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Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter | O'Fallon Brewery

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Whiskey Barrel Smoked PorterWhiskey Barrel Smoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by karst on 03-03-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of muttyd
1.27/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Smoked Porter. Why do I continue to try smoke beers? Oh well, here goes...

A - Pitch black with a thick foamy tan head. From a distance, this is one good looking beer.

S - Bacon, smoked meats, and a hint of whiskey. No hops, sweetness, or anything resembling a beer.

T - Smoked meats, cheap whiskey, and salty. Not a fan at all.

M - Rather thin, but still a silky smooth body.

D - Drainpour. I wish I could appreciate this style, but its just not for me.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.12/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Oh brother...smoked salmon on a campfire greets the sniffer. This is not a promising start.

Pickled herring and cigarettes on the taste. Efforts to quell this sadness are repeatedly rebuffed.

Thin, medium carbonation, tastes like a headache.

Sadly, a drainpour.

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Photo of ne0m00re
2.64/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured the hand-dated (1797 of 2398, 01/10/10) bomber into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Very dark brown with red hues, it poured with a small chocolate spritzy head that immediately died to a very thin collar.
S: Earthy smoked and roasted malts, sweet cream with some raisins, but overall somewhat porky (like a rauchbier).
T: BBQ pork lingering over a mild sweet cream malts with some caramel and a slight oak barrel and whiskey alcohol.
M: Very thin--too thin--and not very carbonated.
D: It's not very good. I don't really want to finish my half of this bomber, but it isn't a drainpour.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.78/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Dvelcich's tasting on 07.31.10 - reviewed from notes. I picked this up on my way home from a vacation in MO-- glad to share it with the fine Ba's in attendance.

This pours out and looks like Pepsi. It looks like a dark cola. Some amber hints around the edges, but even the head reminds me of Pepsi. I prefer Coca-Cola, but not bad.

So before I even finished looking at my glass I heard 3 of the other tasters say, "This smells and tastes like a hot dog..." Hmmm. I can't wait to try it now. It looks like a soda but tastes like a hot dog! Here we go:
I smelled it and I can understand what they are talking about. There is some quality in the nose that reminds me a 100% Vienna beef hot dog. I can't explain it exactly, but it isn't completely bad. There is a huge note in the nose that reminds me of Wild Cherry Pepsi. Very little whiskey or smoke on the nose.

Taste starts out with some sweet malts, leads into a little smokiness, and then just a touch of hard liquor-- whiskey and bourbon. As far as it goes, this is one of the most easy drinking barrel aged beers I've ever run across. This is such a weird beer from the variety of odd notes and flavors I am picking up.

This beer is medium bodied with a whiskey bite hiding at the finish. Could use a touch more carbonation, but the overall drinkability is pretty decent. This is a VERY easy drinking beer for being Whiskey barrel aged!!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle number 747 of 2398, hand dated 01-10-10, into The Bruery tulip. Another thank you to Jeff (Alewatcher) for this gem picked up while he was on vacation, no less. Always above and beyond with him. Much gratitude, my friend.

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that disappears quickly. Retention isn't too great, nor is lacing, but within the parameters that are this category, it's a nice looking beer.

Nose is interesting - smoke comes through first, a bit meaty, with the whiskey adding some big, oaky notes, a bit sour even. Bit of chocolate underneath. Very sausagey.

Taste is... odd, really. The whiskey comes through as particularly oaky, and with the smoke, the effect is really odd and a bit vegetal. Just a bit of sourness from the merging of the whiskey, and a bit of a chalky sensation on the finish that for some reason reminds me of campfire that's long been put out and rained on. This one is all whiskey and smoke, with a splash of sugary molasses adding sweetness, meshing in a way that doesn't work at all for me.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the slick side, carbonation is a bit too soft, feels lazy, chalky as well.

Nothing in the way of alcohol, but overall a rather bland, weird tasting beer. Loads of whiskey, big smoke, quite sweet, all weird when they get together. This is like an awkward beer road trip.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.01/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sampled this at an epic tasting hosted by EinWeizenbitte. Thanks a ton Todd!

