Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter | Left Hand Brewing Company

Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial PorterSmoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter
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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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Ratings: 634 |  Reviews: 260
Photo of bookerandy
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of beergoot
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a very, very fine smoked beer. Darkest brown in color (nearly black), creamy tan head, excellent smoked and roasted malt nose, incredible smoked taste mixed with sweet, roasted malt goodness. Throw in a fine mouthfeel, and you've got one winner of a beer.

Well-worth checking out if you are a fan of strong dark beers and/or smoked beers in general.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zachary80
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/7/12. Refrigerated since purchase.

Dark body with a very nice sized tannish brown head. Very good lacing. No light gets through but it looked lighter while pouring. Good retention.

Aroma is moderately smokey, hard to pick out any details.

Flavor is less bold than expected. Smoke is present but not strong. Underlying malt seems more like a normal porter than an imperial. Slight metallic notes.

Mouthfeel is dry but thinner than I'd expect on an imperial.

Overall an enjoyable beer but not one of my favorite in the smoked category. Super drinkable. To me it's not good that I can't tell it is imperial, but others may appreciate it.

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Photo of Jlang2012
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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

P:  A thick creamy cappuccino head that hovers over a pitch black ocean.   Thick lacing on the sides if the glass. 

S:  Robust smoked hickory, chocolate, sweet molasses malts, alcohol sweetness and toasted toffee. 

T/M:  Follows the nose in a creamy effervesce.  Rich roasted malts with notes of molasses, smoked barley, and subtle earthy hops. 

O:  Outstanding job by the brewers at Left Hand.  Profound smoke that contributes well to the mash and didn't overpower.  Smooth, rich and creamy. One of my all time favorite porters for sure.  

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz Growler from Beverage World in Fort Oglethorpe, GA. 2012 Vintage. Served at around 45-50F.

Pours black with a two finger brown head that leaves some, but not a lot of lacing and recedes to a small creamy cap.

Aroma is quite smoky. A lot of smoked bacon & ham, some campfire, but mostly smoked meats. Underlying notes of chocolate, coffee & roasted malts. No real hop presence on the nose. Very good strength.

Flavor is also quite smoky, tons of bacon, ham, smoked meats, but unlike the aroma, the traditional Porter characteristics come through a lot better so there is a good bit of chocolate, brownies, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, a touch of anise and dark fruit. Some alcohol, but not bad at all for a beer approaching 10%.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, creamy, sticky, moderate carbonation.

Super smoky! Tons of bacon! Mmmmm....bacon.... One I’ve been wanting to try for years, passed it up in the past then it disappeared for a while, glad to see Left Hand bring it back this year. Also held out for it to become available in a growler as I get a lot better value in the growler than the bottles. One of the best smoked beers I’ve had. Excellent!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last of the bottles that the wife brought back from a trip to Chicago. I didn't have the heart to tell her that I could have bought that here in Seattle. Opened on 5.20.12.

A - Pours a dark brown with a dark tan head that is very foamy and fades slowly.

S - Roasted malts, the some chocolate, then a slightly smokiness.

T - Soft smoke, roasted malts, and a slight chocolate background.

D - Good carbonation with a smooth medium body.

O - Smoke all-around, but not overly done. Very solid.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of russwbeck
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smoke Jumper on cask at Rustico in Ballston, which apparently is one of the only kegs to see the east coast. $4 for 4oz

A: Black pour with a very bubbly brown head. The size of the bubbles is really impressive and they last forever. Not a ton of lacing. 4

S: Really smokey with a small chocolate underbelly. Light and mellowed as I'd expect from the cask. 4

T: The flavors develop wonderfully on the palate. It start with chocolate and some light malts, then the roast bombards you in a wonderful way. The cask has really mellowed this out to an exquisite offering. Like a smoked chocolate candy. 4.5

MF: The body is heavy and without carbonation. Very dry finish. The drinkability is crazy high for the cask. Very smooth and very
drinkable. 4.5

O: This was my first experience with a smoked beer on cask and I hope the rest impress me like this did. One of only 2 casks on the east coast, glad I came out for it. 5

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz served into a SA perfect pint.

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black with red hues when held to the light. 2 fingers of dark tan head that retain well and leave average lacing.

S - Smoke malts, chicory wood, roasted coffee, sweet and savory meats, roasted pineapple, berry fruit.

T - Sweeter than I thought it would be. Dairy chocolate, smoked malts, caramelized malts, berry fruit, cured meats, toasted bread crust. Finishes with an even amount of roast and smoke.

M - Moderate carbonation, silky and syrupy feel, medium body.

I like it. Plenty of smoke without overbearing other flavors. AS fine blend of malts and just the right sweetness. Drink very easily, especially if your grilling.

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Photo of poppyjohn
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, with a hint of meaty smoke. The smoke is fairly prominent in the flavor, but the sweet chocolate and roasted malt also come through. There is also a nice cream-like quality in the flavor. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice smoked beer.

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Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not quite pitch black, but really close to it. The faintest of faint dark brown shows when held to a light. The head is slow forming and as thick as you want it to be. A light brown in color, it's relatively uniform small bubbles are sticky, giving it a nice lace.

The malt backbone is highlighted in the nose, along with some smoke and bittersweet chocolate.

Very malty, but the smoke and hops keep everything in balance. The smoke is prevalent, but never overbearing. Hops keep their strength deep into the finish.

It's really creamy, and it's slightly bitter, for a little complexity. As it warms, all the flavors and feelings are exaggerated.

I seem to rate Left Hand beers all over the board. This one is at the better ends. It's a nice beer from beginning to end, with nary a loose end. Any rough edges have been smoothed. It's easy to drink, has a nice amount of alcohol, and goes down smooth. Good stuff.

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3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
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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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into snifter. Bottled on 2/7/2012.

Pours very, very dark with a finger or two of beautiful light brown head. Head fades fairly quickly, and leaves some nice lacing.

Certainly smoke in the smell, but not overpowering by any means. There's also plenty of roasted barley and maybe a hint of soy sauce.

The smell carries over pretty unchanged to the taste. There's a smoke flavor hanging over everything, but the other flavors are all balanced very well. Sweeter than I expected, with good bitterness.

Reasonably thick and silky mouthfeel, and not too much carbonation. A tiny bit of detectable alcohol.

I can't say I have a lot of experience with smoked beers, but this seems an excellent example.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83.4% out of 100 with 634 ratings
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