Gorges Smoked Porter
Ithaca Beer Company

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Porter - Smoked
3.85 | pDev: 13.25%
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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T-34-85 from New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Smokiness brings a good added depth to this beer. Good hearty flavor with aromas of roasted malts and smoke.

Not a big porter fan, but this was a really nice beer.

Dec 13, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours dark cherry black with not even a whole layer of head.
S - Big smoke attack, hickory chips soaked in apple cider, burnt cherrywood, a little bit of bacon, big roasted malt.
T - Smoke is definitely prevalent but there's a major unbalance, there's a ton of acidic tart cherry and apple flavor mid through end, the smoke gets taken down a notch by it, it actually has an apple cider flavor to it, which is neat, but unexpected, big roasty malts and a hint of dark chocolate.
M - A little too thin and fizzy for my liking, but still decent, easily drinkable.
O - Even though the only area I had a 3.75 in was smell, i still have this a 3.75 overall because I think too many "smoked" beers really loose the smoked essence, its definitely in this beer, and its makes for a great aroma, but the flavor kinda looses it, still I was glad to try it.

Jan 04, 2014
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Deerslayer210 from Pennsylvania

1.25/5  rDev -67.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

After reading the other reviews, I wonder was it a bad case, or was I really drunk!!!! Unfortunately I was sober when I sipped this beer. I love smoked foods and beer, but this was like smelling the liquid smoke bottle that is for amateur's. The first sip put the bile from my stomach in my mouth. I thought it must be something else and took another drink.. More vomit, not good. This was a two sip drain poor and a good pranker for your friends. I shared this with many and found no one whom likes the taste of over smoked beer mixed with vomit. Either way stay away!!!!

Pored nice. That's all folks.

Dec 16, 2013
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice idea, and the smoke level is pleasant, but the base porter itself is so thin and insubstantial. The only thing keeping a better rating on this beer is how well done the smoke character is.

Sep 14, 2013
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Gmann from New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown color with a wispy off-white head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of lightly toasted pumpernickle with a hint of smoke. The smoke isn't all that strong but it is a solid smoke note. Not much else in the nose.

The taste is of a buttery english porter with smoked malt. Toasted brown bread mixes with a buttery caramel sweetness. It is more caramel than butter, which is good. Light lemon and a general fruitiness. Typical porter. The smoke pops through here and there but its not dominate throughout the profile.

Moderate mouthfeel with enough carbonation to keep the malt honest. Sweet on the palate with enough of a roast bitterness to offset. Not exactly smooth, more crisp; easy to drink.

A decent smoked porter. Good starter for smoked newbies. I do prefer much more smoke than this and more of an earthy profile. However, this is a real easy drinker.

Mar 24, 2013
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Black with a one finger tan head, clear brown around the edges

S-Good deal of smoke, not much roasted malt, leather, like sitting by a bonfire.

T-Starts with smoke and roasted malt, has some slight vanilla along with the leathery taste, no bitterness though.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, some carbonation.

O-Great balance out of a smoked beer. Others I've had are too smoke forward and they lose out on balance, this one however was well balanced.

Jan 03, 2013
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Damn for a porter it's much too fizzy and carbonated. What little head I got 1/4 inch of mocha quickly fizzed to nothing but a light lace ring. Beer color is a nice viscous black.

S - Smell seems to be spot on with a great deep smoked malts and mild coffee's. Smell of smoke lingers on the nostrils.

T - Taste seems to balance the smoke well into the finish. Taste of the porter seems to be light despite the ABV and mostly sweet with mild chocolates and a touch of molasses. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied and somewhat creamy.

Overall not a bad smoked porter if it's anything it has more smoke flavor than the Stone "smoked porter" Very easy drinking for a smoked beer.

May 20, 2012
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jmarsh123 from Indiana

2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown almost black with a small coffee head that recedes with little lacing.

Aroma is roasty malts with some wood smoke too.

Not as much roastiness comes through in the flavor. Really a little bland up front with some slightly sweet chocolate. The smoke aspect picks up on the back end, but overall this one is pretty sweet. Needs more roast for better balance.

Carbonation levels are medium, but the body is thin for the style.

Fairly mediocre and boring beer. Won't be seeking this one out.

