Smoke Signal | Swamp Head Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
79 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States
swamphead.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smoke Signal is an American style Robust Porter, using a generous amount of pale ale malt smoked with Alderwood, the smoke source used in the Pacific Northwest for salmon. We smoke 150 pounds of pale malt for each 10 barrel batch of Smoke Signal.

Alderwood imparts a slightly sweet smoke flavor that balances well with the residual sweetness of the beer imparted through the use of dark crystal malts; chocolate and roasted barleys combine with American hops to deliver a flavorful robust porter with just the right amount of smoked flavor.

Added by brentk56 on 12-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
15
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.91%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
For Trade:
1
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.19/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to moose3285 for this bottle, one that I’ve been sitting on for a while per his advice. 750ML bottle with Swamp Head’s typically cool label art, split with my wife.

The pour is dark with a little red along the edges. Carbonation has gone the way of Percy Harvin in a big game: vanishimo. I could count the individual bubbles if I cared to. The nose is just gorgeous for a smoked beer with light Renaissance Festival campfire circa 1989, lingering sweetness, & chocolate. Very nice.

Smoke Signal gets the balance right, not an easy task for a smoked beer (or maybe it’s because the bottle has been sitting for months in a dark room, thinking about not being too smoky). Taste is a xerox (as we old people used to call photocopies) of the nose. Nicely restrained smoke malts, scampering sugary sweetness, sweet chocolate. Finish drops in the polls as the smoke turns a touch ashy, & there’s a weird green woodiness that might be the final whisper of hops. Body is full but too flat, & the beer suffers from the lack of carbonation. I’d have guessed this to be a higher ABV than listed. That makes it tough to power through even half of a bomber.

This brew avoids the problem with most smoke beers, namely, that it doesn’t murder you with smoke inhalation. That part of the equation is solved for nicely, but the odd aftertaste & overly heavy mouthfeel set it back. A wildly inconsistent brewery that puts out gems & dud in almost equal measure, but this is neither. Decent enough.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle share at Proof courtesy of scotchzi. Very deep brown with some tna head. Great smokey aroma. Smells like overly smoked pork. Cedar and maybe chestnut. Taste is far too smokey. I'm rarely a fan of American smoked beers. Smoke dominates the palate in this one. Good body and surprisingly high carbonation.

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3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - very dark, just a hint of light getting through this mahogany and Ruby tinged brew. A light mocha head is thin but with good lace all around.

Aroma - all roast malt, wrapped in a layer of tangy smoke.

Taste - brief mouthful of sweet malt, followed by some fairly heavy smoke. Pushy at first, but after a few sips I start to pick up some bittersweet chocolate. A nice abv warmth on the aftertaste. An ashy, fire-smoke finish.

Mouthful - full and mouth filling. Solid body, good and weighty.

Overall - great name for a beer of this style. Smoky, slightly sweet, great pitcher beer.

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Smoke Signal from Swamp Head Brewery
4.03 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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