Alaskan Smoked Porter | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Smoked PorterAlaskan Smoked Porter
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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.

Added by Bierman9 on 10-18-2001

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

165th review on BA
bottle to pint
2008 Vintage

Thanks to my brother in law for this Christmas present. Was mighty tasty.

App- A very very dark brown with a pretty suprising one finger light brown head.

Smell- I know this sounds weird and I am sure its something completly different but I smelled bacon. Not the normal bacon but a good hardy thick cut pepper bacon with roasted malt and more pepper. Call me crazy I know.

Taste- Okay, again I know I am not crazy but taste followed the nose to me but this was damn tasty for a smoked porter.

Mouth- A very nice thick medium drink with a pretty low/medium carbonation to match.

Drink- Very very tasty. I had the 09 before and it made my gout flare up the day after but after losing 100 pounds I think I will have to try to find more smoked porters or baltic porters to try.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. This beer pours an almost-black, with chestnut highlights. It has an eyelash worth of thin, creamy tan colored head that very rapidly disperses. The beer has a nose heavy with the smokey oak/wood aromas, as well as sweet molasses/caramel, and some bitter roasted notes. The beer has a bold, bitter coffee flavor, with smokey under- and overtones. It also has a malty backbone that the other flavors spring from. The beer has a sharp and crisp finish, despite the robust and round flavors. Very dry in mouth, but aftertaste is just as bold with the smokey and coffee flavors as the initial taste. This beer seems to have two separate blossoms of flavor...fantastic! Very easy to drink, especially on cold winter nights.

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Photo of dcdarko
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass yielding a tan, two-finger head. Deep dark brown can be seen at the edges of the glass. Nice thick lacing left behind once head dissipates.
Roasty, malty and sweet mesquite smoke. I've had one other of the smoked style, this one smells more of mesquite style if that makes sense.
All the best flavors of a great porter with a sweet mesquite smoke flavor to carry each sip. The smoke flavor does not over power this beer nor does it leave a heavy aftertaste.
The head brings this one to your palate with a medium smooth body.
Very Drinkable. Not my favorite for drinking several in a row (the smoke flavor), but I'm going to be happy to finish this bomber.

My hopes were high for this one since it reviewed so well, it kept up to the hype and I would certainly enjoy another!

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Photo of armock
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Bevmo

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of wonderful smoked malt

T - Follows the nose with lots of smoked malt like drinking a camp fire

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is one of my favorite beers out there I could drink this all day long this was a fresh bottle but it gets better with age this is one beer that everyone should go and get and have at least once

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Photo of deadbody
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding smoked porter. Had the 2010, poured a super dark black with a good caramel head that receded slowly to great lacing. Delicious smoky smell, tasted strongly of smoked malts, great mouthfeel, thick and rich. Exceptionally drinkable, very glad to have another bottle of this in the cellar.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Foofaa for sharing this bottle at FFF keg night!


Pours a deep dark brown but not quite black color into a standard pint glass. The head comes off a creamy tan colored one finger thick that does not dissipate at all. Viscosity seems a little thin but that is in bounds for the style. No yeast chunks or haze in this dark ale which adds to the presentation


Huge bouquet of peat, wood, smoke and earthiness. Little to no hop presence here becuase the smoke takes front and center stage. Like a wonderful campfire, ashy, meaty, tomes undertones of BBQ sauce, no heat alcohol...


Very Very earthy, fire roasted chocolate, malty, cigar smoke, peat and charcoal. Lots of underlying sugars to balance out all of the roast and smoke which really make this more balanced. Very good, one of the best smoked beers I ever had.


Very smoky, but yet oh so delicious, This baby is smooth and I could really see myself sipping on this on some cold winter nights. Really glad I had the opportunity to give it a try.

