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Smoked Porter - O'Fallon Brewery

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471 Ratings

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 41
Gots: 20 | 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:
Beer added by: maxpower on 12-26-2002

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
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of RBorsato
4.89/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black with ruby edges and a decent light brown head. Nice peat smoked aroma and flavor with peat standing out nicely over a roasted malt and chocolate base. Medium bodied (leans a touch to the light side) and smooth with a long smoky finish.

Fairly strong smoke compared to most ... about as strong as some advertised Rauchbiers.

Per Label: 2004 GABF - Gold - Best Smoked Beer in America

Per O'F website: 63% German smoked malt.

($2.69 / 22 oz.)

Photo of blakesell
4.89/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Belgian chalice.

Appearance- Beer pours nearly solid black but when held to the light it has just the hint of reddish hues around the edges. Head is hardly present at all, a fingernail thin, but quickly dissipates to tiny specks of carbonation. Lacing on the sides are suprisingly thick.

Smell- Liquid smoke with a malty roast background. Very little outside the smoke but dilligence on the smelling reveals toasted wheat bread and french roast coffee. Hops are also present but hardly noticable.

Taste- Wow. This is quite a suprise for a cheapy 12oz bottle I bought in Newport, KY. Thick lingering smoke with a big malty chocolate backbone. Roasty and light in the finish. Hops are a perfect balance of bittering, not too much at all. Wonderfully balanced with the smoke here.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with suprisingly moderate carbonation. The carbonation is hardly visible, but is present on the palate.

Drinkability- Once again, this beer shines overall in it's drinkability. If I find this again, which I may in my travels, I will be sure to pick up a 6pk of this. It has just about everything that you need for a perfect smoked porter. I would say this beer even rivals Stone and would give Alaskan a run for it's money.

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4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

O'Fallon Smoke
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, praised 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured black with mahogony highlights with an average light brown creamy mostly diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate roasted coffee and smoked jerkey.

Taste was upfront strong bitter smoked meat taste accompanied with a light dark chocolate taste followed by a moderate bitter dark coffee bite that lingers. Mouthfeel was light to medium, oily and coating with a watery dry finish, lively to soft carbonation, with a light astringent feel.

Overall, all aspects are strong enough AND balanced. It could perhaps use a bit more mouth weight (for cold winter nights), but then that could throw off the balance. Definately happy with this beer as it is. It reminds me of summer time barbecues and campfires, and wintertime fireplace sessions. A classic.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful. Rich dark dark brown with mahogany glow. Large 2-fingered froth collapses to beer meringue. Lace dissolves as fast as the lace on a Victoria's Secret model in a 14 year old's bedroom. This is really perfect; this is just a dynamite beer -- dyn-O-mite! There's a little country farm smell to it. Then the malts heavy pet the tongue, the smoke blows hop bitterness throughout and seems to evaporate just before an excessive climax. It leaves me wanting more, dontcha know! The creamy mouthfeel serves to spread chocolate nutella all over. yummers

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of alphagnome
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: God himself couldn't create a better looking beer. Poured pitch black with an off-white, half inch head that eventually faded to a pencil thin head that lasted til the last sip. Enjoyed in a nonic glass, no light could penetrate thie brew. Flashlight tested.

S: The aroma of this smoked porter is subtle, but incredible. The smoked nature of it is the first thing that hits you. Dig a bit deeper and your are rewarded with a satisfying roasted coffee and chocolate arrangement and some malty goodness. I seriously could no stop smelling this.

T: This is an incredibly balanced brew that makes me want fire up a smoker and cook some ribs. Roasted malt and hops with chocolate undertones and a satisfying smoky finish. If you happen to have a bad memory, you could be convinced you enjoyed some amazing smoked meat previously.

M: You're tricked into thinking this will be a heavy beer, but it's not. Medium body. Smooth. Creamy. It doesn't get much simpler than that!

