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Smoked Porter - Spring House Brewing Company

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Smoked Porter
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87
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

(Beer added by: DIM on 09-18-2008)
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JulianBaughman

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

02-12-2013 01:20:19 | More by JulianBaughman
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

02-18-2014 14:06:31 | More by ShanePB
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler last time I had this was last year, nice to try it again. poured chilled from the growler to a pint.

A - A turbid dark brown, almost black w/ thick band of tan.The bead is tight and the ale leaves thick lace

S - A smoky instense nose like inhaling freshly toasted wood. The burned odor is accompanied by a band-aid-like phenolic scent that while not taking away, still comes off as slightly out of place- almost off putting

M - I found this feel to be average, very astringent and drying for the most part and kind of has the effect of licking an ashtray- not for me, sorry.

T - A flavor that is very heavy on the smoke, the base beer while good and enjoyable suffers slightly from the overuse of smoke here. I like the light woody notes from the malt but the band-aid comes in again and astringent almost medicinal taste of tannin from the wood doesn't help. I enjoy the taste of burnt caramel in the background. I like the beer, don't get me wrong, it just doesn't have to go to '11' probably the smokiest thing I have had in the realm of beer.

D - A strong smoked ale, I would not seek out and probably couldn't handle I whole pint if I had to. The heavy handed use of smoke detracts from this beer, other than that it is a pretty tasty porter.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2009 19:11:55 | More by Slatetank
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Deep, dark brownish copper with a thin light tan head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-BAM! No doubt that this is a smoked brew. I think I am in Bamberg! Actually a bit overwhelming and one dimensional. I understand what they are doing but I feel it is too much. An odd aroma of band-aid/gauze pad emerges in the background.

T-Rich dark roasted malts and then dominating smokiness that is intense and over-done. I am a BIG rauch beer fan but this seems one dimensional and actually becomes harsh.

M-Medium bodied and sharp....smokiness lingers LONG--too long. Like chewing charcoal briquetes!

D-A decent smoked porter that I can appreciate for giving something like this a try but man...tone it down a bit. This is palate bashing. No way in hell could I finish or want to finish a growler of this....heck 5 of us could even do it! With the differences in ratings between last years batch and this years maybe things have changed....and if they have it has been for the worse.

Serving type: growler

10-16-2009 18:31:31 | More by Deuane
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BeermanEspo

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-26-2013 22:47:13 | More by BeermanEspo
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-13-2014 01:11:53 | More by IdrinkGas
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jagada

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

03-01-2014 17:08:00 | More by jagada
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

06-23-2014 13:03:24 | More by BMart
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TheNightwatchman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

11-22-2012 14:30:52 | More by TheNightwatchman
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler at the Brass Rail.

A: The porter is a dark caramel color, a ruddy brown tone that is opaque. Half a finger of head didn't lace as it receded.

S: The nose is damned near over-smoked. The intensity rivals, surpasses even, many of the Bamberger rauchs that I've had. The aroma is so strong that a scent best described as band-aid like emerges.

T: The body of the ale is well-smoked but not so much that the porter flavors disappear. The porter has sharp roasted grains. The burnt flavors accentuate the smoked element. That smokiness is intense, bitter and over-done. The result is a big taste that doesn't hesitate to scorch the tastebuds. The smoke is more than a curehouse taste, it is almost like the whole damned house burned down. It's big and bold, maybe a little over the top, but I enjoy it (not love it, mind you).

M: This could be the scorched earth policy of the brewing world. A dark, mysterious ale that imposes its will on the palate.

D: I can't imagine getting through an entire growler of this beer. If you like a good smoked beer, this is definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: growler

10-16-2009 15:48:32 | More by akorsak
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-29-2013 18:45:32 | More by IPAchris
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-17-2013 13:39:03 | More by DaveHack
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-05-2014 04:32:31 | More by 2dogbrew
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-21-2013 21:35:33 | More by orangesol
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-31-2014 20:10:15 | More by yourefragile
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marty717

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-16-2012 16:18:30 | More by marty717
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 08:54:41 | More by Rifugium
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wedge

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2012 14:20:26 | More by wedge
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

64 oz growler into a pint glass.

Pours black (some ruby does come out along the bottom) with 2 fingers of rich and foamy mocha colored head. This maintains a rich look, leaving back a creamy layer that throws some thick spotty swathes of lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sharp and biting in the nose with a pungent smoked meat character that is tinged with an acrid bite on the edges. Some thick sweet notes of chocolate and caramel sit behind the smoke, while herbal tones and a bit of earthy spice mix in as well.

The sweetness really comes out in the taste as this warms, with chocolate and some lighter toffee notes being thick and sticky up front. The deep bitterness of the roast and hops really kicks it into high gear next, with earth, spice, and green citric character mixing in with a deeply burnt back end to the profile. The smoke is much more subtle here in the taste, lingering on the roof of the mouth but it's those dark blackened malts that are probably remembered the most about this after each sip. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big creamy sharpness that sits on top of some hefty underlying chewiness. Some very light alcohol presence in felt in the body but is hid fairly well here overall.

