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Smoked Porter - O'Fallon Brewery

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347 Reviews

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Reviews: 347
Hads: 489
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 50
Gots: 24 | 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 Tone
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong smoke (reminiscent of a wood fire:) ), hops, pale malt, slight roasted malt, and hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Porter but, wood :) fit into the smoked beer category better. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong smoke, pale malt, hint of hops, hint of sweet malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of metallic flavor. Overall, the body is mostly smoke first, then nothing else arises. The aroma is amazing though, and in itself would make this worth a try. I wish the body could more closely match the aroma.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of O'Fallon's Smoked Porter yesterday for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for something smokey tonight so I thought I would give this beer a chance, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's clean and well done, it's also nice to know this has won a gold medal. It poured a dark black color that had a really slight dark ruby hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of darker tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded to nothing and left no lacing. This beer isn't that impressive looking, it needs better head and retention, it's an average looking Porter.

S- The aroma starts off with some dark malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and a medium amount of roast to them, they impart some roasted, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, and coffee aromas that seem to stick out the most. The malts are followed by a lighter amount of medium smoke that melds nicely with the roasted malts and it provides good balance to the aroma. Towards the end I get a little more coffee and chocolate, along with a slight amount of vanilla and butterscotch. I really like the aroma of this beer, it's really nice and it has great balance.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma and it starts off with a large amount of roasted malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and impart all those nice aspects that I got in the aroma with the chocolate and coffee still sticking out the most. Next comes a light amount of medium smoke that impart some smokey and woody flavors that slightly resemble mesquite, just as they did in the aroma the smoke and malt flavors blend together nicely with neither one being overpowering. Towards the end I get a little more roasted flavors followed by a lighter amount of medium bitterness that is a little too bitter at first but it mellows out nicely once it starts to warm and it had roasted and chocolate like aftertaste with just a little bit of smokiness to it. This is a good tasting Smoked Porter, and it had some great balance and good complexity to it, while not overdoing it on the smoke.

M- Pretty smooth, a little creamy, slightly dry, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't bad, but it did feel a little on the thin side.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and a good example of a Smoked Porter, both the Porter and the smoke aspects were noticeable while being nicely balanced. This beer had good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth for a smoked beer and I could see having one or two of these with some bbq ribs. What I liked most about this beer was the great balance it had and the awesome aroma, they made this beer pretty good. What I liked least about this beer was the appearance and the mouthfeel, they were both a little rough around the edges and could use some work. I would buy this beer again when looking for a smoked beer that it not too smokey, it was nicely priced, and I recommend this is as a good smoked beer for beginners. This is the third beer I have had from O'Fallon, I wasn't a big fan of their Cherry Chocolate Beer, but I liked their Black Hemp and I also liked this beer, I'll be looking for more beers from them, good job guys, this is a good and solid Smoker Porter.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown in color. Mildly translucent. Forms a smallish almost tan colored head that sticks around for a bit. Very light lacing. Aroma is unsurprisingly dominated by the scent of smoke with notes of heavily roasted malts, burnt coffee, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is much of the same. Mildly sweet dark malts, smoke, roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla, and a dry campfire astringency on the finish. On the heavier side of medium in body with lighter carbonation. Mild bitterness. Overall a good beer that improved greatly as it warmed.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very uneven brew.

It's opaque with very little head. It smells good and smokey, but it is over the top and smells a little like cheese (I never smelled that in a beer before).

The taste completely works. It's like a rauch beer, but with an ale yeast. A very interesting taste. The aftertaste works the same way.

Being fairly inexpensive, it is a good value, and given its' uniqueness, I recommend the beer and intend to buy it again.

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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 secondtooth
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black, with ruby undertones upon pouring. Sturdy head of tan bubbles. Limited lace, though.

Aroma is, unsurprisingly, smoky. I get hints of molasses and mesquite in there. Complex, authentic, and appealing!

Taste is definitely wood-smoky. This one sweetens and mellows as it warms a bit. Quite tasty, distinctive, and recommended.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this at the local liquor store: pick your sixer. Bottle is undated or marked.