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Photo of aasher
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to try this with a couple BAs last night. It poured a perfect black with a thin, dark khaki head. Welcome to the smokehouse. It smells like smoked ham. Tell grandma to forget the ham for the holidays. Give the family a pint of this! This beer is loaded with pork, in the best of ways. It smells and tastes exceptionally liked smoked meats. What a beer. It drank very smoothly and had the perfect consistency for a porter. This beer was amazing. Glad I got to try it. This puts the Beer Geek Bacon to shame.

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Photo of goalie33
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Dark brown, almost black in color, some light comes through around the edges. Large, foamy tan head sticks around. Not much lacing.
S: Roasted coffee with a sweet, subtle smokiness.
T: A hint of smokey coffee upfront. Woody dryness as the beer sits on the tongue. Lingering sweet smokiness in the finish. Slight bitterness. Flavors blend together very nicely.
M/D: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Very little carbonation. Very drinkable beer, though I don't know if I would call it sessionable.

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Photo of fsimcox
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a wonderful beer.

Poured a deep, dark black, like an abyss. Fluffy tan foamy head that dissipates to a thin off-white cover. Some nice lacing.

Smells of smoke, and coffee. A strong smell, but not overpowering. Some roasted malt.

A smooth smoked coffee bean taste. A hint of creaminess up front, roasted malt and coffee, with a mild coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smokey creaminess, medium body even though it looks heavy. Some carbonation in the middle.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. But I do enjoy the roasted and smokey notes found in this porter.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a mini-vertical of 09 and 2010 vintages.


A: Black, but when held to a light, you can see some brown...almost looks like a cola. Khaki head with uniform lacing. Good looking beer.

S: Pretty smoky, but not over powering. Sour. Roasted barley.

T: Smoke, roasted barley from the nose with a little chocolate. Something here tastes of an English ale...not sure if it's described as peaty or not.

M: Good carbonation. Smooth

D: Could drink a few of these in one sitting. Nice.


A: Same as 2010. Just as carbonated. Same head

S: Smoke is more subdued bringing out the roasted barley and chocolate.

T: Just like the nose, the smokiness has mellowed nicely with the year of aging. The English ale aspect is more apparent.

M: Pretty similar to the 2010.

D: I don't think the smokiness of the fresh porter is over powering in the least so with is faded, this becomes even an easier drink.

This is a terrific beer indeed, but I prefer Yazoo's Sue to this(probably the homer in me).

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Photo of Gmann
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly pitch black color, huge khaki head that left some webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is meaty and smokey; nice campfire. Big charred beef aroma with burnt wood and peat. Some caramel sweetness. Excellent smoked porter aroma.

The flavor is of a semi-sweet chocolate malt with some tea like sour flavor. Typical base porter flavor. Next comes the charred wood and peat. Not as meaty as the aroma but that's fine. There is some soy and brown sugar. Very balanced considering a smoked beer.

Well bodied, slightly chewy, fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but offset by the smoke. Drinks fairly crisp.

A delightful smoked porter. The style won't suit everybody but is a favoriate of mine and this is top notch. I would love to do a side by side with Left Hand Smoke Jumper, though I might need some assistance.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Pours a dark, dark brown/ black. I say brown since it is on the edges when held to the light. Ok tan/brown head that fades to nice lacing fairly quick.

S= Smell is dark fruits and smoke. Dark fruit as in a sweeet prune I think, then there is touch of chocolate, then the smoke I pick up on like a faint campfire.

T= Smoke is present but not as prominent as in the nose. Rich malt and creamy chocolate balanced nicely by hop bitterness very nice.

M= Very smooth beer nicely carbonated. The one thing that surprised me was that it was a little light for this style.

D= Very Drinkable IMO, I had no problem with the bomber wish I had another.

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Photo of neorunner
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blind Beer #7 -
Thanks to Flexabull for sending me this beer in Round 3 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Bottle says pint or snifter but the "or snifter" part has been scribbled out. Interesting. Pop the top and take a whiff. Mmm, bacon. I guess I had this coming for what I sent to Phelps, this is a rauchbier. Poured into the Weed Brewing pint glass Paul sent me.

