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Smoked Porter - Epic Brewing Company

Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
84
good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%


Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This nostalgic porter evokes memories of chocolate and coffee around a campfire. The cherry wood smoked malt used in this beer gives it a heavy smokiness that blends smoothly into the chocolate malty body. With a silky finish this porter is ideal for sipping on a cold winters eve.

(Beer added by: bishopgary on 12-06-2010)
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Reviews by Zorro:
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Zorro

California

3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown colored beer with a medium sized light brown colored head.

Smells of bitter chocolate and patent malt with some smoke grain and a slight sour scent. Smoky and slightly milky.

Starts out Smoky and burnt with a strong patent malt presence and fairly dry, like smoked Guinness. Very mild sweetness and some chocolate it isn't quite bone dry. Bitterness is a little assertive.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent porter and quite User Friendly.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 01:59:38 | More by Zorro
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.64/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.4% ABV, Release #22

A - Ruby-hued mahogany highlights shine through the dark brown beer that appears to be fairly clear despite it's dark nature. The tall plume of khaki foam that rises from the beer lasts quite some time, plateauing to a chunky pile while leaving ring after ring of lace on the glass.

S - Peaty hints and cigar ashtray pull through the "light" smelling beer's roasted malt profile that elaborates on dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, and ground cocoa.

T - Robust malts abandon the roastiness that monopolizes the aroma for a far more subtle chocolaty flavor that develops a smooth and dry cocoa quality before the peat smoked maltiness finishes out with a perfect waft of campfire that's not too big.

M - The bold flavor of Epic's Smoked Porter does a great job of just staying in flavor - the beer is not at all as big as the taste. Light alcohol gives this beer more drinkability than one might expect while the malt lends a soft, medium body to the beer that finishes out with a lingering dry smoke presence.

O - A beautifully smoked porter, this dark beer has a robust taste that's not overly smoky and brings dark chocolate nuances to the beer nicely. Smooth and easily drinkable this balanced porter is one smoked beer that doesn't scream campfire or any variation of smokiness.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 20:18:36 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Irish12

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-05-2014 00:47:11 | More by Irish12
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

2/5  rDev -46.4%

03-19-2014 02:22:16 | More by Dave_Treat
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Bobhoya

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

03-16-2014 18:55:57 | More by Bobhoya
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-08-2014 00:56:22 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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JerUrbans

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

02-08-2014 21:11:27 | More by JerUrbans
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

cool porter here, cherrywood smoked malt makes it subtle compared to some of the heavier ranch type darks out there. more brown than black in color by a long shot, more of a brown ale really, which is fine in a porter, and a just off white head an inch tall and lasting. nose is a little spicy like rye malt, cocoa powder, and meaty smoke like bacon. the flavor is less smoky than the nose, just enough to round it out, but its driven by sweeter grain with caramel and chocolate taking turns. a little fuzzy in feel, maybe some yeast left in this one, and rather filling for a lighter porter in color and alcohol. a satisfying winter or fall drink with a palate coating fullness and enough carbonation to wash almost clean. moderate hop profile too, primarily bitterness. an enjoyable beer from epic new to the denver market from what i understand.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 19:29:39 | More by StonedTrippin
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Eric908

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-05-2014 00:11:58 | More by Eric908
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tswater

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-04-2013 20:19:01 | More by tswater
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videofrog

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-27-2013 12:57:32 | More by videofrog
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-22-2013 15:45:41 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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blackie

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

release #14 from the brewery

a: bomber into a reuben’s snifter, deep brown in color with a thin head

s: some thinned roasted malts, a touch of bitter cocoa, and a very mild smoke aroma

m: carbonation around moderate, prickly, with a light-medium body

t: same as the aroma - roasted malts thinned a bit, bitter cocoa, metallic grassy hops, and a subtle touch of smoke

o: a little boring for both a porter and a smoke beer, but nothing off at least

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 23:03:14 | More by blackie
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tommy5

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

08-31-2013 22:30:04 | More by tommy5
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-04-2013 08:15:05 | More by Cynic-ale
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BlackDog

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As you'd expect, the porter pours a deep brown/black, with a cream colored head. Retention is very good, as is lacing.

There's a smoke aroma in the nose, also to be expected. There are also notes of toffee and coffee, with hints of chocolate and vanilla.

The taste starts with dark chocolate malts balanced nicely with the smoke flavor and some sweetness. There's a little hop bitterness in there, with some toffee as well. The smoke flavor is very well done, prevalent but not overwhelming.

This beer has a medium body, even though you might expect heavier. Coats well with good carbonation and with no overpowering tastes.

A solid beer, done really well. Plenty of enjoyable flavors interacting with none too overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 15:12:32 | More by BlackDog
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Laklimell

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-14-2013 06:46:28 | More by Laklimell
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-13-2013 16:58:10 | More by BMart
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass; release 11, bottled 2/19/2012. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, caramel, smoke, light char, light coffee, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with moderate smoke; and decent strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, smoke, caramel, light coffee, and light fruitiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, smoke, caramel, toast, and light coffee on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of roasted malt and smoke flavors with good complexity; and no cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice smoked porter style. Good complexity and balance of roasted flavors with smoke; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 03:34:48 | More by superspak
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-22-2013 23:48:57 | More by Kerrie
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-14-2013 03:56:57 | More by bulldogg915
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kojevergas

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Release #11. 6.3% ABV according to my botle. "One of only 1800 bottles released." 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard silver branded pressure cap and basic label served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at the Total Wine in Redondo Beach. Expectations are above average given the brewery; I loved Big Bad Baptist but their other offerings have been disappointing so far. I do like a good smoked porter - Alaskan's in particular. Exponential series.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good (4+ minute) retention for the above average ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent dark brown-black; opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light thin lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Light smoke/rauchbier character. Raisin on the back end. Dark malts. Maybe caramel. Burnt bread. A bit of fruit; more of that raisin with some faint grape. The smoke is surprisingly timid, actually - not quite dominating. Maybe there's more balance here than I expected. I'm look forward to finding out. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. An average strength aroma.

T: Light timid smoky character over a simple - darisay bland - dark malt foundation. Bits of chocolate and caramel malt, but not enough to really evoke their respective flavours. A bit creamy up front. Raisin enters in the second act, adding a much needed second dimension to the beer. Balance is okay - unremarkable considering how little is going on here. Simple, bland, boring, and timid for a smoked porter - though it's not bad. I'm underwelmed, but I like it in a general sense. The smoke is horribly deep.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequate body. Overcarbonated. Okay presence on the plalate. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but there's nothing unique or special about the execution.

Dr: A passable Smoked Porter that will quickly be forgotten. I see no need to trifle with this again. Pretty pedestrian stuff, and badly priced at that. I'll continue to go with Alaskan for all my smoked porter needs. Epic can do better. Hides its ABV decently. Very average for the style.

I will say that I'd guess they held back on the smoky character to try to lend it more mainstream appeal, but it just resulted in a bland porter.

High C

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 03:05:59 | More by kojevergas
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Vylo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

04-07-2013 08:31:45 | More by Vylo
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DoubleJ

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-02-2013 06:48:10 | More by DoubleJ
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

03-25-2013 06:00:32 | More by bigbeers84
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Smoked Porter from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.