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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 75
Gots: 53 | 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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Ratings: 571 | Reviews: 243
Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Dirty old oil pour, descent dark tan head. Chocolate aromas, some understated roast. Starts a little creamy, but loses that and has a nice carbonated heavy-medium body. The taste is where the smoke shows up. Real nice balance of dark chocolate, roast malt, peat and coffee. More peat and coffee through the finish, which is a nice lingering roast. Very easy to down. This along with the Founders Porter are the best I've had in a good eight months. The last, which I could compare this to is the Dark Horse Black Bier, which some would not classify as a porter. This is deserving of the rating. All the benefits of a Baltic, without some of the drawbacks that can pop up.

Photo of natasharai
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a 1 cm bubbly tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The beer is very dark brown and lets no light through.

Smell: Smokey bitterness, a nice surprising sweet chocolate malt smell as it warms.

Taste: Smokey up front, then sweet malts, and becomes chocolately as it warms with a hit of caramel, ending with a smokey bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as some porters, silky feeling, small bite on the tongue.

Overall: Fairly easy to drink for a smoke porter. As it warms up the sweetness becomes very obvious and the smokeyness hides a little behind it.

Photo of br3wmeister
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown almost black beer with a thin foamy head that dissipates some what quickly with little lacing.

S- This beer smells great, some dark chocolate and molasses come out first then a wave of huge smokiness. It is hard to detect much else once the smoke hits. Some light hops.

T- There are some good flavors going on in this beer, the dominate flavor is a smoky and roasted bitter taste. The beer is accented with some dark chocolate, molasses and piney hops. Also some charcoal and alcohol warmth.

M- Silky smooth with a medium body, good carbonation and a little excess bitter bite at the end.

Overall- This is a great porter, good mouth feel with great flavors and aroma. The only thing that disappointed me was the appearance.

Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Moe's Tavern in Lee, MA.

Poured a nice dark, rich brown with about an inch of stark white head.

Smell comes on strong, super smoky. My wife said it smelled like bacon. I like bacon so I was okay with that. It also had hints of teriyaki, caramel, barbecue and sweet malt. Smells damn good.

Taste is definitely smokey but its well balanced with the very strong malt backbone this one carries. Wow, this is as good as any smoked porter I've had. I hate to say it but it could be more balanced and more drinkable than the Alaskan Smoked Porter...call me crazy...

Loved it. Very drinkable for a strong, rich, smoked porter. Definitely one of my favorite styles so I am a little bit biased. Glad I found this one on tap.

Photo of skrib09
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on draft at 33 wine in st. louis.

robust black with a great brown head. thick foamy head that wanted to stay put.

smelled smokey bacon or salami up front. not kidding. really rich smell that's hard to ignore. i kind of dug it.

tasted smoked out. a great charcoal essence or something of the sort. good grains on the palate and a bit more of the smoked ham thing going on.

grainy mouthfeel but not unpleasant.

drinkability? maybe...

Photo of largadeer
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of optiontwo
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. poured into nonic
Appearance: Dark brown/black with huge fluffy tan head. Awesome retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, earthy hops, and obviously smoke.

Taste: The smoke comes off as kind of a woody flavor that makes the dark bitter chocolate flavors actually taste better. In the end of the sip there is some earthy hop and very faint citrus hop hints.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth in the mouth and goes down nicely. Alcohol hidden well.

Drinkability: Just one bomber is fine for me for now, but I'll definitely pick up a few more.

Overall: I like how the smoke flavor stands up the weight of this porter. I've only had a few smoked porters but they are turning into one of my favorite styles and this is one to try.

Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Smoke Jumper, on tap at Capital Ale House, downtown location, Richmond, VA, on January 26th, 2009, Black Moonday.

Appearance: Arrives a deep brown bodied brew though still semi-transparent with a half-finger of kahki, dirty head that fades to a relatively solid-looking sheen thing with bubbly, streaky lacing, perhaps alcohol-retarded, perhaps not.

