Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
08-03-2008 03:02:51 | More by Sammy
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, campfire, and slight adhesive bandage aromas. Taste is much the same with some smoked meat and cheese type flavors as well. There is a medium level of smoky bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite smoky but tasty and very drinkable.
06-26-2012 01:05:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a very dark brown color with a light white head and not really any lacing. The nose brings some smoke along with a bit of roasted malt and some coffee. The smoke is quite nice. The taste is a bit different as I really can't get my head around everything that's going on here. Some smoke and roast plus some coffee and a bit of alcohol. A bit too much that doesn't quite meld. The smoke leads to a nice feel and this ends up drinking pretty well, though there was just something in the taste that didn't quite work for me.
11-14-2010 02:30:56 | More by Thorpe429
3.85/5 rDev -4%
A: The beer is close to jet black in color—traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down and left wispy lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of smoke in the nose. No other smells are detectable.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of smoke along with hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The roastiness leaves your mouth a bit dry in the finish.
O: This beer has a good amount of smoke to it, but it seems to mask any other aromas or flavors. It could be better if it had a bit more malts and a fuller body.
03-27-2012 01:24:12 | More by metter98
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
Licorice black with slim edges of red and gold. The amazingly frothy, caramel nougat colored crown filled most of the glass after the initial pour and is taking its sweet time losing altitude. As it does so, it deposits shredded sheets of thick lace. This is pretty much what an Imperial porter ought to look like, smoked or not.
Hell yeah! The aroma is right on the money as well. It's a near perfect marriage of chocolate malt, roasted malt and pungent smoke. Non-contributors to the nose include pale malt, wheat malt and the entire hop bill (Magnum and Mt. Hood). I hope the proportions are similar on the palate.
Wish granted. Smoke Jumper is great beer, there are no two ways about it. You have to like several bonfire's worth of smoke, though, or don't bother buying this big bottle. Although it isn't quite as rauchtastic as Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock, it isn't far behind. For some reason, I'm not reminded of smoked meat so much as simple wood smoke. How many times can I use the word 'smoke' in one review?
Since Left Hand decided to brew a kick ass Imperial porter as the base beer, this is anything but a one-trick pony. Bittersweet chocolate is the dominant member of the flavor profile (after smoke, of course), with chicory coffee nipping at its heels. Smokin' mocha, Batman! I can't tell if the tantalizing tanginess is coming from the wheat malt (doubtful) or the hops (most likely).
At 67 IBUs, I would have thought that bitterness would play more of a role. It isn't until I get well into the midsection of the '750' that it occurs to me that this is a sneakily bitter beer. Hop flavor doesn't have much of a chance given what else is going on, but there's no question that the little green cones have not been forgotten.
Have I mentioned blackstrap molasses and anise yet? Talk about complex, multi-faceted beer. For some reason, my bottle indicates that the ABV is 10.5%, not 9.2%. It doesn't matter one bit, because it tastes like it's 7.5%. Only the blurring that I'm experiencing at the edges of my vision suggests that the listed ABV is accurate.
The mouthfeel doesn't come close to letting me down. Like every other attribute, it's the best of both worlds. It's full enough and creamy enough to warrant 'big beer' status, yet doesn't bog down in the mouth as some Imperials tend to do. I'll credit a masterful job of carbonation.
Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter is the best Left Hand Brewing Company beer that I've had yet. In fact, I think I like it better than their (also excellent) Imperial Stout. I appreciate the fact that this is 'the official beer of the National Smokejumpers Association', but I don't want anyone putting out the conflagration of flavor that occurs each time I upend the glass. This is wonderful beer.
07-02-2007 23:01:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
It's great to commemorate heros with a specially made beer. Even better when it's a great beer. Here we go...
As with any great Porter or Stout the beer is an opaque dark brown with solid and froathy tan head formation, outstanding retention and good lacing all arround. A very nice look.
Smoke aroma dominates well before the nose reaches the glass. Backed up with roasted cocoa, coffee and heavy malt sweetness, this beer promises not to let the smoke get out of control.
Flavors prove to be a role-reversal. Heavy caramelized malts and breadiness hit foremost on the palate, then letting the roast, coffee, and cocoa follow up with complexity and balance. Smoke gives a great counterpart to the roast and varying the malt flavors. Rum-like alcohols make me think light notes of licorice, plumbs, and dates but not overly fruity. Yeast character is light (outside of sweet breads) or other character- just pure and simple porter and smoke.
