Up In Smoke Smoked Porter | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 63
Photo of ChrisMon02
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour at the taphouse.

This is one of the better smoked stouts I have had. Dark with a decent off white head. Slight smokey char on the nose. Chocolate, slight coffee and a bit of smoke. This works well without being overbearing. A great change of pace beer. Will definately have again.

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Photo of Omnium
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes on 5-21
Served on tap at House of 1000 Beers

A - Pitch black in color, nice two finger creamy tan head, huge wall of lacing.
S - Smoked ham and salami, dark roasted grains, coffee beans, some sweet toffee malt.
T - Sweeter malt up front, a little syrupy, good smoke flavor, but not overwhelming at all, burnt toast, baked breads and a mild bacon flavor.
M - Well carbonated, full but doesnt flood your palate.
O - Great aroma, and a well balanced flavor, though kinda disappointed it only packs a 5.7%

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Photo of thecheapies
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Jet black with a nice tan crown. Tightly knit bubbles. Looks decadent.

Dark roast, mocha, campfire smoke, hint of berry, some char, and burly grain. Lightly sweet.

Big smoky stout flavors. Smoked malt, char-roast, sweet mocha, beechwood, teriyaki sauce, meatiness, black coffee, and earthy hop finish. Gets meatier and meatier as it warms. Great stuff in this glass.

Nice and soft. Carbonation genuflects to a thicker stiller body. Lightly warming, too.

Love it. Smoke done right.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a nice dark brown color with a thin cream colored head on top. The retention was pretty good on this beer with a minimal lacing. The smell of the beer has a smokey aroma to it, with just some hints of other roasted and chocolate aromas also. The taste of the beer wasn't overly smoked which to me is a good thing. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied with a decent dryness to it. Overall it's not a bad porter, it is also drinkable so that also helps this beer out too. Not bad.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, a light smoke and roasted coffee. In the taste, melow smoke and a nice coffee roast note. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry hint of smoke in the aftertaste. Nice mellow smoke presence and nice small presence of coffee.

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

Fatheads UP in Smoke

Pours a dark brown, almost black and oily. Off white head forms and leaves a fair amount of lace. In the aroma, big time smokey, roasted malt essence and just a hint of smoke cured meat. In the flavor, a pronounced smoke flavor similar to german rauchbier. Some chocolate and vanilla are there, roasted malt chimes in, but the smoked malt flavor is predominant. Finishes with a lingering smoke note. An authentic American Rauchbier.

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Photo of jampics2
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Fat Heads. 5.7% ABV, 40 IBU. Alder wood smoked on site.

The beer is black, opaque. A clingy tan head blankets the body. When held to light, I can see just a touch of brown around the edges. As I work down the glass, a beautiful lace is left behind.

Smells really nice - chocolate and coffee notes from the roasted malt are complimented by just a touch of smoke from the wood. More of a mild campfire or bacon smoke than the heavier smoke a traditional rauchbier would present, at least in the nose. Also more sweet than salty overall. Just slightly lacking in expression, maybe the cask treatment would help that aspect, but I went with the tap version.

'Up in Smoke' is a beer that any smoked beer fan would love, but what about the rest of us average beer drinkers? Well, I don't hate smoke (just ask anyone who went to college with me) but I'm not a fan when it's overwhelming. Well, this beer is actually quite delicate and very well integrated. The wood they smoked on site seems to have been expertly tuned to the right level to let the smoke, chocolate sweetness, and bitter coffee roast play well together.

In my mouth, this beer is creamy with adaquate carbonation and a medium body. Just a touch too creamy perhaps for a porter, but overall, this is an enjoyable beer that I would try again. And that's saying a lot for this non-smoker! I guess maybe one puff wasn't enough!!

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Cask in Cleveland Fat Heads.

A: Pours a dark black color with just a slight, very slight brown hue on the edges. Provides a thick tan foam head with ample lacing.

S: First scent is of 'campfire'. Definitely the smokey sensation of getting campfire smoke on your clothes, with some coffee and choclate scents.

T: On the front end the smokey wood hits the palate, coating it. There is a slight taste of hops in the middle, followed up with more smoke, chocolate, roasted coffee on the back end. Very complex but comes together well.

M: Leaves a creamy smokey taste on the palate. not too bitter.

D: I enjoyed this beer and could have 2-3 in a sitting, especially on a cool night by the fire.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at the Cleveland location. The menu notes: A robust porter brewed with malted barley that was smoked over Adler wood by our brewers on site.

This beer is a dark porter, nearly black colored, with a creamy tan head from the cask. The aromas of smoked malt and roasted malt complement each other well. This was smoked by the brewers on site? How is it that they do every beer-related activity so perfectly? Fat Heads is a brewery that you can just rely on, they are so solid.

