Leaning Chimney Porter
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

Leaning Chimney PorterLeaning Chimney Porter
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Smoke Porter
Ranked #48
Ranked #26,645
3.79 | pDev: 9.5%
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States
Very Good
Leaning Chimney PorterLeaning Chimney Porter
Notes: Our winter seasonal is brewed in the robust porter style using peat-smoked malt. The addition of American hops create a piney-resin flavor with a smooth finish. Copious amounts of black malt lend to a khaki-colored head and dark chocolate backbone.
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Photo of C-Stockwell
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: solid black with khaki 1/8" head
S: two aromas - coffee and Boston Cream Donut (chocolate, cream, and vanilla for non-New Englanders)
T: more smoke or roasted malt than peat. Tad bitter
F: low carbonation, smooth

This is the first peat-smoked malt beer that I have had, and as an Islay Scotch fan, I was expecting a peat bomb. This is most assuredly not a peat bomb as there is no discernible peat-like flavor or smell. The smell reminds me of Dunkin' Donuts coffee and donuts. Recommended food pairing: brie cheese and sausage. Not good with chocolate, as the chocolate mutes the flavor.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown color with a light off white foamy head that holds it’s own as it dissipated. Light messy foamy lace. The aroma started with a dried grassy hoppiness. Then some peat and subtle smoke. Robust dark malts. The flavor leans towards the smoke with an ample amount of blended peat to grassiness really gripping my taste buds in a ruggedly dry fashion. Some slight meatiness comes in as it warms. Ends up pushing into the aftertaste and on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sipping quality about it. Low carbonation. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, took a little bit but the sweet to smokey flavor only came out as it warmed. Maybe again.

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Photo of Premo88
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into "stout glass" -- vertical tulip

L: classic black-and-tan stout look after a strong pour with the black liquid topped by a 3/4-inch head of beige foam; the brew shows a clear dark brown-amber as it pours out of the can, though light won't pass through it once it's in the glass ... it just shows dark amber highlights around the edges with burnt orange and purple dancing together; sticks a little; keeps a thick collar of beige foam and most of a skin

S: dusty prunes, roasted peat, toasted oak; milk chocolate sweet at times; toasted cherry kolache; a hint of grain; wood aromas are clean ... almost "green" wood and definitely not burnt wood

T: peaty chocolate with a toasted wood finish; coffee ... or a shot of bitter espresso mixing with some chocolate; settles into an earthy, almost medicinal, woody porter taste with hints of dark chocolate and some pepper spice sprinkled in

F: fantastic ... not overly thick, very easy to handle, good carbonation, just enough heft to push into middleweight range

O: the smoked malt notes are relatively subdued, allowing the good chocolatey porter notes to play in and around the burnt wood/peat flavors; overall a superb beer, not overly peaty, arguably a bit simple but very tasty; the sweet range of notes in the nose are a highlight

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No dating on the can.

A: It's black, a finger of off white foam, much better than average lacing.

S: Light smoke, roasted malt, chocolate, a lactose smell.

T: Smoke roasted malt, chocolate, lactose, on the mild side.

M: Low side of medium bodied.

O: I reckon that this would be a good introductory beer of the smoked kind. Real fanciers of the style could possibly find it lacking. Me? I enjoyed it.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger ing dense light beige head that took a very long time to die down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and a thick coating of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of peat-smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of smoked malts with associated notes of iodine.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This porter is rather smoky and in some aspects could be considered to be a raunchier.

Serving type: can

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from Drum Hill Liquors
Dark brown/Black in color with a huge frothy creamy tan head that persists forever. Earthy spicy hops with a hint of smokiness on the nose. Light chocolate and roast as well. Earthy spicy hops with some light bacon campfire flavor. Moderate chocolatey roast that lingers in the finish. Decent beer, seems a bit like a black IPA with some smoke.

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Photo of lic217
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Almost completely black, nice tan head with lacing
Smell: chocolate and roasted malt
Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, smoke, wood, dry
Feel: smooth and thin, light carbonation
Overall: A delicious brew

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traded for this a while back while line at a release over at Other Half. Never heard of Grey Sail before and thought that Leaning Chimney was the name of the place. Yes, I make mistakes but thankfully, obtaining this wasn't one of them as this was quite smooth and easygoing for a beer of this style, as the smoked flavors weren't too strong and neither was the alcoholic content.

