Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter | O'Fallon Brewery

Whiskey Barrel Smoked PorterWhiskey Barrel Smoked Porter
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Whiskey Barrel Smoked PorterWhiskey Barrel Smoked Porter

Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by karst on 03-03-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of Patrick999
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 579 out of 2,398, hand-written in marker. Waxed cap with a minimalistic label. Bottle presentation looks nice.

Poured into a big snifter. It's the color of a dark cola. The foam is kinda lazy upon pouring, but you can swirl it around and raise it a bit.

In the aroma, some toasted coconut and peat from the barrel aging. Also some earthy coffee aroma, like a Sumatran blend or something.

If you're into smoked porters, flavor is excellent and quite well-balanced between smoke, coconut, peat, coffee, earthy hop and a hint of malt sweetness. I think I was expecting something more intense, but this nuance and balance works for me, too. It's kind of a delicate barrel-aged beer that throws a lot at you, but doesn't go whole hog with any of those elements, leaving you to pick out what you're tasting.

In the feel, it's not that well-carbonated, but that's fine with me. The soft carbonation lends it a cask-like feel that to me is entirely appropriate, and makes this disappear perhaps quicker than it should. The 7% ABV is stout but entirely manageable.

Those who like a little smoke in their beers will have not the slightest bit of trouble putting this bomber to rest. It'd be nice if I had another of those 2,398 bottles; I'd probably drink it tomorrow.

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Photo of TrippnFiasco
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: No head, minimal lacing. What little foam was in the glass appeared to be dark brown before dissipating. Liquid is like a dark coffee.

S: Smells like smoked bacon/bbq (very strong). Hints of wood coming through.

T: Tastes oaky, not getting any whiskey flavoring. The most powerful flavor is the taste of smoked bacon (in a good way). Taste is very intense while in the mouth, but dies off very quickly. I've never had a porter quite this complex or original, very well done.

M: Medium bodied, nice amount of carbonation. Very well done.

D: While delicious, I wouldn't share this bottle with less than one other person, probably best split between 2-4 people.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of oak alcohol, yeast, sweet malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of oak alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight yeast, and slight hop. Overall, the alcohol dominates the blend, but otherwise a good beer.

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Photo of jt31914
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Review #100... Oh baby, this should be a good one too - it's like bottle 847 out of 2,398, and I love the style, so this should be epic.

A: Quite carbonated with a small amount of head and little retention or lacing. Dark brown, but very thin.

S: Smoky aroma and faint whiskey/vanilla present. Calm and mellow smell.

T: Disappointment!!! Tastes a bit thin, but very mellow on the taste as well. Easy to drink with a smoky taste that is balanced by the smooth whiskey flavor. Surprisingly the whiskey adds no harshness to the brew.

M/D: Thin, but quite drinkable at 7%. Bubbly, but pretty smooth.

Overall this is a solid beer that is easy too drink, but not worth the price tag. Oh, and by the way, if you're thinking about buying this, just buy Stone's Smoked Porter... it is way, way, way, fuller, creamier, and just betterer, like choosing between Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox; no contest.

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Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up in KC ( Gomer's), bottle 2248 pours a brown tinged mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Coffee,toasty malt, & a touch of cherry & iron

T: Slight hickory smokeyness, dryness, along with cocoa & some coffee up front. A touch of sour-mash as this warms, plus a some prunes & figs & some restrained smokeyness & a hint of herbal hops

MF: Medium bodied, semi-smooth, fairly lively carbonation, thins out as this warms

Drinks alright, not a solid enough porter or a smokey enough one to get too excited about either way. Give me an Alaskan Smoked or Stones Porter any day, cheaper by several bucks per bomber too...

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Photo of Jayli
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this from beerbeagle via Nobody Wants to see a Beer Geek Naked #2 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Waxes top to this beer, poured in to my Wachusett pint glass.

