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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Smoked PorterAlaskan Smoked Porter

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938 Reviews

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Reviews: 938
Hads: 1,860
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 340
Gots: 385 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
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 puboflyons
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From the 2012 vintage bottle. Sampled on January 1, 2014 - my first beer of the new year.

The pour is inimitable and as perfect as it can be with its extra dark brown to jet black color and softly floating tan head that leaves lacing on the glass.

The aroma is also about as perfect as it can be for a smoked porter with a full smoky cheddar cheese note balanced by dark malts, coffee, and fresh out of the earth hops.

The body was a slight letdown because I had hoped it would be fuller. Instead it was in the thin to medium range.

All I could think of when I tasted it was snacking on Grafton Village Cheese smoked cheddar ends (from Vermont). Along with the smoked cheese appeal I picked up a flavor of dark fruit, dark roasted malts, and a fine dry hopped finale that lingers briefly then fades.

This has been on my wish list for several years and it lived up to every whisper of hype I ever heard about it.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A very dark brown beer with a garnet hue and good clarity. It pours with two fingers of rocky to creamy light brown bubbles. It has good head retention, fading after a minute to a thin layer of bubbles that leave a light lacing on the glass.

S: A moderate aroma of dark malt and smoke. There are light notes of dark roast and coffee with a hint of chocolate.

T: A medium strong dark malt flavor with a medium amount of smoke flavor. There are some sharp roast malt flavors with hints of dark fruit and toffee with some . The beer has a moderate malt sweetness and hops bitterness making for a balance the is about even. The finish is medium with an aftertaste of coffee and smoke.

M: A creamy, medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: A solid smoked porter with a some great dark malt and sharp roast flavors.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer, with an average beige head. In the nose there is smoke, light peat and chocolate. It is a medium bodied beer, with a low carbonation. In the taste there is meat, smoke, brown malts, whiskey malts. The aftertaste is light smokey, malty and light coffee. A nice smokey porter.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a near pitch black with deep ruby/brown edges. Fluffy beige head with decent retention. Very pretty.

Smell is a little more heavy-handed with the smoke than I was hoping, but I guess that's sorta the point, huh? A bit of coffee-like roastiness comes through too.

Flavor is top notch. Subtle smoke flavor doesn't overpower the rich coffee and chocolate flavors you'd expect from a nice porter. Really well done.

Mouthfeel is lush and creamy. Possibly a touch more carbonation than I'd like in this style, but that could be due to my warm-ish serving temp.

Overall a really well done beer from Alaskan. I don't like beers with an overwhelming smoke presence, but this one suits my fancy just fine. Thanks to kangarooadam for the chance to try this one!

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Photo of ISmith87
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3.75 - dark brown almost black beer with billowy tan head. no lacing.
S - 4.00 - nice smoky, bonfire, and smoked meat smell. Ash, Woods/forest smells. Burnt marshmallow and hot dog.
T - 4.00 - Not as complex as some, smokey as hell, smoked meats, ash, bbq sauce, wood. Burnt marshmallow and hot dog. Very much a smoked beer, moreso than a porter.
M - 4.00 - pretty light for a porter, alc completely covered. Aftertaste is roasty malts and slight smoke.
O - 4.00 - I like it, but I don't know if I'd rate it as high as the other guys here. The Bruery Smoking Wood blows it out of the water. This one is less well balanced and more smokey.

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Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color that blocks all light, with a thick caramel head with short retention.
Aroma of smoked malts or even smoked salmon (?!?). Hints of caramel and camp fire.
Flavor of coffee, smoked malts, cocoa, mild ash and citric orange hops. Dry and roasted aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Excellent and perfectly crafted Porter, great balance with bold flavors and still with great drinkability. It lived up to my expectations.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alaskan Brewing began distributing to New Mexico in the last couple of months and before last week, only the regular, six-pack brews were available. Our state got the Smoked Porter last weeks in bomber bottles.

The beer's appearance is dark, dark brown, almost black, with a burly, khaki-like head. The beer was poured into a Nonic Pint glass and kicked off nearly four fingers of head.

The smell immediately hit me with its earthy smokiness that reminded me much more of a rauchbier than the smoked porters I'm familiar with. The smokiness was oaky and wood-like. Dark malts and chocolate notes lurk underneath and hit the nose after a few whiffs.

The smokiness is just as present on the palate, and again, suggests to me a good rauchbier, but then the thick chocolate, roasted malts and coffee notes emerge. It's a good medley of flavors that drinks smooth with a thick, creaminess.

