Smokestack Heritage Porter - East End Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev 0%
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.
01-25-2013 22:42:27 | More by Tucquan
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
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.)
08-19-2012 07:34:51 | More by RblWthACoz
4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
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!
04-10-2012 00:30:33 | More by Wasatch
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from a large swing-top bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured pretty close to black in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer.
The aroma shows a good amount of smoke to it. I get chocolate and roasted malts mixing with a little bit of a sweeter, brown sugar flavor. Great smokiness to it.
The taste has some great smoky flavors to it throughout. It shows more of a roasty, coffee, dark chocolate quality to it up front, while the finish is really where the smoke shines. I get some sweeter, brown sugar and bacon like flavors to the smoke in the finish as well.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with moderate carbonation. Overall I thought it was a great beer. I loved that it wasn't shy with the smokiness, but not overwhelming either. It was very smooth but had some very bold flavors at the same time. One of the best smoked beers I've had.
02-10-2012 01:08:41 | More by billab914
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Serving Type - 1 quart swing top bottle
Appearance - Dark tan/black, nice foamy 1 inch head, plenty of lacing.
Smell - Smoke, malts, Coffee, dark fruits, wood, Some chocolate and a little molasses.
Taste - Smokey malts and a sweet fruit backbone are the first flavors. I get a bacon/brown nut flavor from the smoke. Coffee and some very mild chocolate add a bitter, yet flavorful bonus in each drink. Theres a little bit more of a hop presence that i expected.
Mouthfeel - Its thick, yet rather easy on mouth. Not overly bitter, or overboard with coffee. TOunge and palette get the smoke, malts and coffee, yet arent crushed in any way. After taste is a little bitter, chocolate and malty.
Overall - Great beer, very easy to drink, and balanced. Was worried the smoked flavor would be overboard but, it is nice and mild, and just adds to a great porter. Very nicely done, cant wait to have again.
12-23-2011 02:13:53 | More by wvsabbath
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
12-13-2011 19:15:04 | More by cps98
4.13/5 rDev +2%
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.
11-16-2011 07:02:17 | More by homebrew311
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
09-21-2011 02:29:12 | More by Florida9
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
09-06-2011 05:13:39 | More by TMoney2591
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
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*
*Trader's Note: Many thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for this smoky elixir!
02-04-2011 00:31:24 | More by Beertracker
1.8/5 rDev -55.6%
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.
01-01-2011 23:35:48 | More by kimbo33
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
11-25-2010 16:39:18 | More by sulldaddy
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
One liter swingtop bottle to pint glass. No ABV or date on the bottle. $23 (including a $3 deposit) at my bottleshop.
A: After a loud pop upon uncorking, this beer pours with a large 2 1/2 finger cappuccino colored head, creamy/frothy texture and semi-long lasting. Lingering film remains. The body is dark brown with amber edges along the glass when held to light. Spare lacing. Sediment is included on the last pour.
S: Heavily malted with various aromas of roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, over rendered caramel plus light nuttiness. Hops are light and resiny. Substantial yeast qualities reminiscent of leather and dough. A light brothy component is mixed in.
T: Smokestack Heritage includes just the right amount of smoke, delicately integrated as a charred flavor, not like beef jerky or BBQ. Long flavors of wood, tobacco, tootsie roll plus light soy sauce and vanilla.
M: The body is somewhere between medium-light and medium. The texture is smooth, bordering on slick and perhaps a touch thin. It does, however, pick up a little fullness and creaminess as it warms. Day-old soda-like effervescence. There is a brief astringency on the finish.
D: Highly palatable, highly drinkable. This was accomplished by making the smoke just one of the elements instead of THE element, which is something most smoked beers could learn from.
10-10-2010 17:02:15 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Smokestack Heritage Porter from East End Brewing Company
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