Alaskan Smoked Porter | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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

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pDev:
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Photo of chilly460
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours dark brown to black with light able to pass through the edges. Nice tan head with medium bubbles, not much retention or lacing.

S-Thick scent of smoked meat and burnt wood. There are some scents of chocolate and coffee. Some spicy hops at the finish.

T-Reminds me of pipe smoke, with a medium roasted malt flavor.

M- Solid medium body and smooth.

D- Quite easy to drink, tastes are pretty well balanced but a bomber was enough, the smoke flavors prevent this being a sessionable beer.

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Photo of Brad007
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage.

Pours a color that's black as night with a thin brown head into my glass. Darker than I thought it would be.

A mellow, smoky aroma greets the nose followed by just a hint of cocoa. It's certainly smoked.

Lots of smoked malt with a decent coffee/cocoa feel to it in the middle. It even get a bit creamy with the smoke warming the throat. The flavor is abundant here.

Just a hint of smoke remains to send off the rest of the flavors at the back of the throat. So tasty and so ingenious!

This is certainly an unique take on a porter that delivers in the area of taste. I'll be sure to hold onto my 2007 bottle just for comparison down the road.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
thanks to yuriruley for sending this one my way:

appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger off white heat

smell: slight bacon, smoke

taste: smokey, sweet malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

drinkability: a very nice smoked beer with lots of flavor. this is well done.

Cheers,

The CPJ

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Photo of femmebiere
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is a dark and smooth liquid with a creamy head. I know this next comment it going to throw some off, but the first taste had me saying "bacon?". Apparently, this company grows their malts for the beer in a smokehouse. The first taste borders overwhelming, but the rest of the beer is smooth and delicious. By the second sip, the smokiness serves as a fulfilling backdrop.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Birthday gift from Huhzenbendah, thanks. Beer is black with a tan head, some lacing but apparent low carbonation.

Aroma is like smoked hickory, smells like a rauch. There is some other stuff fighting through but the smoke is dominant here.

Beer is medium bodied, mild malt sweetness up front, strong midpalate and late palate smoke but with a moderate finish. I have decided after drinking several smoke / rauch beers in the past year that the secret to a good one is to not finish dry. The bitterness from the smoke and the roasted malts on a dry finish would have ruined this beer for me...I think. Some rauch / smoke beers do finish this way and it's suffocating. This beer finishes with a medium body, not wet but definitely not too dry. Makes it an enjoyable beer overall. I'd have it again.

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Photo of mrkc
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is 65.1cl brown glass, with a single, simple label that has no clear indication of brewing date. Pouring it, the beer is a dark brown with a light beige head that fades to mere ring. It smells of oak, the smoked salmon, and dark malts. It tastes like pork fat and smoked salmon, with a light coffee like maltose taste beneath it all. It has a crisp bite, with an airy hint of the smoked taste lingering. It drinks easily, especially with other, stronger flavours.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a rating of a 2010 bottle from last weekend.

A: Pours brown but comes out solid black in the glass with brown bubbles as you turn the glass, a big plus in my book. Nice lacing, small tannish ring of head.

S: A beautiful smoked malt aroma with definite bacon/pork/smoked salmon overtones and a rich chocolate note, I definitely get a woodsy charred campfire aroma from this beer and its great. Some other complexities like dark fruit are hidden as well.

T: Nice roast, fudgy solid porter with slight smoky and wood BBQ flavors tinged into it. Coffee roast and smooth malts round it out. Wish more of the aroma character was in the beer, as it seems to come out tasting more like a solid porter than a smoked porter it almost seems.

M: Medium to light in feel with ample carbonation. Pretty clean feel, almost like a lager or pilsner in feel. Wish it was smooth and had more body.

D: A very nice beer overall that I enjoyed.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge 2 finger frothy and fluffy head that fades at a medium pace over essentially black beer, no real light coming through but not pitch black, and some nice lacing.

Nose brings a nice smoke, some smoked meats/cheese, light campfire, some light creamy roasty porter, bit of toffee, coffee, earthy malt aromas, and just a hint of earthy hops.

