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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial PorterSmoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter

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very good

435 Ratings
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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%

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 chinchill

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Appearance: rather dead looking when opened, with no head forming n the bottle. Pours a black-brown color with a smallish tan head that soon reduces to a a partial top coat and a sizable, durable, bubbly ring. Some spotty lacing.

Smell: More delicate than expected: a light smokiness over dark chocolate with undertones of molasses and dark fruity. [3.75]

Taste: Starts rather pleasantly sweet but ultimately proves to be well-balanced in the sweet-bitter dimension, with negligible sourness. Chocolate flavor with subtle hints of molasses and prunes. The smoke is barely noticeable up front, but gently caresses the mid-palate and becomes more obvious in the finish. A smokey, mocha flavors linger for a good while afterwards. [4.25]

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied; smooth; excellent medium-low carbonation.

O: I approach smoked beers with some trepidation since I find many of them to be too smokey and, therefore, too 1-dimensional. However, I have learned that there are excellent smoked beers, and this is one of them. Lefthand has crafted a beer that judiciously blends the sweetness of dark malts with a touch of hops and the smoke to brew a world-class porter. The ABV is so well hidden that I forgot about it altogether. (4.25)

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 22:29:38 | More by chinchill
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with a super thick tan head. Aroma of smoked meats, roasted malt, piney hops. Flavor of smoked meats (light smoked meats, not as smoky as I'd like) and a sweet malt finish. Palate is not as robust as I'd like but this is pretty tasty. Not my favorite smoked, but up there.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 14:24:18 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of alexgash


4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. 2008 bottling.

Very dark chocolate brown with a small, dark khaki head. Some lacing. Nice mix of smoke and malt sweetness on the nose. Campfire, sweet smoked meat, peat, dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits blend together effortlessly.

Roasted barley, Tootsie roll chocolate, and herbal coffee/hop bitterness up front. Dark fruit sweetness and smoky, peaty malts follow. Some dark chocolate folds into the mix too. The sweet campfire/meat smokiness melds perfectly with the sweet malt and the roasted bitterness. Bittersweet finish, with lingering smoke, roasted coffee, and dark fruit. Full-bodied with a thick, chewy feel. Delicious! I love that this is the official beer of the National Smokejumper Association!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 01:59:12 | More by alexgash
Photo of GClarkage


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 15:26:50 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very very deep brown color with a thick tan head that slowly settled into a sticky cap. The aroma is of smokey wet wood, roasted meat, and roasted malt; beauty. Great smokey flavor with a good balancing malt. Lots of campfire smokiness, smoldering wet wood, peat, roasted/charred meat. A mellow roasty malt nicely offsets the smoke, which transitions into some roasty bitterness. The feel is thick and chewy and very smooth; just enough carbonation that the brew doesn't feel flat. A very thick and hearty beer, great fireside material. Probably the best smoked porter I have tried to date; nice bold smokiness with plenty of malt body to combat the smoke. Just another great Big Mo' Left Hand brew, big props to them.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 03:20:51 | More by Gmann
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 23:55:36 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Suds


3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Utterly black in color, the beer admits not light, and is crowned with medium chocolate head. The smell is mild for a smoked beer, but does have an acrid, charcoal-like smoke character. It's not a smoke from the start of a fire, but from the final embers. the beer also has some distant dark malt and grain scents. Its taste is sweet, with a notable heavy malt character. A bit more carbonation than necessary. The beer's taste has less smoke than the smell. The finish is quiet, and the ABV is very well hidden. Medium-to-high in body, the beer is reasonably drinkable. There are many better smoked beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 01:57:17 | More by Suds
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 22:12:31 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark and smoky and thats the way I like a smoked porter. This beer has a nose like Lapsong Souchong Tea which grows in complexity as the beer warms up. The porter side is complex and well made with some chocolate notes arising underneath all the smoky goodness. Worth picking up especially if you missed the Alaskan release

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 18:08:31 | More by canucklehead
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy tan lacing. Retention is pretty good given the ABV and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

4.5 S: So nice. The smoke is really potent. Smelling this is like sitting by a camp fire and eating bacon. Deep caramel notes with a light roast. Smoke is the main focus here and it's done to perfection.

4.5 T: Smoke and bacon are the main culprits in the taste as well. Despite this, it's as smooth a beer as I've ever had. Underneath there is a light supple roastiness, a good bit of caramel, and chocolate. The smoke is very well integrated with the base porter and the porter seems like a solid one.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess to go with this.

5.0 D: Any of the nose, taste, and mouthfeel could have received a 5.0, so I'll give it here instead. Really impressed with this beer. The smoke is done better than any other smoked beer I've ever had. Great job LH!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 02:47:26 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of ehammond1

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


Thanks for openings this one with me, Josh!

Nearly black in color with a small light brown head that hangs around for a while, before settling down into a film that rests atop the beer, leaving streaks of lacing down the glass.

A very meaty, smoky aroma, almost port like. There's also some roast and coffee, but the meaty smokiness is dominant.

The porky, smoky, meaty character carries through to the flavor as well, along with just the slightest bit of roast and black malt. Too smoky and meaty for my personal taste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good enough, though not particularly drinkable with the huge amounts of smoke and meat flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 21:43:18 | More by ehammond1
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a dark, shadowy red, best viewed with a good back light. The best show this Michelob Specialty glass has ever profferred. Full two fingers of mocha coverage. It calms down to a thin but full blanket and doesn't drop below that for a good while. Good lacing around the glass, giving a little rise to the rim foam but doesn't really stick.

