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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: 558
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 74
Gots: 49 | 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 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.

DoctorDog, Jan 15, 2009
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.

coldmeat23, Jan 13, 2009
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

russpowell, Jan 11, 2009
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.

bluejacket74, Jan 10, 2009
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.

stephens101, Jan 10, 2009
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...

DousedInStout, Jan 08, 2009
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!

Jayli, Jan 04, 2009
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.

jkendrick, Dec 19, 2008
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.

Zorro, Nov 23, 2008
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.

scruffwhor, Oct 28, 2008
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 02, 2008
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...

emerge077, Sep 25, 2008
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!

Viggo, Aug 10, 2008
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.

grub, Aug 10, 2008
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.

Sammy, Aug 03, 2008
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

Floydster, May 04, 2008
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.

seaoflament, May 04, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage.

Corked bottle... Pours out jet black with a huge billowy tan head.... Awesome looking brew!

Aroma of smoky chocolate malts, a hint of coffee, and that awesome smoky smell...

What a great tasting smoked porter... Not overdone on the snokiness at all, adds a dimension to the coffee and chocolate that is top notch. Very delicious brew...

Extremely pleased with this one. Not sure I could drink more than one as it is a bit thick and packs a punch but I will definitely be revisiting this one.

Tilley4, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. This poured black with a hint of ruby color, and had some tan head. It smelled strongly of oak and smoke, with a blend of sweet and earthy mocha malts. It tasted like coffee hops, earthy chocolate malt, and tons of smoke. It was watery but sticky with a bit of carbonation and a smoky and bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a well balanced and flavorful beer that was completely overshadowed by the smokiness, which unfortunately rendered it a novelty beer rather than a regular drinking beer.

Pencible, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big THANKS to Tilley4 for this awesome extra!

750ml corked and caged 2006 bottle conditioned. The cork came out very smoothly with a loud POP!

A - black brew poured into a tulip glass. A huge head of foamy tan bubbles rose over the top of the glass. All that head finally settled to a thick layer, leaving some good spots of lacing.

S - burnt mesquite wood chips fill the nose.

T - rich, roasted malts, flavors of chocolate and coffee with a smokey kick.

M - full bodied, creamy, smooth.

D - a sipper and a damn good one at that!

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of StoutHearted
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head poured out a frothy caramel on top of a pitch black brew. It smelled strongly of bacon and a bit of shoo fly pie. It had a thick mouthfeel that clung to the tongue, and the taste was fantastic: a pleasant chocolate and licorice harmony, with a lingering molasses. This beer's great for sipping or drinking, but the thickness may irritate beer novices, as will the strong licorice and bacon notes.

StoutHearted, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - deep dark, opaque black color with a decent head that is very well retained

S - strong smoky malt aroma overpowers just about everything else that migh be going on

T - strong smoky malt with the usual rich malty character that I've experienced from the Left Hand

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - decent smoked beer; it's not subtle at all, which is somewhat disappointing, smoke beers need subtly in my humble opinion; this is a good beer, but not the best offering from Left Hand in my opinion (try some of their others - they're much more 'drinkable')

scoobybrew, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle, purchased caged and corked for about $12 from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Thought it was a rather hefty price for an American-made brew from Left Hand, but after the first sip, I must concur that it was definitely worth it to sample such a unique, distinct, and completely different brew from many others I have encountered... Tastes very similar to a classic Smoked beer / Rauchbier like Aecht Schlenkerla, but with a noticeable malty, nutty, and chocolate taste also extremely apparent and bursting with flavor... Pours a deep, dark, opaque, jet-black color with a minimal tan and frothy reddish head that soon receded but left a fair amount of lacing...
Smell didn't stand out as much as the taste, but an apparent cocoa and malty aroma was certainly distinguishable...
The taste was really exceptional and unique, bursting with noticeable Smoked beer characteristics and roasted, toasted malts, along with a nice sweet, chocolate, espresso-like dichotomy... Very different from many other beers...
Very creamy, rich, and thick mouthfeel...
Excellent drinkability without the slightest hint of alcohol detectable despite the hefty 9.2% ABV...
One of the best American brews I've tried in a while...
Excellent stuff... Worth the price, and definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoked beers are to me a bit of a novelty rather than an everyday beer or a product to be savored. This beer is definitely an exception to that idea! This beer is really a very good beer that happens to be smoky.

Appearance is a black body with a tan head. The appearance of this beer is the most appealing of any smoked beer I've ever seen; many other smoked beers have little head and this beer looks like any other good porter. Aroma was smoky and roasty in equal proportions. Flavor is lots of dry roastiness with a touch of smoke, and quite good. Mouthfeel is smooth and good.

I'd highly recommend this beer.

I got this bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, and I'll have it again.

BeerBelcher, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of ybnorml
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown/black bee. Has a small foamy light brown head. The aroma is dominated by a lovely smoky character with hints of roasted malt and molasses in the background. While the Rauchbeir like smokiness predominates the flavor it does so by weaving back and forth. Allowing the roasted malt character, with hints of molasses in the background, to fill your mouth with pleasure. What a joy this beer is!

ybnorml, Feb 02, 2008
Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.