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

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Photo of KYGunner
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep black meets the eye but the real dark brown coloring reveals itself at the edges as a small bit of light is able to penetrate. The head was a bit fizzy, mounted well but dissipated quickly.

The scent is smokey with a sweet dried meat aroma. Beef jerky and a cured smoked pork aroma are also evident. Plenty thick in the nose it's just short of truly telling.

Not a lot of porter character here this seems to be all Rauschbier. The taste is more to the sweet smoked meat. A note of true smoke passes the palate near the finish. The meat flavors are more pork, with an above average sweetness and then a dry Smokey finish.

The feel is a bit thin but good enough, less carbonated than it appears and slightly dry.

Overall, I really like this. Just a step below the true German Rauschbier it has true character.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Half-finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar and minimal lace. Very dark brown body with some raisin transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - A mix of caramel, chocolate buttercreams, smoke, roasted malts. Fairly restrained smokiness actually, with more sweetness than I typically expect from a smoked porter. Perhaps a tad buttery, but it isn't offensive. Gets increasingly hammy as it warms up.

T - Taste is a bit more smoked and meaty, with notes of coffee, roast, and light char in the back end. Perhaps a touch of dark chocolate and bread as well, with significantly less sweetness to it although a bit more comes out as it warms.

M - Mildly roasty texture, but with some creaminess to it as well. Medium-low carbonation, medium body. No alcohol presence, and mild lingering smokiness on the palate.

D - I enjoyed this, as it wasn't overpoweringly smoked and had some nice balance and depth to it. There's a hint of a diacetyl that might bother some, but I wasn't particularly bothered. Probably wouldn't have more than one in a session, but a beer I'd drink again.

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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 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 WastingFreetime
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

This one's also pretty good. Deep dark brown color with a smooth silky texture and meaty mouthfeel, medium carbonation, decent head retention and some mediocre lacing patterns. It's got that "salty ham smoke" going on in spades as well as a sludge-y molasses glaze sweetness on the side of cigarette ash and bitter chocolate... Unusually beefy beer, makes you want to sip some water on the side. This one is worth finding and trying.

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

A dark brown in color with a thin tan head. Aromas of BBQ and some coffee. Taste is smokey, creamy, with some dark bread in the middle, and a piney finish. Mouthfeel is smooth. The carbonation levels are a bit low. Overall an excellent porter that I would get again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A fairly deep brown, almost black with a slight ruby hue at the base of the glass. Head is kind of underwhelming fizzing to a semi thick lace ring which is pretty sticky.

S - Smells mostly like a porter with chalky yeasts, roast, and a touch of chocolate. I like how the smoke is integrated giving a sort of charcoal ash with a touch of bacon like liquid smoke.

T - A smooth drinking porter, sweet malts are spot on. I really like the smoke flavor as it is more robust than Stones version. Smoked meats a plenty I am describing this one as a dry rubbed rib taste (minus the grease) and typical chocolate and roast flavors of the style.

M - Slick and silky with a medium body. Noted is great carbonation which is a good thing.

Overall I really like this porter and fully agree that it is an award winning brew. I got this in Ohio but if I see it again I would grab a six pack (mostly since it's only a winter release)

Great brew.

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Photo of Winston_Smith
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this at the liquor store the other day, and was in the mood for a rich, thick brew. I'm a fan of Porters, and thought I would try it.

Appearance- Smoke looks like a textbook porter. It's dark brown color looks inviting for fans of the style. Poured into a standard beer glass, it formed a finger of dark beige head, which quickly dissipated to just a thin layer.

Smell- I smell coffee and a bit of a burnt, smoky aroma. Makes sense. There might be a little chocolate in there. My nose is new to this reviewing thing.

Taste- I can definitely taste the supposed "smoky" quality. Smoke isn't for fans of bland, watery beer. The full flavor will knock you down. I've had about a half dozen porters, and this one might be my favorite. I haven't been around the world sampling beers, mind you, but I definitely dig the flavor. No one quality overpowers any other.

Mouthfeel- I get my desired thick, bready feel. Carbonation is about perfect.

Overall- I'll be drinking this again, and now that its about to be winter, probably soon. It's available in several places in my area, and for the price of a couple pints at the bar, you get a six pack. I think this is pretty decent quality stuff. Try it if you like porters. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer had a huge smokey aroma though one could detect a certain sense of creaminess in the aroma. To say the least, the smell made me really want to drink this one. The appearance was a murky brownish black. There was nothing particularly exciting about the appearance. Not much in the way of head, but some thickness was apparent. The initial taste was smokey, bacony, and mildly buttery with creaminess. In other words, the beer has a little of everything that is bad for your health in it, without actually including it. At the risk of being cliché, the beer was uncommonly smooth for a porter. The mouthfeel was almost closer to a milk stout with a little less thickness. The pleasantry continues in the aftertaste with a smokey bacon note. As expected, there is little carbonation so the smokey bacon notes hang around nicely. I only bought one bottle of this at the liquor store, but will probably get a sixer next time I see it.

