Smoke Jumper | Left Hand Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: Smoke Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smoked imperial porter

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
261
Ratings:
642
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
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Reviews: 261 | Ratings: 642
Photo of bushbeer75
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle - best by 10/14/2021

Left Hand Smoke Jumper Imperial Porter has a very dark brown almost black body. Atop sat a tan 1 1/2-finger foamy head that left a collar of lacing. The nose is dominated by a smoky aroma - much like a building that has burnt. The smell of burnt toast, also with the aroma of coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste starts out quite sweet, of dark toffee, and chocolate then followed by a burnt toast flavor. The mouth feel is smooth, with a full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall, Smoke Jumper is quite smoky but flavorful with the alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

**
11/16/17

Smoked Porter/Stout tasting with DC. Bottle to snifter.
Bottled 3/24/14

LOOK: black color, hints of brown swirling around; head fades fast, but very strong lacing.
AROMA: Very Smokey...this was by far the smokiest and best of the bunch. Tobacco, roasted barley.
TASTE: smoke dominates, coffee, a hint of some peppery heat.
FEEL: Smooth and silky, almost full bodied.

This beer held up very well after 3 yrs, 8 mos.

Will buy this again if I see it. Technically DC bought this one, so not really "again".

Left Hand Smoke Jumper 4.21
Terrapin Smoke on the Porter 4.15
Forgotten Boarwalk Morro Castle 3.85
Flying Fish Port Roll Porter 3.82
Stone Smoked Porter 3.66
**

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Photo of Wasatch
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a pretty nice brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, vanilla. The taste is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, vanilla, Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of akolb
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma has smoke, dark chocolate, juniper, and sweetness. Assertive smokiness comes through in the taste, with a rich malt backdrop and a hint of chocolate.

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Photo of Maestro0708
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber
2016 Vintage
Best by 2021

Look: Pours black with a quickly dissipating dark tan head.

Smell: Roasted malts combined with smokiness.

Taste: Following the nose, big roasted malt flavor, ever-present but not overpowering smokiness, sweet molasses and hints of chocolate.

Feel: Thick and slightly sticky, medium carbonation.

Overall: This is an awesome Porter. The smokiness is pronounced but not overwhelming. The flavors complement each other wonderfully. Very happy to have picked this one up, great tribute to smoke jumpers!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small white head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like sweet and earthy smoke, chocolate syrupy, roasted malt, and a hint of hops.

This is pretty great- Left Hand really knows their way around dark beers. The smokiness is slightly sweet, and pretty earthy, without some of that ashiness or plasticky phenols from smoked beers. There's chocolate, molasses, lightly roasted malt, and just a hint of hops. It's sweet without being overly so.

This is medium bodied, fairly creamy, with a good level of carbonation.

I liked this one a lot more than I expected to. It's really good and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage. Poured into tulip glass. It pours jet black with dark walnut hues, and a full finger of creamy, khaki-colored head and extensive lacing with excellent retention. It smells of wood smoke, char, tobacco, burnt coffee, roasted malt, and a whiff of caramel. The smoke and char dominates the taste, along with burnt coffee grounds, baker's chocolate, and a hint of hops at the finish. There is also a slight taste of dark fruit that provides a note of sweetness. The taste becomes more complex and interesting as the glass warms. For a porter, it has a thick, creamy mouth feel, with mild carbonation, and its 8.8% ABV gives it nice substance without being overly boozy. Overall, this is a thoroughly enjoyable American Porter. The smoke is evident but it doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. I'll seek out Smoke Jumper again!

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass, purchase at Harris teeter grocery store.
A: pours a Coca Cola dark brown reddish body, brown 1 finger foam head, carbonation
S: sweet malt, smoke, charred wood, aroma of a campfire
M: medium thick body, with juicy finish on the tongue
T: heavy smoke hits the palate up front, charred wood, coffee, slightly sweet toasted malt, notes of molasses, earthy hop in the rear,

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 22 oz bottle stamped "Vintage 2016 Best by 11/14/21" poured into a pint glass.

Look: Solid black coloration with a one finger dark tan head. Good head retention.

Smell: Malts, hops, and some light smoke.

Taste: Dark chocolate, bitter coffee and a trail of smoke finish with some lingering alcohol.

Feel: Thick body, low carbonation and warming alcohol.

Overall: A very good imperial porter. Smoke seems to disappear as the beer warms.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/31/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, some smoke, some coffee and chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with some smokiness followed by some mildly sweet flavors of coffee, dark fruit and chocolate. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild creating some balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent porter to drink for a while.

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Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great for one try but very smoky in the flavor > aroma. Not quite ashy but close. A little more sweetness would help this beer, maybe some milk chocolate tones.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From the 650 ml 2016 vintage bottle with a best by date of 10/14/21. Sampled on December 12, 2016.

The pour is a deep dark brown to near black color with a ring of red at the bottom of my glass. Foamy tan head.

The aroma has a big smoked dark malt and charcoal character and a sweetness under that. Low to no hop profile on the nose.

Medium to bold but astringent body.

