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Gorges Smoked Porter - Ithaca Beer Company

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Gorges Smoked PorterGorges Smoked Porter

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
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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Photo of kevman527
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let warm up a while beofre I tasted it. Poured into a room temp pint glass.

Appearance: Creamy dense head, which dissipated quicker than I thought. Very dark.

Smell: Burnt sugar and coffee is what I smell right away.

Taste: A lot sweeter than what you would imagine from the smell. Main taste of coffee with some smokiness to it. Also has a brown sugary type sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability: I really enjoy this beer, better out of a growler straight from the brewery but, this will do.

kevman527, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of iceball585
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark black color, non-transparent, thin cream color head that lowered slowly, a few bubbles rising near the bottom

S- Vanilla, smokey, cocoa powder, roasted malt

T- Smoked malts, dark chocolate, coffee beans, salted meat, hint of vanilla, light bitterness

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, clean

D- Worth trying

To tell you the truth, this is probably the first Ithaca beer that I honestly approve of. Good mix of flavor with just the right complexity.

iceball585, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +5%

nh2032, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
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.

TheBrewo, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of ACarp
4/5  rDev +5%

ACarp, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of DonFrap
4/5  rDev +5%

DonFrap, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of MA08
4/5  rDev +5%

MA08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
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.

Gobzilla, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +5%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +5%

BillRoth, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of cgise22
4/5  rDev +5%

cgise22, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

touchmeimsac, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev +5%

trxxpaxxs, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of everetends
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.

everetends, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of jurbanik
4/5  rDev +5%

jurbanik, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +5%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4/5  rDev +5%

Gwalchgwynn67, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of mjaskula
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.

mjaskula, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
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.

williamherbert, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of shirfan
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.

shirfan, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of CaptDavyJones
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.

CaptDavyJones, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of BeerTruth
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.

BeerTruth, Dec 13, 2007
Gorges Smoked Porter from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.