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Smoked Porter - Spring House Brewing Company

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DIM on 09-18-2008

Prior to brewing our Smoked Porter, Matt selects specialty malts to be smoked over an open flame, imparting a unique flavor profile in the porter. The malts are smoked using apple and hickory wood for a full 72 hours. Spring House Brewing Co. chose to smoke the grain in a local smoke house that dates back to the late 19th century. This one-of-a-kind smoke house imparts layers of smoky depth to the beer that cannot be replicated. Enjoy!
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Spring House Taproom

Very dark, nearly black colored body topped with a thin, creamy head. Smells of chocolate malt, mellow smoke, and char. The flavor is smokier, though it never gets all that smokey really. Chocolate, coffee roast, a slight sweetness, and some light black malt dryness. Satisfying, medium-plus body with some nice fluffiness. No hint of booze - in fact, it was surprising to see how strong it was. Better as it warms closer to room temperature. I didn't find this to be as bold as some other people, but it was certainly enjoyable.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Taproom, Lancaster, PA

Dark brown-black pour, with a small beige head that showed just a bit of retention and lacing. Contrary to other reviews, I didn't think the aroma here was too smokey. There's no question that this was a smoked beer, but it was pretty mellow compared to others I've had, and left some room for the dark roasty malts to come out. Similarly, the taste is of dark roasted malts, a good amount of smokey ash, but nowhere near overbearing, tobacco, coffee, cracked grains. Medium body, tasty and drinkable, and easily cleansed from the palate.

This was a well-balanced smoked beer, so considering the last review of it (since mine) was over a year ago, and considering most negative reviews were long before that, maybe Spring House improved their recipe. Or maybe I just liked this beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this 750ml at the Blue Dog in Lansdale. Poured this into a pint glass.

A- The cork on this bottle makes you work like no other to get it out. Took me about 8 twists. Once I work the cork out the beer pours a beautiful 2 fingers worth of mocha creme head. As the head dies down theres cloudy patches of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. A nice half finger amount of head settles in place. The liquid is the darkest brown I've ever seen. Almost black, with dimly lit red edges on the bottom of the glass.

S- The dominant smell is a lot of tobacco. Copenhagen long cut or snuff comes to mind, I love this smell fortunately!! Chocolate aromas blend in with smokey malts. Burning wood is also present at the end of the nose. It smells like a bonfire with a group of people chewing dip and chocolate basically, not a bad smell IMO.

T- Great flavors going on here. The intial upfront taste is a bittersweet brown chocolate. Flavor then becomes the strong taste of unflavored chewing tobacco. The smokyness is present in the background and then in the aftertaste. Theres also a woody flavor, kinda reminds me of 2x4's in woodshop.

M- Though there is a smooth and velvety feel in the mouth, this is a tad bit too lite for me. Would like this to be a little thicker. Despite the good amount of head the carbonation is not felt in the mouth much either. Definitely the weak point of this beer.

D- I'm very glad to have a 2nd glass waiting for me thanks to the 750ml bottle. A better than average porter with great looks, taste, smells, though I graded the mouthfeel lacking it was silky smooth. I feel this could be a niche porter for some, it met mine. The amount of smoke was perfect for me and not at all overbearing. Glad to have had this one, would definitely grab again.

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4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Corked and caged, and holy mackerel! Twisted this one close to 10 times and it's still not open. Think I counted 16 twists here! Finally open and the cork smells amazing. Very dark brown pour with a fingers worth of close to white head. Head is creamy and leaving some nice sticky lacing on the edge of the glass.

S: Very smokey, very malty...absolutely incredible aroma. Has all the base characters of a great American porter with sweet malts and dark cherries and raisins with a gradually overwhelming smoke aroma. Tobacco and leather with some char. Definite wood notes, some vanilla and a bit of spice. Smells like gallons of quality porter poured over a campfire. Very nice smoked porter.

T: Deep and roasted malts with a lingering smoke. A smoked beer for lovers of smoke flavors for sure. Tobacco and leather on the palate and even a smoked meat character. Very complex beer. Among all these wonderful smoke characters, there lies a nice semi-hoppy porter. Would be marvelous with a cigar, I would imagine. Outstanding smoked porter. No hint at the alcohol content, though this one may have been sitting down for a while.

M: Guessing that the age has left the body of this beer a bit thin. Still has a silky, chalky and slick body but it just seems to fall into nothing but smoke towards the end. Carbonation is still dead on and the lingering smoke is something that I definitely enjoy. Not for the anti-smoking type for sure.

D: Slowww. Finding this perfect for this snowy winter night with a whole game of hockey to watch. Through a whole review and not even half way through the first glass. Very enjoyable beer. Again, this beer has distinct notes of tobacco and smoke so if you shy away from those flavors, I would shy away. I for one love the smokey, woody notes and absolutely love this B-Sides creation from Spring House.

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Smoked Porter from Spring House Brewing Company
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