Peat Smoked Porter | Thunderhead Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Thunderhead Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

Style: Smoke Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bditty187 on 01-17-2005

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Loki:
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4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled fresh from the tap on 02/18/2005

Appearance: Very dark, burnt reddish brown body, almost black. Faint wisp of a caramel brown head that vanished almost instantly.

Smell: Smoke, peat, char, and campfire. Seemed simply like a smoked beer lovers fantasy perfume. Possessed of a woods, charred game and campfire smell that made me long for a dark night camping far in the woods cooking your dinner over the fire and having that campfire smell invade every item in your possession.

Taste: Sweet malt, char, campfire bread with a caramel sweetness. Wonderful smoked flavor, hints of bacon greese and charred meat.

Mouthfeel: medium body that finishes dry, flavors linger

Drinkability: For AKSmokedPorter I'm guessing a 5, for me about a 3.5, but I can only handle about a pint of a Smoked beer at a time. This was one of the best I've had.

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Photo of bditty187
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in hue, the lighting was poor at the Grand Island Thunderhead and thus I couldn’t detect any depth to the color, maybe there wasn’t any to begin with. It wasn’t served with much of a head; at the highest point the foam was a mere sliver of a finger in height. The head fell in a few moments to an array of wispy brunette bubbles. There was some subsequent lacing. This was a good-looking beer that might have looked better if it was served with a bigger head. Those are the breaks. The nose lack potency. The smoky smells were light; I could only detect traces of peat and some minor bacon aromas. The roasted malt influences were noticeable but not bold. Coffee with hints of chocolate. I liked the nose but it just didn’t say much, it was served a little colder than I’d prefer and that might have hampered the bouquet, although the potency didn’t increase much with warmth. Good but soft. The palate is plenty tasty though. The smoky flavors are more pronounced. I recently had Empyrean’s Smoked Beer and Thunderhead’s offering is much, much better. As good as it was this beer was no Alaskan Smoked Porter. Sorry Trevor! In no way is this beer inferior to AKSP; it is just different. The smoke is at the back; it is dirtier, and less lively. Still, with that said the palate is fairly robust. Bacon hints. Peat. Charred wood. Campfire. It tastes like a Smoked Porter. There is a good amount of maltiness; it offers plenty of roasty, coffee notes with a hint of chocolate. The hops seem to offer some modest earthy-herbal notes. The palate is very well put together. Medium-full in body. The carbonation is moderate and very fitting for this beer and thus the mouthfeel is pleasant. There is enough body here yet it is not too bulky and it doesn’t hinder drinking. I enjoyed my pints of this beer very much. I sampled it both in GI and Kearney (only took “brief” notes on the first tasting). This is yet another excellent beer from Thunderhead. You can taste the craftsmanship. Recommended.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The smoked porter pours a black midnight color. When held to the light there is very little color distortion. Some hints of a rich brown color are noticeable but mostly it holds its black color. The head retention is good and stays around as does the lace. Both have a off white color.

The smell is very noticeable but not overwhelming. A good deep smoky malt smell. Actually more of a smoky smell then malt, but both are detectable. Hints of chocolate and a hint of coffee tones are noticeable.

The taste is strong in smoke flavor. More noticeable in the taste then smell. The malt has black patent taste to it with a roasted and burnt quality to it. But it mixes nicely as a hint of caramel comes out and smoothes the harsher flavors down. There is a slight earthy tone that heightens the smokiness. Also there is a dry quality that does the same. Both of these qualities just accents the smoke flavor which becomes the dominate flavor.

The aftertaste leave the strong smoke flavor around. Kind of reminds me of liquid smoke in a way. A good body and a nice dry flavor. I liked this beer but would like to see a tad less smoke flavor to it. But then again it is a “smoked” porter.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this porter is a lot like licking a weber grill rack. char and smoke dominate this beer, with a barbequey tang all the way through. dark and thick on the pour, pushing black, with a few fingers of tan head that slowly fades. the smell is way overly smokey, not rauchbier style, but like something burning. its not unpleasant or choking though, just very intense over a bitter cocoa body. the taste is also totally overwhelmed by the burnt and burning characteristics, but there is a slight sweetness in the finish that seems to come out of nowhere. if you dont like dark woodsy brews, stay away from this one. smoother feel, mellow carbonation, not spectacular, but passable as a smoked porter. id like to see the smoked bit calmed down a bit, this was a tough pint to get through, but the general flavors are agreeable and a fine brew might well be in the works here.

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Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peat Smoked Porter from Thunderhead Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 6 ratings