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 mikeg67
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from variety pack. Pours black with a thick, tan, short lived head. Aroma is nuts, smoked malt and some chocolate. Light, smooth body. Flavor is smoked malt, dark fruit with hints of chocolate. Short, unremarkable finish. Too light for porter in my opinion

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

Pours a three finger caramel brown head over a pitch liquid (very dark brown when held to light). Smells peat-smoked wood, cherry, fried mushroom, and roast. Comes across as dry.

Tastes teasing smoke over semi-sweet chocolate and gentle roast. Enough supporting malt sweet to keep the edge off the smoke and roast. Nice blackberry flavor from hops (Northern Brewer?). A sour tang at the end arises nicely from roasted malts and acidic carbonation. The aftertaste has some grassy hop retronasal and dries with a flavor a bit like after you've chewed on one of those chocolate-covered coffee beans.

Medium on the tongue, but has a creaminess that's quite enjoyable. Moderate carbonation. There is no overly dominant flavor in this beer. Many of the flavors work well together. Very drinkable for a smoked porter. Well done to keep the smoke the primary feature without it dominating.

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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 codewarrior
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Singleton into an Ithaca Beer Co. Imperial Pint glass

Had a sample on-tap at the Ithaca Beer Co, and was the only non-excelsior beer i bought that day. The woman at the brewery said it was "BBQ in a glass" and she wasn't far off. One of the most tolerable richly smoked porters I've ever had.

A: Pretty dark. Beautiful dollops of thick head that dissipate rapidly.

S: Smells smokey and rich. Like hickory-glazed pork.

T: BBQ in your mouth! Seriously rich undying smokiness all the way through. Flavors underneath ungulate from fatty to sweet and then to smokiness throughout. Finish lasts for days. Would have problems pairing this, ate with a sandwich and the sandwich was thoroughly dominated. Beautiful taste here though.

F: Thick, and rich.

D: Damn strong. Damn good.

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Photo of Murchmac
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown thin head, dark black with brown highlights.

Smells of smoke and hops.

Taste follows the nose. A little oily for a smoked porter which detracts from its drinkability.

This beer was towards the end of the expiration date, maybe fresher it'd be better.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice Smoke Porter that tastes much more like a campfire than true smoke- though timid, it's quite pleasant and, drinkable.

This Porter pours the expected dark brown color, moderate haze and a lightly tanned head that forms with short stature, good retainage and nice lacing left behind. A good appearance.

Coffee, cocoa, light smoke, and charred cherries and currants lead the aromatic way. Light maltiness follows up but the coffe and smoke remain dominant. No real hop presence or ester character except for the charred varieties.

Flavors of coffe and cocoa strike first but with the smoke flavor (than actually take on a campfire flavor than true smoke). But the light maltiness that was experienced in the nose turns up too grainy and of roasted grains instead of the firm maltiness that is needed. This leaves the beer sharp in flavor and somewhat bland though ashy.

The body of the beer is medium early and thinning, nearly watery and grainy late. This is where the beer sacrifices the most. Too bad because the beer has great smoke and roast promise until the malts are needed.

A nice Smoked Porter but after the aroma and initial flavor the depth in character and the body are severly lacking.

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Photo of capaneus
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

(A) opaque, dark brown. very little head despite an aggressive pour but some lacing.

(S) "smoked" is not used metaphorically here. smells strongly of hickory and raisins.

(T) again, a very strong smokiness but not acrid. a slight malty sweetness balances the smoke and roasted flavors. very little hop presence. alcohol is not noticeable, 7.5%...seriously?

(M) mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. very little carbonation coupled with a appreciable thickness make this cool and smooth going down.

(D) somewhat of a novelty beer to me, this smoked porter is excellent with bbq'ed meats or in this case, locally made smoked hot pepperettes. certainly not a session beer, but a beer that has it's place in my fridge.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Situation: The second semester begins--time to reset! Glassware: Sam Smith tulip... Appearance: Jet velvet black body that supports a thick, lucious brown two-finger head--handsome... Aroma: toasted malts, for certain, but a bit more lactic than expected... Palate: active, oily body; medium to full-bodied character with solid effervescence; weighty and firey, with a throaty flourish... Taste: complex at the teeth; toasted oats with a tinge of hops too--not trendsetting inits uniqueness, but workmanlike and serviceable... Overall: of the four, this was the question mark that could make a good case GREAT; unlike its winter counterparts, the smoked porter finds its niche with its bold, punchy demeanor... not balanced enough for my loving, but warming and timely.

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

Chocolate-covered raisin brown with brilliant scarlet and orange highlights when the glass is held up to the intense light of the rising sun. The caramel nougat colored cap is firm and airy, becoming softer and creamier as it melts. A smattering of sudsy lace appears in the end.

