Porter, Smoked
COAST Brewing Company

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Smoke Porter
Ranked #12
Ranked #9,865
4.13 | pDev: 11.14%
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
Very Good
Notes: We took a classic Ameican Porter and brewed it with 40% Briess cherry wood smoked malt. Lower in alcohol to allow the maltiness through. Black in color, medium body, soft hops and intensely smoky.
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 26
Photo of champ103
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque with a bit of red highlights. A two finger tan head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malts, light smoke, and a vanilla sweetness in the nose. Also, as this warms up, some dark fruits start to show.
T: Like the nose, there is a light smoke here that never becomes over barring. Though always in the background. Toasted malts and a vanilla sweetness. Also some dark bakers chocolate. Dark fruits come out as this warms.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. Easy to drink, and I can have several more with ease.

A nice balanced smoke porter. The smoke is not overwhelming at all, which I like. Recommended.

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Photo of jsanford
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes, consumed on 2/7/2010, Super Bowl Sunday. Growler purchased from CBX.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a huge creamy tan head. Swell-looking Porter. HUGE aromas of smoke, malt, and chocolate. Taste is insane with the smoke, but underneath I can detect some quality Porter flavors of roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. Still, the smoke dominates this beer, and, while I really want to like it, it's not my thing. Incredibly ashy and smokey, like how your clothes smell after sitting by a campfire. Body is smooth and creamy, with a medium body and carbonation. Again, I have a ton of respect for this beer, and am so glad I got to try it, but it definitely beat me.

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Photo of craytonic
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good looking porter, nice creamy tan head, good lacing, deep dark down appearance

Smell: Dark malts (not over-roasted at all), smoke, faint chocolate

Taste: Dark malts, smoke, bacon. Very tasty, one of the better tasting porters I have tried.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with nice creamy carbonation

Drinkability: Easy drinking, although I don't think I would want more than a pint or two.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at Brewvival

Appearance: Lovely to behold, with a massive head atop the liquid and plenty of lacing

Smell: Bacony, with somw chocolate malt underneath

Taste: Very bacony, with a developing chocolate malt flavor but both before and after the swallow, the bacon elements dominated

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit too bacony for my palate and I would have preferred a bigger body

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler into a pint glass(Growler from Greens in Piney Grove)

A - Black maybe the darkest shade of brown possible, with a tan head that quickly dissipates

S - dark malts with a hint of smoke

T - the dark malts I expect in a porter. Smoke flavor really dominates this one. Can't really pick up any hop presence in this. Honestly I don't care much for the smoke flavor so if you really like smokey beers then you will probably rate this one a lot higher than me.

M - medium body with ample amount of carbonation

D - Pretty easy drinking but I honestly don't enjoy the smoke flavor too much. I think it is a little too strong and this beer would be much better if it were more subtle. Girlfriend really likes this one so I would probably pick it up again for her but I don't see myself picking this up for myself again anytime soon.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally able to track this one down. Seems like it took me forever to be able to get to drink it, so once i found it I drank as much as I could. Multiple glasses were enjoyed as I could not get enough of this.

First off you could almost say this is a schwarzbier. Just incredibly smokey and raw, but with a huge full body that defies expectations.

The pour was perfect. Dark as night and even holding it up you could see nothing through. A huge head of tan then rises up from the depths and reaches incredible height, nearly as big as the beer itself and it refuses to give in. Incredible. Dark lacing consumed the inside of the glass while the pillow of chocolate just seemed to stay forever. Aroma is a campfire in a glass. dark smoked malts, hints of peat, roasted chocolate notes just everything you could ever want and in your face. Warming brings out molasses and a subtle back yard cookout aroma would be the best way to describe it. Incredibly complex and deep, I was in awe of how good this was. Then I take a sip, the body is thick, rich and full. This is almost stout like to be honest. Each sip coats the inside of the palate with a decadent dessert like feel, but yet somehow it is still light enough to be enjoyed at a semi rapid rate. Smoke and dark peat like notes take over each sip and you have to wait for the full flavor to hit as chocolate malts, dark, burnt brown sugar and rich earthy tones all come together with rediculous force.

Overall this is one of the best and most unique beers i have had this year hands down. No way I could forget this or put it in the same class as anything else. I would love to see this aged in barrels or at least bottled. Maybe my favorite release to date.

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Photo of jpro
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got a growler of this from the Charleston Beer Exchange for a little weekend cookout. Pours a near black with a thick and rocky coca-cola head that dissipates to a thin layer of creaminess pretty quickly - despite wonderful retention of that small, creamy head, there's virtually no lacing. Aroma is dominated by roasty tones, a hint of sweetness and big time smoke. Taste is of roasted malt (kind of light), a touch of caramel / chocolate and smoky goodness - the finish almost reminds me of brown sugar cured bacon! Mouthfeel is light bodied and a little crispier than I was expecting. Fairly drinkable - lots of smoke flavors. The only other smoked porter I've had is Stone's - this one is far smokier! Definitely worth a try -

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Epic aroma is strong, smoky, mocha-ish and slightly sweet - it screams DRINK ME! This one pours a deep, warm, opaque sable with a nice buttery-tan head. Flavor is mainly molasses with undertones of coffee and unsweetened chocolate and a hint of caramel. Texture is smooth, fizzy and very lively. Worth hunting down!

