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Smoked Pigasus - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Smoked PigasusSmoked Pigasus

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very good

31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 129
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Vonerichs on 10-26-2012

Smoked Pigasus is a robust and delicious porter brewed with rye, smoked malt, and maple syrup. The maple syrup provides a perfect balance for the smoked malt. Smoked Pigasus pours a deep mahogany with aromas of chocolate, smoke, and caramel. A big thank you to Pappy's Smokehouse!
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of LambicPentameter
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pour yields a one-finger head of incongruent tan foam across the top of the body. A mix of big soap-like bubbles, fine, foamy microbubbles and some in-between. Retention isn't terribly great, and it recedes to leave a frothy mix of bubbles and pockmarks about a half finger thick, but more dense on the edges of the glass, like snowdrifts. Tan, beery snowdrifts. Lacing is slight, but observable. Beneath the foam sits a body of dark, dark brown bordering on black--like the bark of a walnut tree sitting deep within a heavily wooded forest.

Smell - Notes of baker's chocolate, cooked bacon and a hint of maple sweetness, but I don't know that the sweetness would have been recognizable as maple without having known that this beer has maple syrup added. Some more subtle notes of dulce de leche and caramel and a more generic smokiness--like the way your clothes smell long after standing around a campfire. Noticeable, but not the same overpowering aroma that you get from actually standing by the fire.

Taste - The smoke isn't quite as aggressive on the taste as it was on the smell. Which is not to say that it was at all aggressive in the aroma--just that it's more of a background element in the taste. More up front are bittersweet chocolate and cocoa nibs as well as a maple sweetness that is more overtly maple-y this time around. The rye comes through as well with some spicy kick to complement the other smoky-sweet--and even bitter--flavors. In addition to the dark chocolate notes, there are more generic roasted malt components, like you'd expect from a porter. Like slightly charred toast.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Finish is a faint blend of smoke, spice and sweet. There is a hint of that cloying type of feel at first, but it's far from overpowering--maybe viscous would be a better way of describing it.

Overall, this has to be one of the better smoked beers on the market. They manage to incorporate those bacon-like and smoking wood aromas, but pair them with sweeter notes like chocolate and maple syrup to create a wonderfully balanced smoked beer. Maybe not ideal for the true rauchbier aficionados, but for this layperson, it's just about ideal.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of otoolman221
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaminjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with little penetration to light. A fingernail of khaki foam is present around the rim. Wonderful aroma of smoke and just a faint whiff of maple syrup. The flavor is loaded with smoked malt,rye,and maple syrup. It becomes too sweet as it warms and you have more. The mouth is lightly sticky and dry. This beer should be paired with bacon.

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Photo of navband
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Beezee
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours pretty much straight black from the growler, with a decent head of tan suds. Limited lace, though.

Aroma: Subtle here, roasty but not much of the expected smokiness.

Taste: Very nice mix of chocolate/cocoa malts with only a tint of smoke. Underlying sweetness which I’d expect is from the maple syrup. A very drinkable and subtle smoked beer that creatively combines some original and artful ingredients for a drinkable and not-too-over-the-top experimental porter. Wonderful!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Smoked Pigasus was a great porter from 4 Hands. This beer poured a rich opaque dark with slight ruby hue and had tan head that laced. The scent was chocolate, earth, roast and maybe a touch of smoke. The taste was well balanced and followed the scent with mostly roast and peat being present. The mouthfeel was full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a solid porter and I'd drink this again FO SHIZZ!

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Photo of PretzelCity
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hooliganlife
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark black, not thick in any way, light creamy head. bits of lacing.

smoke up front, after a bit mostly light maple syrup and roasted malt, maybe some espresso.

very smoked forward. nice rye bite, but with a sweetness through out. the maple syrup is very faint. charred and burnt finish.

light feel but a moderate carbonation. fills it out a bit.

i was pleased, this was pretty fun and easy to drink. very forward but never overpoering or dull.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Transparent at the edges. Nice off white head. Decent surface retention.

Smell - Smokey and nicely chocolatey. Pretty much it but it's nice.

Taste - Less impressive. Much smokier. Less chocolatey, but still present. Bitter in the finish from the malt.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Highly carbonated. Disappointing.

Overall - Decent flavors, nice smokiness. The body doesn't sustain the flavors though.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12-11-14

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of fluffed up tan head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Smokeyness & roastyness

T: Roastyness, cocoa, dryness, faint smokeyness up front. Smokeyness mixes with cocoa sweetness, caramel & a little maple syrup as this warms, picking up a little lactose sourness with the cocoa. Finishes with cocoa, faint caramel & smokeyness, plus a little dryness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, thins out a touch when warm

Drinks pretty easy, a solid porter

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with a light mohagany hue around the edges. Short tan head with no lacing.

It had a great smokey scent coming from it, as to be expected. It had notes of both tabacco and wood charcoal lumps. There was a slight maple presence, too. Really good aromatics of a smoked beer.

If you like smoke flavor, you'll like this beer. The taste is heavy on the tobacco and bbq smoke with a light sweet finish. The smoke lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with good carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer and the smoke was done just right for my liking. The smoke has a strong presence but if you're into that, try this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NSXAG
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jordanmtate
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of beersdmf17
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: blackish brown light brown head, finger, minimal lace and retention.

Aroma: smoky and meaty, chocolate, light spiciness, hint of maple, roast, hint of wood.

Taste: toast, chocolate, roasted malts, smoked wood, grainy, minerals, earthy spice note.

***Body is a bit thin and carbonation has a bit of a prickly texture. Aside though, it does have some nice smoky and meaty qualities, and is an overall enjoyable smoked porter.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayscotty
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Smoked Pigasus from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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