Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial PorterSmoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter

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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 76
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 12-19-2006

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Photo of Phatz
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This maybe the most smoky, smoked porter I have had the opportunity to try. I would love to do a side-by-side with Alaskan Smoked Porter. I have found few smoked beers I didn't like. Cinderbock was one that flopped on me but The Schlenkerla Rauchbiers are all flavor I enjoy. This beer though from Left Hand, ... came out of nowhere. I was not expecting all of this. WOW.

Appearance: Pours a dark almost black color with a beige head and a spotty cap.

Smell: The smoke aroma I could smell from across the table when Eric opened the bottle. Big burnt grant charcoal fire pit and molasses flavors fill the nose.

Taste: Again very smoky in the mouth. There is a smoked meat flavor, black licorice roasted chocolate toffee caramel, and coffee. Everything great about a porter plus the nice smoked flavors and campfire-like attribute.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and warm with the alcohol showing through and the smoke flavor hiding it. Cling to the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer. But very enjoyable sipping for sure.

Hope this is helpful.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have wanted to try this beer for quite awhile,I grabbed one when I got the chance.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep cola brown with chunkys and floaties swirlin,a huge blooming light mocha colred head atop that never completely settled atop.Deep smoke in the nose along with some molasses and a hint of dark fruit,a nice mix.This is a big dry smoked porter no doubt,huge earthy and wood smoke flavors,the molasses-like sweetness takes a back seat,a little prickly in the mouth but not to much of a problem.This is one of the more "smoked" smoked porters I have had,its a bit raw but quite good.

Photo of ricke
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-03-15. Best before: December 2010. Served in snifter.

A: Very dark brown, almost black. Considering the style and high ABV the the pale brown, thick and creamy head is rather big and leaves plenty of lacings.

S: Mostly smoked meat (ham), some sweet chocolate notes, roasted malts. Beneath the massive smoke aromas, light hops are also present.

T: Big and powerful, but not overpowering, smoke flavors: Smoked meat (ham, bacon), burnt wood/forest fire, charcoal, peat. Some general roastiness. Plenty of sweet flavors as well: Chocolate, soft chocolate nougat, light caramel, coffee, some malts. Some saltiness (might be the smoked bacon). Again, faint hops are present. Seems like there is a very good porter base in this brew. The finish is considerably bitter and contains some caramelized sugar, burnt wood and spicy alcohol (however, the alcohol hides rather well). The taste of smoked sausage lingers on for quite a while in the mouth.

M: Full body, light carbonation. Feels very smooth and calm. It gets a bit sticky after a while.

D: Very good smoked beer. Complex smoke aromas coupled with an equally complex porter profile makes for a pleasant drinking experience. It gets a little to much after a while though and the palate takes quite a beating. A bomber is just slightly to much, but great for sharing.

Photo of StoutHearted
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head poured out a frothy caramel on top of a pitch black brew. It smelled strongly of bacon and a bit of shoo fly pie. It had a thick mouthfeel that clung to the tongue, and the taste was fantastic: a pleasant chocolate and licorice harmony, with a lingering molasses. This beer's great for sipping or drinking, but the thickness may irritate beer novices, as will the strong licorice and bacon notes.

Photo of blitz134
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Green's in Atlanta today. I have so far been decently impressed by Left Hand's Big Mo series, nothing super 'wow' yet, but all pretty good. Bottle says 10.5% ABV, not the 9.2% this is in the database as.

Pours with a black body, barely translucent. Light shows through with a dark brown body. Tan head that formed pretty quickly on the pour nearly four fingers tall reduced really slowly. Really slowly. Pretty incredible head for a high octane brew. Not too much lace formation as it goes down though.

The aroma almost pushes this beer into the rauchbier category. Its smoke potency is on the order of Aecht Schlenkerla's beers. Smells similar to the smoked turkey we had for Thanksgiving, hickory and oak wood smoke. Has a little acidic, sweetness as well. But its mostly smoke.

I might as well be chewing on a log from the campfire. Smoke again dominates, similar to the smell. This all mixes with a dark toffee and even some heavily roasted coffee beans that begin to push the borderline of being called charred. Flavor finishes with more dark chocolate as the smoke subsides. Absolutely NO signs of alcohol in here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little too much carbonation if I have to be picky. I'd like a bit more creaminess, but its close. Flavor lingers for quite a while on the palatte and finishes quite dry.

