Brooklyn Smoked Porter | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by bultrey on 10-31-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by bultrey:
Photo of bultrey
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Waterfront Ale House in Brooklyn. Nice mocha dark color, held up to the light reveals a slightly reddish tinge. Smells quite chocolaty, a little burned, like the edges of a brownie pan
This tastes wondefully rich and chocolaty, with a great smoked tinge quite reminiscent of a rauchbier -- almost but not quite as strong. Brooklyn Brewery claims this is smoked with beechwood in the Bamberg tradition, and it tastes like it. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth, and the drinkability is off-the-charts fantastic. This would go well with a number of foods, but as it is, I found it to be almost dessert-like on its own. It's hard to believe, but I think this may be just as good as Alaska Smoked Porter. I wish I could do a taste test side-by-side, but as it is, I had these just one day apart, so I believe they are almost equal.

Fantastic! Why oh why doesn't Brooklyn add a porter -- any porter -- to its regular offerings? Between this and the Sustainable porter, this brewery knows how to make 'em.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ Redbones in a 16oz pint glass.

Dim black hue with a light tan lace. Sweet aroma with a hint of smoke in the back, same with the flavor. Lots of sweetness and mild roasted grain upfront and a kiss of smokiness in the back. Full bodied. A tad too sweet for me and I almost missed the smokiness. Not a bad brew to knock back on a chilly NE fall night.

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark chocolate, tan puffy head and leaving nice lacing. Nose of malt, chocolate and of course smoke. Medium bodied tasty brew. Lots of roasty, toasty, chocolate notes all with a medium smoky overlay. All the flavors come together and work great together. Fine smoky brrew, I'd love to try this one with some BBQ. More fine brew from BKLYN.

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany colored like liquid chocolate with a light brown foamy head. Aroma is sweetish cocoa and smoked meat. Flavor is rich, full of roasted malt and molasses, smokey charred oak, and a subtle hop tingle riding benath. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, could use some more body. Tasty beer, smoke stays thick throughout. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Varkias41
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright notes of Beechwood smoke and bittersweet chocolate come through in the nose at the outset of Brookyn's Smoked Porter. It's a hazy deep-chestnut that appears almost black in the glass except for the gleeming chestnut-orange highlights at the rim and base of the glass. The creamy tan head holds well and leaves spots and splashes of lace about the glass. In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth with a delicate caress of carbonation across the palate. The flavor expresses lots of beechwood smoke over a gently fruity, lightly chocolatey, and darkly caramelish maltiness. Some leafy and grassy hops flitter to here and there, but mainly reside in the background. The bitterness is very firm and balancing, but no more; leaving it to finish dry with some residual woody smoke and a veneer of almost-burnt brown sugar and some darker edges of caramel. Overall, it's a pretty basic porter with an English bent, but the Beechwood-smoked malt lends it an earthy, wide edge of flavor that really rounds it out and makes for an exciting trip across the taste buds. Very nicely done. Well rounded and superbly balanced!!!

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Photo of BeerFan
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Latest edition of the Brewmaster Reserve series. Poured a jet black color with a creamy looking light brown head, which eventually settles into a thin layer of foam. Decent lacing down the entire glass. The beechwood smoked malts supply a hint of smokiness in the background. Definitely not too overpowering. Not much of a smell, but definite taste of chocolate and coffee throughout. Very well-balanced as I did not find it sweet at all. For a 5.5% beer, it feels full-bodied, but is very drinkable.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A tulip of '05 during the VSK event at the Blind Tiger.

Brown on black, black on brown, looking like a rich greasy glass of Colombian hot cocoa(minus the milk). A foamy, but airy hazelnut head billows out scents of savory smoke, burnt nuts, & a light oxidation for being trapped for three years.

Taste was obviously savory, though a little less sausage, & more of the charcoal & burnt grease flavors(somewhat buttery) that make your mouth water right before the bbq is ready. A nice hint of lactose helped support an otherwise thin body. A bit of acrid & earthy bitterness on the finish was unexpected, but welcome. Maybe too much bark in the smoke? It worked, so I was fine with it.

