Alaskan Smoked Porter | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Smoked PorterAlaskan Smoked Porter

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

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.

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

2013 vintage - Light smoky flavor, easy to drink. Pairs well with anything on the grill. Not my preferred style, but this or Yazoo Sue is the perfect fall campfire beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage Drank Oct 10th, 2016

Dark brown with a ruby tinge. Slight haze, and no visible carbonation. Topped with 3 fingers of beige head, leaving a random, chunky lacing.

Smells of smoke, toasted malts, a hint of molasses, and cocoa.

Tastes of rich, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate truffles, smoke, and hints of tar and tobacco.

Medium, thick body, with moderate carbonation.

Got in Kalamazoo at a small bottle shop, drank in New Hamburg, Ontario. Really well balanced, the smoke is not overpowering, and the chocolatey sweet qualities, balanced with the more charred qualities makes for a great tasting brew. Cool label as well.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's about three quarter's of an inch of creamy beige foam on top. The aroma is packed with amazingly enticing smoked malt. I taste exactly what I smell, deliciously smoked malt with notes of dark malt and a smoky campfire. The mouth is lightly oily and viscous. This is a real treat.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hits those middle of the road brown hues, tan head, 5/6". Excellent retention and lacing. Aroma was a little bit of smoke and roast.

The smoke taste is nice and mild, some tobacco notes, wood/coffee from the malt bitterness. for whatever reason this always drinks better outdoors than it does indoors.

Only thing is I wish it was in a 12oz bottle. Forging through 22oz of this by myself is like a little overkill, I don't mind it at all though in a smaller proportion.

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Photo of airevac19
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pulled my 2008 vintage from the cellar tonight (wife gave me a gift box of this and a 2014 vintage w/2 branded snifters). Served at cellar temps. Poured into one of the Alaskan snifters. Very strong Alder wood smokiness smell and taste (more pronounced than in other vintages I've had). Very little head on the pour as expected. Very smooth mouthfeel to this one. Glad I put this one down in the cellar.

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Photo of Schoeni
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got the 2014 ed, so this one has been cellared for about 2 yrs, pours with dark brown colour, very big and nice creamy caramel head. Poured in too quick, cause never thought about that this beer would have that kind of good aroma of dark roasted malt, little bit smoky but not too much: rather cocoa and dark fruits. I take a sip, another one...yess!brilliant taste of cocoa, plum, dark chocolate. Super soft and also super tasty.its unfiltered and therefore superseamy and creamy..the smoked malts are definately there, but are not overplaying the taste.Great body and good hoppiness.... One of the best beers.

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Photo of Buck89
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice opaque brown color with a thick tan head. Good retention. Nose full of smoky malt and a bit of chocolate. Taste followed. Huge for this ABV. Smoked malt, bread, chocolate. Full bodied.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks!). Bottled 09/19/12. Served in a goblet.

Pours dark chocolate brown with a tall three and a half finger cap of milky sand hued head. The airy froth settles to a thin ring but even that fades after a while without leaving any lacing.

Smells of smoked malt, caramel, mild roasty malts, very slight oxidation and a hint of cocoa.

Tastes of dark chocolate, smoke, old bread and faint burnt caramel. Flavors are well rounded but a tad subdued. Goes down easily with no alcohol apparent.

Smooth, creamy medium light body with subtle carbonation. Char and bitter bakers cocoa plays on the palate in the finish.

Smoked porters can often be a bit much for me but this slightly aged bottle from Alaskan Brewing was smooth, rich and easy to drink.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle. Vintage 2015.

Appearance: Pours jet a deep dark brown. Nearly black. A rich creamy tan head with good retention.

Smell: Very powerful smoke aroma. Hints of chocolate as well as hop aroma.

Taste: The smoke flavoring is very well balanced with a nice amount of malt flavorings, with the chocolate malt noteworthy.

Mouthfeel: Cream full body with medium carbonation.

A brilliant porter. Even if you don't care for smoky brews, you need to give this a try. Glad I bought a second bottle so that I can leave it to age.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Pours dark as a starless night. Normal head volume, outstanding lacing and world class retention.

