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Alaskan Smoked Porter | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
#1,501
Reviews:
985
Ratings:
2,048
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
4.11
 
 
Wants:
349
Gots:
442
Trade:
23
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Ratings: 2,048 |  Reviews: 985
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep black body with glints of red along the edges when held up to light. Good lacing and a sticky light brown head that lasts forever.

S: Campfire smoke and roast, milk chocolate, sweet bready malt, coffee, very subtle hop.

T/M: Nice coffee/hop bitterness upfront, a crescendo of smoky flavor that blends with milk chocolate, subtle coffee and dark fruit, and a sweet malt middle. Very drying smoke and roast on the finish, very long aftertaste.

Overall, a great porter and a great smoked beer. Very complex and flavorful for the abv, if this was year round it would contend as a fridge regular. But since its not, it will be a winter favorite of mine for time to come.

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3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with a deep ruby tinge. Tan, finger width head with fair retention. Leaves a solid layer of microbubbles coating the surface. Lacing is spotty at best.

Smell - Aroma is classic smoke character, like you'd find in applewood smoked bacon. Strong, pungent and near hypnotic. Overpowers most, if not all other character in the brew.

Taste - Much like the nose, predominant smoke flavor upfront and throughout. Roasted malt character comes through with ghost like transparency. Near undetectable. A touch of sweetness. Finishes as it starts; smokey!

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Overall - I don't know that this is a porter so much as it is a classic Smoked Beer, as the smoke character dominates the entire flavor profile (unlike Stone's Smoked Porter where the roasted malt character is clearly present). This is very good, but as a porter it doesn't quite cut it. I enjoyed it, but I'm divided on whether I'd buy it again; the price is a major turn off.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, served cellar temp

A - pours dark brown, almost black. Fluffy persistent head

S - aroma is full on smoke, bacon, chocolate malt

T - smoky again, prominent but not overpowering. Malty predominantly with a solid hop presence

M - smooth, no alcohol, little carbonation

O - great smoked ported. Now that I can't get Stone easily, this can fill my needs for any smoked porter craving I may have

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: A very very dark brown/almost black body with a one finger mocha head that quickly digresses to lace for the rest of the beer.

S: A very unidimensional nose. There is an intense heavily smoked malt aroma and that is about it.

T: Very intense yet light flavors. There is a smokiness that make you feel like you are inhaling smoke. There is a pleasant roast coffee flavor on the back end.

M: Very thin body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: A good beer and a must try if you love heavily smoked beers. However, after all the hype about this beer, I was disappointed.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +3.6%
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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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,048 ratings
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