Never any good liquid steak around when you need it. A solid style. Hug your grill whenever you get the chance.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not that they're bad scores by any means, but I was a but surprised to see that this one wasn't scored higher by most who reviewed it.

It pours a nice black (with hints of brown) colour with a moderate and somewhat fluffy head that leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a nice blend of sweetness from the chocolate malt, other malty earthiness, a touch of coffee and a healthy but non-overpowering dose of smokiness.

The flavour is much like the aroma, it starts out wit ha mixture of smoke and earthiness, moves into some chocolate sweetness toward the middle then finishes with more rugged smoke/earth notes with the hint of coffee mixed in again at the finish.

This is simple a well made, tasty brew all around. I'd call it maybe a half step below the Stone Smoked Porter amongst the family of smoked porters (or at least the ones I've sampled).

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Photo of Amalak
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, no head off the tap...perhaps flat.

S: Very feint hint of smoke.

T: Burnt, but in a caramel, cherry almost kind of chocolate way. Strange.

M: Slightly flat and dry. Smokeyness in back of mouth

D: Light, hardly your typical robust porter.

Loses points because if I order a porter, I want it to have more characteristics than just being dark. It tasted good, but not what I was hoping for. Will try again to make sure it wasn't a bad batch.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a thin, deep-tan head above a deep, dark brown colored beer. The nose had a nice smoky aspect to it - apparent, but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel was a little thin, kind of watery, but that really didn't matter all that much. It was the smoky, malty flavor that I was after and this really delivered. The finish really allowed the smokiness to linger. This was a very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of hopdog
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap.

Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of light smoke, chocolate, and vanilla. Tastes of smoke, chocolate, light roast and vanilla. Although the body was on the thin side, I found it nice and smooth. I would have preferred the smoke piece to be a little stronger.

Notes from: 11/20/06

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

blackish brown with thin edges. slick oily tan coating of hazy silk. nice mild aroma of roasted cocoa beans, well-charred... and some english hops. the chocolate aroma runs deep and a creamy toffee emerges with warmth. light overall and easy drinking while maintaining a flavorful profile. brown ale character with some additional heft and a crowd-pleasing mild smokiness. not meaty, more caramelized vegetation and charred maltiness. earthy with a green tartness in the finish. bittersweet baker's chocolate lingers for a few seconds after that.

great example of this style with truth and without overkill. nice.

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Photo of veggiemafia
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fathead's. Served in a 16 oz. pint by a really cute waitress.

Murky dark brown/black with a little bit of a dark khaki head.

Smells great, cocoa and really REALLY dark roasted coffee with a good solid backbone of oaky smoke.

Taste is more of the same, only way more refreshing than I'd imagine smoky coffee with dark chocolate in it would be. The smokiness definitely doesn't wallop you in the face, but it balances out the sweetness of the malt really well. If this weren't smoked, I think it would probably be too sweet, but it's great.

Mouthfeel is kind of on the lighter side for a porter, I think. It reminded me a lot of Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout in terms of mouthfeel.

I could easily put away four or five of these. Very well balanced.

Most triumphant.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at My Place in Newtown, CT. Color is deep brown, near black with little light refraction. You can smell the smoke, but it is not overwhelming. Similary the taste of smoke is definitely present, but is not at the forefront of the taste. There is a bit of a hop bite, but it is quickly smoothed out to provide for a very good and interesting drinking experience. I have had a bunch of smoked beers; this one is amongst the best. Another fine offering from Brooklyn. Hopefully it will not kick too quick at My Place. Great accompaniment to the very tasty seafood at My Place.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap served chilly into a pint glass.

Pours a black color w/ a nice cream colored surface layer along with a bit of cling on my glass. Decent.

Aroma is almost dead. I really got nothing out of this one, but I didn't want to over-hammer it due to having in a "not too smokey" bar.

