Smokestack Heritage Porter - East End Brewing Company
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4.93/5 rDev +21.7%
a close 2nd place to alaskan's offering, i bought three bottles of this limited ru brew, and didn't have the self-control to save even one to cellar. scott and richard did good with this one. incredible smokey aroma, and very powerful smokey finish to the taste, dark as a stout and a nice brownish head that was a pain in the ass to rinse out of my glass, in my opinion, better than this year's(2007) alaskan smoked porter(which i feel is usualy the smoked porter gold standard). i hope the fellas at East end make this a yearily thing.
12-11-2007 06:11:21 | More by irishevans
4.83/5 rDev +19.3%
Poured from the flip top liter bottle with the awesome artwork, this brew is black with little to no head or carbonation. This looks as if it puts hair on your chest, which is damn near perfect for me.
Smell is at first like a barbecue pit and then the malts hit you. Smoked is accurate here.
Taste is damn good!! I can honestly say I have never had anything like this. Starts off with hints of coffee and then the smoke hits you. Very very good stuff. Even without the smoke, this would be a great porter. It could be because I haven't ever had beer this fresh, but I am extremely impressed.
Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied and no carbonation, mouth coating.
As for drinkability, I hope they have some more when I go down next, because this bottle won't last long.
12-31-2008 01:23:57 | More by sonicdescent
4.6/5 rDev +13.6%
Smooth, clean, smoky and strong. Great f-ing beer.
Black into an East End pint glass, with deep brown head and good lacing. Just pretty, is all.
Toast, smoke, roast. All present in aroma with some bitter, piney hops. Very nice.
Full-flavor, with smoke and sweet malt up front, lingering Islay-style malt in middle and nice, biscuity malt at the end. Very good flavor experience.
Solid, dry-yet-full mouthfeel. Smooth, good drinkability. All parties on hand enjoyed this one.
Rob's bottom line: you like smoke? you like dark? If you like either you won't be disappointed. You like both, you're in for a treat. Go get some.
09-19-2009 15:36:33 | More by rabsten
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
07-13-2007 12:43:09 | More by WVbeergeek
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
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!
07-22-2007 02:41:55 | More by wingman14
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
Bottle courtesy of jasonm. Thanks again!
First off, this is one of the greatest looking bottles I have seen. 1 liter swingtop, with great looking artwork on the label.
Beer pours dark black with a decent white head on top.
Aromas are great. Smoked salmon smell that I noticed as soon as the swingtop was opened.
Flavors are very nice. Smoky of course, with some sweet malt flavors, and bitter dark chocolate notes. The smoke flavors are very nice, and not overpowering.
Mouthfeel is good, but lacks just a bit on the finish.
Drinkability is great. This is an excellent smoked porter. Can easily compete with the other great beers of this style, Alaskan and Stone. This is excellent... I want more!
09-23-2007 03:09:14 | More by flexabull
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
This is the new 08 vintage of smokestack, still being poured out of a 1 liter fliptop bottle and still with the same artwork. I seem to love just about everything from East End, and this one is no exception.
Black body with almost no head and no appearance of carbonation.
Smells smoky, no surprise there. This is a great kind of smoky though; it's backed by a sweet malty aroma. Other people commented that it smelt like a bar-be-que or a fire. Not a really complex aroma, but a very nice one.
Smoked beers usually don't appeal to me. I find them to be boring and weak in flavor. However, I really like this one. The strong smokeyness from the nose continues in the flavor. If you could bottle a little bit of a campfire, this smokey flavor would be that campfire beverage. The up front smokey flavors give way to a good malt base that features a dose of chocolate and some caramel. A general malty sweetness is in there too. The smoked malt is definitely the focus here, and constitutes the strongest flavor, but the other malts serve nicely to balance the beer out. A very tasty beer.
Mouthfeel has no problems with carbonation despite the appearance of this beer. Medium to light bodied, ample carbonation.
This one is really drinkable. I finished the entire liter with only a few odd sips taken by other people, and I still would have drank more. Another winner by East End.
12-29-2008 15:05:01 | More by Hojaminbag
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
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!
07-12-2010 20:04:36 | More by kwjd
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
A squat, swing-topped 1L bottle with a great caricature of a stogie-holding, scruffy mill worker. Received this bottle from melbatoast93 on late July visit to Pittsburgh. Poured at the Hair of the Dog 'Dock Sale' amongst many friends, old and new. My review taste was about 8 oz. in a small goblet, with a light breakfast to start the morning.
A: Bottle opened with a fairly loud 'thwup', a wafting gas rising. Pours a deep, deep brown, the kind that looks 'black' before backlighting proves otherwise, revealing a sultry auburn. Short head, a dingy ivory that barely reaches a 1/2 finger, then fizzles away quickly. Clingy ring and a blotchy lace in broken bands.
