Smoked Porter (Alaskan Brewing Co.)

I visited Full Throttle Bottles today in Georgetown district of Seattle.  A nice little bottle shop with lots of different craft beers available for purchase. 

THE BEER:

From Alaskan Brewing Co. website…

 Smoked Beer. Known as “rauchbier” in Germany, smoke-flavored beers were virtually unknown in the U.S. until Alaskan Smoked Porter was developed in 1988.  Introduced in 1988, Alaskan Smoked Porter has been credited with helping inspire an American revival of smoked beers. Alaskan Smoked Porter is one of the most award-winning beers in the history of the Great American Beer Festival and a perennial winner at the World Beer Cup.  Alaskan Smoked Porter may be enjoyed with smoked seafood, cheese and other robust foods and as an after-dinner drink. It pairs beautifully with everything from bleu cheese to vanilla ice cream and raspberries. This unique beer is also a wonderful flavoring ingredient in sauces, seafood dishes and even cheesecake.”

Bump City Brews thoughts:

Pour:  Midnight Black pour, true to the style of a Porter.  Thick, creamy head with a light Amber tint to it that does not diminish minutes after the pour.

Aroma:  Distinct smokey roast aroma with a light caramel malt that accents the smoke once the smoke clears.

Taste:  smooth mouthfeel.  Rich, smokey,and roasted malt body…A hint of chocolate in the body helps balance the smokeyness as does the punch from the bitterness of the hops that helps tie it all together. 

Overall:  Alaskan achieved their goal of making a smoked porter…this Rich smokey beer goes down easy and leaves your palate wanting more. 

Will I buy more of it?:  Yes…this beer instantly took me back to the cold nights camping and sitting around the campfire.  (Note to self, bring with me next fall camping trip) I think I would like to cellar this beer and then try this beer in 5 years and then again in 10 to let more subtle flavors develop…long term planning.  Not sure I will make it 5 weeks…

Vintage:  2009

BEER FACTS:

Name:  Smoked Porter

Style:  Specialty Beer (Porter)

Brewery:  Alaskan Brewing Company

City:  Juneau

Country:  USA

Container:  22 oz

Malts:  Unknown

Hops:  Unknown

ABV:  6.5%

IBUs:  45

Date:  1.9.2010

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