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Smoked Porter - O'Fallon Brewery

Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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very good

447 Ratings

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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%

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 bditty187


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn near black, if not actually black in the middle with dark brown influences, ruby highlights around the edges. The head was russet, at the apex the foam was about a half finger in height. It loudly faded to a soapy collar, wispy in the middle; the top of the liquid was almost naked in a few minutes. There was no subsequent lacing either. I like the darkness of the beer itself but aside from that the appearance is forgettable. The smokiness of the nose has some positive attributes and some negative ones. When I compare this beer to AKSP this offering has a sharper smoked smell. The woody, char is zippier. The bacon aromas are very dry. There are hints of semi-sweet chocolate and day old coffee. There is nothing wrong with the bouquet but I really wish it were more rounded and fatter. Schlenkerla forcefully smells fatty and juicy, AKSP has theses same aromas but very muted. The smells from O’Fallon seem lean. It clearly expresses itself as a Smoked Beer (Porter). It is smokier than Z Street but not as nasty (in a good way) as Rogue. I don’t like to compare beers in reviews like this but I’m trying to make a point. While the nose is inviting, the potency is moderate and the message is clear, I still wish it were heartier in the smoked aromas. The palate is mild. This is a Smoked Porter on training wheels; it’s a four-cylinder Yugo. I want a Hemi. I want Smoked Beers to be more forceful. I realize this beer is not a Rauchbier; I’m judging it accordingly. The palate is a pleasant mix of charred hickory, day old coffee grounds, peat, semi-sweet chocolate, herbal hops with a stinging finish, and there are kisses of ham and straight smoke. The palate is pleasant enough but it is far too Porter-like for me. I need more smoke, more fatty meat, and more richness. The aftertaste is hot and incomplete, there isn’t much smoke and there is far too much roasted acidity. This beer is something to kick back with at a BBQ, it is simplistic but hearty enough to stand up to grilled meats. I don’t have any outright complaints; I have more of a wish list. I am disappointed in this offering. It is a tickle fuller than medium in body, the carbonation is moderate but natural, the mouthfeel is hearty and firm but it works well with the flavor profile. On the whole, this beer is easy to drink. In this case, that is not a good thing. I don’t mean to harp but more smoke, more malt richness, etc and I would want to slow down, I would want to sip and savor. As is, I just want to drink it… with food. It is nothing special. I have a handful more bombers to drink and enjoy, and don’t let the negative tone of this review fool you, I like this beer. I will drink it with a smile! I purchased my bottles in Parkville, Missouri. It is worth a try if you DON’T like Smoke Beers, this one might change your mind.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 21:09:24 | More by bditty187
Photo of faernt


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

I was cruising the aisle of one of my favorite beer stores ( Union Liquors in Frankfort, Illinois) and found this beer. Because they stocked it and I'd never seen it before I bought it.
It opened with a familiar "Aecht Schlenkerla" aroma and poured into a chalice with a proper head which subsided into a ring. The smell was the attractor and the following taste did not dissappoint It isn't a smoked porter it's a Rauchbier (and a freshie to boot). My Aecht Schlenkerla dissapointment is that it's seldom fresh. This is and I would buy it over the German version. Good job! What a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 18:49:42 | More by faernt
Photo of cokes


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black-imitating dark copper. The head is full, plump, and beige.
Nose of smoked pork, smoldering wood, and chocolate.
Smoke is prevasive from the word go, as it wriggles its way into every nook this offers, but paradoxically it still manages to seem understated with its sizzling pork fat, blackened cedar, and burnbarrels full of fallen leaves. Underneath, coffee grounds and toffee provide the malt contribution, morphing gradually toward chocolate covered apple skins. A faint, but unharmonious rubber note arises late, in the vein of black-smeared pencil erasers. Rides out with tendrils of smoke and a fattened chocolate notion.
Lightish bodied, cohering slightly richer as it sits awhile. As is, it strandles the indifference fence: too light for true experience, and marred ever-so-slightly. This would be still be well suited to wash down like-minded foods, but enjoyment in and of itself suffers.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 02:07:41 | More by cokes
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 17:05:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, brown glass, capped, no date.

