Smoked Porter - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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5/5 rDev +25%
Press Release: Choc Beer is excited to announce Smoke Signal Porter by Jeffrey Swearengin is the winner of the inaugural Brew at Choc's Home Competition. Smoke Signal Porter was chosen from a field of over 50 entries of varying styles. Swearengin & Choc plan to brew the recipe on the Choc brewing system in the next few weeks. The beer will be available for purchase across Choc's distribution network this summer.
"The judging was extremely fun, engaging and at the same time very difficult," explained Choc Brewmaster, Michael Lalli. Lalli added, "As we expected, naming one winner from a group of outstanding and diverse beers was a challenge but we are very happy with the smoked porter." (~ excerpts courtesy of Nick Trougakos from The Thirsty Beagle)
From the label: "We're proud to brew Smoked Porter, winner of Brew at Choc's Home 2010. Jeff's original brew was chosen not only because of the outstanding quality and complex flavors but also for his creativity and ambition. These are two defining qualities of our Signature Series. We took great care to recreate Jeff's recipe. So enjoy this beer, keep brewing and look forward to Brew at Choc's Home 2011. Cheers! Michael Lalli
Choc's Brewmaster's Signature Smoked Porter (2010 Brew At Choc's Home * 2010 Winner) is made using two different types of smoked malt (Beechwood & Cherry) for a complex, deep smoked character. It pours up with a modest carbonation that creates a rather loose, but sustainable mocha colored head that rises above the nearly opaque dark brown-black body. The aroma is quite roasty with a solid chocolate character supported by some rich underlying caramel with notes of charred/burnt wood, cocoa nibs, espresso & vanilla that compliment the dominant smokiness. Moderate fruitiness (black cherry, Medjool date, mission fig) with just a hint of warmth. The flavor starts off roasty, but never becomes overly burnt or charcoal-like. The roastiness blends well with the underlying caramel & chocolate that's balanced by a discernible herbal bitterness which dries out the slightly acrid, warming finish. This medium-full bodied smoked porter has a light oily texture with good complexity, but needs some additional bottle conditioning to help mellow the rough edges. This smoky, robust porter should age very nicely as the smokiness mellows & melds with the chocolate maltiness. Signature Smoked Porter makes a fine choice for pairing with a large variety of gastronomic delights at the dinner table. Here's to brewing at Choc's home.
08-01-2010 06:31:04 | More by Beertracker
4.83/5 rDev +20.8%
Amazing, interesting beer.
First thing I noticed was the aroma. As soon as I opened the bottle I was greeted by a phenomenal smoky aroma (reminds me of this Yakima Valley Applewood smoked salt I have)
Dark brown beer with a large tan head.
Flavor is dominated by the smoke, but there is a backbone of toastyness that works well. A little bit of chocolate and coffee. It might be my imagination, but maybe there is a tiny bit of salt.
Very nice mouthfeel.
Overall though the dominant character of this beer is the smoke and the dryness. Just a perfect beer. I wish more breweries did smoked beers. I am in love! This beer is a revelation of greatness. Would love to drink it alongside some superb smoked BBQ.
09-07-2010 04:39:35 | More by jmbranum
4.68/5 rDev +17%
The beer had a very thin head that disappeared quickly.
The smell is intense, very smokey with a sweet bourbon like character.
The taste started off very smokey and slightly sweet at first. It has almost a meaty flavor and reminds me of a charred piece of BarBQ pork. Some chocolate flavor mixes in as well in the finish. The sweetness is slight but noticeable and has more of a fig or raisin quality as opposed to licorice or caramel. I was surprised that the flavor was not bitter, burned or boozy.
The aftertaste is short but the smell lingers long after the beer is finished.
I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and will definitely drink it again. I'm tempted to say it is awesome.
09-20-2010 23:31:01 | More by WilliamLee
4.47/5 rDev +11.8%
Poured a deep dark brown with a light soap ring of a tan head with good retention.
The nose is very big with layers of smoke, toffee, and chocolate. Very dessert like quality to it.
The flavor follows the nose perfectly, big waves of smoke intermixing with semi sweet chocolate and bitter cocoa flavors along with some nice dark burnt black malts. Some nice green hops give it just enough bitterness to balance it out nicely.
The mouthfeel has a nice medium body to it with a bit of resiny hop oilyness.
Very drinkable, great smoked beer, I like that its a smoked porter that wasn't afraid to use the smoke, most of them make the smoke a little to subtle for my liking, not this one its front and center then lets the other flavors build around it nicely.
