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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial PorterSmoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 249 | Ratings: 602
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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Photo of atsprings
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Left Hand pint glass from a 750ml corked bottle. Had a great sized head that lasted and left great lacing. The aroma was definitely smokey. Almost like a strong cigar. In the taste, the smoke flavor was almost overpowering. At first this beer was very hard to drink. This being the case, it took me a while to finish it. When I poured a second glass almost a half an hour later, the beer was somewhat warmer. Probably about 45 or 50 degrees. At this point, it was somewhat more enjoyable. The smoke was more subtle and the mouthfeel had improved dramatically. I'm usually not one to drink beer any warmer than they are when they first come out of the fridge, even if that is recommended, but I can tell, to enjoy this one, that would be required.

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

recommended highly by the all knowing staff at oak tree.

pours a little thin looking for a porter, one full finger of soft chocolate fluffy head, retention is good, not quite black as the midnight sun but pretty dark, some ruby highlights can be had upon closer inspection, lacing is very nice and lays a lovely sheet of foam on the shores of my duvel tulip (how I made it to adulthood without this trusty glass ally is a mystery to me)

immediate? dark chocolate (bitter) and smoke, secondary smoke is of the "I went camping and stayed to close to the fire all night" variety, you can smell the burnt wood quite clearly and goddamn is it inviting, past the smoke is some dark fruit, overall I am enjoying this one.

taste etc..
coating, mouthfeel is a hair thin though, very chocolaty in the aftertaste with some lingering bitterness and smoke. definite feel of alcohol burn on the way down but not in the flavor, if you let it linger a sweetness develops, but again all this is lots of choc.. with plenty of smoky overtones, it works.

tasty and worth checking out.. pricey though ($13.99 a bomber), drinkability was a little off only because of the burning alcohol in your gullet. overall a fine beer, one of the better ones left hand makes imo.

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Photo of phisig137
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The cage on this bottle is almost impossible to remove, being way over twisted. After that, the cork is stubborn and takes a good amount of force to remove. I felt like a retarded monkey trying to open this bottle. That aside....

This pours a deep black, with some brown highlights around the edge. One finger head falls quickly, and leaves behind only a bit of foam on top of the glass with no lacing.

Aroma is pretty enjoyable. Mild smoky aroma, backed by some citric hops and a bit of alcohol. Nice.

Flavor is well balanced, and the smoke is well integrated. Up front the smoke is slightly metallic and harsh, followed by a sweeter smoke that mingles well with caramel malt flavors. Finish is hoppy, dry and smoky. Smoke lingers, but not obtrusively. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. Drinkability is good considering the ABV.

Not a bad beer at all, and better than some of the other "Big Mo" series. Nicely made, and I'd put this up against other smoked porters out there from Stone and Alaskan. Unfortunately it is a bit pricey. $13 for a 750mL is a bit up there. Decide for yourself if it's worth it. I'm glad I got to try it, but I likely won't be paying that premium for it again.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a small quick disolving head with no lacing. Good carbonation with a thick oily mouthfeel. After the onslaught of smoke quickly turnes into a meaty sausage dipped in caramel.
Then a zesty burst of hops shines thru at the end. This disciption sounds a little odd but this beer would go so well with the right cheese pairing.

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Photo of memory
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've only had a Rauchbier from Rock Bottom in King of Prussia,Pa.
before this which I really liked.
This beer was had at the Flying Pig in Malvern on tap.
Poured dark avg head with that smoky nose.
Tasted like a liquid Slim Jim at first. Rounded out to a real smooth smokey exlixer that ain't no session brew.
Very tasty but I'd have to limit myself to 2 of these.
Just too big a brew, unless maybe a Smorgasborg was present!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have liked almost every smoked beer I have ever sampled, and I had always wondered why more brewers didn’t give the smoked treatment to their one off releases. Almost reading my mind, the newly released corked and caged bomber of Left Hand Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter appeared on the store shelves of Bullocks in Marietta, Georgia. I uncorked it without bothering to refrigerate it first, and the loud thud and the free forming head inside the bomber made me realize that had it been a few degrees warmer, and I would have had a geyser on my hand. The beer looked opaque black with dark brown highlights when held up against strong light. The large khaki head was impressive when taking into account the double digit ABV. Inhaling the headspace over the beer revealed that the “standard” Imperial Porter aromas of coffee, chocolate, and roasted grains had been overlaid (or almost overrun) with the wonderful aroma of wood smoke. The taste exhibited an assertive smoke treatment, which went well with the other bold flavors of chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and bitter hops. More a stout than a Porter if you ask me, as there was little to no sourness, and the taste was more bitter than sweet, but take this as an observation and not a complaint. Body was quite chewy, and the alcohol was warming in the belly (as if there was a real fire in here to go along with all the smoke). Note to self, pick up more to cellar.

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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 blitz134
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Green's in Atlanta today. I have so far been decently impressed by Left Hand's Big Mo series, nothing super 'wow' yet, but all pretty good. Bottle says 10.5% ABV, not the 9.2% this is in the database as.

Pours with a black body, barely translucent. Light shows through with a dark brown body. Tan head that formed pretty quickly on the pour nearly four fingers tall reduced really slowly. Really slowly. Pretty incredible head for a high octane brew. Not too much lace formation as it goes down though.

The aroma almost pushes this beer into the rauchbier category. Its smoke potency is on the order of Aecht Schlenkerla's beers. Smells similar to the smoked turkey we had for Thanksgiving, hickory and oak wood smoke. Has a little acidic, sweetness as well. But its mostly smoke.

I might as well be chewing on a log from the campfire. Smoke again dominates, similar to the smell. This all mixes with a dark toffee and even some heavily roasted coffee beans that begin to push the borderline of being called charred. Flavor finishes with more dark chocolate as the smoke subsides. Absolutely NO signs of alcohol in here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little too much carbonation if I have to be picky. I'd like a bit more creaminess, but its close. Flavor lingers for quite a while on the palatte and finishes quite dry.

Drinkability is good. This sits heavy on the stomach, limiting its sessionability (although if it really is 10.5% I probably won't care about too much by the end of the bottle). The alcohol is absolutely hidden though. This is by far the most smoky American beer I've had yet. Don't try if you're turned off by real smoked beers...but its a must have if you like the style, although some might consider it over the top. Stone's smoked porter has nothing on this flavorwise.

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

The beer poured into the glass translucent black with a ruby highlight and a deep brownish head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was smoky and strong with a meaty smoke sausage character coupled with roast and a chocolate. As the head fell the dominate aroma remained strong smoke with some light esters.

The flavor was nicely chocolate, in fact, excellent with chocolate. The smoke and chocolate flavors accentuated one another with a light bit of coffee thrown in for good measure. The flavor was meaty and contained a subtle sweetness which worked very well with the smoke and chocolate. Some caramel was notable, but the emphasis was smoke.

The finish was dry with lasting smoke and chocolate very pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the beer had a creamy texture to the mouthfeel. The alcohol was really only a factor in the warming experienced after consumption. A truly great smoked beer. Seek this one out!

750 ml bottle.

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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
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