Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter - O'Fallon Brewery

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 120
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: karst on 03-03-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Dan for bringing this one to Ratman's last night; I'd been wanting to try something from this brewery for a while now. Pours a nice dark black color with a nice light brown head. Nice bourbon on the aroma, along with some light smoke, cocoa nibs and vanilla. I was a little surprised at how thin this one was, and incorrectly assumed its abv to be around 5%. The bourbon does a nice job merging with the chocolate, roast malt and smoke on the palate. Nice. (463 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 579 out of 2,398, hand-written in marker. Waxed cap with a minimalistic label. Bottle presentation looks nice.

Poured into a big snifter. It's the color of a dark cola. The foam is kinda lazy upon pouring, but you can swirl it around and raise it a bit.

In the aroma, some toasted coconut and peat from the barrel aging. Also some earthy coffee aroma, like a Sumatran blend or something.

If you're into smoked porters, flavor is excellent and quite well-balanced between smoke, coconut, peat, coffee, earthy hop and a hint of malt sweetness. I think I was expecting something more intense, but this nuance and balance works for me, too. It's kind of a delicate barrel-aged beer that throws a lot at you, but doesn't go whole hog with any of those elements, leaving you to pick out what you're tasting.

In the feel, it's not that well-carbonated, but that's fine with me. The soft carbonation lends it a cask-like feel that to me is entirely appropriate, and makes this disappear perhaps quicker than it should. The 7% ABV is stout but entirely manageable.

Those who like a little smoke in their beers will have not the slightest bit of trouble putting this bomber to rest. It'd be nice if I had another of those 2,398 bottles; I'd probably drink it tomorrow. (1,274 characters)

Photo of TrippnFiasco
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: No head, minimal lacing. What little foam was in the glass appeared to be dark brown before dissipating. Liquid is like a dark coffee.

S: Smells like smoked bacon/bbq (very strong). Hints of wood coming through.

T: Tastes oaky, not getting any whiskey flavoring. The most powerful flavor is the taste of smoked bacon (in a good way). Taste is very intense while in the mouth, but dies off very quickly. I've never had a porter quite this complex or original, very well done.

M: Medium bodied, nice amount of carbonation. Very well done.

D: While delicious, I wouldn't share this bottle with less than one other person, probably best split between 2-4 people. (666 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of jt31914
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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. (905 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
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... (675 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this from beerbeagle via Nobody Wants to see a Beer Geek Naked #2 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Waxes top to this beer, poured in to my Wachusett pint glass.

A: This beer pours a deep dark opaque brown, bordering on black. Slight mahogany edges when held to the light. A two finger of medium brown heads rests on top and recedes nicely. Wispy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is a waft of whiskey when you first pop this one open. Nice smoked notes then come through, smoked wood chips, and hints of chocolate and malt sweetness.

T: Taste starts with a sweet caramel malt flavoring. Smoked flavoring comes in the middle and remains as an afterthought through out and in the after finish. Caramel malts and a semisweet chocolate mingle in with the smokiness. Finish is where the whiskey becomes apparent, light and well blended.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light and slightly oily on the tongue with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, nicely blended - smokiness is well balanced and not overpowering, whiskey is blended well with out overpowering. I could easily drink a few pints of this. (1,139 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
2.64/5  rDev -34%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of muttyd
1.27/5  rDev -68.3%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.12/5  rDev -47%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle #706 of 2398

A: pours dark black with with thin white head, some light passes through, some lacing

S:nice subtle notes of whiskey on the front followed by a huge note of charred woody smoke, very nice smell

T: the whiskey and smoke are a little more subdued on the palate than the nose suggests, lots of chocolate and roast

MF: a little thinner than I expected but it seems to have a creamy texture

D: this would be perfect for a barbecue.. not too thick or rich, over all very tasty (495 characters)

Photo of Beejay
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown in color, with a bit of red at the edges when held up to the light. A bit of tan head. Looking good.

S: Smoked gouda and almonds is the first thing that comes to mind. Bourbon, and a little bit of sweetness from the malt. A smell that is reminiscent of fireworks, bbq's, and bourbon. I could smell this beer all day.

T: Big smoke, one the first sip. Like a mild bacon, or smoked cheese. Followed by a sweet malty flavor, and a little oak in the finish. It seems like the first few sips really wow, but then it fades a bit. Not as much bourbon as I would like though.

M: Thin mouthfeel, but fairly creamy, carbonation works, but a little thin for the style.

D: A nice change from the usual, but for the price not something I would get a lot of. The smell is awesome, but the flavor does not follow through enough. Still a good beer, and I am glad I got it. (873 characters)

Photo of ottovon
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours out a dark brown with a tan head. fell quickly

S: smells smoky, some roasted malt, hints of coffee and chocolate and some sweetness from the whiskey.

T: Tastes of roasted malt, smoke, and some hints of whiskey and maybe some vanilla.

M: medium body with medium carbonation.

D: i could drink this all night. very good beer. and goes down smooth. (357 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is almost black. Nice ruby highlights to light. The head is a light tan coloration. The head is approximately an inch high resolving into a thin coating. Nice webs of lacing remain behind on my glass. In short this beer looks tasty.

Smell: Mellow cocoa, vanilla oak, smokey bacon a vague whiskey aroma. Really this beer has nicely subdued aromas save the smoke. The smoke is well done.

Taste: Of course O'Fallons delivers on the smoke. The smoked flavors are secdond to none. The porter brings some nice nice cocoa flavors and pretty good toasted and roasted flavors. Nice oak vanilla whiskey peaks out. Very nicely done!

