Smoked Porter - O'Fallon Brewery
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4.5/5 rDev +16.6%
Thank you to my brother for getting this one for me as a gift. It's nice having two beer-loving brothers living in the Midwest to bring me goodies.
Served from a 22oz bomber at just below cellar temperature in a pint glass. Different, newer bottle than pictured... salmon and gray background with tan stylized text. Looks nicer than the pic that's up.
A - Massively aggressive head formation even with a gentle pour. Amazing upward rush of carbonation from the bottom of the pint glass helps the huge four-inch head rise proudly to it's full height of about an inch above the rim of the glass without spilling over the side! Small, but noticeable reverse-cascade action takes place as the head settles to what looks like a light chocolate mousse. Super small, tightly packed bubbles on the bottom half of the head, bigger ones up top. Beer color is a dark chestnut brown with deep crimson highlights when help to the light. Lacing is broad and sweeping. Beautiful!
S - Big smoky and toasty nose, just to the edge of Rauchbier territory, but not beyond. I also get a kind of cedary sweetness and wet pine organic character as well. Engaging and thought-provoking -- on the style edge.
T - Again, this beer takes you to the scenic overlook on the border of Rauchland but never crosses the boundary. Begins with the smoky campfire, but allows dark fruity and nutty notes to dance into view before becoming too overwhelming. The maltiness transforms from smoky to roasty in the middle, bringing a nice taming. The finish reveals a decent hop dryness and hints of coffee grounds and burnt chocolate. Interesting and complex considering the fact that it *is* a porter.
M - Much more watery than would be expected given the depth of smell and taste. Carbonation is well balanced in the mouth considering the crazy action that occurs in the glass. Swallow is exceedingly smooth and swift. Excellent.
D - This is a fantastic porter, and for those who like the Rauchbier style, it also has fantastic smoke. The alcohol level isn't out of bounds, the taste has plenty of intricacy without being overwhelming, the look and feel are impressive. No wonder this beer won gold at the GABF of 2004. Highly recommended!
07-13-2006 02:14:14 | More by EPseja
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
$1.89 for a 12oz bottle. Brewed with 63% German smoked malt . Winner of the Gold Medal in the 2004 GABF for American Smoked Beer.
Pours out to a slightly cloudy near black, forming a nice whipped dark tan head with average retention and mild lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Being the rauch-lover that I am, this aroma is heavenly to my nose. Overwhelmingly smoky, yet there are also some subtle hops and coffee in the nose as well. The mouthfeel is slick with a medium-dense body and an oily smooth sheen. The taste begins with green grassy hops, followed by a sharp smoke note, some chocolate malt and roasted barley with associated astringency and roasted character and a mild sweetness towards the back of the tongue in the finish. There is some chalkiness in the finish as well. Bitterness is mild. No perceptable off-flavors.
This is a nice entry to smoked beers in general and a pleasant surprise to me from a previously unknown brewery. I'll still stick with my Schenkerla Marzen (which can't be beat IMO), but for the price this will cure my smoky fix in a pinch. Better than Stone Smoked Porter IMO, but I haven't had Alaskan.
07-12-2006 23:18:25 | More by Mitchster
4.25/5 rDev +10.1%
I had this one for a couple months and decided to bust it out 6-20-06 at a BJCP training class. I was enjoyed by some of the greatest palates in the Houston area.
Appearance: Pretty clean deep dark red color that is almost opaque until you hold a shallow amount up to light. It is pretty clear. The head was dense and tan and fell to a thin ring around the top of the beer within a minute.
Aroma: The aroma is led by rich malt with a very noticeable smoke that is almost bacon-like. There are some defined bready notes to go along with coffee from the roast malts. Everything is noticeable, but it remains in check.
Taste: The flavor is really dry with an overall neutral balance. The smoke is a really big player, but it is not nearly as large in the flavor as the aroma suggested it would be. There is some sweetness from caramel with a little bit of roast to go with it. The finish is really dry with no noticeable alcohol.
Opinion: This is a pretty well crafted beer. The overall impression I get is that it is a little thin and could do with a bit more mouthfeel. This lends to its favor in that it is really refreshing and easy to drink. There are some really fruity notes to this beer, and you should know this going in. The balance is malt driven, but with everything else going on...it turns out to be a nice beer and one that I would drink again.
06-25-2006 05:57:40 | More by SkeeterHawk
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
12 oz bottle with a gray label and a woodcut style image of a camper sitting over a smokey campfire. Very appropriate. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice mocha brown head about a finger width. Good lacing maintained until the last 1/4. Color is solid black with slight brown notes around the edges. Smell is a nice subtle campfire wood smoke with malt notes mixed in. The smoke is not overpowering, blended in nicely. Tastes adds the flavor of smoked meats and a tiny bit pepper. Mouthfeel starts off creamy and mellows to a medium body as it warms. This is a very pleasant porter. I would love to have this with some tastey KC BBQ.
