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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
90
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566 Ratings
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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 74
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 12-19-2006)
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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a foamy, bubbly, light brown, one-finger head. It left some nice trails of lace.

S - It smelled very smoky with some bacon and campfire aromas.

T - It tasted very smoky with a sharp burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good smoked porter. It goes well with a steak but might be a bit much without food.

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

Intense!!! Rich, woody, smokey, roasty, chocolatey, caramelish, and... floral? Yep, both in the nose and the mouth. It's probably coming more from alcohol than hops, but perhaps a combination of both? Probably not! It pours an opaque black body beneath a creamy head of dark tan that holds well and leaves some initial rings and walls of lace. The aroma, as mentioned, is varied; and the smoke is very solidly present but not overwhelming. The same is true for the flavor. I initially thought Beechwood, but it's richer and more intense than that. There's a Hickory note... and I'm thinking some Maple as well. (Throws arms up in air!) I don't know! But after a half of a glass, between sips, my mouth tastes like a campfire... smokey, sweetish, slightly astringent. The beer beneath is rich and full, but not sticky or sweetish; and it's more molasses-like than caramelish - although caramel is present. The roastiness is kept in check, and it mainly displays itself at the swallow and into the finish as spent mocha-java coffee rinds, or as a burnt, but lightly roasted coffee - the kind you find at 24 hour diners throughout the northern-midwest at 1 am. Some nuttiness sneaks its way in, and it has a Cashew-kind of side to it. Salty? I'm not sure... but there's something there. A hint of yeasty fruitiness elbows its way in as well, and I'm finding apples and soft berries. The bitterness is fairly low-key given it's girth (21 degrees Plato to start?), but it's not really needed with all of the astringent smokiness and roastiness going on; and it finishes dry, smokey, roasty, astringent, and dully bitter with just a touch of nuttiness and a thin drizzle of caramel and molasses to soften it. LONG LASTING. Mouthcoating. Almost wiskey-like; and that brings us to strength... the alcohol never reveals itself in the mouth (although it's there fluttering about in the aroma), but it does hint at being there, which is great for a beer of 9.2%. and if you wait long enough, a burst of soft, powdery, sweetish and mildly fruity cocoa will appear... ... ... For fans of smoked beers, I'd say this one is worth seeking out as it's quite unique and pretty aggressive once you get into it. For those who are not fans of the style, stay the F away, it's BRASH. For those in the middle, I'd think it might be worth a try if you've got some friends to share it with. And, I appreciate the sentiment behind it - kudos to Left Hand for supporting an under-appreciated group of firefighters.

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

A - Just under one finger of medium brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Strong smoked malt aroma on top of a base of caramel and coffee malt with notes of bacon and minty, spruce like hops.

T - Thick smoke up front with chicory and coffee over a low note of dark chocolate. The herbal coffee flavors intensify through the middle with some notes of cinnamon and pine hops. Finishes with increasingly strong chocolate favors and more smoke balanced by moderate hop bitterness. The thick smoke coats the palate and remains long after the beer is gone along with flavors of chicory, caramel, and chocolate covered bacon.

M - A thick, slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This beer is not at all lacking in smoke character and, unlike some American smoked beers, it is in fact ever bit as smoky as a Bamberg Rauchbier. For some this might be a bit much, but in my opinion, it makes for a very flavorful and rich drinking experience. The underlying porter is clearly well made with a nice malt character and some noticeable hops as well. A nice stout, I am sure this would pair well with just about anything you would want to put along side of it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in a glass, deep dark body with a light tan head forming thick, fine bands of lacing cling to my chalice with each sip. Aroma is full of smoked meats, campfire, and rustic wood fired baked bread along with a cherry note, star anise, and dark roasted malts. Big smoked malts going on here, chewy smoked firewood wrapped with dark cherry and anise spice. Flavors of smoked malts, dark roasted flavors, deep smoked bacon, firewood charred caramelized sugars. Hints of pine/evergreen in the back end with some cherry fruit tartness, amongst the dark roasted malts and hand smoked malts. Mouthfeel is full bodied even carbonation lingering charred smokiness coming through with each sip. Overall a quality smoked porter, challenging to consume yet when your palate gets used to it you really start to enjoy every sip.

Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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 drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review the #39 American Porter on the best of beeradvocate lists. Beer served from a 22 ounce bomber into a Bruery tulip.

Beer is black and appears nearly still with only a lazy thin head of small tan bubbles, some lacing, very low carbonation.

Sweet with a backbone of smoke, lots of smoke.

Very smoky on the palate with a dry finish. There is a drawing of a forest fire on the label and that is somewhat what it tastes like. There is this grainy bitterness from the roast that lingers like sand at the back of the mouth. Very smokey. I'd say if you like smokey porters, this is your bag baby, if you don't avoid this beer. Me, I'm on the fence about them but this one seems like it knows what it's doing. I think for my tastes its a little too dry. I might have it again.

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

Dark and stormy with plenty of suds. Pleasant mouthfeel with fine carbonation. Rich but not sticky.

