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

very good
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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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

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Photo of tronester
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with a very thin, creamy tan head that has a hint of red to it. Smell is vanilla and oak with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Taste is smooth espresso up front mixed in with a wisp of charcoal, with a hint of malt in the middle, and an earthy, dry, smoky finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, very low carbonation though, but even though I prefer lowish carbonation, this one was a touch too low even for me. Drinkability is fantastic though, smooth, yet complex.

A great beer here. Perhaps the best smoked beer I have had.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a beer mug. Recipe is the winner of the 2010 "Brew at Choc's Home" homebrew competition. Consumed while celebrating the rare Austin "snow day"!

I haven't been all that impressed by Choc Brewing in the past, but I've heard good things about their Smoked Porter. It pours attractively enough, with a cola-brown body that thins at the edges. The dark tan head retains well, owing to a steady carbonation level from beneath. The aroma is burning, because where there's smoke, there's fire--and there is definitely some smoke in this porter! Liquefied charcoal greets the nose with a blast of woody pine & cedar. Phenols abound, but there's enough of a big, roasty porter background to add balancing notes of chocolate and dark fruit.

The flavor continues with the smoke-laden theme, overtaking the palate like a bushfire through a dry forest. Charred chocolate, nuttiness, and more smoke. Not beefy like some smoked beers, which I admire. Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style with both a crisp and smooth body. Carbonation is ample but restrained enough to not dry out the finish. Overall, a very tasty, very sessionable smoked beer. Hard to give Choc 100% of the credit for this one, though, but they definitely chose right.

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

Pours velvety dark brown with ruby highlights. Dense white head doesn't hang around long, instead becoming a thin soapy sheen.

Aroma is very smokey, with a peaty aspect. Although the smoke dominates, there is a significant malt sweetness as well.

Taste is malty, with dark fruit. Then a perfume like dry cedar quality takes over. Peaty smoke is much stronger in the nose than the taste. Mild earthy hop bitterness, and a touch of musty yeast rounds things out. Finishes with a lingering metallic sting and milk sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

A flavorful and interesting smoked beer. Much more going on than just smokiness. Very nice.

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Photo of bashiba
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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 DelMontiac
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Choc Smoked Porter poured from a bomber into a New Belgium globe.

The body is opaque black/brown topped by one finger of tan head which only hangs on for a few short minutes. The etching in the globe creates a constant stream of bubbles that gives me a thin layer for the duration of the glass.

The smoke is up front, obvious, in your face, but I wouldn't say that is totally controls the aroma here. I can still detect dark roast coffees, dark chocolate, and and scant carmel malt. I kind of expected a sweeter (barbeque) type of smoke. This is more like...campfire/fireplace smoke. Not bad, but I think a sweeter smokiness would be beneficial. I'm sure that's tall order though - very hard to make beer taste like smoked meats without a rub and the meat.

Again, smoke is out front. Still, I think of a campfire, not a BBQ type of hickory, pecan, or mesquite. There is a difference! I think there's a bit of tobacco type smokiness in there as well - not that sweet first puff, more like the last drag with all the resin, but not a dirty ashtray either. As the smoke clears (ahem) the flavors of darkroast coffee emerge as well as semi-sweet chocolate. Alcohol is hidden and there is a tinge of vanilla on the finish which I wasn't getting until the beer was at room temp. Next time, I would allow more warming time, or just not even refrigerate it at all.

The feel is probably the best attribute for me. Somewhat chewy and velvety. Lower carbonation allows for this smooth feel and I would think it's preferable for most smoked brews. Again, this benefits from room temperature and promotes good drinkaility.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +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 Stigs
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new beer for me, compliments of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Lovely pitch black with a 1 finger head of foam and excellent lacing. The foam and lacing don't last long but that's not a big deal to me.

Its smells of cocoa, roasted malt, with a touch of the magical smoke and a very nice aroma of cherries. I think I'm going to dig this beer.

Cocoa and semi sweet cherries start things off in a big way. Roasted malt, along with notes of coffee, bring a bit of bitterness and in between all of the flavourful goodies I'm getting some of that smoke. A very complex and enjoyable tasting Smoked Porter and I'm kind of shocked as to how well the cherries integrate with the base beer.

