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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods on South Las Vegas Blvd. 650ml into a tulip, 2011 vintage - shared with the guys on my inaugural brewday.

Pours black with maybe some lighter hues around the edges. A large beige head leaves quite a bit of lacing. Nose has some smoked woods and avoids the rauchbier 'meatiness' I had expected. A bit of char, burnt bread and bitter chocolate are secondary. Taste again has these wood-smoked malts at the forefront, with light burnt bread and bitter chocolate notes only in the periphery. A little thin in feel, but taste certainly makes up for it - smokiness is there on the palate and well into the finish. Drying, with minimal (if any) sweetness to contrast. Delicious and somewhat unique to me in terms of the smoke flavour, certainly wish I had more bottles to put away.

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Photo of brystmar
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Tremens snifter. Not much head, lace, or retention. Aroma is right on the money with smokey malts conjuring images of bacon in my head. Charcoal-y.

Taste isn't nearly as smokey as you'd think from the nose, and that's a good thing. Burnt, charred malts are there but not overpowering. Thin body without carbonation seems flawed to me.

A good brew that hits the style well. Wouldn't buy it again though -- smoked beers really aren't my thing.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Dark drown pour with one finger of bubbly light brown head.

S - Big smoke aroma up front. Some roasted malt and nutty aromas in the background but the smoke dominates.

T - Smoke up front with roasted malts and a hint of bitter coffee in the middle. The smoke returns in the finish. Overall, a nice palate but I would like a little less smoke to allow the secondary flavours to play more of a role in the palate.

M - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of exodus1369
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice reddish brown head, dark and robust. Smells like it was made in a BBQ pit! Smoky and roasted malts are all over this one. I love the taste I am going to use this to marinade stake with this and just skip the smoking process all together. Goes down nice and leaves a great roast malt taste behind. Great beer.

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Photo of n2185
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours black with three fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: roasted malts with some sweet chocolate notes. Tons and tons of smoked aromas follow. Smoked peat, bacon, BBQ, etc.

T: similar to the aroma, some roasted malts followed by tons and tons of smoky flavors.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation that accents the smoky notes sell.

O: a pretty good smoked porter. Not terribly complex, but lots of tasty smoked flavors and aromas.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of plfahey
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Deep black and totally impermeable to light. Moderately tall tan head has good retention and shows excellent retention.

Aroma-Smoky, charcoal, and meaty with slight notes of bacon. Wood fire, chocolate, caramel, and cocoa. Sublime blend of roast and smoke.

Flavor-Roasted malt with toasted bread crusts and cocoa powder. Much less smoke on the palate than in the nose, but there’s still burnt, woody flavors in the finish. Tastes like ash and charcoal in the finish, but is subtle enough to avoid becoming overbearing. As the aftertaste evolves, a little bit of that meaty, bacony flavor shows through.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate to moderately low carbonation. Leaves a slightly ashen feeling in my mouth.

The original smoked porter. Meaty, smoky, chocolatey, toasty, roasty, and down right tasty. There’s a reason this inspired so many spin-offs. A truly great beer.

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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3/4" light brown head over black liquid.

S: Smoke, smoke and more smoke.

T: Smoke and toasted malt. Quite a lot of carbon in the taste profile. As it warms, however, it becomes more palatable.

M: Thin to medium viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: When it comes to smoked beers, I prefer Big Smoke by Russell and Storm to this one.

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Photo of JupiterJesus
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bacon aroma blasts you in the face at first. Let it sit a bit, let the head fall and let it warm up. Then the smoke fades into the background and the hops come out. Slightly citrusy American hops, but it is hard to tell any more than that through the rich malt and smoke flavors. A bit of sweetness comes out as it warms too. Body is on the thinner side, but still not bad. Easy drinking for a smoked beer, especially if you give it a few minutes to mellow.

Seriously, it goes from kinda gross to excellent and worth the hype with just 5 minutes sitting in the glass. Don't rush.

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Photo of KajII
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a very dark murky brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) frothy light brown head that dissipated slowly into just a few puddles and a ring of residue, leaving behind some really good sheets of lace.

The aroma was right of front with a strong smoke odor and a moderate burnt dark bread malt, a light resin hop and a meaty yeast. It also had decently strong notes of dark chocolate, a dark roasted coffee and a hint of wood.

The taste was smoky and mildly sweet with a hint of chocolate at first and then became moderately bitter and quite roasty with a nice dose of coffee and had a pronounced smoky finish. The flavor lasted a really long time after the swallow, being mostly of chocolate and coffee but having a strong smoky ending.

Mouthfeel was right between medium and full in body with the texture being nice and creamy yet just a little dry and having a mild carbonation.

Overall an impressive smoked beer that had a ton of flavor with a very nice blending of the smoke, so it did not become too overpowering on the taste buds.

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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage bomber served to tumbler. The beer pours a deep black color with hints of ruby brown edges in the light. 2 finger tan bubbly head that fades to a thin film, good retention, average lacing. The nose consists of a strong roasted barley, cocoa, and smoke. Towards the end of the glass the nose becomes less smokey and more chocolatey in character. The flavor begins with a strong smoke character followed by the chocolate, roasted barely. Hints of fig, raisin, and even oak. Mild bitterness. The smoke begins to dominate the palette as the beer warms and finishes. Medium bodied and medium/light carbonation. Smokey. Overall, the smoke dominates. It doesn’t dominate to the point that you think you might be sucking on a charcoal briquette but it is strong. Still one of the better smoked beers I’ve sampled.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a pint glass
2011 Vintage served on February 4th, 2012

A - Dark light-less obsidian with a 2 finger tan head with moderate head retention and good lacing.

S - Insanely strong mesquite smoked wood smell with just hints of chocolate and malt sweetness. If you can't smell the wood here you have lost your sense of smell.

T - Once again, super strong taste and aroma comes from the smoked woods and a smooth sweetness and somewhat dry finish at the end with a bit of hop bitterness and alcohol for balance. The smoke is a bit overpowering but this was a bottle only aged for a year and half so I bet that flavor may become more subdued with a later opening date. It had an earthy peatiness to it as well, much like an Islay Scotch which I enjoyed but just strange to taste in a beer.

M - Full bodied, witih a smoothness and creaminess, moderate carbonation.

O - Very unique and enjoyable beer experience. Almost like drinking scotch!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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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Photo of soze47
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, yet it has a rather transparent body. Not as thick looking as you'd expect, but a nice sticky body promises a somewhat heavier body.

Aroma: The smoke is subdued compared to many other styles that incorporate smoke malt. Roasted malts, some burnt caramel sweetness, and hardwood charcoal smoke all are equal here. By no means is the smoke whacking your olfactory senses.

Taste: Sweet off the bat, quickly followed by a flush up smoke and roasty notes. The smoke lays on the palette in a great way that contributes to a good bitterness in the aftermath. Very nice confluence of flavors.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Not a huge beer and the body is classic standard porter. It coats in all the right ways, but is easy drinking. One bomber of this went all too fast.

Overall: This brew is a fantastic example of restraint. Many other smoked beers go over the top with their combo of smoke and sweet malt that it ends up tasting like brisket. This one lets the style be what it should be while getting a nice assist from smoke. Great brew.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 2,024 ratings.
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