Smoked Porter
Alaskan Brewing Co.

Smoked PorterSmoked Porter
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Style:
Smoke Porter
Ranked #3
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,807
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 11%
Reviews:
1,007
Ratings:
2,125
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Alaskan Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
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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: 1,007 | Ratings: 2,125 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of detgfrsh
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.

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Photo of laketang
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.

Enjoy.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
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.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of dcotom
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?

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Photo of WoodBrew
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.

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Photo of Suds
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 leaves...wow. Underneath, there is some roasted coffee and chocolate...malt...and some wet hops. Flavorful...thick and full....drinkable and intense.

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Photo of Icedog
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.

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Photo of bbtkd
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of puck1225
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!

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Photo of ajm5108
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
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.

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Photo of Vixie
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
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.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz pour into a tulip. Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Smells like smoke, tastes like smoke, but there's a lingering sweetness to it that's really nice. Felt quite thin and a little over-carbonated. There wasn't a lot of depth to it, but it definitely wasn't unpleasant. Goes well with food, probably wouldn't drink it much on it's own.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.12/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz into Benchmark Brewing Seidel Mug. No date but it is this year's vintage.

L: Black. No light whatsoever. thin tan head recedes into an island of bubbles and a thick ring.

S: Smoke. Smoke. Smoke.

T: Smoke. Smoke. Smoke.

F: Full bodied, below average carbonation, lingering smoke.

O: Gross.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage

Pours a nice black color. Very minimal head when poured from the bottle. What little there is is white.
The nose has got pleasing hints of smoke on it.
Taste mellow up front, then the pleasing smoke flavor comes in and lingers.
Feel is moderate.
Overall quite delcious, and it's good to see that this beer holds up well with age.

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Photo of gandres
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle 2015 poured to tulip
Sight: Very dark brown/black, small tan foam
Smell: very fragrant, malty/nutty, aroma of alcohol
Taste: low bitterness, some sweetness, long follow through
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, creamy, sweet follow through, long finish, bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer, very good porter, ok to repeat, and look for; serve at 50-55

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Photo of josanguapo
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

From Cafestes. In Teku glass. Playing Space Pilgrim Ep 1 & 2. Light smokyness, sticky in mouth. Very smooth and balanced, with even some vanilla traces and an abv that is dangerously well hidden

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

*Bottle dated 10/05/15

Pours a dark, muddy brown color with a solid inch of fine, khaki foam. Aroma pounds you with rauchbier-caliber smoke--we're talking straight campfire--and some gentler notes of peat and caramel.

The taste is more balanced than the nose, with plenty of roasted malt and earthy hops getting in on the act before the smoke asserts itself toward the middle and back. With the smoke comes an almost salty character that rings out into the finish. Warming reveals hints of prunes. Medium-heavy body and ample carbonation make for a robust mouthfeel that trumps that of your average porter.

While not especially complex, this smoked porter executes on all fronts without pushing things too far. A winning example of the style.

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Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 2125 ratings