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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Smoked PorterAlaskan Smoked Porter

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1,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 1462
Reviews: 902
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%

Brewed by:
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 mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

650ml bottle bought online from Drinkstore.ie... 2012 bottling

Poured a deep dark burnt brown / black colour. Burnt tan head poured quite thick and foamy then faded fairly quickly to wispy covering with thin ring around the edge... light sticky lacing...

Aroma - lots of smokey roasted malts which reminded me of German Rauchbiers, smokey bacon, burnt sugar and treacle, vanilla, toasted / charred malt and fruit loaf, strong toasted chocolate malts, some alcohol, dark fruits (dates, prunes, blackberries), hints of cola, light liquorice, earthy...

Taste - Quite sweet roasted smokey malts, dark fruits (raisins, currents), light caramel notes, some roasted bitter chocolate, light warming alcohol, some oakiness, light vanilla, sooty smokiness, some peppery notes, molasses, light bitter coffee...

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy with a little sharpness coming through... medium / full bodied... fairly drinkable for a 6.5% beer...

Overall - A superb brew and one i'm glad i finally got to try... i have another bottle which i'll keep for a couple of years to see how it ages... highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 09:08:05 | More by mdagnew
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A friend shared a 2009 Alaskan Smoked Porter with me. This review is based on a 3 1/2 year old beer.

The beer pours a clear very dark brown with a small light tan head on top. Only a few spots of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is very smokey with a hint of dark fruit and roast malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with moderate carbonation. The flavor starts somewhat sweet with caramel & roast malt and dark fruit (raisin or plum). Smoke takes over in the middle and it finishes with light bitterness and some grassy notes. Once gone the smoke and caramel malt linger on the palate.

This is a very tasty easy drinking beer. The smoke held up nicely after more than 3 years.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 20:14:24 | More by WanderingFool
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New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/15/12
Estimated calories - 195/12oz

Purchased through LetsPour

Price - $12.50/bomber

Pours dark like cola with mahogany edges when held up to the light. A thick creamy tan head covers the top and slowly recedes leaving patchy bits of lacing. Some sediment becomes visible towards the finish.

The nose is pleasing with the usual porter vanilla smell front and center followed by smoked malt, bacon and marshmallow notes. The smoke is masterfully done here and adds that perfect camp fire scent.

The flavor is simply amazing for a 6.5% beer. Loaded with smoke, dark chocolate and caramel. The roasted malts are a great addition and is truely what makes this example shine.

The body has a medium feel to it with very little carbonation. The finish is clean and warm with some light bittering hops in the background punctuated with a dry end.

Overall a real treat. I've had this several times in the past and have been wanting to get it in my smoked style rotation. A great selection for something in the lower octane category with loads of flavor and yes smoke! I dig it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 23:48:35 | More by 05Harley
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West Virginia

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black with tan tint. Creamy 1 inch head with minor lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, smoke, campfire, dark fruits, some mollasses, beef jerky. intense smoked aroma!

Taste - Much like the smell, the smoked, roasty malts start off huge. Flavors of jerky, plum and rasin, with some creamy sweetness make up this amazing beer. Very smooth with a slight bitterness from the coffee. A little chocolate comes out near the finish.

Mouthfeel - The smoked flavors nail tounge and coat mouth but doesnt go overboard or mask out the other flavors. After a few sips the palate gets more coffee, chocolate and sugars. The finish is smokey, malty and a little chocolate bitter.

Overall - The best smoked porter ive had. Such a smooth yet big flavored and unique flavor. Balance is great, alcohol is masked and the pleasure is a+ everytime i get to enjoy one of these. Nothing else is quite like this beer, world class, a must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 22:57:08 | More by wvsabbath
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany beauty, with a light tan soapy head that sits well.
Wow. Smelling this is unlike any other beer I've sniffed prior (I'm iffy on a beer being "smoked" to begin with). But this does smell true to its name! Smoke, roasted malt, bacon, jerky, nothing wrong with this smell at all in my book.
Tastes of the smoke flavor up front and then goes to a roast coffee. But the smoke rules here..it's like I'm camping at the lake now and literally drinking it all in. For what it is, this beer works quite well. I still enjoy smoked things primarily when it's meat. But this works and it pairs great with the ground beef Im eating.
It really is smooth, feels nice and creamy. Recommended. My favorite from Alaskan by far.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 19:38:34 | More by TBoneJones
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2.86/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

