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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Smoked PorterAlaskan Smoked Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,750 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,750
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 310
Gots: 328 | FT: 19
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 JupiterJesus
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bacon aroma blasts you in the face at first. Let it sit a bit, let the head fall and let it warm up. Then the smoke fades into the background and the hops come out. Slightly citrusy American hops, but it is hard to tell any more than that through the rich malt and smoke flavors. A bit of sweetness comes out as it warms too. Body is on the thinner side, but still not bad. Easy drinking for a smoked beer, especially if you give it a few minutes to mellow.

Seriously, it goes from kinda gross to excellent and worth the hype with just 5 minutes sitting in the glass. Don't rush.

Photo of KajII
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a very dark murky brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) frothy light brown head that dissipated slowly into just a few puddles and a ring of residue, leaving behind some really good sheets of lace.

The aroma was right of front with a strong smoke odor and a moderate burnt dark bread malt, a light resin hop and a meaty yeast. It also had decently strong notes of dark chocolate, a dark roasted coffee and a hint of wood.

The taste was smoky and mildly sweet with a hint of chocolate at first and then became moderately bitter and quite roasty with a nice dose of coffee and had a pronounced smoky finish. The flavor lasted a really long time after the swallow, being mostly of chocolate and coffee but having a strong smoky ending.

Mouthfeel was right between medium and full in body with the texture being nice and creamy yet just a little dry and having a mild carbonation.

Overall an impressive smoked beer that had a ton of flavor with a very nice blending of the smoke, so it did not become too overpowering on the taste buds.

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage bomber served to tumbler. The beer pours a deep black color with hints of ruby brown edges in the light. 2 finger tan bubbly head that fades to a thin film, good retention, average lacing. The nose consists of a strong roasted barley, cocoa, and smoke. Towards the end of the glass the nose becomes less smokey and more chocolatey in character. The flavor begins with a strong smoke character followed by the chocolate, roasted barely. Hints of fig, raisin, and even oak. Mild bitterness. The smoke begins to dominate the palette as the beer warms and finishes. Medium bodied and medium/light carbonation. Smokey. Overall, the smoke dominates. It doesn’t dominate to the point that you think you might be sucking on a charcoal briquette but it is strong. Still one of the better smoked beers I’ve sampled.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a pint glass
2011 Vintage served on February 4th, 2012

A - Dark light-less obsidian with a 2 finger tan head with moderate head retention and good lacing.

S - Insanely strong mesquite smoked wood smell with just hints of chocolate and malt sweetness. If you can't smell the wood here you have lost your sense of smell.

T - Once again, super strong taste and aroma comes from the smoked woods and a smooth sweetness and somewhat dry finish at the end with a bit of hop bitterness and alcohol for balance. The smoke is a bit overpowering but this was a bottle only aged for a year and half so I bet that flavor may become more subdued with a later opening date. It had an earthy peatiness to it as well, much like an Islay Scotch which I enjoyed but just strange to taste in a beer.

M - Full bodied, witih a smoothness and creaminess, moderate carbonation.

O - Very unique and enjoyable beer experience. Almost like drinking scotch!

Photo of asparkoflife
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of marct
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

an absolutely amazing porter! pours near black with a reasonable tan head. huge nose. smokey as anything, lots of chocolate malt roasted heavy, and some alcohol tang. flavor is equally smokey, bornerline rauchbier, but the body is bigger here. this is expresso a little, but also some unexpected hop bitterness as it concludes. mouthfeel is fantastic, close to full bodied, strong, and carbonated a little more than most porters are, which gives it a more delicate feel. overall one of the better porters ive had in a while, very smoked. certainly the best alaskan beer ive had. gonna be gold with a major spicy chille con carne!

Photo of soze47
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, yet it has a rather transparent body. Not as thick looking as you'd expect, but a nice sticky body promises a somewhat heavier body.

Aroma: The smoke is subdued compared to many other styles that incorporate smoke malt. Roasted malts, some burnt caramel sweetness, and hardwood charcoal smoke all are equal here. By no means is the smoke whacking your olfactory senses.

Taste: Sweet off the bat, quickly followed by a flush up smoke and roasty notes. The smoke lays on the palette in a great way that contributes to a good bitterness in the aftermath. Very nice confluence of flavors.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Not a huge beer and the body is classic standard porter. It coats in all the right ways, but is easy drinking. One bomber of this went all too fast.

Overall: This brew is a fantastic example of restraint. Many other smoked beers go over the top with their combo of smoke and sweet malt that it ends up tasting like brisket. This one lets the style be what it should be while getting a nice assist from smoke. Great brew.

