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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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice glass. 2011 bottle.

Appearance: Pours very dark and black with only a slight bit of brown color. Lots of rising bubbles and a decent two fingers of deep tan head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of smoke that reminds one of smoked meats or beef jerky. Solid hints of chocolate and coffee along with lots of dark roasty caramel malts. Light hints of raisins and other dark fruits. Fairly woody.

Taste: Has a fairly strong taste of smoke and woody character throughout but not quite as strong as the nose leads. Sweet dark roasted caramel malts with some good notes of chocolate and coffee. Light hints of prunes and raisins in the background. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, smokey, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good smoked porter. Undertones of dark fruit add some nice complexities. Would go great with some smoked salmon.

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

poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Balck bodeid beer with brown head. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Smoke, roasty malts, and earthy.

Taste: The smoke here is not as strong as it smells. You get you standard porter flavors that come into the mix as well. Some mellow chocolate notes adding just a little sweetness and coffee notes that add a lttle bitterness. Well balanced between smoke and malts. Tasty!

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking porter! Medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation.

Overall: Great porter. Nice balance between the smokiness and porter. I think this beer is a great choice for someone who is new to craft beer, but also something the beer geeks can enjoy. Recommend it!

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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. 22 oz bomber into an over sized wine glass.

A - Dark black body, a little light shines through showing some red and dark brown tints. 2-3 finger dark grey/brown head formed which led to edging. Great lacing and retention.

S - Tons of natural smoke. Smells very savory and intense, like sticking your head in a fire place or a smoker. Very smooth with just a hint of chocolate sweetness and some bitter coffee beans towards the finish.

T - Not as smokey as the nose would leave you to believe. Its certainly prominent, but the caramel sweetness of the malts are allowed to shine. Milk chocolate, coffee beans, and some dark fruits. The finish is slightly bitter and dry.

M- Medium bodied but crazy smooth. Carbonation is perfect for this beer.

O - I'm not a fan of smoked beers, but I do love a good porter. This is an amazing beer. The smokiness is just really well balanced and integrated with everything. This is world class for sure!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Bridgetown Beerhouse. Poured into a pint glass. 2011 vintage.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a one-finger tan head. Head dissipates after a minute or so. As the head dissipates to leave a thin ring around the glass, streaks of lacing are left behind.

S - Smokey malts, firewood and smoked meats/salmon hit the nose right away. Some dark fruits play in the background.

T - A pronounced smokiness comes over the palate. But somehow the smokiness falls short of complete domination. The smokiness creates a meaty flavor similar to bacon. Underneath the layer of smoke, the typical porters characteristics show themselves. Roasted malts, roasted coffee and a slight bitterness come together to finish out the sip.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. The smokiness lingers long into the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is minimal.

O - A pretty good porter. I don't find it to be stellar by any means but is still worth a try. I'm not always a huge fan of smokey beers because the smokiness can become overwhelming. However, this beer does a good job of holding the smoke in check.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Body is a deep mahogany color when held up to the light. Pours with a 1-2 finger head which eventually fades to a thick collar. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is very smokey. Smoked fire pit BBQ. Like a campfire. Not much else going on here.

T- Taste is much like the smell. Very smokey with a very light roasted malt backbone. The flavor is pretty consistent thoughout with a slight charcoal finish to it. Well done.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a light to medium weight body.

O- This is a very well done brew overall but its much more Rauchbier than porter. Still I like the bold smokey flavor to it. Well done overall.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown (nearly black) body topped with slightly tan, frothy head. Leaves tons of lacework on the glass.

As a smoked-salmon junkie, I can easily pick up on the distinctive smell of alder. A very "authentic" smoke smell; reminds me of salmon bakes. Underneath it is some sweet malt aroma.

Though striking in its smoke smell, smokey flavors (thankfully) take a back seat to a really nice pallet of sweet malt flavors: very subtle notes of chocolate, coffee, and sweet maltiness. It has a nice crisp finish that I like in a good porter.

Robust and fine carbonation, medium body, just a little bit of stickyness.

A smoked beer is something I'm rarely in the mood for, but this one is probably the best of the style I've encountered so far.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. I heard about this beer long before I got into craft beer, from a homebrewer in Alaska. Been wanting to try it for many years, and finally picked up a bottle.

Pours a very dark rich chocolate brown. Appears nearly black in the glass, with little light even at the edges. One-finger medium-tan head, fades slowly and leaves decent lacing. Looks tasty.

Smells like a campfire - deep, woody, smoky malts, with a bit of salty tang. There's a hint of smoked ham in their as well, but it's not as meaty as many smoked beers. Has a richness and roasty character in the background that reminds me it's a porter.

Tastes like, well, a good smoked porter. The smoke is a bit more subdued and complex in the flavor than in the smell. A great mix of smoked and roasted malts, with layers of flavor breaking through one after another. Starts out slightly sweet, followed by nice dark roasted malts (coffee), then the smoke powers through, bringing more lightness and perfume than in the smell. Has a slight bitter bite at the end, which I find refreshing.

Fantastic mouthfeel. Rich, creamy, and full, without being heavy. IMO, this is what every porter should feel like. Carbonation might be a tiny bit high, but it's near perfection.

This is a really good beer. So many smoked beers are just about the smoke. This one has a strong porter base that allows the smoke flavors to dance on top of it, without totally obscuring it. Mouthfeel is divine.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 2008 Vintage. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a fairly thick black color. Some tan bubbles and froth/lace.

(S)- Some nice roasted coffee and hickory smoke. Lots of raisin and prune.

(T)- Heavy on the smoke, but integrated well too with some raisin and mild roasted components.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level and a nice balance. It is definitely heavy on the smoke, but it is well integrated too.

(D)- This is a great porter. And an even better example of how to properly add smoke flavor into a beer.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 2,025 ratings.
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