Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 259 | Ratings: 630
Photo of carlborch
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky-black pour with faint hints of mahogany. Totally impenetrable when in the glass. Beautiful multi-inch, tan, head forms. Thick, small bubbles. Retention is excellent! Roasted, toasty, smoky, sour, notes in the nose. The nose is evident, yet restrained and elegant. Smoke, and toast dominate. Anticipation builder! Medium-light body for a porter. Lingering smoke notes on the palate. Nose and palate bring forth memories of camp fires. Perhaps a little short? Delicious. Minimal (spotty) lace formation. Bright and balanced. Could be used as an aperitif. Certainly gets the gastric juices flowing! The ABV is not evident.

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Photo of natasharai
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a 1 cm bubbly tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The beer is very dark brown and lets no light through.

Smell: Smokey bitterness, a nice surprising sweet chocolate malt smell as it warms.

Taste: Smokey up front, then sweet malts, and becomes chocolately as it warms with a hit of caramel, ending with a smokey bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as some porters, silky feeling, small bite on the tongue.

Overall: Fairly easy to drink for a smoke porter. As it warms up the sweetness becomes very obvious and the smokeyness hides a little behind it.

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Photo of skrib09
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on draft at 33 wine in st. louis.

robust black with a great brown head. thick foamy head that wanted to stay put.

smelled smokey bacon or salami up front. not kidding. really rich smell that's hard to ignore. i kind of dug it.

tasted smoked out. a great charcoal essence or something of the sort. good grains on the palate and a bit more of the smoked ham thing going on.

grainy mouthfeel but not unpleasant.

drinkability? maybe...

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Photo of BDJake
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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 brydeen
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark, creamy brown with a think, frothy tan colored head. Good retention.

S: Smokey goodness overwhelms the nose. Very reminiscent of smoked meats, very bacon like. Very nice roasted malts in the background, with a faint sweet, chocolatey quality.

T: Smokiness jumps to the forefront, but not as dominant as the nose. A bitterness cuts the smokey potency, but leaves a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste. Tastes a little too much like liquid bacon for my liking

M: Nice and creamy, with a medium body. Very smooth.

O: A nice solid beer, but not one I'd want to have multiple of in one sitting. The smokiness becomes a bit overbearing after a while.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 thryn
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured into my St. Bernardus goblet a nice opaque deep deep brown. Tan head was more forward than I'd expected for a higher ABV beer -- a somewhat aggressive pour gave me three fingers which mellows to one.

The nose is campfire smoke and chocolate malt. Toasty and wonderful.

Taste is the aforementioned campfire, chocolate malt with some forward lactose sweet notes. A hop bitterness in the finish, wish the smoked character lingering through, and I've just thrown a handful of pine on a roaring fire. The alcohol peeks through ever so slightly, but it's very muted. The metallic character I've lamented in some smoked porters and stouts is delightfully absent here.

Mouthfeel is astonishingly good. Silky, creamy, but not too heavy.

Way drinkable for a 9+% brew. I may have to call around and see if any retailers in the area have this so I can buy a few more bottles.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pleasant black color with a thick fluffy mocha colored head that recedes to nothing more than a ring around the glass and patches of filmy foam in the middle.

S: Big smokiness melding with some chocolate, coffee, and sweet malt aromas. Nice bouquet.

T: Smoke fills your mouth as the chocolate and coffee flavors happily but prominently ride underneath the smoke.

M: Full bodied with a slight creaminess. Ample carbonation and a pleasant slick coating left in your mouth.

D: Good. A bottle by myself is no problem, but a second I would want to share with a friend.

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Photo of nriech
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First have to say that the process of opening this was insane. The unwinding of the wire to release the cork was way too hard. The little tab was way too small to grab for anyone without girl fingers. On top of that it must have been twisted with some sort of tool with leverage because I eneded up using a pen through the hole for leverage. Complaining aside now...

Appearance: Pretty dark, much more than I was expecting for a porter. Could see a tinge of brown if held up to a halogen light. Decent amount of head.

Smell: Pretty good. A little smoky, less than I expected. A bit of alcohol and sweetness..

Taste: Much more smoky in taste with a little toffee and rosted malt. Coffee and chocolate was also there but mildly. No alcohol presence. Long finish.

