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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,604 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,604
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 299
Gots: 272 | FT: 15
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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 busterthecat
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Finally got a bottle of this to try. 2008 bottle. Poured into a Duvel Chalice.

A- Pours a semi-transparent brown hue from bottle. A light fizzy head forms, soda like. The head quickly fades and the beer sits a very dark soft shade of brown in glass as a nice stream of carb bubbles cut through the mid of the beer.

S- Lots of sweet smooth smoke. Mesquite like quality. reminds me of BBQ or a campfire. Thats really it, damn smokey, in a good way.

T- Lots of smoke, similar to aroma. Some roasted malt present, but smoke is dominate. Slight chocolate peaks through in end as warms. Kinda basic and one dimensional. Was looking for more depth.

M- Smokey flavors start full but quickly fade. It comes in a bit thin and watery for my liking with this smokey of a flavor. Wet through entire sip. Flavors don't linger long on palate.

O- Rather disappointed with this brew. I will try to buy a newer bottle to compare, but was looking for much more depth. The smoke aroma & taste is done very well, but that all you really get. Easy to drink, but a bomber gets kinda boring about a 1/3 through. Needs much more malt presence to fill in the voids.

busterthecat, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of shaunb81
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on my Alaskan vacation. From what I was told, it is one of the best smoked porters in the States.

Appearance - Jet black with a very nice cream head. Lacing is awesome, but I wish there was a little more head retention.

Smell - Roasted malts and medium smokiness. I also smell some coffee and a slight hoppiness.

Taste - Starts off a little sweet and then kicks me in the face with a beautiful smoky flavor. Really wish I had some good grilled meat to eat with this. The back end is a bit bitter, but the smokiness hangs on for the entire ride.

Mouth - I really wish that this beer was a little heavier. It's body is medium and it dries my mouth out with the quickness. Carbonation is mild.

Overall - This is actually my first smoked beer that I've had, so I don't really have any standard to hold it up against. It's tasty and quite adventurous for those who aren't familiar with this type of brew. I would probably buy this again if I could find it in Florida and I would share it with some fellow brew heads. Purchase on sight...

shaunb81, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber sent by FunkyMacGroovin, this 2010 bottle was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Alaskan Porter pours a solid black, not even a hint of brown at the edges. It seems less intimidating than a big stout though. There's an easy four fingers of light caramel head on the beer, splitting my glass in two. Retention is very good, amd thick rings of lacing are left circling the glass. The nose is good, but a little bit too much smoke and not enough porter for my taste. There's some espresso notes for sure, but smoke is easily the star of the show. The malty base beer shows up more in the flavor, coffee and chocolate notes abound to open the beer. The smoky quality slowly creeps into the picture, like an oncoming fog, until there's nothing left but a pleasantly smoky finish. While the carbonation is nicely understated, the body could stand to be a bit more full/rich for such a malty beer. Alaskan Smoked Porter takes a tasty base brew and adds just the right amount of smoke to change it into something new and unique without overpowering the beer.

axeman9182, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with red hues around the edges and a slight off white head which leaves some lace. The aroma is of big smoke, like being at a bonfire, there is also a hint of coffee and maybe a subtle dark chocolate there. The taste again is big smoke, the taste again is like a campfire but then it is balanced out by a chocolate and cofee taste. There is a little more to this beer, a nice balance with being true to what it is. The mouthfeel is creamy and lightly carbonated. Overall it is a solid beer, it isn't just all smoke with no substance underneath it. Well worth a try.

goblue3509, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass. 2010 Vintage

A - Pours a very deep Mahogany colour with a tanned head that dies pretty quickly.

S - Slight smokeyness and molasses aromas.

T - Really nice smokeyness to it that has smokey bacon notes. A hint of Molasses and toffee.

M - Medium body and low carbonation makes for a very smooth drop.

O - Not in the same league as the Schlenkerla but nonetheless a very nice smokey ale.

eric5bellies, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of jbphoto88
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark cherry almost opaque from the density.  But you can easily see on the edges how clear the brew really is.  The head is the color of raw un-dried oak and has a soft sponge like texture.  A very good start.

The nose is very clean and light... almost too light.  A chocolate malt nose with a subtle hint of smoke.  The subtleties could be a really good thing. They imply that there could be a nice balance of malt to smoke which i find appealing in a smoked beverage.

Wow this is tasty.  A sweet cocoa nib flavor runs hand in hand with a roasted caramelized malt.  The smoke is present throughout but never over powers the other flavors.  It really shines in the finish when the chocolate and coffee fade leaving you with a delightful smokey mouth.  