A: This beer pours a deep dark opaque brown, bordering on black. Slight mahogany edges when held to the light. A two finger of medium brown heads rests on top and recedes nicely. Wispy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is a waft of whiskey when you first pop this one open. Nice smoked notes then come through, smoked wood chips, and hints of chocolate and malt sweetness.

T: Taste starts with a sweet caramel malt flavoring. Smoked flavoring comes in the middle and remains as an afterthought through out and in the after finish. Caramel malts and a semisweet chocolate mingle in with the smokiness. Finish is where the whiskey becomes apparent, light and well blended.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light and slightly oily on the tongue with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, nicely blended - smokiness is well balanced and not overpowering, whiskey is blended well with out overpowering. I could easily drink a few pints of this.

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Photo of ne0m00re
2.64/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured the hand-dated (1797 of 2398, 01/10/10) bomber into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Very dark brown with red hues, it poured with a small chocolate spritzy head that immediately died to a very thin collar.
S: Earthy smoked and roasted malts, sweet cream with some raisins, but overall somewhat porky (like a rauchbier).
T: BBQ pork lingering over a mild sweet cream malts with some caramel and a slight oak barrel and whiskey alcohol.
M: Very thin--too thin--and not very carbonated.
D: It's not very good. I don't really want to finish my half of this bomber, but it isn't a drainpour.

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Photo of muttyd
1.27/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Smoked Porter. Why do I continue to try smoke beers? Oh well, here goes...

A - Pitch black with a thick foamy tan head. From a distance, this is one good looking beer.

S - Bacon, smoked meats, and a hint of whiskey. No hops, sweetness, or anything resembling a beer.

T - Smoked meats, cheap whiskey, and salty. Not a fan at all.

M - Rather thin, but still a silky smooth body.

D - Drainpour. I wish I could appreciate this style, but its just not for me.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.12/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Oh brother...smoked salmon on a campfire greets the sniffer. This is not a promising start.

Pickled herring and cigarettes on the taste. Efforts to quell this sadness are repeatedly rebuffed.

Thin, medium carbonation, tastes like a headache.

Sadly, a drainpour.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle #706 of 2398

A: pours dark black with with thin white head, some light passes through, some lacing

S:nice subtle notes of whiskey on the front followed by a huge note of charred woody smoke, very nice smell

T: the whiskey and smoke are a little more subdued on the palate than the nose suggests, lots of chocolate and roast

MF: a little thinner than I expected but it seems to have a creamy texture

D: this would be perfect for a barbecue.. not too thick or rich, over all very tasty

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Photo of Beejay
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown in color, with a bit of red at the edges when held up to the light. A bit of tan head. Looking good.

S: Smoked gouda and almonds is the first thing that comes to mind. Bourbon, and a little bit of sweetness from the malt. A smell that is reminiscent of fireworks, bbq's, and bourbon. I could smell this beer all day.

T: Big smoke, one the first sip. Like a mild bacon, or smoked cheese. Followed by a sweet malty flavor, and a little oak in the finish. It seems like the first few sips really wow, but then it fades a bit. Not as much bourbon as I would like though.

M: Thin mouthfeel, but fairly creamy, carbonation works, but a little thin for the style.

D: A nice change from the usual, but for the price not something I would get a lot of. The smell is awesome, but the flavor does not follow through enough. Still a good beer, and I am glad I got it.

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Photo of ottovon
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours out a dark brown with a tan head. fell quickly

S: smells smoky, some roasted malt, hints of coffee and chocolate and some sweetness from the whiskey.

T: Tastes of roasted malt, smoke, and some hints of whiskey and maybe some vanilla.

M: medium body with medium carbonation.

D: i could drink this all night. very good beer. and goes down smooth.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is almost black. Nice ruby highlights to light. The head is a light tan coloration. The head is approximately an inch high resolving into a thin coating. Nice webs of lacing remain behind on my glass. In short this beer looks tasty.

