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Smokestack Heritage Porter - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 55
Gots: 12 | 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 kkipple
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Photo of rabsten
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of callmemickey
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Photo of BARFLYB
3.28/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.28/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.37/5  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.

Photo of CoolJosh
3.86/5  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.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of grub
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of irishevans
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Smokestack Heritage Porter from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.