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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Reviews: 244
Hads: 576
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 77
Gots: 56 | 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 coltonbrimhall
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-midnight black beer with little head
- very smoky chocolate notes with a sweet start to alcohol end
-light chocolate notes, lots of roasted grains and smokiness with a alcohol end
- thick and warming beer, doesn't over coat though in my opinion
-overall a very smoky beer pleasant but i expected less smoke from a imperial porter but top notch beer none the less (365 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Had this on tap at the Pint Room in Carmel on Left Hand night. Excellent. The color is a deep brown, not mistaken for black which is good for a stout. The flavor is SUPER smoky, with a hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. Like you're in a burning building smoky. Loved it. (270 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BBD 3/24/19. Yes, the stamp says 2019. Pitch black pour with an average head, below average retention and above average lacing. The nose is charred oak like smoke over a rich caramel sweetness with hints of dark fruit and chocolate. As it warms, light alcohol notes are noted and chocolate becomes more prevalent. Almost full bodied with a very rich creamy texture. Below normal carbonation with almost no effervescence in the finish. The World Class flavor profile is intense, yet masterfully balanced between smoke, caramel sweetness and mild bitterness. It is quite complex from the middle to the finish. It begins with a rush of oak like, rather than bacon such as in the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers, smoke with a rough charred nature - just like a Smoke Jumper would encounter - that coats the tongue in an oily onslaught. The sweet caramel background, with hints of vanilla and heavy chocolate notes, melds with it and slowly the bitterness and roast characteristics emerge. The exceptional finish is a blending of all previous flavors and the dark fruit characteristics finally get a chance to emerge against a rich chocolate background. As it warms, the vanilla component becomes quite evident in the finish. As everything fades, a nice residual smokiness sweetly coats the tongue and a low level alcohol burn tickles the back of the throat. Truly a World Class offering from Left Hand and the most flavorful smoked porter I've ever had the privilege to drink. (1,480 characters)

Photo of StoutBrotha602
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Exceptional Porter.. ive had a few porters and this one is on the Best of "Left hand List" that ill store in my mind when i roam the shelves at total wine and AJ's.

Never had a smoked porter until i tried this one this passing June 2014.
after having left Hands Black Jack id say this is right up there with it but in terms of difference in taste this is the other side of the porter coin (391 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Holy smokes! Yep, that's what you get with this beer. Tastes like you just pulled it out of the smoker, probably would go great with barbecue. Will have to try that sometime. Very strong smoky flavor, clearly the dominant taste here. Had this in a flight with other dark beers and it was a standout. (304 characters)

Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.75/5  rDev +17%
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 bacon..so 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. (435 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black beer with a one finger, beige, head.

Nose: Chocolate, smoke, cocoa, coffee, rasted malt, brown sugar and hops.
Taste: Rasted malt, smoaked roasted malt, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, black pepper, coffee, molasses and dried fruit.
Body: Full body with light carbonation. Complex structure. Smooth and creamy.

Great Imperial Porter! (339 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/24/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, wood smoke, toast, molasses, light char, light dark fruits, herbal hops, and roast/smoke earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/smoked malt moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, molasses, wood smoke, light char, light dark fruit, herbal hops, and roast/smokey earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, molasses, wood smoke, light char, light dark fruit, herbal hop, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast/smoked malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial smoked porter! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,525 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super black!! SRM 45+. The head had a nice tinge of brown. This looks like a treat!

Moderate to pushy in the smoke department. Smoked salt, French Roast coffee, cocoa nibs, earthy roast, campfire, bitter oats, black patent char, seawater, and cured charcuterie. Awesome nose. Still reppin' porters, not rauchs. Gets good marks!

Holy smokes! Smoked bacon, campfire, French Roast coffee, charred porter roast, chocolate-bacon bar, black peppercorn, mineral water, and an earthy bitter finish. Truly excellent. Opens up at sixty degrees more than you would believe.

Just bigger than medium, for body. Viscosity is pretty easy, however. Carbonation wants to give it some spice. Just a great feel for an Impy Porter. Booze? Yeah, I didn't think you'd answer to roll call.

Loves me a meaty, smoky imperial porter. Left Hand nailed it. For the ages! (846 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (1,654 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Barely a one finger tan head produced, faint tan brown and no retention. Nice light tan whispy top not to oily or glossy, with a simple staying light bubbled collar. Very dark walnut brown body with a hint of clarity to it.