Mouthfeel isn't as stellar as the taste.  There is a distinct lack of carbonation that I like but the beer finishes very dry which doesn't work to well.  There is also an out of place bitterness like old coffee or a cheap chocolate bar that isn't great.  Good thing this one tastes so good because the flavor of this almost full bodied beer distracts from the lackluster feel.  I can easily put this in the top smoked beer category.  Well done and worth buying, I'm going to try and age some if I can hold out.

jbphoto88, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Near black with a slight red tint on the edges; a nice thin but steady brown head with pockets of bubbles popping sporadically; the lacing is okay

S: Roasted malts up front with a smokiness behind it that has a fishiness to it; smoke is a bit on the subdued side but roasted coffee and chocolate are not

T: Wonderful mixture of roasted coffee and chocolate and subtle fishy smokiness--so smooth and delicious

F: Wonderful medium body; so creamy with great texture

O: A great smokey porter; a bit subdued on the smoke side but that is due perhaps to the age but nonetheless this is a smooth and delicious beer

dbossman, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Poured black with a finger of light brown head that leaves some lacing behind.

Smell. Smoked bacon and a little molasses and burnt cedar. Yum.

Taste. Mega smoke!!! Like a campfire being extinguished with a bucket of water! There's a little bit of chocolate and coffee in there, maybe a little molasses in the end, but the smoke is really beating the shit out of all that.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with a little stronger than medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. Fantastic smokeyness that's really strong but still pleasant. Bit of a novelty maybe? Wouldn't want to drink often, but nice as a treat. Will enjoy a vertical tasting when I collect a few years.

Rutager, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of azdback
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. 2010 vintage.

Look is deep dark brown. Almost black with no light getting through except at the extreme edges. Head is a large three fingers and looks a lot like the top of a root beer float. Beautiful lace.

Smell is mostly burnt. I don't know why but I want to say it smells like burnt pete moss. I don't even think I've ever burnt pete moss, but I think it's just a grassy or earthy smoked smell that my twisted brain interprets as that. I also get some dark roasted nutty, coffee smells.

Taste is extremely smokey at first. Almost what it would taste like if you could swallow campfire smoke, but not at all in a bad way. There are some caramelized sugar flavors and maybe even some brown butter. Just a hint of dark roasted coffee at the end and some cherry tartness.

Mouth is really pretty good for a Porter. I am used to Porters with a weak and watery mouth. This is a very nice change. Rich and full to the end, actually borders on chewy. Carbonation holds up as well as the lace.

Overall I really like this offering from the big cold state. I tend to trade these away because there is quite a following.... on second thought I think I will drink the remainder of these. A must try!!

azdback, May 31, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan Smoked Porter 2010

Appearance: dark brown, medium-small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: malty and rich smokey wood.

Taste: pleasing smoked wood, dark chocolate, and some nice malt.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This has a fantastic aroma and a great taste. It is not very powerful, either. It goes down easy.

megahurts4, May 27, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with some reddish hues and a short lived khaki head.

S: Big time smokiness to the nose with an intense saltiness and woodiness. There's a slightly meaty aroma to it, too. Some roasted malts and a hint of sweetness underneath, perhaps toffee.

T: As expected, huge smokiness on the palate. Burnt wood and ash with plenty of roasted malt flavor to it as well. A slight chalkiness to the flavor and only a minimal toffee sweetness to the beer.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: The smokiness didn't work well with the other flavors here, it just takes over and really dries out the mouth.

womencantsail, May 13, 2011
Photo of jefferz5000
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cola brown into my Duvel tulip. A solid, creamy tan head forms without much effort and maintains itself for a short while before turning into a ring around the glass with some small islands.

Smell is smoke up front and right off the bat, which is a good sign. A somewhat charry smoke. Some deep roastiness is detectable as well, but smoke stands tallest.

Taste is a deep, somewhat aggressive smoke with some bitter roastiness. It is rather robust, not quite as meaty as I like, but good. The bitterness is a bit of a turnoff, and I think smoke works better with a smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is decent, perhaps a hint more carbonated than I like in such a beer. A bit drying on the finish. Not quite a heavy or creamy as I prefer.

Overall, this is a pretty good smoked porter. I've had a few of the style and this holds up pretty well. A smoked porter should be smoky, and this one is.

jefferz5000, May 08, 2011
Photo of rawfish
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Pours nearly back with a couple streaks of mahogany when held up to the light. Smooth pour nets a half finger mocha brown head that fades quickly to a small mushroom cap in the glass without any lacing.

