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!

Smoked Porter - Epic Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

72 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 72
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Smoked Porter Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jpbborba
jpbborba


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

04-19-2012 01:45:26 | More by jpbborba
Photo of DerwinWentworth
DerwinWentworth

Utah

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-26-2012 23:25:52 | More by DerwinWentworth
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

Release # 10.

Pours an opaque dark brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some slight smoke aromas. Taste is of roasted malt, slight smoke, and some coffee bean flavors. There is a medium roasty bitterness that sticks to the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the smoke aromas and flavors are somewhat subtle.

03-21-2012 01:45:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of beerthulhu
beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%

A: Rustic brick coloring upon the exit from the bottle is standard black in the vessel accompanied by a bubbly, frothy khaki colored head that was slight in both size and retention.

S: Soft smoky charred scents. Was hoping for a bit more ummph here, but in the end average strength and perhaps sub-average complexity.

T: Nice charred sense. Wet minerality, a bitter chocolate roast, smoky wood, licorice with a finish of smoked dark fruit skins.

M: Lively and tingly carbonation factor with a decent depth body wise. Lingering smoky charred reminders.

O: Overall a decent level of dark roast with some smoky appeal. The flavor makes up for the lack luster visual and aromatic sense. Worthy first try. Hold on the repeats.

03-19-2012 22:15:57 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of BlackBeer
BlackBeer

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-14-2012 13:34:06 | More by BlackBeer
Photo of Tpsauer
Tpsauer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-09-2012 23:07:38 | More by Tpsauer
Photo of beerFool28607
beerFool28607

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

03-08-2012 23:55:47 | More by beerFool28607
Photo of AndyTaylor
AndyTaylor

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-13-2012 22:49:17 | More by AndyTaylor
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -16.1%

Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this at last night's tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a short off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some heavy smoke and a bit of peat atop a bottle of roast and light chocolate. The flavor is quite smokey as well, and that really takes over the rest of the beer. The body is a bit thin with lots of smoke. Just not enough balance in this one.

02-12-2012 17:45:22 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of ygtbsm94
ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-12-2012 01:39:03 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of Jimmys
Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4%

A: dark brown body with a roasted brown head. retention isnt great. neither is the lacing.

S: rich chocolate and burnt grain mixes with a subtle, yet present smokey aroma.

T: good amount of char mixes with a flavorfull roasted body. the finish is really where the smoke comes into play. intense, but tasty.

M: a little bit light on the carbonation, but it lets the smoke be more of a key player. medium body.

D: nice to have a brew with this much smokey flavor at a lower ABV. tasty.

12-24-2011 22:12:06 | More by Jimmys
Photo of EgadBananas
EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a dark brown color with a light khaki head of about a finger or so. Left nice lacing, but not at all porter dark. Pleasantly smoky and roasted aroma with equal chocolaty bits. Pretty much spot on with the aroma: nice smoky notes, roast, slight char and chocolate. Nice creaminess, medium bodied.

In the end, nothing spectacular, but it's a solid, above average smoked porter.

12-24-2011 05:04:11 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of mactrail
mactrail

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

I like this lower-octane style with a little less intensity. A nice smokiness that doesn't dominate, a malty richness, and a reasonable alcohol level.

Aromas of smoked sausage with a whiff of the campfire. Rather tart along with the malty sweetness. Some bitterness comes along with the earthy hop flavors. Smoke has the last word. The combination of tartness and fruitiness is quite nice. Light body and quite drinkable.

22 oz bottle from the Utah Liquor store in Sugar House, which has a decent selection of Epics.

12-24-2011 04:42:58 | More by mactrail
Photo of RoryOMoore
RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-23-2011 00:11:11 | More by RoryOMoore
Photo of corby112
corby112

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -4%

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a 1.5 finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Smoked malt aroma with hints of charcoal, BBQ, bacon and ash along with sweeter malt notes underneath. Subtle toasted caramel malt with some dark chocolate and oatmeal. Decently smokey but not over the top.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a good balance of smokey and sweet malts along with a slight spicy hop presence. Smokey up front with hints of charred wood, BBQ, bacon and charcoal quickly countered by sweeter toasted malt notes. Some bitter dark chocolate and oatmeal that lingers into a bitter dry finish. Nicely balanced but this balance makes the beer tame and not as smokey as I prefer. Good but not the smoke bomb that I had hoped for. A nice intro to the style.

11-16-2011 06:16:42 | More by corby112
Photo of Bung
Bung

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

22 oz. About medium brown pour, thin layer of whitish head.

Aroma, Solid malty, chocolate, peat and roast/smoked malt.

Taste, quite a bit of bready malt. Caramel, some toasted malt and smoke. Finishes with the smoked/burnt toffee.

Lighter than ideal, but the carbonation is fine. Pretty drinkable.

I'd say somewhere between a smoked brew and a porter. Another fairly interesting brew from Utah, though not as good as the Imperial Stout in this series.

11-08-2011 04:24:44 | More by Bung
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4%

Batch #4,5.6%ABV.Poured into an imperial nonic a somewhat muddled chesnut brown with a thin light tan colored head atop that left a little scum as it faded quickly.The smoke is light but negligible with some chocolate,roast,and nuttiness,a little alocohol imparted sweetness in there as well.Light smoke and earthy tones upfront on the palate,some brown sugar-like sweetness and chocolate malt comes into play late,the smoke makes another appearance in the finish.Somewhat subtle but its tasty,I would buy again.There are alot of Utah brews showing up in my local market.

10-15-2011 21:12:48 | More by oberon
Photo of djeucalyptus
djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

09-03-2011 08:56:30 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of jera1350
jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

08-13-2011 01:50:18 | More by jera1350
Photo of kagent777
kagent777

Utah

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Bomber from the cold cases @ Epic poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Long lasting sticky white head leaves thick lacing on my glass. This porter is lighter in color than some others, or maybe the others are too dark. Hold it up to the light and it is a clear dark red or brown.

Smell: Smoky malts with just a bit of earthy malts coming through.

Taste: Smoke dominates but is not overpowering. At the end of the taste, I sense some hops bitterness. Very flavorful but not too complex. The smell is a bit sweet, but the taste is somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel: This is one of Epic's thinner beers. The flavor still coats the mouth nicely and the carbonation is a bit low.

Overall: I will get more of these, I like it quite a bit. For Epic beers, that are fairly pricey, this is one of their better priced offerings. Except for the Smoked and Oaked, I cannot think of another smoked beer brewed in Utah.

04-06-2011 03:41:38 | More by kagent777
Photo of Wasatch
Wasatch

Utah

3/5  rDev -19.6%

Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, small fizzy off-white head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a slight chocolate/coffee note, not much of a smoked presence at all. The taste is malty, kinda sweet, some smokyness, chocolate/coffee notes. Medium body. Drinkable, another Epic brew.

01-04-2011 00:50:23 | More by Wasatch
Photo of bishopgary
bishopgary

Utah

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

12-06-2010 21:21:57 | More by bishopgary
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Smoked Porter from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.