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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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 196
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 garcia2a
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am writing and drinking to give a first hand account of all the action as it happens.

The beer pours a ruby brown, clear, light carbonation with a cream colored dense head.

The bouquet has moderate smoke, carmel malts and a sweet chocolate component. On the tongue, the smoke really comes through with a caramel aftertaste. This beer does cloy, causing the caramel aftertaste to be covered by a malty sweetness.

The body is on the lighter side for the style, but very nice. Mouthfeel is good, but can be detracted from by the cloying.

This beer has that nice rauchbier sausage body that we love so much. For me, this will make fine summer drinking.

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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 kevman527
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let warm up a while beofre I tasted it. Poured into a room temp pint glass.

Appearance: Creamy dense head, which dissipated quicker than I thought. Very dark.

Smell: Burnt sugar and coffee is what I smell right away.

Taste: A lot sweeter than what you would imagine from the smell. Main taste of coffee with some smokiness to it. Also has a brown sugary type sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability: I really enjoy this beer, better out of a growler straight from the brewery but, this will do.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark brown, almost black. Head evaporates after 30 seconds. No light passes through.

Nice light coffee smell, roasted malt. Hint of mild hop sweetness. Mild smoky aroma.

Smoky accent to the roasted malt taste. Coffee is not heavy, but a nice mild touch. Malt is toasted, not burnt. Hints of alcohol come in. Crisp and quite good. Has a steamed top layer.

Medium body. Dry but a little creamy. Leaves a roasted film on the tongue. Hightly drinkable. Smoky, not overly bitter.

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

Pours a deep, dark brown with some faint ruby colored highlights around the bottom of the glass. The head is thick and tan and eventually fizzles down to a creamy outside rim that left some minimal lacing. Aroma is of burnt roasted malt and smokiness. It seems like it could be a little stronger though.

The taste is roasty with a pervasive smokey sweetness throughout it. The smokiness is very subtle. More so than the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice, full feel to it.

A little more smoke might have helped put this in the awesome category but as it is, this is still a very fine tasting and drinkable Porter.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with minimal tan head. Nice roasted and smoked nose. Flavor is thick malts. Definite roasted and smoked aspect there. Consistent flavor profile. Smooth liquid feel with a slightly biting carbonation. A nice porter to drink. Definitely worth trying.

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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 sleazo
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A_Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with only a hint of light appearing to pass through it. The head is coffee coloured and has decent staying power. Rings of lace manage to cling to the glass, making this an attractive brew.

S_Slightly smokey, mostly sweet charred malt. There are hints of alcohol as well.

T_Sweet and malty upon first sip. This dissapears into a charcoal bitterness and a healthy dose of smoke. There is a some chicory in there as well which makes this somewhat unique. Hop character is subdued.

M_Slightly below medium bodied, low carboation but undeniably porterlike if that makes sense.

D_This is a good porter, not the smokiest but you know it is there.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love me a good Ithaca brew!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a cola black with a big two finger fluffy head that takes its time descending to a nice layer of foam. Stickiness is decent, some webbing that sticks well on the sides. Smell is big roasted goodness, charred wood, toasted barley, and dark chocolate malts. Tiny citrus hop bite hidden underneath the thick smokey aroma. Initial taste is of carmelized smoked almonds, yeah...pretty unique and I love it. Big wood and maple sugar flavor midway finishing with a nice toasted oats garnished with brown sugar. This was much creamier and smooth in the mouth than I had anticipated with a nice subtle carbonation. Porter's have never really been a style that I enjoy, but this one is amazing. The smoke and mild sweet flavors compliment each other very well. Chief and the IBC crew continue to brew top notch beers, keep it up guys! This beer would compliment well with a plate of Tres Hombres at the Dinosaur BBQ.

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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.


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


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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 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 rarevos
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a cola-brown with ruby highlights and active carbonation. Head is very limited, and light brown. Head disappears rapidly, and I'm left with a thin foam island and a very small crown. No lacing.

S: Smoke is evident before getting my nose that close to the glass. Smells like barbecue sauce--woodsmoke, hot pepper, sweet caramelly malt.

T/M: Woodsmoke up front with a carbon/charred wood component toward the middle of the sip. There's sweetness after the preliminary hit of smoke, sort of in the molasses camp. Bitterness is pretty low, and is more of the dark coffee variety than hop. Roastiness is also low -- overall, this beer has few of the roasted grain characteristics I'd expect from a porter; even knowing that they'd play second fiddle to the smoke anyway, there isn't much there. The hickory smoke intensified as the beer warmed, and I was getting *some* roasted grain as I got to the end of the glass, but it took an awfully long time for that to show up. The molasses flavor intensified too, so the beer was pretty intensely sweet and smoky by the end. The finish is more woodsmoke, and the beer finishes pretty dry.

