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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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ne0m00re

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 01:18:19 | More by ne0m00re
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muttyd

Massachusetts

1.25/5  rDev -68.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 13:03:38 | More by muttyd
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

2.1/5  rDev -47.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 01:44:54 | More by BarrytheBear
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 18:18:59 | More by homebrew311
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Beejay

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 03:03:56 | More by Beejay
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ottovon

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 01:26:22 | More by ottovon
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nlmartin

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 01:26:36 | More by nlmartin
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 20:52:28 | More by DefenCorps
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Hopfist

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 20:36:19 | More by Hopfist
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jsh420

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 05:57:31 | More by jsh420
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wnh

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 23:48:06 | More by wnh
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 23:20:19 | More by bluejacket74
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 18:18:34 | More by Bierguy5
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mcallister

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 18:11:14 | More by mcallister
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 18:27:47 | More by brownbeer
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gford217

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 03:07:53 | More by gford217
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washburnkid

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 18:58:39 | More by washburnkid
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the many beers I got from Hwwty4. Thanks Bill!

A dark, almost opaque brown with ruby colored edges. A nice looking brown head that rises about two fingers but disappears quickly, leaving just a thin layer on top of the body. Has some nice, thick sticky lacing.

A distinctive smell of smoke and whiskey comes through; a pretty good combination.

I like the original smoke, and I think this is a well-done barrel aged version. Up front is a molasses type sweetness that fades into some moderate whiskey flavors. After that comes a good blast of smokey flavor with just a touch of dark fruits. The smoke is much stronger and goes through to the finish and leaves a smokey flavor in the aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel is about par for the style.

This is a drinkable porter. I love how the smoke and whiskey complement each other; a nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 02:17:33 | More by Hojaminbag
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erosier

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to tedpeer for this one!

L: Pours a deep black color with a short and thin tan colored head that laces a bit on the way down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet toasted and roasted malts, and then a huge whiskey and rum aroma that comes through strong at the end of the nose.
T: Much like the aroma, this one has a very nice sweet roasted malt base, a hint of rum, then a nice big bourbon taste that wasn't as powerful as I was expecting, which is nice. The flavors blended very well for a really nice porter flavor.
M: Very smooth, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this bomber was done in no time.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 10:57:13 | More by erosier
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ThreeWiseMen

California

2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 18:11:02 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 06:46:21 | More by scruffwhor
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beachbum1975

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 15:31:56 | More by beachbum1975
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BrewCzar for pointing me in this direction with my ISO: Under the Radar brews, and even more thanks for sending one my way.

This pours nearly black with brown/ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head is fizzy at first, like a cola, but dies down into a resilient full crown. Very nice lacing.

Smell is very light in the whiskey note, which is nice to not have it beat you in the face every time. Smoke, tobacco, some light chocolate, and vanilla, but that may be a product of the whiskey.

Taste is very very good, just the right amount of whiskey. When I have a barrel aged beer, I like when the barrel flavor compliments, not overtakes the characteristics of the base beer, and in this case, you have an already good base with O'Fallon smoke, with some just a little more than subtle hints of whiskey. This is really great, and goes down so easy.

Mouth is thin to medium, which is unfortunate because I think a little more body could have elevated this into the stratosphere. It works and I can't really deduct points because it is to style, but my thoughts none the less.

Wow, this is excellent. Very rarely will I trade for a beer more than once, but this may be the exception. Thanks again BrewCzar, if your other offerings are anywhere near this one, you and I may have some more business to take care of.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 02:09:33 | More by sonicdescent
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 14:09:25 | More by rhoadsrage
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from jtrockchalk, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a solid dark brown and faint ruby highlights when held to light. Thinnish off white head lingers for a short while and leaves minimal lacing. Smell is bourbon up front and strong. Some smoky peat a bit of chocolate some wood as well. Taste is a bourbony oaky affair with some roast bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel is oily/watery. I think the underlying porter doesn't have enough body to stand up to the thinning properties of the bourbon barrel. Carbonation is light. I actually enjoyed this one a lot, but would have loved it with a thicker body.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 01:47:16 | More by johnnnniee
Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.