Smoked Porter | O'Fallon Brewery

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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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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Ratings: 521 |  Reviews: 360
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with some white head. Smoke and some wood in aroma. Significant though conservative smokiness, some peat and tabacco. Very quaffable porter, with a sourish finish. Some malt offset. This would be a regular if available here. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

mine had a different label, and said made in stevens point, WI, which might be another location or something, very little info online about this. however, i enjoyed this it st. louis as a local beer. hmmmm. anyways, it smells like a campfire. almost rauchbier heavy on the smoke, very earthy and malty, but somewhat less roasty and coffee/chocolatey as i expect a porter to be. flavor is totally owned by the smoke, which is a good thing. nice sweeter english style malts back it up, but again there is this strange absence of dark beer flavors. its somewhat more like a smokey amber or something, rather than a true porter. feel is a little too light in the body for me, felt watery a bit, due to lack of carbonation. with a better feel this could be really outstanding. the flavor is great, but it also isnt a porter in my mind, not enough of the dark rosted malts to qualify. overall a pretty good style jumper. worth a try.

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Photo of GRG1313
1.98/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours dense black with a thick, full and firm rich pillowy head that looks like a chocolate malt.

Super light nose - almost non-existent; a mere hint of chocolate or maybe a hint of light red fruit.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. No balance; no character; no body. Light carbonation.
Flavors are thin, weak and watery. In fact, it tastes a bit like coffee rinse water. No bad; just tastes like coffee water.

This bottle is purportedly from 2010. Hard to believe that a relatively new beer, identified as a porter could be so thin and weak. I'd try again just to confirm; perhaps the next batch will improve.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only faint traces of red are visible near the corner of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high light tan head that died down ,leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has moderate aromas of smoked peat are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of smoked peat along with slight hints of molasses.
M: It feels light-to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is not your average smoked parter—it has a strong amount of smoked peat in the aromas akin to something you would expect from a stronger stout.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good example of what a smoke beer should be. It has solid qualities of the base beer (Porter), with contributing smoke character which compliments the beer without overpowering it. The porter characteristics are heivily toasted, chocolatey, and malty with coffee tones. The smoke adds another level of complexity without offending. A good balance to a good beer. The body gives way a touch into the body and finish. Doesn't hold as firm as I would have hoped. Nevertheless, worth a try.

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Photo of emerge077
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Brewed in Stevens Point WI (all bottled beers are contracted there now). "1781" Julian date printed on the neck. Single bottle from Binnys in Arlington Heights.

Served in a small footed goblet. Initial head that rises a half inch or so, then fades to a broken ring around the edge. Mahogany color when poured, appears black in the glass.

Smells like toasted grain and butterscotch, slight vanilla. Where's the smoke?
I remember this smelling like a campfire last time.

Slightly acrid, somewhat astringent. Very bitter, oddly so as I don't remember it being this bitter. Watery and bitter woody tannins, wet tobacco leaf and molasses. Some smoke creeps through, but overall, it's off somehow. Smoky, bitter, tannic, roasty. Diacetyl seems to be creeping in with telltale butterscotch notes.

Seems like a possible infection, as it seems like a shell of its former self.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a thick black color with a foamy tan head. Nice lacing.

S - It smelled toasty and smoke-like. There was also a malty and chocolate aroma.

T - It had a wood-like taste, like from a barbeque. It also reminded me a little of a cigar. Very interesting.

M - Soft and creamy. It is heavy-bodied.

D - It is very different from any other beer I've tried and it was pretty good.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with a rocky beige head that retains fairly well and leaves the occasional shard of lace

Smell: Roasty and smoked jerky tones intermingle

Taste: Opens with a roasty flavor that is quickly joined by the jerky; a bit fruity at mid-palate; after the stone fruit flavor builds, along with a touch of sourness, but as the flavor fades into the finish the smoky tones linger

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not bad but truly a second class citizen compared to the Stone's and Alaskan's of the world

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, smoked meat, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, light coffee, light nuttiness, herbal, and toast/smoke earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of dark/bready and smoked malt notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, smoked meat, light raisin, light coffee, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, smoked meat, light raisin, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of dark/bready malt and moderate smoked malt flavors, but lacking in robustness; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice smoked porter. Good balance of dark/bready malt and moderate smoked malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. Not as robust or smokey in the flavor as I had hoped for, but nicely enjoyable otherwise.

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Photo of mothman
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Rare Vos glass

Pours 1/4 finger of light beige head. Fades to a ring. No lace left. Color is a dark murky brown.

Aroma: The aroma is pretty solid for a smoked beer. A light layer of smoke behind some rich creamy chocolate malts. It has some roasted malt aroma to it with some sweet caramel flavors. Very impressed so far.

Taste: The smoke flavors are more apparent here with the roasted malts. Has the chocolate malt flavors again. Has a crisp grassy hop flavor to it as well. Not as sweet in the taste as the aroma. Maybe has some bacon flavors to it.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and roasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and malty with smoked flavors in the aftertaste.

