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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Photo of deereless
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick rocky head, dark brown to black in color, lots of small streams of visible bubbles - 4.00, S: Tons of smoke, strong mesquite, as well as dark bitter baker's chocolate, I also pick up some bacon and espresso - 4.50, T: Like the nose there is significant smoke on the palate, I also pick up some slight sour which seems out of place, quite a bit of charring and ash, gritty dark malts with some chocolate and burnt coffee - 4.00, M: Thick and heavy mouth feel - 4.50, D: Very nice and very drinkable smoked beer - 4.00

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Photo of birchstick
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a black with a creamy white head

S - smells of smoked malts and coffee, with a lot of sweetness. Not very bold on the was hard to pick out the aromas.

T - the taste follows the nose...the smoked malt imparts a meaty taste. Got some coffee notes and a touch of sweet milk chocolate. Nice roastedness and sweetness balance going on.

M - smooth, medium body and goes down nicely

D - this is a really good smoked porter. This one has been on my radar for a long time; I am glad I finally got to try it, and on tap taboot.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage courtesy of papollo(THANK YOU)

Black as sin, mocha head, sporadic lacing.

Smell is of dark roast coffee, with a pleasant burnt chocolate aroma. Roasted malts and definite smokiness abound.

Roast, smoke, coffee, chocolate, hints of bitterness (chocolate, coffee, and hops alike). This is greatness.

Creamy, silky, smooth, slightly heavy. This feel has it all.

1 is not enough. I hope to procure a 10' vintage for comparison soon!

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Photo of grittybrews
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First experience:

2009 vintage, opened 07/2010. Poured a deep black with two fingers of sticky tan head. Dry malty aroma of chocolate and coffee with a hint of smoke.

Moderate carbonation and a full mouthfeel without being thick or syrupy. Slightly sweet with an oaky chocolate presence up front, notes of coffee, and a hint of bitterness on the smoky finish.

The smoke in this porter was well-balanced and added a nice dimension to the flavor without being overpowering.

Other vintages:

2010, opened 07/2011: As above, but I noticed some additional vanilla character somewhere in there.

2008, opened 10/2011: Mild, well-rounded flavors, more prominent chocolate.

2001, opened 10/2011: Holy moly, what a treat. Still plenty of carbonation and a HUGE aroma of sweet cocoa, caramel, smoke, espresso, and dark fruit. The smokiness really dominated the flavor and took on a salmony quality.

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Photo of maximum12
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to lothore who sent me a bottle of this over a year ago, pre-aged for my enjoyment. Since it was a 2006 vintage (& an extra to boot!), I figured I'd toss it in back of the pile & see when the moment was right. Now! Go!

Pours a BWCA-night dark in my New Holland glass. Deep breaths reveal a slap of smokiness, with other things (malts?) barely stirring underneath.

Smoked Porter lives up to its name, what my wife disdainfully labels "bacon beer" & sets aside her half of the bomber. Crap. Wet firewood dominates this brew like Mike Mussina over the Twins. There's bear meat, or something gamey, cooking over that fire, too. Bitter, bitter cocoa & malts fence with the smoke, but soon slip & fall away. The end-game is like waking up after sitting next to a fire all night. And not having brushed your teeth.

This brings out mixed emotions for me. On the one hand, I'm sitting here looking at it quizzically...while gulping it down like there's no tomorrow. Even among smoked porters, the cocoa puts this one in a different league & helps keep the smokiness from lifting off through the roof. Overall? Very good beer. But you'll forgive me if I won't have another for a long time. I mean, after I finish my wife's glass, too. What?

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I had at the Freakin Frog in Las Vegas. This beer pours with a fluffy tanned head, good lacing and a dark brown almost black color.

The nose is jammed pack with smoky roasted malts/meats, dark fruits and a little sweetness.

Tastes of smoked malts (duh), fruitiness, chocolate and some bitterness.

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Photo of milesmayhem
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far one of the best smoked beers I have ever tasted. When describing this to friends I tell them to imagine a bar-b-que in your mouth. Everything from smoked salmon to ribs, steak and mushroom on a skewer, this beer delivers wildly on the nose but really kicks in on the mouthfeel. Take as much time as you need letting it work across your tongue and down the back of your throat. You have just had the BEST Alaska can offer.

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Photo of levifunk
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - black, as expected. light brown head.

s - smells like campfire.

t - flavor not nearly as huge as the nose. still quite smokey, but balanced with the porter underneath.

m - medium body. good carbonation

overall - very drinkable at 6.5%. smokey flavor is nice. just not a huge porter fan...

