Smoked Porter
Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Porter - Smoked
Ranked #3
Ranked #2,189
4.18 | pDev: 11%
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Smoked PorterSmoked Porter
Notes: 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.

45 IBU
Reviews: 1,015 | Ratings: 2,151 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sigmund from Norway

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, kindly shared by abemorsten. Black colour, moderate tan head. Lovely and balanced aroma between the smoked and roast malts. Roasty and smokey flavour too, but here the notes of "smoked sausage" come through a bit too strong for my taste.

Mar 20, 2021
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StJamesGate from New York

4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan Smoked Porter 2012
Ruby-black with a thin tan head; fig, peanuts, beef jerky, wood chips + carob on the nose; apple, walnuts, big thread of sweet smoke, toffee, dates, Golden Crunch biscuits + slight chicory end; lt-med, dry, some bitterness.

3.75 4.25 4.5 4.25 4.5

2012 vintage

Delicious nose: the best kind of mellow, BBQ smoke laid over hints of a solid, chocolaty base porter on the light end of the range for the style.
That carries through to the body - a light, beechwood/hickory-type smoke, not assertive like oak or peat, playing against layered malts that are not especially heavy on the roast or darker notes. As you get used to the smoke, lovely soft honey + biscuit notes come in - the kind of flavor that’d be lost under big espresso and vanilla notes if this were a stout.
Those (and the age, I’m guessing) even start to pull this out of strictly porter parameters into British strong ale/winter warmer territory - a pile of good malts that’ve had a little bit of wood + a lot of time.
Any finishing hops are gone but the IBUs are just enough for balance. Carb level is on the low side, which serves to smooth things out. This is all wrapped in a much-lighter-than-expected body.
A delicate, balanced, mature, and seamless beer that’s way too easy to knock back.
Never had it fresh, but I can only guess that 8 years has done this well.

If Schlenkerla did porters.

Jan 20, 2021
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Viaduck from California

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is for the 20-9 edition. Dark as used motor oil, virtually head. Nice aroma: dark chocolate, coffee & roasted malts. Taste is slightly salty balanced with bitter & sweet. Flavor the same as implied by the aroma with a nice smoked finish. I’m getting a strong urge for smoked cheese, fish or chicken I’m hungry now! Feel is medium thick & silky smooth but the flatness & lack of alcohol flavor leaves the tongue extremely bored. Overall, a slight disappointment but still very good.

Nov 22, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up a few years ago out west on vacation as you don't see much Alaskan brewed product here in Maryland. This is the 2017 edition, which was a very good year. Outstanding smoky aroma erupts from the nose, especially as it warms a bit. Wood, molasses, and salt pork sausage are honestly the main players here, set against the standard dark malt background.

One taste reveals why this is so well regarded (and why I lugged it on a plane from the west coast). Big smoke and bittersweet porter flavor with a complex finish and silky smooth texture. Sweet chocolate and coffee in the aftertaste. Worth the wait.

Jul 31, 2020
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Opaque and black in the middle of my 20oz nonic pint glass. Translucent around the edges with some burnt sienna and ruby. The head is tightly packed and eventually disappears. Not much lacing as I drink the beer. There is no visible carbonation.

Smell: Intensely aromatic nose. Smokey, smoldering and ashy wood. Roasty, toasty and some kielbasa. Bitter and faintly tart / pithy.

Taste: Smokey. Toasted dark bread. Like the nose I get a lot pithy bitterness too. The beer smells more “meaty” to me than it tastes, but the flavor is present. A pleasantly dry, woody and toasty finish.

Feel: Medium to high level of carbonation. Dry and woody.

Overall: This beer is one of the better smoked beers I’ve had. The level of smokiness and “meaty” flavor is less than Schlenkerla Rauchbiers, but probably more than others I’ve had. If you don’t like smoked beer you will not like this one. If you’re interested in the style it’s a great starting point.

Apr 26, 2020
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 edition. Dark brown, almost black with a half finger of brown head. Smells of roasted malt with light smoke. Medium feel, very smooth. Dry chocolate and roasted malt flavors with lingering smoke. Excellent.

May 31, 2019
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laketang from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018 edition

Poured a deep brown ruby hue.
1/2" mocha head , foamy with some bubbles.
Nice lacing.

