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: 566
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 74
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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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 skrib09
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
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
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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
4.65/5  rDev +16%
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
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
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
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
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
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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...

Photo of Viggo
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle courtesy of grub. Bottle is from 2006.

Pours an opaque and cloudy dark brown, almost black, few reddish highlights in the edges, medium sized light tan head forms, few lace spots, solid ring around the glass. Smell is neat, smoky, caramel, chocolate, roast, floral, brown sugar sweetness, a bit of jerky, smoky chocolate sugary goodness, a bit of lactose too. Taste is chocolate, toffee, lactose, smoky jerky, some alcohol, brown sugar, some floral hops, earthy, some oak, bitter finish, real nice and smoky, light bit of oaky sourness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth, real smooth. Smoke is very well done in this one, plays well with the chocolate character. Great stuff, thanks Russ!

Photo of grub
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one in a trade with MuenchenerKindl. thanks tom!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. 2006 vintage. sampled august 9/08.

pours deep brown, nearly black, with a big dense light brown head. a bit of ruby highlights show through at the very edge, but it's mostly opaque. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. lots of nice smoke. caramel. bit of butterscotch. dark and milk chocolate. multi-grain bread. touch of sweetness. nice toasty character. earthy and woody.

taste is great. dark and milk chocolate. hint of coffee. caramel and toffee. lots of nice smoke. biscuit. multi-grain bread. bit of cracker. light sweetness. toasty and nice. great earthy and woody character that works really well with the smoke and chocolatey toasty porter. bit of alcohol, but more as a growing warmth by mid-glass than anything else.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation. medium-large body.

drinkability is great. the base porter is good, and the balance with the smoke is great. the alcohol is pretty much completely hidden. i'm not sure if it's just the extra aging, but i'm really enjoying this one. great stuff.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Floydster
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle that was shared by seaoflament a few minutes before the Port 2nd Anniversary party started, thanks a lot for letting me try this brew from Colorado

A-Very dark brown with some red highlights, small 1/2 inch light tan head that did not stay around for long, not much retention or lacing

S-Smokiness, aroma kind of scared me because I would not have enjoyed the taste at all if it was like the smell, dark chocolate, roasted malts, salt, and beef jerky

T-Smoked malt is what I tasted first, then roastiness in the middle with some almonds, dark chocolate in the finish and a hint of smokiness, faded into a dry aftertaste, did not change much and this could be mainly because I drank my sample within fifteen minutes or so, pretty well balanced for a smoked beer and it was not too overpowering thankfully

M-Smoky, meaty, and dry mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation, medium to full bodied, taste lingered too long for me

D-Could not have drank more than the few ounces Carlos gave me, heavy on the stomach, smoked beers are just hard to get down in general, ABV is high and can slightly taste it in the finish

Not a big of fan of smoked beers but this one was more subtle than others I have tried in the past, probably would not drink again mainly because this is not my thing, worth trying though

Photo of seaoflament
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheRealBastard for this extra!

2006 bottle.

I opened this bottle at the Port 2nd Anniversary pre-party tasting.

Poured pretty dark with some ruby edges when held to the light. The aroma was pretty good. It had some smoked meat, chocolate and ash aromas. I like how the smoke was done in this beer. I am not a big fan on smoked beers but this one was well done on the aroma and taste. The taste was similar to the aroma, smoked malts upfront and followed by chocolate and nutty malts as well. Well carbonated and smooth. A very easy smoked porter to drink. It has enough chocolate to balance out the smokiness.

Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.