Smoked Porter | Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
42 IBU

Added by Beertracker on 08-01-2010

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 48
Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet glass. Black color, pours like oil with a thickness to it. A thin but dense tan head formed.

S - Rich roasted malt, campfire smoke and slight cocoa. A really pleasing smell.

T - Smoke and a little bitterness. Good flavor, but not as good as the smell.

M - Creamy, soft. Low carbonation and medium body. Just about a perfect fit.

D - Probably the best smoked porter I have had. The smell and texture of this beer really carry it. A little more out of the flavor and it would be pretty much perfect.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of texhusky
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have dined at Pete's Place in Krebs,OK several times where they brew their beer. The last time I was there the only beer they were brewing was the Choc. Since then they have added many other varieties. I like dark beers and tried the Porter. In my opinion a good porter, drinkability better than the Choc. They even let us wander around the brewery which is in the back of the restaurant.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Complete darkness, opaque and sporting a thick collar of tan lace. Clean smoke and charcoal, burnt sugar and a ripe blackberry fruitiness in the nose. Creamy and smooth full body. Smokiness is very aggressive but not cloying at all. Hops drop a balancing bitterness and faint pine resin flavor. Burnt smoky maltiness has suggestions of toasted marshmallows, charred wood, blackstrap molasses and a hint of brown bread in the back. Slow-warming alcohol brings a faint fruitiness. Smokiness takes a while to fade in the burnt, bittersweet finish. Seriously great beer here.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by someone at the most recent Freetail bottle release party.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is definitely smokey with a lot of meaty BBQ notes. The flavor is more of the same. There is a heavy smoke character that goes very well with some heavily roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice smoked beer where the smoke is up front and shines.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from my secret santa, served in a small tulip

A - pours with a minimal amount of loose bubbles, setting to just a very thin ring. the beer is deep brown/black in color.

S - "meat", smoked ham, campire, bit of ash, minerals and roasted malt

T - roasted malts and toasted nuts. hefty amount of milk chocolate not found in the nose. smoke slowly creeps in and tastes over. tastes of smoked ham, firewood, and ash. good balance and generally yummy.

M - nice medium body with moderate but tight carbonation. silky smooth going down and lightly chewy.

D - imho smoked beers should replace all winter warmers. absolutely great in cold weather...glad to spend time with this tonight.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a privilege to review this beer inspired by Oklahoma's own Beertracker!

Pours ebony with a finger of mocha colored head, drops off fairly quickly, this is a fairly noisy beer. Below average head retention & average lacing

S: Fairly intense smokeyness, makes me think mesquite & oak, plus dark fruittyness hiding underneath

T: Rich smokeyness, faint coffee notes, baker's chocolate, cherries & raisins & herbal hops up front. Smoke grabs hold hard, but not too hard once warm, dryness, along with cocoa & dark not sweet chocolate, plus dryness. Finishes dry, smokey with mesquite & oak still coming through to me ( I base this off scores hunks of meat I've slow smoked ), bitter chcolate & a faint bit of figgyness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation= creamyness, plus warming notes

Drinks really easy, I do like this style. Would love to do a side by side with Alaskan Porter, because although not a clone of that, it shares a lot of positive similarities to it. A keeper IMO

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Photo of bashiba
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a light soap ring of a tan head with good retention.

The nose is very big with layers of smoke, toffee, and chocolate. Very dessert like quality to it.

The flavor follows the nose perfectly, big waves of smoke intermixing with semi sweet chocolate and bitter cocoa flavors along with some nice dark burnt black malts. Some nice green hops give it just enough bitterness to balance it out nicely.

The mouthfeel has a nice medium body to it with a bit of resiny hop oilyness.

Very drinkable, great smoked beer, I like that its a smoked porter that wasn't afraid to use the smoke, most of them make the smoke a little to subtle for my liking, not this one its front and center then lets the other flavors build around it nicely.

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Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Press Release: Choc Beer is excited to announce Smoke Signal Porter by Jeffrey Swearengin is the winner of the inaugural Brew at Choc's Home Competition. Smoke Signal Porter was chosen from a field of over 50 entries of varying styles. Swearengin & Choc plan to brew the recipe on the Choc brewing system in the next few weeks. The beer will be available for purchase across Choc's distribution network this summer.