Scents of roasted maltes with smoke , espresso, raisins, figs and toasted nut bread.

Roasty bitterness at 45 ibu's. Bitter dark chocolate, plums, sherry. Smoke becomes apparent while sipping away.

Medium mouthfeel with a creamy smooth texture. A little chalkiness.

Nice enjoyable sipper
Pair with prosciutto wrapped scallops.


May 12, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: smoked, woody, bacon, molasses, earthy, malty, tobacco, salty. Same with the nose. Black, opaque, tan head with delicate lace. Medium /Full body. Intense smokey character would pair well with BBQ or smoked Salmon.

Mar 26, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage

A - Pours a very dark brown with a large foamy tan head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroms is smoke, roasted malts, dark chocolate and black licorice.

T - The taste is heavy smoked wood, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee and caramel.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with soft dry finish.

O - Big flavorful smoked porter. The smoke gives way to some nice rich flavors. Perfect for a cold winter night.

Feb 16, 2019
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

knocking out the beers of fame list has been fun so far. big ol bomber dumped into my glass a dark, dark brown with flickers of red and a beautiful fluffy tan head. a big sheet of lacing left behind. nose is smoky, roasted and a tad sweet. bits of caramel, burnt toast and ash all blend together. my taste buds aren't quite as happy about the smokiness as my nose was, but still quite tasty with a black coffee, chocolate and caramel/toffee mixture underneath this fireplace smoke flavor. very dry, slightly bitter and leaves the mouth feeling a bit dirty in the best way i can think of for a beer. makes me want to sit out on a cold night. would like to pick up another and let it sit for a while.

Feb 02, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. 2014 rendition.
Dark brown colored body, with garnet colored back lit highlights. One finger beige colored head upon pouring settles back to bubbly, full head. Leaves behind some light netting of lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts and smoke. The smoke is like cooked, salty meat. Light chocolate and caramel underneath.
Taste is dry, roasted malts and smoky. The smoke is similar to what is experienced around a wood fed fire pit. After filtering through the smoke, I taste sweeter chocolate and coffee, along with a bit of dark fruit and toffee.
Fuller mouth feel. Smooth texture. Good carbonation.
Quite amazing that the smoke aspect is still so prominent in the smell and flavor. The after taste is much more sweet and full of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and toffee. At the half way point of the bottle and beyond, the smoke integrates better with the other sweeter flavors, resulting in a very pleasant dark beer after taste.

Jan 04, 2019
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dcotom from Iowa

4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2017. Poured from 22-ounce bomber into a lager flute. Pours a deep mahogany color, with intense ruby highlights and a thick light tan head that left lots of sticky lacing as it settled to a thick cap. Aromas and flavors of smoke as expected. However, the smokiness complemented the dark roasted malt character and was not at all intense or overpowering. Notes of dark bread, sour fruit, and burnt coffee are present. Mouthfeel is on the light side, with good carbonation and a fair bit of alcohol warmth. Finish is on the dry side, quite astringent, with a touch of lingering char and sourness. This is a hearty beer that begs for an accompaniment of hearty food. Reindeer chili, anyone?

Dec 09, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried a 2017 vintage last night with my bestie here at the homestead. It poured an opaque dark with tan head that did not leave much lace. The scent was huge smoke. The taste was smoke throughout. First sip was a bit brutal as it was like licking an ashtray....however....once the taste buds relaxed it was very drinkable. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Dec 01, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've wanted to try this beer for years...It didn't disappoint. It is a dark, black, ruddy liquid, capped with a dark tan, thick-bubbled head. The smell is heavily smokey...campfire...smoke from peat or wet Underneath, there is some roasted coffee and chocolate...malt...and some wet hops. Flavorful...thick and full....drinkable and intense.

Nov 19, 2018
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Icedog from Texas

2.28/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I couldn’t make myself like much about it. There is likely a time for this beer; please help me. I couldn’t take the taste of charcoal out of my mind. I could easily swallow and the alcohol was not overwhelming. A real woody lingering tast.

Sep 26, 2018
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Alaskan Smoked Porter, 6.5% ABV. Pours black with a 1+ finger foamy head that left little lacing. Nose is hickory and vanilla, taste is roast malt and chocolate, with a moderate bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

Sep 07, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

‘15 vintage.

