Alaskan Smoked Porter | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Smoked PorterAlaskan Smoked Porter

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Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

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 barnzy78
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 2013 release, dated on label 09/10/13. Picked up in WI by a friend on vacation. I was super stoked to try this, as I've wanted to for years!
L - tall, creamy tan head sits atop a blackened ale, head retention is good, leaving some lacing as it fades
S - huge smoked aroma - reminds me of smoked salmon. Roasted barley, chocolate, grain, caramel present as well
T - heavy smoked malt, biscuity, caramel, toasty, spicy earthy hops provide nice moderate bitterness and perfect balance
F - full body, creamy and smooth, pleasant carbonation, finishes semi-dry and spicy
O - finally got to try it and it delivered. I have an affinity towards smoked beers, and this is top notch. I'll definitely buy this if I ever see it again.

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Photo of utfiero
1.75/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Color- Valdez oil spill. Medium head that's chocolate milk colored.

Aroma- smoke, smoke, smoke. You'd have to be a smoked beer lover to enjoy this unusual brew. Too smokey for us. Reminds us of licking the inside of a Weber BBQ grill that had a ton of liquid smoke poured into it. No balance, just smoke.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted March 2013.

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Photo of devilben02
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a bottle from the 2011 bottling. I worried that I had let this one cellar too long, but I was gladly mistaken. It pours with a black color and a thin, fizzy, light brown head. The aroma lets you know that it is a solid porter at its base, as there is a dark, roasty, bready sweetness, and the smoke adds a wonderful complexity rather than masking everything else. The flavor is so wonderfully meaty, with the smoked malts being much more assertive, although the smoke still doesn't overpower the sweet and roasty characteristics of the porter. Medium bodied and having a light carbonation, the texture supports the flavors nicely. Overall, I'm a fan of smoked beers and I'm a fan of porters, and this blends the two well.

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Photo of shamrock1343
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I received a 2012 and 2013 as a trade. I remember this beer from the mini GABF in Baltimore in 1998/9.

It is dark in color with a nice head. A great smokey charcoal taste. It is smooth with a bitter finish. It is one of the best smoked porters I have had. I compare all smoked porters to this one.

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Photo of mjurney
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition.

Black color with some ruby red highlights. Thick creamy beige head.

Smoked wood, some charcoal, sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate.

Smoked wood from start to finish, rich, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, a little charcoal. Bitter finish, very smooth. Body is full, creamy, silky, smooth.

It's an outstanding smoked porter.

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Photo of tmzl
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours with huge, thick, mostly very fine bubbles (some big ones in the middle), head. Good, slow, sticky retention (big bubbles breakdown principle). Leaves a thin, creamy top layer and fair amount of lacing. Dark brown with strong amber hue, can't see through but seems relatively clear.

Smell: Smoked, first associations were of light pork meat but combined with salty notes it creates a raw smoked salmon smell - fantastic. Also some light fruity notes, watermelon and little sweet tomatoes. Porter backbone is present, but light - milk chocolate warmth. It's very clean.

Taste: Light sweet middle, some hints of chocolate, caramel, dates, coffee. Very light sour and mineral notes. All builds up and goes to very clear, clean medium bitterness, mostly ash smoke with a bit of roast. Very smooth, light porter milkiness with light hop presence at the end too.

Mouthfeel: Medium, medium heavy body feel, silky, smooth - very good. Fills the mouth completely.

Overall: It's very clean, the salmon smoke character is very unique and outstanding, porter backbone is barely noticeable. A very interesting example of the style and good representation that the smoke can do some unique and superb shit.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled September 2013. Thanks to cbutova for sharing this one, always have wanted to try it.

Appearance - Very very dark red, nearly black. Beige head transforms to a ring eventually, slight lace left.

Smell - Big ol' peppery-salty-meat scents with cocoa, roast, and vanilla sweetness. Pretty much a rauchbier-level smoke takeover going on, but the porter base is noticeable.

Taste - The taste is a bit less smoky and more balanced. Grains, roast, some chocolate and vanilla, light hop bitterness. Smoke has a unique woody salty meat thing going on, can't help but think of Alaskan salmon.

