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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,760
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
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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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Ratings: 1,760 | Reviews: 941
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mucho gracias to beeryhandy for this trade "throw-in." Vintage 2006.

Pours very, very black. Just little bits of brown around the edges. Slight tan head that had no retention and receded very quickly. Nose is peat and smokiness.

Oddly, for such a great flavor it is fairly simple. Just loas of smoked wood and toasty goodness. Kind of a burnt oat bread thing as well. Slight hop presence gives it enough hop bitterness to round out the flavor. Medium body that has a slight dry edge to it. Makes my tongue feel a bit like sandpaper actually. Way too easily drinkable.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is a place in Wyoming that I found that is still caring the Smoked Porter. I ended up picking up a case and wanted to age them a bit. I'm not doing a great job with aging it, as I've had three already but I'm amazed at the significant difference between them all.

The pour is a dark black color with some light brown colors around the edge. When held to the light there is a ruby hue to it as well. There is a nice frothy head that has a tan color that remains through out the tasting but does hide to the side of the glass.

The nose varies per beer but there is a nice malty essence to it. Smoke flavors are the most significant smell. The nose varies from a beef jerky to a very noticeable smoked salmon. Im not a big fish fan, so I didn't really appreciate it too much, but my wife had no problems taking it. So the smell is very unique in that aspect.

The taste varies just as much. Similar with the nose there is a malty backing and a salmon flavor that is very distinguishable. The salmon flavor did vary from very noticeable to a light hint in the background. If it was light there was more of a smokey presence. The malt balanced well with some light astringent malt in the backing. Very smooth overall and a somewhat hop backing. Although the hops play a minor role overall.

So with this review, it should be noted that I am not a "fishy" fan at all. So I will age most that I have and see how they do over time.

Photo of nlmartin
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2006 vintage. The beer comes my way complements of TheBungyo. I have sampled this beer on several occasions. A big thanks to all the BA's who sent it my way. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark brown to black coloration. A slight ruby opaqueness is noted to light. The head was one finger thick with a light tan coloration. The head resolves to a ring of foam. No lacing is noted to speak of on my glass.

Smell: A mesquite charcoal smokeyness covers my glass. The smokeyness is nowhere near oppressive. The smoke actively wraps around the malty sweetness. This captures the essence of smoked aromas perfectly.

Taste: The smokey character of the beer is definately dominate. The smoke encompasses a very brief malty sweetness. A bit of dark fruityness, chocolateyness and coffee like flavors break through the smoke occasionally. Again a near perfect smokeyness dominates this beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is on the lighter side. The beer never seems to be actually thin. The carbonation is slightly more than medium. The smoked aftertaste seems to last forever. This is a dam tasty beer treat. This beer is welcome at my house and in my glass any time!

Photo of granite
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottled into a pint glass.
A--- Poured Black with red hue and a rocky tan head.

S--- The aroma is a combination of smoke and fruit, very pleasant.

T--- Smoked hard wood, char, roast and black malt. It left a very astringent after taste.

M---The body was lighter then I expected and it seemed to thin.

D--- I feel a little disappointed because I had high hopes for this. I would enjoy trying it again if I had access to it. This was a batch of 2006.

Photo of Mdog
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a fading head. Decent lacing, though.

Smell: Mmm, barbeque smoke.

Taste: Dominated by a smoky barbeque flavor, but has a little chocolate sweetness come through.

Drinkability: Not available in Minnesota, but I'd have this regularly if it was distributed here.

A very interesting beer to me since I haven't had many smoked beers. Not overpowering in its smokiness, but since I love barbeque this hits the spot. Recommended!

Photo of IntriqKen
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2006...
This doesn't disappoint.
Smoked aromas are definitely there but not overpowering...although little else can be sensed in the aroma.
Flavors are soft toasted malt initially followed immediately by pleasant soft smoke flavors then finishing with the smoky malts. Hops are not present at all.
Aftertaste is not surprisingly the smoked malts.
If a smoked beer is what you seek, this is the one for you.
Wonderful and unsurpassed in it's class.