I've been waiting to try this one for a while and I was pleasantly pleased to find a well made Smoked Porter here that kept the smoke heavy in the nose but more subdued in the taste, which is just the way I like them. Drinkibility was decent as well, despite the heavy roasted aspect, but I was more than happy to share this growler as the whole thing would have been a little too much. Nice effort here.

Serving type: growler

09-13-2010 19:36:59 | More by Kegatron
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curmudgeon236

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-12-2014 03:00:39 | More by curmudgeon236
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KYFriedChildren

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Pinocchio's in Media on 10/15/2010.

Appearance- Arrived at the table jet-black (even to the light) with a mocha colored head. Looked like liquid onyx, seriously.

Smell- Smoky, smoky chestnuts. Overwhelming smokiness almost. It smells like charcoal brickettes about an hour after putting out the fire. They say that the beer sits for 72 hours in smoked wood chips and that the malts are also smoked and it's certainly prevalent in the smell.

Taste- It tastes very much like how it smells. Super smoked maltiness. Very, very tasty but the smokiness can be a bit overpowering. Still it goes down smoothly with a taste that would embarrass an extinguished campfire with it's prominent smokiness.

Mouthfeel- It sits really nicely on the tongue. It's kind of nice to let that smoky taste ruminate in your mouth a few seconds before drinking it.

Drinkability- It would be tough for me to have more than two or three of these though. At a rocking 9% it's a bit powerful and the smokiness can be a bit overpoweirng. Overall it's a pretty solid brew coming from right outside my home county.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 06:11:32 | More by KYFriedChildren
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler into shaker pint on 10/29/09.

A - Poured an extremely dark, murky brown body with deep amber and reddish hues and a finger's worth of foamy tan head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and spattered the walls of the glass with thick, intricate lacing.

S - Wow! This smells like the charred remains of your 90-year-old grandfather who used to smoke three packs a day since he was about twelve. Spring House Smoked Porter reeks of burnt logs, peat, smoked meat and campfire notes. Hints of chocolate and tobacco also peek out from underneath the layers of burnt wood and ashes.

T - Lots and lots of smoked, charred wood with subtle chocolate notes in the background. The smokey character imparts not so much a meaty flavor, but rather a very burnt, blackened taste that lingers on the palate. Finishes with just a hint of ashtray in the backend, followed by extremely earthy, woody and smokey notes.

M - Medium bodied with a robust mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Finishes on the dry side with a touch of earthy hop bitterness and hint of astringency on the palate.

D - This is about as extreme as you can get for a smoked beer. But you know what? I like it... a lot, actually. While it's not something you can pound, this is still pretty damn drinkable for what it is. I had no problem putting down about two pints of this in one sitting.

Serving type: growler

11-02-2009 18:58:16 | More by ffejherb
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kegatron for the opportunity to try this one, I really appreciate the generosity Heath.

Poured from a growler that hissed when opened into a snifter. This brew pours a pretty clear brown color but settles to a very dark brown once in the glass. When held to the light it displays some decent clarity if you strain to see through the darkness. Also evident is a display of deep ruby hues about it's color which would not be noticed unless held to the light. A thin layer of creamy tan head appears across the top of this brew created by the turbulence of the pour and release of bubbles from solution. It slowly settles to a ring inside the interior perimeter of the glass. When swirled, a thin amount of patchy lace clings to the glassware before gradually slipping back down and into the brew when sipped.

The aroma of this brew displays the darker roasty side of malt. Initially the malt is perceived to me as quite pete'd with not much else going on. As this brew warms up, more scents come through smelling like heavily roasted grain that isn't so much influenced by pete moss but heavily roasted to the point of being smokey. Finally an indication of the 8.5 % abv is noticed in the backend with an estery presence of alcohol and a false sense of dark skinned fruity sweetness tries to poke through the smoke character and fails miserably (when you consider the big picture) but it is there.

The taste of this brew is heavily roasted bitter grain. Just as the aroma initially indicated, there is a flavor very similar of that of pete smoked barley here (but not quite) before the onset of the smokey grain flavor. Under the smokey flavors of the grain is a minor note of chocolate malt and coffee. The alcohol becomes quite noticeable in this brew in both warming factor and flavor which is a bit estery. Some of the bitterness in this brew is noted as hops, it is not all one sided bitterness contributed by the heavily roasted malt. The hop bitterness comes across slightly herbal and citrusy which adds a nice change of pace that was not immediately noticeable. Not to be distracted here but the highlight of this brew is the roasty character.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. The star in this offering is no doubt the heavily roasted/smoked barley. Considering the abv, it is quite drinkable and every once and awhile it reminds you of what it is without being too forward or obnoxious. Sign me up for a glass of this whenever it is available but I dont think I could drink more than one. There is a long lingering aftertaste of smoked barley left in the mouth which is really enjoyable regardless of whether or not this style of beer is your thing. The finish of this brew is a bit drying which really helps to playout the flavor of the smoke here. I would recommend you give this a try, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: growler

09-09-2010 21:53:18 | More by stakem
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

04-01-2013 20:35:01 | More by hollywood_15063
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

02-02-2013 20:29:27 | More by MarvinSnyder
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Smoked Porter from Spring House Brewing Company
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