Smoked Porter - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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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
4.33/5 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
4.2/5 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
3.33/5 rDev -16.8%
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.
03-20-2011 20:27:06 | More by csiewert
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
3.83/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
03-11-2011 03:12:49 | More by jeff1973
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
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
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
4.35/5 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
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
02-13-2011 03:01:06 | More by mountsnow1010
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
3.25/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
02-05-2011 14:42:43 | More by Kevinator
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
4/5 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
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
02-01-2011 01:35:50 | More by Blakaeris
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
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
01-30-2011 03:28:32 | More by DelMontiac
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
4.15/5 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
4.22/5 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
4.25/5 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
4.2/5 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
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
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
Smoked Porter from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
89 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.