Drinkability is good. This sits heavy on the stomach, limiting its sessionability (although if it really is 10.5% I probably won't care about too much by the end of the bottle). The alcohol is absolutely hidden though. This is by far the most smoky American beer I've had yet. Don't try if you're turned off by real smoked beers...but its a must have if you like the style, although some might consider it over the top. Stone's smoked porter has nothing on this flavorwise.

Photo of Beaver13
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a monstrous light brown head that retains and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of smoke (liquid smoke and fire with some BBQ coming out as it warms), grains and some chocolate malts.

The flavor is sweet, slightly sugary, malts and a touch of dark fruits with a large smoke presence. It has a crisp, moderate hop finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but is definitely there. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent brew! This is what I had hoped for from Stone's smoked porter. If this was cheaper ($11 per 750ml), I'd buy this all the time!

Photo of codysjb
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into a wine glass.
Very interesting; like a smoked beer combined with a porter. the smoke and chocolate notes fill the nose and intertwine in the flavor. Would be a good beer for around a camp fire but the smoke is just a bit over powering by itself.

Photo of tigg924
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black with a 1/4 inch head

Smell: smoke, pork, toasted malt

Taste: more of a burnt malt, smoke, expresso, dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: a smooth start with a harsher finish, medium to heavy body

Drinkability: This is a very solid beer. It is one of my favorite American smoke beers and probably the closest in taste I have come to a Scherlenkerla in the states. It does maintain a porter feel throughout as well. I will look for this again, but think two per sitting is tops.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, with a hint of meaty smoke. The smoke is fairly prominent in the flavor, but the sweet chocolate and roasted malt also come through. There is also a nice cream-like quality in the flavor. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice smoked beer.

Photo of ehammond1
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


Thanks for openings this one with me, Josh!

Nearly black in color with a small light brown head that hangs around for a while, before settling down into a film that rests atop the beer, leaving streaks of lacing down the glass.

A very meaty, smoky aroma, almost port like. There's also some roast and coffee, but the meaty smokiness is dominant.

The porky, smoky, meaty character carries through to the flavor as well, along with just the slightest bit of roast and black malt. Too smoky and meaty for my personal taste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good enough, though not particularly drinkable with the huge amounts of smoke and meat flavor.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in a glass, deep dark body with a light tan head forming thick, fine bands of lacing cling to my chalice with each sip. Aroma is full of smoked meats, campfire, and rustic wood fired baked bread along with a cherry note, star anise, and dark roasted malts. Big smoked malts going on here, chewy smoked firewood wrapped with dark cherry and anise spice. Flavors of smoked malts, dark roasted flavors, deep smoked bacon, firewood charred caramelized sugars. Hints of pine/evergreen in the back end with some cherry fruit tartness, amongst the dark roasted malts and hand smoked malts. Mouthfeel is full bodied even carbonation lingering charred smokiness coming through with each sip. Overall a quality smoked porter, challenging to consume yet when your palate gets used to it you really start to enjoy every sip.

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Appearance: rather dead looking when opened, with no head forming n the bottle. Pours a black-brown color with a smallish tan head that soon reduces to a a partial top coat and a sizable, durable, bubbly ring. Some spotty lacing.

Smell: More delicate than expected: a light smokiness over dark chocolate with undertones of molasses and dark fruity. [3.75]

Taste: Starts rather pleasantly sweet but ultimately proves to be well-balanced in the sweet-bitter dimension, with negligible sourness. Chocolate flavor with subtle hints of molasses and prunes. The smoke is barely noticeable up front, but gently caresses the mid-palate and becomes more obvious in the finish. A smokey, mocha flavors linger for a good while afterwards. [4.25]

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied; smooth; excellent medium-low carbonation.

O: I approach smoked beers with some trepidation since I find many of them to be too smokey and, therefore, too 1-dimensional. However, I have learned that there are excellent smoked beers, and this is one of them. Lefthand has crafted a beer that judiciously blends the sweetness of dark malts with a touch of hops and the smoke to brew a world-class porter. The ABV is so well hidden that I forgot about it altogether. (4.25)

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smoked malts, even more so than most smoked porters - sausage and jerky come to mind. As the beer warms roasted malt notes waft out as well as dark chocolate aromas.

Tastes good. The smoked malt flavors aren't quite as intense as the smell would have led me to believe, and are counteracted nicely with roasted malt flavors. Again, as the beer warms the roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors assert themselves more. Ending is mildly bitter with a touch of smoke. I would not have guessed the 9.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall this is a tasty smoked porter than can hang with the best of them. Worth a shot.

