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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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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 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 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 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 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 Rovermier
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1L swingtop poured into a tulip.

Pours dark mahogany out of the bottle and looks almost completely black in the glass. The head is small but hangs around for a while and leaves bits of lacing.

The aroma is definitely that of a smoked beer but it's not overpowering. There are plenty of sweet malt aromas to balance the smoke, whose presence is more like smoked hickory chips than meats. Toasted character in the nose

The taste seems a little smokier than the aroma to me and leaves a very dry, smoky finish that lingers for a while after each sip. There are the dark malts in the background but the smoke in the taste seems a little more like smoked meat, especially sausage, than the aroma.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and very dry in the finish.

This is a goodgreat smoked beer with a smoked character that doesn't overpower and is complimented by the sweet malts. Extremely drinkable for the style.

Photo of psinderson
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 L swing-top bottle purchased at the brewery...Great label!

Appearance: Deep brown, stout-like. Good caramel-colored head with some serious strength.

Smell: I wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised that the smoke aroma didn't overtake it. The smoke is definitely there, but more as a background. Nice roasted malt and chocolate-like aromas predominate. The smoke background is a woody-like aroma.

Taste: I was again happily surprised that the smoke wasn't the only thing there. Initially, it seemed like I was tasting a bit of East End's Black Strap Stout, minus the sweetness. There is a strong roasty and cocoa flavor with a mild hop astringency. Woody smoke flavors lay in the background never trying to dominate things. A great overall balance.

Mouthfeel: Nice body and carbonation feel good in the mouth and on the tounge.

Drinkability: I really like it, but I can see this being over the top for some. Mostly smooth and balanced for a porter.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

Big thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Just can't get over these large swing-tops from East End. Good times, indeed. This one pours a dark garnet-brown topped by plenty o' khaki foam. The nose comprises maple-smoked bacon, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, and light roasted malts. The taste holds notes of maple syrup, light molasses, light hickory smoke, brown sugar, and very light roasted malts. The body is a solid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a kinda syrupy-ish feel. Overall, a very nice brew, one that doesn't overdo it on the smoke (actually, I almost want a little more...), but instead balances it with the sweeter and more porter-y characteristics. Right on.

Photo of Kegatron
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My brother Curt gave me a bottle. Thanks!

Sampling at cellar temp and poured into a snifter. The beer is pitch black with frothy tan head of 2 cm that fades quickly to an edge layer. Aroma is smokey notes and ash, mixed with some rich cocoa malt. No real hop presence to speak of in this brew. First sip reveals a fine rolling carbonation, silky texture, and an average body.
Flavor is all malt with roasted burnt male and ashy firepit notes, some very dark high cacao chocolate bar. No hops again and the booze is hidden. Very easy to drink, leaves a lingering smokey finish after each sip.
Well crafted beer.

Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the Central PA crew for sending this.

A: pours an opaque black, dark brown creamy head

S: onslaught of smoke on the front, smells like a BBQ pit...notes of hickory and char, chocolate is present in the background. Very smoke forward.

T: as the nose suggests, the taste is very smoke forward. Hickory and smoke come through along with dark chocolate. Great balance of flavors. The smoke is very present but never becomes overwhelming. The resulting product is quite enjoyable.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

O: this beer features and excellent use of smoke. Great balance, great malt backbone, definitely worth a try or three.

Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wasatch
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

1 Liter Swing-Top

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy light tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is big time malty, with some nice smoky/roast note, chocolate/toffee/coffee notes. The taste is very nice and malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes, slight coffee, nice touch of smokyness/roastyness. Medium body, this one is kinda creamy, with a very slight bitter finish. A tasty little brew from EEBC. Thanks Ben!

Photo of clickpush
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large flip top bottle bought at the brewery for $15 and sampled among friends at City Beer Store in San Francisco. Very dark beer with minimal head pours into the pint glass, though some bubbling lace remains throughout the experience. Aroma does not smell like a porter at all... it smells like a meat house! I mean, I may as well be wearing a mask of pastrami... and this is all said in the best way possible. The smoked malts are all there are, and they smell delicious. The taste is just as meaty, like chewing on jerky (in a good way), though there seems to be lacking much more character than what the smoked malts bring to the table. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and under carbonated and I refuse to blame this on the fliptop bottle. However, this is the smokiest, best rauchbier I've ever had and I want more. Now, damn it!

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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of tan head with good retention and touches of lacing.

4.0 S: At this point in its life, a lot of the smoke is gone, but enough remains to take a good porter aroma and add a pleasant smokiness to it. Toasted malts, slightly bready, and coffee tones.

4.5 T: Again, a lot of the smoke is gone, but the underlying porter is still mighty tasty. Lots of coffee again, burnt toast, dark roasted malts. Smoke is still there and supplements rather than stealing the show. Touch of plum fruitiness, but overall rather dry. Well done.

4.0 M: Medium body. Decently creamy, good carbonation, super smooth. Soft lasting burntness on the finish.

4.0 D: I like this a lot. I wish I would have had more of this when it was fresh. Oh well, I have a damn good porter in my cellar.

Photo of mgbickel
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had a chance to get to EEBC's growler hours! Poured into a Perfect Pint glass from a swing-top bottle split between 3 of us. Formed a large 3 finger tan head that quickly dissipated leaving behind very little lacing. Very solid looking brownish black body that has amber edges when backlit.

Lots of smoke aromas on the nose (as expected). The smokiness is BBQ-esque, almost meaty. Undertones of coffee beans and roasted malts are also present.

The taste is similar to the nose...smoky throughout. The roastiness comes through in the middle and lasts through the finish.

Medium mouth feel with tight carbonation...slightly astringent.

Very drinkable...will be heading back for a refill!

Photo of CrellMoset
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1L swingtop bottle courtesy of sonicdescent - thanks!!! Split at a training w/ proteus93, IBUnit63, and dkachur. My portion poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick, dark, inky brown-bodied beer, capped by a fizzy, relatively fast-fading blob of moderately tan head. The collar is alternatively thin and thick though persistent throughout and the lacing a little runny, glittery, though clingy in certain places.

Aroma: Holy crap. This smells like fresh bratwurst. I swear to god I almost get actual animal flesh out of this one. Sizzling, peppercorned bacon, dripping in fat and ... ok. Gotta stop. Either way, it's overwhelmingly smoky, with only the faintest of heavily toasted malty back offerings.

Taste: Much sweeter and less toasty than I would have expected. Heavy molasses, toast, brown sugar, slight coffee, and very earthy. The smoke is still a definite presence, and it's actually a little dryer in the finish, which helps the smoke meld well with the other constituent parts. Slight hints of darker fruits, too, perhaps. Very nice, on the whole.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, even and slightly syrupy, with a nice, slightly creamy but still crisp. A definitely solid, firm body.

Drinkability: No clue what the abv% on this one was, but it's really not that hardcore. As not a HUGE fan of smoked beers (vegetarian and all), I like this one a lot. The aroma was incredibly meaty, but the taste was very well integrated, and nothing was too intense or too "meaty" in the flavor profile. This one comes with a "hey, you know I don't like this style, but I'm still gonna recommend it" recommendation.

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