Smoke Jumper | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smoked imperial porter

Added by GCBrewingCo on 12-19-2006

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Photo of Wando843
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of TexIndy
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle that I shipped back from Denver. Label had the year on the front. It was a deep black color even against a light. The head was huge and brown. It slowly settled to a thick foam and had great lacing. The smell was obviously heavy on the smoke which I love. Also could smell the roasted malts and molasses. Also got a hint of the 9.2% ABV. The taste was incredible and followed the smell - great smokey taste with some sweetness and just a touch of bitter at the end. The mouthfeel was solid and creamy. With this one, Left Hand nailed it. Soon as you get your first whiff you know you are going to be drinking one special beer. With the size and ABV, it's a one bottle affair but could see drinking this weekly if I could get here. Highly, Highly recommend. (5, HR, T,Y)

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of FranMoff
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of BeerSox
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into Nonic. 2006 bottle conditioned on the label, bought and imbibbed October 2007.

This Porter (probably a Baltic Porter rather than an American Porter in style) pours pitch black with only a thin edge of red light getting through. A very thick and solid light brown head very slowly settles to a thick pillowy cap. The head creates some thick lacing on the glass as it settles. More shows up as the beer descends down the glass, creating areas of stringy lacing.

The aroma is very deep and rich, giving a complex mix of bitter malts, chocolate, molasses, and a little bit of raisin. Not much of the alcohol is perceived at first, coming out a little more as it warms. A little bit of flowery hop is barely detectable.

The flavor is complex as well, but not overpowering as a Russian Imperial Stout can be. It's sweet up front with chocolate tones, then shifts to a bitter mix of molasses and the roasted malts. Everything is well in balance, with a little bit of hop flavor showing up at the end when the malt flavors fade. Full bodied with lively carbonation that's hidden by the opaque characteristics of the beer. It's thick enough where the flavors seem to stick in the mouth for a while between sips. The smokey flavor seems to come out later when the beer warms a little more.

I was excitited to see this one of the shelf, as I knew it would be something I would enjoy. And let me tell you, it didn't let me down. Full bodied and complex, perfectly enjoyable when the temperature starts falling (or when it's 100 degrees outside, who cares). This one earns a nearly perfect score, and it could easily be perfect. If it has a downside, it's not as smokey as I expected ;-). Recommended.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Im splitting this bottle with Stopper at cellar temp. Pouring into a snifter the beer is jet black with a fluffy tan head of 2 cm foaming up easily. The head lingers as a thin surface layer throughout. Aroma is very smokey like cooking bacon on a campfire. Quite appealing. There is some chocolate and roast malt buried in there, but dominated by smoke. First sip reveals an average body with silky smooth texture. Flavor is brown sugar and molassess and quickly rolls to an ashy smoke and coffee ground bitterness. There is no detectable alcohol or hops that I can find. I really enjoy this beer and if you like smoked stuff, this is a must try!

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dsa7783
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle, purchased caged and corked for about $12 from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Thought it was a rather hefty price for an American-made brew from Left Hand, but after the first sip, I must concur that it was definitely worth it to sample such a unique, distinct, and completely different brew from many others I have encountered... Tastes very similar to a classic Smoked beer / Rauchbier like Aecht Schlenkerla, but with a noticeable malty, nutty, and chocolate taste also extremely apparent and bursting with flavor... Pours a deep, dark, opaque, jet-black color with a minimal tan and frothy reddish head that soon receded but left a fair amount of lacing...
Smell didn't stand out as much as the taste, but an apparent cocoa and malty aroma was certainly distinguishable...
The taste was really exceptional and unique, bursting with noticeable Smoked beer characteristics and roasted, toasted malts, along with a nice sweet, chocolate, espresso-like dichotomy... Very different from many other beers...
Very creamy, rich, and thick mouthfeel...
Excellent drinkability without the slightest hint of alcohol detectable despite the hefty 9.2% ABV...
One of the best American brews I've tried in a while...
Excellent stuff... Worth the price, and definitely recommended...

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Photo of StoutHearted
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head poured out a frothy caramel on top of a pitch black brew. It smelled strongly of bacon and a bit of shoo fly pie. It had a thick mouthfeel that clung to the tongue, and the taste was fantastic: a pleasant chocolate and licorice harmony, with a lingering molasses. This beer's great for sipping or drinking, but the thickness may irritate beer novices, as will the strong licorice and bacon notes.

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4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brentk56
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a nice tan head that drops quickly to a murky film and fails to deliver much in the lacing department

Smell: Dark chocolate with undertones of smoke, molasses and fruity hops

Taste: Starts with a surprisingly sweet milk chocolate flavor with subtle hints of smoke that build through mid-palate; after the swallow, the smoke flavors burst forth and dominate the finish along with a bit of fruity bitterness; sweet chcolate flavors linger on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and somewhat creamy; with foamy carbonation

Drinkability: Just a superb example of a smoked beer that blends the sweetness with the smoke to craft a real treat; easily the best Left Hand beer I have tasted

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: This is one of the darker Porters I have seen. No light comes through even when held up to a light bulb. The brownish, off-white head fluffs up to about a finger’s worth of head before slowly receding into a beer-coaster-thick cap. Lacing is spotty up top, but becomes much more full throughout the glass.

SMELL: This beer has a wonderfully, smoky smell. A subtle coffee roastiness provides a backdrop for a very pleasant bacon-like smoked aroma.

TASTE: This is the closest thing to liquid bacon I have ever had. This is one of the few truly savory beers out there with plenty of Umami. Yum. Adding to the savory flavor is a touch of roasty malt and for balance, a hint of semi-sweet dark chocolate rolls over the tongue towards the end of the sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Incredible. Perfect might be a better word, particularly when it comes to balance – the savory flavors are dominant, but the perfect portion of sweetness comes in at just the right moment to create an exceptional give and take. As for body, this is certainly a big beer, but lighter than many other Porters. The carbonation provides a light tickle to go along with a creamy, but cleansing mouthfeel. I think there is only one other beer I’ve given a 5 in mouthfeel, but this if there’s a way to make one 5 stronger than the other this one is.

OVERALL: This is the best smoked beer I am currently aware of. Left Hand does a lot of things very well, but two of those things stand out – dark beers and smoked beers. It turns out, this might the best combination of the two they’ve ever done. For the style, this might be the closest beer to perfection I have ever had.

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
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 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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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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