nolankowal (933) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle, a big thanks goes to acertain for this one. Pours an opaque dark brown/black with a medium-light tan head...pretty decent retention. Certainly getting smoke elements form the aroma as well as the expected coffee and chocolate...perhaps a bit of peat. The flavor is similar with more bitter chocolate coming through as well as the peat...the smoke is nice and suttle, creeping around until the coffee and smoke finish. The body is about what I would expect for a porter, full bodied but not overly heavy gving it a nice drinkability. Malty and roasty in the front working its way to a bittersweet and dry finsih. Everything to this beer works pretty well, nothing is too overpowering nor subdued.
waolsen (1367) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle compliments of glkaiser. thanks. brewed 2004. very dark pour with a nice tan tiny bubble head that dissapates fairly quickly. mild sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, whisky barrel, raison aroma. nice malts, coffee, chocolate and hops. smokey taste is nice, not too overpowering but very present. dry finish.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Nearly black, moderate tan head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is huge smoke with the typical porter notes, softer chocolate and roast. Lighter body, even for the style.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black. Two fingers of dense, creamy, tan head. Simple but intense aroma of smoke, wood, and burnt malt. Flavor of smoke, rich and burnt malt, wood, subtle chocolate, and some nice hops towards the finish. Medium/full, balanced body. Excellent.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2005 Vintage. Pours a nice deep black body with a fluffy tannish head. Beautiful silky aroma that I could literally sniff for hours! A big smoked malt component up front proves to be very meaty but then steps aside to some bitter chocolate and coffee roast. I’m somewhat disappointed by the flavour though as it seemed a little less integrated - it’s certainly smoky but not overwhelmingly so, and there is plenty of chewy toffee and chocolate flavours to counteract it. Smoky and bitter in the finish with a touch of alcohol warmth. As it warmed up it became a little more silky and drinkable. Pretty good but I somehow expected a little more.
Bought at AJ’s in Phoenix in March 2006.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 22oz. brown bomber bottle with a polar bear and seal on the bottle cap, the year 2005 on at the top of front label and a short blurb about the porter at the bottom, served at cellar temperature. Made a good appearance, poured an opaque dark chocolate brown with a foamy, bubbly topped tan head that settled into a creamy thin lacing, good carbonation for a porter. Smoky and burnt fruity malt aromas with a dry yeastiness and sweet roasted, charcoal malt flavors as well. A smooth, textured and creamy full-ish medium bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability. Burnt fruity and oily hops up front, a textured woody smokiness through out the taste, bitter roasted chocolate malts in the middle, charcoal flavors at the end and a sweet smoky malty finish, in a word, delicious.
This was my first experience with the Alaskan Smoked Porter and it was quite impressive, tasty and highly quaffable. I need to invite some of my friends over and do a side by side comparison with the O’Fallon Smoked Porter, the Meantime London Porter and this, the Alaskan Smoke Porter. All three are excellent porters and it would be fun, and quite tasty, to compare.
jake65 (2792) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Dark in color with a medium thick to thick body. The taste was a bit overwhelmed with smokiness. Other distinguishable tastes included malts, chocolates, coffee, and roastiness. It created a sweet sensation, but alas was covered up by the smoke tones. I’d like to try an aged bottle.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful black body, not so much cloudy as so dense as to be opaque, with a firm tan / brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose is smokey, malts, and lightly, well, skunked. Flavor is wonderfully complex, beyond anything I would call a porter; an explosion of sweet chocolate, bitter hops, and smokey dark roasted malts, with a good bitter finish. That seems much more like a stout. Likewise, the good carbonation produces a very lively mouthfeel, very different from the oily dull feel of a porter. I like it more than the skunky nose would suggest ... I just can’t get myself to call the nose either smoked salmon or smoked cheese.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 2004 vintage per Odeed. The beer pours to a black body with tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Rejuvinatable head. The aroma is smoked fish and smoked Gouda. The flavor is smoked dry black malts, dry woodiness. Rather than porter, I think smoked dry stout. Dry palate. Medium-full body.
Sampled 1996 vintage at GABF 2006. It didn’t taste or smell any different IMO.
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Blake for the sample. Nice smoky aroma, definitely like sniffing from a salmon feast. Decent dark body and a brown head. Decent mild roasty aroma, although it seems a little thin for body. Overall, it’s kind of nice.