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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: 533
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 69
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 12-19-2006)
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Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber-Vintage 2008
Dark brown/black in color, with a big two-inch thick, tan head of foam
Aroma-Coffee, chocolate, subtle smoke-I was expecting much more smoke aroma, maybee it has mellowed with age?
Taste-Subtle smoke and coffee notes-spicy hop profile, toasted malt, bitter chocolate, a nice warming finish.
Overall, a nice smoked porter, creamy and complex-Definitely worth a try

hosehead83, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of ditch
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable black with a decent one finger caramel head. Head hangs around for the duration leaving thin consistent lacing on the side of the glass goblet.

Aroma is very enticing. Smokey, yet sweet. Raisins and dates come threw the campy smoke. Overly roasted malts. Also had a dryness to it.

Taste is great! The over roasted malts shine threw, giving it a smokey and not burnt flavor. Raisin and dates again, coffee and chocolate. There is a slight bitter pine in the finish along with a warming sensation from the ABV. Alcohol doesn't really come into play with the taste, but you can feel it in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good for a beer of this depth. Carbonation is complimenting. Only slightly oily from the malts.

Drinkability is also good for this style. This bomber will not have any problems being consumed in this sitting. A great smoked porter from a brewery I have never heard of before. Will be trying to find some more stuff from these guys!

ditch, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a moderate head. Very nice campfire aroma- not like bacon as some smoked beers. Less unctuous in aroma and dryer. Similar in the taste. Very big smoked flavors andd some sweet malt as well as some moderate roastiness. Not super complex, but very satisfying. Slightly chewy and sweet in the mouth. One of Left Hand's best beers.

Georgiabeer, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked 750ml bottle - 2006 vintage, bottle conditioned. Poured into my nonic pint glass. The porter appears a nearly opaque deep brown color with about a finger of quickly fading tan foam. Flavors and aromas consist of just the right amount of smoke, band aids, dark, bitter, and semisweet chocolates and cocoa, dark brewed coffee, charred grains, smokey raisins, still a bit of alcohol burn lingering about. Decent carbonation levels considering the lack of any pop upon uncorking. This could certainly withstand a few more years in the cellar.

ClockworkOrange, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BEERchitect, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared at a BA tasting. This didn't go over well with the group, but I enjoyed it.

A - Darkest brown in color with a tan head that lasts.

S - Aroma of smoke, coffee, meat, earth, and a little band-aid.

T - Smoky and roasty with meaty/bacony notes, coffee, anise, and unfortunately a little band-aid too - which a bunch of people disliked, but I thought was not too much of a detriment. Mmmmm, band-aids! ABV well-hidden.

M - Fairly full and smooth with a long smoky aftertaste.

D - Well, not great. The band-aid and smoke do get to be a bit much eventually.

nickd717, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09/07/09- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2008 Vintage. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Off black colored pour with a 3/4 inch head, some decent light patches and trails of lace left behind.

Smell- A good amount of rauch-like smoke, some dark chocolate and maybe a hint of coffee buried beneath.

Taste- Wow, I am really opposed to smoked beers in general and this one is really good. Some smoke, not a ton, but just the right amount to compliment the dark-bittersweet chocolate malt base. There is a slight bit of coffee as well.

Mouthfeel- Smooth with a medium carbonation level. Smoke adds quite nice in the aftertaste with the sweet chocolate malt.

Drinkability- Tops on my list for a smoked brew. Would purchase again...and that is saying alot coming from me.

GClarkage, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of jnn4v
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

A: Almost completely pitch black in color. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Foamy, tan colored head, about 1/2" thick.

S: Oddly enough, smoke is the dominant flavor. Smoked barley, smoked peat, and smoked meats. Hints of coffee underneath.

T: Very rich flavors rush to the forefront and carry through the full length of the taste. Roasted barley, black coffee, smoked meats, peat, and bitter chocolate. A bit harsher and less integrated than I was hoping for, but good flavor elements.

M: Nice, thick texture. Pretty much perfect texture for an imperial porter, actually.

D: The harsh and strong flavors and the high ABV definitely give this a below average drinkability. It was challenging to finish my half of a bomber that I split.

jnn4v, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of mwa423
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dead black, though with TONS of head. I was pouring into a 22 oz glass and the head just kept on coming and sticking. At one point I had three fingers of head easily with 1/5th of the bottle left.

