Alaskan Smoked Porter | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle aged for about a year. Going into this I am not a big "smokey" flavor guy, but I will try and be unbiased as this is a smoked beer and that is the intent.

A-deep black in color with hues of red showing through, it pours a tan colored head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass

S-a smokey wood aroma domintates the nose with a touch of milk chocolate and coffee trying to come through but just overpowered by the smell. Just not interesting, but it is big and I like big.

T-huge smokiness, i feel like i'm at a campfire and the wind just blew all the smoke from the fire in my face. after the smokiness settles a little (it stays present throughout but becomes less dominant as it moves towards the back) some sweet caramel malt comes in with dark fruits balancing it out. dark cherry, plum and fig.

M-it is smooth and creamy, medium body, with a lot of carbonation. it is slick on the back of the throat.

D-i am not a fan but the intent is to bring smokiness and it does, it has a nice taste of sweet malts with a solid mouthfeel.

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

From notes. Had this many, many times on tap, but this an 08 vintage in the bottle, aged a bit over a year.

Pours black but with ruby highlights when backlit. Moderate mocha head has decent retention, but no lacing.

SMELL is mainly strong, oily, alder wood smoke. Some malty sweetness underneath is found easily with a swirl.

TASTE Like the nose but with sweet malty base more prominent. Though smoky is the dominant feature, very smooth and well balanced. Some mild bitterness in the end. Smoky flavors come on strong again in the finish.

FEEL slick, oily, and moderately viscous, medium/full body.

OVERALL very easy drinking if you like the style. This was my stand by at the Red Onion Saloon when the had it on tap, but now that they don't, it's an occasional treat.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black, deep dark brown with nice rich, creamy dark khaki colored head. Great retention, lacing sticky at the top of the glass, then very little towards the end. Scent is of earth, smoke, wood with a background of dark roasted cocoa and coffee beans. Flavor is a reverse of the scent with rich dark roasted coffee and cocoa beans up front backed by a wonderfully earthy smoke and wood flavor. Body is light for the style with some grainyness to it. Excellent beer from Alaskan and a pleasure to drink a beer with such an earthy charachter. Many smoked beers end up tasting like pure liquid smoke or even worse, bacon. This beer got it perfect.

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

650ml bomber purchased by my dad at Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits in Las Vegas, Nevada. Appearance is blackish and stout-like with a bubbly, dark brown cap. A few dots of lacing on the glass, good head retention. Smell is faint, charcoaled smoke and leather, not as strong as a baltic porter. Black chocolate in the taste, some roasted malt, and burnt berry fruit. Big blast of spice and bitterness from the hops, followed by smoke and ash flavours. The chalky, parched aftertaste has very little sweetness. Mouthfeel is velvety and oily. Smooth dryness in the finish. A satisfying brew with a little less character than I expected. Good stuff overall.

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Photo of Tiklmelmo
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle of 2008, bought from the brewery while on a cruise in Sept, and drank in Dec '09 from a large tulip glass.

A - Rich dark brown, nearly black in the glass with a surprising amount of thick caramel colored head that lingers for a while and clings to the glass.

S - Woody, earthy, smokey nose with hints of tobacco and chocolate. After the first sip or two the smoke is much less dominant, and there are some hints of prune/dark fruit.

T - Smokey wood flavor right up front, but that mellows quickly into roasted malts, dark chocolate and again hints of dark fruit. Nice flavors at the front of the palate, but feels like something is missing by the time it gets to the back of the mouth. Slightly bitter aftertaste that's not quite unpleasant but at the same time leaves a little to be desired.

M - Moderately carbonated and a little thinner than I imagined it would be, with almost a bit of slickness to it.

D - The smokey slickness makes this a feel like a sipper, but I'm having a tough time finding enough complexity to sip a whole 22oz bottle to myself.

Overall, it's a pretty good representation of a style I'm not always in love with (And the style that contains a few of my least favorite beers).

This is something I could see sitting in front of a raging fire in a log cabin and enjoying. But, it's not something I'd go out of my way to drink on a regular basis.

I would also like to try it fresh to see how the year or so worth of age this bottle has on it has affected it.