Photo of LXIXME
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bit above the glass gave this beer a big light brown head that settle down to just under 1/2 inch pretty quickly above a clear very dark brown to black colored beer.

Smokey roasted malt aroma with just a hint of alcohol working its way in there.

Smokey creamy roasted malt taste blended with light alcohol, molasses, and subtle mocha dark chocolates.

The dry aftertaste brings out that dark chocolate more than the taste which is quite cool.

Although this is stated to be 8.8% ABV the alcohol taste is quite subdued.

A pretty good beer I was lucky to stumble into a bomber for $3.00, well worth quite a bit more than that.

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, thanks to Worden's Market in Missoula, MT, for their aerosol flour-dusted beer selection ;-)

This beer pours a very, very, very, dark brown colour, with cola edges, and two fingers of creamy chocolate brown head, which leaves a nice vista of painted lace around the glass as it duly recedes. Its smells of peaty smoked malt, a bit fleshy, of the seared sort, chocolate, bitter coffee, and a bit of surprisingly perceptible baked buttery snack cracker. The taste is a big howdoya do, a conflagration of heavy, roasted caramel malt, semisweet chocolate, coffee, well restrained, but probing alcohol, and bitter citrus, leafy hops. The carbonation is very soft, the body as full as the moon tonight (it's a full moon...), smooth, and seductively creamy. It finishes with less emphasis on the malt, which is a good thing, as this newfound balance keeps me drinking this behemoth without those annoying questions of 'balance' 'skew', and 'one-sidedness'.

I have but one beef here - America's retarded labelling laws, which don't force the brewers to show the ABV on the bottle. I had no freaking idea about the 9+ points. Not that it affects my enjoyment, just, it's nice to know ahead of time...

Photo of tastybeer
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is almost black but appears to actually be dark purple-ish brown with ruby highlights around the edges where light sneeks through. Smells crazy. Aromas are all out nutty, smoked woody forest, with vanilla and some mystery fruits. Taste smooths out a lot but is still has an intense edge. Flavors form into a nice balance with an alcoholic kick. Finish is semi dry and woody and nicely warming. Decent mouthfeel and drinkable like it should be.

Good interesting porter.

Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with small tan head.

Smells is loads of smoked bacon and coco.

Wow..this beer isn't shy with the smokiness which I love. Almost like a liquid good. Great hints of coco, coffee, molasses, and tremendous roastiness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and silky.

Overall this is such a great smoked porter in my opinion..some people might be overwhelmed by the amount of smoke but I love it. One of my favorites.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with some slight ruby highlights. A big light tan head of foam rises and lingers leaving good skimmy lacing.

Nose is awesome! Reeks of burnt wood and smoke. Very reminiscent of AK SP, maybe smokier. Some dark malts peek their head through, but this one pretty much smells like someone threw a hang grenade into a log cabin. The nose on this one is IDEAL for the style.

Taste is a nice complex mixture of roasted malts, toasty wood, and campfire smoke. Some slight chocolate or molasses notes in here as well. A very smoky brew. The alcohol is extremely well hidden here. Wow. This is an awesome smokealicious beer. The finish has a tiny bitter bite on it, and the smoke and roasted malt flavors linger on looong into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty much ideal for this one. The slight thickness gives great body to this brew, keeps the abv in check, and compliments the heaviness of the smoke quite well. There is nice slickness in the mouth, and the finish is quite balanced.

Drinkability is good here, but the excess and heavier body makes this one a sipper for sure. The abv is hidden quite well though, so I have to give this one pretty good marks for drinkability.

Overall an incredible smoked porter. Defenitely one worth trying and would probably age miraculously. Alaskan Smoked has found a rival here. Left hand is a little bigger and beefier, so they are a little hard to compare, but man, what an awesome smoked brew. Get some! Go! Right now!

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with topping creamy head. Smokey aroma with licorice. Above average mouthfeel, even thick in the mouth. A very good example of its style. Good roasted chocolate malt, salty. Drinkable with lunch yet it does overwhelm tastes.A man's beer.

Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into my Harriet tulip.

Seal brown opaque liquid with a faint tan head receding to nothing in a few minutes. No lacing; faint legs.

Smoked malt, roast coffee,

Leather, dark brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, licorice, and more on the palate. Touches of tobacco and very low hop contributions. Sweet smokey finish is unlike any other beer I've sampled.

