Smoke Jumper | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smoked imperial porter

Added by GCBrewingCo on 12-19-2006

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Ratings: 640 |  Reviews: 261
Photo of stimulus
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 4/15, tasted side by side against TNT.
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
2008 vintage.

A: Pours black with ruby edges and a one finger beige head.
S: Definite smoke, and some roasted coffee. Pretty dull, but perhaps that's what happens after three years.
T: A bit of smoke to begin with, but quickly moving on to coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruits. Slight alcohol burn.
M: High level of carbonation, medium to heavy body, smooth finish.
O: Pretty good smoky beer, although I'd like to try one fresh and compare notes on them to see if there is any more smoke in the nose (the taste was spot on for the style).

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Photo of harrymel
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2008

A: Pours black, little head formation. What does form is a think sheet of latte over the surface that runs the throat of the glass. There's little/no lacing. When light does run through, the beer is excellently clarified. Comes thru mahogany.

S: Smokey! Plenty of chocolate malts, anise backgrounds. Although dominated by the smoke (very much a campfire smoke), beer comes across as well balanced on the nose. Still anticipate quite the smoke bomb here...

T: Much more balanced than anticipated. Good, thick malty beer with a healthy coat of smoke. Some hints of butane and briquette dance in the smokiness. Ongoing malts provide hints of raisin on the finish.

M: Thick, slicking AND drying. Weird feel here. Not against, but definitely unique. Medium to high carb for the beer.

D: Good beer, but one is enough, and is not something I would likely pick up again.

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Photo of hardy008
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle.

Black with raisin colored highlights. Has a tan one finger head with good retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has smoke, chocolate malt, and roasted malt. Very nice aroma. I just hope the taste matches the aroma.

Thankfully the flavor matches the aroma nicely. Chocolate malt, roasted malt, and smoke. There is a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness from the roasted malt. This beer has aged nicely.

Medium bodied, smooth, creamy, moderate carbonation, and there is a slightly sweet aftertaste. If you love smoked beers like I do, then this is a must.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 22oz bottle

A - Poured into a snifter. Dark black (is that even possible?). A half inch of tan head.

S - Amazing blend of smoke and roasted malt. There is also a caramel note in there.

T - Smoky, malty (but not too sweet), roasted malt, and a little hop bittering at the end.

M - Medium bodied; almost creamy. Light carbonation. This is a treat.

D - Oh so good. The smoke and porter are perfectly balanced and compliment each other well.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle.

A:This beer is black. Not even holding it up to the light lets a drop in. The head on this beer is quite impressive. A dense finger and a half of coffee colored head. A touch of lacing to boot.

S: I have had fresh bottles of this and the smoke is quite overwhelming when this beer is young. This smells like burnt earth. Kind of like the morning after a fire while camping. Little bit of chocolate in there. I need to say roast but it seems obvious. It does have a little bit of as astringent component that every smoked beer I have had not made in Bamburg exhibits

T: Just a really nice mellow blend of the smoke some chocolate and a nice balance from an earthiness. Tons of tastes coming at you at once. I will say this the longer you let it warm the more the smoke fades and the more subtle tastes emerge.

M: Little on the heavy side of medium bodied. Carbonation is light which works for the heft of this beer and the sheer amount of flavor.

D: Drinkability on this beer is subjective. I enjoyed it but it took me a while to get through it. For what it is I was reaching for more. Just a really well crafted beer all around. Right behind Alaskan Smoked Porter for me. Just hold on to a bottle for a little while.

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Photo of corby112
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark chocolate brown, almost black color with very fain mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy coffee colored head. Excellent retention, only sloly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with patches of soapy lacing.

Extremely smokey roasted malt aroma with hints of bitter dark chocolate, burnt toast, campfire, butane and BBQ bacon. This beer smells incredibly smokey but the roasted and sweeter chocolate malt notice are still present.

This beer is actually better balanced than I expected. I was expecting a complete smoke bomb but there was a nice sweet silky chocolate malt and lactic creamy presence to balance things out. This thing is still heavy on the smoke flavor with hints of burnt toast, roasted coffee/espresso bean, BBQ, bacon, charcoal, butane ans ash. Not acrid though! There's also some slight caramel and hazelnut adding to the complexity and balance. The ABV is very well masked and in addition to the balanced flavors makes this beer dangerously drinkable. Dry smokey finish. Awesome and highly recommended!

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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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Smoke Jumper from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 640 ratings