Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2003
I got a few of these on trade and i have only one thing to say for this beer and that’s "what a beer" nice head,malty,smoky in aroma and flavor finish had a malty lite smoke aftertaste nothing better,for those cold night’s when the t.v. is boring dwight (8) - USA - JUL 11, 2004 does not count
This is one of the finest beers ever made. Can’t think of much of anything wrong with it. Excellent balance of malt and smoke. I’ve never aged mine because it never lasts that long, but this is one beer you could probably lay down for awhile. MMMM. LJBrewing (22) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 This is the proto-type Smoked Porter. If you are looking for what a Smoked Porter should taste like, look no furthur.
I have not had the patience to let mine age beyond the current vintage in the stores. My thoughts are the Smoked Porters in general are an underatted delicious style that should only gain in popularity. The alder smoked malt is incredible. The balance on this beer between the smoke accent and porter base style is magic. This is a beer that goes well with food and would be a fine completement to a salmon dish. lcattrell (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2005 does not count
One word: keep it in your basement. You won’t want to. But you will be glad you did. Deep, smoky, mellow. Not overly smoky. Incredibly rich. Good now--Gets outrageously good with time... Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 2005 sample. Pours a dark brown with a tan dissipating head. Smells smoky with chocolate, pepper and tea in the background. Tastes of chocolate, smoke, pepper, some slight tanginess. Mouthfeel is full and begging for more. Finish is slightly peppery with chocolate that lingers. Surprising for a 6.5% beer. Having also tried the 2004 and 2006 versions at several intervals, this beer has proven itself to be a true world classic.
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! clovisc (9) - USA - JUN 16, 2009 does not count
probably the greatest dark beer i’ve ever had, except for alaskan’s baltic porter. aging causes the alder smokiness to give way to more vanilla notes... try it new, and aged. a winner every time. ads135 (4587) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 20, 2011
The mother of all smoked porters. Rich, dark dark brown and an aroma and taste of smoked malts that is powerful but not overwhelming. Josh and Angie brought this beer back from California on their honeymoon for me. 7/1/2010 bobshoemaker (4) - Renton, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2012 does not count
If this was the last beer I had before I died, I would go out a happy man. Especially good with some Alaska Smoked Salmon and and Smoked Gouda while sitting in front of the fireplace, in the hot tub, or watching asports event. puboflyons (3396) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2014 From the 2012 vintage bottle. It pours perfect with its deep dark brown to near black color and lingering tan head. As far as I am concerned the aroma is absolutely perfect too with its smoked cheddar cheese ester, dark malty character, and enriched earthy hop note. All Porters should look and smell this good. The body may have been its weakest link because it felt thin to medium. The taste was also a lot like the Grafton Village Cheese Company smoked cheese ends and a mild sweetness along with a low to moderate bitterness at the end. This was one remarkable beer. The only thing keeping me from giving it a 5 out of 5 was the body.