Smoked Porter
O'Fallon Brewery

Smoked PorterSmoked Porter
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Style:
Porter - Smoked
Ranked #27
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,619
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 12.6%
Reviews:
371
Ratings:
534
From:
O'Fallon Brewery
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  59
Gots
  39
SCORE
87
Very Good
Smoked PorterSmoked Porter
Notes: Dark, rich and smoky…this classic porter is brewed with 63% German smoked malt and makes a perfect after dinner (or anytime) sipper for those who love a “bigger” beer. Winner of the Gold Medal in the 2004 Great American Beer Festival® for best Smoked Beer in America!

24 IBU
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from a little town outside of St. Louis, no date on the bottle, just something that says "we love beer".
Poured into Bearded Iris Teku.

Somewhat transparent light brown pour yields a dark brown body in the teku and has a reddish-whitish head of 1/2 finger. Slight lace as it recedes.

The smoke and bacon-like aromas are apparent right away. I get a nice nutty chocolatey porter note underneath that compliments the smoke very well. The smoke is assertive but not overdone. I gotta say this aroma is pretty damn fine.

Flavor brings nutty malt and chocolatey malt, with subtle smoke and spice notes. The bulk of the smoke falls off in a timely manner and leaves a mild presence much like a campfire in the neighborhood somewhere. Hints of fudgesickle on the finish.

Feel is busy with carbonation and has a medium body with slight wateriness. Smoke is in the feel too a bit, lending a unique sandy dryness.

Overall, this easily falls into the background with all of the showy beers that are being put out now, but honestly this is pretty fantastic brewing talent. I love how the smoke is prominent yet never too intense. The balance is struck. Nice chocolate ice cream notes throughout without being too sweet and the nutty malt gives the impression of robustness.

Probably not a popular opinion, but from me this comes highly recommended.

Jun 03, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought this as a single bottle at a nice bottle shop in Pittsburgh.

Poured into a small tall glass. Dark brown color with not much head or lacing. Smoky dark toast smell and taste. Some chocolate. A bit thin. I am wondering if this might have been on the self too long.

Dec 27, 2020
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice enough beer, light and easy to drink. Smoke is very subtle, unperceptable on the nose for me and only noticable as it built up over sips. Decent porter overall

Jul 09, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a non-existent head. The smoky flavor was not overdone at all--really rather pleasant. I found the body of this porter to be light. Medium body would have been welcome and made it a more substantial brew. Overall, pleasant but unexceptional.

Mar 02, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured black with a one finger tan head that dissipated to nothing in seconds. No lacing. Nose of smoke malt. Taste of smoke malt and caramel with a tad of hop bitterness. Not much going on in layers. Thin feel and carbonation reminded me of a cheap rootbeer. I did not noticed it until after a few sips that I realized that it was full of floaters. I bought this at a bottle shop and forgot to check the date. When I looked, I could not decipher the code. What a shame. I just could not get over the amount of sediment swirling around in my glass.

Aug 27, 2019
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with creamy light tan head. Smells strongly of sweet smoke. The smoke dominates in the flavor too, nearly covering up the maltiness and Tootsie roll chocolate. I think a stronger base would be better. Fairly bitter, and I think it's actually quite dry, especially in the finish, but the smoke character adds a perceived sweetness. Medium body.

Feb 24, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like Rauch beer, and so if I was outside December ice fishing, I think I'd like this even more.
a) Pours a black body with a mid-finger, thin tan head. Nice lacing.
s) Wood fire, charcoal, smoked fish plus balancing sweetness from chocolate and malt. As promised.
t) Follows smell, very outdoorsy, wood fire. Certainly ample complexity from tobacco, to charcoal, to chocolate.
f) Thinner and more metallic than a stout or than I would like.
o) Original, well-made, make me wish to try Alaska and Stone smoked and more rauch beers.
(German: Rauchbier) is a type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavour imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame. The Rauchbiers of Bamberg in Germany, Schlenkerla in particular, are the best-known of the smoked beers.

