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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 Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another I had a few days ago; I'm still catching up on notes.

This beer is quite a dark brown that just allows some light to sneak in at the edges. A tan head stands one finger high, retaining its form well and leaving good lacing.
A bit of smoke and some earthiness come out strong in the aroma. The earthiness is clean, so to speak, being more of peat than dirt. Underneath are the dark chocolate and coffee aspects of the malts laying aside for the smoke to come out, and some barley/wheat are in there as well.
This beer is really excellently smoky. The purity of the smoke element is actually pretty impressive. There's little intrusion and none of the "meatiness" that can sneak in, just straight up smoke. There is just a slight tinge of sweetness up front; cold, it's hardly there; warmer, it really starts to sneak into the flavor, but even so is hardly detectable. I suppose some people may want a more complex beer, but I think for a beer like this to showcase the smoke is the most important thing, besides which it doesn't particularly lack character.
The body is medium, and this beer has a good porter feel to it. It's fairly smooth, but could use a bit more to it.
I'd pick this up over a lot of smoked beers out there; this is a great one if you want smoke without the grilled meat.

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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 aepb1
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big thanks to BA vapodge for letting me in on this one!

A- Black body with a small tan head that dissipates very quickly

S- Very earthy smokey vegetable edge to it. Sweet dark fruits.

T- Smokey. Not a bunch other than that. Some bready malts too.

M- Medium-bodied and higher end of carbonation

O- If you're looking for smoke, this is it! Solid porter, not excellent

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Dark brown with reddish hues; very thin head.

Interesting aroma; a bit sweet for a porter. Roasted malt, a bit of chocolate. Tastes a bit sweet too. Dry cocoa in the finish, along with a hint of smokiness.

Overall, a decent porter. Though there are better ones out there, like GL Edmund Fitzgerald, this one is still better than many of the thin and oversmoked offerings that clutter the market.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with mahogany highlights. Has a big light brown head that quickly evaporates. As soon as the bottle is opened the smoke aroma beckons. there are hints of chocolate and coffee in the background. A nice roasted malt note rolls down the middle of your tongue with the smoke weaving it way along the sides to finally settle in the back. Smooth and tasty the smoky character leaves your tongue tingling.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 3 Floyds Pint glass

Thanks to brendanbeer for this extra.

This beer pours a nice dark brown with an off white foam on the surface. The aroma is of a touch of sour rye with a smoked backer. There is still a chocolate like roast to the nose as well. The flavor of this beer is a touch sweeter than I expected almost no smoke flavor carries on into the body like would be expected. The mouthfeel is just a touch on the thin side, I would like it too have been a bit chewier. This is a decent beer to drink not one of my favorite of the style, but it does it's job and is better than many other beers on the market today.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to Cuzco for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF #4. The pour brings forth a snifter full o' onyx capped by over a finger of foam the color of glow-in-the-dark plastic toys while in the daylight. Seriously, just like that, though with the darkness beneath it does appear to sorta glow on its own. The nose comprises hammy smoke, roasted malts, molasses, oak, walnut, and brown sugar. The taste adds some extra pineapple-y ham to the smoke, while leaning toward the fruitier side of the oak and molasses and greening the walnut a bit, if that makes any sense. A slight mustard-y quality makes a brief appearance near the back. Not as dark as I imagined from the smell, also not quite as smoky, but pretty nice nonetheless. The body is on the lighter side of medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a generally enjoyable beer, though some of the flavor pricks elicit a wide variety of reactions. I like challenges.

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Photo of cooch69
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-dark brown with a small one finger head tan in color.

Nose is noticably smoky without showing off too much. Dark malts with a bit o cocoa, a malty sourness and cleaning chemical and metallic overtones.

Decent amount of smoke in here but not strong. Small biterness washed through by some chocolate. This beer is held back by it's cleaning chemical character. Got it at a good price so I'm glad I checked it out.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark cherry-mahogany from the bottle becomes midnight black in the glass. Dark kahki head is slight and rather quick to lapse. The lacing is slight leaving only speckled remains.