Photo of simmons
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 Alaskan Smoked Porter

Apperance: A nice dark porter with a dark brownish thick head lasting awhile. there is a very dark redish tint to it when held up to the light.

Smell: a very pleasent smoky aroma with a hint of malt and no hops

Taste: The is a mild malt flavor with plenty of smoked malt. The hops has a mild bitterness

Mouthfeel: The body of this brew is fairly light, medium carbonation and perfect ballance.

Drinkability: This beer is the best beer ever!!!! everything about this beer is great. I would travel anywhere to get this beer on cask.

Photo of Enola
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained through trade.

This beer is a very dark color with just a hint of light coming through. There is a small tan head and a little bit of lacing. The smell is very smokey. The taste is heavily smoked and there is a hint of smoked salmon that is typical of these smoked beers. The beer is very smooth and thus is an easy drinker. This is the best smoked beer I have had. I may have to trade for another sometime.

Photo of wcudwight
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Enola for sharing this beer that I've been wanting to try for sometime.
Pours pitch black, not a single ray of light glitters through the opaqueness. 1/4" creamy tan head that quickly recedes to a halo around the rim and holds there until the glass is empty.
This smells like my wildland firefighting gear after I've fought a wildfire. I love that smell.
The flavor is dominated by the smoke. What makes this beer stand apart from the other smoked beers I've had is it's missing the sausage flavor of other smoked beers. This is a very robust smoked flavor but still incrediblely smooth at the same time. Underneath the smoke lies the whole beer flavor gamut. There is a nice roasted maltiness with a touch of chocolate sweetness. It also has a good hop profile that adds a nice bitterness to the flavor. These aren't the in your face hop flavors akin to IPA's and such but more of a nice smooth hoppiness.
The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy.
I gave the drinkability a 5 because the beer is just so delicious.
This was the 2005 version.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to mcallister for theis great Xmas present. He even wrapped it! 2005 Edition, 6.5% ABV. Solid black appearance, with a thick tan foamy, rocky head. Great head retention, which was suprising since the beer is over a year old. Aroma of oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasty malt, with a nice whiff of campfire. Nice chocolate like malt flavor, hints of fruit, and smoke. The smoke comes in at the end, and seems to be the perfect amount, not overwhelming. There is some bitterness, but everything seems well rounded. Still a good amount of carbonation left in this, along with a nice medium body. More smoke and chocolate comes through as it warms. This seems to be a smoked porter that is done to perfection. What an enjoyable beer! Very drinakble, as before I knew it, it was gone.

Photo of sleazo
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at O Briens after a dissapointing previous beer.

The beer arrived a deep rich brown with minimal head and almost no lacing. The smell that hits you is of smoke, roasted malt and trace hops. The taste is of smoke, glorious smoke. I am assuming they use alderwood because this tastes just like NW smoked salmon. The background notes are of toffee, coffee maybe some dark chocolate. Very nice with a wonderful aftertaste. The smoke hits you in the middle between the sweetness imparted by the heavy hand of the malt and the hops at the end. truly a wonderful tasting beer. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, a little creamy. highly recommended

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

2005 Edition: 22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with ruby red around the edge of the glass. Tan head pours one finger thick and quickly disappears into a slight ring around the edges of the pint glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Earth like undertones. Biscuits and smoked ham.

T: Coffee and chocolate are your upfront flavors that kick into a rich malt balance. Mystery dark fruits sweeten things up while a smoked ham flavor is always present.

M: Creamy and rich for a porter. Slight carbination. Nice dry finish.

D: This is one to savor on a cold evening around the campfire. I love the smoked beers and this one perfectly balances this element to a tee. Extremely drinkable for a single serving and a must try for those adventurous souls who love to try something different!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2005 AK smoked porter consumed in september 2006 that I'm reviewing from notes. Pours a really dark brown with a tan 1 inch head. The smell is smokey and meaty, like a slim jim with some malt in the background. The taste has light smoke up front but balanced by a complex smokey/winey finish that is more subtle than the start. Creamy mouthfeel with a very dry finish. Balanced and interesting, but hard to live up to its cult following.

