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Smoked Porter - O'Fallon Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

465 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 37
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark, rich and smoky…this classic porter is brewed with 63% German smoked malt and makes a perfect after dinner (or anytime) sipper for those who love a “bigger” beer. Winner of the Gold Medal in the 2004 Great American Beer Festival® for best Smoked Beer in America!

24 IBU

(Beer added by: maxpower on 12-26-2002)
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Reviews by Sephiroth:
Photo of Sephiroth
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with decent, quickly receding head. It lingers after fading, and the body is an opaque dark brown. Smells decent, moderately smoked, with faint porter notes.

Tastes pretty good, not as smoky as I might like, although extremely balanced. Roasted and chocolate malts are muted by the smoke, light though it may be. Mouthfeel is right on, good carbonation, medium bodied. Drinkability is good, the balance is the key, though I might like it better if the flavor were more over the top.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is velvety black beer with a thin tan head that has lots of little odd white blotches in it. Smells like cooked bacon. Mmmmm...bacon.

This is a sweet brew with hints of cherry and maple and big big smoke flavor of course. Hops are barely perceptable in this one but theres a very slight bittering. There is a porky aftertaste I think, but maybe that smells just playing tricks on me. Very drinkable for this style. Good brew.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bomber a deep dark black with a nice bubbly tan one inch head on top. Brownish red hints come out when held up to the light. Whoa...simply huge smoke aroma smacks me in the face, burnt roasted maltiness tries it's best to make itself known..easily the smokiest beer I've ever tried. Imagine opening the door to a smokehouse....

First sip brings the smoked malt flavor upfront along with hints of bitter coffee and some chocolate as well. The smoked flavor is not as strong as the nose suggested and it works well in the brew, but may be a tad overpowering. I don't detect much hop at all here. Quite an interesting brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth has a nice medium body...fits the bill of a porter nicely in my mind. A bomber is more than enough of this..but it goes down easy. Definetly an acquired taste...I could see the smoke easily being off putting here, however I say it's well worth a shot and it's a unique drinking experience.

Photo of blitz134
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Vancer in the last BIF I was in...2MBBIF I think...

Dark brown color, approaching opaque. Khaki colored head on top, initially 1/2" but reduced to only a ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is nice and smokey as expected, oaky. This is the predominate smell over the slightly sweet body, maybe some semisweet chocolate as I inspect it more.

Not too much to this beer upfront, the predominate flavors are in the finish and the smoke really comes through here. A little chocolaty when it sits on the tongue a while. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and overly carbonated. It makes it sharp on the tongue and keeps the flavors hidden.

Okay drinkability overall. Nice smoke flavor but there really isn't too much else to accompany it.

Photo of nickadams2
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours black with dark brown highlights. Thick tan head with great retention and tons of lacing.

S_Smoke,roasted malt,black chocolate.

T_Earthy/woody smoke upfront. Not overbearing though. Roasted malt,black chocolate and chicory round out the flavor.

M_Mouthfeel is terrific. Thick,creamy and just the right amount of carbonation.

D_Could easily drink quite a few of these.

Photo of Todd
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date. Pours a seemingly pitch black brew topped with tan foaming head that leaves clinging traces as it settles to its resting lace.

Massive, deep, roasty, spicy, smoky, meaty (bacon/ham), nutty characters in the aroma. Complex as hell.

Medium body, smooth and even on the palate. Dominating smoky backbone laces everything with much complexity, and seeps into the gums and palate with an acrid bite. Brown sugar and molasses sweetness, with sugary candied bing cherries. Subtle spicy suggestions of cinnamon. Smoke character lingers on forever with a sweet undertone that slowly dries away.

Oh yeah! Smoke! No doubt a superior smoked beer offering, and now one of my favorites. This full tasting is a long time coming after a petty 1oz sample had at the GABF in 2004 (thanks Jimbo!). It’s no traditional Rauchbier, but it might as well be.

Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a brown black with a smallish creamy tan head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet peaty smoky (BBQ and liquid smoke) malts.

The flavor is sweet peaty malts with some smoke. The mouth feel is medium bodied and fairly watery.

Overall, lots of good smoke. It's a bit subdued at time and not much else except smoke. It's also a bit thin and watery.

