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 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 ggaughan
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up 2 bottles of this beer at the Happy Deli in NYC a few weeks ago and shared it with my friends on New Year's eve in my basement.

All being fans of Alaskan Smoked Porter, we were really interested to try this beer and were not disappointed but were not overwhelmed like we are with the Alaskan.

The beer pours a nice dark brown color with a nice thick tan head that lingers.

The smell is a nice roasted smoke aroma that you would expect from a beer called smoked porter.

The taste is a bit of a letdown as far as the name goes. Although you do get the smoked taste to a degree, I was expected more of a roasted smoke flavor and not the sweetness that I picked up.

Still overall it is a nice beer to have from time to time but Alaskan Smoked Porters place as the best at this is safe for now.

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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 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 prdstmnky
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*review from notes on 2/18/10*

Pours a dark brown body, with 1/4 inch of beige head that settles quickly leaving just a few bubbles on the surface. There is some chocolate and coffee scents that try and come through in the nose, but its the smoke character that is the predominant aroma. Taste follows right in line with the nose, lots of smokiness with typical porter flavors in the background. Medium bodied with a dry finish, moderate carbonation. Haven't had a chance to try too many smoked beers, but I really like that aspect of this Porter. As much as I enjoyed drinking it, it worked wonderful in a few different marinades and stews.

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Photo of MA08
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of hpthebull
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of zdk9
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out a black with slight ruby highlights. Much darker than I expexted. One finger of head and no lacing.

S- Mostly malt smells, roasty and nutty. In the background there are small whisps of smoke. Overall somewhat weak.

T- Roasty toasty malt that is somewhat sweet. The smoke reminds me of summer sausage and is incorporated very well, not at all overpowering. But like the smell, the taste is somewhat weak.

M- Quite light and somewhat watery. But I like the dryness.

D- I like the smoke aspects of this beer quite a bit, but it could use some more power to beef up the smell, taste, and depth of the mouthfeel.

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Photo of magnusdave
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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 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 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 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 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 ACarp
4/5  rDev +5%

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 biglite351
2.97/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - slight Ted around the edges, near white tight head.

S - extremely mild smoke, not much else.

T - the majority of the flavor is a mild smoke. A touch I'd malt and caramel, but you have to look for it.

M - no e coating with a thick feel. Tingle on sides of tongue.

O - feels really nice, but a general lack of flavor would push me towards other options.

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Photo of aepb1
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big thanks to BA vapodge for letting me in on this one!

A- Black body with a small tan head that dissipates very quickly

S- Very earthy smokey vegetable edge to it. Sweet dark fruits.

T- Smokey. Not a bunch other than that. Some bready malts too.

M- Medium-bodied and higher end of carbonation

O- If you're looking for smoke, this is it! Solid porter, not excellent

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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 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 Sycodrummer
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a tulip pint the beer was a dark brown color bordering on black with some ruby highlights near the edges. A dense two finger white head. Some spotty lacing, but not much.

Nose has roasted chocolate, malted milk balls, some cookie dough and mollasses.

A very very subtle smokiness comes through innitialy in the taste with a bigger malt backbone that seems to swallow the smokiness as if it was never there. A slight bitterness on he back of the tounge - a bit like dark chocolate. Finishes with a malted milk shake taste an reather dry in the finish. As the beer warmed it developed an interesting (but unappealing) aftertaste.

Medium body with ample carbonation.

The beer started out ok but faded quickly. The first few sips were enjoyable, but it then became tough to pick out flavors and developed a odd taste after the beer warmed a bit. Smokiness was subtle - much too subtle for a beer with smoke in its name. This was part of a variety pack, that's good, because I would not seek this out to buy on its own.

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Photo of jurbanik
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of josefnewsong
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite porter. Not typical for the style - verry smokey...the taste makes me think of what smoke would taste like if it were congealed into a dark fruit. Alcohol is very well disguised...I could rattle off all the intricacies but suffice to say it is a must try if you enjoy porters, especially if you like smokey things, and is an amazing/unique example of the style. One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of rinhaak
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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