Dank Tank Pulled Porter: Bacon Smoked Porter
SweetWater Brewing Company

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Smoked Beer
3.85 | pDev: 10.13%
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: El Danko finally sobered up just long enough to get back in the brew house after a two year bender. He teamed up with Justin and Jonathan Fox (of our local Atlanta Fox Bros Bar-B-Q) to come up with a smoked bacon porter we’re calling Pulled Porter.

Over the course of three days, the crew from Fox Bros. smoked one ton of malt on their wood-burning Lang smokers, using nothing but hickory. Bennett Hollberg helped the brothers hotbox the parking lot (we couldn’t believe it either) and said “Each batch of malt smoked for 5 hours at 250 degrees to get a nice toast and plenty of good smoke without burning it.”

To add that extra bit of oink, we tossed racks of bacon in the smoker to infuse the smoking malt.

Nitty gritty on Pulled Porter:

Malts: 64% 2-Row, 11% Smoked 2-Row, 6% Munich, 4% Wheat, 5% 70/80, 2% Roashed Wheat, 3% Midnight Wheat, 5% Chocolate

Hops: Centennial, Golding, Willamette, Cascade

IBUs: 27
Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 103 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In going through my backlog of everything from CANs to Bottles to soup to nuts to books to newspapers to magazines & back again, I am unearthing treasures. My local, in-person trader, tone77, has taken me to task for not being even marginally caught up, but I am working at it. Believe me, I am working at it! This is a sweet entry for The CANQuest (tm) since these guys CAN condition their beers & I have had some fantastic luck thus far.

From the CAN: "Don't Float the Mainstream!"; "On the farm way too long, Ol' McDanko began showing some worrisome tendencies. Following a solid session in the hot box smoking malt, he was overcome by a methane cloud emitted from the herd. Ya heard? Reaching for the hops, he goofed and grabbed porky by the e-I-e-I-oh! Slow and low - that is the tempo."; "Knock knock - who's there? It's McDanko's inbred neighbor, Gert Reynolds, swinging by with some fat back here and some fat back there. Stepping out past some Foxy brothers picking a banjo on the porch to sample his wares, McDanko doubled over the chopping block and squealed like a pig - wieii wieii - proclaiming this to be the most bodacious brew this side of the Chattoog-a!"; "Slap a Thigh and Ride the Wave".

Well, now, doggie! They sure do know how to throw a party in the South! Been air, done 'at! I don't fit real well as a Northerner. but I like to eat, I like to drink & I do love their women, so I'm not all bad in their eyes.

Man, I grabbed that ol' hog of a 16-fl. oz. Pint CAN by the tab & I set to showing him who's boss 'round these here parts! Ol' boy took to squealin' up a storm, so I gave him a good Crack! to restore a semblance of order. Oncet I got his lolling tongue back in his vent, he quieted down. I took ol' boy by his piggy ears & made him to understand, this wasn't nothin' personal, I just needed to get my drink on was all. He was one of them ones where you don't pour it all at oncet. Instead, I lifted him up & began a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. He got real quiet & CANplacent just about then, so I broke out the special stirring spoon & gave 'im an in-glass swirl the likes of which we ain't seen in these here parts since 4th of Joo-ly 2011. Well, he come scootin' right up, forming a tail of two-plus fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head that threatened to escape the pen until Ma leveled that shotgun of hers at his head! Boy, he scooched right back down in one quick hurry, leaving a sticky trail behind him. Tell you what, we wuz all laffin' now! I held 'im up for another good look. Dang if he weren't Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) as the advancing night. Warn't no light gettin' into him, nossir! Nose smelled like the smoked BBQ we had for supper last night & dang, if my mouth didn't turn to a-waterin' again. Boy howdy! Mouthfeel was big, thick, fat & chewy & I just let it roll around happy as could be on my tongue, warming as it frolicked. Mymymy. The taste was that whatchacallit, edamame, yeah, that's it. Don't get much call 'round yonder to say that, but just like pornography, I knows it when I tastes it, or so to speak. Yeehah! This was what I'm gong for in my BBQ - sweet, tangy, smoky, meaty, saucy. Mmm. I'd marry this if it came along in female form. Have some every night, yessir. Well, just as the piggy was plumb tuckered, Ma reminded me that I still had half of it left inna CAN! By gar, we broke out the fiddle & the banjo & passed the jug until the sun come up. Mmmhmm. Imma savor this little gem for a while! Might not even brush my tooth before the upcoming dentist's visit. Y'all come back now, hear?

