Alaskan Smoked Porter | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

Style: Smoke Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by Bierman9 on 10-18-2001

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#3,493
Reviews:
996
Ratings:
2,084
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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Photo of bbtkd
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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 +7.2%
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 igl
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Spoda1983
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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 smithj4
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueKurenai
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 dd53grif
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
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 jroof1
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -4.8%
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 Zanico
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Salinesnake
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacStinson
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eziel
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vixie
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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 BigIslandfarmer
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of szmnnl99
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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 tottel
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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