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
Ranking:
#1,568
Reviews:
989
Ratings:
2,066
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
4.11
 
 
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Ratings: 2,066 |  Reviews: 989
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

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snowmageddon
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Stew5
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good very smooth just the right amount of smoke flavor

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AuntBea
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ipeters1017
4.11/5  rDev -1%
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 rarigney
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,066 ratings