May 14, 2012
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soulfly1492 from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Smoky upfront, dark malts, more bitter than sweet. Coffee, hard to tell much else over the bold smokiness.

Appearance: Dark brown, nearly opaque, barely see some brown when held up to light. Pours a medium brown head, decent retention, ends up as a patchy thin layer of head. Thick around the edges. Mild to moderate lacing.

Taste: Smoky, roasty, and much sweeter than the aroma indicated. Nutty, mild coffee, molasses and burnt dark malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Mild carbonation. Mildly drying.

Overall: Decent brew. A bit overly smoky, no hop character. Is fairly smooth all things considered.

May 07, 2012
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TheBrewo from New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Owl House in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a Nugget Nectar pint glass. The brew appeared a dark black color, blocking out all light, even around the edges. It sported a one and a half finger light brown head of creamy, chunky cake bubbles. This showed great retention, eventually leaving spotty lacing around the glass. Carbonation appeared medium, and no haze or sediment was noted. The nose was of a smoked ham on a cold autumn day around a smoldering campfire. The malts were dirty, leafy, and mossy, with a deep chocolate and coffee roast. Peat and wood were huge, with a milk chocolate sweetness to the back with warmth. Our first impression was that this tasted just like a smoked Christmas ham, with insane char. As we sipped, roasty malts with an extreme smoky, peaty air came through. This, truthfully, was reminiscent of smoked pork. The front also showed white sugar and honey sweetness to cut. The middle peaked with fig sweetness and more honey, further cutting the smoke. The mats were cleaner here, with more toast than roast, and deep chocolate and coffee inclusions. The finish was more of the same, with a resumption of the sweaty roastiness, bitterness of raw coffee bean, light metallics, and more of that meaty umami taste. With warmth came a balancing café-au-lait sweetness. The aftertaste breathed more with that meaty satisfaction, char of burned wood chips, and fresh grassy hops. The latter may have just been a mirage amidst the dark, dense forest of smoke. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was left with a wet coating with astringent rumbles. There was good slurp and smack, and the mouth was quite happy. The abv is appropriate, but this one is a big sipper, due solely to the massive smokiness.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was, you guessed it, the over the top smoke and wood. This is a fantastic beer for peat lovers and scotch drinkers. Ithaca picked the best deep malt profile to stand up to this wild smokiness. At the same time, however, this overt flavoring could also be this beer’s downfall, as it may put off some drinkers looking for something less robust and potent. Otherwise, the aroma was great, and the feel was nice, but we felt that the balance could have been better, specifically with the white sugar sweetness at the end.

Apr 27, 2012
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap @ O'reill's at the Best western in Harrisburg. served in a shaker pint.

This porter is a rather unassuming black color with opaque clarity and thin cap of medium brown. The lace stickage is average. The smell is very nice with a good amount of woody smoke in there which compiments the coffee-like malt roastiness well. The feel is a little dry, however fits the style and the body is decent with a noticeable alcohol presence and mild amount of burnt grain astringency, generally a moderately full presence on the palate and finish is semi-dry.

The flavor is very good in this porter. There is plenty of dark grain flavor and the smoke presence is good -nicely melded with the malt backbone and adds some of its own flavor to enhance the base beer without going to far into the smoky realm to overpower the malt. There is a nice coffee and toasted grain flavor that carries a full taste and mild sweet tinges to balance the moderate smoke. I enjoyed this porter and feel it does well to provide the drinker with a complimentary smoke taste that isn't overwhelming and is satisfying. This is drinkable but deceptive with the higher than average abv for the style.

Dec 08, 2011
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burnstar from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a medium to large tan head. Some lacing on the surface. Huge smokey smell. Like a campfire. Taste has some sweetness in the background. Roasted malt. Really smokey from the middle through the finish. Smokiness from the nose almost overpowers the taste. Medium bodied. Overall this is a pretty good beer. Smoked beers are enjoyable to me every once in a while and this is pretty good. But this isn't something I'd want to drink in quantity.

Dec 06, 2011
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jifigz from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a pint.

