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Smoked Porter - O'Fallon Brewery

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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348 Reviews

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Reviews: 348
Hads: 492
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 50
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of MaillardRx
1.15/5  rDev -70.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1


A: Dark, no lacing, minimal head, very unflattering

S: Smokey, smells like barbecue potato chips

T: Repugnant, it tastes like liquid smoke

M: Nothing much here, almost flat

O: I never thought I would find myself saying I regret drinking a beer, but alas here we are. I felt sick to my stomach afterward. Maybe I got a terrible batch, as others seem to like it, but this was a violent assault on my taste buds, and later, my GI tract.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.68/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle split and poured into a Piraat tulip. 2719 printed on the neck.

Thanks to my cousin Dan for sharing this.

A - The tall pour is black but clear with small specks of lace around the thin, light tan head. No retention makes it not much to look at.

S - Absolutely no smoke in the aroma, the thin nose has a hint of roasted malts and a pinch of aceteldahyde apple. There is nothing going on here otherwise! Certainly not smoke.

T - The flavor closely mimics the aroma with an aceteldahyde apple flavor with a tiny pinch of roasted malts that are almost non-existent. No freaking smoke flavor either.

M - Smoke (or so they call it) is thin in the mouth and light-bodied with an appleskin tart bitterness and chalky dryness to the finish.

D - I sure hope this bottle is bad (which based on the reviews, it is). How could it possibly win a GABF gold otherwise? Drain-pour. Not worth drinking.

[Note: If the 2719 on the neck indicates that it's a Julian date, that would put it right around October of 2009 making it consumed within a reasonable amount of time with it being refrigerated. I'd like to get another bottle and hope for it to be good though.]

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Photo of GRG1313
1.98/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours dense black with a thick, full and firm rich pillowy head that looks like a chocolate malt.

Super light nose - almost non-existent; a mere hint of chocolate or maybe a hint of light red fruit.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. No balance; no character; no body. Light carbonation.
Flavors are thin, weak and watery. In fact, it tastes a bit like coffee rinse water. No bad; just tastes like coffee water.

This bottle is purportedly from 2010. Hard to believe that a relatively new beer, identified as a porter could be so thin and weak. I'd try again just to confirm; perhaps the next batch will improve.

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Photo of bobhits
2.17/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Burnt malt, chocolate, over putting sweet sour aromoa (smoke?).

Thick head to start quickly goes away, pitch black, bit of lacing.

sweet malt, not really distict. Some burnt flavors, kinda sour flavor mixed in there. Not really smokey flavor. Just kinda a sourt, sweet flavor to finish. Some floral hops in there that I think are playing a role in this sour flavor now that I am picking up on them.

Pretty good mouth feel, smooth enough, carbonated enough, just about the right thickness.

Drinkable yes...a beer I want to drink? No.

I don't dislike this beer. The thing is it's just a really blah porter. I'm not going to give this beer the 3 point it's black score bonus.

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Photo of WeisGuy
2.19/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle from Oliver T's in Grand Blanc

Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a very light tan head that stick around only on the edges. Smell is the first sign that something is not quite right. Strong diacetyl and smoke notes about - the buttered popcorn aroma just overtakes everything. The flavor is once again dominated by diacetyl with the buttered popcorn flavor being complemented by some smoked malt and ham flavors. There is an earthiness in the flavor as well. Alcohol isn't all that noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with lower end carbonation and not much by way of alcohol warming. I split this bottle with 2 friends and I don't think any of us finished our pours, if that's any indication of drinkability. Really just not very good stuff. I'd be willing to try another bottle at some point to see if this was just a bad bottle.

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Photo of colts9016
2.2/5  rDev -43%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Got this bottle from Mandy, thank you. I crack the bottle open after it was sitting for about 35 minutes and it blew up on me. I wonder if it is going to effect the review.

Pour into a pint glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: The beer has a jet black color. There was a one finger foamy bubbly head that flatten immediately. There is no clarity to the beer.