Nearly world class nose of rich smoked malt that delivers a nice campfire bacon aroma. Had it been a bit more intense, it would have achieved world class status. Underneath roll light roast, chocolate and hop notes.

Heavy medium body with a smooth and somewhat creamy texture. World class carbonation that provides a burst in the middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish. The body / carbonation ratio is perfect and really allows the flavor to open up.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. Surprisingly, the smoked malt delivers a subdued campfire bacon flavor, not the delicious intensity of Schlenkerla. In other words, this one is balanced better. This balance, or lack of smoke intensity, allows the other flavors to shine. Light bitter bakers chocolate, hints of molasses and a light hop spiciness appear from the middle on. Bitterness is light and has both a hop and roast character. As middle bitterness begins to fade, sweetness (caramel, molasses) maximizes and smoked malt comes to the forefront. It delivers a slight campfire bacon flavor but is mostly oak smoke. The finish is slow sweet fade that leaves a lingering oak smoke and just a hint of dryness.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a dark black, with a tan coffee like head. It dissipates rather quickly leaving a ring of head around the glass. Minimal lacing.

S: Smoke, dark chocolate, roasted notes.

T: Follows the nose with a little less smokiness. Still the smoke is quite present unlike many smoked porters I've had.

F: Lighter than I thought it's be, but very smooth. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

O: A great one. Too bad I don't have access to it on a regular basis.

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Photo of trubeernick
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Midnight black but clean
Smell: Hints of smoke, but not over-whelming. Roasty and hints of chocolate
Taste: What a great balance. It is just on the level of smokiness that I would want or like in a Rauch.
Feel: Just thick enough. At 6.5% its a great balance.
Overall: I will get this more in the future. I really am interested in aging this. Being a good price and good beer for the colder nights.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours very appropriately the color of wood coals in the pit, not yet fully black, with burning embers around the edge. A very thin, fizzy, spotty tan head shows it's face upon the initial pour, but fades away quickly.

Aromas of roasted malt and well balanced levels of alder wood smoke bring to mind sitting in a restaurant with good ventilation that specializes in delicate barbecue--it's quite pleasant, savory, appetizing and unoffensive. This is in stark contrast to other brews that go overboard, delivering an experience more akin to being seated in the smoking section in the 80s, or suddenly being downwind of an overly aggressive bonfire.

The smoke is also well balanced in the flavor. This is one of the most finely balanced smoked beers I've had, where as it warms, the roasted malt shows itself more and more and the smoke takes a back seat. However, the smoke is ever present, very lively, bright, and almost verdant. It's as if you are hiking in the Alaskan rainforest, through the cedar and spruce, over the moss and dew, and catching hints here and there of a campfire off in the distance where someone might be smoking some salmon. There is a bit of green, and something sweet in the background of the smoke that further helps in keeping the smokiness at a well balanced, unoffensive level.

The carbonation is well hidden visually, but it is quite light and fizzy on the tongue. With the roasty and smoky elements added in, it still seems much more substantial than a typical porter.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hard to get, but worth the wait if you like interesting ales.
The first whiff of smoked malt never leaves.
The oily/chocolatey rich mouthfeel balances the bitter smoke.
I hope I find this again and can try it with spicy food.

Deservedly, on the "1001" list.
Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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Photo of fizzy
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can add nothing to the reviews I have read below, EXCEPT! The smoky aroma that you smell is actually Alder Wood. A visit to the website : describes the item well, how the malt is smoked and with what. The whole website begs a read.

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

Appearance: Dark ruby brown with one finger of light tan head that fades quickly with some streaks of lace.

Aroma: I can smell the smoke without even picking up the glass. Deep smoke aroma over some sweet malt with faint hints of cocoa.

Taste: Smokey, roasted malt up front, but a surprising amount of carbonation make it a little hard to taste some of the underlying notes. Finish is lingering with some nuttiness and cocoa powder.

The Rest: Really good, just with there was a little less carbonation to be to enjoy the flavor more.