02-01-2011 01:30:09 | More by bashiba
4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours extremely dark, you definitely can't see through this one. about a fingers worth of a cream colored head that dissipates slowly but revives easily.
as soon as I put my nose to the mug, i get a strong whiff of tobacco. The scent is reminiscent of the lingering smoke of a fine cigar inside of a leather shop. Very interesting, can't wait to dive in.
just an outstanding smokey flavor. Big, robust flavors of charred, dark malts and some oak undertones, particularly hickory. smoked hickory oak, similar to the flavor of hickory smoked meat. the 7% alcohol comes through and imparts a sort of bourbon flavor, it plays on mellow warming, boozy notes. Extremely complex and delicious.
This beer couldn't score any higher on mouthfeel, it's thick, chewy and viscous. definitely full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Definitely has the potential to warm your toes on a cold night.
Everything a smoked porter should be. Big, bold, and broad.
If I were Choc, I think i'd hire Jeff to brew this for them every fall, it's the perfect porter for the fall months.
10-26-2010 03:56:26 | More by wolfinthemirror
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours a jet black with a very thin, creamy tan head that has a hint of red to it. Smell is vanilla and oak with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Taste is smooth espresso up front mixed in with a wisp of charcoal, with a hint of malt in the middle, and an earthy, dry, smoky finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, very low carbonation though, but even though I prefer lowish carbonation, this one was a touch too low even for me. Drinkability is fantastic though, smooth, yet complex.
A great beer here. Perhaps the best smoked beer I have had.
02-05-2011 01:15:10 | More by tronester
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
Pitch black with a wispish tan head. A few small dots of lace linger. Smell is a complex fusion of sweet malts, dark fruits, dark chocolates and burnt deadwood. Tastes sweet up front with a big smoky hit at the end and notes of black licorice and espresso in the middle. Ultra-creamy and smooth as silk going down, with a slight alcohol heat in the back of the throat. Not much to say about this one except the fact that it's near perfection.
10-12-2010 23:44:23 | More by stephens101
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
GLASS: Choc Signature Series Glass (Short-stemmed Snifter/Tulip Hybrid)
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks to Beertracker for submitting his homebrew to this contest. He makes some of the best damn beers that I've ever had. It's nice to see someone on a commercial level recognize this. Congrats, brother!
(Now, if we can just get thehand to win one. He's making some damn good beers, as well.)
This is a solidly opaque black color. Backlighting will get it to betray just a tiny hint of dark brown around the surface edge, but that's really just nitpicking. It's black. A smallish head of dark brown foam forms and fades away, leaving a nice surface ring. Lacing is in thick strands which are nicely sticky.
The smokiness hits you as soon as the top is popped. A big, bold, vaguely salty, kind of smoke scent. Most smoked beers smell of pork products to me. This one smells like someone is smoking a rack of beef ribs. It seriously has beef notes to it(!). There are light hints of chocolates and very light traces of coffee, like maybe they used coffee in the beef 'rub'. (Haha.) Very light hints of dark fruit sweetness and caramelized brown sugar.
Okay, the taste leans much more towards the smoked pork that I was expecting. It's totally like a rack of pork ribs that have some cocoa powder and ground coffee in the seasoning 'rub'. Light traces of Turbinado sugar. Light hints of applewood smoked sea salt.
This is a very tasty beer. It would be amazing served alongside some chocolate covered bacon, or that bacon and salt chocolate bar, that they have at the Goose Island Brewpub. Delicious!
This is a medium-bodied brew that has a light-to-medium level of carbonation. I think that it could use a touch more (natural) carbonation, to bring out some creaminess. That might just be me, though.
Very nicely drinkable, I think. No booziness, at all. The smoke, while it is the main part, does not overwhelm. It's got a good deal of balance, especially as it breathes and 'opens up' a little.
03-02-2011 05:38:31 | More by coldmeat23
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
This beer pours a medium bodied black with a light beige colored lacing. Right off the bat it smells of smoked ham and smoked wood chips. Its possibly the second smokiest beer I've smelled behind the Alaskan Smoked Porter. It smells great. The flavor is pretty good as well. It still gives you the typical coffee and roast of a regular porter with the nice smoke of hickory smoked bacon. The flavors are very well integrated. It drinks a little light for a porter but with the flavor profile its ok. This beer is pretty superb, I'm very impressed, its an excellent smoked beer.
04-05-2011 03:25:00 | More by aasher
4.28/5 rDev +7%
A - Pours pitch black. Completely opaque. 1.5 fingers of cola looking head.
S - Roasted cedar plank, charcoal, heavily smoked pork, rich smoky malt, beef jerky cure, caramelized brown sugar. Deep savory aromas with notes of sweetness.
T - Dry up front with a hint of smoky sweetness following. Tangy and salty ham character. Some roasted dark fruit builds on top of a rich and earthy smokiness. Burnt toffee holds strong through the bold smoke. Toasted brown bread rounds it off. The finish makes me think of what campfire clothes would taste like.
M - Medium body with adequate carbonation.