Nose: A rich dense smoked aroma, with some roasted malt, it smell like a deep pit barbecue with ribs That deep pit aroma with the meaty smell dominates to where I cant distinguish any other aromas.

Taste: A rich dense smoke flavor with roasted malt, burnt character, and espresso. There are subtle hints of chocolate and meat.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated. The body of the beer is medium and finish lingers for a long while. This beer is something special, holy cow. This beer taste just like a deep pit barbecue with goat. All I need is some barbecue sauce and I would be set. This beer is way too smokey, there is no balance in the beer. I really couldn't tell if this was a porter or smoked goat. Didn't like it, I poured it down the drain. All the other Smoked porters that I have tried had balance and was rather pleasant.

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Photo of winomark
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark chocolate color with a small creamy head and good bubbles.

Aroma: Quite smoky/peaty notes. Coffee and chocolate aromas also present.

Taste: Wxplosive burnt/smoked malt all over the palate. Again, chocolate and coffee, with a hoppy balance in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Coating mouthfeel, with a smooth, rich finish.

Drinkability: By no means my style of beer, but a noble effort from a tiny brewery. Doubt I would try again unless I learn to like smoked beers more.

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Photo of jmunsters
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass

A - Moderate pour turns a deep brown with a very thin head that quickly dissipates to nothing.

S - Roasted malts, artificial smoke flavoring.

T - Tame roasted malts give way to an light smoke. Smoke like a bad artificial flavoring.

M - Smooth, light carbonation. Easily the best attribute.

O - I was oversold when I asked for a "good Rausch" and was recommended this. The "smoke" here isn't much beyond what I would expect from any Porter. Besides that, it tastes incredibly artificial. A misnomer of a beer for sure. Maybe it took a bad ride on it's way to MI?

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Photo of Anthony1
2.77/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours out a thick black color with a foamy tan head. Nice lacing.

S - It smelled toasty and smoke-like. There was also a malty and chocolate aroma.

T - It had a wood-like taste, like from a barbeque. It also reminded me a little of a cigar. Very interesting.

M - Soft and creamy. It is heavy-bodied.

D - It is very different from any other beer I've tried and it was pretty good.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Seems black to me. Thin fluffy light brown head. Lace is adequate. Aroma is pretty thick. Muddy, burnt, roasty and slightly chocolatey. Kind of sludgey in the mouth. Muddy taste to it. Dark, bitter roast and bitter chocolate too. Smoke is not that noticeable....on the nose or palate. There's a lingering astringency that just doesn't fit. The mouthfeel is light and a little too carbonated. It has an airy, slightly fizzy feel to it that gives me too many burps. This comes nowhere near the air that Alaskan and Stone walk on with their smoked porters.

Thanks MJR. This one deepens my appreciation for the truly great Smoked Porters.

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Photo of gabotion
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very disappointed with this one. The smoke felt way off. Almost like the smoke came from old bark. Bitter and acrid. Not sure how the beer I drank got 100 from the bros.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Opaque black. Mud brown head that quickly dissapears and leaves my beer looking sorrowfull. Tear.

Smells like a campfire.

Hickory smoke with mild roast hints. How 'bout some porter with that smoke? No really, where's the porter? Mouthfeel is overcarbonated, medicinal ugh.

Not a fan.

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Photo of sonicdescent
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown with some noticeable highlights. a decent head disappates into a crown with some fractals, no lacing.

Smells of liquid smoke over chocolate. Maybe some coffee there? The smoke is strong.

Smoke is also strong in the taste, perhaps a bit too much. The smoke overwhelms almost any other flavor, this is like drinking liquid beef jerky..or liquid smoke.

Mouth is relatively thin with medium carbonation.

As far as smoked beers go, Stone and East End are tops of the class. This isn't quite up there.

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Photo of emerge077
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Brewed in Stevens Point WI (all bottled beers are contracted there now). "1781" Julian date printed on the neck. Single bottle from Binnys in Arlington Heights.

Served in a small footed goblet. Initial head that rises a half inch or so, then fades to a broken ring around the edge. Mahogany color when poured, appears black in the glass.

