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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Reviews: 259 | Ratings: 630
Photo of SaltyLime
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown with a dark beige head. Head was 75% of the mug. The head seemed to become it's own entity and budged only a bit to let the beer pour through a small tunnel at the bottom when the glass was tilted.

Smell - Light smokiness, could not smell anything else.

Taste - Thick roasted malts that got more smoky as I refilled my glass. Mold hops. Everything about this beer intensifies as it warms up.

Mouthfeel - Thick with a yeasty aftertaste.

Drinkability - Good brew.

Just one opinion - Almost a great brew, needs a little more touch up before it was bottled as a final product - or maybe I got a bad bottle. For $12 for a 750ml corked bottle, I expected a bit more.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown in color with ruby red hues. Dense tan head poures three fingers thick and has excellent retention. Sticky lacing crawls all over the glass.

S: Smoke. Roasted coffee bean. Dark chocolate. Charcoal. Ham.

T: Deep roasted coffee and dark bitter chocolate start this beauty off with a nice earthly hop bitterness on the tongue. And then comes the smoke! Charred wood and earth are polished off by a smoked ham flavor.

M: Creamy and smooth. Minimal carbonation. Dry.

D: I happen to enjoy all smoked brews and the more smoke the better. This definitely qualifies as one the top smoked beers that I have tried. Recommended.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in the No BS BIF Beta from HimerMan. Corked and caged.

Poured in a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" light brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades down to a tight, solid layer of froth, with heavy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is smoke, heavy malt, and booze, in that order. Taste exhibits the same attributes, just moved around a bit. Starts with the hearty grain sweetness, then the smoke comes in like a house afire, and then closes with warmth that grows over time. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good as well. Interesting brew here, and a worthy cause, for sure.

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Photo of unclecrappy
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a corked and caged bomber, poured in a big-ass wine glass.

A: Beeeeautiful. Extremely dark brown, revealed a faint ruby tint when held to up to my desk lamp. Frothy tan head that simply. Doesn't. Go. Away.

S: To me, the only area where this isn't off-the-chart good. Roasted, a little alcohol, a little smoke -- but not nearly as much as I expected.

T: Wow. Roasted malts swirling with the smoke, which reminds me a bit of a really good Scotch. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming and there's a burned sugar flavor that adds sweetness at the finish. This is meant to be big, and it is, but all the components are perfectly balanced. Amazing.

M: Creamy, velvety, viscous.

D: Definitely not a session beer -- the alcohol takes care of that -- but boy, I want some more.

I tend to be pretty enthusiastic about stuff, but I'm not exaggerating when I say this is one of the best beers I've ever tasted. I have to drive to Ohio to get it, but it's totally worth the trip.

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

Abyssal black with a richly dense head of mocha colored froth. Beautiful retention and lacing, a great looking beer.

Aroma is a delicious marriage of smoke and chocolate with notes of molasses, scorched sugar, toffee, leather, wood, and coffee. Complex and mysterious.

Flavor is just delicious. A fantastic Imperial Porter meets its match with a generous dose of hardwood smoke, the combination is highly complimentary. As it warms complex nuances of dark bittersweet chocolate, espresso beans, dry cracked leather, creamy toffee, and dark fruit emerge. An earthy hop finish adds to the complex structure. Very well done.

Body is big, slick, and velvety. The alcohol is not noticable at all either. I greedily drank this 750 myself over the coarse of a cool Sunday afternoon,...bliss.

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Photo of clvand0
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown color with a moderate head that fell fast and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma had a lot of smoke character with some chocolate and caramel. The flavor was much the same way. Very thick and smooth with lots of surprisingly smooth smoke character. The smoke flavors are the most dominant, but there are also plenty of flavors of chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. Very drinkable and extremely enjoyable. Thick bodied as well.

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Photo of TexIndy
5/5  rDev +23.5%
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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Photo of Beaver13
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a monstrous light brown head that retains and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of smoke (liquid smoke and fire with some BBQ coming out as it warms), grains and some chocolate malts.