This is very dark brown, nearly completely opaque with a thin off white head. Aroma is, you guessed it, smoky. It's smoked cedar, moss, and wet dirt. Earthy. There is some roastiness, but it's not easy to detect. The flavor is strong and it's smoky. This is really on par with some of the best examples of Rauchbiers. Wood and ash dominate the palate with a burnt bacon flavor in the back. I'm not really that huge a fan of the aftertaste, as it is bitter and chalky. I really don't get any hop flavor or aroma. Maybe it's contributing to the bitterness, but to be honest, the bitterness is just like tasting a burnt match. The flavors go crazy from one end of the spectrum in smoke to the other in roasty baker's chocolate. Feel is light and finish is chalky but balanced.

This is interesting, but nothing I'd like to have again to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 03:47:05 | More by Philousa
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Alberta (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage
A - nearly pitch black, thumb of dark tan head held at that level very nicely, eventually leaving some random lacing
S - big wood smoke and charcoal aroma, some coffee, light leafiness
T - strong flavourful wood smoke with a hint of peat, espresso, light burnt sugars, touch of grain
M - medium to slightly heavy feel, smoky dry and chaulky finish
O - an outstanding example of malt smoking in a very approachable porter, this would go great with a medium rare steak or other red meat

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 02:02:06 | More by joemcgrath27
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - lightly tan head, lots of lacing, dark chocolate brown color.
S - sweetness, smokyness, nice malt.
T - charcoal, roasted malt, bitterness, oak.
M - extremely well carbonated, medium body, good retention.
O - overall a very tasty smoked porter, very solid flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 23:47:31 | More by josephwa
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4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark brown. Clear. Pours a bit thinner than I expected. Small, bubbly head the color of coffee milk. Spots of lacing. Head drops to a tiny cap and bubbly loose collar. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Solid roasted malts. Touches of char. Smoke is spicy and sweet. Definitely a unique smokiness. Vaguely meaty as a result of the smoked malts. Some underlying grassy notes. Subtle peppery spice. Reminds me of cedar if you mellowed it out. That must be the alder. Old fireplace. Smoke pushes almost all other malt out of the way. Some cocoa buried in there. What hopping there is, is leafy and mild.

Taste: Spicy smoked malt. Roasted, cooked, slightly caramelized malts. Underlying earthy and herbal notes. Leafy hops. Char and ash. So much smoke, but it's not overwhelming. Peppery, cedary spice. Akin to cinnamon at time. Some meat ends. Caramel, both malt and candy. Earthy and grassy. Smokiness mellows as the beer warms. Blends well. Smooth smokiness. Some cocoa as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body. Moderate carbonation. Some lingering dryness.

Overall: Liquid magic smoke.

Easily the best smoked beer I've encountered. Sexy, smooth and luscious.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:38:00 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 1/18/13

Note: 2011 bottle

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - pours with a moderately sized, creamy head - fades to a wispy head, nice ring - leaves a spotty wall of lacing

Smell: Smoky, in a strangely endearing way - smoked malt and a nice campfire (or woodstove) - smoky, but not in an acrid, overly burnt way - lightly burnt, roasty malts - coffee and dark chocolate - toasted biscuits and toffee

Taste: Smoke and chocolate, in a nice balance - moderately smoky, not too much, nicely balanced - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate - mild, roasty coffee - medium level of bitterness - mild overall

Mouthfeel: Medium body, actually a little on the light side - creamy, nicely carbonated, unexpectedly drinkable

Overall: Perhaps the easiest drinking smoked porter, ever

This is not a remarkably rich or decadent porter. That was clearly not the intention; instead, this is nicely balanced and very drinkable. I would drink a lot of this, if I could get it (nope).

