Smoked Porter | Brewery Ommegang

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3.94/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Smoke Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Fall

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Added by teromous on 10-21-2017

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#12,561
Reviews:
24
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59
pDev:
6.85%
 
 
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Photo of Hyhat
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Knickfan3
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark brown color. There was a modest tan head that dissipated quickly.
Roasted malt, chocolate. Very little smoke.
Chocolate, caramel taste. Smoke a little more apparent, and there was more of a char taste.
On the thin side.

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Photo of dhmxray
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lastmango
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured black with a two finger tan head that dissipated quickly to a thin broken film. Minimal lacing. The initial aroma reminded me of chocolate with a hint of smoke. Caramel mingled with the chocolate and smoke later. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, clove, and weak smoked malts. This is my first smoked porter. The smokiness is faint in comparison to an Aecht's brew. I found this to be thinner than other porters that I like. For some reason, it seemed wet in the beginning but finished dry for me.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Ommegang Goblet
BB 9/2018
L- pours a dark brown almost black with a huge beautiful brown foamy head
S- chocolate, smoke,
T- buttery smooth malt, slight bitternes, followed by chocolate, with subtle smoked finish
F- smooth and creamy, light to medium-bodied
Overall, while still a few months to the BB date, this seems to have gotten worse with age, as the flavors especially the smoke has mellowed. All in all still a wonderful beer, that I would go drink again

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

An English porter hybridized with the Belgian dark ale, featuring Czech Saaz hops and smoked malt (presumably German). Let's see what this panEuropean brew has to offer...

Smells oversweet, going heavy on the chocolate malt and caramel.

Skews heavy into the caramel and chocolate/Whoppers skid, eschewing the ostensible smoked malt flavour. So much for the "smoked porter" angle...

Overly sweet, lacking adequate smokey or roasted barley-redolent flavours.

Chewy. Smooth. Wet.

Draws too much from eclectic influences, yielding a confused flavour profile that doesn't reside neatly in any one (or two!) style(s). A spirited but overambitious and unwieldy beer from Ommegang. It's a swing and a miss, yes, but when the swing is this inspired it's hard not to like the result for what it is. Call it a "Belgian stout" and it's above average fare. Call it a smoked porter and it's way off the mark.

C+ (3.13) / ABOVE AVERAGE

***
03/31/18:

"Smoked Porter is brewed with a carefully crafted blend of Pilsner, Special B, Munich 20, Cara-20, Midnight Wheat, chocolate malt, and smoked malt. Balanced hopping is achieved with Saaz, while fermentation with American ale yeast ensures the malt remains in the spotlight."

I do get some very minor smokiness (we're talking maybe a 2/10 in terms of intensity) which plays nicely with the English malt backbone. But for a beer billed as a smoked porter, it's quite wanting in the smoked malt department.

Belgian brewers chocolate is nice in itself, I guess, but the chocolatey elements of this beer feel poorly integrated overall.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of BilleGibbons
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great brew. Dark chocolate in color with a smokey malty smell. Great moth feel and body of a porter. Great for A Sunday brunch of eggs and smoky bacon on a cool late winter day.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery Ommegang "Smoked Porter"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "L091917 BBT2 BEST BY09/2018" and sampled on 03/20/2018
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Very dark in color, it's an opaque black even when held to the light. The creamy head is of course dark as well, a dark tan. In the nose it's softly roasty, sweetish and clove-like, floral, a touch chocolatey, and mildly smoky. It's interesting and it draws you in. I'm expecting the flavor to be exactly the same but let's see... yes, pretty much exactly the same except that the smokiness is a little more pronounced and lingers nicely in the finish. It's only moderately bitter so it is a little sweet in the finish but it's not cloying. Looking back the head has dropped but it hasn't left much in the way of lace, just a few large spots here and there. In the mouth it's medium bodied and creamy and smooth. It's interesting how the Belgian yeast comes through and mixes with the coffee-like roasty notes, and then the smokiness backs that up. It lingers with just a light touch of spiciness. I'd imagine that this would be excellent using English yeast, but the Belgian yeast just makes it so quirky that it's hard to put down. On the other hand, I'm not sure how often I'd want to enjoy one of these, it's not exactly an everyday beer. Still, I'd say it's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheAce
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small tan head of foam. It smelled smokey with roasted malt and hints of chocolate. Nice smoked flavor not overdone. Good roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown that approaches black. World class head volume, quite outstanding retention, but only normal lacing. No bottle dating.