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Photo of jera1350
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge smoked beer fan, so had to grab this on a recent visit to Hudson. Bottle says Stevens Point, Wi. Must be contract brewed.

Presented with a solid black body that is topped with a darker tan cap of dense foam that leaves a lovely layer of lacing clinging to the glass.

A combo of smoke and lightly sweet malt. The smoke isn't too intense, but offers up charred wood and smoked meat scents.

Now this is how a smoked porter should taste. The perfect balance of malty sweetness and smoke. The smoke is not overpowering at all and neither is the sweetness. Truly perfect compliment to each other. Nice charcoal, charred campfire wood, burnt bacon to the smoke component. It lingers, but never overpowers. As it warms, getting some coffee bean mixed in. It's balanced beautifully by the base porter that adds roast and sweetness, but allows the smoke to shine. Wonderful.

Carbonation is spot on and soft. I think the body is just fine and about medium in heft. Dryer finishing.

I think this drinks wonderfully and fits the bill absolutely perfectly for a smoked porter. I've had way too many that had so little smoke to them that they tasted like a regular porter. Not this little guy. The smoke is there, but as mentioned earlier, it has a nice balance with the base beer. Wonderfully done and I will be a returning customer to this beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong smoke (reminiscent of a wood fire:) ), hops, pale malt, slight roasted malt, and hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Porter but, wood :) fit into the smoked beer category better. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong smoke, pale malt, hint of hops, hint of sweet malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of metallic flavor. Overall, the body is mostly smoke first, then nothing else arises. The aroma is amazing though, and in itself would make this worth a try. I wish the body could more closely match the aroma.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of O'Fallon's Smoked Porter yesterday for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for something smokey tonight so I thought I would give this beer a chance, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's clean and well done, it's also nice to know this has won a gold medal. It poured a dark black color that had a really slight dark ruby hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of darker tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded to nothing and left no lacing. This beer isn't that impressive looking, it needs better head and retention, it's an average looking Porter.

S- The aroma starts off with some dark malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and a medium amount of roast to them, they impart some roasted, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, and coffee aromas that seem to stick out the most. The malts are followed by a lighter amount of medium smoke that melds nicely with the roasted malts and it provides good balance to the aroma. Towards the end I get a little more coffee and chocolate, along with a slight amount of vanilla and butterscotch. I really like the aroma of this beer, it's really nice and it has great balance.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma and it starts off with a large amount of roasted malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and impart all those nice aspects that I got in the aroma with the chocolate and coffee still sticking out the most. Next comes a light amount of medium smoke that impart some smokey and woody flavors that slightly resemble mesquite, just as they did in the aroma the smoke and malt flavors blend together nicely with neither one being overpowering. Towards the end I get a little more roasted flavors followed by a lighter amount of medium bitterness that is a little too bitter at first but it mellows out nicely once it starts to warm and it had roasted and chocolate like aftertaste with just a little bit of smokiness to it. This is a good tasting Smoked Porter, and it had some great balance and good complexity to it, while not overdoing it on the smoke.

M- Pretty smooth, a little creamy, slightly dry, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't bad, but it did feel a little on the thin side.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and a good example of a Smoked Porter, both the Porter and the smoke aspects were noticeable while being nicely balanced. This beer had good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth for a smoked beer and I could see having one or two of these with some bbq ribs. What I liked most about this beer was the great balance it had and the awesome aroma, they made this beer pretty good. What I liked least about this beer was the appearance and the mouthfeel, they were both a little rough around the edges and could use some work. I would buy this beer again when looking for a smoked beer that it not too smokey, it was nicely priced, and I recommend this is as a good smoked beer for beginners. This is the third beer I have had from O'Fallon, I wasn't a big fan of their Cherry Chocolate Beer, but I liked their Black Hemp and I also liked this beer, I'll be looking for more beers from them, good job guys, this is a good and solid Smoker Porter.

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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 Florida9
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown in color. Mildly translucent. Forms a smallish almost tan colored head that sticks around for a bit. Very light lacing. Aroma is unsurprisingly dominated by the scent of smoke with notes of heavily roasted malts, burnt coffee, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is much of the same. Mildly sweet dark malts, smoke, roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla, and a dry campfire astringency on the finish. On the heavier side of medium in body with lighter carbonation. Mild bitterness. Overall a good beer that improved greatly as it warmed.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very uneven brew.

It's opaque with very little head. It smells good and smokey, but it is over the top and smells a little like cheese (I never smelled that in a beer before).

The taste completely works. It's like a rauch beer, but with an ale yeast. A very interesting taste. The aftertaste works the same way.

