Smoked Porter | Epic Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
31 Reviews
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
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
97
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 97
Photo of LAp
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad, but not great. There are plenty of better beers with more smokiness or more complexity to their smokey elements. This beer simply has a respectable porter base, and accents it with moderate, inoffensive smoke.

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Photo of kagent777
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from the cold cases @ Epic poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Long lasting sticky white head leaves thick lacing on my glass. This porter is lighter in color than some others, or maybe the others are too dark. Hold it up to the light and it is a clear dark red or brown.

Smell: Smoky malts with just a bit of earthy malts coming through.

Taste: Smoke dominates but is not overpowering. At the end of the taste, I sense some hops bitterness. Very flavorful but not too complex. The smell is a bit sweet, but the taste is somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel: This is one of Epic's thinner beers. The flavor still coats the mouth nicely and the carbonation is a bit low.

Overall: I will get more of these, I like it quite a bit. For Epic beers, that are fairly pricey, this is one of their better priced offerings. Except for the Smoked and Oaked, I cannot think of another smoked beer brewed in Utah.

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Photo of challenja
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the backroom at Epic Brewing company in Salt Lake City.

A: A nice luscious crimson brown ale with a yellow heat leaving out of the bottom of the glass to enter the giving of the sunlight.

S: Fireplace stoked smoked meats. Prosciutto ham. Mozzarella. Fresh baked bread. Multi-grain rye leavings. Syrupy fig. English roasted malt.

T:Roasted fireplace hickory smoke. Prosciutto ham. Dark espresso bitters with sweet almonds and figs.

M: Smooth overall mouthfeel. Light bodied. Extremely drinkable. A nice lingering palate and refreshing medium carbo pull.

O: A really outstanding porter that begs for repurchase. It could break my top 5.

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Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a massive head that dissipated slowly and left some lacy foam until the end. Dark as night and beautiful in the glass.

Smell was more subtle than expected given the appearance, like smoke, some malt, some dark nutty notes as well.

Taste actually had more body on first sip than expected, smoky, chocolate, hints of licorice and maybe a malty/coffee tinge. A hint of bitterness more than I expected, and very welcome. Offset the darker toasty taste to give some interesting character to the beer.

Taste is a bit thin, though, not lingering and not overwhelmingly satisfying but very drinkable.

Enjoyed on a nice cool evening around a fire and it seemed a very good companion for the environs.

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Photo of bishopgary
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bottle.

A: Black, with hints of a warm brown around the edges. Not much head, slight foam faded quickly, left a bit of lacing. Not poured very vigorously though.
S: Wanted a stronger aroma. Only a hint of smoke. There is also a bit of chocolate, roasted malt and burnt (in a good way) coffee that you expect from a porter.
T: Quite good, The smoke flavor is balanced nicely upfront by the malt and hint of sweetness. There is also just the briefest hint of hops. The amount of smoke is nearly perfect here, not overwhelming. You definitely know the smoke is there but you can also taste the other components.
M: Medium-light body. I was expecting something a bit heavier, but was pleasantly surprised. Coated the mouth well, without lingering too long like some smoked beers can. Fairly light on the carbonation, but there is a pleasant tingle.
D: I am not usually one to say that I would drink a few smoked beers in the same evening. However I feel this balanced enough to be enjoyed in larger quantities.

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Photo of BlackDog
4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As you'd expect, the porter pours a deep brown/black, with a cream colored head. Retention is very good, as is lacing.

There's a smoke aroma in the nose, also to be expected. There are also notes of toffee and coffee, with hints of chocolate and vanilla.

The taste starts with dark chocolate malts balanced nicely with the smoke flavor and some sweetness. There's a little hop bitterness in there, with some toffee as well. The smoke flavor is very well done, prevalent but not overwhelming.

This beer has a medium body, even though you might expect heavier. Coats well with good carbonation and with no overpowering tastes.

A solid beer, done really well. Plenty of enjoyable flavors interacting with none too overwhelming.

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Smoked Porter from Epic Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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