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Smoked Porter | O'Fallon Brewery

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87
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354 Reviews
Smoked PorterSmoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States | website

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
Reviews:
354
Ratings:
505
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
15.28%
 
 
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Photo of glassbrass440
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Smoked meats, molasses, honey, and alcohol in that order. Quite nice. The smoke is evident, but not at all overpowering as it would be easy to do with such a beer. More BBQ than campfire (even though a camp fire is depicted on the label).

Appearance: Jet black with a brown head. Starts thick but settles to a thin brown hat on top of a black tower of beer.

Taste: Much like the aroma. The smoke is very unique. Very BBQ like. I never thought I would use catsup in a beer description (at least in a good way) but there it is, catsup! Of course there are the traditional porter flavors of roast malts and some molasses. Again not overpowering with the smoke but present. Only complaint is that it could be a bit drier.

Palate: Thick, stick to your mouth feel.

Overall: Liquid pork ribs in a bottle but somehow it works. Quite a nice, unique, creative beer. Very appropriate for a St. Louis based brewery (though brewed in WI).

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Photo of McNealc31
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It certainly pours just like a porter should. It is bitter, smoky, and there is a bit of nuttiness and even oak in there. The finish is a bit different than most porters, it's late, dry, and there's a hint of bacon! Mmmmm, bacon.

I certainly get the smoke, but it isn't overpowering. I could have gone for a bit more smoke flavor.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a moderate brown that appears a very deep brown-ruby when held to the light. A 1/4 inch light tan head forms and reduces to a light lacing.

The aroma is a healthy dose of smoke combined with a roasted malty sweetness.

The taste is the strong point. A solid malt chocolate sweetness followed by a pleasant smokiness. Just a bit of bitterness at the finish.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied . Carbonation is crisp and solid. A mild dryness lingers at the finish. A little thin.

Overall, this is an easy beer to drink. The subtleties are what make it good when combined with the smoke without being overpowering. I could certainly sit down and have a couple of these.

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Photo of Otacon
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at my corner store, I enjoyed the last two smoked beers I've tried so I decided to give this a shot.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark, semi-transparent brown with a small tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves sticky lacing on the glass

S - rich smokey nose with some sweet notes

T - Strong smokey start that mellows out to a rich chocolate malt and finishes with just a hint of bitterness

M - Smooth and rich with mild carbonation, very drinkable

O - Glad I picked it up, not quite as smokey as New Holland's Dragon's Milk but a very enjoyable beer nonetheless

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

Pours a slightly see through brown colour with thin tan head. Smells of lots of smoke with some mild roast. Smoke dominates a lot of the flavour, but there is some chocolate in there too. Still has a nice sweetness. Fairly light body for a porter, but drinkable. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a pitch black, light mocha head that doesn't really stick around and decent lacing. The smoke is up front, but subtle. Lots of milk chocolate in the nose and flavors. The smokiness runs wild in the flavors, but once again, it's balanced. There's a bitterness coming from the cocoa, maybe some coffee or expresso. Very robust. I'm also picking up slight hints of vanilla. The mouthfeel is good, just about what you should expect from a porter. It's not extremely creamy or thick, but it's extremely light and smooth; perfect amount of carbonation. This is a very easy drinking porter.

Overall, I really like it. Smoke might fall just short of some of the top-tier porters, but NOT by much. Everyone should try this brew!

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

looks as black as any porter. pours a nice brown head which doesn't really hang around any.

smells malty and smokey. the smoke is of the peat variety.

nice big smoke flavor. there is some malty sweetness there too but it is just big time smokiness. a very slight hop bitterness in the finish as well.

nice crispness, but not too much so that the sweet smokey malts linger nicely. the beer feels oddly thin and watery for how much flavor this beer packs, but its not unpleasant, just comes as a surprise.

i love me a good smoke beer. it just reminds me of sitting around the campfire eating baked beans and hot dogs just roasted on a stick. but i have to say i have made beer with malts that i smoked myself and my favorite wood to smoke malts with was definitely apple. i knew it was a shot in the dark that this beer would deliver apple smoke, but the peat delivers a nice flavor.

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Photo of Duff27
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Thin mocha colored head atop a dark brown beer. Head retention is null and lacing is minimal.

S- Cola. Dark chocolate.

T- Starts off as a normal porter..., slight chocolate, licorice, dark malts etc. then hits you with subtle smoke. Not overpowering, just very pleasant.

M- Medium to medium/thin. Carbonation is good.

D/O- Every sip made me want another. The look and smell left something to be desired but overall a solid beer from O'Fallon.

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

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

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Photo of alleykatking
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for the beer Vinnie (VinnieVanGogh)! Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a deep dark brown almost black color. When held to the light there is some light brown hues on the edges. One and a half finger tan head shows light retention overall. No real lacing on the sides of the glass as everything falls back into the beer.

