Thursday, December 27, 2012

Smoked Porter

Smoked Porter brewed by Alaska Brewing Company is a beer that I can't get at my local beer store but I got this as a gift.

This porter is a limited edition bottle aged beer and is know to be one of the first rauchbiers brewed in the U.S.  It is released in small quantities each November so if you can get your hands on a bottle then grab it!

I was able to get a 2011 "vintage" bottle.  It pours black as black with a thick but quickly dissipating head and wafts a big smoky aroma.

I'm not a big fan of smoked beer but this one was different.  It had, of course, a smokey (mesquite?) flavor but it didn't overpower other taste aspects . . . dark chocolate, a touch of caramel, coffee and nuts.

It has a full, creamy mouthfeel that I loved.  It goes down smooth and easy . . . interesting in a dark rich beer . . . with nice bite of bitterness at the end.

Drink it slow and savor this beer.  The flavors and aroma enhance and are accentuated as the beer warms in the glass.

Overall, I liked this beer a lot . . . for it's uniqueness as much for its deliciousness.  

I'm hoping to snag a bottle of the 2012 to see how it compares.

6.5% ABV

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