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Smokestack Heritage Porter - East End Brewing Company

Smokestack Heritage PorterSmokestack Heritage Porter

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BA SCORE
90
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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%


Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Nov/Dec release.

(Beer added by: jasonm on 07-02-2007)
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler pour > Pint Glass

A - Brown/black with half a finger of fizzy tan head, small spotty lacing.
S - Different from a lot of other smoked beers, more of a smoked grain and woody smell, which is great, dark chocolate notes, toast, burnt toffee.
T - Outstanding flavor, big smokey hickory flavor, some nice light dark chocolate sweetness, a little bit of a dark dried fruit undertone, very hard to grab, a touch of coffee. This doesnt have that bacon kinda flavor that some smoked beers tend to have. There's also a nice semi fruity and pine hop bite to it as well. Just excellent.
M - Velvety silky smooth texture.
O - Best smoked beer I've had, this lives up to its reputation. Get some at all chances.

Serving type: growler

01-20-2014 23:21:50 | More by Omnium
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

A sample courtesy of Pablo, gracias amigo!! Poured at a good temperature, with a thick, tan, creamy head and lots of lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is smoke and malt, bit of fruit. Flavors like malt, and smoke are dominant, bittersweet right behind along with tang. I'm not a huge smoke beer fan so subdued smoke is more my speed. Friends like it much more than me. Finish is clean, true, and a little on the short side. Not bad for a smokey treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 03:28:12 | More by drpimento
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2013-01-25 in Columbia, PA from a 33.8 oz swing top with a bottling date of 2011-10-26.

A - Opaque, almost black with a light tan head that disappears quickly and leaving very light lacing.

S - Smoke, medium roasted grain, background dark chocolate.

T - Very smoky at first, then some malt sweetness, then a resurgance of smoke and maybe some umami. Dark roasted coffee that wasn't apparent to me in the smell. Still a touch of dark chocolate. The smokiness diminishes but doesn't disappear in the flavorful, mildly sweet and roasted-bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth and a little creamy. Nice firm feel.

O - While smoked beer's aren't close to being my favorite style, I gotta say, this is a fine one and as much as I enjoyed it; my wife liked it even more. Going to have this again and am looking forward to trying more East End brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 22:42:27 | More by Tucquan
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been holding on to this one for quite some time now. I'm not sure if it was from the first release or the second. Hell. I don't really know how many releases there have been on this one.

Anyways, it's smoked alright. Real smoky. If you don't like rauchbiers, you may have a hard time with this. And, a liter of it, no less. It gets a little smoother as it warms and time goes on, but it's pretty one dimensional. Very full smoke tones to it though. For a smoked beer, it's nice. A bit too intense to go back to, but that might be because this style isn't my absolute favorite. (To note: I went back to this 24 hours later and the smoke was much more subdued. Malt body was nice. Overall porter tones were good.)

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 07:34:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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Wasatch

Utah

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

1 Liter Swing-Top

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy light tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is big time malty, with some nice smoky/roast note, chocolate/toffee/coffee notes. The taste is very nice and malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes, slight coffee, nice touch of smokyness/roastyness. Medium body, this one is kinda creamy, with a very slight bitter finish. A tasty little brew from EEBC. Thanks Ben!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 00:30:33 | More by Wasatch
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billab914

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a large swing-top bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured pretty close to black in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a good amount of smoke to it. I get chocolate and roasted malts mixing with a little bit of a sweeter, brown sugar flavor. Great smokiness to it.

The taste has some great smoky flavors to it throughout. It shows more of a roasty, coffee, dark chocolate quality to it up front, while the finish is really where the smoke shines. I get some sweeter, brown sugar and bacon like flavors to the smoke in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with moderate carbonation. Overall I thought it was a great beer. I loved that it wasn't shy with the smokiness, but not overwhelming either. It was very smooth but had some very bold flavors at the same time. One of the best smoked beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 01:08:41 | More by billab914
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 1 quart swing top bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/black, nice foamy 1 inch head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Smoke, malts, Coffee, dark fruits, wood, Some chocolate and a little molasses.

