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RATINGS: 1731   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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 and, unlike most beers, may be aged in the bottle, much like fine wine.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - SEP 6, 2007
dark ruby cola color with a tiny tan head. has a strong smoked oak aroma with hints of chocolate and plums. the beer has a medium watery body with a soft carbonation. the taste is strong smoke with a light bittersweet chocolate and dark ripe berries. the beer finishes very mellow with a soft roasted dryness. very strong flavor beer but amazingly drinkable and not overpowering

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 5, 2007
Bottle 2006, Smokey aroma, like a hickory or mesquite grill, hmm like a piece of smoked ham. Pours a very dark red with a thin beige head. Taste is smokey, malty not a ton of mouthfeel, slight roasted notes, which add a degree of bitterness, no sweetness to speak of its quite dry. Finishes nice and easy, with a dryness that asks you to drink more its quite nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010
Name: Smoked Vertical 00-07
Date: November 17, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Throwdown 3
Aroma: 00 still has a strongest smoked aroma with it fading towards newer years, 01 is second for smoke and the rest are pretty equal
Body: 07 is sweet chocolate flavor, as years get earlier the smoke picks up, body starts to thin around 02, chocolate starts getting rich at 04 and grows towards recent years, 06 and 07 have a dark caramel sweetness to bring out the chocolate, 07 smoke is more of a bitter character than a smokey one
Overall: gradually being dumbed down as the years progress to appeal to the masses while young

Aroma: /10; Appearance: /10; Flavor: /10; Palate: /10; Overall: /20
Rating: 0/5.0
Drinkability: /10

Date: February 03, 1999
Mode: Bottle
Source: Belmont Station, Portland
Vintage: 1998
Appearance: black, frothy tan head
Aroma: strong smokey aroma
Body: medium body
Flavor: rjch malt flavor, hint of sweetness, lots of smokey character, lingering smokeyness that has slight bitter undertones, the rich porter is not lost with the strong smokey character - especially after it warms a bit and the smoke subsides

Date: February 15, 2004
Vintage: 1998
still verry smokey aroma, much more so than later years in the vertical, a bit thin, lots of roasted and smoked character,

Date: December 10, 2005
Source: tasting
Vintage: 1998
still lots of smoke in the aroma, way stronger than the 05, thin and oxidized, disapointing after the big aroma,

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Score: **** /4

Date: February 15, 2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Belmont Station, Portland
Vintage: 1999
Appearance: black, thin tan head
Aroma: smokey winey aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor with a lot of smoke in the finish

Date: December 10, 2005
Source: tasting
Vintage: 1999
Aroma: light smoke aroma with nice chocolate coming through, a bit thin
Flavor: nice chocolate flavor, light smoke character

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Score: **** /4

Date: February 15, 2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Belmont Station, Portland
Vintage: 2000
Appearance: black, thin tan head
Aroma: nice smokey aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor well blended with big good smoke character

Date: June 18, 2005
Vintage: 2000
Aroma: still a huge smoked aroma
Flavor: big rich malt flavor, lots of balanced smoked character

Date: December 10, 2005
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2000
Aroma: smoke aroma is fading but still very robust
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice smoke character

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Score: **** /4

Date: February 15, 2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Belmont Station, Portland
Vintage: 2001
Appearance: black, thin tan head
Aroma: nice smokey aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor well blended with mild smoke character

Date: December 10, 2005
Vintage: 2001
Words: tasty
Aroma: still smokey aroma
Flavor: nice rich chocolate malt flavor, light smoke

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Score: **** /4

Date: January 07, 2003
Mode: Bottle
Source: Belmont Station, Portland
Vintage: 2002
Appearance: black, thin head that quickly disapates
Aroma: roasted malt aroma with a light smokey essence
Flavor: rich dry malt flavor, slight burnt malt character

Date: February 15, 2004
Vintage: 2002
Aroma: still a nice smokey character in the aroma
Flavor: great malt flavor, robust smokey character

Date: December 10, 2005
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2002
Aroma: smoke aroma is fading
Body: body is thinning
Flavor: touch of chocolate

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Score: *** /4

Date: April 19, 2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Liquid Solutions
Vintage: 2003
Appearance: black with a wispy tan head that can be excited upon request
Aroma: smokey roasted nalt aroma
Body: velvet smooth body
Flavor: rich dark malt flavor, lots of great chocolate, nice smokey character in the finish that blends well with a touch of bitterness

Date: December 10, 2005
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2003
Aroma: nice smokey aroma
Flavor: good chocolate flavor, light bitterness

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Score: **** /4

Date: December 16, 2004
Mode: Draft
Source: Freakin Frog
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: black with a nice brown head
Aroma: nice smokey aroma
Flavor: super rich and thick chocolate malt flavor, nice balancing smoke character arives late and lingers in the finish instead of being in your face, an excellent chocolate porter bittered with smoke, like a smokey chocolate milkshake