Appearance: Dark brown-black body with lighter brown around the edges. Creamy khaki head sits on top and retains pretty well. Great lacing for a barrel-aged beer!

Smell: Smoke, rum, some whiskey and vanilla characteristics. Having trouble getting much else out of it, especially with the barbecue going outside. Still, it seems like the nose should be much more pungent on this one; it's pretty weak for barrel-aged beer.

Taste: Smoke, charred wood, and whiskey, but pretty mild on the whole. Some vanilla and estery alcohol. Barrel-aged eh? For a couple weeks maybe? Tastes like it was run through a barrel on it's way to being bottled. Weak.

Mouthfeel: Dry and medicine-like. Oily I guess, and kinda thin. Low carbonation. Just not good.

Drinkability: This was the weakest barrel-aged beer I've ever had. The barrel-aged flavors that do come through even taste a bit artificial. Not feelin' it.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I won this brew in a LiF held by rsyberg01, Thanks Ric!

22oz bottle, brown wax seal, April 10, 2008 #490 of 960, served in a tulip glass.

L - murky, brown color with a beige head that thinned to a light layer.

S - the whiskey aroma is very apparent over very faint smokiness.

T - you can surely taste the whiskey in this one. I let it warm and still tasted mostly whiskey. There is a slight smokey taste, but any flavor of malt and/or hops has been killed by the flavor of whiskey.

F - light/medium bodied, thin feel.

D - I'm not a big fan of this one.

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Photo of maximum12
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beandip for this bottle, which has been resting comfortably for over a year. I like my smoke subtle & quiet, so most of my smoky beers age a bit. Bottle 1171 out of 2398, bottled 1-10-10. Split in twain, shared with my smoke-shy wife. And Cocktail is on TV. Wow. I miss the 80's.

Pours black shaded with crimson around the edges. Smell is smoke-soaked-bacon. That is all.

Barrel Aged Smoke tastes much better than it smells; the one-dimensional aroma gives way to more subtle plays of light & dark. The smoky malts come hard, but they're cut nicely by quiet layers of wood & whiskey cum vanilla. My wife takes one drink of the smokiness & hands me her glass. Dammit.

Mellow, understated, simple, but a little too simple. A little barrel, a little porter, a little smokiness, but not really enough of any of them. Decent enough beer. I'm not going to be able to down the whole bomber.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks James. Pours black with a pretty thin head. Nose is ash, lightly meaty, with a pretty weak malt profile. Super carbonated in the mouth. Flavor is fairly restrained and focuses on a light smoke, ash, a touch of smoked bacon. Finish is nothingness. This doesn't really have any off flavors, but there's just not much going on. Washed out, thin, and over carbonated.

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Photo of prototypic
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle #1873 of 2398

This one pours a darker, mahogany brown color. It's far from opaque. Backlighting reveals strong burgundy highlights throughout. A tan head caps it off and stands nearly two fingers tall. It dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving a moderate coat of sticky lace lining the glass.

The nose is disappointing. Very average. Up front, there's a little cocoa-ish, chocolate malt scent. There's a light smoky aroma that follows. There might be a little roasted coffee, but my mind might be playing tricks on me. Unfortunately, I'm not getting any whiskey or oak. That's too bad. All in all, it lacks strength and character. Very, very average.

The flavor's a little better. Light cocoa kicks it off. The chocolate malt base isn't very substantial. Eh. Light roasted coffee follows. There needs to be more of a coffee presence. The smoked flavor comes through loud and clear and is actually appeasing. It works well with the Porter elements. There might be a very light whiskey presence, but it's really not much. I don't know how long this stuff was in barrels, but it couldn't have been long. No oakiness or wood-like flavors at all. Alcohol is buried well. Finishes smoky with a cocoa twist.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. It feels too thin. Carbonation seems a little active. It's not exactly smooth, but it isn't bad. It'd definitely benefit from more body though. Drinkability is rather average. The flavor's alright, but isn't all that entertaining. I'll finish off the bomber. That's more than enough for me.

