thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
These bottled brews from 2002 and 2003 were sampled side by side:
2002 Larger head foamy fine
2003 smaller more medium sized frothy
Both dark brown in color but the 2003 was semi opaque. Neither had any visible carbonation.
2020 had a more mellow aroma
2003 had a vinous dark malt aroma.
2003 flavor was smokier with burnt dark brown malt
2002 was the same except for being more mild
2003 was tingly smooth and smoky with a flavor that lingered around in the finish.
2002 was less tingly smoother and less smoky.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I went to Drewís house to drop off some homebrew and he asks me if I would like to share an Alaskan Smoked Porter, hells yes!! Smokey chocolate and espresso in the nose as well as the taste. Has a semisweet bitterness to it. At first sip it was smokey, then sweetness came in folllowed by bitter hops that were on top of the sweetness. Good stuff, thanks Drew.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a small reddish brown head. Aromas of liquid smoke, sardines, and firewood. Flavors of chocolate, espresso, and smoke. Nice dry crisp finish. Smokey aftertaste stays with you for awhile.
blankboy (6450) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Vintage 2004. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a medium sized lasting creamy light-brown head. Looks great! Fantabulous aroma is first and foremost smoke, then roasted malt, sweet chocolate and finally some hops. This is without question the best smelling Smoked beer Iíve come across. After that aroma I was just hoping that the flavour would live up to my expectations and by golly it sure did. First sip: WOW! Now thatís an impressive Porter! Flavour of chocolate, roasted malt and a surprising amount of hops (for a Porter) finishes with a nice smoky taste and itís all very well balanced. What I especially like is that itís not overly smoky, itís just the right amount. Creamy and quite full bodied for a Porter. After we were done this beer we all broke into song singing "jerc is wrong, jerc is wrong". Kudos to Alaskan Brewing, youíve got quite an impressive beer on your hands.
MiP (14243) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (2002). Smoked flavour, not surprisingly. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Roasted, creamy aftertaste.
GregClow (2961) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev & jerc - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Like tupalev, Iíve wanted to try this one for a long time - thanks, Harry! Oily looking brown-black colour with a medium tan head. Aroma - smoke! But not camefire smoke - more like smoked fish and seaweed. Sounds gross, but it was really appealing. Some sweet chocolate cream notes in the background. Flavour is a well-managed mixture of smoke, roasty malt and sweet caramel. Great to see an "experimental"/"extreme" beer that still has a great quality beer to back up the big flavours.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Secret Santa.
The aroma is dominated by liquid smoke. Deep black in color with two finger thick mocha head. Fore is meat and wood smoke flavors, but toward the end there is a a bit of chocolate malt porter sweetness before the smoked flavors get ramped back up again.
Iíll be honest I donít appreciate the style, but there is definitely a very nice little flavor progression here and you seem to get different aftertatstes based on how large a sip you take. A very large sip leaves a more porterish aftertaste while a small leaves more smoked flavors. Itís a very interesting beer.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Jerc, Blankboy, and GregClow; courtesy of Harry. 2004 bottle. A huge thanks to Harry for sharing this - easily my most sought after beer, ever since I saw that episode of The Thirsty Traveler a few years ago. Very strong smoked aroma - not artificial, not campfire - almost sea-like. Smoked salmon, thatís it. Sweetness in the background. Amazing. Dark dark deep brown, small frothy beige head. Wonderful porter taste - all smoke at first, this gives way to a thick sweet porter with lingering burnt notes that mix in with the smoke perfectly. Some roast in the background as well. Very little hops present. Long lingering smoked salmon finish. The best smoked beer I have ever had while I appreciate how it doesnít stray from its porter roots - this would be a solid beer even without the smoke. As is, one of my favourites - I had massive expectations and it exceeded them. Thanks again Harry, or should I say Santa, I donít want anything else for Christmas now! P.S. Jerc, your opinion is wrong :)
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2010 2010-06-30. Black with a big foamy beige head. 4+ Flavour is fairly bitter and lesss smoky then I recallit being, allowing the roasty malt to come out more as a result, more bitter as well. 7+ Mild aroam of roast and dark malt with smoky accents. 6+ Smooth average to medium bodied palate. Decent, more drinkable than the smokier versions I have sampled. Smoke and coffee notes intensify as it warms up, to the detriment of my own enjoyment of it. 7+/5/7/3/14 On tap at Alderwood Bistro, Sequim
July 2007. 2006 Vintage Bottle courtesy of Mabelís parents. Black body with a foamy tan head that fades fast. Very strong aroma of smoke, like a fire pit that has held repeated fires, or the lingering camp fire aroma that clings to clothing after a weekend camping trip. Smokey flavour is far too over the top for my liking, and is paired with a surprising amount of bitterness. Light hints of chocolaty malt are desperate for more recognition but held down by the dominant boorish smoke. Average to medium palate (3+) Very much not for me. 6-7/3+/5/3/12
December 2005. Bottle, 2004 Vintage. Very dark brown, almost black body. Moderate creamy tan head. Massively smokey aroma is fairly complex compared to the simplicity of some other smoke beers. Smoke in the flavour is not necessarily intense, but is pervasive and dominant, with mildly acrid acidity underlying, and some very distant malt and chocolate making subtle overtures indicating their wish to be invited to the party. Sadly they are firmly but politely rebuffed by the smokey bouncer at the door. Palate is a touch light actually. Nice beer that is not for me. The smoke really dominates despite protests to the contrary. Thanks to Harry for crossing this long awaited brew off my list.
HogTownHarry (6200) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2005 Bottle (650ml - 2004). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, tupalev - courtesy of yours truly. Poured almost black, oily, nice sized lasting creamy light brown head, very pancake batter. Aroma - smoke! - bacon, hickory, burning peat, almost salty - thereís hops and coffee and leafiness, but this is all about the smoke, although it gets a nice semi-sweet chocolate milk character as it warms. Lovely balanced smoke and hop flavour - yes, thereís hops here, but itís a milder reality of the promise from the nose. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied, finishes smoothly bitter. I really liked this one once the smoke started to behave itself.