Photo of Fish113d
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the opportunity of changing my pants after Sulldaddy pulled this brew from a bag he brought over to celebrate Christmas Eve on the Eve of the Eve (follow that?).

It pours at room temp a very dark body, which appears opaque in the light, but still dark brown. Head is chestnut in color, and at first comes in at about 2 cm, but quickly fades to a fizzy edge layer.

Sweet toffee and cocao beans come through on the nose along with a sweet smoke (beechwood) aroma. Suprisingly for a smoked brew, there is a nice balance on the nose and it's not overtaken by the smoke. Nice.

Sipping reveals a decent body, which turns creamy to some degree, but much sweeter than expected up front with a nice roasty chocolate along with a nice campfire flavor. Not much alcohol detected either. The body is well-balanced with a very nice solid, creamy finish.

This is probably the best smoked beer I've ever had. I don't tend to be a big fan of smoked beers, but this one blew my socks off! If you can get this, you'll definitely enjoy it!

Photo of sulldaddy
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I split this 2005 bottle with fish113d on Christmas Eve Eve. The beer is poured at room temp into a pint glass. The brew pours a dark brown color similar to a piece of dark chocolate. There is a small foamy tan head of about 2 cm that foams up and fades to an edge layer. The aroma is where I really start to like the beer. It isnt just smoked sausage or campfire ashes, there is a nice mix of hot cocoa powder, bown sugar and some roasted coffee bean. Very nice.
First sip reveals an average body with fine but fizzy carbonation. The texture is smooth a little creamy. Flavor is similar to the nose, I get a bit of smoke up front which then allows for chocolate bar and coffee bean to come through and finishes with a lingering roast bean flavor. I dont detect alcohol at any stage of the sampling and find the beer to be very enjoyable.
This is a defininte buy if you can get it.

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

2005 version of this beer and my first experience at it.

Pours a robust brown bordering on black with a thick foamy two finger mocha head that leaves some slicing lace.

Smoked meats up front with hints of dark fruit and a slight bitter chocolate aroma. After nearly 15 minutes of decanting the smoke steps back and really lets the dark chocolate aromas shine through.

Very balanced flavors of dark chocolate, black licorice, smoked pork, and other dark fruits. Not the most complex beer I've tried yet very nice and easy to drink for a smoked style.

Photo of mjc410
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint at the Toronado in San Francisco on 12/4/06.

The beer had a thin light tan head over a near opaque, slick liquid. The head left some appreciable lacing. Had a mildly smokey roasted scent, but far too weak. The taste was full of enormous smoked flavor, almost meaty. There was a slight chocolate note, but very obvious. It was also just a bit vinous. The mouth was pretty light, with low carbonation. An excellent beer that I would like to see on the East Coast.

Photo of tjthresh
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage. Very dark brown with some garnet highlights on the edges. Brown head. Light lace. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and smoke. Amazing. The smoke is not the main player here. The flavor is like sex in a glass. Some smoke, chocolate, vanilla, ash, marshmallow, and lightly bitter. Rich on the palate. Bamberg aint got shit on this.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been drinking Alaskas Smoked Porter for the last five years or so and this has to be the worst tasting of all of them. Not impressed with the 2006 brew.

Strong smokey flavor, but just lacking depth and finish. Dark brown in color as usual and no foam or lace, as usual.

I only wish that this porter would have been better!

Photo of dbalsock
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorite beers.

Appearance: Pours black, but not pure black; black like the color of a black bear's fur. The head is fantastic, sitting two fingers high, orangey/brown and eventually moving to the edge of the glass to sit nicely as a ring. A slight lacing accompanies the brew as it disappears from the glass, but not anything super artistic.

Smell: Simpley smoked ham/bacon/fish and alcohol control the nose, and that's just fine.

Taste: Very smokey on the palate until the hops hit through on the finish. A slight alcohol presence combines with the smoke and the coffee and chocolate malts to create an incredible balance and an overall great winter taste.

Mouthfeel: Silky and smooth, it reminds me of a good oatmeal stout. A slight accent from the alcohol and the roasted characteristics diversify the mouthfeel and make into an experience.

Drinkability: Smooth and tasty, I find this easily sessionable and perfect for a cold night.