This one pours a nice dark black color, with a small head and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like sweet milk chocolate, espresso coffee notes, BBQ campfire smoke, and caramel.

This aged surprisingly well, and also has a near perfect level of smoke. It’s light but present, featuring a warm campfire like feel. The chocolatey porter backbone is great, with unexpected coffee and caramel notes.

This is medium bodied, very drinkable and very creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is one of the best smoked beers made in America. It’s super well crafted.

Sep 03, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only faint traces of translucent dark brown are visible near the edges of the glass. It poured with a short light tan head.
S: Moderate aromas of smoked malts and iodine are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather smoky and also has some hints of dark and chocolate malts.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this porter because it wasn't overly smoky and still tasted like a beer that is true to the style. It is also very drinkable.

Note: 2016 vintage

Serving type: bottle

Jun 24, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a large bottle into a tulip glass. Dark brown color with a small head and good lacing. Very nice smoked chocolate smell. Good flavor with a good malty backbone . Nice beer!

Apr 10, 2018
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a minimal tan head that disappears quickly. Definite smoky aroma. Smoke comes through in the taste, along with a hint of chocolate. No hoppy bitterness.

Mar 29, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with a billowy, dense head. Aroma isn’t overwhelmed with the smoke, but I didn’t find much underneath insofar as classic porter smells. Taste profile is more robust, and the light chocolate malt helps temper some of the smoke. Mild elements of coffee & oak. Certainly more on the restrained side of the smoked beer spectrum which is fine by me.

Mar 23, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with two inches of mocha head that leaves some decent lacing.

The smell is smoky kind of like a campfire at first. Then I get more of a smoked meat aroma. There is roasted malt, dark chocolate and hints of coffee.

There is plenty of smoke in the flavor. I recall more of a bacon taste the first time I had is probably almost ten years ago. Of course, I have probably burnt off a few taste buds with all the booze consumed over those years. I get some roasted malt and cocoa and coffee in the finish. The smoke taste lingers throughout.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a good beer. I just remember liking it more. I guess things change.

Mar 13, 2018
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, no idea what the storage conditions were until I bought it a week ago.
Black body, light tan head that fades to nothing. Smells of campfire hit first, followed by dark malts and chocolate brownie. The taste, sadly, has ditched all of the smoke flavor (probably lost to time), and instead offers a tasty but generic porter profile; milk chocolate, slightly bitter chocolate malts, a touch of sweetness like cream. Fine, but generic, and even underpowered. The body is full and thick, with great weight on the tongue.
I think this was a beauty past its time. The real draw, the smoke, was still present on the nose, and didn't muscle out the rest of the profile, making a fantastic combination. But it had vacated from the taste, and what was left was a skeleton of its former self. I hope to amend this review one day, with a fresher bottle.

Mar 13, 2018
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Vixie from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a pitch black beer with an inch or so of a tan head.

I liked the smell of this one. It is smokey, but also hints of chocolate and dried fruit, like raisins or dates.

Fairly sweet up front, but more of a rich chocolate cake sweetness. There's also hints or raisin and coffee, and has a lingering bitterness. Really a fairly complex mix of flavors, with a touch of smoke over it all.

It did feel a bit on the thin side, lacked some body, but still smooth.

I wasn't sure I'd like this one based on some of the reviews, but I did enjoy it. It is like a liquid dark chocolate cake, nice and decadent, but actually goes down easy. If you are looking for a nice dessert beer, give this one a try.

Feb 16, 2018
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark body, opaque, with a minimal tan head, fast to fade, and no real lacing to speak of.

S - Traditional roasted malts, perhaps tilting toward a touch of charred toast. Not that different from roast-heavy standard porters in the nose.

T - In contrast, the smoke comes through big and fat, opening up with savory hits of BBQ and soy sauce, mingling with dark breads, and a mild acidic trail, cleansing the smoke away with bitter highlights. Impressive work.

M - Clean for a porter, moderate weight, and a brisk, dry close.

O - I'll start by saying I do not favor smoked beers. That said, this is by far the most well integrated experience I've had with one, and it is all about the restraint. The smoke imparts its rich meaty notes, without becoming cloying or harsh. I am really glad to have had this one.

Jan 18, 2018
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