06-25-2006 03:17:21 | More by bort11
3.25/5 rDev -15.8%
Bottle Inspection: My label was white with fancy script
Aroma: Ham, bacon, smoked meat for sure! Oak, maybe some apple wood. Very pronounced and enjoyable.
Appearance: Opaque black, good collar of tan that laced nicely.
Flavor: A bit of oxygenation, I didnt see a date. Its also a bit flat flavor wise. The smoke is nice, but the porter under it just didnt shine. I hope I got an old bottle and cut it some slack number wise
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body
Overall Impression: Great flavor, but it seems to have suffered before it got to me. If I ever get the chance, Ill re-review.
Hand carried back from KC, Mo.
06-19-2006 04:27:31 | More by HardTarget
3.9/5 rDev +1%
The beer pours out a medium brown with a thin tan head. Not much retention on this puppy and no lacing either.
The smell is good but a bit one-dimensional (of course, that is par for the course with smoked porters...) A real nice hickory or oak smoke is about all you get - perhaps a wee bit of malt but there's no balance.
Fortunately the flavor is a lot more balanced - some light roasted grains to start off, a bit of treacle sweetness (just a bit), the obligatory BBQ smoke flavoring and even a little bit of hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is very good - it's a medium to light bodied brew with just enough carbonation and bittering to finish each sip very nicely. No residual sugars to make things 'sticky' so it's actually a pretty clean porter.
All in all drinkable. Not quite the best porter for a base but quite good and the smoke isn't overdone. The light mouthfeel really saves the day here - this could have been a cloying disaster but instead it's actually interesting and refreshing.
06-09-2006 05:28:21 | More by RedwoodGeorge
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours a deep black with a one inch head that faed quickly to a soapy cap and thick ring, leaving behind a broken webbing of lace.
Smell; the smokey aroma by far the dominant smell in this. There's hints of some coffee and chocolate, but you really have to search for them.
Taste; the coffee and chocolate come out more in the flavor than they did in the smell. The smoked flavors are strong, and make me think of bacon as I drink this, but they're not to the point of being overwhelming. There's also just a bit of hop bitterness present towards the end, Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and much more drinkable than I had anticipated.
06-08-2006 01:55:46 | More by RedHaze
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
I've been looking forward to this one, my first ever smoked porter. They must have changed the label, its a little catchier now.
It pours a solid night black color with a small tan head that withers away quickly.
Smells nicely roasted and I notice mocha, coffee grounds, chalk, and spices. Smells delicious.
The flavor is malty and great tasting. Well rounded with a smokey finish. The malt character is terrific, and the smoke reminds me a bit of smoked whitefish from northern Michigan. A touch of bitterness on the sides of the tongue to round things out.
Great tasting and great drinking, this is a solid offering. I'm quite pleased and will most likely be drinking this one again soon. Cheers!
05-26-2006 01:48:09 | More by jasonpeckins32
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
Dark brown pour with a light tan head.
Fantastic smell. Awesome roast and chocolate and a hint of smoke right at the end.
Chocolate dominates the flavor. Some definite roastiness as well. Nice overarching smokiness.
Smooth, but a bit astringent, a nice beer overall.
05-25-2006 23:32:21 | More by nortmand
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
Very dark - black with ruby highlights where light shines through - with a moderate milk chocolate colored head that sticks around fairly well producing some nice lace.
The aroma is primarily a mild hickory and apple wood smoke with some hints of coffee.
The taste is mild roasted malt with coffee and chocolate overlaid with that nice smoky flavor. The finish continues smoky with some fruity citrus notes and a bit of hops bite.
Medium bodied, smooth, almost creamy, and easy to drink, seems to get even easier as you get used to it. Worked well with grilled steaks, probably even better with ribs..
05-22-2006 02:09:21 | More by whynot44
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
I got this from BigLove in a trade.
This beer poured a dark black that let a little cherry coke color in through the dimple in the bottom of my tulip. What really caught my attention was the little bubbles that kept creeping up the inside of my glass. They looked so white in contrast to the brew. That wasnt the case with the head, as it looked much like a dollop of oatmeal floating on top of my glass that was a pale tan that faded to white near the larger bubbles. This fell disappointingly quickly to an irregular film of the same color.
Smells predominantly of a dry malt with some succinctly crisp coffee, dark chocolate and caramel. On top of this is a smoky roasted ham with a pinch of salt and a twist of lemon.
