Smoked Porter | Epic Brewing Company

Smoked PorterSmoked Porter
BA SCORE
58.8%
Liked This Beer
3.73 w/ 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
Ranking:
#24,253
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
97
Liked:
57
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
10.99%
Alströms:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of Dave_Treat
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bung
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. About medium brown pour, thin layer of whitish head.

Aroma, Solid malty, chocolate, peat and roast/smoked malt.

Taste, quite a bit of bready malt. Caramel, some toasted malt and smoke. Finishes with the smoked/burnt toffee.

Lighter than ideal, but the carbonation is fine. Pretty drinkable.

I'd say somewhere between a smoked brew and a porter. Another fairly interesting brew from Utah, though not as good as the Imperial Stout in this series.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a cola brown color. The head is a finger high and mocha in shade. It has an extremely soft, frothy texture that retains nicely. Webs of lacing stick to the glass.

The smoke (at least judging from the aroma) doesn't have that textbook bacon quality - no, it instead invokes more of a woodsy, tobacco-like vibe. There are also touches of cola, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and espresso; the smoke dominates, however. Some more dimensions and definition would be appreciated here.

Just like the nose dictated, the flavors are very forward in their smokiness. Though a mild touch of brown sugar opens it up, it continues and ends with plenty of woodsy smoke - this has that "dry campfire" flavor I appreciate. Many of the great smoked brews reveal more layers of the base beer as more is consumed, but this really doesn't. The porter underneath is quite timid and lacking in flavor, and that ends up being the biggest quibble. It's just a bit too one-note.

This is extremely thin in body, even for 5.3%. When combined with how dry the finish is, this goes down with amazing ease. Still, the sheer dinkiness offered is upsetting. Low carbonation plays second fiddle to the parching smoke.

This one does a few things right. I love the smoke flavor going on here, plus it's exceptionally easygoing. But the porter part doesn't really measure up - the whole thing seems watered down. I probably won't seek this out again, especially in bomber format.

3.14/5: Good smoke, it just needs to be bigger in all other aspects

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Photo of jera1350
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Release #2 according to the label.

A deep and dark, almost solid amber brown color. The head is about a finger thick and tan in color and leaves some generous lacing.

Getting quite a bit of cola on the nose with a nearly identical amount of smoked malt. Not a real strong smell overall, but the smoke is very nice.

I'm a sucker for smoked beers and this one delivers. Smoked malt up front with some roasty and toasty malts as well. A light bit of sweetness with a touch of cola present as well. A kiss of bacon goodness at the end and into the aftertaste. Very flavorful, but not overwhelming at all.

Lots of soft and fluffy carbonation to fill the mouth. Smooth with a very dry finish. Nice feel overall.

I'm going to bump up the overall here just because this drinks so easily. This is a really well rounded brew that highlights the smoked malt, but is not off-putting in doing so. Some smoked beers can be over the top, some not enough. I think this finds a very nice middle ground and just delivers as a very solid beer overall.

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Photo of mig100
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.4% ABV, Release #22

A - Ruby-hued mahogany highlights shine through the dark brown beer that appears to be fairly clear despite it's dark nature. The tall plume of khaki foam that rises from the beer lasts quite some time, plateauing to a chunky pile while leaving ring after ring of lace on the glass.

S - Peaty hints and cigar ashtray pull through the "light" smelling beer's roasted malt profile that elaborates on dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, and ground cocoa.

T - Robust malts abandon the roastiness that monopolizes the aroma for a far more subtle chocolaty flavor that develops a smooth and dry cocoa quality before the peat smoked maltiness finishes out with a perfect waft of campfire that's not too big.

M - The bold flavor of Epic's Smoked Porter does a great job of just staying in flavor - the beer is not at all as big as the taste. Light alcohol gives this beer more drinkability than one might expect while the malt lends a soft, medium body to the beer that finishes out with a lingering dry smoke presence.

O - A beautifully smoked porter, this dark beer has a robust taste that's not overly smoky and brings dark chocolate nuances to the beer nicely. Smooth and easily drinkable this balanced porter is one smoked beer that doesn't scream campfire or any variation of smokiness.

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Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blackie
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

release #14 from the brewery

a: bomber into a reuben’s snifter, deep brown in color with a thin head

s: some thinned roasted malts, a touch of bitter cocoa, and a very mild smoke aroma

m: carbonation around moderate, prickly, with a light-medium body

t: same as the aroma - roasted malts thinned a bit, bitter cocoa, metallic grassy hops, and a subtle touch of smoke

o: a little boring for both a porter and a smoke beer, but nothing off at least

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a light khaki head of about a finger or so. Left nice lacing, but not at all porter dark. Pleasantly smoky and roasted aroma with equal chocolaty bits. Pretty much spot on with the aroma: nice smoky notes, roast, slight char and chocolate. Nice creaminess, medium bodied.

In the end, nothing spectacular, but it's a solid, above average smoked porter.

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Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ristaccia
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release # 30, bottling date of 05/21/14 according to their website

Appearance - Pours cola brown with a thin, khaki colored head. Fair retention, but leaves a sturdy level of suds across the surface. Lacing is minimal, with a few spots left here and there around the glass.

Smell - Smoke, chocolate and lightly roasted malt. Faint 'cola-like' caramel.

Taste - Mild flavor, with charred smokiness being the predominant character. Lesser notes of chocolate and faint roasted malt. There's a fair amount of sweetness, with a bit of caramel cola character found in the mix. Finishes smokey and slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full body with moderate carbonation. Slightly chalky texture with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Seems to have aged well, but not quite as deep or roasty as I would have wanted, as the sweetness seems a bit overabundant. Maybe I've been spoiled by Mad River's Scotch Porter, but this doesn't strike me as a brew I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some lacing

S - Aroma is a mix of smoke and roasted chocolate malts with some coffee and dark caramel malts with a bit of vanilla.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with a some vanilla. Through the middle, the smoke come through fairly strongly with some coffee and dark caramel malts. The finish is a mix of smoke with some chocolate malts, vanilla, coffee, and a bit of dark caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smoky and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good smoky flavor with nice overall balance.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Danielr26
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Beerlover
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of einman
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vylo
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of JasonR1975
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of CPAles
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smoked Porter from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 58.8% out of 100 with 97 ratings
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