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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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BA SCORE
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533 Ratings
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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 Aprilluvsbeer
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2006 750ml, I poured into a tulip like glass. Now, I have not reviewed many beers, nor do I consider myself a beer connoisseur, but I feel the need to review this one.

This porter poured into my glass with a huge creamy tan head - not something I would have expected but it did not take away from the overall experience. The mouthfeel was smooth, not too carbonated and not a huge blast of smokiness either - which I like. You can definitely smell the smoke and the roastiness, but like I said, it was not overwhelming.

Taste was yummy, for the lack of a better term. A real nice porter with a subtle smoke flavor that hints towards the end.

I really like this Smoked Porter. It is an acquired taste, as are all smoked beers, but this is quite a tasty beverage!

Thanks to czoch75 for this bottle!

Cheers!
April

Aprilluvsbeer, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of trevorwideman
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a tasting with fisherman34 and oakbluff. This one was a welcome surprise to the tasting table. Poured into a snifter.

Pours black as night with 1/2 inch of tan head that retains well and leaves lots of lace. Aroma has tons of smoke and chocolate, sharp spiciness and heavy molasses. Delicious.

Taste is well balanced with bittersweet chocolate malt, molasses, brown sugar, light fruitiness, pepper and, of course, lots of smoke. Wow, this is potent stuff! Mouthfeel is nothing short of heavy duty, carbonation is mellow as it should be. This is extremely enjoyable, but it's super heavy. It's a sipper, and no more than one at a time for me please. Great for a nightcap.

trevorwideman, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of rye726
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'06 750ml corked bottle poured into a snifter at 45F.

This bottle made some noise upon opening. The beer has a cedar/ruby brown color with an active tan head. Had superb head retention and lace production for a two year old 10.5% brew.

A very smokey nose. The smoke is surrounded by swet malts, molasses, vanilla and caramel. There are also aromas of earthy hops and faint alcohol tones.

Roasty caramel and black malts with a good amount of bitter floral hops. There are some bittersweet molasses, chocolate and coffee flavors. Quite complex and complimented well by the smoked barley.

Nice and dry for aporter of this size. Full body and good crisp carbonation.

Very good example of this style. From the sweet start to the dry and bitter finish, it is complimented by the quality smoking job. Powerful and complex, but nothing out of balance. At 10.5% alcohol, this is more drinkable than most standard porters. It has aged well for two years and should continue to do so for at least a few more.

rye726, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for breaking this one open after a few discussions about it...
Appears a dark brown with a tan head that quickly fades into a decent sized collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of smokey meat, campfire wood burning, baked bread, with some brown sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some beef jerky notes, charcoal brisket, slow-smoked ribs with hints of caramelized sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with smoked brisket notes lingering along the palate long after the swallow.

weeare138, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First release, Sampled November 2007
This beer is fairly well carbonated as it easily produces an initially 3.5-finger thick, creamed chocolate-tan colored head. The beer is almost black, but does have some concentrated brown notes to it. It is quite opaque, unless I hold it directly up against my desk lamp and have it at just the right angle, at which point it shows some concentrated ruby, brilliantly clear highlights. The smoke aromatics are quite evident and quite enticing too (especially if you like a good smoked beer); I have a hard time dissecting smoke aromatics, but if I had to stretch I would say that I get notes of smoked beech wood, raw cedar, oak and something like a savory, almost umami like aroma. Rich and chewy smelling, the smoke notes, while strong, have a smooth phenolic profile to them and almost a fake sort of cherry like note to them; you will have to really use your imagination for that last note though. An underlying malt character struggles to peek through the smoke, but does supply hints of toasted malt, notes of lightly burnt soda crackers, as well as nicely roasted bread crust aromatics. And there is a touch of warming alcohol evident too. Really the aroma is all about the smoke, and if you don't like this or are looking for malt and hop character in the nose, well then this beer is just not for you.