Taste - Smokey malts and a sweet fruit backbone are the first flavors. I get a bacon/brown nut flavor from the smoke. Coffee and some very mild chocolate add a bitter, yet flavorful bonus in each drink. Theres a little bit more of a hop presence that i expected.

Mouthfeel - Its thick, yet rather easy on mouth. Not overly bitter, or overboard with coffee. TOunge and palette get the smoke, malts and coffee, yet arent crushed in any way. After taste is a little bitter, chocolate and malty.

Overall - Great beer, very easy to drink, and balanced. Was worried the smoked flavor would be overboard but, it is nice and mild, and just adds to a great porter. Very nicely done, cant wait to have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:13:53 | More by wvsabbath
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cps98

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoked beers are by far my least favorite style but I gave this one a shot and was pleasantly surprised.

A – Black as night with a really nice 2 finger toffee colored head. Good retention and lacing.

S – Smoke and peat are really heavy first but then I get small hints of sweet malt and chocolate. There is also a very small hint of coffee present.

T – Smoke hits the tongue first followed by a very smooth milk chocolate, and roasted malt flavor. Smoke lingers in the aftertaste.

M – This is a medium to heavy bodied beer with good carbonation. All the flavors complement each other pretty well. It is drier than I anticipated but really nice.

O – Overall this was pretty good the smoke didn’t dominate like I expected which was nice. Not my first choice in brew but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 19:15:04 | More by cps98
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the Central PA crew for sending this.

A: pours an opaque black, dark brown creamy head

S: onslaught of smoke on the front, smells like a BBQ pit...notes of hickory and char, chocolate is present in the background. Very smoke forward.

T: as the nose suggests, the taste is very smoke forward. Hickory and smoke come through along with dark chocolate. Great balance of flavors. The smoke is very present but never becomes overwhelming. The resulting product is quite enjoyable.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

O: this beer features and excellent use of smoke. Great balance, great malt backbone, definitely worth a try or three.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 07:02:17 | More by homebrew311
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Florida9

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black, in color. Forms a foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a patchy surface coating. No lacing.

S: Smokey. Lots of roasted malts. Almost bacony.

T: Roasted malts, smoke, a little char. Brown sugar. And a light creaminess that just seems to blend in with everything else.

M: Medium bodied. Lower carbonation. Creamy. Very mild bitterness.

O: A good smoked beer with a nice balance of flavor and an apparent, but not overdone, amount of smoke.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 02:29:12 | More by Florida9
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

Big thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Just can't get over these large swing-tops from East End. Good times, indeed. This one pours a dark garnet-brown topped by plenty o' khaki foam. The nose comprises maple-smoked bacon, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, and light roasted malts. The taste holds notes of maple syrup, light molasses, light hickory smoke, brown sugar, and very light roasted malts. The body is a solid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a kinda syrupy-ish feel. Overall, a very nice brew, one that doesn't overdo it on the smoke (actually, I almost want a little more...), but instead balances it with the sweeter and more porter-y characteristics. Right on.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 05:13:39 | More by TMoney2591
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

East End's Smokestack Heritage Porter pours up with a moderate carbonation that creates a rather loose, frothy dark tannish-brown colored head that quickly collapses above the nearly opaque, oily dark brown-black body. The smoke certainly dominates the aroma, yet its very roasty as well with plenty of black roasted malt supported by a developed chocolate/caramel character with notes of burnt wood, charred meat, peat moss, espresso beans & vanilla that compliment the dominant smokiness. Light-moderate fruitiness (chocolate cherry, dried dates, black mission figs) with maybe a hint of oxidation that's starting to creep in? The flavor starts off expectedly smoky with hints of bacon/ham, peat bog, and charcoal fired meats then develops a dominate black patent character that intermingles with the underlying chocolate & caramel sweetness that's balanced by a subtle bitterness which dries out the slightly acrid, mildly burnt, long smoky-sweet finish. This medium bodied smoky robust porter has a light oily texture with good carbonation, an excellent creaminess & enough malt complexity to sale all of the smokiness. My hope is that East End will consider brewing & bottling this one on a more regular basis. Smokestack Heritage Porter makes a fine choice for pairing with a large variety of gastronomic delights at the dinner table. Here's to the fine blue-collar heritage in Homewood. *Retro review from 1/10*