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

2005 vintage sampled 11/30/06.

Appearance: Poured opaque black with a moderate foamy head that faded pretty quickly into a small ring around the glass.

Smell: The nose is all earthy, smoked malts and dark chocolate. Intensely aromatic stuff.

Taste: The taste mirrors the smell - sweet, smoaked malts in the front, chocolate, hazelnut, and a light hoppy finish.

Mouth: This is thick for a porter; drinks more like a stout to me. Lightly carbonated and very smooth.

Drinkability: While entirely delicious, the strong character makes it hard to drink a lot of this in one sitting. A glass or two is enough for me. It's thoroughly enjoyable stuff, though.

Photo of malcontent
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2004 bottle of this legend.

Opaque, opaque, opaque. Looks like you'd wreck your car if you tried to drive through it. Good head but exceptional lacing. Awesome-looking brew.

Um, BBQ anyone? Smokey like I've never encountered with good charcoal hints as well. I might as well be grilling (which is a GOOD thing for me).

Mesquite chips are the primary flavor on display but there are subtler, sweeter hints of chocolate and root beer going on as well. Earthy tones pick up on the back end of the tasting. Out-stand-ing.

A perfect mouthfeel for something of its ilk although that also means that it really can't be the kind of thing you drink all night. Sip all night? Perhaps, but certainly not flat-out drinking material.

Thanks to kmpitz2 for the taste and autumnaldave for the harassment!

Photo of geexploitation
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 edition. Pours a deep black, darker than most porters, with a taupe head that forms a ring around the beer after a few minutes. Chunks of lacing stick to the sides of the glass. The smell is heaven for lovers of smoked beer. Smoked wood, similar to the beech wood used in German rauchbiers, is the most dominant feature of the nose, but there's a subtle dark fruitiness lurking underneath.

On the tongue, well-balanced porter bitterness and slightly sour fruits assert themselves first, along with active, fine-bubbled carbonation. The smoke creeps in at first, then grows in intensity toward the finish, which is long and deep with smoke notes but never overpowering... you never get the sensation that you're chewing on a piece of smoked meat here; it's always throttled back enough to enjoy simply as a beer. Mouthfeel is perfect -- good carbonation, very smooth, with a substantial body that nonetheless gets out of the way for the finish, thus never becoming cloying.

Overall, this is a fabulous beer. All elements are balanced with each other; every element is high quality in and of itself. It's got a distinctive smoke character that you don't find in many other beers, and certainly not in the progenitors of the style. This is certainly the best American smoked beer I've had, and it vies with the imports for "best in the world" status.

Photo of SethB2
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Somehow my podunk little liquor store got this.

Poured from a bomber into a Tulip glass.

A - Awesome. Deep redish brown with a head that is medium tan with hints of ruby as well. It has some staying power too. Deep dark and brooding. This sucker looks like it wants to kick my ass.

S - Hints of smoke over a sweet, dark fruits. Roasted grains are huge, as expected, and blend well with the cherry/melon charateristics.

T - Oh my. The smoke on this baby is no joke. Huge burnt grain and almost a beef jerky feel to it. The sweetness of the malts are subdued and don't make themselves know as much as they did on the nose. Roasty, toasty, and very good.

M - Very good. Full and smooth.

D - Good, but the deep smokiness might be a bit much after awhile. That said, this is an excellent beer and well deserving of the ranking that it gets.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation 22 ounce bomber bottled in 2005

Alaskan Smoked Porter poured into the glass a deep rich ebony color. The head was creamy camel colored foam that contrasted nicely against the inky blackness of the liquid. The lacing was thick and clung to the vessel.
The smell was wood smokiness, faint chocolate, malty sweetness, and a bit of grassiness from the hops.
The taste was smoky start to finish, with gentle notes of sweet dark chocolate, faint roasted coffee beans, and grassy hops coming in with a pleasant bitterness. It was lightly dry in the finish with an enjoyable lingering smoky flavor.
The carbonation was moderate, the body was medium and perhaps a little thin for my taste. The mouthfeel came across as creamy and somewhat smooth.
This was a nice porter one I could easily see using as a session brew.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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