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:18:26 | More by angrybabboon
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4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body with no light passing through. The head is dense , tan, and lingers while leaving a nice ring of lacing.

It has a wonderful aroma of smokey peat, vanilla, dark berry, and roasted malt.

The smoke flavor is perfect. It's the dominant flavor, but isn't over done or abrasive. Sweet tastes of vanilla bean and chocolate compliment the smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly higher than moderate carbonation.

Not that i've had a lot of smoked porters, but I've had enough to know this is a great one, probably the best i've had. It's a definite must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 01:28:23 | More by Vonerichs
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 - 22oz bomber with my FW snifter

A: Deep dark body. Black as stout. Sits plump in my snifter with some streaming micro bubbles flowing up to a few cm’s of sand paper looking head. Moderate retention swirls outward leaving behind some wispy strands of lace.

S: Smells of dark roast malts enriched with BBQ smoke. Has an earthy presence of wet grains and a bit of blackstrap molasses. Real meaty smoke aroma with hints of leather and tobacco. Nice and smoky but not overpowering the senses.

T: Flavors are rich with deep roasted malts and an all-encompassing meaty BBQ smoke. Jerky like with some spices and a bit of charcoal noted. I get smoked almonds with some tangy dried cherry and licorice. There is a damp earthiness and some burnt pines in there with a moderate to low level of perceived bitterness and a bit of astringency from the smoke. Notable but not completely off-putting. Alcohol is well hidden and only starts to make an appearance in the second act. Quite robust in flavors.

M: Soft fluffy mouth feel makes this one a smooth and creamy delight. Moderate heaviness to it overall. A little drying action towards the finish with a slight constricting astringency.

D: This is a very nice smoke beer. The Alder wood smoke is unique in flavor and dominant here but not over abundantly so. Has a nice spiced meatiness to it. Balanced well with a delicate feel and ample roast character. Probably one of the finest smoked beers out there although I have only had a few. Definitely the best thing Alaskan Brewco is putting out.

Worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 21:16:55 | More by Nugganooch
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle while in Phoenix, AZ - no Alaskan in Pennsylvania yet.
Vintage 2011 - Poured into a chalice, color is black, pretty solid, head is tan and dense, about 1/2 inch thick at the pour, then lessens to an 1/8 of inch.

Smell is subdued when chilled, most malt flavors expressing themselves, light roast and hints of chocolate with a subtle roasted smokiness, earthy and barely burnt

Taste is very smooth and drinkable for a smoked brew, flavors are pleasant, nice malt notes with smoke overtaking but not obnoxiously. Malt flavors are light caramel, hint of roast and chocolate; smokiness is slightly earthy.

Mouthfeel is very well presented, nice carbonation to balance the stronger smokey flavors and any lingering sweetness.

Overall, a very tasty exceptionally drinkable smoked porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 00:32:45 | More by mvanaskie13
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml poured into two wine glasses and a pint glass.

A - very dark with a finger foam, lacing up the sides as the glass drains. Big foam lingers. Translucent blacks and browns held up to to the light.

S - buttery, nutty, bacony, coffee, salty, very complex. Almost smells like a complete breakfast. Deep and meaty aromas coming off even the furthest sniffs. The pint glass too emits some great odors.

T - some of the sweeter elements come off in the taste, like the chocolate and the mocha flavors from the coffee. The low alcohol content allows for a smoother, less syrupy experience that most double porters yield. The smoke is almost overwhelming, however.

M - low alcohol content brings this score down slightly. It tastes smooth like a milk stout, but the lack of carbonation mixed with the intense flavors makes this brew somewhat lacking.

O - would certainly get again to share with friends, but I'm not sure if it's worth too much beyond the novelty.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 01:15:42 | More by JamesShoemaker
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a snifter.

Comes out looking like a big old imposing stout and unlike a 6.5% porter. I wasn't getting any light coming through the black body until the bottom of the glass. There sits a light brown head on top that goes nowhere and laces wonderfully.

Loads of smoke billow out into the nostrils. It comes out like the woody campfire smoke as well as some having some meat to it. Charcoal. Brown sugar.