Smell: Mellow cocoa, vanilla oak, smokey bacon a vague whiskey aroma. Really this beer has nicely subdued aromas save the smoke. The smoke is well done.

Taste: Of course O'Fallons delivers on the smoke. The smoked flavors are secdond to none. The porter brings some nice nice cocoa flavors and pretty good toasted and roasted flavors. Nice oak vanilla whiskey peaks out. Very nicely done!

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body is light but nowhere near thin. Very smooth and nearing silky body. The drinkability is pretty high. I could drink this soothing beer frequently well done!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chris brought this to our impromptu tasting last night. Thanks, man!

Dark brown with brown highlights, this beer is capped by a tan head with decent retention. Mild lacing is present. The nose is smoky as hell, just washing out everything else. Some toasted oak and vanilla appear before more smoke comes through. The chocolate character is mellow and the coffee is very low, this is just smoky with some whiskey heat.

Thin in body, this beer has flavors of smoke, burning wood and a little cocoa. Smoky with vanilla and some whiskey, this beer finishes dry, smoky and a little ashy. A touch overcarbonated and too thin, this is solid stuff, not necessarily something I'd seek out though. I love rauchbiers, but the smoke in this beer doesn't seem well executed.

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Photo of Hopfist
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great beer. I really can't knock it. Well balanced, complex, smokey, and rich. It's not life-altering, but it's certainly no let-down. The only critique I can offer would be consistency. I've had two of these from different stores a few months apart. The first tasted like Whiskey, just whiskey. The last one tasted like beer, just beer. They were both quite good, but to disparate to form a firm concept of what the beer truly is.

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Photo of jsh420
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle 275 out of 2398
bottled 1-10-2010

pours dark amber brown with a 1+ finger head that lecft spotted lacing

smells of smoked meat (bacon) along with fruity malts

taste is solid - smokey/fruity malts but overall a smoke flavor left in the mouth

mouthfeel is medium body with a some what crisp and smooth body

drinkability is good - one of the best smoked porters on the market

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Photo of wnh
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.
Bottle number 1131 of 2398, bottled 01-10-10. Hand numbered and dated, waxed cap; nice presentation on the whole. I was kicking myself for passing on this the first time around (a little over a year ago), and was extremely happy to make up for that mistake with a second release.

Pours a deep, dark brown, opaque with just the slightest ruby highlight. Capped by a frothy light tan head.

A lot going on in the nose, and all well integrated. Smoke (campfire-like) and fruity esters showing undefined red fruit up front, with a big but subtle whiskey undercurrent. There's a lot of whiskey character in this beer, but it's far from being overwhelming. Earthy cocoa powder and maybe a hint of leafy hops show up as my nose gets accustomed to the other aromas.

There's more porter character on the palate than on the nose, but otherwise the palate is spot-on with the nose. Subtle but complexity-adding smoke, red fruit, and whiskey notes of caramel, toasted coconut, butterscotch, and grainy wood. Finishes with a light bitterness. Fades into creamy dark chocolate and cocoa powder, with a long lingering whiskey undertone.

On the medium side of medium-full bodied, soft on the front end but finishing firm. A touch of creaminess mid-palate, but dry on the whole. Well-balanced, complex and delicious. A must-try if you get the chance.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 1/10/2010, #1792 of 2398 handwritten on label. A very nice surprise when I saw this at the store the other day! Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about an inch tan head. The head didn't stick around for too long, and there isn't much lacing either. Aroma is smoked and roasted malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is similar to the aroma, all of the flavors are pretty well balanced as the bourbon taste in the beer isn't overpowering at all. There's also a nice lingering smoky finish. I wish there was a little more of a bourbon taste in this brew, but that's a very minor complaint as it's still pretty tasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is great, it's very smooth and easy to drink. Hopefully O'Fallon will make this beer more often!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown. Huge fluffy, mocha head. Almost seems a bit overcarbonated. Great head retention and lace.