The smoke hits me immediately up front but then fades into a crisp sour coffee malt with some playful citrus stings around the edges of my tongue. Finishes with what I would imagine licking a charcoal briquette would taste like, but not in a bad way. This hangs around and drifts up into my nose letting me experience a roasted peat, Scotch smell. Thats a nice added bonus! Im getting some definite mesquite burps here as well.
The mouth feel is really doing a lot of work here generating and inhibiting flavors, depositing lemon stings with carbonation and drastically increasing the overall dynamics of the beer. Im impressed.
This is a really engaging beer. Im not sure I could sit down and drink a sixer of these, but Im thankful for the journey I got out of this one. Definitely try at least one.
05-11-2006 21:41:15 | More by DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
Appearance- Pours a shoe polish brown to black with watery chocolate milk highlights. Head is about a fingers width with average retention.
Smell- Some definite smokey malt aromas with some very faint hints of mocha.
Taste- A good mix of creams and general smoke flavors. Just like the namesake advertises on the bottle. Your avergae porter with some campfire smoke added for some good individualism.
Mouthfeel- Pretty mellow with general flavor. Of course the one flavor inparticular that stood out the most was the smoke and hints of wood. But other than that, your average porter.
04-29-2006 23:14:30 | More by scruffwhor
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
A nice blend of a Smoked Beer and an American Porter. Pours out to a dark cherry brown color with a medium head that quickly bubbles away and leaves a thin layer of brown foam on top of the beer. Medium low carbonation. Aromas of smoked malts and salted ham fill the nose. Very Rauchbier like. Taste is medium to medium full bodied and somewhat complex; smokey malts, mild hops, sweet molasses in the background. Some grain and earthy notes as well. Nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but maintains a robust character and chewy nature. Drinkability is north of average. Wouldn't mind this in place of a regular porter. Recommended.
04-24-2006 23:42:49 | More by Frozensoul327
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
Appearance: Dark brown body, yeast clumps visible at the bottom of the glass. Nice tan head, about 3/4" very slow fade.
Smell: Smells more porter than smoke, but the smoke accentuates the dark chocolate and bunrt notes.
Taste: A mild tasting porter, and the smoke isn't bad. The porter does seem underpowered, but does have a nice chocolate flavor. Not overdone, which is good.
Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, needs more body.
Drinkability: Not bad for a smoked beer, not annoying whatsoever. A week after having Stone Smoked Porter this beer does show it's faults, though.
04-17-2006 14:39:01 | More by TastyTaste
4.05/5 rDev +4.9%
Undated 12oz purchased from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into a pint glass.
Deep dark brown with a medium sized head of light tan. Good retention with a few rings of lace.
The smoke aromas blend nicely with the roasted malts and chocolate notes. The smoke is a bit tangy with some bacon. I love bacon. Anything with bacon in it gets higher points from me.
The taste follows along the same lines as the nose. Chocolate flavored roast coffee framed by tangy smoke and a bit of bite from the hops. Tangy smoke and chocolate linger in the finish, but where's the bacon?
The mouth is a bit thin but there is enough flavor to keep me interested and coming back for more.
03-27-2006 04:02:17 | More by ypsifly
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Dark black, viscous liquid that does not let any light through. A nice-looking head that stays about 1/4 inch thick.
Smell: Not quite as smoky as expected from reading other reviews, which I consider to be a GOOD thing. Roasted malts and definitely smoke, but not overpowering.
Taste: Again, not as smoky as I was expecting, but definitely noticeable. Actually tastes a lot like a homebrew my friend made that earned the moniker 'Campfire Stout' due to its smoky flavor. None of these are bad things. Methinks it would taste great accompanying barbeque or really anything off the grill, but its merely good on its lonesome.
Mouthfeel: Appropriately medium- to full-bodied, I'd say.
Drinkability: I dock it a bit here because 22oz seemed like too much. If I was sitting on my patio eating barbecued ribs, the drinkability would be much greater. I think this one is dependent on its surroundings.
All in all, a solid porter with a touch of smoke. Must remember to revisit this brew when devouring grilled meats.
03-15-2006 19:55:01 | More by mportsch
3.7/5 rDev -4.1%
Pitchblack. Bottom dwelling yeast-creatures. Mountains of lace-silhouettes stuck to the accepting goblet.
Campfire aromas greet the drinker initially, embers, coals, licorice. Coffee and American-chocolate follow the initial smokiness. Ashes turn into a moderate, middling porter with a concluding interplay of ashtray-searing smoke. Seems hesistant, barren underneath the smoke. I would have liked a lot more malt interplay here.
Mouthfeel is disappointly thin. I wish they would have taken this in a more viscous direction. As it is, it seems like a bit of an oxy-moron: easy drinking refreshing smoke-fest?
03-13-2006 21:48:09 | More by GreenWBush
3.9/5 rDev +1%
12oz. bottle provided by kmpitz2.
