Smog Rocket | Beavertown Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Beavertown Brewery
England, United Kingdom
beavertownbrewery.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by FLima on 12-12-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
8.9%
 
 
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Sammy
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, smoked malt, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a really nice smoke presence that comes through especially well in the taste.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a dusty brown colour, quite dark, but certainly brown rather than black. Head forms a huge frothy crest initially, despite a careful pour, but settles into a centimetre or so of tan froth. Lacing forms in pretty tidy, solid streaks. Looks decent enough.

Nose is sweet-smoky, with a subtly ashy character coming from the smoked malts, but a stronger chocolate or toasted sweetness coming through from the other malts. Mild fruitiness makes an appearance as well, leaving a subtle suggestion of red grapes and cherries. Mostly, the chocolate and the sweetness win out, although the other characters add complexities to the aroma. Nice stuff.

Taste is a little simpler, but still pleasant. Solid toasted basis leaves husky chocolate and brown malt characters somewhere between sweet and savoury. Slight bite of roast on the back is accentuated by the smoke, making it seem a little darker than otherwise. The smoke flavours are quite subdued, leaving just a reminiscence in the aroma. Feel is quite light, but the sweetness that remains gives a vestige of body to the palate.

Overall: pretty decent stuff. It's solidly made, and the smoke, while subtle, is used to good effect.

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Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

CAN
Garnet black with loose, lumpy cappuccino froth. 3.75
Lots of chocolate and some phenolic smoke on the nose. 3.75
Chocolate malted milkshake, peaty little hit of smoke, then some fizzy Yoohoo-type chocolate, cola and some slight earthy hops. 3.75
Roasty sweet end and faint cocoa linger.
Fizzy, just past light, round. 3.75

-- Honestly, I don’t know what to make of a British porter at 5.4%: not quite sessionable, not strong. It’s a bit thin (though maybe not the for the ABV?) and dies on the finish. They want the smoke to make it interesting but there’s not enough of it to do that. Drinkable, but ultimately dull. Wisp more than smog. 3.75

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Photo of BDeibs
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Dark black color, a bit opaque with light no able to get through it. It poured a thin head that dissipates fairly quick. Strong and nice aroma of smoked, toasted and roasted malts with hints of caramel and ham.
Similarly taste is quite smoky, sweet malt with caramels and touches of ham, mingled with decent hops. Aftertaste is bitter and astringent.
Medium body and a bit oily. Reminded me of Schlenkerla but hoppier.

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Photo of samEBC
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a small head.
Nose shows smoked malt, campfire notes, sweet toasty malt and some nutty notes.
Very similar falvours; smoked, toasty and light roasted malt.
Needs more carbonation.
Enjoyable stuff, quite light for a porter...

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and bottle conditioned
Smog Rocket Smoked Porter - Thick, dark & Robust
Inspired by the Industrial Revolution and the Steam Train.
Back in those days, the Porter was the everyday toast of the working-class masses. Let’s raise a glass to the people that made Britain ’Great’

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle enjoyed with dinner at Cammeray Craft.

Pours a dark brown, some slow bead, some light beige head. Lace is decently sticky. Looks alright.

Served a bit cold. Warming up with decent smoke character coming through. Nice and meaty, with very decent chocolate malt character as well. Sweet but smoky? You're talking my language.

Taste is again sweet, with plenty of cocoa notes and real chocolate character. Smoke exists concurrently with it, coming through with some sharp wood smoke notes and a touch of tobacco that hits the back of the palate. Yeah, soft smoke that gets more intense towards the back. Well matched with the sweetness, very pleasant beer indeed.

Creamy and smooth upfront, gets a little sharp on the back. Decent.

Great smoked porter. Doesn't shy away from the smoke but doesn't get subjugated by it either. Best of both worlds really.

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Photo of leitmotif
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of ADZA
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Never tried these guys before but heard some good wraps so anyway it pours the darkest brown hue with a rather creamy one finger head that stays and leaves some subtle lacing,the smell is peat and I mean light peat with milky chocolate,smoked malts and herbal hops,the mouthfeel is creamy,medium bodied and slightly overcarbonated with tastes of some smokey dark malts,milk chocolate,ripe dark fruits and finished with a cherry chocolate bittersweetness and overall out of the ones I've tried this was the one I felt worth reviewing and definitely a hidden gem against their more well known line up worth a buy cheers.

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Photo of Oakenator
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date. Acquired a while back from Trembling Madness in York. The 'etched' label art is pretty cool....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Produces a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of dark, smoky malt with hints of roasted grain, subtle burnt notes, woodsmoke, dried fruit, mild caramel, a twinge of molasses, faint liquorice and earthy yeast. A hint of kippers in the background. Rounded and satisfying.

Tastes of rich, smoky malt with a roasty character and a dry finish. Notes of dark roasted malt, burnt grain, smoke, molasses, mild dried fruit, subtle cocoa, a hint of liquorice, faint caramel, stewed leaves and earthy yeast. Highly attenuated, with a lingering yeasty quality and a restrained, malty bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and a slightly insubstantial body. Pretty astringent, followed by an aftertaste of smoky, roasted malt, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves.

Nice one - a dark, balanced brew with more than a whiff of smoke to it. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are dominated by woodsmoke and roasted grain. Dry and yeasty with a well-judged bitterness. Body is alright but could be a shade thicker. Tasty; not quite on the level of a Schlenkerla but a quality effort. If smoke is your thing then this is worth a punt.

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Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

• Look – 4.25 – Default, drank out of the can.
• Smell – 4.25 – Default, can’t smell much except a smokey porter.
• Taste – 4.25 – Great taste. A nice porter with a small bit of smoke. Not over the top, just about right.
• Feel – 4.5 – Medium to full mouthfeel, very smooth.
• Overall – 4.25 – Really enjoyed, good coiffing dark beer, not too heavy on the smoke.

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Smog Rocket from Beavertown Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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