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Photo of Pencible
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. I got this in a trade over a year ago, and it was already a year old at that point. Not sure why it took me this long to get around to drinking it, but luckily it ages well!
A: It poured dark mahogany (nearly black) with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like strong smoke and peat and roasted barley, with a little leather and tobacco and coffee and very dark chocolate.
T: It tasted like tons of smoke and peat and tobacco, with some charred oak and earthy barley and roasted coffee and cocoa powder. It had a very dry smoky and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with decent carbonation.
D: This was a very smoky beer, but it's incredibly well integrated with the other flavors. The result is a fantastic and complex brew that's not difficult to drink, but much better to sip. Tons of boldness and depth, especially given the relatively low ABV. I'm curious how this is fresh, but I'm more curious how it is with 10+ years on it. Great beer.

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Photo of Elimination
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

09 bottle into pint glass

look very black, coal water with a mocha like head, flows in the bottle quite nicely.

smell smoke, burning wood, alder wood, A reall campfire odor, a bit of sweetness but at the same time it burns the nose with a little spice. A bit of chocolate or coffee as well, smells pretty good

taste: I love weird beers, especially herbed, spiced, and smoke-and this is yummy! a good charcoal undertones mixed with chocolate, and coffee. Has the taste of of as if you put out your fire with water, scooped up a bit and put it in some porter. It has all the classic signs of a good porter, but mixed with the burnt ness makes it great

mouthfeel bubbly and good, smooth.

drink is good in the sense of it is something different to drink every once and a while. But besides maybe with a bbq I coudnt imagine having this on many other occasions

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 6/5/10 noted. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black. No head of carbonation evident.

s - Smells smokey, also of toasted roasted malts, cocoa, and hitns of coffee and dark fruits. Amazing combination.

t - Tastes smokey, and of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

d - I thought this was a great porter; to me it was one of the highlights of SAVOR. I loved the smell and it also had a well balanced taste. Would love to have again.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alaskan Brewing Company's Smoked Porter, obtained in a trade a long, long time ago from someone whose name has been lost to the annals of time and crashed hard drives that contained my list of completed trades. Many thanks to whomever it was. 2008 vintage, poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a burned, sooty bistre, oily and moderately bodied, rolling gently out of the 22 oz bottle and in to my snifter. A moderately vigorous pour coaxes a one-finger tall raw ecru crown from the smoky morass which sticks around for quite some time. Indeed, the retention on this one is pretty fantastic, and there's still a thick, foamy layer of frosting on the surface of this one even after over half of it has been consumed. The lacing is similarly impressive - sticky, crisp, like little mocha-hued ice crystals clinging to the sides of the snifter ... even the sip-side of the glass showcases glittery, sandy bits of foam that form a pretty complete and uniform pattern.

Aroma: A huge, dry, quenching smoke presence, woody, charcoal-esque. It dances over, dominates, almost overpowers the underlying porter, but intermingles with bittersweet, slightly milky cocoa notes, coffee, and toast to suggest leather, raisins, and prunes.

Taste: What a great flavor profile. A robust, milky, toasty, and fairly dry underlying porter showcases strong earthy and wholesome toast notes, mild bitter astringencies, bittersweet cocoa notes, and hints of earthy and lightly fruity coffees. It's simple yet effective, not overpowering in any way but showcasing a great array of authentic, engaging flavors. And it provides a great platform for the smoke, which comes across again as strongly woody, smooth, slick, and creamy.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation in a thicker and still but not sticky body makes for a soft, smooth, slick, and even body. The slickness contributed by the well-done malts helps enhance the smoothness, and - at least as long as the carbonation is around (which it is for most of the experience, if only because this one's an easy drinker that goes down quickly) - has a great body.

Drinkability: I'd had the pleasure of trying this beer once before, courtesy of a generous BA at the 2010 Sexual Chocolate release. That beer was like drinking liquefied, charred beechwood ... and it was also a 2006. I'm amazed by the difference two years can make on this beer, and love that you can get such a range of flavors out of it. Want your smoked porter to taste like bacon? Set it down for at least 4 years. Only prefer a twinge of smoke? Better keep it fresh. But, hell, at 6.5% you can afford to do both in one evening. The best smoked porter I've ever had and (from what I've heard) one of the best if not the best out there, this is a must try if you like the style, and if you don't - like I didn't, at least, prior to this one - you should give it a shot anyway. Stellar.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to afdempse for sharing this tasty brew.

