Gorges Smoked Porter | Ithaca Beer Company

Gorges Smoked PorterGorges Smoked Porter
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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 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 mobud
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into SA glass

A- Very dark brown, almost black with an oatmeal head that pours to 1/2 inch.

S- A nice combo of sweetness and burn/smoke.

T-There is a burnt toast feel that I can not get past or enjoy. I have enjoyed smoked porters in the past, but this taste is not good for more than one beer for me.

M- Medium to heavy.

D- Not a beer for me. I am a big fan of this brewery, but this is the the one beer by them that I don't get. Maybe if I had it on tap, I would feel different.

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

Thanks to Israel for sending this along.
Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of tan head that went to a nice coating of lace. The body was a standard black colored porter.

The aroma is nice and smoky with a light sweetness from the malts. Its flavor is well balanced between the roasted malts and sweet malt's, with some earthiness thrown in for good measure. This brew has a good medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

A nice smoked porter easy to drink and easy to enjoy

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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 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 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 iceball585
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark black color, non-transparent, thin cream color head that lowered slowly, a few bubbles rising near the bottom

S- Vanilla, smokey, cocoa powder, roasted malt

T- Smoked malts, dark chocolate, coffee beans, salted meat, hint of vanilla, light bitterness

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, clean

D- Worth trying

To tell you the truth, this is probably the first Ithaca beer that I honestly approve of. Good mix of flavor with just the right complexity.

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

This beer poured a dark opaque brown with a two-finger tan head. The smell is roasted malt with some smokiness, coffee, and maybe some dark fruit. The taste starts out with some bittersweet chocolate or creamed coffee that gives way to a bit of smokiness with some bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and creamy with some fairly mild carbonation. This is a pretty drinkable porter while also being more complex than I expected. A great brew to try if you can find it.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black color that turns mahogany when held to the light. There is a nice fairly thick tan head with very good retention.
Smell has a very nice smokey malt to it. There is a bit of chocolate and coffee malt smell to it, but a nice smokiness as well.
Taste is dominated by a very strong smokiness. There are some subtle notes of chocolate malt that add a nice sweetness to the beer.
Mouthfeel is too thin for my liking on a porter. The beer is smooth, but just too thin.
Drinkability is nice for such a strong porter. You definitely cannot taste the high ABV. The beer has a lot of smoke in it, but the slight sweetness helps even that out. A very solid beer that is worth a 6-pack.

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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 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 CrellMoset
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of proteus93 - thanks! Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: An opaque brown brew, dark - well, dark enough to be opaque at least, with only a soupcon of light glittering through around the edges, and only then when held up to a source of illumination - with an initial finger-and-a-half of billowy, tan head that fades relatively quickly into a biotic-looking sheen. The lacing is dotty and not so hot, but everything else is fine.

Aroma: Smoked ham is prominent, but so are a whole slew of other very traditional porter notes - toasted, relatively dry malts, hints of cocoa, coffee, faint milkyness, very earthy.

Taste: A similar balance to the one struck by the nose - that is, a healthy dose of smoke (perhaps more subtle than in the nose, even), with a solid, straightforward porter foundation. Coffee, toast, various other dry toasted notes, a very dry, slightly astringent finish. The smoke just sort of seems to linger over all of it, as smoke is prone to do, I suppose.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness, but with a big, uneven crispness that doesn't seem to work as well with the rest of the beer as the other components do.

Drinkability: A surprisingly decent smoked beer, coming from a guy who doesn't like smoked beers too much. The porter notes here do a good job of integrating most everything, and the smoke doesn't seem so much out of place as just sort of this benevolent background force. The abv% is reasonable, as well, making this a solid, relatively easy-drinking porter.

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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 sonicdescent
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bit of a weak head even with an aggressive pour. Dark Dark red/brown, almost black.

Smell vanilla, chocolate, BBQ, roasted malt.

Tastes not as smoky as some other smoked porters I have had, but still very good. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and a smoky background. Smoked Porter, though not an official style, is my favorite kind of beer.

Mouth is thin/medium and carb is medium.

As for drinkability, I found this locally but haven't seen it since. Hope I can get some more as I start to move from trying everything to buying a select few greats.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this light bodied porter on tap for growlers at Bellport Beer two days ago. It looked like any of the heavyweights I normally associate with this style complete with extra tan lacing upon a dark sea of malt. It was robust with the coffee and roasted malt aromas, which invited the taste. I found the first taste to be lighter than expected, but with all the nuances of the style intact. the rest was easy to drink and I thought I would like to try the bottle version when the six-packs come out later this year. Apparently, the bottles are only available now as part of the Ithaca variety 12 pack.