Smells like toasted grain and butterscotch, slight vanilla. Where's the smoke?
I remember this smelling like a campfire last time.

Slightly acrid, somewhat astringent. Very bitter, oddly so as I don't remember it being this bitter. Watery and bitter woody tannins, wet tobacco leaf and molasses. Some smoke creeps through, but overall, it's off somehow. Smoky, bitter, tannic, roasty. Diacetyl seems to be creeping in with telltale butterscotch notes.

Seems like a possible infection, as it seems like a shell of its former self.

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Photo of crossovert
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

So apparently this brewery moved to Steven's Point, WI? Must be contract brewed?

12 oz. twist-off brown bottle.

It struggles to form a head as it pours a dark brown/black. The head quickly fizzes away with no lacing.

It smells like an old fireplace along with some brown sugar.

The taste is perhaps a bit pedestrian. It has a smoky wood flavor, but the roastiness/smokiness isn't at the forefront. Rather, it is a lightly fruity, very light porter flavor. It doesn't have much body as it is rather thin.

It is just a beer that is lost, there are better smoked porters out there.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a dark brown body, head fades to a still glass.
Aroma gives the smoke away, it is appealing and not overwhelming at all like i expected honestly.
The flavors are heavy on roasted malts that give a good amount of smoke notes, some spices, burnt apple wood, and bitter chocolate.
Mouthfeel is thin and dry.

i was expecting a bad beer, but i got something average and drinkable.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this from my Secret Santa! Thanks!

Pours near black with a 1 finger tan head, fading to film leaving a spot of lacing or two.

Aroma opens up with campfire smoke and burnt toast. A bit of dark chocolate to balance it out. Taste follows with some semi-sweet chocolate and roasted bitterness balancing a moderate level of smoke.

Smoke is medium-thin bodied with moderate to low carbonation, which works more or less for the flavor profile and helps drinkability.

I'm not really a fan of smoked beers, but this one wasn't too awful. It wasn't horribly smoky or terribly unbalanced or biased towards the smoke flavors, it actually had redeeming porter characteristics. I tolerated it.

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Photo of malty
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A forceful pours reveals a dark brown with ruby edges color and a sturdy 1 1/2" beige head that sits very still. Good lacing.

What a roasted & smoky nose! Great balance of charred wood and dark roasted malts. Dark chocolate notes are prevalent as well. Very fresh and blossoming scents.

A thin taste of roasted malts and dark bitter chocolate. Definite smoke flavor makes its appearance midway through, but doesn't stick around long. There's a funny plastic taste that I can't get away from though - like it was aged in a milk gallon jug or something (?).

Mouthfeel was a bit thin and on the lighter side of medium bodied.
Not a lot of flavor is present towards the somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability for me is 'one and done'. Although the light(er) body and a safe amount of smoke flavor could add to its appeal.

Not to impressed with this, but not under whelmed either. I'm glad I tried it, but I probably wouldn't buy it ever again.

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Photo of bruachan
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

nice deep brown color. garnet highlights peek but the head isn't any better than that of a root beer

highly-kilned backbone, molasses, even a little coffee (? or am i now completely unable to separate the aromas of coffee from those of an uncoffeed porter?). the smoke aroma is more subdued than i expected; a beer advertised as a "smoke" beer should, it seems, be undeniably smoky, whereas this one could be a porter that happens to be smoky as well. the effect is less of smoke than campfire char. that is, it smells more like something that itself might be smoky

a touch more smoke character here in the flavor than in the aroma (does smoke have a taste?). the mouthfeel is very weak, and something tastes (and feels) metallic. assertive hops but malt sweetness is really lacking

my bottles say they're brewed in WI. MO isn't close enough to chicago to distribute there without a satellite brewery?

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Solid brown body, with glimmers of red at the foot at peeking out the sides. Big brown head, settles soon to a slimness.

Aroma wafts out and spills into the air, but on closer inspection, it's not as deep as the better smoked beers I've countered. Smokey, yeah, a little...with some espresso/ cocoa notes below.

