Friday, October 30, 2009

November marks return of Alaskan Smoked Porter

Slaskan Smoked PorterAs the number of daylight hours continue to shrink heading towards Winter Solstice it becomes the time to announce the return of a classic smoked porter from our neighbor to the far northwest. November 1st marks the official release date of this year's vintage of Alaskan Smoked Porter. This wonderful dark, smokey and roasty brew has a reputation for winning medals and if it is even half as good as last year's batch it will still certainly be one of the most popular porters around.

The aroma alone will remind you of camping out in the wilderness and perhaps will become the perfect compliment to your next seafood meal or perhaps with some fine cheeses. Alaskan Smoked Porter is produced in limited "vintages" each year and unlike most beers, may be aged in the bottle for several years. The smokiness and rich flavor become even better over time.

"While the official release date is November 1st, Alaskan Smoked Porter may mysteriously start appearing in select locations along the West Coast in time for Halloween" says their October 30th newsletter.

As of last week, there were still some bottles of the 2008 Smoked Porter to be found on shelves in Colorado. I've already picked up another bottle of 2008 to further age in my cellar. I made a point to seek this out at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival and the taste never disappoints.

If you've never tried a smoked porter before, aka a Rauchbier, you owe it to yourself to seek this beer out. Alaskan Smoked Porter is becoming more and more available in western states and may be available at select internet retailers. Visit them on the web at:

Read tasting notes on the 2008 Alaskan Smoked Porter.

Related articles:
- Alaskan Pale review.
- Alaskan Summer Ale review.
- Alaskan Amber review.
- The Moon, Venus and Smoked Porter.
- Other hot picks from the 2009 GABF.

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