Smoky goodness erupts in the flavor like a bonfire with sweet dark malts, maybe some raisins, and then it ends on a high bitter note that does not linger - but really warms the senses.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin ring of lace

S: Lots of smoke up front along with some roasted malts and lighter earthy notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a good bit of smokiness and some roast followed by some earthy and very lightly herbal hop notes. Finishes with lingering salty smoke and a touch of sweetness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice smoked porter with plenty of camp fire smokiness. Not too much complexity behind the smoke, but it doesn't really need it. Worth checking out if you're into any smoked beers

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with one-finger head and a smoky, meaty aroma. Medium-bodied beer that is sticky with hints of sugary sweetness underneath a smoky meatiness. Not a bad smoked ale but that is pretty much all I get.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 10.00/bomber (with tax) ($ 0.454/oz) from Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale, Saginaw, MI
2014 vintage bottle (BB 03/24/19) at 42o into a hand washed and dried Duvel tulip, allowed to warm to 55o
Aroma – roasted malt, weak smoke
Head small (Maximum < 2 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy/fizzy, quickly diminishing to a three mm ring and partial layer
Lacing - none
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – roasted malt, chocolate, very weak smoke, all well blended. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation

A decent porter with the smoked malt adding little to the experience. I might buy another to age a couple more years.

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not so smoky, which was OK, and a delicious beverage on all counts, not too boozy, very smooth. Enjoyed this with friends, we only talked about Trump, made it hard to enjoy the beer!

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Very smokey smell, with sweet malts. Very balanced taste, smokey, smooth, toasted malts, molasses, slightly bitter finish, with a the smokiness lingering. Lovely, flavourful, very drinkable porter.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty dark color. Brown head. Low persistence.

Light bouquet, malt and cocoa. Ovaltine. Nice.

Flavors of dark, roasty malt, licorice, Demerara rum. Smoke is definitely present, but not overwhelming, it doesn't get in the way. Its a real beer, not a novelty.

Moderately rich mouthfeel, definitely pushing toward Imperial. Nice carbonation, not too much. 8.8% ABV is masked byt he depth of the beer.

Really well integrated finish. Clean. Cooca. Bitter, but not overly. Complex. Not super long.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-midnight black beer with little head
- very smoky chocolate notes with a sweet start to alcohol end
-light chocolate notes, lots of roasted grains and smokiness with a alcohol end
- thick and warming beer, doesn't over coat though in my opinion
-overall a very smoky beer pleasant but i expected less smoke from a imperial porter but top notch beer none the less

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Had this on tap at the Pint Room in Carmel on Left Hand night. Excellent. The color is a deep brown, not mistaken for black which is good for a stout. The flavor is SUPER smoky, with a hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. Like you're in a burning building smoky. Loved it.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BBD 3/24/19. Yes, the stamp says 2019. Pitch black pour with an average head, below average retention and above average lacing. The nose is charred oak like smoke over a rich caramel sweetness with hints of dark fruit and chocolate. As it warms, light alcohol notes are noted and chocolate becomes more prevalent. Almost full bodied with a very rich creamy texture. Below normal carbonation with almost no effervescence in the finish. The World Class flavor profile is intense, yet masterfully balanced between smoke, caramel sweetness and mild bitterness. It is quite complex from the middle to the finish. It begins with a rush of oak like, rather than bacon such as in the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers, smoke with a rough charred nature - just like a Smoke Jumper would encounter - that coats the tongue in an oily onslaught. The sweet caramel background, with hints of vanilla and heavy chocolate notes, melds with it and slowly the bitterness and roast characteristics emerge. The exceptional finish is a blending of all previous flavors and the dark fruit characteristics finally get a chance to emerge against a rich chocolate background. As it warms, the vanilla component becomes quite evident in the finish. As everything fades, a nice residual smokiness sweetly coats the tongue and a low level alcohol burn tickles the back of the throat. Truly a World Class offering from Left Hand and the most flavorful smoked porter I've ever had the privilege to drink.

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Photo of StoutBrotha602
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Exceptional Porter.. ive had a few porters and this one is on the Best of "Left hand List" that ill store in my mind when i roam the shelves at total wine and AJ's.

Never had a smoked porter until i tried this one this passing June 2014.
after having left Hands Black Jack id say this is right up there with it but in terms of difference in taste this is the other side of the porter coin

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Photo of dcscientist
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy smokes! Yep, that's what you get with this beer. Tastes like you just pulled it out of the smoker, probably would go great with barbecue. Will have to try that sometime. Very strong smoky flavor, clearly the dominant taste here. Had this in a flight with other dark beers and it was a standout.

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with small tan head.

Smells is loads of smoked bacon and coco.

Wow..this beer isn't shy with the smokiness which I love. Almost like a liquid bacon..so good. Great hints of coco, coffee, molasses, and tremendous roastiness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and silky.

Overall this is such a great smoked porter in my opinion..some people might be overwhelmed by the amount of smoke but I love it. One of my favorites.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black beer with a one finger, beige, head.

Nose: Chocolate, smoke, cocoa, coffee, rasted malt, brown sugar and hops.
Taste: Rasted malt, smoaked roasted malt, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, black pepper, coffee, molasses and dried fruit.
Body: Full body with light carbonation. Complex structure. Smooth and creamy.

Great Imperial Porter!

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Smoke Jumper from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 642 ratings