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Gorges Smoked Porter - Ithaca Beer Company

Gorges Smoked PorterGorges Smoked Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%


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:
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(Beer added by: JackStraw22 on 02-05-2005)
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Damn for a porter it's much too fizzy and carbonated. What little head I got 1/4 inch of mocha quickly fizzed to nothing but a light lace ring. Beer color is a nice viscous black.

S - Smell seems to be spot on with a great deep smoked malts and mild coffee's. Smell of smoke lingers on the nostrils.

T - Taste seems to balance the smoke well into the finish. Taste of the porter seems to be light despite the ABV and mostly sweet with mild chocolates and a touch of molasses. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied and somewhat creamy.

Overall not a bad smoked porter if it's anything it has more smoke flavor than the Stone "smoked porter" Very easy drinking for a smoked beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 06:18:26 | More by DrDemento456
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tpd975

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for another wonderful NY treat.

A: Very black pour with a very small whispy head. Little retention and no lace.

S: Nice smoked malt aromas with hints of salted meat, tobacco, and charcoal.

T: Nice hints of dark fruit and chocolate up front. Smoke comes rushing in with hints of coffee, chocolate, and tobacco. As it warms the smoke comes out more and more. By the finish this is a smokey ass brew.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: I like me some smoke, and this one really brings it.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 21:58:52 | More by tpd975
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 01:10:37 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Brenden

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 20:38:36 | More by Brenden
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Gmann

New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown color with a wispy off-white head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of lightly toasted pumpernickle with a hint of smoke. The smoke isn't all that strong but it is a solid smoke note. Not much else in the nose.

The taste is of a buttery english porter with smoked malt. Toasted brown bread mixes with a buttery caramel sweetness. It is more caramel than butter, which is good. Light lemon and a general fruitiness. Typical porter. The smoke pops through here and there but its not dominate throughout the profile.

Moderate mouthfeel with enough carbonation to keep the malt honest. Sweet on the palate with enough of a roast bitterness to offset. Not exactly smooth, more crisp; easy to drink.

A decent smoked porter. Good starter for smoked newbies. I do prefer much more smoke than this and more of an earthy profile. However, this is a real easy drinker.

Serving type: growler

03-24-2013 01:13:41 | More by Gmann
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Included as an extra in a trade w/BeerTruth, thanks Adam.

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - very dark color with a fluffy tan head that fell to a layer, leaving heavy rings of thick lace.

S - smokey/sweet roasted barley malt aroma.

T - sweet, roasty flavor with a good touch of bitterness on the finish. smokey burps.

M - med/full bodied with a good carbonation feel.

D - smooth and very easy to drink.

Final Note: I would have this beer again and maybe age one a few months to see if and how the flavor changes...
hmmm?
being that Ithaca used beechwood smoked malts in the brewing process would cellaring this beer be infringing on anyone's "Beechwood Aging" copyright?

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 00:52:43 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown (almost black) color with ruby highlights. The head is a creamy tan that doesn’t have a lot of staying power. The aroma is enchanting. Caramel and roasted malts…butterscotch and sweet toffee. There’s a serious roasted character. I hesitate to say smoke…I didn’t pick up on any really smoky characteristics. (Maybe I was looking for something else?). This starts as a very sweet porter (maybe a little too much), and dries out only a little by the finish. A generous dose of bittering hops keeps is in balance. The brew is a little slick and oily. Fairly full mouthfeel. I found this one to be enjoyable, but nothing that I’d want every day.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2005 01:30:13 | More by Suds
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Durge

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottled beauty pours a solid dark brown with a modest light tan and medium lacing. The aroma is deep woodsy peat and smoke, very earthy. The taste is a hearty smokey malt base with a tart apple and even cherry touch. Not very thick in body, fairly easy to drink for the style. Not highly carbonated but adequate. Some charcoal and alcohol warmth. Very solid and worthy of a try for any lover of smoked porters.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 04:49:04 | More by Durge
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle sampled yesterday, 26Aug, while the "Scheister" and her friends were tearing it up in the pool during her birthday party.... No freshness info found on the rather basic label.

Poured a clear, deep chestnut color; minimal light being able to penetrate at all. Head is quite thin, mainly just a rim job of light-tan to off-white bubbles, with scant lacing as well. Aroma was lightly smoky, with some roasty coffee also emanating. No hoppage detected in the nose. Mouthfeel had a touch of carbo, though not overly prickly. Body edged slightly into the medium zone.

Flavor was slightly bitter, with a solid hit of roasty malt up front. Smoke is evident, though restrained and subtle, mostly lurking in the background. Choco notes also swirl upon the palate, and there is a flowery hop bite near the dryish finish. Not overly complex, but still a tasty offering.

Prosit!!

overall: 3.6
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

1009

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 16:05:01 | More by Bierman9
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
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
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srandycarter

California

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark cola, off white fluffy head that reduces fast to disk.

S - Smoky and malty. I cannot discern much else.

T - Creamy smooth malt. Not much bite here. Mostly creamy smokiness.

M - As with Taste, very coating, creamy, balance fine if possibly uninteresting.

D - Good to try but I am done after one.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 01:56:55 | More by srandycarter
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cosmicevan

New York

4.35/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 01:05:35 | More by cosmicevan
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flexabull

California

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a decent head.