A - Beer poured from brown 12oz bottle to a pint glass. The beer pours a deep dark brown/black color with dark amber brown edges. Nice 1.5 finger tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

S - A hint of coffee and a pleasant campfire wood smell! Not overpowering as so many smoked beers are. Gentle and nice. Better than average.

T - Similar to the nose though the smoke is more prevalent immediately and stronger than the nose. Mild bitterness. Some roasted malt character. The smoke really starts to dominate the palette throughout. Finishes crisp and smokey. Half way through the glass I had enough.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. A little syruppy.

O - A little much for me. Smoke, and not much else.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-20-2011 18:53:34

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

thanks aguirre for this!

12oz bottle into celebrator glass

A - dark brown to black with red tint to it. finger thick light brown head sits at top and retains itself decently well. lacing is present and not too shabby.

S - nose is smoke, caramel, toffee, sweet malts. maybe some hop resin in the back somewhere.

T - sweet and smoked malts hit first. some estery notes as well in there. finishes with another smoky blast and some grass hops.

M - medium bodied with medium carbonation. coarse body with some estery/alcohol notes on the throat.

O - a solid beer from start to finish.

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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 scarfield
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App- Jet Black, no really hints of any color other than black when held to a light. A 1 finger width khaki head rests on top. Little to no lacing through the glass.

Smell- Smoky! The smell also leaves some earthiness behind, smelling almost musty. Smells like a good piece of smoked ham, with a little bit of sweetness being able to be sensed as well.

Taste- In the mouth it is roasty, and somewhat light tasting. Aftertaste is long and there is a bitterness to it as well as the dominant smoked earthiness.

Mouthfeel- The thinness of the beer probably contributes to the aforementioned "light" tasting qualities of the beer.

Drinkability- The assault that the smoked qualities leave in your mouth make this something that I would avoid drinking multiples of. It is not off-putting, but the smokiness definitely asserts itself.

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Photo of biggred1
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black with a slight tan colored head that quickly settles to a thin skim with a few lazily popping bubbles. Big, muscular smokiness with a definite ham and bacon quality that rivals the great Rauchbiers of Germany. Big and smoky, I really dig the smoke effect on this one. Underlying roasty Porter flavors are crushed by the mighty smoke. A think a bit more heft would make this beer nearly perfect but I'm nit-picking... this beer is a smoke lovers delight. I like this bold flavored beer and I like that O'fallon didn't play it safe with the recipe.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a two finger tan head that fades quickly but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma has a bit of campfire in the back held up with cocoa and dark chocolate, earthy tones, and some roasted notes.

Nice dark chocolate bottom, rich earthy elements, hint of fruit, and some meaty smoke.

A little thin for the style

Overall, an easy drinking, subtly smoked, well balanced smoked porter.

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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.

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Photo of afksports
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Blake for sending O'Fallon's Smoked Porter "Smoke" to me in a recent trade. Happy to try it, even though I'm a vegetarian who avoids smoke! That said - this one is a perfect night capper.

Light in alcohol in comparison to other porters, this beer is robust in taste and packs a solid medium body into the brew. It's deep and black, with a roasty tan head that sticks around. It smells entirely of smoke, wood, and not much else that you might expect. The taste does pack in some coffee, chocolate, and dark malts that make the porter such a tasty style.

The taste is actually quite well put-together. Just not for me. Now, time to see if Andrew Luck is going to beat Cal.

(PS - Can Houston get some love here?!)

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Photo of emmasdad
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a dark reddish brown/nearly black color with a good brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, light smoke, roasted malt and coffee. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and rich, with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate and cocoa.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It pours an almost black with a tan inch of head that quickly falls into a lace covering.

It smells like sorghum and a campfire.

It tastes like a ham. But don't get me wrong it's awesome. It's smoky and meaty and sweet and roasty and wonderful.

It has a medium mouthfeel but it may be a bit thicker than that.

