Smoked Porter
Alaskan Brewing Co.

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From:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
Style:
Smoked Porter
Ranked #5
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,286
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 11.08%
Reviews:
1,022
Ratings:
1,147
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 03:45 AM
Added:
Oct 18, 2001
Wants:
  362
Gots:
  460
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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
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Rated: 3.96 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Yesterday at 03:45 AM
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Rated by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2019 vintage. A bit of bitterness from the hops or roasted malt that I think is excessive and conflicts with the smokiness.
Nov 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by mwvman from Indiana

Oct 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
From a large format bottle purchased and consumed on premises at the Alaskan Brewing Public House in Juneau. This beer is probably underrated. Don't let the "smoke" deter you from trying this beer. 4.5

A - Pours with a two finger tan head with reddish highlights. Black opaque beer. Excellent lacing. Photo worthy. 4.5

S - Slightly smokiness in the nose. 4.0

T - A nice dry English porter with good burnt bitterness. Smoke is evident but moderate. Faint faint malty sweetness. Dark chocolate but it’s about the bitterness. There’s some depth of taste as well as the beer warms. The smoke swirls with the roasted malts to create a nice flavor. 4.5

MF - Some acrid bitterness on the back of the palate in the finish. 4.25
Aug 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.12 by thomasarose from Tennessee

Aug 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.27 by SFNC from North Carolina

Jul 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by doctorgary from New York

May 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Apr 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by not2quick from Missouri

Apr 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2021 batch. Black body, slight head that clears quickly. Smell is sweet; caramel, smoke, a bit of salt, a hint of marshmallow. Taste is initially sweet; coffee, dark chocolate, quite roasty, with nutty notes, followed by a nice touch of hops to bitter it out. The smokiness is most prominent in the finish, though present throughout, and definitely adds to the experience rather than distracting. Full bodied, quite smooth, and no noticeable alcohol. Overall, this would be a great porter without the smoke, which I think is the reason it’s so popular. Would love to try an older vintage.
Apr 09, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Nice dark brown pour with some reddish highlights, khaki head that fades to a cap leaving some spotty lacing. Snot locker gets some roastedmalts, a bit of coffee and maybe some chocolate. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Not something I'd buy again.
Mar 28, 2022
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark south a light tan two finger head. Some good sheet lace left behind.

Aroma is nice mellow smoke, caramel notes, graham cracker notes, light herbal earthy notes, plus coffee hints.

Taste follows the nose, nice smoked malts, caramel, dark fruits, coffee hints, herbal notes with some hops to balance the malt out.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

Overall a good smoked brew, guess I was expecting more due to the reputation but that happens sometimes. Still a solid beer.
Mar 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.14 by sbuck from New Mexico

Feb 06, 2022
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Reviewed by SWOhio-aquifer from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Highly carbonated. As I uncapped this one for a taste and came back to it days later still effervescent. Dream of this beer during the cold darker months of the year. And not let down by the 2021 version. Cheers!
Jan 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.59 by ccadwell from South Carolina

Jan 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by rangerred from Tennessee

Jan 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A 2016 bottle that's been waiting for the right moment. So how about as the calendar turns from 2021 to 2022?

Pours opaque and black. Plenty of body on this one. Modest head. Outstanding lacing.

Aromas of chocolate, graham cracker, light smoke, dark fruit, herbal notes, and earth.

The flavors are incredibly melded. There is a sweet side to this--chocolate, graham cracker, and espresso coffee trending to dark fruit and herbs on the front end. But then a savory flavor washes in--well incorporated smoky and meaty notes with some brine. And then earthy hopping at the finish. Incredibly balanced.

Medium-full bodied. Delivers a remarkably drying finish. Extremely smooth.

Five-plus years of aging did nothing but good for this brew. Top-notch.
Jan 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.33 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.23 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Apr 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by blackcloud from Alaska

Apr 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.48 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by B_B from California

Mar 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
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
 
Rated: 4 by animal69 from Louisiana

Feb 04, 2021
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.02 by BalancingBrooms from California

Dec 24, 2020
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
just had their 2020 edition - great smokey malt taste - slightly strong but great taste -
Nov 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.2 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Nov 22, 2020
 
Rated: 3.95 by einman from Minnesota

Oct 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.31 by DvdP from Netherlands

Sep 21, 2020
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.83 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Jun 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.25 by GC2020 from New Hampshire

May 17, 2020
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Reviewed by TheGent from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Apr 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.42 by AWA from California

Mar 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.34 by StanleysCup from Maryland

Mar 17, 2020
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Rated by Ohknows from Nevada

2.58/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
The beer feels great! But it’s too smoky for my liking.
Feb 09, 2020
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