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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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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 49
Gots: 11 | 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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kimbo33

Pennsylvania

1.8/5  rDev -55.6%
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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oline73

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

05-16-2013 23:23:03 | More by oline73
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-Tap

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 04:17:23 | More by BARFLYB
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Proteus93

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 03:32:47 | More by Proteus93
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
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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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

12-17-2011 19:23:30 | More by kbuzz
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

11-22-2011 00:14:42 | More by PittBeerGirl
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-27-2014 12:08:18 | More by skaboom420
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-23-2009 23:45:09 | More by Cylinsier
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 16:26:31 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 14:37:19 | More by coachdonovan
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megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-09-2014 04:51:16 | More by megamass
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

06-01-2013 17:51:10 | More by GRG1313
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Griggsy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

02-21-2014 04:03:42 | More by Griggsy
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-16-2013 13:01:04 | More by mendvicdog
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

01-10-2014 02:03:05 | More by outoffocus
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Sam-VW

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-27-2014 14:30:37 | More by Sam-VW
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-21-2013 04:49:09 | More by duceswild
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

02-22-2014 02:41:55 | More by Texasfan549
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

09-25-2012 23:00:50 | More by t0rin0
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 12:08:28 | More by DefenCorps
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cps98

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 19:15:04 | More by cps98
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Smokestack Heritage Porter from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.