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Smokebrush Porter - Bristol Brewing Company

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: russpowell on 01-20-2008)
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Reviews by GarrettB:
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3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Every so often I make pilgrimages back to my former living places. Last summer I was called back to Colorado Springs to check in on my alma mater, and to take in some of the surrounding joys - Manitou Springs, namely. But any visit to Colorado College requires checking back in with our pipeline of liquid joy, Bristol Brewery. Little had changed from my college years; the same wafts of cooking malts filled the dense air of the tasting room, and the characteristically hirsute brewers tramped around in their work boots, sometimes to mingle with the customers. Colorado's canine credentials are always on display here, with dog bowls available for visiting pets and the Laughing Lab logo adorning glasses, growlers and coasters. As usual I opted for something new, and the new beer available that day was a growler of Smokebrush Porter. It made a welcome accompaniment to board games back in Denver. It pours a thin milk chocolate covered head with a deep, dark ruby red body. Plum, raisin and black currants feature strongly in the aroma. A medium body and a mild carbonation deliver the flavor with a light smoothness at first. Mild notes of chocolate, a nice maltiness soon turn into heavier, darker flavors. The aftertaste is slightly heavier, introducing a slight bitterness of teriyaki sauce. Overall, this is a light porter, despite the outdoorsy feeling of the label - it's a porter with strong attachment to black currant and berry flavors, and makes for a nice dark beer that stands out when compared to other breweries' staple porters. It also reminds me why Bristol Brewery was Colorado College's beer supplier of choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 21:04:05 | More by GarrettB
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

07-22-2014 02:50:23 | More by mprince1901
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

04-03-2014 23:32:26 | More by afsdan
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3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bristol's Smokebrush Porter: Finally pulled this one out of the cellar.

The spotty head rests on a dark beer bottle colored brew, and fades to a lacing on the surface, with little on the glass. Aroma is outstanding, big malts with wisps of smoke.

Very smooth with many layers of molasses, burn brown sugar and Coca-Cola for flavors. Surprisingly lot of smoke in the aroma, but not so in the taste. Good for me,
As I am not a big fan of very smokey beers. There are better porters, but this offering from Bristol was OK, even if you are not a smoke porter aficionado.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 01:15:09 | More by iSip
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

09-17-2013 23:45:27 | More by GRG1313
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-02-2013 09:28:54 | More by backslide311
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I pour aggressively and achieve a very thin tan head. This dissipates quickly, leaving a little ring around the glass. Lace fails.

Smells of roasted malt and smoke.

This beer is very sweet and malty up front. The smoke comes in later and fills out the simple but enjoyable flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Does not leave a coating.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 23:29:49 | More by CFHMagnet
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-10-2013 22:47:32 | More by grahammi
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

05-19-2013 17:31:09 | More by MeisterMayhem
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-16-2013 01:41:20 | More by kylemckinnis
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

08-22-2012 20:55:52 | More by chernozem
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass from a 22 oz. bomber.

The beer is a dark chocolate black with cola-like hues just barely coming through on the edges in the light. An oatmeal colored head gives way to a wisp of bubbles. Very light lacing occurs.

The beer smells of roasted malts and a faint charcoal smokiness.

The beer tastes bitter and roasted up front. Subtle rich semi-sweet chocolate notes appear. Also a slightly metallic tone with very mellow smoke character. It's smokiness is subtle.

Mouthfeel is dry, a tad carbonated.

Overall, I like this as a sipper. It's got a good flavor to dissect.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 22:29:18 | More by JuicesFlowing
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- From a bomber, pours a very dark brown with a solid velvety finger of brown head

S- Light roasted malt, smokey peat, light sweetness

T- Peat and roasted malt, smokey bitterness rising from the middle and strongest at the finish, slightly dry, good malt flavor almost like molasses

M- Light carbonation and light body, smooth but lingering mouthfeel, just slightly dry

O- Nice smoked porter, good flavors, could have more of an aroma but definitely enjoyable, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 01:35:04 | More by stampfler07
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

05-15-2012 16:13:08 | More by binx
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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of smoke beers, some have more smoke than others, while a few don't have much at all. This beer is a porter made with some smoked malts, nothing all too fancy. But it's rather a nice beer. Nothing in it is over the top and the smokiness offers a bit of a twist. The subtle flavors of chocolate and coffee, with caramel baked in, combine with the smoke to offer a touch of umami on the back. This makes the palate water for more.

