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:
2,029
Reviews:
979
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
348
Gots:
439
For Trade:
23
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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinL
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RDW
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vader444
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
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 humble 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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black and leaves the same colored body; with a two finger off-white foamy head that yields some sporadic lacing; the smell is smoky, roasty, with a little bit of tobacco and oak; the taste is basically the same with a bit of coffee coming through and a bit of that meatiness usually found in rauchbiers, roasty aftertaste, dry finish; its sits fairly well on the palate (wants to try to be somewhat heavy but actually isn’t); overall, an exceptionally well done smoked porter.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown. Foamy, short, off white head fades fast.

Smells smokey, char, roasted malt, light chocolate and hints dark fruit.

Tastes Caramel and roasted malt, light char and smoke and a touch of dark fruit. Finish is dry with a light chocolate and smoke linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Houser
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BellinghamBiker
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akolb
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rocky, creamy head stop black body. Good retention. Aroma of smoke, coffee. Taste has smoke, pine, slight cream, a bit of hops. Dry, acidic finish with a hint of caramel. smoke dominates without being overwhelming.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2012 and matured in the bottle.
Black as a sin. Beautiful brown head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Nose: Roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, dried fruit, tobacco, dark chocolate, ash, dark bread and smoked meat.
Taste: Smoked meat, roasted malt, leather, dark chocolate, coffee, pine and licorice.
Medium body with little carbonation.
A great, complex brew with not to high ABV. I just love it!

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brymtb
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

...had a vertical from 1997-2017....was really surprised at struture and nuance...well done for sure

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Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of LloydDobler
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'13 vintage
Heavily smoked meats

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Photo of Parmesan
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark brown/black color with notes of dark red when light hits it, pours a creamy white head and a couple streaks of lacing on the glass.

S: A large hint of smoke and smoked meat leads it off, notes of charred wood, and roast and chocolate a very inviting beer. Though the smoke at times seems to overwhelm a few of the flavors.

T: Smoke and smoked meat lead off the taste, there are notes of charred wood, a medium dark chocolate bitterness, this beer is for those who like smoke.

F: Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium body and lower carbonation.

O: I really like the smoke character in this beer, it is a really nice porter.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CraftFan5
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 10/5/15, had 12/7/16.

Pours a somewhat opaque dark brown, with a ring of foam and some foamy lacing. Smell is medium roast malts, chocolate, smoke, burnt wood, vanilla, caramel- more as it warms. The taste also leads with malt- not as roasted, chocolate, vanilla, some smoke, caramel, light molasses, cocoa, a light bitterness on the finish. Smooth, a good medium body, a little creamy, well carbonated.

Solid beer, with lots of flavor and a decent amount of smoke. Enjoyable and worth a purchase.

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Photo of bshefftz
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Casey_L
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lemmy187
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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