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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 mjaskula
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a thick and dark brown almost totally black with a thin brown head that sticks around the whole time. The smell is faint smokey and malty. Taste is really smooth and dark, much more drinkable than I was expecting. The smokiness continues, but it is well balanced with malt and molasses flavors. Overall very drinkable.

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Photo of Mazeraski
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH pint glass.

A - Pours a dark nut brown color with a thin light tan head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving no lacing around the glass.

S - Heavy aromas of roasted malt, caramelized sugars/molasses, smokiness (akin to a wood-burning fire) and hints of alcohol lurking in the background.

T - The heavy smokiness combines with the dark roasted malts, caramel, molasses and hints of dark roasted coffee notes for the initial wave. The second half of the sip consists of a twinge of hop notes mixed with alcohol and carbonation, leaving a thick and almost chewy finish on the drier side.

MF - Full-bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Chewy, thick and somewhat smooth.

D - Quite drinkable with respect to the ABV. A bit heavy on the stomach, and taste-wise I wouldn't want to have more than a few in one sitting (although the taste is quite good).

Notes: An interesting brew and my first foray into a smoked beer. This aspect adds an interesting twist on this pretty good American Porter. Overall, a likable brew that I'm glad I got the chance to try.

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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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Photo of duffextracold
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours deep dark brown, almost black. barely 1/8" head, dissipates quickly.

S- Smells like roasted and chocolate malts. a hint of smokiness.

T- nice roasted nutty flavor. very malty. not much smoke, just a pinch. slightly sweet. very faint hop bitterness, just a hint.

M- low to medium carbonation. body on the thin side. very smooth.

D- not bad at all, with a tad lower ABV, this would make a great session porter.

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

This bottled beauty pours a solid dark brown with a modest light tan and medium lacing. The aroma is deep woodsy peat and smoke, very earthy. The taste is a hearty smokey malt base with a tart apple and even cherry touch. Not very thick in body, fairly easy to drink for the style. Not highly carbonated but adequate. Some charcoal and alcohol warmth. Very solid and worthy of a try for any lover of smoked porters.

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

Very nice extra that I recieved in a trade recently. I had not had this one before, and was most anxious to give it a try. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/03/2009.

The pour was nice. Rich dark brown with a smooth, tan colored head on top. Nice two inches of foam settled down into a smooth, half inch crown that clung to the sides throughout the session.

The aroma was lighter then I would have thought. Some light roasted malts, a touch of smoke, but mostly light chocolate and burnt caramel. This carried over quite well into the flavor though, which was a bit more full. Nice otuches of roasted malts again here, caramel, light molasses even and a touch of campfire like peat. Some light chocolate notes in the finish and a smooth, mellow carbonation. Easy session porter without much of a lingering taste, and not too filling at all.

Overall I would have to say it was pretty good, albeit nothing mind blowing, still a nice beer.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a small, off-white head-- it's a deep red-black. There is a light aroma of roast and smoke-- like a barbeque. The taste is stong-- almost completely of smoke. It seems like maybe mesquite or hickory, a little salty. The body is light, a little watery and perhaps a bit flat. What a strange beer.
(rated Feb 6, 2007)

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Photo of number1bum
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with some red at the edges, and a creamy two fingers of tan head. Keeps a pretty full lace and leaves some splashes of stick on the way down.

This is really a nice porter nose, with aromas of roasted and toasty malts, some sweet caramel and a bit of chocolate, some lightly fruity hops, and as the name suggests, a nice smokiness.

Taste is primarily a roasted/toasted malt flavor with some smoky notes. There is some caramel sweetness there, too, but the roasty and smoky flavors are more prominent. There are more hops in the taste than there was in the smell, which lend some earthy and fruity flavor, and a bit of bitterness to go with the roasted and smoke flavors. It's really pretty tasty, and could be even smokier without losing drinkability.

This is medium bodied and has a pretty smooth feel to it. Finishes a touch on the chalky side, but still pretty clean overall.

I find this to be a highly drinkable, tasty porter, with quite a bit of flavor at a reasonable abv. If anything, I think it could be even smokier, but as it is it's quite good and definitely worth picking up.

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Gorges Smoked Porter from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 66.3% out of 100 with 196 ratings
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