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Smokestack Heritage Porter - East End Brewing Company

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Smokestack Heritage PorterSmokestack Heritage Porter

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 116
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 64
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: jasonm on 07-02-2007

Nov/Dec release.
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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought the bottle from the brewery itself. Split it with another beer fanatic last night.

Poured it into my East End Brewing Co. pint glass

A - Black with not much head, but just a thin layer of caramel colored foamy goodness.

S - The smoke is just right. It is not overpowering as has been my experience with other smoked beers. It seems to be a more meaty like smoke. It almost brings out the other aromatics that should be present with a porter instead of stomping all over them.

T - The smoke is even better integrated than I thought. It enables the other flavor profiles to come out with slight coffee and chocolate being in the forefront. I get a slight berry type of taste, but that could be due to the chocolate presence. I cannot say enough how incredibly well the smoke is balanced in this beer. Not too much, not too little, just right.

M - Well carbonated feel. Slightly, and I do mean slightly, thicker than other porters I have tasted before. Which is great because I often find most porters to be slightly waters in mouthfeel.

D - GREAT beer. I would gladly pay the price they ask for this bottle over and over again. It was executed perfectly and I am proud to know the brewery is in the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A squat, swing-topped 1L bottle with a great caricature of a stogie-holding, scruffy mill worker. Received this bottle from melbatoast93 on late July visit to Pittsburgh. Poured at the Hair of the Dog 'Dock Sale' amongst many friends, old and new. My review taste was about 8 oz. in a small goblet, with a light breakfast to start the morning.

A: Bottle opened with a fairly loud 'thwup', a wafting gas rising. Pours a deep, deep brown, the kind that looks 'black' before backlighting proves otherwise, revealing a sultry auburn. Short head, a dingy ivory that barely reaches a 1/2 finger, then fizzles away quickly. Clingy ring and a blotchy lace in broken bands.

S: Notable 'smoke' aroma, not acrid or woody, but more like toasted nutshells or singed paper - mild, delicate spice. An earthy mineral base, then chocolate and light coffee roast. With most porters I don't get much beyond the standard coffee/roast/dark chocolate, but this has sweet, lightly 'meaty' smoke that elevates it far above. Very nice.

T: Toasty maltiness, dark chocolate with just a peek at tartness, then robust smokiness. Again, this is not an ashy/woody 'campfire' smoke, more that of a smokehouse that ages meats, eliciting a sweet glaze. It blends beautiful with fudgy chocolate and coffee that hints at vanilla. Later a mild dark fruit (hints at 'Baltic Porter' underneath?) become more and more evident.

M: Crisp carbonation, sharp and busy effervescing bubbles. Medium body takes time to form, dueling with the carbonated zeal until a fuller body manifests.

D: Really tasty, smokiness is well-conceived and executed perfectly for my tastes. At the Dock Sale, I toted this bottle with me rather than leave it at the communal tasting table. I did this, in part, because I wanted to keep the cool bottle and because I wanted to share it with my friends and those who asked, AND, in all honesty, so that I could enjoy another 2 or 3 small pours before seeing this one go away! A very good beer that I'd love to have again. Many thanks, Hart!

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Photo of khiasmus
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A tankard by the fire and the aroma of roasted meat wafting over us as we spin yarns about days gone by.
It's a dense black night, though a faint brown highlight can be seen when you look towards the fire, and a finger of head rose up for a bit and then dropped to a smattering.
Peat-smoke and ham fill the air, and the molasses dripping off of the ham into the fire creates a warm, caramelized-but-burnt sugar character. Settle a little deeper into that massive jacket, pull your loved one close, listen to the crackle of the fire.
Take a sip, and the baltic porter notes come out, while overwhelmed by the smoke filling our clothes with that campfire aroma that we will regret in the morning but that right now is the one speck of warmth in this harsh world. There's a bit of metallic in the finish, I suppose these tankards are probably giving us cancer or something, but the howling winds at our back cause us to scoot as cozily as possible to the fire, take care to move your feet every so often, don't want to melt your shoes.
When we first poured it, it was very carbonated, but a solid medium body showed through as it flattened... definitely one that we can drink all night, as the sweet alcohol and dark roasted grains come through and meld with the smoke, creating something that's delicious.
Clutch your loved one and whisper in her ear, there are few times in life more content than this. Enjoy the moment.

