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Smokestack Heritage Porter - East End Brewing Company

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Smokestack Heritage PorterSmokestack Heritage Porter

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67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 116
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 64
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:
Beer added by: jasonm on 07-02-2007

Nov/Dec release.
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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 116
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this great beer thanks to noslenwerd in one of our huge trades. Also had this as part of the Central New England BA meetup #1.

A: Super dark brown color with some hazy. Creamy semi thick fizzy head that looks bleached compared to the dark brown milky colored beer.

N: Holy Smoked Batman! The name Smokestack hardly does it justice! Lots of smoked malt, smoke in general, little tobacco, some sweet malts, bacon.

T: Smoked again. Enough smoke to make a BBQ pit jealous. Lots of smoke, reminds me of smoked mozzarella actually, and with the smoked bacon flavor it has it made me really hungry. With that is leather, lox, chewy malts, roasted, dark malt flavors, and pretty dry overall.

M: Semi thick with decent carbonation.

F: Loooong lingering smoke flavor, that makes you feel like you are constantly eating bacon, or drying your mouth over a BBQ pit. It's pretty dry too to go a long with it. Lingering smoked meat flavors. A little creamy porter flavors and some bitterness come through late. With the heavy smoke and dryness it was a little tough to get more than a couple sips down though.

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Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones.

Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, somke, roast, and some nuttiness. Tastes of chocolate, somke, roasty, and nutty. On the slightly sweeter side. I have a 1 liter of this and am curious to see how it compares.

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Photo of kkipple
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Popped the top on this liter swingtop, thanks to my friend Paul. Excellent bottle art! I love swingtops!

A. Cool and clear dark nut brown, fine 3cm steady head, some lace too!

S. Mmm, ham! Bacony, smelly, smokey, peaty, hearty. The smoke here blows away most everything else. There is some fine roasty malt here, too.

T. Mmm, smoke.

M. Well carbonated, a bit slick, easy to drink a few....

D. If you like smoked beers, sure. Best drunk around a fire on a cold night with good friends and hot, yet bored, chicks.

Bottom line: This is a smokey, tasty American beer!

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I need to make note that the bottle I tried was an 07 found in a crowd. Normally you need to go to East End to buy one of their beers with exception of catching one on tap at Piper's Pub. Regardless...

Thanks treyrab for sharing this one with me at a recent tasting.

Nothing to be thrilled about a very hazy dark brown that's visible around the edges. No head. What more is there to say?!?

Smells like a pound of roasted bacon that's simmered on the stove top for a few minutes, heck, hours. A very roasted malt scent is arising. Really smokey, nice burnt caramel malts, and some dry roasted coffee scents are pretty nice. It really does smell like a smoked piece of meat. Really nice job here scott, smells like anoter winner.

Some burnt caramel malts, a really smokey flavor produced by oak aging and burnt malts that really accentuate the smokiness involved here. Really creamy for a porter, some sweet chocolate taste really plays nicely with this interesting take on the style.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

John was kind enough to split this with me last night.

Black with a brown highlights, there's a thin beige head that recedes rather quickly.

Big and smoky, burning paper-like with unsweetened chocolate. The smoke and burnt bitterness from the base porter work very well together. Mildly creamy with a touch of vanilla, this is like a creamy, smoky chocolate milk. Yum.

The palate opens fairly smoky with a mild meaty character and moderate black patent bitterness. Mild chocolate mid palate before a dry, smoky, bitter and mildly burnt finish. Light in body with high carbonation, there's more than it needs. The finish, while decent, is nothing memorable.

While I'm having no trouble finishing my glass, I can't help but think that this could be a more memorable beer.

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Photo of cps98
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one off a cask.

Pours dark dark dark. Moderate head.

Smells smokey, unsurprisingly. The main beer scents are malts.

The taste is of smoke with afterthoughts of molasses, subdued. There's a woody flavor too, probably attributed to the cask.

Mouthfeel is smooth and flat, but flat is okay for this style, so it comes across well.

Overall, very enjoyable for my first cask beer despite being a bit warm. I'm not a huge fan of smokey beers but this one was pretty enjoyable and seemed to benefit from the cask.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/05/2009. Bottle shared at PPRBSG09. This beer pours a deep brown with a white head. The aroma is of sweet, smoked meats. The flavor is nice and smokey, very tasty. This beer is slightly on the sweet side but overall I found it enjoyable.

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Photo of drpimento
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of biglite351
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


Smokestack came to me with a black look and some browns around the edges. A dark tan inch head stayed on top and held it's weight. Decent lacing on this. Thinking this was a str8 porter I was put off by the smoke in the nose but got use to it. The smoke is followed with rich malts and light coffee. In taste the smoke is not heavy but not light, a big malt addition gives off bread and some sweetness. Burnt coffee in there as well, porter flavors come through with some chocolate. Heritage is above medium bodied with a slick creamy feel and some carb, I enjoyed how it felt besides the smoky aftertaste. Smoked beers are not my thing, but I found this enjoyable. Not to high in alcohol either.

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Photo of kimbo33
1.82/5  rDev -55.2%
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.

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Smokestack Heritage Porter from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.