Smoked Porter | O'Fallon Brewery

very good
357 Reviews
Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by maxpower on 12-26-2002

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Photo of RBorsato
4.89/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black with ruby edges and a decent light brown head. Nice peat smoked aroma and flavor with peat standing out nicely over a roasted malt and chocolate base. Medium bodied (leans a touch to the light side) and smooth with a long smoky finish.

Fairly strong smoke compared to most ... about as strong as some advertised Rauchbiers.

Per Label: 2004 GABF - Gold - Best Smoked Beer in America

Per O'F website: 63% German smoked malt.

($2.69 / 22 oz.)

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Photo of blakesell
4.89/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Belgian chalice.

Appearance- Beer pours nearly solid black but when held to the light it has just the hint of reddish hues around the edges. Head is hardly present at all, a fingernail thin, but quickly dissipates to tiny specks of carbonation. Lacing on the sides are suprisingly thick.

Smell- Liquid smoke with a malty roast background. Very little outside the smoke but dilligence on the smelling reveals toasted wheat bread and french roast coffee. Hops are also present but hardly noticable.

Taste- Wow. This is quite a suprise for a cheapy 12oz bottle I bought in Newport, KY. Thick lingering smoke with a big malty chocolate backbone. Roasty and light in the finish. Hops are a perfect balance of bittering, not too much at all. Wonderfully balanced with the smoke here.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with suprisingly moderate carbonation. The carbonation is hardly visible, but is present on the palate.

Drinkability- Once again, this beer shines overall in it's drinkability. If I find this again, which I may in my travels, I will be sure to pick up a 6pk of this. It has just about everything that you need for a perfect smoked porter. I would say this beer even rivals Stone and would give Alaskan a run for it's money.

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Photo of xav33
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

O'Fallon Smoke
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, praised 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured black with mahogony highlights with an average light brown creamy mostly diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate roasted coffee and smoked jerkey.

Taste was upfront strong bitter smoked meat taste accompanied with a light dark chocolate taste followed by a moderate bitter dark coffee bite that lingers. Mouthfeel was light to medium, oily and coating with a watery dry finish, lively to soft carbonation, with a light astringent feel.

Overall, all aspects are strong enough AND balanced. It could perhaps use a bit more mouth weight (for cold winter nights), but then that could throw off the balance. Definately happy with this beer as it is. It reminds me of summer time barbecues and campfires, and wintertime fireplace sessions. A classic.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
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 alphagnome
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: God himself couldn't create a better looking beer. Poured pitch black with an off-white, half inch head that eventually faded to a pencil thin head that lasted til the last sip. Enjoyed in a nonic glass, no light could penetrate thie brew. Flashlight tested.

S: The aroma of this smoked porter is subtle, but incredible. The smoked nature of it is the first thing that hits you. Dig a bit deeper and your are rewarded with a satisfying roasted coffee and chocolate arrangement and some malty goodness. I seriously could no stop smelling this.

T: This is an incredibly balanced brew that makes me want fire up a smoker and cook some ribs. Roasted malt and hops with chocolate undertones and a satisfying smoky finish. If you happen to have a bad memory, you could be convinced you enjoyed some amazing smoked meat previously.

M: You're tricked into thinking this will be a heavy beer, but it's not. Medium body. Smooth. Creamy. It doesn't get much simpler than that!

D: For as heavy as it may look, it's incredibly easy to drink and satisfying at that. I've had smoked beers before and they did nothing for me, in fact, I had made up my mind before drinking it that I probably wouldn't like it. I couldn't of been more wrong! I can't wait to fire up my smoker this summer and enjoy this beer next time I smoke a rack of ribs!

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Photo of greenhousedrummer
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So deliciously deep and smoky, reminiscent of really good brisket. It's nearly black in color and rich and thick in the mouth with a heavenly scent. It's definitely one of the more smoke forward beers in this style, so I don't see this pleasing everyone. However if you love barbeque and smoked meats, this is a real treat. By far one of the better beers I've ever tasted, it's a shame it's so hard for me to find.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.61/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured this American smoked Porter from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Not sure why I have waited to try this for so long, here it goes....

Porter pours a pitch black color, produces a nice tan head, nice retention and it leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of roasted barley, smoked meat, nuts and do i dare say coffee beans? Medium bodied, the first thing that I detect is how smooth and creamy this ale is- High marks for mouthfeel. Foundation of smoked grain, roasted malt, dark coffee, subtle sweet molasses and spices. One of my first "Smoked Beers" I have sampled, and I am a fan. If you enjoy American Porters, this should be on your most wanted list...

Why did I wait so long?

