Tuckaleechee Porter - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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Tuckaleechee PorterTuckaleechee Porter

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2002

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Photo of nem2006
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is extremely dark brown and leaves nice lacing on the glass as you drink it down.

It smells of toasted malts, a little smoky. It describes the beer with caramel, but I didn't catch that.

The taste is smoky with some sweetness from the malts and it finishes smoothly. Not too bitter. This is a heavy-bodied beer. I think above average for a porter. I have had too many that finished too bitter.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at Calhoun's Bearden Hill location.

Tuckaleechee is as dark as the caverns that bear the same name, with ruby tones where light penetrates the brew. No head came on my serving, though there was a little swirling foam. Flavors are plentiful and dark, with chocolate and charcoal dominating, as well as a nice roasted character from dark roasted and caramel malts. A touch light in the mouth, but great flavor overall, and very drinkable for such a dark brew.

Photo of Sammy
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown, no head, looks like an aged ale more than it is. Appropriate roasty aromas. Initially taste is roast, bitter, with the malt sweetening kicking in on aftertaste. Mold character that grows, not impossible to get through,but not endearing either. So-so porter, worth a hoot of a try (TM).Thanks JMBSH for this IP gift from 2011.

Photo of haddon
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown body with a brown head.

dark malts with notes of coffee and chocolate. perhaps a bit of dark fruit mixed in as well

chocolate coffee bean start with a medium sweetness throughout. Small touch of dark fruits. no real hop notes apparent

Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

not the boldest porter out there but nothing wrong with the effort. glad I tried it.

Photo of rebel1771
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near black color with an off white head.

The smell is dominated by toasted malts with hints of chocolate, licorice, and a touch of smokey oak flavor.

The toasted malts come through right away in the flavor along with the chocolate from the aroma. Not an all together compex flavor but damn smooth.

All in all I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, I'm a little sad I only have one.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Brentfeesh: Poured a nice dark porter with a small foamy head with average retention. Aroma of smoke and peat in quite intense and surprising as I wasn’t expecting this. Taste is a mix between some subtle smoky malts with some sweet lightly roasted malt. Body is a bit light for the style. I almost wondered if I tasted the same beers as the other folk because I didn’t get any sourness.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with red highlights. Light tan head that fades away pretty quickly. Aroma dominated by chocolate with faint hints of darker fruits and a hint of sour. Taste is very burnt chocolate with a dry and mildy hoppy finish. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Much more than I expected but still pretty basic porter than you could drink a few of be better for it.

Photo of wcudwight
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Previously reviewed on-tap at the brewery. Am now reviewing the bottle that I brought home for comparison.
Much darker in my pint glass at home that I remember it being at the brewery. Very little light gets through. Not much of a head or lacing.
Smell is of coffee. Not fresh coffee in the morning though. Smell's more like when you revisit the mornings coffee in the afternoon.
Taste seems more complex than the one on tap. Chocolate, Coffee, Roasted malts. No hops. It's more robust than from my notes at the brewery.
Mouthfeel is amazingly thin for a porter. For better or worse.
It's a drinkable brew. Like most of Smokey Mountains offerings other than the Pale Ale; nothing ground breaking, but a decent beer. So far of the Smokey Mountain beers I've had this is my second favorite behind only the Pale Ale.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice near black to dark brown colour with a minimal head and minimal stickiness as well, but this onestill looked nice overall.

The smell is faint, but consists mainly of some sweet caramel with a bit of earth and chocolate thrown in the mix as well.

Sweetenss dominates the flavour...almost too much at times actually. This one is very rich and does have some nice chocolate notes too it as well which mix nicely with the caramel flavouring. Earth flavouring mixes in at the end along with a bit of a burnt malt taste. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth all around and just about right for a porter.

This one is tasty overall, but a bit on the sweet side as mentioned. If you can overcome that or it won't bother you, this is certainly an enjoyable brew.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a frothy cream head and lacing throughought. Smells roasty an chocolaty. Taste is delightful. Roasty, caramel and a little cocoa. Smooth as silk in the mouth and extremely drinkable and $2.75 for a 32oz mug full which is utterly insane!!

Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Certainly a robust incarnation of the style - dense with coffee and chocolate malt notes, with an assertive bittersweet finish. Quite sweet, along the lines of a sweet stout, which makes me wonder if some lactose sugar is used in the brewing. If not, there are a lot of residual sugars in this beer. The sweetness was a bit of a detraction from the drinkability.

Photo of barleyroad
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark brown with a good light brown head in appearance. Smell is very much that of a Porter.
Mouthfeel is on and off the tongue nicely and leaves the mouth wanting more. Taste has a nice toasted flavor and is mixed well with the malt. This beer does seem to be a little on the watery side. Overall this is an average Porter that will go well with any meatloaf or heavy meat.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is only my second beer brewed in TN.
The beer pours a deep dark black body with ruby highlights making its way through the glass. A thin off white heads dissipates somewhat quickly to a thin layer.

The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. No hop presence that i can pick up.

The taste is roasted and chocolate maltiness with a creamy roast finish. More sweet than bitter and more chocolate than roast. Slightly acidic. Several sips in the hop bittering comes out a bit keeping the sweetness in check.

Wonderful mouthfeel that isn't heavy but still solid for a porter.
the 6.3% listed is either wrong or hidden very well.
Carbonation is light but adds to the texture of the body.
Though I am not a huge fan of the style, this beer hits the spot for a porter.
I couldn't session this beer, but could see it working.

Photo of Misfit138
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Smoky Mountain Brewery in Gatlinburg

A- Nice very dark brown, with very little head.

S- Roasted malts, perhaps some chocolate and caramel.

T- Very tasty, roasted chocolate malts with smooth caramel and perhaps hints of vanilla

M- Medium body with mild carbonation

D- Very high, I think it has a great flavor. I picked up some bottles of it to take home.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this while on vacation and stopped in at the Smoky Mountain Brewery.
Served in a ice cold one liter mug. Had to leave it sit for awhile to warm up. Very dark brown, almost black color, with little to no head. Smells of molasses and slight roasty cocoa. Taste is pleasant. Very smooth, good mouthfeel. Get a very good thick/heavy mouthfeel for a porter. Very drinkable, leaves the mouth in good taste without coating it with flavor.
Very good roastiness and dark cocoa flavor in the taste. A very good regular offering.
If you're visiting the brewery, this is a very solid beer/choice.

Photo of lushelocution
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very alluring opaque black, smooth and even. Came to my table with a very thin head that disappeared pretty quickly. Left a little amount of lace. Honestly, the color was what really struck me most.

S: Smelled fruity, bitter, rich, and malty (is that a word?). Very distinct scent, although not exceedingly strong unless you have your nose down into it.

T: Not exceedingly complex, but beautifully simple. The taste was better than what I expected. Sweet and fruity at first, a little sharp and bitter afterwards, with a nice distinct lingering malt aftertaste.

M: Smooth, with good carbonation and crisp finish. Still, a little on the thin side. I expected the beer to have a heavier body for a porter, which was a little disappointing.

D: Wonderful to drink. Exceedingly easy to drink. A great beer to enjoy in this kind of atmosphere. :) (Smoky Mountain Brewery, restaurant/bar)

Photo of johnrobe
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Tuckaleechee" and the bats which adorn the label are a reference to Tuckaleechee Caverns near the southwestern boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Actually, most of the bats in the region reside in nearby Bull Cave (inside the park) notable for its entrance which is a vertical drop of 420 feet.

Well, on to the beer. This porter pours a dark, dark brown...almost opaque and with a light tan head that reduces to a cap. The aroma is mostly chocolate with just a tiny bit of fruity esters. Chocolate dominates the taste and there is a slight mineral quality in the finish which is quite evocative of a true English style porter. Obviously the brewer added calcium and/or gypsum during the brewing process. Hops provide balance only. Simple, yet very tasty.

