Smoked Porter | Epic Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
97 Ratings
Smoked PorterSmoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This nostalgic porter evokes memories of chocolate and coffee around a campfire. The cherry wood smoked malt used in this beer gives it a heavy smokiness that blends smoothly into the chocolate malty body. With a silky finish this porter is ideal for sipping on a cold winters eve.

Added by bishopgary on 12-06-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
97
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release # 10.

Pours an opaque dark brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some slight smoke aromas. Taste is of roasted malt, slight smoke, and some coffee bean flavors. There is a medium roasty bitterness that sticks to the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the smoke aromas and flavors are somewhat subtle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

cool porter here, cherrywood smoked malt makes it subtle compared to some of the heavier ranch type darks out there. more brown than black in color by a long shot, more of a brown ale really, which is fine in a porter, and a just off white head an inch tall and lasting. nose is a little spicy like rye malt, cocoa powder, and meaty smoke like bacon. the flavor is less smoky than the nose, just enough to round it out, but its driven by sweeter grain with caramel and chocolate taking turns. a little fuzzy in feel, maybe some yeast left in this one, and rather filling for a lighter porter in color and alcohol. a satisfying winter or fall drink with a palate coating fullness and enough carbonation to wash almost clean. moderate hop profile too, primarily bitterness. an enjoyable beer from epic new to the denver market from what i understand.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Release #11. 6.3% ABV according to my botle. "One of only 1800 bottles released." 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard silver branded pressure cap and basic label served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at the Total Wine in Redondo Beach. Expectations are above average given the brewery; I loved Big Bad Baptist but their other offerings have been disappointing so far. I do like a good smoked porter - Alaskan's in particular. Exponential series.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good (4+ minute) retention for the above average ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent dark brown-black; opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light thin lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Light smoke/rauchbier character. Raisin on the back end. Dark malts. Maybe caramel. Burnt bread. A bit of fruit; more of that raisin with some faint grape. The smoke is surprisingly timid, actually - not quite dominating. Maybe there's more balance here than I expected. I'm look forward to finding out. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. An average strength aroma.

T: Light timid smoky character over a simple - darisay bland - dark malt foundation. Bits of chocolate and caramel malt, but not enough to really evoke their respective flavours. A bit creamy up front. Raisin enters in the second act, adding a much needed second dimension to the beer. Balance is okay - unremarkable considering how little is going on here. Simple, bland, boring, and timid for a smoked porter - though it's not bad. I'm underwelmed, but I like it in a general sense. The smoke is horribly deep.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequate body. Overcarbonated. Okay presence on the plalate. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but there's nothing unique or special about the execution.

Dr: A passable Smoked Porter that will quickly be forgotten. I see no need to trifle with this again. Pretty pedestrian stuff, and badly priced at that. I'll continue to go with Alaskan for all my smoked porter needs. Epic can do better. Hides its ABV decently. Very average for the style.

I will say that I'd guess they held back on the smoky character to try to lend it more mainstream appeal, but it just resulted in a bland porter.

High C

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass; release 11, bottled 2/19/2012. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, caramel, smoke, light char, light coffee, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with moderate smoke; and decent strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, smoke, caramel, light coffee, and light fruitiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, smoke, caramel, toast, and light coffee on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of roasted malt and smoke flavors with good complexity; and no cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice smoked porter style. Good complexity and balance of roasted flavors with smoke; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this at last night's tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a short off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some heavy smoke and a bit of peat atop a bottle of roast and light chocolate. The flavor is quite smokey as well, and that really takes over the rest of the beer. The body is a bit thin with lots of smoke. Just not enough balance in this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #4,5.6%ABV.Poured into an imperial nonic a somewhat muddled chesnut brown with a thin light tan colored head atop that left a little scum as it faded quickly.The smoke is light but negligible with some chocolate,roast,and nuttiness,a little alocohol imparted sweetness in there as well.Light smoke and earthy tones upfront on the palate,some brown sugar-like sweetness and chocolate malt comes into play late,the smoke makes another appearance in the finish.Somewhat subtle but its tasty,I would buy again.There are alot of Utah brews showing up in my local market.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this lower-octane style with a little less intensity. A nice smokiness that doesn't dominate, a malty richness, and a reasonable alcohol level.

Aromas of smoked sausage with a whiff of the campfire. Rather tart along with the malty sweetness. Some bitterness comes along with the earthy hop flavors. Smoke has the last word. The combination of tartness and fruitiness is quite nice. Light body and quite drinkable.

22 oz bottle from the Utah Liquor store in Sugar House, which has a decent selection of Epics.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle with a batch #.

LOOK: Tawny, brown, clear, healthy lacing

SMELL: Smoke, toffee, ash, coffee, carob powder, raisins

TASTE: Smoke, roasty bitterness, char, ash, burnt sugar, slightly creamy, toasted bread, faint caramel, dried plums, mild esters, semi-sweet smoked finish

Solid all around, nothing jumps out too aggressive which is completely fine. Balanced with a very well pronounce smoke character. It rivals many of the more well know Smoked Porters for sure.

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Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, small fizzy off-white head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a slight chocolate/coffee note, not much of a smoked presence at all. The taste is malty, kinda sweet, some smokyness, chocolate/coffee notes. Medium body. Drinkable, another Epic brew.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown colored beer with a medium sized light brown colored head.

Smells of bitter chocolate and patent malt with some smoke grain and a slight sour scent. Smoky and slightly milky.

Starts out Smoky and burnt with a strong patent malt presence and fairly dry, like smoked Guinness. Very mild sweetness and some chocolate it isn't quite bone dry. Bitterness is a little assertive.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent porter and quite User Friendly.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rustic brick coloring upon the exit from the bottle is standard black in the vessel accompanied by a bubbly, frothy khaki colored head that was slight in both size and retention.

S: Soft smoky charred scents. Was hoping for a bit more ummph here, but in the end average strength and perhaps sub-average complexity.

T: Nice charred sense. Wet minerality, a bitter chocolate roast, smoky wood, licorice with a finish of smoked dark fruit skins.

M: Lively and tingly carbonation factor with a decent depth body wise. Lingering smoky charred reminders.

O: Overall a decent level of dark roast with some smoky appeal. The flavor makes up for the lack luster visual and aromatic sense. Worthy first try. Hold on the repeats.

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Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant deep chestnut under a 1” clingy light tan foam cap that graps the side of the glass etchint it with sheets of lace marking each drink.
S: Smoke and malt with traces of coffee and chocolate.
T: This is a malt driven beer with dark malt, dark dried fruit, coffee and hints of chocolate wrapped in smoke. The smoke is not aggressive but lingers pleasantly into the aftertaste. The bitterness on the finish tastes more like dark roast malt than hops.
F: Big luscious body, slightly below average carbonation.
O: Well balanced smoked porter.

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Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a 1.5 finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Smoked malt aroma with hints of charcoal, BBQ, bacon and ash along with sweeter malt notes underneath. Subtle toasted caramel malt with some dark chocolate and oatmeal. Decently smokey but not over the top.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a good balance of smokey and sweet malts along with a slight spicy hop presence. Smokey up front with hints of charred wood, BBQ, bacon and charcoal quickly countered by sweeter toasted malt notes. Some bitter dark chocolate and oatmeal that lingers into a bitter dry finish. Nicely balanced but this balance makes the beer tame and not as smokey as I prefer. Good but not the smoke bomb that I had hoped for. A nice intro to the style.

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3.77 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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