D: This tastes less like a porter that has smoky characteristics, and more like a smoked beer, period. I can't say this was that great, but I used it with great success as the poaching liquid for salmon fillets, so having a few around after not enjoying the first couple wasn't a terrible thing. As a drinking beer, it was merely OK, and it was hard to finish the glass. I most definitely would not have another. It was a treat to cook with, though. The salmon turned out great.

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown,with redish hues. Tan head,with decent retention,and lacing.Body is medium, not much carbionation. The smell was on the weak side. Burnt grains,and coffee mostly. Nice,but weak. Taste is of bitter coffee,and dark malts. Finish was smoked and dry. Good stuff!

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Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a brown hue with streaks of deep amber with a one finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong burnt grain aroma with hints of coffee and smoke.

The taste consisted of a bitter coffee and burnt grain. There was a seemingly artificial smoky sweetness in the finish.

The mouthfeel was average with a slightly dry finish.

Overall a nice smoked porter. However, this could have been really special had the smokiness been a bit cleaner.

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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 Stimack
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to get this brew in a mixed 12 pack from Ithaca from WegmanÂ’s when visiting family in Rochester. What is nice is that this is a different mixed 12 pack than I have seen from them in the past, Has 3 Smoked Porters, 3 stouts, 3 Flower Power IPA as well as 3 Winterizers which look to be a new offering from them. Anyway back to this brew.

The beer poured to a dark brown color, maybe could even say it was black (due to lighting conditions I can not say that with any certainty) with a frothy large bubbled head that had great retention and left a bunch of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma was of roasted and burnt malts that did give it a smoky scent rather than charcoal or burnt qualities. The taste was nice; notice a nice smoky quality about it up front that mixes extremely nicely with the other malt flavors with a smooth creamy feel. Also think I can pick up some brown sugar taste/smell intertwined as well as some dark like fruit qualities. Over all this is a very easy drinking brew, quite refined, I was thinking that it could be a little rough for some reason but this is a well put together brew. To date this is one of my favorite brews from Ithaca and would be right up there with any session brews that I would look for while sitting in front of the fireplace listening to music, etc.

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

I had read past reviews of this beer and thought it might be a bit uninspriring but boy was I wrong.Poures adeep brown with tons of ruby tint thruout a tight but thinner almond colored head atop,the smoke presence is definently there in the nose but its just part of a wider picture somewhat fruity and nice earthy tones abound in the nose.Quite complex and multidimentional flavors starts out with hints of brown suagar and then a big hardwood smokiness takes over finishing into a dry "raw" earthy,nutty finish.Wow I for one loved this beer and rumors of a new recipe if true was the right decision cuzz this beer rocks!

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

Big thanks to JahNoth for hooking me up with this.

A: Pours a dark brown with blood red highlights on the bottom. One finger caramel colored head dissipates quickly but has slight retention.
S: Smokey and petey notes with sweet caramel and chcolate background. Smokeyness is across the spectrum from a rauchbier like aroma to a campfire.
T/M: Extra smokey flavors with a hint of earthy peteyness cross the palate first. Nice underbelly of sweet caramel and chocolate with subtle coffee ice cream flavors. Medium body that peters out a bit towards the finish. Hops make their presence felt with bitter coffee bean like flavors that hang onto the tastebuds in the aftertaste. Sweet oilyness left on the lips.
D: Not a bad tasting offering from Ithaca. A bit thin on the body but it doesn't take much away from the overall quality.

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

Edited 2-8-10:
What a difference five years makes. This beer has gone from really... well... bad, to remarkably good, and is now one of the better smoked beers I've had from a US brewer. Just a great combo of roastiness, rich dark chocolate, and smokiness, all without being too sweet or so big that you can't pound a few. Beautiful. Way to turn this beer around Ithaca.

Original review 11-8-05:
I love me some Ithaca Brewing Co., but I have to say they missed the mark on this one. The main detriment to this is a fruity cough-syrup like aroma and flavor that is barely complemented by some decent smoke character. Too much sweetness and not enough porter-like roastiness in the malt. The appearance and mouthfeel are just fine, but I wasn't able to finish this beer. Love the bottle design and the name, though.

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