Dec 19, 2018
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jdCrispyBrew from Kansas

2.94/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maybe my pallate isn't appreciative of smke flavored beer. It seemed interesting so i thought id give it a try, but the scent and flavor just doesnt work for me. It's got a darker color and heavier profile which is nice. The smokey flavor and smell makes me think im eating food rather than enjoying a nice beverage.

Aug 27, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely dark brown color, mostly opaque. Very thin, velvety tan head appears on the beer when poured. While its a very thin head, it does show good retention with that thin velvety layer of foam lasting for quite some time. Aroma has strong notes of smoked malts, wood smoke, charred wood, and some light chocolate malt notes.

Taste follows the nose with notes of cocoa, smoked malts, wood chips, cola, and some light herbal hoppy notes on the back end. The smoke is a bit more subtle in the flavor profile as opposed to how it dominated the nose. That being said, its not "subtle" - its just less prominent. A bit sweet throughout. Feel is light to medium bodied, smooth and easy drinking. Rather dry on the finish.

Overall this is a really nice smoked porter.

Aug 10, 2018
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle. Dark in color with a tan head. Smells of smoke and roasted grain. Taste follows the smell with smoke in the forefront. Flavors are good, medium body.

Oct 17, 2017
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nausicaa-taos from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the only store bought O'fallon product that I've almost enjoyed. I enjoyed it because it is rather absurdly as advertised-- it is a porter which tastes smokey. There are no smokey depths, which would make this a beer worth getting excited about. Rather it's an okay (if sort of thin) porter with a smokey bite.

Sep 23, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Black color,deep rich aroma of malt and smoke. The taste was a bit rough,the smoke came off charred and became unpleasant. It's not a poorly made beer,just a taste that didn't work well for me

Sep 17, 2017
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D1noB from Oklahoma

2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

After the first taste you it starts to go down easier, the first bit is a shock. Smokey, grilled taste, some malts but the smoke up front will drive the taste.

Taste Rating in Words: Similar to eating an overcooked burger from the grill.

May 24, 2017
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HopHunter19 from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cool bottle. Not pouring this one. I don't believe pouring a beer should be a requirement for a beer review.
S - huge smoke, chocolate malts. Dark roasty malts. Everything a smoked porter should be.
T - big smoke taste, chocolate malts, roasty dark malts, slight coffee, milk chocolate, cream, bbq
M - medium mouthfeel, alc covered. Aftertaste is smoke, malty.
O - pretty perfect smoked beer. Things that could add to it - if it were a bigger beer, heavier mouthfeel, more dark beer flavor. Barrel aging this IF it was a bigger beer would be AMAZING, like Stones smoked old guardian or the bruery smoking wood - god damn both of those were amazing.

Music for this beer: Coheed and Cambria 21:13

Dec 08, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

**
12/04/2016
Bottle to paper cup.

LOOK: dark black, grayish head.
AROMA: smoke, vegetable.
TASTE: smoked barley, ash, touch of spurned a late, but mostly malty and Smokey.
FEEL: a touch thin, lacks body,low carbonation.

Good beer.
**

Dec 05, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Charcoal black with a beige head. Peat smoke, char, roasted malts and bitter chocolate in the nose. Taste adds dimension with the chocolate being more bittersweet than bitter, slight coffee, campfire and peat smokes. Feel stays as a porter but has great smoky depth. Very nice

Sep 16, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with brown head that fizzes away really fast. Aroma has smoked malt, charred wood, sweet toasted malts and some brown sugar. Taste starts slightly sweet and malty with some brown sugar and caramel and finishes slightly more roasty and more balanced but overall it's still on the sweet side. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a legit smoked porter but it's not special in any way.

Sep 14, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with an 8mm khaki head. Head retention is so-so, with no lacing. Rich biscuit, toasted, and roasted malts, mixed in with a whiff of smoke in the aroma. The flavor profile has a layer of smoke throughout, with other notes of roasted and toasted malts. It tastes and feels dark with a wonderful smoke layer mixed in at a good balance. Mouth feel has a medium consistency and is otherwise velvety. Overall, it's a wonderful beer. The smoke is kept at a nice level. It is reminiscent of walking into a quality barbecue joint.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Jul 09, 2016
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jmd1978 from Missouri

3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark color with tan head. Smell of smokey malt with notes of chocolate and caramel. Taste the chocolate and roasted malts with smoke at end during the finish. Taste like eating smoked meats or the char on a BBQ pork steak (it's an Stl thing). Really enjoyable beer that always taste better than it sounds.

