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Gorges Smoked Porter - Ithaca Beer Company

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Gorges Smoked PorterGorges Smoked Porter

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very good

190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 19
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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Photo of logicalparadox

New York

1/5  rDev -73.8%

11-17-2011 05:15:28 | More by logicalparadox
Photo of Deerslayer210


1.21/5  rDev -68.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:53:28 | More by Deerslayer210
Photo of hotmanflab666

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

01-04-2012 03:52:46 | More by hotmanflab666
Photo of Nunya


2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

06-16-2013 18:43:51 | More by Nunya
Photo of jmarsh123


2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 23:21:16 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 18:54:53 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of mtnbikerpa


2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 21:31:56 | More by mtnbikerpa
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2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 17:10:43 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of fmccormi

New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-14-2011 15:08:41 | More by fmccormi
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 20:47:48 | More by Murchmac
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-04-2012 03:11:11 | More by rinhaak
Photo of biglite351


3/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 22:28:57 | More by biglite351
Photo of brewsclues


3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-10-2011 18:00:44 | More by brewsclues
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-03-2013 00:10:17 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 04:59:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of mobud


3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 12:33:36 | More by mobud
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New Mexico

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2005 16:31:51 | More by wailingwench
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 23:08:28 | More by sabrills70
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

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 01:12:34 | More by ajaxivan
Photo of GWhite


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-20-2014 16:25:46 | More by GWhite
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 20:43:50 | More by mikeg67
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 15:56:11 | More by yesyouam
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Situation: The second semester begins--time to reset! Glassware: Sam Smith tulip... Appearance: Jet velvet black body that supports a thick, lucious brown two-finger head--handsome... Aroma: toasted malts, for certain, but a bit more lactic than expected... Palate: active, oily body; medium to full-bodied character with solid effervescence; weighty and firey, with a throaty flourish... Taste: complex at the teeth; toasted oats with a tinge of hops too--not trendsetting inits uniqueness, but workmanlike and serviceable... Overall: of the four, this was the question mark that could make a good case GREAT; unlike its winter counterparts, the smoked porter finds its niche with its bold, punchy demeanor... not balanced enough for my loving, but warming and timely.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 20:46:32 | More by dacrza1
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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out a black with slight ruby highlights. Much darker than I expexted. One finger of head and no lacing.

S- Mostly malt smells, roasty and nutty. In the background there are small whisps of smoke. Overall somewhat weak.

T- Roasty toasty malt that is somewhat sweet. The smoke reminds me of summer sausage and is incorporated very well, not at all overpowering. But like the smell, the taste is somewhat weak.

M- Quite light and somewhat watery. But I like the dryness.

D- I like the smoke aspects of this beer quite a bit, but it could use some more power to beef up the smell, taste, and depth of the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 04:40:41 | More by zdk9
Photo of armock

New York

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a dark brown color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with some coffee chocolate and a touch of smoke

T - Not bad I was expecting a more smokey taste from the name but a decent porter with coffee and chocolate flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not a bad beer at all it just fell a little short for me I don't really see myself buying this beer again to drink

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 15:58:13 | More by armock
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Gorges Smoked Porter from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.