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RATINGS: 1751   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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The dark, robust body and pronounced smoky flavor of this limited edition beer make it an adventuresome taste experience. Alaskan Smoked Porter is produced in limited "vintages" each year and, unlike most beers, may be aged in the bottle, much like fine wine.

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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wetherel (1871) - Cupertino, California, USA - NOV 5, 2007
2007 bottle had at Logans Oceanside beer tasting with AlohaC, and Hair, and Matt, and Ken, and Bill, and others. Have a 2006 bottle at home, and have been eager to try this, because of the numerous awards it receives. Very, very smokey aroma. A bit of acidity. Leans dry. Pitch black color small bubble head. Not my favorite style.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 10/24/07 From 2007 bottle. Aroma is rauche-like smoked malt forward followed by a slight saltiness. The smoke is a bit overpowering of the porter character. Appearace is dark brown with a low light tan head. Flavor is a rich smoke/roast blend that is well balanced. Simple, with no hop character, but quite good. Mouthfeel is medium/high bodied with a medium carb feel and light creaminess. Overall, this is very good, but needs better aroma balance; fortunately the flavor preserves a lot of porter character. 9/23/08 From 2001 22oz bottle. Aroma is dark fruit with smoke forward and a light alcohol background. Appearance is dark brown with a low tan head. Flavor is rich and full of roast and a low sour fruit finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied, not creamy, with an almost crisp carb texture. Overall, not better than the 2007 release, just different and softer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgedOak (99) - Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Thanks to jsquire for sharing this magnificant porter. This pours very black with a frothy dark beige head. Upon the pour the smokey aroma is instantly apparent. Reminded me of a campfire as a kid at grandmas on the lake. The taste was huge with lots of roasted chocolate, a hint of an old time barbeque, and finishing with a mild coffee taste. The mouthfeel was lush but not too thick. Unlike many other smoked porters this was not overpowering. This is a GREAT beer. Oh to be in Alaska now that fall is here.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmac (5829) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2007
22 oz bomber. Poured a deep dark black with a small to average size light tan head. Big smokey aroma with hints of peat that made me long for some barbeque. Nicely balanced flavor of smoke and a chocolatey sweetness. This is one very very nicely done beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2007
2006 label. Having really liked a certain smoked Porter recently, I wanted to see how this compares. It didnt so well, but maybe its because this was bottled and that wasnt. Maybe the most smoky Ive had a Porter yet, but there wasnt a lot in the way of sweetness to balance it out. And it had that rather filling sensation when putting it down that I dont so care for. Ive actually another bottle here for a re-try to see if impressions change. (The other smoked in question was the Issaquah Smoked Frog.)

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2009 rerate: tried a fresh 2008 bottle and it was the smoke monster i was hoping for. incredible smokiness almost as much as the schlenkerla urbock. chocolate malt backing gives incredible balance, the carbonation is perfect. i wish every beer was this good, and the alaskan brewing co. can brew whatever the hell they want year round as long as they do this one once a year and ill be a happy guy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danfosha (51) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2007
This is the 2004, so it should be old, but it held up really well. Not much foam, pours solid black. Smells of bacon, smoke, and molasses. Very smooth, light carbonation, some smokiness on the flavor, but not much, not quite as much as say Schlenkerla, for example. No bacon on the flavor. Palate is medium body, with light bitterness. A very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (994) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2007
2005 version. Good aroma & appearance. Sort of fruity. Hmmm, dont know what to say about this one except I didnt get much roastiness or smoke flavor. Little thin on the palate too. Had high hopes for this one too. Well, I got another bomber so maybe the other one will be better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2205) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 old rating: 8/4/7/3/14 - 3.6, 2007 vintage. 7/4/7/4/15 - 3.7, 2007 vintage. 2008 vintage. pours jet black with a red tint when held up to the light, a small brown foamy head, very good lacing. smell is dark cocoa, some coffee, beef jerkey, smoke, touch of vanilla, roasted almonds. taste is thick and smooth, campfire smores just not as sweet, dark and milk chocolate, some coffee, creamy vanilla, sour malts, nice and not overpowering smokiness, ends slightly dry and a little bitter with a deffinate smoke aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Notes for the 2006 version. 22oz bomber. I dont rightly remember when I had this. Deep deep brown with a 1/2 finger tan head fading to a ring. A 1/2 finger head does rouse for a minute or so. I smell campfire, wood, and some caramel. There is also some light dry roasted malts. Flavor adds some light molasses. There is still amount of campfire and ash, moderate to high roasted malts. The finish is dry and has zero sweetness. Bitterness peaks at a 2-3 on a -10 scale. Light to moderate slightly prickly carbonation with a medium body.


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