Pours a super dark brown with a small tan head that thins. No real lacing on the glass.
Rich smoky aroma with a bit of malt peeking through. Smells great.
Taste is smoky and malty upfront with a mild bitterness midway through. Finishes rather clean with a light lingering smokiness.
Body seems thin and could use a bit more carbonation.
This is a nice drinking smoked porter. I wish I had me another....
02-26-2006 22:59:14 | More by MaltyGoodness
4/5 rDev +3.6%
This is velvety black beer with a thin tan head that has lots of little odd white blotches in it. Smells like cooked bacon. Mmmmm...bacon.
This is a sweet brew with hints of cherry and maple and big big smoke flavor of course. Hops are barely perceptable in this one but theres a very slight bittering. There is a porky aftertaste I think, but maybe that smells just playing tricks on me. Very drinkable for this style. Good brew.
02-21-2006 03:25:30 | More by JudgeRoughneck
4/5 rDev +3.6%
I love Rauchbiers but cannot seem to get the same satisfaction from smoked porters. This one changed my position.
Picked this bomber up from Binny's in Buffalo Grove, IL for 3.99. Not sold on the label. I bought this because I have never heard of it (nor any other "good" beers from MO) and it was the last one on the shelf.
Pours a deep mahogony. Not too dense as you can see light through the glass. Nice, dark tan head with decent retention and lacing down the glass.
Smells like smoke but not like liquid smoke. Much like a Rauchbier profile. Peat-smoked barley. Not unlike a good scotch.
Tastes very good. Sweetness of a solid porter with a very nice smoked malt backbone. Slight hop finish but not at all dominating. This beer gets sweeter as you progress.
Mouthfeel is good as well. Leaves a sugary residue in your mouth and on your lips. Silky smooth and without a bite.
Overall, a drinkable smoked porter. Porters by nature should be very drinkable IMO and this one fits the bill. I would be interested to see how long I could go with this one before the smokiness got to me. Worth picking up.
02-19-2006 16:57:17 | More by Terp96
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
A: DARK brown with 2-3 finger head that lingers for quite some time. Nice amount of lacing.
S: Very smoky scent with a big punch of smoked meat (bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon!).
T/M: Sweetish porter that is very smooth on the tongue. Lots of roasted malt flavor. Finish/aftertaste of smoke. Feels great in the mouth.
D: Drinkability is just right. Alcohol content is perfect for this beer.
Notes: Good porter, but great smoked porter. Makes me hungry for a huge bacon cheeseburger (maybe a Hardees Monster Burger).
02-05-2006 19:09:37 | More by kdmorse
3.9/5 rDev +1%
Pours with decent, quickly receding head. It lingers after fading, and the body is an opaque dark brown. Smells decent, moderately smoked, with faint porter notes.
Tastes pretty good, not as smoky as I might like, although extremely balanced. Roasted and chocolate malts are muted by the smoke, light though it may be. Mouthfeel is right on, good carbonation, medium bodied. Drinkability is good, the balance is the key, though I might like it better if the flavor were more over the top.
02-01-2006 08:51:54 | More by Sephiroth
3.1/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
01-31-2006 07:04:40 | More by feloniousmonk
4.25/5 rDev +10.1%
I am sampling this brew courtesy of kmpitz. The beer pours a dark brown with light penetrating only on the edges of the glass. A soft creamy beige head of 1 cm foams up easily and fades to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is smoky but smoked salmon/sausage not campfire ash.
The first sip reveals a very fine tingly carbonation with average body. The flavor is bitter sweet chocolate up front and gradually rolls to a lingering smoky middle and finish that coats my palate. The smoke is not overpowering but subtle and allows for other flavors to intertwine with it nicely.
An easy drinker and well balanced brew!
01-27-2006 03:40:17 | More by sulldaddy
4/5 rDev +3.6%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a black dense body with no sign of carbonation visible. The head is a nice creamy cinnamon-tan color. The head last for a good while then fades to a thin film.
S- The smell of dark roast grains comes through softly followed by a nice bold smoky note. There is a hint of hop bitterness in the finish.
T- The dark rich malt has a nice dry complexity to it followed by a sharp kick of smoke flavor. It is a bit of a sour note to the smoke and it is a good wood-campfire smoke. The hop bitterness finish is dry with a hint of malt aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight creamy texture. There is no alcohol warmth or astringency in this one.
D- I don't taste all the malt complexity that it describes on the bottle and perhaps the smoke covers a lot of that up. The smoke is bold but no too strong for the malt or hops flavor. When I exhale I get a bit of stale campfire taste in my mouth but it doesn't get in the way of the flavor of the beer.
01-25-2006 01:59:47 | More by rhoadsrage
Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.