Alaskan Smoked Porter | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Smoked PorterAlaskan Smoked Porter
2,040 Ratings
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.

Added by Bierman9 on 10-18-2001

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

This pours a very dark brown color with hints of softer coffee browns. The head is a thin creamy layer, light beige in color, that dissipates quite quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles across the top of the beer. It smells super smoky, salinous in a greasy way like bacon, layers of coffee and mild chocolate. The flavors are definitely bacon-y, salty and greasy with some sweeter hints at first, but a bitter coffee laden finish. Lots of smoky and woody flavors that blend well with the other elements, especially as it warms, the flavors meld a bit better. It has a nice chewy viscous texture that adds some oomph to the smoky dark flavors.

Verdict: Smoky, woody and bacony. Pretty great blend going on here, nice bitter kick at the end, could use some aging, very interested to see how this turns out in a year.

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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A= Pours a nice deep black color with a big old tan colored head on it that rises to a nice looking three fingers with a pretty vigerous pour. Great lacing and the retention is wonderful.

S= Tasty tasty smokey bacon. A nice oily smoke to it. Meaty with a good roast to it and a ton of delicious smoke.

T= Hey hey hey I love this smoke. There is an excellent balance of smoke and roasty porter flavor. The smoke rolls across the mouth and the alcohol level is perfect making this a beer that is something you can drink the bomber of and not be totally wasted. There's a nice big meat flavor to it and the after taste is all smokey meat. Really impressive.

M= A great carbonation and the thickness is about perfect.

O= This is a great beer. I was offered a case when I bought it and I'm starting to think I may need it. Blend of all things great porter and smoke. I'll be picking up a lot more of this.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transferred from the Alaskan session in my tasting notebook.

A baseline (fresh) tasting of the 2011 edition Alaskan Smoked Porter pours out nearly jet black and has some decent tan head that sticks around impressively long for a smoked beer. Smells mostly of semi-acrid charcoal and partially burnt coffee grounds sitting on top of bacon smoke. Really REALLY full of smoke both in aroma and in the flavor. So much smoke that it makes this one of the driest beers I have ever tasted (dry in the sense that one can tell that there is a lot of malt sweetness in the brew but it is mostly hidden behind the foreground cloud of delicious smoke)...which is probably why this one is a great candidate for cellaring... Taste is a very short hit of bitter chocolate that gets whisked away by a husky charred malt flavor with astringency around the edges, medium bodied yet remarkably smooth in feel for something so dry. Well worth trying, this brew is analogous to the idea of the "hop bomb", only with smoke.

I've got one other 2011 bottle sitting in the cellar, and when I open it up in the future, I will be adding on to this review for comparison purposes. So now the question becomes: how long to let it sit?

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque, nearly brown black porter with a hint of ruby tint. Tightly bubbled light brown head that is an inch high singular shade that lingers nicely. Light smoke, chocolate, and black licorice in the nose that is very subtle. Smoke pops into the mouth clearly with burnt toast, and the taste of charcoal like the burnt edge of bbq. Chocolate, malt and a bit of hop tingle backs up the smoke. Mouthfeel seems a little light, but, overall, an excellent beer that's a joy to drink.

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

Presentation- A 2011 bottle. Nice bottle, i like the Alaskan wilderness on the from. Makes aware that you can age for a period of time.

Appearance- Poured into a snifter glass. Really nice thick black coloring. Nice two finger head i got when i poured it straight into the glass. Head seems to hold well for a little bit, not too long. Just pure black in the glass.

Smell- Ive been sick for a little while so went ahead and blew my nose so i could smell as much as possible, lets see. Get a nice smoke, coal smell to it. I smell dark plums and raisans, crushed walnuts in there too. Little hints of sweetness here and there. Wish i had two nostrils to work with.

Taste- Smokey for sure. I get a nice char taste towards the back of my tounge. Basically a lot of smoke. Doesnt seem to have much sweetness to it. Small amounts of like burnt toast. Not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel- Light porter. Simple and vibrant. Sits well on the tongue. Easy, somewhat silky when drinking. Good carbonation. A wet porter i would say, lingers around.

Overall- A good porter. Im thinking it would probably taste a little better with some age to it, not too much. Overall really good though. Complex and subtle at the same time, just wish i wasnt semi sick while driking it.

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3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bomber. 2011 vintage.

A. Tan, puffy head that sits atop a dark brown to almost black beer. Scant amount of lacing.

S. Beef summer sausage, smokey malt and coffee - the smell makes my mouth water.

T. More smoke on the nose than palate but still plenty to give this beer a meaty taste upon entry. There is a bit of hollowness to the mid-palate. Finishes with a nice kick of hops and a lingering smoke flavor.

M. Smooth feel, medium bodied, goes down easily.

O. My reference smoked porter is New Glarus' Smoke On The Porter. This isn't quite in its league but it is still pretty good nonetheless.

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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

This pours deep black with a slightly lighter highlight at the bottom of the big wine glass. There is a beachsand head that won't go away and leaves a bit of lace. On the nose, it's a mixture of chocolate and wet woodsmoke, something like cured pork belly. In the mouth there is a chocolate base that hits first on the tip of the tongue, with roasted malt a bit further back and lasting longer. The finish takes all of this up in smoke. The body is thinner than I would have guessed, but no surprise given the ABV. I wonder what a bit bigger body would turn this into?

Overall, this is a spectacular beer, highly recommended to anyone who likes porters or stouts.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 2009, Wonderful dark garnet black elixer with a sticky tan head leaving ample lacing.

The years have been VERY kind to this brew, very balanced maltiness and hint of smoke.

The lovely grain maltiness of caramel bread and hints of chocolaty coffee play well with the mellow wisps of smoke. Ohh so good.

Full bodied and smooth.

WOW, wished I had a closet full of these.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. 2011 Vintage.

Appearance: Ruby black with thick foamy brown head and some nice lacing lines.

Smell: Very strong smoky aroma, with char, espresso, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Smoke dominates the flavor profile as well, with notes of chargrilling and a very nice undercurrent of the wood used. Malt backbone becomes more noticeable as it warms, with bittersweet chocolate, molasses, caramel, and a touch of coffee.

Feel: Pretty smooth and creamy body with moderate carbonation. Long, dry, smoky finish.

Overall: Other than some Rauchbiers, this is easily the most heavily smoked beer I have had. However, this is anything but one-dimensional.

2012 review of a 2002 vintage: Smells like fruity, smoky molasses. Carbonation is almost gone. Taste is like a smoky sherry, with some light molasses and coffee. Very interesting, but prefer it fresh. Maybe this is too aged.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,040 ratings
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