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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 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 :https://alaskanbeer.com/our-beers/smoked-porter/ 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 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
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap:
Pours dark with a lovely finger-plus tan head. This looks almost note, except the head isn't creamy in look. Lacing is significant.

Nose is obviously smoke, but a chocolate base with a charred wood smokiness.

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.

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.

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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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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

399th review. 2009 22oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice at cellar temp. The bottle has stood undisturbed upright for 3 years, and has been cellared in my possession at 53 degrees since I bought it in 2010. Opened at 6 years of age on 08/25/2015.

Pours like liquid charcoal. Still opaque after all these years. Little head, as I would expect since much of the protein needed for a good head formation has probably settled to the bottom of this bottle.

Smells unlike any beer I have had the chance to sniff. Like a long since unused fireplace in a stone castle with a cedar mantelpiece. Depths of complexity in the nose. Hints of port, ashes, cedar, a well cared for pipe recently smoked, chimney, and ham.

Surprisingly mellow in flavor but thick in mouthfeel. The residual sugar saves this from the less pleasing effects of aging. If there was such a thing as smoked chocolate (surely there is somewhere, but I have yet to try it), that is what this would remind me of. There is no hint of "bite", or of any harshness or acrid flavors at all. It is utterly smooth and integrated, with a leaning towards hints of dark fruit and maybe something like a smoky old port (again, no such thing exists to my knowledge). Hard to describe.

Good carbonation for this age.

Conclusion: Outstanding. For a 6.5% ABV beer, this has aged with astounding grace. I love this fresh, and aged it is a totally different and totally unique beer. Quite impressive, and worth a try if you can muster the patience. A lengthy vertical tasting of multiple vintages would be truly epic.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth tasty Porter, smelling smoked malty goodness, dark fruit, molasses, balsamic vinegar, spice. Tastes same as smell, well balanced and smooth, with a light hoppy finish. Thick coating mouthfeel.

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

Alaskan Brewing Co.'s "2013" Smoked Porter (purchased recently, wtf?). Beer pours entirely black and forms a nice brown foam on top. Immediate aroma of campfire smoke. Note quite Aecht Schlenkerla good, but still quite good. The flavor has an interesting tartness, which combines with the obvious smokiness and fine carbonation. Wow, this is surprisingly complex. Secondary flavors include an ample amount of roasted malt, and finally the beer finishes with a gentle coffee note. Mouthfeel is rather thin and clean, other than the fine carbonation.

Quite enjoyable. There's no surprise this is Alaskan Brewing Co.'s top rated brew -- way better than any of the Pilot Series beers I've had from them.

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Alaskan Smoker Porter is the best smoked porter I've had. I find it a better beer (2013, 2014 vintage) than Stone or Firestone Walker. The smoked flavor is there, noticeable, but not like drinking a burnt cinder. It blends very well with the malts and is very balanced and drinkable - even after the beer warms.
A = 4.5 deep brown near black, off white head
T = balanced, smokey malt with enough hops to make it a great beer
M = clean, medium, not heavy, slightly dry finish
S = roasty, faint smokiness
O = 4.75 I leave a small room for improvement as this beer ages well and many people collect and do tasting flights. Last year I purchased a gift pack that came with a 2008 and 2012 or 2013 bottle and 2 Alaskan Smoked Porter glasses for 24$ = awesome. I kept both the beers and not have 2008, (2012?) 2013, 2014.

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Photo of Robomunky
4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An underappreciated classic. I pulled a 2008 from the cellar and it gave me a great big hug. Black as night, thin tan head. Smells like mesquite and molasses. Tastes like heaven. Great fresh, even better with a few years on it.

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Photo of A_Pint_A_Day
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I got the 2014 version of this beer.

Appearance – Poured dark brown, walnut in color. The beer produced a thick pillowy head that was tan in color.

Smell – Smokey wood smell like oak or applewood. Extremely reminiscent of BBQ or smoked meat (bacon or jerky). Caramel - Molasses sweet to the nose. The smell is quite intense. Almost overpowering but still delicious.

Taste – Smokey, with flavors of wood and milk chocolate. Sweet with notes of darker fruit like cherries and plums. A little tannic, maybe sour from the wood.

Mouthfeel – Heavy in body and really creamy as it passes over the tongue.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Smoked Porter pours an almost complete black color with a big tan head. There is a big rich smoked aroma and smoked taste. Nice full body. Overall its a very complete and strong smoked beer.

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Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge light tan head with excellent retention and tons of nice lacing; dark brown body.

Smokey aroma: wood, bacon, and roasted barley. Lovely balance.

Flavor basically follows: it's roasted barley, smoked. Good balance, but lacking in any complementary notes.

Slightly thin, but lively, smooth, and drinkable.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty, dark color. Head is tan, moderately fine foam.

Smells good, smoky, a bit sour. Mesquite smoke.

Malt, smoke, sour flavor. Good not great.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than suggested by the color and smell. Carbonation is good, not overdone.

I want to like this beer more than I do.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is pungent smoked malts and hickory/oak. The flavor is smoked malts, hickory/oak, hints of smoked meat, dark malts, fruit and a long and acidic/tangy/slightly dry finish.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 from a gift pack found on shelf. Pours jet black, very little head. Taste is great. Still some great smoke. I was concerned with 6.5% abv, but this aged nicely.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,966 ratings.
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