Wow. It took me back to camping out in the woods. Lots of complex layers here. The smoke was in full force but not overpowering. Everything seemed to fit in its flavor puzzle. Perfect for the 2011 snowpocalypse.
02-09-2011 23:49:54 | More by StaveHooks
4.28/5 rDev +7%
a - poured a one finger thick creamy tan head into a snifter that left a thin ring of lace that disappeared quickly. the body was a dark black.
s - liquid smoke with a hint of roastiness.
t - smokey, burnt ends, wood, roast are the dominant flavors. the smoke here is more subdued than the aroma.
m - medium and slick mouthfeel.
o - very nice smoked beer. the smoke is there but not overwhelming, just the right amount. paired this with a bbq burger (pulled pork piled on top of a burger) and it was great.
01-18-2012 15:36:02 | More by GPHarris
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
What a privilege to review this beer inspired by Oklahoma's own Beertracker!
Pours ebony with a finger of mocha colored head, drops off fairly quickly, this is a fairly noisy beer. Below average head retention & average lacing
S: Fairly intense smokeyness, makes me think mesquite & oak, plus dark fruittyness hiding underneath
T: Rich smokeyness, faint coffee notes, baker's chocolate, cherries & raisins & herbal hops up front. Smoke grabs hold hard, but not too hard once warm, dryness, along with cocoa & dark not sweet chocolate, plus dryness. Finishes dry, smokey with mesquite & oak still coming through to me ( I base this off scores hunks of meat I've slow smoked ), bitter chcolate & a faint bit of figgyness
MF: Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation= creamyness, plus warming notes
Drinks really easy, I do like this style. Would love to do a side by side with Alaskan Porter, because although not a clone of that, it shares a lot of positive similarities to it. A keeper IMO
09-01-2010 02:52:28 | More by russpowell
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
The beer was almost completely flat upon opening. I am sure the brewer did not intend this. After a violent pour no head developed. Very dark stoutlike color. Aroma is woody, smoky and very inviting. Flavor is smoke upfront with roasted malt and chocolate malt coming in toward the end. Mouthfeel seems on the heavy side (cannot tell accurately because of defect). Overall this is a tasty beer that I will re-review if I can get a good one.
10-06-2010 23:53:20 | More by EagleTalon
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
A - Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Dark brown, almost black. Nice tan head and lacing.
S - Its a camp fire and smores in a bottle! Smells amazing!
T - Not too much smoke, bet definitely present. A little bit of cocoa. Nice bitter finish.
M - Low carbonation and a medium body. Its creamy with a slight chewiness. Soft and great.
D - I haven't had many smoked beers, but this one is definitely at the top of the list. The taste doesn't quite match the deliciousness of the smell, but it still tastes great. Perfect on a cold cold night, watching a movie, and a fire blazing.
12-14-2010 20:06:27 | More by Bierlerner
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):
Complete darkness, opaque and sporting a thick collar of tan lace. Clean smoke and charcoal, burnt sugar and a ripe blackberry fruitiness in the nose. Creamy and smooth full body. Smokiness is very aggressive but not cloying at all. Hops drop a balancing bitterness and faint pine resin flavor. Burnt smoky maltiness has suggestions of toasted marshmallows, charred wood, blackstrap molasses and a hint of brown bread in the back. Slow-warming alcohol brings a faint fruitiness. Smokiness takes a while to fade in the burnt, bittersweet finish. Seriously great beer here.
01-11-2011 18:21:45 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
Shared by someone at the most recent Freetail bottle release party.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is definitely smokey with a lot of meaty BBQ notes. The flavor is more of the same. There is a heavy smoke character that goes very well with some heavily roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice smoked beer where the smoke is up front and shines.
06-06-2011 00:42:46 | More by Mora2000
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
Another new beer for me, compliments of russpowell. Thanks Russ!
Lovely pitch black with a 1 finger head of foam and excellent lacing. The foam and lacing don't last long but that's not a big deal to me.
Its smells of cocoa, roasted malt, with a touch of the magical smoke and a very nice aroma of cherries. I think I'm going to dig this beer.
Cocoa and semi sweet cherries start things off in a big way. Roasted malt, along with notes of coffee, bring a bit of bitterness and in between all of the flavourful goodies I'm getting some of that smoke. A very complex and enjoyable tasting Smoked Porter and I'm kind of shocked as to how well the cherries integrate with the base beer.
Medium bodied and with a brisk amount of carbonation that settles down somewhat deeper into the session, I find an overall smooth mouth feel and a very easy drinking brew.
Another fine effort from Choc Brewing and another reason for me tipping my hat to Russ! I wonder if this would be a good candidate for cellaring?