A: Nearly opaque, sizeable head and good lacing. Looks enticing!

S: Rich roasted malts, hops, coffee.

T: A really tasty beer. All of the flavors are integrated very well and work together quite nicely. Initially, I perceive roasted malts and coffee, followed by bittersweet chocolates and hops. There is a slight charred malt flavor (smokier than the roasted malt flavor) in there, as well.

M: Very nice feel. Crisp, clean, and delicious.

D: I'd be happy to drink this anytime. Solid.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown, nearly black color, with garnet highlights and some creamy tan head. Very smoky aroma here, almost campfire-like, bacon and roasted malt. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee blend nicely with the smoke. Still the standard for smoked porters.

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Photo of hopsbreath
2.61/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I bought a 2009 vintage of this to put in a pot of chili. I reserved about 6 ounces to taste/review.

Appearance is a little underwhelming. The finger of lite tab colored head that pops up quickly fades to a thin smattering stop the odd cola covered body. The body itself is brownish/garnet with an unnatural green tinge that typically is indicative p artificial coloring. No lacing is evident.

Aroma is of charred wood and dark chocolatey malts. Its halfway good and non-offensive.

I have some mixed opinions about the taste. There is a strong bitter chocolate element that comes through I enjoy very much. Less enjoyable is the smoked meat essence that dominates the flavor. I'll have to chalk it up to an inexperience with smoked porters.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were not my favorite. The prickly carbonation and difficult to get through smokiness make this a one time taste.

On a positive note this made for a mean chili. I won't be drinking this again but will be buying it to it in a pot of chili. The smokiness pairs nicely with meat and spice.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle split with Jeff.

Dark brown, basically opaque with a light tan head that fades to a thin ring and thick sheets of lacing. Aroma is very sweet, slightly metallic and rubbing alcoholish with strong smoked malt aroma. Body is light medium full with mild carbonation. Flavor is much better than the aroma, very smoky and silky smooth. Strong milk chocolate and roasted notes, very little bitterness or hops. Not the best porter, but overall an extremely enjoyable smoked beer.

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

2009 Smoked Porter

I stored this one in both the fridge and cellar for a year.

A: Black with a slight brownish red cola type hugh at the very top

S: Smells like a smoldering campfire that both the marshmallows and chocolate bars have fallen into.

T: mild sweetness like dark chocolate followed by some bitterness that fades into a smoldering smokey aftertaste.

M: feel initially is very carbonated and perhaps acidic but quickly mellows out into a dry finish with a smoky aftertaste

D: if in the mood for a porter this will certainly drink well. the 'smoked' aspect might be an aquired taste

this is a damn fine porter, I can imagine that a cask version of this would produce tons more aromas and flavors. Very complex and delicious.

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

I grabbed a couple of bottles of the 2008 release back in the day. For whatever reason, I never got around to drinking it until tonight.

Pouring a very dark brown, this beer has reddish brown highlights. Capped with a thick, light brown head with great retention and lacing, this is a very good looking porter. The nose is fantastic. The balance on the nose is perfect, with all the characteristics I look for - a nice roast, a mellow cocoa - present. And like the Russian River Porter, there's some light caramel. As much as I love a smoky, meaty, rauchbier, something like this has its time and place as well. Modest but not understated in character, the mellow smoke character pairs very well with the caramel and the little vanilla that's present.

The palate opens with a sharp, roasty bitterness that's accentuated by the smoky flavors. As with the nose, this is very well balanced, with there being some unsweetened cocoa, toasted whole wheat bread and a little caramel. Drying on the finish with a robust bitterness, there is also a lingering smoky character. Medium-light in body with an impeccably smooth mouthfeel with perfect carbonation, this beer is an absolute treat. I'm very impressed.

**Edit 03 Nov 2012**
I'm drinking my lone bottle of the 07 vintage. I'm not sure who gave it to me.

The smoke character is a little more reserved on the nose than the 08, but is a little more assertive, particularly in its acidity, on the palate. The extra year seems to have tamped down on the creamier, caramelly flavors, though there is a bitter cocoa flavor present. Very nice, scores stand.

**Edit 11 May 2014**

I'm drinking my lone bottle of the 05 vintage. Either Joe or Chris gave this to me.