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

Vintage 2009 / 22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Very dark brown with a khaki colored head that fell to a light layer but still left it's fair share of lacing.
Smoke upfront on the aroma, the 2nd whiff brought on roasted malt and coffee aromas.
Smokey & roasty & yummy in my tummy.
Medium/Full bodied with a creamy, smooth feel.
It went down nice & easy.

Vintage 2008 - This year old vintage held up well and there wasn't any difference from the '09.

Vintage 1998 - This 11 year old vintage was a complete mess, it lost all the smokiness and roasted flavors. It tasted like soy sauce and after a few sips got introduced to my sewer system.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bomber poured into snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with a light-medium brown head about 2". Head doesn't have much retention, but leaves some lacing.

S: Little bit of roastiness, very earthy with hints of dark fruit. It actually smells fairly sweet, not what I expected. Overall smell is quite light.

T: Just a little bit of smokiness to start with turning into roasted malts with some earthy tones on top of a little bit of fruity sweetness, which stay till the finish, which leaves a small smokey/roasted taste. It's a little weak IMO, but still tastes good.

M&D: Medium carbonation levels with a light body. Very drinkable, the alcohol doesn't come out much and being fairly light a bomber is fine for one person.

Overall: I'm a little let down, it's not over-rated, since my rating will be about average, it's was just over-hyped for me. It's a very good beer, just didn't live up to what I had heard about it.

Overall:

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

Consumed 11/28

A: This beer pours an opaque jet black with a 1/4 inch of light brown head that recedes almost immediately. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is of smoked and oak notes, burnt malts, chocolate and a touch of toffee.

T: Taste starts with a surprising sweetness - caramel and toffee with a hint of cherry. Roasted and toasted malts really come through and dominate the middle switching in to a far more burnt malt, slight hints of bitter chocolate and smokey campfire flavoring caps this beer off.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp up front with a creamier finish.

D: I love smoked beers, this is nicely blended and rather tasty. Goes down easily, lighter body and ABV make this a beer that I would sit with for a bit.

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Photo of csmiley
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to colts9016 for the bottle

A - Pours almost black in color. Some dark brown seeps through at the edges when held to the light. The light tan head tops out at around a quarter inch with an aggressive pour. It's gone in a minute or two and ends up as a thick ring around the top of the beer. Some lace is left behind in the glass.

S - Smoke definitely dominates the aroma. Some charcoal comes in pretty quick too. It really comes across as one dimensional. Tho other aromas are just too hard to pick out for my liking. There could be some bittersweet chocolate that comes in at the very end. Along with a light cherry note. Not bad but nothing like what I was expecting.

T - Once again, smoke takes the lead. It's strong but seems a little more under control than the aroma lets on. Some of the typical porter flavors are able to make themselves known at this point. I think they kicked up the charcoal flavor coming from the malt to balance out the big smokey profile. It works. Some baker's chocolate comes through toward the end. Also, a little bit of dark fruit kind of comes in and finishes it up. As it warms, some coffee works itself in as well. Might be instant coffee but it's coffee nonetheless.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation that keeps it smooth overall. Finish is smokey and dry. No surprise there. It hangs on to the palate for a little while.

D - Drinkability is good. Alcohol is hard to pick up which helps it go down a little easier. The smoke is strong in this one. If that's your thing, you'll like this. If not, let it age a while or drink it pretty warm. Some complexity comes through as it warms. A 22 ounce bottle seems about right for this one. It gives the opportunity to experience the full range of flavors going on here. All in all, the Smoked Porter is a good smoked beer and I was stoked to get one from a fellow western BA member. Now I'm intrigued as to how the flavors would develop over time...

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Photo of LibraryTom
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 bottle

My review may be a bit slanted due to the fact that I drank this with a very good batch of chili I had let rest one day in the fridge, but nonetheless, I loved this one.

Pours an intense black, but she reveals a bit about her body in the pour. Not overly done at all. Hints of singed mahogany skirt the edges.

Nose is a bit of smoke, but not a whole lot else. But then again, I was eating chili.

Really beautiful smoke character mingles with sweet, nutty malt, which clears the pallette remarkably well. Full bodied, but never too big, making this beer very sessionable I should think. I know I finished the beer well before the chili, and regretted not getting a second bottle.

And I must say.. Perfect with good, sweet and spicy chili.

Kudos Alaskan

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Photo of mikecharley
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to a generous BA for this 07 bomber as an extra, of all things.

