Smoked Porter | O'Fallon Brewery

BA SCORE
87
very good
515 Ratings
Smoked PorterSmoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States
ofallonbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
515
Reviews:
358
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
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Photo of treyrab
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Randomly picked this up today and poured it into my snifter tonight...

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with a nice ruby hue when held up to some bright lights. The head was pretty decent at first, being about one finger in size, but it quickly fell to a small foam ring.

S: Holy Mackarel! This smells like thick, black, heavy campfire smoke. Very woody smell. Charred bacon and pork along with some campfire ash. This is the smokiest beer I have smelled.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell, which is phenomenal. Slightly lighter, but tastes like burnt bacon and ash accompanied by some smoke and dark chocolate.

Overall, if you are the camping type, and can't get into the woods to start your campfire tonight, crack one of these open and you will be just fine.

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Photo of AltBock
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a greay label that shows us a faceless camper sitting next to one big smoky campfire. This camper must have numerous fires because there's smoke at the bottom and at the top of the label. This smoke can't possibly from the same fire. He probably has a couple of fires to keep the bears away. Over the picture is a blue ribbon that says "gold medal winner for the best smoked beer in America." I find that funny. A blue ribbon that says gold medal winner.

When poured into a Heavy Seas pint glass, this Porter looked like it poured a solid coal black, but when it was held up into the light, it was more of a dark cola brown color. On top of this Smoky beer was a 1/2 an inch light tan colored head of foam. This head of foam had good retention that left behind a big string of tan rings and only a few spots of lace.

It was in the aroma where the beer put the word "smoke" into "Smoked Porter." I thought the aroma was just as smoky as a Bamberg Rauchbier. This beer was smoky with smoked beechwood, smoked dark malts, smoked meats, and just plain old black smoke. I did catch a small whiff of chocolate trying to break through the mighty smoke wall. It couldn't break through because all the smoke pushed it down.

Did the thick smoky aroma trasfer into the taste? It sure as hell did! You get to taste every smoked aroma that you smelled before this moment. This means you get to taste smoked beechwood, smoked meats, and smoked dark malts. I couldn't taste any other flavor in this beer. It was so thick with smoke, that it covered up every other flavor with thick black smoke. So much that it killed every other flavor that could have appeared in here, like chocolate and hops.

Despite this beer's heavy smoke taste, this was more of a light bodied beer. The taste of smoke was so heavy in the taste that they couldn't possibly go on that strong. Before the taste of smoke left the taste forever, it killed off every other flavor, so that you could only remember this beer for it's thick smoke wall.

In the end, this was an easy drinking heavy on the smoke Smoked Porter. If you're looking for a beer that's as Smoky as a German Rauchbier but you want it in a Porter, then this beer is your calling. I didn't have any problems drinking a couple of these.

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Photo of echdk3
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug

A_Dark tan head, rich and frothy; dissipates to a nice thin top. 100% opaque. Black body, nice looking. Some lacing

S_Earthy, grilled and smoked bacon. Very strong

T_Strong charcoal, applewood smoked bacon, mellow and balanced

M_Medium carbonation, not mouth coating

D_Flavor so strong that its hard to drink too many of these

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer last night so I don't have it front of me, but I loved it!

It poured a very dark brown/black with a tanish lace. The smell was wonderful and the smoke came through very well. The taste was just great, what a pleasant surprise. The smoke lingered in my mouth for along time, just enough of it too, to have you take another drink. This bottle went too fast, maybe a new go to session beer for me!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, with a tannish head. In the aroma, mellow pork smokiness and some oatmeal sweetness. In the taste, small roastiness with sweetness, almost chocolate and a hint of smokiness all the way through. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small chocolate and semi dry aftertaste. Nice smoke and a nice bite. Surprised with a chocolate note, mellow and nice.

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Photo of Buebie
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtrockchalk for this bottle.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. The lable is different from the one on file here on BA.

Poured into a snifter, revealing a dark black color that turns a brownish ruby at the edges of the glass when held to light.
3 finger off white head...this one will wait around all day long.
A solid layer of retention that does not go down. Thin spotty streaks of lace.

Aroma is a leathery charred smokey wood smell. Also smells like mud, wet paper grocery bags, hints of a spice, nutmegg or cinnemon? Malty chocaolate grains, sulfer.

Thin and mildly carbonated up front with a watery mouthfeel.
Tastes like wet carboard would smell. Smoke, obviously, but a well balanced smokieness that allows others flavors to still come through.
Finish is dry and smoky.

