doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge rocky head. Light-brown witha haed that’s long lasting. Black color. Lots of great roasted aroma with mild coffee and chocolate. Smokiness is definitely present, but not overpowering. Lots of malt, as well. Lots of carbonation Not too overpowering smoke in the taste. Very smooth and I couldn’t really taste the alcohol, but could feel it as it warmed up. It’s been a while since I had an Alaska Smoked Porter, but would like to do a head to head comparison.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to jrob_21 for this! Pours brown from the bottle, but ultimately looks black with a light tan, almost Belgian-esque head the way it formed so quicky and hugely. Aroma is definitely that wonderful rauchbier smoke that I love, but there’s a bit of roast, chocolate, and toffee behind it as well. Flavor balances the ingredients a bit more, and that’s even more evident in the second glass. Dark chocolate and smoke merge as one effortlessly with some licorice just to spice things up. Finish is holds a lot of woody smoke, coffee, and butter hop flavor. Actually, the finish and aftertaste are so full and nice they might hold more flavor than the actual beer! As good as the flavor is, this is one of the best aftertastes and finishes I’ve tasted. This is a pretty creamy beer and somewhat high in carbonation, but the mouthfeel is overall very nice. A little bit of heat as it warms, but nothing too appalling. If "smoked imperial porter" sound like your thing, then this beer will satisfy you.
joergen (21938) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown coloured with a beige head.
Roasted and smokey aroma.
Roasted aroma of liquorice, chocolate and smoke.
The smoke is very dominating in the aroma, but is more well balanced in the flavour.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A almost black beer with a big beige head. The aroma is of smoke, licorice and smoked eal, so is the taste. Medium body with a dry smoked finish.
Papsoe (25076) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of CaptainCougar - 10.5% version. Pours a dark brown with a tint of red and a lively, dense, beige head. Aroma of smoke and sweetish, roasted malt. Full body full of very sweet, roasted malt and some burned accents. Quite smoky - Bamberg style - with a malt astringent finish. 160607
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Large creamy off-white head that lasted for a very long time. Impressive display of lacework. Color was dark mahogany. Aroma was of cause a good amount of smoke. But also some lovely molasses, chocolate, coffee and burned malty notes. Over the palate, some wood and liquorish was also detectable. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and warming alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet flavor with light bitter notes. Smooth, rich and thick sweet finish. The sweet and smoked goes well together.
sloth (2568) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
C,C 750:bottled in 2006. Thanks to eaglefan538 for this smokey sumbitch! Received a medium statured tan head from eagles pour, retention was decent with minimal lacing which was spotty at best. Impy. Porter darkness ensued. Nose is ummmm, smokey with some berry notes and maybe, just maybe some caramel malts coming through. Whoa, smoke. Body is med/full, creamy, lightly oily and friggin smokey. Lots of smoked flavor, bacony, slim jimmy, charcoaly goodness, chocolatey with some Impy. Porter notes buried way back in there somewhere. Finish is almost dry, smokey with some faint remenents of a porter in there. A smoke lovers dream i am sure!? Thanks Brian!
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deep dark brown black color, mahoganey hues, huge generous carbonated head, good retention, decent but not stellar lacing. The aroma was all smoke, lots of slim jim, meaty, smokey. The flavor was initially hard to pull anything outside of smoked meat. Higher temperatures gave way to some porter-like qualities. Too much smoke going on, but I would probably say the same about Schlenkerla too, neat treat if you’re thinking smoke instead of porter. Body is full, but a little light for an imperial porter. Does smoke thin an impy porter?
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep oily brown. Smells of wet campfire and roasted malt. Creamy on the palate. Definite smoky flavor profile. Starts and ends with smoke. Nice complexity midpalate. Dry molasses. Hint of earthy peat. Bit of raisiny sweetness. I’m not a huge fan of smoked beers, but this is good for its style.
malrubius (1930) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle left out of the fridge for 15 minutes before opening in goblet. Pours thick brown-black with huge brown head that grows after pouring, little lacing. Aroma of wood smoke, bitter chocolate, bread (?). Flavors of roasted chocolate, wood smoke. Bitter finish with lingering chocolate sweetness. Full-bodied but slightly overcarbonated. After a while, when completely warmed up, the flavors are better melded and the carbonation leaks out. This is a delicious beer. I would have only wanted a softer carbonation. I still prefer smoked porters that are not “Imperial” because I like to session them. I drank four Alaskans in a row at Toronado, but I don’t think I could do that with this. Anyhow, A+ for effort. Cheers to bold brewers who brew bold beers.
Re-rate: When completely warm to near room temperature, this is much better. Mouthfeel is softer, lacing is excellent, carbonation has escaped. Points added in palate and appearance. good brew. Cheers.