Pours a shade darker than cola. Thin tan head recedes quickly. Spotches of intermittent lacing. Not really that remarkable.

Nose is of smoky meats, burnt malts, and campfire. The hops are pretty much non-existant here. The smokiness is nice.

Taste is really smoky. Some peat, smokey wood, carmel malts, and smoked pork (which really dominates). If your in the mood for liquid smoke, this is exactly what you should reach for.

This is a medium, to full bodied beer. I would like to see a touch more fullness, but it is good nonetheless.

D: I'm just thinking that although this is pretty good, if you werent prepared for the onslaught of smoke, you would be in trouble with an entire bomber.

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

(12/02/2010)

22oz bottle poured in several stages into a tulip.

A - I clearly wasn't delicate enough with the pour, because I initially got a tiny bit of beer and three inches of head. The beer is deep brown, almost black; the head, light tan, rocky, and low density. As the foam recedes it leaves intricate patterns of lace on the glass.

S - Acrid, a bit of char, smoke still quite apparent even though the bottle is two years old. This must have been incredibly smoky when fresh. Some wood and earth linger in the background, with chocolate at the limit of my perception. There's also a hint of maple syrup. The overall aroma is similar to a Vosges bacon chocolate bar.

T - Given the nose, the taste is something of a letdown. Still reasonably good, but lacking the depth I'd expected. Smoke, toast, chocolate, some maple. Subtle hop bitterness complements the roasted character of the malt, but doesn't steal the show.

M - Medium body, far too much carbonation.

D - It's definitely interesting, and I'd like to try it again when I get the opportunity, but it's not really doing a lot for me right now.

(11/19/2010)
Edit:

I think the previous bottle may have been infected. I eventually got another bottle, this one of the 2009 vintage, and it's drinking very well. Less savory/meaty than I remember, but still plenty of smoky goodness. Mouthfeel is still a little thinner than I'd like, but good.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: A dark black color with no light piercing through. A very thin light brown head leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: Awesome smell with large amounts of smoke, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate.

T: The smoke flavor is tasted right off the bat coupled with some roasted malt flavors. I got a burnt coffee flavor with some dark chocolate and a bit of burnt wood. There is a slight sweetness that is balanced by a decent amount of earthy hops that leave a bitterness on the finish. Real nice blend of the smoke to make it not too smoky. Good beer.

M: Medium, a slight hint of alcohol, prickly and bitter on the finish. Not a huge mouth filler though.

D: Medium, this is far from a session beer. I had enough at the end of the bomber.

Overall a great smoked beer. I can't see myself ever having this in a regular rotation, but as a once in awhile special beer this is fabulous. Sit by a warm fireplace when snowing outside and really enjoy what this beer is about.

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Photo of cvfish
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a dark brown color that produced a nice, fluffy tan head that had good retention and left a generous amount of lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were roasted malts, smoked wood, bitter chocolate, and brown sugar

T - The taste of this beer is certainly unique, a nice, roasted maltiness that separates itself from the from the generous amount of smoked wood flavor, bitter chocolate and brown sugar also make an appearance

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - The taste of Porters will always be underwhelming to me, because Edmund Fitzgerald is my favorite Porter to date, but this is a great beer, just can't see myself shipping for this when I can get the Edmund Fitz

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Photo of jampics2
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bought at AJs foods in Scotsdale. 2008 vintage.

*Note - I'm going to give this genre-bending beer the benefit of the doubt that it deserves. It's clearly not your "typical" American Porter, more of a viscous dark rauchbeer. But, since it's straddling the lines and doing it well, I'm giving it kudos rather than docking points*

Dark black, tan head drops off and all but disappears. No real cling on the lace - only a few stragglers left behind.

Nose is devine. I had a smoked beer a few years ago that opened my eyes to the style. I'm not big on heavy rauch - ie., eye-watering beers that feel like a campfire draft down my throat. But finesse is possible with the style, athe smokey smell mixes with a roast chocoalte malt nose and has perect balance. This smells so appealing!