I didnt care for it, but for the style its a terrific representation. The smoke does not overwhelm the other flavors.

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Photo of alexgash
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Dark maple syrup brown. Very little light through around the edges. Finger of dirty khaki head, doesn't last too long, but leaves some nice lacing behind. Ahhh, nice smoke on the nose! I love smoke beers and I was really hoping this would have some campfire nose and it does. Campfire and smoked meat mix with roasted barley, a little dark chocolate, and even a little dark fruit.

Roasted malt and coffee bitterness start out, followed quickly by a metallic tinge and welcome sooty smoke. Faint tartness hangs out in the background. Campfire smoke controls the palate, with a little dark chocolate coming in near the finish. A little coffee bitterness in the end. Could use a little more roasted character and I'm not sure about the faint tartness (lose it). Moderate body, with a slightly watery feel for the style. I was hoping for a cheaper, more accessible version of Alaskan Smoked Porter, but the taste and the mouthfeel drop the ball after a nice smoky nose. Not bad by any means, however.

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

From notes 10-27-08

Eye: Extremely dark brown in color, so dark that I'm tempted to call it black, hard to tell whether the beer is clear or not, light really doesn't diffuse through it to give me an idea of the body's clarity. Towards the bottom of the glass I can see some dark red-brown highlights. Head has nice formation and has nice retention at about 1/2 a finger. Head is a creamy tan/tea-stained brown and leaves some nice lacing as well.

Nose: Once the beer is poured a strong, dark malt aroma drifts up to the nose...Once in the glass my nose picks up large amounts of chocolate aroma with some smoke in the background. A very strong dark malt backbone supports the chocolate aroma and gives this one a real nice aroma. The aroma overall is very smooth and quite even. This beer smells good, but not great.

Tongue: Smoke is much more evident on the tongue than in the nose, I'm not saying that its huge, but it is easier to pick up. Chocolate is here as well. Tons of sweet dark malt flavor, some roasty qualities. A general dark fruit flavor towards the end, maybe something like black cherry. Overall a good porter, decent, but nothing that I'd go on an expedition for.

edit: after a while the smoke flavor becomes much more evident, almost too much. It begins to get obnoxious, it sticks around after the finish and makes me feel as if I'm drinking campfire smoke...There is something about the smoked flavor in here that make me feel that extract was used, doesn't quite seem like it came from peat malt... just my two cents.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-heavy body with small delicate carbonation levels that are just right for this porter, nice rich, thick, smooth texture that really does it for this porter. This one is easy to drink, though I don't think that I'd sit and drink all six in one night, I think that the smoked flavor might just get to me. Overall a good beer, one that feels pretty good in the mouth and is easy enough to drink. However, this isn't one that I'd go out looking for. As a matter of fact the only reason I bought it was to put in some chili...I decided to grab a porter I'd not yet tried and try the other 5 bottles that didn't go into the chili. I wasn't drawn to this beer for any reason and I see no reason it would draw me back.

Edit:

FYI the gold medal chili in MO has O'Fallon Smoke in it. We don't use peat smoked malt. We use 63% Weirerman beechwood smoked malt as the base of this beer.

Cheers
Dave
O'Fallon Brewery

It was really nice to hear from the brewery. For me, this increases the drinkability of this beer. The small act of contacting me gives me more than enough reason to give this beer another go round. It has also given me a very good reason to try every Ofallon beer I can get my hands on.

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Photo of birchstick
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a nice looking chocolaty head on it.
S - As I expected, smoke stands out at first. There is also hints of smoked meat/beef brisket and some burnt malts
T - Starts with burnt malts and smoked meat. This fades to a faint bitterness and a light, but very noticeable, smoky and toasty malt finish.
M - nice and full with a decent amount of carbonation
D - This is a good smoked porter, but the meat and smokiness got to me after a while. I had this with brats and it was delicious. This is definitely one of the best O'Fallon offerings...

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Photo of ckaufman
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a shaped pint glass...

A: Dark brown in color with red hues and a tan head that lacks retention. Very minimal lacing. Far from the best looking porter I've seen.

S: This beer has a very potent and interesting aroma, or should I say aromas. A strong smell of bacon or beef jerky with an earthy wood tone. This beer smells a lot like a wood fire or a fireplace... your choice. You can also smell the roasted malts underneath the heavy smoke.

T: Deep earthy hickory wood flavor. A bit of burnt toast and smoked meat with a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

M: A medium bodied beer that leaves a slick oily feel on the sides of the mouth. Very low carbonation level. Perhaps a little on the thinner side of the porter style.

