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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
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
Reviews:
249
Ratings:
602
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
18.52%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
65
For Trade:
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Reviews: 249 | Ratings: 602
Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle courtesy of grub. Bottle is from 2006.

Pours an opaque and cloudy dark brown, almost black, few reddish highlights in the edges, medium sized light tan head forms, few lace spots, solid ring around the glass. Smell is neat, smoky, caramel, chocolate, roast, floral, brown sugar sweetness, a bit of jerky, smoky chocolate sugary goodness, a bit of lactose too. Taste is chocolate, toffee, lactose, smoky jerky, some alcohol, brown sugar, some floral hops, earthy, some oak, bitter finish, real nice and smoky, light bit of oaky sourness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth, real smooth. Smoke is very well done in this one, plays well with the chocolate character. Great stuff, thanks Russ!

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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 Bung
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Dirty old oil pour, descent dark tan head. Chocolate aromas, some understated roast. Starts a little creamy, but loses that and has a nice carbonated heavy-medium body. The taste is where the smoke shows up. Real nice balance of dark chocolate, roast malt, peat and coffee. More peat and coffee through the finish, which is a nice lingering roast. Very easy to down. This along with the Founders Porter are the best I've had in a good eight months. The last, which I could compare this to is the Dark Horse Black Bier, which some would not classify as a porter. This is deserving of the rating. All the benefits of a Baltic, without some of the drawbacks that can pop up.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, pours near-black,topped with a tall, tan colored head that faded fairly quickly leaving little lace on the glass. Aromas are smoke, roasted barley, molasses, chocolate. Ample amount of smoked malt, molasses, roasted barley, chocolate, peppery finish, booze is well concealed. Creamy, fullish body, easy to drink. Overall, decent smoked beer, but I wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown colored brew with a small tan head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of chocolate and smoke. Other aromas of coffee, caramel, char, and some dark fruit mix with the former to produce a quite nice smell.

Taste – The taste begins of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Some sweeter flavors of the dark fruit and the caramel that were detected in the nose then start to enter the taste. While these sweeten the flavor in the middle of the taste, a smokiness soon starts to come to the tongue. With the arrival of the smoky flavors the sweet flavors seem to fade and the roasted flavors seem to intensity. This coupled with some char and burnt tastes coming to the tongue, along with a light alcohol taste, overall create a very roasted and warming taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the just above average in thickness with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker and creamier body is wonderful for the dark and smoke flavors and complemented well by the warming alcohol taste.

Overall – Quite delicious. It has a nice semi- sweet and smoky porter and one to give a try
if you have a chance.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smoked malts, even more so than most smoked porters - sausage and jerky come to mind. As the beer warms roasted malt notes waft out as well as dark chocolate aromas.

Tastes good. The smoked malt flavors aren't quite as intense as the smell would have led me to believe, and are counteracted nicely with roasted malt flavors. Again, as the beer warms the roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors assert themselves more. Ending is mildly bitter with a touch of smoke. I would not have guessed the 9.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall this is a tasty smoked porter than can hang with the best of them. Worth a shot.

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

The pour from the caged and corked 750ml bottle is deep brown to black in color, the head a nice chocolate brown, as it erodes, and the lace forms a thick and glutinous curtain that obscures the glass. Start has a rich deep burnt grain aroma, hints of hops and malt, a bit of smokiness also present, Top is light to moderate in feel and the rfinish has a good hop presence with a pleasant acidity, fairly dry and a nice Porter overall.

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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 dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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 StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with chestnut highlights and beige foams that trails.
Smoky phenols with hints of red berry, peat and meat on the nose.
Red currants, cold coffee, lots of smoke, far whack of earthy hops. Sweetens as it warms, with red berry and brown sugar.
Sprucey end and roasty bitter linger.
Medium to full, round, plenty of chew.

1.021 finish, so full and sweet. Smoke is judicious and there's plenty of bitter in the roast and hops. Lean for 8.8%, which makes it a nice drinker.

Between the smoke, roast and sweetness, tastes more like BBQ than any smoked beer I've had.

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

2006 vintage. This poured black with a hint of ruby color, and had some tan head. It smelled strongly of oak and smoke, with a blend of sweet and earthy mocha malts. It tasted like coffee hops, earthy chocolate malt, and tons of smoke. It was watery but sticky with a bit of carbonation and a smoky and bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a well balanced and flavorful beer that was completely overshadowed by the smokiness, which unfortunately rendered it a novelty beer rather than a regular drinking beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich opaque sable that is just a shade or two from black; head is tan and fairly thick but none too persistent. Strong aroma is smoky and oily with a firm overtone of fine coffee and hints of molasses and caramel. Rich flavor has roast coffee core with touches of molasses, unsweetened chocolate and burnt caramel and just a touch of hops. Texture is smooth and a little syrupy, somewhat tingly, leaving a slightly sweet mocha finish.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Milk chocolatey body with a soft yet dense head of light brown foam.

A very pleasant and rich nose of chocolate and smoke. Like chocolate covered bacon.

A blend of two huge flavors: chocolate and smoke. Quite rich with great depth of flavor. The chocolate is semi sweet with the smoke quite prominent, but in no way overbearing. Both complement each other nicely. Some alcohol does come through towards the end.

Has a terrific velvety feel to it. Medium-full body, very smooth.

I am a huge smoked beer fan and this one is very good, but not great. This is more of an approachable smoked beer with all of the chocolate balancing it. Overall, a very tasty brew that is reminiscent of an imperial stout in flavor and feel, but with the drinkability of a porter.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color, almost black with a thick, creamy dark tan head. Foam recedes slowly to a nice coating.

