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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,565 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,565
Reviews: 912
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 295
Gots: 256 | FT: 16
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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Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

This pours a rich, dark brown with garnet highlights. Small, tan head.

Smoke aroma with a touch of dark berry fruit. Chocolate.

Rich and rounded dark chocolate with lots and lots of wood smoke. Mild esters.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat silky.

A delicious smoked beer with lots going for it. Plenty of flavour and pizazz.

dgilks, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

2008 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a thin tan lacing spread across the top of the beer. The head retreated to the edges of the glass, where it left a bit of lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very rich smokiness to it. Wood, smoke, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and some bitter roasty flavors all come out in it. The smoked alder wood gives it such a nice and unique flavor for a smoked beer. Everything integrates so well in it as well.

The taste has the rich alder smoke flavor throughout it. It starts off with more of a dry, woody flavor and turns more smoky as you get to the finish. I get lots of dark and bitter chocolate to it with some roasty coffee coming through as well. The smoke leaves a very nice lingering flavor long after the finish that I really love.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being a little below average. Very nice mouthfeel overall for the style. Drinkability is excellent, I love the flavors and the alder wood smokiness it has. Everything integrates fantastically in it. I love this beer, it's easily my favorite smoked beer and just a great beer overall. Wish it was easier to get, but until then I'll continue to try and clone it at home.

billab914, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Beernf
4.13/5  rDev -1%

Bottle of 2010 purchased at BevMo in Santa Monica, CA.

Brought this to a dinner with friends where we were eating some pretty hearty winter type food. Potatoes, mac salad, burgers, chili, that kind of thing. Smoked porter fit right in with that kind of a meal, which is a testament to how good this thing is despite its pretty intense smoke flavor. Looks like an average porter, and when smelled all i got was the smoky namesake. However, the taste was something else. Not as intense as a real Schwarzbier makes this far more drinkable and suitable for food. Even alone this beer stands up to a lot of porters and stouts i have tried. There is a real depth of character that opens up as it warms especially when paired with something meaty. I liked the coffee notes at the end, but was glad they weren't overpowering. Felt surprisingly light for a porter as we drank it as well. A rare porter that I would go back to.

Beernf, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of nezelrac
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

2008 bottling (tasted 1/26/11)
from a bomber into a pint glass

A - dark brown with mahogany highlights; pale tan head; some lacing

S - richly smokey with plenty of malt-sweetness; hints of chocolate, coffee, molasses, brush-fire, and roasted meat; hops are absent on the nose

T - quite smokey palate, but not acrid; plenty of chocolate and roasted flavors; a hint of coffee; hops are barely noticeable through it all

M - rich maltiness keeps it from being astringent; good CO2; med/full body with a slightly thick texture - not clumsy

D - for something so assertively flavored and heavy-going, this is quite drinkable, but more for easy sipping

nezelrac, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

22 oz. bottle (2010) poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown/black color, some reddish brown hints at the edges in the light. Nice tan head with good retention. Leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Great smoked & roasted malt aroma, with a hint of vanilla and caramel.

Taste: Not quite as flavorful as it smelled. Definitely a solid smoked malt body, which is tasty, but very little else comes forward. Roasted, smokey and somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, and medium-bodied, with a fair amount of tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, with a moderate ABV.

Nice, simple and very easy to drink smoked porter.

mithrascruor, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of stoutfiend27
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%

bomber served slightly chilled..

a-black in glass...when held up to light gets a dark brown cola color..nice two finger tight khaki head..lacing is there but sure for how long...carb appears quite nice

s-roasty and smokey...campfire'ish....peaty..with some mellow coffee and more roast..

t-starts off with subtle coffee and bitterness...the smoke comes in and is meaty...nice peat quality...the hops def are their to bitter and balance this out...finishes strong and smokey..

m-a little thin for me..but it has great carb...prickly and no alcohol detected...just wish it were a bit more chewy..

d-loving this...could have a bomber or two in a night..the abv is not over the top...and the subtleness of all the flavors make this an interesting brew..

coming from someone who quite hasnt learned to appreciate rauchbier i was expecting an onlslaught of smoke but it just enough to make this a unique brew..big thanks to ghengis22 for sending this my way...dont know what id do without you james..

