Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by dogfooddog:
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
from a recent trade with rajendra82.
if there was a category to score appearance/quality of bottling I would mark it down notably - the wire cage on the cork is screwed far too many times and far too tight, and the small loop at the end BREAKS OFF when I begin untwisting it. Left Hand should seek guidance for how to bottle/cage corked beers, or maybe just buy some in a grocery store and see how almost every other brewer in the western world is able to handle this challenging task.
with wire cutters, a quick tug and the cork almost flies out, though beer does not overflow. Pours with a huge head, like 75% of glass volume. this beer is opaque and smells like (wood) smoke. bottles notes that the malt is smoked with 'several hardwoods.' smoke level in nose approaches that in some smoked jerky products. I cannot get much else out of the beer from the smell at this point.
taste is (once again) smokey, with dark roasted malt in the background of a very heavy blanket of smoke in the mouth. this continues into the finish and aftertaste, to such a degree that it might be the smokiest beer I have had that remained pleasant and drinkable.
finally well into the aftertaste some hints of malt start becoming prominent. the alcohol is invisible in this brew.
if smoke is your thing, try this beer!
01-31-2007 03:42:05 | More by dogfooddog
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4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
02-17-2009 18:54:01 | More by oberon
3.93/5 rDev -2%
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.
03-16-2009 14:28:52 | More by ricke
4.85/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
03-19-2008 04:36:54 | More by StoutHearted
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
12-22-2006 01:22:13 | More by blitz134
4.25/5 rDev +6%
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!
03-12-2007 06:11:52 | More by Beaver13
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
01-15-2013 05:28:37 | More by codysjb
4.33/5 rDev +8%
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.
05-04-2009 15:50:16 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
05-14-2012 04:29:22 | More by Mora2000
3.25/5 rDev -19%
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.
07-04-2012 21:43:18 | More by ehammond1
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
06-08-2012 20:20:21 | More by WVbeergeek
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
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)
07-18-2012 22:29:38 | More by chinchill
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
06-19-2009 03:20:35 | More by glid02
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
06-20-2012 00:12:50 | More by LXIXME
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
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...
10-24-2010 00:26:03 | More by biboergosum
4.25/5 rDev +6%
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.
02-19-2007 04:42:29 | More by tastybeer
Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.