"The judging was extremely fun, engaging and at the same time very difficult," explained Choc Brewmaster, Michael Lalli. Lalli added, "As we expected, naming one winner from a group of outstanding and diverse beers was a challenge but we are very happy with the smoked porter." (~ excerpts courtesy of Nick Trougakos from The Thirsty Beagle)

From the label: "We're proud to brew Smoked Porter, winner of Brew at Choc's Home 2010. Jeff's original brew was chosen not only because of the outstanding quality and complex flavors but also for his creativity and ambition. These are two defining qualities of our Signature Series. We took great care to recreate Jeff's recipe. So enjoy this beer, keep brewing and look forward to Brew at Choc's Home 2011. Cheers! Michael Lalli

Choc's Brewmaster's Signature Smoked Porter (2010 Brew At Choc's Home * 2010 Winner) is made using two different types of smoked malt (Beechwood & Cherry) for a complex, deep smoked character. It pours up with a modest carbonation that creates a rather loose, but sustainable mocha colored head that rises above the nearly opaque dark brown-black body. The aroma is quite roasty with a solid chocolate character supported by some rich underlying caramel with notes of charred/burnt wood, cocoa nibs, espresso & vanilla that compliment the dominant smokiness. Moderate fruitiness (black cherry, Medjool date, mission fig) with just a hint of warmth. The flavor starts off roasty, but never becomes overly burnt or charcoal-like. The roastiness blends well with the underlying caramel & chocolate that's balanced by a discernible herbal bitterness which dries out the slightly acrid, warming finish. This medium-full bodied smoked porter has a light oily texture with good complexity, but needs some additional bottle conditioning to help mellow the rough edges. This smoky, robust porter should age very nicely as the smokiness mellows & melds with the chocolate maltiness. Signature Smoked Porter makes a fine choice for pairing with a large variety of gastronomic delights at the dinner table. Here's to brewing at Choc's home.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer was almost completely flat upon opening. I am sure the brewer did not intend this. After a violent pour no head developed. Very dark stoutlike color. Aroma is woody, smoky and very inviting. Flavor is smoke upfront with roasted malt and chocolate malt coming in toward the end. Mouthfeel seems on the heavy side (cannot tell accurately because of defect). Overall this is a tasty beer that I will re-review if I can get a good one.

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Photo of FortSmithHops
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, with a nice tan colored head, solid 2 fingers, leaving nice lace. Retention is very good.

Wow, this thing is smoky! But there's big chocolate and roasted malt notes shining's definitely not one dimensional.

Bittersweet chocolate, light coffee, roasted malts, char, and of course, a nice balanced smokiness.

Solid medium bodied feel, creamy, and smooth.

Drinkability is great. It's got a huge smoke character without being overdone. This was a great smoked beer!

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 7% abv. Pours pitch black, no highlights. Mocha head holds well for several minutes, then fades. Nice patches of lace.

Roasty, with some chocolate notes. A good background of campfire smoke. Smoke is not overwhelming, but adds a nice layer.

Dark chocolate, a slight sharp roast flavor, almost charcoal. Not much sweetness. Smoke adds a nice touch. Well balanced here, fruit is minimal.

Lighter body. Alcohol is well hidden. If the base porter had a bit more character, this would really be outstanding. Still, this one is nice.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Ommegang Tulip. Pours a rich, chocolate black that lets absolutely no light through. Good head, lacing slowly cascades down the glass as it settles, but doesn't stick around long. Aromas are of roasted coffee, smoky sweetness from the cherry wood, touches of cocoa. I could sit here and literally just smell this beer, there are alot of really good subtle notes. On the palate the smoke is predominant, but there is a really nice base of maltiiness to help give this beer balance. Also some detectable chocolate notes, with a sweet, smooth finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium, but pleasant for the style. Drinkability is great, IMO. Alcohol is there, but very well hidden. Fantastic beer from BA's own "Beertracker", and a great local Oklahoma product. Cheers!

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Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a medium bodied black with a light beige colored lacing. Right off the bat it smells of smoked ham and smoked wood chips. Its possibly the second smokiest beer I've smelled behind the Alaskan Smoked Porter. It smells great. The flavor is pretty good as well. It still gives you the typical coffee and roast of a regular porter with the nice smoke of hickory smoked bacon. The flavors are very well integrated. It drinks a little light for a porter but with the flavor profile its ok. This beer is pretty superb, I'm very impressed, its an excellent smoked beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of a very generous trader. Served in a tulip.

Pour yields a very dark brew with a good off-white head and some lacing as it moves down the glass. The nose contains a good amount of smoke plus some roasted malt, mild coffee, and a wee bit of very dark chocolate. Good start. The taste isn't quite as integrated and doesn't do as much for me, but pretty good and I'd certainly come back to it. Nothing overpowering, just a nice, balanced beer with some smoke complexity added. Mouthfeel is medium with a good dryness in the finish. Drinks quite well. One of the best Krebs beers I've had to date.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.82/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing, interesting beer.

First thing I noticed was the aroma. As soon as I opened the bottle I was greeted by a phenomenal smoky aroma (reminds me of this Yakima Valley Applewood smoked salt I have)

Dark brown beer with a large tan head.

Flavor is dominated by the smoke, but there is a backbone of toastyness that works well. A little bit of chocolate and coffee. It might be my imagination, but maybe there is a tiny bit of salt.

Very nice mouthfeel.

Overall though the dominant character of this beer is the smoke and the dryness. Just a perfect beer. I wish more breweries did smoked beers. I am in love! This beer is a revelation of greatness. Would love to drink it alongside some superb smoked BBQ.