Pretty incredible aroma, charred wood dominates the smell but gives way to coffee grounds, raw cocoa, sweet molasses and cured pork. Pleasant to smell, reminds me of beach bonfires and summer BBQ.

Sweeter profile than I would've guessed, molasses and toffee very sweet initially and fades back as the smoked character takes over with wood fire combined with bacon and cured meats. Dries nicely accompanied by a raw pine hoppiness that doesn't bitter much.

Stout thick, viscous for a porter with low carbonation netting a smooth flavorful pull. Dries nicely without being overly sticky.

Always impressed with a good smoked infused beer though not my favorite style. This porter blends a full bodied flavor and drinkability. Comes off slightly sweet and heavy so a full bomber is a long night ahead.

rawfish, May 07, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle. Pours a dark, dark brown with a large creamy head. Nose is nicely smoked malt, some charred bacon. Pleasant. Mouth is very thin, some very nice smoked bacon flavors. Toasted malt, perhaps a touch of coffee. Some light sugars there. Pretty nice beer, not the greatest smoked beer I've had, though I love this style and certainly could drink this one whenever. Just a touch thin, which is my only real knock on this.

JAXSON, May 06, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a big 2 inch tan head that fades to a small cap. Nice rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of roasted coffee, unsweetened chocolate, campfire smoke, and a earthy wood smell. Very nice to sniff. Taste is similar with smoked malts in the front followed by subdued coffee and slight cocoa powder flavors. There is a woody essence that lingers in the mouth after each sip. Mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. Very low carbonation leaves the beer very thick to drink easily. Overall, this is a great porter with a great smoky taste. I am glad I have a few other bottles in the cellar to enjoy later on.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted to try this brew for a while. 22oz bottle, 2010 vintage...

A: A super dark pitch black beer with a 1/2 tan head that fades quickly to a bubbly lace atop the brew. Good.

S: A nice smokey burnt scent upfront followed by some lactose scents in the middle and some thick chocolate on the backend. Good.

T: A nice smokey flavor upfront with a bitter hop followed in the middle and some mild chocolate, lactose, and watery. Good.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A smokey finish.

O: All in all, this beer doesn't lie at all, it is definitely smoked. One of the most smoked beers I've ever had. Good to try if you like the smokey and roasty flavors.

steve8robin, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, smoke, sweet malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of smoke, slight roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hop, and slight coffee. Overall, the best offering I've had from Alaskan Brewing. Good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Tone, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. 2009 bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Dark black in color. The black really tries to overtake it, but there are some slight red highlights on the edges of the glass. The pour gives a big off white colored head. It will go away after several minutes, but it really hangs around and gives some really good lacing.

This beer smells really good. Obviously I expected it to be smoky, hence the name, but it was a different type of smokiness. It is sort of a sweet smokiness in the smell. Malts provide hints of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee beans, slightly woody. There's a nuttiness; almonds? I swear I'm picking up a little bit of coconut. Earthy tones of roasted barely and hop tickle your nose. So it's sweeter than I expected overall.

The sweet smokiness really kind of ends at the smell, it's flavor profile is a bit different. The smoke taste is a little more like a rauchbier. Hickory smoke flavor with some bitter chocolate notes. Still a little woody and earthy. Believe it or not, hops are slightly present. With all of that going on it still has a slightly sweet finish. I like it but it's not overly strong.

What surprised me most was how light bodied this beer is, especially for a porter. I guess it's still technically a medium bodied beer, maybe even towards the lighter end of medium. The carbonation level is perfect an it's no that high alcohol so the alcohol doesn't bit at your tongue at all. Smooth with a smokey finish. Very drinkable, didn't have an issue polishing off the bottle myself. I liked it a lot. I guess I wish I'd collared it a little more so I may have to get another one somewhere along the lines.

Thank you chugalug06 for the trade!

AndyAvalanche, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got lucky and snagged a 2008 bottle from City Beer Store. Pours a deep black with an inch of tan head that leaves some really nice lace behind.
The smell starts with burning cocoa and campfire. Earth and wildfire follow. Super smoke presence in comparison to the 2010 I had on tap a week ago.
The taste starts with chocolate and plum with a quick turn to the smoked side. The smoke flavor is very velvety and smooth. Slight burnt earth hop note.
This is a great aged beer. The true flavor and smoke really pop out. I'm going to seek out some '09 and '10 to cellar. Sweet!

