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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,601 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,601
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 299
Gots: 271 | FT: 15
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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5/5  rDev +19.9%

markman, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transferred from the Alaskan session in my tasting notebook.

A baseline (fresh) tasting of the 2011 edition Alaskan Smoked Porter pours out nearly jet black and has some decent tan head that sticks around impressively long for a smoked beer. Smells mostly of semi-acrid charcoal and partially burnt coffee grounds sitting on top of bacon smoke. Really REALLY full of smoke both in aroma and in the flavor. So much smoke that it makes this one of the driest beers I have ever tasted (dry in the sense that one can tell that there is a lot of malt sweetness in the brew but it is mostly hidden behind the foreground cloud of delicious smoke)...which is probably why this one is a great candidate for cellaring... Taste is a very short hit of bitter chocolate that gets whisked away by a husky charred malt flavor with astringency around the edges, medium bodied yet remarkably smooth in feel for something so dry. Well worth trying, this brew is analogous to the idea of the "hop bomb", only with smoke.

I've got one other 2011 bottle sitting in the cellar, and when I open it up in the future, I will be adding on to this review for comparison purposes. So now the question becomes: how long to let it sit?

WastingFreetime, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jheezee, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

spankdog42, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

jlb502, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

BeerMe42, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

MikeytotheB, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

1Adam12, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

wibrewer, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque, nearly brown black porter with a hint of ruby tint. Tightly bubbled light brown head that is an inch high singular shade that lingers nicely. Light smoke, chocolate, and black licorice in the nose that is very subtle. Smoke pops into the mouth clearly with burnt toast, and the taste of charcoal like the burnt edge of bbq. Chocolate, malt and a bit of hop tingle backs up the smoke. Mouthfeel seems a little light, but, overall, an excellent beer that's a joy to drink.

FightingEntropy, Nov 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation- A 2011 bottle. Nice bottle, i like the Alaskan wilderness on the from. Makes aware that you can age for a period of time.

Appearance- Poured into a snifter glass. Really nice thick black coloring. Nice two finger head i got when i poured it straight into the glass. Head seems to hold well for a little bit, not too long. Just pure black in the glass.

Smell- Ive been sick for a little while so went ahead and blew my nose so i could smell as much as possible, lets see. Get a nice smoke, coal smell to it. I smell dark plums and raisans, crushed walnuts in there too. Little hints of sweetness here and there. Wish i had two nostrils to work with.

Taste- Smokey for sure. I get a nice char taste towards the back of my tounge. Basically a lot of smoke. Doesnt seem to have much sweetness to it. Small amounts of like burnt toast. Not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel- Light porter. Simple and vibrant. Sits well on the tongue. Easy, somewhat silky when drinking. Good carbonation. A wet porter i would say, lingers around.

Overall- A good porter. Im thinking it would probably taste a little better with some age to it, not too much. Overall really good though. Complex and subtle at the same time, just wish i wasnt semi sick while driking it.

ales4baldo, Nov 08, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bomber. 2011 vintage.

A. Tan, puffy head that sits atop a dark brown to almost black beer. Scant amount of lacing.

S. Beef summer sausage, smokey malt and coffee - the smell makes my mouth water.

T. More smoke on the nose than palate but still plenty to give this beer a meaty taste upon entry. There is a bit of hollowness to the mid-palate. Finishes with a nice kick of hops and a lingering smoke flavor.

M. Smooth feel, medium bodied, goes down easily.

O. My reference smoked porter is New Glarus' Smoke On The Porter. This isn't quite in its league but it is still pretty good nonetheless.

bound4er, Nov 06, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

This pours deep black with a slightly lighter highlight at the bottom of the big wine glass. There is a beachsand head that won't go away and leaves a bit of lace. On the nose, it's a mixture of chocolate and wet woodsmoke, something like cured pork belly. In the mouth there is a chocolate base that hits first on the tip of the tongue, with roasted malt a bit further back and lasting longer. The finish takes all of this up in smoke. The body is thinner than I would have guessed, but no surprise given the ABV. I wonder what a bit bigger body would turn this into?

