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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 allforbetterbeer
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

399th review. 2009 22oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice at cellar temp. The bottle has stood undisturbed upright for 3 years, and has been cellared in my possession at 53 degrees since I bought it in 2010. Opened at 6 years of age on 08/25/2015.

Pours like liquid charcoal. Still opaque after all these years. Little head, as I would expect since much of the protein needed for a good head formation has probably settled to the bottom of this bottle.

Smells unlike any beer I have had the chance to sniff. Like a long since unused fireplace in a stone castle with a cedar mantelpiece. Depths of complexity in the nose. Hints of port, ashes, cedar, a well cared for pipe recently smoked, chimney, and ham.

Surprisingly mellow in flavor but thick in mouthfeel. The residual sugar saves this from the less pleasing effects of aging. If there was such a thing as smoked chocolate (surely there is somewhere, but I have yet to try it), that is what this would remind me of. There is no hint of "bite", or of any harshness or acrid flavors at all. It is utterly smooth and integrated, with a leaning towards hints of dark fruit and maybe something like a smoky old port (again, no such thing exists to my knowledge). Hard to describe.

Good carbonation for this age.

Conclusion: Outstanding. For a 6.5% ABV beer, this has aged with astounding grace. I love this fresh, and aged it is a totally different and totally unique beer. Quite impressive, and worth a try if you can muster the patience. A lengthy vertical tasting of multiple vintages would be truly epic.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth tasty Porter, smelling smoked malty goodness, dark fruit, molasses, balsamic vinegar, spice. Tastes same as smell, well balanced and smooth, with a light hoppy finish. Thick coating mouthfeel.

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Photo of hreb
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alaskan Brewing Co.'s "2013" Smoked Porter (purchased recently, wtf?). Beer pours entirely black and forms a nice brown foam on top. Immediate aroma of campfire smoke. Note quite Aecht Schlenkerla good, but still quite good. The flavor has an interesting tartness, which combines with the obvious smokiness and fine carbonation. Wow, this is surprisingly complex. Secondary flavors include an ample amount of roasted malt, and finally the beer finishes with a gentle coffee note. Mouthfeel is rather thin and clean, other than the fine carbonation.

Quite enjoyable. There's no surprise this is Alaskan Brewing Co.'s top rated brew -- way better than any of the Pilot Series beers I've had from them.

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Alaskan Smoker Porter is the best smoked porter I've had. I find it a better beer (2013, 2014 vintage) than Stone or Firestone Walker. The smoked flavor is there, noticeable, but not like drinking a burnt cinder. It blends very well with the malts and is very balanced and drinkable - even after the beer warms.
A = 4.5 deep brown near black, off white head
T = balanced, smokey malt with enough hops to make it a great beer
M = clean, medium, not heavy, slightly dry finish
S = roasty, faint smokiness
O = 4.75 I leave a small room for improvement as this beer ages well and many people collect and do tasting flights. Last year I purchased a gift pack that came with a 2008 and 2012 or 2013 bottle and 2 Alaskan Smoked Porter glasses for 24$ = awesome. I kept both the beers and not have 2008, (2012?) 2013, 2014.

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Photo of Robomunky
4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An underappreciated classic. I pulled a 2008 from the cellar and it gave me a great big hug. Black as night, thin tan head. Smells like mesquite and molasses. Tastes like heaven. Great fresh, even better with a few years on it.

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Photo of A_Pint_A_Day
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I got the 2014 version of this beer.

Appearance – Poured dark brown, walnut in color. The beer produced a thick pillowy head that was tan in color.

Smell – Smokey wood smell like oak or applewood. Extremely reminiscent of BBQ or smoked meat (bacon or jerky). Caramel - Molasses sweet to the nose. The smell is quite intense. Almost overpowering but still delicious.

Taste – Smokey, with flavors of wood and milk chocolate. Sweet with notes of darker fruit like cherries and plums. A little tannic, maybe sour from the wood.

Mouthfeel – Heavy in body and really creamy as it passes over the tongue.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Smoked Porter pours an almost complete black color with a big tan head. There is a big rich smoked aroma and smoked taste. Nice full body. Overall its a very complete and strong smoked beer.

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Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge light tan head with excellent retention and tons of nice lacing; dark brown body.

Smokey aroma: wood, bacon, and roasted barley. Lovely balance.

Flavor basically follows: it's roasted barley, smoked. Good balance, but lacking in any complementary notes.

Slightly thin, but lively, smooth, and drinkable.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty, dark color. Head is tan, moderately fine foam.

Smells good, smoky, a bit sour. Mesquite smoke.

Malt, smoke, sour flavor. Good not great.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than suggested by the color and smell. Carbonation is good, not overdone.