I had somewhat high hopes for Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter. I'm walking away disappointing. Overall, it's lacking in a little bit of everything - aromatics, coffee, whiskey, body. You get the picture. I'm actually stunned by the lack of whiskey and oak flavors. Was this barrel-aged for a day or two? I don't know. If you can ignore that and just take it for what it is, it's not horrible. Maybe worth a try. But definitely stick with the single bomber.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Big thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

Bottle #41/2398, dated 1/10/10. Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a murky black-brown topped by a finger or so of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light campfire smoke (wood and all, kids), molasses, and a touch of graham crackers. The taste brings on more of the same, with the smoke lagging behind the general wood and a newfound sense of whiskey (not too strong, but definitely there). The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat thin feel. Overall, a nice barrel-aged brew, but unfortunately one that sacrifices a good deal of smoke to the barrel, which doesn't add enough to make up for the loss. Still enjoyable, though.

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Photo of DrewOSU
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle off a trade from Monsterfat

A: Pours dark brown with a 1/4 inch khaki head. Spider web like lacing on initial pour. Spotty lacing after finishing the glass.

S: A salty smoke, a little peat and earth. Do not detect any whiskey notes as expected, however.

M/T: Light to medium body, a little watery. The smoke flavor punches you right in the mouth. Very unbalanced flavor, its like chewing on a BBQ woodchip. I am hoping that my pallet adjusts by the end of the glass. Again, I do not detect any whiskey barrel influence anywhere. After my first glass, this beer mellows out and becomes very tasty.

D: The smoke is thick. It does disapate on the pallet after a few drinks, so it does come a little more sessionable.

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Photo of Stigs
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz waxed bottle, split and served in a large flute-type glass

A - pours with just a thin layer of light khaki colored foam. leaves bits of spotty yet sticky lacing down the glass. the beer is dark brown in color.

S - some woodsy campfire smoke and ash, just a light sour whiskey twinge...sweetness comes through with light oak and vanilla.

T - bright, sharp and almost acidic firey smokiness. dark roasted malts add a tiny bit of bitter and roast. sweetness again from oak, nuts, gradually takes over the taste. WHERE IS THE WHISKEY?

M - on the dry side, body is a bit sticky with medium density. light and fluffy carbonation.

D - what we have here is a decent smoked porter, nothing more. give me a myriad of others more readily available, and slightly better. an example of barrel-aging underdone.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chris brought this to our impromptu tasting last night. Thanks, man!

Dark brown with brown highlights, this beer is capped by a tan head with decent retention. Mild lacing is present. The nose is smoky as hell, just washing out everything else. Some toasted oak and vanilla appear before more smoke comes through. The chocolate character is mellow and the coffee is very low, this is just smoky with some whiskey heat.

Thin in body, this beer has flavors of smoke, burning wood and a little cocoa. Smoky with vanilla and some whiskey, this beer finishes dry, smoky and a little ashy. A touch overcarbonated and too thin, this is solid stuff, not necessarily something I'd seek out though. I love rauchbiers, but the smoke in this beer doesn't seem well executed.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of oak alcohol, yeast, sweet malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of oak alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight yeast, and slight hop. Overall, the alcohol dominates the blend, but otherwise a good beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, number 564, dated 01-10-10.

Slightly thin looking, cola colored body with a bubbly, quickly dissipating tan head that leaves a few streaks of lace. Aroma is very smoky, much more so than sweet from the barrel. Pleasant, if not mildly one dimensional. Medium thick body with thin carbonation, not quite as full or long lasting as expected from this beer. Flavor is that of a very nice, balanced smokey porter with some oak sweetness, but very little bourbon or alcohol presence. A pleasant, albeit unremarkable beer, it would have been nice for the barrel aging to be a little more prominent and have a fuller body.