Overall, a great beer.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle into Chimay goblet at about 45 degrees.

Even at 2+ years, still carries a decent tan head. Body is deep brown with mahogany edges. Head fades to ring and skim film.

Aromas are somewhat lighter than expected, but no less tasty. Great smoke quality - lots of ham, accompanied by cocoa, bitter bark, and then... more ham. As it warms, it is much more impressive and pronounced.

Mouthfeel is quite lively - not the least bit thick or cloying, which is so nice. Flavors include smoked meats, dark-dark chocolate, northwestern hop profile, tree bark, and some creamy caramel towards the finish. It does finish rather sharp and dry.

Wonderful beer - fully deserving of the accolades bestowed upon it.

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Photo of leaddog
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled September 18, 2012 (so a little over one year age).

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with two fingers of frothy mocha head.

Smell - Campfire smoke and wood, roasted malts, hint of cocoa.

Taste - Initial flavours are of a traditional American porter (roasted malts, cocoa notes, etc.), then the alderwood smoke flows in and continues to linger into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bit of bitterness in the finish.

Overall - I've been waiting to try this one for quite some time and this brew has met my expectations (and beyond). One of the best smoked beers I've had to date. Well executed brew overall.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz a year old bottle. Pours dark brown with creamy, beige head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of lox, coffee, dark fruit and vanilla. Body is full and crisp. Taste is of smoked malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long, bitter-sweet. This brew made a trip to Alaska worthwhile. The brew was even better fresh on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of joe1510
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle
Discount Liquors, Milwaukee

2012 Vintage

I get excited for the release of Alaskan Smoked Porter every year. A two finger mocha meringue like cap sits atop an inky black body that no light can penetrate. Intricate Belgian-style lacing clings to the glass after each drink and finally settles to a creamy skim coat. This is one appetizing looking beer.

Alder immediately leaps from the glass but this smoke is restrained. Dark cocoa and bittersweet chocolate lay a rich base over which light coffee & cream interplay. A hint of berry sweetness pops up occasionally. The smoke is more sweet than savory.

The flavor not only equals the aroma but surpasses it. This is a hugely complex, hugely layered, supremely balanced porter. Each aspect of the flavor profile is big and robust but they all balance flawlessly. Smoke, chocolate richness and bitterness, coffee with cream & sugar, and dark berries are all in attendance each with it's own brief spotlight.

The mouthfeel is near perfect. The body is medium full with carbonation on the sluggish side. Can't find a much silkier body than you find here. There's even a whisper of alcohol dryness in the nose and some bitterness at the back of the throat.

This is one of the best smoked beers on the planet and easily the best I've had from America. The smoke is restrained and in good taste but the porter underneath that alder wood is fantastic. I'd recommend Alaskan Smoked Porter to anyone in the craft beer scene whether new or an old timer.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2011 vintage. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light coffee, light char, smoke, toast, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted/dark/smoked malt notes with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, dark bread, light char, smoke, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light coffee, dark bread, toast, smoke, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic smoked porter. All around awesome balance, complexity, and robustness of roasted, dark, and smoked malt flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle -- brew date Sept 18, 2012 (Thanks for including this!)

A: opaque dark brown; hints of ruby
S: nice smoky mocha; clean, mouthwatering
T: rich, smooth, long lasting flavour; hint of liquorice, the smokiness is not overt but instead adds a nice nuance; nice line of bitterness holding it together making it perfect with grilled food. Bitterness lingers for a little too long now but will maybe mellow in time. Interesting that the flavour doesn't broaden as it warms.
M: medium-full bodied;
O: a beautifully balance beer with great complexity.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a Unibroue tulip. Thanks Cheesemoose! 2011 vintage. Deep mahogany body, almost black. Off white head, low retention, clear lacing. Aroma dominated by caramel malt, smoked malt, bacon, teriyaki jerk and a touch of vanilla. Taste follows suit with the aromas. Nice to see a low abv porter still taste great after a couple years!

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. 2009 bottle.

The color of the beer itself is not quite black, with a few ruby-tinted edges. A medium-sized mocha cap rests on top and leaves a few spots of lace down the sides of the glass.

There is not a heavy smoke presence in the nose, at least with this much time on it. The aroma is full of fully roasted malt, with smoke, a bit of tobacco, some oak, and a bit of coffee in the background.