S - Dark roasted malt, very smokey like a rauch and a hint of chocolate.

T - Very...interesting, it has all the flavors of a porter and all the smokiness of a rauchbier. There's the chocolate, coffee flavors of the porter, but an overwhelming smoke flavor. A very interesting take on an american porter.

M/D - The mouthfeel is good, but the smoke flavor proved to be a bit much and knocked the drinkability down a few pegs. I'm sure if I was more into the smoke, I would love this, but it just isn't a normal beer flavor for me.

mwa423, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
1.43/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass, split at a tasting.

A: Pours a black body with a surprisingly high mocha-colored head (for such a small pour). Retention is pretty good, and the head does not vanish while I'm sipping. Leaves clumps of foam on the sides of the glass.

S: Smoked ham and bandaids. Also, chocolate and coffee.

T: Smoked ham. And bandaids. Almost as an afterthought, chocolate in the mid-taste with a coffee bean finish.

M: Like having medium-bodied smoked ham in my mouth, supported on a generous wash of moderate bandaid carbonation. The bandaids really hide the ABV well.

D: If I ever want smoked ham and bandaids, I know where to look. Pretty sweet.

Seriously though, a very strange beer. I don't think a single person at the tasting liked this.

Arbitrator, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of drgonzo3705
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pleasant black color with a thick fluffy mocha colored head that recedes to nothing more than a ring around the glass and patches of filmy foam in the middle.

S: Big smokiness melding with some chocolate, coffee, and sweet malt aromas. Nice bouquet.

T: Smoke fills your mouth as the chocolate and coffee flavors happily but prominently ride underneath the smoke.

M: Full bodied with a slight creaminess. Ample carbonation and a pleasant slick coating left in your mouth.

D: Good. A bottle by myself is no problem, but a second I would want to share with a friend.

drgonzo3705, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of beveritt
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

beveritt, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color, almost black with a thick, creamy dark tan head. Foam recedes slowly to a nice coating.

Nose is a very nice mix of pipe tobacco, rauchbier-esque smokiness and chocolate. There is some dark fruit in there for sure, most akin to raisins. Good, bold nose that I am (surprisingly) enjoying more than Stone's smoked porter.

Smokiness is very prominent, which I like and can never get enough of. Roasty malt and dark chocolate flavors round out the profile nicely. It leaves a deep toasty and hoppy bitterness on the back of the tongue. Full flavored beer, and yet very well balanced. Bottle does not have the ABV labeled, but it tastes pretty high. I am not getting a whole lot of the juniper flavors, but maybe not all of the pine notes are attributed to the hops. I was looking for an excuse to get this out of my cellar, as most Left Hand Beers have not aged well. In this case I believe this one could benefit from another year or so...not that it wasn't delicious now, cause it is! Great job Left Hand, quite possibly the best beer I have had from them.

twiggamortis420, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with a super thick tan head. Aroma of smoked meats, roasted malt, piney hops. Flavor of smoked meats (light smoked meats, not as smoky as I'd like) and a sweet malt finish. Palate is not as robust as I'd like but this is pretty tasty. Not my favorite smoked, but up there.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

glid02, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich opaque sable that is just a shade or two from black; head is tan and fairly thick but none too persistent. Strong aroma is smoky and oily with a firm overtone of fine coffee and hints of molasses and caramel. Rich flavor has roast coffee core with touches of molasses, unsweetened chocolate and burnt caramel and just a touch of hops. Texture is smooth and a little syrupy, somewhat tingly, leaving a slightly sweet mocha finish.

Cyberkedi, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of SuperSpy
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Black and clear as it poured from the bottle but very opaque with a darkish tan, 2-finger head and a lot of lace when in the glass. The head dies to about 1/4-inch but remains throughout the session.

S - There is plenty of smoke in the aroma but also some sweet malt. Overall it's a bit reminiscent of smoked bacon. A very nice intro.

T/M - Full-bodied and plenty of carbonation. A little sweet up front followed by lots of smoke, but not an overwhelming amount. Some molasses and dark chocolate but the finish is smoky and dry.

