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Smoke Porter
Ranked #2
Ranked #1,392
4.28 | pDev: 7.24%
Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
California, United States
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Notes: A lightly smoked coffee porter made with a touch of German beechwood smoked malt as well as high quality 2 lbs. of Sightglass coffee per barrel.
Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 213 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador teku glass. Consumed 10/17/16.

A: Very dark brown to black, with a half-finger of tan head with average retention. A low amount of visible carbonation. Appears quite opaque.

S: Coffee and a light smoke, chocolatey mocha and deep roasted malts. Hints of tobacco and cured leather as well. It really does smell “lightly” smoked.

T: Coffee, dark roasted malts, and smoke. Smoke stays relatively light but certainly present. Char, chocolate, and sweet malts, then some drying tobacco with another swell of dark roasted coffee. It finishes fairly dry for a malt forward beer, and a little bitter (though I'm not certain about if that's from hops or roastiness). More smokiness on the exhale, but it does come across as very minimally, if at all, “Band-Aid”.

M: A nice thick body for a porter, especially for as tame of an ABV as this has. Carbonation sensation on the low side. Alcohol presence is quite low.

O: Well…pretty damn good for a smoked beer. Which are historically certainly not my favorite. The smoke is light but present on each sip, especially the exhale. The coffee manages to stay in the foreground throughout. And overall, is a well put-together porter. Enjoyable, though I wouldn’t go out of my way for another.

Aug 04, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with some bronze highlights and some tan head.

Smell is slightly smoky with lots of coffee and some hints of tobacco and dark chocolate.

Taste is coffee-forward with notes of tobacco, chocolate and cocoa with a hint of smokiness. Milder than I had expected.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a good coffee stout, but I was expecting something wilder than this.

Jan 29, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - frothy, hazelnut head atop a black body.

S - lots of coffee, chocolate.

T - coffee-forward, with milk chocolate, a little smoke, a little nuttiness. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - delivers on what it advertises. I was hoping for something a little more extreme in the coffee and smoke department, but as-is its a crowd pleaser.

Dec 01, 2018
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout tulip
From: My friend, Chad
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received Oct. 26, 2018
Consumed: Nov. 9, 2018
Reviewed as: American Porter
Misc.: Canned on Sept. 10, 2018; Best by Nov. 9, 2018

Thanks, Chad!

Was grateful for pulling in this, along with 16 others, from Chad and Bill on a recent work trip to Reno, Nev. Had only had Cellarmaker’s IPAs and hazy IPAs, so was looking forward to trying something heavier. Had heard great things about this one. Description called it, “A lightly smoked coffee porter made with a touch of German beechwood smoked malt as well as high quality 2 lbs. of Sightglass coffee per barrel.”

Poured a pitch black color with khaki tan fizzy head. No noticeable bubbles. Poor watery lacing. Very bad retention. (Sight - 2.75)

Smelled black coffee, dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, light ashtray, smoky wood and dark cacao nibs. Even more smokier from the can and actually not as good from the can for nose. (Smell - 4.25)

Dang. Even better for the taste. Got cold-brewed black coffee, dark roasted malt, smoky char wood, ashtray, dark chocolate and dark cacao nibs. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Sticky-to-slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Just an awesome porter. World-class. (Overall - 4.50)

4.34 | 96 | A

Nov 29, 2018
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a porter should, a touch watery with 2 inches of khaki head that quickly dissipates and leaves no trace of its existence in the smooth black inky surface of the beer. Smell just has the slightest hint of coffee but is predominated by roast barley notes. You don't really get the smoked nature of this beer until you actually try it. Porterish up front with a coffee middle followed by a porter finish that is smokies than it should be and hence the smoked porter. Decent amount of carbonation yet silkyish going down. Overall this beer is solid but I think I waited too long in letting it sit as the flavors were a touch muted.

Aug 12, 2017
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rand from California

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Toronado SD, into a little goblet.

Tasty little porter, nice balance of coffee and chocolate notes. Coffee is obvious but doesn't crowd out other flavor aspects. Nose is more singularly espresso aromas. This isn't my favorite style but I'm finding it pretty easy to drink.

May 31, 2017
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floyd_pugman from California

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nose of coffee, ash, some chocolate. Creamy but thin mouthfeel. Campfire ash hits fairly early, with nuances of chocolate fudge and roasted coffee coming in. Wishing it were a bit richer and more viscous, but very good for a 7.7% porter.

Feb 06, 2017
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 26 May 2016. Thanks, Trey.

