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Smoke Signal - Swamp Head Brewery

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Smoke Signal is an American style Robust Porter, using a generous amount of pale ale malt smoked with Alderwood, the smoke source used in the Pacific Northwest for salmon. We smoke 150 pounds of pale malt for each 10 barrel batch of Smoke Signal.

Alderwood imparts a slightly sweet smoke flavor that balances well with the residual sweetness of the beer imparted through the use of dark crystal malts; chocolate and roasted barleys combine with American hops to deliver a flavorful robust porter with just the right amount of smoked flavor.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 12-21-2010)
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cuvtcuv, Jul 07, 2014
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mrsimm, Apr 27, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a chance to try this limited brew last Friday at the tasting room at Swamp Head Brewery.

I didn't take notes while tasting this beer, so I'll just keep it short and simple.

I thought this beer was fantastic. The smokiness was ideal, in my opinion. The smoke flavor didn't mask the malts or hops of this ale, but rather provided a nice subtle underflavor. The beer itself was a beautiful dark garnet color and had a nice smokey bouquet.

HIGHLY recommended.

(Apologies for a less-then-stellar review)

intll, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark with little head

smell: very bold and assertive hop presence. pine and citrus

taste: best beer of the night. nicely smoked porter, touch of bacon.

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: I tried this at the kickbacks Swamphead dinner among many others. This brewery in new and going in the right direction. Solid beer from a solid brewery. I would love to have this again.

CampusCrew, Jan 02, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottles were just released and it was around last year on draft. 750 ml bottle from the brewery. Pours a dark brown with some light shining through until it reaches the glass. Creamy looking one finger khaki head. Nice rich smoke aroma like firewood, roast, with some slight sweetness in the malts. Nice smooth robust silky mouthfeel on this. Huge smoke flavor balanced by some sweetness in the roasted malts, maaaaybe a hint of chocolate. Honestly this is how I envision Bruery’s Smoking Wood without the whiskey barrels. This is the type of porter that would stand up well to barrels. Really really nice beer.

BMMillsy, Oct 19, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Not the greatest looker of a beer I have seen, as the beer was virtually topless - just dark liquid and no cap

Smell: The alderwood comes through brilliantly in the aroma, with chocolate elements in the background

Taste: Black bread and chocolate, up front with a smoked woody bitterness that develops by mid-palate and persists through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice - perhaps the best of the SwampHead beers I have tasted; the beer shows a judicious use of smoked malt and has a nice bitter aspect as well

brentk56, Dec 21, 2010
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4.36/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an enlarged snifter.

Appearance: Pours black and leaves a fluffy, off-white (light tan) head that lingers for a long time. (4.25)

Smell: Big smoked meats up front, smoked malts, cocoa, hint of coffee, hint of vanilla. (4.4)

Taste: Matches the smell to a T: big smoked meats, smoked malts, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Quite moderate and well balanced, but the smoked meats and malts dominate the taste. Nice and drinkable. (4.2)

Mouth-feel: Low to med carb with a thick, creamy, slightly foamy body. Nice smoked-meats finish. (4.35)

Overall: Very drinkable, tasty smoked porter. I honestly wouldn't change anything about this beer for what it is. Nice smoked malts and meats with some cocoa and roasted malts as well. Well balanced and very nice aroma as well. (4.3)

Resuin, Aug 30, 2014
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4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft at Kickbacks in Jacksonville.

A: dark with little head

S: bold hop presence. some citrus, and smoke of course.

T: best smoked beer I have had thus far, nicely smoked porter... Taste like bacon and smoked barbecue pork....

M: medium to full bodied...minimal carbonation.

O: great smoked beer! I would definitely have this again! :)

ali1987, Nov 03, 2013
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Bartos, Jan 16, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap and in growler at Swamp Head. Near black in color with a thin cap of tan head. Smell: moderate wood smoke - more of a smoked cheese than a smoked meat, mild roast, toasted bread, caramelized sugars. Taste: starts with a dark chocolate syrup, some sugared dark fruit, then roasted grain and a toffee sweetness with a complementary smoked flavor. Crunchy bacon in the finish. Light to medium bodied. I want a little more heft, but at the same time, I'm digging how quaffable it is. Quite tasty and the smoke was integrated nicely without overwhelming the other elements of the beer. An alderwood smoked porter at 7ish%.

babaracas, Apr 24, 2011
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Smoke Signal from Swamp Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.