Tuckaleechee Porter | Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant

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Tuckaleechee PorterTuckaleechee Porter

Brewed by:
Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
Tennessee, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-09-2002

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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 55
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of nem2006
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is extremely dark brown and leaves nice lacing on the glass as you drink it down.

It smells of toasted malts, a little smoky. It describes the beer with caramel, but I didn't catch that.

The taste is smoky with some sweetness from the malts and it finishes smoothly. Not too bitter. This is a heavy-bodied beer. I think above average for a porter. I have had too many that finished too bitter.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at Calhoun's Bearden Hill location.

Tuckaleechee is as dark as the caverns that bear the same name, with ruby tones where light penetrates the brew. No head came on my serving, though there was a little swirling foam. Flavors are plentiful and dark, with chocolate and charcoal dominating, as well as a nice roasted character from dark roasted and caramel malts. A touch light in the mouth, but great flavor overall, and very drinkable for such a dark brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown, no head, looks like an aged ale more than it is. Appropriate roasty aromas. Initially taste is roast, bitter, with the malt sweetening kicking in on aftertaste. Mold character that grows, not impossible to get through,but not endearing either. So-so porter, worth a hoot of a try (TM).Thanks JMBSH for this IP gift from 2011.

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Photo of haddon
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown body with a brown head.

dark malts with notes of coffee and chocolate. perhaps a bit of dark fruit mixed in as well

chocolate coffee bean start with a medium sweetness throughout. Small touch of dark fruits. no real hop notes apparent

Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

not the boldest porter out there but nothing wrong with the effort. glad I tried it.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Smoky Mountain Brewery - Tuckaleechee Porter. 6.3% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into stout glass.

Look: Beautiful scarlet body with amazing clarity. Has visible carbonation bubbling, with a short lasting white head, that ends as a ring.

Smell: Dark fruit and definite spices, vanilla, and smoky malt.

Feel: On the thin side, opposite from a typical porter. Has some fair carbonation, and drinks smoothly.

Taste: Strong presence of dark fruit and smoky malt, with hints of vanilla. Has a faint lingering bitterness, but balanced nicely by the sweet dark fruit.

Overall: This brewery definitely approaches the styles in a different light. This retains some characteristics from standard porters, but also some from other styles, such as Belgian Dark Ales.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rebel1771
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near black color with an off white head.

The smell is dominated by toasted malts with hints of chocolate, licorice, and a touch of smokey oak flavor.

The toasted malts come through right away in the flavor along with the chocolate from the aroma. Not an all together compex flavor but damn smooth.

All in all I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, I'm a little sad I only have one.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Brentfeesh: Poured a nice dark porter with a small foamy head with average retention. Aroma of smoke and peat in quite intense and surprising as I wasn’t expecting this. Taste is a mix between some subtle smoky malts with some sweet lightly roasted malt. Body is a bit light for the style. I almost wondered if I tasted the same beers as the other folk because I didn’t get any sourness.

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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with red highlights. Light tan head that fades away pretty quickly. Aroma dominated by chocolate with faint hints of darker fruits and a hint of sour. Taste is very burnt chocolate with a dry and mildy hoppy finish. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Much more than I expected but still pretty basic porter than you could drink a few of be better for it.

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3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wcudwight
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Previously reviewed on-tap at the brewery. Am now reviewing the bottle that I brought home for comparison.
Much darker in my pint glass at home that I remember it being at the brewery. Very little light gets through. Not much of a head or lacing.
Smell is of coffee. Not fresh coffee in the morning though. Smell's more like when you revisit the mornings coffee in the afternoon.
Taste seems more complex than the one on tap. Chocolate, Coffee, Roasted malts. No hops. It's more robust than from my notes at the brewery.
Mouthfeel is amazingly thin for a porter. For better or worse.
It's a drinkable brew. Like most of Smokey Mountains offerings other than the Pale Ale; nothing ground breaking, but a decent beer. So far of the Smokey Mountain beers I've had this is my second favorite behind only the Pale Ale.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice near black to dark brown colour with a minimal head and minimal stickiness as well, but this onestill looked nice overall.

The smell is faint, but consists mainly of some sweet caramel with a bit of earth and chocolate thrown in the mix as well.

Sweetenss dominates the flavour...almost too much at times actually. This one is very rich and does have some nice chocolate notes too it as well which mix nicely with the caramel flavouring. Earth flavouring mixes in at the end along with a bit of a burnt malt taste. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth all around and just about right for a porter.

This one is tasty overall, but a bit on the sweet side as mentioned. If you can overcome that or it won't bother you, this is certainly an enjoyable brew.

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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a frothy cream head and lacing throughought. Smells roasty an chocolaty. Taste is delightful. Roasty, caramel and a little cocoa. Smooth as silk in the mouth and extremely drinkable and $2.75 for a 32oz mug full which is utterly insane!!

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Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Certainly a robust incarnation of the style - dense with coffee and chocolate malt notes, with an assertive bittersweet finish. Quite sweet, along the lines of a sweet stout, which makes me wonder if some lactose sugar is used in the brewing. If not, there are a lot of residual sugars in this beer. The sweetness was a bit of a detraction from the drinkability.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of barleyroad
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark brown with a good light brown head in appearance. Smell is very much that of a Porter.
Mouthfeel is on and off the tongue nicely and leaves the mouth wanting more. Taste has a nice toasted flavor and is mixed well with the malt. This beer does seem to be a little on the watery side. Overall this is an average Porter that will go well with any meatloaf or heavy meat.

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Tuckaleechee Porter from Smoky Mountain Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 122 ratings