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Photo of kkipple
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hot Pankakes, it's another Coast beer! Had this one a few times, finally got around to putting down my glass long enough to take notes on this exceptional brew.

A. Rich brown, quite dark, "woodsy", or maybe that's just my head playing tricks. Low head, no lace.

S. Holy pit-smoked meats, Batman! This is, quite simply, succulent. A generous amount of smoke wood (cherry wood) erupts into your nose, balanced by some chocolate malt sweetness and dry, earthy notes. It's... oily.

T. As others have noted, this tastes very much like what it smells. Tidbits of hop bitterness and a good amount of roasty malt, but the real star here is the smoke. And there is tons of smoke, almost-but-not-quite overbearing, chewy and roasty, reminds me of sitting around a campfire and inhaling smoke till your eyes burnt. That said, it is a very tasty brew and all "works". Memorable.

M / D. Slightly thin (this is only 5.8%...) well carbonated; the smoke flavor is much shorter than I expected, which lends to drinking more.

I don't particularly go in for smoke beers, thinking them very gimmickish, but I have to confess that this is flat out tasty. Would pair well with anything beefy or manly, like my friend Dan Rosen.

Porter, Smoked is better than Stone Smoked Porter and you should try some.

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Photo of glid02
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by jophish17 - thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smoked malts and lots of them. After the initial wave of smokiness subsides a bit roasted malt and dark chocolate undertones are revealed.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The smoked malt flavors aren't quite as intense as they were in the aroma however they're still front and center. Dark chocolate flavors work their way into things and are joined by mild roasted malt flavors midway through the sip. Hop influence is minimal and only really shows up in the solidly bitter ending. Smoky flavors are left to linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass and could have another, although too many of these may end up in smoke overload.

Overall this is one of the smokiest smoked porters I remember having so if you give this one a go know what you're getting into. Worth a shot.

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Photo of raverjames
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a fresh growler of this with my good friend n8h.

A: Dark brown to black with a tinted head. Decent head retention.
S: Firewood, bacon, caramel, and peat. Smoke is so intense it is difficult to get much more out of the aroma.
T: More smoked malts than I thought you could throw at a beer. It tastes like a barbecued brisket from the local smokehouse.
M: Medium body, slight sweetness, and a strange coating of the tongue.
D: This is so-so. I mean, if I was eating some BBQ ribs or other smoked pork product, this would be the perfect brew to compliment. However, on its own tends to be a bit overwhelming. I don't think you could make this a session beer, but it is a wonderful example of the style.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at the Charleston Beer Exchange earlier tonight.

A - Murky black with dark brown highlights and a dark khaki head.

S - The aroma is blasted burnt malt with a little sweetness in the mix.

T - Smokey, burnt meat, toasty malt, little sweetness. Really reminiscent of a German rauchbier.

M - Consistent, smooth, medium carbonation, medium bodied, not the least bit sticky.

Better paired with BBQ or some sort of grilled fare than as a session beer, but another extremely tasty COAST offering nonetheless.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from the growler obtained at Charleston Beer Works on Dec 7th.

Pours into a pint glass a pitch black with a very nice and creamy toffee colored head of about two fingers in size. I tried to get a bit of highlights from the beer by holding it up to the light but the beer was too dark and dense.

Aroma is very nice. Certainly smoke is the most noticeable and detectable aroma in this one. However, the smokiness doesnt overpower the beer. Strong chocolate aromas with plenty of toasty malts and a touch of coffee. The slightest bit of dark fruitiness as well. Nearly perfect as far as smoke beers go. The smokiness is there but isnt the only thing going on (like the Schlerenka beer).

Flavor mimicked the aroma perfectly. Smoke hits the tongue immediately but isnt so strong that the tongue or palate is overpowered by burnt wood. Sweet smokiness with more of a roasty flavor than chocolate. More like a robust porter than american porter. I didnt really get any hop flavor or aroma but the smoke probably masked that a bit, which is fine with me.

Mouthfeel was a touch thin. So easy to drink. I have had Stone Smoked Porter and Alaskan Smoked Porter and this one competes on every level with both of those. I would put this one in a close tie for first with the AK, if not slightly ahead. Very nicely done!

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Photo of thektg
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at D.D. Peckers Wing Shop in Charleston, SC on tap. This was my first time tasting this beer.

A - Quite dark, nearly opaque color. One finger of cocoa brown head.

S - Interesting smoky smell. Is this barbeque or beer?

T - Malted coffee flavors dominated by smokey flavor. This could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your perception. To me it was more interesting than anything.

M - Rich and creamy.

D - First half of the pint was better than the second half. The smokey flavor began to dominate each sip.

