Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.05/5 rDev -23.9%
Pours black with an effervescent black head. Smells smoky and a little sweet. Like smoked meat dipped in chocolate (though I didn't get a chocolate specific smell to it, more about being sweet and rich). Flavor matched the aroma, smoked meet dunked in a sweet, malty broth. A nice medium to heavy creamy body to this. Overall, good for what it is I imagine, but I definitely discovered that I am not a fan of smoked beer. I could not get through my pint...sorry.
04-20-2012 04:04:04 | More by denver10
4.33/5 rDev +8%
A: Dark chocolate color with minimal head.
S: Dark roasted malt, cherry smoked malt and a bit of roast pig.
T: Well after seeking this one out for some time on my wants list, I finally came across it on tap to my surprise. First up was a mouthful of chocolate mixing with bitter baker chocolate and a nice cherrywood smoked malt base.
M: Very smooth and mildly carbonated on tap. I suspect this would have a little more carbonation out of a bottle, but the mouthfeel is very slick and full bodied.
O: This is a very good Porter with tons of chocolate flavor and a good dosing of smoke. Like most porters, it has the signature sweetness of a baltic porter. I really enjoyed it, it lived up to my expectations.
04-21-2012 01:37:07 | More by alpinebryant
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
32oz Growler from Beverage World in Fort Oglethorpe, GA. 2012 Vintage. Served at around 45-50F.
Pours black with a two finger brown head that leaves some, but not a lot of lacing and recedes to a small creamy cap.
Aroma is quite smoky. A lot of smoked bacon & ham, some campfire, but mostly smoked meats. Underlying notes of chocolate, coffee & roasted malts. No real hop presence on the nose. Very good strength.
Flavor is also quite smoky, tons of bacon, ham, smoked meats, but unlike the aroma, the traditional Porter characteristics come through a lot better so there is a good bit of chocolate, brownies, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, a touch of anise and dark fruit. Some alcohol, but not bad at all for a beer approaching 10%.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, creamy, sticky, moderate carbonation.
Super smoky! Tons of bacon! Mmmmm....bacon.... One I’ve been wanting to try for years, passed it up in the past then it disappeared for a while, glad to see Left Hand bring it back this year. Also held out for it to become available in a growler as I get a lot better value in the growler than the bottles. One of the best smoked beers I’ve had. Excellent!
05-26-2012 02:46:18 | More by elgiacomo
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
Huge thanks to Scoobydank for sending this my way. A 2008 bottle split three ways in tulip glasses produced a finger worth of tan head that quickly left and settled to a thin lace. The body of the brew was the typical black porter color.
A really nice smoked aroma came up from the glass. To say I got anything else from the aroma would be a stretch. The flavor was of Smoke as well but here is where this brew shines. You get a nice sweetness from the malts some chocolate and some light bit of dark fruit. It had a medium feel to my mouth with light carbonation.
It was one of the best smoked brews I have ever had. I do think the age helped this brew tremendously. I could have easily had another glass and for a smoked brew that say's a lot for me
03-14-2010 18:20:36 | More by joepais
4.63/5 rDev +15.5%
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!
02-02-2008 20:58:58 | More by ybnorml
4.25/5 rDev +6%
Color is almost black but appears to actually be dark purple-ish brown with ruby highlights around the edges where light sneeks through. Smells crazy. Aromas are all out nutty, smoked woody forest, with vanilla and some mystery fruits. Taste smooths out a lot but is still has an intense edge. Flavors form into a nice balance with an alcoholic kick. Finish is semi dry and woody and nicely warming. Decent mouthfeel and drinkable like it should be.
Good interesting porter.
02-19-2007 04:42:29 | More by tastybeer
3.93/5 rDev -2%
Served at the House Pub
Very dark in color. Black. A finger of brown head dissipates slowly, leaving sporadic lace throughout the glass.
The nose is very smokey. Burnt malts and cocoa. Roasty and sweet. Smelling this makes me wish I had a slab of ribs on the side. The smoke is quite prominent.
