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 wagenvolks
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 bomber poured into a wine glass...

Makes a seal brown body with a finger's width of greyish-tan head that recedes slowly and leaves tiny splotches of lacing. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy for a stout, while a gentle smoked note graces the nose. Reminds me of a morning-after campfire that's been glazed with dew, but still smoldering. Hickory and spice show up as the beer warms.

Taste is sublime with smooth malty notes, coffee, ash, and chocolate. It's a bit underwhelming, I was expecting this to be a bit bolder, but it helps out the drinkability nicely. Mouthfeel is velvety and medium-bodied with a perfect, light carbonation level and a bitter aftertaste that comes outta left field. Overall, this is a very enjoyable, complex, tasty beer. Definately worth pursuing, all my non-good-beer-drinking friends in St.Louis seemed to enjoy what they tried.

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Photo of icemonkey908
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown/black. Some red highlights can be seen when help up to the light. The beer is very clear. A 1.5 inch head dissipates after about a minute or so leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

The smell is very smokey with hints of chocolate and malt. The smokey scent intensifies as the beer warms.

The taste is also very smokey with hints of chocolate and burnt tasting. Much like the nose would suggest and as expected from the name. The smoke taste lingers for quite some time as well.

I've heard people describe this beer as having a "meaty" smell and flavor and I suppose that could be the case as the flavor can also be associated with smoked meat.

Moutfeel is pleasant. Not too much carbonation and not too thin. The drinkability is a little low though simply because the smoked flavor is so intense.

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

Appearance - Black/Brown in color. Nice tan colored head that started out at about an inch after a full pour and falls down to about 1/8th inch. The beer is very clear, hard to tell as it is dark, but if held to a light it is clear.

Smell - Smokey, malty, hints of chocolate.

Taste - Complex. The smokey flavors are first to hit your tounge. Followed by some chocolate hints and some roasted malts. Some esters, hard to place exactly because of the smokey flavors.

Mouthfeel - Starts heavy but watery and continues to foam a little while in your mouth which gets lighter but thick.

Drinkability - Very. Very smooth going down and leaves the smoke aftertaste. Alcohol content is normal but is still noticable which makes a very even brew. I will buy this again and cannot wait for the barrell aged smoked porter to come out.

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Photo of happygnome
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: dark brown with about an eigth inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing, very inviting
s: smoked malts, hints of chocolate
t: chocolate smoked malts with the smoked flavor really comes out very nice
m: medium bodied with average carbonation

overall a very nice brew, very refreshing after shoveling snow
(im reviewing from notes, it snowed the day i had this)

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head that disappears fairly quickly and leaves a slight amount of lace. Aroma is pretty smoky as one would expect from a smoked porter. The smoke is almost hickory bacon like. There is also notes of dark fruit perhaps black cherries and dark chocolate.

Taste is of course smoky as one would expect and seems stronger towards the finish of the beer. There is a good amount of roasted malt present with a dark roasted coffee like taste, and a slight cherry undertone with a subtle spiciness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and just a bit more thin than I would prefer, not bad though. Ok drinkability, although I am not sure I would want to make a session of it because of its smokiness.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in Secret Bunny 07 trade from Vancer.

Dispensed from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Nearly opaque black color with a minimal, grey head. Short time span and no lacing.

Aroma is full of smoke. Backyard campfire, smoked sausage, even smoked turkey. Anything smoky. Not getting much else. Slight chocolate but mostly just smoke in this one.

Smoky and chocolatey flavor. The smoke seems to be well balanced with other chocolatey malts, and it isnt quite as strong as I had imagined. Slight bitterness and some astrigency near the finish.

Pretty good beer. I tend to like smoked beers although I have had only three or four. Always makes me want to grill out or go camping. Smoked porter seems to be a popular smoked style and I liked this one as well.

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

Thanks goes out to Vancer.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus foamy tannish head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is of sweet smoked malts, and slight coffee/chocolate. The taste is smokey and malty, with a slight bitter coffee aftertaste. Medium body. Drinkable, I'm not really a big fan of these smoked brew's so far.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

enjoyed on tap at Iron Barley in STL with some ridiculous oak-roasted pork, and subsequently several times from the bottle. Also enjoyed discussing the beer with the crew at O'Fallon, even tasting some of the beechwood smoked malt.

Very dark brown pour with a foamy tan head. Most recedes quickly, but a stubborn ring lasts till near the bottom and laces pretty well.

Nice light flowery fruit smell...kidding! Simply put, it smells like smoke, but it isn't simple at all...I doubt I can do it justice...big, roasty, charred-man-food smoke smell, and I love it.