2010 bomber received from james....been sick a few days figured id give this a go..

a-black...two finger head...stuck around forever..i think the bubbles supported it...

s-whoa meaty smoke...this is far more smokey than i remember it being a year or so ago when i originally tried....the roast barely breaks through the smoke

t-dry peaty smoke up front...some chocolate and roast contribute to the middle with a little sweetness as well...this beer finishes on a smokey roasted note...

m-still a tad thin as i remember in my last review...but the carbonation is excellent...there is a slight twang that i cant put my finger on either

d-this bomber is enough for me of this vintage...maybe time will tame it some

overall i remember the last bottle i had being more refined maybe it was an 09...maybe time would do this some good...still a very interesting beer

stoutfiend27, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Vdubb86
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Served in a modified tulip glass

A Huge thanks to hannydawg for the Alaska tick!

This is a 2008 vintage

This beer pours a rather dark brown color with an ecru foam on the surface. The smell is of cocoa and moderate smoke notes on the nose. The flavor has the smoke notes but it is fairly toned down on the flavor. There is a bit of char on the palate that is weak but noticeable. The malt and chocolate helps out the gorgeous mouthfeel that exists right now. It's nice and smooth and highly drinkable.

Vdubb86, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

2009 Bottle

A - Poured into a snifter. Dark brown with a tan quarter inch head.

S - Wood burning smoke, toasted malt. Solid "smoked" beer smell with no extras.

T - Burnt wood, roasted malt, cocoa, bitterness at the rounds it out well.

M - Soft texture, medium body, moderate carbonation but not distracting.

D - Superb drink for any occasion... such as waking up in the morning. Really, an excellent beer with nothing bad to say about it.

Fatehunter, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of vkv822
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

22oz bottle into snifter.
2010 vintage.

Pours deep brown almost black with a cream colored head.

The aroma is of sweet roasted malts with a nice smokey BBQ campfire backing that blends incredibly well and doesn't become overwhelming as can easily happen with smoked beers.

The same can be said for the taste as in the nose. The smoke is definitely there, but never becomes dominating. There are very pleasant subtleties in the smoke. There is a campfire wood smoke, as well as some bacon, cured meat smoke as well.
Wonderfully blended with all of these great smoke notes are chocolate and coffee malt notes.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with subtle yet pleasant carbonation.

The smoke flavors were really complex and very well balanced with the malt notes. Very drinkable and definitely a seasonal I will look forward to again, especially at a pretty reasonable price.

vkv822, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%

This brewery and brew are definately new to me me and looking forwards to it and it pours a rich dark cola hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head that slowly recedes to leave a few islands of froth here and there and a rim of lacing,the smell definately reminds me of a cold winters night next to the smokey woodfire with also some aromas of crispy salty bacon and some light dried dark fruits,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied but very easy going and averagely carbonated which allows the flavours of smokey bacon,a tinge of aniseed/liquorice,dark malts and a dark fruit hoppy bitterness right at the finish all to mingle ever so nicely and could drink more than the one of and look forward to my next sampling from this brewery.

ADZA, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of rka758
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

2009 bomber bottle poured into a wine glass (whatcha gonna do)
$8/ bomber

A: Poured a deep deep brown with a one finger head. Head dissipated to a thin rim and left a nice lace.
S: Liquid smoke.
T: Right on key. I feel like I'm drinking smoke and it tastes amazing.
M: Highly carbonated. Very good mouth, not too thin, not too thick.
D: Currently on vacation in CO and I couldn't be drinking a better beer to fit the mood. Very happy to have the opportunity to have this, I hope to bring some home and will gladly drink it whenever given the opportunity.

rka758, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%

From notes:

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color that appears black in the glass and almost completely opaque. Huge three finger frothy, pillowy mocha head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that cots the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.

Very smokey malt aroma with hints of BBQ, charcoal, bacon, butane and campfire. There's also some roasted coffee bean, silky chocolate and burnt toast in the nose.

