Gorges Smoked Porter | Ithaca Beer Company

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Gorges Smoked PorterGorges Smoked Porter

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

The body of gorges is a very dark brown and is mostly opaque, The brown head is a finger and a half thick, but does't have much retention and doesn't leave behind any lacing.

The aroma is all smoke and sweetness, heavy on the smoke.

The flavor of gorges has a ton of smoke too, but underneath that is a bit of chocolate and a bunch of malty sweetness.

Medium body with a touch more carbonation than I would expect.

Not bad at all; heavy on the smoke.

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

A - Poured a dark brown color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with some coffee chocolate and a touch of smoke

T - Not bad I was expecting a more smokey taste from the name but a decent porter with coffee and chocolate flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not a bad beer at all it just fell a little short for me I don't really see myself buying this beer again to drink

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

Bottle. Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma of smoked meat, sweet roasted malt. Flavor is not quite so smoked, sweet and roasty initially with a touch of smoke in the finish. Slightly on the sweet side. Admittedly not a great smoked, but a decent porter nonetheless.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gorges Smoked porter pours out a medium brown, and appears dark brown in the glass. About 2 fingers of head forms, and retention and both retention and lacing are pretty nice.

Smell: I get a lot of smoke and dark malts in the scent. Maybe a hint of floral hops on the back end. It's fine, but nothing outstanding.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smoke definitely is the main component in this beer. I was expecting a lot of malts to back the smoke, but honestly I can say that underneath the smoke it's pretty weak. I get more biscuity malts than dark, and it was pretty thin in the mouth as well. There was quite a bit of carbonation present which detracted from the feel.

Drinkability: I don't find this beer terribly drinkable. A lot of smoke with nothing to back it. I think I'd have to really be in the mood for something like this, which apparently I'm not tonight.

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Photo of jlindros
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head, super dark coke brown almost black color with slight chunks of yeast floating in it.

Nose starts right off with smoked meats, a light campfire, lots of crystal malts, caramel, molasses, sweet malts, hints of brown sugar, very light roasted malts, hints of creamy malts, the smoke isn't super heavy, but very dominant, and also adds a slight briny quality.

Taste comes with a slight briny malt at first, some light acrid coffee grinds, little acidic, then some smoked malts, hints of smoked meats and campfire but not heavy, a little juicy with briny qualities, light crystal malts and hints of roast, hints of sugary brown sugar and molasses, the semi bitter acrid like acidic taste isn't too keen and a bit off. Finishes with more of the acrid burnt coffee grinds and acidic flavors, bit dry but sticky, some light lingering smoke.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall it starts nice, the aroma is decent for a nice smoked porter, but then the flavor just goes out of whack with all the acrid burnt coffee grind flavors and burnt malts, the smoke is almost gone on the flavor as well, but plenty on the nose.

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Photo of jifigz
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark, dark brown almost black in color with good clarity and a decent tan head that settles quickly to a thin layer.
S: Rich malt with a side of smoked bacon is what I get right away. Some burnt caramel, molasses and baked dark bread are present. No hop aroma detectable.
T: Roasted malt character is full but not too complex. Some cocoa. molasses, and acrid flavors from the malts. Peat, and smoked meat flavors make a strong but not overpowering appearance. Hops may ad some bittering but no flavor.
M: Medium to full body with a smooth character. Carbonation is mellow. Alcohol presence is low.
D: Drinkability is good and the level of smokiness is satisfying to one who likes smoke flavored beers and yet not too strong for those who do not like it. The beer has some good characters but not a stunner. Could drink a few but would not get a whole case. It does go great with bacon pizza.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a deep mahogany brown into a pint, with one finger of sepia-colored head, and very nice lacing. Smelled predominantly of roasted malt, some smoke, and plums. The taste confirmed what I had suspected from the smell; while I did detect some smokiness, the taste that came to the fore from start through the finish was the overwhelming roastiness. Some chocolate and dark fruit also revealed themselves mid-palate, along with the smoke. Velvety smooth and a medium body that bordered on the thick side. I didn't exactly go ape longing for another after I had finished the first bottle.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a very dark brown, almost black, with some light coming in on the edges. Nice big rocky tan head that leaves a pretty decent lacing.

Smell is obviously smoke, with a nice little bacon edge on it, but there's also some roasted malt and a bit of coffee in there as well. Tobacco, too, in small quantities.

Flavor is, you guessed it, smokey. There's a sweet maltiness in there as well as a chocolate base that plays to the smokiness well. It could certainly stand to be less sweet, but the flavor is pleasant enough.

Mouthfeel is medium and fairly creamy.

Overall: A nice enough smoked porter, but not my favorite by any stretch.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark cherry-mahogany from the bottle becomes midnight black in the glass. Dark kahki head is slight and rather quick to lapse. The lacing is slight leaving only speckled remains.

S: Gentle smoked nature of jerky and malt. Smoldering earthy vegeatation with ripe dark fruit particularly prune skins.

T: Smoked malt, earthy with a bit of gentle coffee bitterness. A bit sweet on the roastediness mixes with dark fruit of plums to provide a smooth, albeit light roasted nature that fades in and out at times. A bit of licorice appears on the trail with a slight wet woodsy soot coating on the swallow.

M: Medium body, silky ash and smooth smokey roasted bitterness lightly graces the tongue. Small traces of carbonation that quickly fizzles out.

D: Easy drinking porter, slight smoky appeal, though may be under-powered for the big smoked beer drinker. Ok overall, a good intro beer for noobs into the world of smoke but will hardly wow the seasoned veteran who comes to expect more. Mindless multiple consumption.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of h0gg
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of corby112
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black color and completely opaque except for the slightest of faint mahogany edges when held to a light source and a fizzy light beige foam head that very quickly fades into a lasting ring.