Jul 26, 2018
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I don't think the body is quite thick enough to hold up the smoke addition. Smoke doesn't dominate the nose, but charcoal dominates the flavor with a thin mouthfeel. Meh

Jul 26, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate in a snifter. This
nice smoked porter pours a murky brownish black with a nice head of off
white light tan foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin swirling pool, and showcases
some nice sticky lacing. Nose of smoky malts and brown sugars....the smoke overtakes
of the nose. Flavors exceed the nose with smoky malts and dark brown sugars tossed
with a touch of dark fruit notes of dark cherries and a touch of mild hop notes.
Very good mouth feel; medium full body, medium low carbonation, and a very lightly
dry and subtly chalky finish touched by smoke.

Bacon is not detectable in the taste, but what you have is a balanced Rauchbier that is nicely
balanced and enjoyable compared to some of the ones out there that beat you to death
with smoked malts, this one does not do that. It is a solid and enjoyable brew from a style
that I am not that big a fan of. That said, this one is nice.


Jun 03, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown so dark that it appears black producing almost 2 fingers of frothy, light mocha, somewhat lasting head that produces a heady cap & collar leaving a webby wash of lacing. Aroma is dark malty, dank, deep roast & smoke, barbecued meat, hints of chocolate, vanilla, toffee & thin dark fruits. Taste is sweet & spicy: smoke, grilled hotdog, molasses, char, chocolate malt, earthy & floral. Nice hop notes in the finish & as bittering in the smoke, earth & burnt chocolate aftertaste. You can taste the bacon grease in this one. Mouthfeel is moderately to slightly heavy bodied with low-moderate carbonation, slightly chewy & creamy, with a sandpaper prickliness late in the finish.

Apr 02, 2017
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from pint can, stamped on bottom with BIEB date of "05/04/17," into faceted mug. Big sweet smoke (bacon), but not overwhelming, as it arrives in the middle and leaves before the end.

Apr 01, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall can, "BIEB" date of 05/04/17 on the bottom...searched, but still have no idea what that means....

Pours pretty near black, lasting dark mocha cap, leaves a nice fine bubble film, and fields of splattered sheeting...nice looking brew.

Smells like my smoker after I smoke some ribs for a few hours...

Simply delicious porter, sweet and smoke infused...densely flavorful and highly enjoyable. A taste treat...every sip to be enjoyed and savored .... go get some

Mar 14, 2017
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mooseisloose from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this in TW snagged up in a microsecond. BBQ in a brew, I'm in. This brew is as advertised a bacon smoke flavored porter. I just drank it with a t-bone off the grill and I was in BBQ overload. A good thing. An excellent heavy hitter. Fire up the wort with smoked malt. Yeah baby!

Mar 04, 2017
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aznightdevil from Georgia

3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look- dark black, carbonation head pours thick and creamy. Both the head and carbonation virtually disappear almost instantly

Smell- not much going on here, you can tell they tried to go for a smoky aroma but almost missed the boat

Taste- not much action on the tongue. A faint hint of smoke and bitterness but not much else

Feel- bubbles carbonation, no kick and fades as fast as it arrives

Overall- as my hometown's premier brewery I was hopi g for so much more from this special edition. I'm not going to be bragging about this beer to my friends, that's for sure

Feb 04, 2017
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barczar from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is very chocolatey, roasty, with a phenolic smoky note slightly reminiscent of rubber.

Flavor is more smoke dominant, a touch acidic roast, with cocoa carrying into the finish.

Jan 07, 2017
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mntlover from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bar pour so not much of a tan head. Pours dark atleast in a dark bar.

Smell is lots of smoke, definite bacon notes or atleast pork.

Taste is like the nose, lots of smoke notes. Dark malts some light chocolate roasted notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

Overall not bad, a good smoke porter.

Jan 04, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

What's more southern than barbecue? The Sweetwater team ceases the smoked pork culture when creating a not-so-southern porter. Its perfumy smoke and slight meatiness is as satisfying as it is drinkable.

Pulled Porter is your classic robust, Americanized porter. Dark brown, nearly mistaken for stout, the beer's luscious mocha meringue billows over with the scent of dark chocolate, coffee, nutty and burnt caramel. Its smoky sweet aroma creeps onto the tongue with caramel, chocolate and toffee- all seeming on the over-cooked side of sweet.