S: Notable 'smoke' aroma, not acrid or woody, but more like toasted nutshells or singed paper - mild, delicate spice. An earthy mineral base, then chocolate and light coffee roast. With most porters I don't get much beyond the standard coffee/roast/dark chocolate, but this has sweet, lightly 'meaty' smoke that elevates it far above. Very nice.
T: Toasty maltiness, dark chocolate with just a peek at tartness, then robust smokiness. Again, this is not an ashy/woody 'campfire' smoke, more that of a smokehouse that ages meats, eliciting a sweet glaze. It blends beautiful with fudgy chocolate and coffee that hints at vanilla. Later a mild dark fruit (hints at 'Baltic Porter' underneath?) become more and more evident.
M: Crisp carbonation, sharp and busy effervescing bubbles. Medium body takes time to form, dueling with the carbonated zeal until a fuller body manifests.
D: Really tasty, smokiness is well-conceived and executed perfectly for my tastes. At the Dock Sale, I toted this bottle with me rather than leave it at the communal tasting table. I did this, in part, because I wanted to keep the cool bottle and because I wanted to share it with my friends and those who asked, AND, in all honesty, so that I could enjoy another 2 or 3 small pours before seeing this one go away! A very good beer that I'd love to have again. Many thanks, Hart!
11-16-2009 03:23:24 | More by msubulldog25
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
1 L flip top bottle, featuring new artwork from Wayno, who brought you the fine artwork from The Ugly American. A smoked porter from East End??? Hell yes.
A - Plus marks for the original bottling and label artwork. Gotta say Im a big fan of the 1L swing tops. But enough on the packaging, what about the beer! Pours a supremely dark brown, with just the faintest bit of light peering through the bottom of the glass. Pours with a nice inch width head of tan soapy bubbles, receding to a skim of brown lace.
S - It's a smoked beer, it smells like .. smoke! But it is by no means a charcoal bomb. The smoke lingers in and out with a tangy sweetness that gives rise to some nice sweet chocolate malt.
T - A real nice porter backbone of dry bittersweet chocolate. The smokiness is there but serves as an accent and does not dominate the flavor at all. A hit of fresh green grassy hoppiness arrives for the finish.
M - A nice light porter body with a good base of carbonation.
D - An extremely well-crafted porter, even without the smoke aspect, which just takes it to a new dimension. Not sure what the alcohol percentage is but I don't image its over 6%. Very flavorful and refreshing.
07-02-2007 01:55:26 | More by jasonm
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
christmas tasting hosted by biegaman on dec 15/07. he contributed this one. thanks jan!
pours deep brown, not quite black, with a small dense tan head. the head drops fairly quick and leaves spotty lace.
aroma is good. smoke. roast. bit of dark chocolate. light caramel. hint of alcohol. toffee.
taste is good. nice medium smoke level. light roast. dark chocolate. bit of caramel. bread and biscuit malt. light alcohol. hint of coffee. touch of hazelnut.
mouthfeel is great. medium-low carbonation level. nice medium body.
drinkability is great. nice smoky character that makes its presence known but does not overpower the porter beneath. excellent balance.
12-19-2007 18:09:19 | More by grub
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
10-10-2010 17:02:15 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
Bought the bottle from the brewery itself. Split it with another beer fanatic last night.
Poured it into my East End Brewing Co. pint glass
A - Black with not much head, but just a thin layer of caramel colored foamy goodness.
S - The smoke is just right. It is not overpowering as has been my experience with other smoked beers. It seems to be a more meaty like smoke. It almost brings out the other aromatics that should be present with a porter instead of stomping all over them.
T - The smoke is even better integrated than I thought. It enables the other flavor profiles to come out with slight coffee and chocolate being in the forefront. I get a slight berry type of taste, but that could be due to the chocolate presence. I cannot say enough how incredibly well the smoke is balanced in this beer. Not too much, not too little, just right.
M - Well carbonated feel. Slightly, and I do mean slightly, thicker than other porters I have tasted before. Which is great because I often find most porters to be slightly waters in mouthfeel.