01-09-2011 15:50:18 | More by Bitterbill
4.2/5 rDev +5%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Ommegang Tulip. Pours a rich, chocolate black that lets absolutely no light through. Good head, lacing slowly cascades down the glass as it settles, but doesn't stick around long. Aromas are of roasted coffee, smoky sweetness from the cherry wood, touches of cocoa. I could sit here and literally just smell this beer, there are alot of really good subtle notes. On the palate the smoke is predominant, but there is a really nice base of maltiiness to help give this beer balance. Also some detectable chocolate notes, with a sweet, smooth finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium, but pleasant for the style. Drinkability is great, IMO. Alcohol is there, but very well hidden. Fantastic beer from BA's own "Beertracker", and a great local Oklahoma product. Cheers!
12-12-2010 03:49:06 | More by kylejohnson03
4.2/5 rDev +5%
Big thanks to coldmeat23 for tossing this awesome bottle in as an extra! Killer trade.
Poured this into a pint glass. Pours an uninviting black with just a thin sheet of tan-colored lace on top. A little disappointed there's not more head to channel out the smokiness. Ah well. The nose is still indeed smoky, with notes of bacon grease, ham, and then the "porterness" pulls through with roasted malts, and a bit of coffee. Very nice.
The mouth is stellar for the style. Moderately-full, not too heavy, but far from thin. I like it. Now this beer backs up what it claims: this is smoky. I dig it. I've had some of the style where the smoke is a phantom, but here, the smoke comes out full force. Still, mild cocoa notes and hints of sweetness make there way through as well, but the smoke is for sure the main player. This isn't a style for everyone, but I enjoy this flavor at times, and this beer delivers. Thanks again, Chris!
03-22-2011 19:58:18 | More by Onenote81
4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
Thanks to this surprise brew from BlueOkie! I really love a good smoked porter, and this one turned out to be very well crafted.
No bottle date but it says it was part of some sort of event called "Brew at Choc's Home" in 2010. I believe this was brewed in late 2010 or very early 2011. Poured into a Duvel tulip.
The beer was tough to coax a head out of at first, but with some height, and patience, a tall thick sandy head rose up and lingered for the better part of 10 minutes. The liquid beneath was black and completely opaque.
Wow does this smell good. Smoke is big and bold. I am growing more and more fond of assertive smokey beers with experience. This smoked porter has a smoke profile that is more brash and blatant than most (read: beers like Stone smoked porter have barely any real smoke compared to this). Oaky wood ashes lie beneath the dark campfire in my glass.
The taste is very smokey as well. If you enjoy a rauchbier once in a while you'll really dig this, but if smoke turns you off I am thinking that this beer is not for you. Luckily, I fall into the first category.
Dark and toasty smoked barley is thick and chewy, but not really bitter or ashy. I'd love to dig deeper, but for now the smoke overpowers a lot of the other flavors - this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Thick and chewy, with lower carbonation. Drinks smooth but has an extremely dry finish.
Overall a real treat, this beer definitely lived up to my expectations/hopes, and was in fact the first beer of the 6 Scot sent me that I put into my fridge for consumption. The bar has been set for the other 5!
09-19-2011 08:46:37 | More by Spider889
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
22oz bottle from my secret santa, served in a small tulip
A - pours with a minimal amount of loose bubbles, setting to just a very thin ring. the beer is deep brown/black in color.
S - "meat", smoked ham, campire, bit of ash, minerals and roasted malt
T - roasted malts and toasted nuts. hefty amount of milk chocolate not found in the nose. smoke slowly creeps in and tastes over. tastes of smoked ham, firewood, and ash. good balance and generally yummy.
M - nice medium body with moderate but tight carbonation. silky smooth going down and lightly chewy.
D - imho smoked beers should replace all winter warmers. absolutely great in cold weather...glad to spend time with this tonight.
01-11-2011 02:26:08 | More by Stigs
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours black, with a nice tan colored head, solid 2 fingers, leaving nice lace. Retention is very good.
Wow, this thing is smoky! But there's big chocolate and roasted malt notes shining through....it's definitely not one dimensional.
Bittersweet chocolate, light coffee, roasted malts, char, and of course, a nice balanced smokiness.
Solid medium bodied feel, creamy, and smooth.
Drinkability is great. It's got a huge smoke character without being overdone. This was a great smoked beer!
06-25-2011 21:21:44 | More by EgadBananas
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
Served in a flared pokal.
Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this bottle!
Gots to love the smoke, amiright? Let's do this: It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of dark-ish tan foam. The nose comprises maple-smoked ham, milk chocolate, and light roasted malts. Damn, do I enjoy that delicious aroma! The taste holds notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, light beech smoke, and very light maple syrup. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a damn fine smoked porter. Good work, Krebs!
11-28-2011 23:49:55 | More by TMoney2591
Smoked Porter from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
89 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.