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 | 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.

Added by Bierman9 on 10-18-2001

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4.18
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Photo of baiser
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful smoked aroma. Thick, black body with a tan head. A rush of dark, smokey, roasted flavours. Full of coffee and bitter chocolate. Some dark fruit flavours, a hint of sourness. Bitter and satisfying end. Thick, wonderful mouthfeel and IMO extremely drinkable. One of my all time favourite porters.

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Photo of Crotor
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Impenetrable black with ample, dimpled, lingering tan head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma is clean roasted malts, a bit of dark caramel, and a hint of smoke twinge.

The smoke in the flavor is much stronger than I'd expected based on the smell. Relatively dry behind the roasted malts, though the smoke astringency and roastiness may up the impression of dryness. At this age (8 months) the smoke has receeded some, but not enough to allow for more of the malt subtlety to be noticed. Better when younger and older than this, IMO.

Mouthfeel is a bit weaker than I'd like, on the low end for American porters. Not out of style, but I'd think a bigger body would compliment the smokiness a little better...

Pretty much the definative smoked porter IMO (haven't had a chance to try Rogue Smoke, however), and one of my annualy anticipated beers.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 2004 edition in a 22 oz bomber. Thick, creamy, tan head tat thins to about 1 cm on top of the brew leaving a sticky lacing along the side of the glass. Dark black colored liquid with no light coming through.

Smell: Roasty, chocolate, vinous scents. Earthy with some burnt toast and bark scents.

Taste: Strong dark chocolatey taste up front with a sweet maltiness. Sourness along with a bit of roasty character. Some hoppiness near the end. Mild, watery fruitiness makes an appearance near the end. Toast, saltine crackers, and syrupy sweetness as well. Woody flavor near the end. Not any distinct smoke flavors that I can discern. The aftertaste is a bit sticky and syrupy too with a light toast flavor and satisfying biscuity malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Clean with a slightly stickiness in the aftertaste. Medium to heavy body. Not too thick where it would be confused with a stout. In this respect it is very well done to the style.

Drinkability: Very well done beer to style. Subtle sweetness controls some of the bolder flavors. Also the alcohol is well hidden. This beer does not have the flavor to hide more alcohol, so they've done well by not making a really big beer.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to timmcd64 for getting me the 2004 edition of this brew.

Appearance: A light brown head that quickly dissipates into a thin lace. The beer pours thick and oily. The color is pretty much black and is entirely opaque.

Aroma: Fairly roasty with some fruity maltiness as well. A bit of woody aroma too.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor is dominated by an intense smokiness, a roastiness that is incredibly complex: there are flavors of toasty oak, bitter burnt coffee, etc – suffice it to say this beer is roasty, toasty, and even burnt. Some of the other flavors include chocolate, definitely some molasses, and I swear there is some fruitiness to this brew, but because of the eclipsing smokiness its hard to pick out (my guess though, black cherry, but maybe something else, too). The finish is, of course, quite roasty. The mouthfeel is full-bodied, but with comparably subtle carbonation.

Man, the folks at Alaskan Brewing Co. were not fooling around when they called this one a SMOKED Porter; the smoked character of this beer is pretty impressive. But, more generally, the beer is great all around: rich, thick, and very flavorful. Also, it’s surprisingly drinkable for a beer this rich and smokey. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this beer and every word of it was true. Highly recommended!!

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Photo of Gavage
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2004.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown / almost black in color with a nice 1" tan head.

Smell: the aroma is of long roasted coffee.

Taste: the flavor can only be described as superb for a smoked brew. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, with a mild bitterness and just the right amount of smokiness. Perfect brew for BBQ.

Mouthfeel: smooth. This is a medium / heavy bodied brew.

Drinkability: This is a great smoked porter that has a soft and enjoyable smokiness.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a pint bottle, 2003 Vintage.

This is a HUGE smoked brew, absolutely stunning!

I've had a smoked beer or three and this one far and away nails the smoke flavor the best, it really carries through the other flavors and becomes a real feature and asset rather than an afterthought or a distraction as some smoked brews do. Pours a dark, dark brown, nearly black with a light brown head that just a bit of retention living a slight thin head throughout. Nose is spot on, smoke, smoke, smoke, char, smoke. This thing reminds me of a barbeque! I had some deer meat sticks with this one and it worked out wonderfully. Taste is again, heavy on the smoke, with the typical porter characteristics taking an important, yet supporting role. Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied for a porter. Finish is nicely smoky but the char takes a bit more prevalence which is a nice little change at the end.

