Smoked Porter - O'Fallon Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

344 Reviews
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Reviews: 344
Hads: 479
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 47
Gots: 22 | 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 alphagnome
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: God himself couldn't create a better looking beer. Poured pitch black with an off-white, half inch head that eventually faded to a pencil thin head that lasted til the last sip. Enjoyed in a nonic glass, no light could penetrate thie brew. Flashlight tested.

S: The aroma of this smoked porter is subtle, but incredible. The smoked nature of it is the first thing that hits you. Dig a bit deeper and your are rewarded with a satisfying roasted coffee and chocolate arrangement and some malty goodness. I seriously could no stop smelling this.

T: This is an incredibly balanced brew that makes me want fire up a smoker and cook some ribs. Roasted malt and hops with chocolate undertones and a satisfying smoky finish. If you happen to have a bad memory, you could be convinced you enjoyed some amazing smoked meat previously.

M: You're tricked into thinking this will be a heavy beer, but it's not. Medium body. Smooth. Creamy. It doesn't get much simpler than that!

D: For as heavy as it may look, it's incredibly easy to drink and satisfying at that. I've had smoked beers before and they did nothing for me, in fact, I had made up my mind before drinking it that I probably wouldn't like it. I couldn't of been more wrong! I can't wait to fire up my smoker this summer and enjoy this beer next time I smoke a rack of ribs! (1,332 characters)

Photo of rmalinowski4
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is dark burnt brown that only a very faint hint of light shines through. Pours a two finger tan head that recedes to a thin crown on the beer. Minimal lacing.

Smell is of sweet meat cooking on a charcoal grill. Smoke, sausage, bacon, and some underlying sweetness.

Taste is very similar to the smell, smoke, sweetness from the malts, a meaty flavor and more smoke. Smooth and easy to drink. After taste lingers for a little while.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy, could use slightly more carbonation, almost tastes flat. The body is a little thin.

Overall this is one of the better beers I have had in this style. The problem is, it is not really a style I enjoy greatly. The smokey flavor is present, but it is not completely overpowering like other smoke beers I have had. If smokey beers is something that you like, then you should definitely check out this beer. (888 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of jacobseyb
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a dark opaque brown with an offwhite head that left a minor crown after dissipating quickly. Smell was smokey with a roasty smell behind. Taste was much the same. Feel was smooth and lighter bodied than expected, some oilyness was noticed. Overall a pretty decent "Smoked Porter" but not the best "Porter". A good beer and I will not turn it down. (385 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO. Poured into a Pint Glass and this was the last beer from O'Fallon until we get Gold, Chocolate Cherry, and Wheach. (No B.O.D.)

Appearance- Darkest Brown you can get in color, almost black. Head was a finger+ and a yellow/brown color (grey poupon dijon mustard?).

Smell- Hickory Wood Smell and a hint of coffee. Very Good! Tried to capture more of the scent every time before tasting.

Taste- As drinking, it almost tastes like a slab of ribs or roasted almonds. There is a bitterness to this beer as well. Good but couldn't enjoy very much.

Mouthfeel- A Medium Bodied beer with a syrup background. Light carbonation.

Drinkability- Took 45 minutes to enjoy the whole experience. I believe this beer was awesome for its style but one had one. I would recommend this to anyone! From St. Louis of course, what do you expect? (874 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
1.98/5  rDev -48.6%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of tito42
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into an imperial pint, no freshness date.

Appearance: Dark chocolate color and almost completely opaque when held up to the light. Cocoa head that dissapated quickly for me but left nice lacing.

Smell: It really smells like hickory liquid smoke to me, with a little maltiness. Smoother than actually putting your nose to a bottle of Liquid Smoke (TM).

Taste: Liquid, cherry-smoked ribs. Roasted malt and a lot of smoke, but it doesn't taste burnt. Balances surprisingly well and the smoke and a slight bitterness linger in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, not as creamy as I remembered. A good deal of carbonation, but it doesn't dry the mouth like other porters I've tried recently, even with the smoky character.

Drinkability: BBQ in a beer bottle. I'm actually slightly embarrassed this is brewed in a St. Louis suburb and not here in Kansas City. This is my favorite porter, and I was happy to find a sixer on sale for $7.49 at the Hy-Vee today.

If you are adamant about not liking smoked beers, you may not like this. But I highly recommend giving it a try. (1,095 characters)

Photo of DannyDan
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. A dark brown porter with a nice tan head that has great retention and lacing. Avery nice beer to look at.
A. The smell is smoke, chocolate, hickory, tobacco.
T. The taste is a smoke flavor with some hops, followed by some chocolate, than some molasses, some chalkiness, followed by some milk chocolate leaving it a well balanced taste that leaves little bitterness.
M. A very very nice creamy feel. This is one of the creamiest beers I've had. Feels like the brew is melting in my mouth.
D. With a beer that tastes this good and with its great creamy mouthfeel how can you go wrong with this? I highly recommend trying this beer. (632 characters)

Photo of nickadams2
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours black with dark brown highlights. Thick tan head with great retention and tons of lacing.