The taste is rich with roasted malts, a little chocolate, and tons of smoke. Another guy I was with said it tasted like liquid salami, I think that sort of places it correctly but it really is tastier than this description would imply. As it happens I love German rauchbiers so I was ready for exactly this flavor, and the twist that it was a porter made for an enjoyable pint.

Good creamy cask body and mouthfeel. Another hit out of the park by Fat Heads.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Same ratng at the brewpub as a cask. I changed to the cask as it is a great cask, with chocolate and balanced smoke, still significant carbonated.
Good smoked enjoyed on-tap at Pizza Plant, Transit. Black body with soapy brown head, served too cold. More drinkable though not more complex as it warmed, yielding more coffee. Pleasant BBQ smoke in nose. Above average mouthfeel, a sipper but drininkable. Drying finish.

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Photo of AltBock
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This Smoked Porter was on cask at Fat Heads around 9/25/2009. The beer menu said that it had a 5.7% ABV with 40 IBUs. They served it to me in an Imperial Pint glass.

Fat Heads Smoked Porter was coal black in color, but it was a solid pitch black color because there was a glimmer of ruby red at the bottom of the glass. On top of this big black beer was a creamy 3/4 of an inch head of tan foam. This creamy head of foam had great retention that left behind a silky tan film and big streaks of lace around the glass. Pouring this beer from a cask made this beer have a great looking creamy appearance.

I don't have to tell you that the aroma was smoky! The aroma was so smoky that it was close to the scent of a German Rauchbier. The aroma was hugely smoky with smoked malts, smoked meats, smoked wood, smoked cheese, and then it ends with a gentle touch of coffee and a hint of dark chocolate. If want to try and recreate this smoky aroma, start a fire and stick your head in the cloud of smoke coming off the fire.

The taste wasn't as quite as smoky as the aroma, but not much can match up to that. The taste was smoky, creamy, and dry with smoked malts, a few smoked meats, a hint of smoked wood, a touch of dark chocolate, a speck of coffee, and then this smoky taste finishes up with a dry yet subtle smoky bitterness. I sure hope you like the taste of smoked flavors because they will not let down. You're stuck with them!

This was a medium bodied Smoked Porter with a lightly smoky aftertaste of smoked malts, smoked meats, coffee, and a speck of chocolate. I'm surprised that the impact of the aftertaste wasn't any stronger because the smoky initial taste was pretty damn smoky. This slightly smoky aftertaste will linger on for about a minute and then it will leave for good.

This was one of those "where did it go so fast" beers. It's filled with so much smoky goodness that it's hard to put down. If you're a fan of either Smoked beers or a creamy Cask Ale and you're in the Cleveland area, then stop on by a grab a pint of this beer.

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Photo of adamette
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken at the brewery earlier tonight. Poured from cask into a clean, clear pint glass. Notes from brewery: A robust porter brewed with malted barley that was smoked over Adler wood by our brewers on-site. Rich smoky aromas greet your nose while dark chocolate, coffee, and faint smokiness dominate the flavor of this beer. One puff is not enough.

A Creamy medium brown head over dark body with ruby hues in front of direct light. Very nice look, probably enhanced by cask presentation. 4.5

S Smokey, medium malt. Satisfying, interesting. 4.0

T Medium malt, smoky tastes carry right over from the smell (both are welcomed). There are some grainy tastes or feel that I did not find as satisfying and I wonder if that is due to the cask presentation as well. 4.0

M Smooth but not as smooth as I had hoped, I think attributed to the "grainy" feel that I idenfified above 3.5

D Good drinkability. 4.0

Notes: A treat to have on cask at the brewery tonight. Bravo!

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Photo of rabsten
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fathead's. Black to brown in an imperial (or at least Andy Capp style) pint glass. thick head, cocoa brown with great lacing. Smoke aroma with some chocolate and at least some fruit (plum? Something sweet, anyway). Great toasty malt flavor with strong yet somehow subtle smoke flavor. really good. Fine mouthfeel but for some reason after just one I felt like quitting drinking for the day. Odd, that.

Overall, a good drinking experience. Most of the Fathead's beers have been above average - this is no exception.

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Photo of beerphan
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @Fatheads, Pittsburgh -> pint

Arrived black with a 1/2 tight creamy mocha head. Sheets of chalky lace topped with solid rings from each sip.

Nose: Smoke, smoke, smoke

Blast of smoke right off the top, mimicking the powerful nose. Chocolate and burnt coffee appear, but are slapped away by more smoke. Smokey flavors linger longer after the beer has been deposited. Wow, probably the smokiest beer I've ever tasted.

Seek this out if you you're interested in trying the style or if you love the smoked beers, you won't be disappointed.

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Up In Smoke Smoked Porter from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
4.02 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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