Again, not a bad porter by any stretch of the imagination. Matter of fact, it was quite interesting and drinkable. However, you have to like that smokey flavor that tends to dominate.

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Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest of lighter or mahogany edges when held to a light source. Massive, frothy 2.5 finger creamy light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting cap.

Deep roasted smoked malt aroma. Scents of charred earth, burnt malt and toast, bittersweet dark, dark chocolate, charcoal, ash, campfire, butane and barbecued bacon. Slight sweetness underneath maybe some toffee, chocolate and nut but this aroma is all smoke.

A little lighter bodied than I hoped for but is still slightly chewy/viscous. Pretty damn smokey but not as much as the aroma leads you to believe. Way more balanced than I expected with a lot of bittersweet dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, oatmeal and hazelnut notes balancing out the deep smoked malt flavor. There is still some prominent smokey malt with hints of charcoal, burnt toast and roasty barbecue but these flavors aren't overpowering. Very well balanced and extremely drinkable, especially considering the style. Recommended.

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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a gowler to pint glass. Pours a deep dark rich brown with a thick tan that fades over time but lingers around the edge of my glass.

S- This is the only area where i have to ding this one a little. Has a slight sweet smokey aroma, but lacks in other characters.

T- Has a light roasty malt tinge up from with a sweet smokey malt finish. I have it on good word that the malt used in this was cherry and i believe you get a slight hint of that as well. Making this a very complex and refreshing beer.

M- Smooth and silky with a nice creamy finish.

O- A great example of the style. A wonderfull beer to sit down and share with friends over the Christmas holidays. As for me i am at the bottom of my growler as i could not pull myself away from this one.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a black color a completely opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and OK lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, smoke, cocoa and coffee.

T: Tasted like it smelled: roasted malt, cocoa, mild coffee. The smoke was never overpowering and gave it an interesting quality. A well-rounded flavor that was never obnoxious.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable porter with lots of character.

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Photo of blackie
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pint serving, opaque chestnut brown in color, crowned with a rich mocha head that shows really nice retention

s: awesome presence of fresh cherrywood smoke - complex and lacking any rough edge - riding a full roasted porter body boasting chocolate covered caramels and dry cocoa, hops a little dry-citric of a seemingly english variety

m: smooth, moderate carbonation on a fullish body, creamy start with a dry finish

t: chunky porter body - full chocolate malt and cocoa dusted caramel, cherrywood smoke runs throughout - a rich and fruity smoke flavor, satisfyingly assertive but within tasteful limits, finishes with lingering smoke, dry roasted malt, and a mild hop bitterness

d: highly enjoyable, deliciously intriguing and good for a couple, on par with the hallmark Schlenkerla series of smoked biers though perhaps just one degree more restrained in smoke strength

enjoyed at EVO, North Charleston, SC

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Photo of md655321
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours dark, real dark, with just a wee bit of deep mahogany on the edges.

Smells like a porter. That is inside a campfire.

The taste is incredible. Bits of chocolate, a smidge of woodiness, very roasty. And then the smoke hits. Not the jerky/bacon smoke flavor that is in some, just pure dry smokiness. It fades into the background just in time for the dry aftertaste to seal the deal.

The fading smoke and then the dryness begs for another sip. Or six. As a wise man said, this beer drinks itself. One of the most drinkable dark beers, especially for one with this complexity.

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Photo of FutureCowboy
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from CBX (purchased same day), poured into a chilled Westvleteren goblet.

A: Dark. Black. Dense. No light passing thru this at all. Poured smooth, produced a short-lived chocolate-brown head. Skinny off-white foam ring on the edges of the glass after the head fell.

S: Just a beautiful combination of chocolatey malt and smoke. Great balance in the aroma. The smoke aroma is very rich.

T: Again, an outsanding balance here. Definitely reminiscent of hickory smoke, maybe even mesquite. At the same time it has all the chocolatey roasted goodness of a great porter. It's like a chocolate covered Kettle BBQ chip, but it's beer.

M: Very cool and smooth, not quite like a milkshake but a very creamy easygoing feel.

D: Very drinkable, not sure if it's quite a session beer just due to the creaminess and complexion, but with a relatively low ABV you could definitely knock a few back without a second thought.

Coast strikes a great balance yet again!

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Photo of JISurfer
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to the boss lady for going down to CBE and getting a growler of this for me.

I do enjoy my smoked porters, so I was very excited to try it. Wow, what a complex beer, but in a good way. Had a nice thick head and was jet black. Couldn't see any light passing through it. The smell was the highlight. As the beer got closer to room temp, the smells got stronger. Chared wood being in the forefront, it was backed up by a roasted malt, and a smokey baconesque hint. Taste was interesting as well. I got hints of chickory, port, and hickory smoke. It's a "heavy" beer, but it's not too filling. I could easily drink a few glasses of it though. I wonder how it would be if it was barrel aged?

Props to COAST for once again gracing us with such an awesome beer. Can't wait to see what the next one they come out with is.

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Porter, Smoked from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 26 ratings