Date: December 10, 2005
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2004
Aroma: sweet smoked chocolate aroma
Flavor: great chocolate flavor with a decent amount of smoke to balance it out, hint of sweetness

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Score: **** /4

Date: November 30, 2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Nija’s
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: black with ruby edges
Aroma: huge smoked ham aroma
Flavor: big smoked flavor on a good chocolate malt base, light bitterness

Date: December 10, 2005
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2005
Aroma: nice mild smoke aroma on a slightly sweet chocolate base
Flavor: good chocolate flavor, light smoked bitterness

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ***+ /4

Date: June 16, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: black, ruby edges, wispy beige head
Aroma: huge smoked bacon aroma stronger than recent years
Flavor: rich dry milk chocolate flavor, lots of smoke, the smoke leads to a long bitter finish especially upon warming

Date: July 07, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: liquid solutions
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: black, fine tan head that will rouse up big and creamy but only leaves a drop or two of lace
Aroma: lots of smoke aroma on dark chocolate malt with earthy hops and a light amount of roasted
Body: rich creamy body
Flavor: lots of dry dark chocolate flavor, a touch of caramel in the background yields a bit of sweetness, good roasted malt follows the dark chocolate, earthy bitterness blends well with the smoke, overall smokey character stays balanced

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: January 11, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Liquid Solutions
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: dark brown, frothy tan head, drippy splotches of lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma with lots of smokey character
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, nice dark caramel sweetness brings out the chocolate, plenty of smoked character offers the balance to the sweet, light bitterness rises out of the smoke and leaves a bitter yet smoky finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Date: November 23, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Liquid Solutions
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: opaque dark brown, wispy tan head
Aroma: big smokey aroma, earthy chocolate, touch of sweet dark caramel
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, lots of earthy smokeyness, smoke and earthyness keeps it pretty dry, light bitterness
Overall: maybe a bit more smokey this year

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Date: March 28, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: opaque dark brown, creamy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: smokey dark chocolate aroma, touch of wood in the smoke
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, dark chocolate bitterness, well balanced smokey character, light earthyness from the smoke, touch of caramel and vanilla sweetness
Overall: still great but getting lost in a world of ever increasing great beers

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2007
2003 bottle. Poured deep brown, with a small tan head. powerful smoky aroma. Flavor is roasted chocolate malt, with some liquorice, and some smoke. Smokiness is present in the flavor, but it’s not the focus as it is in the aroma. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than i remember. Smooth, enjoyable and easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2007
2006 bottle courtesy of mgumby10 (thanks!). Poured dark brown/black with small tan head. Aroma is a good melding of smokiness and chocolate/coffee. Upon tasting, the first taste I get is the porter portion, mostly chocolate. As I let it sit for a while, the smokiness comes out quite a bit. The finish is decidedly more smoky, pretty interesting for me the rauchbier noob. Palate was medium to light, with little carbonation. A good beer for sure, though this style may take some getting used to. I’ll have to acquire another bottle some time in the future.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 Finally got some of this. Strong smoky oak aroma, campfire type stuff. Dark mahogany pour...head was thin and off-white. Not as thick as I would have liked to see the body. Flavor is complex...charcoal, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and cold coffee. The smokiness is abundant yet not overpowering. All the flavors blend well but not as explosive as I thought it would be. Starts smooth and finishes the same. Good beer...was expecting a little more though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a black color porter with a quite big foamy head with some good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of smoked malt is dominating with some dry roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is dominated by smoked malt with a well balance mix of dry roasted malt. I enjoyed the fact that while still being a smoked beer it was well enough balance to enjoy other aspect (i.e. roasted malt). Body is quite full with some medium carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2007
Bottle shared with HogtownHarry and Milos, Harry’s bottle. This one pours deep chestnut brown, almost black,and is capped with a frothy mocha top. The aroma is oak, smokey roasty malts, dark chocolate, some vanilla, and just a hint of cherry wood with some mint leaves. Lots of minty vanilla, oak and tonnes of smoked roasty malts. Bitter dark chocolate and a cup of black coffee all bring the flavours out. Creamy and astringent, hoppy and smoky, good and great! Thanks for sharing Harry!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2007
My first, and still favorite, smoked porter. The smoke is tasty, very present, but not overpowering. Plenty of roast, some carbon, and a hint of saltiness. Try drizzling this over some vanilla ice cream. Earlier vintages are smoother and creamier.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Big thanks to acertain for this 2004 bottle. Aroma is of smoke, roast, chocolate, coffee and molasses. Rich and smoky with a touch of oxidation. Dark, dark brown in color (almost black) with a thin head that fades. Flavor is loaded with smoke, sweet smoky richness, but the roast flavors are a little thin. Absolutely no bitterness, just a touch of astringency. It leaves a nice lingering flavor of roasted malt and smoke. Medium body, watery-creamy texture.


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