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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4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber bottle with a beautiful scene of 3 caribou walking down a hill with the sun rising up behind them. No back label. Everything can be found on the one label. Directly below the picture is a description of the beer and an inked bottled date. That's there in case you miss the vintage year above the picture. Flanking the picture is all the mandatory Government info. My bottle is from the current vintage of 2012. My bottle was bottled on 9/18/2012. Poured into a Big Eddy (don't laugh) Snifter.

This smoked Porter poured a black color that was black as the night sky in the Alaskan wilderness. I checked the color against the light and the ray of light got shot back to where it came from. On top was a creamy 1/2 an inch head of foam. The color of the head of foam is hard to describe. It wasn't white, but it wasn't beige either. It was a dirty white color. This dirty white head of foam had nice retention that left behind a medium sized string of rings and minimal amount of spots of lace around the glass.

As soon as the cap was removed, out comes a nice strong smoky aroma. When the beer was poured, the smoky aroma didn't calm down a bit. That's a very good thing. The aroma was strong with smoked malts, smoked beechwood, camp fire, smoked meats, liquid smoke, and a subtle whiff of green olives. I could see people saying this beer smells like bacon. Backing up all of the smoky aromas was a faint whiff of caramel/molasses. A very pleasing smoky aroma.

I wonder what kind of taste I'm going to get from a pitch black smoky beer? If you guessed bitter and tart, you would be wrong sir/ma'am. The taste was all about the liquid smoke. It didn't taste so smoky that it felt like you were drinking a smoke stack. The taste was smoky with smoked malts, camp fire, smoked meats like bacon and ham, smoke beechwood, green olives, a drop of smoked coffee beans, and a gentle taste of dark chocolate. Unlike the aroma, there really wasn't a back drop of sweetness. It was all about the smoke in the taste. The sweet ending wasn't needed, but it would have been nice to have.

Despite only having a 6.5% ABV, this beer was medium to full bodied. It got that way due to the beer's thick smoky content. I don't think I need to tell you what was in the aftertaste. If made an appearance in the initial taste, it made an appearance in the aftertaste. This thick smoky aftertaste will linger on the roof of your mouth for some time.

Even though its smoky like hell, this beer is extremely drinkable. Maybe not everyday drinkable, but I would purchase more than one bottle at a time. That is if I could find this beer in my part of the country. I would love to age a bottle or two to what age will do to this beer. I doubt Father Time will counter this beer's thick smoky taste.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage shared at 26 Feb tasting. Reviewed from notes.

Decent hiss on opening. More brown than black, with a decent mocha head. Falls quietly to a raised collar and resilient film

Molasses, sweet and dark chocolate, liquorice, with some light and dreamy smoky bacon notes

Flavours are similar, better, and brilliantly integrated. Benign roast charcoal bitterness.

Quite a light body, with spritzy carbonation leading into the pleasant toasty bitter finish.

Very, very classy. Amazing integration and coherency.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottled on 9/19/12, opened on 3/20/13, poured into a snifter glass from a 22oz bottle.

A- two fingers of dark tan head with large bubbles on top. very deep dark brown body. the head fades to thin layer. the lacing is quite thick.

S- That classic burnt sweet malt american porter smell is up front. cold coffee, dark chocolate, roasted almonds, and maple syrup all come though quite nicely.

T- It's a burnt coffee malt bomb with a lingering sweetness. The bitterness hits and fades quickly.

M- It's refreshing. It's a medium-heavy body and the carbonation is present but not obvious. It's semi-dry.

O- I always wish i could write my reviews before seeing the score. I wouldn't say it's exceptional, but I would say it's one of the best porters I've had thus far. I would recommend it to anyone who is experienced in the style. I'd really like to see what cellaring would have done. Overall though, goddamn good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the newly opened Albany Taproom. Served in a 16oz pint glass.

Pours a darkened, brownish color with barely any light passing through, as well as sporting a modest half-finger of head. The top rim of the glass allows some clarity, but for the most part, this is by far one of the murkiest looking porters I've seen lately. Some bubbles and carbonation float around the glass, but there's an impressive viscosity with every swirl I give this. Some decent alcohol legs, although no lacing to be found. A solid, lively take on the style.

The aroma consists of a smoked, brown sugared malty flavor with a subtle yet astringent grainy backbone. There's lightly tinged coffee aromas, a little bit of chocolate and blackcurrant, but if you're wanting to try a legitimately smoked porter, look no further. This is pelted with smoky characteristics resemblant of firewood, smoked curated fish or meat, tobacco, and charcoal. It pretty much reminds me of sitting by a fireside outdoors on a camping trip in the company of friends. There's something to be said about a beer that can trigger such imagery.

The flavor continues the smoky trail, but there are luckily some aspects that open up here. Underneath the smoke, there are thickened, spiced rye-like breadiness, enormous peppery blackcurrant-like grains, and a little bit of grassy zest, all submerged in a ton of carbonation. Syrupy, caramelized sugar follows soon after. Can't make out any fruitiness in this one, and the smoke continues to the wood soaked bread flavor to almost overwhelming heights. This is honestly not a beer you want to chug down, as every sip is really intense and filled to the brim with charcoal and rich breadiness. There's definitely no thinness here to speak of, although the excessive carbonation gets a bit distracting in the long run.

There's smoked beers, and then there's this! This is really intense but flavorful if you give it a chance and the right mindset. This would go really well with game meat, smoked salmon, or simply paired with a cigar. Fans of whiskey may enjoy this one as well. I would welcome this on any cold evening, just as people in Alaska would when escaping from their own harsh weather. It's a beer with atmosphere, for sure, just definitely not for every occasion!

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

650ml bottle bought online from 2012 bottling

Poured a deep dark burnt brown / black colour. Burnt tan head poured quite thick and foamy then faded fairly quickly to wispy covering with thin ring around the edge... light sticky lacing...

Aroma - lots of smokey roasted malts which reminded me of German Rauchbiers, smokey bacon, burnt sugar and treacle, vanilla, toasted / charred malt and fruit loaf, strong toasted chocolate malts, some alcohol, dark fruits (dates, prunes, blackberries), hints of cola, light liquorice, earthy...

Taste - Quite sweet roasted smokey malts, dark fruits (raisins, currents), light caramel notes, some roasted bitter chocolate, light warming alcohol, some oakiness, light vanilla, sooty smokiness, some peppery notes, molasses, light bitter coffee...

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy with a little sharpness coming through... medium / full bodied... fairly drinkable for a 6.5% beer...

Overall - A superb brew and one i'm glad i finally got to try... i have another bottle which i'll keep for a couple of years to see how it ages... highly recommended

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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