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Smoked Pigasus - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: Vonerichs on 10-26-2012)
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-09-2014 02:11:25 | More by HarmonMW
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freemanj

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-04-2014 01:44:11 | More by freemanj
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navband

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

03-02-2014 18:55:05 | More by navband
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

02-26-2014 22:45:38 | More by skaboom420
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little_star

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

02-23-2014 02:06:10 | More by little_star
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mlklein27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-21-2014 01:08:38 | More by mlklein27
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jbird_1973

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

02-17-2014 20:09:14 | More by jbird_1973
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tpaetow

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-11-2014 22:39:33 | More by tpaetow
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

02-11-2014 05:17:15 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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xdtfx

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

02-08-2014 17:06:37 | More by xdtfx
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours Dark brown nearly black with little light making it through and a one finger khaki head that retains nicely.

Smell is malt forward with rye coming first then more dominate roasted chocolaty malt following. Very faint aromas of maple come in near the end of the inhale but are easy to miss. Not a whole lot of smoke detectable in the aroma.

Taste is really good. Rich chocolaty malt is forward and is blends with caramel, sharp rye and a very faint charcoal smokey flavor. Slight vanilla like sweetness balances the sharpness of the malt and charcoal flavors but Maple is much lighter in the taste and is slightly hard to detect.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Mild charcoal bitterness balances the stickiness and sweetness of the malt. Rye is a little sharp.

02-07-2014 03:29:44 | More by Fcolle2
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mdcrouser

Missouri

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%

Big crater on the pour, tiny pocks from burst carbonation in the thin, but lasting head. Completely opaque - not black, but as dark brown as it gets.

Roasted smokey malts, sweet maple syrup come through the nose - unique for sure. Smells like breakfast eminating from the pint glass.

Lots of smoke on this one - like sitting campside with a fire spitting under your nose, rising up, filling your cavities. Some sweetness, but not near as much as the nose.

Creamy, lightly carbonated, setting with heavy smoke on the tongue.

Smoke and hints of sweetness - enoyable, but wishing there was more complexity here.

02-02-2014 02:48:23 | More by mdcrouser
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jharris0624

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-26-2014 22:08:53 | More by jharris0624
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vmdominguez

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-21-2014 03:09:02 | More by vmdominguez
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-20-2014 01:46:23 | More by hoppymcgee
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TheFightingMongooses

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Appearance - dark brown, nearly opaque, with a solid cinnamon colored head, typical of the style

Smell - very subdued. Mostly dark roasted malts and some maple sweetness from the syrup addition. I didn't get much smoke aroma at all, which is disappointing

Taste - initially I get some maple syrup, but that gives way to burnt flavors. The finish is extremely bitter from the charred malt.

Mouthfeel - full bodied. The intense, lingering bitterness is very unpleasant.

Overall - This beer was very disappointing. Very little smoke flavor and the bitter, charred malt was overwhelming.

01-19-2014 03:16:52 | More by TheFightingMongooses
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snansel

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-17-2014 03:31:10 | More by snansel
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4/5  rDev +5%

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.

01-16-2014 18:13:27 | More by LambicPentameter
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JackieAnton

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

01-15-2014 20:06:12 | More by JackieAnton
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Black_ox

Missouri

4/5  rDev +5%

01-14-2014 17:13:25 | More by Black_ox
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RMelyon

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

01-12-2014 16:10:51 | More by RMelyon
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-12-2014 03:35:26 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%

Bottle opened on 12.15.13
11 05 13

A - Pours a dark brown with a large foamy, dark tan head with good retention.

S - Smokey, malty, mpale.

T - Maply syrup and a subtle smoke.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Not overly sweet, best 4 Hands I have had.

12-30-2013 04:22:16 | More by HuskyinPDX
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capnamerica

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-29-2013 22:03:58 | More by capnamerica
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vogeljason

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-23-2013 04:35:28 | More by vogeljason
Smoked Pigasus from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.