S_Smoke,roasted malt,black chocolate.

T_Earthy/woody smoke upfront. Not overbearing though. Roasted malt,black chocolate and chicory round out the flavor.

M_Mouthfeel is terrific. Thick,creamy and just the right amount of carbonation.

D_Could easily drink quite a few of these. (379 characters)

Photo of Andrewtherooster
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly transparent black with an off-white head. Nice lacing in the middle after the head dissipates.

Aroma is big and I can smell it from three or four feet away, but after the head's gone, I can hardly smell anything. What aroma was there was woody and smoky, with a smell herbality.

Taste is great. Nicely rounded. I love smoked beer when it doesn't taste exactly like ham, and this one does a nice job of balancing the smoke with the roastiness of the malt.

Mouthfeel is good, but gets knocked down a bit for being too carbonated for my taste.

Overall, it's a nice beer, and the smokiness makes it stand out from all the run-of-the-mill porters out there. (673 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a 12 oz bottle.
A: Poured nearly opaque black with a nice one-finger dark tan head that died to a good collar and film. The lacing drips slowly.
S: Smoke (go figure), molasses, and creamy oats with some cigar. It is mild, but nice.
T: Surprisingly, not as smokey as you'd think, but it has a nice creamy oatmeal and malt and a slightly sweet porky brown sugar. This is good.
M: Medium to heavier body with a typical slightly dry carbonation of an Irish stout.
D: Good. I usually don't like smoked beers, but this one is good. (540 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a brown black with a smallish creamy tan head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet peaty smoky (BBQ and liquid smoke) malts.

The flavor is sweet peaty malts with some smoke. The mouth feel is medium bodied and fairly watery.

Overall, lots of good smoke. It's a bit subdued at time and not much else except smoke. It's also a bit thin and watery. (396 characters)

Photo of Shrews629
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark brown or extremely dark ruby color with some burnt orange and burnt yellow highlights at the bottom. Tan head that didn't have much retention or girth. A bit of lacing was left on the glass.

Smell - There is some smoke to it. The smoke, however doesn't seem to be balanced very well with the roasted malt. The smoke almost smells like buttermilk. Chocolate aromas seem to be hidden in the background also. Had to really search for hints of dark fruit.

Taste - The taste seems to be a bit more balanced, but the smoke is again the dominating factor. No real bitterness in the flavor. Some chocolate malt and an earthy tone.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Smooth. Leaves a bit on the palate. A bit of an oily finish. No bitterness left on the tongue either. Fairly creamy also.

Drinkability - I'm guessing this was smoked with Peat. Could be wrong, but with the buttermilk type aroma and the earthy taste, it seems to fit the bill. This beer was just ok for me. It was good, but not outstanding. Didn't seeem well balanced in the aroama or the taste. I could have a few, but not too many. I hate to score this too low because I do love Porters. I say it's above average for the style. (1,211 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with nominal head and no lacing.

S: Has a mild smoky aroma with a hint of roasted malt. Expected a bit more.

T: Mild smoke flavor with roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Has a clean dry finish.

F: Fairly full body. Smooth and does not overpower you as some smoke brews do.

D: Good drinker. Seem to go best with food, especially BBQ. Also good for a quiet evening sipper. (405 characters)

Photo of crossovert
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours black as night with some reddish hues coming through near the bottom of the glass. has a thick head with dense tiny bubbles that takes some time to settle. leaves no lacing.

S: smokey aroma with some sweetness in the background. the smokiness isn't as profound as expected and has a mesquite chip aroma.

T: has a slight sweetness up front, joined by the smokey flavor(very similar to delicious bbq) along with chocolate flavors. To balance all the sweetness is a dusty, woody, and roasty bitterness with a note of grassy hops.

M: medium-full body that is slippery and grainy with a dry finish

Overall, a very well balanced beer. Although I haven't had the opportunity to try more than a few smoked beers, this one doesn't stick out much. However, this would be amazing with ribs, brisket, or grilled wings. (846 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a 3/4" tan head that reduces to a 1/8 blanket of creamy foam.

Smells of creamy malt, with hints of toffee, campfire smoke, and grain.

Has a malty, tangy taste with definite smoke flavors. Slightly bitter midway through the sip through the end, leaving a slightly tart taste on the tongue. While tasty, it is a bit of a one-note beer.

Medium bodied, with a slightly tangy taste on the tongue.