Porter-esque sweetness gently lifts and the smoked character works into a creamy and dry lather upon the middle palate. The sweet smokiness of hickory is met with the malty remnants of heavy toast, fresh coffee grounds, walnut and cocoa. A bark-like woodsiness carries a pep of campfire and ash with balancing bitterness without becoming over hopped.

Medium bodied and malty-dry, the beer's ample carbonation gives the texture a lift for added dryness and drinkability. Its toasted dryness is lightly power-like with a soft roast derived astringency. A little added sweetness would really give the savory meatiness and fragrant smoke something to stick to and offer a more satisfying session than one meant for dry drinkability.

Jan 04, 2017
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in the style of an American Porter with natural flavor added. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy foam head of an ecru tan color over a deep brown body with auburn highlights. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.5

(Smell) Cold smoked malt notes, soft chocolate and caramel grains with a light sweetness. Potency is modest. 3.5

(Taste) Chocolate and caramel with a mild sweetness and light body, finishing with a present but reasonable toasty smoked malt and peat finish. A bit more flavor than the aroma suggested but does not sacrifice the beer's high drinkability. Quite enjoyable. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to specialty grain and smoky. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) More smoked grain character than pork suggestion, although I'm not thinking that there was any pig added to the actual beer. Smoky grain and peat malt flavor comes through nicely and the beer remains very drinkable. I'm always in the mood for a good smokey beer and there aren't enough porters that tread those waters. 3.75

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Pulled Porter: Bacon Smoked Porter

Oct 21, 2016
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby brown with nice clarity -- just how I like my porters. 4.5/5

Smell: Smoke, ash, pork, roasty malts. 4.25/5

Taste: Like the smell. A lot of smoked porters taste meaty to me even without it added, but this one really does seem to have a pulled pork flavor in it that lasts into the finish. Bittersweet flavor all around. Tasty ... would go well with some BBQ for sure. 4.25/5

Feel: Silky and smooth with a light carbonation. More stout-like than porter-like, but it works really nicely with the flavors to smooth things out. 4/5


Jun 30, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.82/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear brown with a tan collar.

Heavily smoked wood chips and bacon just blast the shit out of your nose.

All bacony smoked malts in flavor. There is a little sharp tang, like a lighter brown ale maybe once existed, but not much else to this simulated liquid smoker drum.

This beer is just overboard. I could see pairing this with some Ohio barbecue, and it outshining the dry, chewy food, but if you're in the South, this beer is totally unnecessary and probably will just ruin whatever succulent bbq plate you're enjoying. Furthermore, if you're just drinking this by itself, it's like you dropped a cigar in your Shiner Bock and are too drunk to care to pull it out before finishing it off. But I'm not, so I can't finish this sucker.

Jun 26, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a dark brown color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a ring

S- smoked malt-forward with aromas of smoky peat, smoked meat, cocoa nibs

T- smoked peat, campfire, chocolate, smoked meat, caramel

M- medium-light body with medium carbonation, thinner mouthfeel and finish

O- nice smoky beer with a good amount of chocolate

Jun 05, 2016
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, opaque, 1/2 inch khaki head, not much in the way of lacing

S: Roasted malts, smoke

T: Smokiness, dark roasted malts, that bacon flavor really comes in during the aftertaste

M: Medium to full

O: First smoked beer Ive had, about what I expected. Good smoke flavor, but I tend to prefer more of a sweetness than a smokiness to my dark beers. None the less, a decent porter.

May 04, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Stacks three fingers of foam on top of the coffee colored liquid; nice retention and a couple of fingers of lacing point at each other

Smell: Hickory smoke, hints of pork smoking and a brown bread character; perhaps a hint of chocolate

Taste: Brown bread and a touch of chocolate and then the hickory smoked malts take over; a hint of smoked pork through the middle as well as some earthy hops; the finish is smoky with the front end flavors returning to balance things out

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is really good and I enjoy that the smoke tastes authentic and is held in check relative to the other flavors; I have had mixed experiences with Sweetwater but this is a first class effort

Apr 24, 2016
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weaselface89 from Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Quite dark and a tan colored head that sticks to the glass as it fades away. Smells smoky of course, with roasted notes and alittle dark chocolate. Taste follows the nose with some sweetness and oh baby did I say smoky!? Mouth feel is medium with low carbonation. Overall a very appealing beer set aside the fact that the grains where smoked at the awesome fox bros BBQ. Very cool.