S: Gentle smoked nature of jerky and malt. Smoldering earthy vegeatation with ripe dark fruit particularly prune skins.

T: Smoked malt, earthy with a bit of gentle coffee bitterness. A bit sweet on the roastediness mixes with dark fruit of plums to provide a smooth, albeit light roasted nature that fades in and out at times. A bit of licorice appears on the trail with a slight wet woodsy soot coating on the swallow.

M: Medium body, silky ash and smooth smokey roasted bitterness lightly graces the tongue. Small traces of carbonation that quickly fizzles out.

D: Easy drinking porter, slight smoky appeal, though may be under-powered for the big smoked beer drinker. Ok overall, a good intro beer for noobs into the world of smoke but will hardly wow the seasoned veteran who comes to expect more. Mindless multiple consumption.

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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 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 lovindahops
4.79/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty excited to try this brew from my favorite brewery. This should be one heckuva treat!

A- black as night with a nice mocha head that disappears to only leave a small trace of a head. Some lacing resides on the sides of the glass. A dark and impressive looking brew

S- Incredible! Before the glass can get to my nose.... I am walloped with a fire pit slap in the face! Smoked charcoal malt in the face with attributes of some dark fruit. Slight alcohol at the end but wow is this impressive!

T- DELICIOUS! Smokey dark malt flalvor that is enrobed as chocolate coffee tones. There is some sweet brown sugar throughout the tasting as well. Hands down, one of the best tastings I have ever had!

M- a good hearty brew that has both sweet and dark flavors all over. Very good

D- Ithaca has done it again for me. While I have never had this brew before, the graded properties, as well as the drinkability itself are so impressive. Even at 7.5%, I could probably polish off a sixer easily. Ithaca Beer Company's Gorges... the best smokefest in the east!

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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.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smoked beers seem to be very divisive among beer drinkers... either you love them or you hate them, and there's little middle ground. I'm among those who truly love smoked beers, and the smokier the better... so, that being said, Gorges is now high on my list.

Pours deep dark walnut, with a thin tan head. Medium body, light carbonation. The beer starts with nice cocoa and roasted grain flavors leading into a big smokey middle, almost bacon-like, with roasted notes still coming through. Mineral notes on the finish meld with lingering smoke. And while I love Stone's Smoke Porter, a staple in my fridge whenever its warm enough to BBQ, I have now found a brew that surpasses it in both smokiness and depth of flavor.

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Photo of paigertx
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pony Bar in nyc, smokey and salty bringing out a unique complexity to a porter. For those who appreciate smoked fish and a salty beer this one hits the spot. I really enjoyed this and just wanted to say the latter to inform those who may not have the same taste appreciation. Wasn't sure of the drinkability but went for a second of this one as it grew on me and didn't know if I would find again on tap. Try this if you see it!

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite porter. Not typical for the style - verry smokey...the taste makes me think of what smoke would taste like if it were congealed into a dark fruit. Alcohol is very well disguised...I could rattle off all the intricacies but suffice to say it is a must try if you enjoy porters, especially if you like smokey things, and is an amazing/unique example of the style. One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of capra12
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo, poured into a short pilsner glass.

Appearance: Poured a 2 finger head, with a rich cascade building the head. Dark caramel brown.

Smell: ROASTED grains, and candied malts.

Taste: Opens with like taking a sip of beer while sitting by a firepit roasting some hot dogs. This is smokey with a complimentary dark malt profile which adds touch of sweetness at the finish, leaving the palate craving another sip and bite from the hotdog.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I would have this again and recommend this to those seeking a porter with a solid smokey profile from start to end which is joined by a malt backbone which allows this brew to finish and leave the inebriated craving another.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz, thanks Sean! Pours a dark brown, thin head, light lacing. Delicately used smoke which mixes campfire with just a hint of meaty smoke and hickory, a touch of oats, cocoa, coffee, roast. Really well balanced, nice integration of the smoke. A little on the thin side for the body but it aids the drinkability. Pretty damn balanced, well made - so solid.

