Smokestack Heritage Porter - East End Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
Bottle shared by Jay - thanks!
Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of huge amounts of smoked malts - somewhere between leather and smoked meat. Also present and serving as a backbone are robust roasted malt aromas with hints of unsweetened chocolate.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as intense. Equal parts roasted and smoked malt flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are fairly bitter unsweetened chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the chocolate flavors fade and the smoked malt flavors take over, drying out the profile. The smokiness carries through to a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.
Overall I thought this was a very good beer with a nose that is simply phenomenal - an almost perfect balance between smokiness, roasted malts, and unsweetened chocolate. Well worth a shot.
10-07-2010 01:24:53 | More by glid02
4.05/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-13-2010 15:33:57 | More by ktrillionaire
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
Pours an opaque brown with tan head. Great head retention and lacing. Lots of roasted malt, with chocolate and a nice smokiness. It reminded me of the smoke used to cure bacon (vs chimney style smoke). Flavour is of a wonderful roasted chocolate and smoke combination. Creamy mouthfeel and I had no trouble finishing off my glass and pouring more (since the bottle was pretty big).
I'm really glad Sammy suggested that I go to this brewery in Pittsburgh to pick this one up!
07-12-2010 20:04:36 | More by kwjd
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
06-28-2010 21:10:13 | More by womencantsail
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Bottle shared at woodshop 5.1
Poured a very dark syrup brown with a half finger head and left good sticky lacing on the glass. Very nice smoky aroma with roastiness from the malts and faint chocolate notes as well. The flavor is all smoke with a good amount of roastiness and slight chocolate accents but mostly smoke that was not over the top it was well balanced in the brew. The beer was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had mild roastiness and a great smoke finish. Very drinkable beer that makes me wanna seek out some more smoked beer. I hope I can get this stuff again.
06-27-2010 17:16:17 | More by Gobzilla
3.93/5 rDev -3%
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.
06-23-2010 15:14:26 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
2008 vintage, 1L bottle shared thanks to bring.
Pours very dark brown in color with a two-finger tan head that fades to a ring.
Aroma is roasty and mildly chocolatey with lots of smoke.
Flavor is really nice and smoky. Some meatiness to it with roast, bitter chocolate, and char.
Medium-bodied with a pretty good carbonation level.
Drinkable for the style. A very solid smoked beer. East End has been pretty legit from what I've seen from them so far.
05-21-2010 06:28:40 | More by nickd717
3.38/5 rDev -16.5%
A - very dark with a fast falling dark tan head.
S - smokey but mild porter scent.
T - much like the scent, it is smokey but mild porter.
M - mild coating with slight tingle on the front sides of the tongue.
D - easy drinking and different enough that you would go for another.
05-16-2010 21:39:21 | More by biglite351
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
04-08-2010 23:44:53 | More by DavoleBomb
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
Pours a nice dark cola color with no light escaping. The head is white to slightly off white with a little lacing. The smell is of smoke, nice charcol bbq smell. The taste is of smoke and charcol with a nice bbq flavor, a slight meaty taste is present in the middle. The mouthfeel is creamy and low carbonated. Overall its drinkable but you would have to like the style. It is a nice change of pace and you could easily drink these if you like the style.
03-22-2010 18:16:37 | More by goblue3509
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
02-12-2010 03:46:43 | More by jlindros
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
01-30-2010 17:15:22 | More by KAP1356
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
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!
01-25-2010 15:53:12 | More by mgbickel
3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
12-26-2009 14:37:19 | More by coachdonovan
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
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!
11-16-2009 03:23:24 | More by msubulldog25
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
10-26-2009 12:03:10 | More by khiasmus
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
10-06-2009 18:27:39 | More by John_M
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
10-04-2009 12:08:28 | More by DefenCorps
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
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!
10-02-2009 01:37:57 | More by kkipple
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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
09-30-2009 02:44:48 | More by russpowell
4.6/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
09-19-2009 15:36:33 | More by rabsten
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
09-08-2009 01:26:20 | More by HopHead84
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
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
08-09-2009 02:23:16 | More by callmemickey
3.25/5 rDev -19.8%
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.
08-04-2009 04:17:23 | More by BARFLYB
4.13/5 rDev +2%
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.
07-30-2009 12:23:44 | More by Kegatron
Smokestack Heritage Porter from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.