Taste is SO nice and follows the smell well. Chocolate campfire and peat turn into chocolate covered burnt toast. This is roasty and delicious, but I have a question - since the style guidelines say a porter sholdn't be too roasty, does this get a pass? I say YES! Just like a coffee porter that relys on roast, this wouldn't work without it. Hands down the best smoked beer I've had - Cornerstone Brewing in Berea Ohio makes the second best with their smoked porter. Must try to brew on some day :)

Perfect carb. Med-thick mouth. Not a milkshake, but not a typical malty porter. Well done indeed!.

I feel bad that I need to ding the drinkability due to the uniqueness, but I don't feel like I need another. But it's WAAY more drinkable than other smoked beers or even other porters.

Glad I got to try this absolute legend in the craft community. Thanks for the goodness, Alaskan - this is one amazing beer.

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Photo of Zaplt
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served into a pint glass by my wonderful girlfriend.

Appearance - Dark, dark brown - deep deep reddish tones with very light head with little lacing.

Smell - Deep smokey smell, (mmm, smoked gouda)

Taste - Incredibly strong smokey flavor with a nutty roasty taste. Toasty malt flavor with well balanced subtle hops that tend to be overpowered by the smoked flavor. *Light chocolate

Mouthfeel - Pretty highly carbonated, very full smooth but carbonation a little intense at the moment.

Drinkability - This is well brewed but not to my taste. I am not the biggest fan of smoked beers and that has made it difficult for me to be as objective as possible - well brewed in general but the smoked aspect is a bit overwhelming and could have been balanced better.

*Strongly influenced by fellow tasters

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Photo of rpstevens
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 2007 bottle from mikesgroove. Poured into a dogfish head snifter. The pour is deep, deep mahogany/brown with ruby around the very edges. There is a thick off-white head that quickly fades to a tight ring around the edges. The lacing is moderate and bubbly.

The smell is coffee and chocolate with an intense amount of smoke. A very deep, earthy, balanced smoke that permeates the entire scent of the beer. The smoke is very long lasting in the nose as well. As the beer warms there's a definite bacon quality to the scent, which is interesting, but not necessarily appetizing...

The beer tastes of mild coffee, bitter roasted dark chocolate and sweet smokiness. There is a mild earthy hop presence just behind all the flavors that balances everything out. The smoke is really overpowering in the aftertaste though.

The beer is medium-bodied and well carbonated the drinkability suffers a bit from the overly strong smokey-sweet aftertaste that just doesn't seem to go away (not in a good smokey way, but a kind of weird sweet way, no real description for it). Overall a good beer that I'm glad I got to try.

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Photo of brewgirl
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured dark brown, opaque, with thick tan head (which lasted a long time)

Aroma: smelled very complex, the smoke was prominent but not overwhelming. Hints of dark chocolate, toasted malt, bacon

Taste: Like the aroma, the taste was very complex. The smoke was rich, bacon-like, and very in your-face, but not in an unpleasant way (which is the case in so many smoked beers)

Mouthfeel: medium bodied

Finish: lingering slightly dry smokey finish

Overall: This is one of the best smoked beers I've had. The smoke is very noticeable but you don't feel like you're drinking a campfire. I think the porter can stand up to the smoke and the dark chocolate and coffee flavors complement the smokiness. No off flavors. Would definitely recommend this one.

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

2008 vintage

this pours out a dark black with a small amount of tan head

the smell is very strong in the smoke department and that is just what it should be. there is also a bit of an earthy tone in there that i can't quite put my finger on

the taste here is great, a good balance of chocolate and caramel sweetness a touch of bitterness and a blanket of smoke running around, between, over and under every flavor in the beer. there is no doubt what they are going for with this one!

the finish is a bit surprising, something that looks and tastes so burly is actualy much lighter bodied than you might expect which lends to its drinkability. the smoke hangs on to the very end but the malt sweetness gets more of a chance at the tail end of the finish to shine through as well. it is no wonder this beer is so awardwinning, it really is a great one and fun to age to compare the differences (at 2.89 a bottle there's no reason not to stock up around here). i look forward to the new release each year!

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

Served into a Bruery Tulip glass at about 50 degrees.

The 2009 Alaskan smoked porter pours a jet black color in the glass with a chick tan froth. The brew is dominated by smoked malts ( however not over smoked like a rauchbier, but balanced and elegant), slightly blackened bacon, subtle timber, fresh espresso, & dark chocolate. Great mouthfeel and a long finish. A great beer that I'm definitely going keep in my cellar...esp. since these beers can age with elegance.