The flavor is sweet, slightly sugary, malts and a touch of dark fruits with a large smoke presence. It has a crisp, moderate hop finish. The alcohol is well hidden, but is definitely there. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent brew! This is what I had hoped for from Stone's smoked porter. If this was cheaper ($11 per 750ml), I'd buy this all the time!

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Photo of nriech
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First have to say that the process of opening this was insane. The unwinding of the wire to release the cork was way too hard. The little tab was way too small to grab for anyone without girl fingers. On top of that it must have been twisted with some sort of tool with leverage because I eneded up using a pen through the hole for leverage. Complaining aside now...

Appearance: Pretty dark, much more than I was expecting for a porter. Could see a tinge of brown if held up to a halogen light. Decent amount of head.

Smell: Pretty good. A little smoky, less than I expected. A bit of alcohol and sweetness..

Taste: Much more smoky in taste with a little toffee and rosted malt. Coffee and chocolate was also there but mildly. No alcohol presence. Long finish.

Overall: Not nearly a Rauschbier that I was expecting but a good representation of an American attempt at a smoky beer. Would drink again but not go looking for as it was a little on the high side of the price range.

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

750ml bottle, corked and caged, states 10.5% ABV, "2006 Bottle Conditioned"

I can't tell if there is a yeast/sediment layer at the bottom due to the pitch black color. Pours into a wide-mouthed wine glass with a huge, dense, uniform beige head that leaves little to no lacing, and sticks around moderately long for such a high ABV beer.

Aroma is intensely smoky/peaty.

Taste: intensely smoky and peaty, as much or more so than many Alaskan Smoked Porter vintages. Some wood and creosote, though these are backgrounded.

Slightly high carbonation for a high gravity beer, and a sharp, warm mouth. Alcohol is relatively understated for 10.5%, the smoke/peat pervades everything.

The taste is simultaneously complex, and not complex... it's got layers of smoke, peat, creosote, and dark roasted alcohol, but it's smoke, peat, and more smoke and peat.

Delicious, well made, and something I'd buy again. Yes, I like intensely smoked and peated beers well enough to sit down and drink a whole bottle.

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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 wcudwight
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a massive sustaining tan head that rises and holds about 1/2" above the glass. Incredible!
Tons of smoke aroma. It smells like my wildland firefighting gear after a fire. I love that smell.
Ton's of smoke in the flavor and some pipe tobacco. Roasted malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is creamy and filling.
The intense smoke flavor and fullness makes keeps this one to one pint for me, but it is an incredible pint. Best Left Hand beer I've had.

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Photo of dgallina
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottled dated 2006.

Pours opaque dark brown & black with mammoth thick tan head. Foam recedes slowly to a creamy covering and great lace. Pungent smoked malt aroma overrides almost everything else; hints of chocolate and coffee malt sneak through as the beer warms. The flavor begins with rich toasted malts, develops a smoky tobacco and leather center, and finishes almost astringently dry, with powdered coffee, raisins, and a bit of hops. Some warming alcohol fruitiness builds as you work through the bottle, but not as much as you'd expect from the ABV. Medium-to-thick body is sparsely carbonated, creamy, and slightly oily. An unusual style and a great find!

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Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, near black, brown with a super thick off-white head that, when it finally settles down, sits like batter on top of the liquid. Smells highly smoked, woody more than meaty, with undertones of caramel and nuts and a little creamy. Much less smoke in the taste, or maybe its just much more malty goodness. Sweetened chocolate and roasted coffee flavors. The body is slightly more than medium and fairly creamy. Tasty and quite worth the bargain price we paid for it.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is almost black but appears to actually be dark purple-ish brown with ruby highlights around the edges where light sneeks through. Smells crazy. Aromas are all out nutty, smoked woody forest, with vanilla and some mystery fruits. Taste smooths out a lot but is still has an intense edge. Flavors form into a nice balance with an alcoholic kick. Finish is semi dry and woody and nicely warming. Decent mouthfeel and drinkable like it should be.

Good interesting porter.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a thin head that soon becomes a vanishing patch.

The smell is of smoked meat and wood. Faint hints of a dark earthy fruitiness under a plethora of smoke.