Aromas are quite smokey, peat like, BBQ, and almost liked smoked salmon. Nice!

Taste is very smokey through and through. Maybe a bit too much on the smoke, as I don't really notice many other beer flavor. It is a bit sweet and dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, decent body, and a long finish.

Pretty good smoked beer, drinkable, but it's a bit over smoked to me.

Thanks for the bottle Jahnoth.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 00:31:56 | More by flexabull
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 07:22:13 | More by Hojaminbag
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter at cellar temp. The beer is a rich cola brown with a thin edge layer of beige head forming. Aroma is brown malt and some molasses with mild smoked notes. First sip reveals an average body and average carbonation. The flavor is mostly sweet malt hits with molasses and brown sugar mixing and again mild hits of smokiness. The beer has no real hop presence and is a very easy drinker. Generally a fairly sweet beer with mild smoke, definitely not a "drinking the campfire" beer that some smoke beers trend towards!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 16:03:48 | More by sulldaddy
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The lake-face on Ithaca bottle caps kinda freaks me out...

Dark brown color with a medium beige head. Ok retention and some face at first.

Smells of smokey oak, charcoal, and tobacco. Very potent.

Tastes like drinking a campfire (in a good way). Lots of char up front with tobacco and dark roast malt. Very smokey and very flavorful. Mouthfeel is ok but could use a little more presence to back up up such a strong taste and smell.

Overall this is exactly what I would hope to find when opening a smoked porter. By far the best thing I've had from Ithaca.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 12:38:35 | More by donkeyrunner
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was pretty close to black, at least in a dimly lit bar. It was served to me with a thick, long lasting, creamy white cap.

s: I found a very nice balance between smoke and rich chocolate with a little roasty coffee to boot.

t: I didn't taste anything that reminded me of a porter, this came across to me as more of a smoked stout. Works for me. This beer is dominated by plenty of smoke and lots of lightly sweet, dark chocolate. There was bitter smoke and coffee grounds at the finish.

m: Very chewy and creamy overall.

o: Just a stellar beer. We stopped in South Philly Tap Room to celebrate after watching the Phils win game 1 of the NLDS. After the first pint went down way to easy I handed my keys to my buddy and ordered another.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 01:07:42 | More by DIM
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armock

New York

3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of proteus93 - thanks! Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: An opaque brown brew, dark - well, dark enough to be opaque at least, with only a soupcon of light glittering through around the edges, and only then when held up to a source of illumination - with an initial finger-and-a-half of billowy, tan head that fades relatively quickly into a biotic-looking sheen. The lacing is dotty and not so hot, but everything else is fine.

Aroma: Smoked ham is prominent, but so are a whole slew of other very traditional porter notes - toasted, relatively dry malts, hints of cocoa, coffee, faint milkyness, very earthy.

Taste: A similar balance to the one struck by the nose - that is, a healthy dose of smoke (perhaps more subtle than in the nose, even), with a solid, straightforward porter foundation. Coffee, toast, various other dry toasted notes, a very dry, slightly astringent finish. The smoke just sort of seems to linger over all of it, as smoke is prone to do, I suppose.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness, but with a big, uneven crispness that doesn't seem to work as well with the rest of the beer as the other components do.

Drinkability: A surprisingly decent smoked beer, coming from a guy who doesn't like smoked beers too much. The porter notes here do a good job of integrating most everything, and the smoke doesn't seem so much out of place as just sort of this benevolent background force. The abv% is reasonable, as well, making this a solid, relatively easy-drinking porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 02:36:19 | More by CrellMoset
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Black with a one finger tan head, clear brown around the edges

S-Good deal of smoke, not much roasted malt, leather, like sitting by a bonfire.

T-Starts with smoke and roasted malt, has some slight vanilla along with the leathery taste, no bitterness though.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, some carbonation.

O-Great balance out of a smoked beer. Others I've had are too smoke forward and they lose out on balance, this one however was well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2013 22:14:44 | More by rlee1390
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mentor

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-19-2010 01:56:42 | More by mentor
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my snifter a deep dark brown bordering on black with a half inch of bubbling khaki foam atop the brew. Very little light escaping this one! Aroma is a bold mix of roasted dark malts alongside smoky, meaty, campfire-esque tones. Touch of chocolate and char but the smoke prevails.

First sip brings semi-sweet dark roasted malts upfront with notes of dark chocolate and dried fruit. Smoke billows in with a vengence of meaty, burnt wood and char flavors. Flows down with a kiss of bitterness and pervading maltiness. Smoked flavors linger on well after each sip...

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with great carbonation, almost silky and really easy to drink. Solid body, this is just a great smoked porter if you're a fan of the style. Another winner from Ithaca, glad I was able to try it!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 23:42:00 | More by orbitalr0x
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with ruby highlights. Poured a 1 finger tan head with fair retention. Broken, inconsistent lacing.

S: Big roasted malt and nuts. Somewhat weak smokey/musty aroma well in the bacground.

T: Consistent with smell, toasted and roasted malt. Smoke better balanced in flavor; not overpowering.

M: Definitely the light side of medium. Very dry.

D: Drinkable enough but coiuld use a little more on teh flavor and feel side.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2008 03:01:19 | More by Haybeerman
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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yesyouam

New York

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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
Gorges Smoked Porter from Ithaca Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.