Full bodied, so much so you can practically chew on this beer. This beer has a huge smokey flavor with hints of bacon, charcoal and barbecue but it also has a creamy lactic presence mid-palate that provides excellent balance and complexity. Hints of silky chocolate, toffee, coffee bean, wood and more smoke. The balance, complexity and well masked ABV make this beer extremely quaffable. Although, it is one of the smokier beers I've had, it's not a complete smoke bomb. Even if you don't like this style and/or rauchbiers I still recommend that you give it a try. Excellent!

corby112, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of kytashie
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

From bomber to a pint glass. This beer pours deep brown almost-black, with an inch thick, creamy chocolate shake colored head that dissappears almost immediately. Smells of campfire roasted meat, smokey delicious goodness. The beer is not over the top bold, coffee, charcoal maltiness with lots of smoke. Crisp clean finish (surprising and unexpected). Dry and the after is very consistent with the start. This is a fantastic beer. Instantly transported to camping. This will be my go to beer with meat and an excellent campfire sipper. Absolutely delicious!

kytashie, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

165th review on BA
bottle to pint
2008 Vintage

Thanks to my brother in law for this Christmas present. Was mighty tasty.

App- A very very dark brown with a pretty suprising one finger light brown head.

Smell- I know this sounds weird and I am sure its something completly different but I smelled bacon. Not the normal bacon but a good hardy thick cut pepper bacon with roasted malt and more pepper. Call me crazy I know.

Taste- Okay, again I know I am not crazy but taste followed the nose to me but this was damn tasty for a smoked porter.

Mouth- A very nice thick medium drink with a pretty low/medium carbonation to match.

Drink- Very very tasty. I had the 09 before and it made my gout flare up the day after but after losing 100 pounds I think I will have to try to find more smoked porters or baltic porters to try.

FosterJM, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. This beer pours an almost-black, with chestnut highlights. It has an eyelash worth of thin, creamy tan colored head that very rapidly disperses. The beer has a nose heavy with the smokey oak/wood aromas, as well as sweet molasses/caramel, and some bitter roasted notes. The beer has a bold, bitter coffee flavor, with smokey under- and overtones. It also has a malty backbone that the other flavors spring from. The beer has a sharp and crisp finish, despite the robust and round flavors. Very dry in mouth, but aftertaste is just as bold with the smokey and coffee flavors as the initial taste. This beer seems to have two separate blossoms of flavor...fantastic! Very easy to drink, especially on cold winter nights.

GarthDanielson, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of dcdarko
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance:
Poured from bottle to pint glass yielding a tan, two-finger head. Deep dark brown can be seen at the edges of the glass. Nice thick lacing left behind once head dissipates.
Smell:
Roasty, malty and sweet mesquite smoke. I've had one other of the smoked style, this one smells more of mesquite style if that makes sense.
Taste:
All the best flavors of a great porter with a sweet mesquite smoke flavor to carry each sip. The smoke flavor does not over power this beer nor does it leave a heavy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel:
The head brings this one to your palate with a medium smooth body.
Drinkability:
Very Drinkable. Not my favorite for drinking several in a row (the smoke flavor), but I'm going to be happy to finish this bomber.

My hopes were high for this one since it reviewed so well, it kept up to the hype and I would certainly enjoy another!

dcdarko, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of armock
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%

Bottle from Bevmo

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of wonderful smoked malt

T - Follows the nose with lots of smoked malt like drinking a camp fire

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is one of my favorite beers out there I could drink this all day long this was a fresh bottle but it gets better with age this is one beer that everyone should go and get and have at least once

armock, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of deadbody
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%

Outstanding smoked porter. Had the 2010, poured a super dark black with a good caramel head that receded slowly to great lacing. Delicious smoky smell, tasted strongly of smoked malts, great mouthfeel, thick and rich. Exceptionally drinkable, very glad to have another bottle of this in the cellar.

deadbody, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Thanks to Foofaa for sharing this bottle at FFF keg night!

Appearance:

Pours a deep dark brown but not quite black color into a standard pint glass. The head comes off a creamy tan colored one finger thick that does not dissipate at all. Viscosity seems a little thin but that is in bounds for the style. No yeast chunks or haze in this dark ale which adds to the presentation

Smell:

Huge bouquet of peat, wood, smoke and earthiness. Little to no hop presence here becuase the smoke takes front and center stage. Like a wonderful campfire, ashy, meaty, tomes undertones of BBQ sauce, no heat alcohol...

Taste:

Very Very earthy, fire roasted chocolate, malty, cigar smoke, peat and charcoal. Lots of underlying sugars to balance out all of the roast and smoke which really make this more balanced. Very good, one of the best smoked beers I ever had.

