Smoked Porter | O'Fallon Brewery

very good
515 Ratings
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 garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smoked malt dominates aroma. Has hints of smoked meat. Pretty straightforward and uncomplicated.
Pours with virtually no head and what little shows up ends up leaving a scattered smear and a tan ring. Clear. Very dark brown with red hues.
Smoked flavors dominate but along with the meaty flavor there is also a nice sweetness that moves it closer to BBQ sauce, but not in a strong overpowering manner, rather a nice tasty, pleasant one. Touch of dryness and hints of bitterness and hop flavors, but really a straight shot of smoke and dark malt. Background of roast which adds nicely.
More on the thin side for style, but that does make it drink rather nicely as the strong flavors lend to small sips and body leads to desire to drink more.
Thanks Linda.

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

12 oz. bottle purchased at local liquor store....
A-Pours into my glass a deep dark brown, almost black. Light brown, 1/4" thick head that slow disappears.
S-Aromas of smoke and faint malty goodness. Smells like I just opened a package of applewood smoked bacon.
T-Watered down tastes of chocolate, wood, smokey sweet malt with a thin dry finish. Very little hops detected.
M-Smooth but watery. Thin feeling but with adequate carbonation.
D-Decent. Lower ABV would allow you to have one or a few, and there is a pleasant enough taste.
Nothing bad to say really about this Porter, just that there's nothing spectacular.
I don't know if I'll go out of my way to search this one out again, but it's decently drinkable and I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of littleshamrocks
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness dating. Served in an imperial pint.

Pours an extremely dark brown with a large, creamy, tan head. The body is close to, but not completely opaque as I can see a little ruby tint when I hold it directly up to the light. Head retention is good and some sticky lace is left. The smell is a very pleasant combination of roasted malts and smoke. There is also a good deal of earthiness and a certain meatiness (like bacon or sausage) to the aroma. The flavor features the roasted, smoky malts with some chocolate notes thrown in for good measure. The finish is lingering and smoky. The hop character of this beer is light and comes through with a mostly herbal quality. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and some soft carbonation.

All things considered, this is a very drinkable brew. All of the ingredients blend well together to form a beer that is enjoyable to drink, but not spectacular. There is nothing off-putting about it and the smoked malts are done very well without overpowering the porter characteristics. There is a solid malt profile and enough hops to help with the balance. I would certainly have another, although I don't know if I would necessarily seek it out.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and exceptionally black for a Porter and a decent laced head. The smell is sweet and with some roasted malt aromas. The smoke in the taste is moderate and is balanced well with the malts. It goes down smooth and is lightly carbonation and there is some bitterness in the back on the throat in the aftertaste. This is pretty good smoked porter here and should be given a try.

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

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep opaque brown/black. Bottle conditioned. Quickly dissipating head, not much carbonation. Hickory smoke in the aroma with a little sausage and coffee. Aroma fades with time.

Starts off a little on the sweet side. Moderate smokiness. Lingering finish of chocolate malt. Medium body.

This might be a good introduction to smoked beers, not too overpowering with the smoke.

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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 BMoney575
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes
Sampled on 11-25-07

Pours a dark brown color, with a little bit of red peeking around the edges. No real head, no real lacing.

Smell is very smoky, the only thing I can associate it with is beef jerky. Very sweet and unusual, but in a good way.

Taste is an even bigger hit of beef jerky. The sweet malt is more pronounced, with a huge smoky finish.

Mouthfeel is good, super slick, but a little thin for me.

Drinkability is very good, a very smooth and well balanced brew.

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

A 12 oz bottle from a Dark Lord day trade with czoch75.

A: The porter is robust in color, a dark and deep red color that could be black if not for the sparkling highlights that emerge at the narrow base of my glass. There isn't much head now, but a finger or two emerged on pour.

S: The nose is as smokey as a curehouse, like a nice Christmas ham or a thick cured bacon. The aroma seems, as always, out of place in a beer but it smells oh so good. There isn't much of a porter profile in the nose.

T: While no porter presence was evident in the nose, it does manage to mix nicely taste-wise. Thick liquid smoke flavors obscure the body at the start of the sip, overwhelming the senses with smoked bacon. Within a few seconds, chocolate malts emerge to combat the smoke. The result is a sweet body that is dry and abrupt. The result of the mixture is not so hot, the flavors merge but never get along and create a synergy. I do like the smokiness that lingers in my mouth.

M: The smokiness is great but the smoke and the porter never quite come together as they should. Good smoked porter but it pales against Alaskan.

D: The taste is not bad, the smoke-porter interplay is not terrible. It just seems that the flavors don't mix as well as they should. Good beer that I'd love to try from a barrel.

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

Poured from a bottle a very dark brown-almost black with a light tan head.

Aroma is a combination of roasted malts and smoke. Plenty of smoke.

All I can taste is the smoke. And I'll admit I'm not much of a fan of smoked beers.

Medium mouthfeel and light carbonation.

Not being a fan of smoked beers makes it hard to really judge this one so I'll leave it at that.

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

A- Almost pitch black with a very creamy looking white head. A little cloudy when held up to a light.

S- Very smoky aroma with some roasted maltes. I keep expecting the smell of bacon to pop up. Very unique. If there was coffee in this, it would be THE breakfast beer.

T- Wow this is smoky. I can taste bonfire in this. Very roasty and some sweetness. The smokiness almost becomes overbearing. Very interesting though.

M- A tad on the spicy side. I would have enjoyed this a bit more if it were a little more creamy.

