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Gorges Smoked Porter | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JackStraw22 on 02-05-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
196
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.39%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
3
For Trade:
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 196
Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black with a tall light tan head. Decent lace and retention. Big smokiness comes right at you once you pour this with light dark chocolate notes underneath. While there is big smokiness it manages to always stay in check and never overpower. Flavor follows suit with more smokiness and a sweet malty backbone. Light chocolate and coffee notes blend well with the smoke. Light bitter smoky aftertaste round this off. Very smooth and creamy feel going done with a solid body. Easy drinking stuff as well. If I needed a smoke fix I could see a few of these satisfying that. Thanks to shippos for the bottle of this tasty treat.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Included as an extra in a trade w/BeerTruth, thanks Adam.

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - very dark color with a fluffy tan head that fell to a layer, leaving heavy rings of thick lace.

S - smokey/sweet roasted barley malt aroma.

T - sweet, roasty flavor with a good touch of bitterness on the finish. smokey burps.

M - med/full bodied with a good carbonation feel.

D - smooth and very easy to drink.

Final Note: I would have this beer again and maybe age one a few months to see if and how the flavor changes...
hmmm?
being that Ithaca used beechwood smoked malts in the brewing process would cellaring this beer be infringing on anyone's "Beechwood Aging" copyright?

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Photo of tpd975
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for another wonderful NY treat.

A: Very black pour with a very small whispy head. Little retention and no lace.

S: Nice smoked malt aromas with hints of salted meat, tobacco, and charcoal.

T: Nice hints of dark fruit and chocolate up front. Smoke comes rushing in with hints of coffee, chocolate, and tobacco. As it warms the smoke comes out more and more. By the finish this is a smokey ass brew.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: I like me some smoke, and this one really brings it.

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Photo of younger35
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just received this brew in a recent trade with BeerTruth. Every Ithaca brew I've had has been from Mr. Truth himself. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark black with dark crimson edges and a nice one finger super creamy dark tan head. The cap and collar are maintained the entire time with absolutely zero lacing.
Smell- Big and smoky with a very intense smoke. I'd think more of a hearty wood was used here than beechwood or alder. Perhaps applewood? A slight bit of dry cocoa and coffee come out slightly as the beer warms. Pungent stuff. Smells like man.
Taste- Starts out slightly smoky but no where near as intense as the nose. Slightly bitter from the smoke but not bad. Some super charred malts that are somewhat French roast like. The finish is smoky and meaty and it lingers for quite some time. Jack Links take heed.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a somewhat numbing feel and super light carbonation.
Drinkability- Pretty damned tasty Smoked Porter. It's a fairly intense brew and is exactly the way I like em. It definitely doesn't have the drinkability of say Alaskan Smoked Porter, but one every now and again is awesome. Big thanks Adam!

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just saw this at the brewery today, was told it just came out in the last week. Pours a dark brown/black body with an inch or so of light carmel head. Head retention was ok, no lacing, but that could've been the fault of the glass. Being a smoked beer, the aroma was dominated by a smoky smell. As the beer warmed, I could smell the malt more, and it really improved the aroma.

The mouthfeel is light, it's easy to drink. Quite sweet, with a great smoky flavor. I'd like some more hops or something to give it some more complexity, but it does taste very nice. Very drinkable, not overpowering or too robust. Glad to see this addition to the Ithaca Beer Co. lineup, I'll keep drinking!

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Photo of shirfan
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark but clear ruby-brown with little foam.

Aroma: Rich, smoky BBQ, almost at good rauchbier level.

Taste: Smoke isn't quite as strong as in the nose, but it still carries the brew. Quite dry for a porter, minimal semi-sweet chocolate notes in the finish. However, low bitterness saves the beer from becoming difficult to drink. Only a suggestion of hops keeps this focused on burnt, smoky flavors.