D: This beer is definately a specialty type porter, and with that said, affects the overall drinkability. I personally would not want more than one in a single sitting.

I recomend this beer mostly because it is one of the smokiest brews on the market today.

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Photo of mcallister
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

deep russet color with a small tan head that fades quickly into nothing. An average looking porter.

Roasted malts with a nice smokey component that resembles smoked meats ham particularly. An underlying of chocolate and caramel.

Nice porter very well put together. Smoke compliments the roasted malt nicely and add depth to the finish and late mid palate. Chocolate and caramel swirlded on the middle. An almost peat smoke flavor. Not neary as much meaty smokiness as the nose would suggest. A little thin in mouthfeel but very drinkable.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark and black body with a small tan head that leaves almost immediately. little lacing

S- strong upfront odor of a smokey wood. not much else, its pretty overpowering

T- the smokey wood that i could smell on top of normal porter characteristics. roasted malts.

M- very smooth and creamy. full and almost thick feel to it.

D- my first time trying a smoked beer, and i liked it enough to check out other smoked porters. something i could have a couple of, but probably not more than that. if the taste wasnt so unique it would be very sessionable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from czoch75. Thanks Clint! Into my 16oz snifter.

A: Opaque black pour with a thin light brown head that recedes to a disk slowly. Swirling the beer leaves some sticky foam on the side of the glass. Dark brown highlights

S: The smoked character is most prominent up front, kind of like a smoked wood aroma. On agitation, aromas of chocolate, coffee, cream appear, in a pleasing balance. Some burnt malt character is present too.

T: Starts off with a bitter, burnt, smoky flavor. There's some coffee and cream as well, with a hint of chocolate but the palate is mostly dominated by the smoke flavors. Pretty good!

M: A little thin but the carbonation is pretty good, adding a bit to the soft m/f. The dry, burnt, smoky finish is solid too

D: I'm starting to explore smoked beers and this one's a good one! I could drink another

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Photo of ffejherb
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured via 22oz. bomber on 9/14/08, courtesy of akorsak.

A - Deep nutty brown body with slim off-white head that disappeared and left virtually no lacing. Minimal carbonation.

S - Smells like smoked kielbasa or brisket, so much so that the smoke dominates the aroma. There is a bit of dark roasted malt with an earthy presence.

T - Charred, smokey meat flavor with roasted malt and some toasted grains. There's also a bit of chocolate in the backend.

M - Medium body, although a little thin for a porter, with a watery texture. Lots of smoke in the finish with an earthy bitter bite on the palate.

D - I generally don't care for smoked beers all that much, but this one is pretty solid and flavorful and not too heavy on the smoke. Yes, the smoke is prevalent, but it still has enough other flavors happening to keep it drinkable.

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Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep and dark brown, almost black color. A large beige head forms and leaves some patchy lace.
S: Lots of roasted malt and smoke. Salty and meaty. Not all that aromatic though.
T: Again, lots of roasted malt and smokey meat. Very well balanced between the two, and the taste lingers on forever.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated. Creamy and almost chewy. Easy and smooth to drink. I don't know if I could session this though. Its a good beer to sip on.

A very nice beer. Unique and something worth seeking out. If you don't like smokey almost meat like flavors in your beer this is not for you though.

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Photo of Greggy
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- After a fairly aggressive pour, I get a 2 finger head, with some nice staying power. Decent lacing is present. The body is a deep brown/black and is just barely see-through.

S- Big on the deep dark chocolate notes, light smoky meat, vanilla, cream, light bacon. Overall, a nice balance. Just enough smokiness to peak through the great porter nose.

T- Starts off with a dark chocolate, sweet cream, vanilla, and just hints of smokiness.

M- A bit to much carbonation on this one. I probably has enough body to cut down on the carb.

D- A nice porter, and very drinkable, but I was expecting more of a smoky meat component. I would definitely have this again, but when wanting a porter, and not craving a smoke ale.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into an imperial pint glass, pours a very dark brown with a nice half inch creamy head, some decent lacing tool. The aroma is pretty much negligible, a bit of smoked malt, then a fair amount as it warmed. Nothing much else though, just smoke.

Tastes similarly smoky, a woody, meaty, thick smoke. For those who like that, its delicious. Its quite a nice smoked beer, but unfortunately the porter is lost on me. Theres a semblance of malt, but the smoke is just too prominent. The mouth has some nice fine carbonation, decent body, makes this a pretty good beer.

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Photo of gpogo
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, almost black with an amber/ruby tint. Light brown to cream colored head that dissipates into small head.