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Photo of beergoot
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown, nearly black; very dense, smooth and creamy, light tan head; lots of sticky lacing along the glass. Gentle smokiness to the aroma; hints of cocoa and coffee. Cocoa and milk chocolate flavor combined with a light smokiness and nicely balancing bitterness to the malt sweetness; roasted grains; somewhat nutty; very mild astringency. Heavy body; silken; lush.

An outstanding looker that also delivers excellent taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Native Alaskan alder wood brings a robust smokey flavor to a rich full-bodied porter that partners wonderfully with the malt, cocoa, and coffee flavors. The beverage pours think and fills the pint glass with dark brownish-black fluid with a slight foamy tannish-off white head that rings out along the rim. This is my favorite beer during the winter season, period. I haven't aged it, but even that brings more to the pint glass.

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Photo of shaneerickson
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown to black. light carbonation. the smoked malts hit the nose immediately. not too much body. the smokey taste stays on the tongue and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. i really enjoy this smoked beer because its not overwhelmingly smoked. perfect beer for a cold and rainy night!

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Photo of Lucas_Druid
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply outstanding! One of the best beers I've had. This is definitely very unique for its rich and complex flavour. Its fantastic smoked flavour that come form smoked malts, is so elegant that it competes with a fine wine, or even better, I would say.

Fantastic. If you get the chance (even if you haven't tried Porters before) don't think about it and try it right away.

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

2015 Vintage - Poured into pint glass.

A beautiful dark brown color, almost black.

Smells of good smoke.

The flavor is one of charred wood, roasty chocolate, & fruity highlights of cherry or plum as it warms. There's a pleasant smoky aftertaste & finishing notes of black tea. It's smokey but not terribly bitter as other attempts at rauchbiers outside of Germany can tend to be.

The mouthfeel creamy, beckoning you to take one more sip.

This hearty winter seasonal is warm and inviting, & unique in flavor due to their use of alder wood.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap:
(re-review 12/2016, bottle C 2016, guessing March)
Pours dark with a lovely finger-plus tan head. This looks almost mocha, except the head isn't creamy in look. Lacing is significant.
Re-review: not as much head as my last review, but a nice medium rim lasts and throws a few spots of lacing against the glass

Nose is obviously smoke, but a chocolate base with a charred wood smokiness.
Re-review: note is sort of like a campfire that has been recently extinguished, and I get more of a bitter coffee base than chocolate (maybe a little sign of age??)

Taste follows nose, chocolatey base malt tastes covered with a charred cedar-like smoke note.
Feel is decently smooth, accented by a medium carbonation tingle.
Re-review: more of the smoke as a percentage of the taste, though a little lighter than I recall from my original tasting. Feel is a little thinner, and more "porter-like" in this session.

Seems to be pretty much on point for what it's going for. Little more chocolatey than I'd expect for a porter, if I had to nitpick. Glad I was able to try it and will do so again in a heartbeat.
My heart apparently still beats, because I snapped up a bottle when I first saw it. A little more smoked meat and porter in nature than my original review, but just as enjoyable as before.

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Photo of RyanTheLion76
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown hue with a cream-hued brown head. Aroma is of roasted coffee, unprocessed cocoa, and, more than anything, smoke. The smoke pretty much dominated the palate masking any other flavors that one should expect from an American porter. Nice body with a decent amount of CO2. I personally like the stronger smoke character, but I prefer the greater balance of Stone Smoked Porter.

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will give the beer a a good rating but holy crap smoked beer taste is not for me! Smoke Smoke and Smoke is all I could taste for hours after drinking this.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage
Poured into a tulip. It's an opaque brown with a tan head that leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is chocolate and wood smoke with hints of caramel and dark fruit.
Chocolate leads the flavor parade on my palate along with a touch of roast coffee and hints of wood smoke and char. A touch of almost citrus-like acidity is followed by a roasty bitter finish and a lingering smokiness. As it warms, a bit of dark fruit comes through as well.
Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and creamy.
Simply outstanding.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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