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Tuckaleechee Porter - Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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Tuckaleechee PorterTuckaleechee Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

100 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2002)
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Reviews by FtownThrowDown:
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

11-07-2006 15:16:26 | More by FtownThrowDown
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

06-18-2014 01:39:02 | More by tbryan5
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markallmon

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +19%

03-10-2013 19:35:51 | More by markallmon
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nem2006

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

08-21-2008 17:57:23 | More by nem2006
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thaghost

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-17-2013 19:28:34 | More by thaghost
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-21-2013 02:49:50 | More by LXIXME
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

11-30-2003 03:21:32 | More by RockyTopHeel
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -18%

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.

02-02-2012 03:57:13 | More by Sammy
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haddon

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

06-02-2011 03:22:02 | More by haddon
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Dragon17

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-13-2012 12:18:06 | More by Dragon17
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rebel1771

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

01-01-2007 02:18:20 | More by rebel1771
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GeoCait

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-14-2012 17:23:17 | More by GeoCait
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-11-2014 00:56:42 | More by Segelstrom
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-02-2012 16:23:47 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

09-11-2006 16:48:45 | More by Phyl21ca
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

12-27-2003 04:11:52 | More by CRJMellor
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

07-23-2006 02:45:40 | More by wcudwight
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

06-02-2005 02:22:02 | More by SixpointJMH
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franksnbeans

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

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!!

10-10-2007 03:48:41 | More by franksnbeans
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Brent

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

10-11-2004 17:25:15 | More by Brent
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elkinbrown

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14%

08-13-2014 00:56:43 | More by elkinbrown
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -22%

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.

02-02-2012 01:09:57 | More by barleyroad
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

08-22-2009 19:09:24 | More by rtratzlaff
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Misfit138

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

08-19-2008 17:34:18 | More by Misfit138
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lushelocution

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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)

10-08-2010 12:25:34 | More by lushelocution
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Tuckaleechee Porter from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
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