Smoked Porter
O'Fallon Brewery

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Smoke Porter
Ranked #24
Ranked #13,680
3.9 | pDev: 12.56%
O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States
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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Reviews by FBarber:
Photo of FBarber
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on tap at the brewery - fantastic beer with excellent utilization of the smoked malts. Very balanced. Need to get a bottle to review.

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Photo of Todd
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date. Pours a seemingly pitch black brew topped with tan foaming head that leaves clinging traces as it settles to its resting lace.

Massive, deep, roasty, spicy, smoky, meaty (bacon/ham), nutty characters in the aroma. Complex as hell.

Medium body, smooth and even on the palate. Dominating smoky backbone laces everything with much complexity, and seeps into the gums and palate with an acrid bite. Brown sugar and molasses sweetness, with sugary candied bing cherries. Subtle spicy suggestions of cinnamon. Smoke character lingers on forever with a sweet undertone that slowly dries away.

Oh yeah! Smoke! No doubt a superior smoked beer offering, and now one of my favorites. This full tasting is a long time coming after a petty 1oz sample had at the GABF in 2004 (thanks Jimbo!). It’s no traditional Rauchbier, but it might as well be.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bomber a deep dark black with a nice bubbly tan one inch head on top. Brownish red hints come out when held up to the light. Whoa...simply huge smoke aroma smacks me in the face, burnt roasted maltiness tries it's best to make itself known..easily the smokiest beer I've ever tried. Imagine opening the door to a smokehouse....

First sip brings the smoked malt flavor upfront along with hints of bitter coffee and some chocolate as well. The smoked flavor is not as strong as the nose suggested and it works well in the brew, but may be a tad overpowering. I don't detect much hop at all here. Quite an interesting brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth has a nice medium body...fits the bill of a porter nicely in my mind. A bomber is more than enough of this..but it goes down easy. Definetly an acquired taste...I could see the smoke easily being off putting here, however I say it's well worth a shot and it's a unique drinking experience.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of warriorsoul
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to spc2005 for this one...been wanting this brew for a bit.
Black in color with the slightest of light able to pass thru...less than a half a finger of tan head with very little lacing as the head disappears.
A masterful blend of sweet malt and smoke in the nose.
Wow, the taste if more of the same...splendid smokiness to accompany the toasted malt and even some fruity hops. The smoke is the only thing to linger in the aftertaste and it is so slight, it is by no means distracting.
Mouthfeel is right in line with a porter, but somehow appears thicker with the smoked quality. A meal of a beer...carbonation is perfect.
The anticipation was well worth it...a solid brew and one I am very fortunate to try.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. 2 fingers of tan head formed on top of a very dark brown/ruby body. The thick form dissipated leaving small amounts of lace behind.

The nose has tons of smoke as expected. The smoke isn't peat or campfire, more like jerky from a smoker.

You can taste some classic porter characteristics underneath the strong smoky, beef-like presence. Roasted malts, coffee, hints of chocolate...

The mouth feel is on the lighter side, sort of slick with moderate carbonation.

Pretty darn drinkable! I will keep a few of these around. Seems like this would be a great beer to BBQ with!

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Photo of slowdaddy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of FreshHawk
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark mahogany with a deep ruby brown hue on the edge. Above average sized, creamy, frothy, toasted marshmallow colored head. Average retention settling into a nice layer of lace.

S - Mostly porter aroma, but there is a definite smoked/hickory aroma. Roasted malt with a touch of coffee. A good amount of earth and a touch of nuttiness. Some smoked/hickory meat aroma also comes out a touch, but nothing like a rauchbier.

T - Thin roasted malt with some chocolate malt and hints of stale coffee. A touch of earthy flavors as well. Underlying peaty and a slight hickory smoked meat flavor that comes out a bit more on the finish.

M - Lighter body with average carbonation. Thin and slick feel with a flavor that coats and sticks to the mouth.

D - Not exactly what I would reach for again. The mouthfeel and body just don't quite match with the flavors. Also the smokiness just doesn't seem right, either I want more or less.