Slightly one-dimensional, but it's a good dimension. The aroma alone makes this brew worth a try.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark brown, almost black. Head evaporates after 30 seconds. No light passes through.

Nice light coffee smell, roasted malt. Hint of mild hop sweetness. Mild smoky aroma.

Smoky accent to the roasted malt taste. Coffee is not heavy, but a nice mild touch. Malt is toasted, not burnt. Hints of alcohol come in. Crisp and quite good. Has a steamed top layer.

Medium body. Dry but a little creamy. Leaves a roasted film on the tongue. Hightly drinkable. Smoky, not overly bitter.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love me a good Ithaca brew!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a cola black with a big two finger fluffy head that takes its time descending to a nice layer of foam. Stickiness is decent, some webbing that sticks well on the sides. Smell is big roasted goodness, charred wood, toasted barley, and dark chocolate malts. Tiny citrus hop bite hidden underneath the thick smokey aroma. Initial taste is of carmelized smoked almonds, yeah...pretty unique and I love it. Big wood and maple sugar flavor midway finishing with a nice toasted oats garnished with brown sugar. This was much creamier and smooth in the mouth than I had anticipated with a nice subtle carbonation. Porter's have never really been a style that I enjoy, but this one is amazing. The smoke and mild sweet flavors compliment each other very well. Chief and the IBC crew continue to brew top notch beers, keep it up guys! This beer would compliment well with a plate of Tres Hombres at the Dinosaur BBQ.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The lake-face on Ithaca bottle caps kinda freaks me out...

Dark brown color with a medium beige head. Ok retention and some face at first.

Smells of smokey oak, charcoal, and tobacco. Very potent.

Tastes like drinking a campfire (in a good way). Lots of char up front with tobacco and dark roast malt. Very smokey and very flavorful. Mouthfeel is ok but could use a little more presence to back up up such a strong taste and smell.

Overall this is exactly what I would hope to find when opening a smoked porter. By far the best thing I've had from Ithaca.

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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 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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head that stays for awhile before becoming a thick wide patch. Trailing lacing sticks.

The smell if of smoked meats/bacon with chocolate and a tangy fruit undertone.

The taste is of smoked meats - cured/salted bacon with chocolatey sweet backbone. A touch of sourish, bitterish fruitiness and earthiness mixes in to give balance and complexity.

It has a creamy smooth higher end of medium body. Medium carbonation works well here.

This is a nicely balanced smoky porter. A solid choice to accompany brunch!

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Photo of kevman527
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let warm up a while beofre I tasted it. Poured into a room temp pint glass.

Appearance: Creamy dense head, which dissipated quicker than I thought. Very dark.

Smell: Burnt sugar and coffee is what I smell right away.

Taste: A lot sweeter than what you would imagine from the smell. Main taste of coffee with some smokiness to it. Also has a brown sugary type sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability: I really enjoy this beer, better out of a growler straight from the brewery but, this will do.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of T-34-85
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

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

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and a thin head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: smoke is definitely there in the aroma with chocolate caramel notes some roastiness and sweetness from the malts.

T: the smoke character also dominated the taste with bacon, caramel, chocolate accents but had a mild lacto sweetness and a touch of licorice,

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a smokey, sweet, slight roasty, and milky finish.

D: I definitely like my smoke beers and this one is no exception. Glad to find solid smoke beers around. Good lookin out torino.

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

12 oz bottle thanks to Lum. Served up in a standard shaker pint.

A: Pours a pretty nice dark brown almost black. When held to the light it lets in just a touch of ruby red light. Got a touch of light tan creamy head, almost a finger on a vigourous pour. The head is somewhat soapy and slides about on the glass. Carbonation isn't very active on the glass.

S: Smell is some heavily roasted malt. Some serious sticky sweetness going on here in the aroma. Nice coffee notes coming through, along with some really nice milk chocolate scents. The smokiness is light but very appetizing. Not a turn off at all, really compliments.