Photo of tjthresh
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I feel like you really need to sarch for some smoke in this beer. It took me a couple to start getting it, then was kind of hammy. I wold prefer a more upfront drier smoke. Beer was opaque black. and rolled across the tounge with little CO2. I’d just like more smoke.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from the Liquor Barn in Lexington, Ky. Pours an opaque deep brown body with a one inch beige head that retains for a few minutes, eventually settling in the imperial pint glass as collar and lace. Impressive sheet lacing effect.
Aroma was smoked bacon, with some malty chocolate and coffee in the background. Smelled more like campfire smoke as it warmed.
Mouthfeel began with a medium body, but thinned out rather quickly. Carbonation seemed high for a porter, but as it subsided some nice creaminess crept in.
Taste had a more campfire smokiness than the bbq pork aroma. Roasty and toasted malts dominate all the way through, with a restrained chocolate and creamed coffee underbelly. Hop bitterness is a bit too soft and somewhat restrained.
This is a very interesting porter from the brewery that brought you Blackberry Scottish Ale and Cherry Chocolate Ale. Adventurous little Missouri brewery, and they've got a nice one here. Definitely, has a Bamberg smoked malt character that makes me want another smoked beer. This one could use a little tweaking in the hops and carbonation departments, but it's a keeper and a pleasant sipper that is an ideal compliment to any smoked meats or cheeses.

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, w/o freshness info, a gift from Pebkac after the BCTC fest this past weekend. Pours typical dark mahogany, fairly short lived dark tan head and just a smidgen of lace. Smoke is the obvious player on the nostrils. Salami and smoked ribs come to mind. Tasty enough offering, but this one could use a bit more of a malty base to make it flow more smoothly over the old tongue. Worth a try but nothing real special going on here, IMHO

Photo of warriorsoul
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to spc2005 for this one...been wanting this brew for a bit.
Black in color with the slightest of light able to pass thru...less than a half a finger of tan head with very little lacing as the head disappears.
A masterful blend of sweet malt and smoke in the nose.
Wow, the taste if more of the same...splendid smokiness to accompany the toasted malt and even some fruity hops. The smoke is the only thing to linger in the aftertaste and it is so slight, it is by no means distracting.
Mouthfeel is right in line with a porter, but somehow appears thicker with the smoked quality. A meal of a beer...carbonation is perfect.
The anticipation was well worth it...a solid brew and one I am very fortunate to try.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, small head, clear

Smell: it smells like mesquite barbeque sauce, roasted malt, and smoke

Taste: Serious roasted malt and smoke throughout-that becomes more overpowering as you drink it

Mouthfeel: medium light bodied, small carbonation, smooth, semi-sweet

Drinkability: If you like smoky beers, this one is for you. O'Fallon does not kid around with their smoke and the smoke is most dominate at the end. A very good smoked beer. I could have two or three in a sitting.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this beer. Not sure of the date on the beer, but the label says bottled in Steven's Point, Wisconsin for O'Fallon Brewery. The beer has a gray label.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and meaty smoke. The flavor is more of the same. I get some chocolate and roasted malt, but the predominant flavor is the smoke. The beer is very meaty smelling.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice dark black, not even brown... this looks amazing already. There is little to no head, but a nice little ring of foam and it seems that it's doing its fair share to make some proper lacing.

S: Classic porter smell with a nice smokey aroma, I still wonder how they named this beer.

T: Great, rich, and solid flavor, still seems one note, and doesn't really develop all that well into different aspects.

M: Fairly light for a porter, which was a positive and a negative as I like my porters slightly heavier on the pallet, but this makes it easier to drink faster and in quantities, so it depends on which aspect you are going for that night.

D: I'd say this is something that I'd be willing to drink again.. but not something I'd kill for.

Overall, interesting job on this beer, wish the flavors were a bit more complex, still good none-the-less. Best of luck in your beer findings, and as always;
Cheers.

Photo of Golden32
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of far333
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark brown colored with a thick looking foamy light brown head. Head rises up a good inch. Doesn't last long, but leaves a coating rising up a bit on the inside of the glass.

Aroma is thick and inviting, but not very smokey. More of a cocoa and coffee aroma, with some woody oak. Thick and creamy mouthfeel fills up the mouth, very full and satisifying.

Flavor is great - here comes the smoke. Smoke is right upfront, woody and thick, reminiscent of that campfire smell that sticks in your clothes after a camping trip. Not overpowering, very well-balanced with some cocoa and fine hop bitter riding beneath as well as roasty malts, rich caramel, and thick brown sugar. The smoke stays with the whole experience from the front of the tongue to the middle and into the finish and ligering aftertaste. Again, complemented the whole way through with other rich flavors.

Great beer, very drinkable - high marks there because I like porters and I could have many more of these. Thanks to Brent for passing this one along.

Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle with updated label showing the 2004 GABF Gold medal (best smoked beer).
Pours a very dark reddish-brown with a small, weak head. Lacing is nonexistent.
Aroma: rather strongly smoky such that the other dark roasted malts are nearly hidden. A hint of sweet, dark fruits.
The flavor is less smoky, but still at least medium.
Feel: medium-full body with (overly) light carbonation.
O: a rich, smoky porter that will work great with beef and other meats.