A really nice beer that I had no problem finishing the 1pt. 6oz. bottle.
09-24-2009 02:12:27 | More by BEERchitect
3.33/5 rDev -17%
A - Poured an extremely dark brown, essentially black with a nice opaque color. Absolutly no head, lace, foam, bubbles, nothing, just looked a bit weak to be honest.
S - Smell was very heavy with the smoked presence, which is only to be expected. A slight hint of caramel or sugar could be picked up, but you really had to look for it.
M & T - Flat, no life to this at all and thin were my first impressions. Really no carbonation and slick and oily in feel. Suprised that there was actually a nice hoppy back which seemed to come out of nowhere. But the feel really distracted me and took big points away from this.
D - I really hope it was just a bad bottle, or else I would never even try this again. I had some high hopes, as I am generally a big fan of smoked beers, but this left me hanging, no thank you
05-24-2007 23:42:35 | More by mikesgroove
3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
Appearance: Pours a brown-black, near opague body with a diminishing, light brown head.
Smell: Abundantly smokey! Beyond the smokescreen, there's some roasted malts, rich caramel, dark chocolate, and smoked sausages.
Taste: Just a little too excessively smokey for me, as for me the imperial porter qualities are smothered under a blanket of smoke, sausages, and chimney sweepings. Sure, there's dark malts, caramel, French Roast coffee, and even some piney hops, but your tongue has to be ready to excavate it from beneath all the smoke.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Slight creaminess.
Drinkability: If you're looking for a smokey beer, than this brew will happily rub some salt into the wounds that such beers as Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock and Alaskan Smoked Porter have begun to fester within you.
07-04-2007 04:36:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
It's a cool evening, why not break out a smoked porter?
2006 750mL bottle listed at 10.2%, into a mug. Clinging tan foam that billows at first, and settles with a frothy surface. Utterly black, no light coming through. Smoldering embers in the aroma, subdued campfire smoke. Definitely woody, with a caramel undertone.
Rich, earthy smoked malts, bittersweet chocolate and tobacco. Long dry aftertaste. Creamy feel, nice heft to the body. It really makes you want to slow down and savor it. Leagues above the Stone I had awhile back, but around 3x the price...
09-25-2008 01:09:15 | More by emerge077
3.6/5 rDev -10.2%
A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a foamy, bubbly, light brown, one-finger head. It left some nice trails of lace.
S - It smelled very smoky with some bacon and campfire aromas.
T - It tasted very smoky with a sharp burnt toast maltiness.
M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to full-bodied beer.
D - This is a pretty good smoked porter. It goes well with a steak but might be a bit much without food.
02-26-2009 02:36:31 | More by zeff80
3.48/5 rDev -13.2%
22 oz bomber as an extra from Sparky27, thanks dude.
Appearance: Uncapped with a sharp tssk and then poured into a tulip. The liquid is pretty damn black and opaque when held against the light, with three fingers of reverse-cascading tan foam resting on top.
Smell: Big bacony smoke, roasted toasted grain and a dash of coffee. Smells well attenuated and rather dry.
Taste/mouthfeel: Up front woody campfire smoke with a big malty base to back it up. Dry on the whole, pleasantly roasty, and lighter in body than I would have expected from such a big beer. The finish brings out a bit of spicy licorice and warming alcohol, but this is fairly drinkable overall.
02-13-2009 01:44:37 | More by largadeer
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
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
02-06-2007 01:38:45 | More by NeroFiddled
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
A - Just under one finger of medium brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves little lace.
S - Strong smoked malt aroma on top of a base of caramel and coffee malt with notes of bacon and minty, spruce like hops.
T - Thick smoke up front with chicory and coffee over a low note of dark chocolate. The herbal coffee flavors intensify through the middle with some notes of cinnamon and pine hops. Finishes with increasingly strong chocolate favors and more smoke balanced by moderate hop bitterness. The thick smoke coats the palate and remains long after the beer is gone along with flavors of chicory, caramel, and chocolate covered bacon.
M - A thick, slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - This beer is not at all lacking in smoke character and, unlike some American smoked beers, it is in fact ever bit as smoky as a Bamberg Rauchbier. For some this might be a bit much, but in my opinion, it makes for a very flavorful and rich drinking experience. The underlying porter is clearly well made with a nice malt character and some noticeable hops as well. A nice stout, I am sure this would pair well with just about anything you would want to put along side of it.
12-01-2009 05:25:39 | More by nickfl
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
Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
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