Payback Smoked Porter | Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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85
very good
42 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
California, United States
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Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by elNopalero on 02-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
42
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 12
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass with a fine light brown head with great retention and lacing. Nice aroma of toasted malt, chocolate and light smoke. Flavor is mellow toasted, slightly charred malt, light chocolate developing and finishing with a healthy smokiness that is overall pleasant but has a slight burning electrical component . Nice creamy medium to heavy body. A nice smoked porter, but the somewhat laid-back malt body may not be tough enough to support the entire smokiness, exposing the slight off-flavor to the smoke. Still enjoyable and well worth drinking.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, smoked malt, and slight band-aid aromas. Taste is much the same with dark roasted malt and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a solid, balanced smoke presence that makes this one easy to drink.

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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, near black in the tall tulip. Beige head lasts well. A little aroma of the campfire. Spritzy on the tongue.

The smoke is distinct, but not overwhelming. Burnt malt and roasted grain flavors along with a whiff of the barbeque. Some moderate sweetness with the malty component. Hops are low-key, but provide some fruity and spicy notes with a little more bitterness. The aftertaste has an undertone of sweet barbecue sauce along with the dark grainy taste.

Quite drinkable with a robust flavor and some scratch in the back of the throat. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Olive Tree Market in San Diego.

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2.25/5  rDev -42%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black pour, tan head, finger, no real lacing. Meaty aroma, chocolate, coffee, high roast, smoke, char. Smoky undertones, chocolate, coffee notes and plenty roastiness. Good balance, hearty smoke. Creamy, medium body, great drinkability. Looking very forward to the base porter on this.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: black bodied beer in a stout flute glass produced a couple of fingers of head; left no lacing to speak of

S: no surprises here: that roasty espresso aroma common to such beers, but with a bold smoky aroma of burnt wood

T: fairly straightforward and predictable (based on the aroma): cold, dry, bitter espresso-ish malts and ample amounts of smoky char

M: medium-to-light bodied, modest carbonation, slick, some coating, bittering

O: a smoky porter, exactly as advertised - probably worthy of higher ratings if you're a big fan of smoked porters and the like; but for me, it seemed rather simple (as opposed to complex) and not particularly compelling. This is probably a matter of personal taste preferences. I have only enjoyed a couple of smoked beers (the Bruery's Smoking Wood Rye and Vlad the Inhaler spring to mind), but in its purest form, it may not be a favorite style of mine, so take my review with a grain of salt (or should I say a breath of smoke?)

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4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours a dark roasty-black color with light foaming. It has a great assertive smoked aroma on it, big and intense, with a wonderful smokey flavor and finish. Thick, heavy, like liquid BBQ. This is not a beginners smoked beer by any means. Of course I loved it.

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Payback Smoked Porter from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
3.88 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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