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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

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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 Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown color with a light white head and not really any lacing. The nose brings some smoke along with a bit of roasted malt and some coffee. The smoke is quite nice. The taste is a bit different as I really can't get my head around everything that's going on here. Some smoke and roast plus some coffee and a bit of alcohol. A bit too much that doesn't quite meld. The smoke leads to a nice feel and this ends up drinking pretty well, though there was just something in the taste that didn't quite work for me.

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

22oz bomber, thanks to Worden's Market in Missoula, MT, for their aerosol flour-dusted beer selection ;-)

This beer pours a very, very, very, dark brown colour, with cola edges, and two fingers of creamy chocolate brown head, which leaves a nice vista of painted lace around the glass as it duly recedes. Its smells of peaty smoked malt, a bit fleshy, of the seared sort, chocolate, bitter coffee, and a bit of surprisingly perceptible baked buttery snack cracker. The taste is a big howdoya do, a conflagration of heavy, roasted caramel malt, semisweet chocolate, coffee, well restrained, but probing alcohol, and bitter citrus, leafy hops. The carbonation is very soft, the body as full as the moon tonight (it's a full moon...), smooth, and seductively creamy. It finishes with less emphasis on the malt, which is a good thing, as this newfound balance keeps me drinking this behemoth without those annoying questions of 'balance' 'skew', and 'one-sidedness'.

I have but one beef here - America's retarded labelling laws, which don't force the brewers to show the ABV on the bottle. I had no freaking idea about the 9+ points. Not that it affects my enjoyment, just, it's nice to know ahead of time...

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Photo of buschbeer
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a nonic glass to three fingers of mocha head. This beer is dark brown. Only the faintest of light gets through. The aroma is really sweet with plums, raisins, and some roasted malt. I did not get any smoke on the nose. The taste is dark fruits and roasted malt with just the slightest hint of smoke. I was looking forward to this beer. I like rauchbier a lot. I have not found a smoke beer that stacks up aside from Alaskan Smoked Porter. It does have a creamy mouthfeel and the 9.2 ABV is well hidden. Overall, it is is good beer. I guess I was just expecting something else.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark Brown/Red almost Black with over 2 fingers of Creamy Tan head.

S - Smells of Chocolate, Coffee, Minerals, Smoke, Vanilla, and Brown Sugar.

T - Tastes of Chocolate, Coffee, Molasses, Vanilla, and Cherry.

M - Very good Carbonation, Bitterness is retrained, Chalky, and Tannins from the Smoked Malts.

D - This is nice for a Porter. Although the Palate is overwhelmed with Chocolate/Coffee just like most darker beers.

This beer is much better than expected. I would love to have this on Cask.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a chocolate milk-colored and creamy head.
Smell is malty, with smoke coffee and a hint of alcohol.
Taste is smoked malt, coffee and vanilla.
A medium-full body with light effervescence and some alcohol. Quite good overal reallyl, a solid brew.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark and smoky and thats the way I like a smoked porter. This beer has a nose like Lapsong Souchong Tea which grows in complexity as the beer warms up. The porter side is complex and well made with some chocolate notes arising underneath all the smoky goodness. Worth picking up especially if you missed the Alaskan release

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Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gazing directly into the beer is - God forbid! - pretty much how I'd imagine things would look being stuck in a house fire. Everything is sooty and visibility is virtually nil.The head itself is like a giant, ever-lasting puff of smoke; its russet colour gives the impression of tarnishing despite that its form and lacing could not be any more embellished or ornate.

Like all good Imperial Porters this one has plenty of roasty maltiness and bittersweet chocolate; unlike most others, however, this one smells as though it was bottled during a forest fire or conceived over an open-fire pig spit. Smells of suckling pork, campfires and kindled wood sound unsuitable for a beer but they are, in fact, surprisingly enriching.

Using smoked malts in a beer is awfully similar to using bold spices in a recipe - a little can go a long way and if you use too much you risk obliterating all your other ingredients and overwhelming most peoples' palates. Some people, of course, simply can't do smokiness, they just plain don't like it. Not me though! I love it (provided it's implemented wisely).

