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Gorges Smoked Porter - Ithaca Beer Company

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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 20
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JackStraw22 on 02-05-2005)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

dgherm, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured a brown hue with streaks of deep amber with a one finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong burnt grain aroma with hints of coffee and smoke.

The taste consisted of a bitter coffee and burnt grain. There was a seemingly artificial smoky sweetness in the finish.

The mouthfeel was average with a slightly dry finish.

Overall a nice smoked porter. However, this could have been really special had the smokiness been a bit cleaner.

plaid75, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Dark brown with reddish hues; very thin head.

Interesting aroma; a bit sweet for a porter. Roasted malt, a bit of chocolate. Tastes a bit sweet too. Dry cocoa in the finish, along with a hint of smokiness.

Overall, a decent porter. Though there are better ones out there, like GL Edmund Fitzgerald, this one is still better than many of the thin and oversmoked offerings that clutter the market.

ProudBeerSnob, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of angelogarcia3
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Had this beer at the brewery. It has a strong smoked aroma with a tan head. It is very dark in color with a slight effervencense. The smoke aroma reminds you of smoked bacon or pork. In the mouth it is thick with the effervencse cleansing the pallet. This allows the smoked and roasted malts to come to the forefront. After drinking this beer, I felt like I just finish eating at a smoke house.

angelogarcia3, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a deep brown color with a wispy off-white head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of lightly toasted pumpernickle with a hint of smoke. The smoke isn't all that strong but it is a solid smoke note. Not much else in the nose.

The taste is of a buttery english porter with smoked malt. Toasted brown bread mixes with a buttery caramel sweetness. It is more caramel than butter, which is good. Light lemon and a general fruitiness. Typical porter. The smoke pops through here and there but its not dominate throughout the profile.

Moderate mouthfeel with enough carbonation to keep the malt honest. Sweet on the palate with enough of a roast bitterness to offset. Not exactly smooth, more crisp; easy to drink.

A decent smoked porter. Good starter for smoked newbies. I do prefer much more smoke than this and more of an earthy profile. However, this is a real easy drinker.

Gmann, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of flexabull
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a dark brown with a decent head.

Aromas are quite smokey, peat like, BBQ, and almost liked smoked salmon. Nice!

Taste is very smokey through and through. Maybe a bit too much on the smoke, as I don't really notice many other beer flavor. It is a bit sweet and dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, decent body, and a long finish.

Pretty good smoked beer, drinkable, but it's a bit over smoked to me.

Thanks for the bottle Jahnoth.

flexabull, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of capra12
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Reviewed solo, poured into a short pilsner glass.

Appearance: Poured a 2 finger head, with a rich cascade building the head. Dark caramel brown.

Smell: ROASTED grains, and candied malts.

Taste: Opens with like taking a sip of beer while sitting by a firepit roasting some hot dogs. This is smokey with a complimentary dark malt profile which adds touch of sweetness at the finish, leaving the palate craving another sip and bite from the hotdog.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I would have this again and recommend this to those seeking a porter with a solid smokey profile from start to end which is joined by a malt backbone which allows this brew to finish and leave the inebriated craving another.

capra12, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Bierman9
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Twelve ounce bottle sampled yesterday, 26Aug, while the "Scheister" and her friends were tearing it up in the pool during her birthday party.... No freshness info found on the rather basic label.

Poured a clear, deep chestnut color; minimal light being able to penetrate at all. Head is quite thin, mainly just a rim job of light-tan to off-white bubbles, with scant lacing as well. Aroma was lightly smoky, with some roasty coffee also emanating. No hoppage detected in the nose. Mouthfeel had a touch of carbo, though not overly prickly. Body edged slightly into the medium zone.

Flavor was slightly bitter, with a solid hit of roasty malt up front. Smoke is evident, though restrained and subtle, mostly lurking in the background. Choco notes also swirl upon the palate, and there is a flowery hop bite near the dryish finish. Not overly complex, but still a tasty offering.


overall: 3.6
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a single Bottle purchased from Liberty St. Tavern. Appears dark brown with a tan head.

This is a great cold-weather beer. The smoke is nice and prominent; more so than Stone's smoked porter, for example. Still, this beer could be more complex as I find the flavors run together instead of layering on each other. I think more roasted or crystal malt could help the barley really pop out from the smoke. Still, this is tasty fall treat and worth a try for folks who love smoke beers.

tempest, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a deep amber to black color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a roasty smoked malt. In the taste, small roasty malt, and a small smoked flavor. A small bitter, yet mostly smooth mouthfeel and a dry smokey malt aftertaste. Nice roasty malt, a big smokey nose, yet lacking in taste.

OWSLEY069, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of srandycarter
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

A - Very dark cola, off white fluffy head that reduces fast to disk.