A- Lightly roasted malt and some smokey peat.

T- Roasted malt flavor with a nice not overpowering smokiness. Finishes nice and dry.

M- Medium body, low carbonation.

D- Wonderful smoked porter, before this my only other porter experience was a Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle and this definitely stands up to that.

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Photo of m1ked
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this in the CA-PA BIF from Leftmindedrighty. Thanks man.

A- Pours black with brown edges. A tan head about 1/2 inch that fades quickly. Lots of streamers noted in the middle.

S- Heavy on the smoked meats with some coffee in the background.

T- Definetly get the smokey meaty flavor ala beef jerky (in a good way). Subtle coffee woodiness. A little minerally on the end.

M- Smooth, medium body with a great carbonated crispness.

D- This is not my favorite style, but I think that this is a very tastey representative of this category. I personally could not drink many of these though.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thin light tan head. Nose is like a rauch. Smoked and like smoked meats. Flavor is like a good porter/rauch hybrid. There's the smoke, there's the meat, there's the well balanced porter backbone. A good mix, a good balance, and a unique flavor profile. Carbonation is vibrant and slightly biting. Good liquid feel. Nice to drink. A well done marriage of styles and character.

Thanks to hwwty4 for this one.

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Photo of TasteTester
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did you say this beer was called smoke? I wasn't quite sure I heard you right.

A-Black as a moonless night. 1/2" of caramel colored head that mostly dissipates, excpet for a small ring around the outside of the glass.

S-Bitter and black. Roasted "something".

T-Almost like liquid smoke, though I haven't chosen that as a drink. Roasted malts and pardon me again, "something". Can't really put a finger on it.

M-Good in all the right places. Flavor clings to the back of the throat.

D-Would be great after dinner.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby brown and topped by a rocky one inch head that quickly bubbles away into nothing and leaves no cap or lacing. Will give a more detailed glass washing next time and re-rate but as it sands, meh.

S: Good strong smoke right off the bat, like smoked meat marinated in soy and worchester (not even close to the right spelling i know) sauce, decent mild, very mildly fruity hop character along with a decent amount of chocolate and caramel malts

T/MF: Again makes good on the smoke promise (not so much a meaty smokiness but a well cooked brown sugar with a pinch of saltiness and tobacco) but will never be confused for a Rauchbier, starts smokey but then mosts rather quickly into the sweeter malt aspect of things, but the sweetness is held in check by a rather strong hop profile. Not so strong as to impart a citrus aspect onto the beer but good enough to keep the mouthfeel from getting to smooth and easy and the malts from becoming to cloyingly sweet. The beer sort of falls off near the back end and has that kind of emptiness, like a husky grainy kind of taste that I find in far too many beers, sam adams has this problem, but that is another story for another time. The beer is a really good started at least. Also I really like the mouthfeel of this beer, some might say it is a bit soda like but i really enjoyed the texture of this beer, good chewy malt along with some grittyness as well.

D: I had a fun time drinking this and I really enjoyed the smoke aspect and liked it enough to not care so much about the appearance or the slightly weak finish, its easy drinking and tastes great and I want to know where my next one is coming from.

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Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, w/o freshness info, a gift from Pebkac after the BCTC fest this past weekend. Pours typical dark mahogany, fairly short lived dark tan head and just a smidgen of lace. Smoke is the obvious player on the nostrils. Salami and smoked ribs come to mind. Tasty enough offering, but this one could use a bit more of a malty base to make it flow more smoothly over the old tongue. Worth a try but nothing real special going on here, IMHO

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

Thanks to Goliath for including this in his BIF package
Bottle poured into a snifter produced a tan head that didn't stay around long.
The body was a typical black color

Aromas of smoke, peat and that's about it for this brew.

Taste like smoked malts some chocolate in there as well. Medium body no carbonation to speak of at all.

Interesting brew don't know if I could drink more that one at a sitting. I can say I would love to cook with this brew if it was available to me. Thanks Brad

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Photo of Atron67
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pretty black to the light, deep brown head on top, the pour looked clear and pretty tasty. head fell relatively quickly but thats alright

S- lots of roasted character, mainly malty, light smoke character that provides a nice complexity.

T- the smoke flavor is a lot stronger and is the first thing i immediately notice, however i would say that it is perfect for being a smoked porter, and not a rauchbier. its almost subtle but its always there and pretty delicious, the roasted characters come in almost immediately after and give a great contrast. thins blend pretty well together.

M- full body, pretty delicious

D- solid, wish i had more of these

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Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
3.86 out of 5 based on 515 ratings.
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