Mouthfeel - Little high on the carbonation, definitely some extra foaminess, but the mouthfeel was fine overall. A little bit of a sipper for me.

Overall - Great smoked porter, AK goodness. I wish the porter base showed through a bit more but quite good as is.

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Photo of stevoj
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

smoked essence, not as robust as a German rauch, but smooth and mellow. Burnt toast and campfire come through in the nose, coffee and chocolate in the taste. Nice. Sampled 2010, 2011. Cellared: 2013, 2014, 2015

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Photo of cbutova
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting to try this beer for the first time. I always like the sound of it for about four years now, got one in CA and time to give it a go. 2013 vintage.

A- Black bodied pour from the bomber into two pint glasses. A cap forms atop the brew with a beige, light tan hue. The head reaches two fingers with a creamy texture and has decent retention. Eventually a frothy ring leaves nice webs of thick lace and spotty patches beyond the top.

S- Smoke is intense here and reminds me of the smoky Black beers of Germany. The porter base comes through a bit but is pale in comparison to the nice meaty smoked malts. Not all that campfire-esque but more smooth than that. Some sweet roast cocoa and caramel malts as well.

T- The Porter base and the smoke really come together here as compared to the nose. Malts are the star in this beer between the smoke and the roast. Rich dark cocoa powder, toasted nuts, toffee and caramel. Obviously a good deal of smooth meaty smoke. Some hops in the back end with earthy, citrus and floral hints. Some dark fruity yeast notes.

MF- Moderately thick oily body with an overall texture somewhere between creamy and foamy. Carbonation comes in at a medium, silky level and supports the rich malts.

Heavily smoked malty without being too in your face or abrasive. A rich, deep dark cocoa feel balances the smoke out nicely with some hints of yeast and hops on the back end. Certainly something I would pick up again when on the West coast.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2011 bottling poured into a Maudite snifter. The beer is very dark, arguably black, admits no light that I can see, and sports a rocky brown head. The nose has distinct smokey notes, but the smoke is not terribly potent. Underneath the smoke are some nice roasty notes and a rich malty vanilla-like sweetness.

Medium body with a nice porter flavor of roast and malt accented by a lovely smokiness. Up front you get sweet malt and sarsaparilla flavors, then at mid palate roasty notes and smoke come in. The smoke is well-balanced by the other flavors and does not dominate. A little roast and smoke linger on the finish. The beer is much easier-drinking than I thought it would be.

I traded for this beer a while ago and forgot I had it. I probably waited just a bit too long to crack it open, but I think it held up pretty well. Generally, I don't go for smoked beers, but this one is very nicely done. The smoke is subtle and a bit player, not the star of the show. I would prefer if the sweet flavors were a little more aggressive, and I find the feel to be a bit thin, but it's still a really nice beer.

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Photo of Radome
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage from a bomber bottle.

A - Deep, deep brown color, with ruby highlights when held up to light. Looks very clear in the light. Head is light tan and about 1 inch at the pour. Later it shrinks to wispy curls across the surface and big piles of large bubbles and lacing around the rim.

S - The dominant aroma is of soft campfire smoke and charcoal. There is a bit of roasted malt. No hops aroma. At the end of the sniff, I get a medicinal quality that reminds me of the peat-smoked Scotch whiskies like Laphroaig.

T - The flavors are even more complex than the aromas. There are multiple overlapping layers of dark, roasted malts and wood smoke. There are hints of coffee, cherries and tobacco. No hops or yeast character are apparent in the flavors.

M - Thick body, low to medium carbonation that feels prickly and helps lighten the body. Alcohol presence is low. There is a strong backbone of hops bitterness.

O - This is a bold and complex beer. There are an amazing amount of flavor and aroma layers to peel back, especially considering its a conventional strength beer and not an Imperial porter.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-black color that lets no light through with a brown head that lingers and leave a lace
S-Mostly smoke and a little bit of caramel sweetness
T-smoke flavor with some malt sweetness that had some bitterness that fades back into a smoke finish
M-full body and low carbonation
O-If you like smoked beers this would have to be up there. I enjoyed it and will try it again

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Photo of BierJager89
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a mocha head.