S - Smoky and malty. I cannot discern much else.

T - Creamy smooth malt. Not much bite here. Mostly creamy smokiness.

M - As with Taste, very coating, creamy, balance fine if possibly uninteresting.

D - Good to try but I am done after one.

srandycarter, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of joepais
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Thanks to Israel for sending this along.
Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of tan head that went to a nice coating of lace. The body was a standard black colored porter.

The aroma is nice and smoky with a light sweetness from the malts. Its flavor is well balanced between the roasted malts and sweet malt's, with some earthiness thrown in for good measure. This brew has a good medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

A nice smoked porter easy to drink and easy to enjoy

joepais, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of Vdubb86
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Served in a 3 Floyds Pint glass

Thanks to brendanbeer for this extra.

This beer pours a nice dark brown with an off white foam on the surface. The aroma is of a touch of sour rye with a smoked backer. There is still a chocolate like roast to the nose as well. The flavor of this beer is a touch sweeter than I expected almost no smoke flavor carries on into the body like would be expected. The mouthfeel is just a touch on the thin side, I would like it too have been a bit chewier. This is a decent beer to drink not one of my favorite of the style, but it does it's job and is better than many other beers on the market today.

Vdubb86, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of burnstar
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours very dark with a medium to large tan head. Some lacing on the surface. Huge smokey smell. Like a campfire. Taste has some sweetness in the background. Roasted malt. Really smokey from the middle through the finish. Smokiness from the nose almost overpowers the taste. Medium bodied. Overall this is a pretty good beer. Smoked beers are enjoyable to me every once in a while and this is pretty good. But this isn't something I'd want to drink in quantity.

burnstar, Dec 06, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Chocolate-covered raisin brown with brilliant scarlet and orange highlights when the glass is held up to the intense light of the rising sun. The caramel nougat colored cap is firm and airy, becoming softer and creamier as it melts. A smattering of sudsy lace appears in the end.

The nose is right on the money for a smoked porter because it has an ideal combination of roasted-chocolate maltiness and smoke. The grain bill includes pale, smoked, dark Munich, white wheat, chocolate wheat, roasted barley and coffee kiln malt. Hmmm... never heard of that last one.

Gorges Smoked Porter is pretty good beer that might have a fraction too much tanginess to be considered solidly good. The next ten ounces will determine whether 4.0 for taste is doable. It tastes and feels like the ABV is 6.3% (as seen above), but the IBC website lists it as 7.5%.

At least the brewers hit the 'degree of smokiness' bull's eye. This truly is a smoked porter rather than a rauchbier that contains roasted malt. Flavors include bittersweet chocolate, cold coffee, tangy figs and multiple tendrils of wood smoke. Northern Brewer hops add a modest background bitterness and very little flavor.

Assuming that 7.5% is correct, the body/mouthfeel doesn't quite measure up. It's on the thin side and the carbonation is slightly harsh rather than soft and caressing. Time and warming help to some extent, just not enough.

Ithaca Beer Company beer ranges from above average (most of it) to excellent (Old Habit and Ten). Gorges Smoked Porter is closer to the former, but it's still a worthwhile purchase for those who like and appreciate the style. Thanks jwc215.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 17, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

A- Pours deep dark brown, almost black. barely 1/8" head, dissipates quickly.

S- Smells like roasted and chocolate malts. a hint of smokiness.

T- nice roasted nutty flavor. very malty. not much smoke, just a pinch. slightly sweet. very faint hop bitterness, just a hint.

M- low to medium carbonation. body on the thin side. very smooth.

D- not bad at all, with a tad lower ABV, this would make a great session porter.

duffextracold, Jan 21, 2009
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 1/6/10.

A - Pours a dark brown with a 1/4 inch of tan foam that slowly dissapated leaving a layer of fine bubbles

S - a nice combination of dark malts and smokey aroma

T - when you first take your sip, you taste smoke, but as it lingers chocolate and roasted malts come through finishing with a lingering smoke flavor again

M/D - Good carbonation, medium bodied, it feels light in your mouth and doesn't leave a heavy taste like some smoked beers can. In my opinion a nicely balanced beer, not too smokey and with enough zip in it to keep you drinking it.

mikereaser, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Omnium
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours dark cherry black with not even a whole layer of head.
S - Big smoke attack, hickory chips soaked in apple cider, burnt cherrywood, a little bit of bacon, big roasted malt.
T - Smoke is definitely prevalent but there's a major unbalance, there's a ton of acidic tart cherry and apple flavor mid through end, the smoke gets taken down a notch by it, it actually has an apple cider flavor to it, which is neat, but unexpected, big roasty malts and a hint of dark chocolate.
M - A little too thin and fizzy for my liking, but still decent, easily drinkable.
O - Even though the only area I had a 3.75 in was smell, i still have this a 3.75 overall because I think too many "smoked" beers really loose the smoked essence, its definitely in this beer, and its makes for a great aroma, but the flavor kinda looses it, still I was glad to try it.

