Alaskan Smoked Porter | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Smoked PorterAlaskan Smoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The dark, robust body and pronounced smoky flavor of this limited edition beer make it an adventuresome taste experience. Alaskan Smoked Porter is produced in limited "vintages" each year on November 1 and unlike most beers, may be aged in the bottle much like fine wine.

Added by Bierman9 on 10-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,025
Reviews:
979
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
347
Gots:
437
For Trade:
22
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,025 |  Reviews: 979
Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, 2013 vintage. Kinda surprised to see the 2013's on the shelf in Ohio since this is Alaskan's first year distributing here, but I'm not complaining! Served in a Great Lakes Brewing snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like smoked malt/meats, coffee, roasted malt and some dark fruit. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some chocolate and woodiness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's also easy and enjoyable to drink. I thought this was a good overall brew. The smoke is definitely noticeable but not overpowering. It's a nice combination of smoky, sweet and roasty flavors, certainly worth picking this one up! $8.99 a bomber.

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Photo of petrusek23
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pour is straight black with a lightly tan head. Head sticks around a bit and provides a bit of lacing. The scent is the distinguishing trait of this beer. It smells like a campfire in late fall, with the smoke being almost the entire scent, and a touch of dry, dark malts at the very back end of the smell. The tongue is hit first with a huge dose of smoked, just like the scent, but there is a bit more complexity in the flavor. As the smoke starts to lead into the dry, dark malts, a bit of smoked meat flavor kicks in. The impression is of a smoked chicken wing, before giving way to smoke again as the beer washed off the palate. As for feel, this one is light and highly quaffable, while providing a dry and robust flavor. Weight is slightly thicker and heavier than average.

Overall, if you like smoke, this is your beer. It smells like a campfire and tastes like one too. Not for the faint of heart if you're not a smoke fan, but this is one of my favorite signs that it is autumn.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zotzot
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fitrock2112
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The Smoked Porter held up to the light and nothing getting through. Maybe a quarter finger of off white head.

S - Smokey malts with an little roasted malts on the edge.

T - Different for sure. Tastes like peat moss from a expensive scotch whiskey. Not sure if peat was used or some damp wood, but it doesn't matter it takes over everything else.

F - Medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

O - For a smoked porter or the category they are fulfilling I guess it's good. Unfortunately this will be my last one.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Macamah
1.83/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Label says 09/08/15.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a cobweb pattern of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Smoked malt gives off a mesquite type of aroma. Not much else.

T- Great smoke character reminds me of bacon. I can almost taste the salt of the bacon it's so close. Very well-balanced too since the roastiness of the malt comes through as well. Also somewhat sweet.

M- Kind of thin, even for a porter, with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I don't really like smoke but this has more emphasis on the barbecue type rather than the ashy campfire side. Quite enjoyable but would like to try it a bit fresher to see how it's evolved,

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

2013 vintage - Light smoky flavor, easy to drink. Pairs well with anything on the grill. Not my preferred style, but this or Yazoo Sue is the perfect fall campfire beer.

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Photo of DyingFlutchman
4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of patre_tim
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage Drank Oct 10th, 2016

Dark brown with a ruby tinge. Slight haze, and no visible carbonation. Topped with 3 fingers of beige head, leaving a random, chunky lacing.

Smells of smoke, toasted malts, a hint of molasses, and cocoa.

Tastes of rich, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate truffles, smoke, and hints of tar and tobacco.

Medium, thick body, with moderate carbonation.

Got in Kalamazoo at a small bottle shop, drank in New Hamburg, Ontario. Really well balanced, the smoke is not overpowering, and the chocolatey sweet qualities, balanced with the more charred qualities makes for a great tasting brew. Cool label as well.

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Photo of rypkr
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Joshmistake
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stillyman11
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's about three quarter's of an inch of creamy beige foam on top. The aroma is packed with amazingly enticing smoked malt. I taste exactly what I smell, deliciously smoked malt with notes of dark malt and a smoky campfire. The mouth is lightly oily and viscous. This is a real treat.

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

Hits those middle of the road brown hues, tan head, 5/6". Excellent retention and lacing. Aroma was a little bit of smoke and roast.

The smoke taste is nice and mild, some tobacco notes, wood/coffee from the malt bitterness. for whatever reason this always drinks better outdoors than it does indoors.

Only thing is I wish it was in a 12oz bottle. Forging through 22oz of this by myself is like a little overkill, I don't mind it at all though in a smaller proportion.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soupyman10
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of COR8RFAN
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 2,025 ratings.
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