Smoked Porter (20%) | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Smoked Porter (20%)Smoked Porter (20%)

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pipeworks Smoked Porter is brewed with classic rauch malt and cherrywood smoked malt, totaling 20% of the grist. This first offering in our smoked series starts with a rich malt base with hints of roast, finishing with a moderate level of smoky campfire-goodness. We’ll be brewing this one with different levels of smokiness throughout the year, so we’re sure to find something with just the right amount of smoke for you!

Added by MasterSki on 01-23-2012

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 64
Photo of csparace
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell (3.5) – dark woody notes. Toffee is present. Somewhat weak smell.

Appearance (3.75) – light pour into a snifter. Dark molasses brown with some light coming through the edges. No real head but has white foam around the edges. Lacing isn't really happening. Light comes through more when I've got about half a snifter.

Taste (4.50) – Smoky hickory flavor comes right to the front. Molasses, toffee, and dark caramels fill it out. The smoky flavor seams earthen and woody. Smoke might be a bit much, but I'm really diggin it. Smooth flavor profile. If you look really hard for some roasted character, its there.

Mouthfeel (4.00) – Pretty light consistency. Good carbonation levels. Lips definitely sticky afterwards. So is my arm where I spilled a drop. Smooth feel. Its there and then its gone. Probably best served a little on the colder side.

Overall (4.25) - I think this beer is really well done. Its not trying to be anything weird, but is simply a smoky porter. The smoke profile is awesome to me while not being overwhelming, but others might think its a bit much. The light consistency might be the only legitimate draw back – I wish it had more umph to it.

Batch #86

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Photo of KFBR392
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a medium bodied thickness. Creamy off white head that peaked at about two fingers and was present throughout at about one finger. Pitch black in the glass but has some dark brown accents around the edges. Simply looks outstanding.

Smell: A nutty front hits the nose right away. The smokey malt dominates the aroma though, very round and balanced. Some of the dark malts and fruit poke through. Some sweeter molasses accents leak through but again the smoke dominates.

Taste: Smokey malt hits right away. The malt cleans out toward the middle of the brew. Clean syrup and oak, charred, bark hits. Rounded sweet toffee, molasses, and malt keeps pushing through. Light sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: The voluptuous head provides a creamy feeling throughout.

Overall: A really solid porter. A still too much on the smokey side for me. There are a lot of great things going on, I wish they were a little more pronounced though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Red wax bottle courtesy of raveskdr. Thanks, Chris! Served in a tulip. Pours nearly black. Decent tan head and a bit of lacing. Nose has a bit of smoke. Light roast. Dry. Smoke. Medium body. Somewhat non descript. Nothing particularly wrong with it; just not my style.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sent over the pond by claaark13. I'd never heard of these guys, but I'm always up for checking out something new. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, light mocha colored head with very good retention. Head slowly fades to a good full cap but doesn't coat the glass. Dark brown, almost black, transparent body with slightly higher levels of carbonation evident. A light wisp remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pretty bid nose of smoked malts, roasted and chocolate malts, as well as some nice vanilla cream aromas. Pretty nice and bold enough to be noticed.

TASTE: Smoked malts and roasted flavor up front, then more smoky chocolate, light vanilla and caramel sweetness in the finish. A bolder aftertaste with more smoky, vanilla and caramel flavors lingers nicely on the palate. Pretty flavorful and enjoyable, though not all that complex really.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Quite creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch sticky. Good, solid, creamy feel on this one.

OVERALL: This was a solid beer. Flavorful and enjoyable, though a touch more complexity would bring this one over the hump. Still, I was very glad to try this one and would be interested in trying more from this brewery if the chance presented itself. Give this one a go if you enjoy the style. Thanks again claaark. Recommended.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into snifter

A: The deepest brown you can possibly detect, no light gets through, but it manages to have that hint of color, tan, creamy, tight bubbled head, almost looks like a nitrogen pour

S: Definitely smoke in the aroma, but it doesn't hit you overly pungently, has a roasted edge and creaminess you would expect from a dark rich porter, but it also has a noticeable smoke aroma, I'm not a smoke expert so I can't identify the exact smell, but it is a very sharp smoke aroma, the smoke only benefits the aroma a little, but I'm not super crazy about it

T: The taste follows the same characteristics as the aroma, for the most part it tastes like a very straight forward porter, the smoke really doesn't make its appearance until the finish, the clean hop flavor combines with the roasted and smoked malt, it leaves a pleasantly bitter, slightly tingling flavor on your palate that works quite well, the flavor comes through as a campfire taste, like you cooked a hamburger directly over an open flame and very distinctly so

M: Not amazing, the astringency from the roast and smoke combine with the mildlly assertive carbonation to give it a strange effect, it's probably better than thick and syrupy but it's not the best

O: An interesting beer, but one that I'm fine trying just this once

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Robbiemoy13 for this bottle. Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Dark brown. One finger of light brown head.

S - Big smoke aroma up front. Some roast is also evident but the smoke dominates.

T - A huge smoke flavour up front that overwhelms the palate. Some roasted malts and lighter chocolate notes are also present.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Florida9
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark dark brown with a slight translucency. Forms a small light tan colored head. No lacing.