Overall, this is a spectacular beer, highly recommended to anyone who likes porters or stouts.

EricCioe, Nov 06, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 2009, Wonderful dark garnet black elixer with a sticky tan head leaving ample lacing.

The years have been VERY kind to this brew, very balanced maltiness and hint of smoke.

The lovely grain maltiness of caramel bread and hints of chocolaty coffee play well with the mellow wisps of smoke. Ohh so good.

Full bodied and smooth.

WOW, wished I had a closet full of these.

welldigger888, Nov 05, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. 2011 Vintage.

Appearance: Ruby black with thick foamy brown head and some nice lacing lines.

Smell: Very strong smoky aroma, with char, espresso, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Smoke dominates the flavor profile as well, with notes of chargrilling and a very nice undercurrent of the wood used. Malt backbone becomes more noticeable as it warms, with bittersweet chocolate, molasses, caramel, and a touch of coffee.

Feel: Pretty smooth and creamy body with moderate carbonation. Long, dry, smoky finish.

Overall: Other than some Rauchbiers, this is easily the most heavily smoked beer I have had. However, this is anything but one-dimensional.

2012 review of a 2002 vintage: Smells like fruity, smoky molasses. Carbonation is almost gone. Taste is like a smoky sherry, with some light molasses and coffee. Very interesting, but prefer it fresh. Maybe this is too aged.

bsp77, Nov 05, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with a dense and creamy mocha colored head. Lots of lacing left clinging to the glass. Nice retention to boot.

Smells strongly of dry wood smoke with softer notes of chocolate and roasted malt in the background.

The flavor is dominated by the smoke. Wood charcoal and charred wood with lighter notes of dark chocolate (85% or higher cacao type dark chocolate, if you know what I mean), and some bitter coffee bean with very little sweetness present. Wish there was some more malt sweetness present to go with the smoke.

Awesome feel for such a lower alcohol beer. The carbonation is supremely soft and luxurious feeling on the palate. Very smooth and very dry feeling. Medium bodied.

I love smoked beer and this one delivers. I only wish there was some more sweetness here, but nonetheless, I am still enjoying it. A great beer that doesn't have an abv that ends your night after one or two.

jera1350, Nov 05, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark. No light comes through the sides at all. About as black as you can get. Great head! About 2 fingers and tan and fluffy. A thin layer sticks around throughout and there is some nice lacing.

S: Pure smokiness up front. Getting some roasted malt too.

T: Smokiness up front leads to some really rich malt flavors. Some chocolate and the hops definitely aren't hiding. Tasty

M: Good mouthfeel. Medium and nicely carbonated.

O: Very tasty and actually nicely balanced. Who knew!

tony223366, Nov 04, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Looks a lovely obsidian. Smells smoked, certainly, but the smoke does not overpower the robust roasted malts. Tastes quite good. Easy on the tongue initially, the coffee-ness of the malts holds court. Then it transitions seamlessly into a flavorful smoke undercurrent. The smokiness shows it's full form in the back end and lingers afterward. The smoke in this is quite delicious, though, as opposed to a distracting novelty.

Like It? For Sure, This Is Quite Good

wrycon, Nov 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- One finger beige head, nearly opaque black.

S- Rich, slightly briny smoke aroma dominates, yet still alows some raosted malt to come through as well.

T- The smoke is very present but it is never overpowering or obnoxious. Behind the veil of smoke is a rich malty porter with notes of coccoa and caramel and light hop notes to boot. Well balanced overall with a nice finish.

M- Medium/full body with smooth carbonation.

O- In my opinion this is the best smoked porter out there.

Pauly2X, Nov 03, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Alaskan Smoked porter. Bottled August of 2009, Consumed on 10/28/2011.

Apparance: Dark showing ruby notes on the side of the glass.

Aroma: Tons of roasted malt and some nice smokiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Light body with good carbonation.

Taste: Holy sh.., Yes this beer tastes like smoke; it’s like a delicioous smoked cut of meat. The smoke only lasts a short while, however.

Overall: A solid beer. The first impression does wonders. I will age a couple of bottles for a while.

ChanChan, Nov 03, 2011
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,601 ratings.