The nose is rather weak and unexciting. There are notes of char, a faint hint of smoke and a malty sweet base. The problem is that you have to really search for them. Consequently, the nose is less than good.

Solid medium body with a smooth texture that has a touch of creaminess. This creaminess is highlighted by the quite outstanding carbonation / body balance. Effervescence is moderate throughout the middle and rises to prickly in the finely bubbled finish.

The flavor profile is very good. Like the nose, intensity is a tad weak but presents itself better. It is flavorful, but separation is a bit of a struggle. There are notes of char and roast that appear upfront. The middle hints at sweetness, thus losing contrast for improved flavor separation. Chocolate notes are more dream than reality. Smoked malts make a very weak appearance near the finish. The finish lingers with char and roast notes.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could hardly contain my excitement during my visit to The Beer & Beverage Shoppe on Friday when I saw this on the singles shelves! I have long been a fan of Smoked Beers/Rauschbiers, but I had not even heard of this one until I saw it for sale.

From the bottle: "Pour slowly so as not to disturb the yeast sediment, but with enough vigor to create a luxurious head and release the rich bouquet."; "Where Heaven met Earth and stayed awhile."; "To Linger and Indulge"; "Is there a connection between Belgian-style brewing and porter, a traditional British-style beer? We think the aroma and flavor notes of chocolate malt along with caramelized sugar are reminiscent of many things Belgian ... and of all things good. Other qualities we brought to this fine beer include smoked malt, a touch of Saaz hops, a deep brown hue and a creamy tan head, a medium body with a well-rounded finish - with lingering impressions of smoke and caramel." Take note of the subtle homage to Rene Magritte's "Ceci n'est pas un pipe" on the label. Haha.

As to their pouring instructions, I was left baffled, so I Pop!ped the cap, conducted a gentle pour into the awaiting glass & then gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl. This raised just under two fingers of dense, foamy, deep-brown head with decent retention, leaving behind nice lacing in its wake. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. Nose was more roasty than smoky & my immediate thought was that it was a Dry Stout, not a Porter. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but definitely big for a Porter. The taste was more like hickory-smoked ham, sweetish yet smoky. Mmm. I was not expecting the chocolaty sweetness that also came through, but it was not unwelcome. It definitely had a smoky sweetness, but the chocolatiness was only a part of it. I don't want to oversell the ham aspect, but there was also a subtle meatiness to it. Interesting! Finish was semi-dry, mostly due to the smokiness overpowering the sweetness. There was no food pairing mentioned with this one, but I could see opening a tin of smoked oysters with this beer. Mmm.

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Photo of travelguy
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrBass
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryan4120
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Nearly pitch black with only minimal dark brown glow around the edges. A thick, silky tan head that sticks around and leaves behind some lacing.
S - Roasted/toasted oats with chocolate and smoke. The smell is nice but not especially strong.
T - Follows the nose: Roasted, toasted oats intermixed with rich chocolate and notes of caramel and a slight hint of smokiness to the overall flavor.
F - fuller bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Smooth and rich.
O - A very nice porter by Ommegang. A very flavor profile with rich chocolate and roasted/toasted oats with a slight hint of smokiness paired with a very nice mouthfeel makes for a greater porter. Ommegang also always seems to have some great yeast which provides a nice bready palate and fuller mouthfeel as well. Well done.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 11-14-17 for $3.79. Best by 9/2018.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head with the initial pour.

Nose was light smoke and mild roast.

Taste pretty much follows the nose. Lightly smoked malt base balanced very nicely with low alpha hops to form a very easy drinking smooth porter.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, silky.

Overall i was really surprised how good this beer was. It has been awhile since i have had a smoked porter. Reminded me of Stone's version a bit but only bigger like a foreign export style. Recommend to porter fans and if your pallete can handle smoke.

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Photo of AMCPhD
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Smoked Porter from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 59 ratings