igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 4, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance is black, opaque. No real co2 is noticeable. The head is tan with limited body that dissipates quickly. Aroma is at first smoky with bubblegum notes – sweet charcoal. The palate is lighter and more watery than expected with tartness noticeable toward the middle with a lingering metallic hop finish. Flavor is sweet and, smokey with a tinny hop finish. My expectations were high due the overwhelming response to this beer. I, however, was thoroughly disappointed and found it to be poorly balanced with no follow through. Perhaps my lack of exposure to the style has left me without enough experience to accurately critique this concoction.
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark thick brown with a thin head. The aroma is very smoky. The flavor has some nice malty undertones followed by a nice mellow smokiness. All I can imagine is smoked salmon with this. This is not my favorite style, but this is a great beer regardless.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2006 Dark brown syrupy pour with very little head. Very smokey nose and flavors of smoked cheese, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts dance on the tongue. The finish is of long lingering smoked cheese. This beer begs to be tasted with a smoked salmon and cheese plate.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
i want to drink this beer while being sober....because i donít remember much other than it tasted like smoke beer jerky.....and it was damn good
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004: Darkest Brown Coloring with Sandy Ring. Smokey, Almost Campfire Smoke Aroma. Nice Smooth Mouthfeel. Malty Sweet Perk...and a Dry Smokey Ending. Smoke While Dominant is Held in Check and Quite Quaffable. Easily my Favorite of This Style.
badgerben (4610) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Vintage; Tasted December 28, 2005: Pitch black color with no head. Very lovely aroma of smoke, reminiscent of a bonfire. Wood and smoke permeate the taste, but it is not overkill nor does it stray into the realm of smoked sausages that rauchbier often does. The coffee of the base porter does show through. Slightly bitter finish. Divine.
thedm (5139) - 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 (6583) - 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.