Taste also brings plenty of smoke, a nice smoked cheese/meat again, very light campfire, a slight creamy malt, some roasted malts, a bit of coffee and toffee, touch of caramel, and slight hint of vanilla, slightest salty/briny taste, little fluffy, and a very slight earthy hop flavor too. Finish gets a slight drier, lots of lingering smoke and a bit more bitterness, slight sticky feel and hint of brine.

Mouth is fairly creamy, a bit heavier bodied to medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drink it pretty good, no real abv kick, creamy and rich but not heavy, decent carbonation and a nice balance but touch of salty/briny taste, a slight sticky finish but dries decently.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a dark brown nearly black. Minimal head that dissipated quickly.

S: Smoke and wood dominate. A little searching reveals roasty malts and perhaps hints of peat.

T: Incredibly smooth and well balanced. The dominant flavor is dark roasted malts and wood. The smoke is less noticeable. Initially I get the slightest hint of dark roasted coffee. Hops definitely take a supporting role and provide an earthy undertone. The end gave me a surprising kick of burnt barbeque.

M: Medium light with a silky quality.

D: Man this thing is drinkable. The smoothness and blend of flavors keep from weighing things down in any negative direction.

Good beer but a great Porter. Recommend anyone who can try this brew.

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Photo of farrago
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full finger's worth of deep brown head, some froth but lots of much larger bubbles as well, about average retention, the lacing much more impressive with broad, sticky streaks that just don't go away. Black liquid, still also comes across as very clean and without any haze at all, you gets some metallic reddish-orange at the glass bottom and rims. "Smoked" is absolutely truth-in-advertising, the smoke is deep, broad and energetic, brings out a woodsy side as well as dried herbs, coffee bean, cocoa, anise, there's some caramel in there but sweetness is not a main goal here, more orange zest than any cherry or berry fruit, as you adjust the smoke seems to even bring out meat fat or beef jerky notes. Medium-bodied with a super-firm mouth presence, glues itself in place. This achieved even as the carbonation brings muscular kick and scrubbing action. The smoke doesn't have the same complexity here, the trade-off might be that the tongue can register the sweetness in the plum, cherry flavors. Coffee bean, mocha powder, bittersweet nibs, some vanilla bean too. Its earthy side comes out more here, herbal matter helps add to overall balance, mineral water too. As you'd expect, the smoke still outlasts the other flavors.

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Photo of GehenHerzog
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, received from Handle, poured into a Delirium Tremens Snifter. Thanks again for this one.

2010

A- Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice tan head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S- The scent is mainly smoke and a little bit of roasted malt.

T- Has a nice smokey flavor. Almost get the sense of barbecue. Good smokey, roasted malt flavor throughout the beer with a nice bitter aftertaste.

M- Creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink. The alcohol is not present at all and it goes down smooth.

I was very happy to finally get to try this one. It was as good as I expected and hope to get some more of it.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh, glory be. A 2010 bottle. Have an older one I'm waiting to crack..Don't know when that will be, but ahem..here we go.
Dark dark brown with a glorious little beige head. I believe the smoke is actually rising off of this beer, sending a signal to the neighboring tribe. Trouble ahead.
Peat, smokey, woodsy, a little bit of malt subdued by the power of fire. The mouth is stretched by the smoke, throat scratched, like a cat going down clawing. Maybe not quite that intense, but it is a very nice smokiness that rolls down and stays there. Little bit of chocolate maltiness hiding in the background. Very good beer. Looking forward to that 2008.

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Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a rich, dark brown with garnet highlights. Small, tan head.

Smoke aroma with a touch of dark berry fruit. Chocolate.

Rich and rounded dark chocolate with lots and lots of wood smoke. Mild esters.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat silky.

A delicious smoked beer with lots going for it. Plenty of flavour and pizazz.

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Photo of billab914
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a thin tan lacing spread across the top of the beer. The head retreated to the edges of the glass, where it left a bit of lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very rich smokiness to it. Wood, smoke, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and some bitter roasty flavors all come out in it. The smoked alder wood gives it such a nice and unique flavor for a smoked beer. Everything integrates so well in it as well.