The nose is right on the money for a smoked porter because it has an ideal combination of roasted-chocolate maltiness and smoke. The grain bill includes pale, smoked, dark Munich, white wheat, chocolate wheat, roasted barley and coffee kiln malt. Hmmm... never heard of that last one.

Gorges Smoked Porter is pretty good beer that might have a fraction too much tanginess to be considered solidly good. The next ten ounces will determine whether 4.0 for taste is doable. It tastes and feels like the ABV is 6.3% (as seen above), but the IBC website lists it as 7.5%.

At least the brewers hit the 'degree of smokiness' bull's eye. This truly is a smoked porter rather than a rauchbier that contains roasted malt. Flavors include bittersweet chocolate, cold coffee, tangy figs and multiple tendrils of wood smoke. Northern Brewer hops add a modest background bitterness and very little flavor.

Assuming that 7.5% is correct, the body/mouthfeel doesn't quite measure up. It's on the thin side and the carbonation is slightly harsh rather than soft and caressing. Time and warming help to some extent, just not enough.

Ithaca Beer Company beer ranges from above average (most of it) to excellent (Old Habit and Ten). Gorges Smoked Porter is closer to the former, but it's still a worthwhile purchase for those who like and appreciate the style. Thanks jwc215.

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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 mtnbikerpa
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears very dark with minimal head. Leaves sudsy dishwater bubbles on the side of the glass. Roasted malts and dark fruits aroma. Heavy smoke flavor that lingers after you swallow the brew. Also some roasted malts, breadlike flavors. I would say that the drinkable nature of this beer is hindered by the smokey flavor. I am glad I got try this probably not something I would reach for again.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 1/6/10.

A - Pours a dark brown with a 1/4 inch of tan foam that slowly dissapated leaving a layer of fine bubbles

S - a nice combination of dark malts and smokey aroma

T - when you first take your sip, you taste smoke, but as it lingers chocolate and roasted malts come through finishing with a lingering smoke flavor again

M/D - Good carbonation, medium bodied, it feels light in your mouth and doesn't leave a heavy taste like some smoked beers can. In my opinion a nicely balanced beer, not too smokey and with enough zip in it to keep you drinking it.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: thick and black, poured like syrup

Nose: smoke, peat, malt whiskey

Taste: smoke, smoke, smoke and a little malty sweetness, peat moss, organic, almost rauchbier quality

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy

Drinkability: I appreciate the style but not a beer for me to drink on the usual

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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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head that stays for awhile before becoming a thick wide patch. Trailing lacing sticks.

The smell if of smoked meats/bacon with chocolate and a tangy fruit undertone.

The taste is of smoked meats - cured/salted bacon with chocolatey sweet backbone. A touch of sourish, bitterish fruitiness and earthiness mixes in to give balance and complexity.

It has a creamy smooth higher end of medium body. Medium carbonation works well here.

This is a nicely balanced smoky porter. A solid choice to accompany brunch!

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Photo of Buckeyes67
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

The Gorges Smoked Porter has a dark brown color which you would expect. The tan colored head disappeared rather quickly and left no lacing behind. It smells like a camp fire and I didn't think it would taste good because of how strong the smoke smell was but the taste was outstanding. Very good beer that went down smoothly.

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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 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 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 younger35
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just received this brew in a recent trade with BeerTruth. Every Ithaca brew I've had has been from Mr. Truth himself. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark black with dark crimson edges and a nice one finger super creamy dark tan head. The cap and collar are maintained the entire time with absolutely zero lacing.
Smell- Big and smoky with a very intense smoke. I'd think more of a hearty wood was used here than beechwood or alder. Perhaps applewood? A slight bit of dry cocoa and coffee come out slightly as the beer warms. Pungent stuff. Smells like man.
Taste- Starts out slightly smoky but no where near as intense as the nose. Slightly bitter from the smoke but not bad. Some super charred malts that are somewhat French roast like. The finish is smoky and meaty and it lingers for quite some time. Jack Links take heed.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a somewhat numbing feel and super light carbonation.
Drinkability- Pretty damned tasty Smoked Porter. It's a fairly intense brew and is exactly the way I like em. It definitely doesn't have the drinkability of say Alaskan Smoked Porter, but one every now and again is awesome. Big thanks Adam!

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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 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 sliverX
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a very dark brown almost black with slight caramel hints in light thin light tan head that faded to a think ring around edges
smell is a deep roasted barley and coffee mix
taste follows nose just in a stepped up a factor, not exactly sure why this is a smoked porter as that's not at all evident
mouthfeel is a light medium bright on the tongue carbonation is present but not over powering
this is quite a fine american porter bet its even better on tap, just not sure on the naming

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