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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Photo of gleemonger
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark coffee brown, almost black with a small tan head that doesn't stick around for very long. Not really any lacing.

Dark smokey roasted malts as hoped from the name, with some sweet chocolate hints to balance. A little vanilla. Very sweet and savory smelling, I like it a lot.

Even more of the smoke on the flavor, but not super crazy because it's quickly balanced out by the sweet chocolate flavors and some of the usual porter malt flavors, with just a hint of hop bitterness to even it out. I get a hint of that vanilla I was smelling too. Pretty complex and evenly balanced.

Full bodied with fairly light carbonation but a nice crisp bite to it anyway. Somehow it still feels like a porter - granted it's an imperial porter, but still, I get the classification.

Really nice. I'm a big fan of smoked beers and this one didn't disappoint at all. I get plenty of the smoke, but not to the point where it's completely overwhelmed or the other parts are neglected. Very well crafted and balanced.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, pours near-black,topped with a tall, tan colored head that faded fairly quickly leaving little lace on the glass. Aromas are smoke, roasted barley, molasses, chocolate. Ample amount of smoked malt, molasses, roasted barley, chocolate, peppery finish, booze is well concealed. Creamy, fullish body, easy to drink. Overall, decent smoked beer, but I wouldn't get it again.

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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 StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with chestnut highlights and beige foams that trails.
Smoky phenols with hints of red berry, peat and meat on the nose.
Red currants, cold coffee, lots of smoke, far whack of earthy hops. Sweetens as it warms, with red berry and brown sugar.
Sprucey end and roasty bitter linger.
Medium to full, round, plenty of chew.

1.021 finish, so full and sweet. Smoke is judicious and there's plenty of bitter in the roast and hops. Lean for 8.8%, which makes it a nice drinker.

Between the smoke, roast and sweetness, tastes more like BBQ than any smoked beer I've had.

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Photo of scratch69
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black in color with a half a fingers worth of dark tan head. Light amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Smoke and chocolate aromas with a hint of char.

Taste- Sweet dark malt and smoke flavors dominate with notes of chocolate, char, and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Light amount of carbonation with a faint amount of alcohol warmth.

Overall- This is one of the better smoked beers I have had. Tasty and complex but not too complex.

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Photo of codysjb
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into a wine glass.
Very interesting; like a smoked beer combined with a porter. the smoke and chocolate notes fill the nose and intertwine in the flavor. Would be a good beer for around a camp fire but the smoke is just a bit over powering by itself.

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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 BeerImmediately
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into goblet.

Ironically, smoke floats out of the bottle upon uncapping. Pours w/respectable 1/2F creamy tan head over opaque black body w/ ruby edges. Tons of lacing. Quite impressive appearance.

Aromas are rich and thick. Full of ham, burnt wood, sneakers (rubber), and dry hops.

Quite creamy on the palate. The rubber and smoke come through pretty strong in the flavor. Some bittersweet chocolate. Char, herbs and mint round things out. Decent bitter finish.

Overall, a little messy, but fun and full of flavor. Enjoy!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is as smokey as any rauchbier ive had, definitely the most smokey american made beer ive had. it pours really dark brown, dark chocolate color, with a yellowish tan head an inch high. the nose is crazy, like a bonfire, or like smoked bacon or something, meaty and woody, dark malts, vanilla, and burnt toast. the flavor is totally dominated by the smoke, its nice over a huge porter that can stand up with all that flavor. the malt profile is awesome, and the alcohol isnt really there at all. its got a long bitter finish, with some detectabe hops happening. mouthfeel is lovely as well, really creamy in texture, its a nice contrast to the sort of rough around the edges flavors. carbonation isnt bubbly, but its bright, makes the beer quite drinkable. i enjoyed half the bomber, and put the other half into a pot of bison chilli, and found the results to be great. its a perfect beer for that application, and a nice one to drink with foods like bbq and roasts. world class.