D - GREAT beer. I would gladly pay the price they ask for this bottle over and over again. It was executed perfectly and I am proud to know the brewery is in the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
01-30-2010 17:15:22 | More by KAP1356
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
A: Dark black-brown with a decent khaki cap that holds fairly well, sporadic lacing left on the glass
S: Smokey caramel and roasted malts, lighter coffee highlights... screams burnt malts
T: Very very nice, I was impressed with the delicacy of the malts considering the burnt character of the nose... nice caramel, coffee and roasted barley flavoring
M: Medium bodied, consistent presence on the tongue right through the compact finish
D: By the end the smoke slows you down... the flavor doesn't languish but it is an assault on the tongue
08-09-2009 02:23:16 | More by callmemickey
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
I got this (straight from the brewery) beer in a trade with JohnTravolta21, Thanks Sara!
quart+ swag top bottle served in a beer mug.
L - very dark brown color with a creamy tan head that left good lacing.
S - smoked bacon and roasted malt aroma.
T - smokey flavor upfront is met by sweet roasted malt finishing with some espresso coffee bitterness before a smokey aftertaste is all the drinker is left with until the next sip.
F - medium bodied with a smooth & creamy feel.
D - smooth and easy to drink.
03-22-2009 19:15:20 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-two-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a black color with a touch of rich brown to it and is almost opaque except for a few ruby flashes of color if held up directly to the light. The aroma is a satisfying mix of smoke, toasted malt and dry biscuit-like aromatics. Towards the finish is noticeable some light, roasted grain notes that add some coffee like aromatics. I can't get over how rich and malt the nose is; the smoke is here and ample, but it melds with and even accentuates the rich, dark malt character that is naturally here in the nose. This has quite an enticing nose to it.
Somewhat light bodied up front, the beer picks up a touch of heft to it in the middle, but still remains a beer to be quaffed. The beer starts out a little colder than I might have liked (probably close to 40°F / 4.5°C), but it is still quite flavorful. Up front this has a rich chocolate note to it that quickly takes on a combination of rich smokiness and substantial toasted malt character. Rich browned malt character and the savory smoke character combine to make this quite a meal despite not being overly heavy. This does pick up some creamy texture as the beer warms up. Each sip finishes with the roasted malt character coming through; it adds a touch of burnt acidity that dries things out just a bit as well as some black coffee like roast character and a burnt graininess. There is a touch of fruitiness here, that is at times quite noticeable, but at others not so much; this reminds me a bit of burnt, sweet plums or burnt raisins. The roast character adds a bit of burnt-bitterness to this beer, but there is also a pine-like hop bitterness to this beer. As the beer warms up the texture just gets richer, more full-bodied, but still is quite drinkable.
This is a great beer to drink a liter bottle of. I can't be happier with the two beers I have had from East End and to be honest I don't see how they can get any better than this (someone prove me wrong). Just a great beer; full of flavor, yet quaffable enough to enjoy a couple glass over an evening. The smoke really is at a perfect level here, tons of rich malt character is still able to come through, while the smoke character just boosts the flavor and richness of this beer.
02-04-2009 01:08:37 | More by Gueuzedude
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
A tankard by the fire and the aroma of roasted meat wafting over us as we spin yarns about days gone by.
It's a dense black night, though a faint brown highlight can be seen when you look towards the fire, and a finger of head rose up for a bit and then dropped to a smattering.
Peat-smoke and ham fill the air, and the molasses dripping off of the ham into the fire creates a warm, caramelized-but-burnt sugar character. Settle a little deeper into that massive jacket, pull your loved one close, listen to the crackle of the fire.
Take a sip, and the baltic porter notes come out, while overwhelmed by the smoke filling our clothes with that campfire aroma that we will regret in the morning but that right now is the one speck of warmth in this harsh world. There's a bit of metallic in the finish, I suppose these tankards are probably giving us cancer or something, but the howling winds at our back cause us to scoot as cozily as possible to the fire, take care to move your feet every so often, don't want to melt your shoes.
When we first poured it, it was very carbonated, but a solid medium body showed through as it flattened... definitely one that we can drink all night, as the sweet alcohol and dark roasted grains come through and meld with the smoke, creating something that's delicious.
Clutch your loved one and whisper in her ear, there are few times in life more content than this. Enjoy the moment.
10-26-2009 12:03:10 | More by khiasmus
4.34/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
01-20-2014 23:21:50 | More by Omnium
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Christmas tasting with biegaman and grub. Big 1L swingtop courtesy of biegaman.
Pours an opaque red/brown, very thick tan head, leaves tons of lace, drops to a solid ring. Smell is nice, perfect amount of smoke, chocolate, lots of roasty goodness, caramel, bread, grains, very nicely integrated and rich. Taste is similar, chocolate, roast coffee, toffee, smoke, nice burnt toast, rich flavour, again the smoke it perfect, nice balanced roasty finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, just glides down, very nice. One of the best smoke beers I've had, really done tastefully. Thanks Jan!
12-28-2007 01:30:38 | More by Viggo
Smokestack Heritage Porter from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.