Smoked Porter | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Fall

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Added by teromous on 10-21-2017

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by brureview:
Photo of brureview
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best starting at 45°. Nice looking chocolate brown porter with a good 3F Head.
Light chocolate nose, malty.
Medium light body.
Taste is quite good: chocolate, malty, roasted malt.

The Saaz hops give it a spicy, earthy taste.

Different approach to the usually less carbonated and less bitter American porter.
The hops make this one different,
Nice beer. My favorite American porter is Eugene by Revolution Brewing. Less taste, more laid back drinking.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of teromous
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't see a bottle date listed.

Appearance: The body of the beer is black and it has a large, creamy textured, khaki colored head. The head forms quickly so it's best to pour slowly. It has good retention and it leaves a nice frothy sheet of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: The beer has a light aroma of caramel with a touch of cocoa scent. Every now and then there is a bit of an acrid burnt wood aroma. The aroma overall is nice but very restrained and it's often hard to get anything without inhaling deeply.

Taste: Up front it has a light smoky flavor with a touch of cocoa and coffee. It shifts a tad into a more woody flavor with burnt charcoal and an earthy finish. The wood and charcoal characters are light and never become too bitter.

Mouthfeel: The beer is highly drinkable and at "7.6% ALC/VOL" it never feels that strong. It has a full body with a clean finish. It doesn't have a lot of texture but it is smooth and easy drinking. There is some bitterness to the beer but it is perfectly balanced.

Overall: It's an excellent "no frills" Porter. I would absolutely drink it again and I would highly recommend it. It is expertly well made and it is just a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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 chrishiker1409
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gmann
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich dark brown color with a tight creamy brown head. Some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of pumpernickel and caramel. Ever so slight hint of smoke.

The taste is of toasted brown bread, some chocolate and ash. Mild caramel sweetness. A general earthy bitterness but no real smoke flavor. Perhaps a hint of smoke.

The feel is well bodied with prickly carbonation. It’s sweet to start but has an offsetting earthy bitterness. A bit sticky.

The base porter is quite good but I really don’t get any smoke. I like smokey beers so I had to ding the score for that.

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Photo of SFNC
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PJCarnell
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hockeypuck
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkazemi
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a nice chunky khaki head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward with some hints of cocoa. The smoke aromas are mild and basically go unnoticed. The flavors follow the nose for the most part, but are bolder. More cocoa along with some marshmallow. Mild hints of smoke. Strong malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with very sharp active carbonation. It's pretty fluffy and smooth.

This is a solid porter. It's a very clean brew. The smoke aspects don't dominate. It's still a nice example of the style. It's traditional, especially for Ommegang. There are no Belgian characteristics. The craftsmanship is on point. Not bad at all.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph. Pours a brown hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of caramel and mocha. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an over charged but very rich creamy thick 1 finger mocha head that fades slowly, thick lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose a mild smoke, like a fruity cherry wood smoke, some fluffy nougat, cocoa, caramel, candy bar with mild sweetness

Taste brings more smoke, raw smoke and campfire this time, but not too chemically or acrid, more fluffy malts, nougat, cocoa, caramel, fluffy rich and a bit creamy, little bitterness, mild baking spices, bit of a fruity cherry wood smoke

Mouth is med bod, rich creamy and fluffy, nice fluffy heavy carbonation

Overall not bad, smoke was balanced nicely, pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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 The_Beer_Guru
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayQue
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dense brown color from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Some light gets through. Big khaki head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma is roasted malt with only a little smoked aspect. Flavor features roasted malt, a little chocolate and coffee and a more robust smokiness than the aroma but still not a heavy smokiness. Flavor is good, no usual Ommegang Belgian signature. This is a porter, pure and simple, not a Belgian hybrid. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. The smokiness is not that prominent. I liked it. Shows some versatility by Ommegang, one of my favorite breweries!!!!!

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Photo of matcris
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

LOOKS: A dark brew with a half finger of tan head that settles quickly to a ring. Mild lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Dark roasted malt, and a smoky quality that is not obnoxious.
TASTE: Wow, salty!! You get all of the flavors of the roasted malts and a BQ smokiness that is in line with the flavor and feel of this brew.
FEEL: Medium-ish body, very dry, and average carbonation.
OVERALL: Does nothing for me, because, I'd rather get all the smokiness from the grill, and have a better counterpoint with a brown ale, or traditional porter.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 6thstreetbrewpub
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of golf4collet
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobier10
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Best by 09/2018 marked in black ink on the neck of the bottle and is only visible when the bottle is empty.

Very dark brown, basically black in color and opaque. Large tan head that shows great retention, as so many of Ommegang's beers do. No surprise that this looks awesome in the glass.

Roasted malt aroma with chocolate and dark fruits to round it out. Very slight hint of smoke at the end that you really have to search for. Strong roasted malt flavor with a bit of earthy and spicy hops for balance. Again, the chocolate and fruit is there but the smoke is really hidden. Medium-full bodied with a smooth finish.

I was a little disappointed by the lack of smoked malt, but it's a solid beer with little else to find fault with. I hope Ommegang makes this a year round offering.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice dark brown color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some pretty nice chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla, slight smokyness. The taste is pretty nice, malty, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, vanilla, slight smoky. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Smoked Porter from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 50 ratings