Nice hints of smoked malts, slightly woody and campfire like. Hints of light jerky and salt meats. Seems definitely more rauchbier than porter roasty in aroma. No complaints quite solid, and even a little spicy hinting at pepper and chili sensations.

Palate comes out quite unexpected. Very nice rich and sweet creamy body. Hints of vanilla and milk, then with the matching smoked malt content on the finish. Lots of salty and briney like flavors on the finish. Mild aromatics, and good controlled smoke. Creamy quality finally hints at some coffee hinting porter roast as well, with some light body control. Flavor also has an almost licorice black bite to it interestingly.

Overall a bit of a style blur but a fun unique beer, very enjoyable. (1,023 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours near black with a beige head. Some webby and ring-like lace. No light passes.

Smoke first, then chocolate malt aromas.

Cocoa start and the smoke kicks in (with a vengeance). After the first sip, the palate adjusts and I start to detect a complex malt profile. I sense there's some nuttiness from Crystal Malt, semisweet cocoa from Chocolate Malt and then just a touch of coffee from Black Patent. There's plenty of smoke to the end. The body is full but the carbonation is also elevated. (497 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a one finger thick creamy, coffee-colored head into a snifter that left a thick ring throughout. the body was dark brown, bordering on black.
s - light smoke and peaty aroma.
t - smoky and spicy with a finish of roasted chocolate as it warms.
m - creamy and medium.
o - one of, if not, the best smoked beers i've ever had. (333 characters)

Photo of gleemonger
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark coffee brown, almost black with a small tan head that doesn't stick around for very long. Not really any lacing.

Dark smokey roasted malts as hoped from the name, with some sweet chocolate hints to balance. A little vanilla. Very sweet and savory smelling, I like it a lot.

Even more of the smoke on the flavor, but not super crazy because it's quickly balanced out by the sweet chocolate flavors and some of the usual porter malt flavors, with just a hint of hop bitterness to even it out. I get a hint of that vanilla I was smelling too. Pretty complex and evenly balanced.

Full bodied with fairly light carbonation but a nice crisp bite to it anyway. Somehow it still feels like a porter - granted it's an imperial porter, but still, I get the classification.

Really nice. I'm a big fan of smoked beers and this one didn't disappoint at all. I get plenty of the smoke, but not to the point where it's completely overwhelmed or the other parts are neglected. Very well crafted and balanced. (1,005 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, pours near-black,topped with a tall, tan colored head that faded fairly quickly leaving little lace on the glass. Aromas are smoke, roasted barley, molasses, chocolate. Ample amount of smoked malt, molasses, roasted barley, chocolate, peppery finish, booze is well concealed. Creamy, fullish body, easy to drink. Overall, decent smoked beer, but I wouldn't get it again. (383 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle poured into a Left Hand Pint Glass.

The beer pours a nice black color, hues of brown and burgundy with a loose caramel head that is hardly a finger high that vanishes quickly and leaves some film atop the beer, but minimal lacing. The aroma very salty, smoky and robust. Lots of smoke, dark chocolate and bacon grease, it's quite savory, harsh and rather one dimensional. The flavors are a bit more balanced, but dominantly smoky, more of a chocolate and malt showing, but the smoke really punishes the palate with some sharp alcohol at the finish. The body is nice and rich, fairly smooth with some overzealous carbonation that finishes with a nice creamy touch.

Verdict: Certainly a powerfully smoky beer, a bit too much for me and my sensitive palate. This is definitely one of the more bacon and salty, savory forward beers I've had and the balance is really poor. Smoked beers really aren't my thing and this one is just way too intense for me. (965 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with chestnut highlights and beige foams that trails.
Smoky phenols with hints of red berry, peat and meat on the nose.
Red currants, cold coffee, lots of smoke, far whack of earthy hops. Sweetens as it warms, with red berry and brown sugar.
Sprucey end and roasty bitter linger.
Medium to full, round, plenty of chew.

1.021 finish, so full and sweet. Smoke is judicious and there's plenty of bitter in the roast and hops. Lean for 8.8%, which makes it a nice drinker.

Between the smoke, roast and sweetness, tastes more like BBQ than any smoked beer I've had. (573 characters)

Photo of scratch69
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black in color with a half a fingers worth of dark tan head. Light amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Smoke and chocolate aromas with a hint of char.