Aroma - a full blast of smokiness right away. I haven't smelled a beer this smoky since Schlenkerla. The head takes a while to settle but when it does I pick up some great hot fudge/dark chocolate aromas.

Taste - heavy charcoal flavor, burnt coffee beans, charred ribs. As the ashes clear off my palate, there are some roasty non-flamed flavors of chocolate and espresso. They can be a challenge to pick up before the aftertaste but if you wait a few seconds they'll show up. The hop bitterness around the swallow kind of prolongs the initial barrage but ultimately comes into its own just briefly before yielding to some (up to this point) well-hidden alcohol warmth. Needs to warm up a bit to be a better, smoother drink. An intensely smoked beer that is really good but takes a while to get accustomed to.

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated and gassy, and very smooth too. The body is moderately big, a good fit for what the flavor needs.

Drinkability - this is not a beer that you can just crack open anytime. It's good though. Mind the high abv, and if you have a tasting with some crafties this would make a good entry.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 19:34:16 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of tigg924


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black with a 1/4 inch head

Smell: smoke, pork, toasted malt

Taste: more of a burnt malt, smoke, expresso, dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: a smooth start with a harsher finish, medium to heavy body

Drinkability: This is a very solid beer. It is one of my favorite American smoke beers and probably the closest in taste I have come to a Scherlenkerla in the states. It does maintain a porter feel throughout as well. I will look for this again, but think two per sitting is tops.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 15:50:16 | More by tigg924
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass translucent black with a ruby highlight and a deep brownish head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was smoky and strong with a meaty smoke sausage character coupled with roast and a chocolate. As the head fell the dominate aroma remained strong smoke with some light esters.

The flavor was nicely chocolate, in fact, excellent with chocolate. The smoke and chocolate flavors accentuated one another with a light bit of coffee thrown in for good measure. The flavor was meaty and contained a subtle sweetness which worked very well with the smoke and chocolate. Some caramel was notable, but the emphasis was smoke.

The finish was dry with lasting smoke and chocolate very pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the beer had a creamy texture to the mouthfeel. The alcohol was really only a factor in the warming experienced after consumption. A truly great smoked beer. Seek this one out!

750 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 00:36:13 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of Pencible


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 21:15:53 | More by Pencible
Photo of billab914


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 23:51:41 | More by billab914
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown colored brew with a small tan head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of chocolate and smoke. Other aromas of coffee, caramel, char, and some dark fruit mix with the former to produce a quite nice smell.

Taste – The taste begins of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Some sweeter flavors of the dark fruit and the caramel that were detected in the nose then start to enter the taste. While these sweeten the flavor in the middle of the taste, a smokiness soon starts to come to the tongue. With the arrival of the smoky flavors the sweet flavors seem to fade and the roasted flavors seem to intensity. This coupled with some char and burnt tastes coming to the tongue, along with a light alcohol taste, overall create a very roasted and warming taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the just above average in thickness with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker and creamier body is wonderful for the dark and smoke flavors and complemented well by the warming alcohol taste.

Overall – Quite delicious. It has a nice semi- sweet and smoky porter and one to give a try
if you have a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 00:14:01 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of emmasdad


3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the attractive 750 ml bottle into a snifter. Very oily black body, with maybe a finger of brown foam. Aromas of peat smoke, dark and milk chocolate and roasted malt. Flavors of roasted malt, more rich chocolate and a little coffee blend nicely with the smoke.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 03:23:18 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Floydster


2.88/5  rDev -28%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 17:09:56 | More by Floydster
Photo of cjgator3


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 03:12:48 | More by cjgator3
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +22%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 00:08:01 | More by dsa7783
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 01:24:04 | More by grub
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with chestnut highlights and beige foams that trails.
Smoky phenols with hints of red berry, peat and meat on the nose.
Red currants, cold coffee, lots of smoke, far whack of earthy hops. Sweetens as it warms, with red berry and brown sugar.
Sprucey end and roasty bitter linger.
Medium to full, round, plenty of chew.

1.021 finish, so full and sweet. Smoke is judicious and there's plenty of bitter in the roast and hops. Lean for 8.8%, which makes it a nice drinker.

Between the smoke, roast and sweetness, tastes more like BBQ than any smoked beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 17:25:12 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of nickd717


3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared at a BA tasting. This didn't go over well with the group, but I enjoyed it.

A - Darkest brown in color with a tan head that lasts.

S - Aroma of smoke, coffee, meat, earth, and a little band-aid.

T - Smoky and roasty with meaty/bacony notes, coffee, anise, and unfortunately a little band-aid too - which a bunch of people disliked, but I thought was not too much of a detriment. Mmmmm, band-aids! ABV well-hidden.

M - Fairly full and smooth with a long smoky aftertaste.

D - Well, not great. The band-aid and smoke do get to be a bit much eventually.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 22:44:24 | More by nickd717
Photo of Reagan1984


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on tap last night at the Horseshoe Pub. Figured it would go well with my burger... (which came with bacon) I have to say it was a perfect match...

Came with a scant ¼ inch tan head that topped the dark brown beer. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma was great. Smokey, smokey. Reminded me of bacon.

The flavor followed the aroma to a tee. Bacon, smoke, deep roasted malts and some coffee. I enjoyed the first 1/3 of the beer before my sandwich came and the rest with dinner. The flavor really did come alive more with the food.

Mouth feel was creamy and thick. The smokey nature made it feel bigger in the mouth.

I think the only downfall is drinkability. This is not a beer I would consider having more than one.. Nice beer and one to be tried, but I couldn't sit there and drink this all night.

I do want to try it with BBQ.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 18:36:28 | More by Reagan1984
Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
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