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Smoked Porter - Feral Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
81
good

15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 31
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 7.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Feral Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brendan13 on 12-05-2009

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 31
Reviews by Hoptron_3000:
Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Tiny head that quickly fades to nothing.
S: A hint of smoke. Chocolate. Woody.
T: Nice smoked wood/campfire flavours. Mellow smoke. Tiny bit of bacon/saltiness.
M: Mouthfeel is a little thin. Good carbonation.
O: Pretty good beer. (273 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a small head.
Nose shows soft roasted malt with light nutty and toasty notes.
Pretty gentle flavours. Light roast and very faint nutty malt provides the main show. Goes along the right lines but a bit plain really. Finishes weakly with very little bitterness.
Body feels watery. (300 characters)

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Marc280
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with minimal head that quickly fades and a dark coffee type colour. The look is nothing special although the smell is where it gets a little more interesting. Initially strong smoky smells that tend to fade as you drink where I get coffee smells and taste. I don't really get the malt backbone advertised on the bottle and almost findtaste and feel a bit watery. The carbonation seems quite low but works for the beer. Overall a good beer to try once but I think there are better ones that will get my money in the future. (528 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Rwalford74
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Mendicant
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Eschellinger918
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of magpieken
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopnerd
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of dansmcd
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Almost black with a red glint in the light, thin tan head fading to a collar within a couple of minutes.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, smoke.

T - Pretty typical roasted malt flavours, coffee, chocolate. Faint raspberry in there.

M - Moderate in body and carbonation.

O - Nice, accessible, simple and not too intimidating a beer for a craft newbie wanting to branch out to something different. (396 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

After the glorious Hop Hog, and several more decent Feral brews I am looking forward to their Smoked Porter. One thing I’ve noticed with Feral is that they don’t muck around, if it says hops on the label - you’ll be getting a truck load. That said I am rather ambivalent about smoke beers, I can appreciate them but they aren’t really my cup of tea. Anyway take what I say in this review with a grain of salt, [insert several other well-known phrases here].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: This porter has a pleasing, well for porters at least, deep dark murky brown (almost black actually) body with a spot on 1cm tan head that goes down with the glass like a good pint of Guinness.

S: A nice hickory smoke is at the forefront of the nose, followed by your classic porter characters; roast coffee, molasses, chocolate and a slight tobacco note. Is it a good aroma? Yes, but not great, it’s lacking in a bit more complexity to make it great.

T: The smoke is again upfront but not as strong as expected, indeed the flavour is much more rounded with; hickory smoke, roast coffee, chocolate, tobacco, and some sweet molasses giving the profile a touch of sweetness. The finish also ends on a background earthy hop note that provides some bitterness as well.

M: Mid to light, and slightly watery, bodied with light carbonation.

D: Overall this makes a good entry into smoked beers if you’ve never tried them as the smokiness isn’t a dominating feature in the flavour, in fact it settles rather well after a few sips and gives the drinker a chance to savour the smoke. Although the wateriness wasn’t extreme it really was the only bad point I could find with this rather excellent brew, great work again Feral!

Food match: Some roasted pork knuckle would kill with this brew, maybe it’s because their label has a wild boar on it but that was the first thing to spring to mind while drinking this. For vegetarians BBQ grilled portabello mushrooms and some bold cheeses would also work well. (2,026 characters)

Photo of Decko
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coffee brown with a minimal head which dissipates quickly. A pleasing coffee scent with perhaps a bit of the smoke or hop aromas coming through. The coffee bitterness comes through most strongly for me with the dark malty sweetness balancing it a little. The main biggest deficiency for me is the lack of any real body. The colour and aromas promise something a little more substantial than is delivered and although carbonation is fine I felt something heavier or more satisfying would be delivered. Overall an ok beer. Easy enough to drink but I wouldn't buy it again given the number of better options available. (628 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark kola beer hue with ruby highlights and leaves behind a one finger head that quickly becomes just a film across the top with a rim of lacing,the smell is tobacco,rum and raisin icecream,roasted malts and pepperoni,the mouthfeel is lightbodied and well carbonated with tastes of light chocolate,roasted malts,a light smokiness,raisins,smoked ham and finished with a sweet dryness and overall its alright but quite subdued for my liking and i feel its made more for the masses than the beer lover cheers. (514 characters)

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of heygeebee
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From iPhone notes, at Pumphouse.

Pours black. One finger tan head fades quickly, sheet lace

Aromas of cigar box, smoke, roast malts

Taste is moderate strength, smoked notes in balance with roast malts, a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel to style, somewhat watery.

All in all a good session beer, tho not neccessarily a go-to. Odd choice for Feral to bottl as I have just seen. (377 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle, typical Feral Brewing label. So, okay.

Appearance: poured into a tulip, which turned out to be a mistake. A gently pour caused the second-most enormous head explosion ever (the first being Henry Ford's Girthsome Fjord). One an even gentler pour, a great two-fingered tan head jumps up and settles to a half-finger, extremely rocky and creamy head. Little visible carbonation through the heavy brown body. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma: initially a very strong, almost rauchbier aroma without much else. After the beer settled somewhat, there are some roast malts and chocolate.

Taste: not being a big fan of rauchbiers, I was a bit hesitant when approaching this beer. As it turns out it is actually pretty darn good - there is definitely plenty of smoke flavour, but those malt and chocolate flavours come through a bit stronger also.

Aftertaste: plenty of bitterness from the hops and the roast malts come through in the aftertaste. Quite nice.

Mouth feel: quite a thin body for a porter, though the carbonation is about right.

Overall: an intense hit of that smoked flavour up front, but once the beer settled it just added a nice extra element. I will admit I am still getting used to the rauchbier and smoked porter style, but this was very drinkable. (1,299 characters)

Photo of GarthT
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chogm54
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Review from notes. Poured from 330 ml bottle. Looked the part: dark, low carbonation, slightly oily texture. The taste was a let down for me - the smoked bacon flavour was too over powering. Try it for a novelty, but I wouldn't touch it again. (243 characters)

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Smoked Porter from Feral Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.