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:
2,014
Reviews:
974
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
348
Gots:
434
For Trade:
22
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Photo of tony223366
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark. No light comes through the sides at all. About as black as you can get. Great head! About 2 fingers and tan and fluffy. A thin layer sticks around throughout and there is some nice lacing.

S: Pure smokiness up front. Getting some roasted malt too.

T: Smokiness up front leads to some really rich malt flavors. Some chocolate and the hops definitely aren't hiding. Tasty

M: Good mouthfeel. Medium and nicely carbonated.

O: Very tasty and actually nicely balanced. Who knew!

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Photo of wrycon
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011

Looks a lovely obsidian. Smells smoked, certainly, but the smoke does not overpower the robust roasted malts. Tastes quite good. Easy on the tongue initially, the coffee-ness of the malts holds court. Then it transitions seamlessly into a flavorful smoke undercurrent. The smokiness shows it's full form in the back end and lingers afterward. The smoke in this is quite delicious, though, as opposed to a distracting novelty.

Like It? For Sure, This Is Quite Good

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- One finger beige head, nearly opaque black.

S- Rich, slightly briny smoke aroma dominates, yet still alows some raosted malt to come through as well.

T- The smoke is very present but it is never overpowering or obnoxious. Behind the veil of smoke is a rich malty porter with notes of coccoa and caramel and light hop notes to boot. Well balanced overall with a nice finish.

M- Medium/full body with smooth carbonation.

O- In my opinion this is the best smoked porter out there.

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Photo of ChanChan
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Alaskan Smoked porter. Bottled August of 2009, Consumed on 10/28/2011.

Apparance: Dark showing ruby notes on the side of the glass.

Aroma: Tons of roasted malt and some nice smokiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Light body with good carbonation.

Taste: Holy sh.., Yes this beer tastes like smoke; it’s like a delicioous smoked cut of meat. The smoke only lasts a short while, however.

Overall: A solid beer. The first impression does wonders. I will age a couple of bottles for a while.

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Photo of crossovert
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber. 2011 batch B.

It pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head that likes to hold with some sticky lacing when it finally recedes.

The smell is great. It has a big smokiness with some caramel, cocoa, and a hint of almost fruity sweetness.

The flavor is smoky with some woodiness, big bitter cocoa, and a hint of coffee. Basic but tasty.

A different take on a smoked beer but a good one.

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

WOW...great year 2009...just ordered a case from Oregon 6.99 a bottle, plus delivery, my son living in Anchorage and working part time Mo0sses Tooth Brewery turned me on to this beer...Damn good beer with an aftertaste that never gets old, if you can find some then Drink it !!!

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

Tasted On: 10-23-2011
Freshness: 2010 vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

The Alaskan website says this is released on November 1 each year, so this 2010 bottle should be right at one year now.

A: Pours black and opaque in the glass, with a billowy tan head of 4 fingers that looks like what you get on nitro beers. Good head retention and very good lacing.

S: Predominant aroma is of smoke, like from a campfire, with roasted malts as well. Earthy and woody smells round it out.

T: Malty and smoked, with some burnt flavors. I get bitterness of coffee with unsweetened chocolates. Robust, with a slight sweetness in the background from the malt.

M: Full bodied and lightly carbonated, the mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Aftertaste is mainly of the smoked malts. A little harsh in the finish, however.

O: Excellent example of a smoked ale here. Goes well with smoked meats.

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Photo of Badbobx
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 2010 vintage into a pint glass.

A - The beer is a very dark brown with a large amount of carbonation. There is considerable thick lacing.

S - The aroma is a rich smoky malt.

T - The taste is a pleasantly mild smokey malt. The malt has a nice sweet flavor with a bit of bread.

M - A rich pleasing full mouth of beer. Perhaps a slight b it heavy on the carbonation.

O - I really like this beer. I live in Indiana and happened on a bottle of this on a brief trip to Lafayette, CO.

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

Thanks Roger for bringing this by

2009 vintage

Pours dark with a nice white head. Reddish tints. Looks pretty. Smells smokey and rich. Very nice nose.
Tastes slightly sweet and roasty. Nice smokiness on the tongue. Well balanced. Compared to other smoked beers vie had I really like this.
Mouthfeel is solid, well carbonated. Overall very solid

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

A. Pours black with a creamy tan head that recedes leaving touches of residual lacing.

S. Smoke is the most prominent with chocolate, cream, and roasted malt.

T. Lots of bacon smoke, roast, and creamy chocolate

M. A bit on the thin side, but a great porter.

D. My first alaska beer and damn good. One of my favorite smoked beers.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks roger
2009 vintage

A - real dark black body with a nice whiteish head.

S - smoky dark fruit and rawhide. Smells great.

T - smoky dark fruits. Smoked meats. This is hella tasty

M - medium body. Nice. Nothing wrong, nothing special

O - this is excellent

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

Provided by thebouch01 at a recent, small tasting. Thanks, Kevin!

22oz bottle poured into a pint, split 3 ways.

2009 vintage.