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body is light but nowhere near thin. Very smooth and nearing silky body. The drinkability is pretty high. I could drink this soothing beer frequently well done! (897 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of Hopfist
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great beer. I really can't knock it. Well balanced, complex, smokey, and rich. It's not life-altering, but it's certainly no let-down. The only critique I can offer would be consistency. I've had two of these from different stores a few months apart. The first tasted like Whiskey, just whiskey. The last one tasted like beer, just beer. They were both quite good, but to disparate to form a firm concept of what the beer truly is. (431 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle 275 out of 2398
bottled 1-10-2010

pours dark amber brown with a 1+ finger head that lecft spotted lacing

smells of smoked meat (bacon) along with fruity malts

taste is solid - smokey/fruity malts but overall a smoke flavor left in the mouth

mouthfeel is medium body with a some what crisp and smooth body

drinkability is good - one of the best smoked porters on the market (385 characters)

Photo of wnh
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.
Bottle number 1131 of 2398, bottled 01-10-10. Hand numbered and dated, waxed cap; nice presentation on the whole. I was kicking myself for passing on this the first time around (a little over a year ago), and was extremely happy to make up for that mistake with a second release.

Pours a deep, dark brown, opaque with just the slightest ruby highlight. Capped by a frothy light tan head.

A lot going on in the nose, and all well integrated. Smoke (campfire-like) and fruity esters showing undefined red fruit up front, with a big but subtle whiskey undercurrent. There's a lot of whiskey character in this beer, but it's far from being overwhelming. Earthy cocoa powder and maybe a hint of leafy hops show up as my nose gets accustomed to the other aromas.

There's more porter character on the palate than on the nose, but otherwise the palate is spot-on with the nose. Subtle but complexity-adding smoke, red fruit, and whiskey notes of caramel, toasted coconut, butterscotch, and grainy wood. Finishes with a light bitterness. Fades into creamy dark chocolate and cocoa powder, with a long lingering whiskey undertone.

On the medium side of medium-full bodied, soft on the front end but finishing firm. A touch of creaminess mid-palate, but dry on the whole. Well-balanced, complex and delicious. A must-try if you get the chance. (1,371 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 1/10/2010, #1792 of 2398 handwritten on label. A very nice surprise when I saw this at the store the other day! Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about an inch tan head. The head didn't stick around for too long, and there isn't much lacing either. Aroma is smoked and roasted malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is similar to the aroma, all of the flavors are pretty well balanced as the bourbon taste in the beer isn't overpowering at all. There's also a nice lingering smoky finish. I wish there was a little more of a bourbon taste in this brew, but that's a very minor complaint as it's still pretty tasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is great, it's very smooth and easy to drink. Hopefully O'Fallon will make this beer more often! (869 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown. Huge fluffy, mocha head. Almost seems a bit overcarbonated. Great head retention and lace.

Good aroma of smoke, roasty malts, oak, and booze. All seem to meld well in the nose.

A fair amount of sweetness up front. Some light roasty and chocolate malts. A faint smoke flavor, and a hint of oak. A hint of booze, but really well balanced.

Medium body, maybe even a bit thin. Carbonation is light. Alcohol well hidden. This is a very drinkable one here. (492 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an overly large head deep brown bordering on black. Hoping this one isn't old as the beer is about 3.

Musty wood and bourbon notes. Roasty malts with a hint of smoke and meat. Hints of chocolate and toffee with some black fruits.

One of the easiest drinking barrel aged beers I've tried. Mouthfeel is slightly thin yet still creamy but hey it's a porter. Smoke really shows through in the mouth with a bit of acidity, and a good layer of oak and whiskey. Not overly complex but very relaxing. Milk chocolate, bacon, black fig, and other hints dark fruits. (569 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was suprised to find a bottle of this in a bar.

A- Creamy tan head sit atop the dark sienna, almost black beer.

S- Oak, subdued whisky, smoke(obviously).

T- Campfire, subtle sweet chocolate, but the smoke dominates and finishes dry.

M&D- Could use a little more body but still a great smoke beer that begs for BBQ. (320 characters)

Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of STLStoutAddict poured into a tulip. Bottle labeled April 10, 2008, #112 of 960.

Pours almost completely black in the glass with mahogany showing through the edges under a small creamy off-white head that lingers on top with a good collar and a swirl of bubbles on top.

The aroma is a wonderful blend of smoked hickory and bourbon with hints of vanilla and chocolate. There is also a heavy dose of molasses sweetness coming out as it warms. I was blown away by the away honestly and could just smell this thing all night.

The taste is a bit of a let down after the aroma as it's slightly more watered down. There is a heavy bourbon flavor up front with some roasted malts and chocolate underneath. The smoke is present as well, but the flavor isn't as full as I was hoping for.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and close to watery, but not quite. The carbonation is soft and the body isn't quite heavy enough to support the low carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer and the aroma had me thinking this would be a stunner, but, as it is, it's just a really solid beer. i think I may prefer the regular smoked over this, but it's close. (1,170 characters)

Photo of washburnkid
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sanford for his generosity!

Brew is gorgeous black with ruby edges. There's a small, bubbly beige head that leaves behind very little lacing. Sweet liquer aromas with roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The flavors are smoked, but more toned down than I expected. Lots of oak and woody characters, which dominate leaving me craving a bit more whiskey flavor in the brew itself. Paired well with some spicy Mexican-inspired food that involved BBQing. A great match! (474 characters)

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