D - This went down fairly easily for a smoked beer but as it warmed it got a little harder to take down. Be sure to start with this one cold and finish before it gets too warm.

SuperSpy, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter.

A-Too-large head, light tan, frothy with good retention. Opaque black beer.

S-Smoky character is very prominent. Chocolate with a nuance of roast and some slight malt character.

T-Initial smokiness is taken over by a hearty, full porter flavor, big chocolate with a minimal but fully balancing hop bitterness. Alcohol flavor, smooth, comes through in the middle and fades to finish. The smokiness that presides over the entirety of the flavor continues into the finish, alongside a slight malty sweetness and fruity esters.

M-Medium-full body, luxurious at times. Medium carbonation.

D-Pretty decent flavor and a nice balance of the porter character and the smoky character, though I think the smokiness could perhaps get to be a bit much.

CHSLBrew, May 29, 2009
Photo of SilentSabre
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber, not a 750mL as pictured. Substantially darker than many other porters and actually had some sediment. Head was a khaki coloured soapy froth that remained about a quarter of an inch thick throughout the drink. Smell was much smokier than any other American made smoked brew I have ever encountered. In fact, save for some sweet malts hiding deep down, smoke is about *all* I get in the nose. Very nice, indeed. Taste: The smoke asserts itself right up front, then wanes briefly to sweet malts and finishes a little bitter. The alcohol is terrifically well concealed in this. Were I to try this not knowing anything about it, I would guess, say, 6,8%? 7,0% at the most perhaps? Certainly not 9,2%. A very, very well crafted brew, for sure. Bravo, Left Hand!

SilentSabre, May 28, 2009
Photo of LauraAlberts
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark Brown - with ruby to orange hues

Smell: Caramel, Malt, Smoke, Toast, Dark Chocolate, Brown Sugar

Taste: Smokey Warmth, White Pepper, Caramel, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Burnt Banana, BBQ Smoked Tenderloin - this would go great in a BBQ sauce.

Mouthfeel: The best part about this beer - the smokey warmth soothes and softens the palate.

Drinkability: Sipper - Grab this beer when you're cold - not that best for the summer - but definitely a nice sipper to savor on a cool evening.

LauraAlberts, May 11, 2009
Photo of Cheers
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Smoked molasses

A - Black with a lacy light brown head that quickly shrinks to a creamy lace/foam that sticks around and is extremely tasty.

T- toasted malt up front with a nice hop finish. Leaves a smoke flavor/scent lingering in the back of the mouth between sips.

M - There is a Light effervescence to this thick brew that coats your mouth sticking the smoky flavor to the back of your toung.

D - A very enjoyable imperial porter.

Cheers, May 07, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

tigg924, May 04, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep black blocks out even direct light film over the top.

S-Sweet black malt, brown sugar and fig sweetness. Small smokey note in the nose as well.

T-Much like the nose except the smoke comes thru alot more also has a nice better finish.

M-Medium body very silky smooth and very complex flavors come alive very well in the mouth.

D-Wish I could buy it in a 6 pack this is really good.

SpecialK088, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of naterock
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a ballooned tasting glass. Deep black in color with brown around the edges and a medium tan rocky head. decent lacing but not too much.

smell is a super rich black malts and a smoky nose, not too unlike the Shrelenker Marzen but it just doesn't have the "bacon" smell that most smoked beers do.

Taste is very rich and sugary malt, nice hop bite in the background with a wonderfully balanced smokey presence. every aspect of this beer seems to be in perfect balance with one another.

mouth is thick and viscous and drinks slowly. Pairs great with a steak or burger. truly a superb beer from a so far underwhelming brewery.

naterock, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany out of the bottle and sits almost completely black in the glass with a creamy one-inch head that recedes slowly to a cap.

The aroma is awesome, smells like hickory smoked sausage. There are some chocolate malts and coffee floating around in the back but the smoked meat aroma dominates.

The taste has a sweet dark malt flavor up front before the smoked meats take over and leave a boozy smoke-filled finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth with lots of smoke and slightly dry in the finish.

This is a great smoked beer, and one that has plenty of smoked character without being overpowering. Highly recommended.

gford217, Apr 05, 2009
Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.