Very nice beer, if you want to try a smoke beer, this would be the one. Nicely done.

Many, many thanks to Skyhand for providing me this opportunity, you're the best!

Slàinte!

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

The elusive Alaskan Smoked Porter! I first heard about this beer in the Battle of the Beer competition when it dominated it a few years ago. I actually got this beer from a friend in my beer club that actually drove it back from California.
It poured up very dark. No light is getting through. A big foamy, tan head formed but faded fast. The nose has a very slight hint of smoke and more mocha and coffee. The flavor is dry and a lot like a roasted coffee. Reminds me of putting a hot chocolate packet into my morning cup of java. The mouthfeel is a bit this but not bad. It grows more smooth as it warms. Flavor really lingers on the pallet long after swallowing.
I think this beer is every bit as good as I expected it to be. The flavor is good and strong and very memorable. A pleasant surprise after some of the other smoke beers I've tasted and heard about. My only regret about this beer is that I don't live on the West Coast where it's readily available seasonally. I'd definetly reccommend it.

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Photo of walleye
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

form the bottle.to start off I am not a big fan of smoke beers. but this on was pretty good. poured dark brown to blac with a light tan head. aroma, smoke, malts, dark cheeries, dark chocolates as it warms. flavor, light smoke, malts, molasses, and a hint of apples. not to bad

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Photo of nvsblman
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, opaque brown with no head to speak of. Just a touch of white as I'm pouring. The aroma is full of smoked malt. Smells of bbq and peat come through. Tons of great smokiness in the flavor that lingers on the tongue. Hints of chocolate and coffee too. This would be great with a nice slow roasted or smoked pork. This is a very smooth beer. The mouthfeel is velvety and creamy. Wouldn't mind just a touch more carbonation. This is very tasty, it's hard keeping my hand off of the bottles I have left!

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Photo of Skidz
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2003 edition. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for tossing me a sample of his favorite. Going to take this slow....

Pours out dark, crimson tinted brown and sits a bleak mahagony in the glass with a small dark tan head. Fades fairly quickly to the sides and leaves a few stray lacings around the glass.

Smells deeply roasty with thick malty sweetness in every corner. Molten chocolate peers out from inside along with a minor hint of coffee. Smokiness provides a rich, toasty wooden aroma with nice oily character. Wonderfully mellow, absolutely mouth-watering.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, chocolate infused roast character in the front. Smokey flavors come in slowly, melding together a rich wooden flavor with full-on roasty malts. Minor hints of apples and dates. Smooth hop bitterness lends little flavor, but eases out into the finish as smokiness subsides and leaves a light oily residue.

Superior smoothness, creamy and gooey. Mild carbonation, easy to handle works hand-in-hand with the full body.

Excellent porter, wonderful smoked beer. Smokiness is well managed, with good presence, almost perfectly balanced with the maltiness. Killer nose, I could enjoy this beer without even taking a sip, but that would be depriving myself of greater joys. Savor this one...

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a very heavy brown with a nice, creamy brown head.

Smell: It smells almost exactly like the Aecht Shlenkia Rauchbier Urbock (I probably spelled that wrong), only a tiny bit less of a barbecue smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste also has an incredible rauchbier quality to it, but isn't as strong. The smoked flavor is mellowed out by a nice amount of chocolate and coffee notes. The afterflavor kicks the smokiness into high gear, and lingers there for quite some time. The mouthfeel is superbly rich and creamy.

Drinkbaility and Overall: Not a bad porter, but I think it may be a little over-hyped. The rauchbier feel to it kinda dampens the fun of a porter. It's still tasty, and one that's worth trying, but not one I'd drink all the time.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purple buh-lack no lite see through pour with a buh-rown brown head cap.

Excellent nose of smoked salmon, hickory and even a BBQ steak thrown in.

First swigs: Totally smoked flavors. There is a BBQ in my glass. Also, interesting that this is a porter without the usual smoke and roast aspects.

Mouthfeel is a bit buttery and oily, but not cloying.

Drinkability is quite easy, but too specific to be an all nighter.

Last swigs: Like a smoked gouda chedder cheese. One word: Hickory. Special thanks to BA PopeDX for the bottle split.

*** 2005 Review ***

Glints of purple through the bottom of a dim brom buh-lack.

Aroma is where this beer comes alive. A delicious smokey turkey aroma.

First swigs: Smokey turkey and cola. Memory serves a more lingering meaty smoked rauch character. Initial smoke character hits a cola induced brick wall.

