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Gorges Smoked Porter - Ithaca Beer Company

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Gorges Smoked PorterGorges Smoked Porter

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139 Reviews
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Reviews: 139
Hads: 196
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 17
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

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Beer added by: JackStraw22 on 02-05-2005

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Reviews: 139 | Hads: 196
Photo of yesyouam
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a small, off-white head-- it's a deep red-black. There is a light aroma of roast and smoke-- like a barbeque. The taste is stong-- almost completely of smoke. It seems like maybe mesquite or hickory, a little salty. The body is light, a little watery and perhaps a bit flat. What a strange beer.
(rated Feb 6, 2007)

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Photo of mikeg67
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from variety pack. Pours black with a thick, tan, short lived head. Aroma is nuts, smoked malt and some chocolate. Light, smooth body. Flavor is smoked malt, dark fruit with hints of chocolate. Short, unremarkable finish. Too light for porter in my opinion

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Photo of ajaxivan
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into my Victory Tulip

A: Very dark with little brown head

S: Smokey, roasted malt

T: Alot of smoke and not much else

M: Light feel, thin

D: Considering the price i would say this is a decent offering but not the best. I wouldnt turn this down and is worth a try to those who enjoy smokey porters

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Photo of sabrills70
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby color with a good two finger head and decent lace. Smells like a christmas ham. Smokey and malty with some coffee and chocolate notes. Smokey, smokey, smokey. A bit too heavy in the smokey column. It tends to overpower everything else and makes the other qualities less noticeable. There are some nice chcolate and coffee qualities underneath it all. Finishes sweet and dry and a nice change of pace but due to the heavy smoke you can't drink a bunch. Lighten up on the smoke and you will have a great brew.

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Photo of wailingwench
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2 pints to get a proper feel for this one.

Eye Candy: Deep dark garnett red, brown center. Fizzy tan head. No lacing. Head vanished quickly. Easily swirled.

The Nose Knows: Roasted malt, expresso, burnt brown sugar, toffee, hickory bbq tang, hop bitterness to balance. Alcohol detectable at end.

Tongueland: Very thin m/f for a Porter. Expresso, bitter chocolate covered hops, quick bittering and alcohol evident in the finish.

Bender: An average Porter in taste at best. This is something that needs time to improve to let the mouth develop/emerge. The Nose is more diverse. No detection of anything smokewise. Left me wanting more in terms of complexity. I honestly had high expectations and Gorges fell off the cliff.

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Photo of mobud
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into SA glass

A- Very dark brown, almost black with an oatmeal head that pours to 1/2 inch.

S- A nice combo of sweetness and burn/smoke.

T-There is a burnt toast feel that I can not get past or enjoy. I have enjoyed smoked porters in the past, but this taste is not good for more than one beer for me.

M- Medium to heavy.

D- Not a beer for me. I am a big fan of this brewery, but this is the the one beer by them that I don't get. Maybe if I had it on tap, I would feel different.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a very thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains mostly smokiness along with roasted malts and some coffee. Typically I would not consider the strong smokiness to be a problem, but in this case there isn’t much else to go along with it.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong smoked ham flavor. There is some coffee and chocolate faintly in the back ground. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is very mild thus there isn’t anything to balance the smoked flavor.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style since it’s all smoked and not much porter, if you’re into the smokiness you’ll like it but there are better smoked beers out there.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a tulip pint the beer was a dark brown color bordering on black with some ruby highlights near the edges. A dense two finger white head. Some spotty lacing, but not much.

Nose has roasted chocolate, malted milk balls, some cookie dough and mollasses.

A very very subtle smokiness comes through innitialy in the taste with a bigger malt backbone that seems to swallow the smokiness as if it was never there. A slight bitterness on he back of the tounge - a bit like dark chocolate. Finishes with a malted milk shake taste an reather dry in the finish. As the beer warmed it developed an interesting (but unappealing) aftertaste.

Medium body with ample carbonation.

The beer started out ok but faded quickly. The first few sips were enjoyable, but it then became tough to pick out flavors and developed a odd taste after the beer warmed a bit. Smokiness was subtle - much too subtle for a beer with smoke in its name. This was part of a variety pack, that's good, because I would not seek this out to buy on its own.

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Photo of Murchmac
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown thin head, dark black with brown highlights.

Smells of smoke and hops.

Taste follows the nose. A little oily for a smoked porter which detracts from its drinkability.

This beer was towards the end of the expiration date, maybe fresher it'd be better.

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Photo of biglite351
2.97/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - slight Ted around the edges, near white tight head.

S - extremely mild smoke, not much else.

T - the majority of the flavor is a mild smoke. A touch I'd malt and caramel, but you have to look for it.

M - no e coating with a thick feel. Tingle on sides of tongue.

O - feels really nice, but a general lack of flavor would push me towards other options.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears very dark with minimal head. Leaves sudsy dishwater bubbles on the side of the glass. Roasted malts and dark fruits aroma. Heavy smoke flavor that lingers after you swallow the brew. Also some roasted malts, breadlike flavors. I would say that the drinkable nature of this beer is hindered by the smokey flavor. I am glad I got try this probably not something I would reach for again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo. Served in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with a small amount of off white head

S - Smoke & roasted malts. The smoke dominates the nose making any other flavours somewhat indistinguishable.

T - Lots of smoke and some roasted malts in the background. The smoke dominates making this beer somewhat unpleasant after a few sips. Way too much smoke.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown almost black with a small coffee head that recedes with little lacing.

Aroma is roasty malts with some wood smoke too.

Not as much roastiness comes through in the flavor. Really a little bland up front with some slightly sweet chocolate. The smoke aspect picks up on the back end, but overall this one is pretty sweet. Needs more roast for better balance.

Carbonation levels are medium, but the body is thin for the style.

Fairly mediocre and boring beer. Won't be seeking this one out.

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Photo of Deerslayer210
1.25/5  rDev -67.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

After reading the other reviews, I wonder was it a bad case, or was I really drunk!!!! Unfortunately I was sober when I sipped this beer. I love smoked foods and beer, but this was like smelling the liquid smoke bottle that is for amateur's. The first sip put the bile from my stomach in my mouth. I thought it must be something else and took another drink.. More vomit, not good. This was a two sip drain poor and a good pranker for your friends. I shared this with many and found no one whom likes the taste of over smoked beer mixed with vomit. Either way stay away!!!!

Pored nice. That's all folks.

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Gorges Smoked Porter from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.