Good aroma of smoke, roasty malts, oak, and booze. All seem to meld well in the nose.

A fair amount of sweetness up front. Some light roasty and chocolate malts. A faint smoke flavor, and a hint of oak. A hint of booze, but really well balanced.

Medium body, maybe even a bit thin. Carbonation is light. Alcohol well hidden. This is a very drinkable one here.

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Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an overly large head deep brown bordering on black. Hoping this one isn't old as the beer is about 3.

Musty wood and bourbon notes. Roasty malts with a hint of smoke and meat. Hints of chocolate and toffee with some black fruits.

One of the easiest drinking barrel aged beers I've tried. Mouthfeel is slightly thin yet still creamy but hey it's a porter. Smoke really shows through in the mouth with a bit of acidity, and a good layer of oak and whiskey. Not overly complex but very relaxing. Milk chocolate, bacon, black fig, and other hints dark fruits.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was suprised to find a bottle of this in a bar.

A- Creamy tan head sit atop the dark sienna, almost black beer.

S- Oak, subdued whisky, smoke(obviously).

T- Campfire, subtle sweet chocolate, but the smoke dominates and finishes dry.

M&D- Could use a little more body but still a great smoke beer that begs for BBQ.

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Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of STLStoutAddict poured into a tulip. Bottle labeled April 10, 2008, #112 of 960.

Pours almost completely black in the glass with mahogany showing through the edges under a small creamy off-white head that lingers on top with a good collar and a swirl of bubbles on top.

The aroma is a wonderful blend of smoked hickory and bourbon with hints of vanilla and chocolate. There is also a heavy dose of molasses sweetness coming out as it warms. I was blown away by the away honestly and could just smell this thing all night.

The taste is a bit of a let down after the aroma as it's slightly more watered down. There is a heavy bourbon flavor up front with some roasted malts and chocolate underneath. The smoke is present as well, but the flavor isn't as full as I was hoping for.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and close to watery, but not quite. The carbonation is soft and the body isn't quite heavy enough to support the low carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer and the aroma had me thinking this would be a stunner, but, as it is, it's just a really solid beer. i think I may prefer the regular smoked over this, but it's close.

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Photo of washburnkid
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sanford for his generosity!

Brew is gorgeous black with ruby edges. There's a small, bubbly beige head that leaves behind very little lacing. Sweet liquer aromas with roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The flavors are smoked, but more toned down than I expected. Lots of oak and woody characters, which dominate leaving me craving a bit more whiskey flavor in the brew itself. Paired well with some spicy Mexican-inspired food that involved BBQing. A great match!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the many beers I got from Hwwty4. Thanks Bill!

A dark, almost opaque brown with ruby colored edges. A nice looking brown head that rises about two fingers but disappears quickly, leaving just a thin layer on top of the body. Has some nice, thick sticky lacing.

A distinctive smell of smoke and whiskey comes through; a pretty good combination.

I like the original smoke, and I think this is a well-done barrel aged version. Up front is a molasses type sweetness that fades into some moderate whiskey flavors. After that comes a good blast of smokey flavor with just a touch of dark fruits. The smoke is much stronger and goes through to the finish and leaves a smokey flavor in the aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel is about par for the style.

This is a drinkable porter. I love how the smoke and whiskey complement each other; a nice balance.

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Photo of erosier
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to tedpeer for this one!

L: Pours a deep black color with a short and thin tan colored head that laces a bit on the way down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet toasted and roasted malts, and then a huge whiskey and rum aroma that comes through strong at the end of the nose.
T: Much like the aroma, this one has a very nice sweet roasted malt base, a hint of rum, then a nice big bourbon taste that wasn't as powerful as I was expecting, which is nice. The flavors blended very well for a really nice porter flavor.
M: Very smooth, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this bomber was done in no time.

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Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
Beer rating: 80.8% out of 100 with 120 ratings
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