Smoked Porter
Bullfrog Brewery

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Porter - Smoked
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4.11 | pDev: 6.81%
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
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JAXSON from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a medium tan head. Nose is light smoked malts, light wood, some roasted qualities, coffee beans. Very fresh and nice. Good flavor, smoke is subtle enough but assertive enough to have that bite. Fresh coffee beans, roasted malts, smoked wood. Creamy feel. Very good.

May 24, 2011
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bullfrog during the Deuane release on 3/19/10.

A - Quite the dark, opaque black liquid indeed, with a solid finger of creamy tan head that reduced to a thin, sheer veil but left a thick coat of intricate lace around the glass.

S - Moderate smoked presence with a woody character reminiscent of hickory paired with hints of chocolate and coffee. Overally, the aroma is malty to the core, but it is accentuated by earthy hops and smoked meat.

T - Wonderful blend of smoked hickory wood, coffee and chocolate, giving this brew a sweet and smokey character. The caramel malt works nicely with the meaty notes here. Finishes with a hint of earthy, herbal hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a robust, syrupy texture. Finishes with a mix of smoke, earthy bitterness and a hint of astringency on the palate.

D - Bullfrog has created another winner with this fantastic smoked porter, a style that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. This example covers all the bases and remains exceptionally drinkable for the long haul. I could easily throw back two or three in one sitting.

Mar 25, 2010
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, bordering black, with a thin tan head that stays most of the way down.

S: Lots of smoke and a bit of a dried meat odor to it. Very nice with a bit of dark chocolate backing behind the meat and roasted malt.

T: Good amount of smoke, but becomes a little excessive compared to the other flavors. Nice, but not balanced quite perfectly.

M: Moderate body and a different sort of dryness from the smoke. Enjoyable.

D: Definitely drinkable for a smoked beer, but not something that'd be uber-sessionable.

Feb 17, 2010
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this growler with me -poured chilled into a pair of tumblers

A - A black opaque shade w/ 2 finger cap of fluffy caramel cream w/ a tiny bead. The head leaves a nice collection of lace on the glass

S - A smokey, but not quite briquette scent w/ mild sweet malt odors and notes of mild coffee

M - A thick, rich and very dry feel w/ a roasted texture and mildly carbonated mouthfeel. The beer has gentle sweetness and the body is slighly watery as it finishes with some residual smokiness

T - The taste is smooth w/ rounded taste of caramel, coffee and woody smoke flavors all melding and slight creamy yeast taste is embedded w/ an acrid smokey taste that seems slightly like black malt which isn't overwhelming. The maltiness suits the flavor w/ a hint of sweetness to balance the toasted notes that are there in full effect w/ only a hint of caramel malt along for the coffee and smoke ride. The flavor seems to have a mild bitter smoked malt taste in the finish

D - A very drinkable smoked porter - a bit on the light side body-wise, but it gives the smoked malt a chance to shine through. This is worth a try if you like the style and prefer a balance of smoke to malt in the ratio

Dec 29, 2009
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A: The oorter is a suitably dark brown/black color capped off with a tan head. Little lacing or head retention followed the pour.

S: The nose is smoky, very meaty before the porter kicks in. The chocolate malts and smokiness pair nicely together.

T: Smokiness is evident, nice and chewy within the body. The porter has chocolate and coffee flavors and a burnt toast feel. Unfortuntately, the flavors tend to run a little thin. As the smoke disappears, the flavor drops off and the porter can't keep up.

M: Smoke flavor gets things off on the right foot but the ale can't sustain the taste.

D: The ale isn't overpowering but the inconsistent flavor is enough to keep me away.

Mar 07, 2009
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 2/14/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown (almost black) with a thin head of angry burnt tan head. This hangs around the edges, with some thin wisps in the center. Good overall retention that stays rich and creamy, leaving decent looking lace back. The aroma is just as described by the name, with a solid meaty smoked malt presence. A firm base of chocolate and caramel malts give this bouquet even more character and a bit of beef as well.

The smoke is more subtle in the taste, with that big and sweet Porter character really getting to shine. Roasted chocolate and caramel, with a firm tingle of hops in the back. The smoke actually comes out most in the finish, where it kind of hangs on the breath for a bit before fading. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a prickly carbonation that then gives way to a thicker feel underneath that really carries a lot of that chocolate sweetness in it.

Very nicely done Smoke Porter that gives both the smoked malts and other Porter traits an equal opportunity to shine. As a fan of Smoked beers, this was delicious!

Feb 16, 2009
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I cannot believe none of the other Bullfrog faithful have not reviewed this wonderful brew. I have had this multiple times on draft at the brewpub but have not taken the opportunity to give it a grade until now.

Many thanks to my father-in-law Ron from picking me up a growler of this.

A-Deep, dark brown--almost black with a medium foamy dark tan head that reduces to leave nice lacing.

S-Deep aroma of smoked wood, roasted malt and a bit of sweetness.

T-Ahhh...this is what a smoked beer should be like. Prevelent smoke supported nicely by a good dark roast malt body. Ends with a bit of sour mash taste and sweetness. This is just a rung below Alaskan Smoked Porter IMHO.

M-Medium body...maybe just a bit thinner than I would like. Overall though very good.

D-Oh yes...more please. Since Williamsport is just a little closer than Juneau I'll be happy with this delightful brew any day. Nice job by Terry once again!

Mar 16, 2008
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Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 8 ratings