Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial PorterSmoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by GCBrewingCo on 12-19-2006

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.46/5  rDev -64%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass, split at a tasting.

A: Pours a black body with a surprisingly high mocha-colored head (for such a small pour). Retention is pretty good, and the head does not vanish while I'm sipping. Leaves clumps of foam on the sides of the glass.

S: Smoked ham and bandaids. Also, chocolate and coffee.

T: Smoked ham. And bandaids. Almost as an afterthought, chocolate in the mid-taste with a coffee bean finish.

M: Like having medium-bodied smoked ham in my mouth, supported on a generous wash of moderate bandaid carbonation. The bandaids really hide the ABV well.

D: If I ever want smoked ham and bandaids, I know where to look. Pretty sweet.

Seriously though, a very strange beer. I don't think a single person at the tasting liked this.

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Photo of ynsane
2.69/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I do NOT understand all the good reviews of this beer. While it had a considerable smoke odor to it, it tastes like liquid BACON! I downed a glass and it was beyond enough. As much as I love bacon, it was not a beer I would ever drink again. On another side though, it would make a great base for braising or slow cooking a roast or maybe even a pork shoulder. I would at least tell you to sample it if possible, thank God for WoB in this case. Beyond the sample though, I do NOT recommend drinking this brew, unless you really like liquid bacon.

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Photo of Floydster
2.87/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle that was shared by seaoflament a few minutes before the Port 2nd Anniversary party started, thanks a lot for letting me try this brew from Colorado

A-Very dark brown with some red highlights, small 1/2 inch light tan head that did not stay around for long, not much retention or lacing

S-Smokiness, aroma kind of scared me because I would not have enjoyed the taste at all if it was like the smell, dark chocolate, roasted malts, salt, and beef jerky

T-Smoked malt is what I tasted first, then roastiness in the middle with some almonds, dark chocolate in the finish and a hint of smokiness, faded into a dry aftertaste, did not change much and this could be mainly because I drank my sample within fifteen minutes or so, pretty well balanced for a smoked beer and it was not too overpowering thankfully

M-Smoky, meaty, and dry mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation, medium to full bodied, taste lingered too long for me

D-Could not have drank more than the few ounces Carlos gave me, heavy on the stomach, smoked beers are just hard to get down in general, ABV is high and can slightly taste it in the finish

Not a big of fan of smoked beers but this one was more subtle than others I have tried in the past, probably would not drink again mainly because this is not my thing, worth trying though

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Photo of nick76
2.89/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is as billed with lots of smoke and malt but nothing else. The appearance is almost black (brown) with a nice tan head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall its exactly what most lovers of smoke want but I don't like smoke beer.

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Photo of DoctorDog
2.96/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 1 pint, 6 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Pours black and opaque. 2 fingers of tan head. Head dwindles slowly to a thin, incomplete cap. Nice lacing.

S- Earthy with smoky undertones.

T- Hint of malty sweetness followed by a coating smokiness. This coating seems to deepen with each subsequent drink, building up and obliterating all other taste sensations. As a smoked bacon lover, I certainly can't say I am experiencing any of the "liquid bacon" sensations that many others have described. Honestly, just too smoky for my buds to enjoy. Hard for me to rate here....I don't care for it, but it is certainly delivering the smoke that it's name would lead you to expect.

M- Fairly low carbonation, somewhat creamy. Smoky coating/dryness.

D- For my tastes, pretty low here. I had to bail with drinking this alone after a short while and pair it with some smoked summer sausage and crackers. This helped, but the smoke was still a little overbearing. For my money, this one is best sampled in small doses. Overall, a very tough beer for me to evaluate.

Future outlook: I loved Stone Smoked Porter, and I love smoked food to the extent that I smoke my own food in my own smoker....even as a smoked food lover/nut, this beer is just too damn smoky for my personal tastes.

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Photo of denver10
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours black with an effervescent black head. Smells smoky and a little sweet. Like smoked meat dipped in chocolate (though I didn't get a chocolate specific smell to it, more about being sweet and rich). Flavor matched the aroma, smoked meet dunked in a sweet, malty broth. A nice medium to heavy creamy body to this. Overall, good for what it is I imagine, but I definitely discovered that I am not a fan of smoked beer. I could not get through my pint...sorry.

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Photo of samie85
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a jet black with two fingers of light brown head that quickly dissipates to 1/2 a finger.

Smells of light smoky notes, cocoa powder and some light roasted notes.

Big notes of chocolate with some deep roasted notes... not getting much smoke here.... a little on the end.

Very creamy and full-bodied with light carbonation.

I was expecting a ton of smoke from this... along the lines of a rauch, but it fails to deliver.

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Photo of Kendo
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Popped the cap to a big "pffft." Poured into a pint glass, body is dark, dark brown with a hint of mahogany hues around the edge when backlit. Huge head -- 3-fingers, at least -- of tannish/light-brown foam. Retains well.

