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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
When we first made our smoked porter, it was great and interesting and complex… and not nearly as good as our favorite… which will remain nameless. We brewed a batch of this same beer last year and decided to take it in an entirely different direction. Instead of simply releasing it on draft, fresh, we decided to age it for a full year in thrice used Petit Syrah and Zinfandel barrels. Any fresher barrels and the oak would be absolutely dominating, but even after a year, this beer is restrained in vanillin. The resulting beer is ridiculously complex; notes of sherry, fermenting wine, tobacco and ever so subtle vanilla in the nose. The flavor reveals the oh-so complex oxidation that occurs in any barrel-aged beer, but is especially pronounced in a beer that has stayed in a barrel for a full year. Round it out with light cocoa, burnt raisins and Grandpa’s pipe? Maybe not for everybody, but fun, interesting and for sure different.
Beer is art.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (5019) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Un porter aminci par le vieillissement en barriques mais enrichi en complexité. La fumée domine mais laisse vite la place à une multitude de petits fruits rouge et d’une facette vineuse étoffée. Belle surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle @ Steve’s Foco. Thanks Steve. Pours a reddish brown, clear appearance with a brown head. Burnt chocolate, light smoke, light butterscotch, caramel, a touch meaty aroma. A little buttery. Twangy, burnt caramel, chocolate flavor. A little oily. First La Cumbre beer that I didn’t like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle. wasn’t aware it was barrel aged until the 1st sip. aroma is mild with light smoke and whiskey. wow, the barrel notes are very strong here. woody booze, and more booze. coffee in the finish and a lingering raisinish flavor. burnt notes emerge as it warms with more smoke coming forward. overall too boozey with too much barrel for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Beer #66 of NM 100. Body is a bit thin, and more carbonation than I would prefer. Nice subtle smoke. Some fruitiness that is good, but not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltman53 (465) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Tap@Brewery pours coffee black with thin tan head. This is the smoked the smoked porter w/o much smoke. Aged a year in wine barrels, this beer shows a nice vinous streak through its well-balanced structure. Overall, I would drop the "smoked" part of the name and go w/the flavors it’s showing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westchesterco (1827) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2013
On tap at the brew pub it is mice chocolate brown with a slight headset has the aroma of strong mocha coffee tastes mire coffee than the chocolate one was led to believe lingering bitter on the palate .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6258) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2013
On draft at the brewpub in Albuquerque. Pours black with a tan head. Light smoky nose. More intense smoky flavor of peat with a hint of coffees and chocolate. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
A vigorous pour from the growler produces almost a finger of lightly browned, dark tan colored froth. The beer is a concentrated, somewhat dirty brown color that shows some clear’ish brown hues when held up to the light. The nose is a nice mix of cocoa, toasted brown whole grain bread, touches of sweet dark malt, and a light smokiness. The malt mix hear has an earthy, almost dusty bent to it, but really this is the dark malt character.

Lightly sweet, yet it has a richness to it, the smokiness kicks in towards the middle were it is rounded and savory, but it is in the finish where it really kicks in and brings a smoky, almost briny character to this beer. The up front malt character accentuates notes of cocoa, some dark chocolate, perhaps some roasted coffee character, and definitely an amply toasted, dark brown, whole grain bread character that helps to contribute to the malt complexity found here. Touches of smoked raisins, or perhaps even some fig notes add a little something to the smoke and roasted grain character. The body of this beer is fairly chewy, I wouldn’t quite call it rich, but this is definitely a sipping beer. There is a touch of chalky character in the finish and the roast character also gets a touch acrid, and there is also a touch of burnt bitterness to this beer.

The smokiness is much more prominent in the flavor than it is in the aroma. This is definitely a tasty beer, it could use a touch more smoky richness to my palate, and doesn’t quite have the richness and smoky complexity that Alaskan Smoked Porter can have when it is firing on all cylinders, but it is quite tasty none-the-less, and a beer to try for those that like smoked brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Tap at La Cumbre. Great lacing on clear dark cola red. Webby tan lacing. Not very smoked on nose or taste, but is somewhat savory. Body brings more tootsie roll and milk chocolate. Solid but the smoke could be a lot more assertive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Riverakid2 (1) - USA - APR 18, 2013 does not count
Has a good smokey Flavor! leaves a good after flavor taste in ones mouth

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