I want to like this beer more than I do.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is pungent smoked malts and hickory/oak. The flavor is smoked malts, hickory/oak, hints of smoked meat, dark malts, fruit and a long and acidic/tangy/slightly dry finish.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 from a gift pack found on shelf. Pours jet black, very little head. Taste is great. Still some great smoke. I was concerned with 6.5% abv, but this aged nicely.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a super dark brown, bordering on black color with a nice billowy tan colored head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a god sum of foamy and stringy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather strong of a sweeter aroma with lots of molasses and caramel mixed with a good showing of a brownie smell of a slightly burnt and roasty nature. Along with these aromas comes a nice smoky smell mixed with a little bit of a grainy and hay-like aroma. Overall, the aroma is dark, smoky, and sweet. It’s quite nice.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet caramel and molasses taste as the nose would have suggested. Along with these sweeter tastes is a rather strong roasty flavor containing within a nice hit of grain and char. As the taste advances some of the sweeter tastes dwindle a bit all while more char and some rather smoky flavors come to the tongue. The smoke really comes on strong more toward the end, and with some hay, more roast and a loss of the sweeter tastes, one is left with a rather nice roasty and smoky porter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a on the slightly thinner side for a porter with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side as well. The lower carbonation is great for the darker, smoky, and upfront sweet nature of the beer, allowing all the flavors to really coat the tongue. While said, a little thicker of a body would have accentuated these nice flavors even better, really allowing all the dark tastes to linger on the tongue. Overall, the feel was just OK.

Overall – This was a very flavorful and tasty smoked porter with a nice sweet start mixed with a good showing of smoke and char flavor later on. If only the body was a bit thicker it would have been totally spot one. A very good one to try if you have not yet had it. Quite tasty overall.

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Photo of cryptichead
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The smell of smoky BBQ and jerky is just too forward and overpowering. Smoked beers are an acquired taste and I just have not found mine yet. This type of beer is not for everybody.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

March 21, 2015

22 oz bomber, snifter

(2013 Vintage)

A – Very, very dark brown, nearly black. Looks like it is clear, but it is mostly opaque so hard to tell for sure. Maybe a quarter-inch of light tan head, mostly bubbly, with moderate-low retention.

S – Smoke is very much prominent, definitely beechwood but I feel like some mesquite or pecan presence as well, similar to wood used in American barbeque. Black and dark malts provide some minor roast notes, a touch of sweetness, but masked by the smoke. Perhaps some fruity hops, but nearly impossible to distinguish.

T – Despite being so prominent in the aroma, smoke is much more balanced here, though still quite up-front. Some roasted, slightly bitter malt, along with some chocolate sweetness. Again, maybe the lightest touch of fruity hops, and some moderate-low bitterness.

M – Medium-bodied, leaning just slightly heavy. Lower carbonation. Slightly malt-sweet and slightly hop-bitter.

O – An excellent smoked beer. Lots of aroma and flavor with a solid base robust/American porter. Very much in balance, perfect next to a campfire or with some smoky meats.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is no doubt that this is the best smoked Porter that I have ever had. Literally a perfect beer. Pours nearly black with a small layer of tan foam on the top. Smooth mouthfeel and incredible smokey taste. I'm somewhat biased as I am partial to smoked porters, but this one is hands down the best I've ever had. Beautifully balanced, it's a wonderful evening treat.

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Photo of MNAle
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 version. First pour: bomber into a tulip glass. Second pour: into a pilsener glass to try to see more (color, carbonation). Pours very dark, almost opaque black. 1.5 in thick tan head that retains nicely. Leaves thick, clinging lace as it receded. (This pilsener pour had a much larger head, that collapsed with a very nice visual effect from the bottom up. Also, if I backlit the pilsener, I could see a very dark red color behind the front-lit black.) Smokey aroma, as expected from the name, with a faint meaty bacon or ham note. A bit of a boozy smell, even though it is only 6.5%. Pleasant aroma, but not the traditional beer-like. Smokey flavor on initial taste, with a mild bitterness lasting into the aftertaste. Thick, creamy mouth feel. Almost no carbonation visible in the tulip or in the feel. The smoky bacon is there in the taste, but the smokiness is more subtle than I was expecting. With backlighting in the pilsener, I was able to observe light carbonation. The malt backbone of this beer is well represented, but still, the overriding taste is smoky and somewhat bitter. I would have expected more of a malt-forward taste for a porter, but I do like the taste nonetheless. I have two other bottles that my intention is to drink one per year and see how it ages. I'm looking forward to see how this very good beer changes with age.

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

An excellent smoked porter, super smooth and silky, with notes of chocolate, dried fruit and cocoa on top of an excellent slightly bitter combination of dark cherries and some faint vanilla.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Red/brown colour. Smell: smoke, chocolate, bit of dryed dark fruits. Taste: same, with a touch of citrus. Guess the acidity is a result of aging (from 2012). Classic, indeed. Very recommendable.

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Photo of Vogie
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass. 2014 series.

Pours a dark brown almost black with a half inch of coffee colored head that leaves some lacing and a ring around the edges with tiny bubbles rising to the top. Aromas of campfire smoke, earthy hops, and dark chocolate. Taste is intense campfire smoked malts leading to an earthy hop bitterness. As it warms it almost gets a touch sweeter with more of the rich chocolate qualities coming through to balance the smoke. Mouthfeel is creamy, smoky, heavy body, mild carbonation.

Yum! A mixture of smoky, creamy, chocolatey delicious goodness. Balances out more as it warms. This is what smoked beers are all about.

