding it all out. Goes great with a steak and sourdough bread, like I had for dinner.

Mouthfeel is good, this is a porter so you expect low carbonation, but this could do with just a tiny bit more fizz to round out the strong flavors. It's got just the right thickness - (I think it's even a little thicker than some of Rogue's stouts) - to be far less filling than a stout, easy to drink, great with a meal. What a great offering from Alaskan Brewing!

Photo of kaimcm
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle airplaned back from California.

Opaque black body, creamy off white head with no stick. Smells of earth, smoke, cheese. Malt up front followed closely by a smoke and smoked gouda character, goes down smooth with really no hops or bitterness to speak of. Slight roasted malt tinge but not much. Nice mouthfeel, though a little weak. An interesting and enjoyable beer. Paired well with some Stilton and beef stew. The smoke is robust and interesting but very well balanced. Absolutely one of the better smoked beers in memory. Much more balanced than many others.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass black with a ruby highlight. The head was almost brown, large, and long lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was smoky, but not overdone. With a strong smoked sausage aromatic coupled with a nice chocolate and caramel in the background.

The flavor was malty with a strong chocolate malt flavor and a well achieved and balanced smoke contribution. The flavor also contained a noticeable caramel maltiness and a smooth coffee flavor. The beer was almost roasty but also contained a sizable hop presence.

The finish was dry with a lasting smoked impression and malt contribution. The body was medium full and well done with a creamy texture to the mouthfeel. The chocolate and smoke coupled with the coffee were well achieved in this annual favorite that is very difficult to obtain in NC unless someone snags the beer from elsewhere.

22 ounce bottle. 2005 and 6.5% ABV on label...thanks AKSmokedPorter for the wedding present.

Photo of mjohn27603
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My most highly anticipated beer ever reviewed on this site. I received in my first beer trade with Lou91. I have been craving this beer for years and now is the time to finally taste! I sit here on the last night of my Christmas vacation and the first day of 2006. This might very well be my last review for beeradvocate.com.

2004 Smoked Porter

Open and pouring: Light black in color with a hint of redness or purple in the pour. Not a solid black motor oil as some stouts. A dense head that is over 3 fingers high. The head is tannish to light brown in color.

Aroma is out of this world: smoked salmon, smells reminding me of the finest rauchbiers.

Taste: What I've waited for for years. First sip revelas a sweeter tasting beer than most rauchbiers. Aftertaste reveals some charcoal and wood flavors There are several notes that unveil themselves after sitting on the tongue a while. The one interesting fact is that the porter taste comes through and is not overpowered by the smoked aspect of the beer. Still some coffee notes. The coffee and porter notes play against the smoked rauchbier notes. The first rauchbier that isn't overpowered like a liquid ashtray.

Mouthfeel is light and airy. Good thing this is made in bomber sizes.

Drinkability is high and I find myself taking in big sips and not tiny ones.

Someday I will visit Alaska until then I've had this experience.

Photo of AlexJ
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, nearly black pour unleashes an awesome three finger head of light brown froth that is dense, long-lasting, and coats my Chouff tilip in clingy lace.

Aroma is charred dark and chocolate malts, toasted nuts, brewed coffee, fatty bacon smoke, and scorched caramel.

Flavor begins with bittersweet chocolate and light coffee, roasty and nutty malts, great smoke flavor that reminds me of good smoked salmon(the smoke, not the fish). There's a surprisingly bitter pine hop finish that leaves chewy smoke on my tongue.

Body is big, oily, chewy, and extremely smooth. The smoke is subtle enough to really make this an easy drinking beer that would pair famously with BBQ food.

Photo of Calico
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A credible beer, a good porter, a good smoked beer, but I'm not sure why this is getting such high reviews. Maybe we just got an old bottle, but this beer left me with a terribly bitter aftertaste that just would not go away. Admittedly smoked beers are not my favorite style, but my husband, who loves smoked beers (such as Ithaca Gorges Smoked Porter) concurred with my opinion. For me, this one is not one worth going out of my way for.

Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,686 ratings.