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Gorges Smoked Porter | Ithaca Beer Company

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3.81/5
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196 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JackStraw22 on 02-05-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,793
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
196
pDev:
13.39%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Served on tap into a beer mug. Dark brown with an off white head, nice lacing, good lookin brew.

S. Some malts and a robust smokey whiff.

T. Full flavored with the malt and smokeyness dominating. Very nice.

M. Full bodied and smooth.

D. Very drinkable, a bit dangerous with the higher ABV, but I am all for it.

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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 wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with ruby highlights. Poured a 1 finger tan head with fair retention. Broken, inconsistent lacing.

S: Big roasted malt and nuts. Somewhat weak smokey/musty aroma well in the bacground.

T: Consistent with smell, toasted and roasted malt. Smoke better balanced in flavor; not overpowering.

M: Definitely the light side of medium. Very dry.

D: Drinkable enough but coiuld use a little more on teh flavor and feel side.

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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 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 DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Damn for a porter it's much too fizzy and carbonated. What little head I got 1/4 inch of mocha quickly fizzed to nothing but a light lace ring. Beer color is a nice viscous black.

S - Smell seems to be spot on with a great deep smoked malts and mild coffee's. Smell of smoke lingers on the nostrils.

T - Taste seems to balance the smoke well into the finish. Taste of the porter seems to be light despite the ABV and mostly sweet with mild chocolates and a touch of molasses. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied and somewhat creamy.

Overall not a bad smoked porter if it's anything it has more smoke flavor than the Stone "smoked porter" Very easy drinking for a smoked beer.

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

On-tap at O'Reilly's with dinner.

A: The porter is appropriately dark, a deep brown-black tint that, depending on the view, shifts back and forth. A thin white head rests patiently atop the ale.

S: Porter aromas, dark and mildly roasted, lead up to a warming smokiness. The smoke has some meatiness but doesn't add much heft. The porter's darkness is the lasting memory.

T: Porter: Good. Smoke: Soft and barely registering. The smoke does add a chewy sweetness to the darker malts. Hops are a citrusy diversion but everything eventually comes back to the malts. As the ale grows on me, the smoke becomes more apparent, continually adding sweet curehouse flavors to the darker landscape.

M: A good nightcap, enough smoky flavor to keep me interested.

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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 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 cosmicevan
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at bukowski's in boston. Arrived in a 12oz tulip w a 1/2 finger of white head on top of a watery black brew. Hard to tell what i'm looking at in this dark bar, but I am psyched to try me some ithaca smo,ed porter! Smells awesome, like smoked bacon. Burnt porter. Awesome! Now for a taste. Wow the smokiness is even more intense. Not for faint of heart. Campfire madness over a pretty rich porter. Nit nearly as watery as I expected. Fantastic.brew.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Black with a one finger tan head, clear brown around the edges

S-Good deal of smoke, not much roasted malt, leather, like sitting by a bonfire.

T-Starts with smoke and roasted malt, has some slight vanilla along with the leathery taste, no bitterness though.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, some carbonation.

O-Great balance out of a smoked beer. Others I've had are too smoke forward and they lose out on balance, this one however was well balanced.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 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 OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a roasty smoked malt. In the taste, small roasty malt, and a small smoked flavor. A small bitter, yet mostly smooth mouthfeel and a dry smokey malt aftertaste. Nice roasty malt, a big smokey nose, yet lacking in taste.

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Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown color with a wispy off-white head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of lightly toasted pumpernickle with a hint of smoke. The smoke isn't all that strong but it is a solid smoke note. Not much else in the nose.

The taste is of a buttery english porter with smoked malt. Toasted brown bread mixes with a buttery caramel sweetness. It is more caramel than butter, which is good. Light lemon and a general fruitiness. Typical porter. The smoke pops through here and there but its not dominate throughout the profile.

Moderate mouthfeel with enough carbonation to keep the malt honest. Sweet on the palate with enough of a roast bitterness to offset. Not exactly smooth, more crisp; easy to drink.

A decent smoked porter. Good starter for smoked newbies. I do prefer much more smoke than this and more of an earthy profile. However, this is a real easy drinker.

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Photo of Nunya
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of Bierman9
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle sampled yesterday, 26Aug, while the "Scheister" and her friends were tearing it up in the pool during her birthday party.... No freshness info found on the rather basic label.

Poured a clear, deep chestnut color; minimal light being able to penetrate at all. Head is quite thin, mainly just a rim job of light-tan to off-white bubbles, with scant lacing as well. Aroma was lightly smoky, with some roasty coffee also emanating. No hoppage detected in the nose. Mouthfeel had a touch of carbo, though not overly prickly. Body edged slightly into the medium zone.

Flavor was slightly bitter, with a solid hit of roasty malt up front. Smoke is evident, though restrained and subtle, mostly lurking in the background. Choco notes also swirl upon the palate, and there is a flowery hop bite near the dryish finish. Not overly complex, but still a tasty offering.

Prosit!!

overall: 3.6
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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