S: Rather woodsy with notes of smoke, raisin, molasses, and just a hint of vanilla.

T: light roasted malt sweetness. Wood, coffee, roasted malts. Very light notes of smoke. Quick finish.

M: medium bodied, mild bitterness, lowoer carbonation.

O: an overall decent beer, drinkable with a very tame amount of smoke.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured Into tulip glass. Shows up brown with reddish highlights, thin layer of head with spotty lacing . Nose features some deep smoked Malta along with chocolate and hickory. Taste isn't quite as smokey as the nose lets on. Somewhat sweet with decent balance. Smoke comes through at the finish. Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. Overall, nice drinkable smoked porter, would have liked more smoke.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Weyerbacher pint.

A- pours black with a 2 finger beige head. Sporting and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- chocolate, roasts amd smoke.

T- roasted malts and some coffee, along with smoke and bitter dark chocolate.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy and somewhat thicker mouthfeel.

O- very good porter. Nice smoke and flavors with very good mouth feel.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Cruisin' into another Pipeworks brew, excited to see their take on some smoky goodness. It pours a decidedly dark burnt sienna topped by a small finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises hickory smoke, roasted malts, rich maple syrup, and a bit of charcoal. The taste brings in more of the same, with the smoke coming in strong, yet still being balanced by the nice, deep roast and maple notes. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable smoked porter. Good times. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown fading into black in the glass, with mahogany edges. Sturdy meringue foam, a fingers width, leaving behind arcs of lace in the glass. Long lasting head, it never fades. Yay, head.

Smooth and creamy feel, pleasant wood smoke in the aroma, slightly sweet and fragrant. Not quite approaching campfire, but a piece of burnt wood definitely.

Flavors are nice, mainly light wood smoke, dry bakers chocolate, very light malt sweetness, with a lingering dry smoky finish. In the middle there's a pleasant sweetness that segues quickly into the dry aftertaste. Woodiness is dry and not too overt, everything seems pretty well melded here. At first there was some mild astringency, but it seems to have tapered off quickly. I like this alot better than Stone's smoked porter.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Binny's. Served in Alchemist pint glass.

A - Two-plus fingers of creamy light mocha foam settles to a solid cap and fingers of splotchy lace. Dark brown body that's a tad lighter at the edges.

S - Smoke and caramel, some hickory and meaty flavors, touch of chocolate. No obvious alcohol, and nicely balanced.

T - Taste is a bit more on the smokey and charry side, but with some nice caramel and milk chocolate late on the palate. Ends with a bit of roasty bitterness. It's similar to the barrel-aged version, but I'm more forgiving here as I was expecting less depth.

M - Mildly gritty medium body, with active carbonation and a dry finish. There's a bit of that tooth-coating residual smokiness as well. Could stand to be a tad creamier - I prefer the barrel-aged version in this regard.

D - Really easy drinking beer, with nice balance and well-hidden alcohol. This style has really grown on me the last few years, and this is a nicely crafted example. Had no problems polishing off a bomber on my own.

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Photo of Agold
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this beer side by side with the -bal aged version. It has a very nice two finger head which has some good longevity and leaves a bit of spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is not quite as smokey as I would have expected, but there is definitely some campfire, and nice roasty notes, but there is also a bit of fruitiness that clashes a bit with the smoke. Taste is more smokey than the nose. I also get a bit of cocoa and again a bit of the fruit, but this time it blends much better with the roast and smoke. The smoke, however is a tad astringent. Mouthfeel is really nice. Great body with an appropriate carbonation level. Really a well made smoke beer. Though the smoke is very present, it is not overwhelming or overbearing.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, batch 11, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours an opaque brown color with mahogany edges, topped with two fingers of tan head, good retention, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Has a really great smokey campfire aroma, hints of smoked meats and bacon, has a bit of chocolate.

T- Follows the nose with big smokey flavors, hints of charred wood and smoked meat, hints of roasted grain and dark chocolate, but the smoke is the star here.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth creamy feel.

O- A really nice beer, it might be able to stand a bit more chocolate, but uses the smoked malt really well, I probably preferred this to the BA smoked porter. Another really tasty, drinkable brew from Pipeworks.

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Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a FFF teku glass. Batch 11.

A: Pours a dark black with dark brown edges. A thick, one finger tan head forms on the pour and recedes to a thick collar. It leaves some soapy lace down the glass.

S: Some smoldering embers, light campfire. Cherry wood from the smoker. Spicy meat with some toasted malts and a very minimal chocolate on the backend.

T: The smoke is a little less pronounced up front. Toasted oats and some mild ember flavors come out. The campfire and smoked cherry wood come in afterward with a touch of meat casing flavor. The finish is chocolaty, roasty and mildly smokey.

M: Medium bodied with a prickly, medium to high carbonation. My only knock is that the finish thins out and doesn't really last a long time on the time.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. I'm not the biggest fan of smoked beers and this was really nice. Needs a bit more body as something that flavorful needs to last a little while longer and be more coating of the palate.

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Smoked Porter (20%) from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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