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: Many thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for this smoky elixir!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 00:31:24 | More by Beertracker
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kimbo33

Pennsylvania

1.8/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Unique is a good word to describe this. Maybe its just the style (this is the only one I have ever had of this), but I was really put off by this. It tasted like an ashtray, not a beer. VERY smokey. But smoke as in cigar smoke, not malty smoke. No hop/malt flavor or taste. Not worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 23:35:48 | More by kimbo33
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My brother Curt gave me a bottle. Thanks!

Sampling at cellar temp and poured into a snifter. The beer is pitch black with frothy tan head of 2 cm that fades quickly to an edge layer. Aroma is smokey notes and ash, mixed with some rich cocoa malt. No real hop presence to speak of in this brew. First sip reveals a fine rolling carbonation, silky texture, and an average body.
Flavor is all malt with roasted burnt male and ashy firepit notes, some very dark high cacao chocolate bar. No hops again and the booze is hidden. Very easy to drink, leaves a lingering smokey finish after each sip.
Well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 16:39:18 | More by sulldaddy
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One liter swingtop bottle to pint glass. No ABV or date on the bottle. $23 (including a $3 deposit) at my bottleshop.

A: After a loud pop upon uncorking, this beer pours with a large 2 1/2 finger cappuccino colored head, creamy/frothy texture and semi-long lasting. Lingering film remains. The body is dark brown with amber edges along the glass when held to light. Spare lacing. Sediment is included on the last pour.

S: Heavily malted with various aromas of roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, over rendered caramel plus light nuttiness. Hops are light and resiny. Substantial yeast qualities reminiscent of leather and dough. A light brothy component is mixed in.

T: Smokestack Heritage includes just the right amount of smoke, delicately integrated as a charred flavor, not like beef jerky or BBQ. Long flavors of wood, tobacco, tootsie roll plus light soy sauce and vanilla.

M: The body is somewhere between medium-light and medium. The texture is smooth, bordering on slick and perhaps a touch thin. It does, however, pick up a little fullness and creaminess as it warms. Day-old soda-like effervescence. There is a brief astringency on the finish.

D: Highly palatable, highly drinkable. This was accomplished by making the smoke just one of the elements instead of THE element, which is something most smoked beers could learn from.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 17:02:15 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jay - thanks!

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of huge amounts of smoked malts - somewhere between leather and smoked meat. Also present and serving as a backbone are robust roasted malt aromas with hints of unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as intense. Equal parts roasted and smoked malt flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are fairly bitter unsweetened chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the chocolate flavors fade and the smoked malt flavors take over, drying out the profile. The smokiness carries through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer with a nose that is simply phenomenal - an almost perfect balance between smokiness, roasted malts, and unsweetened chocolate. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 01:24:53 | More by glid02
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Cyrusthepup for sharing this

A - Black and oily porter with a decent head and retention.

S - Smoky elements outweigh all else; some grassy or leafy hop is trying to get noticed, but to little avail.

T - Tastes just like the smoked turkey leg at Disney World, across from the Haunted Mansion. But unlike that leg which ends up being closer to rawhide than what you'd bargained for, this smoked turkey leg really delivers on all of its promise.

M - Nice body; a porter all the way.