Photo of funkel81
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recently had 2010 (thanks robbrandes!) and 2002 vintages. Reviewed the '10, poured into snifter.

A- Pours a deep brown color, approaching black but it never gets there. Fairly clear liquid with a finger of dense tan foam that dies quickly.

S- I get some light berry esters upfront that are quickly pushed aside by a big woody smoke aroma. Just smoke, smoke, smoke; not even much of a porter backbone in the nose.

T/M- Initially I'm surprised by the light body. There is a hefty dose of oak and smoke that comes and passes quickly, opening the window for a roasty porter with a touch of nuttiness and coffee. Overall, a light taste in this, surprisingly. The body could have been bigger as well. It was nicely carbonated, but felt a little watery.

O- This was decent, but not as good as Yazoo Sue. I did like the '02 vintage better for being smoother and fuller in body with bigger flavors. I would definitely drink this again, it just wasn't spectacular and didn't quite hit my expectations...

Photo of Birdlegs
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of drgarage
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2000 vintage enjoyed on tap at Toronado

A: Nice dark chocolate brown body with one-finger chestnut brown head. Just what I look for in this style.

S: Smoke, roast, and chocolate. Delightful.

T: See smell, add in coffee and vanilla.

M: Big, fluid and chewy. Like biting cubes of campfire.

O: This is fantastic with more than a decade of age on it. Much better than when new, and with no signs of going over the hill any time soon. Love to try the same keg another decade from now.

Photo of CoryR
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of phinz
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of BrewCityJeff
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ratty918
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rjacobs6
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Murrhey
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Thin mocha colored head. Only a few millimeters thick but surprisingly long retention. Coal black color.

S- Wonderful smokey notes, with roast malts, chocolate and toffee. Some warm buttery tones as well. Very complete, very complex and very appetizing smell. Near-perfect.

T- Wow. Chocolate and toffee notes, with the pervading smokiness that this beer promised from the beginning. The smoke is woody. I can't imagine how good this might be with barbecue. Has bitterness as well, tastes great.

M- Thick bodied, velvety smooth with a bitter linger.

O- Glad I spent a few bucks picking this up at BevMo!, well worth the price.

Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Company. This is my first beer from Alaskan Brewing Company, and Wisconsin, who they recently started distributing to, is the only state east of the Mississippi that gets their beer.
Score: 90

2011 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 01/27/12.

Appearance: Jet black color with thin caramel highlights at the top of the glass and faint ruby highlights at the bottom. Pours two fingers of soapy tan head that settles into a ring around the glass. Above average lacing with an above average cling factor. Lacing becomes more "oily" as it warms. 4/5

Smell: Prominently roasted chocolate, cocoa and smoke. Also detecting (stale?) roasted coffee, an aroma best described as a "used coffee filter smell," and roasted nondescript malts. Light notes of dried dark cherry and dried raisins are in the mix too. Milk chocolate comes out as it warms if you swirl before sniffing. 4/5

Taste: Smoked chocolate and light notes of dried dark fruit throughout. Hints of oak. Not tasting much coffee aside from a little lingering acidic coffee bitterness in the finish, though the amount of coffee in the finish slightly increases as the beer layers. Some roasted nondescript malts toward the finish as well, supplanting the chocolatiness. Finishes with a lightly smoked bitterness. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-minus carbonation. Finishes smoky, bitter and a little acidic. 4/5

Overall: Not overly smoked and mixed with the perfect amount of roasted chocolate, making for easy drinking. Smells slightly better than it tastes, but the flavors are pretty spot on for a porter. I am usually a fan of thicker bodied dark beers, but the mouthfeel is pretty interesting due to the smokey malt character of the beer.

Recommendation: Seek this one out. This beer is not nearly as smokey as most smoke-infused beers (particularly the "smoked beer" style), though more "sensitive palates" might still find the smokiness a wee bit overwhelming. This could make an interesting beer for casual beer drinkers, as the smokey mouthfeel would be an entirely interesting departure from the grainy water flavors of Miller Lite.

Pairings: BBQ Brisket sandwich and mashed potatoes.

Cost: $8.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of NorCalDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of draheim
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This will be the 100th brewery I review a beer from. Way to go Alaskan.

22oz bottle (2010) into a snifter. Pours a cola brown w/ a light tan fizzy head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Aroma is a smoky sweetness reminiscent of a rauchbier, combined with rich chocolate.

Taste is a nice roasty sweetness balanced by peppery smokiness. Chocolate and spice.

Mouthfeel is really clean and dry; vanishes off the palate with each sip - but never thin or weak.

Overall I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but I like it. Maybe a little lacking in complexity but the smoke gives this beer a unique twist that works really well.

Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,750 ratings.