Notes: I could use a bit more smokiness and a fuller, creamier body. It wasn't bad or a drain pour, rather just not inspiring and lacking anything to really draw me in.

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Photo of bashiba
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark almost black color with a nice ring of head that laced pretty well.

Smell was dominated by the smoke odor.

Taste was a very balanced blend of the the smoke flavor along with some bitter burnt chocolate and coffee porter flavors. The dark malts and smoke flavor went together very well.

Mouthfeel was a little thin for this style, but still decent.

Drinkbility was good on this smoke beer, even enjoyable by itself, where as with some other smoked beers I always felt like they were only good with some food.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice dark black, not even brown... this looks amazing already. There is little to no head, but a nice little ring of foam and it seems that it's doing its fair share to make some proper lacing.

S: Classic porter smell with a nice smokey aroma, I still wonder how they named this beer.

T: Great, rich, and solid flavor, still seems one note, and doesn't really develop all that well into different aspects.

M: Fairly light for a porter, which was a positive and a negative as I like my porters slightly heavier on the pallet, but this makes it easier to drink faster and in quantities, so it depends on which aspect you are going for that night.

D: I'd say this is something that I'd be willing to drink again.. but not something I'd kill for.

Overall, interesting job on this beer, wish the flavors were a bit more complex, still good none-the-less. Best of luck in your beer findings, and as always;

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Photo of gbontrag
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful. Rich dark dark brown with mahogany glow. Large 2-fingered froth collapses to beer meringue. Lace dissolves as fast as the lace on a Victoria's Secret model in a 14 year old's bedroom. This is really perfect; this is just a dynamite beer -- dyn-O-mite! There's a little country farm smell to it. Then the malts heavy pet the tongue, the smoke blows hop bitterness throughout and seems to evaporate just before an excessive climax. It leaves me wanting more, dontcha know! The creamy mouthfeel serves to spread chocolate nutella all over. yummers

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Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ypsifly
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz purchased from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into a pint glass.

Deep dark brown with a medium sized head of light tan. Good retention with a few rings of lace.

The smoke aromas blend nicely with the roasted malts and chocolate notes. The smoke is a bit tangy with some bacon. I love bacon. Anything with bacon in it gets higher points from me.

The taste follows along the same lines as the nose. Chocolate flavored roast coffee framed by tangy smoke and a bit of bite from the hops. Tangy smoke and chocolate linger in the finish, but where's the bacon?

The mouth is a bit thin but there is enough flavor to keep me interested and coming back for more.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Black like oil with a midnight hue. Big, brown bubbly head.

S: Prunes, prune juice, prune extract, raisins and lots of smokey malt. Notes of nuts and miscellaneous dark fruits shining through: black cherries, blueberries and raspberries.

T: Let it be known that a porter is not my favorite style, especially in Florda in the spring. I wish I was camping in Maine in October as I sip this one. Amazingly smooth and creamy with campfire smoke and dark fruit, caramel and milk. Probably the most refreshing porter I've tasted with absolutely no bitter hints at all. This beer is light and dark all at once. Awesome.

D: I wish they sold this around my area! Got this in a trade.

Value: For me, it was the icing on the cake: free.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark color with a half finger light tan head that fades quickly. No lacing.

The smell set me back. I can't get past a smoked ham with a vegetable side, corn maybe. Sorry, i know that can't be helpful. Best i can do is a moderately roast malt. The smoky character carries over to the the flavor. Some chocolate and caramel in there too, but it's not sweet. Adequately carbonated, finishes dry.

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Photo of baconman91
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of blitz134
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Vancer in the last BIF I was in...2MBBIF I think...

Dark brown color, approaching opaque. Khaki colored head on top, initially 1/2" but reduced to only a ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is nice and smokey as expected, oaky. This is the predominate smell over the slightly sweet body, maybe some semisweet chocolate as I inspect it more.

