Pro-AM 2010 (Smoked Porter) | Southern Star Brewing Company

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Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by champ103 on 08-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by Duttonic:
Photo of Duttonic
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 09/16/10, had on-tap at Dancing Bear Pub.

A- Deep black, 1cm medium-dark tan head, small amount of lacing

S- Roast coffee, chocolate, pecan/nutty aroma, malt

T/M- Roasted malt, cream, whipped feel, light and rich

D- Awesome. Excellent session beer, full of flavor, and amazing representation of the style.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this growler.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate, roasted malt and some smoke. The flavor is more of the same. I get some chocolate, roasted malt and a tad bit of smoke. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

This is a standard porter with a little bit of smoke added, not a smoked beer with a little porter. Very nice.

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Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from gravity pour multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours one shade from black with a thin tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with equal amounts of dark chocolate and smoked malts. The smokiness is closer to a campfire than any kind of meat.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of well-integrated smokiness. Midway through the sip the roasted flavors subside a bit and dark chocolate flavors work their way into things. The smokiness intensifies through to a moderately bitter ending.

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

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, as with the Cherried Hatchet it is another solid offering from Southern Star, a brewery I'm respecting more and more. Worth a shot.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of lnashsig
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Queen Vic. Pint glass, pour is opaque black, with some dark tan head. Smell- chocolate, smoke, coffee, with a milky cream aroma. Taste- I generally find smoked porters to be overpowering and to taste like charcoal, but this one is real different. The smoke is perfectly balanced and the initial palate taste is a bitter dark chocolate, followed by a smoke aftertaste, with a creamy coffee finish. A brilliant mix of these flavors, and so well balanced. Mouthfeel- creamy greatness, nice carbonation. Drinkability- this one is a fantastic porter session beer. They need to make this a permanent canned beer.

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Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black black, how a porter should be

S: I get wood, smoky wood, maybe oak? Roasted malt, sweet and delish

T: perfectly porter-y, smoky, roasted malt, bitter hop and bitter malts work extremely well together. Bitter chocolate on the finish

M: carbonated, dry, bitter

D: a very good example of your standard porter. All the more impressive that this was originally a home brew submission

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Photo of Beertracker
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came special delivery cloaked in a Buried Hatchet Stout can. SSBC's Smoked Porter pours up with an overabundance of carbonation that creates a huge soapy khaki-tan head that loosely climbs above the deep reddish brown-mahogany body. Head retention is OK for a smoked beer. The initial aroma lacks evidence of any smoke, but a delicate smokiness emerges as it warms along with a heavily roasted malt character that comes across slightly burnt with secondary notes including cherry pipe tobacco, black coffee and pine needles. The flavor starts of with some burnt caramel that carries into a developed roastiness from the chocolate & black malts before being balanced by an assertive spicy bitterness that carries into the slightly acrid, smoky finish. This medium bodied smoked porter has a bit of slickness & needs more smoke character, but nevertheless is quite approachable for a smoked beer. A few more cans will be required for an in-depth analysis. Good job Ed Condon & Southern Star!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Trader's note: Many thanks to wolffman17 for the opportunity. I also had this one on draught @ the 2010 GABF Pro-Am Booth!

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Photo of frisk
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

growler from cbx, i was thrilled to finally be able to drink this one!

Very smooth hazelnut like color. Small cream colored head gave was quickly leaving just a bit around the edge till the bottom. Smell was total caramel chocolate malts. A hint of a spiceness as well. Taste was very nice, the nice malts come through beutifully and the mouthfell is almost perfect, goes down very smooth and has a very nice, long lingering almost hopped back.

such a smooth and easily drinkable beer, this was a marvel.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at DraughtHouse. It's draft only.

I fully agree with champ103's review.

Very dark brown with espresso-colored crema head.

Smoke is pretty mild until it warms. More roasty than smokey. Espresso, chocolate, wood and earthiness, some smoked meat, a lil hop presence - pine and slight citrus when sought out. Nutty and some toffee and brown ale flavors, but not sweet.

Pretty thick but also strangely clean.

