Lumber Jack Bacon Maple Porter | Spring House Brewing Company

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Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ffejherb on 04-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of curmudgeon236
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of pvequalsnrt
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of orangesol
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the new Spring House taproom into a mini pint.

A - Pours pitch black with a small half finger tall tan head, dissipating to almost nothing at all, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of smoke, smoke and more smoke. I get no maple or "bacon" at all, this is all hickory smoke. Some dark roast and a tiny bit of sweetness creeps in as it comes to room temp.

T - This is an absolute smoke bomb. It dominates all aspects of this beer. You think you get a faint hint of the "bacon" and then it is gone again, replaced by the ever present smoke. I get no maple at all, just a VERY faint sweetness. Finish is you guessed it, all smoke. I wanted to like it but it was just too much smoke.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Very smokey feel with plenty of it lingering throughout the finish. The smoke really began to wear on me over the course of my glass.

O - I really wanted to like this one but the huge amount of smoke really brought it down a few notches. I really didn't get any of the maple, and only a faint whiff of the "bacon". I hope they work on this one and try it again.

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled last weekend at the taproom. Opened yesterday at Blue-White. Review is off of the remnants of the growler today.

A: The porter is a dark cola brown color, seemingly black until a closer inspection is performed. A small, wispy head, off-white, manages to conjure itself up. Generally though the ale lies still in my tumbler.

S: This porter is at room temperature. That makes a world of difference, releasing chewy bacon and sweet maple. The hickory smoke continues to be in strong supply as well. Plenty of interesting elements to be found.

T: Bacon is present, unfortunately it can't muster itself to shine through the smoke and the syrup. Maple is sweet, a flavor easily lost when the porter is served too cold. Alongside the maple, smoke is strong. Bacon, a smoked salt flavor, does linger, a 180 degree departure from the maple and smoke sweetness. This ale is meant to be consumed at room temperature; the complex flavors are much more evident. Colder, the smoke drowns everything out.

M: I'm a big fan. The maple, smoke and subtle bacon flavors all hit the right spots. A warning though, let the porter get up to room temperature. Nicely done by Spring House.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ the Spring House Taproom on 4/8/11. Served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a straight black in the glass, topped with a thin foamy layer of off-white head. This retains with mostly some light bunching around the edges of the glass, leaving back some soft spotty lacing. The aroma is all smoke, with even a bit of a peat-like feel to it, but I am making out some extra coffee flavors underneath as well. After this warms, I do get some maples syrup character on the edges and going deeper into the nose reveals notes of chocolate and green citrus way in the back.

The Smoke Porter base has a VERY strong influence here, with bitter and burnt smoky roast and green citrus hops just dominating this. The maple syrup seems to be even more subtle here than it was in the nose, as it sticks to the sweetness of the chocolate malts in the back. Those malts and hops are all front and center here though, with a bitter and dry finish, and a smoked presence that is so strong, it feels like at some points that I’m blowing smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively sharp feel that prickles the mouth with all of that burnt bitterness. I’m thankfully not really getting any alcohol out of the body, which at least keeps this somewhat drinkable.

Well this definitely had the Hickory Smoked portion of this right; I just needed some more Maple to go along with it. This was WAY too smoky (and bitter) at times and I’m afraid that it covered up a lot of the complexity that would have made it a much more overall approachable beer. I understand that these first batches are definitely works in progress. Let’s hope that this one continues to develop.

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Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to foofaa for sharing this growler at a recent tasting. I had several ~5oz pours of this into a small sniffer.

The brew pours a very dark brown color with some faint clarity around the edges when held to the light. A tan cap appears across the top an recedes to a lacing across the top of the brew. An agitating swirl revives a few bubbles to the surface.

The smell of this brew is bold with the smoked aspect and has a woodsy characteristic to the nose. More sniffs of the brew reveal some deep fruity sweet indications of malt and alcohol esters. Overall it has an aroma that is quite dominated by the smoked aspect.

The taste is right in line with what the aroma would leave you to believe you are in for. Woodsy burnt flavors are reminiscent of pete smoked grain. Some dark bitter roasty flavors come forward displaying the first indications of porter-like qualities besides the visuals. Some faint fruit notes are evident accented partially by what I'm guess is a maple inclusion? As this brew warms up, it picks up more of a musty grain quality and reveals some depth beyond the initial flat line, one-dimensional smoked beer feel.

It is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Not the easiest drinking brew you will come across, a couple samples in the range of 5-6 oz was more than enough for me. Smoked beers are a hit and miss, I enjoyed this one and would certainly have it again. I bet this brew would pair fantastic with just about any red meat dish... Hmmmm

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Photo of Slatetank
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Foofaa for bringing this growler to Stakem's tasting on 4/2/11. enjoyed cool from a snifter.

The color is very dark brown, almost black with a thick band of medium tan which holds decently and leaves lasting lace. The smell is like a campfire -so smokey and woody you get a sense of what you are in for. The feel is so smokey it is a little bit of smoke overload to my palate -the dark grains become astringent and a slight band-aid type phenolic develops. The feel is ok except for these small flaws, good body and moderately high carbonation w/ very mild alcohol in the feel.

The taste starts good with some smokey and woody mixed with mild caramel malt sweetness and some toasted grain, but the smoke overload begins halfway through and overtakes the other porter attributes. I admit I am a smoked beer fan, but to me this just overdoes it, there is a fine line between - nice and smokey and whoah! I chomped a burnt handful of malt! To me this and the smoked porter fall into the latter category -good in small quantities, but I could only see 1/2 a pint in a sitting to be honest.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Spring House Taproom on 4/1/11.

A - Deep brown walnut liquid with burgundy highlights and a slim but creamy tan head that reduced to a thin film but transformed into an intricate netting of lace all around the glass.

S - The aroma is similar to the standard Smoked Porter with an abundance of hickory smoked wood and a hint of charbroiled meat as well as a slight sweet maple syrup character.

T - An intense smokey character immediately kicks things off into high gear, but is quickly quelled by a sweet malt and maple presence. The flavor is quite smokey and woody overall, although plenty of earthy hop bitterness enters the fold in the backend, taking this porter to a whole other level. Flavor is complex and well-balanced overall.

M - Solid medium body with a smooth, creamy texture and spot-on carbonation - just enough to provide some bristle on the palate. Hint of oily slickness as well. Finishes with a moderate hop bite on the tongue.

D - Damn this is good! I don't eat pork or bacon anymore, but I HAD to try this... and I'm glad I did! Delicious stuff right here!

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Lumber Jack Bacon Maple Porter from Spring House Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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