The taste has the rich alder smoke flavor throughout it. It starts off with more of a dry, woody flavor and turns more smoky as you get to the finish. I get lots of dark and bitter chocolate to it with some roasty coffee coming through as well. The smoke leaves a very nice lingering flavor long after the finish that I really love.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being a little below average. Very nice mouthfeel overall for the style. Drinkability is excellent, I love the flavors and the alder wood smokiness it has. Everything integrates fantastically in it. I love this beer, it's easily my favorite smoked beer and just a great beer overall. Wish it was easier to get, but until then I'll continue to try and clone it at home.

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Photo of Beernf
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of 2010 purchased at BevMo in Santa Monica, CA.

Brought this to a dinner with friends where we were eating some pretty hearty winter type food. Potatoes, mac salad, burgers, chili, that kind of thing. Smoked porter fit right in with that kind of a meal, which is a testament to how good this thing is despite its pretty intense smoke flavor. Looks like an average porter, and when smelled all i got was the smoky namesake. However, the taste was something else. Not as intense as a real Schwarzbier makes this far more drinkable and suitable for food. Even alone this beer stands up to a lot of porters and stouts i have tried. There is a real depth of character that opens up as it warms especially when paired with something meaty. I liked the coffee notes at the end, but was glad they weren't overpowering. Felt surprisingly light for a porter as we drank it as well. A rare porter that I would go back to.

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Photo of nezelrac
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottling (tasted 1/26/11)
from a bomber into a pint glass

A - dark brown with mahogany highlights; pale tan head; some lacing

S - richly smokey with plenty of malt-sweetness; hints of chocolate, coffee, molasses, brush-fire, and roasted meat; hops are absent on the nose

T - quite smokey palate, but not acrid; plenty of chocolate and roasted flavors; a hint of coffee; hops are barely noticeable through it all

M - rich maltiness keeps it from being astringent; good CO2; med/full body with a slightly thick texture - not clumsy

D - for something so assertively flavored and heavy-going, this is quite drinkable, but more for easy sipping

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle (2010) poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown/black color, some reddish brown hints at the edges in the light. Nice tan head with good retention. Leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Great smoked & roasted malt aroma, with a hint of vanilla and caramel.

Taste: Not quite as flavorful as it smelled. Definitely a solid smoked malt body, which is tasty, but very little else comes forward. Roasted, smokey and somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, and medium-bodied, with a fair amount of tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, with a moderate ABV.

Nice, simple and very easy to drink smoked porter.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber served slightly chilled..

a-black in glass...when held up to light gets a dark brown cola color..nice two finger tight khaki head..lacing is there but sure for how long...carb appears quite nice

s-roasty and smokey...campfire'ish....peaty..with some mellow coffee and more roast..

t-starts off with subtle coffee and bitterness...the smoke comes in and is meaty...nice peat quality...the hops def are their to bitter and balance this out...finishes strong and smokey..

m-a little thin for me..but it has great carb...prickly and no alcohol detected...just wish it were a bit more chewy..

d-loving this...could have a bomber or two in a night..the abv is not over the top...and the subtleness of all the flavors make this an interesting brew..

coming from someone who quite hasnt learned to appreciate rauchbier i was expecting an onlslaught of smoke but it just enough to make this a unique brew..big thanks to ghengis22 for sending this my way...dont know what id do without you james..

2010 bomber received from james....been sick a few days figured id give this a go..

a-black...two finger head...stuck around forever..i think the bubbles supported it...

s-whoa meaty smoke...this is far more smokey than i remember it being a year or so ago when i originally tried....the roast barely breaks through the smoke

t-dry peaty smoke up front...some chocolate and roast contribute to the middle with a little sweetness as well...this beer finishes on a smokey roasted note...

m-still a tad thin as i remember in my last review...but the carbonation is excellent...there is a slight twang that i cant put my finger on either

d-this bomber is enough for me of this vintage...maybe time will tame it some

overall i remember the last bottle i had being more refined maybe it was an 09...maybe time would do this some good...still a very interesting beer

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a modified tulip glass

A Huge thanks to hannydawg for the Alaska tick!

