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Smoked Porter - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

78 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

Photo of jpbborba
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of BlackDog
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
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.

Photo of challenja
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.

Photo of Vylo
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Bobhoya
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Benish
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.

Photo of jawas
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Jason
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.

Photo of bishopgary
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.

Photo of djeucalyptus
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.

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Smoked Porter from Epic Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.