Sweet tasting up front, but the carbonation kicks in pretty quickly and makes this a touch more frothy than I would prefer; luckily this is easily taken care of by vigorously swirling my glass. As I swirl the beer aromatic notes of smoked, yet burnt plums reach my nose. Much smoother once the carbonation has been released; the roast malt provides a touch of astringency and sharpness in the finish though. The roast / burnt malt notes provide some chalky, burnt barley husk notes, some burnt acidity, but some smooth roast malt flavors and touches of lightly roasted coffee. The smoke contributes a perceived tartness up front, but this yields to a malt and smoke amplified sweetness that help to finish this beer off; the tart and sweet notes contribute to a roasted plum & raisin flavor too. This has a chewy, rich mouthfeel to it; the malt definitely sticks to the mouth even after the beer has left my mouth. The smoke flavors definitely cling to the palate as does a subdued burnt note; both of these linger on in a really long finish, though the smoke is definitely the dominant note. At times the beer can seem a little harsh in the finish, but at others, depending on where my palate is at that particular moment, it can be quite can be fairly smooth and satiating.

I have had four of these since the release and I have found each and everyone one of them a great beer to spend and evening with. The 750ml format almost requires this, but still I feel that the totality of this beer is a bit bigger than perhaps the individual, dissected components; though even the individual components are quite tasty.

Gueuzedude, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a very smokey scent that blends well with the black malts. It dry and very delicious smelling. The taste is great also. It has a warm and bitter black malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and smokey with hints of chocolate malt. It very complex and flavorful; a wonderful beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It's definately not stingy with the smoke flavor. I really enjoy it as well as the base flavors of this excellent porter. It's black, bitter, and dry with just a bit of lingering sweetness.

WesWes, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of SebastianBock
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is an incredibly intense beer, and is not at all a good beginner beer unless trying to display the farthest reaches of what a beer can taste like.

Poured a near-perfect dark brown into my ale glass, with a head that just exploded in the glass and lasted for quite some time. One of the most stubborn heads I've dealt with in awhile, although I didnt have much time to linger on that because the smell hit me so hard! Typical porter notes of chocolate, licorice, and cherries, with the typical smoked smells of oak, dried leaves, and tobacco, with an added BIG smoky smell similar to smoked gouda or another strong smoked cheese.

The beer tasted delicious but was very overwhelming. I would have loved to pair this with something simple like sliced veggies or mild cheese. The same notes in the nose were there, and as far as I can tell were in approximately the same proportions. The added notes were coffee, copper, blood, and resin. Mouthfeel was perfect as far as thickness goes, but make sure to prepare your palate for this beer. I have never had a beer this smoky, but I would certainly recommend it to someone as an epicurean experience. Overall a tasty brew, ripe for pairings in a souther Thanksgiving meal!

Recommended for: Kurt Russell in Backdraft, Kurt Russell in Escape from LA, Kurt Russell in Captain Ron.

SebastianBock, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of Risser09
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Eric at Phatz' Sour beer tasting. What a palate cleanser after all those funky sours!

Appearance: Pours dark black with a tan head and some lingering lace.

Smell: Super smoky in the nose with a variety of hardwoods that blend together nicely. Beef jerky is what the aroma reminds me of. Very strong and very interesting.

Taste: Wow. Beef jerky, mesquite wood, grilled potatoes, smoked malt, molasses, licorice, espresso and tobacco. Plenty of flavors that bring an almost unprecented complexity to what would otherwise be a mediocre porter. The taste also shows no time of weakening after 5, 10, 15, 20 minutes. Well done, very fun to drink, and a great palate cleanser among so many sour beers.

Mouthfeel: Big body to this one. Buttery and smoky with an alcohol burn and lots of wood tannins. Smoothe and drinkable with lots of legs.

Drinkability: It was very hard to push through a whole glass of this stuff, but that doesn't mean it wasn't an awesome beer. I would find it hard to get through a whole 22oz bottle. I would love to pair this with grilled meats or campfire foods. Worth seeking out.