Feel: Overly crisp. Medium feel with a dry lingering ovetone. Did my tastebuds evolve or did this beer become more like a soda? Miniscule point: ABV is 6.5%.

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Photo of beercollector
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers made. This is a great beer to lay down. On the Beer Cruise stop in Juneau, Alaskan provided tastes of a mid 1990's brew. It was so smooth and such a flavor.

Tonight, I'm drinking the 2004 for dessert.

It pours deep chocolate brown. No light gets through the glass. A deep head that falls to Belgian Lace. It stays fairly dense on the top for a while.

You can barely smell the smoke. Mostly malt.

A rich deep almost chocolate taste gives way to a light smoke malty flavor. This is followed by a slight bitterness.

Thick creamy mouthfeel that coats the tongue. This stays with you in a creamy after taste of smoke.

This is wonderful beer to finish the day. The beer should be served towar the warm side of cellar temperature. This brings out all of the character. Now that it is in 22 oz. bottles one is plenty. Slow sips to savor the deep flavor.

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Photo of bensiff
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As long as you enjoy a little smoke taste in your beer, this is one of the best beers available to us mortals. However, I say that with one stipulation. This beer does not come from the brewery in its ideal state. With a solid 2-3 years of cellar time this beer evolves into one of the most pleasurable drinking experiences one might aspire to enjoy.

This one drains from the bottle a deep brown charcoal color that allows little light to penetrate with the exception of a ruby hint on the meniscus. A light chocolate brown head forms when pored, but quickly dissipates into a delicate lacing on the glass sides leaving the deep hue of the porter staring back at you.

From here on aging is everything. A freshly opened vintage will be too much for all but true rauchbier fans. However, with age this beer will mature from an elementary student to the wisdom of an elder cleric…metaphorically speaking of course.

With age the alder smoke character mellows and the porter flavors rise until they become well balanced equals. The smell is a nice mix of smoke and chocolate malt with a touch of espresso hiding in the background.

Upon taking a sip multiple things hit the palette. Smooth smoke flavors of wedded charcoal and smoked meat, malty sweetness, a slight tingle of carbonation, a note of alcohol, and finally hop bitterness creeps in to balance and dry things out. There is enough complexity to keep this one from being boring, but not so much it leaves your tongue pondering what just happened.

Mouthfeel is a little less than medium, although the smoke might trick the senses into thinking its fuller.

This is a beer one probably will only have one or two of at a time. And given the diminishing capacity of senses with inebriation it would be a shameful waste to dowse the impaired tongue when it cannot appreciate the greatness that has befallen it. Long story short, drinkability is outstanding.

I buy a case every year and rotate the stock. I recommend everyone keep enough of this one in their beer collection to allow tastings at various times.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to BA cmaruschak for the chance to sample this west coast goodie.

Appearance: midnight black with a foamy and fluffy tan head.

Smell: Smoky, woody, light yeast, and a charcoal prominence that's hard to get away from.

Taste: Very earthy, smoky, and oaky. A strong smoke flavor predominates the whole experience. Dry cocoa and a brush of alcohol towards the end but the charcola dominates all.

Mouthfeel: full bodied and thick. This has a lot of character but the smoky aftertaste is a little rough for me.

Drinkability: suffers for me just b/c I can't handle the smoky presence.

I felt the same way about this one as I did the Stone Smoked Porter. They both taste like finely crafted beer but it's just a style that doesn't work for me.

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

Wet Kodiak brown bear on a moonless night brown (that one just missed making the Crayola 64-pack). I don't believe that I've ever seen a porter this light rejectingly dark. The malted milk colored cap is compact, creamysmooth and is depositing lace in a virtually unbroken sheet.

The nose consists of a wonderful combination of roasted barley and smoke. Thankfully, the smoke isn't rauchbier-like and is restrained enough for me to appreciate dark chocolate and hops underlying the principal elements of the aroma. "Some think the smoke is tooo strong and some think the smoke is tooo weak, but I think the smoke is juuust right."

This is tasty beer without a doubt. Again, well-roasted barley and wood smoke play off one another nicely. While the flavor is good, it doesn't quite achieve greatness in my eyes, possibly because the body is lighter than expected and results in a beer that lacks some degree of power and presence in the mouth. I know that this is an American porter and not a Baltic porter or a stout, but still...