After tasting Smoke Jumper, I am wishing for those ribs even more. A perfect pairing it would be. Smoked up, roasty, chocolatey, and s'more smokiness. Light sweetness lingers behind the smoke.
The mouthfeel is thick, creamy & silky despite the backyard bbq flavors.
Overall, great smoked beer. Drinkable, well-integrated and tasty.
04-06-2012 07:11:36 | More by ChugginOil
4.41/5 rDev +10%
a - poured a one finger thick creamy, coffee-colored head into a snifter that left a thick ring throughout. the body was dark brown, bordering on black.
s - light smoke and peaty aroma.
t - smoky and spicy with a finish of roasted chocolate as it warms.
m - creamy and medium.
o - one of, if not, the best smoked beers i've ever had.
01-16-2014 22:28:43 | More by GPHarris
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured from a 22oz bomber, not a 750mL as pictured. Substantially darker than many other porters and actually had some sediment. Head was a khaki coloured soapy froth that remained about a quarter of an inch thick throughout the drink. Smell was much smokier than any other American made smoked brew I have ever encountered. In fact, save for some sweet malts hiding deep down, smoke is about *all* I get in the nose. Very nice, indeed. Taste: The smoke asserts itself right up front, then wanes briefly to sweet malts and finishes a little bitter. The alcohol is terrifically well concealed in this. Were I to try this not knowing anything about it, I would guess, say, 6,8%? 7,0% at the most perhaps? Certainly not 9,2%. A very, very well crafted brew, for sure. Bravo, Left Hand!
05-28-2009 00:04:04 | More by SilentSabre
3.08/5 rDev -23.2%
Pours a jet black with two fingers of light brown head that quickly dissipates to 1/2 a finger.
Smells of light smoky notes, cocoa powder and some light roasted notes.
Big notes of chocolate with some deep roasted notes... not getting much smoke here.... a little on the end.
Very creamy and full-bodied with light carbonation.
I was expecting a ton of smoke from this... along the lines of a rauch, but it fails to deliver.
04-23-2012 23:43:26 | More by samie85
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
22oz into goblet.
Ironically, smoke floats out of the bottle upon uncapping. Pours w/respectable 1/2F creamy tan head over opaque black body w/ ruby edges. Tons of lacing. Quite impressive appearance.
Aromas are rich and thick. Full of ham, burnt wood, sneakers (rubber), and dry hops.
Quite creamy on the palate. The rubber and smoke come through pretty strong in the flavor. Some bittersweet chocolate. Char, herbs and mint round things out. Decent bitter finish.
Overall, a little messy, but fun and full of flavor. Enjoy!
12-13-2012 04:30:44 | More by BeerImmediately
4.33/5 rDev +8%
Poured this 2008 release from a bomber into a tulip. If I remember correctly it was appx $10.
It pours black with no light penetration. Quite the foamer off a semi-rigerous pour, shoulda side poured it. The head is cola like and dark brown, with a touch of foamyness to even out the thin cola like head. Finally receeding after a good amount of time, leaving a thin layer and a thicker colar of retention. The lace is quite thick, with blotchy thick spots of foam.
The aroma is quite the toasted oak bomb with a nice roasty smoke smell and a hint of summer sausage aroma. After a bit of warming I got some nice sweet chocolate cereal grain aroma with a touch of caramel and dark fruit.
The mouthfeel has a nice creamy thickness behind a thinner layer with moderate carbonation zing on the tounge.
The taste is dark and roasty with a touch of warmth and lots of good rasty grrains, chocolate, smoke and toffee. It starts out simple and at the swallow the smoke and toasty character reveals itself very nicely. The finish is smokey with some caramelly sweetness, bitter chocolate and just a wee bit of piney hops.
This is probably one of the better smoked beers I've had. There is not an overwhelming flavor in this bottle. Each aspect allows itself to be tasted. Great balance here and really a terrific smoke beer. Highly recommend this one.
03-27-2009 01:33:33 | More by Buebie
Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.