Saturday, December 1, 2012

Alaskan Smoked Porter

Thanks to Andrew for bringing this beer around for us to try. Tasted Friday afternoon during lunch after I had just filled 115 bourbon barrels with Dragons Milk.
6.5% ABV

Appearance: Extremely dark with a tan, fine foamed head. Retention is strong, but doesn't stand for too long. Turbid and muddy looking.
Aroma: Enormous smoke character erupts from the glass. Reminiscent of meat, but with a camp fire twist. Earthy, woody and coffee/vanilla notes. Peat.
Taste: A lot thinner flavor than I was expecting. The malt is still present, with notes of toast and roast, still fall on the minimalist side. Starts briefly sweet, but soon transitions into a dry smoked-earthy flavor with a mild acidity. As it warms, I get notes of bready malt complexities.
Mouthfeel: Again, less of a body than what I was hoping for. Nice carbonation and a dry finishing texture.
Overall Impression: Light tasting and feeling for a smoked beer, especially for one boasting such a huge aroma.

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