Beer is jet black, almost blends in with our black wood-like Ikea table. Aroma is burnt wood, smoke, peat, bacon, and charcoal. The head is dense but dissipates to a thin layer. Flavor is smoky and full of roasted charred goodness. Mouthfeel is wet and smooth, very easy on the drinkability and palette. Lingering bitterness in the finish is nice, not overpowering.

Ok, time for the reveal: Alaskan Smoked Porter 2010. I was able to try a few year old vintage of this at a homebrew meeting, but fresh it is a completely different beast. I remember the previous bottle having a cherry or dark fruit note to it that I'm not getting here. This is good stuff.

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Photo of olmatty
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Pours a deep brown, bordering on blackness. A very thin head with a little lacing.

Smell-Light but persistent smoke and faint roasted malt character.

Taste-Roasty coffee malts up front are quickly followed by a salted, earthy, leafy smoke with the smoke carefully in balance with the roasted malts and a spicy bitter hop presence.

Mouthfeel-Moderate bodied, middling carbonation with the hops, smoke and roast teaming up to create a flavor more reminiscent of a meat entree as much as a beer.

Drinkability-Plenty smooth, but I can't imagine more than one per session. I expected nothing different and there's not a thing to change here.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan Smoked Porter looks completely black until held up to the light, where the edges prove to be a very dark, yet slightly translucent brown. The brown head is a good three fingers tall, and it very solid and rocky. Retention is fantastic, and the extremely thick lacing coats my entire glass.

Smoke is definitely the strongest aroma in this beer, but a rich, dark malt base is underneath it giving off aromas of chocolate.

This is one smooth beer, especially when I consider that smoke and smoked malts dominate the flavor; sometimes smoked flavors can be harsh, but this is not the case with Alaskan Smoked Porter. Instead, the smoke flavor holds on just long enough before the rest of the beer comes to the rescue. Dark malts, sweetness, baker's chocolate and roasted malts. Just an impression of dark fruit pops up and disappears quickly. The finish blends more smoke with the bitter, citrus-flavored kick of American hops.

Thick and velvety, a very nice mouthfeel.

Alaskan Smoked Porter is one of the best smoked beers that I have ever had. Maybe the best, and with great balance and no trace of alcohol, it is very drinkable.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hooray for my 100th review.
Poured into my pint glass at just below room temperature. Crazy thick lacing looks as if it's growing off of the inside of the glass.

Smoke, roasted malts, and chocolate on the nose.

More of the same on the palate. It's SMOKEY, but balanced very well. I've been to Bamberg and had PROPER rauchbiers. This aint a rauchbier.

Fairly thick after taste that lingers. It's a smoked porter, what do you expect?

Very drinkable. Quite a tastey brew. Highly recommend picking one of these up.

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Photo of Pinto21
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown/ black. I say brown since it is on the edges. Ok tan/brown head that fades to nice lacing fairly quick.

Smell is dark fruits and smoke. Dark fruit as in a sweeet prune. Followed by a touch of chocolate, then the smoke. Not a strong smell but good.

Taste is roast and smoke, followed by a nice smoke, then a nice roast, ending in smoke. Weird how it was layered with the same tastes coming into play at different times. there is a hint of sweet at the beginning of the sip but only a fleeting hint. Mostly smoke and roast. Very good balance of the two. Better smoked beer than beer geek bacon

Mouth is on for a porter. A bit bitter and astringent from the roast, but not too much. I'll enjoy this 22oz.

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Photo of velosuds
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated 9/7/2012. I have had this several times the past two years and the 2011 edition definitely tops the 2010. This was also bought at habits for $5.99. Original score was 4.08.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. 2010 edition. Paid $5.99 at Habits.

A-Pours a very dark brown hue with a two finger, thick, creamy tan head with great retention and copious sticky lacing.

S-I have been around many alder salmon smokers and that is the first think that comes to mind. Alder smoke is accompanied by roasted barley, chocolate, and faint hops. Very nice.

