Gorges Smoked Porter | Ithaca Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Smoke Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 140
Reviews by xenolithic:
Photo of xenolithic
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass a near opaque black with a 1/2 finger tanish head. Light barely penetrates around the edges and leaves a caramel/pale black glow.

Smell is a light campfire, think the one you just put out last night. Much less strong than the ones I've smelt before, though more pleasing. Some stale coffee notes also come through.

Taste is a little more of the same, smoky characteristic is less pronounced and you get some woody charcoal type of taste to it. Much to be expected, but slightly more muted than the other Rauchbiers I have had in the past. Much like the smell there is a little bit of stale coffee that comes through.

The mouthfeel is slightly oily. Finish is sort of a tangy bitterness that bites at the sides of your tongue.

Like many Rauchbiers, this isn't exactly something I would have every day. However, because it is more subdued and therefore less "in your face" I would probably throw two of these back at a barbecue with some nice roast pork shoulder.... mmmmh.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had read past reviews of this beer and thought it might be a bit uninspriring but boy was I wrong.Poures adeep brown with tons of ruby tint thruout a tight but thinner almond colored head atop,the smoke presence is definently there in the nose but its just part of a wider picture somewhat fruity and nice earthy tones abound in the nose.Quite complex and multidimentional flavors starts out with hints of brown suagar and then a big hardwood smokiness takes over finishing into a dry "raw" earthy,nutty finish.Wow I for one loved this beer and rumors of a new recipe if true was the right decision cuzz this beer rocks!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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

2006 edition, tweaked a bit per the brewer. Deep garnet brown, head hangs on for while before dissipating. Sweet coffeeish malt aroma with whiffs of toasted-wood smokiness.

Not overtly smoky - the smoke is almost like a compliment rather than a dominant flavor - but clearly present. Starts with a brown-malt rounded flavor, then the smokiness and coffeelike flavors join in. Slight English style hoppiness, but predominantly a slight malty sweetness. Finishes with a slight smoky sweetness. One of those "tastes really good, but another 20% smokiness would make this one kick butt" beers. Medium mouthfeel means that growler's not gonna be hanging around very long.

Available for fall 2006 as part of the Ithaca seasonal 12 pack, along with the Finger Lakes Stout, Winterizer, and Flower Power IPA. Now THAT'S a 12 pack!!!

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle sampled, no freshness dating to be found. This one poured a nice mahogony, rich dark brown. Lifted a minimal dark tan head, and left not a trace of lacing. Nose is sweet and smokey. More of the expected smoke in the palate, plus vanilla, toffee, and cola. The smoke here is fairly moderate, not overwhelming, nicely done. Pleasant flavorful light porter. I'd like to give it a try with some BBQ

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to onecrazymofo for this one...way overdue to be consumed and the second newbie on the 37th week of New Beer Sunday.
Pours a pitch black with a ton of carbonation...two full fingers of tan head produced with a gentle pour. Lacing is thin but has some cling.
Huge smoked aroma from this bad boy...with a nice blend of vanilla, caramel and sweet malt.
The taste is nice...a bit more sweet than expected with a subtle vineous quality up front. Some dark chocolate and a hint of espresso mixed in and a decent floral hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin and the carbonation is too high...still enjoyable enough to keep me interested and would love the chance to try it on tap, which unfortunately ain't gonna happen anytime soon.
A solid brewery putting out some quality products.

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Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle at cellar temp poured into pint glass. pours nearly opaque black, revealing a slight dark brown when held up to the light. nice 2 fingers of biege colored head. only a tad bit of lacing, but pretty decent head retention.

the aroma has some roasted malts, caramel, cocoa, bacon, and a little bit of some smoked malt.

nice taste of some roasted malts, caramel, and cocoa in the begining that gives way to some smoke and hop bitterness. finishs with a bitter cooking chocolate like flavor. has a very nice balance to it.

medium body, nice amount of carbonation. has a creamy like texture while drinking that gives way to a slightly chalky mouthfeel afterwards. very sessionable beer, not to heavy with a balanced not overpowering smoke quality. pretty true to its name. prolly wouldnt go out of my way to buy this again, but would definately enjoy it if it was on tap somewhere.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a deep dark black body with a faint brown glow of light from the base of the glass. There is a thin oatmeal colored head that fades to a film after a bit.

S- The big aroma of coffee roasted malt comes through even during the pour with a very faint smoky yeast note that has some earthy qualities to it as the beer warms.

T- This beer has some nice black roasted malt flavors with some dark coffee flavors and a faint smoke note that is often hidden by the other flavors. There is a nice tartness of black roasted astringency that finishes the beer.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a dry silky texture that became a bit watery as the beer warmed

D- This beer was a bit thin in body but there some nice full dark malt flavors in the taste. I don't know if I would have really noticed the smoke as much if it wasn't printed on the label. This is a nice session beer that is pretty straight forward.

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Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another I had a few days ago; I'm still catching up on notes.

This beer is quite a dark brown that just allows some light to sneak in at the edges. A tan head stands one finger high, retaining its form well and leaving good lacing.
A bit of smoke and some earthiness come out strong in the aroma. The earthiness is clean, so to speak, being more of peat than dirt. Underneath are the dark chocolate and coffee aspects of the malts laying aside for the smoke to come out, and some barley/wheat are in there as well.
This beer is really excellently smoky. The purity of the smoke element is actually pretty impressive. There's little intrusion and none of the "meatiness" that can sneak in, just straight up smoke. There is just a slight tinge of sweetness up front; cold, it's hardly there; warmer, it really starts to sneak into the flavor, but even so is hardly detectable. I suppose some people may want a more complex beer, but I think for a beer like this to showcase the smoke is the most important thing, besides which it doesn't particularly lack character.
The body is medium, and this beer has a good porter feel to it. It's fairly smooth, but could use a bit more to it.
I'd pick this up over a lot of smoked beers out there; this is a great one if you want smoke without the grilled meat.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up 2 bottles of this beer at the Happy Deli in NYC a few weeks ago and shared it with my friends on New Year's eve in my basement.