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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for sharing this with CaltinRedbeard and I. Bomber with no date or bottle numbering. Dipped in red wax just enough to barely cover the cap. Poured into a couple of snifters, this brew appears dark brown with some reddish coloration and clarity through the body when held to the light. A tan to light brownish head forms across the top and leaves spotty lace on the glass as it quickly recedes.

The smell is woodsy with a touch of smoke that leads into a smell of burning incense. It is sweet and spicy smelling with a touch of oak. Some tangy alcohol spices are evident through the back as it warms. I can't get over how much this brew smells like incense though, crazy different but good.

The taste is tangy with some spirit infused kick and some spices. A mild barrel ages character of vanilla is evident with some spices like the previously mentioned reminiscent character of burning incense and maybe cedar instead of oak? There is a tangy aspect that creeps in with a wild touch but it isn't out of control. It keeps the brew interesting and lively. The aftertaste is a light afterthought of smoke, incense and wild, tangy alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew that sits light in the mouth with a modest level of carbonation. A little watery at times but easy drinking for 7%. Seemingly no alcohol inclusion except for the extra spirit kick that is present at times. This was an interesting experience. I really dug the way it smelled but I would not have known this was a "smoked beer" without being told. Thanks again Jason for the chance to try this.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Draught2010 (Jimmy J) for providing this beer.

Bottle is individually #'ed 2372 of 2398 and was bottled on 1/10/10
(hand written in maroon Sharpie)

Pours with a pillowy/creamy light tan head. This eventually settles to a thin film of foam atop the Cola colored beer. Brown with almost burgundy highlights at the edges. Some nice lacing.

Aroma is musty, smokey and of sweet malt. Daughter and son both said it smelled like bacon and meat... I hadn't said a word to them regarding this being a smoked beer.

Interesting beer but my first reaction is about the finish. Almost seems like a diet soda with that flat diet drink finish. Lots of oak and smoke character, that's for sure. Just for a moment you do get the whiskey before the smoke takes over. Interesting combination. What's funny about the smoke is that it reminds me a little of liquid smoke that you use in cooking. The more I play with this beer the more the oak notes come to the forefront...

Body is medium/light and carbonation is very slight. Almost creamy... kind of he consistency of skim milk.. Trying to be creamy, just not quite making it.

A fine little beer. The smoke certainly add character and melds nicely with the oak notes. If the finish didn't have that diet feel to me (almost bland finish) then I think I'd really like this.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a jet brown body that holds a oatmeal tan lumpy head for a good while. The only carbonation is a few tiny bubble stuck to the glass.

S- The nose is very clean with a faint hint of smoke coming through but no band-aid qualities. As the beer warms quite a bit some lighter notes of dark malt come through but are still covered by the smoke.

T- The big earthy whiskey taste has some creamy flavors to it with some brown malt flavors. There is no boozy flavor to the whiskey but it does have a smoked bacon flavor. As the beer warms there is a watery taste that comes through followed by a light sweaty note that leads into a smoky note in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a watery texture but no alcohol heat is noticed.

D- This beer has a big smoky flavor with some whiskey flavors but I seemed to miss the porter. Most of the malt flavors are missing or covered up by the smoke but atleast the smoke is a good flavor with no band-aid/plastic notes at all.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with garnet highlights. Light brown head lasts for only a couple of seconds. Half roasted and half smoked malts give the aroma of robust coffee and dark chocolate. The whiskey barrel imparts some faint sweetness and even fainter bourbon notes. I also get a hint of the tire aisle at Sam's Club?!?!? The taste starts heavy with roasted and smoked malts. The middle of the palate quickly sweetens with some smokey vanilla and mocha. The finish showcases smooth vanilla, boubon, oak, and a little earthy peet. You can feel a little of the alcohol. Gives this oaken brew a little warmth, and makes it a nice median sipper/session beer.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrewOSU for sharing. We are currently watching the Unrated version on Sex Drive (wow)! Notes from 3/11/2009.

Pours as a porter should... Super dark brown with the smallest amount of light able to penetrate through. Little speckles of lacing around my oversized cab glass.