Which means I only love it provided I can still make out the flavours beyond it. In this case, there is still a healthy and easily perceived maltiness that, having survived the smokiness, goes on to imprint flavours of honeycomb toffee, nutty milk chocolate, molasses and caramel tarts (proving that toasted malt can coexist alongside smoked malt!)

There is also, slouching but still standing after two long years in the bottle, a bitter, earthy, almost spicy-green taste of zestful American hops. Talk about balance. And you'd think at 9.8% that warming would pack a heavy punch of alcohol, but no, instead we are treated to previously withheld notes of espresso, wild mushrooms and yet more chocolate.

Cheap beers are rarely creative and the creative ones are even more rarely cheap; I don't recall this beer being too expensive but I'm sure whatever the brewery asks for it is a fair price. Drinking it gives you the sensation that what you're ingesting is something remarkably special and the feeling it leaves you with is one of pure satiation and content.

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Photo of Kendo
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
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 emmasdad
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the attractive 750 ml bottle into a snifter. Very oily black body, with maybe a finger of brown foam. Aromas of peat smoke, dark and milk chocolate and roasted malt. Flavors of roasted malt, more rich chocolate and a little coffee blend nicely with the smoke.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ebon and inky with a thick lush cap of finger high tan foam. Lacing is in broken blobby sheets attaches like shadows to the glass.

Aroma isn't as jumpy as I thought, but it does emerge quickly across the air with a tangy, smokey, roastyness soaked with a good dose of milk chocolate.

Taste jumps right into some well rounded roasty tones, nicely mild, earthy, within a mid-ranged darkness. Firm, milky, smooth, texture filled with a milk chocolateyness, but getting beyond that is the signs of the fire with some smokey tang filling the area quickly as it gains a wind of girth in the middling areas, then cinders into a complexing finish that adds a touch of vanilla, caramel, and a welcome relighting of milken chocolate and bits of dark tanged bacony smokeyness. Enjoyable tone, length, texture, and flavor mixture the whole way thru.

Body is creamy smooth with a well balanced tang of roast and smokey tones as it stays within the walls of a medium bodied milky roundedness. Finish has a complexingly dry smokey finish with all sorts of leftover roast, slightly burnt things, smoke tang, and chocolate.

Smoke Jumper is one very solid porter that'll light up anyones palate with a nice balance and mild play of flavors.

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Photo of BDJake
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- black with dark mahogany along the edges of my glass, and a foamy tan head much like a root beer float that retained beautifully

S- smoke, burnt malts, chocolate, and a hint of rum

T- smoke and molasses up front, roasted malts, and even a bit of earthy hops, with alcohol hidden rather well for such a big beer

M- chewy, low carbonation, and with a bitter smoky aftertaste

D- very well, burly as it is- if you enjoy the smokiness, while different from that of a rauchbier, is amazing in it's own right

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Photo of atigerlife
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
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 Flashsp2
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Left Hand Smoke Jumper Porter 2008 into Stone IRS tulip, Nov 2009

Deep dark brown with mahogany highlights when held to light. Dense two
finger beige head with great retention and sheets of lace.

Nose is chocolate, campfire smoke, charred wood, light roast coffee.

Taste is smokey, sweet malt, bitter chocolate, charred oak, roasted
malt, burnt brown sugar, pine bitter hop finish. Very yummy and well
balanced between sweet, bitter, and smokey. The smokey finish leaves a
tangy feeling on the back of the palette.

Mouthfeel is chewy and dense, but not syrupy or cloying. Finish is
quite dry and bitter.

Drinkability is very high. Chewy and tasty, this is an easy treat to
consume. The extra year in the bottle certainly helped, as it is
bottle conditioned.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= Pours a nice black color. I almost feel like I can see a little bit of a highlight of amber in it. The head didn't wanna show up as I was pouring so I added a little vigor and got a nice half finger from it. It's a nice mocha colored head. The lacing and retention isn't as great though.

S= Nice amount of smoke wafts from the glass. Great meaty smokey porky smells. Underneath that there is some really nice porter notes. Good chocolaty notes as well as some really nice coffee in it. Mostly just a nice smoke however.