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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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of kkipple
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Popped the top on this liter swingtop, thanks to my friend Paul. Excellent bottle art! I love swingtops!

A. Cool and clear dark nut brown, fine 3cm steady head, some lace too!

S. Mmm, ham! Bacony, smelly, smokey, peaty, hearty. The smoke here blows away most everything else. There is some fine roasty malt here, too.

T. Mmm, smoke.

M. Well carbonated, a bit slick, easy to drink a few....

D. If you like smoked beers, sure. Best drunk around a fire on a cold night with good friends and hot, yet bored, chicks.

Bottom line: This is a smokey, tasty American beer!

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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

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Photo of rabsten
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smooth, clean, smoky and strong. Great f-ing beer.

Black into an East End pint glass, with deep brown head and good lacing. Just pretty, is all.

Toast, smoke, roast. All present in aroma with some bitter, piney hops. Very nice.

Full-flavor, with smoke and sweet malt up front, lingering Islay-style malt in middle and nice, biscuity malt at the end. Very good flavor experience.

Solid, dry-yet-full mouthfeel. Smooth, good drinkability. All parties on hand enjoyed this one.

Rob's bottom line: you like smoke? you like dark? If you like either you won't be disappointed. You like both, you're in for a treat. Go get some.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 8/31/2009 and poured into a pint glass. Thanks for the extra vwcraig! The beer appears dark brown with a fizzy light brown head...decent retention...decent lacing...etc...

The nose has a lot of smoke, and despite the fact that I'm not a fan of the style, it's pretty nice. The malt is bready with a lot of sugary sweetness and a little caramel.

The taste is sweet and slightly roasted and toasted malt with a lot of smoke character. The smokiness, at times, is not unlike bacon. I love bacon. I eat it nearly every day. I tend to buy the center cut thin sliced variety. In fact, that's all I've bought for years.

An interesting beer that is worth trying if you get the chance, especially if you like the style.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black-brown with a decent khaki cap that holds fairly well, sporadic lacing left on the glass

S: Smokey caramel and roasted malts, lighter coffee highlights... screams burnt malts

T: Very very nice, I was impressed with the delicacy of the malts considering the burnt character of the nose... nice caramel, coffee and roasted barley flavoring

M: Medium bodied, consistent presence on the tongue right through the compact finish

D: By the end the smoke slows you down... the flavor doesn't languish but it is an assault on the tongue

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.14/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ibrew2or3 for this one.

A: Pours very very dark black with a small tan head. Little retention and just a few spots of lace.

S: Tons and tons of smoke up front. Charred salty meat, ash, and bacon.

T: Camp fire flavors with hints of smoked meat. Charred malt and ash in the finish. Very smokey, but very tasty.

M: Medium in body, smooth, bold, and good.

D: Pretty good for the style. Lots of smoke packed into this bottle. I love what Eastend does.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this (straight from the brewery) beer in a trade with JohnTravolta21, Thanks Sara!

quart+ swag top bottle served in a beer mug.

L - very dark brown color with a creamy tan head that left good lacing.

S - smoked bacon and roasted malt aroma.

T - smokey flavor upfront is met by sweet roasted malt finishing with some espresso coffee bitterness before a smokey aftertaste is all the drinker is left with until the next sip.

F - medium bodied with a smooth & creamy feel.

D - smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones.

Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, somke, roast, and some nuttiness. Tastes of chocolate, somke, roasty, and nutty. On the slightly sweeter side. I have a 1 liter of this and am curious to see how it compares.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Smokestack Heritage Porter from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.