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Alaskan Smoked Porter Returns For Its 21st Year
Posted Friday, October 30th, 2009 by Tip Top

Alaskan Smoked PorterThe 2009 vintage of Alaskan Smoked Porteris starting to hit stores.  Although the official release date is November 1st, there may already be some West Coast retail locations that have it in time for your Halloween drinking.  The beer is considered a great one to cellar.  "As it ages, the smoke becomes more of a subtle background note. Around the third and fourth years the beer's other flavors such as sherry, currant, raisin, and toffee-like nuances come forward. The fifth year sees the reemergence of the smoky character to the forefront."  The cellarability (is that a word?) is slightly strange as it is a little lower in alcohol than your typical cellar candidate, weighing in at 6.5%.

A little more about the beer itself, "The dark, robust body and pronounced smoky flavor of this limited edition beer make it an adventuresome taste experience. Alaskan Smoked Porter is produced in limited "vintages" each year and unlike most beers, may be aged in the bottle much like fine wine."  This one pairs well with smoked meats and robust flavored cheeses.