This beer is makes me happy. On a fall day this beer is spot on. It's the best smoked beer I've ever had (not that I've had many) and I'll enjoy looking forward to it's appearance every fall.

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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 glassbrass440
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Smoked meats, molasses, honey, and alcohol in that order. Quite nice. The smoke is evident, but not at all overpowering as it would be easy to do with such a beer. More BBQ than campfire (even though a camp fire is depicted on the label).

Appearance: Jet black with a brown head. Starts thick but settles to a thin brown hat on top of a black tower of beer.

Taste: Much like the aroma. The smoke is very unique. Very BBQ like. I never thought I would use catsup in a beer description (at least in a good way) but there it is, catsup! Of course there are the traditional porter flavors of roast malts and some molasses. Again not overpowering with the smoke but present. Only complaint is that it could be a bit drier.

Palate: Thick, stick to your mouth feel.

Overall: Liquid pork ribs in a bottle but somehow it works. Quite a nice, unique, creative beer. Very appropriate for a St. Louis based brewery (though brewed in WI).

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Photo of McNealc31
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It certainly pours just like a porter should. It is bitter, smoky, and there is a bit of nuttiness and even oak in there. The finish is a bit different than most porters, it's late, dry, and there's a hint of bacon! Mmmmm, bacon.

I certainly get the smoke, but it isn't overpowering. I could have gone for a bit more smoke flavor.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a moderate brown that appears a very deep brown-ruby when held to the light. A 1/4 inch light tan head forms and reduces to a light lacing.

The aroma is a healthy dose of smoke combined with a roasted malty sweetness.

The taste is the strong point. A solid malt chocolate sweetness followed by a pleasant smokiness. Just a bit of bitterness at the finish.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied . Carbonation is crisp and solid. A mild dryness lingers at the finish. A little thin.

Overall, this is an easy beer to drink. The subtleties are what make it good when combined with the smoke without being overpowering. I could certainly sit down and have a couple of these.

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

Picked up a sixer at my corner store, I enjoyed the last two smoked beers I've tried so I decided to give this a shot.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark, semi-transparent brown with a small tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves sticky lacing on the glass

S - rich smokey nose with some sweet notes

T - Strong smokey start that mellows out to a rich chocolate malt and finishes with just a hint of bitterness

M - Smooth and rich with mild carbonation, very drinkable

O - Glad I picked it up, not quite as smokey as New Holland's Dragon's Milk but a very enjoyable beer nonetheless

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Photo of kwjd
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly see through brown colour with thin tan head. Smells of lots of smoke with some mild roast. Smoke dominates a lot of the flavour, but there is some chocolate in there too. Still has a nice sweetness. Fairly light body for a porter, but drinkable. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a pitch black, light mocha head that doesn't really stick around and decent lacing. The smoke is up front, but subtle. Lots of milk chocolate in the nose and flavors. The smokiness runs wild in the flavors, but once again, it's balanced. There's a bitterness coming from the cocoa, maybe some coffee or expresso. Very robust. I'm also picking up slight hints of vanilla. The mouthfeel is good, just about what you should expect from a porter. It's not extremely creamy or thick, but it's extremely light and smooth; perfect amount of carbonation. This is a very easy drinking porter.

Overall, I really like it. Smoke might fall just short of some of the top-tier porters, but NOT by much. Everyone should try this brew!

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

looks as black as any porter. pours a nice brown head which doesn't really hang around any.

smells malty and smokey. the smoke is of the peat variety.

nice big smoke flavor. there is some malty sweetness there too but it is just big time smokiness. a very slight hop bitterness in the finish as well.

nice crispness, but not too much so that the sweet smokey malts linger nicely. the beer feels oddly thin and watery for how much flavor this beer packs, but its not unpleasant, just comes as a surprise.

i love me a good smoke beer. it just reminds me of sitting around the campfire eating baked beans and hot dogs just roasted on a stick. but i have to say i have made beer with malts that i smoked myself and my favorite wood to smoke malts with was definitely apple. i knew it was a shot in the dark that this beer would deliver apple smoke, but the peat delivers a nice flavor.

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Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.