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

[22oz. bottle of 2008 release]...

Appearance: deep dark brown, opaque, bubbles sticking to the glass, thick sudsy layer of tan foam that slowly collapses on itself

Aroma: campfire ash/smoke on a fall day (or similar to the smokey smell in smoked salmon); malt and roast undertones

Flavor: mild malt sweetness within a rounded roast profile; hints of chicory and smoke tannins (if there is such a thing); finishes fairly dry with lingering smoked licorice flavor

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, slight astringency

Other comments: OK, finally tried this beer. One I have been curious about for a long time but just never seemed to run into in stores or bars for whatever reason. Then I found a bottle of 2008 at The Beermongers (Portland, OR) and snapped it up. It did not disappoint. A great beer that definitely deserves its acclaim. I'm definitely going to try to find a couple of bottles of 2009.

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Photo of bcm119
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 edition.

Opaque dark brown, fine tan head.

Smoky, charcoal aroma with a restrained malt sweetness.

Charred malt up front, with some leafy hop bitterness. Body is medium, with plenty of fizz. Smokey flavor is dry, like campfire smoke, and not overwhelming. Hops provide plenty of drying bitterness through the finish. Leaves a nice leafy/toasted grain aftertaste.

A good porter: very tight, clean smoked malt flavors. Could be a tad chewier in the middle.

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Photo of JimmyK77
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a recent trip to Portland, I was excited to find this on tap at the Oregon Brewer's Festival (after they ran out of Alaskan White Ale). Then I found it in a store and bought two bottles to bring home with me. SCORE! I've never seen this in an east coast store.

On tap and from the bottle, disappointment is a word this beer does not know! This wonderfully made porter is dry, roasty, and chocolatey with medium carbonation, a drinkable, light/medium body, and balanced hop bitterness. This would be great on its own. But the alder smoked barley blends in with enough strength that you know this is SMOKED porter, while still allowing you to enjoy the other flavors of the porter.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from bonsreeb85. Thanks for the brew Chad!

A- Pours a deep dark brown color with a slight bit of light shining through the edges. A pillowy tan head leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Lots of roasted malt and smoky charcoal like aromas.

T- Wow! This is probably the smokiest beer that I've ever had. Huge waves of smoked hickory chips and burnt malt. Campfire, wood, and bittersweet chocolate in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation. The smoke leaves quite an aftertaste.

D- I've had a few brews that claimed to be "smoked" but so far this one wins. Huge flavor and very drinkable.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. into a snifter/ 2009 version

P: Very dark, cola brown with 2 fingers of light brown foam on top made up of tiny, soapy bubbles that stay pretty tightly knit. Showed only average retention, then sank to a thick halo with patches of bubbles and left some really nice lace coverage that didn't have enough stickiness to hand around for long, though.

A: Deep, roasted malts that smell primarily of barley are surrounded by a campfire-like, woodsy smoke that isn't overwhelming, but is a prominent player in the aroma. Following that up is some coffee, chocolate, and maybe a splash of vanilla on top of some very subtle dark fruits.

T: This puppy is roasted and smoky from the jump with a malty sweet flavor of barley grain, and that same kind of woodsy smoke noted in the nose. The smoke isn't quite overbearing in strength, but tippy-toes the line of my personal threshold as it gives me that same kind of ash-like unpleasantness that you get when you're too close to the campfire. I also get some espresso, mocha, and a prune/raisin-like flavor in the background that tasted overly ripe. Hop bitterness comes in late to try and balance things out, while a little vanilla sweetness is noticed underneath.

M: Upon my first sip of this Alaskan Smoked Porter, my initial impression was, "Damn, this is shockingly thin!" It's light-bodied for the style and borders on being downright watery. It's got no creaminess or chewiness to speak of, and it seems as if the lack of beefiness is making it impossible for the flavor to grab any traction.

Notes: Man, I usually like smoked beers, and I usually love porters, but this version of a smoked porter just didn't sit well with me. I thought I was going to like it based on the aroma, but was a bit underwhelmed by the flavor profile. However, the mouthfeel of this beer was a major let-down. It just didn't offer near enough in the way of heft to let the flavors shine as brightly as they could. A bit disappointed considering all the hype surrounding this brew.

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