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Smoked Porter - O'Fallon Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

465 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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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Photo of Pillowburn
1/5  rDev -74.1%

Photo of MaillardRx
1.13/5  rDev -70.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Yuck.

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.

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.]

Photo of matjack85
1.75/5  rDev -54.7%

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.

Photo of Allurex
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of bobhits
2.13/5  rDev -44.8%
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.

Photo of WeisGuy
2.17/5  rDev -43.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Rdstarr
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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.

Photo of jmunsters
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
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?

Photo of Anthony1
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
2.78/5  rDev -28%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Photo of sonicdescent
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of emerge077
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of crossovert
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of threedaggers
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of vader06
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of dalepryor
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of woogie359
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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