Aroma: This one is pleasantly mild and balanced on the smoke front, which is a nice surprise, not being the hugest fan of smoked beers. It's also surprisingly well hopped, and though this really comes through in the taste, it makes a very obvious first impression in the nose, with the hops imparting a very herbal, slightly leafy, minty edge - mint jelly on roasted, smoked lamb?

Taste: Not terribly smoky, which is again a plus. As mentioned above, this one's very well hopped, coming across as lightly spicy, minty, with flourishes of other pleasant herbal notes. The malt backbone is well-roasted, toasty, with notes of caramel, faint cocoa, and char, though perhaps that's the interaction of the heavily toasted malts with the smoke.

Mouthfeel: Very even and soft, big bubbled but smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: I'd say the most noteworthy thing about this one is its hop content, which goes a long way towards making this one (in my opinion) more palatable than your average smoked beer. The alcohol is, of course, a little up there for the style - an Imperial Smoked Porter this one is most definitely - but it doesn't come through anywhere. Not sure if I'd buy a bottle of this one, but it was definitely worth trying on tap.

Photo of nick76
2.89/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is as billed with lots of smoke and malt but nothing else. The appearance is almost black (brown) with a nice tan head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall its exactly what most lovers of smoke want but I don't like smoke beer.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with some slight ruby highlights. A big light tan head of foam rises and lingers leaving good skimmy lacing.

Nose is awesome! Reeks of burnt wood and smoke. Very reminiscent of AK SP, maybe smokier. Some dark malts peek their head through, but this one pretty much smells like someone threw a hang grenade into a log cabin. The nose on this one is IDEAL for the style.

Taste is a nice complex mixture of roasted malts, toasty wood, and campfire smoke. Some slight chocolate or molasses notes in here as well. A very smoky brew. The alcohol is extremely well hidden here. Wow. This is an awesome smokealicious beer. The finish has a tiny bitter bite on it, and the smoke and roasted malt flavors linger on looong into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty much ideal for this one. The slight thickness gives great body to this brew, keeps the abv in check, and compliments the heaviness of the smoke quite well. There is nice slickness in the mouth, and the finish is quite balanced.

Drinkability is good here, but the excess and heavier body makes this one a sipper for sure. The abv is hidden quite well though, so I have to give this one pretty good marks for drinkability.

Overall an incredible smoked porter. Defenitely one worth trying and would probably age miraculously. Alaskan Smoked has found a rival here. Left hand is a little bigger and beefier, so they are a little hard to compare, but man, what an awesome smoked brew. Get some! Go! Right now!

Photo of BretSikkink
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color very near to black. This is a creeper head - it doesn't look like it's going to be huge, but it continues to rise after you're done pouring, eventually ending up almost three fingers tall. Lasts a long time and deposits some nice little lacing. Looks really damn good.

The nose is nice - lots of roasted malt mingling with a pleasingly campfire-esque smoke aroma.

Tasty. Lots of smoke, but if you've had a couple other rauchbiers before, it won't bother you a bit. Also it would help if you liked porters, but I would be shocked if anyone got this beer that didn't want some smoke and some roasted, chocolate malt.

There's plenty of both.

A little bitterness, but not quite standing up to the smoke. Plenty of alcohol as well, well-hidden in this big bottle, though you're sure to feel it by the end. Solid, creamy mouthfeel that is helped quite a bit by the high carbonation, which scrapes what could be a cloying combination of hops, smoke, and roast barley right off the tongue.

Ready for another sip!

Photo of Rchap1
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had the opportunity to try this beer on tap in Longmont at the brewery. I'd not had the opportunity to try this brew before, but I'd been looking forward to it for some time. When poured into a goblet, the beer had a very very dark color, barely translucent but a deep red/brown earthy color. Poured with about a finger width of head, not too think and a dark brown tint.
The smell was incredible. You can really pick up on the smoke, smells like maple charcoal, with a hint of cedar. Also some notes of bitter chocolate and a hefty malt scent.
The taste of this beer was incredible. I don't know what hit me first, the smoke or the chocolate taste, but the whole package combined for an excellent taste and a very full, swirly mouthfeel. It would be a challenge to put down more than one or two of these in a night, but it really is a great beer and one that I'd certainly recommend to others. Liked it so much I bought a case!