Lots of smoke character coming in woody and meaty. There is a touch of sweetness to it. Towards the back end is some dark fruit flavor. Some light hop bitterness which is cool.

This is smooth and creamy and just wonderfully easy to drink. Mild carbonation.

A smoked beer to try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 03:07:36 | More by MattSweatshirt
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3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- near jet black body, 2 1/2" khaki head

S- intense burnt wood, smoked bacon, leather

T- smoked bacon, bitter dark chocolate, acidic copper twang

M- medium body, low carbonation

O- just as last year, smoke, smoke, and more smoke. Other then that there is a weird acidic copper twang. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great, i've learned my lesson and wont be buying it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:59:58 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass: Bottle Marked 2011

Appearance - It's almost pitch black, save for dark red tinge that shines through when held up to light. It's got a really brown head though with good retention.

Smell - Chocolate, Smoked Bacon, Malts, Coffee, and Birch. The smell isn't pungent but a whiff of it reminds me of my days going to my cabin when I was younger; It smells like the North Woods with some bacon thrown in there.

Taste - Smoke, Roasted Malts, Ham, Chocolate and Oak. The Ham/Smoke/Oak flavors don't come along until the very end but when it does come around, they're pretty flavorful. And even as a porter, it's still very excellent with it's rich Chocolate and Roasted Malt flavors!

Mouthfeel - Body is moderate but rather thick feeling. The carbonation is also a bit stronger even for a porter/smoked beer and while it adds some kick to the flavor, it does come off as a bit strong.

Overall - As a smoked beer, it's pretty good if not a bit underwhelming. As a Porter, it is excellent! Though I still prefer Schlenkerla Rauchbier as my goto Smoked Beer, it is still a great all around beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 03:28:44 | More by NuclearDolphin
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce into a brandy snifter. Vintage 2012.

A: Dark brown-black, with light tannish head. Opaque.

S: Cured meat. Frying bacon. Smoked malts. This is one hella smoked ale. The smokiness from the alder has an almost salty quality.

T: Very good! A well-rounded porter with an immense smoke that dominates the entire flavor. Still, there is some chocolate malt, a creamy mouthfeel, and a lingering smokey/hoppy/cacao bitterness. Intriguing and complex.

M: Just a just thing and/or flat.

O: Great beer. Excellent porter. A sipper, because the meatiness is so heavy. I would drink again and recommend, but only if you like bacon.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 05:25:47 | More by AgentMunky
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage found in middle of nowhere Texas

A - Black, mocha head that retains well with curtains of lace.

S - Alaskan smokehouse with roasted malt and chocolate sweetness.

T - Smoke up front again. Its exactly like smoked salmon you get from Alaska, without any fishy-ness to it. Underlying dark chocolate sweetness

M - Medium body, a little lighter than expected with relatively high carbonation for a porter. Its still smooth, but lacks that rich mouthfeel found in most porters.

O - Even with an average mouthfeel, still a delicious, well-crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 01:27:18 | More by garuda
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4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From bottle:

Cracked a 2011 vintage bottle open after a year & change had passed.

It poured thick, the color of tar black with a cocoa brown tinged layer of foam. The assertive smoked aroma greets you then tapers off with a sweetly sticky edge to it. The flavor is well rounded with a smokey character and a pleasing malt finish on the sweeter side. I pick up some caramel hints along with the bitter chocolate and a light roast. I guess my main question is, what changes with age? This brew seems more mellow and rounded compared to what I’ve had fresh,with an almost medicinal, band aide note to this as it warms— not that it had a harsh edge to begin with. A nice effervescence keeps it easy drinking.

From tap: This pours a dark roasty cola color with tight foaming all around. There’s an aroma of lightly smoked malt with a brisket-bacon finish to it. For a smoked porter you know what you’re getting into. The beer has a big roast flavor up front with a mild bitterness that matches wit hthe roast and smoked notes. I find it simply delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 03:15:57 | More by elNopalero
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour is dark, almost pitch black with all head at first. The head is beige and compact. Lacings are rich.

