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Smoked Porter - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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BA SCORE
89
very good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 33
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
42 IBU

(Beer added by: Beertracker on 08-01-2010)
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

FortSmithHops, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of brew3crew
3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting at Jackie O's

A-dark body with tan head that sticks around for awhile

S-really Smokey. Wow. If you like smoke, you like this

T-really Smokey. Really? You had to smoke it this jmuch?

M-medium body and smooth

O-way too Smokey. This just must not be my thng

brew3crew, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A. Pours black with some amber edges and a nice creamy tan head.

S. Tons of bacony smoke on the nose. Some caramel in the background.

T. Tons of smoke, some chocolate on the back

M. Fairly thin body, not a lot of body.

D. Drinkable, but not great

BeerAndBourbon, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Kevinator
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My second beer from this brewery, which showed to be an improvement over the 1919. This might not be saying much since the recipe is from a contest winter. The color and smell were the best things about this porter. It was almost comforting. The smoked influence was distinct in the smell. When it came to taste, it reminded me of the liquid smoke my dad would use on the grill. It wasn't too overpowering but seemed to disrupt the balance of the beer rather than add a unique characteristic. Since this appears to be a retired brew, it might be difficult to find, especially outside of OK. If you like this style, its definitely worth a try but don't expect it to measure up to other smoked porters(Stone). This one straddles the fence.

Kevinator, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of OKCNittany
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

OKCNittany, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of csiewert
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a thick black color with a slight amount of tan head with no lacing. The aroma is strong of smoke with a slight amount of roasted malt. The taste is almost all smoke... So much so that it overwhelms the rest of the flavors, which I would assume consisted of some roasted malt and caramel characteristics. The mouthfeel is somewhat lacking and feels empty. It leaves you feeling like you just drank smokey water. Overall it is worth a try but don't expect too much.

csiewert, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

wrightst, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark brown with a nice tannish cap, some bubbles and light lacing presents itself

S: The nose is full of smoked meats, campfire and cigarette smoke

T: A big woody char blended with campfire upfront which lingers and transiotions to a smoked meat presence, light peat and chocolate which ends in a lingering chocolate, meaty and smokey bliss.The big complaint was a persistent burnt rubber note that really stuck around.

M: A big body, well carbonated, smoke and more smoke sit on the palate

O: Good for the style. Would recommend and I find this superior to Alaskan Smoked Porter

barleywinefiend, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/05/11 notes. Shared by Thorpe429; thanks Mike.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and light smoke. Was expecting more smoke from it.

t - Tastes chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, light smokiness, and light fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice porter or stout with some light smoke to it. Would have again.

mdfb79, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe, thanks. Nearly to all 50 states.

Beer is dark brown with a tiny thin head of small tan bubbles that still leaves a little lacing on the glass. Looks like beer.

The aroma is not quite what I expected, the smoke contribution is rather low...there is some roast and a little malt in there. I wonder how smokey this beer will be.

Beer is medium in body and decent tasting, nice thickness throughout with a clean finish. There is a mild pleasant smoke finish on the back end of the palate that grows toward the midpalate, the malt is on the front. Overall it is a nice, decent beer.

drabmuh, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of bump8628
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours up black with a light brown head of creamy foam. If I didn't know better I'd say this is a big thick stout by the looks of it.

Inviting, smooth smoke comes out of the glass first. And pretty much hides everything but a faint cocoa note.

The smoke is upfront and pretty intense, yet complex from the use of both cherry wood smoked malt and beech wood smoked malt. The cherry smoke lends something quite unique, an almost smoother smoke character than I've had in most of the smoked beers I've had to this point. Once I get by the smoke there's a smooth chocolate character and a bit of caramel and toffee. Hop bitterness balances it all out about evenly.