This smoked porter poured a very dark brown almost opaque color with tall, creamy, light brown foam that persisted and clung to the glass a bit. The smell was malty with a hint of sweetness and some light smokiness. There was a little caramel and a very light hoppiness in the aroma. The taste was lightly smokey and quite malty with a touch of yeast, and a very light tangy flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and relatively dry with medium body and low carbonation. The aftertaste was lightly malty and faintly smokey. This was an easy to drink and enjoyable smoked porter. However, it was quite a bit more smokey when I sampled it on-tap at the 2004 GABF, and frankly, it tasted much better there than this bottled sample did.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 09:33:32 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of Skidz


4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out thick reddish-brown and sits deep mohagony in the glass with a good sized, light brown head. Fades to a light skim, holding to the sides and leaves litte in terms of lacings.

Smells fully roasted with a nice smoke layering. Oily and monstrously assertive nose pushes out thick slabs of bacon and hearty, whole grain breads, bordering on a dark rye. Some traces of charring, but very light. Sweet hints of chocolate meander about.

Tastes roasty up front, building up some burnt flavors. Smokiness comes in with grace, blending with the other flavors during the entire ride. Dark chocolates and oak begin to shine and some hints of prunes and walnuts come through as well. Smoky flavors peak on the finish, lending some oily residue on the sides of the mouth and subsequently fade back out into the more dominant roasted flavors.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth with fine and well-defined carbonation. Medium-full in body, easily and slowly enjoyed sip by sip.

Solid all the way and very well controlled in its approach. This definately shows more and more character as it warms. A very affordable beer to enjoy, and highly addicting.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 05:09:15 | More by Skidz
Photo of clvand0


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was eager to try this one, but it says on the bottle to keep it in the fridge ... I wonder if it has something that won't allow it to cellar well. Anyway. Pours a very dark color with a small head that falls fast, but leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and slightly smoky with some dark malts in the backgrount. Very nice. The flavor is much the same. Lots of dark malts with some slight hop and a lingering smokiness that is slightly sweet and at just the right amount. Drinkability is very good and the mouthfeel is right where it should be.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 19:07:49 | More by clvand0
Photo of mikeys01


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to the generosity of BA MJR. The O’Fallon Smoked Porter poured a medium coffee brown, with flashes of ruby when held to the light. A light tan head formed and dissipated to leave a foamy ring clinging to the edges of my glass. Aroma is very rich and pervasively smoky, such that it’s almost tasteable just in the nose, like inhaling a side of hickory smoked bacon…..mmmm. Plenty of roastiness in the nose too with just a hint of herbal hops. At first taste while cold, it seemed a bit thin, but metamorphosed into a smoky masterpiece as it warmed a few degrees. Classic porter elements are all there, lots of roastiness, a slight tartness and bitterness in the middle and back, with sweet wood smoke swirling through your mouth in all aspects of this brew. Very smooth and medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 14:49:24 | More by mikeys01
Photo of gbontrag


4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 22:45:24 | More by gbontrag
Photo of OStrungT


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

This beer pours a dark brown with a tan head. The head looks thick and creamy. It fades very slowly leaving thick laces. It smells like roasted malts and caramel. It also smells of smoke. It tastes smokey with a roasted malt flavor. The smoke flavor is not too overwhelming like in some smoked beers. It is mild and satisfying in this beer. There are slight hints of coffee and chocolate in the flavor as well. This beer is maybe a little over carbonated, but not to the point of making it bad. It goes down smooth. It is a pretty full bodied beer. It leaves a taste of smoke on the palate. This beer is not the best session beer because the smoke flavor would grow old after a few. But it is definately a good beer, and worth a try or three.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 02:58:52 | More by OStrungT
Photo of kmpitz2


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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 00:17:57 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of GeoffRizzo


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. Black in color, see through around the edges though; 1/6th inch bubby tan head that maintains until the end. The nose is lively – smoky charcoal, chocolate and varieties of malts all to be found. As expected, there are lively smoky characteristics, yet they blend in seamlessly with this near full bodied beverage. Rich coffee beans, dark chocolate and black licorice coupled with burnt malts and smoky offerings make this a treat! Sweet malts come to play with warming; the finish is slightly bitter and quite clean and refreshing. A great smoked beer – the folks at O’Fallon aren’t afraid to take chances, they hit the bull’s-eye with this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 02:51:20 | More by GeoffRizzo
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3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured almost black. Little head developed after agressive center of the glass pour.

I wish I could say smoke was the predominant smell with this beer, and it was strong, but there was also a metallic wang that was a little off putting. Sweet roasted malts in there too.

Lots of smokey flavors, deep dark malts, and bitter hops for a fleeting glimpse. All of the smoked foods I've had kept coming to mind: smoked oysters, smoked salmon, smoked turkey, smoked anything, beef jerkey. Fortunately the metallic wang wasn't present in the taste.