Not too much to this beer upfront, the predominate flavors are in the finish and the smoke really comes through here. A little chocolaty when it sits on the tongue a while. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and overly carbonated. It makes it sharp on the tongue and keeps the flavors hidden.

Okay drinkability overall. Nice smoke flavor but there really isn't too much else to accompany it.

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Photo of glassbrass440
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Smoked meats, molasses, honey, and alcohol in that order. Quite nice. The smoke is evident, but not at all overpowering as it would be easy to do with such a beer. More BBQ than campfire (even though a camp fire is depicted on the label).

Appearance: Jet black with a brown head. Starts thick but settles to a thin brown hat on top of a black tower of beer.

Taste: Much like the aroma. The smoke is very unique. Very BBQ like. I never thought I would use catsup in a beer description (at least in a good way) but there it is, catsup! Of course there are the traditional porter flavors of roast malts and some molasses. Again not overpowering with the smoke but present. Only complaint is that it could be a bit drier.

Palate: Thick, stick to your mouth feel.

Overall: Liquid pork ribs in a bottle but somehow it works. Quite a nice, unique, creative beer. Very appropriate for a St. Louis based brewery (though brewed in WI).

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Photo of TheSarge
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black and tarrish. Has a nearly opaque black body with reddish hues on the edge of the glass. Head presentation is one finger thick of tan foam, which doesn't stick around too long, but clings nicely to the glass for what's left.

Smoke is dominant in the aroma, with hints of coffee and chocolate, which carries on to the taste traits.

Medium in body and smoky for sure. This one will go well with the Papa John's I'm going to order.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours black with dark brown highlights. Thick tan head with great retention and tons of lacing.

S_Smoke,roasted malt,black chocolate.

T_Earthy/woody smoke upfront. Not overbearing though. Roasted malt,black chocolate and chicory round out the flavor.

M_Mouthfeel is terrific. Thick,creamy and just the right amount of carbonation.

D_Could easily drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of BigBry
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle from my O'Fallon sampler 8 pack. New, better looking label, 2004 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner, Best Smoked Beer in America!
Pours a very dark brown, almost black color. Tan foam with good retention. First smell is smoke, reminds you of an outdoor campfire. The taste has lots more smokiness, first impression is of a smoked sausage. Strong flavors, but not so much as to overpower the other porter characteristics of chocolate and coffee. Body is not too thick, smooth and creamy. More thin and porter-like than heavy stout-like.
Good drinkability, lots of food pairings keep popping up with every sip. Love the flavors, but if you don't like smoke - stay away.

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Photo of garuda
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mportsch
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Dark black, viscous liquid that does not let any light through. A nice-looking head that stays about 1/4 inch thick.

Smell: Not quite as smoky as expected from reading other reviews, which I consider to be a GOOD thing. Roasted malts and definitely smoke, but not overpowering.

Taste: Again, not as smoky as I was expecting, but definitely noticeable. Actually tastes a lot like a homebrew my friend made that earned the moniker 'Campfire Stout' due to its smoky flavor. None of these are bad things. Methinks it would taste great accompanying barbeque or really anything off the grill, but its merely good on its lonesome.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately medium- to full-bodied, I'd say.

Drinkability: I dock it a bit here because 22oz seemed like too much. If I was sitting on my patio eating barbecued ribs, the drinkability would be much greater. I think this one is dependent on its surroundings.

All in all, a solid porter with a touch of smoke. Must remember to revisit this brew when devouring grilled meats.

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Photo of davesway10
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of swamiswamu
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours dark as night with a huge tan head; minimal lacing and an unusual amount of sediment. The aroma is all beef jerky. As a vegetarian this is slightly disconcerting, yet vaguely interesting. When I take the first sip the aroma comes in, roasted malt gets cloudy by an odd mineral water taste. It tastes like they brewed it with Gerolsteiner. The smoke is far more present in the aroma than the taste, however it does leave a nice bouquet. This is a pretty good beer that could be a great beer with some tweaking.

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