D- Very interesting. A little too much smoke for my tastes, but definitely worth a try for something different.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle served in a Sam Adams BL glass. The beer pours black with a half inch tan head which goes away very quickly. Not much lacing either. It smells like smoke, roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of coffee. The taste is the same as the aroma, which is a good thing. It leaves a nice lingering smoky aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's a little bit slick and has low carbonation which is perfect for this beer. Drinkability is pretty good too, it's smooth and easy to drink and very sessionable IMO. Overall I think it's a good porter/rauchbier. I'm glad I got a 6 pack of this, because it's not going to last very long. Too bad I can't buy this here in Ohio.

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

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

A: Completely black with thin tan head, leaves no lace.
S: Smokey, but not in an overpowering way.
T & M: There are definitely smoked malts here. I would like a little more roundness, it seems like all of the sugars got fermented away, feels a little thin.
D: This is a nice beer, the smoke is nicely balanced, not overpowering. A good porter but would like a little more maltiness. Definitely recommended if you like porters/stouts.

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Photo of meechum
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved this as an extra in a trade with Bort11

A - Very dark black with a reasonable tan head that fell quickly leaving little to no lace.

S - Very smokey smell to it with a hint of the malts and chocolate/mocha notes

T - Smokey and robust with a great malt backbone and some hints of caramel and mocha in there

M - Thick with mild carbonation...balanced well

D - This is a good beer..the smokey thing would be good for a bottle or two at a time but wouldn't want to session on it...overall good though

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

Thanks to axelbay for this one.

Poured this small bottle into a mug.
Black, with some reddish hue, a tan head that goes down quite fast.
Pleasant smell, roasted, smoked, some sausage in there, but not as powerful as I like (understand, I am a big fan of the Aecht Schlenkerlas).
Somewhat thin on the palate, but still showing a nice smoked taste, some coffee, some sausage.
Easy to drink, a nice offering, but not great.

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Photo of supercolter
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was a very different beer and difficult to compare, as it doesn't seem necessarily fair to compare the style to typical american porters.
Lack luster appearance. Can see the smoky texture inside.
Smell and taste are similar. Just smoke and nuts. Thats all I can pick up.
Mouthfeel is on par with where it should be.
Drinkability is average.

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Photo of orangetee
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, this is a beer that I will make an effort to seek out. Very dark with a dark head that doesn't last long. I noticed a sediment. A lighter colored suspension that slowly settles. So, maybe it was on the shelf too long, (?) but it doesn't seem to affect the taste. The taste is the good part. Great smoky flavor that's not overwhelming but just right. And, the underlying porter doesn't fight with it. It's very smooth with sort of a coffee taste. Light carbonation adds a little bite, and there is a silky mouth-feel. This one's a favorite.

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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 kguyty
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a Coca-Cola brown. A nice off-color head quickly dissipates. The smell is of you guessed it... roasted hops, with a little chocolate mixed in. This taste is very smoky... almost caught me off guard after the first sip. After the first sip, the flavor becomes a little more subtle. The carbonation is light and fizzy, a decent body - not to heavy, definitely not watery. Pretty easy to drink after the first sip. Not something I would have everyday, but definitely a good American Porter.

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

A- Deep cola color with a light tan head which never fades to a film fairly quickly.

S- Chocolate, coffee, earthy..with a strong underlying smokiness

T- Much like the smell, it is a strong roasted earthy flavor with a nice smoke finish.

M- Light carbonation, nice medium body.

D- Very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall- This is a great beer for anyone that enjoys porters or smoke beers. Would be excellent with some bbq.

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Photo of nightcrawler
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass gave a thick, but short lived head. Nice lacing. The foam really liked to stick to the side of my glass.

The color couldn't get much darker and was opaque when held up to a 60 watt bulb.

The smell was similar to an oatmeal or chocolate stout, but not as heavy. I assume the slight darker smell I got was the smoke, but it wasn't obvious.

The carbonation helped to give the liquid the feel of a heavier beer when it hit the tongue, but started and finished a bit thin. Not much in hoppiness.

The taste was where the smoke kicked in. First, the burnt, dark malt flavor is followed by a smoke aftertaste. My tongue tingled with the flavor that slowly grew to a burning sensation to the back of my mouth.

I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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 sullysbeer
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Smoky, burnt sugars, chocolate and roasted characters. Peated malt (While the malt is in the kiln, peat moss outside the kiln is gently smoked over slow burning coals allowing its vapors to drift above the malt. You may also hear this malt referred to as “rauchmalt.”) You really have to get you nose in the glass to get the hops. Camp fire is such a great description.

Appearance: Very dark with a ruby hue when put up to the light. A nice off white head that lasts.

Flavor: Huge smoke or peated malt flavor. Hints of chocolate. Pretty big roast character. Light hop bitterness and flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium light body. Perfect CO2. Dry on the tongue.

Overall Impression: A palatability smoked beer. Not overly smoked. The base of the beer is more like a brown Porter. Brewed to perfection. You have to try this beer if you are looking for a smoked beer.

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

A - A one finger tan head sits on top of a pitch black brew with slight ruby highlights. Big waves of lace, with minimal stickage. The head quickly reduces to a thin collar.

S - Burning rubber, BBQ smoke, roasted nuts, tree bark, mesquite, beef jerky, and salt&pepper. Very woodsy and smoky, but a little weak.

T - Wood fire, smoky mesquite BBQ, and beef jerky. Not quite as complex as it smells, and its missing a lot of the core porter flavors, although I can taste some strong dark roast coffee.

M - Crisp and carbonated with a lighter body. IMO, this is a bit over carbonated, and after letting it sit a while to warm the carbonation became less raspy and more creamy.

D - Pretty damn thirst quenching for a smoky porter. Not offensive in any way, and mellow enough for those who don't like smoked beers, but I wish it was more assertive.

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