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RATINGS: 1633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 20, 2006
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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2006
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2006
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2881) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2006
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2006
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Typical dark copper coloration. Stong aroma of smoked fish, olives and a well banaced hoppiness. Slightly chewy palate lends to chocolate roast notes, and a subtle smoke.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Black with lasting tan head, good lacing. Smoke is predominate but not overly done. Smoke blends well with the roast chocolate flavors and full slightly sweet body. Finishes pretty clean for a porter, especially surprising in the cleaness of finish with the smoke. It does not linger too long. Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (1062) - USA - MAR 26, 2006
2004 bottle acquired while in Seattle. Appearance is black with a dark tan head. Aroma is smoke, similar to smoked bacon or other meat. Taste is similar to the aroma with the added benefit of typical porter tastes. Strong malt presence and smooth considering the heavy smoke taste. Very well balanced, and while the smoke flavor is definitely predominant it is balanced within the beer. I was very pleased with this beer and would like to see more breweries try it, since I can’t obtain this beer often.


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