Drinkability:

Very smoky, but yet oh so delicious, This baby is smooth and I could really see myself sipping on this on some cold winter nights. Really glad I had the opportunity to give it a try.

Bmoyer0301, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%

I was lucky enough to try this with a couple BAs last night. It poured a perfect black with a thin, dark khaki head. Welcome to the smokehouse. It smells like smoked ham. Tell grandma to forget the ham for the holidays. Give the family a pint of this! This beer is loaded with pork, in the best of ways. It smells and tastes exceptionally liked smoked meats. What a beer. It drank very smoothly and had the perfect consistency for a porter. This beer was amazing. Glad I got to try it. This puts the Beer Geek Bacon to shame.

aasher, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of goalie33
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Dark brown, almost black in color, some light comes through around the edges. Large, foamy tan head sticks around. Not much lacing.
S: Roasted coffee with a sweet, subtle smokiness.
T: A hint of smokey coffee upfront. Woody dryness as the beer sits on the tongue. Lingering sweet smokiness in the finish. Slight bitterness. Flavors blend together very nicely.
M/D: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Very little carbonation. Very drinkable beer, though I don't know if I would call it sessionable.

goalie33, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of fsimcox
4.38/5  rDev +5%

Wow, what a wonderful beer.

Poured a deep, dark black, like an abyss. Fluffy tan foamy head that dissipates to a thin off-white cover. Some nice lacing.

Smells of smoke, and coffee. A strong smell, but not overpowering. Some roasted malt.

A smooth smoked coffee bean taste. A hint of creaminess up front, roasted malt and coffee, with a mild coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smokey creaminess, medium body even though it looks heavy. Some carbonation in the middle.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. But I do enjoy the roasted and smokey notes found in this porter.

fsimcox, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of titosupertramp
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

Had a mini-vertical of 09 and 2010 vintages.

2010

A: Black, but when held to a light, you can see some brown...almost looks like a cola. Khaki head with uniform lacing. Good looking beer.

S: Pretty smoky, but not over powering. Sour. Roasted barley.

T: Smoke, roasted barley from the nose with a little chocolate. Something here tastes of an English ale...not sure if it's described as peaty or not.

M: Good carbonation. Smooth

D: Could drink a few of these in one sitting. Nice.

2009:

A: Same as 2010. Just as carbonated. Same head

S: Smoke is more subdued bringing out the roasted barley and chocolate.

T: Just like the nose, the smokiness has mellowed nicely with the year of aging. The English ale aspect is more apparent.

M: Pretty similar to the 2010.

D: I don't think the smokiness of the fresh porter is over powering in the least so with is faded, this becomes even an easier drink.

This is a terrific beer indeed, but I prefer Yazoo's Sue to this(probably the homer in me).

titosupertramp, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Gmann
4.38/5  rDev +5%

Pours a nearly pitch black color, huge khaki head that left some webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is meaty and smokey; nice campfire. Big charred beef aroma with burnt wood and peat. Some caramel sweetness. Excellent smoked porter aroma.

The flavor is of a semi-sweet chocolate malt with some tea like sour flavor. Typical base porter flavor. Next comes the charred wood and peat. Not as meaty as the aroma but that's fine. There is some soy and brown sugar. Very balanced considering a smoked beer.

Well bodied, slightly chewy, fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but offset by the smoke. Drinks fairly crisp.

A delightful smoked porter. The style won't suit everybody but is a favoriate of mine and this is top notch. I would love to do a side by side with Left Hand Smoke Jumper, though I might need some assistance.

Gmann, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

A= Pours a dark, dark brown/ black. I say brown since it is on the edges when held to the light. Ok tan/brown head that fades to nice lacing fairly quick.

S= Smell is dark fruits and smoke. Dark fruit as in a sweeet prune I think, then there is touch of chocolate, then the smoke I pick up on like a faint campfire.

T= Smoke is present but not as prominent as in the nose. Rich malt and creamy chocolate balanced nicely by hop bitterness very nice.

M= Very smooth beer nicely carbonated. The one thing that surprised me was that it was a little light for this style.

D= Very Drinkable IMO, I had no problem with the bomber wish I had another.

LiquidBread219, Dec 19, 2010
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,565 ratings.