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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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93
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1,686 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,686
Reviews: 920
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 308
Gots: 295 | FT: 17
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz giant Duvel tulip. Pours a very silky smooth black, with a 3 inch light tan head, some attractive lacing. Smell is different than any Porter I have smelled hands down. Smoked bacon, burnt expresso, and some smoke gouda cheese. It kind of works, wouldn't recomend to everyone. Taste is crazy dry burnt coffee, over cooked bacon, and over done hot cocoa, but in the most complex way. How is it so enjoyable, because I for some reason can't wait for the next sip. Body is perfect for the ABV, with plenty of carbonation and drinkable. This is a beer that I have been wondering about the hype and I understand it now. This is nuts, I am glad I am at this point, because 6 months ago I wasn't ready.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian ID. Poured into a chalice.

A: Opaque and black with caramel colors showing in the thinnest parts of the glass. Khaki colored head leaves some decent lace.

S: Instant but not unpleasant/overwhelming smoke...campfire or 2nd hand BBQ smoke. Hints of alder and milk chocolate behind that.

T: Silky smooth milk chocolate, smoked alder, and roasted malts...hints of dark cherries. The aftertaste is of dry smoky wood; again, not overpowering.

MF: Creamy and smooth, medium body, low carbonation.

O: Exactly what it is marketed to be. Couldn't drink a lot of this so I'm glad I've got 8oz and not a whole bomber.

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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage bottle to tulip.

A: Very dark, thin tan head fades to a ring and island, moderate lacing.

S: Smoke (bacon) roasted malt. hints of hops coffee, and chocolate.

T: Quick sweet malt start, then hops comes into play cleans the palate. the finish is where it is at, a swirling combo of smoke, coffee, and bitter chocolate battle it out in your mouth.

M: Medium-high carbination, really prickly on the tounge, dry finish.

O: Lots going on here, good hops presence along with as that comes with a good porter, nice balance. Smoke acts as a great enhancer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

This pours a very dark brown color with hints of softer coffee browns. The head is a thin creamy layer, light beige in color, that dissipates quite quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles across the top of the beer. It smells super smoky, salinous in a greasy way like bacon, layers of coffee and mild chocolate. The flavors are definitely bacon-y, salty and greasy with some sweeter hints at first, but a bitter coffee laden finish. Lots of smoky and woody flavors that blend well with the other elements, especially as it warms, the flavors meld a bit better. It has a nice chewy viscous texture that adds some oomph to the smoky dark flavors.

Verdict: Smoky, woody and bacony. Pretty great blend going on here, nice bitter kick at the end, could use some aging, very interested to see how this turns out in a year.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A= Pours a nice deep black color with a big old tan colored head on it that rises to a nice looking three fingers with a pretty vigerous pour. Great lacing and the retention is wonderful.

S= Tasty tasty smokey bacon. A nice oily smoke to it. Meaty with a good roast to it and a ton of delicious smoke.

T= Hey hey hey I love this smoke. There is an excellent balance of smoke and roasty porter flavor. The smoke rolls across the mouth and the alcohol level is perfect making this a beer that is something you can drink the bomber of and not be totally wasted. There's a nice big meat flavor to it and the after taste is all smokey meat. Really impressive.

M= A great carbonation and the thickness is about perfect.

O= This is a great beer. I was offered a case when I bought it and I'm starting to think I may need it. Blend of all things great porter and smoke. I'll be picking up a lot more of this.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,686 ratings.