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Gorges Smoked Porter - Ithaca Beer Company

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Gorges Smoked PorterGorges Smoked Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

190 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

01-05-2012 17:56:44 | More by Rickythejeweler
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Owl House in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a Nugget Nectar pint glass. The brew appeared a dark black color, blocking out all light, even around the edges. It sported a one and a half finger light brown head of creamy, chunky cake bubbles. This showed great retention, eventually leaving spotty lacing around the glass. Carbonation appeared medium, and no haze or sediment was noted. The nose was of a smoked ham on a cold autumn day around a smoldering campfire. The malts were dirty, leafy, and mossy, with a deep chocolate and coffee roast. Peat and wood were huge, with a milk chocolate sweetness to the back with warmth. Our first impression was that this tasted just like a smoked Christmas ham, with insane char. As we sipped, roasty malts with an extreme smoky, peaty air came through. This, truthfully, was reminiscent of smoked pork. The front also showed white sugar and honey sweetness to cut. The middle peaked with fig sweetness and more honey, further cutting the smoke. The mats were cleaner here, with more toast than roast, and deep chocolate and coffee inclusions. The finish was more of the same, with a resumption of the sweaty roastiness, bitterness of raw coffee bean, light metallics, and more of that meaty umami taste. With warmth came a balancing café-au-lait sweetness. The aftertaste breathed more with that meaty satisfaction, char of burned wood chips, and fresh grassy hops. The latter may have just been a mirage amidst the dark, dense forest of smoke. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was left with a wet coating with astringent rumbles. There was good slurp and smack, and the mouth was quite happy. The abv is appropriate, but this one is a big sipper, due solely to the massive smokiness.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was, you guessed it, the over the top smoke and wood. This is a fantastic beer for peat lovers and scotch drinkers. Ithaca picked the best deep malt profile to stand up to this wild smokiness. At the same time, however, this overt flavoring could also be this beer’s downfall, as it may put off some drinkers looking for something less robust and potent. Otherwise, the aroma was great, and the feel was nice, but we felt that the balance could have been better, specifically with the white sugar sweetness at the end.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 17:23:29 | More by TheBrewo
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Served on tap into a beer mug. Dark brown with an off white head, nice lacing, good lookin brew.

S. Some malts and a robust smokey whiff.

T. Full flavored with the malt and smokeyness dominating. Very nice.

M. Full bodied and smooth.

D. Very drinkable, a bit dangerous with the higher ABV, but I am all for it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2008 14:44:25 | More by Stinkypuss
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ACarp

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

04-07-2014 21:37:41 | More by ACarp
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

07-09-2013 23:40:01 | More by DonFrap
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bluntedboywonder

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

11-26-2011 16:51:23 | More by bluntedboywonder
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MA08

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

11-28-2011 14:52:26 | More by MA08
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and a thin head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: smoke is definitely there in the aroma with chocolate caramel notes some roastiness and sweetness from the malts.

T: the smoke character also dominated the taste with bacon, caramel, chocolate accents but had a mild lacto sweetness and a touch of licorice,

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a smokey, sweet, slight roasty, and milky finish.

D: I definitely like my smoke beers and this one is no exception. Glad to find solid smoke beers around. Good lookin out torino.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 07:03:13 | More by Gobzilla
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

11-14-2011 15:55:48 | More by Jspriest
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

08-03-2013 14:10:38 | More by BillRoth
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cgise22

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

11-18-2011 15:04:03 | More by cgise22
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

11-18-2011 21:10:46 | More by touchmeimsac
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

04-24-2014 19:25:47 | More by trxxpaxxs
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everetends

Alabama

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to Lum. Served up in a standard shaker pint.

A: Pours a pretty nice dark brown almost black. When held to the light it lets in just a touch of ruby red light. Got a touch of light tan creamy head, almost a finger on a vigourous pour. The head is somewhat soapy and slides about on the glass. Carbonation isn't very active on the glass.

S: Smell is some heavily roasted malt. Some serious sticky sweetness going on here in the aroma. Nice coffee notes coming through, along with some really nice milk chocolate scents. The smokiness is light but very appetizing. Not a turn off at all, really compliments.

T: Taste is once again first and foremost big time roasted malt. Smokiness is there also, adding some rich, slightly salty flavors. Coffee cools it down along with some cream and chocolate. Nothing too crazy going on here but this is solid.

M: Medium to full bodied brew. Has some nice creaminess to it. Really coats the mouth and lets you savor the brew. Carbonation is light and helps ease and tame the brew. ABV is nonexistent. No hints of alcohol. Aftertaste is of sweet goodness and smoke.

D: Pretty damned good and very easy drinking. It is just solid all around but it doesn't blow your mind in any department. The brew is damn good though and would be great to have around at all times. Very good and deserves props for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 06:44:16 | More by everetends
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jurbanik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

09-07-2012 13:37:21 | More by jurbanik
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +5%

12-01-2011 07:23:53 | More by rab53
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Gwalchgwynn67

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

08-17-2012 05:36:16 | More by Gwalchgwynn67
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mjaskula

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a thick and dark brown almost totally black with a thin brown head that sticks around the whole time. The smell is faint smokey and malty. Taste is really smooth and dark, much more drinkable than I was expecting. The smokiness continues, but it is well balanced with malt and molasses flavors. Overall very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 03:06:44 | More by mjaskula
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williamherbert

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark brown, almost black. Head evaporates after 30 seconds. No light passes through.

Nice light coffee smell, roasted malt. Hint of mild hop sweetness. Mild smoky aroma.