Risser09, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This maybe the most smoky, smoked porter I have had the opportunity to try. I would love to do a side-by-side with Alaskan Smoked Porter. I have found few smoked beers I didn't like. Cinderbock was one that flopped on me but The Schlenkerla Rauchbiers are all flavor I enjoy. This beer though from Left Hand, ... came out of nowhere. I was not expecting all of this. WOW.

Appearance: Pours a dark almost black color with a beige head and a spotty cap.

Smell: The smoke aroma I could smell from across the table when Eric opened the bottle. Big burnt grant charcoal fire pit and molasses flavors fill the nose.

Taste: Again very smoky in the mouth. There is a smoked meat flavor, black licorice roasted chocolate toffee caramel, and coffee. Everything great about a porter plus the nice smoked flavors and campfire-like attribute.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and warm with the alcohol showing through and the smoke flavor hiding it. Cling to the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer. But very enjoyable sipping for sure.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

BeerSox, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled in november 2006 and "cellared" untill today. this one pours dark dark brown with a dark tan humongous head that leaves pretty nice lace as well. scent is a lot of things at once that seem to go very well together. biscuity malt, smoky, smoky, smoky malt, some coffee, some chocolate, some more smoky and faint piney hops in the background. the smokiness isn't overpowering, but campfire is on the nose for sure. it really comes out in the taste. some cherry or something even presents itself in the taste, and i'm sure it's from the wood used in the smoking of the barley. wow! a lot going on. the hops are there too giving this coffee, choco, smoko monster an herbal/floral sensitive side just before the alcohol lets you know this one means business. creamy, silky, full body (on the lighter side of full) alive with carbonation. i've got one more of these, and i can't wait to break it out on a nice, snowy winter day by the fireplace. very drinkable.

timtim, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of klewis
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 edition

A: Pours brown with a massive tan, fizzy head. Decent head retention and lacing.

S: A very prominent smoked smell. Aromas of cedar, campfire, and a few familiar porter aromas.

T: A coffee-like flavor with a charred and burnt taste. The smoke doesn't work as well here as it does in the smell and is a little over done. I'd like more porter taste and less smoke. The alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Full-bodied, sticky, and a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation that is quite fizzy at first, but better after a few minutes to calm down.

D: Overall, pretty good and worth trying.

klewis, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour from the caged and corked 750ml bottle is deep brown to black in color, the head a nice chocolate brown, as it erodes, and the lace forms a thick and glutinous curtain that obscures the glass. Start has a rich deep burnt grain aroma, hints of hops and malt, a bit of smokiness also present, Top is light to moderate in feel and the rfinish has a good hop presence with a pleasant acidity, fairly dry and a nice Porter overall.

Gusler, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cola looking brew with a quality oatmeal colored head of foam on top of the body.

S: Wow, really smoky. Like how your shirt smells after a night of camping. Also some really minor chocolate, marshmallow and peanuts.

T: Starts smoky (no surprise) but not nearly as smoky as the smell would lead you to believe. Some lactose and chocolate milk lick the tip of the tongue with roasted nutty characteristics. Smoky creeps in more, adding an interesting balance. Sweetness really intensifies after the smoke shows up, almost a cloying chocolate flavor. Finishes mildly roasted, slightly sour with an uneasy metallic twang across the center of the tongue.

M: Full bodied and creamy.

T: Trying real hard not to compare this to Alaskan Smoked Porter. Overall, good taste but not entirely balanced. Smoke flavor is a bit awkward after pint or so.

Westsidethreat, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

brentk56, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a dark, shadowy red, best viewed with a good back light. The best show this Michelob Specialty glass has ever profferred. Full two fingers of mocha coverage. It calms down to a thin but full blanket and doesn't drop below that for a good while. Good lacing around the glass, giving a little rise to the rim foam but doesn't really stick.

Aroma - a full blast of smokiness right away. I haven't smelled a beer this smoky since Schlenkerla. The head takes a while to settle but when it does I pick up some great hot fudge/dark chocolate aromas.