This beer pours a deep dark brown/black with a head that dies rather rapidly. The aroma is smoke and toasted grains-it has that aroma of a person who has stood around a campfire all night. This beer actually smells like Campbell's condensed bean with bacon soup. The flavor is smoke and burnt grains up front with an intense sweetness that takes over midway through. The aftertaste is sweet as well and, in my opinion, does not blend well with the smoke flavor at all. It tastes okay, but certainly not great. The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery compared to what I was expecting but it wasn't bad. Overall I would say this is a decent porter. I think the level of the smoke kind of makes it one dimensional as it pretty much dominates the flavor profile.

Dec 06, 2011
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biglite351 from Pennsylvania

2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - slight Ted around the edges, near white tight head.

S - extremely mild smoke, not much else.

T - the majority of the flavor is a mild smoke. A touch I'd malt and caramel, but you have to look for it.

M - no e coating with a thick feel. Tingle on sides of tongue.

O - feels really nice, but a general lack of flavor would push me towards other options.

Nov 14, 2011
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black and opaque. Nearly an inch of fluffy tan head sinks slowly down to a thin sheet on the top. Lacing is sticky and soapy.

Nice aroma of roasted malt with a light smokiness. Not super potent. Taste is excellent and combines the roasted notes with modest amounts of bitterness, peat smoke, dark coffee, and traces of chocolate. A bit of dark, winey fruitiness. Tannins.

Mouthfeel is very good, with carbonation on the low side, a medium full body, and slight stickiness. Pleasing soft creaminess in the mouth, medium finish that winds up being a little drying.

A nicely made porter with lower carbonation and a fuller body than most. Smoke is just a small component of the overall taste and doesn't overwhelm.

Nov 10, 2011
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at O'Reilly's with dinner.

A: The porter is appropriately dark, a deep brown-black tint that, depending on the view, shifts back and forth. A thin white head rests patiently atop the ale.

S: Porter aromas, dark and mildly roasted, lead up to a warming smokiness. The smoke has some meatiness but doesn't add much heft. The porter's darkness is the lasting memory.

T: Porter: Good. Smoke: Soft and barely registering. The smoke does add a chewy sweetness to the darker malts. Hops are a citrusy diversion but everything eventually comes back to the malts. As the ale grows on me, the smoke becomes more apparent, continually adding sweet curehouse flavors to the darker landscape.

M: A good nightcap, enough smoky flavor to keep me interested.

Nov 05, 2011
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OneDropSoup from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint: Good-lookin' brew! Deep, dark brown that you can round to black, with deep crimson highlights. Nice mocha head, two fingers, that rises above the rim of the glass like a souffle & glistens with tight bubbles. Leaves nice stretches of lacing.

Pleasant smokiness in the smell, like a flannel shirt after an evening around a campfire. A little peaty? I'm kind of getting that turfy, earthy smell. A little wet grass, a little cocoa. Pretty good, I keep going back for more.

Smoky & roasty malt up front, chased by a mild earthy hop character, a little cola. Finishes slightly acidic or astringent, with a smoky, fireside aftertaste. If anything, leaning a little on the bitterside with the roast, but that's searching for criticism. Very good.

Medium-bodied, pretty smooth at first but, like I said in the taste, a little acidic & astringent in the mouthfeel. Again, not bad, but not totally smooth.

This one's a winner. I'm kind of a sucker for smoke character, but have still found smoky beers that weren't really to my liking. This has a very fresh, evocative character & reminds me of sitting by a campfire or a stone fireplace. I'd definitely go for this one again.

Nov 03, 2011
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is one smoked up porter, pours a pitch black hue the body is deep as night. The head is light tan head with a fine speckled lacing left behind down the sides of my pint. Aroma deep smoked malts similar to beers from Bamberg, enjoyable hints of charcoal, smoked meats, and dark roasted malts nearly burnt malts. Flavor a creamy dark beer with a pleasant smoked malt finish the real deal beer very enjoyable winter seasonal far from the mainstream holiday spiced ale thank God. Dark chocolate melted and infused with liquid smoke, tones of dark caramelized brown sugars drizzeld on thin sliced smoked ham and a touch of morning black coffee sipping smooth. Sorry, I'm a bit graphic on the flavor, but smoked meat has to be there in some detail because of the wide varieties of options available equally wide variations of smoked beers out there. Medium bodied even carbonation with a dry/semi sweet finish, hard to explain the feel on the palate but the smoke sure does linger. Overall impression is a good one, it's just a complex beer to wrap your palate around plan on a six pack purchase to truly understand this beer, plus it's that good.