Photo of DoctorDog
2.96/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 1 pint, 6 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Pours black and opaque. 2 fingers of tan head. Head dwindles slowly to a thin, incomplete cap. Nice lacing.

S- Earthy with smoky undertones.

T- Hint of malty sweetness followed by a coating smokiness. This coating seems to deepen with each subsequent drink, building up and obliterating all other taste sensations. As a smoked bacon lover, I certainly can't say I am experiencing any of the "liquid bacon" sensations that many others have described. Honestly, just too smoky for my buds to enjoy. Hard for me to rate here....I don't care for it, but it is certainly delivering the smoke that it's name would lead you to expect.

M- Fairly low carbonation, somewhat creamy. Smoky coating/dryness.

D- For my tastes, pretty low here. I had to bail with drinking this alone after a short while and pair it with some smoked summer sausage and crackers. This helped, but the smoke was still a little overbearing. For my money, this one is best sampled in small doses. Overall, a very tough beer for me to evaluate.

Future outlook: I loved Stone Smoked Porter, and I love smoked food to the extent that I smoke my own food in my own smoker....even as a smoked food lover/nut, this beer is just too damn smoky for my personal tastes.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
2008 BOTTLE CONDITIONED (Says on the label)

Nice dark black liquid. Three finger head of light brown foam. Great retention and fairly good lacing.

No denying that this one is smoked. Smoke is the first thing you smell, and it's quite prominent. Also, some leather. Smells of top quality smoked bacon, actually. Some roasted malt presence. Slight caramel notes.

It's like liquid smoke. Wow.
Nice herbal hops bite. Roasted grains. Some dark chocolate notes. Nice undercurrent of coffee. Hints of smoked pork. Trace notes of vanilla and caramel. Good molasses presence.

Good full-bodied porter. Slight oily-ness is sneaking in. Nice level of creaminess. Fairly impressive, actually.

A smooth easy drinker, as far as the body goes. The dominant smokiness would probably keep me from drinking more than a couple in one sitting, though.

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Roasted malt & smoked ham, plus a whisper of booze

T: Roasted, smoked ham, herbal hops & coffee up front, plus a kiss of booze. Some cocoa mixes with the smoke & charred grain as this warms, plus dark chcolate. Finishes with dark chocolate, restrained smokeyness & a touch of vanilla & charred grains & some boozey warmth

MF: Chewy, sticky with moderate carbonation, nice balance

Drinks pretty easy, nice take on the style, nice restraint with the smokeyness, this is one of their better big beer releases

Photo of bluejacket74
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle from 2008. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good, lacing is excellent. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and of course lots of smoke. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of molasses and hops. There's also a lingering bitter coffee finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy, dry and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's very smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a very good beer overall, if you like smoked beers then you should like this one. I'd definitely buy this again and recommend it to others.

Photo of stephens101
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a long-lasting, two-finger, dark tan head. After a few minutes the head calmly recedes, leaving a thick sheet of consistent lacing all around the pint glass which stays almost entirely intact through to my completion of the beer. Robust notes of smoked, caramel malts hit the nose up front. A second whiff reveals spicy candy, taffy, coffee, and subtle notes of toffee as well. Tastes big on some black coffee up front, with some grain, a certain earthiness, spice and a big alcohol hit enveloping it all. Caramel and a decent amount of hops show up when I take a second drink making for a near perfect balance between the sweetness and bitterness. Mouth-feel is full-bodied, and a decent amount of carbonation activity goes off upon a good shake. Left Hand has long been one of my favorite regional breweries, but I'll have to admit, some of their latest offerings haven't quite done it for me. However, I'm happy to say, the Smoke Jumper has changed all that. What a brew.

Photo of DousedInStout
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

When I saw an imperial smoked porter, I had to try it. It poured dark, nearing black with red highlights when held up the light - and the smell of smoked malt came off immediately. The beer itself tasted roasty and chocolatey, follwed by a bacon-eque smoke flavor that is typical of most smoked porters. The alcohol did come out as it warmed. The mouthfeel was full bodied, but the drinkability decreased over time as the warmth from the alcohol did not mesh well with the smokiness. Overall a decent beer, but share this bomber when a friend or two...

