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Smoked Porter - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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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jpbborba


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

04-19-2012 01:45:26 | More by jpbborba
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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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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some lacing

S - Aroma is a mix of smoke and roasted chocolate malts with some coffee and dark caramel malts with a bit of vanilla.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with a some vanilla. Through the middle, the smoke come through fairly strongly with some coffee and dark caramel malts. The finish is a mix of smoke with some chocolate malts, vanilla, coffee, and a bit of dark caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smoky and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good smoky flavor with nice overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 04:33:03 | More by ngeunit1
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challenja

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the backroom at Epic Brewing company in Salt Lake City.

A: A nice luscious crimson brown ale with a yellow heat leaving out of the bottom of the glass to enter the giving of the sunlight.

S: Fireplace stoked smoked meats. Prosciutto ham. Mozzarella. Fresh baked bread. Multi-grain rye leavings. Syrupy fig. English roasted malt.

T:Roasted fireplace hickory smoke. Prosciutto ham. Dark espresso bitters with sweet almonds and figs.

M: Smooth overall mouthfeel. Light bodied. Extremely drinkable. A nice lingering palate and refreshing medium carbo pull.

O: A really outstanding porter that begs for repurchase. It could break my top 5.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 23:01:56 | More by challenja
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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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Bobhoya

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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

Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter glass. First time drinking a smoked porter in general.

Appearance: poured translucent black into the glass. An inch of off white-foam built up and dissipated quickly. Moderate lacings around the glass. Beer is black in color yet not jet black like an imperial stout.

Smell: a bit of burnt malt and floral sweetness. Just a touch of chocolate and maybe little bit of dark fruit.

Taste: starts out sweet. The subtle smoked offering comes midway through and finishes slightly burnt. The after taste is some sort of burnt sweetness...almost like burnt brown sugar. The smoked flavor is subtle, not a huge centerpiece. While this is my fist smoked porter and I have nothing to compare to, I really liked the smokiness that is not an overwhelming aspect of the beer. Definitely not like sitting around the campfire yet it is fantastic.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and moderate carbonation. It's smooth and creamy.

Overall: it's a great bang for your buck. Costed less than five dollars and was very flavorful. Will definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 02:44:54 | More by Benish
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle with a batch #.

LOOK: Tawny, brown, clear, healthy lacing

SMELL: Smoke, toffee, ash, coffee, carob powder, raisins

TASTE: Smoke, roasty bitterness, char, ash, burnt sugar, slightly creamy, toasted bread, faint caramel, dried plums, mild esters, semi-sweet smoked finish

Solid all around, nothing jumps out too aggressive which is completely fine. Balanced with a very well pronounce smoke character. It rivals many of the more well know Smoked Porters for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 02:12:14 | More by Jason
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bishopgary

Utah

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bottle.

A: Black, with hints of a warm brown around the edges. Not much head, slight foam faded quickly, left a bit of lacing. Not poured very vigorously though.
S: Wanted a stronger aroma. Only a hint of smoke. There is also a bit of chocolate, roasted malt and burnt (in a good way) coffee that you expect from a porter.
T: Quite good, The smoke flavor is balanced nicely upfront by the malt and hint of sweetness. There is also just the briefest hint of hops. The amount of smoke is nearly perfect here, not overwhelming. You definitely know the smoke is there but you can also taste the other components.
M: Medium-light body. I was expecting something a bit heavier, but was pleasantly surprised. Coated the mouth well, without lingering too long like some smoked beers can. Fairly light on the carbonation, but there is a pleasant tingle.
D: I am not usually one to say that I would drink a few smoked beers in the same evening. However I feel this balanced enough to be enjoyed in larger quantities.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 21:21:57 | More by bishopgary
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to mnbearsfan for BIF'n me this one! finally getting around to it!

pours an interestingly chestnutty brown with honey colored highlights and a deep richness to it. a thick two-finger tan head fades relatively quickly but leaves some decent lace.

smells like a smoked beer. rich dark malt, earthy. a hefty dose of smoke. alder and peat with a touch of salt. smells promising.

taste follows the promises made by the aroma... rich, dark malts and a hefty dose of smoke. campfire, salted caramel. some hops in the finish to balance it all out. a bit lighter than many porters, but still delicious.

mouth is smooth with ample carbonation that cuts through the smoke nicely. In my mind, I was wanting a bit more body, but after a few minutes with this one, I realize it actually works pretty well.

I'm a sucker for smoked beers... and this one really delivers. not as in your face as some, but way more smoke character than most "smoked" beers. a touch lighter than I'd expected for a porter, but it really works beautifully. comes across as a well-done, well-rounded, highly balanced porter. maybe the best smoked porter I've had? I'd kill for another one.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 08:56:30 | More by djeucalyptus
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-20-2012 22:52:46 | More by evilkorova
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Laklimell

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-14-2013 06:46:28 | More by Laklimell
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Irish12

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-05-2014 00:47:11 | More by Irish12
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im4beer

Utah

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-26-2012 19:36:32 | More by im4beer
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warpedrevolution

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-21-2014 00:21:02 | More by warpedrevolution
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Arborescence

Finland

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-15-2012 04:40:45 | More by Arborescence
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Tpsauer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-09-2012 23:07:38 | More by Tpsauer
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-26-2012 23:25:52 | More by DerwinWentworth
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TubbyDullard

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-15-2012 02:01:52 | More by TubbyDullard
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DoubleJ

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-23-2011 00:11:11 | More by RoryOMoore
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Release #2 according to the label.

A deep and dark, almost solid amber brown color. The head is about a finger thick and tan in color and leaves some generous lacing.

Getting quite a bit of cola on the nose with a nearly identical amount of smoked malt. Not a real strong smell overall, but the smoke is very nice.

I'm a sucker for smoked beers and this one delivers. Smoked malt up front with some roasty and toasty malts as well. A light bit of sweetness with a touch of cola present as well. A kiss of bacon goodness at the end and into the aftertaste. Very flavorful, but not overwhelming at all.

Lots of soft and fluffy carbonation to fill the mouth. Smooth with a very dry finish. Nice feel overall.

I'm going to bump up the overall here just because this drinks so easily. This is a really well rounded brew that highlights the smoked malt, but is not off-putting in doing so. Some smoked beers can be over the top, some not enough. I think this finds a very nice middle ground and just delivers as a very solid beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 01:50:18 | More by jera1350
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Smoked Porter from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.