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Smoked Porter - O'Fallon Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

462 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 36
Gots: 16 | 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 Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with some white head. Smoke and some wood in aroma. Significant though conservative smokiness, some peat and tabacco. Very quaffable porter, with a sourish finish. Some malt offset. This would be a regular if available here. Medium mouthfeel.

Sammy, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

t0rin0, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only faint traces of red are visible near the corner of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high light tan head that died down ,leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has moderate aromas of smoked peat are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of smoked peat along with slight hints of molasses.
M: It feels light-to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is not your average smoked parter—it has a strong amount of smoked peat in the aromas akin to something you would expect from a stronger stout.

metter98, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with a rocky beige head that retains fairly well and leaves the occasional shard of lace

Smell: Roasty and smoked jerky tones intermingle

Taste: Opens with a roasty flavor that is quickly joined by the jerky; a bit fruity at mid-palate; after the stone fruit flavor builds, along with a touch of sourness, but as the flavor fades into the finish the smoky tones linger

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not bad but truly a second class citizen compared to the Stone's and Alaskan's of the world

brentk56, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, rubescent chestnut with considerable reddish amber accents. The beer is opaque, although bright sunlight makes a valiant effort to make it all the way through the glass. Up above is a compact cap of lightly toasted ecru foam that has a featureless surface, which usually indicates a softness that does not bode well for lacing. Very little sticks in the end.

Wow, smoked is right! This baby comes pretty close to the smokiness of the Schlenkerla line of beers and is more like a raunchy rauchbier than any smoked porter that I've ever had. Smoke 'em if you've got 'em is what I always say and O'Fallon has done just that. The beer smells more like hickory-smoked meat than anything else and smells less like a porter than it probably should. Since almost no beerness is evident, the score will have to be a grudging compromise.

This is delicious beer. Again though, comparisons to smoke-cured meat just cannot be ignored. If that sounds disgusting to you, put the bottle down and move along to something a little less adventurous. Smoke permeates the flavor profile, but it does fade enough by the second half of the mouthful to allow some semblance of roasted maltiness to peek through.

I do pick up some smoked, sweet chocolate to go along with the smoked barley, but it's a minor player. There's also a hint of smoked bitter hops on the smoke-filled finish (get the idea?). The body is a minor letdown in that it's no bigger than light-medium.

I knew nothing about Smoked Porter before plucking it off the shelf, but I'm always up for a good smoked beer. This is definitely a good smoked beer, albeit one that would benefit from a touch more malt to fill out the body. A solid effort that makes me curious about the rest of the O'Fallon line.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good example of what a smoke beer should be. It has solid qualities of the base beer (Porter), with contributing smoke character which compliments the beer without overpowering it. The porter characteristics are heivily toasted, chocolatey, and malty with coffee tones. The smoke adds another level of complexity without offending. A good balance to a good beer. The body gives way a touch into the body and finish. Doesn't hold as firm as I would have hoped. Nevertheless, worth a try.

BEERchitect, Oct 07, 2005
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.

GRG1313, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

jaydoc, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Nothing like enjoying some fine tunes and brews before rocking into Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (classic). One of those brews (this one, if you couldn't get that) pours a dark ruby-tinted black-brown topped by a half-finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, light coffee, and a very mild bit of hickory smoke. The taste comes across very similarly, with the smoke a bit (a very small bit) more robust, the chocolate less powdery, and a touch of molasses added for good measure. The body is a stolid medium, with a slightly-light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, strictly as a porter, this was pretty good. I will say, though, as a smoked porter it's a disappointment. The smoke is far too subdued, especially considering the plethora of complimentary characteristics surrounding it. Frankly, for something labeled as "Smoke", I was disappointed with such a relative lack thereof, but it's still a good porter on its own.

TMoney2591, Apr 06, 2011
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.

emerge077, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

zeff80, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

mine had a different label, and said made in stevens point, WI, which might be another location or something, very little info online about this. however, i enjoyed this it st. louis as a local beer. hmmmm. anyways, it smells like a campfire. almost rauchbier heavy on the smoke, very earthy and malty, but somewhat less roasty and coffee/chocolatey as i expect a porter to be. flavor is totally owned by the smoke, which is a good thing. nice sweeter english style malts back it up, but again there is this strange absence of dark beer flavors. its somewhat more like a smokey amber or something, rather than a true porter. feel is a little too light in the body for me, felt watery a bit, due to lack of carbonation. with a better feel this could be really outstanding. the flavor is great, but it also isnt a porter in my mind, not enough of the dark rosted malts to qualify. overall a pretty good style jumper. worth a try.

StonedTrippin, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours mostly black with 2 fingers of foamy mocha colored head. Retains with a ½ finger of rich froth that leaves a good looking cascade of foamy lace behind. Smoked malts just dominate the aroma here, giving this an almost fried bologna smell at times. Some lighter notes of roast and chocolate sit underneath all of that heavy smoke, along with a touch of citric hops.

More of the Porterish flavors come out immediately in the taste, with notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and citrus all being prevalent. The smoke is more subtle, coming out mostly in a meaty bloom, lingering long in the finish, along with some leftover sweetness. I'm also getting a bit of a tart fruity taste that feels a touch out of place. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bubbly carbonation to it and then a much silkier feel underneath. Pretty easy feeling in the mouth overall.