Photo of OStrungT
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with a tan head. The head looks thick and creamy. It fades very slowly leaving thick laces. It smells like roasted malts and caramel. It also smells of smoke. It tastes smokey with a roasted malt flavor. The smoke flavor is not too overwhelming like in some smoked beers. It is mild and satisfying in this beer. There are slight hints of coffee and chocolate in the flavor as well. This beer is maybe a little over carbonated, but not to the point of making it bad. It goes down smooth. It is a pretty full bodied beer. It leaves a taste of smoke on the palate. This beer is not the best session beer because the smoke flavor would grow old after a few. But it is definately a good beer, and worth a try or three.

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sycamore in Columbia, MO.

Pours black with dark ruby highlights and a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smoked malts, and lots of them. However, a good bit of roasted malt aromas get through as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Loads of smoked and roasted malt flavors up front give way to unsweetened chocolate for a split second before ending with a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I had no problem finishing the glass and could easily have a few of these.

Overall this is a very good smoked porter that drinks bigger than it's modest 6%. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of brewgetter
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pitch black liquid with a thin tan head, Looks pretty tasty. Smells smoky, peaty, Taste is a little lighter than imagined, Smokiness is defintely there but not as pronounced as the smell. It has some chocalatey tones and bit of bitter coffee. A little more sour acidity than I would like it. Carbonation is a tad rough as well. A decent porter but it didn't live up to my expectations. 5-day is definitely this breweries best usual brew.

Photo of Adkins1203
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a black dense body with no sign of carbonation visible. The head is a nice creamy cinnamon-tan color. The head last for a good while then fades to a thin film.

S- The smell of dark roast grains comes through softly followed by a nice bold smoky note. There is a hint of hop bitterness in the finish.

T- The dark rich malt has a nice dry complexity to it followed by a sharp kick of smoke flavor. It is a bit of a sour note to the smoke and it is a good wood-campfire smoke. The hop bitterness finish is dry with a hint of malt aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight creamy texture. There is no alcohol warmth or astringency in this one.

D- I don't taste all the malt complexity that it describes on the bottle and perhaps the smoke covers a lot of that up. The smoke is bold but no too strong for the malt or hops flavor. When I exhale I get a bit of stale campfire taste in my mouth but it doesn't get in the way of the flavor of the beer.

Photo of pwoods
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Pours a very deep brown, nearly black, and lets basically no light in. 1 finger of creamy light khaki head forms and has decent retention. It looks like it'd produce nice blanketing lace from the creamy head but it just doesn't stick very long.

S: Lots of smoke and smoked meats. Oily smoked meats come to mind; bacon, ham, salami. An underlying molasses peeks through.

T/M: A good porter taste up front. A bit of cola and hints of grape. Throughout is a nice smoke and meat taste, similar to the nose but more of a supporting role. Body is medium full with a great velvety smoothness.

D: Very easy to drink and a nice moderate ABV. Not quite as good as Stone's Smoked Porter, but it can definitely hold its own.

Photo of Brenden
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd never seen anything from O'Fallon before yesterday, but I grabbed one in the spirit of trying new things,and it was pretty cheap so it fit the budget. I suspected I might just be picking up a lame, crappy brew just to post another review and have something to drink. It's nice to be pleasantly surprised and end up with something good to drink.

The color is pitch black. A brown head cascades beautifully and then sits there for a time. There are several fingers to this thing initially, dense and pock-marked. I hold it up to the light and can barely tell any lighter highlights, and only on the very edges. This one's looking good. Light, spotty lacing is left on the glass.
The smell is smoke, not as heavy as I'd like but, conversely, not overpowering or unpleasant. Basically what one might expect and fairly sturdy. There is a gentle tang underlying.
The taste is where it busts loose. It's smoky, without having so much of the charred character as to be off-putting, giving way to just enough of a tanginess and, underneath, a barbecue sweetness that, again, is at just the right proportion. Malted barley is clearly evident and there's none of the acidic or astringent (in the sense of flavor) aspect that can mar this type of beer. The smoke lingers in the finish for a good, long time.
The body on this one is medium and fairly rich, not too heavy though I may like it to be a little heavier. It's got a nice creaminess to it and is pretty dry considering.

I drink about half of this and then light up my CAO Italia. Wow. If you're into cigars, this is the one to pair with.

Photo of brewQ
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This looked lke a great chance to try a new style.

It's aroma first for this brew! Just popping the cap put me in a Kansas City smokehouse mode. The smell was more than I expected- bacon and beyond.

The color was opaque black topped by a thin tan head.

Fighting my way through the smoke I picked up some nice chocolaty malts. The smoke just never let up, though.

While I like smoked salmon and many smoked cheeses, this must be an acquired taste. I believe this brew would make a good sauce for baking your Thanksgiving turkey.

I could not likely consume a lot of these in one sitting but a nice special brew.

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Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.