Smells mostly of peat and earthiness with some dark fruits like plum.

Flavors like the nose (Peat and earth), but follows with some light, sweet maltiness. Light, light essence of whiskey, as the name implies...

Surprisingly light bodied with medium to full flavor. Nice...

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dary brown color with a nice head that takes a while to settle and leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Tons of smoke and charred wood, plenty of vanilla, a fair amount of beef jerky and, of course, Jim Beam

Taste: Opens with a smokey, whiskey flavor that is distinctly sour by mid-palate; after the swallow, the beer becomes more subtle, with vanilla and Bourbon flavors predominating

Mouthfeel: A blizzard of carbonation dominates the brew such that the body is hard to discern; kind of medium but somewhat watery

Drinkability: Marred by excessive carbonation and a souring element as the beer ages; should be drinking much better at this stage but I fear that this is on its way out

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Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up in KC ( Gomer's), bottle 2248 pours a brown tinged mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Coffee,toasty malt, & a touch of cherry & iron

T: Slight hickory smokeyness, dryness, along with cocoa & some coffee up front. A touch of sour-mash as this warms, plus a some prunes & figs & some restrained smokeyness & a hint of herbal hops

MF: Medium bodied, semi-smooth, fairly lively carbonation, thins out as this warms

Drinks alright, not a solid enough porter or a smokey enough one to get too excited about either way. Give me an Alaskan Smoked or Stones Porter any day, cheaper by several bucks per bomber too...

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top, waxed, hand numbered and dated...this one's just over a year old

Appearance: Black beer w/brown hints around the edges...light tan head sinks to a thick film and ring w/pretty good retention

Smell: More subdued smoke than I was expecting out of this, though it's been awhile since I've had the regular version. Getting some mild smoke here, although not much in the way of whiskey. Almost getting some red winey notes, oak and earthy dark fruit. Maybe getting a hint of chocolate as well, but very mild.

Taste: I finally cracked this because I'd read some people's reviews that said this was really going downhill. I don't know what this was like originally, but it's pretty tasty still. Very mild notes of whiskey barrel, charred oak and light notes of sweet caramel/vanilla boozy notes. A decent amount of dry roast here, almost like a dry stout, but with a decent kick of dark fruit as well. The smoke comes through much stronger in the flavor than it does in the aroma. It's got a fairly strong charred character to it, without any of the bacony, smoked-meat flavors characteristic of rauch-malt or the briny, herbal notes of peated malt. There's a touch of something in here that reminds me of a vinous, dark, smoky Left Bank Red Bordeaux.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium-bodied

Overall: I'm not exactly sure what people meant about this beer, suggesting that it had gone downhill. The flavors aren't exactly vibrant or over-the-top, but they're not muted either. For me, it actually comes together pretty well. The one downside to this beer, in my opinion, is that it was $10.00. I've been hearing some very disturbing rumors about O'Fallon being in trouble...some of their beers are definitely hit or miss, but the regular Smoked Porter and the 5 Day IPA are pretty tasty, and this beer is certainly no exception. For the price, I certainly wouldn't buy it often, but this was really a pretty nice surprise, even after a year in the bottle.

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3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber:

Review #100... Oh baby, this should be a good one too - it's like bottle 847 out of 2,398, and I love the style, so this should be epic.

A: Quite carbonated with a small amount of head and little retention or lacing. Dark brown, but very thin.

S: Smoky aroma and faint whiskey/vanilla present. Calm and mellow smell.

T: Disappointment!!! Tastes a bit thin, but very mellow on the taste as well. Easy to drink with a smoky taste that is balanced by the smooth whiskey flavor. Surprisingly the whiskey adds no harshness to the brew.

M/D: Thin, but quite drinkable at 7%. Bubbly, but pretty smooth.

Overall this is a solid beer that is easy too drink, but not worth the price tag. Oh, and by the way, if you're thinking about buying this, just buy Stone's Smoked Porter... it is way, way, way, fuller, creamier, and just betterer, like choosing between Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox; no contest.

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Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.