Smokestack Heritage Porter | East End Brewing Company

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Smokestack Heritage PorterSmokestack Heritage Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
eastendbrewing.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Nov/Dec release.

Added by jasonm on 07-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
122
Reviews:
67
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Photo of xICooRsYIx
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A squat, swing-topped 1L bottle with a great caricature of a stogie-holding, scruffy mill worker. Received this bottle from melbatoast93 on late July visit to Pittsburgh. Poured at the Hair of the Dog 'Dock Sale' amongst many friends, old and new. My review taste was about 8 oz. in a small goblet, with a light breakfast to start the morning.

A: Bottle opened with a fairly loud 'thwup', a wafting gas rising. Pours a deep, deep brown, the kind that looks 'black' before backlighting proves otherwise, revealing a sultry auburn. Short head, a dingy ivory that barely reaches a 1/2 finger, then fizzles away quickly. Clingy ring and a blotchy lace in broken bands.

S: Notable 'smoke' aroma, not acrid or woody, but more like toasted nutshells or singed paper - mild, delicate spice. An earthy mineral base, then chocolate and light coffee roast. With most porters I don't get much beyond the standard coffee/roast/dark chocolate, but this has sweet, lightly 'meaty' smoke that elevates it far above. Very nice.

T: Toasty maltiness, dark chocolate with just a peek at tartness, then robust smokiness. Again, this is not an ashy/woody 'campfire' smoke, more that of a smokehouse that ages meats, eliciting a sweet glaze. It blends beautiful with fudgy chocolate and coffee that hints at vanilla. Later a mild dark fruit (hints at 'Baltic Porter' underneath?) become more and more evident.

M: Crisp carbonation, sharp and busy effervescing bubbles. Medium body takes time to form, dueling with the carbonated zeal until a fuller body manifests.

D: Really tasty, smokiness is well-conceived and executed perfectly for my tastes. At the Dock Sale, I toted this bottle with me rather than leave it at the communal tasting table. I did this, in part, because I wanted to keep the cool bottle and because I wanted to share it with my friends and those who asked, AND, in all honesty, so that I could enjoy another 2 or 3 small pours before seeing this one go away! A very good beer that I'd love to have again. Many thanks, Hart!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the Central PA crew for sending this.

A: pours an opaque black, dark brown creamy head

S: onslaught of smoke on the front, smells like a BBQ pit...notes of hickory and char, chocolate is present in the background. Very smoke forward.

T: as the nose suggests, the taste is very smoke forward. Hickory and smoke come through along with dark chocolate. Great balance of flavors. The smoke is very present but never becomes overwhelming. The resulting product is quite enjoyable.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

O: this beer features and excellent use of smoke. Great balance, great malt backbone, definitely worth a try or three.

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Photo of flexabull
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of jasonm. Thanks again!

First off, this is one of the greatest looking bottles I have seen. 1 liter swingtop, with great looking artwork on the label.

Beer pours dark black with a decent white head on top.

Aromas are great. Smoked salmon smell that I noticed as soon as the swingtop was opened.

Flavors are very nice. Smoky of course, with some sweet malt flavors, and bitter dark chocolate notes. The smoke flavors are very nice, and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is good, but lacks just a bit on the finish.

Drinkability is great. This is an excellent smoked porter. Can easily compete with the other great beers of this style, Alaskan and Stone. This is excellent... I want more!

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Photo of KeyWestGator
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wvsabbath
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 1 quart swing top bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/black, nice foamy 1 inch head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Smoke, malts, Coffee, dark fruits, wood, Some chocolate and a little molasses.

Taste - Smokey malts and a sweet fruit backbone are the first flavors. I get a bacon/brown nut flavor from the smoke. Coffee and some very mild chocolate add a bitter, yet flavorful bonus in each drink. Theres a little bit more of a hop presence that i expected.

Mouthfeel - Its thick, yet rather easy on mouth. Not overly bitter, or overboard with coffee. TOunge and palette get the smoke, malts and coffee, yet arent crushed in any way. After taste is a little bitter, chocolate and malty.

Overall - Great beer, very easy to drink, and balanced. Was worried the smoked flavor would be overboard but, it is nice and mild, and just adds to a great porter. Very nicely done, cant wait to have again.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BT_Bobandy
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the new 08 vintage of smokestack, still being poured out of a 1 liter fliptop bottle and still with the same artwork. I seem to love just about everything from East End, and this one is no exception.

Black body with almost no head and no appearance of carbonation.

Smells smoky, no surprise there. This is a great kind of smoky though; it's backed by a sweet malty aroma. Other people commented that it smelt like a bar-be-que or a fire. Not a really complex aroma, but a very nice one.

Smoked beers usually don't appeal to me. I find them to be boring and weak in flavor. However, I really like this one. The strong smokeyness from the nose continues in the flavor. If you could bottle a little bit of a campfire, this smokey flavor would be that campfire beverage. The up front smokey flavors give way to a good malt base that features a dose of chocolate and some caramel. A general malty sweetness is in there too. The smoked malt is definitely the focus here, and constitutes the strongest flavor, but the other malts serve nicely to balance the beer out. A very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel has no problems with carbonation despite the appearance of this beer. Medium to light bodied, ample carbonation.

This one is really drinkable. I finished the entire liter with only a few odd sips taken by other people, and I still would have drank more. Another winner by East End.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of grub
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

christmas tasting hosted by biegaman on dec 15/07. he contributed this one. thanks jan!