All being fans of Alaskan Smoked Porter, we were really interested to try this beer and were not disappointed but were not overwhelmed like we are with the Alaskan.

The beer pours a nice dark brown color with a nice thick tan head that lingers.

The smell is a nice roasted smoke aroma that you would expect from a beer called smoked porter.

The taste is a bit of a letdown as far as the name goes. Although you do get the smoked taste to a degree, I was expected more of a roasted smoke flavor and not the sweetness that I picked up.

Still overall it is a nice beer to have from time to time but Alaskan Smoked Porters place as the best at this is safe for now.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Situation: The second semester begins--time to reset! Glassware: Sam Smith tulip... Appearance: Jet velvet black body that supports a thick, lucious brown two-finger head--handsome... Aroma: toasted malts, for certain, but a bit more lactic than expected... Palate: active, oily body; medium to full-bodied character with solid effervescence; weighty and firey, with a throaty flourish... Taste: complex at the teeth; toasted oats with a tinge of hops too--not trendsetting inits uniqueness, but workmanlike and serviceable... Overall: of the four, this was the question mark that could make a good case GREAT; unlike its winter counterparts, the smoked porter finds its niche with its bold, punchy demeanor... not balanced enough for my loving, but warming and timely.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*review from notes on 2/18/10*

Pours a dark brown body, with 1/4 inch of beige head that settles quickly leaving just a few bubbles on the surface. There is some chocolate and coffee scents that try and come through in the nose, but its the smoke character that is the predominant aroma. Taste follows right in line with the nose, lots of smokiness with typical porter flavors in the background. Medium bodied with a dry finish, moderate carbonation. Haven't had a chance to try too many smoked beers, but I really like that aspect of this Porter. As much as I enjoyed drinking it, it worked wonderful in a few different marinades and stews.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for this bottle goes out to Ithaca's only brute, Lum. Thanks Paul!

Pours a deep brown color with some ruby highlights. A nice off white head grows and lingers for quite some time. Nice n fluffy leaving good lacing.

Nose is roasted malt, some peat and smoke, almost a scotch ale nose. A touch of dark fruit in here, but not much.

Wow! A very smooth and flavorful smoked porter! Suprisingly drinkable. Taste profile starts off with some roasted malt and a good creaminess. Smoke and peat flavors arise through the middle and come to a peak towards the finish. A creamy layer of smoke lays all through the middle. Not the most aggressive smoke flavor, but plenty for what this beer needs. The finish has a tiny touch of bitterness, but not much. Smoke and roasted malt linger on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is right about where it should be here. Often with smoked porters of this abv, you get a bit of thinness that offsets the smoke and makes things akward, but the viscosity here is just about right. Carbonation is solid.

Drinkability is really where this Smoked porter shines. A tough category quite often for the style, but this one makes it easy. Easy drinking without being wildly aggressive in the smoke department.

Overall a suprisingly good smoked porter from IBC. Smoked porter isn't a style I often have more than one of, but with this one that would certainly be possible. A very nice representation of the style, and a good drinkable take on it. Good beer yet again from the folks at IBC.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a single Bottle purchased from Liberty St. Tavern. Appears dark brown with a tan head.

This is a great cold-weather beer. The smoke is nice and prominent; more so than Stone's smoked porter, for example. Still, this beer could be more complex as I find the flavors run together instead of layering on each other. I think more roasted or crystal malt could help the barley really pop out from the smoke. Still, this is tasty fall treat and worth a try for folks who love smoke beers.

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Photo of ajaxivan
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into my Victory Tulip

A: Very dark with little brown head

S: Smokey, roasted malt

T: Alot of smoke and not much else

M: Light feel, thin

D: Considering the price i would say this is a decent offering but not the best. I wouldnt turn this down and is worth a try to those who enjoy smokey porters

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Photo of beerluvr
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light nicely lacy tan head settling over deep ruby/brown liquid. Great smoky nose here...not too weak, not overpowering either with light chocolate/coffee and some light phenol "Band-Aid" aromas. Taste is a perfect combo of smokiness, chocolate, sweet malt and adequate hoppiness, wonderfully balanced. Finishes complex, smoky and bitter...one of the better examples I've had.
Thx to HappyHourHero for the bottles.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown with some faint ruby colored highlights around the bottom of the glass. The head is thick and tan and eventually fizzles down to a creamy outside rim that left some minimal lacing. Aroma is of burnt roasted malt and smokiness. It seems like it could be a little stronger though.

The taste is roasty with a pervasive smokey sweetness throughout it. The smokiness is very subtle. More so than the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice, full feel to it.

A little more smoke might have helped put this in the awesome category but as it is, this is still a very fine tasting and drinkable Porter.

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Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of aepb1
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big thanks to BA vapodge for letting me in on this one!

A- Black body with a small tan head that dissipates very quickly

S- Very earthy smokey vegetable edge to it. Sweet dark fruits.

T- Smokey. Not a bunch other than that. Some bready malts too.

M- Medium-bodied and higher end of carbonation

O- If you're looking for smoke, this is it! Solid porter, not excellent

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