Mar 29, 2016
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LMO1190 from Florida

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells- Strong smoky smell. Some coffe. As it warms, the Alcohol is more noticeable with more of wine scent. very nice overall.

Taste- Mild coffee wit moderate to strong smokey taste. Very drinkable

Feel - Smooth on the tongue.

I would drink this again.

Mar 27, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

hands down the best beer i have ever had from sweetwater, and a real treat, courtesy of my new friend wcu80. thanks for the killer box mate! this is radical beer, really far out there, but pretty epic at the same time. insanely dark, black almost, slick and sheen, with a tall and thick dark tan head, sticking to the edges of the glass like that fire retardant foam they spray on new commercial construction. sexy. the nose is all smoke, total german dense rauch type smoke, i get the hickory wood all the way, like some texas truck stop with briskets going all the time. i guess there isnt actually meat in this, but instead meat in the unit that smoked the malt, which i dig. not sure i get its contribution explicitly, but i definitely think this is meaty and sweaty and piggy, and it plays amazing with the dark chocolate malt and all this viscosity. so much going on here, i was surprised to encounter a little yeast flavor too, english in nature, but big and round and not at all out of place amidst the orchestrated chaos. meaty in the taste too, the smoked malt is enormous, and with bitter cocoa and coffee flavors, its pretty powerful stuff, sticking to the teeth, and like i feel myself sweating it out from the first sip on. its work and its chewy, laborious and mean, but its delicious too, and the folks i shared this gem with were all in agreement that its pretty unique and special beer. lucky to have a man like wcu80 out there willing to hook it up. cheers to you man! loved this thing.

Mar 10, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with a thinner quick to fade beige head atop.Smells like a cured ham with the hickory smoke and a hint of sweetness underneath.Alot like the Fullsteam Hogwash it's dominated by hickory meaty smoke flavors with a light brown sugar sweetness underneath,some roast comes thru into the finish as well.A beer not for everyone but if you like the taste of real wood smoke than this is for you.

Feb 24, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a fluffy light khaki head that fades slowly leaving nice bubbly retention and nice lacing. The aromas are full of smoked malts along with some cocoa. The smoke notes are subtle, but definitely there. The flavors are nice. The smoke is there, but doesn't overwhelm everything else that's going on. Lots of chocolate along with hints of anise/black licorice. Flavors are on the sweeter side with a subtle richness. Some wheat notes. More smoke in the finish. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and smooth. Very easy to drink.

This is a solid porter right here. The smoke aspects aren't overwhelming, but they still leave their mark. Enjoyable brew.

Feb 23, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery.
Lovely red-brown body is dark but has excellent clarity. Modest but durable head.
The aroma is quite smoky; the flavor not so much. Hints of BBQ. Moderately smoky.

Overall: well executed version of intent.

Feb 21, 2016
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Such an underrated style. I'll buy a rauchbier damn near anytime I come across one, unless it's from new glares because I'm not into drain pours. Anyways, excited I try this

A - super dark brown, thick thick frothy white head, quite nice uniform lacing. Very liquid and thin body however.

S - is weak. Honestly not a whole lot comes out of it. Obviously smoke, and a predisposition towards a saltiness given the description. Malty and peaty, a little sweet and faint woody maple-esque esters.

T - holy wood. I just sipped a stain grade red oak 2x4. Lots of smoke, lots of malt, brown sugar, ham, maple, throw some coffee in and this would be a world class breakfast.

M - real goood which is surprising given the thinness in the pour. It's frothy and creamy on the palate.

O - it's hard for me to dislike and rauchbier / smoked beer. This isn't world class but I would definitely drink again.

Feb 20, 2016
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Dark brown, no clarity, no foaming and very thin tan lacing around the edges of the brew

S - Smoked pork (of course), wood chips, and dark chocolate

T - Dark chocolate, smoked pork, minor citrus flavor towards the end

F - Medium body and light carbonation.

O - A tasty brew, and bonus points for being original. Worth picking up.

Feb 19, 2016
Dank Tank Pulled Porter: Bacon Smoked Porter from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 103 ratings