1L swingtop.

pours deep brown, not quite black, with a small dense tan head. the head drops fairly quick and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. smoke. roast. bit of dark chocolate. light caramel. hint of alcohol. toffee.

taste is good. nice medium smoke level. light roast. dark chocolate. bit of caramel. bread and biscuit malt. light alcohol. hint of coffee. touch of hazelnut.

mouthfeel is great. medium-low carbonation level. nice medium body.

drinkability is great. nice smoky character that makes its presence known but does not overpower the porter beneath. excellent balance.

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Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, 1L bottle shared thanks to bring.

Pours very dark brown in color with a two-finger tan head that fades to a ring.

Aroma is roasty and mildly chocolatey with lots of smoke.

Flavor is really nice and smoky. Some meatiness to it with roast, bitter chocolate, and char.

Medium-bodied with a pretty good carbonation level.

Drinkable for the style. A very solid smoked beer. East End has been pretty legit from what I've seen from them so far.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one off a cask.

Pours dark dark dark. Moderate head.

Smells smokey, unsurprisingly. The main beer scents are malts.

The taste is of smoke with afterthoughts of molasses, subdued. There's a woody flavor too, probably attributed to the cask.

Mouthfeel is smooth and flat, but flat is okay for this style, so it comes across well.

Overall, very enjoyable for my first cask beer despite being a bit warm. I'm not a huge fan of smokey beers but this one was pretty enjoyable and seemed to benefit from the cask.

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Photo of JamesS
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The only time I'd ever had a smoked beer was out on a business trip to Spokane, WA. I'd been looking for more to try, but wasn't having very much luck. Fortunately, on a whim while I was in Pittsburgh, I stopped in the East End Brewing building and found this, a very good smoked porter. It's appearance is nice, about like any porter you'd see, and it goes down smooth. The smoked smell is very nice and was just what I was looking for. It's taste is very good as well, a wonderful porter with a nice smoky flavor.

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Photo of Omnium
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler pour > Pint Glass

A - Brown/black with half a finger of fizzy tan head, small spotty lacing.
S - Different from a lot of other smoked beers, more of a smoked grain and woody smell, which is great, dark chocolate notes, toast, burnt toffee.
T - Outstanding flavor, big smokey hickory flavor, some nice light dark chocolate sweetness, a little bit of a dark dried fruit undertone, very hard to grab, a touch of coffee. This doesnt have that bacon kinda flavor that some smoked beers tend to have. There's also a nice semi fruity and pine hop bite to it as well. Just excellent.
M - Velvety silky smooth texture.
O - Best smoked beer I've had, this lives up to its reputation. Get some at all chances.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Cyrusthepup for sharing this

A - Black and oily porter with a decent head and retention.

S - Smoky elements outweigh all else; some grassy or leafy hop is trying to get noticed, but to little avail.

T - Tastes just like the smoked turkey leg at Disney World, across from the Haunted Mansion. But unlike that leg which ends up being closer to rawhide than what you'd bargained for, this smoked turkey leg really delivers on all of its promise.

M - Nice body; a porter all the way.

D - Very good brew; comparable to Yazoo's Sue.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CrellMoset
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1L swingtop bottle courtesy of sonicdescent - thanks!!! Split at a training w/ proteus93, IBUnit63, and dkachur. My portion poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick, dark, inky brown-bodied beer, capped by a fizzy, relatively fast-fading blob of moderately tan head. The collar is alternatively thin and thick though persistent throughout and the lacing a little runny, glittery, though clingy in certain places.

Aroma: Holy crap. This smells like fresh bratwurst. I swear to god I almost get actual animal flesh out of this one. Sizzling, peppercorned bacon, dripping in fat and ... ok. Gotta stop. Either way, it's overwhelmingly smoky, with only the faintest of heavily toasted malty back offerings.

Taste: Much sweeter and less toasty than I would have expected. Heavy molasses, toast, brown sugar, slight coffee, and very earthy. The smoke is still a definite presence, and it's actually a little dryer in the finish, which helps the smoke meld well with the other constituent parts. Slight hints of darker fruits, too, perhaps. Very nice, on the whole.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, even and slightly syrupy, with a nice, slightly creamy but still crisp. A definitely solid, firm body.

Drinkability: No clue what the abv% on this one was, but it's really not that hardcore. As not a HUGE fan of smoked beers (vegetarian and all), I like this one a lot. The aroma was incredibly meaty, but the taste was very well integrated, and nothing was too intense or too "meaty" in the flavor profile. This one comes with a "hey, you know I don't like this style, but I'm still gonna recommend it" recommendation.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of goblue3509
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark cola color with no light escaping. The head is white to slightly off white with a little lacing. The smell is of smoke, nice charcol bbq smell. The taste is of smoke and charcol with a nice bbq flavor, a slight meaty taste is present in the middle. The mouthfeel is creamy and low carbonated. Overall its drinkable but you would have to like the style. It is a nice change of pace and you could easily drink these if you like the style.

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Photo of dgherm
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Proteus93
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with CrellMoset, dkachur, and IBUnit63.

A: Black... if something were smoking in the kitchen, it might be this dark. :P Head is alright, but perhaps not too spectacular.

S: A big smokiness, but a bit of an unusual roast malt flavour. I don't think I'm all that big a fan, really, and I usually enjoy smoke / rauch beers.

T: Enjoy the smoke flavours more. on the palate than I got out of the nose. The roasted flavours aren't as "clashing" and there's a little more of a chocolate-like flavour. Not too shabby at all.

M + D: The bigger body complements the smoke flavour alright - in a way I didn't think I would. Carbonation is a bit lighter... well, it's all more like a porter - imagine that! Another one of these brews where the ABV isn't well known, but it seems like it might be a bit hefty.

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Smokestack Heritage Porter from East End Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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