Gorges Smoked Porter | Ithaca Beer Company

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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

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Reviews:
139
Ratings:
196
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.39%
 
 
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 196
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Included as an extra in a trade w/BeerTruth, thanks Adam.

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - very dark color with a fluffy tan head that fell to a layer, leaving heavy rings of thick lace.

S - smokey/sweet roasted barley malt aroma.

T - sweet, roasty flavor with a good touch of bitterness on the finish. smokey burps.

M - med/full bodied with a good carbonation feel.

D - smooth and very easy to drink.

Final Note: I would have this beer again and maybe age one a few months to see if and how the flavor changes...
hmmm?
being that Ithaca used beechwood smoked malts in the brewing process would cellaring this beer be infringing on anyone's "Beechwood Aging" copyright?

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost pitch black color from a 12 oz bottle. Thin film of a head, tan in color, that dissipates very quickly
I could smell the smoke aroma the moment I began pouring the beer. Subtle notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa and malts make their way through the exploding smoke aroma.
Taste is similar to the aroma, you feel like your palate is coated with smoke. Almost a full-bodied porter this one. Upfront it is slightly sweet, coating the palate very nicely. Hint of bitterness and a twang in the finish.
I must say, this is a fairly strong, or rather big, porter in terms of the smoke aroma and taste. I am not sure it will appeal to the taste buds of many people, but those who enjoy a nice, robust porter are surely going to enjoy this one.
Visually, it is excellent and almost up there in terms of taste and mouthfeel.
A good, solid beer from Ithaca Beer Company.
Definitely worth a try, especially for all the porter lovers out there...Cheers !!!

Also it paired very well with some Maple Walnut ice-cream.

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

A - Very dark cola, off white fluffy head that reduces fast to disk.

S - Smoky and malty. I cannot discern much else.

T - Creamy smooth malt. Not much bite here. Mostly creamy smokiness.

M - As with Taste, very coating, creamy, balance fine if possibly uninteresting.

D - Good to try but I am done after one.

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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 flexabull
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a decent head.

Aromas are quite smokey, peat like, BBQ, and almost liked smoked salmon. Nice!

Taste is very smokey through and through. Maybe a bit too much on the smoke, as I don't really notice many other beer flavor. It is a bit sweet and dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, decent body, and a long finish.

Pretty good smoked beer, drinkable, but it's a bit over smoked to me.

Thanks for the bottle Jahnoth.

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Photo of DIM
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was pretty close to black, at least in a dimly lit bar. It was served to me with a thick, long lasting, creamy white cap.

s: I found a very nice balance between smoke and rich chocolate with a little roasty coffee to boot.

t: I didn't taste anything that reminded me of a porter, this came across to me as more of a smoked stout. Works for me. This beer is dominated by plenty of smoke and lots of lightly sweet, dark chocolate. There was bitter smoke and coffee grounds at the finish.

m: Very chewy and creamy overall.

o: Just a stellar beer. We stopped in South Philly Tap Room to celebrate after watching the Phils win game 1 of the NLDS. After the first pint went down way to easy I handed my keys to my buddy and ordered another.

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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 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 Omnium
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours dark cherry black with not even a whole layer of head.
S - Big smoke attack, hickory chips soaked in apple cider, burnt cherrywood, a little bit of bacon, big roasted malt.
T - Smoke is definitely prevalent but there's a major unbalance, there's a ton of acidic tart cherry and apple flavor mid through end, the smoke gets taken down a notch by it, it actually has an apple cider flavor to it, which is neat, but unexpected, big roasty malts and a hint of dark chocolate.
M - A little too thin and fizzy for my liking, but still decent, easily drinkable.
O - Even though the only area I had a 3.75 in was smell, i still have this a 3.75 overall because I think too many "smoked" beers really loose the smoked essence, its definitely in this beer, and its makes for a great aroma, but the flavor kinda looses it, still I was glad to try it.

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