Imperial Smoked Rye Porter - Santa Fe Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev -0.5%
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station after they had a tap takeover to celebrate the release of Santa Fe's State Pen Porter. From what I've read, this one is a Kansas City only distro outside of Santa Fe's home state. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.
Appearance - Pours a dark, dark brown body that in the light of the bar, looks nearly black. I can detect some faint lighter brown notes around the edges of the glass, but only when I hold the beer up to the light to see clearly. The head atop the body is dense and foamy looking, about a finger thick--maybe a tad bit more. It's the color of toasted marshmallow and retains for a few minutes before I lose my patience and have to take a drink. The subsequent removal of the volume of liquid leaves heavy sheets of foam lacing down the sides of the glass.
Smell - Most of the profiles I get from the nose are those that you would expect from a traditional porter--roasted malt, 90% cacao chocolate and some burnt caramel. There is a subtle spiciness from the rye grain used, and while I can tell there is a smoked component to this beer, it doesn't have nearly the smokey character that you might get from a rauchbier, for example.
Taste - While I may have been a tad let down by the smell, the taste is another story. The same roasted chocolate and coffee-like notes are present in the taste, they are now bolstered by a huge punch of that spicy-sour rye element you get from rye bread--like a dark sourdough. More subtle are notes of caramel and here the smoke makes it's presence known, with an impression of chicory and toasted oak. I love rye beers and can appreciate smoke when done in moderation, and this beer has both in spades. Some faint esters on the aftertaste to hint at the huge ABV of this brew.
Mouthfeel - Heavy bodied and somewhat creamy, maybe even leaning towards viscous. The carbonation is moderate--just enough to give the body some life.
Overall, a really fantastic and unique beer. One that I would love to have again, especially as long as the weather remains chilly. The brewers at Santa Fe have managed to take two very distinct flavor profiles (rye and smoked malt) and use them in a way that doesn't overpower the beer. Quite balanced for such aggressive flavors.
02-20-2014 23:04:23 | More by LambicPentameter
4.23/5 rDev +0.7%
I had the good fortune of visiting Santa Fe Brewing Company while this beer was on tap, as only a keg or two remained in New Mexico with the rest being sent to Kansas City.
The beer came in a snifter and had a thin, half-finger thick head. Some lace was scattered about the glass. The liquid was dark brown, nearly black, but there were some lighter, reddish brown hues and slight transparency.
I got sweet pungent aromas immediately, then some smokiness, oak, caramel and vanilla. The smell was promising, as I knew the beer wouldn't be short on flavors.
The taste was really outstanding on this bad boy. I got some rye spice, notes of wood and cherry-like fruit, sweet and roasted malts, vanilla, sweet caramel and a slight, slight hint of alcohol. There was a lot going on, yet it all worked and nothing seemed out of place.
For such a big beer, this guy was exceptionally silky and creamy with a thick mouthfeel. As I said above, there was only a slight alcohol burn, which is notable considering the 11+% alcohol. This imperial was really easy to drink and I advise all to be careful as this big beer can creep on ya.
I really enjoyed the Imperial Smoked Rye Porter and only lament that I'll be hard-pressed to get any more here in New Mexico---especially on tap. Bummer, but c'est la vie.
Kansas City folks, enjoy.
01-17-2014 17:44:26 | More by ONovoMexicano
Imperial Smoked Rye Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.