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this beer with me. It pours a black color with a finger of head that falls to very healthily coat the beer. The nose is divine. The smoke is sweet, with a really nice coffee malt in the back of it. I like it. The flavor is also very good. The smoke and the bitter coffe flavors marry so well together. So good. Reminds me a lot of the AK smoked. The feel is nice and thick. Drinkability is huge. This is easily a session smoked beer. Big A+. Well worth a look.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smoked indeed! Aroma has firm tones of burnt fragrant wood and quality roast coffee, with more than a hint of molasses but no sweetness. It pours just a whisker this side of black with a thick and fairly persistent beige head. Mouth-filling flavor is smoky, mainly high-quality roast coffee with a touch of burnt wood and an undertone of molasses with a sweet hint. There is also a whisper of caramel. Smooth flavor is quite fizzy and lively, leaving behind a strong and pleasant tingle. Recommended.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- The head frothed to about a fingers width, color of brown sugar. The body is completely black. It looks damn fine for a porter. The head was a little disappointing, but this body is something else!

Smell- Yep, that is awesome. There is a huge blast of rye toast with butter, some caramel, and then under that is the smoke note. Reminds me of smoked bacon and beech wood. Holy cow!

Taste- The flavor profiles are not quite as complex as what was on the nose, but I can't say that is much of a knock. This still tastes really good. The smoked quality of the beer is not the headliner. It is that really good buttery, rye toast from the nose.

Into mid-drink the sweet bacon starts to come through with some brown sugar quality as well. The finish carries some roasted char and bonfire smoke with a little of that sweet malt that rides all the way through.

Mouth feel- The drink is just above average. There is a definite slick quality to it that makes it easy to drink. This could be creamier, but I am not sure I would want it to be that way. For a smoke, you also expect this one to finish a little drier than it does.

Overall- The buttery-sweet nature of this beer that is a porter first with smoke qualities make it quite a delight to drink. The palate could be a little more complex like the nose, but regardless, this is a damn good beer.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. A dark brown porter with a nice tan head that has great retention and lacing. Avery nice beer to look at.
A. The smell is smoke, chocolate, hickory, tobacco.
T. The taste is a smoke flavor with some hops, followed by some chocolate, than some molasses, some chalkiness, followed by some milk chocolate leaving it a well balanced taste that leaves little bitterness.
M. A very very nice creamy feel. This is one of the creamiest beers I've had. Feels like the brew is melting in my mouth.
D. With a beer that tastes this good and with its great creamy mouthfeel how can you go wrong with this? I highly recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of Todd
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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 erosier
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

L: Pours a deep brown/black color with a small tan colored head that laces to a light film on top of the beer.
S: Deep roasted malts, chocolate malts, some vinous aromas, and a hint of smoke at the end.
T: Deep roasted malt, caramelized malt, hints of chocolate, and a nice light smokey finish. Really nice clean and roasty after taste.
M: Lighter than it looks, crisp, good amount of carbonation, maybe a tad less would be perfect.
D: Very drinkable, this is an outstanding smoked porter.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby black with a big frothy tan head and some spotty lacing. Smells of sharp smoky malts, caramel sweetness, and subtle hop character mixed with an acrid bitterness, which is in no way a detriment. Tastes initiatlly of sweet malts. Very good , but not as smoky as the nose. Slightly woody, with a subtle ctiric hop bitterness, finishing with a lingering burnt bitterness, Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, very mouthcoating. The smoke character is not overwhelming as it is in some smoked porters, allowing me to enjoy a very solid porter underneath.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It pours an almost black with a tan inch of head that quickly falls into a lace covering.

It smells like sorghum and a campfire.

It tastes like a ham. But don't get me wrong it's awesome. It's smoky and meaty and sweet and roasty and wonderful.

It has a medium mouthfeel but it may be a bit thicker than that.

This beer is makes me happy. On a fall day this beer is spot on. It's the best smoked beer I've ever had (not that I've had many) and I'll enjoy looking forward to it's appearance every fall.

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Photo of EPseja
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you to my brother for getting this one for me as a gift. It's nice having two beer-loving brothers living in the Midwest to bring me goodies.

Served from a 22oz bomber at just below cellar temperature in a pint glass. Different, newer bottle than pictured... salmon and gray background with tan stylized text. Looks nicer than the pic that's up.

A - Massively aggressive head formation even with a gentle pour. Amazing upward rush of carbonation from the bottom of the pint glass helps the huge four-inch head rise proudly to it's full height of about an inch above the rim of the glass without spilling over the side! Small, but noticeable reverse-cascade action takes place as the head settles to what looks like a light chocolate mousse. Super small, tightly packed bubbles on the bottom half of the head, bigger ones up top. Beer color is a dark chestnut brown with deep crimson highlights when help to the light. Lacing is broad and sweeping. Beautiful!

S - Big smoky and toasty nose, just to the edge of Rauchbier territory, but not beyond. I also get a kind of cedary sweetness and wet pine organic character as well. Engaging and thought-provoking -- on the style edge.

T - Again, this beer takes you to the scenic overlook on the border of Rauchland but never crosses the boundary. Begins with the smoky campfire, but allows dark fruity and nutty notes to dance into view before becoming too overwhelming. The maltiness transforms from smoky to roasty in the middle, bringing a nice taming. The finish reveals a decent hop dryness and hints of coffee grounds and burnt chocolate. Interesting and complex considering the fact that it *is* a porter.