If you are a fan of big smoked beers or smokey food this beer is definitely worth a try. If smoke isn't your thing then beware: This is one smokey beer. I'll give it another go once the weather really starts to cool down.

bump8628, Aug 27, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TMoney2591 for allowing for the OK tick

Holy God this is mostly smoke with a little bit of porter. It pours the dark brown you'd expect from the style, but ever-the-while it smells like wood ashes are wafting around the room. There are times when some smoke is appreciated and there is times when it makes me think they burnt the beer. This is the latter. This beer takes a page right from Aecht with the level of smoke, dear god it smells like super charred bacon. Surprisingly the taste mellows it quite nicely, but by this point I'm making sure not to stick my nose back in the glass. The taste has the obvious smoke infuse malt flavor with some chocolate tones behind it. There is actually a nice creamy overall feel to this beer and overall, I don't mind drinking it. That having been said, I'm glad somebody else bought it, Someone like TMoney2591 who appreciates the smoke WAY more than I do.

Vdubb86, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Bierguy5
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 7% abv. Pours pitch black, no highlights. Mocha head holds well for several minutes, then fades. Nice patches of lace.

Roasty, with some chocolate notes. A good background of campfire smoke. Smoke is not overwhelming, but adds a nice layer.

Dark chocolate, a slight sharp roast flavor, almost charcoal. Not much sweetness. Smoke adds a nice touch. Well balanced here, fruit is minimal.

Lighter body. Alcohol is well hidden. If the base porter had a bit more character, this would really be outstanding. Still, this one is nice.

Bierguy5, Nov 26, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of a very generous trader. Served in a tulip.

Pour yields a very dark brew with a good off-white head and some lacing as it moves down the glass. The nose contains a good amount of smoke plus some roasted malt, mild coffee, and a wee bit of very dark chocolate. Good start. The taste isn't quite as integrated and doesn't do as much for me, but pretty good and I'd certainly come back to it. Nothing overpowering, just a nice, balanced beer with some smoke complexity added. Mouthfeel is medium with a good dryness in the finish. Drinks quite well. One of the best Krebs beers I've had to date.

Thorpe429, Mar 08, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

thebouch01, Mar 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

bsuedekum, Jul 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

JakeWright, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a dark brown in color while still retaining a slight translucency around the edges. Forms a thin dark tan head a thick ring around the edge.

S: Smells of smoke and lots of it. Bacon, wood and maybe some roasted malts.

T: Roasted malts to the point there is even a little char. Smoke, bacon, and campfire.

M: On the heavier side of medium with a mild, char-like, smoky bitterness.

O: A good beer. Smoky as hell, but still drinkable. If you like smoke, you'll like this one. If not, I'd stay away.

Florida9, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

A: The beer appears a dark brown shade, with a small tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the tulip glass.

S: The aroma is of malt and smoke with a light roast character.

T: The flavor follows the scent, with the addition of chocolates, and a light bitterness in the finish. Pleasant smoke flavors are there throughout, but not overpowering.

M: The feel is on the thin side, too much so for my liking.

D: Overall, this was a decent beer and one I would have again, though not in the same category as Alaskan Smoked Porter.

Huhzubendah, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of jeff1973
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Bruery tulip. Thanks to thehand for this extra!

A - Dark brown, opaque with tan head that leaves good lacing.

S - Faint smoke,leather,chocolate, maybe some dark fruits.

T - Smoke comes thru here along with more bitter chocolate. I can taste the cherries/plums on the finish. Good amount of carbonation for this style, but it works.

M - Medium. Much lighter than expected (in a good way).

D - High. With the relative low ABV and nice carbonation, this one goes down easy.

Nice beer. Would definitely not turn down another.

jeff1973, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Choc Brewing's Signtaure Series Smoked Porter pours with a dark brown body that is almost opaque and borders on black. The head is brown and small, and while it has a little bit of retention, it does not leave any lacing behind.

The aroma is quite smoky, and even a little bit woody, with chocolate and sweet malts underneath.

This Smoked Porter is a pretty good smoked beer. The first thing I notice is a substantial wave of smoke that is stopped short of being overwhelming by a mix of chocolate and coffee flavors. Underlying these flavors is also a sweet caramel malt backbone. Once again a hint of wood comes through, accompanied by a bit of black cherry. After swallowing, the flavor of smoke still lingers on the palate. This beer manages to take a good punch of smoke and marry it to a nice malt backbone, showcasing both.