Creamy, smooth, slick, and oily mouth-feel. Low carbonation.

Crowd pleasing unique, sweet, smoked toasty porter. Style aside, this is stupendously drinkable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Intense!!! Rich, woody, smokey, roasty, chocolatey, caramelish, and... floral? Yep, both in the nose and the mouth. It's probably coming more from alcohol than hops, but perhaps a combination of both? Probably not! It pours an opaque black body beneath a creamy head of dark tan that holds well and leaves some initial rings and walls of lace. The aroma, as mentioned, is varied; and the smoke is very solidly present but not overwhelming. The same is true for the flavor. I initially thought Beechwood, but it's richer and more intense than that. There's a Hickory note... and I'm thinking some Maple as well. (Throws arms up in air!) I don't know! But after a half of a glass, between sips, my mouth tastes like a campfire... smokey, sweetish, slightly astringent. The beer beneath is rich and full, but not sticky or sweetish; and it's more molasses-like than caramelish - although caramel is present. The roastiness is kept in check, and it mainly displays itself at the swallow and into the finish as spent mocha-java coffee rinds, or as a burnt, but lightly roasted coffee - the kind you find at 24 hour diners throughout the northern-midwest at 1 am. Some nuttiness sneaks its way in, and it has a Cashew-kind of side to it. Salty? I'm not sure... but there's something there. A hint of yeasty fruitiness elbows its way in as well, and I'm finding apples and soft berries. The bitterness is fairly low-key given it's girth (21 degrees Plato to start?), but it's not really needed with all of the astringent smokiness and roastiness going on; and it finishes dry, smokey, roasty, astringent, and dully bitter with just a touch of nuttiness and a thin drizzle of caramel and molasses to soften it. LONG LASTING. Mouthcoating. Almost wiskey-like; and that brings us to strength... the alcohol never reveals itself in the mouth (although it's there fluttering about in the aroma), but it does hint at being there, which is great for a beer of 9.2%. and if you wait long enough, a burst of soft, powdery, sweetish and mildly fruity cocoa will appear... ... ... For fans of smoked beers, I'd say this one is worth seeking out as it's quite unique and pretty aggressive once you get into it. For those who are not fans of the style, stay the F away, it's BRASH. For those in the middle, I'd think it might be worth a try if you've got some friends to share it with. And, I appreciate the sentiment behind it - kudos to Left Hand for supporting an under-appreciated group of firefighters.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A finger of light brown head, opaque dark brown.

Barky, woody nose with smoke.

Full-bodied powerful stout with a good smoke component. Not as nice as the draft, but a good instance of a smoky beer with enough body to support it. Kinda cedary. Dry, malty finsih.

Nice and smooth.

Good smoked porter. I recall it being better on draft, but still good.

Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, split/shared on christmas day post-highland black mocha stout

appearance: dark as night, rich chocolatey cap with strong retention and creamy lacing

smell: rich dark chocolate, bacon, smoked meats, alcohol soaked dark fruits

taste: big time porter - rich dark chocolate, smoked meat, peat and other earthy flavor, roasted coffee, dark roasted malts, boozed covered plum, raisins and dates.

mouthfeel: rich and rubust, creamy with a boozy bite

drinkability: ok

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is a lot of smoked and roasted malts and a lot of sweet chocolate as well. Smells great!

T- The taste is roasted malts up front with some sweetness and smoke and a touch of hops in the finish along with a lot of warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
O- Overall, Smoke Jumpers is a great beer. I always enjoy a good smoked beer, and this one was very enjoyable. Recommended!

Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not quite pitch black, but really close to it. The faintest of faint dark brown shows when held to a light. The head is slow forming and as thick as you want it to be. A light brown in color, it's relatively uniform small bubbles are sticky, giving it a nice lace.

The malt backbone is highlighted in the nose, along with some smoke and bittersweet chocolate.

Very malty, but the smoke and hops keep everything in balance. The smoke is prevalent, but never overbearing. Hops keep their strength deep into the finish.

It's really creamy, and it's slightly bitter, for a little complexity. As it warms, all the flavors and feelings are exaggerated.

I seem to rate Left Hand beers all over the board. This one is at the better ends. It's a nice beer from beginning to end, with nary a loose end. Any rough edges have been smoothed. It's easy to drink, has a nice amount of alcohol, and goes down smooth. Good stuff.

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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.