I view this as more of a novelty beer than something I would drink alot of. Interesting enough to try some other examples of the style, but not enough to keep any around the house, except maybe for some barbecue.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2005 20:46:11 | More by Shultzerdugen
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours dark as night with a huge tan head; minimal lacing and an unusual amount of sediment. The aroma is all beef jerky. As a vegetarian this is slightly disconcerting, yet vaguely interesting. When I take the first sip the aroma comes in, roasted malt gets cloudy by an odd mineral water taste. It tastes like they brewed it with Gerolsteiner. The smoke is far more present in the aroma than the taste, however it does leave a nice bouquet. This is a pretty good beer that could be a great beer with some tweaking.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 04:45:40 | More by swamiswamu
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bomber a deep dark black with a nice bubbly tan one inch head on top. Brownish red hints come out when held up to the light. Whoa...simply huge smoke aroma smacks me in the face, burnt roasted maltiness tries it's best to make itself known..easily the smokiest beer I've ever tried. Imagine opening the door to a smokehouse....

First sip brings the smoked malt flavor upfront along with hints of bitter coffee and some chocolate as well. The smoked flavor is not as strong as the nose suggested and it works well in the brew, but may be a tad overpowering. I don't detect much hop at all here. Quite an interesting brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth has a nice medium body...fits the bill of a porter nicely in my mind. A bomber is more than enough of this..but it goes down easy. Definetly an acquired taste...I could see the smoke easily being off putting here, however I say it's well worth a shot and it's a unique drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 03:41:44 | More by orbitalr0x
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this on 12/19/04 from a 22oz bomber. Pours out an oil like pitch black with a small light brown head. The head dissolves quickly leaving only the slightest lacing on the glass. Aroma is strong with smoke and smoky woods. There are lighter notes of coffee under all the smokiness. Smoke also is a huge component in the flavor. Roasted malt and chocolate add more depth. Besides that it was smoke, smoke and a hint of smoke which all finished up with a smoky sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel was a bit thin but not so much it hurts it and it was smooth. Overall a pretty tasty beer that delivers on the smoke, but I am not sure I can drink to much of this at once. Thanks to nogoodreason for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 13:51:55 | More by meathookjones
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 13:06:12 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with hints of deep/dark purple. The head quickly dies and forms a nice ring around the top of the glass.

Smell: Smells like roasted malts, campfire wood, and salty meats (like beef jerky)

Taste: Wow - this has a real smoked flavor. It really reminds me of smoked gouda cheese. It is very rich and salty too.

Mouthfeel: The body is very thick with almost no carbonation. The body lingers in the mouth and sort of combines with your spit - making the aftertaste seem endless.

Drinkability: Yeh, this is a nice warm treat...I wouldn't drink it all the time, but its nice to treat yourself to this type of thing once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 20:04:16 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Photo of brewQ


3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This looked lke a great chance to try a new style.

It's aroma first for this brew! Just popping the cap put me in a Kansas City smokehouse mode. The smell was more than I expected- bacon and beyond.

The color was opaque black topped by a thin tan head.

Fighting my way through the smoke I picked up some nice chocolaty malts. The smoke just never let up, though.

While I like smoked salmon and many smoked cheeses, this must be an acquired taste. I believe this brew would make a good sauce for baking your Thanksgiving turkey.

I could not likely consume a lot of these in one sitting but a nice special brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 20:46:20 | More by brewQ
Photo of Realale


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black, with just the slightest hint of ruby. Very fine fluffy mocha head settles to a thin incomplete cap. Leaves a lot of lace.

Nose is chocolate malt, just a hint of burnt coffee and a hint of woody smoke. Some breadiness develops with time.

Quite light in body. Good malt impact, and nicely balanced between bready base malt, the chocolate and the smoke. Some slightly harsh mineral treatment comes out in the mid-palate and wreaks some havoc. This integrates some with time, but its still obtrusive. Finish is medium with a nice mix of chocolate and smoke. Just a touch of bitterness at the death.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, which is exaggerated by the funky water treatment. Quite drinkable with the smoke level just about right. An improvement in the water treatment and this would be a very good beer. Still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 19:04:02 | More by Realale
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 14:33:49 | More by winomark
Photo of maxpower


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black in color, nice lasting creamy tan head, roasty smokey aroma. Roasted smokey burnt coffee flavors, nice burnt bitternes in the finish. Light-medium body light creamy mouthfeel, this is my favorite from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2002 09:46:08 | More by maxpower
Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.