This is a 2008 vintage

This beer pours a rather dark brown color with an ecru foam on the surface. The smell is of cocoa and moderate smoke notes on the nose. The flavor has the smoke notes but it is fairly toned down on the flavor. There is a bit of char on the palate that is weak but noticeable. The malt and chocolate helps out the gorgeous mouthfeel that exists right now. It's nice and smooth and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle

A - Poured into a snifter. Dark brown with a tan quarter inch head.

S - Wood burning smoke, toasted malt. Solid "smoked" beer smell with no extras.

T - Burnt wood, roasted malt, cocoa, bitterness at the rounds it out well.

M - Soft texture, medium body, moderate carbonation but not distracting.

D - Superb drink for any occasion... such as waking up in the morning. Really, an excellent beer with nothing bad to say about it.

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Photo of vkv822
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter.
2010 vintage.

Pours deep brown almost black with a cream colored head.

The aroma is of sweet roasted malts with a nice smokey BBQ campfire backing that blends incredibly well and doesn't become overwhelming as can easily happen with smoked beers.

The same can be said for the taste as in the nose. The smoke is definitely there, but never becomes dominating. There are very pleasant subtleties in the smoke. There is a campfire wood smoke, as well as some bacon, cured meat smoke as well.
Wonderfully blended with all of these great smoke notes are chocolate and coffee malt notes.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with subtle yet pleasant carbonation.

The smoke flavors were really complex and very well balanced with the malt notes. Very drinkable and definitely a seasonal I will look forward to again, especially at a pretty reasonable price.

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Photo of ADZA
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brewery and brew are definately new to me me and looking forwards to it and it pours a rich dark cola hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head that slowly recedes to leave a few islands of froth here and there and a rim of lacing,the smell definately reminds me of a cold winters night next to the smokey woodfire with also some aromas of crispy salty bacon and some light dried dark fruits,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied but very easy going and averagely carbonated which allows the flavours of smokey bacon,a tinge of aniseed/liquorice,dark malts and a dark fruit hoppy bitterness right at the finish all to mingle ever so nicely and could drink more than the one of and look forward to my next sampling from this brewery.

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Photo of rka758
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bomber bottle poured into a wine glass (whatcha gonna do)
$8/ bomber

A: Poured a deep deep brown with a one finger head. Head dissipated to a thin rim and left a nice lace.
S: Liquid smoke.
T: Right on key. I feel like I'm drinking smoke and it tastes amazing.
M: Highly carbonated. Very good mouth, not too thin, not too thick.
D: Currently on vacation in CO and I couldn't be drinking a better beer to fit the mood. Very happy to have the opportunity to have this, I hope to bring some home and will gladly drink it whenever given the opportunity.

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Photo of corby112
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color that appears black in the glass and almost completely opaque. Huge three finger frothy, pillowy mocha head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that cots the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.

Very smokey malt aroma with hints of BBQ, charcoal, bacon, butane and campfire. There's also some roasted coffee bean, silky chocolate and burnt toast in the nose.

Full bodied, so much so you can practically chew on this beer. This beer has a huge smokey flavor with hints of bacon, charcoal and barbecue but it also has a creamy lactic presence mid-palate that provides excellent balance and complexity. Hints of silky chocolate, toffee, coffee bean, wood and more smoke. The balance, complexity and well masked ABV make this beer extremely quaffable. Although, it is one of the smokier beers I've had, it's not a complete smoke bomb. Even if you don't like this style and/or rauchbiers I still recommend that you give it a try. Excellent!

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Photo of kytashie
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bomber to a pint glass. This beer pours deep brown almost-black, with an inch thick, creamy chocolate shake colored head that dissappears almost immediately. Smells of campfire roasted meat, smokey delicious goodness. The beer is not over the top bold, coffee, charcoal maltiness with lots of smoke. Crisp clean finish (surprising and unexpected). Dry and the after is very consistent with the start. This is a fantastic beer. Instantly transported to camping. This will be my go to beer with meat and an excellent campfire sipper. Absolutely delicious!

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,076 ratings