bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Kook! Black body with a short tan head. Burnt rubber on the aroma. Definitely know this is smoked which stood out more than being a porter. I like both styles so I enjoyed this although less smoke and more porter would have been more preferable.
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of smoke (a little salt pork), roasted malt, and a little fruit. Pour is black with small tan head. Flavor is roasty with chocolate, smoke, and a little caramel. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, almost creamy.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Brown body topped by a light-brown ring. Rather fruity aroma with plenty of dark fruits, mainly figs and dates. Taste has the above with plums, roasted malts and chocolate. The roasted malts were pleasantly but only lightly smoked and had a burnt toasts flavour. The chocolate flavour was milk-chocolate rather than the bitter dark/cacao chocolate that I love. Nice creamy body. A very good porter but not quite the quality I expect from a popular beer nearing the 4.0 score. A quick look at ratebeer indicates that this appears to be the most popular Alaskan. And this last statement is probably true in more ways than one.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Black with a small tan head. Pungent smoky burnt aroma, like a burnt toasted cheese sandwich. The taste is wonderfully smoky, almost too much, similar to smoked salmon aftertaste. The feel is nice and slithery. Great brew!
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black with little off white head. Has a terrific sweet smoky aroma. The taste is a beautiful blend of dark malts with burnt hard wood and a light bitter finish. Fantastic porter.
rickgordon (3853) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottled. Thanks Kramer.]
Brownish colour, pale brown head. We have here a backbone of smoked sausage. Like schenkerla. I don’t get very much else in aroma, maybe caramel. Flavour is less smokey and becoming - the caramel is obvious here though. Smooth rounded mouthfeel, with a bit of ashiness. Also smokey/papery bitter. The smoke could step back a bit in my opinion. Still pretty good balance in flavour.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Never have I had a beer of this low an abv that develops so nicely with age. The beer I am rating tonight is a ’04.
Pours black with ruby highlights and a well established brown head. Aroma is chocolate, dates, piney hops and light smoke. The body is med and silky with low CO2. Really nice. The flavors are a melding of fine tobacco, dark chocolate, black currant and a pronounced "clean" smoke. The finish is appetizingly bitter but not too dry. Oh what a beer.
On a side note, I hope Alaskan does the whole vertical thing they did at GABF again. Man that was fun.
iamsancho16 (99) - USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of the best beers that I have tried in a long time. It is absolutely wonderfull, everyone else I’ve talked to has enjoyed it as well. Completely unique.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was the 2nd of 2 beers that I had while visiting my bro and his family on Labor Day and it was a damn near perfect match for what he was cookin’. Meat was on the menu and it was BBQ’d up and mopped with some fine local (and not so local) sauces. This beer paired up incredibly well with the smoky/savory meat flavor, but here are my thoughts on the beer itself (and not my bro’s great BBQ). Aroma was smokey of course, and I never hide the fact that I love smoked ales or rauchbiers of any kind. I thought the smoky aroma was more pronounced that say...Stones Smoked Porter, but less than...Aecht Schlenkerla’s rauchbier. So this covers the middle ground for me. Appearance was black, tannish head with some dark brown highlights around the edges. Mouthfeel was creamy and coating but still not heavy somehow. Flavors were smoky malts, but there was a bit of ashyness there too like sniffing a fresh charcoal briquette. It was also a little sweet but balanced nicely by the smoky bitterness. I was greatly please that I had picked this to take with me and enjoy while having some great BBQ. It definitely made the whole thing just better.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(07.12.06) One pint 6 oz brown bottle from Liquid Solutions. 2005 vintage. 6.5% ABV. Rroasted malt and fruity (raisin?) nose. Poured opaque brown black with medium off-white head. No discernable carbonation. Medium bodied porter that starts with light malt sweetness and roasted malt, expresso and chocolate flavors. Smoky peat flavor develops in the middle. Finished with light bitterness and roasted malt flavor. Smooth and creamy. Delicious.