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Smokestack Heritage Porter - East End Brewing Company

Smokestack Heritage PorterSmokestack Heritage Porter

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%


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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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 07:31:11 | More by CoolJosh
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 01:23:57 | More by sonicdescent
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 15:05:01 | More by Hojaminbag
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 23:20:00 | More by akorsak
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 02:17:50 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 01:30:38 | More by Viggo
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

christmas tasting hosted by biegaman on dec 15/07. he contributed this one. thanks jan!

1L swingtop.

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 18:09:19 | More by grub
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irishevans

Alaska

4.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 06:11:21 | More by irishevans
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flexabull

California

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 03:09:14 | More by flexabull
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JamesS

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 00:52:56 | More by JamesS
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 22:28:19 | More by clickpush
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 15:07:57 | More by mikesgroove
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wingman14

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 02:41:55 | More by wingman14
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 01:37:01 | More by brentk56
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psinderson

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 02:16:27 | More by psinderson
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 12:43:09 | More by WVbeergeek
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jasonm

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 01:55:26 | More by jasonm
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Smokestack Heritage Porter from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.