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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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 196
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 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 Naes
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark brown mixed with amber. The light tan head is small and disappears quickly.

Aroma is roasted, smoky and a bit nutty.

The flavor matches the aroma quite well. It’s smoky, roasty and reminds me of the aftertaste of a good beef jerky. A minor hop presence is also detectable.

This beer is a bit watery for a porter, but still makes it into the medium bodied category.

An easy going beer that I will have to seek out next season (it’s seasonal).

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample from PPoitras
Pours a clear dark mahogany with a fluffy tan head that fades away leaving some uneven patches of lace of the the pint.
Aroma of some nuts, liquid smoke and some caramel and chocolate. Also got just a hint of leather and tobacco.
Flavors of caramel and chocolate are more dominant than aroma with the underlying smoke and peat being fairly subtle.
Mouthfeel was just sort of full but still creamy with just a hint of gritty, charcoal quality. Finishes with a dry roasted quality.
Drinkability was fairly high. Smoky tones were subtle enough to not be overwhelming and transitions were pretty well handled.

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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 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 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 wailingwench
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2 pints to get a proper feel for this one.

Eye Candy: Deep dark garnett red, brown center. Fizzy tan head. No lacing. Head vanished quickly. Easily swirled.

The Nose Knows: Roasted malt, expresso, burnt brown sugar, toffee, hickory bbq tang, hop bitterness to balance. Alcohol detectable at end.

Tongueland: Very thin m/f for a Porter. Expresso, bitter chocolate covered hops, quick bittering and alcohol evident in the finish.

Bender: An average Porter in taste at best. This is something that needs time to improve to let the mouth develop/emerge. The Nose is more diverse. No detection of anything smokewise. Left me wanting more in terms of complexity. I honestly had high expectations and Gorges fell off the cliff.

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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 ppoitras
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light tan head over the dark reddish brown brew. Lacing is average. Aroma is sweet and smoky. Taste is sweet maltiness, coupled with a pervasive smoke flavor that heightens at the outset. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and drinkability only suffers from what I perceive as a slight overindulgence on the sweetness which may become some cloying over a session. Nice and interesting brew.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby color with a good two finger head and decent lace. Smells like a christmas ham. Smokey and malty with some coffee and chocolate notes. Smokey, smokey, smokey. A bit too heavy in the smokey column. It tends to overpower everything else and makes the other qualities less noticeable. There are some nice chcolate and coffee qualities underneath it all. Finishes sweet and dry and a nice change of pace but due to the heavy smoke you can't drink a bunch. Lighten up on the smoke and you will have a great brew.

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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 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 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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