It's not as smokey as some rauchbiers, nor as 'portery' as some of the big boys around, but it's a good balance. Should pair well with any grilled meat

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 19:32:40 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at the brewery's tasting room 2/17/12

The pint glass had a black-bodied beer with a one-finger thick, tan head. The head dissipated quickly yet left nice lacing and rings down the glass.

The smell primarily signaled roasted grains and dark bread.

The taste was of roasted malts and toasted grains; there was a light hop bitterness.

Body seemed light-to-medium in character.

This porter was good and refreshing. It was not overly strong and seemed nicely balanced between the malt flavors and hop bitterness. Nothing stunning overall, but very decent and satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 23:48:16 | More by beergoot
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3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a half inch of khaki head. The smell was strongly roasted. Lots of black and chocolate malt with just a touch of charred smokiness and some sweet caramel in the background. The taste was more of the same, not incredibly complex but straightforward and pleasant. The mouthfeel was a touch thin, even for a porter, but was still good. Overall, I like that the proceeds from this beer go to help the arts here in Colorado Springs and like most beers I have had from Bristol it is good but doesn't wow you (not that a beer needs to wow you, this was the perfect bottle to enjoy while bottling my latest batch of homebrew).

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 16:55:16 | More by quirkzoo
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

02-05-2012 21:04:03 | More by jfcaa193
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3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a slightly transparent darkish ruby with a thin head. aromas of roasting coffee and campfire. flavor is distinct and unique, almost piquant. body is thinner than i was expecting/hoping for, but it is somehow filling me up. a pleasant warmth washed over me after this bomber. would work well with grilled pork and roasted root vegetables.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 22:38:40 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- Pours a really dark reddish brown that appears black out of the light. No head other than some big off white bubbles around the sides of the glass. Not much lacing at all, looks like coca-cola.

S- Nothing to crazy, dark roasted malts with hints of burnt coffee and smoke. Smells fairly light for the style.

T- Just like the aroma, dark roasted malts and burnt coffee create that base and body with nice hints of bitterness from the hops. Also getting some smoky flavors in there as well but nothing to crazy. Pretty solid porter.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a decently bitter finish.


Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 21:49:01 | More by Arenbeer
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3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Coca Cola Brown in color. Deep color throughout, with a certain amount of clarity. Off white heads dissipates quickly.

S: Roasted malts coming out, with a certain amount of breadiness that I associate with English yeast strains. A small hint of molasses in there as well.

T: Well what it lacks in smell and appearance it makes up in taste. Dark malts, with a nice roasted flavor, and a lingering toasty flavor. For a smoked porter the smoke character isn't very discernible, but it still tastes good.

M: Medium light in body, carbonation is low, and it has a nice creamy feeling.

O: Overall a pretty nice tasting beer. Plus the profits go to a good cause, so bonus points there.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 01:15:06 | More by Beejay
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3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finger of tan foamy head over an almost opaque ruby body. Some lacing and good surface memory.

Nose is of smoke and coffee, some game meat.

Taste is bitter at first and the hop kick stays with it. The finish is coffee and there's a solid malty presence in the middle. Very faint metal aftertaste. For a smoked porter, I was hoping for a bigger flavor, but I can't complain.

Mouthfeel is foamy and probably undercuts the flavor slightly.

Ocerall decent, but not an outstanding example.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 18:47:45 | More by zaphodchak
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3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Surprising light body and watery mouthfeel. Dark and faded fruit flavors. Blackberries and burnt toast. Dark chestnut in the glass. Not much smell. Starts OK with some head but loses stream along the way. Kind of dull from scent to aftertaste. Some smoke flavor and a hint of sourness from the black malt.

22 oz bottle picked up in Denver. Probably past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 05:13:46 | More by mactrail
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3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown to lighter black. Minor tan head that was not retained. Little to no lacing

S - Decent smell. Charcoal smoke, molasses, some vanilla and some nice piney hops.

T - Unfortunately, this tastes like charcoal. Very ashy and not very deep flavour. I do pick up some nice nuttiness with some chocolate and coffee but that is mostly overshadowed by the smoke.

M - Thin, ashy

O - Not the best example of the style. A low ABV makes it easy to drink but the taste just isn't there.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 18:26:51 | More by OakedCanuck
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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap yesterday at the Bristol Brewery in Colorado Springs. I have never been a huge fan of smoked porters, and this one has done nothing to change my mind. Pours a rich mahogany color, with a good tan head. Aromas of smoked malt, roast and chocolate. Medium bodied with smoked malt, roast and chocolate.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 00:03:51 | More by emmasdad
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Smokebrush Porter from Bristol Brewing Company
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