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Photo of carlborch
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky-black pour with faint hints of mahogany. Totally impenetrable when in the glass. Beautiful multi-inch, tan, head forms. Thick, small bubbles. Retention is excellent! Roasted, toasty, smoky, sour, notes in the nose. The nose is evident, yet restrained and elegant. Smoke, and toast dominate. Anticipation builder! Medium-light body for a porter. Lingering smoke notes on the palate. Nose and palate bring forth memories of camp fires. Perhaps a little short? Delicious. Minimal (spotty) lace formation. Bright and balanced. Could be used as an aperitif. Certainly gets the gastric juices flowing! The ABV is not evident.

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Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, smoke, slight alcohol, and slight dry hop. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, dry hop, sweet malt, alcohol, slight smoke, and slight hop. Overall, good appearance, body, and aroma. I would have liked a stronger smoke presence, but still a good beer.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoked beers grew on me fast; from first sip, really. Here’s to liquid bacon!

Brewed seven months before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON 02/08/12”).

A: Thick black body from a creamy pour, with brown cream climbing to an inch high; satin retention stands pillowy and full, showing nice strands of lacing, too.

S: Great mix of bacon, hickory, smoke, roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate – emphasis on the bacon. The bacon shifts to honey-ham in a smooth transition to something sweeter, mainly vanilla, anise, and caramel malt. Roasted all the way through.

T: The first sip swells with a satisfying sweetness, coating the palate with hot fudge, hazelnut, and caramel the whole way through. The sweets blend with the smoke of the malts, tasting just like the thick skin of a smoked, glazed ham…if that ham had some chocolate on the side. Finishes sugar-forward with a vanilla and mocha aftertaste, with smoky peat notes hanging on.

M: Smooth, yet crisp enough to keep the smoke ahead in the palate. Moderate body, and pretty damn drinkable for this dark a beer.

O: Smoked, but not smoke-heavy, which allows the bigger imperial porter notes to come out; that’s exactly what I was hoping for. Balance is the key here, and that’s the sign of a well-crafted beer – I could drink this all day long.

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Photo of adamette
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed by me on tap at Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, Illinois July 26th, 2012 in the presence of my brother in law Mat. I believe the place had been renamed simply “Bavarian Lodge” but I still refer to it as “Chef Paul’s.” By any name this is a world class BeerAdvocate place. Anyone reading this should seek it out.
Review from notes taken while I enjoyed the beer.

A No light comes through the body of this beer. Medium brown head with excellent curtain lacing on the inside of the glass upon repeated sips. 4.5

S Campfire smoke. Medium malt noted on repeated sniffs. I really like the smell of this beer. To some it is off putting but not to me. 4.5

T Dates, raisins, dark fruits, smoke with medium roast malt sweetness. A LOT is going on in the taste. I have to say I did not pick all of that up in the smell but I guess it was the smoke that eclipsed all of the other aspects of the beer. Anyway, this is a fine tasting beer. 4.0

M As suggested, a lot going on in this beer makes the mouthfeel really big. I like that. 4.0

D/O Drinkability is alright. Overall this is a well crafted beer. I still like that smoke smell. 4.0

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown colored brew with a small tan head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of chocolate and smoke. Other aromas of coffee, caramel, char, and some dark fruit mix with the former to produce a quite nice smell.

Taste – The taste begins of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Some sweeter flavors of the dark fruit and the caramel that were detected in the nose then start to enter the taste. While these sweeten the flavor in the middle of the taste, a smokiness soon starts to come to the tongue. With the arrival of the smoky flavors the sweet flavors seem to fade and the roasted flavors seem to intensity. This coupled with some char and burnt tastes coming to the tongue, along with a light alcohol taste, overall create a very roasted and warming taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the just above average in thickness with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker and creamier body is wonderful for the dark and smoke flavors and complemented well by the warming alcohol taste.

Overall – Quite delicious. It has a nice semi- sweet and smoky porter and one to give a try
if you have a chance.

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Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It should be known that this bottle's got around 7 months on it.

Pours a dark coffee brown with a creamy few fingers of khaki head.

Smooth chocolate malts, subtle coffee qualities, definite rauch going on, fresh cream, some honey notes, fresh oak... nice.

The dominating smoke presence has settled back considerably which I like. Chocolate milk, smooth bitter smokiness, sharp coffee, charcoal, an array of brown ale characteristics if you look for them.

Real smooth. Maybe the best smoked imperial porter I've had - and perhaps the only.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 5 Mar 2011. 2008 vintage. Served in the 0.4 L Eichbaum snifter.