D: For as heavy as it may look, it's incredibly easy to drink and satisfying at that. I've had smoked beers before and they did nothing for me, in fact, I had made up my mind before drinking it that I probably wouldn't like it. I couldn't of been more wrong! I can't wait to fire up my smoker this summer and enjoy this beer next time I smoke a rack of ribs!

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4.61/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured this American smoked Porter from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Not sure why I have waited to try this for so long, here it goes....

Porter pours a pitch black color, produces a nice tan head, nice retention and it leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of roasted barley, smoked meat, nuts and do i dare say coffee beans? Medium bodied, the first thing that I detect is how smooth and creamy this ale is- High marks for mouthfeel. Foundation of smoked grain, roasted malt, dark coffee, subtle sweet molasses and spices. One of my first "Smoked Beers" I have sampled, and I am a fan. If you enjoy American Porters, this should be on your most wanted list...

Why did I wait so long?

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4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this beer with me. It pours a black color with a finger of head that falls to very healthily coat the beer. The nose is divine. The smoke is sweet, with a really nice coffee malt in the back of it. I like it. The flavor is also very good. The smoke and the bitter coffe flavors marry so well together. So good. Reminds me a lot of the AK smoked. The feel is nice and thick. Drinkability is huge. This is easily a session smoked beer. Big A+. Well worth a look.

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

Smoked indeed! Aroma has firm tones of burnt fragrant wood and quality roast coffee, with more than a hint of molasses but no sweetness. It pours just a whisker this side of black with a thick and fairly persistent beige head. Mouth-filling flavor is smoky, mainly high-quality roast coffee with a touch of burnt wood and an undertone of molasses with a sweet hint. There is also a whisper of caramel. Smooth flavor is quite fizzy and lively, leaving behind a strong and pleasant tingle. Recommended.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- The head frothed to about a fingers width, color of brown sugar. The body is completely black. It looks damn fine for a porter. The head was a little disappointing, but this body is something else!

Smell- Yep, that is awesome. There is a huge blast of rye toast with butter, some caramel, and then under that is the smoke note. Reminds me of smoked bacon and beech wood. Holy cow!

Taste- The flavor profiles are not quite as complex as what was on the nose, but I can't say that is much of a knock. This still tastes really good. The smoked quality of the beer is not the headliner. It is that really good buttery, rye toast from the nose.

Into mid-drink the sweet bacon starts to come through with some brown sugar quality as well. The finish carries some roasted char and bonfire smoke with a little of that sweet malt that rides all the way through.

Mouth feel- The drink is just above average. There is a definite slick quality to it that makes it easy to drink. This could be creamier, but I am not sure I would want it to be that way. For a smoke, you also expect this one to finish a little drier than it does.

Overall- The buttery-sweet nature of this beer that is a porter first with smoke qualities make it quite a delight to drink. The palate could be a little more complex like the nose, but regardless, this is a damn good beer.

Photo of DannyDan
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. A dark brown porter with a nice tan head that has great retention and lacing. Avery nice beer to look at.
A. The smell is smoke, chocolate, hickory, tobacco.
T. The taste is a smoke flavor with some hops, followed by some chocolate, than some molasses, some chalkiness, followed by some milk chocolate leaving it a well balanced taste that leaves little bitterness.
M. A very very nice creamy feel. This is one of the creamiest beers I've had. Feels like the brew is melting in my mouth.
D. With a beer that tastes this good and with its great creamy mouthfeel how can you go wrong with this? I highly recommend trying this beer.

Photo of Todd
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

L: Pours a deep brown/black color with a small tan colored head that laces to a light film on top of the beer.
S: Deep roasted malts, chocolate malts, some vinous aromas, and a hint of smoke at the end.
T: Deep roasted malt, caramelized malt, hints of chocolate, and a nice light smokey finish. Really nice clean and roasty after taste.
M: Lighter than it looks, crisp, good amount of carbonation, maybe a tad less would be perfect.
D: Very drinkable, this is an outstanding smoked porter.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.