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Alaskan Smoked Porter | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,501
Reviews:
986
Ratings:
2,049
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
4.11
 
 
Wants:
349
Gots:
441
Trade:
23
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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.12/5  rDev -24.8%
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 +4.3%
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 Fubudu187
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taospowder
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of admonster00
1.71/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Drennan
1.42/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Tastes like smoked water. long lasting bitter aftertaste. Looking at some of the reviews I wonder if I got a bad bottle. Not recommended to anyone.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cstasek
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bammer21
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gandres
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaximalC
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of jgarvis
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2016 vintage; drank 9/14/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy tan head; decent lace.

Smoked ham & mild milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

This was harshly metallic up front; once warm, smoked ham & wheat flavors up front; faint milk chocolate notes on the finish.

The base beer really didn't stand up to the smoke; a pass for me moving forward.

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

Pours a deep brown/black with a thin off-white head that doesn't last any significant amount of time. The smell is smoky with roasts and oak. There is a little tobacco present as well. The taste was what the nose predicted. Peaty smoke up front, followed by roasts, some wood and the aforementioned tobacco. There were also hints of dark bitter chocolate as well. The feel was smooth with a medium body and a fairly strong carbonation.

Well, if you like smoked beers, this one may be among the better. I paired this with some lovely chocolate cupcakes with a vanilla frosting and that was a great match.

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2.71/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Corrado42
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinL
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RDW
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vader444
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650ml bomber poured into TeKu glass.

This review is of the 2012 vintage so 5 years old.

Pours almost black. Very pale head which receded very rapidly.

My initial impression on sampling this was one of disappointment. I had anticipated something a bit more "massive". It was toward the end of my first glass that I realised that subtlety is this beers greatest strength. I think I started off much too cold. As this warmed a little I was rewarded with the most amazing chocolate nose that I've ever had in a beer. There is also a little dark fruit and a touch of spice. The smoke is sweet and very much takes a back seat. I didn't get the smoked meats/bacon that some reviewers commented on but that is not a cause for complaint. The flavour follows the nose with some pleasant ash on the finish. The carbonation is a touch too high in my opinion but this is still a great brew. I don't remember ever "contemplating" a beer so much and probably spent more time with my nose stuck in the glass than drinking from it. A really rewarding experience. Not sure it makes me want to move to Alaska but so pleased to have tried this. Guess it's pretty amazing that I can even get hold of this in Scotland. Cheers!!

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,049 ratings
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