Very drinkable, but I like it better as it warms.

I prefer this to Stone's Smoked Porter. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

A: poured into a pint glass to a deep black with a two finger dense tan head that retains well
S: smells of smoke and ash with some roast malt and slight oxidation
T: taste is smokey with a little roasted malt, slight sweetness. swallow is a little oxidation with some lingering smoke
M: medium in the mouth with soft carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: Good flavors and solid complexity with a nice smoke note. Probably should have gotten around to drinking these sooner but this is definitely a fantastic porter.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, dark brown color with a fluffy cap of light brown foam. Retention is nice, as is the lacing. A good looking brewski this is.

Nose has plenty of smoke along with some sweet chocolate and dark roast. Not much else to it, but the smoke makes it pretty special.

Smoke is more of a complimentary flavor than the main show, which is disappointing for smoke-beerheads. Heavy on the roast, but not necessarily robust. Notable hop bitterness makes for a dry and bitter finish. While I realize this was a homebrew competition winner, it lacks the signature Southern Star creaminess and body. Very little sweetness. Not bad...not bad. I think it is on the right track, but a little more smoke, less hops and a fuller body would make this more to my liking.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A can of this fine beverage somehow found its way to California and was generously shared by the tickmaster himself, Bobby. Another smoked beer, this should turn out well...

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some hints of red and a solid finger or two worth of brown head.

S: The smoke is certainly there, but is pleasant and in balance. A formidable amount of roasted malts (in a good way, however) and some bittersweet dark chocolates.

T: Coffee, lots of roast, and chocolate in the non-smoke category. The smoke is present, but again, in check and provides a nice compliment to the other flavors in the beer.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, medium, carbonation.

D: Thank you, Southern Star, for not over-smoking this beer. It's nice to have a beer where the smoke is used as a complimentary flavor and not *the* flavor.

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Photo of champ103
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed several on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

A: Pours nearly jet black with a little bit of brown around the edges. A thick two finger tan head forms. The rocky foam as really good retention. Not a lot of lace, but the color and head retention is really good.
S: Roasted malt up front. Big chocolate and toffee notes. Light coffee. Smoke builds as this warms up. Not as much as I was expecting though.
T: Big roasted malt up front. Like the nose, lots of chocolate, toffee, and coffee. Slightly bitter. Smoke builds throughout. Incredibly nuanced and balanced. The smoke is not up front and center, but is always noticeable.
M/D: A big full body. For such a big body, it never becomes resinous, thick, or syrupy. Incredibly smooth, velvety, and creamy. So easy to drink. I quaffed several without a problem at the Saucer.

This is an excellent porter. At first the smoke is not that noticeable. Though it does come out. The smoke is definitely not at a Rauchbier level, but it is there. Incredibly nuanced and subtle. All around excellent, and something I highly recommend.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off by saying that I drink Buried Hatchet Stout on the reg and when I poured this beer the exact same way, I did not get the same result. I got 3 solid fingers of FOAMY, BUBBLY tan head with great retention throughout the whole beer. The beer itself is a very dark chocolaty beer and it is very enticing just to look at it.

Just as the smell of the original Buried Hatchet, the aroma of this beer explodes as soon as you pour it. Getting dark chocolate, coffee, alot of smokiness, and some vanilla trying to shine through, but is smothered by the stronger scents

The taste of this beer pounds your taste buds as soon as it hits your lips. Right off the bat I am hit with, dark bitter chocolate followed by a very complimentary amount of smoked wood. Rich coffee and subtle vanilla make up the rest of this beer. It's not as decadent as the original but is equally as tasty in its own right.

This beer carries the same viscosity as its original but has more carbonation. The smoke makes up for a delicious drying aftertaste. Everything is melding together quite nicely and it has no problem coating your entire mouth despite its thin body.

Overall, this was a big time treat to find this beer. Once again, big time props to D&Q for hooking me up with this. I wish that this was a mainstay for them because it is a delicious variation of their original stout. If you can, get your hands on a can

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Photo of ms11781
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to duff247. 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a color somewhere between the darkest brown and black with a 2 finger brown head. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin tan cap that leaves a bit of lacing.

