Smokehouse Porter | Northbound Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Northbound Brewpub
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jera1350 on 10-23-2012

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Reviews:
11
Ratings:
46
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
18.91%
 
 
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 46
Reviews by xmorgan:
Photo of xmorgan
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Love this brew/pub! love the fact they smoke their own stuff and this porter is tasty and goes well with the food at the pub. Any of the smoked food here with this beer is just awesome!

Could this smoked porter be better?
Body wise, it is a lighter body beer then as a porter would be and it carries the smoke quite well. However the finish is to washey and it does not linger as I would want a smoked beer to leave something in my pallet after drinking it. This MIGHT be what the brewer wanted to do as they serve smoked food at this brew pub. However I would prefer some stickiness to the porter with the smoked malt. That would improve mouthfeel.

Regarding taste, I believe some sourness would set this really great brew pub beer on par with it's brother Big Jim.

BLAH BLAH BLAH:
I rate a beer on it's own merits for appearance, smell etc. So very often I rate high. As if I like the beer and enjoy it I then I rate it a 5. So if I like the beer and it looks, tastes, smells and feels good, I WRITE A LOT OF PERFECT ratings. Though clearly I may prefer certain beers to others if I was putting them on a scale and I would never do that. Kinda like picking lovers, all are great (if your humble, though you may prefer one to another depending upon your mood.) Perhaps I find there are so many *S$&#(&!! GREAT BEERS, that I almost always fall in love with each beer for what it is and each brewer/team/family is putting in all their love into and how it fits a style.

I believe it is possible to connect with a brewery via the labors of the breweries love.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big malty porter with a light smoke flavor and aroma in the background. Caramel with some chocolate notes. No burnt or harsh roast flavors. Very drinkable and worth repeating

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Photo of warmbier804
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Our server was way more positive on this beer than I was after trying it. The beer had good appearance being opaque with good white head and some lace. The scent...nice an roasty. The taste was not very well balanced....finished to bitter for me. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall....eh.

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Photo of Cooper
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of morimech
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black brew that leaves a moderate amount of lacing down the glass. Smells on the sweeter side with notes of caramel, chocolate, and some smoke. Taste follows suit. Beer geeks would like more smoke but at the current level, more approachable for the neophytes. Definitely sweet caramel with notes of chocolate. No roast, and low bitterness. Has a healthy body and good carbonation out of the tap. Guess I am not surprised by the ABV level with the amount of body this beer flaunts. This is not a smoke porter or an old world porter, but along the lines of the standard American porter. Definitely not a destination brew but it does go well with their menu.

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Photo of grizzbar
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of eye_pea_eh
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of dbriesemeister
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap as part of a sampler tray.

Look - totally opaque, deep brown color; no head or lacing

Smell - no significant odor, some notes of roasted caramel

Taste - sweet caramel malty flavor, smoked flavors

Feel - full bodied, rich feel, lingering sweetness

Overall - very good porter

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Photo of neat0007
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of wytman71
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of billhelm
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Black body with tan head. Recedes to thin cap after a minute. Lacing is present although minimal.

Chocolate creamy roast on the nose with minimal smoke, if any. Regardless, a good porter nose.

Starts with nice bakers chocolate, cream and a clean Acidity on the finish.

Low carbonation and good body.

Overall a good porter.

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Photo of nmann08
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KarlHungus
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer arrives an opaque black color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The arome is of roasted malt with hints of smoke and milk chocolate. The taste is of smoked roasted malt, chocolate, smores with a nice roasted malt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately moderate carbonation, and s somewhat chewy texture. Overall, this is a reaaly good smoked porter. It's not as smokey as some, but it sure does pair perfectly with Northbound's food.

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Photo of wesbourne
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of joh02034
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of CoryJones
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of herman77
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of leahnruss
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Wer34truh
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Had from the tap at Northbound Brewpub.

I feel like Northbound's beers are very much brewed to style, and this is no exception. A relatively light beer for a porter, with a distinct chocolate undertone. Overall a good porter, without pushing any boundaries.

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Photo of carlmoberg
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Smokehouse Porter from Northbound Brewpub
4.02 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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