T= While it is smokey it's not as much smoke as the nose. Really nice smooth smoke. Meaty without being too smokey. There is a so much delicious chocolate and coffee malt notes that it's uncanny. If this wasn't smoked it would be an awesome porter. The smoke just makes it all that much tastier.

M= Smooth as silk. Really luxurious.

D= Delicious smoked porter. This is my new fav smoke beer and I'm just starting to understand what the smoke is all about. This is an excellent beer.

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

Huge thanks to Scoobydank for sending this my way. A 2008 bottle split three ways in tulip glasses produced a finger worth of tan head that quickly left and settled to a thin lace. The body of the brew was the typical black porter color.

A really nice smoked aroma came up from the glass. To say I got anything else from the aroma would be a stretch. The flavor was of Smoke as well but here is where this brew shines. You get a nice sweetness from the malts some chocolate and some light bit of dark fruit. It had a medium feel to my mouth with light carbonation.

It was one of the best smoked brews I have ever had. I do think the age helped this brew tremendously. I could have easily had another glass and for a smoked brew that say's a lot for me

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Photo of meatyard
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, opaque brown with some reddish/brown at the edges when held up to the light. There's a good 2 to 3-finger light brown head with nice retention. Not much in the way of lace.
The smell is smoke, toasted malt and a just noticeable bit of alcohol. As it warms some chocolate emerges.
The taste is the strong flavor of smoked meats quickly followed by a sweet, dark roasted malt. Finishes with a mild, spicy bitterness but the smoke flavor lingers for a very long time.
Mouthfeel is full, creamy and a bit oily.
This is a nice drinking beer even at 9+% ABV. The alcohol is mostly hidden but does warm. One bottle at a time is plenty but I wish I had a few more to drink on occasion. I like smoked beers and the porter is a style that works well this way.

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Photo of alexgash
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. 2008 bottling.

Very dark chocolate brown with a small, dark khaki head. Some lacing. Nice mix of smoke and malt sweetness on the nose. Campfire, sweet smoked meat, peat, dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits blend together effortlessly.

Roasted barley, Tootsie roll chocolate, and herbal coffee/hop bitterness up front. Dark fruit sweetness and smoky, peaty malts follow. Some dark chocolate folds into the mix too. The sweet campfire/meat smokiness melds perfectly with the sweet malt and the roasted bitterness. Bittersweet finish, with lingering smoke, roasted coffee, and dark fruit. Full-bodied with a thick, chewy feel. Delicious! I love that this is the official beer of the National Smokejumper Association!

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Photo of RJLarse
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Smoke Jumper at an area beer store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color and is opaque. A creamy tan head forms, and dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the surface of the beer. No lacing.

Smell is strong and darkly sweet. An aroma of burnt sugars.

Taste is a rich combination of coffee caramel and liquor (rum) flavors. Bit of a black licorice flavor.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth with a cloying characteristic. There is some alcohol heat.

More drinkable than I thought it would be. It's not necessarily overpowering in terms of flavor, but not sessionable at 9% ABV either.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint from a 22 oz bomber.

A - Pours a gorgeous dark brown with a nice oily texture and brown head that is about .5 inches tall and recedes quickly to a thin film. Held up to the light shoes some reddish hues.

S - Very nice velvety sweet roasted malt, with some mild chocolate and mild hop character on the back end. Smooth smokey malt. and as it warms a real chocolate backbone appears.

T - Nice roasted malt sweetness is first. this is followed by almost a smoked meat flavor followed by more malt sweetness. There is a very nice final hop bitterness and for a Porter it is actually quite hoped. As it finishes there is a nice spicey character to it as well.

M - Oily and velvety smooth. Med-heavy body with complex notes all around.

D - Extremely high. ABV not too high and good balanced falvour. Session porter.

Edit: As it warms the beer is very hopy but n smokeyness ot in a an overwhelming way. Very nice mixture with the.