My first sip somewhat surprises me. I was expecting a porter chock full of smokey malt, but this beer is much more subtle. The roasted malt truly dominates, with just a light sweetness at the front of the sip. A flare of smoke and tobacco that is rather gentle. Some bitter chocolate and coffee grounds come in toward the end to provide the bitterness.

In terms of the body, this is right in the middle of the spectrum. Balanced would be the best way to describe the carbonation - not totally creamy, but not really bold and crisp either. The bubbles mellow in the background.

As someone who hates the sensation of overly smokey beers, so this has a nice flavor profile for someone of my palate. I would definitely try this again, and it would be interesting to try a fresher bottle for comparison.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prospector's Pizzeria at Denali.

A - Pours a dark brown with a nice dark khaki head. Very nice lacing.

S - I pick up some smoke and roasted malt notes. Not super strong, but very pleasant.

T - Rich, deep smoke flavor with balanced notes of coffee and chocolate with neither predominant. Excellent balance and a great taste. The smoke is great, but not overpowering. Very nice.

M - Very smooth with just a bit of smoky aftertaste. Goes down easy.

O - Just a great Smoked Porter and an enjoyable beverage to enjoy after a day in the Alaskan wilderness.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Twig for this bottle...

A: Pours a nice black with browns around the edges. There is roughly 2 full finger of dark khaki colored head that seems to take quite a bit to settle. I am left with swirling bubbles along the top of the beer, and tons of lace along the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is great. Smoked malt, smoked meat, charred oak, milk chocolate, and just a dash of raisin.

T: It starts of with a big blast of smoke. You get bacon, tobacco, and toast right away. But as the beer progresses, the chocolate and vanilla notes cut the big roasty notes of the beer. The finish is a mix of sweet and smoke, and the roast/toast stick with you once the beer is gone.

M: Medium bodided beer. This beer has heft, but it goes down smooth without much of a struggle. The transition from smoked meat, to sweets, and then balancing them in the finish is wonderful. It's wet and smooth, coats the palate but moves off. Residual smoke after the beer is gone.

O: Really an excellent smoked porter. I'm a huge fan of smoked beers, so this is right in my wheelhouse. I've been fortunate to have this many times and it never disappoints. I'd love to see how this develops over a few years, but I can't keep it in my cellar for longer than a few months at a time.

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Photo of ElSid
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled Date: 9/18/12

A: Deep black with a tan white foam that subsides to a rim of foam and a trace reticular lace on the glass.

S: An interesting charred, smokey edge takes front stage with smooth chocolate and brown sugar support.

T: Wood and smoke come through hand-in-hand establishing the predominant characteristics of the palate. Chocolate, caramel malt smoothness join the fray and subside to a leafy, earthy bitterness.

M: Smooth with a medium feel. The carbonation is appropriate and engaging.

O: A beer with wonderful wood and smoke characteristics that makes this porter both unique and interesting. The touchstone of smoked beers.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured a 2012 bomber into a tulip glass around cellar temperature.

Alaskan Smoked Porter has a three-finger, tan head, and a very, very dark body. There's some slight transparency around the shallow edges of the glass, but beyond the edges, it's black.

In the smell I get loads of chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits. There's only a hint of smokiness. A great, strong scent.

At first taste, it's chocolate, tangy raspberries and raisins, and bitter coffee. THEN the smokiness really kicks in (I was wondering where it was), lingering with bitter chocolate and ceffee in the finish. The label says this is alder-smoked. I definitely taste that, as it reminds me of my family's awesome, alder-smoked king salmon, thus making my mouth water.

It has excellent, perky carbonation and medium viscosity.

This is an extremely well-balanced smoked porter. Its smokiness is prominent without being overwhelming and blends VERY well with its malty characteristics. Embrace the smoke!

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Photo of jpro
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber picked up at Ølbutikken in Copenhagen DK. 2012 version - poured into an imperial pint glass..

A: black; stout-like; one thumb of cappuccino head; nice creamy layer of retention leaves very little lace. (Best before December 26, 2026... haha!)

S: big time smoke aroma; campfire-esque; mesquite; maybe some sweet malt beneath the smoke; if you like smoked beers, this aroma is for you! I do, but perhaps not this much...

T: big, mesquite smokiness; this would pair great with pulled pork; a touch of milk chocolate malt sweetness behind the massive smoke flavor; hops provide a dry finish.

M: full and creamy, but finishes a touch dry; nice; moderate carbonation.

