VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 18, 2001
2000 edition. First sip is filled with roasted malts with some chocolate notes as well. The woody (not bacon or smoked cheddar or jerky) smokiness is evident but is definately more mesquite like than most smoke brews. A solid porter base with a thick body mixes with the subtle smokiness. An overall decent smoked brew. Thanks user_ex. Kaya161 (1142) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2001
Ahh, the much anticipated smoked porter. The 2000 bottling was everything that I expected. Ever so slight smoked aroma and the perfect amount of smoked malt flavour to balance a sweetish porter. Alaskan is one of those seldom talked about breweries that produces some remarkable beers. Stove Top (43) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2001
I loved this beer.....great aroma, malty-roasty, smoke flavor is well balanced - very noticeable but not overwhelming. Just a great brew and I love it when it comes in 16 oz size bottles. To bad I can only get it at X-mas time. Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 1, 2001
A very impressive beer. Great porter foundation, and the smoke flavor doesn't try to beat you sily. A must-try for beer geeks. zbrew19 (31) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2001
not overpoweing smoke flavor goes well with the texture of a porter, a very drinkable, great tasting brew - try it if you can find it.
lockman (29) - Somers Point, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2000
Not crazy about smoked beers, but this was drinkable. Very smooth flavor with a nice nose. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2000
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2004 The beer after disemboguing from the 22-ounce brown bottle takes its rightful place in my glass an atramentous color with a mastodonic tan head that is spumous in texture and the residual lace a thick coating upon the glass. Nose dominated by the bittersweet aroma of toasted grain, sweet malt at the back, crisp and fresh to the senses, with the start sweet and thick with malt, the top full and rich in its feel to the palate. Finish is masterfully acidic, the hops authoritarian in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting after taste, to me this is one of the top 5 porters in all of Beerdom, hell it might even be number one. BeerGuide99 (1) - Duvall, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2000 does not count
This is my favorite beer. I've even stated that fact on my Bio page at http://beer.about.com
. For many, it's an acquired taste but well worth the effort. In my experience, 'vintages' more than a couple of years old tend to be oxidized. When fresh, this magnificent beer will amaze you. Don't drink it too cold! Good beers to you.