scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Bottle (courtesy of Eyedrinkale) - Deep coal black, thick lightly tanned head. Rich inviting nose of deep smoked vanilla, roasted coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Flavor was quite complex as well with the coffee, chocolate, light berry and vanilla tones that all get encompassed by a near perfect amount of smoked malt. A touch of citric hops in the end keeps this very well balanced. Medium bodied, light carbonation, smokey, bittersweet finish. This porter exudes nothing but class in a glass. Awesome....
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 <font face="times new roman">A nearly pitch-black night, save for a low on the horizon sanguine harvest moon. Soft lights from within the isolated cabin drift out the windows, revealing mounds of dense muddy snow. A young couple relaxes by the radiating warmth of a smoldering fire. The kitchen timer dings and the man reluctantly shuffles across the room to pour the now ready coffee. He takes a few squares of dark chocolate for himself and a stick of licorice for his better half. While leaving the kitchen a whiff of breakfast from earlier that day crosses his nose; toasted dark bread with prune preserves and peppered sausage. Returning to his lover’s side he places the cups and saucers on a small table adorned with a simple vase containing a mixture of dried wildflowers and herb stems they picked from a nearby field, months ago. His chocolate tastes bittersweet, made more so by the building dryness in his mouth due to the smoke emanating from the glowing red embers of the fire and the roastiness of his coffee. Stealing away a bit of the licorice helps balance it all with a subtle sweetness and a tangy zing. Sipping again, a small frown rolls across his face as he notices the coffee is less oily and more watery, against his preference. “It’s not worth the trek back into town”, he thinks, as he can surely wait until the streams are gently bubbling again before making that trip. A gentle hand strokes his shoulder. “Besides, why let that one little detail bother me when so much else is right?”
Thanks, Whaleman...we should have goblet dueled with them. 22oz bottle, 2004 bottling, snifter.</font>
LJBrewing (22) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 7, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 This is the proto-type Smoked Porter. If you are looking for what a Smoked Porter should taste like, look no furthur.
I have not had the patience to let mine age beyond the current vintage in the stores. My thoughts are the Smoked Porters in general are an underatted delicious style that should only gain in popularity. The alder smoked malt is incredible. The balance on this beer between the smoke accent and porter base style is magic. This is a beer that goes well with food and would be a fine completement to a salmon dish.
UNCCTF (489) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle; my 400th rating! Almost opaque with a brown head. Aroma was amazing; this is my first smoked beer so I’ve never had anything quite like it... also a very subtle hop tinge in the aroma to give it more dimension. This tasted just great with a flavor dominated by coffee and some chocolate while still having that smoky background. One of the most interesting beers I’ve ever had.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 i have smoked salmon written down a million times. there was this weird funky meaty flavor going on in it. i have never had salmon, so i really wouldn’t know in real life if thats what it was. very much a beer that tastes like it wuld go well with a cookout. it was pretty cool
Rerate: had 1998-2005 versions at Kp’s this weekend. I would say that this was smoother and had some strong chocolate and coffee flavors I hadn’t noticed (or couldn’t remember) before. The older versions seemed chock full of flavor like whoa compared to the later versions which seemed mroe bland.
hotstuff (4236) - Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2002 bottle - Poured a small smooth tan head that was mostly lasting, fine-small sized bubbles, fair lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a reddish brown hue. Malty, chocolate, smokey nose. Flavor was malty, smokey and some chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel and medium body.
2003 bottle - Poured a small tan head that fully diminished, fine-small sized bubbles, sparse lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a reddish brown hue. Nose was malty and smokey. Flavor was malty, somewhat sweet and smokey. Mouthfeel was smooth. Medium body.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/black in color. Tan head that lasts. Aromas of smoky roasted malts. Some coffee and chocolate. Fairly thin and carbonated mouthfeel. Taste of sweet roasted chocoate. Smooth finish, slight bitterness in the end. Pretty good tasting beer, easy to drink porter.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Bottle. Deep, deep brown in color, tan head with decent retension. Aomras of roasted and toasted malts, definate smokiness present (don’t know how these other raters are claiming the smoke isn’t there) and slight hops. Flavor was smoother and sweeter (chocolate malts) than the aromas led me to believe, the roastiness and smoke were still very present. Smooth finishing, not overly dry.
