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Great Lakes Big Black Smoke - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Big Black Smoke
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: klewis on 12-16-2006)
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Reviews by purdueracer:
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5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was hands down the best beer I have ever had in my life. The smoke flavor is not too strong but strong enough to make it unique. It has a strong roast flavor along with the smoke which compliments it well.

I really hope that they bottle this at some point. Unfortunately it is seasonal on tap at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 06:49:35 | More by purdueracer
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-09-2013 16:52:12 | More by AHeaston8
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-13-2013 15:36:55 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

08-10-2013 04:14:29 | More by siege06nd
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

08-04-2013 14:04:39 | More by vinylrooster
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inch tall light beige head on a brown body that is red around the edges. Cap and collar throughout, ridiculously great lacing.

Smoke, seemingly from a campfire. Woody.

Wood smoke. Leaves the mouth watering. May even guess a little higher than 6.2%abv just because this packs the flavor.

Smooth, medium carbonation. Low but adequate carbonation.

The tastig group and I really liked this Great Lakes offering. This smoke wasnt overpowering but definitely at the forefront. Recommended for any smoked beer/rauchbier fan. Thanks MaxSpang for picking this up for me!

Serving type: growler

11-25-2012 02:12:45 | More by Duff27
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-18-2012 14:23:04 | More by Blueribbon666
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-29-2012 20:22:59 | More by goblue3509
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-19-2012 13:09:19 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

04-01-2012 22:23:46 | More by matthageman
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-21-2012 02:34:35 | More by cynical1027
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-11-2012 01:17:30 | More by Tyrawlings
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-10-2012 19:25:26 | More by spark3148857
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with a small mocha head

S - I couldn't detect much, a little smokey with some chocolate

T - Smokiness throughout, ends with a strong coffee bite and some molasses

M - Very smooth

D - medium

I really enjoyed this beer. Smoked beers are usually hit or miss for me, but I thought this one was really well balanced and tasty. Thanks MikeytotheB!

Serving type: growler

01-04-2012 05:28:20 | More by Lillie1128
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zip's in Cincinnati

Appearance: Arrives looking like the Fitz, with a dark liquid capped by a mocha head that leaves some drabs of lace

Smell: Charcoal, black bread and chocolate

Taste: Campfire smoke and black bread, up front, with a fruity/chocolate character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the fruit and smoke predominate and linger in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another really well-balanced beer from Great Lakes; the smoke adds a campfire element but never dominates; the fruitiness is also a very nice touch

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 02:32:16 | More by brentk56
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark black with a dark brown head

S - smoky as hell, smoked meats and dark fruits

T - bacon and smoky. Some dark fruits, dark roasted malts. Some chocolate

M - smooth and pretty big. Real good feel

O - not usually a fan of smoky beers but this one is real good. Nicely balanced smoke with dark malt flavors. A big porter with lots of well- incorporated smoke

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 23:49:30 | More by ColdPoncho
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-19-2011 17:00:46 | More by athouve1
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-17-2011 06:36:20 | More by Alldayson734
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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11-14-2011 09:20:51 | More by Spider889
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes : Big Black Smoke

Pours a midnight blackish brown with a small off white head. Aroma is smokey, with some chocolate malt notes. In the taste, very nice smoked flavor, subtle milk chocolate notes, like drinking a milkshake around a campfire. Definite char and roast notes, little hint of alcohol and big bacony smoke. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and quite smooth and creamy on the palate. Overall, this is a well crafted smoked beer, and aptly named since its big, black and smokey.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 14:01:57 | More by Stinkypuss
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"It's big and black"

Half finger of creamy tan head. A nice amount of lace. Color is black.

Aroma: A little bit of smoke. Hint of bacon. Malty and chocolatey. Roasted with coffee notes. Caramel.

Taste: Bacon and smoke all the way. Chocolate and roast. Malty. No hops.

Mouthfeel: Very smokey. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, a decent smoked beer. Boardline Rauch. Easy to drink, but I wouldn't want too much of this.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 02:53:59 | More by mothman
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped into Coles for a late night dinner with the wife to find this Great Lakes pub exclusive on tap. This was clearly destiny.

A: Dark, very dark, pitch black with a sliver of head.

S: Nice smokey malts, almost a savory quality. Also pick up some sweetness like that of chocolate and some coffee. Good stuff here.

T: Very close to the aroma. Nice balance of smoke and chocolatey malts. The smoke does not take away from this beer like some smoked beers. Solid porter flavors with a great layer of smoke.

M: SUPER smooth. Very silky. Nice balance in the carbonation. A tad light for a porter but at 6% its very forgivable.

O: This was a great smoked beer. Very well balanced and super drinkable, I would go as far as to say I could drink 2 or 3 of these and not get sick of it. Another excellent brew from Great Lakes, but I expect nothing less from them. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 03:31:11 | More by Pdiddey3d
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Great Lakes Big Black Smoke from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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