S: Strong smoked notes with a hint of peppermint (?!). Vanilla and strong coffee. Some smoked ham in the back balances the hard roasted malts.

T: Follows the nose but the smoke is stronger and that is a good thing in this beer. Malty and bready. Some smoked ham. A hint of bitter hops lures in the back.

M: Full body and low carbonation. Balanced smoky and bitter aftertaste lingers for quite some time.

O: If you like smoke in your beer - this could be your Nirvana. If you don't like beers with smoked malts - avoid!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 20:09:15 | More by Sunnanek
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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Vintage 2012, poured from the 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

Out of the bottle a real golden brown, then hits with a real nice big head and incredibly uniform with a center punch pour. Light coffee tan in color, all thick and cream, and settles to pebbles of swiss chesse with a big slow retention cap. Body is a real nice dark walnut brown, maybe even some hints of red. Faint micro-dots of brown crawl up fast along the side. One impressive looking beer.

Great hints of beechwood Rauch style smoke sensations. Hinting behind is a nice sweet malt, and it feels like cayenne (red hot) pepper. Real inviting, warmth all over, love this dry pepper sense on the nose with smokey aromas, and little sweetness. Can't wait to taste this.

Feel is light for a classic porter body but plenty of room to carry the flavors, and nowhere near as wet. Nose brings the senses to the palate, smokey malt sensations, and a large does of pepper on the finish. Powdery almost curry like finish, but a good amount of malt roast coating prevents drying out. There's a little small tinge of carbonation on the front palate that makes this enjoyable and playful. Mid palate fills with mild senses of milk chocolate and sweetness after multiple sips.

Overall this beer is just a lot of fun. I love how the palate comes across as so varied for this style, and it is real easy drinking. What a lovely brew, wish I could get this all the time.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 22:14:38 | More by smakawhat
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3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass, paired with turkey, stuffing and cran-orange relish. ( first round of Thanksgiving leftovers) 2011 vintage, aged just over a year.

A - Unremarkable, a little flat for a porter. Nice dark mahogany color but minimal froth and lacing. Perhaps due to the oiliness in the mouthfeel. Nothing wrong with it.

S - Earthy, Peaty with a smoky twang to it. I really liked it, good promise for the taste yet to come.

T - Very, very smoky. Kind of fell down a little for me because this was so prominent I did not get any complexity from the earthy malts and hops. Delivers the smoke but becomes wearying as i finish it off.

M - It has a nice oiliness, and good warmth in the mouth. Really even, smooth finish.

O - Maybe paired better with a cigar or something. I think its a pretty well done beer, but its misleading to me calling it a porter. I'm rarely in a mood for a beer like this, but I would recommend it to friends who enjoy the smoky flavors more.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 18:04:53 | More by bambam2517
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South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to kkipple for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! 2008 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoke, roasted malt, bread, and smoked meat. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, smoked meat, bread, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This is probably one of the older smoked porters that I have had to date, so I was happy to see the smokiness sticking around. However, I have a feeling it might have lost a bit of its edge. All of the right flavors for the style were there, but they just didn’t seem to mix together as well as I would have liked. The aroma was still quite nice though which was definitely welcomed. Worth trying if you get the chance, but I would likely shoot for fresher if you have the option.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 11:56:33 | More by thagr81us
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New Jersey

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a generic tulip. Dated 09/18/12, which should be the born on date, since the bottle says it can be aged.

A: Nice big mocha colored head. Tight foam structure, good retention and lacing. Body is pitch black.

S: Big soft smoky aroma. Balanced well with the almost milky aroma of the roasted malts.

T: I was expecting something bigger, excellent roast flavor on the finish, though might be a little over bittered.

M: Light, somewhat acidic, refreshing. Carbonation is medium to medium-low, which seems to fit.

O: I am surprised that a beer like this is so drinkable. It feels like it's quenching my thirst despite its flavor profile, and I think that's impressive.

A beer like this, you might expect a huge, more stout like beer. This isn't that, but rather a lighter, full flavored porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 06:38:27 | More by 51mmz0rz
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,462 ratings.