Sipping...holy beechnut Batman!!! It hits hard up front with a lot of sweet smoke flavors and sweet brown malts. Some bitterness hits also toward the swallow.

Decently balanced brew. Medium body with not much alcohol. Again, just decent.

Drinkable...sure. Nice flavor and good feel = decent brew. I'd like to sample at home from a bottle also.

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Photo of HimerMan
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cloverleaf in West Caldwell.

Pours an excellent dark brownish/black into the pint glass with a roasted brown head.

Strong smell of roasted coffee and mild chocolate.

Very light to drink, yet not thin in flavor whatsoever. Definitely better than most porters I am used to - doesn't have that strange smoke flavor that unfortunately many porters pick up.

Paired this with BBQ pulled pork - which made for a great combo.

Drinkability is a key with this porter, as it is tasty from start to finish and pint to pint.


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Photo of soup35
2.97/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer on-tap at The Old Toad. The appearance of the beer itself was dark looking...typical porter look...good thick, light colored head on the pint. It had a very "bacon" type smell. My wife said it smelled like a burnt hotdog. The taste was lighter than the average porter.

This porter had a nice average flavor, but not as complex versus a high end porter. It had a very strong smoky start, a toasted mid-taste, and a weaker finish.

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Photo of Crosling
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught, Mug's Ale House, Brooklyn. Black color with a thin white head. Very light charred fruit and smoke malt aroma, with very low hop aromas. A bit tame, in the nose. Fairly well balanced, with a mild hop character overall. Dough, dried chocolate, fruit and slightlyly meaty malts, followed by a light hop hint. Medium body, smooth texture. Good, with out being great.

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Photo of EPICAC
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on tap in a plastic Brooklyn Brewery cup.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, bordering on opaque. There's a yellowish-brown tint through the light. A thin beige head fades into a thin layer.

Smell: Aromas include smoky roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

Taste: The front of the palate is sweet folowed by coffee and dark chocolate flavors from the roasted malts in the center. There is a smoky aftertaste. There is bitterness from hops and roasted malts, which is balanced by sweetness and some acidic tartness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is mild. The beer is very thick and creamy.

Drinkability: This beer drinks like a meal.

Overall: This is an exceptionally well balanced porter. Very nice.

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Photo of Higravity
2.09/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow, I was shocked at how much I did not like this beer. Shocked because I am a Brooklyn beer lover and this one was of the mark. Served at Max's in a pint glass. It looked good, if only I could learn to stay away from things just because they look good, large dark body with a tanish head. I smelled the beer and it was like a ghost had gone by, slight trace of sweetness and a little roastedness, NO smoke. Well I have had smoke beer that were deceiving before, so I took a sip, and I was a little heart broken. The beer was a mess top to bottom, it was sweet and had a sickly oily feel like I had eaten a bowl of pudding before drinking a sweet syrup. It was bad but I continued to drink more of it to really let the beer settle on me. About half way down some of the smokiness started coming out in the finish at that point I finish the pint in a fell swoop.

Not the beer for me, I think it needs to be rebuilt as this was close to terrible.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong smokey taste. Not subtle, but it doesn't obliterate the chocolate malt. A definite rauch delight. While they weren't overpowered, the porter tastes do take a back seat.

Dark (of course) with good head. Rauch in smell as well. Mouthfeel was smooth.

Drinkable? If you like beers with a pronounced smoke flavor, this will be up your ally.

I would have to concur with the previous review. I wish I could see this more often.

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Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Dogwonder
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a smoked porter fan and this is my favorite thus far. This was on tap at the local beer store (Half Time) and I bought a growler of it. The first thing I noticed was the nice deep dark color. Poured with an average head. The aroma was dominated by the smoke characteristics. Not as smoky as Alaskan, but more so than Stone's. The flavor was a very nice balanced flavor, with the smoke being the dominant flavor. I did not notice much hop flavor or aroma.

All in all, I wouldn't change a thing.

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