S- Smoked aroma right off the get go. A little mix of both smoked meat and light campfire smoke. The underlying aroma is roasted coffee along with very light chocolate. The smokey aroma really dominates this beer overall from start to finish.

T- The smoked flavor comes right off the bat with a hint of smoked meat and campfire. Middle of the beer has some light sweet malts and roasted coffee flavor. The backing is where the smoked meat comes back a little more flavorful than the first time around. Hint of alcohol right on the backend really gives a nice kick in the ending of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for the style. Smoked meats and light campfire smoke are left on the palate. Aftertaste is a lot more smoke with a hint of coffee and light alcohol. Flavors were very smoked forward and balanced more so to that. No off flavors were present in this beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This was a nice smoked ale. Nothing top notch in my book but better than average. The smoke really drives this beer and for that it makes it a little one trick pony. The ABV is low enough you could drink many of these but the smoke flavor might tend to be a little much for most people.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: God himself couldn't create a better looking beer. Poured pitch black with an off-white, half inch head that eventually faded to a pencil thin head that lasted til the last sip. Enjoyed in a nonic glass, no light could penetrate thie brew. Flashlight tested.

S: The aroma of this smoked porter is subtle, but incredible. The smoked nature of it is the first thing that hits you. Dig a bit deeper and your are rewarded with a satisfying roasted coffee and chocolate arrangement and some malty goodness. I seriously could no stop smelling this.

T: This is an incredibly balanced brew that makes me want fire up a smoker and cook some ribs. Roasted malt and hops with chocolate undertones and a satisfying smoky finish. If you happen to have a bad memory, you could be convinced you enjoyed some amazing smoked meat previously.

M: You're tricked into thinking this will be a heavy beer, but it's not. Medium body. Smooth. Creamy. It doesn't get much simpler than that!

D: For as heavy as it may look, it's incredibly easy to drink and satisfying at that. I've had smoked beers before and they did nothing for me, in fact, I had made up my mind before drinking it that I probably wouldn't like it. I couldn't of been more wrong! I can't wait to fire up my smoker this summer and enjoy this beer next time I smoke a rack of ribs!

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Photo of rmalinowski4
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is dark burnt brown that only a very faint hint of light shines through. Pours a two finger tan head that recedes to a thin crown on the beer. Minimal lacing.

Smell is of sweet meat cooking on a charcoal grill. Smoke, sausage, bacon, and some underlying sweetness.

Taste is very similar to the smell, smoke, sweetness from the malts, a meaty flavor and more smoke. Smooth and easy to drink. After taste lingers for a little while.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy, could use slightly more carbonation, almost tastes flat. The body is a little thin.

Overall this is one of the better beers I have had in this style. The problem is, it is not really a style I enjoy greatly. The smokey flavor is present, but it is not completely overpowering like other smoke beers I have had. If smokey beers is something that you like, then you should definitely check out this beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Nothing like enjoying some fine tunes and brews before rocking into Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (classic). One of those brews (this one, if you couldn't get that) pours a dark ruby-tinted black-brown topped by a half-finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, light coffee, and a very mild bit of hickory smoke. The taste comes across very similarly, with the smoke a bit (a very small bit) more robust, the chocolate less powdery, and a touch of molasses added for good measure. The body is a stolid medium, with a slightly-light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, strictly as a porter, this was pretty good. I will say, though, as a smoked porter it's a disappointment. The smoke is far too subdued, especially considering the plethora of complimentary characteristics surrounding it. Frankly, for something labeled as "Smoke", I was disappointed with such a relative lack thereof, but it's still a good porter on its own.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a dark opaque brown with an offwhite head that left a minor crown after dissipating quickly. Smell was smokey with a roasty smell behind. Taste was much the same. Feel was smooth and lighter bodied than expected, some oilyness was noticed. Overall a pretty decent "Smoked Porter" but not the best "Porter". A good beer and I will not turn it down.

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

Enjoyed at the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO. Poured into a Pint Glass and this was the last beer from O'Fallon until we get Gold, Chocolate Cherry, and Wheach. (No B.O.D.)

Appearance- Darkest Brown you can get in color, almost black. Head was a finger+ and a yellow/brown color (grey poupon dijon mustard?).

Smell- Hickory Wood Smell and a hint of coffee. Very Good! Tried to capture more of the scent every time before tasting.

Taste- As drinking, it almost tastes like a slab of ribs or roasted almonds. There is a bitterness to this beer as well. Good but couldn't enjoy very much.

Mouthfeel- A Medium Bodied beer with a syrup background. Light carbonation.

Drinkability- Took 45 minutes to enjoy the whole experience. I believe this beer was awesome for its style but one had one. I would recommend this to anyone! From St. Louis of course, what do you expect?

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this beer. Not sure of the date on the beer, but the label says bottled in Steven's Point, Wisconsin for O'Fallon Brewery. The beer has a gray label.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and meaty smoke. The flavor is more of the same. I get some chocolate and roasted malt, but the predominant flavor is the smoke. The beer is very meaty smelling.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of tito42
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into an imperial pint, no freshness date.