Taste- Sweet dark malt and smoke flavors dominate with notes of chocolate, char, and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Light amount of carbonation with a faint amount of alcohol warmth.

Overall- This is one of the better smoked beers I have had. Tasty and complex but not too complex. (527 characters)

Photo of codysjb
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark black. Head is a good chocolate color.

S: A bit of sourness. Light in general.... not a lot going on here.

T: Smoke comes through a lot. A bit of a sharp bite. Alcohol is pretty overpowering. Porter notes are very subdued. A bit of chocolate and roastiness but nothing special.

M: Alcohol is a bit overpowering but the carbonation is on the money and the body is a solid medium which is great.

Overall a pretty weak beer. The smoke note is great but there isn't much more to this beer. The other flavors are subtle at best having a slight roastiness and chocolate. Drinkable but not that great. (615 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into goblet.

Ironically, smoke floats out of the bottle upon uncapping. Pours w/respectable 1/2F creamy tan head over opaque black body w/ ruby edges. Tons of lacing. Quite impressive appearance.

Aromas are rich and thick. Full of ham, burnt wood, sneakers (rubber), and dry hops.

Quite creamy on the palate. The rubber and smoke come through pretty strong in the flavor. Some bittersweet chocolate. Char, herbs and mint round things out. Decent bitter finish.

Overall, a little messy, but fun and full of flavor. Enjoy! (532 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is as smokey as any rauchbier ive had, definitely the most smokey american made beer ive had. it pours really dark brown, dark chocolate color, with a yellowish tan head an inch high. the nose is crazy, like a bonfire, or like smoked bacon or something, meaty and woody, dark malts, vanilla, and burnt toast. the flavor is totally dominated by the smoke, its nice over a huge porter that can stand up with all that flavor. the malt profile is awesome, and the alcohol isnt really there at all. its got a long bitter finish, with some detectabe hops happening. mouthfeel is lovely as well, really creamy in texture, its a nice contrast to the sort of rough around the edges flavors. carbonation isnt bubbly, but its bright, makes the beer quite drinkable. i enjoyed half the bomber, and put the other half into a pot of bison chilli, and found the results to be great. its a perfect beer for that application, and a nice one to drink with foods like bbq and roasts. world class. (982 characters)

Photo of carlborch
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky-black pour with faint hints of mahogany. Totally impenetrable when in the glass. Beautiful multi-inch, tan, head forms. Thick, small bubbles. Retention is excellent! Roasted, toasty, smoky, sour, notes in the nose. The nose is evident, yet restrained and elegant. Smoke, and toast dominate. Anticipation builder! Medium-light body for a porter. Lingering smoke notes on the palate. Nose and palate bring forth memories of camp fires. Perhaps a little short? Delicious. Minimal (spotty) lace formation. Bright and balanced. Could be used as an aperitif. Certainly gets the gastric juices flowing! The ABV is not evident. (624 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, smoke, slight alcohol, and slight dry hop. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, dry hop, sweet malt, alcohol, slight smoke, and slight hop. Overall, good appearance, body, and aroma. I would have liked a stronger smoke presence, but still a good beer. (462 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoked beers grew on me fast; from first sip, really. Here’s to liquid bacon!

Brewed seven months before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON 02/08/12”).

A: Thick black body from a creamy pour, with brown cream climbing to an inch high; satin retention stands pillowy and full, showing nice strands of lacing, too.

S: Great mix of bacon, hickory, smoke, roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate – emphasis on the bacon. The bacon shifts to honey-ham in a smooth transition to something sweeter, mainly vanilla, anise, and caramel malt. Roasted all the way through.

T: The first sip swells with a satisfying sweetness, coating the palate with hot fudge, hazelnut, and caramel the whole way through. The sweets blend with the smoke of the malts, tasting just like the thick skin of a smoked, glazed ham…if that ham had some chocolate on the side. Finishes sugar-forward with a vanilla and mocha aftertaste, with smoky peat notes hanging on.

M: Smooth, yet crisp enough to keep the smoke ahead in the palate. Moderate body, and pretty damn drinkable for this dark a beer.

O: Smoked, but not smoke-heavy, which allows the bigger imperial porter notes to come out; that’s exactly what I was hoping for. Balance is the key here, and that’s the sign of a well-crafted beer – I could drink this all day long. (1,323 characters)

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