A modest smokiness with a touch of bacon. Dark roasted malt with some charred notes. A hint of sweetness behind the dry smoke and coffee. Woody, like barrels. Fairly sharp after a few sips. Sprightly on the tongue. An interesting balance of alcohol, smoke, and malt, with a little bitter aftertaste. A very sippable dark brew. Strong but mellow.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Philnor Liquor in Lakewood.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a thin head that soon becomes a vanishing patch.

The smell is of smoked meat and wood. Faint hints of a dark earthy fruitiness under a plethora of smoke.

The taste is of smoked meat and wood. Molasses and hints of chocolate with a suggestion of licorice. Alcohol more noticeable in aftertaste than in taste itself. Finishes sweet.

Thins a bit more than expected. Smokiness lingers.

I love imperial porters and can appreciate a rauch/smoked beer, but this one was too much like overwhelming campfire smoke and too sweet for me to really enjoy. Worth trying though, as it is an interesting brew.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, with a hint of meaty smoke. The smoke is fairly prominent in the flavor, but the sweet chocolate and roasted malt also come through. There is also a nice cream-like quality in the flavor. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice smoked beer.

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours near black with a beige head. Some webby and ring-like lace. No light passes.

Smoke first, then chocolate malt aromas.

Cocoa start and the smoke kicks in (with a vengeance). After the first sip, the palate adjusts and I start to detect a complex malt profile. I sense there's some nuttiness from Crystal Malt, semisweet cocoa from Chocolate Malt and then just a touch of coffee from Black Patent. There's plenty of smoke to the end. The body is full but the carbonation is also elevated.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09/07/09- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2008 Vintage. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Off black colored pour with a 3/4 inch head, some decent light patches and trails of lace left behind.

Smell- A good amount of rauch-like smoke, some dark chocolate and maybe a hint of coffee buried beneath.

Taste- Wow, I am really opposed to smoked beers in general and this one is really good. Some smoke, not a ton, but just the right amount to compliment the dark-bittersweet chocolate malt base. There is a slight bit of coffee as well.

Mouthfeel- Smooth with a medium carbonation level. Smoke adds quite nice in the aftertaste with the sweet chocolate malt.

Drinkability- Tops on my list for a smoked brew. Would purchase again...and that is saying alot coming from me.

Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 1/2" head that disappates quickly. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: sweet malts and smoke are the main aromas.

Taste: roasted malts, liquid smoke, molasses, chocolate, woody mushrooms, hints of alcohol, and some mild bitterness. This is a hearty beer.

Mouthfeel: surprisingly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is long on the smoke tones. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: easy to quaff and a great beer for a cold winter day. Definitely worth giving this one a try.

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

Growler filled at Good Beer in New York, NY.

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown to almost black in color with some light hints of reddish brown when held up to the light. Poured with a quarter finger tall tan head that quickly reduced to a thin ring at the edges of the glass.

S: The aroma of this beer is all smoke, in a good way (kind of like the smells I associate with a good BBQ joint).

T: A nice dark roasted malt base with lots of smoke flavors. I get some light hints of iodine from the smoke. Slightly sweet up front then the smoke overpowers the rest of the taste.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. A little watery.

O: Very enjoyable and one I would likely try again. The smoke is slightly more dominant than I wanted.

Photo of corby112
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark chocolate brown, almost black color with very fain mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy coffee colored head. Excellent retention, only sloly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with patches of soapy lacing.

Extremely smokey roasted malt aroma with hints of bitter dark chocolate, burnt toast, campfire, butane and BBQ bacon. This beer smells incredibly smokey but the roasted and sweeter chocolate malt notice are still present.

This beer is actually better balanced than I expected. I was expecting a complete smoke bomb but there was a nice sweet silky chocolate malt and lactic creamy presence to balance things out. This thing is still heavy on the smoke flavor with hints of burnt toast, roasted coffee/espresso bean, BBQ, bacon, charcoal, butane ans ash. Not acrid though! There's also some slight caramel and hazelnut adding to the complexity and balance. The ABV is very well masked and in addition to the balanced flavors makes this beer dangerously drinkable. Dry smokey finish. Awesome and highly recommended!

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/24/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, wood smoke, toast, molasses, light char, light dark fruits, herbal hops, and roast/smoke earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/smoked malt moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, molasses, wood smoke, light char, light dark fruit, herbal hops, and roast/smokey earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, molasses, wood smoke, light char, light dark fruit, herbal hop, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast/smoked malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial smoked porter! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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.

Photo of LXIXME
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bit above the glass gave this beer a big light brown head that settle down to just under 1/2 inch pretty quickly above a clear very dark brown to black colored beer.

Smokey roasted malt aroma with just a hint of alcohol working its way in there.

Smokey creamy roasted malt taste blended with light alcohol, molasses, and subtle mocha dark chocolates.

The dry aftertaste brings out that dark chocolate more than the taste which is quite cool.

Although this is stated to be 8.8% ABV the alcohol taste is quite subdued.

A pretty good beer I was lucky to stumble into a bomber for $3.00, well worth quite a bit more than that.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a moderate head. Very nice campfire aroma- not like bacon as some smoked beers. Less unctuous in aroma and dryer. Similar in the taste. Very big smoked flavors andd some sweet malt as well as some moderate roastiness. Not super complex, but very satisfying. Slightly chewy and sweet in the mouth. One of Left Hand's best beers.

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.

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