Yet another facet of the flavor profile is a mellow, fruity tartness. In addition, hops contribute a modest finishing bitterness. The body/mouthfeel is strictly medium for the style and tends to thin out just a tad on the swallow. I'll restrain myself from marking it down, even though I prefer more full-bodied beer. It probably qualifies as nitpickiness, but the carbonation is slightly too sprightly.

Alaskan Smoked Porter is good beer. Bulking up the body would help immensely and would turn it into something special. I can see how some just love it though. This a beer that I'll buy whenever I have the opportunity to do so. 2003 edition.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with no head but when held to the light and tilted towards the mouth theres a decent carbonation level visable. Slight smoke aroma-almost a sweet black currant smell. Big malt flavor upfront with a healthy touch of smokiness. Great inky/oily flavor. Theres a well rounded softness to the whole thing-very well balanced. Great body-well suited to the overall flavor and feel of the beer. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer. I think the smokiness might get to be too much after several beers but thats just my opinion. Thanks a million to skyhand for the awesome trade. I had major doubts about ever being able to try this beer. Ive heard about it for many years.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smoothness abounds for a short time in the lightly creamy, medium bubble head that falls slowly. Black looks, thick. Nose is...smoked! Smoked bacon no doubt, light touches of vanilla and cinnamon over that, and a bite of sweetness. A bite, not a bit.

Taste continues on with the smoked meat, charcoaled slightly, but changes over to a hoppy dryness in the finale. Fruity blueberry cola. Roasted chicory. After of coffee, big roastiness. Bitter. Complete.

Medium to light mouthfeel, creamy and madly drinkable.

I'm not one who usually likes smoked beers, but the flavor and feel of this one gets me going hardcore. Somewhat big beer, and bigger on flavor. Bacon burps.

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Photo of tjd25
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dense creamy head on a dark color showing light purple notes when looked at against the light. Great smell, everything I expect from a smiked beer: A deep smoky character, making me dream of bacon, mixed with notes of chocolate and fruit, with light hints of orange and raspberry. The taste keeps up with the great smell; the smoked character gets away from the bacon aspect to get closer to plain smoke and chocolate. The fruits appear later and stay in the aftertaste: no raspberries anymore, but oranges get combined with fresh notes of lemon. The mouthfeel is quite round, and enjoyably light wihtout being thin. It emphasizes the smooth and melting chocolate character, as the smoky aspect develops in the mouth by small poofs. A great drinkability for the style too.

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Photo of Dantes
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Package: 1 U.S. Pint (473ml) crowned, brown semi-bomber. Nice label depicting Caribou posed on an incline, with a sunset-like glow in the background. The appropriate year (2002 and 2003 here) is printed at the top edge of the label. 6.2% and 6.5% ABV respectively.

Cost: Acquired via trades

Presentation: 20oz. imperial pint at ~50º.

Appearance: Poured a classic porter brown-black, with a very dark cocoa-colored head. Head was fairly loose and moist with large-gauge bubbles and little sticking power. Subsided to a thin slick. Body was 9/10ths opaque, with a coffee-colored glow when held to the light. Fairly typical for a porter.

Smell: Absolutely lovely. Doesn’t overwhelm one with acrid, imitation-smelling smoke like some smoked beers do. Instead, it presents a tangy, woody, burning leaves aroma that reminded me of a sauna I took in Iceland (in a beer-barrel shaped sauna as a matter of fact). There are also scents of chocolate, juniper, raisins, and rancio from the smoky sweetness blended in. The juniper may have been triggered by the sauna memory. Still, a bouquet that promises a lot.

Taste: Surprisingly soft on the palate at first, with a gentle sweetness. I somehow expected a drier, sharper beer in the style of a Stone Smoked Porter or a Smutty Robust Porter. That’s not to say this is a flabby, fat beer. The woody smoke underpins the full array of toasted chocolate malts and plays off the subtle hopping. The finish is mouth-wateringly dry, with an almost salty (from the smoke?) counterpoint. Long and fulsome.

Mouthfeel: The one semi-weakness. Although some reviews mention a stiff head, all of my examples were on the loose, ephemeral side. This portended a body very slightly on the thin side. The medium-gauge carbonation was excellent though.

Drinkability: A top-notch porter, smoked or otherwise! Drinks like a champ, with little indication of its higher-range ABV. If it weren’t as precious as hens-teeth, I’d be drinking this on a regular basis. Must be stunning on draught or cask. With a touch more body (cask anyone?), this would be an immortal.