O: the smoked porter by which all others are judged; big, smoky aroma and flavor; the smokiest beer I've had... wow! Pretty wild that I stumbled upon this in Denmark, having been to the brewery in Juneau, but missed it on that trip. I actually saw it in a couple of shops, which seemed nuts...

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Photo of garymuchow
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 version and found the right time to drink. Saved to soften the smoke flavor some and just needed the right event and I guess now is the time.
Poured whole bottle into single glass. Nice dark head caps a very dark body with few highlights.
Very smoke/bacon aroma. Harder to pick up any malt as this is still quite fresh smelling.
A little thinner than I expected. Bacon in aroma, but more balanced out with the roast and dark malt flavors. Very drying on the finish. A little touch of sweetness up front, and the in the middle some hop flavor and bitterness appears. All balanced out quite nicely.
Reasonable smooth for a thinner beer of style. Fully carbonated (also noted in a pretty loud pffft on opening and the larger head).
This is good. I look forward to enjoying it my meal upcoming.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First time with this one, kinda just fell in my lap. 22 oz bottle, 2012 vintage into my tasting glass.

Pours very dark for a porter, imperial stout dark. Nice two finger khaki head has great retention and lacing.

While cold this is pretty smoke heavy. The smoke is great though, very campfire, not the weird bottom of the grill smell that some smoked beers have. Nice dark malts and a bit of bitterness.

Very well balanced. The smoke is there the whole way and steals the show, but never overshines. More hops than I expected for a 7 month old smoked beer, and they work well. Kinda that chocolate covered orange vibe. Deep roasted malts in the middle. The smoked malts take you through the finish and what a surprisingly clean finish it is. Very little perceived alcohol.

A solid medium, deceivingly light given the color and amount of flavor. Creamy feel. Restrained, but perfect carbonation adds just enough lift.

Overall, this is a truly fine and impeccably well crafted beer. Easily my favorite smoked beer and I have easy access to Surly Smoke. Where Smoke is just that, a true smoke bomb, this one artfully blends the smoke flavor with those of a classic robust Porter. Exceedingly drinkable for the style and it is a joy to have a whole bottle to yourself. Recommended highly to fans of the style, but I believe every BA should try this once. Cheers!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(2012 bottle)

A: really, really dark brown liquid.... khaki-colored big head, foamy-sudsy, amply carbed.... sticky, crystalline lace

S: beautiful! (initially)... toasted raisin, mildly charred wood - nice balance... later, the smell shifts to totally hopped out, way more hops than smoke, lightly perfumy, chrysanthemum stem, delicate citrus peel.... a thick vein of dark coffee syrup (or molasses) sits at the base

T: smoked malt (obviously) - def not beech - if this is the flavor alder imparts, it's bangin'.... the smoke takes on flavors of ash, campfire, cinders, caramelized wood sugars... essence of rosewater mixed in... chocolate malt, molasses.... orange-y hops from which most of the bitterness seems to come, a little from the char, too... any sweetness, fruitiness, etc just drops off 3/4 the way through while the smoke remains long on the palate.... in the end, the smoke seems to merely fill in the background, nice counterpoint

M: silky, quiet wash.... chewy, yet retaining delicacy.... thankfully nowhere near thick, no heat.... maybe some impression of warmth goin' down

O: this was great, so good, just needs at least a year to sit.... (not so?-)surprising hoppiness in this version... had a 2008 a couple weeks ago, hops all but gone, smoke and thick-but-clean malt in superb concert... this brew's definitely a "porter" - should've bought a few more bottles

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Photo of marcobrau
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I've been stalking this beer for years. I finally picked up a bottle a couple months ago in Milwaukee. It's a good looking smoked beer with a fine aroma. The nose seems more subdued to me compared to some other reviewers, but I left this beer in the glass a long time before sipping. That said, there was an initial blast of smoke (more like charcoal), but several minutes later I'm picking a lot of vanilla (from oak mabye?) Almost too sweet at first (more milk chocolate than cocoa) but drier than I expected, which I actually enjoy. It's so tasty and dry it's gone for I know it and I'm a bit sad. I shall find some more....

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Photo of Knocksvil
3.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Pours jet black. Small head. Lacing clings to the glass like tar.

Smell - BBQ Spit, Chimney Soot, and Natural charcoal

Taste - The nose doesn't lie here; it taste just like a BBQ spit smells. The soot and charcoal taste was borderline overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Thick body. Heavy aftertaste.

Overall - Flavor notes that I may not be grizzled enough to appreciate. However, it's without question that is has Alaskan influence and transports the drinker to the great outdoors.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 938 ratings.