Wonderful smoked malt aroma with lots of burnt charcoal characetr as well as some butane, bbqed bacon and scorched earth. Their is some smokey/tosted chocolate malt underneath the heavy smokey notes as well as some slight hazelnut, toffee and carame but this beer's aroma is all about the campfire smokey notes and I love it!

Soft bubbly carbonation up front leading into a thick smokey chewy medium body with lots of smokey malt character tht is offset bye a strange sweetness that I can't quite put my finger on. Not as smokey as I prefer but enough so that it dominates the palate with a very sweet yet dry finish that lingers.

Smokey malt flavor with hints of charcoal, BBQed bacon, butane, liquid campire, soot and ashtray but somehow this is not as smokey as I would like. There is a very sweet malty character lying underneath that cuts into the delicious smokiness and turns this beer from an awesome smoke bomb into a somewhat balanxced, sweet, toned down version of the style. I LOVE smoked/rauch biers and this one was just a bit too mild for me. better than a lot of examples of the style that I've had before but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of rarevos
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a cola-brown with ruby highlights and active carbonation. Head is very limited, and light brown. Head disappears rapidly, and I'm left with a thin foam island and a very small crown. No lacing.

S: Smoke is evident before getting my nose that close to the glass. Smells like barbecue sauce--woodsmoke, hot pepper, sweet caramelly malt.

T/M: Woodsmoke up front with a carbon/charred wood component toward the middle of the sip. There's sweetness after the preliminary hit of smoke, sort of in the molasses camp. Bitterness is pretty low, and is more of the dark coffee variety than hop. Roastiness is also low -- overall, this beer has few of the roasted grain characteristics I'd expect from a porter; even knowing that they'd play second fiddle to the smoke anyway, there isn't much there. The hickory smoke intensified as the beer warmed, and I was getting *some* roasted grain as I got to the end of the glass, but it took an awfully long time for that to show up. The molasses flavor intensified too, so the beer was pretty intensely sweet and smoky by the end. The finish is more woodsmoke, and the beer finishes pretty dry.

D: This tastes less like a porter that has smoky characteristics, and more like a smoked beer, period. I can't say this was that great, but I used it with great success as the poaching liquid for salmon fillets, so having a few around after not enjoying the first couple wasn't a terrible thing. As a drinking beer, it was merely OK, and it was hard to finish the glass. I most definitely would not have another. It was a treat to cook with, though. The salmon turned out great.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- It is a nice dark brown bodied beer with a great light tan head

Smell- A very roasted and smoky malt aroma.

Taste- It is bitter sweet but very well rounded. It has a smoky chocolate taste with a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel- Full and not that carbonated.

Drinkability- It is a nice evening sipper.

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Photo of cooch69
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-dark brown with a small one finger head tan in color.

Nose is noticably smoky without showing off too much. Dark malts with a bit o cocoa, a malty sourness and cleaning chemical and metallic overtones.

Decent amount of smoke in here but not strong. Small biterness washed through by some chocolate. This beer is held back by it's cleaning chemical character. Got it at a good price so I'm glad I checked it out.

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown,with redish hues. Tan head,with decent retention,and lacing.Body is medium, not much carbionation. The smell was on the weak side. Burnt grains,and coffee mostly. Nice,but weak. Taste is of bitter coffee,and dark malts. Finish was smoked and dry. Good stuff!

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Photo of orfeu
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Garnet-hued transparent mahogany with a modest, crater-pocked dusky tan head. Chocolatey malts along with sour black patent roast in the aroma; some faint wood smoke in the background. Pleasant, but nothing incredible. Coffee and chicory roast up front in the taste. Then sweetish cocoa flavors, and a noticeable but overall faint hickory smoke note at the finish. On the dry side, with minimal carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel but not quite creamy. A decent, drinkable local smoked porter. Smoke flavor comes through MUCH more strongly in the draft version, in my experience.

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Photo of Suds
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown (almost black) color with ruby highlights. The head is a creamy tan that doesn’t have a lot of staying power. The aroma is enchanting. Caramel and roasted malts…butterscotch and sweet toffee. There’s a serious roasted character. I hesitate to say smoke…I didn’t pick up on any really smoky characteristics. (Maybe I was looking for something else?). This starts as a very sweet porter (maybe a little too much), and dries out only a little by the finish. A generous dose of bittering hops keeps is in balance. The brew is a little slick and oily. Fairly full mouthfeel. I found this one to be enjoyable, but nothing that I’d want every day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice Smoke Porter that tastes much more like a campfire than true smoke- though timid, it's quite pleasant and, drinkable.

This Porter pours the expected dark brown color, moderate haze and a lightly tanned head that forms with short stature, good retainage and nice lacing left behind. A good appearance.

Coffee, cocoa, light smoke, and charred cherries and currants lead the aromatic way. Light maltiness follows up but the coffe and smoke remain dominant. No real hop presence or ester character except for the charred varieties.

Flavors of coffe and cocoa strike first but with the smoke flavor (than actually take on a campfire flavor than true smoke). But the light maltiness that was experienced in the nose turns up too grainy and of roasted grains instead of the firm maltiness that is needed. This leaves the beer sharp in flavor and somewhat bland though ashy.

The body of the beer is medium early and thinning, nearly watery and grainy late. This is where the beer sacrifices the most. Too bad because the beer has great smoke and roast promise until the malts are needed.

A nice Smoked Porter but after the aroma and initial flavor the depth in character and the body are severly lacking.

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Gorges Smoked Porter from Ithaca Beer Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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