This was pretty much a tale of two Smoked Porters, with that smoky character being very strong in the aroma but a little lesser so in the taste. I would have personally preferred a bit more in the taste myself but this was still a nice balance between the two profiles.

Kegatron, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thin light tan head. Nose is like a rauch. Smoked and like smoked meats. Flavor is like a good porter/rauch hybrid. There's the smoke, there's the meat, there's the well balanced porter backbone. A good mix, a good balance, and a unique flavor profile. Carbonation is vibrant and slightly biting. Good liquid feel. Nice to drink. A well done marriage of styles and character.

Thanks to hwwty4 for this one.

RblWthACoz, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcompton for this trade. Poured cold into a snifter.

A - Black as sin, utterly pitch, piano black w/ a swell of very light tan that becomes a ring around the glass consisting of a tight bead

S - A smell like your campfire in summer, filled w/ dry woody and hints of sap w/ a slight bacon like smoked aroma hinting at hickory

M - A bit on the dry side w/ toasty malt, full carbonation, bark like texture w/ a lot of acrid smoked tinges and very mild malt in the feel, yet slightly creamy

T - About the smokiest flavor in a beer I think I have had including Rogue smoke and Schenkerla rauchbier. A bit out of balance, but that's ok - the flavor is very tasty, not overly charred. There is a decent dark malt porter flavor w/ chocolate accents here, but the smoke won't give way it hovers and has a bit of sharp flavor w/ a smokey and ashey quality. There are tinges of charred malt w/ burned toast and creamy notes too. The porter has a subtle sweet finish.

D - A fine smoked porter w/ enough roasted malt and creamy subtlety , but still the most smoke in a beer I have tasted. I found this very drinkable, but may be harsh to some who are not fond of smoked flavor. Great smoked Porter from O'fallon- thanks again jcompton

Slatetank, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany with with 2 fingers of tan head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Smokeyness (oak & beechwood)

T: Smoke, grainyness, caramel & coccoa up front. Herbal hops, iron & baker's chocolate as this warms. Finishes with chocolate, dryness, & roasted grains, plus warmth

MF: Medium bodied, oily, rich with moderate carbonation

Easy drinking porter, smoke shows enough restraint to almost session on

Cheers to BARLEYWINEO for this 12oz goodness

russpowell, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Half-finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar and minimal lace. Very dark brown body with some raisin transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - A mix of caramel, chocolate buttercreams, smoke, roasted malts. Fairly restrained smokiness actually, with more sweetness than I typically expect from a smoked porter. Perhaps a tad buttery, but it isn't offensive. Gets increasingly hammy as it warms up.

T - Taste is a bit more smoked and meaty, with notes of coffee, roast, and light char in the back end. Perhaps a touch of dark chocolate and bread as well, with significantly less sweetness to it although a bit more comes out as it warms.

M - Mildly roasty texture, but with some creaminess to it as well. Medium-low carbonation, medium body. No alcohol presence, and mild lingering smokiness on the palate.

D - I enjoyed this, as it wasn't overpoweringly smoked and had some nice balance and depth to it. There's a hint of a diacetyl that might bother some, but I wasn't particularly bothered. Probably wouldn't have more than one in a session, but a beer I'd drink again.

MasterSki, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 31, 2006
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.

Mora2000, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date indicated.

Poured almost pitch black with a large tan head that soon descended to a thin layer. It left some lacing.

The smell was smoky - hints of hickory and meat - similar to - but not nearly as strong as - a rauchbier.

The taste was of smoked wood. Other flavors, such as a hint of fruitiness, were present, but a bit thin, so were overpowered somewhat by the smokiness. Still, the taste wasn't bad at all.

It was a bit thinner than I expected. Some smokiness lingered. It's better with smoked food than alone.

It was smooth - easy to drink - but, would have liked it to have more porterish flavors to accompany the smokiness. If it were available in my area, I would probably get it once in a while to accompany a meal with smoked meat/fish.

Thanks to bditty for this one!

jwc215, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beers pours a deep thick, opaque black color, and is topped by a creamy brown head. The aroma is unmistakably smoked, it has rich notes of smoke, underlying it there are notes of coffee, and roasted grain. Actually the smoke pretty much dominates the aroma. The taste is surprisingly light considering I was expecting something more like Alaskan's smoked porter. The taste is lightly sweet, with an infused smokiness that dominates every corner of this beer. As this beer warms up and my palate becomes smoke saturated, it starts to pick up a bit more complexity, with notes of coffee, wood, and caramel. This is fairly tasty, though it is quite one dimensional, it really needs a bit more of a malty background. Basically this is like the little brother of Alaskan's smoked porter. Definitely good, and fairly light.

Gueuzedude, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +3.6%

imperialking, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color that is almost black with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger tan head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smokey aroma with lots of roasted malt. Hints of chocolate, toffee, coffee and faint hops.

Very nice smokey flavor and medium body. Bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt toast,toasted malt, caramel and toffee. Smooth with a silkiness up front that is followed by the prominent smokiness that lingers into a dry finish.

corby112, Dec 08, 2009
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

Billolick, Aug 04, 2008
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Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.