Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
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
01-11-2009 22:43:35 | More by russpowell
3.7/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
07-12-2011 03:03:31 | More by drabmuh
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
this is as smokey as any rauchbier ive had, definitely the most smokey american made beer ive had. it pours really dark brown, dark chocolate color, with a yellowish tan head an inch high. the nose is crazy, like a bonfire, or like smoked bacon or something, meaty and woody, dark malts, vanilla, and burnt toast. the flavor is totally dominated by the smoke, its nice over a huge porter that can stand up with all that flavor. the malt profile is awesome, and the alcohol isnt really there at all. its got a long bitter finish, with some detectabe hops happening. mouthfeel is lovely as well, really creamy in texture, its a nice contrast to the sort of rough around the edges flavors. carbonation isnt bubbly, but its bright, makes the beer quite drinkable. i enjoyed half the bomber, and put the other half into a pot of bison chilli, and found the results to be great. its a perfect beer for that application, and a nice one to drink with foods like bbq and roasts. world class.
11-16-2012 20:41:12 | More by StonedTrippin
4.33/5 rDev +8%
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.
11-10-2007 23:57:59 | More by WesWes
3.93/5 rDev -2%
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.
07-19-2012 04:38:27 | More by mactrail
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
05-14-2012 04:29:22 | More by Mora2000
3.63/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
02-18-2007 16:37:22 | More by jwc215
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
11-14-2007 04:45:31 | More by Gueuzedude
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-13-2014 17:19:15 | More by smcolw
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
02-14-2007 21:14:27 | More by Gavage
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
09-09-2009 15:26:50 | More by GClarkage
4.68/5 rDev +16.7%
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!
12-15-2010 00:00:24 | More by corby112
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
11-23-2007 20:54:10 | More by weeare138
4.33/5 rDev +8%
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.
10-20-2009 01:50:18 | More by Georgiabeer
3.85/5 rDev -4%
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.
03-25-2012 20:29:36 | More by dbrauneis
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
11-23-2008 07:09:28 | More by Zorro
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
08-09-2014 02:02:35 | More by superspak
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
04-03-2007 00:42:55 | More by ppoitras
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
07-15-2010 01:18:41 | More by biegaman
Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.