piscator34 (2042) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample. 2005 vintage. Black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of wet maple wood, along with both vineous and dark berry fruits. Alder woodsmoke is the dominant flavor here, along with notes of mild chocolate and other roasted malts. Medium bodied, which was a bit lighter than I had expected. It lacked a bit of caramel malt and chocolate flavors for my taste, but the smoke flavor has great potency. It would be interesting to do a side-by-side tasting with this and the Stone Smoked Porter.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz-bomber-Trade w/after4ever-Pours dark w/a foamy tan head-looks like a Pepsi-sure doesnít taste like one! The smoked aroma hits you right up front. Very full & flavorful-chocolate-coffee-roasted malt-sweet cherry/vanalla even, but befinately a big smoked flavor. This is a big beer with a long flavorful finish. Makes you feel like you should be sitting around the campfire sipping it after youíve just finished the Moose hunt!! Thanks for the trade, this was a good one!!
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a strong brew in that the flavor profile was terrific. I picked up on the smke and this well made porter great
sbaz040 (39) - phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
i was drinking stone smoked porter and tryed Alaskan just to see the difference,never went back to stone.
dont get me wrong stone KICKS ASS but the alaskan was just better.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ah, everything tastes better over a campfire, aye? when the great hunter-gatherers of remote coastal alaska brought in the bounty of the dayís labors, this is likely what they reveled in. when they piled high their wild tundra chocolates, their husks of the rare rainforest coconut, and brought their walrus volks-brot onto a smoking alder blaze, they certainly required a complimentary beverage. this is it: a coarse libation blending soot, blood-stained elk leather and bitter spruce tea. they danced into the wee hours, gorging and drinking until they collapsed in rapturous inebriation-- or smoke inhalation-- whichever came first. to celebrate those festive days--before moon-barking and barfing were seen as social liabilities, alaskan brewing company brings us this porter just as they found it: leaking out of a rain forest cedar bog, one that was lightning struck and burned a half century ago. but really, this beer is all about the smoke. scrape away that fancy-pants extra touch and youíre left with an entry-level porter thatís as common on the domestic beer scene as a bowl of peanuts. watery feel, medium flavor, moderate alcohol component, with a somewhat pointed limey expression of hop bitterness. there is the usual lineup of slightly sweet dark malts, lots of predictable coffee and bakerís chocolate, plus a luke warm acknowledgement of orchard fruit esters. buy this one for the smoke (itís luscious), not the porter, and remember to crack a window.
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2002 vintage (thanks to Belmont station for selling these last X-mas!) .. Snifter. Dark rich mahogany, with thin wisping of tan head retention clinging to the glass. Aroma of campfire, molasses, coffee, caramel, vanilla, plum, cherry. The mouthfeel is smoothly tremendous, and glides down with the flavors of campfire smoke, brown sugar, dark chocolate, molasses, with wonderful complexity, balanced.. Makes the eyes roll in back of the head. So good!
eaglefan538 (2918) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 Bottle. A very nice showing and well worth the mail order costs. Poured a dark brown, essentially black. The head was nice and the lacing decent, but neither overly impressive. The aroma was sweet, somewhat fruity with smoke over top. The flavor was excellent, started out somewhat sweet and fruity over a caramel malt base. Turned to somewhat of a sweet bubblegum flavor with a nice and creamy mouthfeel. Finished with definite smoke, but not overly so. Some bubblegum and even cinammon in the aftertaste (odd, but I got them multiple times) and the finish was somewhat grainy in mouthfeel, much like the finishing mouthfeel of a Baltic porter. Very nice, indeed.
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Large tan head. A very intense smoke aroma. Smells just like a fireplace to me. Hard to smell alot more then that. Very smooth to drink. Again the smoke aroma and flavor is pretty intense. Small notes of coffee, chocolate and malts. With all of the smoke in the aroma and taste. It almost seems burnt to me. Pretty good but not one I will seek out again.
loseratheart (110) - USA - MAY 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and robust in nature. Flavor is full of smoky flavor. This makes this a very distinct beer. Different from anything else Iíve tried. Pours with tan head with malts and toffee. Alcohol does not show until the end of palate. Very good.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This had areal smoky aroma.Decent head.Color nice very dark brown.It really has a smoky flavor.malty.Very unique and drinkable.I will definatly buy again.