A jet black with a dense, dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is a wonderful blend of coffee and smoke, roast and a little cream, cocoa and earth. Unlike some of the other smoked porters, this is a little more delicate - a little less Alaskan Smoked Porter, a little more wet wood embers. The coffee character is a robust, fruity, creamy, roasty, going nicely with the mild burnt sugar and caramel notes. The palate opens creamy, mildly sweet, moderately roasty with a nice coffee flavor. There's a moderate smoke character, earthy and roasty rather than brash and aggressive. The mid-palate has more of the sweeter notes, really nicely integrated with the cream and coffee. Milky dark (or is it dark milk?) chocolate, creamy, roasty, cocoa heavy and mildly sweet, is present. A hair lighter in body than it should be, this beer seems to tread the line between a smoked porter and a coffee stout quite well. Carbonation is solid, and the finish is long, roasty and coffee-ish. Very nice.

Jan 28, 2017
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice coffee Porter. Good smooth coffee flavor. Very smooth beer. Initial smell was loaded with coffee and then faded. Have to try the Imperial version, though I would be happy to drink this again.

Sep 11, 2016
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soze47 from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery. Interesting beer. By no means tastes like cigarettes, but it does bring back memories of drinking overly creamy coffee at dinners while sneaking away as a youth to smoke. Cream and smoke are interesting bedfellows. Sweetness is sticky and that helps receive the more smokey, leathery and cocoa bitterness.

Aug 24, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle. Black body. Smells mostly of coffee, but it has a smokiness behind it. Not meaty, just a dry smokiness. Tastes of chocolate and coffee. Has just enough sweetness at the start, because it gets smokey and bitter in the back end. Medium body. I appreciate that it isn't super heavy or sweet. The name makes the beer sound disgusting, but it's good.

Aug 02, 2016
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Hop_God from California

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

5.17.16 bottle release

A: deep brown to black. Milky in hue. Thick khaki to caramel head.

S: exactly as described. Plus some cocoa

T: creamy chocolate. Coffee but subtle. Faint smokiness. Dark bitter chocolate

F: amazing. Soooo smooth and creamy. Soft but packs great flavor and body

O: wonderful porter.

May 18, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cellarmaker Brewing Company in San Francisco, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, coffee bean, and brewed coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, coffee bean, brewed coffee, earth, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great mix of coffee with the base beer, but I am not getting any of the smoke the brewery is describing.

Serving type: on tap.

Feb 16, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at Rare Barrel. Comes to think of it, all the Cellarmaker I've ever drank has always been in the east bay. I digress.

Black pour, 1/3" tan head. Good retention. Aroma was, well more coffee than cigarettes, but less coffee than the coffee sessions beers.

Taste was solid, did have that dry ashy cigarette thing, well placed. Coffee is dark. The smoke quotient is solid. Not huge, over the top or anything, comes off Euro smokey if you catch what I'm saying.

I dunno, if Mikkeller made this, people would hate it, but that is what it reminded me of.

Feb 11, 2016
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metter98 from New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Cellermaker Brewing Co., San Francisco, CA

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—only when held up to a bright light do traces of red become visible near the edge of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a thin collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of coffee beans—it's like cold brew French Roast—along with notes of smoked malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is more like a coffee porter than a smoked porter as the aromas and flavors of coffee are a lot stronger than those of the smoked malts. Any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

Oct 29, 2015
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Roguer from Georgia

4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brew topped with a large dark tan head; excellent retention.

Huge coffee-forward, roasty aroma! This could be cold press coffee in a glass.

Flavor does not disappoint on that front: it's a coffee-forward brew, slightly roasty, and a touch sweet. Dark coffee is definitely the focus, with a slightly ashy finish. Creamy. Balanced without overwhelming bitterness or sweetness; restrained.

On the lighter side of the porter/stout spectrum; it's a smooth, medium mouthfeel overall. No heat. Very drinkable.

Oct 24, 2015
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Dodgerrigo77 from California

4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how to explain this, here I go!
Beautiful black liquid in the glass, small copper head.
Fukn great aroma out the glass,fresh roasted coffee!!
Damn this really goes down great, starts w/coffee, chocolate, finishes with the slightest but bot minimal smoked grain?? Not overbearing but ypu'll notice and really enjoy it.
Great mouthfeel, minimally carbed but works great for style.
This is truly a treat, Cellarmaker lets everyone know their more than a hop factory!!

