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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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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 49
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:
Nov/Dec release.

(Beer added by: jasonm on 07-02-2007)
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Sammy, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

t0rin0, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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

brentk56, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Texasfan549, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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!

mikesgroove, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.5%

kjkinsey, Feb 22, 2014
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.

womencantsail, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

GRG1313, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

JAHMUR, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.)

RblWthACoz, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Kegatron, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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

russpowell, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sonicdescent for sending me one of these. Gotta love the 1L swingtops, and after Homewood Reserve I was really excited to try this one. Served in my usual Surly pint glass.

A - 1.5 fingers of tan head with great retention but minimal lacing. The beer itself is a one-shade-from-black brown color with a slightly lighter brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Smokey! Campfire, hickory - although not as meaty as some rauchbiers that I've had. Sweet roast malts, some coffee & cream, and maybe a touch of cocoa, but smoke is the predominant smell here.

T - Starts sweet, ends smokey, with the smoke lingering well into the aftertaste. Nice woody bite in the middle. There's some breadiness in the taste as well. The taste is not quite as amazing as the smell, but it's still very good.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation. Praise the lord, this is exactly what I want from a porter - not sludgy like a stout, but not watery and overcarbonated either. There's some nice residual stickiness as well.

D - I don't think I'll ever be able to give a smoked beer over 4 in this category, as the flavor is by nature palate-fatiguing. Otherwise this is as good as it can get - no hint of booze, perfect carbonation, great taste.

Another winner for East End - looking to get my hands on Toaster now.

MasterSki, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

jlindros, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -20%

oline73, May 16, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

mendvicdog, May 16, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-two-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a black color with a touch of rich brown to it and is almost opaque except for a few ruby flashes of color if held up directly to the light. The aroma is a satisfying mix of smoke, toasted malt and dry biscuit-like aromatics. Towards the finish is noticeable some light, roasted grain notes that add some coffee like aromatics. I can't get over how rich and malt the nose is; the smoke is here and ample, but it melds with and even accentuates the rich, dark malt character that is naturally here in the nose. This has quite an enticing nose to it.

Somewhat light bodied up front, the beer picks up a touch of heft to it in the middle, but still remains a beer to be quaffed. The beer starts out a little colder than I might have liked (probably close to 40°F / 4.5°C), but it is still quite flavorful. Up front this has a rich chocolate note to it that quickly takes on a combination of rich smokiness and substantial toasted malt character. Rich browned malt character and the savory smoke character combine to make this quite a meal despite not being overly heavy. This does pick up some creamy texture as the beer warms up. Each sip finishes with the roasted malt character coming through; it adds a touch of burnt acidity that dries things out just a bit as well as some black coffee like roast character and a burnt graininess. There is a touch of fruitiness here, that is at times quite noticeable, but at others not so much; this reminds me a bit of burnt, sweet plums or burnt raisins. The roast character adds a bit of burnt-bitterness to this beer, but there is also a pine-like hop bitterness to this beer. As the beer warms up the texture just gets richer, more full-bodied, but still is quite drinkable.

This is a great beer to drink a liter bottle of. I can't be happier with the two beers I have had from East End and to be honest I don't see how they can get any better than this (someone prove me wrong). Just a great beer; full of flavor, yet quaffable enough to enjoy a couple glass over an evening. The smoke really is at a perfect level here, tons of rich malt character is still able to come through, while the smoke character just boosts the flavor and richness of this beer.

Gueuzedude, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -1.5%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

akorsak, Mar 16, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

duceswild, May 21, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.25/5  rDev -20%
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.

BARFLYB, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Wasatch, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

John_M, Oct 06, 2009
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Smokestack Heritage Porter from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.