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Smell: slight coffee with a follow of light spice and aromatic floral. The head was great, at least 1" thick that dissapated to 1/8" that stuck to the pint glass. It had a great sweet start followed by a slight hop bite in the middle with a great clean finish. You can't go wrong with this beer so far as style.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to BaconIsLife for bringing this back from Knoxville.

A: Dark brown with redish highlights when held to light. Not quite a finger of off-white head that quickly fades, leaving hardly any lacing or cap.

S: Roasted malts and chocolate. Has a slightly bitter smell. Nothing spectacular, kind of mild.

T: Taste is a bit better than smell. Roasted and chocolate flavors are nice with caramel, bready malts supporting.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: If you're in the Knoxville area and want to try something local, this wouldn't be a bad option. With that said, now that I've tried it, I wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of jwc215
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one that he got from decaturstevo:

Pours very dark brown - almost black - with a very thin head that becomes a lasting swirl. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of coffee with a bit of roastiness, chocolate, hints of dark fruit and a touch of vanilla.

The taste is of coffee, dark malt and a hint of peat. There is some chocolate. The flavors blend together. Unfortunately, there is a touch of vinegar mixed in, bringing down the taste a bit. Finishes with a balanced sweetness.

It has a medium body with a touch of slickness.

Glides down nicely with no astringency to speak of. It smells nicer than it tastes, IMO, but is still a nice porter!

Photo of GreenWBush
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby with a big sandy-chocolate head that is huge initially...but dies to near nothing rather quickly. A few verticle cling lines stick around.

Nose is intensely black-patent malt laden and whiffable from a distance. Potent. Faint brewer's licorice impressions. Smoked molasses.

The huge black-patent malt consistency from the nose returns on the palate in a big way. Bold and robust. Ashy outro. Kenya AA coffee. Acrid to style but not painfully or overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel seems a bit acrid but full bodied enough to stay afloat. All together a beer with legs, and perhaps the best offering I experienced from this brewery. I'd surely take a few of these in a session.

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

Bottle courtesy of my brother in law Breadslicer.

A - Poured into a Pils glass agressively with little to no head and little to no lace. Poured dark brown to black

S - Smell is inticing with a smoke hint to it and a robust smell of mocha

T - Had a very big malted flavor with a strong note of mocha and smoke

M - Creamy and big with a small amount of carbonation

D - This was very drinkable and I enjoyed it immensely

Photo of Swill5786
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from the tap at Smoky Mountain Brewery alongside the seasonal Bock and their Brown Ale. Loved the bock best. This was a clear second for me...

A - Dark, dark brown. Not enough light to see any highlights. Very little evidence of any head - must have died on the trip from the tap.

S - Fantastic malt sweetness. Expecting much in the taste from the aroma.

T - Very malty, as expected, but there was almost zero in the hops department. Made for a peculiar experience.

M - Decent. Smooth. Cant fault the feel, but it doesn't make up for what it lacked in the taste.

D - I passed on the opportunity to turn this sample into a pint.

Photo of Enola
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good porter. The beer poured a very dark brown. Only a bit of light comes through when held to the light. There was a half inch tan head. The smell is like a fresh brewed cup of coffee. The taste is of oatmeal and coffee. A bit of bitterness highlights this beer nicely. Mouthfeel is good. No harshness to detract from the beer. I could drink this beer again.

Photo of veech
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My growler stays filled with this staple from the Pigeon Forge location. I have loved this stuff since the brewery's inception back in the mid 90's. This is a little sweeter than some porters which gives it a drinkability and smoothness of aftertaste that make it ideal for a session beer. I was surprised by the lower than I would have expected scores by the other reviewers, but I know that it can be very dependent on when you catch it. I have had lesser versions at times over the years as well. All in all, if you are in the area, I recommend it highly. I will try it from the bottle for comparison's sake.

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Tuckaleechee Porter from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
85 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.