1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Smoke Signal - Swamp Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Smoke Signal
Picture being approved.
BA SCORE
88
very good

56 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cuvtcuv
cuvtcuv

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

07-07-2014 19:38:43 | More by cuvtcuv
Photo of jsurfs82
jsurfs82

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-14-2012 01:00:18 | More by jsurfs82
Photo of jme015
jme015

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

09-13-2013 14:45:13 | More by jme015
Photo of mrsimm
mrsimm

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

04-27-2012 23:28:24 | More by mrsimm
Photo of intll
intll

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%

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)

04-07-2011 14:34:28 | More by intll
Photo of CampusCrew
CampusCrew

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

01-02-2011 23:12:49 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of BMMillsy
BMMillsy

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

10-19-2013 23:51:19 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of brentk56
brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

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

12-21-2010 02:46:47 | More by brentk56
Photo of ali1987
ali1987

Florida

4.34/5  rDev +9.9%

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! :)

11-03-2013 18:58:55 | More by ali1987
Photo of tectactoe
tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

03-02-2014 20:27:23 | More by tectactoe
Photo of DerrickW
DerrickW

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-20-2014 16:42:21 | More by DerrickW
Photo of cfaulman
cfaulman

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-24-2013 15:33:35 | More by cfaulman
Photo of dwwnole1
dwwnole1

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-12-2014 01:12:54 | More by dwwnole1
Photo of HiWire
HiWire

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-22-2014 04:12:59 | More by HiWire
Photo of mrebeka
mrebeka

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

03-02-2014 18:04:39 | More by mrebeka
Photo of JISurfer
JISurfer

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

04-08-2014 01:45:45 | More by JISurfer
Photo of yankeej13
yankeej13

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-08-2014 12:45:58 | More by yankeej13
Photo of Texasfan549
Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

12-09-2012 23:40:27 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of joemochas
joemochas

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-25-2014 23:46:32 | More by joemochas
Photo of Gatordaddy
Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-04-2014 02:38:10 | More by Gatordaddy
Photo of kylehay2004
kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-03-2013 18:55:38 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of jbwimer
jbwimer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

12-06-2013 04:39:01 | More by jbwimer
Photo of Bartos
Bartos

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-16-2014 15:59:01 | More by Bartos
Photo of babaracas
babaracas

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

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%.

04-24-2011 02:37:17 | More by babaracas
Photo of wisrarebeer
wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

On tap at Swamp Head's Tasting Room in Gainesville, FL.

A: jet black, nice head
S: deep roasted malt with good, but not overpowering, smoke
T: great taste!, smoke, well-balanced, very good beer
M: highly sessionable, very smooth

This was a solid smoked porter. Well done.

02-25-2012 15:56:54 | More by wisrarebeer
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Smoke Signal from Swamp Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.