Great taste. Yes, there is smoke, but it isn't overpowering. This is still a beer, and a damn fine one. There is a lot of carmelized/burnt sugar sweetness, and a bit of bittering. I remember at first I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the smoked beechwood, as I'm used to some other woods, but I can't argue with the results. It is interesting to read other reviews where some people note nothing but smoke, while others request additional smoke. While I don't think it needs any more, to me it is far from overdone.

Very nice medium bodied creamy mouthfeel. A bit drying in the finish. Not something I usually session, but I'd drink a couple today, when I'm enjoying it with some great smoked brisket.
Brian and Dave: Well done. This is deeply deserving of the accolades it has received.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees. Thanks to Vancer for this one!

A - Pours a deep brown with a tan head that leaves a small ring atop the beer.

S - Charcoal & smoked notes with sweet chocolate lingering in the background.

T - Well-balanced between cocoa, coffee, and caramel flavors - all with a wood-smoked foreground. For smoked porters, a nice mixture of meaty-smoked flavors and sweeter tones.

M - Seemed to grow thinner as it warmed, but carbonation remained steady; strong finish & aftertaste.

D - Overall, a very good selection for the style. Goes down very smoothly, without the thicker body.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to vancer for including this fine brew in my ba anniv. package.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a one finger caramel colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin rim around the edge and not much else.
S: Very hefty smokey notes. Bitter coffee and chocolate notes appear once you brush away the smoke a bit.
T/M: Roasted malt flavors hide behind a large smoke stack. Bitter chocolate and coffee flavors come through, but are only subtle. Extra subtle leafy hop flavors prickle the tongue with a bitterness. Smooth in the mouth, but slick on the palate with a slight dry finish. Medium bodied.
D: A nice porter that's got a hefty smoke bite to it. An interesting offering to say the least and a good change of pace for me as I'm not a huge smoked fan.

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

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Garnet infused cordovan. Tall, cushiony fine bubbled head of faded caramel that settles slowly to a thick cap leaving no lacing. Big pops of carbonation. The smoke aromas bring to mind bacon and salmon, as well as aromas of chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and wood ash. Smokey sweet with dashes of cocoa and baker’s chocolate finishing with some smoked piney hops. The smoke gains in intensity as the bottle warms. Medium body with medium carbonation, there is a slight slickness gathering on the tongue. Bits of dry roasted astringency compliment nicely. This was a solid smoked porter.

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Photo of slyke
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

O'Fallon Smoke pours black with a tan head that falls in a couple of minutes to a thin cap. There is a little lacing as the beer is drunk. The aroma is mainly smoke with some roastiness. Honestly it smells a little like smoked meat. The taste maintains the roastiness and smoke, but the meaty note is not present. Mouthfeel was thinner than I expected. I would have like more creaminess. Drinkability is good with this one. I don't know if I'd session the beer, but it would pair well with certain foods.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this to be a rather novel beer; I've had Alaskan Smoked Porter before, and this is definitely smoked to a new extreme. I would recommend it as a beer experience although not as an everyday drinking occasion.

It pours an opaque black with a moderate amount of tan head. Aroma is definitely of smoke, or as my wife (who doesn't know anything about beer) described it, "ham." Taste is also a bit like a smoked meat. Very interesting, but I am not sure that you could call this beer "true-to-style." I'd recommend it, but wouldn't call it a great beer.

I've had this and O'Fallon's pumpkin ale. They are both definitely extreme, but more in the way of curiousities than in a way that I would rank with elite beers. Nonetheless, I'll keep trying what they put out!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big ups to the grumps

dark pour, see thru while pouring and dense and solid once settled. tannish orange ring and sporadic haze on the beer's surface. porter? yep.

ooh is this smoky. nice and bacony beechwood aroma is rich but not overpowering. perfect level for me, which might be too much or little for others. i'm a (fried belly of) pig in sh*t whilst sniffing this beast. trying to pull a little coffee grounds out of the nose here is somewhat possible, but the smokiness wins in the long run. smells spectacular.

crisp and airy, this beer is easily drinkable. the smoke gets lost somewhat to the carbonation, and the finish is a bit metallic. as the beer sits, pre-swallow, the carbon-burnt wood flavors begin to soak in, getting richer and blacker with each sip. finish is like sucking fireplace fumes, and the medium grit of bitter u.s. hops and wood chip fire leaves you with something coating your palate. punishing, although mildly so.

something about the balance here is mighty impressive, although i still prefer the 360 degree smoky ass kicker. too much smoke, not enough maple syrup. still, a solid beer and the best i've had from o'fallon's.

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Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

A clear dark brown beer that nears the color black with a tall brown head that threatens to foam over the lip of the glass.