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Photo of alkemy
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dumped out of the bomber and into my glass a dark brown masquerading as black, even when held to light. Head was two fingers of thick and rich dark tan that looked like you could drop a penny on it and it wouldn't fall down into the beer. Smoke smell dominated. You get whiffs of dark fruits, chocolate, and molasses. However, these smells really only showed themselves after the beer had been in the glass a while. Taste is very smoky and earthy. The taste mirrored the smell in the sense that smoke was initially the only thing I noticed. Then the beer warmed a touch and breathed a little and became much more complex. Very mellow and little in the way of alcohol in the taste. Bottle was labeled 2008, so that could have a lot to do with the mellowness. Very good beer.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Left Hand pint glass.

A: Extremely dark brown, almost black in color with next to no light shining through. Head is cream colored, but does not last long.

S: Chocolate, caramel, coffee linger behind a very nice smoke aroma. The smoke covors most of the hops in the nose.

T: Holy Smokes! Sorry. Had to say it. This beer is very complex, with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, earth, and yes, smoke. In fact, this is one of the smokiest porters I have ever tried. Hops give the beer a pleasant, dry finish, but that smoke flavor stays around for the long haul.

M: Full bodied and warming, the flavors last for quite some time.

D: Left Hand continues to impress me. Smoke Jumper is exactly what I look for in this style of beer. Suprisingly easy to drink, this is one I wish was available more often.

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Photo of farrago
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Careful with that pour, slow and low, that is the tempo, or over the top it goes. Normalized, it gives a two finger super whipped up head of microfoam which doesn't dimple as much as form sand dunes, very slow to dissolve, the lacing sticks in solid sheets on the glass sides. Pure jet black color, nothing to see, literally and figuratively. Sweet caramel, toffee, milk chocolate coats your nose first then the "truth in advertising" part arrives, smoke, smoke and more smoke in effect, bacon, cranberry, pomegranate, some band-aid, more or less a backwoods smokehouse. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is curiously soft, the lack of lift allows the coffee roast, grill smoke, bacon, leather, bitter dark chocolate to strangle the tongue. Brazil nuts, anise seed, pumpernickel bread, no citrus and only a glimmer of peach, cherry, red grape fruit. The caramel, toffee, coffee components lower. Given the intensity of the smokiness, has a long finish, one of those "gotta wash it out of your mouth" experiences. Expect it to polarize.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, split/shared on christmas day post-highland black mocha stout

appearance: dark as night, rich chocolatey cap with strong retention and creamy lacing

smell: rich dark chocolate, bacon, smoked meats, alcohol soaked dark fruits

taste: big time porter - rich dark chocolate, smoked meat, peat and other earthy flavor, roasted coffee, dark roasted malts, boozed covered plum, raisins and dates.

mouthfeel: rich and rubust, creamy with a boozy bite

drinkability: ok

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

A - Just under one finger of medium brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Strong smoked malt aroma on top of a base of caramel and coffee malt with notes of bacon and minty, spruce like hops.

T - Thick smoke up front with chicory and coffee over a low note of dark chocolate. The herbal coffee flavors intensify through the middle with some notes of cinnamon and pine hops. Finishes with increasingly strong chocolate favors and more smoke balanced by moderate hop bitterness. The thick smoke coats the palate and remains long after the beer is gone along with flavors of chicory, caramel, and chocolate covered bacon.

M - A thick, slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This beer is not at all lacking in smoke character and, unlike some American smoked beers, it is in fact ever bit as smoky as a Bamberg Rauchbier. For some this might be a bit much, but in my opinion, it makes for a very flavorful and rich drinking experience. The underlying porter is clearly well made with a nice malt character and some noticeable hops as well. A nice stout, I am sure this would pair well with just about anything you would want to put along side of it.

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Photo of beer2day
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a thick deep tan head. Very nice retention and thick lacing. Well done.

Big smoky nose. I think I'm picking up a hint of the imperial stature through the haze also. Smoke is reminiscent of roast meat. Very strong indeed.

Very creamy hit. Smoke flavor actually comes off a bit sweet at first, but builds to a strong bitter finish. Slight hint of coffee and roast in the finish as well. Perhaps some anise there, too.

Feel is that of an oatmeal stout. Very nice.

While the smoke may overpower some, I find this one very easy to drink. Hides the abv well.

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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 634 ratings
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