Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +24.7%
Poured from a 750ml bottle that I shipped back from Denver. Label had the year on the front. It was a deep black color even against a light. The head was huge and brown. It slowly settled to a thick foam and had great lacing. The smell was obviously heavy on the smoke which I love. Also could smell the roasted malts and molasses. Also got a hint of the 9.2% ABV. The taste was incredible and followed the smell - great smokey taste with some sweetness and just a touch of bitter at the end. The mouthfeel was solid and creamy. With this one, Left Hand nailed it. Soon as you get your first whiff you know you are going to be drinking one special beer. With the size and ABV, it's a one bottle affair but could see drinking this weekly if I could get here. Highly, Highly recommend. (5, HR, T,Y)
03-14-2007 02:07:17 | More by TexIndy
4.97/5 rDev +23.9%
750ml bottle into Nonic. 2006 bottle conditioned on the label, bought and imbibbed October 2007.
This Porter (probably a Baltic Porter rather than an American Porter in style) pours pitch black with only a thin edge of red light getting through. A very thick and solid light brown head very slowly settles to a thick pillowy cap. The head creates some thick lacing on the glass as it settles. More shows up as the beer descends down the glass, creating areas of stringy lacing.
The aroma is very deep and rich, giving a complex mix of bitter malts, chocolate, molasses, and a little bit of raisin. Not much of the alcohol is perceived at first, coming out a little more as it warms. A little bit of flowery hop is barely detectable.
The flavor is complex as well, but not overpowering as a Russian Imperial Stout can be. It's sweet up front with chocolate tones, then shifts to a bitter mix of molasses and the roasted malts. Everything is well in balance, with a little bit of hop flavor showing up at the end when the malt flavors fade. Full bodied with lively carbonation that's hidden by the opaque characteristics of the beer. It's thick enough where the flavors seem to stick in the mouth for a while between sips. The smokey flavor seems to come out later when the beer warms a little more.
I was excitited to see this one of the shelf, as I knew it would be something I would enjoy. And let me tell you, it didn't let me down. Full bodied and complex, perfectly enjoyable when the temperature starts falling (or when it's 100 degrees outside, who cares). This one earns a nearly perfect score, and it could easily be perfect. If it has a downside, it's not as smokey as I expected ;-). Recommended.
10-14-2007 22:41:18 | More by BeerSox
4.93/5 rDev +22.9%
Im splitting this bottle with Stopper at cellar temp. Pouring into a snifter the beer is jet black with a fluffy tan head of 2 cm foaming up easily. The head lingers as a thin surface layer throughout. Aroma is very smokey like cooking bacon on a campfire. Quite appealing. There is some chocolate and roast malt buried in there, but dominated by smoke. First sip reveals an average body with silky smooth texture. Flavor is brown sugar and molassess and quickly rolls to an ashy smoke and coffee ground bitterness. There is no detectable alcohol or hops that I can find. I really enjoy this beer and if you like smoked stuff, this is a must try!
05-19-2007 16:55:08 | More by sulldaddy
4.88/5 rDev +21.7%
750 ML bottle, purchased caged and corked for about $12 from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Thought it was a rather hefty price for an American-made brew from Left Hand, but after the first sip, I must concur that it was definitely worth it to sample such a unique, distinct, and completely different brew from many others I have encountered... Tastes very similar to a classic Smoked beer / Rauchbier like Aecht Schlenkerla, but with a noticeable malty, nutty, and chocolate taste also extremely apparent and bursting with flavor... Pours a deep, dark, opaque, jet-black color with a minimal tan and frothy reddish head that soon receded but left a fair amount of lacing...
Smell didn't stand out as much as the taste, but an apparent cocoa and malty aroma was certainly distinguishable...
The taste was really exceptional and unique, bursting with noticeable Smoked beer characteristics and roasted, toasted malts, along with a nice sweet, chocolate, espresso-like dichotomy... Very different from many other beers...
Very creamy, rich, and thick mouthfeel...