Smell is sweet and smoky with a bit of a medicine smell. Under those scents is a quite strong chocolate fudge aroma that actually intensifies the sweetness.

Taste is smoky and a bit acidic at the beginning, seems to be quite highly carbonated. Tastes like red oak smoke and the chocolate taste has to fight to get noticed, it is there but this really is a smoked beer first.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a good beer but only if you don't mind strong smoked beer. Heavy on the smoke this is a natural beer for barbecue.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber. Pours a dark brown color, with no head.

Aroma is like smoked sausage and smoked cheese.

Flavor is surprisingly muted up front. The aftertaste kicks in as expected: liquid smoked sausage lights up in your nostril as you breath out. You're going to need a breath mint after this beer!

Mouthful is thin and watery. Not impressive, but normally you wouldn't even notice it with while wrapping your tongue around this smoky sausage flavor.

Drinkability is ok for this type of beer. I've had some real barn stoppers before. However, this still doesn't rate too high because it's food in a bottle. Also, by the end of the bottle, the smoked flavor diminished as you get used to it. And lastly, the flavor was not very complex. They nailed the smoke, but didn't really have a decent base to begin with.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber in color, with ruby highlights, a moderate tan head, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Smoky barbecue note, as of long-smoked sausage, rather than beer.

Taste: Opens mildly smoky, with a seemingly thin porter base beneath, which struggles to assert itself. Finishes with a mild, lingering earthy note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, little carbonation noted.

Drinkability/notes: The porter character could be strengthen a bit to balance against the strong smoke character. Still, a quite decent example, very nice.

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3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brownish black body with a very light brown head. Very meat like nose that screams smokey sausage and even hints of bolagnise. In the first sip you get a huge dose of the smokey feel of this brew and even a nice hint of sweetness. This beer is quick to fade out after the bold palate and initial smokey feel. Some may find the liquid smoke like feel a bit over the top, but what do you expect? I find the mouthfeel a bit more smokey even as it warms. Easy to drink for the style. More focus on the porter would be nice.

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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 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 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 rsyberg01
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S - 22 oz. bomber with no freshness date. Different Label than the one posted. As the one posted is orange, the label on my bottle is grey with a gent sitting near a smoking fire.

A - Pours a jet black with a nice tawny head with exceptional lacing. head gets to about a finger at its peak and then to a fine bubble film on top of the beer.

S - Chocolate, slight fruit accent, of course smoke, caramelized sugar, roasted malt, a twinge of woodiness too.

T - Slight fruit hits the tongue with a little tartness then the roastiness and sweet caramelized sugar come through all the while the smoke is tapping you on the shoulder. Hits of hops in the corners of the mouth make for a delightful and extremely well balanced beer.

M - Kind of slick while holding on at the same time. Decent carbonation makes for somewhat of a crisp and slightly creamy coat.

D - The smoke character is stong in this brew so I would have to say it would be hard to polish off more than a bomber of it in a single sitting. Good, solid brew. Definitely worth it.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black in color-slight tan head on top. Mellow aroma-not much there. Some smokiness-sort of an oily or mechanical type smell to it. Nice, mellow smoked flavor. Good balance between that and the chocolate and roasted flavors. Trace of hop bitterness. Decent enough mouthfeel. Definate winner here. Smoke not overpowering as in some beers. Well worth a try, even as just a porter without the smoke.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to spc2005 for this one...been wanting this brew for a bit.
Black in color with the slightest of light able to pass thru...less than a half a finger of tan head with very little lacing as the head disappears.
A masterful blend of sweet malt and smoke in the nose.
Wow, the taste if more of the same...splendid smokiness to accompany the toasted malt and even some fruity hops. The smoke is the only thing to linger in the aftertaste and it is so slight, it is by no means distracting.
Mouthfeel is right in line with a porter, but somehow appears thicker with the smoked quality. A meal of a beer...carbonation is perfect.
The anticipation was well worth it...a solid brew and one I am very fortunate to try.

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

This beer pours with large weak bubbles that collapse and quickly dissipate. There is very little lace and no sediment in the bottle. Definitely a filtered beer. A very dark black color but with garnet hues on the edge of the glass when exposed to light.

Nice roasty, smokey notes, but a very, very faint odor.

This tastes nicely balanced with the smoke/roast combination. These flavors are accented with a refreshing bitterness. Coffee, chocolate, Scotch whiskey sans the burn - a nice quaffer.

In the mouth it suffers from being a bit too thin. It could benefit from some more dextrins/sweetness or some yeast from bottle conditioning.

This beer goes down easy, but lacks a high end aroma/balanced acidity to set it off.

I definitely prefer Alaskan smoked porter.

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Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
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