A - Pours a light chocolate brown, not unlike a glass of cola. A frothy, tan-colored head forms slowly after pouring, with decent retention. The lacing afterwards is quite nice as well, with a complex lace pattern crisscrossing itself sporadically.

S - While I'm not a huge fan of smoked beers and wasn't sure what to expect out of this one. I'm not sure if it normally is like this or if it just mellowed a bit due to the age, but it is not overly smoky at all. Fret not if you don't enjoy the heavy BBQ char that some smoked beers bring, as this is integrated nicely within the porter base. You can actually get the roast and chocolate both before and after the smoke really settles in, which gives it some nice depth. It has the smell of a campfire which has been put out for several hours and you get that slightly ashy but rich aroma of smoked wood.

T - The smoke does play a more central role in the taste, as it comes in sooner and lasts for far longer as it lingers on the palate. It is still possible to get the coffee notes and the sweeter chocolate, which serves to balance the smokiness. Again, it's not as if chewing on charcoal, but merely gives it some complexity and a warming note. A bit salty in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with lowish carbonation. I always find myself torn on porters that bring a big rush of flavor, as I am simultaneously found wanting a bit more body in the more robust beers, but also think the thinner feel helps keep it from being too heavy. In this beer, I have to say the thinner body does help, as it doesn't let the smoke invade the palate which keeps each sip as balanced as the rest.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. As mentioned in the last sentence of the mouthfeel, I think they key to this beer is the balance. It has smoke, but is kept in check by the coffee, sweet chocolate, and slight saltiness. Not one specific aspect of this beer overwhelms the mouth, but rather it comes together in a succinct package to just be a tasty beer.

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

2010 vintage, perhaps a bit young...

appearance - good solid head, great retention and lacing. dark black with some brown/ruby edges.

smell - smoke and tobacco

taste - huge smoke coming thru, very nice minor dark chocolate...not sure im a big smoke fan.

mouthfeel - crisp and dry, smoke lingers on

just not a fan of the smoked beer, but if youre into it this seems to do the style well.

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

Presentation: 2008 vintage poured from a 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a Duvel Tulip style glass.

A - Pitch black with 1.5 fingers light tan creamy head. Head retention is amazing, as is the lacing.

S - Smokey roasted malts are at the forefront. Chocolate is well defined in the background, with some sweet 'raisin, dark-fruit' like flavor.

T - Chocolate and roasted malts now dominate while the smokiness is still present it was mostly in the aroma. Some coffee and hints of dark fruit are present on the back of the tongue. Overall a balanced flavor, but not overly complex.

M - Medium-heavy bodied, a little thin for most of the porters I have experienced. Very creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is definitely noticeable. Finish is slightly drying with lots of roasted malts, here the smoke comes back again.

D - WOW, what a beer!!! Those who are wondering about 2008 and 'if' they're still drinkable...THEY ARE! I picked this up at the Meto-Market in Kirkland WA...full shelf available. Well rounded, starts out dominating with the smokiness and finishes the same way. No complex flavors but definitely a very good beer, since there are plenty left down the road where I live, I think I'll get another one soon (now perhaps :~) BEER HEAVEN!!!

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Photo of RFModeler
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010 - From Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids

A: Thin head with very little lacing. A very dark chocolate color, almost black. As with most porters I personally don't prefer much head so it was a good start.

S: A sweet and smokey smell. The smoke aroma wasn't overpowering and it seemed like a good balanced beer from the aroma alone although there was hardly any contribution from the hops and no noticeable alcohol smell.

T: The smoke permeated the taste from the beginning to the finish of each sip. There was a decent amount of malty sweetness to the beer to balance the woody smoke. Again, like the aroma, the smoke was not overpowering and the sweetness was the perfect amount so as balance the smoke and still be very drinkable. Only a mild and pleasant smokey aftertaste that would disappear with a sip of water.

M: A good amount of body, like a porter should have. Not too chewy and not too clean.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and since I live so close to Oskar Blues I plan to purchase this beer again on a return visit. This beer went very well with my barbecued pulled pork sandwich and if I wasn't driving I would have had another. It seemed to age well, although I haven't tasted a 2011 Alaskan Smoked Porter to compare.

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Photo of speter
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22-oz bomber brought back by my wife from a recent trip to Alaska!

A: Pours a deep auburn that is effectively black with a ruby highlight when held to the light. Great carbonation upon pour that unfortunately didn't last for the full 22-oz session.

S: Soft smoke over rich chocolate and coffee malt.

T: The smoke is definitely there, but it's much more subtle than a Bamberger Rauchbier (and of a different order as well, being from a different wood). What impressed me was the rich coffee and chocolate flavors, but without the overt sweetness I normally dislike in a porter. In fact, this drinks to me more like a dry Irish stout, which is a major plus in my book. All you need are some marshmallows and graham crackers, and you've got smores!

M: Initially, this was fantastic. The carbonation lent the beer a rich, creamy mouthfeel. However, since I had the bomber to myself, the carbonation faded too early, and the smoothness turned harsh.

O: This is an amazing beer, far better than I had ever hoped it would be. The only drawback is I will probably have to wait a couple of years before I'll get ahold of one again.