Photo of Jayli
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my little brother for this one - the boy finally went from crap beer to cultivating an opinion on good ones!

This beer pours with a black body, almost opaque. However, when held to the light, slight dark, dark brown. Tan head that formed pretty quickly however dissapated rapidly. Not much lacing to speak of. Nose is heavy on the smokiness - like hickory and oak smoked scent. I personally LOVE the smoked scent to this - so it was like heaven to me! Taste follows through on the scent. There are some toffee and roasted coffee taste that compliment the smokey taste. The flavor ends with a bit of dark chocolate. I am surprised by how well masked the alcohol flavor is with this beer. AND - what's more impressive is no aftertaste...NONE. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slight carbonation and a very dry finish. Drinkabilty, for me, is HIGH. I love the smokiness in flavor and dry finish. I am a fan of the smoked beers - this is definitely in the category of Stone Smoked Porter for me, but I understand the style may not appeal to everyone. I have to get my hands on a few more of these!

Photo of jkendrick
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours very dark, black in fact. Seems darker than most porters. A thin, soapy, tan head that recedes quickly. Lacing is very nice too. Excellent appearance.

Aroma: Thick molasses aroma with some smoke, but not as much as I'd hoped. There is a bready malt smell as well and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and thick in the mouth. The carbonation is light and pleasant.

Taste: I taste more smoke than I smelled. That molasses flavor dominates though. There is some licorice and bitter chocolate as well. There is a dry finish.

Overall impression: A pretty good smoked porter. I was expecting more smoke though. I bought a few bottles and plan to let this one age. I'll update my review after I've had a chance to taste it properly aged. Still, it's pretty good now.

Photo of Zorro
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 Corked and capped bottle.

Clear but DARK brown colored beer with a strong light brown colored head.

The smell is sweet and quite malty to the nose with light smoke and nuts in the scent. Mild chocolate and coffee scents add to the mix.

The taste starts out sweet and smoky with a chocolate and vanilla aftertaste. Bitter chocolate quickly follows the smoke flavor. Gets a little bit boozy after a bit, this bottle says 10.5% ABV. Quite quickly this becomes a bitter chocolate beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad beer, but not really a heavy smoked beer at this point, more of a Chocolate Stout.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage 750ml bottle

Nice sandy beige after a good pour into my snifter. Pours a very dark brownie hue with claret to mahogany stain highlights. BBQ smoke dominates the nose, but there are some hints of sweet malted milk balls. But very faint. Smoke, smoke, and more smoke. The start and middle sit heavy wth liquid smoke flavor. It isn't until the finish that you get some roasted malt notes. Hints of creamy caramel chocolate and just a dash oily hops to help cut through some of that smoke. What lingers is a smokey, bitter chocolate. The smokey favor lingers so long due to the oily texture of this beer. Alcohol also helps cut some o the thick smokey fog and bring forward that malted chocolate flavors. This is a beer to finish the evening with. Don't ty and drink any other beer ater this, if you can after you a full 750ml by yourself. I would like to try this with a steak with a good dash of black pepper.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep burnt mahogany with a dark sandy colored head that was foamy and moderately lasting leaving a patchy, clumpy lacing on the way down.

S: light charred woodiness, smokey pine and light bacon hints.

T: The initial flavor yielded a beautiful deep roasted chocolate malting and roasted grains which was dry, smokey with some dried pine hopping. The flavor was rich with a light sweet burnt malting coming though adding some sweetness. There was some bacon and nice minerality to the palate as well which lingered in the fade. A great example and ranks up there with the best of the smoked beers Aechet Schlenkerla.

M: dry, creamy and full while leaving a light smoked malt coating behind. Really nice.

D: Next to Aecht Schlenkerla one of the finest smoked beers ive had. A truly wonderful drink which would pair well with a smoked porterhouse steak and potatoes.

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
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