Blacksmith Smoked Porter | Highlander Brew Co.

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Blacksmith Smoked PorterBlacksmith Smoked Porter
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3.84/5
Very Good
51 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

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Added by andrenaline on 11-28-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,402
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
51
pDev:
10.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Roomer_the
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bixby1971
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pootz
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ bent Elbow - a dark opaque brown-black ale with a small tight mocha colored cap. Aroma is pleasant - coffee, fruity, some grassiness and just a subtle hint of smoke. Full bodied for a porter robust roasty fruity character. Flavour follows aroma - rich roasty maltiness with a dark fruity undertone and just a hint of smoke , hops appear mid palate and add light bitterness which carries into the long roasty finish with a touch of sweetness at the end... a tad underdeveloped as all the flavors are discrete - with more time this would be a well rounded robust porter.

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

Photo of Electros
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConnorG
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of groleau
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jerk_Store
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ikidunot
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of portwood
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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)

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Photo of Lennco
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mark_mla
2.84/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

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Photo of Jotora
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monticristo23
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Glorithm
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of Bf_89
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CRObighit2
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigox420
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Jeffo
2.46/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Blacksmith Smoked Porter from Highlander Brew Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 51 ratings