S: Tons of smoke hinting toward various cuts of pork.

T: Smoke (scotchy), roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, a few hints toward pork but the smoke is primarily scotchy.

M: Medium bodied and average carbonation.

O: Porters make great smoked beers, and this proves it.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this brew in a shaker pint. Bottled on 9/19/12. Thanks darthvohn!

The foam on this beast swells to three-finger's of ecru-colored frothy stuff. The cratered cap hangs onto the glass as it subsides, leaving a blanket of thick bubble-drenched lacing. Nearest black body with cola highlights, this porter looks the part.

Sweet and smokey aromas abound in the glass. This dark beauty reveals herself with scents of honey glazed ham, brown sugar, campfire, and dark chocolate. That nose is a thing of beauty, smoke not disappointing.

The flavors boldly overwhelm the palate with bombastic notes of brown sugar, bacon, ham, smoke, dark bread, and an oh so subtle dark fruit swirl and dark chocolate on the finish. The campfire char evolves and builds over the course of the entire drink, with a biting bitterness after the swallow.

This strong beer has the creaminess to back it up, while still being a touch watery with a medium heft. The smoke and char of this offering lends a drying finish. The smoked meat flavors really cling to the chops. Love it!

Alaskan Smoked Porter commands a huge amount of hype, and manages to surpass it in every way. The sweet base porter with notes of dark chocolate and dark fruit combines so well with the huge, but not overwhelming notes of campfire and smoked meat, the drying finish being the brown gravy on top (cherry doesn't work well in this case). Truly a treat, and not one this beer drinker takes lightly, enjoying every last sip.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In a pint glass the beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color. There was a small tan head without any lace.

The aroma was smoked malt, coffee, and chocolate. Very redolent.

The smoked malt was more apparent in the taste. Also some dark coffee/espresso and a little bit of chocolate.

A great beer. Rich and smooth.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.

22oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 09/10/13. Pours a dark brownish black color with an inch of light tan head. Lots of lacing. Great smokey aroma, almost like smoked salmon. Lots of charcoal, earth, smoke and small hints of black coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is more of the smoked malts and charcoal. Almost a bit meaty. Earth, smoke and bitter dark chocolate at the finish with some black coffee notes. Very little alcohol presence. Velvety mouthfeel that is on the lighter side. Overall, one of the best Smoked Porters I have had. Extremely well made with a great smokey taste.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with one finger fluffy dark tan head. Excellent head retention

S - Wow, Very nice aroma. Lots of chocolate, coffe, and toffee with an excellent smokey background

T - More skome than I anticipate from the aroma. Smoke is upfront and on the finish. In Between, hnits of chocolate and coffee

M - Lighter than it looks but still a medium bodied beer. Very smooth and slick

O - Wonderful smoked porter. Nice use of smoke. Many times the smoke is overpowering but this one is just right in my opinion.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From the 2012 vintage bottle. Sampled on January 1, 2014 - my first beer of the new year.

The pour is inimitable and as perfect as it can be with its extra dark brown to jet black color and softly floating tan head that leaves lacing on the glass.

The aroma is also about as perfect as it can be for a smoked porter with a full smoky cheddar cheese note balanced by dark malts, coffee, and fresh out of the earth hops.

The body was a slight letdown because I had hoped it would be fuller. Instead it was in the thin to medium range.

All I could think of when I tasted it was snacking on Grafton Village Cheese smoked cheddar ends (from Vermont). Along with the smoked cheese appeal I picked up a flavor of dark fruit, dark roasted malts, and a fine dry hopped finale that lingers briefly then fades.

This has been on my wish list for several years and it lived up to every whisper of hype I ever heard about it.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A very dark brown beer with a garnet hue and good clarity. It pours with two fingers of rocky to creamy light brown bubbles. It has good head retention, fading after a minute to a thin layer of bubbles that leave a light lacing on the glass.

