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Smokestack Heritage Porter - East End Brewing Company

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Smokestack Heritage PorterSmokestack Heritage Porter

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BA SCORE
90
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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 49
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by cps98:
Photo of cps98
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

cps98, Dec 13, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

megamass, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a shift at Bocktown the other night Scott Smith had just dropped off a supply of this newly bottled 1 Liter Swing Top bottle. Appears a deep cola brown nearly black hue forms a large tan head leaves behind even lace with each sip, study carbontion flowing as visualized with a stream of bubbles. Aroma is great other than Alaskan Smoked Porter this is the closest amount of smoked meats than the German rauchbier Scherlenkerla the OG Bamberg beauty. Peated malt smokiness along with kilned malts blended to provide smoked pork and herbal earthy smokiness dark choclate and ehrbal hop bursts are muted by the smoke but are still detectable and pleasant to my senses. Flavors more liquid smoke I'm sorry but I love when I beer can taste like peppered smoked bacon more dark roasts provide ample bitterness alongside green herbal fresh hop accents, the peated malt brings out some whiskey esque earthiness. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller body carbonation flows smooth and the finish is bone dry here I'm guessing it's that smokey character that pulls that sensation off. Drinkabillity, another world class offering an awesome smoked porter brewed in the Burgh keep up the creativity because it's bold to put something like this out there not everybody can get down with the smoked beers. For me I craved more after finishing a pint and I had no problem enjoying every drop great drinkable smoked porter.

WVbeergeek, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

glid02, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to irishevans and his father for trekking these up from the burgh.

Pours a nearly opaque black with the slightest ruby colors and a small white head that leaves little lace. Nose has some smoke and some roasted malt. Taste follows the nose, nice smoke flavor without being incredibly heavy or overpowering. roasted malts are present but dont overpower by any means. almost no hop bitterness at all. Aftertaste lingers. Mouthfeel is refreshingly thin for a smoked porter. I prefer them to be a little more viscous, but this is thin in a good way. Very easy to drink, unquestionably the most drinkable smoked porter I have ever had that still has some good solid smoke flavor in it. Although I do prefer Alaskan by a nose, this is a defenite good one from scott, pick it up if you can still find some. Thanks again to irishevans.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

Sammy, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

nickd717, May 21, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from FreightTrain cheers Jacob!

Swingtop opens with a assuring Pfft. Pours an effervescent mahogany/ebony with 1+ finger of fluffy tan head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Smokeyness & toasty grain, pick up a lot peat & alder once really warm

T: Roasty & charred malt, dark chcolate & husky smokeyness up front. More of the same as this warms, plus dryness. Finishes smokey, dry & sweet

MF: Medium bodied, oily with low carbonation, nice warming sensation

Drinks easy enough, the ABV is well hidden, needs a bit more malt depth & flavor to really hold my interest past a few pints. Probably enjoyed the artwork on the label as much as the beer. The appearance drags this down, but I still wouldn't put it up there with Alaskan Smoked Porter

russpowell, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 liter swingtop bottle into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours fairly black (garnet comes out along the bottom) with a couple fingers of foamy mocha colored head. Retains with a thin look that coats the sides of the glass with light fizzy foam and brown oils. The aroma is crispy smoked meat on top, with chocolate roast and toffee in the middle, and then a bit of coffee pulling up the back of bouquet. Nice depth to this, with layer on top of layer.

The smoke exerts itself up front the most, sliding through the profile in a more subtle manner. Thick chocolate and caramel bulk up the middle of this, before descending into a bitter finish of roast and hops. Residual smoke ends this with a sweet kiss that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice mellow creaminess to it that gives this a most sleek and easy feel in the mouth. Especially for an almost 7% beer.

Another nicely done beer here from East End. Just the right amount of smoke was present and the roasty Porter flavors of this were right on. I'd love to see Scott do a nice English Style Porter as part of the Session Ale series.

Kegatron, Jul 30, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Saxboy10, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of Beertracker
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Beertracker, Feb 04, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

GRG1313, Jun 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

kbuzz, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A flip top 1 liter bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The porter pours with a thick black color, ruby red highlights appear throughout. A nice 2-3 finger head from the pour has already begun to lace around the East End tumbler that I chose especially for the occasion.

S: The nose is through the roof. Thick and smoky, full of curehouse aromas. Chococlate aromas manage to cut through the smoke, showing off the porter side of the ale.

T: The taste slacks off a hint from the nose but still manages to deliver a nice punch. The smokiness is muted, paired back a bit as though the nose has liquid smoke but the taste doesn't. The porter flavors are more pronounced than in the nose, making for a decent trade-off of porter for smoke. Those flavors are toasted with thin touches of chocolate and burnt toast. The overall effect is a smokey paradise that comes in above Spezial but below Heller Trum and ASP in the smoked realm. Nice drying finish makes you want another sip.