Taste: smokey taste at the top, then thinning. Chocolate malts, lightly roasty. Very little finish, very poor showing in the body, very small texture. Doesn't taste bad, but it's meager in flavor for a porter, and fails further compared to any smoked variety.

Not bad, just blase'. Ho hum.

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Photo of Cresant
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a becker. A heavy pour created over three fingers of creamy tan head. The body is dark brown/ruby in color and no light shines through. No date on the bottle, but I have had this for more than six months.

Smell was lightly smoky. Chocolate. Mild.

Taste was toasted malts. There was a lingering pleasant bitterness. This one demonstrated a well balanced gentle tanginess I expect from a good porter.

Mouthfeel was medium to thin. The carbonation level was mild to medium. Seems to be a solid porter, although not too complex. Although this one may be a tad elderly.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark mahogany with a deep ruby brown hue on the edge. Above average sized, creamy, frothy, toasted marshmallow colored head. Average retention settling into a nice layer of lace.

S - Mostly porter aroma, but there is a definite smoked/hickory aroma. Roasted malt with a touch of coffee. A good amount of earth and a touch of nuttiness. Some smoked/hickory meat aroma also comes out a touch, but nothing like a rauchbier.

T - Thin roasted malt with some chocolate malt and hints of stale coffee. A touch of earthy flavors as well. Underlying peaty and a slight hickory smoked meat flavor that comes out a bit more on the finish.

M - Lighter body with average carbonation. Thin and slick feel with a flavor that coats and sticks to the mouth.

D - Not exactly what I would reach for again. The mouthfeel and body just don't quite match with the flavors. Also the smokiness just doesn't seem right, either I want more or less.

Notes: I could use a bit more smokiness and a fuller, creamier body. It wasn't bad or a drain pour, rather just not inspiring and lacking anything to really draw me in.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark brown or extremely dark ruby color with some burnt orange and burnt yellow highlights at the bottom. Tan head that didn't have much retention or girth. A bit of lacing was left on the glass.

Smell - There is some smoke to it. The smoke, however doesn't seem to be balanced very well with the roasted malt. The smoke almost smells like buttermilk. Chocolate aromas seem to be hidden in the background also. Had to really search for hints of dark fruit.

Taste - The taste seems to be a bit more balanced, but the smoke is again the dominating factor. No real bitterness in the flavor. Some chocolate malt and an earthy tone.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Smooth. Leaves a bit on the palate. A bit of an oily finish. No bitterness left on the tongue either. Fairly creamy also.

Drinkability - I'm guessing this was smoked with Peat. Could be wrong, but with the buttermilk type aroma and the earthy taste, it seems to fit the bill. This beer was just ok for me. It was good, but not outstanding. Didn't seeem well balanced in the aroama or the taste. I could have a few, but not too many. I hate to score this too low because I do love Porters. I say it's above average for the style.

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Photo of supercolter
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was a very different beer and difficult to compare, as it doesn't seem necessarily fair to compare the style to typical american porters.
Lack luster appearance. Can see the smoky texture inside.
Smell and taste are similar. Just smoke and nuts. Thats all I can pick up.
Mouthfeel is on par with where it should be.
Drinkability is average.

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Photo of Buebie
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtrockchalk for this bottle.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. The lable is different from the one on file here on BA.

Poured into a snifter, revealing a dark black color that turns a brownish ruby at the edges of the glass when held to light.
3 finger off white head...this one will wait around all day long.
A solid layer of retention that does not go down. Thin spotty streaks of lace.

Aroma is a leathery charred smokey wood smell. Also smells like mud, wet paper grocery bags, hints of a spice, nutmegg or cinnemon? Malty chocaolate grains, sulfer.

Thin and mildly carbonated up front with a watery mouthfeel.
Tastes like wet carboard would smell. Smoke, obviously, but a well balanced smokieness that allows others flavors to still come through.
Finish is dry and smoky.

I didnt care for it, but for the style its a terrific representation. The smoke does not overwhelm the other flavors.

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Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.