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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

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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 zdk9
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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

The body of gorges is a very dark brown and is mostly opaque, The brown head is a finger and a half thick, but does't have much retention and doesn't leave behind any lacing.

The aroma is all smoke and sweetness, heavy on the smoke.

The flavor of gorges has a ton of smoke too, but underneath that is a bit of chocolate and a bunch of malty sweetness.

Medium body with a touch more carbonation than I would expect.

Not bad at all; heavy on the smoke.

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Photo of armock
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

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

Bottle. Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma of smoked meat, sweet roasted malt. Flavor is not quite so smoked, sweet and roasty initially with a touch of smoke in the finish. Slightly on the sweet side. Admittedly not a great smoked, but a decent porter nonetheless.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gorges Smoked porter pours out a medium brown, and appears dark brown in the glass. About 2 fingers of head forms, and retention and both retention and lacing are pretty nice.

Smell: I get a lot of smoke and dark malts in the scent. Maybe a hint of floral hops on the back end. It's fine, but nothing outstanding.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smoke definitely is the main component in this beer. I was expecting a lot of malts to back the smoke, but honestly I can say that underneath the smoke it's pretty weak. I get more biscuity malts than dark, and it was pretty thin in the mouth as well. There was quite a bit of carbonation present which detracted from the feel.

Drinkability: I don't find this beer terribly drinkable. A lot of smoke with nothing to back it. I think I'd have to really be in the mood for something like this, which apparently I'm not tonight.

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Photo of jlindros
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head, super dark coke brown almost black color with slight chunks of yeast floating in it.

Nose starts right off with smoked meats, a light campfire, lots of crystal malts, caramel, molasses, sweet malts, hints of brown sugar, very light roasted malts, hints of creamy malts, the smoke isn't super heavy, but very dominant, and also adds a slight briny quality.

Taste comes with a slight briny malt at first, some light acrid coffee grinds, little acidic, then some smoked malts, hints of smoked meats and campfire but not heavy, a little juicy with briny qualities, light crystal malts and hints of roast, hints of sugary brown sugar and molasses, the semi bitter acrid like acidic taste isn't too keen and a bit off. Finishes with more of the acrid burnt coffee grinds and acidic flavors, bit dry but sticky, some light lingering smoke.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall it starts nice, the aroma is decent for a nice smoked porter, but then the flavor just goes out of whack with all the acrid burnt coffee grind flavors and burnt malts, the smoke is almost gone on the flavor as well, but plenty on the nose.

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Photo of jifigz
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a pint.

This beer pours a deep dark brown/black with a head that dies rather rapidly. The aroma is smoke and toasted grains-it has that aroma of a person who has stood around a campfire all night. This beer actually smells like Campbell's condensed bean with bacon soup. The flavor is smoke and burnt grains up front with an intense sweetness that takes over midway through. The aftertaste is sweet as well and, in my opinion, does not blend well with the smoke flavor at all. It tastes okay, but certainly not great. The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery compared to what I was expecting but it wasn't bad. Overall I would say this is a decent porter. I think the level of the smoke kind of makes it one dimensional as it pretty much dominates the flavor profile.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark, dark brown almost black in color with good clarity and a decent tan head that settles quickly to a thin layer.
S: Rich malt with a side of smoked bacon is what I get right away. Some burnt caramel, molasses and baked dark bread are present. No hop aroma detectable.
T: Roasted malt character is full but not too complex. Some cocoa. molasses, and acrid flavors from the malts. Peat, and smoked meat flavors make a strong but not overpowering appearance. Hops may ad some bittering but no flavor.
M: Medium to full body with a smooth character. Carbonation is mellow. Alcohol presence is low.
D: Drinkability is good and the level of smokiness is satisfying to one who likes smoke flavored beers and yet not too strong for those who do not like it. The beer has some good characters but not a stunner. Could drink a few but would not get a whole case. It does go great with bacon pizza.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a deep mahogany brown into a pint, with one finger of sepia-colored head, and very nice lacing. Smelled predominantly of roasted malt, some smoke, and plums. The taste confirmed what I had suspected from the smell; while I did detect some smokiness, the taste that came to the fore from start through the finish was the overwhelming roastiness. Some chocolate and dark fruit also revealed themselves mid-palate, along with the smoke. Velvety smooth and a medium body that bordered on the thick side. I didn't exactly go ape longing for another after I had finished the first bottle.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Smoky upfront, dark malts, more bitter than sweet. Coffee, hard to tell much else over the bold smokiness.

Appearance: Dark brown, nearly opaque, barely see some brown when held up to light. Pours a medium brown head, decent retention, ends up as a patchy thin layer of head. Thick around the edges. Mild to moderate lacing.

Taste: Smoky, roasty, and much sweeter than the aroma indicated. Nutty, mild coffee, molasses and burnt dark malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Mild carbonation. Mildly drying.

Overall: Decent brew. A bit overly smoky, no hop character. Is fairly smooth all things considered.

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