S: Smoke is dominant. Think charred campfire wood and not much else.

T: Follows the nose, unfortunately -- this is all smoky, charred wood and fire-roasted barley. Hard to focus on anything else.

M: Call it lighter side of medium in heft. Well carbonated.

D: Not so good. Too smoky.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.17/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark black. Head is a good chocolate color.

S: A bit of sourness. Light in general.... not a lot going on here.

T: Smoke comes through a lot. A bit of a sharp bite. Alcohol is pretty overpowering. Porter notes are very subdued. A bit of chocolate and roastiness but nothing special.

M: Alcohol is a bit overpowering but the carbonation is on the money and the body is a solid medium which is great.

Overall a pretty weak beer. The smoke note is great but there isn't much more to this beer. The other flavors are subtle at best having a slight roastiness and chocolate. Drinkable but not that great.

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Photo of kevanb
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle poured into a Left Hand Pint Glass.

The beer pours a nice black color, hues of brown and burgundy with a loose caramel head that is hardly a finger high that vanishes quickly and leaves some film atop the beer, but minimal lacing. The aroma very salty, smoky and robust. Lots of smoke, dark chocolate and bacon grease, it's quite savory, harsh and rather one dimensional. The flavors are a bit more balanced, but dominantly smoky, more of a chocolate and malt showing, but the smoke really punishes the palate with some sharp alcohol at the finish. The body is nice and rich, fairly smooth with some overzealous carbonation that finishes with a nice creamy touch.

Verdict: Certainly a powerfully smoky beer, a bit too much for me and my sensitive palate. This is definitely one of the more bacon and salty, savory forward beers I've had and the balance is really poor. Smoked beers really aren't my thing and this one is just way too intense for me.

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Photo of Enola
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

These smoked beers are neat to try but not a home run with me. The beer poured a thick black with a very active head. The head sounded like bacon frying. The smell was like a woods fire. The taste was smokey and tasted a great deal like smoked salmon. Mouthfeel was diminished a bit due to the aggressive abv. Drinkable, if you like the style this is about in line with AK Smoked Porter. Served into a pint from a corked and caged 750ml bottle. Being a Wildland firefighter myself I was looking forward to trying this beer.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured beer into glass at 45 degrees. Beer was very black. Very brown head that lasted decently with big fat bubbles. Smell was of course smokey kinda like I smell after camping, with a little more earthy smell like dirt. Beer was not bad, smokey toasted malt taste would be nice with a bid steak I imagin. Alcohole burn came on more as beer warmed up to drinking temp. Intersting brew, but will not purchase again.

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Photo of PhineasGage
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Peoria Int. Beerfest VIP Notes
(sorry if too vauge)

a - black walnut with dk tan head 1/4"ish. decent lacing.

s - dark roast malt sweetness, woody smoke.

t - sweet coffee/carmel malt. light bbq smoke.

m - pretty smooth, good balance on the carbonation.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


Thanks for openings this one with me, Josh!

Nearly black in color with a small light brown head that hangs around for a while, before settling down into a film that rests atop the beer, leaving streaks of lacing down the glass.

A very meaty, smoky aroma, almost port like. There's also some roast and coffee, but the meaty smokiness is dominant.

The porky, smoky, meaty character carries through to the flavor as well, along with just the slightest bit of roast and black malt. Too smoky and meaty for my personal taste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good enough, though not particularly drinkable with the huge amounts of smoke and meat flavor.

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Photo of Suds
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Utterly black in color, the beer admits not light, and is crowned with medium chocolate head. The smell is mild for a smoked beer, but does have an acrid, charcoal-like smoke character. It's not a smoke from the start of a fire, but from the final embers. the beer also has some distant dark malt and grain scents. Its taste is sweet, with a notable heavy malt character. A bit more carbonation than necessary. The beer's taste has less smoke than the smell. The finish is quiet, and the ABV is very well hidden. Medium-to-high in body, the beer is reasonably drinkable. There are many better smoked beers out there.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Poured an extremely dark brown, essentially black with a nice opaque color. Absolutly no head, lace, foam, bubbles, nothing, just looked a bit weak to be honest.

S - Smell was very heavy with the smoked presence, which is only to be expected. A slight hint of caramel or sugar could be picked up, but you really had to look for it.

M & T - Flat, no life to this at all and thin were my first impressions. Really no carbonation and slick and oily in feel. Suprised that there was actually a nice hoppy back which seemed to come out of nowhere. But the feel really distracted me and took big points away from this.