OBeerMeGreatOne, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
2010 on the bottle
A- This beer pours a jet black dense body with microbubbles holding on at the base of the glass. There is a creamy deep tan head that turns bubbly as it slowly fades.

S- The mineral and dry woody smoke has smooth adler qualities and no peaty bandaid notes at all. The finish takes on a smell of a hot wood burning stove. The smoke is wonderful but I don't get any malt aroma passed that.

T- Some dark roasted malt flavors give way to a full alder smoke flavor and a dry smoke finish that fades into a green woody hop taste that lingers a bit more.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol and a soft carbonation at the finish.

D- This beer has a great smoke flavor with the support of to roasted dark malts and hops that work together. The great flavor hangs on the tongue and breath after each sip.

rhoadsrage, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this from one of the Oregon bottle shops. Served in a Jackie O's snifter

Pours a very dark brown and is nearly opaque. Good off white head with a bit of lacing and a good collar as it goes down. The nose brings quite a bit of smoked malt and a bit of meaty bacon. There's also a slight amount of roast. Flavor is dominated by smoke and meat with a nice roasted malt backing. Medium body with a nice dry finish. Waited awhile to try this and it did not disappoint.

Thorpe429, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of robbrandes
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz, 2010 vintage.

pours nearly black, with a tight, 1/2' light-brown head. great lacing, nice retention.

the smell is tremendous. the slighty sweet alder smoke blends with the bready aroma for an incredible combo. thoughts of summer BBQ or a smoker with ribs on the back porch.

taste is a broad palate of sensations - the smoke doesn't come on as strong as the smell had me prepared for. molasses-chocolatey middle, pretty dry twang on the end.

mouthfeel is good. i initially wanted a bit more, but i think the medium body keeps the smoke from getting too heavy. good drinkability results!

robbrandes, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of beerpirates
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 2009 Vintage. Poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a rocky tan head that quickly shrinks to surface cover.
Aroma is pretty smokey but quite malty also with molasses, bacon, ash, toffee and liquorice notes.
Flavour follows the aroma pretty closely; the smokiness is more ashy and less meaty plus there is less malty sweetness.
Thick, creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a lingering roasty, smokey finish. Smooth, really well balanced and very easy to drink, this is an outstanding smoked beer.

beerpirates, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of fastpass17
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz. bomber bottle. 2010 Vintage

A: very dark chocolate brown with good strong carbonation, thin brownish head

S: Chocolate mixes with pine, then a strong smoke scent appears through the middle reminiscent of a campfire. It is a wonderful and complex smell.

T: Starts with good malt-base sweetness, smoke interwoven between roasted chocolate, and molasses cookie. One of if not the best smoked porter I have tasted

M: slight bitterness in the mouth, lingers in the palate

O: overall a nice, drinkable beer, I will seek this beer out again.

fastpass17, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of bamadog
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to my buddy Ross for picking this one up for me on his recent trip to Seattle. Review is from notes taken on 3/17/2011 (smoked porter on Saint Patrick's Day? Why not.) and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour comes out a dark cola/coffee brown and it starts with a short 1/4 finger tan head that fades quickly to a large, but thin, skim floating in the center of the surface; body is nearly opaque but seems to allow just a little bit of light through that is of a chestnut hue

Smell: Smell is big and robust -- definite presence of smoke, but not like a charred wood kind of smoke, more of a big cooked-over-the-open flame chunk of meet as there's a bit of a salty thing going in it (perhaps a touch of soy); some roasty and burnt coffee ground-like malts hide behind the smokey meat and there's a bit of an earthy/dirty/grassy presence from some lingering hops from the boil.

Taste: Taste really matches the smell to a "T" -- nice smokey flavor that isn't overly done, but it's definitely big and that smoked/charred meat flavor is awesome; the finely ground and burnt coffee roastiness has a bit of a dirty/earthy aspect to it, but also a bit of nuttiness to it and it's very good -- I like all the different things going on in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight, but it's just a little thinner than full on medium; carbonation is present, but comes across as "peppy" as opposed to soft in the mouth and overall it drinks pretty smoothly; a semi-dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth, but seems become a little tackier as it continues to; a slightly cleaner finish may be nice, but I'm certainly not going to complain about what they've got put together with this one.

Overall: A great beer -- I love the big robust smells and flavors and how it stays true to the term "smoked" from the title and makes sure it's there in every sip. Not a lot of breweries doing these at the moment, but this one is doing it right. Cheers to them.

bamadog, Mar 18, 2011
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,604 ratings.