What a magnificent beer! The nose is delicate and smoky, earthy and chocolatey (more chocolate than I remember other vintages being) , a little bit of green/grassy fire. Roast, chocolate, a mild coffee note are all present, Age brings out the sweetness/ caramel notes. The palate opens with a blend of sweetness - caramel, coffee, burnt sugar - and roast with a hint of smoke. Earthy bitterness is present. Not as acidic as the 07 was. Fantastic, long-lasting finish. Scores stand.

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

Finally getting to try this brew... 22oz. bottle.. 2009.

- Poured heavily into a pint glass... nice dark black/brown... can't see through it.. nice red tones on the edges.... not much of a head, but leaves a nice subtle blanket of mocha colored foam....

- Wonderful sweet smokey woody scent with a chocolate malt... salty hickory like although I know it's alder... light bittering hop, and coffee aromas..

- What a smooth and well balanced porter... wonderful balanced chocolate malts... almost a smooth sweet oat and barley.... and torwards the finish... a nice surprising sweetness hits the tongue... a very cool delayed flavor... little bit of woody roasted flavor, a subtle hop... and no alcohol to really speak of.

- Wonderfully smooth, and almost lightly creamy.... medium bodied... and only slightly chewy and dry.. but makes the mouth water. Slight chalkiness..

- Overall this is one of the best porters I have had. The flavor is almost perfect, and the flavor that sneaks up in the end is even better.... Alaskan does it again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big brown pour and beige head. 2 finger lace. Great smoky, coffee and maybe molassess aroma. Unique in a good, if not great way.

Again, you feel like you're camping with the smokiness. Why can't rauchbier be this decent? A totally balanced mix of the nuance (not domination) of smoke, wood, coffee, chocolate, molassess (to a lesser extent). This is a man's beer, without having to go over the top with anything to prove it. It feels like the great outdoors. Mouthfeel could have been less thin.

Price is decent, you can usually get into it for around $6. Its just a straight up porter without any extreme tricks (other than being extreme before there was extreme beer I guess).

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Photo of danimac
2.93/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this beer on a pleasant spring evening in CA. While I enjoyed this beers' company, I wasn't too impressed with her characteristics.

Dark coffee brown color with little head or lacing to speak of.

Strong smell of, again, dark roast coffee with bitter chocolate taste. The primary sensation in the mouth was a bitter tang in the back of the tongue.

Full body, definitely a hearty brew.

Overall, I will buy this beer again, but only if paired with some barbecue chicken; I think they would be a perfect pair.


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Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this 2008 version from a 22oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours dark black with a disappointing light tan head. It only rises about half a finger and is gone right, poor lacing.

The aroma is on the lighter side, giving off a lot of malts, very sweet on the front with chocolate and it finishes with a smooth smokiness with a hint of pork.

The taste is actually pretty simple and boring. Its not overly flavorful, starts off with some minor coffee notes and finishes with some bitter smokiness. This either needs to be sweeter or have more smoke, but right now just not enough of anything.

I was really looking forward to this and sadly came away pretty disappointed.

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

Poured into pint glass.

Pours a 2 finger khaki head that quickly dies down to a soapy looking layer of foam on top. Very dark black in color. Nice lacing.

Smells of smoky, roasted malt. Smells chocolaty and a bit oaky too.

Very roasty and smoky. Chocolaty malts. Slight roasted bitterness. Very robust and smoky.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Quite drinkable.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Based on notes of a 2008 poured last night.

A: black coffee verging on pitch with 1-finger head that lingers some, nominal lacing

S: lots of smoke, tobacco, deep earthy/fungal notes, faint menthol

T: loads of smoke that lingers on the palate, very faint hop bite in the back, caramel, biscuity/ crusty malt, some faint pepper, cocoa

M: very light--slightly watery--on front, body feels denser on the finish

D: despite the prominent smoke, age definitely mellowed out the intense smoke of a fresh batch, very enjoyable despite light mouthfeel

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

Pours a nearly opaque black-brown with about a finger of tan bubbly head. Laces very well, very thickly. The nose has a healthy dose of smoked ham, along with some dark malts, molasses, and charcoal. The taste generally follows, with that smoked ham really taking center stage (and boy, is it ever tasty!). Along with that, the dark malts and charcoal are the most prominent, with the molasses, brown sugar, and subtle bitterness hanging around in the background. The body is quite medium, with minor carbonation and a smooth, borderline watery feel. Overall, a very tasty and very highly drinkable brew, especially for those who dig both porters and rauchbiers.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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