Smoked Porter | Spring House Brewing Company

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3.91 w/ 41 ratings

Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prior to brewing our Smoked Porter, Matt selects specialty malts to be smoked over an open flame, imparting a unique flavor profile in the porter. The malts are smoked using apple and hickory wood for a full 72 hours. Spring House Brewing Co. chose to smoke the grain in a local smoke house that dates back to the late 19th century. This one-of-a-kind smoke house imparts layers of smoky depth to the beer that cannot be replicated. Enjoy!

Added by DIM on 09-18-2008

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 18
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2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of colts9016
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is seriously old probably six or seven years old. A hard pour produced a one finger light tan head with minimal results. The head is foamy and creamy with poor retention. When I poured the beer I could see tell tale sign that maybe this is dead. When I popped the cork on the bottle I did not get the semi loud pop, but instead of dull pop.

N: Actually this is the first smoked porter that the smoke was not overpowering but in harmony with the other aromas. I coffee, chocolate, wood, smoke, chemical, toffee, molasses, roasted notes and real earthy.

T: The smoke is muted, chemicals, smoke, toffee, molasses, roasted notes. earthy, yeasty, chocolate, coffee, and a slight fruity note.

M: Chewy, coating, slightly carbonated and finishes linger awhile.

O: This smoked porter is balanced, sadly it is over aged the smoke on the beer has kinda died.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler last time I had this was last year, nice to try it again. poured chilled from the growler to a pint.

A - A turbid dark brown, almost black w/ thick band of tan.The bead is tight and the ale leaves thick lace

S - A smoky instense nose like inhaling freshly toasted wood. The burned odor is accompanied by a band-aid-like phenolic scent that while not taking away, still comes off as slightly out of place- almost off putting

M - I found this feel to be average, very astringent and drying for the most part and kind of has the effect of licking an ashtray- not for me, sorry.

T - A flavor that is very heavy on the smoke, the base beer while good and enjoyable suffers slightly from the overuse of smoke here. I like the light woody notes from the malt but the band-aid comes in again and astringent almost medicinal taste of tannin from the wood doesn't help. I enjoy the taste of burnt caramel in the background. I like the beer, don't get me wrong, it just doesn't have to go to '11' probably the smokiest thing I have had in the realm of beer.

D - A strong smoked ale, I would not seek out and probably couldn't handle I whole pint if I had to. The heavy handed use of smoke detracts from this beer, other than that it is a pretty tasty porter.

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Photo of Deuane
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Deep, dark brownish copper with a thin light tan head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-BAM! No doubt that this is a smoked brew. I think I am in Bamberg! Actually a bit overwhelming and one dimensional. I understand what they are doing but I feel it is too much. An odd aroma of band-aid/gauze pad emerges in the background.

T-Rich dark roasted malts and then dominating smokiness that is intense and over-done. I am a BIG rauch beer fan but this seems one dimensional and actually becomes harsh.

M-Medium bodied and sharp....smokiness lingers LONG--too long. Like chewing charcoal briquetes!

D-A decent smoked porter that I can appreciate for giving something like this a try but man...tone it down a bit. This is palate bashing. No way in hell could I finish or want to finish a growler of this....heck 5 of us could even do it! With the differences in ratings between last years batch and this years maybe things have changed....and if they have it has been for the worse.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler at the Brass Rail.

A: The porter is a dark caramel color, a ruddy brown tone that is opaque. Half a finger of head didn't lace as it receded.

S: The nose is damned near over-smoked. The intensity rivals, surpasses even, many of the Bamberger rauchs that I've had. The aroma is so strong that a scent best described as band-aid like emerges.

T: The body of the ale is well-smoked but not so much that the porter flavors disappear. The porter has sharp roasted grains. The burnt flavors accentuate the smoked element. That smokiness is intense, bitter and over-done. The result is a big taste that doesn't hesitate to scorch the tastebuds. The smoke is more than a curehouse taste, it is almost like the whole damned house burned down. It's big and bold, maybe a little over the top, but I enjoy it (not love it, mind you).

