Alaskan Smoked Porter | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Smoked PorterAlaskan Smoked Porter
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
Ratings:
2,024
Reviews:
978
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 edition. Interesting smokey taste and aroma from the unique wood used, well carbonated, perhaps a tad too much. Salt. Intense. Bit of bitterness in finish. Good with grilled meat and fish. Black of course. Quite a nice one and an easy, medium mouthfeel drink.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a big 2 inch tan head that fades to a small cap. Nice rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of roasted coffee, unsweetened chocolate, campfire smoke, and a earthy wood smell. Very nice to sniff. Taste is similar with smoked malts in the front followed by subdued coffee and slight cocoa powder flavors. There is a woody essence that lingers in the mouth after each sip. Mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. Very low carbonation leaves the beer very thick to drink easily. Overall, this is a great porter with a great smoky taste. I am glad I have a few other bottles in the cellar to enjoy later on.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an absolutely amazing porter! pours near black with a reasonable tan head. huge nose. smokey as anything, lots of chocolate malt roasted heavy, and some alcohol tang. flavor is equally smokey, bornerline rauchbier, but the body is bigger here. this is expresso a little, but also some unexpected hop bitterness as it concludes. mouthfeel is fantastic, close to full bodied, strong, and carbonated a little more than most porters are, which gives it a more delicate feel. overall one of the better porters ive had in a while, very smoked. certainly the best alaskan beer ive had. gonna be gold with a major spicy chille con carne!

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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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

2003 sampling--thanks to SheepNutz.

It's what I have expected. Surprisingly so. A solid, well-balanced, heavier than normal, rich, porter. Alone, without the smoke, would warrant a big-time review. With the smoke additions, it's nearly perfect. Lots of chocolate, powdery, roastiness, light coffee, and milk-stout flavors that have melded well over the past few years. The smoke doesn't only add another flavor on top of the porter flavors, it becomes an integral part of the brew. Difficult to detect where the porter ends and the smoke begins. The perfect camp-fire brew. Bold to the taste, and silky to the touch.

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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber procured in a Whole Foods in Bellevue, WA. Damn, they have good beer available in that Stepford Wife-ridden suburb...

This beer pours a very dark, very ominous brown cola colour, with one finger of weighty foamy beige head, which leaves some sea bluff profiles of painted lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of smoked salmon, chocolate malt, and mildly bitter pine hops. The taste is salty, smoked malt, some languishing medium chocolate, and some bitter earthy hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body close to full in weight, and quite smooth. It finishes with a soft saltine cracker malt doused in chocolate.

Wow - a whole lot going on in this brew, but it all comes back to the chocolate malt, whether it be from a swing by the fishy seashore, or a traipse through the wild northern forests. A very fine porter that rams home that outdoors-y feel.

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3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

651 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high on account of both the brewery (which I quite fancy) and the recommendation of a friend (blakelive784). I'm quite a fan of both rauchbiers and porters, so I should be in for a treat. 2011 vintage.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice rich tan colour, great cream, great thickness, and good retention - though the ABV is merely above average. Colour is a predictable nontransparent solid black. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible - likely due to the nontransparency. So far so good.

Sm: Smoke and cream sit surprisingly well alongside each other. Dark malts - perhaps lightly toasted. Chocolate. Hints of nuts perhaps. Caramelization. A vibrant rich aroma with more depth than most porters. I'm impressed. The smoke isn't overbearing. A mild strength subtle aroma that really makes me want to try it.

T: A delightful body comprised of dark malts with a smoke tone running throughout the whole beer, giving it a flavourful throughline and clear focus. Chocolate is present but not too rich. Delightful malt layering is a highlight. Rich cream aids the open but doesn't negatively impact the balance. And the balance here is critical between the smoke and the cream. I don't know how they handled that so well. It's nicely well rounded, with hints of toasting and roasting keeping it subtle. A complex porter that is very pleasant to drink. I quite enjoy it. Built very well for the style. It's everything I expected it to be.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some lovely coarseness on the climax - likely from the smoke. It's a masterful touch that adds a unique element to this porter, distinguishing it from others. This porter ventures as much into stout territory as an average oatmeal stout ventures into porter territory. The result is a fantastic mouthfeel with a great deal of depth. Complements the taste very well. Silky yet tantalizing.

Dr: Very drinkable. I could drink it all night in the proper mood. Decently priced as a practical import. Another winner from Alaskan brewing. I'd recommend this to friends, and I'd certainly like to try it on draught.

This gets better as it warms; I recommend giving it a good ten minutes out of the refrigerator before serving.

Would pair excellently with any fish or meat. Barbecue would be a joy. Salads and breads would also suit it nicely, but likely not cheese. Chocolate is also a poor choice to pair with this beer.

Drank well out of me goblet, but a pint glass or glass mug would be ideal methinks.

A good candidate for aging. Deserves a spot in any porter lover's cellar.

High B

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2006 Vintage, tasted in July 2007

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a modest tan head that leaves the occasional splotch of lace

Smell: Dark chocolate and dark fruit with a considerable amount of alder smoke

Taste: Starts out with a bitter, but fruity, dark chocolate flavor that is joined, mid-palate by the alder smoke; after the swallow the flavors magnify into the finish

Mouthfeel: Rich and full-bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just superb, as always

I was curious about the shelf like of AK Smoked Porter and tried the 2006 again on 7/15/13. Faded, but still drinking fine.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally (!) I get to try this beer, thanks Joe! 2006 edition.

Appears black with reddish mahogany highlights around the edge. A cap of light tan foam forms and recedes after a few minutes.

Aroma of dry, subdued campfire smoke. Some mildly sweet molasses comes out also.

Smoke flavor is moderate and balanced, not overwhelming at all. Finishes dry with a light complimentary bitterness towards the end. Deep malt-centric flavors, some subtle plum, with a dry bitter finish. Feel is smooth with ample carbonation, pretty light feeling overall.

A really easygoing smoked porter, not as overbearing as ones from Bamberg can be sometimes.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a black color porter with a quite big foamy head with some good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of smoked malt is dominating with some dry roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is dominated by smoked malt with a well balance mix of dry roasted malt. I enjoyed the fact that while still being a smoked beer it was well enough balance to enjoy other aspect (i.e. roasted malt). Body is quite full with some medium carbonation.

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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage sampled 11/30/06.

Appearance: Poured opaque black with a moderate foamy head that faded pretty quickly into a small ring around the glass.

Smell: The nose is all earthy, smoked malts and dark chocolate. Intensely aromatic stuff.

Taste: The taste mirrors the smell - sweet, smoaked malts in the front, chocolate, hazelnut, and a light hoppy finish.

Mouth: This is thick for a porter; drinks more like a stout to me. Lightly carbonated and very smooth.

Drinkability: While entirely delicious, the strong character makes it hard to drink a lot of this in one sitting. A glass or two is enough for me. It's thoroughly enjoyable stuff, though.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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