Taste - heavy charcoal flavor, burnt coffee beans, charred ribs. As the ashes clear off my palate, there are some roasty non-flamed flavors of chocolate and espresso. They can be a challenge to pick up before the aftertaste but if you wait a few seconds they'll show up. The hop bitterness around the swallow kind of prolongs the initial barrage but ultimately comes into its own just briefly before yielding to some (up to this point) well-hidden alcohol warmth. Needs to warm up a bit to be a better, smoother drink. An intensely smoked beer that is really good but takes a while to get accustomed to.

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated and gassy, and very smooth too. The body is moderately big, a good fit for what the flavor needs.

Drinkability - this is not a beer that you can just crack open anytime. It's good though. Mind the high abv, and if you have a tasting with some crafties this would make a good entry.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of doubleipa
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge rocky head. Light-brown witha haed that's long lasting. Black color. Lots of great roasted aroma with mild coffee and chocolate. Smokiness is definitely present, but not overpowering. Lots of malt, as well. Lots of carbonation Not too overpowering smoke in the taste. Very smooth and I couldn't really taste the alcohol, but could feel it as it warmed up. It's been a while since I had an Alaska Smoked Porter, but would like to do a head to head comparison.

doubleipa, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of eholde
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a very dark brown with light only coming in around the edges to reveal an amber hue. Had a foamy head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer. Nice lacing left behind after each sip.

Taste- Smoke, smoke, smoke from the first sip to the lingering aftertaste, which lasted for a good bit after I swallowed. The aftertaste was intense and very pleasurable. Reminded me of a good plate of BBQ.

Mouthful- Found this beer to be thinner than I expected, but not watery in the least.

Drinkability- The smokiness is very intense, from the first to last sip. Some might find this intolerable. I would compare this beer to a strong cigar, you must have a taste for it.

Overall- 750ml was a lot of this beer, I would consider trying this again in a smaller serving

eholde, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Backer2004
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Charles from the Carolina Brewmaster for sharing this with us at the Memorial Day BBQ. Tried with the pulled pork with hot mustard and BBQ sauce. Just an incredible complement to the food. Best beer I tried all night. From a corked and caged bomber, poured in a big-ass wine glass.Very dark with a frothy tan head that stays in the glass the whole time. Smlerss of roasted peat, but not too strong. Complex malts really comes out in the taste and finish. Perfectly balanced, can not tell the alcohol in this one. Best one for the style I have tasted, hands down.





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Backer2004, May 28, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

mikesgroove, May 25, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle bought at Dennis Brothers Liquors just outside of Minneapolis, and this one was their suggestion.
Beautiful, pitch black with a plentiful tan head with a very nice retention and lacing.
The aroma is one of its high points, initially alcoholic, almost whisky-like, but additional waves include smoked wood, molasses and vanilla, plenty of roasted malts at all levels.
Taste is as suggested, warmingly alcoholic at times, with roasted malts, vanilla, bitter coffee and waves of more alcoholic warmth, and the taste lingers on your tongue for quite a while.
Smooth, velvety on the tongue, and still, despite all its power, it goes down dangerously easy.
A very nice beer, and a great suggestion from the guys at Dennis Liquors.

brdc, May 22, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
4.93/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

sulldaddy, May 19, 2007
Photo of SaltyLime
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown with a dark beige head. Head was 75% of the mug. The head seemed to become it's own entity and budged only a bit to let the beer pour through a small tunnel at the bottom when the glass was tilted.

Smell - Light smokiness, could not smell anything else.

Taste - Thick roasted malts that got more smoky as I refilled my glass. Mold hops. Everything about this beer intensifies as it warms up.

Mouthfeel - Thick with a yeasty aftertaste.

Drinkability - Good brew.

Just one opinion - Almost a great brew, needs a little more touch up before it was bottled as a final product - or maybe I got a bad bottle. For $12 for a 750ml corked bottle, I expected a bit more.

SaltyLime, May 04, 2007
Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.