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Gorges Smoked Porter | Ithaca Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JackStraw22 on 02-05-2005

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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 139
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This pours a dark brown with a nice 2 finger head of off white foam. Very good head retention. Overall, a very fine looking Porter in the glass.

The smell is of roasted malt, some caramel malt, and a wee bit of citrus.

The taste is a fine balance of roasted and caramel malt followed by some light smoke, grain, and a light citrus zing that I notice most near and through the finish.

Further sips in and I'm noticing more of the smoke and that's a good thing as I'm a big fan of Smoked Porters that have a good smoke presence. Nice medium mouthfeel here and the carbonation is light...just right for the style me thinks.

It's a little sweeter than the others examples of the style that I've tried but I can't complain about it because Ithaca took it to a certain point and no further; another words, it works very nicely for me and it's a very drinkable Smoked Porter. I wonder what direction some aging would take it...but not too much. This one is good to go fresh!

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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 Rudgers73
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised to see this beer along with the Belgian amber in my sampler pack. Good job Ithaca...

Pours a very deep brown color with muddy, reddish brown head. Smells like a sturdy porter with a ton of roasted, burnt malt and a nice equivalent amount of hops to balance. The taste is spot on with this one. I have had a few smoked beers, mostly porters, but a couple stouts, and a really interesting wheat bee that Victory made for a one-time-deal and was amazing so that really pissed me off... but that's another story. I have come to find out in my own experience that you can smoke any beer, but to have the right smokey flavor is key. It needs to be slid onto the pallet just right, it needs to work well with the hops, and it needs to linger right. I think that this porter does most of these things extremely well, especially the linger. There is a quality porter to be had here with nicely balanced aspects you would expect from a good porter, and the smoked flavor is really complementary of that. There is a nice hickory smoked, raw, campfire taste to it that reminds me of drinking beer in the fall next to a campfire freezing my ass off. Perfect.

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Photo of atr2605
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of Buckeyes67
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

The Gorges Smoked Porter has a dark brown color which you would expect. The tan colored head disappeared rather quickly and left no lacing behind. It smells like a camp fire and I didn't think it would taste good because of how strong the smoke smell was but the taste was outstanding. Very good beer that went down smoothly.

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

12oz Singleton into an Ithaca Beer Co. Imperial Pint glass

Had a sample on-tap at the Ithaca Beer Co, and was the only non-excelsior beer i bought that day. The woman at the brewery said it was "BBQ in a glass" and she wasn't far off. One of the most tolerable richly smoked porters I've ever had.

A: Pretty dark. Beautiful dollops of thick head that dissipate rapidly.

S: Smells smokey and rich. Like hickory-glazed pork.

T: BBQ in your mouth! Seriously rich undying smokiness all the way through. Flavors underneath ungulate from fatty to sweet and then to smokiness throughout. Finish lasts for days. Would have problems pairing this, ate with a sandwich and the sandwich was thoroughly dominated. Beautiful taste here though.

F: Thick, and rich.

D: Damn strong. Damn good.

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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 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 Stimack
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to get this brew in a mixed 12 pack from Ithaca from WegmanÂ’s when visiting family in Rochester. What is nice is that this is a different mixed 12 pack than I have seen from them in the past, Has 3 Smoked Porters, 3 stouts, 3 Flower Power IPA as well as 3 Winterizers which look to be a new offering from them. Anyway back to this brew.

The beer poured to a dark brown color, maybe could even say it was black (due to lighting conditions I can not say that with any certainty) with a frothy large bubbled head that had great retention and left a bunch of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma was of roasted and burnt malts that did give it a smoky scent rather than charcoal or burnt qualities. The taste was nice; notice a nice smoky quality about it up front that mixes extremely nicely with the other malt flavors with a smooth creamy feel. Also think I can pick up some brown sugar taste/smell intertwined as well as some dark like fruit qualities. Over all this is a very easy drinking brew, quite refined, I was thinking that it could be a little rough for some reason but this is a well put together brew. To date this is one of my favorite brews from Ithaca and would be right up there with any session brews that I would look for while sitting in front of the fireplace listening to music, etc.

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Photo of mentor
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger caramel brown head over a pitch liquid (very dark brown when held to light). Smells peat-smoked wood, cherry, fried mushroom, and roast. Comes across as dry.

Tastes teasing smoke over semi-sweet chocolate and gentle roast. Enough supporting malt sweet to keep the edge off the smoke and roast. Nice blackberry flavor from hops (Northern Brewer?). A sour tang at the end arises nicely from roasted malts and acidic carbonation. The aftertaste has some grassy hop retronasal and dries with a flavor a bit like after you've chewed on one of those chocolate-covered coffee beans.

Medium on the tongue, but has a creaminess that's quite enjoyable. Moderate carbonation. There is no overly dominant flavor in this beer. Many of the flavors work well together. Very drinkable for a smoked porter. Well done to keep the smoke the primary feature without it dominating.

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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 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...
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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Gorges Smoked Porter from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 196 ratings
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