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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 cosmicevan
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at bukowski's in boston. Arrived in a 12oz tulip w a 1/2 finger of white head on top of a watery black brew. Hard to tell what i'm looking at in this dark bar, but I am psyched to try me some ithaca smo,ed porter! Smells awesome, like smoked bacon. Burnt porter. Awesome! Now for a taste. Wow the smokiness is even more intense. Not for faint of heart. Campfire madness over a pretty rich porter. Nit nearly as watery as I expected. Fantastic.brew.

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Photo of mentor
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger caramel brown head over a pitch liquid (very dark brown when held to light). Smells peat-smoked wood, cherry, fried mushroom, and roast. Comes across as dry.

Tastes teasing smoke over semi-sweet chocolate and gentle roast. Enough supporting malt sweet to keep the edge off the smoke and roast. Nice blackberry flavor from hops (Northern Brewer?). A sour tang at the end arises nicely from roasted malts and acidic carbonation. The aftertaste has some grassy hop retronasal and dries with a flavor a bit like after you've chewed on one of those chocolate-covered coffee beans.

Medium on the tongue, but has a creaminess that's quite enjoyable. Moderate carbonation. There is no overly dominant flavor in this beer. Many of the flavors work well together. Very drinkable for a smoked porter. Well done to keep the smoke the primary feature without it dominating.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*review from notes on 2/18/10*

Pours a dark brown body, with 1/4 inch of beige head that settles quickly leaving just a few bubbles on the surface. There is some chocolate and coffee scents that try and come through in the nose, but its the smoke character that is the predominant aroma. Taste follows right in line with the nose, lots of smokiness with typical porter flavors in the background. Medium bodied with a dry finish, moderate carbonation. Haven't had a chance to try too many smoked beers, but I really like that aspect of this Porter. As much as I enjoyed drinking it, it worked wonderful in a few different marinades and stews.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Singleton into an Ithaca Beer Co. Imperial Pint glass

Had a sample on-tap at the Ithaca Beer Co, and was the only non-excelsior beer i bought that day. The woman at the brewery said it was "BBQ in a glass" and she wasn't far off. One of the most tolerable richly smoked porters I've ever had.

A: Pretty dark. Beautiful dollops of thick head that dissipate rapidly.

S: Smells smokey and rich. Like hickory-glazed pork.

T: BBQ in your mouth! Seriously rich undying smokiness all the way through. Flavors underneath ungulate from fatty to sweet and then to smokiness throughout. Finish lasts for days. Would have problems pairing this, ate with a sandwich and the sandwich was thoroughly dominated. Beautiful taste here though.

F: Thick, and rich.

D: Damn strong. Damn good.

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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 BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice Smoke Porter that tastes much more like a campfire than true smoke- though timid, it's quite pleasant and, drinkable.

This Porter pours the expected dark brown color, moderate haze and a lightly tanned head that forms with short stature, good retainage and nice lacing left behind. A good appearance.

Coffee, cocoa, light smoke, and charred cherries and currants lead the aromatic way. Light maltiness follows up but the coffe and smoke remain dominant. No real hop presence or ester character except for the charred varieties.

Flavors of coffe and cocoa strike first but with the smoke flavor (than actually take on a campfire flavor than true smoke). But the light maltiness that was experienced in the nose turns up too grainy and of roasted grains instead of the firm maltiness that is needed. This leaves the beer sharp in flavor and somewhat bland though ashy.

The body of the beer is medium early and thinning, nearly watery and grainy late. This is where the beer sacrifices the most. Too bad because the beer has great smoke and roast promise until the malts are needed.

A nice Smoked Porter but after the aroma and initial flavor the depth in character and the body are severly lacking.

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