Backwash: Approaches classic status in my book. This is one of those beers that one admires not only for some particular attribute like exotic ingredients, high ABV, extreme IBU’s, etc., (although it clearly earns high marks for technical achievement and some exoticness for the alder-smoked malts); but because it’s just damned good! I only wish I had enough to drink regularly with a good cigar. I could definitely see buying this by the case from Liquid Solutions the next time it’s on offer. I haven’t tried a fresh sample because I preferred to age my few bottles, and there wasn’t much difference between the two vintages.

P.S. It annoys me that the brewer (like a few others) distributes this in the UK and Japan, but not the rest of the USA! Come on now!

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

Pours a clear super dark brown brew that is just barely transparent to a very strong light.

Smell is smoke and band-aids before you even get it anywhere near your nose. Close sniffing reveals the fruity scents and sweet malt in the brew. The smokiness is very bacon like.

The first taste is a mouthful of smoke with a slight amount of sweetness to balance it out. After your palette adapts to the smoke the fruity flavors come out. I can taste cherries and grapes and a slight alcohol bite. There is a fair amount of bitterness in the aftertaste, but the nice hop kind and not the nasty charred malt type. Far better balanced and smooth drinking than most Rauchbiers.

Excellent Mouthfeel.

Very high Drinkability score especially considering what it is. Very well balanced and super drinkable. And this is from someone that isn't a Stout fan or a Rauchbier lover.

I must try this with Mexican and BBQ!

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Photo of RootedFool
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle (2004 edition) purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California, into my Duvel tulip glass. The body is nearly black, really an intensely dark shade of brown -- but, let's just say black, with deep, barely noticeable crimson edges when held up to the light. Not much of a head, and I poured rather aggressively. What's here is a soapy quarter inch of dark tan foam, which deflated quickly leaving a puddle of greasy bubbles on the brew's surface. Regardless of the head, or lack thereof, the body is remarkably dark without being pitch black, it almost glows in its darkness.

On second thought, I didn't pour enough of the beer to generate a proper head. I poured more and a beautiful, almost fluffy head -- over an inch and a half -- erupted in my glass. It's leaving some nice little quilts of lace on the glass. Good.

Smell:

First sniff: a rich, chocolatey nose, with a hint of espresso, but mostly sweet. After swirling just slighty, an incredibly thick smokiness pours through. Wood smoke, smoked meats; an almost tangy smokiness through the middle, closing on a nice little wave of bitter sweet chocolate notes. Wonderfully balanced.

Taste:

Opens with a thinly bitter prick on the tip of my palate, and then a flood of rich smokiness pours through -- deep, deep, deep; a pinch of tartness which quickly turns into a nice thrust of hop bitterness right over top of the continuous implosion of heavy smokiness (good salami is coming to mind here, almost greasy, but in a good way, and spicy). The finish, much like the nose, reveals a nice wave of sweetness that perfectly cuts through the duo of smoke and hop bitterness, to create a brilliant trinity of flavors that fade with perfect pace.

The balance is impeccably played out, like a ballet staged in my mouth.

Mouthfeel:

Middling carbonation, just enough; a dense, creamy consistency, coats my palate perfectly without any unpleasant stickiness.

An amazing beer experience.

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Photo of clvand0
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this at Rich O's Public House. Pours a very dark color with a fluffy head that dies off quickly but leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and malty, but has a nice smoke character. The flavor is not at all what I expected. The smoke in the flavor here is wonderfully mixed. Some chocolate and coffee on top of the smooth smokiness. Drinkability is great and the body is full. I'll be having this one again.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for providing me with this beauty.

2004 edition 22oz bomber

Pours an inky black with a beige two finger head that is quick to depart, nice lacing. The most striking feature of this beer is the huge nose; smoky hardwoods, charcoal bitterness, sweet caramel. Taste is much like aroma, smoked salmon and roasted malts which become more pronounced as the beer warms. There is a pleasant "campfire" quality reminiscent of a fishing camp in the Great Northwoods. Full bodied and a little creamy, this bomber didn't last long. I think this may be as close to a comfort beer as I can get.

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

2004 edition. 22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep midnight black color with three fingers of medium tan head. There is a good amount of lacing left down the sides of the glass. The smell is nice and smokey, and has a good amount of chocolate and coffee. Did I mention the smoke? Yeah, it's smokey. The taste is also smokey and chocolatey. A hint of espresso, and guess what? More smoke! I'm the kind of person that wants their smoked beer to be very full of smokey flavor, so this beer certainly didn't disappoint. The mouthfeel is very thick and strong, yet smooth and delicate. The drinkability is fantastic for a smoked beer. I heart this beer.

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Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.
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