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Smokestack Heritage Porter - East End Brewing Company

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Smokestack Heritage PorterSmokestack Heritage Porter

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 54
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of Tucquan
4.06/5  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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.)

Photo of Beertracker
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Photo of JamesS
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The only time I'd ever had a smoked beer was out on a business trip to Spokane, WA. I'd been looking for more to try, but wasn't having very much luck. Fortunately, on a whim while I was in Pittsburgh, I stopped in the East End Brewing building and found this, a very good smoked porter. It's appearance is nice, about like any porter you'd see, and it goes down smooth. The smoked smell is very nice and was just what I was looking for. It's taste is very good as well, a wonderful porter with a nice smoky flavor.

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

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This particular bottle had roughly a year under it's belt when I finally got around to opening it the other night. As I've never had the beer before, I'm not sure how aging the beer might have affected it. In any event...

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get leather, licorice, sweet malt and smoked meat. This beer smells pretty attractive, though it's a bit lighter then what I was expecting. The beer also smells as if it will be fairly dry, something that was confirmed when I took my first sip. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, all on a moderately sweet frame. The finish is fairly dry, and mouthfeel is smooth, long and almost creamy. Drinkability is pretty good, and you can tell the abv. is not too high in this beer. The beer is very well balanced, and is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate.

While nothing spectacular, this is an easy to enjoy and appreciate porter from East End Brewing. I drank the rest of the bottle a day after opening it, and if anything it might have been a bit better the next day. In any event, this is a nice enough smoked porter from East End.

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 8/31/2009 and poured into a pint glass. Thanks for the extra vwcraig! The beer appears dark brown with a fizzy light brown head...decent retention...decent lacing...etc...

The nose has a lot of smoke, and despite the fact that I'm not a fan of the style, it's pretty nice. The malt is bready with a lot of sugary sweetness and a little caramel.

The taste is sweet and slightly roasted and toasted malt with a lot of smoke character. The smokiness, at times, is not unlike bacon. I love bacon. I eat it nearly every day. I tend to buy the center cut thin sliced variety. In fact, that's all I've bought for years.

An interesting beer that is worth trying if you get the chance, especially if you like the style.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee brown color with a rocky beige head that leaves shards of lace

Smell: Mocha dominates the aroma, with milk chocolate and a modest amount of smoke

Taste: Starts out with a dark bread and chocolate element that is joined, mid-palate, by rather subtle hints of smoke; after the swallow, the smokey aspect picks up but complements the sweeter flavors; there is also a tartness that was unexpected; residual smoke appears again at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very pleasant flavor profile; a nice porter but would benefit from a more smokey flavor

Thanks, jasonm, for the opportunity

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ibrew2or3 for this one.

A: Pours very very dark black with a small tan head. Little retention and just a few spots of lace.

S: Tons and tons of smoke up front. Charred salty meat, ash, and bacon.

T: Camp fire flavors with hints of smoked meat. Charred malt and ash in the finish. Very smokey, but very tasty.

M: Medium in body, smooth, bold, and good.

D: Pretty good for the style. Lots of smoke packed into this bottle. I love what Eastend does.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Smokestack Heritage Porter from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.