Fairly drinkable, but I prefer my porter not quite so tangy. (495 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
2.19/5  rDev -43.1%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark mahogany with a deep ruby brown hue on the edge. Above average sized, creamy, frothy, toasted marshmallow colored head. Average retention settling into a nice layer of lace.

S - Mostly porter aroma, but there is a definite smoked/hickory aroma. Roasted malt with a touch of coffee. A good amount of earth and a touch of nuttiness. Some smoked/hickory meat aroma also comes out a touch, but nothing like a rauchbier.

T - Thin roasted malt with some chocolate malt and hints of stale coffee. A touch of earthy flavors as well. Underlying peaty and a slight hickory smoked meat flavor that comes out a bit more on the finish.

M - Lighter body with average carbonation. Thin and slick feel with a flavor that coats and sticks to the mouth.

D - Not exactly what I would reach for again. The mouthfeel and body just don't quite match with the flavors. Also the smokiness just doesn't seem right, either I want more or less.

Notes: I could use a bit more smokiness and a fuller, creamier body. It wasn't bad or a drain pour, rather just not inspiring and lacking anything to really draw me in. (1,100 characters)

Photo of CalhounJohn
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good O'Fallon beer! This Porter was loaded with flavor and really hit the spot. The thick colorful appearance matched what I was expecting from this style and brewery. It had a full body and finished very smooth, yet complex. I'm very happy with this beer and, so far, with this brewery. (295 characters)

Photo of LairdChisholm
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, deep chestnut brown, almost black. There is a little more than a one finger, mocha head that has sub par retention. Very little lacing here.

S - There are some very nice smokey malts coming from here. Reminiscent as a camp fire. The only thing I wish is that it was a little more stronger and it would be perfect.

T - Some very nice rolling, roasted, malts here. There are some nice smokey notes of burning peat. Tastes great. It's a good staple smoked beer but along the lines of the smell, I wish everything was a little more pronounced and stronger.

M - Very smooth and creamy. Great amount of carbonation.

D - If you want a session smoked beer, here you go. If it tasted better with more pronounced flavors it would be great but a good staple beer here. (780 characters)

Photo of uno99
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at 60 degrees since my wine cellar is on the fritz. poured into my Lucifer goblet.

A: Black like a stout...well not quite black, but probably the darkest porter I can recall seeing. Eggshell foam head dosent stick around too long, although there is a nice bit that clings to the glass and leaves some sheet like lacing.

S: Very pleased with the smell of this. the 2 other smoked beers (rauchbiers) Ive had did not impress me... actually they smelled like ham... This thankfully is very balanced with fruity esters, smoke, hops and yeast. Quite complex and inviting. Could almost fool me into thinking this is oaked.

T: Again this is quite balanced, and not what I was expecting. A well crafted beer from O'Fallon. The smoke is very well placed and not overwhelming.

M: A little sticky, kinda thick... I guess it's a porter to its allowed to be.

D: A good beer to have around, although I cant see myself sessioning this one... would be awesome to have this on tap at a Jewish deli or something though...Caplansky's Deli on College St are you reading this?? (1,068 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour in a pint glass. The color is an opaque black; when I held it to my lamp, only the very bottom let a deep ruby tinted light pass through. Three fingers of thick, tan head developed and dissipated to leave a nice, cappuccino-like lacing. After finishing my only bottle, I noticed sedimentation stuck to the bottom, so I recommend rolling the bottle to finish the pour.

Smell: Very enticing dark chocolate, cocoa, and dark fruit (mostly plum). My mouth is watering. There is a slight hint of roasted coffee malts and a smooth and perfect smokiness emerges after the pint has sat for two or three minutes.

Taste: Mirrors the smell, but the flavors are weaker than their aroma counterparts because of a thin mouthfeel. I expect more body than this from stouts and porters. The roasted coffee dominates, pushing the dark chocolate to the backseat, and I cannot detect any dark fruit plum. A mellow, smoky backbone is present in each sip, complimenting the other favors.

Drinkability: Smoke is a solid brew. It is tasty and somewhat unique (to my knowledge) in the American stout/porter scene. As I said, the mouthfeel leaves me wanting, but the overall experience is very good. (1,202 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown, looks kinda black, but it's muddy around the edges. Aroma is typical of a fairly robust porter, with some roasted, toasted notes. Initial taste is roasted, malty, slightly sweet. Followed by a tad bit of bittersweet cocoa, and then the smoke hits. It's bold without being overpowering, or over bearing on the other profiles here. Feel has a nice smoothness to it, but body is a little thinner than desired. Doesn't detract too much from the over all experience, because this is a pretty damn good smoked beer. I've only had a couple smoked beers, but I'm definitely intrigued...I think I'll be pursuing them now! (624 characters)

Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
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