Oct 31, 2011
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Sammy from Canada

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guest tap at Empire Brewing, Syracuse. Big smoke aromas. Thick complex smoke well integrated with dark porter. Just short of burnt parts in the mix, like an "Imperial Smoked". Good drinkability and above average mouthfeel. This would be a regular smoked for me.Darkish colour.

Oct 27, 2011
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atr2605 from New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a very dark brown, almost black with a tan head with average retention
S-smokey and roasted malt with a sweet caramel malt in the background, low hop aroma
T-Very similar to the aroma with the smoke carrying through all the way to the finish, very pronounced but not over bearing. The sweetness of the malt balances quite nicely.
M-medium bodied
O-A really nice porter. I'm not a big fan of many of the ithaca beers but this one is great. Has nice flavor and is well crafted

Oct 18, 2011
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orbitalr0x from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my snifter a deep dark brown bordering on black with a half inch of bubbling khaki foam atop the brew. Very little light escaping this one! Aroma is a bold mix of roasted dark malts alongside smoky, meaty, campfire-esque tones. Touch of chocolate and char but the smoke prevails.

First sip brings semi-sweet dark roasted malts upfront with notes of dark chocolate and dried fruit. Smoke billows in with a vengence of meaty, burnt wood and char flavors. Flows down with a kiss of bitterness and pervading maltiness. Smoked flavors linger on well after each sip...

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with great carbonation, almost silky and really easy to drink. Solid body, this is just a great smoked porter if you're a fan of the style. Another winner from Ithaca, glad I was able to try it!

Oct 14, 2011
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CaptDavyJones from New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost pitch black color from a 12 oz bottle. Thin film of a head, tan in color, that dissipates very quickly
I could smell the smoke aroma the moment I began pouring the beer. Subtle notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa and malts make their way through the exploding smoke aroma.
Taste is similar to the aroma, you feel like your palate is coated with smoke. Almost a full-bodied porter this one. Upfront it is slightly sweet, coating the palate very nicely. Hint of bitterness and a twang in the finish.
I must say, this is a fairly strong, or rather big, porter in terms of the smoke aroma and taste. I am not sure it will appeal to the taste buds of many people, but those who enjoy a nice, robust porter are surely going to enjoy this one.
Visually, it is excellent and almost up there in terms of taste and mouthfeel.
A good, solid beer from Ithaca Beer Company.
Definitely worth a try, especially for all the porter lovers out there...Cheers !!!

Also it paired very well with some Maple Walnut ice-cream.

Oct 05, 2011
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was pretty close to black, at least in a dimly lit bar. It was served to me with a thick, long lasting, creamy white cap.

s: I found a very nice balance between smoke and rich chocolate with a little roasty coffee to boot.

t: I didn't taste anything that reminded me of a porter, this came across to me as more of a smoked stout. Works for me. This beer is dominated by plenty of smoke and lots of lightly sweet, dark chocolate. There was bitter smoke and coffee grounds at the finish.

m: Very chewy and creamy overall.

o: Just a stellar beer. We stopped in South Philly Tap Room to celebrate after watching the Phils win game 1 of the NLDS. After the first pint went down way to easy I handed my keys to my buddy and ordered another.

Oct 03, 2011
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada

2.76/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo. Served in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with a small amount of off white head

S - Smoke & roasted malts. The smoke dominates the nose making any other flavours somewhat indistinguishable.

T - Lots of smoke and some roasted malts in the background. The smoke dominates making this beer somewhat unpleasant after a few sips. Way too much smoke.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Sep 05, 2011
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angelogarcia3 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the brewery. It has a strong smoked aroma with a tan head. It is very dark in color with a slight effervencense. The smoke aroma reminds you of smoked bacon or pork. In the mouth it is thick with the effervencse cleansing the pallet. This allows the smoked and roasted malts to come to the forefront. After drinking this beer, I felt like I just finish eating at a smoke house.

Aug 20, 2011
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