Smoked Porter | Feral Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Feral Brewing Co.
Australia

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brendan13 on 12-05-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
36
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Wants:
2
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6
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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying this one at Harts Pub in Sydney. I want to give high marks...but I cant. It poured an almost opaque dark with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent has some smoke...as well as something else that I can't identify. The taste is a mix of some and coffee....not in a good way. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's worth a try but not overly great.

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Photo of dgilks
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black with brown highlights. Small tan head. Poor head retention due to force carbing.

Lightly smoky with with some overtones of dark fruit.

Lightly sweet and almost syrupy. Nice fruitiness. It seems a little light in the smoke and chocolate notes for me.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent beer but nothing special. Disappointing coming from Feral.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a small head.
Nose shows soft roasted malt with light nutty and toasty notes.
Pretty gentle flavours. Light roast and very faint nutty malt provides the main show. Goes along the right lines but a bit plain really. Finishes weakly with very little bitterness.
Body feels watery.

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Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADZA
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark kola beer hue with ruby highlights and leaves behind a one finger head that quickly becomes just a film across the top with a rim of lacing,the smell is tobacco,rum and raisin icecream,roasted malts and pepperoni,the mouthfeel is lightbodied and well carbonated with tastes of light chocolate,roasted malts,a light smokiness,raisins,smoked ham and finished with a sweet dryness and overall its alright but quite subdued for my liking and i feel its made more for the masses than the beer lover cheers.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of heygeebee
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From iPhone notes, at Pumphouse.

Pours black. One finger tan head fades quickly, sheet lace

Aromas of cigar box, smoke, roast malts

Taste is moderate strength, smoked notes in balance with roast malts, a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel to style, somewhat watery.

All in all a good session beer, tho not neccessarily a go-to. Odd choice for Feral to bottl as I have just seen.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This rich brew has a very gentle bitterness that combines the iconic milk chocolate malt with accented mocha notes. Those who like a fuller bodied beer will no doubt be fans, but this is a great way to introduce beers with a little bit more flavour and character into your beer.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Almost black with a red glint in the light, thin tan head fading to a collar within a couple of minutes.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, smoke.

T - Pretty typical roasted malt flavours, coffee, chocolate. Faint raspberry in there.

M - Moderate in body and carbonation.

O - Nice, accessible, simple and not too intimidating a beer for a craft newbie wanting to branch out to something different.

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Photo of brendan13
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Extremely dark brown with ruby red highlights when held up to light. 2cm off white head that hangs around for a while.
S - Smell is comprised of typical porter coffee and chocolate notes, not much else.
S - Smokey flavour comes through at a moderate level melding with the coffee and chocolate characters.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied, medium carbonation.
D - Probably a bit too out there for even your average craft beer drinker yet the smokey quality and beer in general isn't full on enough for your hardened beer geek. Nice enough and I'd drink it again though.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of doktorhops
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

After the glorious Hop Hog, and several more decent Feral brews I am looking forward to their Smoked Porter. One thing I’ve noticed with Feral is that they don’t muck around, if it says hops on the label - you’ll be getting a truck load. That said I am rather ambivalent about smoke beers, I can appreciate them but they aren’t really my cup of tea. Anyway take what I say in this review with a grain of salt, [insert several other well-known phrases here].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: This porter has a pleasing, well for porters at least, deep dark murky brown (almost black actually) body with a spot on 1cm tan head that goes down with the glass like a good pint of Guinness.

S: A nice hickory smoke is at the forefront of the nose, followed by your classic porter characters; roast coffee, molasses, chocolate and a slight tobacco note. Is it a good aroma? Yes, but not great, it’s lacking in a bit more complexity to make it great.

T: The smoke is again upfront but not as strong as expected, indeed the flavour is much more rounded with; hickory smoke, roast coffee, chocolate, tobacco, and some sweet molasses giving the profile a touch of sweetness. The finish also ends on a background earthy hop note that provides some bitterness as well.

M: Mid to light, and slightly watery, bodied with light carbonation.

D: Overall this makes a good entry into smoked beers if you’ve never tried them as the smokiness isn’t a dominating feature in the flavour, in fact it settles rather well after a few sips and gives the drinker a chance to savour the smoke. Although the wateriness wasn’t extreme it really was the only bad point I could find with this rather excellent brew, great work again Feral!

Food match: Some roasted pork knuckle would kill with this brew, maybe it’s because their label has a wild boar on it but that was the first thing to spring to mind while drinking this. For vegetarians BBQ grilled portabello mushrooms and some bold cheeses would also work well.

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Photo of pagriley
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good color, almost black, minimal head retention and lacing
Nuttiness and caramel malt and smoke - enough to know it is there, but not overpowering
Roasted notes with a nice smoky kick. Absolutely puts me in mind of a Rauchbier - I wish they had pushed this a bit more and really gone for the full on smoke profile (but I understand it would be too much for most people)
A bit light in the body, but carbonation is spot on

Overall a super solid beer - if you are new to craft you might find this challenging but this is a great example of what a darker beer can be with the addition of a bit of smoked malt. Would like a bit more body to balance things out (as others have said it is a touch watery) but otherwise I really like this

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of SmashPants
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle, typical Feral Brewing label. So, okay.

Appearance: poured into a tulip, which turned out to be a mistake. A gently pour caused the second-most enormous head explosion ever (the first being Henry Ford's Girthsome Fjord). One an even gentler pour, a great two-fingered tan head jumps up and settles to a half-finger, extremely rocky and creamy head. Little visible carbonation through the heavy brown body. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma: initially a very strong, almost rauchbier aroma without much else. After the beer settled somewhat, there are some roast malts and chocolate.

Taste: not being a big fan of rauchbiers, I was a bit hesitant when approaching this beer. As it turns out it is actually pretty darn good - there is definitely plenty of smoke flavour, but those malt and chocolate flavours come through a bit stronger also.

Aftertaste: plenty of bitterness from the hops and the roast malts come through in the aftertaste. Quite nice.

Mouth feel: quite a thin body for a porter, though the carbonation is about right.

Overall: an intense hit of that smoked flavour up front, but once the beer settled it just added a nice extra element. I will admit I am still getting used to the rauchbier and smoked porter style, but this was very drinkable.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of GarthT
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chogm54
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Review from notes. Poured from 330 ml bottle. Looked the part: dark, low carbonation, slightly oily texture. The taste was a let down for me - the smoked bacon flavour was too over powering. Try it for a novelty, but I wouldn't touch it again.

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Smoked Porter from Feral Brewing Co.
3.49 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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