T: Taste is once again first and foremost big time roasted malt. Smokiness is there also, adding some rich, slightly salty flavors. Coffee cools it down along with some cream and chocolate. Nothing too crazy going on here but this is solid.

M: Medium to full bodied brew. Has some nice creaminess to it. Really coats the mouth and lets you savor the brew. Carbonation is light and helps ease and tame the brew. ABV is nonexistent. No hints of alcohol. Aftertaste is of sweet goodness and smoke.

D: Pretty damned good and very easy drinking. It is just solid all around but it doesn't blow your mind in any department. The brew is damn good though and would be great to have around at all times. Very good and deserves props for sure.

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Photo of selecter70
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was quite happy to come across this on draught (made especially for the restaurant apparently) at Fette Sau in Brooklyn.
This is first of all, a fantastic accompaniment to the great barbecue they serve up. A good, drinkable porter that's not too heavy rounds out the delicious smoked, hand-rubbed, brisket, ribs, sausage & pulled lamb. Served on draught in Mason jars, the porter was dark brown, near-black with little to no head, but full of body & flavor throughout. Lightly smoked, hints of raisin & molasses gave it a rich quality, while the slightest of hop edging helped quench thirst. Very drinkable & perhaps not the most complex or favorite porter, it is definitely up there!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Served on tap into a beer mug. Dark brown with an off white head, nice lacing, good lookin brew.

S. Some malts and a robust smokey whiff.

T. Full flavored with the malt and smokeyness dominating. Very nice.

M. Full bodied and smooth.

D. Very drinkable, a bit dangerous with the higher ABV, but I am all for it.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a giant 4 finger, dark tan head. Very slow dissipation with a good amount of lacing. Black/brown body that allows in very little light...just enough to form mahogany edges.

The dominant aroma is smoke...campfire to be exact. You can also pick up coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Once warmed, I was able to detect some roasted malts in the background.

The taste is similar to the nose. This has an earthy backbone due to the smoke flavor. The chocolate and coffee are first to hit. Gets a little metallically in the middle and finishes with a toasty malt surge.

The mouth feel is creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

If you want smoky, you got it with this brew. Very drinkable if you are a fan of smoked beers.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter at cellar temp. The beer is a rich cola brown with a thin edge layer of beige head forming. Aroma is brown malt and some molasses with mild smoked notes. First sip reveals an average body and average carbonation. The flavor is mostly sweet malt hits with molasses and brown sugar mixing and again mild hits of smokiness. The beer has no real hop presence and is a very easy drinker. Generally a fairly sweet beer with mild smoke, definitely not a "drinking the campfire" beer that some smoke beers trend towards!

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and thick dark malt aroma with that slim-jimmy smoked aroma on top. Dark khaki colored head didn't stick around too long. Deep brown colored beer with a caramel to ruby hue. Damn, this is pretty tasty. Mildly sweet dark malts up front, smoked flavor kicks in midway, but is never overbearing. The beer dries out a bit in the finish. Ithaca is definitely making some improvements these days; first with the Cascazilla and now with Gorges.

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a towering tan head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, smokey scent that compliments a nice malty aroma. It is one of the more "smokey" porters around. The taste is good. It has a smooth and creamy flavor that boasts of crystal and roasted malts along with a really smokey taste. It goes down easy and finishes dry and sweet with a smokey/earthy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good porter. It has good flavor and aroma; a good drinker. Ithaca is starting to brew some good beers as of late. Keep it up guys!

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Photo of ybnorml
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with mahogany highlights. Has a big light brown head that quickly evaporates. As soon as the bottle is opened the smoke aroma beckons. there are hints of chocolate and coffee in the background. A nice roasted malt note rolls down the middle of your tongue with the smoke weaving it way along the sides to finally settle in the back. Smooth and tasty the smoky character leaves your tongue tingling.

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Gorges Smoked Porter from Ithaca Beer Company
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