Nose is dark roasted malts and dark chocolate up front. There is a hint of coffee as well. Some smoke is present, but not as much as I expected.

Taste follows along with the nose at first. Dark roasted malt flavor with some chocolate, though the chocolate was more present in the aroma than the taste. The hint of coffee is here as well. The smoke comes through much better in the taste. There seems to be an underlying smokiness from start to finish, but it is more noticeable at the end, especially as the beer warms.

I had a tough time describing the mouthfeel here. It feels pretty heavy, almost stout-like, yet seems pretty light at the same time. There is usually a certain richness to a beer this smooth and creamy but not this one (and that's not a bad thing).

Great drinkability with this beer. Full and flavorful yet light enough for multiple pints. I'm still baffled as to how this beer feels so heavy, yet so light at the same time. But I certainly am not complaining.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came my way from my 2010 Secret Santa. Dan you are the man!... The beer was chilled and served in a pint glass.

Appearance: I am a sucker for a dark beer. The body of the beer is black. A nice 2 finger tan head with major head retention rides the beer. Nice thick lacing marks the beers passage from my glass.

Smell: Very nicely dark roasted nearing charred malt a bit of semi sweet cocoa interlaces with a very pleasing smoked character. I have seldom smelled smoked beer as good as this Alaskan Smoked Porter comes to mind. This is really well done!

Taste: Smoked darkly roasted and toasted nutty semi sweet cocoa and more smoke hits my palate. This is very well executed.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: I am dam near blown away! The body of the beer is full. The carbonation is low but works nicely. The smoke really keeps the maltyness of this beer in check. This was a very nice drinking beer. Super high marks I had problems leaving the beer alone. Thanks again! This was an excellent beer!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really hoping for some flavor after drinking an underwhelming Glissade....

Appearance-Oops, poured a little too fast. Poured into a pint glass that had 2/3 head and 1/3 body. After letting it rest the head went to about 2 fingers, and had amazing retention. Soapy head, lots of lacing. Body was pretty much black with some red hues shining through. Very nice.

Smell-Big hit of roast and smoke in the nose. Some coffee. Some dark fruits, but really getting alot of Roasty and Smokey flavors. Wish I had a Rib Eye.

Taste-I really wish I had that Rib Eye. Very smokey, roasted malts and barley. Lightly hopped. Finish is alot of espresso. Would like a little more hops on the finish to get that espresso off my tongue.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, Smooth, Thick, very nice. Lots of body, carbonation isn't as much as I thought from the appearance, still alot of mouthfeel.

Overall-Coming from a beer drinker who doesn't like Porters, this is great. Had the EFP and now this Porter I've been enjoying them lately, on deck Bells Porter. This beer should definitely get canned year round, highly drinkable, and very tasty. Southern Star continues to be my favorite Texas brewery.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Marty30
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to dajtaioo7 for this extra!Poured into my Founders snifter at 55 degrees.Very excited to get into this,so here goes.

A. Pours a nice deep black body,I'm not getting any light shining through when I hold this up.Big fluffy three finger kahki colored head that shrunk down after a minute or so.lacing sticking all over the glass.

S. Upon opening the can before the pour I could smell sweet smoke! That's what you get first, nice sweet smoke aroma and some hickory I think.Decent milk chocolate smell to sum it up.

T. Wow very smokey at first, but don't get me wrong it's not overpowering,It's good.I get a nice slight ashey/earthy taste in the middle of the mouth.A good amount of bitter hops to end this.Nice smokey aftertaste lingers.

M. The weakest part of this brew I think, but still not bad. Kind of lite medium feel with good carbonation that tingles the pallet.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer easily the best smoked beer I have had,really glad I got to try it.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of armock
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Flying Saucer

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with some chocolate and smoke scents

T - Follows the nose with the roasted malt that gives off some chocolate and a good bit of smoke flavor to make me happy

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I love smoked beers and this one isn't any different great taste thats very easy for me to drink I could drink this beer all day long worth getting if you see it around

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