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

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured a coffee brown with a moderately lacing beige head. Aroma of chocolate, dark malts, and light smoked wood. Roasted malts in the taste, chocolatey. Honestly didn't get much smoke on first sip, but after a quick palate-cleansing, there was a definite smokey, ashy character going on, so it's a good thing I tried again, and properly so (God knows what I drank before it). Also a very subtle plum sensation barely detectable, I thought. Nice, not quite full-bodied, and quite drinkable.

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

2010 vintage. 22oz bomber poured into snifter glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown, maybe one shade short of black with a nice dark tan head that leaves a generous lacing. The nose is full of roasted barley and smoke, with just a bit of well hop aroma in the background. The smoke flavor isn't over the top stick-your-head-in-a-campfire taste, nor anything you'd find in a German rauchbier. It's that dry, salted wood taste that lingers on your palate after a bite out of a high quality smoked meat or fish. It's just present enough to be the primary flavor, but subtle enough to let a nice chocolate malt flavor come through, complemented by a bit of a grassy, pine hop flavor. A medium body, for the style, and slightly higher carbonation make this any easy drinker - the kind you'd have no problem pouring a full pint of.

Thanks Dane for the chance to try this one. It's easy to see why this one is a classic and I'll definitely be searching out other vintages in the future.

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Photo of seeswo
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle poured into a Lost Abbey stem.

Pours black with a nice brown head. I know that is no description, but really, thats what it looks like. The nose is smoke integrated with light, creamy chocolate malt. Yum. The flavor is fantastic. The smokiness is super smooth, rich and well integrated. Nice, lightly sweet malts. The word here is balance. Lower carbonation with a smooth, slightly creamy body. This is not the best porter I have ever had (hello Edmund Fitz), but the smoke integration is so nice on this beer. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I would have had this years ago, I would have thought this was a smoke/bomb. For a heavy rauchbier drinker this is mild. Good, well made. The aromas are weaker than the flavors of the smoke though. Quality porter with deep dark chocolate and coffee and well balanced with Smokey malts. This is a great beer for new smoke beer drinkers.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a nonic. 2008 vintage.

A- Very dark mahogany, and nearly opaque. ~2 fingers of tan head. Head fades slowly to a thin cap.

S- Roasty coffee and chocolate maltiness, with a moderate smoky note on the finish. Quite nice.

T- Roasted, dark coffee, dark chocolate, slightly fruity sweetness. Solid smoky note lingers on the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium full feel, and fairly creamy.

O- Excellent. Fantastic beer...

Future outlook: Got in a trade from (?), and doesn't come here, so not likely to have again anytime soon. Didn't really mean to stow this beer away for so long, but it seems to have come out of it's ~3 years slumber with flying colors.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a medium tan head that fades fast into a thin ring. Leaves thin rings of lace.

The aroma is of campfire, toasted malts, a touch of roast, some dark cocoa, and earthy notes.

Nothing complex. Robust coffee notes, with bakers chocolate, smoldering campfire smoke, earthy hop bite, toast, and some caramel.

Nice balance, a bit thin.

Very well balanced and tasty.

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

The 2008 vintage bomber into a pint glass. Pours dark to point of black with 2 fingers of foam no lacing, and rim of foam in the edge. Smells of malt with some good smoky notes. Taste is robust with good smokey balance. Very good beer and one of the first aged beers that I have had.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Obsidian color; chestnut edges up to strong light. Poured a 3 finger light mocha head with excellent retention. Lots of sticky lace in small patches.

S: Toasted malts; chocolate, cocoa, bitter coffee beans. Mildly campfire smokiness. Very balanced nose.

T: Big toasted malts consistent with the nose. Smooth and rich with nice mellow smokiness. Lots of malt character. Very flavorful.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Smooth, but not creamy. Finish is light and dry letting the smoke linger.

O: Its like a "comfort beer". Rich, flavorful and easy to drink. The smoke flavor is just right; present in richness but not like the bottom of an ashtray.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from akbeerfiend. Thanks for the trade!

From a bomber into a snifter.
Vintage: 2009

APPEARANCE: A brown pour yields a small, medium looking, light tan head with good retention, slowly fading to a good film cap. Black body and lower levels of carbonation evident. Only a ring remains until the end and leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, and some smoked coffee beans. The smokiness is not dominant, but certainly makes its presence felt and is very balanced with the rest of the beer. Bold and interesting nose for sure.

TASTE: Lots of nice, bold flavors in this one. Roasted and smoky malts and lots of dark chocolate and cocoa powder. A chocolaty finish, with a bold and lingering aftertaste of smoked dark malts and dark, bitter chocolate. Plenty of flavor and very tasty stuff.

PALATE: Medium-thin body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Not quite creamy enough for a porter, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Needs to somewhat fuller and creamier, which would also push the flavors over the edge.

OVERALL: Can’t believe this is the same brewery that makes that Baltic porter. This is a really tasty brew and well worth checking out. The palate could be a little bigger, which would give the flavors that backbone required for a perfect score, but that’s a minor issue. This is a flavorful and well crafted smoked porter that everyone should get the chance to try. If you see it, don’t hesitate. Thanks again akbeerfiend. Recommended.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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