S: A moderate aroma of dark malt and smoke. There are light notes of dark roast and coffee with a hint of chocolate.

T: A medium strong dark malt flavor with a medium amount of smoke flavor. There are some sharp roast malt flavors with hints of dark fruit and toffee with some . The beer has a moderate malt sweetness and hops bitterness making for a balance the is about even. The finish is medium with an aftertaste of coffee and smoke.

M: A creamy, medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: A solid smoked porter with a some great dark malt and sharp roast flavors.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer, with an average beige head. In the nose there is smoke, light peat and chocolate. It is a medium bodied beer, with a low carbonation. In the taste there is meat, smoke, brown malts, whiskey malts. The aftertaste is light smokey, malty and light coffee. A nice smokey porter.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a near pitch black with deep ruby/brown edges. Fluffy beige head with decent retention. Very pretty.

Smell is a little more heavy-handed with the smoke than I was hoping, but I guess that's sorta the point, huh? A bit of coffee-like roastiness comes through too.

Flavor is top notch. Subtle smoke flavor doesn't overpower the rich coffee and chocolate flavors you'd expect from a nice porter. Really well done.

Mouthfeel is lush and creamy. Possibly a touch more carbonation than I'd like in this style, but that could be due to my warm-ish serving temp.

Overall a really well done beer from Alaskan. I don't like beers with an overwhelming smoke presence, but this one suits my fancy just fine. Thanks to kangarooadam for the chance to try this one!

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Photo of ISmith87
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3.75 - dark brown almost black beer with billowy tan head. no lacing.
S - 4.00 - nice smoky, bonfire, and smoked meat smell. Ash, Woods/forest smells. Burnt marshmallow and hot dog.
T - 4.00 - Not as complex as some, smokey as hell, smoked meats, ash, bbq sauce, wood. Burnt marshmallow and hot dog. Very much a smoked beer, moreso than a porter.
M - 4.00 - pretty light for a porter, alc completely covered. Aftertaste is roasty malts and slight smoke.
O - 4.00 - I like it, but I don't know if I'd rate it as high as the other guys here. The Bruery Smoking Wood blows it out of the water. This one is less well balanced and more smokey.

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

Black color that blocks all light, with a thick caramel head with short retention.
Aroma of smoked malts or even smoked salmon (?!?). Hints of caramel and camp fire.
Flavor of coffee, smoked malts, cocoa, mild ash and citric orange hops. Dry and roasted aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Excellent and perfectly crafted Porter, great balance with bold flavors and still with great drinkability. It lived up to my expectations.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alaskan Brewing began distributing to New Mexico in the last couple of months and before last week, only the regular, six-pack brews were available. Our state got the Smoked Porter last weeks in bomber bottles.

The beer's appearance is dark, dark brown, almost black, with a burly, khaki-like head. The beer was poured into a Nonic Pint glass and kicked off nearly four fingers of head.

The smell immediately hit me with its earthy smokiness that reminded me much more of a rauchbier than the smoked porters I'm familiar with. The smokiness was oaky and wood-like. Dark malts and chocolate notes lurk underneath and hit the nose after a few whiffs.

The smokiness is just as present on the palate, and again, suggests to me a good rauchbier, but then the thick chocolate, roasted malts and coffee notes emerge. It's a good medley of flavors that drinks smooth with a thick, creaminess.

Overall, a great beer.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle into Chimay goblet at about 45 degrees.

Even at 2+ years, still carries a decent tan head. Body is deep brown with mahogany edges. Head fades to ring and skim film.

Aromas are somewhat lighter than expected, but no less tasty. Great smoke quality - lots of ham, accompanied by cocoa, bitter bark, and then... more ham. As it warms, it is much more impressive and pronounced.

Mouthfeel is quite lively - not the least bit thick or cloying, which is so nice. Flavors include smoked meats, dark-dark chocolate, northwestern hop profile, tree bark, and some creamy caramel towards the finish. It does finish rather sharp and dry.

Wonderful beer - fully deserving of the accolades bestowed upon it.

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