Appearance: Dark chocolate color and almost completely opaque when held up to the light. Cocoa head that dissapated quickly for me but left nice lacing.

Smell: It really smells like hickory liquid smoke to me, with a little maltiness. Smoother than actually putting your nose to a bottle of Liquid Smoke (TM).

Taste: Liquid, cherry-smoked ribs. Roasted malt and a lot of smoke, but it doesn't taste burnt. Balances surprisingly well and the smoke and a slight bitterness linger in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, not as creamy as I remembered. A good deal of carbonation, but it doesn't dry the mouth like other porters I've tried recently, even with the smoky character.

Drinkability: BBQ in a beer bottle. I'm actually slightly embarrassed this is brewed in a St. Louis suburb and not here in Kansas City. This is my favorite porter, and I was happy to find a sixer on sale for $7.49 at the Hy-Vee today.

If you are adamant about not liking smoked beers, you may not like this. But I highly recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. A dark brown porter with a nice tan head that has great retention and lacing. Avery nice beer to look at.
A. The smell is smoke, chocolate, hickory, tobacco.
T. The taste is a smoke flavor with some hops, followed by some chocolate, than some molasses, some chalkiness, followed by some milk chocolate leaving it a well balanced taste that leaves little bitterness.
M. A very very nice creamy feel. This is one of the creamiest beers I've had. Feels like the brew is melting in my mouth.
D. With a beer that tastes this good and with its great creamy mouthfeel how can you go wrong with this? I highly recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours black with dark brown highlights. Thick tan head with great retention and tons of lacing.

S_Smoke,roasted malt,black chocolate.

T_Earthy/woody smoke upfront. Not overbearing though. Roasted malt,black chocolate and chicory round out the flavor.

M_Mouthfeel is terrific. Thick,creamy and just the right amount of carbonation.

D_Could easily drink quite a few of these.

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

Pours a slightly transparent black with an off-white head. Nice lacing in the middle after the head dissipates.

Aroma is big and I can smell it from three or four feet away, but after the head's gone, I can hardly smell anything. What aroma was there was woody and smoky, with a smell herbality.

Taste is great. Nicely rounded. I love smoked beer when it doesn't taste exactly like ham, and this one does a nice job of balancing the smoke with the roastiness of the malt.

Mouthfeel is good, but gets knocked down a bit for being too carbonated for my taste.

Overall, it's a nice beer, and the smokiness makes it stand out from all the run-of-the-mill porters out there.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a 12 oz bottle.
A: Poured nearly opaque black with a nice one-finger dark tan head that died to a good collar and film. The lacing drips slowly.
S: Smoke (go figure), molasses, and creamy oats with some cigar. It is mild, but nice.
T: Surprisingly, not as smokey as you'd think, but it has a nice creamy oatmeal and malt and a slightly sweet porky brown sugar. This is good.
M: Medium to heavier body with a typical slightly dry carbonation of an Irish stout.
D: Good. I usually don't like smoked beers, but this one is good.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a brown black with a smallish creamy tan head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet peaty smoky (BBQ and liquid smoke) malts.

The flavor is sweet peaty malts with some smoke. The mouth feel is medium bodied and fairly watery.

Overall, lots of good smoke. It's a bit subdued at time and not much else except smoke. It's also a bit thin and watery.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark brown or extremely dark ruby color with some burnt orange and burnt yellow highlights at the bottom. Tan head that didn't have much retention or girth. A bit of lacing was left on the glass.

Smell - There is some smoke to it. The smoke, however doesn't seem to be balanced very well with the roasted malt. The smoke almost smells like buttermilk. Chocolate aromas seem to be hidden in the background also. Had to really search for hints of dark fruit.

Taste - The taste seems to be a bit more balanced, but the smoke is again the dominating factor. No real bitterness in the flavor. Some chocolate malt and an earthy tone.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Smooth. Leaves a bit on the palate. A bit of an oily finish. No bitterness left on the tongue either. Fairly creamy also.

Drinkability - I'm guessing this was smoked with Peat. Could be wrong, but with the buttermilk type aroma and the earthy taste, it seems to fit the bill. This beer was just ok for me. It was good, but not outstanding. Didn't seeem well balanced in the aroama or the taste. I could have a few, but not too many. I hate to score this too low because I do love Porters. I say it's above average for the style.

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Photo of soju6
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with nominal head and no lacing.

S: Has a mild smoky aroma with a hint of roasted malt. Expected a bit more.

T: Mild smoke flavor with roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Has a clean dry finish.

F: Fairly full body. Smooth and does not overpower you as some smoke brews do.

D: Good drinker. Seem to go best with food, especially BBQ. Also good for a quiet evening sipper.

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Smoked Porter from O'Fallon Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.
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