Pro-AM 2010 (Smoked Porter) - Southern Star Brewing Company
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
4.58/5 rDev +10.4%
32oz growler from CBX, poured into an imperial pint glass...
A: Black; maybe brown held to light; dense, creamy, 1/2-finger head of mocha foam dies down to a haze of retention, leaving a few dots of lace.
S: Sweet malt; nice roasted notes; mesquite; this beer has a great aroma and although the smoked malt is present, it isn’t overpowering / super smoky.
T: Nice blend of roasted malt, some light coffee notes and chicory, and smoky tinges - which are especially present during the finish; this is super tasty and downright delicious!
M: Medium-full body; on the low side of moderate carbonation; silky and smooth.
O: As a big fan of smoked porters, I love this beer! Great aroma and taste, not too sweet or heavy on the smoke - and pretty easy drinking, despite the textured, near-full mouthfeel. Good stuff -
01-08-2012 18:59:14 | More by jpro
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
This came special delivery cloaked in a Buried Hatchet Stout can. SSBC's Smoked Porter pours up with an overabundance of carbonation that creates a huge soapy khaki-tan head that loosely climbs above the deep reddish brown-mahogany body. Head retention is OK for a smoked beer. The initial aroma lacks evidence of any smoke, but a delicate smokiness emerges as it warms along with a heavily roasted malt character that comes across slightly burnt with secondary notes including cherry pipe tobacco, black coffee and pine needles. The flavor starts of with some burnt caramel that carries into a developed roastiness from the chocolate & black malts before being balanced by an assertive spicy bitterness that carries into the slightly acrid, smoky finish. This medium bodied smoked porter has a bit of slickness & needs more smoke character, but nevertheless is quite approachable for a smoked beer. A few more cans will be required for an in-depth analysis. Good job Ed Condon & Southern Star!
*Trader's note: Many thanks to wolffman17 for the opportunity. I also had this one on draught @ the 2010 GABF Pro-Am Booth!
01-08-2012 00:12:45 | More by Beertracker
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
Thanks to lnashsig for yet another amazing extra! Poured from can into imperial pint...
A- Holy head! Hot damn this mother poured the most insane fluffy frothy dark caramel colored head ever! This bad boy puts ALL other beers (even Belgians) to shame. Black with stellar lacin and stability. Nothing like this have I ever seen before...
S- Smoke on the front followed with a balanced roast and sweet vanilla and caramel; also fairly chocolatey. Very balanced. Not overpowering on the smoke but extremely pleasant.
T/M- Very smooth. Smoke is again obviously the forefront. Not as much sweetness as aroma would lead us to believe. Very roasty. It is a great flavor but unfortunately it's only two dimensional- smoke and roast. Nice medium body that is very creamy. Does well coating the mouth.
O- Awesome beer. I do wish there may have been a bit more complexity/roundness to flavor, but still a wonderfully executed smoked porter. Extremely drinkable as well. Would buy this often if it were a stable offering and available!
07-26-2011 13:44:30 | More by TheGordianKnot
4.7/5 rDev +13.3%
growler from cbx, i was thrilled to finally be able to drink this one!
Very smooth hazelnut like color. Small cream colored head gave was quickly leaving just a bit around the edge till the bottom. Smell was total caramel chocolate malts. A hint of a spiceness as well. Taste was very nice, the nice malts come through beutifully and the mouthfell is almost perfect, goes down very smooth and has a very nice, long lingering almost hopped back.
such a smooth and easily drinkable beer, this was a marvel.
07-16-2011 15:16:40 | More by mikesgroove
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Really hoping for some flavor after drinking an underwhelming Glissade....
Appearance-Oops, poured a little too fast. Poured into a pint glass that had 2/3 head and 1/3 body. After letting it rest the head went to about 2 fingers, and had amazing retention. Soapy head, lots of lacing. Body was pretty much black with some red hues shining through. Very nice.
Smell-Big hit of roast and smoke in the nose. Some coffee. Some dark fruits, but really getting alot of Roasty and Smokey flavors. Wish I had a Rib Eye.
Taste-I really wish I had that Rib Eye. Very smokey, roasted malts and barley. Lightly hopped. Finish is alot of espresso. Would like a little more hops on the finish to get that espresso off my tongue.
Mouthfeel-Creamy, Smooth, Thick, very nice. Lots of body, carbonation isn't as much as I thought from the appearance, still alot of mouthfeel.
Overall-Coming from a beer drinker who doesn't like Porters, this is great. Had the EFP and now this Porter I've been enjoying them lately, on deck Bells Porter. This beer should definitely get canned year round, highly drinkable, and very tasty. Southern Star continues to be my favorite Texas brewery.
06-09-2011 00:07:33 | More by SWMeyer4141
4.4/5 rDev +6%
Let me start off by saying that I drink Buried Hatchet Stout on the reg and when I poured this beer the exact same way, I did not get the same result. I got 3 solid fingers of FOAMY, BUBBLY tan head with great retention throughout the whole beer. The beer itself is a very dark chocolaty beer and it is very enticing just to look at it.
Just as the smell of the original Buried Hatchet, the aroma of this beer explodes as soon as you pour it. Getting dark chocolate, coffee, alot of smokiness, and some vanilla trying to shine through, but is smothered by the stronger scents
The taste of this beer pounds your taste buds as soon as it hits your lips. Right off the bat I am hit with, dark bitter chocolate followed by a very complimentary amount of smoked wood. Rich coffee and subtle vanilla make up the rest of this beer. It's not as decadent as the original but is equally as tasty in its own right.
This beer carries the same viscosity as its original but has more carbonation. The smoke makes up for a delicious drying aftertaste. Everything is melding together quite nicely and it has no problem coating your entire mouth despite its thin body.
Overall, this was a big time treat to find this beer. Once again, big time props to D&Q for hooking me up with this. I wish that this was a mainstay for them because it is a delicious variation of their original stout. If you can, get your hands on a can
04-30-2011 21:16:10 | More by dcloeren
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Big thanks to dajtaioo7 for this extra!Poured into my Founders snifter at 55 degrees.Very excited to get into this,so here goes.
A. Pours a nice deep black body,I'm not getting any light shining through when I hold this up.Big fluffy three finger kahki colored head that shrunk down after a minute or so.lacing sticking all over the glass.
S. Upon opening the can before the pour I could smell sweet smoke! That's what you get first, nice sweet smoke aroma and some hickory I think.Decent milk chocolate smell to sum it up.
T. Wow very smokey at first, but don't get me wrong it's not overpowering,It's good.I get a nice slight ashey/earthy taste in the middle of the mouth.A good amount of bitter hops to end this.Nice smokey aftertaste lingers.
M. The weakest part of this brew I think, but still not bad. Kind of lite medium feel with good carbonation that tingles the pallet.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer easily the best smoked beer I have had,really glad I got to try it.
04-09-2011 01:32:29 | More by Marty30
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
Sampled from gravity pour multiple times at Brewvival.
Pours one shade from black with a thin tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving thick lacing.
Smells of smooth roasted malts with equal amounts of dark chocolate and smoked malts. The smokiness is closer to a campfire than any kind of meat.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of well-integrated smokiness. Midway through the sip the roasted flavors subside a bit and dark chocolate flavors work their way into things. The smokiness intensifies through to a moderately bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall I was a fan of this beer, as with the Cherried Hatchet it is another solid offering from Southern Star, a brewery I'm respecting more and more. Worth a shot.
03-11-2011 02:18:29 | More by glid02
Pro-AM 2010 (Smoked Porter) from Southern Star Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.