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Alaskan Smoked Porter - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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1,547 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,547
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 285
Gots: 255 | FT: 16
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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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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

01-02-2011 15:57:27 | More by Bmoyer0301
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aasher

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

01-01-2011 01:43:50 | More by aasher
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goalie33

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

12-30-2010 07:18:50 | More by goalie33
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fsimcox

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

12-29-2010 14:12:11 | More by fsimcox
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

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).

12-26-2010 18:26:15 | More by titosupertramp
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Gmann

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

12-26-2010 04:54:36 | More by Gmann
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +1%

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.

12-19-2010 21:56:16 | More by LiquidBread219
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neorunner

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Blind Beer #7 - http://flic.kr/p/92WkSL
Thanks to Flexabull for sending me this beer in Round 3 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Bottle says pint or snifter but the "or snifter" part has been scribbled out. Interesting. Pop the top and take a whiff. Mmm, bacon. I guess I had this coming for what I sent to Phelps, this is a rauchbier. Poured into the Weed Brewing pint glass Paul sent me.

Beer is jet black, almost blends in with our black wood-like Ikea table. Aroma is burnt wood, smoke, peat, bacon, and charcoal. The head is dense but dissipates to a thin layer. Flavor is smoky and full of roasted charred goodness. Mouthfeel is wet and smooth, very easy on the drinkability and palette. Lingering bitterness in the finish is nice, not overpowering.

Ok, time for the reveal: Alaskan Smoked Porter 2010. I was able to try a few year old vintage of this at a homebrew meeting, but fresh it is a completely different beast. I remember the previous bottle having a cherry or dark fruit note to it that I'm not getting here. This is good stuff.

12-19-2010 01:44:27 | More by neorunner
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olmatty

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance-Pours a deep brown, bordering on blackness. A very thin head with a little lacing.

Smell-Light but persistent smoke and faint roasted malt character.

Taste-Roasty coffee malts up front are quickly followed by a salted, earthy, leafy smoke with the smoke carefully in balance with the roasted malts and a spicy bitter hop presence.

Mouthfeel-Moderate bodied, middling carbonation with the hops, smoke and roast teaming up to create a flavor more reminiscent of a meat entree as much as a beer.

Drinkability-Plenty smooth, but I can't imagine more than one per session. I expected nothing different and there's not a thing to change here.

12-18-2010 04:08:32 | More by olmatty
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +6%

Alaskan Smoked Porter looks completely black until held up to the light, where the edges prove to be a very dark, yet slightly translucent brown. The brown head is a good three fingers tall, and it very solid and rocky. Retention is fantastic, and the extremely thick lacing coats my entire glass.

Smoke is definitely the strongest aroma in this beer, but a rich, dark malt base is underneath it giving off aromas of chocolate.

This is one smooth beer, especially when I consider that smoke and smoked malts dominate the flavor; sometimes smoked flavors can be harsh, but this is not the case with Alaskan Smoked Porter. Instead, the smoke flavor holds on just long enough before the rest of the beer comes to the rescue. Dark malts, sweetness, baker's chocolate and roasted malts. Just an impression of dark fruit pops up and disappears quickly. The finish blends more smoke with the bitter, citrus-flavored kick of American hops.

Thick and velvety, a very nice mouthfeel.

Alaskan Smoked Porter is one of the best smoked beers that I have ever had. Maybe the best, and with great balance and no trace of alcohol, it is very drinkable.

12-16-2010 23:47:27 | More by Hojaminbag
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AWolfAtTheDoor

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%

Hooray for my 100th review.
Poured into my pint glass at just below room temperature. Crazy thick lacing looks as if it's growing off of the inside of the glass.

Smoke, roasted malts, and chocolate on the nose.

More of the same on the palate. It's SMOKEY, but balanced very well. I've been to Bamberg and had PROPER rauchbiers. This aint a rauchbier.

Fairly thick after taste that lingers. It's a smoked porter, what do you expect?

Very drinkable. Quite a tastey brew. Highly recommend picking one of these up.

12-11-2010 07:23:35 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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Pinto21

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +1%

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

Smell is dark fruits and smoke. Dark fruit as in a sweeet prune. Followed by a touch of chocolate, then the smoke. Not a strong smell but good.

Taste is roast and smoke, followed by a nice smoke, then a nice roast, ending in smoke. Weird how it was layered with the same tastes coming into play at different times. there is a hint of sweet at the beginning of the sip but only a fleeting hint. Mostly smoke and roast. Very good balance of the two. Better smoked beer than beer geek bacon

Mouth is on for a porter. A bit bitter and astringent from the roast, but not too much. I'll enjoy this 22oz.

11-30-2010 05:39:23 | More by Pinto21
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velosuds

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

Updated 9/7/2012. I have had this several times the past two years and the 2011 edition definitely tops the 2010. This was also bought at habits for $5.99. Original score was 4.08.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. 2010 edition. Paid $5.99 at Habits.

