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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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Reviews: 245
Hads: 590
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.52%
Wants: 81
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 245 | Hads: 590
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, spotty, tan colored lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows off the smoked malts pretty well. The porter contributes some really good chocolate and coffee flavors to it. The smoke is bold, but it integrates well.

The taste has a very nice smoke presence to it. It mixes very well with the chocolate and caramel flavors of the porter. It's got a bit of a burnt, roasted quality to it in the finish as well. I loved the smokiness in it.

The mouthfeel feels creamy and slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Overall I thought it was a great smoked beer. It had a really nice smokiness to it that really complimented the rich chocolate and caramel porter flavors. I love a good smoked beer, and this is one of the best ones I've had. I may like Alaskan Smoked Porter a little better, but since I can get this locally I'm definitely going to be buying more of this.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Barely a one finger tan head produced, faint tan brown and no retention. Nice light tan whispy top not to oily or glossy, with a simple staying light bubbled collar. Very dark walnut brown body with a hint of clarity to it.

Nice hints of smoked malts, slightly woody and campfire like. Hints of light jerky and salt meats. Seems definitely more rauchbier than porter roasty in aroma. No complaints quite solid, and even a little spicy hinting at pepper and chili sensations.

Palate comes out quite unexpected. Very nice rich and sweet creamy body. Hints of vanilla and milk, then with the matching smoked malt content on the finish. Lots of salty and briney like flavors on the finish. Mild aromatics, and good controlled smoke. Creamy quality finally hints at some coffee hinting porter roast as well, with some light body control. Flavor also has an almost licorice black bite to it interestingly.

Overall a bit of a style blur but a fun unique beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gazing directly into the beer is - God forbid! - pretty much how I'd imagine things would look being stuck in a house fire. Everything is sooty and visibility is virtually nil.The head itself is like a giant, ever-lasting puff of smoke; its russet colour gives the impression of tarnishing despite that its form and lacing could not be any more embellished or ornate.

Like all good Imperial Porters this one has plenty of roasty maltiness and bittersweet chocolate; unlike most others, however, this one smells as though it was bottled during a forest fire or conceived over an open-fire pig spit. Smells of suckling pork, campfires and kindled wood sound unsuitable for a beer but they are, in fact, surprisingly enriching.

Using smoked malts in a beer is awfully similar to using bold spices in a recipe - a little can go a long way and if you use too much you risk obliterating all your other ingredients and overwhelming most peoples' palates. Some people, of course, simply can't do smokiness, they just plain don't like it. Not me though! I love it (provided it's implemented wisely).

Which means I only love it provided I can still make out the flavours beyond it. In this case, there is still a healthy and easily perceived maltiness that, having survived the smokiness, goes on to imprint flavours of honeycomb toffee, nutty milk chocolate, molasses and caramel tarts (proving that toasted malt can coexist alongside smoked malt!)

There is also, slouching but still standing after two long years in the bottle, a bitter, earthy, almost spicy-green taste of zestful American hops. Talk about balance. And you'd think at 9.8% that warming would pack a heavy punch of alcohol, but no, instead we are treated to previously withheld notes of espresso, wild mushrooms and yet more chocolate.

Cheap beers are rarely creative and the creative ones are even more rarely cheap; I don't recall this beer being too expensive but I'm sure whatever the brewery asks for it is a fair price. Drinking it gives you the sensation that what you're ingesting is something remarkably special and the feeling it leaves you with is one of pure satiation and content.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, smoke, slight alcohol, and slight dry hop. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, dry hop, sweet malt, alcohol, slight smoke, and slight hop. Overall, good appearance, body, and aroma. I would have liked a stronger smoke presence, but still a good beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 1/2011 notes. This was a 2008 bottle with unknown storage history, but apparently well stored. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a very dark red brown amber. Thin light brown head and light lacing. Light malt and smoke aroma. Nice roasted and dark malts, dark fruit and a moderate amount of smokiness. Faint traces of nuts and bacon. Very nicely balanced and tasty. I really enjoyed this smoked porter.

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Photo of corby112
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in the No BS BIF Beta from HimerMan. Corked and caged.

Poured in a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" light brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades down to a tight, solid layer of froth, with heavy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is smoke, heavy malt, and booze, in that order. Taste exhibits the same attributes, just moved around a bit. Starts with the hearty grain sweetness, then the smoke comes in like a house afire, and then closes with warmth that grows over time. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good as well. Interesting brew here, and a worthy cause, for sure.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is a lot of smoked and roasted malts and a lot of sweet chocolate as well. Smells great!

T- The taste is roasted malts up front with some sweetness and smoke and a touch of hops in the finish along with a lot of warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
O- Overall, Smoke Jumpers is a great beer. I always enjoy a good smoked beer, and this one was very enjoyable. Recommended!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last of the bottles that the wife brought back from a trip to Chicago. I didn't have the heart to tell her that I could have bought that here in Seattle. Opened on 5.20.12.

A - Pours a dark brown with a dark tan head that is very foamy and fades slowly.

S - Roasted malts, the some chocolate, then a slightly smokiness.

T - Soft smoke, roasted malts, and a slight chocolate background.

D - Good carbonation with a smooth medium body.

O - Smoke all-around, but not overly done. Very solid.

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Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a huge, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A smoky aroma to say the least, with hints of malt and hops as well.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a little chocolate, a hint of coffee, and the ubiquitous smoky quality. The flavor is closer to a stout than a porter, but that's not a bad thing. A big, focused, enjoyable flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: You enjoyment of this beer (and others like it) depends entirely on your love of the smokiness. If you like it, this is a beer for you.

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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.