Overall: Not nearly a Rauschbier that I was expecting but a good representation of an American attempt at a smoky beer. Would drink again but not go looking for as it was a little on the high side of the price range.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-midnight black beer with little head
- very smoky chocolate notes with a sweet start to alcohol end
-light chocolate notes, lots of roasted grains and smokiness with a alcohol end
- thick and warming beer, doesn't over coat though in my opinion
-overall a very smoky beer pleasant but i expected less smoke from a imperial porter but top notch beer none the less

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Photo of maundythirsty
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smoke Jumper is nearly black, but around the edges peek slivers of cloudless golden brown. Oatmeal head rolls forth to a depth of three fingers, piling high but loose. Leaves slippery lacing when it falls. You can smell the fire any where withing two feet of this thing. It's cedary over everything else, but also wet and earthy and mossy with a little toasty malt.

Taste is smoky in the beginning and the end. Faint cocoa powder in the middle, with a lingering cereal aftertaste. I'd love it more if the booze didn't come across a little like rubbing alcohol. Light and a little watery mouthfeel. Light carbonation, too.

So that alcohol taste is typical of imperial porters I've tried, so I'll cut it some slack. I really do enjoy this beer pretty good.

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown with a dark beige head. Head was 75% of the mug. The head seemed to become it's own entity and budged only a bit to let the beer pour through a small tunnel at the bottom when the glass was tilted.

Smell - Light smokiness, could not smell anything else.

Taste - Thick roasted malts that got more smoky as I refilled my glass. Mold hops. Everything about this beer intensifies as it warms up.

Mouthfeel - Thick with a yeasty aftertaste.

Drinkability - Good brew.

Just one opinion - Almost a great brew, needs a little more touch up before it was bottled as a final product - or maybe I got a bad bottle. For $12 for a 750ml corked bottle, I expected a bit more.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark Brown - with ruby to orange hues

Smell: Caramel, Malt, Smoke, Toast, Dark Chocolate, Brown Sugar

Taste: Smokey Warmth, White Pepper, Caramel, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Burnt Banana, BBQ Smoked Tenderloin - this would go great in a BBQ sauce.

Mouthfeel: The best part about this beer - the smokey warmth soothes and softens the palate.

Drinkability: Sipper - Grab this beer when you're cold - not that best for the summer - but definitely a nice sipper to savor on a cool evening.

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Photo of optiontwo
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. poured into nonic
Appearance: Dark brown/black with huge fluffy tan head. Awesome retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, earthy hops, and obviously smoke.

Taste: The smoke comes off as kind of a woody flavor that makes the dark bitter chocolate flavors actually taste better. In the end of the sip there is some earthy hop and very faint citrus hop hints.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth in the mouth and goes down nicely. Alcohol hidden well.

Drinkability: Just one bomber is fine for me for now, but I'll definitely pick up a few more.

Overall: I like how the smoke flavor stands up the weight of this porter. I've only had a few smoked porters but they are turning into one of my favorite styles and this is one to try.

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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 GreatHammerhead
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 22 oz bottle stamped "Vintage 2016 Best by 11/14/21" poured into a pint glass.

Look: Solid black coloration with a one finger dark tan head. Good head retention.

Smell: Malts, hops, and some light smoke.

Taste: Dark chocolate, bitter coffee and a trail of smoke finish with some lingering alcohol.

Feel: Thick body, low carbonation and warming alcohol.

Overall: A very good imperial porter. Smoke seems to disappear as the beer warms.

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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 jkendrick
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours very dark, black in fact. Seems darker than most porters. A thin, soapy, tan head that recedes quickly. Lacing is very nice too. Excellent appearance.

Aroma: Thick molasses aroma with some smoke, but not as much as I'd hoped. There is a bready malt smell as well and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and thick in the mouth. The carbonation is light and pleasant.

Taste: I taste more smoke than I smelled. That molasses flavor dominates though. There is some licorice and bitter chocolate as well. There is a dry finish.

Overall impression: A pretty good smoked porter. I was expecting more smoke though. I bought a few bottles and plan to let this one age. I'll update my review after I've had a chance to taste it properly aged. Still, it's pretty good now.

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Photo of Maestro0708
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber
2016 Vintage
Best by 2021

Look: Pours black with a quickly dissipating dark tan head.