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Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WilliamLee
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer had a very thin head that disappeared quickly.

The smell is intense, very smokey with a sweet bourbon like character.

The taste started off very smokey and slightly sweet at first. It has almost a meaty flavor and reminds me of a charred piece of BarBQ pork. Some chocolate flavor mixes in as well in the finish. The sweetness is slight but noticeable and has more of a fig or raisin quality as opposed to licorice or caramel. I was surprised that the flavor was not bitter, burned or boozy.

The aftertaste is short but the smell lingers long after the beer is finished.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and will definitely drink it again. I'm tempted to say it is awesome.

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Photo of csiewert
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a thick black color with a slight amount of tan head with no lacing. The aroma is strong of smoke with a slight amount of roasted malt. The taste is almost all smoke... So much so that it overwhelms the rest of the flavors, which I would assume consisted of some roasted malt and caramel characteristics. The mouthfeel is somewhat lacking and feels empty. It leaves you feeling like you just drank smokey water. Overall it is worth a try but don't expect too much.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Bruery tulip. Thanks to thehand for this extra!

A - Dark brown, opaque with tan head that leaves good lacing.

S - Faint smoke,leather,chocolate, maybe some dark fruits.

T - Smoke comes thru here along with more bitter chocolate. I can taste the cherries/plums on the finish. Good amount of carbonation for this style, but it works.

M - Medium. Much lighter than expected (in a good way).

D - High. With the relative low ABV and nice carbonation, this one goes down easy.

Nice beer. Would definitely not turn down another.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this bottle!

Gots to love the smoke, amiright? Let's do this: It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of dark-ish tan foam. The nose comprises maple-smoked ham, milk chocolate, and light roasted malts. Damn, do I enjoy that delicious aroma! The taste holds notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, light beech smoke, and very light maple syrup. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a damn fine smoked porter. Good work, Krebs!

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Photo of Spider889
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to this surprise brew from BlueOkie! I really love a good smoked porter, and this one turned out to be very well crafted.

No bottle date but it says it was part of some sort of event called "Brew at Choc's Home" in 2010. I believe this was brewed in late 2010 or very early 2011. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

The beer was tough to coax a head out of at first, but with some height, and patience, a tall thick sandy head rose up and lingered for the better part of 10 minutes. The liquid beneath was black and completely opaque.

Wow does this smell good. Smoke is big and bold. I am growing more and more fond of assertive smokey beers with experience. This smoked porter has a smoke profile that is more brash and blatant than most (read: beers like Stone smoked porter have barely any real smoke compared to this). Oaky wood ashes lie beneath the dark campfire in my glass.

The taste is very smokey as well. If you enjoy a rauchbier once in a while you'll really dig this, but if smoke turns you off I am thinking that this beer is not for you. Luckily, I fall into the first category.

Dark and toasty smoked barley is thick and chewy, but not really bitter or ashy. I'd love to dig deeper, but for now the smoke overpowers a lot of the other flavors - this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Thick and chewy, with lower carbonation. Drinks smooth but has an extremely dry finish.

Overall a real treat, this beer definitely lived up to my expectations/hopes, and was in fact the first beer of the 6 Scot sent me that I put into my fridge for consumption. The bar has been set for the other 5!

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. No lacing really.
S - Smoke, dark fruits.
T - Again, smoke and dark fruits followed by a bit of green apple and a pretty strong chlorophenol flavor, slightly medicinal and band-aidy. Not unpleasant but strikes me as slightly off. However, I think this has just the right degree of smoke to it; not too much but definitely present.
MF - Nice carbo, pleasant body.
DB - High, for a smoked porter, but a bomber is probably enough for me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A delicious and robust Porter with balancing smoke aroma and woodsy-char flavor. Big in aroma and flavor, the body is light. Still, a highly drinkable beer, if your palate handles smoke flavor and aroma.

The beer pours with a froathy, but light weight. Dark brown with lightly tanned foam that billows at first but reduces to a thin intermitten sheet across the surface and with mild lacing on the glass.

Smoke obviously dominates the aromas (seems like the cinders of fired cherry wood) but not without a rebuttal of coffee, bitter chocolates, and malty/creamy scents.

Flavors of medium caramels set the tone for the more vibrant flavors of the glaze that captures smokiness in smoked meats, along with toffeed walnuts, heavy cream, bittersweet chocolates, and cherry-like alcohols.

A light creaminess early begins to remind me of cask ales. Alas, the creaminess falls and the beer wanders into weakness and thinness, yet remains drinkable. With a lightly dry finish, the beer ends with a pleasant linger of smoke and chocolate.

Solid throughout, the beer is very consistent except for the weaker mouthfeel. In terms of flavor/aroma intensity and creaminess, it's a step off of the pace throughout from Alaskan Smoked Porter.

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Smoked Porter from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 62 ratings