Mar 19, 2016
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: black in color, not much light penetrating. a little brown towards the bottom of the glass. nice, rich 2-3 finger tan rocky head that seems to be leaving nice lacing

s: milk chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of brown sugar, and caramel. the smoke is there at the end. it is subtle, but makes for a nice exit to the aroma. a nice mixture of campfire smoke and smoked meat

t: roasted malt and subtle smoke upfront, followed by a nice charred wood flavor (tastes much more pleasant than it sounds). behind that is some caramel sweetness and chocolate. nice mixture of flavors in here, and I like that it leads with smoke, but doesn't overpower all the way through

m: lighter side of medium. carbonation is on the lower side for a porter, but it works well with the smokey flavors

o: this was a random pickup that i didn't research before i bought, and i'm quite happy with the purchase. even if you're not a huge fan of smoke in beers, i think you will be able to appreciate it. mixed with the roasted malts and sweet characteristics in here it is smooth and subtle

Mar 12, 2016
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: January 30, 2016... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint.. OCCASION: continuing to show the boys The Desolation of Smaug--time for a smoked porter to match that of a smoking drake!... APPEARANCE: pours a fizzy, pitch black body that supports a brief one-finger brown head, which ultimately fades into a crescent... as a porter usually approximates... AROMA: a robust roastedness engages with vegetable, ham, bacon and egg... the peatiness is present too, as much of the aroma suggests a log fire and a dead pig--not the worst thing, but not tremendously alluring either... PALATE: medium-bodied, rather smooth...and a bit thin for what is described as a "bigger" beer... the aftertaste lingers, while it goes down with an acute oiliness... of average experience... TASTE: as expected, the bacon is thick and the profile is thin... some peat and smoke, but not overwhelming... hints of alcohol also show up oddly at 6% ABV... vegetable--onion, garlic and cola make for a reasonable finish... OVERALL: the first O'Fallon I have had--go with a medal winner--is a good introduction to the brand... the experience is mostly a pleasant one, with little outside the genre to explain or deride...

Jan 31, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's a fingernail of beige resting on top. Aroma of lightly smoked dark malt is very enticing. I can taste that dark smoked malt and it reminds me somewhat of delicious lapsang souchong tea. This is medium bodied and lightly chewy.

Dec 25, 2015
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown but clear body, no lasting head. Strong aromas of peat smoke, but plenty of chocolate/caramel porter notes, too. Flavor has strong smoke/earthy peat as well, faint tang of barbecue, but it sometimes takes a back seat to the rest of the delicious porter roasted malt and chocolate/caramel, which gives it a slight sweetness. I'm happy either way each sip goes. Finishes with smoke and roasted ashy malt. Medium body, pretty smooth without veering into flat-land.
This is essentially a well-rounded porter with a healthy amount of smoke imparted as well, just like some might add coffee or other, more standard, flavors. They make the flavors blend perfectly and didn't take any shortcuts with fake smoke malts. Look beyond the twist off cap- this is a world class brew.

Dec 04, 2015
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stlfatguy from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black cola color. Light smell, vague smoked meat. Thin slightly carbonated porter with smoked brisket taste. Definite smoked meat as opposed to campfire. Stronger at first, but not overpowering. Said it's a sipper, but I enjoyed a few in a session.

Oct 22, 2015
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a dark brown with a creamy mocha head.
Aroma: Smoky dark chocolate and hints of vanilla.
Taste: Smoky, meaty, slightly creamy.
Feel: Medium/thin, medium high carbonation.
Overall: If you like smoked beers, specifically porters of any kind, this shouldn't disappoint. At the same time, it doesn't impress.

Sep 24, 2015
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