Nice pour to this as the beer had a look of coffee with a voluminous, salmon head that was a nice offset to the darker liquid below. Lots of bubbles to be seen and a good amount of clingy, soapy lacing was left behind as I worked my way through this. Not a strong aroma to this but the roasted notes were there along with some root beer, roasted barley, and chocolate. The taste was weaker than I would have liked as the mouthfeel was thin and roasted notes were on the same page as the nuttiness that emerged as this beer warmed up. Only a trace of earthy hops could be felt in the back as this slid down - Porters should be more ashen, thick, and hearty but this one almost felt like a Nut Brown Ale when it came down to the taste, mouthfeel, and strength of the liquid.

While not a session beer, it would have been easy to crack another one of these open after I finished this off. A slight disappointment, I did enjoy this because of how smooth it was and the accessibility of it. Those looking for a true American Porter will find that this trends along the lines of a Session Porter. Worth a go once and multiple times if you don't mind the overall thinness of it.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark near-black color with a frothy off-white head. Leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma brings lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. I also get a faint whiff of hops on the back end.

The taste is roasted with a bit of char up front, followed by a wave of chocolate and coffee. Some hop bitterness on the finish.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall, a very good porter. Has a nice balance of sweetness and smokiness, and just enough hop bite to let you know it's there.

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Photo of horshack7
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark top to bottom with a dark frothy beige head that leaves thick lacing behind as it thins out.

Aroma: Dark roasted coffee, milk and dark chocolate, Char, smokiness, Roasted hops, slight notes of milk sugar.

Taste: Silky smooth mouthfeel at the start. Chocolate malts., Dark roasted coffee, Charred roasted hops, milk sugar and smokiness to round it out.

Notes: A good all around porter inside and out and very drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce can into a porter/stout glass.

Superb looking beer. Frothy and full khaki-colored head over a midnight black body. Excellent contrast of the two colors. Lacing aplenty. 5

Smells lightly of smoke, ash and dark chocolate. Not enough of any of these aromas to really satisfy me, but okay. 3.5

Tastes consistent with the nose, almost more ashy than smokey with some yeastiness that reminds me of English ales. Light chocolatey notes lurk here and there. Earthy hops drop heavily on the finish and mix with the ashy flavor that just sticks to the tongue. Not feeling that ashiness, it ruins what tastes otherwise like a tasty English mild. 3

As with the taste, this has an ashy quality to it. Really bitter finish too. Dry on top of that. Thin in body and I actually appreciate the easy drinking quality. I just wish there was less ash and bitterness. 2.75

Cool to try some Grey Sail beer but this one didn't knock it out of the park for me. Just okay.

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Photo of richj1970
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can.

A: Very dark brown almost black with two finger light tan head. Nice retention and leaving some moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee with a hint of smoked peat.

T: Rich roasted malts, cacao powder, and a touch of coffee mixed with some light smokey notes.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Finish is a little dry.

O: Enjoyable porter but was looking for the smoke to be more pronounced.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pour is very dark, near black, medium mocha head, slowly goes to a thicker film and leaves better then decent strands and fine bits of lacing.

Nose is faintly of chocolate and cafe au lait.

I get mostly semi sweet cafe au lait, with some milk chocolate...I do pick up a slight woody note, but its pretty faint.

Smooth mouthfeel on the thicker/heavier side.

Enjoyable and flavorful, but I'd like a heavier smoke note in my "smoked porter"

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Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a very dark brown with mahogany highlights and two fingers worth of light tan head

S-roasted malt, a bit of char, and chocolate

T-smoked malt backbone with chocolate and some roasted coffee

M-medium body, roasted and dry, light to moderate carbonation

Overall an easy drinking porter, dry with a nice smoked taste

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to wine glass. No head or lacing, nice dark body. Very black.
Now, I coincidentally had Ardbeg 10 a few hours before, and this beer is said to have Scottish peat smoked malt. Gotta say this holds no comparison. It has roastiness like a porter, but not much smokiness as described. Very subtle if any. And the taste is a very standard but very enjoyable porter. In fact I'd get it again. Pretty drinkable, and should be at 6% abv.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black with off-white frothy head.
I don't smell much other than the roasted malts and smokiness.