Smell: Roasted malts combined with smokiness.

Taste: Following the nose, big roasted malt flavor, ever-present but not overpowering smokiness, sweet molasses and hints of chocolate.

Feel: Thick and slightly sticky, medium carbonation.

Overall: This is an awesome Porter. The smokiness is pronounced but not overwhelming. The flavors complement each other wonderfully. Very happy to have picked this one up, great tribute to smoke jumpers!

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

Poured into a snifter. Almost jet black, with a very thin head that dissipates quickly.
Smoky smell is up front, with a hint of barbequed meat intertwined. Some chocolate and coffee as well. Bit of booze too.
Smokey, malty flavor, with some chocolate clinging horizontally. Leathery tone with a touch of alcohol. Slightly bitter finish. Little bit of smoked meat present in the exhale.
Mouthfeel is fairly thick and oily, with medium carbonation. Little bit of heat from the alcohol.
Tastiness makes you want it to be drinkable, but the thickness and booze make it not quite so. But perhaps expecting a smoked porter to rate high on drinkability is expecting too much.
Very good. Not as smokey and meaty as I hoped, but still very good.

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Photo of DousedInStout
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

When I saw an imperial smoked porter, I had to try it. It poured dark, nearing black with red highlights when held up the light - and the smell of smoked malt came off immediately. The beer itself tasted roasty and chocolatey, follwed by a bacon-eque smoke flavor that is typical of most smoked porters. The alcohol did come out as it warmed. The mouthfeel was full bodied, but the drinkability decreased over time as the warmth from the alcohol did not mesh well with the smokiness. Overall a decent beer, but share this bomber when a friend or two...

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Photo of genitempo
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- I hate the LH rebrand. I wasn't a huge fan of the original artwork, but it's better than the shit slapped on the side of the bottle now. The style is unmistakable, but ugly. The logo deserves better. Nice dark pour into a pint glass. Minimal toasty tan head. Transient thin lace after sipping. The body color is pitch black until a few centimeters above the head, showing its distinguishability between a porter and stout. It's appearance was probably the most inviting thing about the beer, beautifully contrasting the paint on the side of my pint glass

S- Smoke stands out the most, with some earthy-malty smells intermittently.

T- Good, but underwhelming my expectations. The carbonation is subtle (which is good) and the ABV doesn't show itself either. I mainly catch a hoppy flavor with smoky overtones, the latter lingering.

MF- Again, underwhelming but good. My expectations were a little more silk, but a tad too thin.

O- I was excited to try the brew, especially after such solid stuff I've had by LH and the positive reviews I've read. Definitely a note-worthy beverage.

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with small tan head.

Smells is loads of smoked bacon and coco.

Wow..this beer isn't shy with the smokiness which I love. Almost like a liquid good. Great hints of coco, coffee, molasses, and tremendous roastiness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and silky.

Overall this is such a great smoked porter in my opinion..some people might be overwhelmed by the amount of smoke but I love it. One of my favorites.

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Photo of ditch
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable black with a decent one finger caramel head. Head hangs around for the duration leaving thin consistent lacing on the side of the glass goblet.

Aroma is very enticing. Smokey, yet sweet. Raisins and dates come threw the campy smoke. Overly roasted malts. Also had a dryness to it.

Taste is great! The over roasted malts shine threw, giving it a smokey and not burnt flavor. Raisin and dates again, coffee and chocolate. There is a slight bitter pine in the finish along with a warming sensation from the ABV. Alcohol doesn't really come into play with the taste, but you can feel it in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good for a beer of this depth. Carbonation is complimenting. Only slightly oily from the malts.

Drinkability is also good for this style. This bomber will not have any problems being consumed in this sitting. A great smoked porter from a brewery I have never heard of before. Will be trying to find some more stuff from these guys!

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Photo of StoutHearted
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head poured out a frothy caramel on top of a pitch black brew. It smelled strongly of bacon and a bit of shoo fly pie. It had a thick mouthfeel that clung to the tongue, and the taste was fantastic: a pleasant chocolate and licorice harmony, with a lingering molasses. This beer's great for sipping or drinking, but the thickness may irritate beer novices, as will the strong licorice and bacon notes.

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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 630 ratings.
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