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RATINGS: 1772   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2007
2002 bottle, extra special thanks to mswf!!! Poured very deep brown with an initial thicker caramel head.. receded rather quickly to a scattered loose cap. The aroma was very heavily smoked, even after the 5 years.. roasted bakers chocolate beneath, providing a wonderful base... some sweet notes emerge as an afterthought, and make this truly decadent! Flavor had almost burnt, semi-sweet chocolate at the core.. some coffee bitterness with very well-smoked beechwood rising above all.. semi-sweet chocolate and plum skins with that wonderful smoke through the finish. This was a little lighter-bodied than Id like, but it felt great.. slightly grainy, well-smoked, with a long, camp-fire-infused chocolate finish. Just loved it! Thanks Matt!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Thanks to Naven for the bottle. Near black with a small head. Aroma like a campfire with chocolate and dark malt. Smell matches the flavor. The smoke is prominent, but doesnt overpower the sweet malt. Some bitterness near the end. Medium to heavy body. Quality brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1425) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2007
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting

When I first started rating beer, I had heard about this beer since it had won in the battle of the beers online competition on realbeer.com. Keep in mind, I am not a huge fan of smoked beers in general. There is a strong peaty aroma to this beer. Some coffee notes, chocolate, and some licorice as well. Pretty decent.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
islay (2533) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Approximately 3 oz. sample at the Grand Tasting of the RateBeer Summer Gathering 2007 in the Twin Cities, MN on July 23, 2007. I took about 1.5 oz. of all of the other beers. I initially took a 1.5 oz. sample of this one, but it was so good that I went back for another even with all of the other great beer available and even after I said I had stopped drinking for the night. This was the twentieth of 26 beers that I sampled and rated during the tasting. Smoky aroma with both Scotch-ale-esque peat-like and Rauchbier-esque sausage-like scents. Very strong and superb aroma. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Looks like rich, dark, melted chocolate. Smoky, almost burnt, flavor obvious. Sweet, malty base that is also surprisingly hoppy. Delicious. Long, roasted, smoky aftertaste. Medium to heavy body. Alaskan Smoked Porter has just the right level of smoke; it is very smoky but not overwhelming. More importantly, the underlying beer is probably the best Ive ever had in a smoked. This would be a top-notch porter even without the smoke. Perhaps because of my Scotch whisky background, Im a sucker for a good smoked beer (Im even tempted to switch my favorite style designation from IPA to Smoked after trying this gem), and Alaskan Smoked Porter definitely qualifies in that category. This has been near the top of my personal most wanted list ever since I really got into beer, and I am happy to say that I am anything but disappointed. This was the best beer that I had at the tasting. Thanks to Skyview for letting me try this masterpiece.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. I believe I have Skyview to thank for this one. Dark brown body with smoked meat nose. Carbonated body with a dry finish and excellent smoked flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2007
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. 2006 bottle. Dark brown body with a creamy light brown head. Smoke, salt and caramel aroma. Smoke salt and molassas flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2007
2006 22 oz. bottle from Liquid Solutions - Pours a dark brown color with a one finger thick tan head that eventualy settles to a thin foamy ring around the glass. Very light lacing. Has a strong smoked ham aroma. Smells like the liquid smoke I use when making beef jerky. The initial flavor is all smoke. As the beer slowly warms the smokiness fades some and the malt begins to stick its head out. This isnt a complex beer by any means. Its a straight shooter. The perfect breakfast beer. The clean bitterness lets you know you are still drinking a beer. Medium body. This bad boy isnt for everyone, but I like it. Gonna sit on the 05 bottle I have for a few years. Should be nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2007
2005 bottle...aroma is malt and lebanon bologna...initial flavor is dominated by smoke. luckily it diminishes as the beer warms up to reveal coffee, licorice and nutty chocolate characters.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcallister (31) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2007
2005 version of this beer and my first experience at it. Pours a robust brown bordering on black with a thick foamy two finger mocha head that leaves some slicing lace. Smoked meats up front with hints of dark fruit and a slight bitter chocolate aroma. After nearly 15 minutes of decanting the smoke steps back and really lets the dark chocolate aromas shine through. Very balanced flavors of dark chocolate, black licorice, smoked pork, and other dark fruits. Not the most complex beer Ive tried yet very nice and easy to drink for a smoked style.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 Alaskan Smoked Porter 22 oz bomber Moderate pour in a stein. 2006 version, consumed 06/07 Poured black with some faint brown highlight with a large frothy somewhat lasting head with fair lacing. Smelt of strong smoke with moderate chocolate, coffee, burnt grain, It is also reminescent of smoked salmon in a way... Maybe just a brain associatioin, Alaska, salmon, smoked, but it is oddly mineral. Taste was upfront perfectly balanced strong smoke wit hmoderate chocolatey bitter sweet touches followed by a more pronounced moderate roasted malt bitterness and some cocoa and faint sour and sweet dried dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied, softly carbonated, creamy and velvety and lightly astringent. Overall, smoked porters are my favorite style so the points are skewed a bit, but I think I have found the paragon of the style. There is definately a mineral edge to it, and that puts it over the top. I need more of this or I need to move to Alaska. Much thanks to mreusch for the trade!


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