T-Smoke flavor complements the aroma nicely. Rich malt and creamy chocolate balanced nicely by hop bitterness. Best tasting smoked porter I have had.

M-Very smooth and nicely carbonated, but a little light. This may improve with aging. I hope to buy more and age the 2011 edition.

D-This is a very solid contribution from Alaskan, and is now something I will look for each November. Well done.

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

2010 version. Appearance is EXTREMELY dark brown...not black, but very dark brown. Scent is delightful with nice roasted scents. I get some smoke and campfire. I also get slight bacon aromas. Taste is awesome with initial hoppiness immediately followed by roasted malt flavors. I get some burnt toast with tasty chocolate and an impressive balance of smokiness. Very tasty porter. Mouthfeel is fairly light...I feel like it would be more delicious if it was thicker. But then again, being this light could be a good thing. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank with Thanksgiving leftovers.

A- Pours a dark black, with a khaki head. Head falls to a thin ring around the beer. Looks good.

S - Sweet roasted malts with the distinctive campfire smell.

T - Wonderful, The sweet malts and smoke flavor playoff each other quite well.

M - Medium Body, Plenty of carbonation.

O - When you need a smoked porter, you need a smoked porter, and tis is a good one.

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Photo of RandyV
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having the 2009 vintage on Thanksgiving day 2010. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Dark as a moonless night with a superior head and lacing that lingers (among the best). This is a well balanced porter with the alder smoke complementing the roasted malt. The smoke never overwhelms but is present throughout. The finish is slightly bitter, leaving the hops and smoke with the last word. A nice, warming beer to have on a chilly day. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of canucklehead
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of 09 and it was great . Smoky but not overpowering and on the dry side on the finish. What I liked about this beer is it is not huge in flavour ( and ABV) profile but rather a well balanced porter that happens to be smoked. You can drink it as stand alone but it really shines when it is matched with food such as Cassoulet. Great beer that defines the style in North America

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Photo of kenito799
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, Porter tasting.
Brown-black, opaque, thin rim of white foam.
YES YES YES. This is the true rauchbier aroma of smokehouse bacon fat, meat, sweet hickory smoke, absolutely appetizing. So sweet and delicious can smell this all night.
Smooth and creamy on the palate, with a sharp tangy smoky awesome flavor, bacon. Not very sweet,the malt balance is just right. The best American smoked beer I have tried by far. Wonderful!!!

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh my god.


This beer is just what the doctor ordered.

Pours a thick, deep ebony with a lovely frothy head. The aromas come thick and sharp with smokiness and a hint of honey glazed bacon....oh lord it makes the mouth water!

The flavor is malty and smoky, but balanced. It has a peaty flavor like a good Speyside single malt scotch, but with a honey and peanut sweetness to balance it out. The mouthfeel is chewy and thick, with notes of butter. A finish that lingers for several minutes until you take another sip.

Overall this is an exceptional porter that hits all the right notes. A beer fit for a knight.

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Photo of ardeano
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz - 2010 from Whole Foods Market - Bend, Oregon

NOTE: 1st Smoked Porter I have had

A- Drank straight from the bottle (had to I was at deer camp). I think a snifter with about a 15 minute breath time might be nice.

S- great smoke nose (can be too much if you don't like that 'smoke' experience) with a tint of a rich porter.

T- a rich, malty porter breaks the smokey nose, nothing overly complex but amazing nonetheless.

M- perfect carbonation for a porter; not flat and not a club soda. Really smooth and easy.

D- paired it with my home-made spicy spaghetti and cheesy bread and was amazing. This is probably not a beer a novice would sit down and drink on it's own - I think a pairing of fine cheeses and perhaps some rustic breads would add to the experience of this fantastic brew!

I think if it were to be aged about 6 months in a bourbon barrel it would add a deeper complexity and would I probably pay $20 for that bottle... I wonder if I can do that on my own???

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