Being fairly inexpensive, it is a good value, and given its' uniqueness, I recommend the beer and intend to buy it again.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a dark brown body, head fades to a still glass.
Aroma gives the smoke away, it is appealing and not overwhelming at all like i expected honestly.
The flavors are heavy on roasted malts that give a good amount of smoke notes, some spices, burnt apple wood, and bitter chocolate.
Mouthfeel is thin and dry.

i was expecting a bad beer, but i got something average and drinkable.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep black, with ruby undertones upon pouring. Sturdy head of tan bubbles. Limited lace, though.

Aroma is, unsurprisingly, smoky. I get hints of molasses and mesquite in there. Complex, authentic, and appealing!

Taste is definitely wood-smoky. This one sweetens and mellows as it warms a bit. Quite tasty, distinctive, and recommended.

Added re-review from 2016 version:

Appearance: Pretty much pitch black. Thick head of tan foam, but no lace to speak of.

Aroma: Thick smoky malts, woody, like smoked meat or jerky. Very impressive!

Taste: Nice, wood, char, smoke. Body is light but taste is full-on. May not be up to the par of the great Aecht Schlenkerla rauchbiers, but completely solid and worth a taste for smoke beer fans!

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this at the local liquor store: pick your sixer. Bottle is undated or marked.

A - Beer poured from brown 12oz bottle to a pint glass. The beer pours a deep dark brown/black color with dark amber brown edges. Nice 1.5 finger tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

S - A hint of coffee and a pleasant campfire wood smell! Not overpowering as so many smoked beers are. Gentle and nice. Better than average.

T - Similar to the nose though the smoke is more prevalent immediately and stronger than the nose. Mild bitterness. Some roasted malt character. The smoke really starts to dominate the palette throughout. Finishes crisp and smokey. Half way through the glass I had enough.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. A little syruppy.

O - A little much for me. Smoke, and not much else.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-20-2011 18:53:34

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

thanks aguirre for this!

12oz bottle into celebrator glass

A - dark brown to black with red tint to it. finger thick light brown head sits at top and retains itself decently well. lacing is present and not too shabby.

S - nose is smoke, caramel, toffee, sweet malts. maybe some hop resin in the back somewhere.

T - sweet and smoked malts hit first. some estery notes as well in there. finishes with another smoky blast and some grass hops.

M - medium bodied with medium carbonation. coarse body with some estery/alcohol notes on the throat.

O - a solid beer from start to finish.

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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 scarfield
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App- Jet Black, no really hints of any color other than black when held to a light. A 1 finger width khaki head rests on top. Little to no lacing through the glass.

Smell- Smoky! The smell also leaves some earthiness behind, smelling almost musty. Smells like a good piece of smoked ham, with a little bit of sweetness being able to be sensed as well.

Taste- In the mouth it is roasty, and somewhat light tasting. Aftertaste is long and there is a bitterness to it as well as the dominant smoked earthiness.

Mouthfeel- The thinness of the beer probably contributes to the aforementioned "light" tasting qualities of the beer.

Drinkability- The assault that the smoked qualities leave in your mouth make this something that I would avoid drinking multiples of. It is not off-putting, but the smokiness definitely asserts itself.

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Photo of biggred1
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black with a slight tan colored head that quickly settles to a thin skim with a few lazily popping bubbles. Big, muscular smokiness with a definite ham and bacon quality that rivals the great Rauchbiers of Germany. Big and smoky, I really dig the smoke effect on this one. Underlying roasty Porter flavors are crushed by the mighty smoke. A think a bit more heft would make this beer nearly perfect but I'm nit-picking... this beer is a smoke lovers delight. I like this bold flavored beer and I like that O'fallon didn't play it safe with the recipe.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a two finger tan head that fades quickly but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma has a bit of campfire in the back held up with cocoa and dark chocolate, earthy tones, and some roasted notes.

Nice dark chocolate bottom, rich earthy elements, hint of fruit, and some meaty smoke.

A little thin for the style

Overall, an easy drinking, subtly smoked, well balanced smoked porter.

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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 afksports
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Blake for sending O'Fallon's Smoked Porter "Smoke" to me in a recent trade. Happy to try it, even though I'm a vegetarian who avoids smoke! That said - this one is a perfect night capper.

Light in alcohol in comparison to other porters, this beer is robust in taste and packs a solid medium body into the brew. It's deep and black, with a roasty tan head that sticks around. It smells entirely of smoke, wood, and not much else that you might expect. The taste does pack in some coffee, chocolate, and dark malts that make the porter such a tasty style.

The taste is actually quite well put-together. Just not for me. Now, time to see if Andrew Luck is going to beat Cal.

(PS - Can Houston get some love here?!)

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Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
3.86 out of 5 based on 514 ratings.
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