D - I really hope it was just a bad bottle, or else I would never even try this again. I had some high hopes, as I am generally a big fan of smoked beers, but this left me hanging, no thank you

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - deep dark, opaque black color with a decent head that is very well retained

S - strong smoky malt aroma overpowers just about everything else that migh be going on

T - strong smoky malt with the usual rich malty character that I've experienced from the Left Hand

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - decent smoked beer; it's not subtle at all, which is somewhat disappointing, smoke beers need subtly in my humble opinion; this is a good beer, but not the best offering from Left Hand in my opinion (try some of their others - they're much more 'drinkable')

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Photo of ncketchum
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temp in a Duvel Tulip

A - pours jet black, opaque, large cocoa head which clears quickly

S - some roasted malt and chocolate, not super smoky as I would expect

T - there it is! Smoky, roasted malt, dark chocolate, bitterness of hops at the end

M - I would have expected a thicker, chewier feel, but this seemed kind of thin. Not too much alcohol burn

O - very nice smoked porter, I'm glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a magnificent jet black. Head did not form until a few seconds after pouring. The head was tan and topped at at about 3.5 fingers and stuck around for awhile. Minimal lacing. An absolutely gorgeous beer.

S: Nothing special here. Just your typical porter maltiness with a maybe a tinge of smoke at the end.

T: Rich malts and faint hops, just your typical porter taste. Maybe a weird little bit of grass. The smokiness was nearly nonexistent, coming in at the very end. I was expecting more a rauchbier-like smokiness, so this was very disappointing. Still a good tasting beer despite the lack of a stronger smoke character.

M: Thick and slick. Medium carbonation.

O: Decent porter. The lack of smokiness was very disappointing. This was an expensive beer, so I probably won't purchase it again.

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Photo of nickd717
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared at a BA tasting. This didn't go over well with the group, but I enjoyed it.

A - Darkest brown in color with a tan head that lasts.

S - Aroma of smoke, coffee, meat, earth, and a little band-aid.

T - Smoky and roasty with meaty/bacony notes, coffee, anise, and unfortunately a little band-aid too - which a bunch of people disliked, but I thought was not too much of a detriment. Mmmmm, band-aids! ABV well-hidden.

M - Fairly full and smooth with a long smoky aftertaste.

D - Well, not great. The band-aid and smoke do get to be a bit much eventually.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark with a beautiful creamy brown head. Very nice to look at.

Aroma of soy, dark malts, burnt caramel and smoke.

Smoke. Some medicinal taste, ash, malts and dark coffee. Smoke is dominant.

Medium bodied, decently cleansing.

Overall, decent. Worth a try, but one was plenty for me.

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Photo of benito
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The latest in Left Hand's Big Mo series is more ambitious than the DIPA and tripel they put out earlier this year, and shooting higher and more daringly has paid off for them...mostly.

A: Huge, tan head over a deep mahogany brew.

S: A strong woody smokiness washes everything else out making it clear that the emphasis in this brew is on the 'smoked' part of 'smoked porter.' This beer nicely mixes typical Canadian bacon smokiness with beech and a light sweetness.

T: Very aggressive in its smokiness, but it is ultimately well balanced by a true-to-form robust porter finish. Good notes of coffee, tar, and chocolate.

M and D: This is a heavy beer and the strong flavors work well against the big malt backdrop, but it definitely makes it less easy to drink.

Overall, this reminded me a lot of a 'past-its-prime' bottle of Alaskan Smoked Porter. It's a solid beer, worth checking out (if you are willing to spend eleven bucks), and easily the best beer in the Big Mo series.

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Photo of largadeer
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber as an extra from Sparky27, thanks dude.

Appearance: Uncapped with a sharp tssk and then poured into a tulip. The liquid is pretty damn black and opaque when held against the light, with three fingers of reverse-cascading tan foam resting on top.

Smell: Big bacony smoke, roasted toasted grain and a dash of coffee. Smells well attenuated and rather dry.

Taste/mouthfeel: Up front woody campfire smoke with a big malty base to back it up. Dry on the whole, pleasantly roasty, and lighter in body than I would have expected from such a big beer. The finish brings out a bit of spicy licorice and warming alcohol, but this is fairly drinkable overall.

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Photo of biglite351
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Red around the edges with a near nonexhistant light brown head

S - Mild smoke, malts, cocoa and prune

T - mild smoke with malts and cocoa

M - Thick with good coating. Mild tingle on tip of tongue

O - Not bad, but lack of flavor depth made it only a so-so.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cola looking brew with a quality oatmeal colored head of foam on top of the body.

S: Wow, really smoky. Like how your shirt smells after a night of camping. Also some really minor chocolate, marshmallow and peanuts.

T: Starts smoky (no surprise) but not nearly as smoky as the smell would lead you to believe. Some lactose and chocolate milk lick the tip of the tongue with roasted nutty characteristics. Smoky creeps in more, adding an interesting balance. Sweetness really intensifies after the smoke shows up, almost a cloying chocolate flavor. Finishes mildly roasted, slightly sour with an uneasy metallic twang across the center of the tongue.

M: Full bodied and creamy.

T: Trying real hard not to compare this to Alaskan Smoked Porter. Overall, good taste but not entirely balanced. Smoke flavor is a bit awkward after pint or so.

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