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
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap @ O'reill's at the Best western in Harrisburg. served in a shaker pint.

This porter is a rather unassuming black color with opaque clarity and thin cap of medium brown. The lace stickage is average. The smell is very nice with a good amount of woody smoke in there which compiments the coffee-like malt roastiness well. The feel is a little dry, however fits the style and the body is decent with a noticeable alcohol presence and mild amount of burnt grain astringency, generally a moderately full presence on the palate and finish is semi-dry.

The flavor is very good in this porter. There is plenty of dark grain flavor and the smoke presence is good -nicely melded with the malt backbone and adds some of its own flavor to enhance the base beer without going to far into the smoky realm to overpower the malt. There is a nice coffee and toasted grain flavor that carries a full taste and mild sweet tinges to balance the moderate smoke. I enjoyed this porter and feel it does well to provide the drinker with a complimentary smoke taste that isn't overwhelming and is satisfying. This is drinkable but deceptive with the higher than average abv for the style.

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

Pours very dark with a medium to large tan head. Some lacing on the surface. Huge smokey smell. Like a campfire. Taste has some sweetness in the background. Roasted malt. Really smokey from the middle through the finish. Smokiness from the nose almost overpowers the taste. Medium bodied. Overall this is a pretty good beer. Smoked beers are enjoyable to me every once in a while and this is pretty good. But this isn't something I'd want to drink in quantity.

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Photo of jifigz
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a pint.

This beer pours a deep dark brown/black with a head that dies rather rapidly. The aroma is smoke and toasted grains-it has that aroma of a person who has stood around a campfire all night. This beer actually smells like Campbell's condensed bean with bacon soup. The flavor is smoke and burnt grains up front with an intense sweetness that takes over midway through. The aftertaste is sweet as well and, in my opinion, does not blend well with the smoke flavor at all. It tastes okay, but certainly not great. The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery compared to what I was expecting but it wasn't bad. Overall I would say this is a decent porter. I think the level of the smoke kind of makes it one dimensional as it pretty much dominates the flavor profile.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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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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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black and opaque. Nearly an inch of fluffy tan head sinks slowly down to a thin sheet on the top. Lacing is sticky and soapy.

Nice aroma of roasted malt with a light smokiness. Not super potent. Taste is excellent and combines the roasted notes with modest amounts of bitterness, peat smoke, dark coffee, and traces of chocolate. A bit of dark, winey fruitiness. Tannins.

Mouthfeel is very good, with carbonation on the low side, a medium full body, and slight stickiness. Pleasing soft creaminess in the mouth, medium finish that winds up being a little drying.

A nicely made porter with lower carbonation and a fuller body than most. Smoke is just a small component of the overall taste and doesn't overwhelm.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint: Good-lookin' brew! Deep, dark brown that you can round to black, with deep crimson highlights. Nice mocha head, two fingers, that rises above the rim of the glass like a souffle & glistens with tight bubbles. Leaves nice stretches of lacing.

Pleasant smokiness in the smell, like a flannel shirt after an evening around a campfire. A little peaty? I'm kind of getting that turfy, earthy smell. A little wet grass, a little cocoa. Pretty good, I keep going back for more.

Smoky & roasty malt up front, chased by a mild earthy hop character, a little cola. Finishes slightly acidic or astringent, with a smoky, fireside aftertaste. If anything, leaning a little on the bitterside with the roast, but that's searching for criticism. Very good.

Medium-bodied, pretty smooth at first but, like I said in the taste, a little acidic & astringent in the mouthfeel. Again, not bad, but not totally smooth.

This one's a winner. I'm kind of a sucker for smoke character, but have still found smoky beers that weren't really to my liking. This has a very fresh, evocative character & reminds me of sitting by a campfire or a stone fireplace. I'd definitely go for this one again.

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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is one smoked up porter, pours a pitch black hue the body is deep as night. The head is light tan head with a fine speckled lacing left behind down the sides of my pint. Aroma deep smoked malts similar to beers from Bamberg, enjoyable hints of charcoal, smoked meats, and dark roasted malts nearly burnt malts. Flavor a creamy dark beer with a pleasant smoked malt finish the real deal beer very enjoyable winter seasonal far from the mainstream holiday spiced ale thank God. Dark chocolate melted and infused with liquid smoke, tones of dark caramelized brown sugars drizzeld on thin sliced smoked ham and a touch of morning black coffee sipping smooth. Sorry, I'm a bit graphic on the flavor, but smoked meat has to be there in some detail because of the wide varieties of options available equally wide variations of smoked beers out there. Medium bodied even carbonation with a dry/semi sweet finish, hard to explain the feel on the palate but the smoke sure does linger. Overall impression is a good one, it's just a complex beer to wrap your palate around plan on a six pack purchase to truly understand this beer, plus it's that good.

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

Guest tap at Empire Brewing, Syracuse. Big smoke aromas. Thick complex smoke well integrated with dark porter. Just short of burnt parts in the mix, like an "Imperial Smoked". Good drinkability and above average mouthfeel. This would be a regular smoked for me.Darkish colour.

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