Omnium, Jan 04, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -6%

A nice Smoke Porter that tastes much more like a campfire than true smoke- though timid, it's quite pleasant and, drinkable.

This Porter pours the expected dark brown color, moderate haze and a lightly tanned head that forms with short stature, good retainage and nice lacing left behind. A good appearance.

Coffee, cocoa, light smoke, and charred cherries and currants lead the aromatic way. Light maltiness follows up but the coffe and smoke remain dominant. No real hop presence or ester character except for the charred varieties.

Flavors of coffe and cocoa strike first but with the smoke flavor (than actually take on a campfire flavor than true smoke). But the light maltiness that was experienced in the nose turns up too grainy and of roasted grains instead of the firm maltiness that is needed. This leaves the beer sharp in flavor and somewhat bland though ashy.

The body of the beer is medium early and thinning, nearly watery and grainy late. This is where the beer sacrifices the most. Too bad because the beer has great smoke and roast promise until the malts are needed.

A nice Smoked Porter but after the aroma and initial flavor the depth in character and the body are severly lacking.

BEERchitect, May 30, 2010
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3.58/5  rDev -6%

Pours a dark brown (almost black) color with ruby highlights. The head is a creamy tan that doesn’t have a lot of staying power. The aroma is enchanting. Caramel and roasted malts…butterscotch and sweet toffee. There’s a serious roasted character. I hesitate to say smoke…I didn’t pick up on any really smoky characteristics. (Maybe I was looking for something else?). This starts as a very sweet porter (maybe a little too much), and dries out only a little by the finish. A generous dose of bittering hops keeps is in balance. The brew is a little slick and oily. Fairly full mouthfeel. I found this one to be enjoyable, but nothing that I’d want every day.

Suds, May 03, 2005
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3.58/5  rDev -6%

Garnet-hued transparent mahogany with a modest, crater-pocked dusky tan head. Chocolatey malts along with sour black patent roast in the aroma; some faint wood smoke in the background. Pleasant, but nothing incredible. Coffee and chicory roast up front in the taste. Then sweetish cocoa flavors, and a noticeable but overall faint hickory smoke note at the finish. On the dry side, with minimal carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel but not quite creamy. A decent, drinkable local smoked porter. Smoke flavor comes through MUCH more strongly in the draft version, in my experience.

orfeu, Feb 14, 2007
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3.58/5  rDev -6%

Pours dark brown,with redish hues. Tan head,with decent retention,and lacing.Body is medium, not much carbionation. The smell was on the weak side. Burnt grains,and coffee mostly. Nice,but weak. Taste is of bitter coffee,and dark malts. Finish was smoked and dry. Good stuff!

riversider76, Dec 31, 2006
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Appearance- It is a nice dark brown bodied beer with a great light tan head

Smell- A very roasted and smoky malt aroma.

Taste- It is bitter sweet but very well rounded. It has a smoky chocolate taste with a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel- Full and not that carbonated.

Drinkability- It is a nice evening sipper.

MTNboy, Aug 10, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a medium-dark brown with a small one finger head tan in color.

Nose is noticably smoky without showing off too much. Dark malts with a bit o cocoa, a malty sourness and cleaning chemical and metallic overtones.

Decent amount of smoke in here but not strong. Small biterness washed through by some chocolate. This beer is held back by it's cleaning chemical character. Got it at a good price so I'm glad I checked it out.

cooch69, Feb 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

A: Dark cherry-mahogany from the bottle becomes midnight black in the glass. Dark kahki head is slight and rather quick to lapse. The lacing is slight leaving only speckled remains.

S: Gentle smoked nature of jerky and malt. Smoldering earthy vegeatation with ripe dark fruit particularly prune skins.

T: Smoked malt, earthy with a bit of gentle coffee bitterness. A bit sweet on the roastediness mixes with dark fruit of plums to provide a smooth, albeit light roasted nature that fades in and out at times. A bit of licorice appears on the trail with a slight wet woodsy soot coating on the swallow.

M: Medium body, silky ash and smooth smokey roasted bitterness lightly graces the tongue. Small traces of carbonation that quickly fizzles out.

D: Easy drinking porter, slight smoky appeal, though may be under-powered for the big smoked beer drinker. Ok overall, a good intro beer for noobs into the world of smoke but will hardly wow the seasoned veteran who comes to expect more. Mindless multiple consumption.

beerthulhu, Feb 14, 2011
Gorges Smoked Porter from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.