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Photo of mchegash
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
Pours a very dark red-brown, with about 1.5 fingers of tan head.

Smell - 4.5/5
Wonderfully rich and smoky malts. The smoky aroma is quite strong, and also seems a little unique compared to other smoky smells (I assume this is the special alder wood used for smoking). The aroma has an ever-so-slightly sweet aspect to it. There is also a hint of hops.

Taste - 3.75/5
The sip starts with a mellowed-out, only-barely-sweet malt taste, with some slight hop aspects, and proceeds into the strong smoky flavor characteristic of the smell. The smoky aspect is delightful, but besides the smoke flavor, the beer does seem rather flavorless, even watery.

Mouthfeel - 3.25/5
Mediium bodied, yet slightly watery feel. Carbonation is light.

Overall - 3.75/5
I really liked the smoked aspect of this beer. But I felt that outside of that, the beer was fairly flavorless and a little watery. I feel like that could add more richness and fullness to this beer without having to sacrifice the smokiness. Still, I don't regret purchasing this beer.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Though I've had this several times over the years, this review will be based on this year's batch.
Though I've had this in several different vessels such as snifters, tulips, and pint glasses, today's is in a mug.
The appearance was a nice thick brown color coming close to black. A nice thick luscious tan/off white color lingers in a one finger white foamy head. Light lacing graces around the glass after the head dies off.
The smell has a nice campfire/smoky/bacon meatiness to it. I have noticed as this one does age, a nice chocolate does end up coming out.
The taste copies the smell and allows a nice dry sweet meaty aftertaste with a lingering dry finish.
The mouthfeel sits about a medium on the body with a decent sessionable feel to it. A nice rolling smoky meaty flavoring rolls over my tongue.
Overall, this is at least my standard for Smoked beers. I see its labeled as an American Porter on here, uh...okay, no worries, but this is more than just an American Porter and ages wonderfully.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Appearance: Completely black opaque body with thin off white head that dissipates.

Dominated by rich smokiness with additional notes of cocoa, milk chocolate, espresso which gives a roasty sweetness.

Initially get dry roastiness and mild bitterness. Smokiness is very subdued in contrast to aroma, but detectable in mid to late finish. Slight sweetness sweeps across palate near mid taste. Lingering slight dryness with mild citrus/ pine of hops.

On point for a porter, without any real thickness to suggest its a stout (which it isn't). Mild to moderate carbonation. Offer a somewhat mild palate-refreshing finish.

Solid offering appropriately stating with in the realm of a porter. Smokiness is extremely well done and offer excellent aroma. Would pair well with food.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Serving: 32 oz growler filled at Whole Foods Montrose, poured into a stemmed pilsner (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with a cap of tan, foamy head. A fringe of foam remains with modest lacing.

Smell: Dark, roasted malts and plenty of earthy wood smoke with burnt sugar sweetness.

Taste: Smoke and roasted malt follow from the nose along with some caramel. Earthy hop bitterness provides a dry, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Big flavors and very well integrated smoke; very drinkable.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Alaskan Smoked Porter a couple weeks ago for $7.99 at The Lager Mill. I like smoked beers and I've been wanting to try this one for awhile and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it has a nice design to it and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a little over two fingers worth of bubbly light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of spotty and patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the smoke being the first to show up and it imparts a bonfire smoke like aroma that's on the higher side and it's the aroma that sticks out the most in this beer. Up next comes a nice dark chocolate like aroma that leads into a somewhat lighter amount of coffee with some roasted and slightly charred malts also showing up. This beer had a good aroma, it's pretty much what I would expect from a smoked Porter.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the smoke still being the first to show up and it imparts that same bonfire smoke like aspect with just a slight smoked meat like flavor also coming through. Up next comes just a slight amount of doughy yeast that leads right into the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the chocolate and roasted malts sticking out the most. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a nice chocolate, roasted malt and pretty smokey aftertaste. This was a very nice tasting beer, the taste was true to style and very similar to the aroma.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, a little creamy, just a little dry on finish, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and i thought it was a very nice example of the style, it had just about everything that I look for in the style and while it was pretty heavy on the smoke it never became too much for me to handle and it still retained some nice drinkability, it was smooth, fairly crisp, a little creamy, just a little dry on the finish, not too filling and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, one glass is a good amount for me, but if it was just me I think I could take out the whole bomber without it starting to wear on me and I think it makes for a good Winter seasonal. What I like the most about this beer was how true to style it was, it was just what i expect from the style and no aspect seemed out of place. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change. I would buy this beer again, especially if I'm in the mood for a smoked dark beer and i would recommend it to anyone who likes the style, if you like Smoked beers this is pretty much a must try. All in all I was happy with this beer and just a little impressive, I see why this is one of the most popular American Smoked beers, it just does a good job of delivering the smoke with a nice Porter showing up in the background. So far this is my new favorite beer From this brewery and i think it's one of the best Smoked Porters I've had. Good job guys, this was one tasty Smoked Porter, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Had on tap at Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis
Smokey aromas over light roast, chocolate.
Palate the smoke flavors are not heavy handed - they work well with the porter dark malts and do interesting things with some of the chocolate, caramel and vanilla flavors.
Medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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