Smoked Porter - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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3.73/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
03-08-2011 12:02:47 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with the vaguest sense of translucence; the very modest tan cap does keep its shape for a while and deposits some foamy lace on the side of the glass
Smell: Smoked campfire with hints of brown bread, chocolate, caramel and cherry
Taste: What was understated in the aroma comes on much stronger to the tastebuds; chocolate and brown bread, up front, with the smoked flavors (charcoal and a tinge of sour cherry) blasting the palate; after the swallow, the smoked elements linger, though there are subtle hints of caramel and cherry that bring balance to the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Several years in and this beer is still drinking very nicely, having mellowed into a well-balanced treat
Thanks, BlueOkie, for the opportunity
03-18-2013 23:31:24 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
12-02-2010 05:43:42 | More by BEERchitect
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
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
3.68/5 rDev -8%
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.
03-07-2011 22:20:37 | More by drabmuh
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
3.68/5 rDev -8%
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.
03-14-2011 23:16:41 | More by mdfb79
3.63/5 rDev -9.3%
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
08-07-2012 02:32:53 | More by barleywinefiend
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev -5%
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.
03-06-2011 04:24:31 | More by Huhzubendah
4/5 rDev 0%
22oz bottle, sent as part of a poker BIF payout about 1 month ago. This pours a dark brown/black, with a tightly celled tan foam. Awesome smoked malt aroma, rich & woody. Sweet caramel malts & some bitter cocoa provide some accents for what is mainly a smoky flavor. Delicious, easily comparable with Stone Smoked Porter (natural comparison). Light carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, nice complement to the flavors. Liked this quite a bit.
07-23-2011 01:18:05 | More by TurdFurgison
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
4.33/5 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
4.15/5 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
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
12-03-2011 02:17:33 | More by Florida9
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
A: pours pitch black, a little thin on the edges, small amount of head with minimal retention
S: holy smokes... smells like campfire, strong hickory and smoke, a bit of roasty chocolate in the background
T: like the nose the taste is incredibly smokey, a bit of woodiness with chocolate and coffee to round things out
MF: somewhat thin, mellow carbonation, smooth body
O: this is perhaps the smokiest beer that I have experienced, the smoke doesn't ever get out of hand and provides and interesting porter with plenty of depth
12-12-2011 04:46:04 | More by homebrew311
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
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
10-17-2010 14:47:52 | More by Hojaminbag
4/5 rDev 0%
22oz bomber into a beer mug. Recipe is the winner of the 2010 "Brew at Choc's Home" homebrew competition. Consumed while celebrating the rare Austin "snow day"!
I haven't been all that impressed by Choc Brewing in the past, but I've heard good things about their Smoked Porter. It pours attractively enough, with a cola-brown body that thins at the edges. The dark tan head retains well, owing to a steady carbonation level from beneath. The aroma is burning, because where there's smoke, there's fire--and there is definitely some smoke in this porter! Liquefied charcoal greets the nose with a blast of woody pine & cedar. Phenols abound, but there's enough of a big, roasty porter background to add balancing notes of chocolate and dark fruit.
The flavor continues with the smoke-laden theme, overtaking the palate like a bushfire through a dry forest. Charred chocolate, nuttiness, and more smoke. Not beefy like some smoked beers, which I admire. Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style with both a crisp and smooth body. Carbonation is ample but restrained enough to not dry out the finish. Overall, a very tasty, very sessionable smoked beer. Hard to give Choc 100% of the credit for this one, though, but they definitely chose right.
02-04-2011 22:10:12 | More by wagenvolks
3.73/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
11-26-2010 20:40:10 | More by Bierguy5
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
4/5 rDev 0%
A - Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet glass. Black color, pours like oil with a thickness to it. A thin but dense tan head formed.
S - Rich roasted malt, campfire smoke and slight cocoa. A really pleasing smell.
T - Smoke and a little bitterness. Good flavor, but not as good as the smell.
M - Creamy, soft. Low carbonation and medium body. Just about a perfect fit.
D - Probably the best smoked porter I have had. The smell and texture of this beer really carry it. A little more out of the flavor and it would be pretty much perfect.
11-13-2010 20:55:54 | More by Fatehunter
Smoked Porter from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
89 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.