The taste is of smoked meat and wood. Molasses and hints of chocolate with a suggestion of licorice. Alcohol more noticeable in aftertaste than in taste itself. Finishes sweet.

Thins a bit more than expected. Smokiness lingers.

I love imperial porters and can appreciate a rauch/smoked beer, but this one was too much like overwhelming campfire smoke and too sweet for me to really enjoy. Worth trying though, as it is an interesting brew.

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Photo of blackie
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006

appearance: Pours a freakin' huge fluffy light-mocha head that takes quite awhile to recede enough for me to take a sip. Nice lacing already marks the foamy recession down the sides of the glass. Nice retention, too. The beer itself is very very dark in color, with only some reddish-brown hues coming through.

smell: Wonderfully smoky meats and charred hardwoods upfront, quickly followed up by dark cocoa and a touch of lactic sweetness. Just a touch of espresso, dirty and woody. A good porter just really lends itself well to a good smoking. The medium roast malts and the smoke blend together extremely well, and give an almost creamy aroma. A nice, earthy and piney hop aroma and the slightest twinge of ethanol.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is high, and helps balance out the fullish body, giving a falsely light mouthfeel. Pretty smooth overall...nice.

taste: Smoked malts dominate the flavor, closely followed by medium roasted barley and dusty cocoa. Flavors of smoked meats and hardwood, as I might have anticipated from the aroma. The hop flavor is somewhat hidden behind all the roasty, smoky activity, but it is still there. A healthy bitterness comes in well after the swallow, and lingers with smoky malts well into the finish.

drinkability: Easy...delicious and interesting enough to keep me sipping. If I weren't reducing stock for my upcoming BA Anniversary bombing, I'd pick one up for the cellar (might have to go through with it anyway). The ABV is very well hidden. I rated this as more of a Smoked Beer than as an American Porter.

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Photo of Braudog
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I unwinded the metal cap with the $15 pricetag and uncorked this beauty in a venture to warm my insides on this cold Virginia evening. The aroma of a well-used firepit wafted to my nose promising that comforting warmth ... the crimson brown elixir looks warm enough. The first sip is a bit of a surprise, with more a sweetness factor than I’d expected. The more I drink, the more I’m perplexed by this beer. While there is a definite ashy smokiness, there’s also a combination of pine, bitter chocolate, and that lingering sweet, almost molassas bite. Not as good as I’d hoped for $15! (#2706, 2/15/2007)

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Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 1/2" head that disappates quickly. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: sweet malts and smoke are the main aromas.

Taste: roasted malts, liquid smoke, molasses, chocolate, woody mushrooms, hints of alcohol, and some mild bitterness. This is a hearty beer.

Mouthfeel: surprisingly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is long on the smoke tones. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: easy to quaff and a great beer for a cold winter day. Definitely worth giving this one a try.

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Photo of bruachan
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i love me some smoke. "bottle condition 2006"

it's totally opaque (the bottle says "roasty brown" but i see no light) with a tall head above the liquid. from the bubbles emanate a glorious woodfire aroma that dominates, without obscuring, sweet roasty malts. oh man, that smells good

and oh boy does that taste good. it's a nice porter base with an assertive dryness from the highly kilned malts. there's a touch of bitterness from here (and the charr, i suppose), as well, though it's outdone by bitterness from hops. not all that sweet, but enough to balance with the bitterness and smoky character (which is mostly present in the aroma)

i'd say the mouthfeel is appropriate and the mild heat is acceptable. i think this might age in a lovely way