M: Smokiness and porter flavors, and excellent match of bold flavors. The maltiness is a little thin but it doesn't really register beneath the smoke.

D: Very drinkable. The smoke is great in the nose but doesn't overwhelm the palate. This is another winner from Scott at East End.

akorsak, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of Rovermier
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Rovermier, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of wingman14
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Smell is super smoky, (kind of like a backyard BBQ with pork) and dominates the smell with other sweet characters. The smell is great and very inviting. The taste is driven by the smoke and tastes great. Other sweet flavors come through but that BBQ taste lingers on. The mouthfeel isn't as thick as I would have thought for a porter but is smooth and fits well for this beer. This one is a great drinking beer for just about any occasion and would obviously fit well for most backyard gatherings. I really liked this one, thanks to melanoidin for getting me a bottle. Cheers!

wingman14, Jul 22, 2007
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

hoppymcgee, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of vwbus7
5/5  rDev +23.5%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Griggsy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Griggsy, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jasonm for sending this one my way, I was totally stoked to open up this monster 1 liter flip topped bottle as soon s I had seen it. You gotta love when you get something like this in a BIF, not only had I never heard of it befgore, but it was a 1 time brew ta boot! Totally psched. Picture on the bottle was awesome, and it was still relatively cool, even though it was 90 plus degrees on the day it arrived..so onto the beer! On a side note, split this with my younger brother in law, who I am slowly but surely getting involved with the craft brew scene, this was his first smoked beer...

A - Poured a deep dark brown, pretty much opaque with a smallish, about three quarters of an inch tan head. This faded and gave way to just a bit of lace film skimming over the top of the glass. Lots of residual lace down the sides of the glass gave it a very full look, I was pretty sure this one meant buisness...

S - Deeply smoked, this was clearly evident from the very first whiff that came across. Really a strong vibrant aroma. hints of some subtle sweetness, caramel and maybe a touch of a hoppy back were there if you really look for them, but overall it just knocked you over with that strong smoked aroma...

T- The taste was very strong, but not absurdly or bad in any way. Very full flavored. This was a well crafter brew and that was evident from the first sip...Strong smoked flavors is really what this was all about. There was some light sweetness in there if you really looked for it, but you really had to look for it...

M - Very nice and smooth. Not as thick feeling as it looked or I thought it would be. It was soo dark I could have sworn this was a stout of some kind at first. But after sipping it it was just thin enough to be a porter. Great carbonation, obviously made it through shipping just fine. Creamy feel on the tongue and just all around good presence.

D - As mentioned earlier, I would be shocked if this were much over 6% abv, it was just a good quality smoked beer. Not too heavy which made it very good for drinking. I cannot usually handle more then one smoked at a time, its just not usually my thing, but this one was pretty darn good. Me and my brother in law polished this off in no time and I defiantly could have had another.

Overall this was excellent and I am very glad I got a chance to try it. It was very unique and from a brewery I had never heard of, but apparently they are doing some damn fine work up there. I would be very intrested to try some more offerings by them in the future for damn sure. If you can find it I would definatly recommend giving it a shot....BTW he loved it too!

mikesgroove, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of Proteus93
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with CrellMoset, dkachur, and IBUnit63.

A: Black... if something were smoking in the kitchen, it might be this dark. :P Head is alright, but perhaps not too spectacular.

S: A big smokiness, but a bit of an unusual roast malt flavour. I don't think I'm all that big a fan, really, and I usually enjoy smoke / rauch beers.

T: Enjoy the smoke flavours more. on the palate than I got out of the nose. The roasted flavours aren't as "clashing" and there's a little more of a chocolate-like flavour. Not too shabby at all.

M + D: The bigger body complements the smoke flavour alright - in a way I didn't think I would. Carbonation is a bit lighter... well, it's all more like a porter - imagine that! Another one of these brews where the ABV isn't well known, but it seems like it might be a bit hefty.

Proteus93, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

mendvicdog, May 16, 2013
Photo of coachdonovan
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a big bottle direct from the source @ East End's growler hours. I love supporting Scott/EEB's local brewing effort, but the price per bottle is tough. Although you do get $3 back when you return the bottle.

Pours black, and the look of it reminds me of all the constant BA debate: "What's the difference between a stout and a porter?" Smoky aroma delivers immediately. The taste is a little sweet up front but then the smoke comes around. I found the carbonation to be fairly high and the finish is dry.

In all it looks, smells and tastes exactly what a smoked porter should be. I was happy to be sharing the bottle, as I don't think I could knock back more than one. But it is a great take on the style and a good option if you're looking for a change from more traditional IPAs, stouts and lagers.

coachdonovan, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

oline73, May 17, 2013
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Smokestack Heritage Porter from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.