Overall, pretty decent. The aroma in this beer is awesome. It is pretty drinkable. The smoke doesn't dominate the beer which is nice. A good drinking porter. Glad I got to try this one!

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle with updated label showing the 2004 GABF Gold medal (best smoked beer).
Pours a very dark reddish-brown with a small, weak head. Lacing is nonexistent.
Aroma: rather strongly smoky such that the other dark roasted malts are nearly hidden. A hint of sweet, dark fruits.
The flavor is less smoky, but still at least medium.
Feel: medium-full body with (overly) light carbonation.
O: a rich, smoky porter that will work great with beef and other meats.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours mostly black with 2 fingers of foamy mocha colored head. Retains with a ½ finger of rich froth that leaves a good looking cascade of foamy lace behind. Smoked malts just dominate the aroma here, giving this an almost fried bologna smell at times. Some lighter notes of roast and chocolate sit underneath all of that heavy smoke, along with a touch of citric hops.

More of the Porterish flavors come out immediately in the taste, with notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and citrus all being prevalent. The smoke is more subtle, coming out mostly in a meaty bloom, lingering long in the finish, along with some leftover sweetness. I'm also getting a bit of a tart fruity taste that feels a touch out of place. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bubbly carbonation to it and then a much silkier feel underneath. Pretty easy feeling in the mouth overall.

This was pretty much a tale of two Smoked Porters, with that smoky character being very strong in the aroma but a little lesser so in the taste. I would have personally preferred a bit more in the taste myself but this was still a nice balance between the two profiles.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany with with 2 fingers of tan head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Smokeyness (oak & beechwood)

T: Smoke, grainyness, caramel & coccoa up front. Herbal hops, iron & baker's chocolate as this warms. Finishes with chocolate, dryness, & roasted grains, plus warmth

MF: Medium bodied, oily, rich with moderate carbonation

Easy drinking porter, smoke shows enough restraint to almost session on

Cheers to BARLEYWINEO for this 12oz goodness

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color was deep amber and creamy head which laced ok. The nose was common of most porters there is a definite smoked/hickory aroma. Roasted malt with a touch of coffee. The taste had roastyness with some hints of chocolate and coffee. Fairly easy on the mouth could drink a few of these and then tire of the taste.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, rubescent chestnut with considerable reddish amber accents. The beer is opaque, although bright sunlight makes a valiant effort to make it all the way through the glass. Up above is a compact cap of lightly toasted ecru foam that has a featureless surface, which usually indicates a softness that does not bode well for lacing. Very little sticks in the end.

Wow, smoked is right! This baby comes pretty close to the smokiness of the Schlenkerla line of beers and is more like a raunchy rauchbier than any smoked porter that I've ever had. Smoke 'em if you've got 'em is what I always say and O'Fallon has done just that. The beer smells more like hickory-smoked meat than anything else and smells less like a porter than it probably should. Since almost no beerness is evident, the score will have to be a grudging compromise.

This is delicious beer. Again though, comparisons to smoke-cured meat just cannot be ignored. If that sounds disgusting to you, put the bottle down and move along to something a little less adventurous. Smoke permeates the flavor profile, but it does fade enough by the second half of the mouthful to allow some semblance of roasted maltiness to peek through.

I do pick up some smoked, sweet chocolate to go along with the smoked barley, but it's a minor player. There's also a hint of smoked bitter hops on the smoke-filled finish (get the idea?). The body is a minor letdown in that it's no bigger than light-medium.

I knew nothing about Smoked Porter before plucking it off the shelf, but I'm always up for a good smoked beer. This is definitely a good smoked beer, albeit one that would benefit from a touch more malt to fill out the body. A solid effort that makes me curious about the rest of the O'Fallon line.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcompton for this trade. Poured cold into a snifter.

A - Black as sin, utterly pitch, piano black w/ a swell of very light tan that becomes a ring around the glass consisting of a tight bead

S - A smell like your campfire in summer, filled w/ dry woody and hints of sap w/ a slight bacon like smoked aroma hinting at hickory

M - A bit on the dry side w/ toasty malt, full carbonation, bark like texture w/ a lot of acrid smoked tinges and very mild malt in the feel, yet slightly creamy

T - About the smokiest flavor in a beer I think I have had including Rogue smoke and Schenkerla rauchbier. A bit out of balance, but that's ok - the flavor is very tasty, not overly charred. There is a decent dark malt porter flavor w/ chocolate accents here, but the smoke won't give way it hovers and has a bit of sharp flavor w/ a smokey and ashey quality. There are tinges of charred malt w/ burned toast and creamy notes too. The porter has a subtle sweet finish.

D - A fine smoked porter w/ enough roasted malt and creamy subtlety , but still the most smoke in a beer I have tasted. I found this very drinkable, but may be harsh to some who are not fond of smoked flavor. Great smoked Porter from O'fallon- thanks again jcompton

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 521 ratings