Oct 09, 2015
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QuakeAttack from California

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smoked, coffee delicious. The name is perfect for the beer. However, don't think of cigarettes smoke, but a smooth smoked, malt beer. Outrageous. Coffee wasn't too bitter and balanced the smokey after taste. Try it, you will like it!

Aug 10, 2015
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Wontonst from California

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not usually impressed by U.S. beers. Well, this beer gives you a bang for the buck and is ridiculously delicious. Congrats U.S.for combining my coffee and beer fetish both. Signed, the girlfriend.

Jun 06, 2015
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Ryanster8 from Ohio

4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious lightly smoked Porter with shuttle coffee flavor and fairly strong chocolate notes. After breath is truly cigarettes. After taste is chocolate. Wonderfully complex.

May 29, 2015
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ELS from Florida

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C&C looks great with jet black color and a nice 1/2 inch tan foamy head. Very inviting. Smells smokey, coffee and a little burnt. Really great flavor because the smokiness, malt presence and coffee are perfectly balanced. You don't get tired of drinking it. Pretty smooth mouthfeel and overall one of the best adjunct porters I've had in a while.

Apr 01, 2015
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KevBot89 from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pitch black with a nice dark brown/cream colored head

Smell: Smoked malts come through first, but not the ordinary smell associated with smoked malts: this smells like a burning cigarette, which is pretty wild imo. Chocolate/cacao comes through next, with bitter dark roast coffee following and hints of charcoal finish.

Taste: sweet chocolate malts, cigarette smoke, moderate coffee--bitter dark roast.

Feel: medium carbonation, thick mouthfeel, with lingering cigarette flavors lingering long after consumption.

Overall: a really, really solid porter, borderline stout. The coffee flavor is mild, but apparent. The smoke flavor is literally like cigarettes, which is somewhat mind-blowing. The smoke is most prominent, but balanced fairly well with wonderful sweet chocolate malt flavors. The cigarette smoke lingers well after finishing each sip, which is interesting. I really enjoyed this beer. I'd recommend seeking it out.

Mar 27, 2015
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elNopalero from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite its name, this does not taste like an ashtray mixed with coffee grounds—nor does it taste like a Jim Jarmusch film. But it is tasty!
Pours a jet black with cocoa-colored foam. There’s a strong roasty coffee aroma to it, with a mellowed, smooth coffee taste. Cold-press, or cold-drip, I imagine, as there’s not an acidic/bitterness from the coffee on this. Robust and hearty, perfect for SF summer!

Impressive pour from the can, with a mocha colored thick creamy cap topping a coal black beverage. Lightly smoked, with the coffee dominating the aroma. Approachable body, it doesn't feel heavy, and finishes dry. I liked the coffee notes but wished for a more smokey presence

Oct 14, 2014
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ScottieJD from California

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you haven't had Coffee and Cigarettes on Nitro, you haven't lived.

I'm not a big coffee drinker, but I am now, thanks to this beer. I first tried during San Francisco beer week this year and was smitten. Since then, I've had each of their different batches maybe except the 2nd and the cask conditioned with doughnuts. Wish I could compare each batch side by side but that might be asking too much. Back to the review, C&C on nitro is the way to go. Its much creamier and sweeter, like a coffee with just the right cream and sugar. If you prefer black coffee, you might want to avoid this but I still reckoned a taste if you're lucky enough. (Could this be produced barrel aged? Maybe with a red wine barrel?) Long story short, (too late) this is the best coffee porter/stout I've come across and I look forward to each batch that pops up more than any other beer/style from Cellarmaker Brewing. Keep it up, guys.

Hot tip: It has a great shirt too.

Jun 24, 2014
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popery from California

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nitro pour, so you just know it looks good or at least like pretty much any black beer on on nitro. Black body with a creamy tan head, that creamy beige. Tons of lacing. Pretty pour for their first nitro selection. Aroma has huge chocolate, just a big dose of semi sweet chocolate sauce. There's mild smoke, which kinda gets lost in the chocolate. Some caramel. Solid roast. Pretty big coffee, really good flavor. Taste has plenty of chocolate but more roast and coffee. There's probably a little more smoke, still fairly mild. Mild cola. The coffee is recognizably from Sightglass - I like coffee - and has a nice roast level with some chocolate, vanilla and berry flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but a bit less so than most nitro pours - no idea if that is about the beer, a conscious decision or just early kinks with the nitro tap. Very solid beer. Better than I remember it from last time. The coffee and chocolate flavors come together very well, and it works perfectly with the smooth nitro pour. Delicious. Probably the best non-hoppy beer that I've had from Cellarmaker.

Jun 12, 2014
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