Large dark brown head. Well carbonated. Very dark brown, almost black in color. Aroma is sweet and smoky with some coffee and chocolate. Starts very smoky, almost acrid. Coffee and chocolate. Hint of bacon. Becomes relatively sweet and chocolatey after the first sip. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Ethanol is slightly warming but not prominent. Finishes with a lot of bittersweet chocolate.

One of the sweeter smoked beers we've tried.

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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 rangerred
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at mellow mushroom in Johnson City, TN

Arrived a clear very dark brown with just a tiny bit of a head.

Aroma was very smoky and much like a campfire. Maybe a touch of coffee but smoke was overwhelmingly predominant.

The flavor was, once again, smoke and lots of it. Although I will say it wasn't as smoky as the Schlenkerla beers I have had. Some bacon and molasses along with burnt sugar. Quite a bit of roasted malt as well. The one big drawback was the watery mouthfeel.

Overall, a decent beer that I have been wanting to try for a long time. While it is a pretty good beer, it still can't come close to the German rauchbiers that I love.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark and stormy with plenty of suds. Pleasant mouthfeel with fine carbonation. Rich but not sticky.

A modest smokiness with a touch of bacon. Dark roasted malt with some charred notes. A hint of sweetness behind the dry smoke and coffee. Woody, like barrels. Fairly sharp after a few sips. Sprightly on the tongue. An interesting balance of alcohol, smoke, and malt, with a little bitter aftertaste. A very sippable dark brew. Strong but mellow.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Philnor Liquor in Lakewood.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Appearance: rather dead looking when opened, with no head forming n the bottle. Pours a black-brown color with a smallish tan head that soon reduces to a a partial top coat and a sizable, durable, bubbly ring. Some spotty lacing.

Smell: More delicate than expected: a light smokiness over dark chocolate with undertones of molasses and dark fruity. [3.75]

Taste: Starts rather pleasantly sweet but ultimately proves to be well-balanced in the sweet-bitter dimension, with negligible sourness. Chocolate flavor with subtle hints of molasses and prunes. The smoke is barely noticeable up front, but gently caresses the mid-palate and becomes more obvious in the finish. A smokey, mocha flavors linger for a good while afterwards. [4.25]

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied; smooth; excellent medium-low carbonation.

O: I approach smoked beers with some trepidation since I find many of them to be too smokey and, therefore, too 1-dimensional. However, I have learned that there are excellent smoked beers, and this is one of them. Lefthand has crafted a beer that judiciously blends the sweetness of dark malts with a touch of hops and the smoke to brew a world-class porter. The ABV is so well hidden that I forgot about it altogether. (4.25)

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep opaque black. There is a thick tan cap of foam which has decent retention but eventually turns to just a ring around the rim. Leaves a bit of lacing.

S - the nose is sweet and of course smokey. Strong notes of hickory, char, molasses and honey. There are even notes of coffee as well a touch of spiced meat. Hints of fruit such as dates and blackberries round out the nose.

T - the flavors are rich and dark. Up front the flavors are bakers chocolate, coffee grinds, and dark molasses gives a balancing sweet flavor. Fruit esters enter along with smoke enter mid palate. The cherry notes play off spicy alcohol flavors which go on long after the smokey finish.

M - full bodied with a silky creamy texture. Carbonation is medium high with tight bubbles.

O - great smoked ale. Complex and flavorful. It went perfectly with a meal of ribs and beer can chicken, and especially the bourbon barbeque sauce.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, campfire, and slight adhesive bandage aromas. Taste is much the same with some smoked meat and cheese type flavors as well. There is a medium level of smoky bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite smoky but tasty and very drinkable.

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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 peabody
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich dark black with one finger of brown small suds. Lacing here.
Smell is coffee, dark chocolate, date, malt and a slight tinge of alcohol.
Taste is almost a peaty type of smoke. REminds me of Bowmore scotch. A really nice smoke that isn't manufactured. Campfire coffee.
Mouthfeel is very clean and not too sticky. The only thing left is the coffee bitterness and a smokey alcohol burn in the back of the throat.
Overall this is a great porter. I am not into smoke beers but they did a great job on this one.

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