Medium bodied and with a brisk amount of carbonation that settles down somewhat deeper into the session, I find an overall smooth mouth feel and a very easy drinking brew.

Another fine effort from Choc Brewing and another reason for me tipping my hat to Russ! I wonder if this would be a good candidate for cellaring?

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Photo of Bierlerner
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Dark brown, almost black. Nice tan head and lacing.

S - Its a camp fire and smores in a bottle! Smells amazing!

T - Not too much smoke, bet definitely present. A little bit of cocoa. Nice bitter finish.

M - Low carbonation and a medium body. Its creamy with a slight chewiness. Soft and great.

D - I haven't had many smoked beers, but this one is definitely at the top of the list. The taste doesn't quite match the deliciousness of the smell, but it still tastes great. Perfect on a cold cold night, watching a movie, and a fire blazing.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of Bierguy5
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Fatehunter
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark, you definitely can't see through this one. about a fingers worth of a cream colored head that dissipates slowly but revives easily.

as soon as I put my nose to the mug, i get a strong whiff of tobacco. The scent is reminiscent of the lingering smoke of a fine cigar inside of a leather shop. Very interesting, can't wait to dive in.

just an outstanding smokey flavor. Big, robust flavors of charred, dark malts and some oak undertones, particularly hickory. smoked hickory oak, similar to the flavor of hickory smoked meat. the 7% alcohol comes through and imparts a sort of bourbon flavor, it plays on mellow warming, boozy notes. Extremely complex and delicious.

This beer couldn't score any higher on mouthfeel, it's thick, chewy and viscous. definitely full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Definitely has the potential to warm your toes on a cold night.

Everything a smoked porter should be. Big, bold, and broad.
If I were Choc, I think i'd hire Jeff to brew this for them every fall, it's the perfect porter for the fall months.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Choc Brewing's Signtaure Series Smoked Porter pours with a dark brown body that is almost opaque and borders on black. The head is brown and small, and while it has a little bit of retention, it does not leave any lacing behind.

The aroma is quite smoky, and even a little bit woody, with chocolate and sweet malts underneath.

This Smoked Porter is a pretty good smoked beer. The first thing I notice is a substantial wave of smoke that is stopped short of being overwhelming by a mix of chocolate and coffee flavors. Underlying these flavors is also a sweet caramel malt backbone. Once again a hint of wood comes through, accompanied by a bit of black cherry. After swallowing, the flavor of smoke still lingers on the palate. This beer manages to take a good punch of smoke and marry it to a nice malt backbone, showcasing both.

The body could be a little fuller, but no problems with the mouthfeel.

This is my first Choc beer, and I liked it. When I realized that it was the winner of a home brew contest I was a little bit disappointed, because I feel like this might not be a representative sample of what kind of beer the brewery produces. That qualm, however, doesn't really effect my experience with this beer, which I enjoyed.

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Photo of stephens101
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a wispish tan head. A few small dots of lace linger. Smell is a complex fusion of sweet malts, dark fruits, dark chocolates and burnt deadwood. Tastes sweet up front with a big smoky hit at the end and notes of black licorice and espresso in the middle. Ultra-creamy and smooth as silk going down, with a slight alcohol heat in the back of the throat. Not much to say about this one except the fact that it's near perfection.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 WilliamLee
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
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 jmbranum
4.82/5  rDev +20.5%
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 russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
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 bump8628
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours up black with a light brown head of creamy foam. If I didn't know better I'd say this is a big thick stout by the looks of it.

Inviting, smooth smoke comes out of the glass first. And pretty much hides everything but a faint cocoa note.

The smoke is upfront and pretty intense, yet complex from the use of both cherry wood smoked malt and beech wood smoked malt. The cherry smoke lends something quite unique, an almost smoother smoke character than I've had in most of the smoked beers I've had to this point. Once I get by the smoke there's a smooth chocolate character and a bit of caramel and toffee. Hop bitterness balances it all out about evenly.

If you are a fan of big smoked beers or smokey food this beer is definitely worth a try. If smoke isn't your thing then beware: This is one smokey beer. I'll give it another go once the weather really starts to cool down.

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Photo of texhusky
4/5  rDev 0%
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 Beertracker
5/5  rDev +25%
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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Smoked Porter from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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