Blacksmith Smoked Porter | Highlander Brew Co.

Blacksmith Smoked PorterBlacksmith Smoked Porter
BA SCORE
3.83/5
46 Ratings
Blacksmith Smoked PorterBlacksmith Smoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highlander Brew Co.
Ontario, Canada
highlanderbrewco.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by andrenaline on 11-28-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,461
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
46
pDev:
10.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of StormAles
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConnorG
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of groleau
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jerk_Store
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ikidunot
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of portwood
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell: chocolate, coffee, sweet smoke.
Taste: roasted grains, molasses, smooth carbonation.
Finish: bittersweet, caramel, subtle smoke, semi-sweet chocolate.
(bottle bb 06/26/16)

 178 characters

Photo of Lennco
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mark_mla
2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ordered special from LCBO. Smoked peat equals beware. Yikes.

63 characters

Photo of Jotora
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monticristo23
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While it is an enjoyable 1 time drink, I'm not sure whether I'd buy it again very soon. Every aspect about this Porter screams average to me.

141 characters

Photo of Glorithm
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle served cool into a Samuel Smith's pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for about $6 CDN.

Appearance - Dark hazy brown color with an impressive two fingers of tan head. Great retention and nice trail of sticky lacing is left behind. Exactly how a porter should look.

Smell - Coffee and chocolate with a faint hint of smokiness. Better when warmer than when served cold.

Taste - Chocolate, mild bitterness, roasted grain, then some earthy beat and smoke comes through. Lots of subtle flavors going on make a nice and very solid blend, but nothing that makes me go "wow". Still very solid.

Mouthfeel - Full and decadent, decent carbonation but it is a nice slick oily beer. Great texture as there a certain chewy characteristic reminiscent of a bigger stout.

Overall - A solid, dependable and consistent porter, there's nothing wrong with it but it just seems to be missing something from making this an absolute top notch porter with the Sam Smith's And London Porters of the world. One of the best by this brewery and not a terrible deal as far as bombers go.

 1,074 characters

Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An awfully weak attempt at this style.
Lava by Ölvisholt Brugghús is so much more superior that the difference is almost embarrassing. Very disappointing.

 156 characters

Photo of Bf_89
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of CRObighit2
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigox420
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Jeffo
2.46/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 15 October 2014

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with very good retention. Head slowly fades to a nice cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. Transparent bistre brown in color, almost black, with medium levels of carbonation. A faint wisp remains with some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Some dark malts, toffee, a hint of smoke and some leather aromas on the nose.

TASTE: Milder in flavor, unfortunately. A bit of roast up front with some bitter chocolate, burnt notes and some leather lingering in the medium aftertaste. Some decent flavor is there, but it’s rather mute and somewhat dull overall. Nothing off per se.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch lighter than some, but plenty creamy and smooth.

OVERALL: This was consumed a few months before the best by date, and there was no real sign of staleness or excessive age or anything, so I can assume this brew, or at least this batch, is just a little too mild and dull in the aroma and flavor department. The smoke character is almost non-existent as well. Not memorable.

 1,253 characters

Photo of leaddog
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with a finger of bubbly tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - hint of smoke, hint of smoked meat (bacon), coffee, roasted grains, hint of cocoa, earthy hops, and dark fruits (plum, raisin).

Taste - Hint of smoke followed by the hint of smoked meat (bacon), followed by the coffee, roasted grains, hint of cocoa, earthy hops, and dark fruits (plum, raisin).

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a hint of the smoke and smoked meat (bacon) alongside the bitterness from the roasted grains.

Overall - A porter with a good flavour profile. The hint of smoke and smoked meat adds a pleasant complexity to this porter. Nice to see another offering from Ontario make its way to Alberta.

 762 characters

Photo of mick303
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle from the lcbo. Poured a dark brown, off black colour with a compact creamy tan team, some lacing.

S - roasty woody smoke, coffee beans, apple orchard, some salty maritime smoke mixed with molasses thickness. Lot of full maltiness, not too dark though, with an interesting profile.

T - start has coffee, grapefruit and lemon, then more bright tropical fruits, mixed with a gentle sweet smoke, gradually more earthy and robust spiciness. Some spiciness and prikling smoky astringency. There is toffee, roasted malts, some molasses and licorice and gradually finishing with a dry darker malt note, some light tannins. Some lingering wood smoke and campfire notes.

M - good fullness, and appropriate carbonation, quite drinkable due to the balance. Some bitterness and smooth roastiness to give it some edge, also the smoke is held in check nicely to solidely compliment.

A very strong offering all around, really pleasant smoky character pervades the beer but doesnt overpower a lot of the other positive aspects. Good balance of complimenting flavour and quite enjoyable. Gets more robust and complex as it warms.

 1,129 characters

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of timmy2b
4.25/5  rDev +11%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Blacksmith Smoked Porter from Highlander Brew Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 46 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.