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Intense!!! Rich, woody, smokey, roasty, chocolatey, caramelish, and... floral? Yep, both in the nose and the mouth. It's probably coming more from alcohol than hops, but perhaps a combination of both? Probably not! It pours an opaque black body beneath a creamy head of dark tan that holds well and leaves some initial rings and walls of lace. The aroma, as mentioned, is varied; and the smoke is very solidly present but not overwhelming. The same is true for the flavor. I initially thought Beechwood, but it's richer and more intense than that. There's a Hickory note... and I'm thinking some Maple as well. (Throws arms up in air!) I don't know! But after a half of a glass, between sips, my mouth tastes like a campfire... smokey, sweetish, slightly astringent. The beer beneath is rich and full, but not sticky or sweetish; and it's more molasses-like than caramelish - although caramel is present. The roastiness is kept in check, and it mainly displays itself at the swallow and into the finish as spent mocha-java coffee rinds, or as a burnt, but lightly roasted coffee - the kind you find at 24 hour diners throughout the northern-midwest at 1 am. Some nuttiness sneaks its way in, and it has a Cashew-kind of side to it. Salty? I'm not sure... but there's something there. A hint of yeasty fruitiness elbows its way in as well, and I'm finding apples and soft berries. The bitterness is fairly low-key given it's girth (21 degrees Plato to start?), but it's not really needed with all of the astringent smokiness and roastiness going on; and it finishes dry, smokey, roasty, astringent, and dully bitter with just a touch of nuttiness and a thin drizzle of caramel and molasses to soften it. LONG LASTING. Mouthcoating. Almost wiskey-like; and that brings us to strength... the alcohol never reveals itself in the mouth (although it's there fluttering about in the aroma), but it does hint at being there, which is great for a beer of 9.2%. and if you wait long enough, a burst of soft, powdery, sweetish and mildly fruity cocoa will appear... ... ... For fans of smoked beers, I'd say this one is worth seeking out as it's quite unique and pretty aggressive once you get into it. For those who are not fans of the style, stay the F away, it's BRASH. For those in the middle, I'd think it might be worth a try if you've got some friends to share it with. And, I appreciate the sentiment behind it - kudos to Left Hand for supporting an under-appreciated group of firefighters.

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Photo of cbl2
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/2/2007 $12.25 750 mL 9.20% 2006 Bottle Conditioned.


Pours with a fairly thin body into my chalice, this beer is pitch black with a thin froth of tan foam on top that disappears within moments.


This was hand-smoked using several hardwoods, and it shows in the aroma, with notes of peat, roasted coffee, and the smoke ham associated with Rauchbiers.


Nice creamy mouthfeel starts off this delisciously sweetened coffee flavored confection of a beer. The sweetness is contrasted beautifully by the presence of what tastes like burnt embers. While closing your eyes, and letting this roll around on the tongue you can almost image there was a forest fire in your mouth that has been doused by Starbucks coffee (sounds gross, but it’s a good thing, trust me).

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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 maundythirsty
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smoke Jumper is nearly black, but around the edges peek slivers of cloudless golden brown. Oatmeal head rolls forth to a depth of three fingers, piling high but loose. Leaves slippery lacing when it falls. You can smell the fire any where withing two feet of this thing. It's cedary over everything else, but also wet and earthy and mossy with a little toasty malt.

Taste is smoky in the beginning and the end. Faint cocoa powder in the middle, with a lingering cereal aftertaste. I'd love it more if the booze didn't come across a little like rubbing alcohol. Light and a little watery mouthfeel. Light carbonation, too.

So that alcohol taste is typical of imperial porters I've tried, so I'll cut it some slack. I really do enjoy this beer pretty good.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a recent trade with rajendra82.

if there was a category to score appearance/quality of bottling I would mark it down notably - the wire cage on the cork is screwed far too many times and far too tight, and the small loop at the end BREAKS OFF when I begin untwisting it. Left Hand should seek guidance for how to bottle/cage corked beers, or maybe just buy some in a grocery store and see how almost every other brewer in the western world is able to handle this challenging task.

with wire cutters, a quick tug and the cork almost flies out, though beer does not overflow. Pours with a huge head, like 75% of glass volume. this beer is opaque and smells like (wood) smoke. bottles notes that the malt is smoked with 'several hardwoods.' smoke level in nose approaches that in some smoked jerky products. I cannot get much else out of the beer from the smell at this point.

taste is (once again) smokey, with dark roasted malt in the background of a very heavy blanket of smoke in the mouth. this continues into the finish and aftertaste, to such a degree that it might be the smokiest beer I have had that remained pleasant and drinkable.

finally well into the aftertaste some hints of malt start becoming prominent. the alcohol is invisible in this brew.

if smoke is your thing, try this beer!

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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 630 ratings.
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