A-Pours a very dark brown hue with a two finger, thick, creamy tan head with great retention and copious sticky lacing.

S-I have been around many alder salmon smokers and that is the first think that comes to mind. Alder smoke is accompanied by roasted barley, chocolate, and faint hops. Very nice.

T-Smoke flavor complements the aroma nicely. Rich malt and creamy chocolate balanced nicely by hop bitterness. Best tasting smoked porter I have had.

M-Very smooth and nicely carbonated, but a little light. This may improve with aging. I hope to buy more and age the 2011 edition.

D-This is a very solid contribution from Alaskan, and is now something I will look for each November. Well done.

11-28-2010 04:19:37 | More by velosuds
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DovaliHops

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

2010 version. Appearance is EXTREMELY dark brown...not black, but very dark brown. Scent is delightful with nice roasted scents. I get some smoke and campfire. I also get slight bacon aromas. Taste is awesome with initial hoppiness immediately followed by roasted malt flavors. I get some burnt toast with tasty chocolate and an impressive balance of smokiness. Very tasty porter. Mouthfeel is fairly light...I feel like it would be more delicious if it was thicker. But then again, being this light could be a good thing. Drinkability is high.

11-27-2010 08:50:49 | More by DovaliHops
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DwnTwnBwn

California

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

Drank with Thanksgiving leftovers.

A- Pours a dark black, with a khaki head. Head falls to a thin ring around the beer. Looks good.

S - Sweet roasted malts with the distinctive campfire smell.

T - Wonderful, The sweet malts and smoke flavor playoff each other quite well.

M - Medium Body, Plenty of carbonation.

O - When you need a smoked porter, you need a smoked porter, and tis is a good one.

11-27-2010 01:08:30 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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RandyV

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -6%

Having the 2009 vintage on Thanksgiving day 2010. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Dark as a moonless night with a superior head and lacing that lingers (among the best). This is a well balanced porter with the alder smoke complementing the roasted malt. The smoke never overwhelms but is present throughout. The finish is slightly bitter, leaving the hops and smoke with the last word. A nice, warming beer to have on a chilly day. Very enjoyable!

11-25-2010 21:10:18 | More by RandyV
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Had a bottle of 09 and it was great . Smoky but not overpowering and on the dry side on the finish. What I liked about this beer is it is not huge in flavour ( and ABV) profile but rather a well balanced porter that happens to be smoked. You can drink it as stand alone but it really shines when it is matched with food such as Cassoulet. Great beer that defines the style in North America

11-25-2010 20:15:55 | More by canucklehead
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kenito799

New York

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

22oz bomber, Porter tasting.
Brown-black, opaque, thin rim of white foam.
YES YES YES. This is the true rauchbier aroma of smokehouse bacon fat, meat, sweet hickory smoke, absolutely appetizing. So sweet and delicious can smell this all night.
Smooth and creamy on the palate, with a sharp tangy smoky awesome flavor, bacon. Not very sweet,the malt balance is just right. The best American smoked beer I have tried by far. Wonderful!!!

11-24-2010 22:12:59 | More by kenito799
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ManuelHerrera

California

4.43/5  rDev +6%

Oh my god.

Holy...

This beer is just what the doctor ordered.

Pours a thick, deep ebony with a lovely frothy head. The aromas come thick and sharp with smokiness and a hint of honey glazed bacon....oh lord it makes the mouth water!

The flavor is malty and smoky, but balanced. It has a peaty flavor like a good Speyside single malt scotch, but with a honey and peanut sweetness to balance it out. The mouthfeel is chewy and thick, with notes of butter. A finish that lingers for several minutes until you take another sip.

Overall this is an exceptional porter that hits all the right notes. A beer fit for a knight.

11-24-2010 05:38:00 | More by ManuelHerrera
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ardeano

Oregon

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%

22oz - 2010 from Whole Foods Market - Bend, Oregon

NOTE: 1st Smoked Porter I have had

A- Drank straight from the bottle (had to I was at deer camp). I think a snifter with about a 15 minute breath time might be nice.

S- great smoke nose (can be too much if you don't like that 'smoke' experience) with a tint of a rich porter.

T- a rich, malty porter breaks the smokey nose, nothing overly complex but amazing nonetheless.

M- perfect carbonation for a porter; not flat and not a club soda. Really smooth and easy.

D- paired it with my home-made spicy spaghetti and cheesy bread and was amazing. This is probably not a beer a novice would sit down and drink on it's own - I think a pairing of fine cheeses and perhaps some rustic breads would add to the experience of this fantastic brew!

I think if it were to be aged about 6 months in a bourbon barrel it would add a deeper complexity and would I probably pay $20 for that bottle... I wonder if I can do that on my own???

11-23-2010 23:41:21 | More by ardeano
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SirRuss

California

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%

A: Solid black throughout. On holding it up to the light, it reluctantly reveals red foundations. Strong, ovaltine-brown head holds well, and dissipates to leave a fine lacing in its wake.