M: This could be the scorched earth policy of the brewing world. A dark, mysterious ale that imposes its will on the palate.

D: I can't imagine getting through an entire growler of this beer. If you like a good smoked beer, this is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of pulito001
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Taproom, Lancaster, PA

Dark brown-black pour, with a small beige head that showed just a bit of retention and lacing. Contrary to other reviews, I didn't think the aroma here was too smokey. There's no question that this was a smoked beer, but it was pretty mellow compared to others I've had, and left some room for the dark roasty malts to come out. Similarly, the taste is of dark roasted malts, a good amount of smokey ash, but nowhere near overbearing, tobacco, coffee, cracked grains. Medium body, tasty and drinkable, and easily cleansed from the palate.

This was a well-balanced smoked beer, so considering the last review of it (since mine) was over a year ago, and considering most negative reviews were long before that, maybe Spring House improved their recipe. Or maybe I just liked this beer.

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Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Spring House Taproom

Very dark, nearly black colored body topped with a thin, creamy head. Smells of chocolate malt, mellow smoke, and char. The flavor is smokier, though it never gets all that smokey really. Chocolate, coffee roast, a slight sweetness, and some light black malt dryness. Satisfying, medium-plus body with some nice fluffiness. No hint of booze - in fact, it was surprising to see how strong it was. Better as it warms closer to room temperature. I didn't find this to be as bold as some other people, but it was certainly enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Kegatron
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

64 oz growler into a pint glass.

Pours black (some ruby does come out along the bottom) with 2 fingers of rich and foamy mocha colored head. This maintains a rich look, leaving back a creamy layer that throws some thick spotty swathes of lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sharp and biting in the nose with a pungent smoked meat character that is tinged with an acrid bite on the edges. Some thick sweet notes of chocolate and caramel sit behind the smoke, while herbal tones and a bit of earthy spice mix in as well.

The sweetness really comes out in the taste as this warms, with chocolate and some lighter toffee notes being thick and sticky up front. The deep bitterness of the roast and hops really kicks it into high gear next, with earth, spice, and green citric character mixing in with a deeply burnt back end to the profile. The smoke is much more subtle here in the taste, lingering on the roof of the mouth but it's those dark blackened malts that are probably remembered the most about this after each sip. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big creamy sharpness that sits on top of some hefty underlying chewiness. Some very light alcohol presence in felt in the body but is hid fairly well here overall.

I've been waiting to try this one for a while and I was pleasantly pleased to find a well made Smoked Porter here that kept the smoke heavy in the nose but more subdued in the taste, which is just the way I like them. Drinkibility was decent as well, despite the heavy roasted aspect, but I was more than happy to share this growler as the whole thing would have been a little too much. Nice effort here.

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Photo of KYFriedChildren
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Pinocchio's in Media on 10/15/2010.

Appearance- Arrived at the table jet-black (even to the light) with a mocha colored head. Looked like liquid onyx, seriously.

Smell- Smoky, smoky chestnuts. Overwhelming smokiness almost. It smells like charcoal brickettes about an hour after putting out the fire. They say that the beer sits for 72 hours in smoked wood chips and that the malts are also smoked and it's certainly prevalent in the smell.

Taste- It tastes very much like how it smells. Super smoked maltiness. Very, very tasty but the smokiness can be a bit overpowering. Still it goes down smoothly with a taste that would embarrass an extinguished campfire with it's prominent smokiness.

Mouthfeel- It sits really nicely on the tongue. It's kind of nice to let that smoky taste ruminate in your mouth a few seconds before drinking it.

Drinkability- It would be tough for me to have more than two or three of these though. At a rocking 9% it's a bit powerful and the smokiness can be a bit overpoweirng. Overall it's a pretty solid brew coming from right outside my home county.

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Smoked Porter from Spring House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 70.7% out of 100 with 41 ratings
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