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 bottle. Coffee brown with brown foam that arises from the pour only, as the beer is virtually uncarbonated. Head is short-lived and leaves no lace. Very mild aromas, first of bleach(!) until the head dissipates, then dark chocolate and vinous/sour fruit. Flavor is very malty, again chocolately and vinous, and roasted barley. Cola sweetness. I originally gave the beer lower marks for absolute lack of smoke character in flavor and aroma; however, retasting after a few spoonfuls of vanilla ice cream revealed the absolute subtlest, faintest smokiness. Like one molecule of smoke. I doubt I could identify it as a smoked beer in a blind tasting. Full, rich mouthfeel. Sweet coffee and cream aftertaste. Overall tasty, but boring and almost too sweet. Why this ever won any awards is a mystery to me.
beerbill (3509) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 2009 Edition - 22 oz. bottle. One of the things I look forward to each year (in terms of beer) is cracking open a new vintage of Alaskan Smoked Porter. This year’s edition pours an opaque black with a moderate, somewhat creamy mocha colored head that lasted until mid-glass and left partial lace. Very pleasant aroma of wood smoke, chocolate, and roasted malt, however, it seems a little more subdued than I recall in previous years. The flavor is gentle wood smoke along with roasted malt and perhaps a hint of chocolate. The hops bitterness at the finish is a bit more pronounced than I recall. Smooth, but again not as smooth as in the past. Overall, this is still a very good beer, but it just seems to come up a little short in comparison with other vintages. 8-5-8-4-16=4.1
2008 Edition - 22 oz. bottle. Pours an opaque black with a moderate-large, rich and bubbly mocha colored head that lasted through mid-glass and left a very nice webbing of lace on the glass. Wonderfully pleasant aroma of wood smoke, chocolate, and roasted malt. The smokiness and chocolate are well balanced and the smoke does not dominate. The flavor is more about the wood smoke along with roasted malt with just a few hints of chocolate. Mild bitterness at the finish. Smooth on the palate. 2008 is probably one of my favorite vintages thus far. 9-5-8-4-18=4.4
2007 Edition - 22 oz bottle. Pours a dense opaque black with a moderate-large, rich and bubbly mocha colored head that lasted through three-quarters of the glass and left a thick layer of foam with each sip. Very pleasant aroma of fireplace smoke along with some roasted malt. The flavor is again smoke, but it is in proper proportion and does not completely dominate. There is some roasted malt and chocolate also present in the flavor. Very mild hops bitterness at the finish is almost an afterthought. Full bodied. Excellent beer.
2006 Edition - 22 oz bottle. Pours a a deep, deep dark brown, almost black with a thick, bubbly, mocha colored head. Very nice smokey aroma, but not overdone. Also some roasted malt. Smoke is also the dominant flavor, but again, not excessive. Roasted malt and a bit of dark chocolate also noted. A bit of a hoppy finish that was more pronounced in this year’s vintage than I remember in prior years. Very, very good beer.8-5-8-4-18=4.1
2005 Edition - 22 oz bottle. Like some other folks I’m updating my review to include this year’s offering. Great smokey aroma along with chocolate and malt. Flavor is incredibly well balanced. The smoke is not at all overwhelming. Slightly sweet roasted malt. Great palate, very smooth. This is truly an excellent beer. I wish I could get this locally and didn’t have to mail-order it each year.
2004 Edition - 22 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Strong smoke flavor and aroma present along with lots of malt and chocolate. If you are not a fan of smoked flavorings, you won’t like this beer. I enjoyed the 2003 edition of this brew and was not disappointed with the 2004. I’ve put a few bottles away for aging. The smoke flavor is said to recede over time and allow other flavors to take center stage.
2003 Edition - 12 oz. bottle. Pours nearly black with a medium sized tan head. Very nice aroma of smoke, r