Roasted malts without the bitterness in the taste. Nutty.

Solid porter, but not great.

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Photo of crotharagain
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a porter fan, but decided to try because Grey Sail knows their craft and Pour Judgement IPA appears to have gone AWOL.
I was pleasantly surprised. Pours and looks like a stout, pleasant smoky odor. Very smooth taste and finish.

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Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, even black brew, topped by a light beige head. Good retention.

Nice smokey aroma enveloped by chocolate and roasted barley. Touch of vanilla.

Flavor matches: smoke up front and on the backend, but in all cases complementing the overall stout/porter profile of roasted barley (primarily chocolate and a nice roast).

Very drinkable; quite active, a bit of sting, smooth.

While this isn't an amazing porter, it's a very drinkable, easy-going and approachable brew.

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Photo of CTpilgrim
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall a very good beer. I'm a fan of everything grey sail puts out. This is a fairly simple porter. You can taste the smoke up front and it finishes with a toffee taste on the end, almost like a skor candy bar. Reminds me of drinking by a campfire. Well done

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Photo of datalager
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm surprised this doesn't rate higher. It's a very good porter, with most of the elements you'd expect from a solidly brewed dark ale. Some interesting notes: initial smells are smokey, as the name would imply. Standout flavor as the beer warms reminds me of roasted pecans that are just at the point of burning, a very deep flavor. Smells from the sitting and warmed glass reveal...celery??? Strange, but not bad at all. This is not a sweet porter, so don't expect in your face sugary maltiness, such is the rage in American porters as of late. Props to unique but drinkable beer.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt can into a Willis Tower pint glass.

The color is a dark black with slight maroon highlights with a fingers of brownish head some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is toffee and with a bit of buttery biscuit aroma. There is a slight smoky aroma here in the nose as well.

The taste has a slight burnt toast flavor that mixes with a buttered bread flavor. There is a bit of a toffee flavor here like the nose that goes well with the slight smoke flavor. There is a nice aftertaste that sweet but also balances well with more burnt toast flavor.

The feel of this beer is smooth and has a medium body to it. It goes down easy is a really great drinker.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a coffee colored head that trails the glass as you drink. The smell was full of toast along with some chocolate scents. Taste starts off sweet from the malt but then comes a very dry smoky finish. The smoke adds an interesting flavor balance but is very intense by the end. Interesting and good for a cold day.

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Photo of Mo_fro
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown into the glass with a tight, milky brown two finger head. Head recedes quickly to a ring around the glass leaving behind heavy lacing.
S- Smells creamy and smoky up front followed by a little chocolate
T- Taste is toasted bread and malt with an oak profile throughout the sip. Slight burnt and bitter flavor on the back end.
M- Body is medium and slightly tacky in the mouth, Heavy carbonation hits the tongue and kicks the flavors around.
O- Not bad. I think the flavors are a little mild but inviting. The carbonation seems high to me, I was imagining something silkier. All in I would probably buy this again based on the good price and availability.

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Photo of RichD
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark brown to black appearance. Small brownish colored head that eventually relinquishes itself into nothingness.

S: Faint smell of chocolate/coffee with a tad bit of smoke. The chocolate and coffee easily overpowers the smokiness.

T: Light coffee and chocolate is what I mainly get on the taste. The smoke is quite subdued which isn't what I quite expected. Still pretty good though.

F: This feels fairly light-bodied. As I said, the smoke flavor is there, but not as prominent as I had hoped. This kind of feels as if it is lighter than a porter (if that's possible.) Overall it's still pleasant for what it is.

Overall: This is a decent porter from a brewery that is local to me. I'd personally prefer a bit more in-your-face flavor from this beer. A little more chocolate and a bit more smoke could make this beer stand out from most other porters. As of right now I've had 3 or 4 porters better than this, but I would still buy some more of this if the price is right. Grey Sail has better offerings, but this is one of their better ones.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: very dark brown; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a splotchy cover; sheets of lacing;

S: some coffee and deeply roasted grains; not getting any smoke, bot at the end of a long whiff, I have an acrid sensation in my nose - as if I had breathed in smoke;

T: the smoke is very subdued up front - mostly follows the nose; smokiness kicks up at mid-palate and gets stronger through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I appreciate that the smoke isn't overwhelming; I'd love to drink this with BBQ or a good burger;

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