Smoky accent to the roasted malt taste. Coffee is not heavy, but a nice mild touch. Malt is toasted, not burnt. Hints of alcohol come in. Crisp and quite good. Has a steamed top layer.

Medium body. Dry but a little creamy. Leaves a roasted film on the tongue. Hightly drinkable. Smoky, not overly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 04:40:24 | More by williamherbert
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shirfan

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark but clear ruby-brown with little foam.

Aroma: Rich, smoky BBQ, almost at good rauchbier level.

Taste: Smoke isn't quite as strong as in the nose, but it still carries the brew. Quite dry for a porter, minimal semi-sweet chocolate notes in the finish. However, low bitterness saves the beer from becoming difficult to drink. Only a suggestion of hops keeps this focused on burnt, smoky flavors.

Slightly one-dimensional, but it's a good dimension. The aroma alone makes this brew worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 19:43:36 | More by shirfan
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost pitch black color from a 12 oz bottle. Thin film of a head, tan in color, that dissipates very quickly
I could smell the smoke aroma the moment I began pouring the beer. Subtle notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa and malts make their way through the exploding smoke aroma.
Taste is similar to the aroma, you feel like your palate is coated with smoke. Almost a full-bodied porter this one. Upfront it is slightly sweet, coating the palate very nicely. Hint of bitterness and a twang in the finish.
I must say, this is a fairly strong, or rather big, porter in terms of the smoke aroma and taste. I am not sure it will appeal to the taste buds of many people, but those who enjoy a nice, robust porter are surely going to enjoy this one.
Visually, it is excellent and almost up there in terms of taste and mouthfeel.
A good, solid beer from Ithaca Beer Company.
Definitely worth a try, especially for all the porter lovers out there...Cheers !!!

Also it paired very well with some Maple Walnut ice-cream.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 04:48:53 | More by CaptDavyJones
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love me a good Ithaca brew!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a cola black with a big two finger fluffy head that takes its time descending to a nice layer of foam. Stickiness is decent, some webbing that sticks well on the sides. Smell is big roasted goodness, charred wood, toasted barley, and dark chocolate malts. Tiny citrus hop bite hidden underneath the thick smokey aroma. Initial taste is of carmelized smoked almonds, yeah...pretty unique and I love it. Big wood and maple sugar flavor midway finishing with a nice toasted oats garnished with brown sugar. This was much creamier and smooth in the mouth than I had anticipated with a nice subtle carbonation. Porter's have never really been a style that I enjoy, but this one is amazing. The smoke and mild sweet flavors compliment each other very well. Chief and the IBC crew continue to brew top notch beers, keep it up guys! This beer would compliment well with a plate of Tres Hombres at the Dinosaur BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 00:43:26 | More by BeerTruth
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younger35

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just received this brew in a recent trade with BeerTruth. Every Ithaca brew I've had has been from Mr. Truth himself. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark black with dark crimson edges and a nice one finger super creamy dark tan head. The cap and collar are maintained the entire time with absolutely zero lacing.
Smell- Big and smoky with a very intense smoke. I'd think more of a hearty wood was used here than beechwood or alder. Perhaps applewood? A slight bit of dry cocoa and coffee come out slightly as the beer warms. Pungent stuff. Smells like man.
Taste- Starts out slightly smoky but no where near as intense as the nose. Slightly bitter from the smoke but not bad. Some super charred malts that are somewhat French roast like. The finish is smoky and meaty and it lingers for quite some time. Jack Links take heed.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a somewhat numbing feel and super light carbonation.
Drinkability- Pretty damned tasty Smoked Porter. It's a fairly intense brew and is exactly the way I like em. It definitely doesn't have the drinkability of say Alaskan Smoked Porter, but one every now and again is awesome. Big thanks Adam!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 14:12:30 | More by younger35
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is one smoked up porter, pours a pitch black hue the body is deep as night. The head is light tan head with a fine speckled lacing left behind down the sides of my pint. Aroma deep smoked malts similar to beers from Bamberg, enjoyable hints of charcoal, smoked meats, and dark roasted malts nearly burnt malts. Flavor a creamy dark beer with a pleasant smoked malt finish the real deal beer very enjoyable winter seasonal far from the mainstream holiday spiced ale thank God. Dark chocolate melted and infused with liquid smoke, tones of dark caramelized brown sugars drizzeld on thin sliced smoked ham and a touch of morning black coffee sipping smooth. Sorry, I'm a bit graphic on the flavor, but smoked meat has to be there in some detail because of the wide varieties of options available equally wide variations of smoked beers out there. Medium bodied even carbonation with a dry/semi sweet finish, hard to explain the feel on the palate but the smoke sure does linger. Overall impression is a good one, it's just a complex beer to wrap your palate around plan on a six pack purchase to truly understand this beer, plus it's that good.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 10:27:18 | More by WVbeergeek
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black with a tall light tan head. Decent lace and retention. Big smokiness comes right at you once you pour this with light dark chocolate notes underneath. While there is big smokiness it manages to always stay in check and never overpower. Flavor follows suit with more smokiness and a sweet malty backbone. Light chocolate and coffee notes blend well with the smoke. Light bitter smoky aftertaste round this off. Very smooth and creamy feel going done with a solid body. Easy drinking stuff as well. If I needed a smoke fix I could see a few of these satisfying that. Thanks to shippos for the bottle of this tasty treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 18:16:13 | More by meathookjones
Gorges Smoked Porter from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.