D - Very good brew; comparable to Yazoo's Sue.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 15:33:57 | More by ktrillionaire
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown with tan head. Great head retention and lacing. Lots of roasted malt, with chocolate and a nice smokiness. It reminded me of the smoke used to cure bacon (vs chimney style smoke). Flavour is of a wonderful roasted chocolate and smoke combination. Creamy mouthfeel and I had no trouble finishing off my glass and pouring more (since the bottle was pretty big).

I'm really glad Sammy suggested that I go to this brewery in Pittsburgh to pick this one up!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 20:04:36 | More by kwjd
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A very nice pour, with a nearly black appearance and a solid two finger's worth of brown head.

S: You can smell the smoke a mile away. Once getting past the intense smokiness, there is a nice roast and mild chocolate aroma.

T: As one might expect, the flavor is incredibly smokey. A bit of woodiness and meatiness to the beer which is somewhat odd. A bit of peat and plenty of roast as well.

M: The body is nice, settling somewhere around medium with mid-level carbonation.

D: This is sort of like beef jerky meets beer, and for some reason, I like it in small doses. That said, I don't think I could sit down and drink a whole bunch of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 21:10:13 | More by womencantsail
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Gobzilla

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a very dark syrup brown with a half finger head and left good sticky lacing on the glass. Very nice smoky aroma with roastiness from the malts and faint chocolate notes as well. The flavor is all smoke with a good amount of roastiness and slight chocolate accents but mostly smoke that was not over the top it was well balanced in the brew. The beer was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had mild roastiness and a great smoke finish. Very drinkable beer that makes me wanna seek out some more smoked beer. I hope I can get this stuff again.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 17:16:17 | More by Gobzilla
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely stuff, thanks for bringing Ken. Very dark brown with a big bubbly light brown head. Some creamy lace. Delicious aromas. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, understated carbonation. A balanced smokey taste,could be a bit bolder, with a lot of roastiness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 15:14:26 | More by Sammy
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nickd717

California

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, 1L bottle shared thanks to bring.

Pours very dark brown in color with a two-finger tan head that fades to a ring.

Aroma is roasty and mildly chocolatey with lots of smoke.

Flavor is really nice and smoky. Some meatiness to it with roast, bitter chocolate, and char.

Medium-bodied with a pretty good carbonation level.

Drinkable for the style. A very solid smoked beer. East End has been pretty legit from what I've seen from them so far.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 06:28:40 | More by nickd717
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark with a fast falling dark tan head.

S - smokey but mild porter scent.

T - much like the scent, it is smokey but mild porter.

M - mild coating with slight tingle on the front sides of the tongue.

D - easy drinking and different enough that you would go for another.

Serving type: growler

05-16-2010 21:39:21 | More by biglite351
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of tan head with good retention and touches of lacing.

4.0 S: At this point in its life, a lot of the smoke is gone, but enough remains to take a good porter aroma and add a pleasant smokiness to it. Toasted malts, slightly bready, and coffee tones.

4.5 T: Again, a lot of the smoke is gone, but the underlying porter is still mighty tasty. Lots of coffee again, burnt toast, dark roasted malts. Smoke is still there and supplements rather than stealing the show. Touch of plum fruitiness, but overall rather dry. Well done.

4.0 M: Medium body. Decently creamy, good carbonation, super smooth. Soft lasting burntness on the finish.

4.0 D: I like this a lot. I wish I would have had more of this when it was fresh. Oh well, I have a damn good porter in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 23:44:53 | More by DavoleBomb
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark cola color with no light escaping. The head is white to slightly off white with a little lacing. The smell is of smoke, nice charcol bbq smell. The taste is of smoke and charcol with a nice bbq flavor, a slight meaty taste is present in the middle. The mouthfeel is creamy and low carbonated. Overall its drinkable but you would have to like the style. It is a nice change of pace and you could easily drink these if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 18:16:37 | More by goblue3509
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Smokestack Heritage Porter from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.