S: Doesn't evoke too much, except for the main attraction of this beer: the smoke. It presents itself as a deep seated expression of cured meat - maybe pancetta - with a background sweetness like the honey-glazing on bacon. Put quite simply, this is Smith's Original Frazzles in a glass.

T: Apart from a slight generic sweetness, the fore-palate is pretty much vacant, creating a suspenseful pause like the proverbial calm before a storm. Some heavy hopping provides a bitter punch, but close in tow is the follow-up to the intriguing smokey aromatics. First on the scene is a purer form of smoke, reminiscent of damp autumn bonfires. The smoke then evolves the long awaited curing flavours that were present on the nose, and satisfy expectations with a fascinating umami backdrop. The aftertaste is equally transitional, and although it exhibits an immediate -and in my opinion- off-putting ashtray characteristic, it regains its appeal by reviving that tantalizing pancetta personality moments later. The relationship between the two is distinctly circulatory, and as bizarre as the flavour profile. The alternating flavors synchronize to the breathing cycle, with ashtray on the inhale, and umami on the exhale. I've come across this factor affecting taste profiles in the past, but never with such simple bimodal clarity as exhibited here.

M - Pretty good carbonation provides balance to the roundness of pretty typical porter gravity. There's a slight lip smacking stickiness at the end, but far from excessive or inappropriate

D - This is a tough one - if it weren't for the compelling curiosity to try another round of weird, liquid cured meat, the latter half of the 750ml bottle would be at risk of going to waste (although realistically, that would never happen - no matter what the beer). But the fact remains, the meatiness is in there, and because of that I couldn't help but keep pouring until the last drop.

11-22-2010 03:17:50 | More by SirRuss
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Florida9

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%

2009
A: Very dark reddish brown, almost black. Lightly translucent. Pours with a good inch of dark tan foamy head that reduces slowly to virtually nothing. Weak lacing.

S: Roasted malts, peat, raisins, chocolate and just a light bit of smoke.

T: Lightly sweet roasted malt and cocoa malt base. Some light smoke. Earthy burnt coffee bitterness was present during the first half of this beer, but seemed to mellow as the beer warmed.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body with appropriate carbonation.

D: A solid porter, though I've got to say this one really needs to warm up a bit to be appreciated. Paired well with a BBQ chicken pizza.

11-19-2010 03:04:09 | More by Florida9
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +6%

Poured into a snifter on 11/14/10

2009 Vintage

Courtesy of Nickd717

Pours a drizzle of burnt cola-brown color; no light transfer. One & a half finger head of billowy, toasted brown foam rests on top. Though it eventually thins to a patch of bubbles, the head is slow to dwindle. Impressive lace to start off. Swirling keeps retention alive, but the lace suffers.

The nose is incredibly smokey; burnt notions are manifest on the peripheries & at times it exhibits charcoal overtones. Hints of roasted chocolate in the back. The whole of the aroma becomes better balanced between smoke & a touch of sweetness as it warms. Earthy wisps.

Burnt chocolate flavor of the not-too-sweet variety hits upfront & is immediately augmented by dry, roasted coffee. This makes for a really solid malt base. Smoke initially lingers around the edges, sweeping in full-bore in the middle & on to the finish. I'm also pleased to find a nippy amount of earthy hops still at work that pick up mid way through.

Full bodied; perfectly fine in my opinion. Carbonation is moderate adding only a mild agitation to an otherwise smooth feel; very nice in this respect. Roasted coffee & chocolate linger on the finish, as do long lasting smoke residuals.

Ah, this is definitely one to let warm up before having a go at it. Regardless, drinkability is really good. I would drink this regularly, if I could (I'd also have fun aging it). Recommended as a fine after dinner mint.

11-16-2010 03:03:21 | More by Ryan011235
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unseenbyyou

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%

Finally had the chance to taste an alaskan porter...
Appearance: nice brown head at the beginning, now a chocolatey brown with some lacing, but not much
Smell: malt, a bit smoky (duh), no hint of sweetness
Taste: the second best porter that I have tasted. Still Black Butte XXI is the best tasting...but this has a difference among the other porters...tastes almost like a stout, looking for that sweetness at the end. but none.
Mouthfeel: good. easy on the palate.

well. review cut short by son...

11-13-2010 03:14:20 | More by unseenbyyou
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beergod1

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Had this shipped to me from Puyallup Wash. to Ohio.
Pours a robust brown bordering on black with a thick foamy two finger mocha head that leaves little lace. The initial flavor is all smoke. As the beer slowly warms the smokiness fades some and the malt begins to make it's appearance. This isn't a complex beer by any means, Smoke, Malt, A slight hop note to balance nicely.
The Smoke mellows, and really becomes great creamy porter.
I have been waiting for this one for Years. And I also had 4 other Alaskan Brew's shipped my way too.

11-11-2010 01:31:08 | More by beergod1
Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,547 ratings.