Smoked Porter
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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4.12 | pDev: 10.92%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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HalfFull from California

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from growler picked up two days ago. Pours deep black with some deep mahogany in the light and sports a tan cap that lingers fairly well through the pint.

Roasted malt and rather subdued smoke notes, as alluded to in the description on the menu. Hints of smoke do emerge more so when the cap of foam is less prevalent. Pleasant malty flavor with a hint of fruit/berry through the palate. Some bready texture and light spice on the finish, which lingers fairly well. Overall an easy drinking yet light bodied porter with subtle smoke character that is supporting but not overwhelming

Nov 04, 2016
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deapokid from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank at the bar on 12-2-11. Reviewed from notes. Totally forgot to write down the ABV and chalkboard description for this one. My bad, guys.

Pours a coal black, making it nearly impossible to see through in the bar light. Head is soapy and brown with sticky dense lacing, making for one creamy looking beer.

Aroma is light, with touches of woody smoke and a faint, but alluring, hint of chocolate.

This porter is creamy up front and smoky in the back. It's rather low on bitterness and could be described as a desserty affair with a touch of the savory. Malt lends a faint touch of caramel, and the dash of chipotle and fireplace smoke leave a dryness on the tongue that lingers. Chocolate is the most obvious of the flavors on display, but a bit more digging will root out the maple syrup and oatmeal notes.

Mouth is smooth overall, but, overtime, a nice dryness lingers on the back of the tongue, provoked by the playful addition of charcoal smoke, which keeps the best aspects of the flavor in the front of your mind and tongue.

This is one of the King of Prussia locations best offerings in sometime and the rich smoke and tasty malt make for a holiday treat.

Dec 11, 2011
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.06/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was psyched to see the Smoked Porter on tap a the MPLS RB. I have had this one before and really like it.

Served in a RB mug, the beer is dark brown with a skim of a beige head.

It has an aroma of smoke and Band-Aids. Really like opening up an old metal box of Band-Aids and getting that smell.

The taste mirrors the smell. Wood smoke band aids and throw in some roasted malts. This is a bit of a miss, not sure where that Band-Aid taste comes from but it really over powers the beer. Is this old or infected, either way, it is not working. I could only drink 2/3rd and then had stop….

Oct 23, 2011
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tavernjef from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub: Served as a matte black in the glass with a medium sized firm foam of light chocolate brown hue. Fitting really, given the aroma and taste.

Smells great with a nice creamy milk chocolate mixing well with a smokey bacon and hint to soy sauce tang.

Flavors don't disappoint either, well balanced milky, creamy chocolateyness with a mildly set in amount of smokey meat and tangy sensations that lend to a bit of soy sauce, char, and vanilla. A very nice blend of chocolate and smoke.

Solid medium body, smooth, creamy, decadently soft fluffy carbonation that wraps itself around the chocolate and smokey tang. Creating a wonderful texture, tone, and balance toth ewhole experience.

Fantastic stuff! I'll be going back for more with growler in tow.

Sep 12, 2009
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objectivemonkey from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small half pilsner/half tulip glass, quite dark brown to black with a nice finger of tan head, good retention, some lacing. The aroma is nicely balanced between smoked malt and sweeter malt. Taste is fantastic, nicely done smoke to medium roasted malts to some caramels even, the mouth full and smooth and lovely. A fine smoked porter if I do say so myself.

Dec 19, 2008
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as blackness is...slight ruby highlights...creamy tanned head, perfect, lovely, juuuust..riiight.

Smoke in the nose, with cocoa and caramel beneath. Creamy. Gorgeous.

Taste: smoke hits first again...then the dark malt takes command, with chocolate and coffee hints peeping up...smoked malt still commands full attention.
Full in the mouth, full on the tongue...big and rich...and, yes, delicious...yum, I says,...yum.

This is great. No complaints here.

Oct 16, 2008
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nlmartin from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stoped by the Rock Bottom on a recent vacation to Chicago. This beer was served to me in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a solid black. The head was one finger high. The head had a light cocoa coloration. There was minimal retention of the head. Rings of lacing remained behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a very pronounced smokey semi-sweet chocolate smell.

Taste: The beer has a intial dark sweet fruityness this quickly gives way to smokeyness. The beer has a bit of dry chocolate, molasis/ brown sugar and lightly roasted coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a medium body and light carbonation. This is a very easy to drink beer. I think I could drink this beer all day long.

Nov 10, 2006
Smoked Porter from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 9 ratings