Nose is a very nice mix of pipe tobacco, rauchbier-esque smokiness and chocolate. There is some dark fruit in there for sure, most akin to raisins. Good, bold nose that I am (surprisingly) enjoying more than Stone's smoked porter.

Smokiness is very prominent, which I like and can never get enough of. Roasty malt and dark chocolate flavors round out the profile nicely. It leaves a deep toasty and hoppy bitterness on the back of the tongue. Full flavored beer, and yet very well balanced. Bottle does not have the ABV labeled, but it tastes pretty high. I am not getting a whole lot of the juniper flavors, but maybe not all of the pine notes are attributed to the hops. I was looking for an excuse to get this out of my cellar, as most Left Hand Beers have not aged well. In this case I believe this one could benefit from another year or so...not that it wasn't delicious now, cause it is! Great job Left Hand, quite possibly the best beer I have had from them.

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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 tavernjef
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Fatehunter
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
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 gford217
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany out of the bottle and sits almost completely black in the glass with a creamy one-inch head that recedes slowly to a cap.

The aroma is awesome, smells like hickory smoked sausage. There are some chocolate malts and coffee floating around in the back but the smoked meat aroma dominates.

The taste has a sweet dark malt flavor up front before the smoked meats take over and leave a boozy smoke-filled finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth with lots of smoke and slightly dry in the finish.

This is a great smoked beer, and one that has plenty of smoked character without being overpowering. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gmann
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very very deep brown color with a thick tan head that slowly settled into a sticky cap. The aroma is of smokey wet wood, roasted meat, and roasted malt; beauty. Great smokey flavor with a good balancing malt. Lots of campfire smokiness, smoldering wet wood, peat, roasted/charred meat. A mellow roasty malt nicely offsets the smoke, which transitions into some roasty bitterness. The feel is thick and chewy and very smooth; just enough carbonation that the brew doesn't feel flat. A very thick and hearty beer, great fireside material. Probably the best smoked porter I have tried to date; nice bold smokiness with plenty of malt body to combat the smoke. Just another great Big Mo' Left Hand brew, big props to them.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy tan lacing. Retention is pretty good given the ABV and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

4.5 S: So nice. The smoke is really potent. Smelling this is like sitting by a camp fire and eating bacon. Deep caramel notes with a light roast. Smoke is the main focus here and it's done to perfection.

4.5 T: Smoke and bacon are the main culprits in the taste as well. Despite this, it's as smooth a beer as I've ever had. Underneath there is a light supple roastiness, a good bit of caramel, and chocolate. The smoke is very well integrated with the base porter and the porter seems like a solid one.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess to go with this.

5.0 D: Any of the nose, taste, and mouthfeel could have received a 5.0, so I'll give it here instead. Really impressed with this beer. The smoke is done better than any other smoked beer I've ever had. Great job LH!

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Photo of buschbeer
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Reagan1984
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on tap last night at the Horseshoe Pub. Figured it would go well with my burger... (which came with bacon) I have to say it was a perfect match...

Came with a scant ¼ inch tan head that topped the dark brown beer. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma was great. Smokey, smokey. Reminded me of bacon.

The flavor followed the aroma to a tee. Bacon, smoke, deep roasted malts and some coffee. I enjoyed the first 1/3 of the beer before my sandwich came and the rest with dinner. The flavor really did come alive more with the food.

Mouth feel was creamy and thick. The smokey nature made it feel bigger in the mouth.

I think the only downfall is drinkability. This is not a beer I would consider having more than one.. Nice beer and one to be tried, but I couldn't sit there and drink this all night.

I do want to try it with BBQ.

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Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, near black, brown with a super thick off-white head that, when it finally settles down, sits like batter on top of the liquid. Smells highly smoked, woody more than meaty, with undertones of caramel and nuts and a little creamy. Much less smoke in the taste, or maybe its just much more malty goodness. Sweetened chocolate and roasted coffee flavors. The body is slightly more than medium and fairly creamy. Tasty and quite worth the bargain price we paid for it.

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Photo of blackie
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006

appearance: Pours a freakin' huge fluffy light-mocha head that takes quite awhile to recede enough for me to take a sip. Nice lacing already marks the foamy recession down the sides of the glass. Nice retention, too. The beer itself is very very dark in color, with only some reddish-brown hues coming through.

smell: Wonderfully smoky meats and charred hardwoods upfront, quickly followed up by dark cocoa and a touch of lactic sweetness. Just a touch of espresso, dirty and woody. A good porter just really lends itself well to a good smoking. The medium roast malts and the smoke blend together extremely well, and give an almost creamy aroma. A nice, earthy and piney hop aroma and the slightest twinge of ethanol.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is high, and helps balance out the fullish body, giving a falsely light mouthfeel. Pretty smooth overall...nice.

taste: Smoked malts dominate the flavor, closely followed by medium roasted barley and dusty cocoa. Flavors of smoked meats and hardwood, as I might have anticipated from the aroma. The hop flavor is somewhat hidden behind all the roasty, smoky activity, but it is still there. A healthy bitterness comes in well after the swallow, and lingers with smoky malts well into the finish.

drinkability: Easy...delicious and interesting enough to keep me sipping. If I weren't reducing stock for my upcoming BA Anniversary bombing, I'd pick one up for the cellar (might have to go through with it anyway). The ABV is very well hidden. I rated this as more of a Smoked Beer than as an American Porter.

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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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Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
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