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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Reviews: 258 | Ratings: 625
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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Photo of LXIXME
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bit above the glass gave this beer a big light brown head that settle down to just under 1/2 inch pretty quickly above a clear very dark brown to black colored beer.

Smokey roasted malt aroma with just a hint of alcohol working its way in there.

Smokey creamy roasted malt taste blended with light alcohol, molasses, and subtle mocha dark chocolates.

The dry aftertaste brings out that dark chocolate more than the taste which is quite cool.

Although this is stated to be 8.8% ABV the alcohol taste is quite subdued.

A pretty good beer I was lucky to stumble into a bomber for $3.00, well worth quite a bit more than that.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A finger of light brown head, opaque dark brown.

Barky, woody nose with smoke.

Full-bodied powerful stout with a good smoke component. Not as nice as the draft, but a good instance of a smoky beer with enough body to support it. Kinda cedary. Dry, malty finsih.

Nice and smooth.

Good smoked porter. I recall it being better on draft, but still good.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in a glass, deep dark body with a light tan head forming thick, fine bands of lacing cling to my chalice with each sip. Aroma is full of smoked meats, campfire, and rustic wood fired baked bread along with a cherry note, star anise, and dark roasted malts. Big smoked malts going on here, chewy smoked firewood wrapped with dark cherry and anise spice. Flavors of smoked malts, dark roasted flavors, deep smoked bacon, firewood charred caramelized sugars. Hints of pine/evergreen in the back end with some cherry fruit tartness, amongst the dark roasted malts and hand smoked malts. Mouthfeel is full bodied even carbonation lingering charred smokiness coming through with each sip. Overall a quality smoked porter, challenging to consume yet when your palate gets used to it you really start to enjoy every sip.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into my Harriet tulip.

Seal brown opaque liquid with a faint tan head receding to nothing in a few minutes. No lacing; faint legs.

Smoked malt, roast coffee,

Leather, dark brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, licorice, and more on the palate. Touches of tobacco and very low hop contributions. Sweet smokey finish is unlike any other beer I've sampled.

Creamy, smooth, slick, and oily mouth-feel. Low carbonation.

Crowd pleasing unique, sweet, smoked toasty porter. Style aside, this is stupendously drinkable.

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Photo of beergoot
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of zachary80
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
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 Hopswagger
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +9.1%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of russwbeck
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of StaveHooks
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +0.7%
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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Photo of Suds
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
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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Photo of Blargimus
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of MammothTarantula
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a magnificent jet black. Head did not form until a few seconds after pouring. The head was tan and topped at at about 3.5 fingers and stuck around for awhile. Minimal lacing. An absolutely gorgeous beer.

S: Nothing special here. Just your typical porter maltiness with a maybe a tinge of smoke at the end.

T: Rich malts and faint hops, just your typical porter taste. Maybe a weird little bit of grass. The smokiness was nearly nonexistent, coming in at the very end. I was expecting more a rauchbier-like smokiness, so this was very disappointing. Still a good tasting beer despite the lack of a stronger smoke character.

M: Thick and slick. Medium carbonation.

O: Decent porter. The lack of smokiness was very disappointing. This was an expensive beer, so I probably won't purchase it again.

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

vintage 2011.

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken 4/30/2012.

Appearance: dark brown to light black bodied beer with 2 fingers of brown head that drops to a thin cap. Nice lacing.

Smell: a nice clean smoke that is meaty and bacony. Notes of peat moss and earthy. No getting many of the traditional porter notes because the smoke overpowers everything.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. Bacony smoke with a hint of porter. This beer is smoke forward, but the smoke is not out of control. Hops add a bit of earthiness to this brew. A hint of cocoa in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer has a dry finish from the smoke. Borderline thin body for a porter, if this beer was thicker it would take this beer to a whole new level. Carbonation is done well.

Overall: This is a really great smoked porter. My new favorite beer from left hand brewing Company!

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

Great brew. This is a stout with a thinner mouth for all intents and purposes. The pour is jet black with a thin camel colored head. The nose is of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The elevated ABV is well hidden, this brew is not boozy at all. The taste is consistent with the nose and includes the roast, chocolate, and coffee, maybe even marshmallows with a heavy but pleasant charcoal smoke tone that stays throughout. Smooth, no tweaky "fake strength" to hide the ABV. Finishes remarkably clean with no weird aftertaste that often accompanies big dark brews.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a huge, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A smoky aroma to say the least, with hints of malt and hops as well.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a little chocolate, a hint of coffee, and the ubiquitous smoky quality. The flavor is closer to a stout than a porter, but that's not a bad thing. A big, focused, enjoyable flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: You enjoyment of this beer (and others like it) depends entirely on your love of the smokiness. If you like it, this is a beer for you.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is a lot of smoked and roasted malts and a lot of sweet chocolate as well. Smells great!

T- The taste is roasted malts up front with some sweetness and smoke and a touch of hops in the finish along with a lot of warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
O- Overall, Smoke Jumpers is a great beer. I always enjoy a good smoked beer, and this one was very enjoyable. Recommended!

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Photo of samie85
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a jet black with two fingers of light brown head that quickly dissipates to 1/2 a finger.

Smells of light smoky notes, cocoa powder and some light roasted notes.

Big notes of chocolate with some deep roasted notes... not getting much smoke here.... a little on the end.

Very creamy and full-bodied with light carbonation.

I was expecting a ton of smoke from this... along the lines of a rauch, but it fails to deliver.

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Photo of n2185
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts up front with sweet chocolate and lots of smokey aromas.

T: Similar to the aroma, roasted malts hit first with some dark chocolate flavors. Smoke and meat flavors bring up the finish.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery, but could use a bit more carbonation or a thicker body.

O: A good beer, overall. Simple, but tasty.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark chocolate color with minimal head.

S: Dark roasted malt, cherry smoked malt and a bit of roast pig.

T: Well after seeking this one out for some time on my wants list, I finally came across it on tap to my surprise. First up was a mouthful of chocolate mixing with bitter baker chocolate and a nice cherrywood smoked malt base.

M: Very smooth and mildly carbonated on tap. I suspect this would have a little more carbonation out of a bottle, but the mouthfeel is very slick and full bodied.

O: This is a very good Porter with tons of chocolate flavor and a good dosing of smoke. Like most porters, it has the signature sweetness of a baltic porter. I really enjoyed it, it lived up to my expectations.

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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 625 ratings.
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