M - Much more watery than would be expected given the depth of smell and taste. Carbonation is well balanced in the mouth considering the crazy action that occurs in the glass. Swallow is exceedingly smooth and swift. Excellent.

D - This is a fantastic porter, and for those who like the Rauchbier style, it also has fantastic smoke. The alcohol level isn't out of bounds, the taste has plenty of intricacy without being overwhelming, the look and feel are impressive. No wonder this beer won gold at the GABF of 2004. Highly recommended!

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Photo of tmm313
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured pitch black in the glass. 1 finger tan head with nice lacing.

S- At first, I was stunned to smell Canadian Bacon. I expected smoke, not meat! As it warmed, it reminded me more of pork rib burnt ends with dark fruits, chocolate, and molasses. I was conflicted in the beginning, but halfway through, I couldn't keep my nose out of this thing!

T- Beautifully balanced and complex. Smoked pork, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, coffee, and slight bready malts mingle together and merge to form some amazing flavor combinations.

M- Medium body with nice carbonation. Drying.

O- I really enjoyed this beer! I wasn't expecting the meaty flavors in the least, but I was pleasantly surprised how well it worked. I would have this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of gbrubq
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was surprised to find this beer in Ohio, but glad I did. I think the aroma from pouring the beer into the glass is worth it alone. The taste is just so full of flavor, but the smoke aroma doesn't overpower the taste when I totally thought that it was going to. I do alot of grilling and smoking of pork shoulder ribs and well anything that you might want to eat so the aroma of the smoke just keeps taking me back to my last time that I had the smoker fired up. Surprisingly , it is also very refreshing as well as smooth. As others have described it as having a meaty feel in your mouth I would agree.

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Photo of nortmand
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a light tan head.

Fantastic smell. Awesome roast and chocolate and a hint of smoke right at the end.

Chocolate dominates the flavor. Some definite roastiness as well. Nice overarching smokiness.

Smooth, but a bit astringent, a nice beer overall.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Jet black body, thin light tan head.

s: Smoked, roasted aroma, smells like smoked meat.

t: Smoke dominates the palate, but the flavor is more complex than just that. Roasted malt, brown sugar, chocolate, maybe some oak.

m: Medium body, very smooth texture.

d: When I was first introduced to O'Fallon, this was the first thing I tried. Still my favorite. Terrific smoke beer, hard for me to name a superior one. Could (and have) drink a whole lot of this beer.

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Photo of Jayli
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark almost opaque black with an inch of a tan head to it. Head retention is decent, thin wispy lacing left behind on the glass. Nose is like smelling a campfire! Nice smokey woodchips are the most dominant scent to this beer, with roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is HUGE on the smokey flavoring - roasted malts carry through the smoked flavor, bits of chocolate, light coffee. Mouthfeel is the only disappointing piece of this beer. It has an extremely light almost watery feel on the tongue. This is a great session beer - and the mouthfeel, I can completely overlook based on the taste.

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Photo of karst
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this beer as the new release is out and comparing it to the Alaskan Smoked porter (thanks Juzy) Most complex aroma blends roasted barley, spice, smoked malt, and more.
Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. Smoky flavor linger long slowly dries the sweetness from the finish.

Introducing my brew buddy to it. "I'll need to keep some of this in my fridge - is it brewed year round? No, but they are offering it in 12 oz six packs as well as the usual bombers.

This years vintage seems better blended - maybe just fresher or better cared for.

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Photo of Vancer
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty lookin’ brew, all black with a dense foamy head. Aroma of peat and malts really get the taste buds ready. And here it comes, all malty – almost like drinkin’ a T-bone steak. Smoky, chewy and full bodied – would go well with some BBQ ribs – or steaks, of course. This is a fine brew from O’Fallon brewery – and I’m not too thrilled with their flagship offering - Ofallon Gold.

But I'm really into this smoke brew!

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Photo of tito42
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into an imperial pint, no freshness date.

Appearance: Dark chocolate color and almost completely opaque when held up to the light. Cocoa head that dissapated quickly for me but left nice lacing.

Smell: It really smells like hickory liquid smoke to me, with a little maltiness. Smoother than actually putting your nose to a bottle of Liquid Smoke (TM).

Taste: Liquid, cherry-smoked ribs. Roasted malt and a lot of smoke, but it doesn't taste burnt. Balances surprisingly well and the smoke and a slight bitterness linger in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, not as creamy as I remembered. A good deal of carbonation, but it doesn't dry the mouth like other porters I've tried recently, even with the smoky character.

Drinkability: BBQ in a beer bottle. I'm actually slightly embarrassed this is brewed in a St. Louis suburb and not here in Kansas City. This is my favorite porter, and I was happy to find a sixer on sale for $7.49 at the Hy-Vee today.

If you are adamant about not liking smoked beers, you may not like this. But I highly recommend giving it a try.

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