Excellent drinkability without the slightest hint of alcohol detectable despite the hefty 9.2% ABV...
One of the best American brews I've tried in a while...
Excellent stuff... Worth the price, and definitely recommended...
02-22-2008 00:08:01 | More by dsa7783
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
4.85/5 rDev +20.9%
Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a nice tan head that drops quickly to a murky film and fails to deliver much in the lacing department
Smell: Dark chocolate with undertones of smoke, molasses and fruity hops
Taste: Starts with a surprisingly sweet milk chocolate flavor with subtle hints of smoke that build through mid-palate; after the swallow, the smoke flavors burst forth and dominate the finish along with a bit of fruity bitterness; sweet chcolate flavors linger on the tip of the tongue
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and somewhat creamy; with foamy carbonation
Drinkability: Just a superb example of a smoked beer that blends the sweetness with the smoke to craft a real treat; easily the best Left Hand beer I have tasted
07-17-2007 23:13:48 | More by brentk56
4.84/5 rDev +20.7%
APPEARANCE: This is one of the darker Porters I have seen. No light comes through even when held up to a light bulb. The brownish, off-white head fluffs up to about a finger’s worth of head before slowly receding into a beer-coaster-thick cap. Lacing is spotty up top, but becomes much more full throughout the glass.
SMELL: This beer has a wonderfully, smoky smell. A subtle coffee roastiness provides a backdrop for a very pleasant bacon-like smoked aroma.
TASTE: This is the closest thing to liquid bacon I have ever had. This is one of the few truly savory beers out there with plenty of Umami. Yum. Adding to the savory flavor is a touch of roasty malt and for balance, a hint of semi-sweet dark chocolate rolls over the tongue towards the end of the sip.
MOUTHFEEL: Incredible. Perfect might be a better word, particularly when it comes to balance – the savory flavors are dominant, but the perfect portion of sweetness comes in at just the right moment to create an exceptional give and take. As for body, this is certainly a big beer, but lighter than many other Porters. The carbonation provides a light tickle to go along with a creamy, but cleansing mouthfeel. I think there is only one other beer I’ve given a 5 in mouthfeel, but this if there’s a way to make one 5 stronger than the other this one is.
OVERALL: This is the best smoked beer I am currently aware of. Left Hand does a lot of things very well, but two of those things stand out – dark beers and smoked beers. It turns out, this might the best combination of the two they’ve ever done. For the style, this might be the closest beer to perfection I have ever had.
05-02-2014 07:06:58 | More by StoneTSR
4.72/5 rDev +17.7%
Thanks go out to DoctorDog for this one.
Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a standard pint glass. Maybe my second Imperial Porter ever. Label is black, white, red, and grey and depicts smoke jumpers dropping into the thick of a forest fire. 2008 vintage.
Appearance: Pours with just shy of two fingers of medium brown head. This settles slowly, eventually dropping to a thin coating of foam and leaving behind nice lacing coverage. The beer itself is absolutely black. Maybe the slightest hint of brown around the edge.
Smell: Very strong aroma, the kind you can pick up before you even bring the glass to your nose. Smells of sweet chocolate and toasted marshmallows, with distinct notes of smoke and alcohol sweetness.
Taste: Initial sweetness up front, reminiscent of toasted marshmallows. This fades to a semi sweet chocolate body with undertones of toffee. Smoke quickly makes itself known, with a long lingering smokiness.
Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.
Drinkability: Wow, this is great stuff. Strong yet well blended. So many "Imperial" beers are just a bad mashup of non complimentary flavors. This one is certainly not. Great beer.
08-02-2009 01:37:42 | More by beveritt
4.7/5 rDev +17.2%
This beer poured a dark brown color with a moderate head that fell fast and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma had a lot of smoke character with some chocolate and caramel. The flavor was much the same way. Very thick and smooth with lots of surprisingly smooth smoke character. The smoke flavors are the most dominant, but there are also plenty of flavors of chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. Very drinkable and extremely enjoyable. Thick bodied as well.
03-21-2007 17:05:12 | More by clvand0
Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.