The body could be a little fuller, but no problems with the mouthfeel.

This is my first Choc beer, and I liked it. When I realized that it was the winner of a home brew contest I was a little bit disappointed, because I feel like this might not be a representative sample of what kind of beer the brewery produces. That qualm, however, doesn't really effect my experience with this beer, which I enjoyed.

Hojaminbag, Oct 17, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. No lacing really.
S - Smoke, dark fruits.
T - Again, smoke and dark fruits followed by a bit of green apple and a pretty strong chlorophenol flavor, slightly medicinal and band-aidy. Not unpleasant but strikes me as slightly off. However, I think this has just the right degree of smoke to it; not too much but definitely present.
MF - Nice carbo, pleasant body.
DB - High, for a smoked porter, but a bomber is probably enough for me.

mountsnow1010, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A delicious and robust Porter with balancing smoke aroma and woodsy-char flavor. Big in aroma and flavor, the body is light. Still, a highly drinkable beer, if your palate handles smoke flavor and aroma.

The beer pours with a froathy, but light weight. Dark brown with lightly tanned foam that billows at first but reduces to a thin intermitten sheet across the surface and with mild lacing on the glass.

Smoke obviously dominates the aromas (seems like the cinders of fired cherry wood) but not without a rebuttal of coffee, bitter chocolates, and malty/creamy scents.

Flavors of medium caramels set the tone for the more vibrant flavors of the glaze that captures smokiness in smoked meats, along with toffeed walnuts, heavy cream, bittersweet chocolates, and cherry-like alcohols.

A light creaminess early begins to remind me of cask ales. Alas, the creaminess falls and the beer wanders into weakness and thinness, yet remains drinkable. With a lightly dry finish, the beer ends with a pleasant linger of smoke and chocolate.

Solid throughout, the beer is very consistent except for the weaker mouthfeel. In terms of flavor/aroma intensity and creaminess, it's a step off of the pace throughout from Alaskan Smoked Porter.

BEERchitect, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of DelMontiac
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Choc Smoked Porter poured from a bomber into a New Belgium globe.

The body is opaque black/brown topped by one finger of tan head which only hangs on for a few short minutes. The etching in the globe creates a constant stream of bubbles that gives me a thin layer for the duration of the glass.

The smoke is up front, obvious, in your face, but I wouldn't say that is totally controls the aroma here. I can still detect dark roast coffees, dark chocolate, and and scant carmel malt. I kind of expected a sweeter (barbeque) type of smoke. This is more like...campfire/fireplace smoke. Not bad, but I think a sweeter smokiness would be beneficial. I'm sure that's tall order though - very hard to make beer taste like smoked meats without a rub and the meat.

Again, smoke is out front. Still, I think of a campfire, not a BBQ type of hickory, pecan, or mesquite. There is a difference! I think there's a bit of tobacco type smokiness in there as well - not that sweet first puff, more like the last drag with all the resin, but not a dirty ashtray either. As the smoke clears (ahem) the flavors of darkroast coffee emerge as well as semi-sweet chocolate. Alcohol is hidden and there is a tinge of vanilla on the finish which I wasn't getting until the beer was at room temp. Next time, I would allow more warming time, or just not even refrigerate it at all.

The feel is probably the best attribute for me. Somewhat chewy and velvety. Lower carbonation allows for this smooth feel and I would think it's preferable for most smoked brews. Again, this benefits from room temperature and promotes good drinkaility.

DelMontiac, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Blakaeris
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours velvety dark brown with ruby highlights. Dense white head doesn't hang around long, instead becoming a thin soapy sheen.

Aroma is very smokey, with a peaty aspect. Although the smoke dominates, there is a significant malt sweetness as well.

Taste is malty, with dark fruit. Then a perfume like dry cedar quality takes over. Peaty smoke is much stronger in the nose than the taste. Mild earthy hop bitterness, and a touch of musty yeast rounds things out. Finishes with a lingering metallic sting and milk sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

A flavorful and interesting smoked beer. Much more going on than just smokiness. Very nice.

Blakaeris, Feb 01, 2011
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Smoked Porter from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
89 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.