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Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter - O'Fallon Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 33
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: karst on 03-03-2007)
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Here we have O'Fallon's famous Smoked Porter, brewed with over 60 percent smoked German malts, dropped into whiskey barrels and allowed to mature and worm its way through all that charred American oak. Oh, yeah.

Pitch-black, opaque and topped with a creamy coffee-colored head that drops to thin, large-bubbled ringed lace. Massive whiskey nose, a bit boozy; rich vanilla, some smoked meats, charred wood and ash. Round and smooth, a bit silky; lighter on the palate than anticipated. Sweet up front, with a touch of molasses, brown sugar, chocolate and coffee. Semi-sour, but not in a bad way; oaky flavor breaks through with a soft herbal hop note. Deep whiskey flavors throughout the beer, with vanilla and spicy alcohol. Smoky toward the finish, with more wood. Finishes surprisingly dry and clean, with some light whiskey residuals and a husky edge.

Though the smokiness has been dulled down a bit by aging the beer in wood, it's still very present and blends extremely well with the whiskey characteristics that it picked up, which are themselves not at all overpowering, but rather quite complementary. An incredibly complex and enjoyable brew--big thumbs-up to O'Fallon. Great on its own, as a digestif or paired with some chocolates.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 14:01:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
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S - Lightly smoky nose, very restrained overall. Perhaps a bit of oakiness, but I wouldn't say it is obvious.

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The aroma shows a good amount of smoke and roastedness to it. It blends in pretty well with a milk chocolaty, caramel sweetness of the base porter. I t has a bit of a milk stout like quality to it. The smoke is pretty nice though.

The taste shows some really nice smoke throughout as well. I get a little bit of a burnt, bitterness in the finish as well. The base beer again has a little of a sweet, milk stout like quality with some brown sugar, milk chocolate and caramel coming through.

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Bottle #576 of 2398 from 01-10-10. From a Chicago trip almost two years ago.

Solid black color with a fizzy tan head that shrinks down to a ring very quickly. A little lacing however.

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Holy hell! Huge smokey bacon and campfire malt flavor with a very nice backing of whiskey. Not hot and boozy, just mellow smoke and whiskey. A nice smokey charred wood and bacon flavor all the way through and into the aftertaste. Just awesome. So much flavor for a seven percent brew.

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Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
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