Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter | Left Hand Brewing Company

Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial PorterSmoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter
BA SCORE
83.4%
Liked This Beer
4.02 w/ 634 ratings
Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial PorterSmoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GCBrewingCo on 12-19-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,380
Reviews:
260
Ratings:
634
Liked:
529
Avg:
4.02/5
pDev:
11.69%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
69
Trade:
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Photo of clvand0
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown color with a moderate head that fell fast and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma had a lot of smoke character with some chocolate and caramel. The flavor was much the same way. Very thick and smooth with lots of surprisingly smooth smoke character. The smoke flavors are the most dominant, but there are also plenty of flavors of chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. Very drinkable and extremely enjoyable. Thick bodied as well.

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

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Very smokey smell, with sweet malts. Very balanced taste, smokey, smooth, toasted malts, molasses, slightly bitter finish, with a the smokiness lingering. Lovely, flavourful, very drinkable porter.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Thanks to my little brother for this one - the boy finally went from crap beer to cultivating an opinion on good ones!

This beer pours with a black body, almost opaque. However, when held to the light, slight dark, dark brown. Tan head that formed pretty quickly however dissapated rapidly. Not much lacing to speak of. Nose is heavy on the smokiness - like hickory and oak smoked scent. I personally LOVE the smoked scent to this - so it was like heaven to me! Taste follows through on the scent. There are some toffee and roasted coffee taste that compliment the smokey taste. The flavor ends with a bit of dark chocolate. I am surprised by how well masked the alcohol flavor is with this beer. AND - what's more impressive is no aftertaste...NONE. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slight carbonation and a very dry finish. Drinkabilty, for me, is HIGH. I love the smokiness in flavor and dry finish. I am a fan of the smoked beers - this is definitely in the category of Stone Smoked Porter for me, but I understand the style may not appeal to everyone. I have to get my hands on a few more of these!

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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 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 CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Smoke Jumper, on tap at Capital Ale House, downtown location, Richmond, VA, on January 26th, 2009, Black Moonday.

Appearance: Arrives a deep brown bodied brew though still semi-transparent with a half-finger of kahki, dirty head that fades to a relatively solid-looking sheen thing with bubbly, streaky lacing, perhaps alcohol-retarded, perhaps not.

Aroma: This one is pleasantly mild and balanced on the smoke front, which is a nice surprise, not being the hugest fan of smoked beers. It's also surprisingly well hopped, and though this really comes through in the taste, it makes a very obvious first impression in the nose, with the hops imparting a very herbal, slightly leafy, minty edge - mint jelly on roasted, smoked lamb?

Taste: Not terribly smoky, which is again a plus. As mentioned above, this one's very well hopped, coming across as lightly spicy, minty, with flourishes of other pleasant herbal notes. The malt backbone is well-roasted, toasty, with notes of caramel, faint cocoa, and char, though perhaps that's the interaction of the heavily toasted malts with the smoke.

Mouthfeel: Very even and soft, big bubbled but smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: I'd say the most noteworthy thing about this one is its hop content, which goes a long way towards making this one (in my opinion) more palatable than your average smoked beer. The alcohol is, of course, a little up there for the style - an Imperial Smoked Porter this one is most definitely - but it doesn't come through anywhere. Not sure if I'd buy a bottle of this one, but it was definitely worth trying on tap.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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 SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of BeerSox
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into Nonic. 2006 bottle conditioned on the label, bought and imbibbed October 2007.

This Porter (probably a Baltic Porter rather than an American Porter in style) pours pitch black with only a thin edge of red light getting through. A very thick and solid light brown head very slowly settles to a thick pillowy cap. The head creates some thick lacing on the glass as it settles. More shows up as the beer descends down the glass, creating areas of stringy lacing.

The aroma is very deep and rich, giving a complex mix of bitter malts, chocolate, molasses, and a little bit of raisin. Not much of the alcohol is perceived at first, coming out a little more as it warms. A little bit of flowery hop is barely detectable.

The flavor is complex as well, but not overpowering as a Russian Imperial Stout can be. It's sweet up front with chocolate tones, then shifts to a bitter mix of molasses and the roasted malts. Everything is well in balance, with a little bit of hop flavor showing up at the end when the malt flavors fade. Full bodied with lively carbonation that's hidden by the opaque characteristics of the beer. It's thick enough where the flavors seem to stick in the mouth for a while between sips. The smokey flavor seems to come out later when the beer warms a little more.

I was excitited to see this one of the shelf, as I knew it would be something I would enjoy. And let me tell you, it didn't let me down. Full bodied and complex, perfectly enjoyable when the temperature starts falling (or when it's 100 degrees outside, who cares). This one earns a nearly perfect score, and it could easily be perfect. If it has a downside, it's not as smokey as I expected ;-). Recommended.

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Photo of Wayne17
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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 adamette
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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 rkarimi
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Tilley4
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage.

Corked bottle... Pours out jet black with a huge billowy tan head.... Awesome looking brew!

Aroma of smoky chocolate malts, a hint of coffee, and that awesome smoky smell...

What a great tasting smoked porter... Not overdone on the snokiness at all, adds a dimension to the coffee and chocolate that is top notch. Very delicious brew...

Extremely pleased with this one. Not sure I could drink more than one as it is a bit thick and packs a punch but I will definitely be revisiting this one.

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Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Phatz
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This maybe the most smoky, smoked porter I have had the opportunity to try. I would love to do a side-by-side with Alaskan Smoked Porter. I have found few smoked beers I didn't like. Cinderbock was one that flopped on me but The Schlenkerla Rauchbiers are all flavor I enjoy. This beer though from Left Hand, ... came out of nowhere. I was not expecting all of this. WOW.

Appearance: Pours a dark almost black color with a beige head and a spotty cap.

Smell: The smoke aroma I could smell from across the table when Eric opened the bottle. Big burnt grant charcoal fire pit and molasses flavors fill the nose.

Taste: Again very smoky in the mouth. There is a smoked meat flavor, black licorice roasted chocolate toffee caramel, and coffee. Everything great about a porter plus the nice smoked flavors and campfire-like attribute.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and warm with the alcohol showing through and the smoke flavor hiding it. Cling to the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer. But very enjoyable sipping for sure.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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