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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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Smoke on the Porter began with our neighbors at Hoeslyís Meats. Their smoke house aromas waft through our door creating a special kind of decadence that must be shared. Wisconsin barleys were generously cold smoked with apple wood by the Hoesly family. Brewmaster Dan then harnesses dark malts smoked in Bamberg to create a team that steps out as a creamy smooth black brew that will forever linger in your mind as Smoke on the Porter.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4577) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Badger Spirits in Janesville, WI (July 2016), served at cellar temperature in a New Glarus Glass. Not-quite-opaque black body topped by a very creamy taupe head, slowly diminishing...light to moderate smokiness in the nose, mostly typical porter dark roasted malts; I know porters are pretty popular to hit with the smoker, but this is not the first time Iíve thought that the Germans have had it right all along - smoking lagers gives you a stronger smoky intensity just about every time; if youíre using smoked malt in something that already has a lot of roastiness and sometimes comes off as smoky, whatís the point? anyway itís a nice nose, but itís got nothing on Schlenkerla thatís for sure...on the tongue, itís a bit more distinctive I think, with a lovely velvety semi-sweet initial flavor, lots of sweet caramelized malts here, giving way slowly but implacably to an almost overwhelming finishing bitterness and burnt character that verges on harshness...the full body and soft mouthfeel and low-to-moderate carbonation are well-judged, and this ends up a pretty impressive experience after all, even if itís not going to displace any of my favorite smoked lagers anytime soon...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (5944) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Bottle: Black with a small, dark tan head. Smoke, chocolate, tobacco scent. Sweet, smoky chocolate malt, roast...the applewood comes through nicely.... A little sweet and on the light side, but still, a pretty stellar smoked offering.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3623) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters showing a black/brown hue, a modest layer of tan head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was roasted, mocha notes, smoke & char, with a hint that may have been meaty, but came off to me as fabric Band-Aid. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, the taste was as the aroma, less the tape, but not the presentable smoke & char. Mellow roasted & earthy bitterness, without a typical tannic astringency. A decent Smoked brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9495) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2016
RBSG 2016 shared at the Grand Tasting after-party in the hotel lobby. Bottle. Dark amber brown. Moderate meaty smoke, brown bread crusts, excellent balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (3552) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2016
Smoked flavours, dark, toasted malts, coffee. Hazy, dark brown, small, creamy, off-white head. Light bitter. More toasted, dark malts, cacao, coffee, soft carbonation. Very nice Smoked, well-balanced. Keg at The Old Fashioned, Madison, WI.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1276) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2016
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a very small head. Aroma is rounded smokiness and subtle anise. Restrained and simple, but nice. Taste is balanced between smoked barley, light hops, and a faint sweetness that I canít quite peg. Medium-thin, but smooth and has a long finish. Overall, smoked beers can get overpowering pretty quickly, and arenít always my favorite. However, this one has great balance and Is probably one of the best smoked beers Iíve ever had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2016
Purchased at Woodman's in Kenosha, WI; enjoyed at a vacation home for a family reunion in Lake Delavan, WI. Appearance is pitch black with a rich dark tan head. Aroma of smoked malt and chocolate, smells pretty good. Taste is very good, reminds me of Schlenkerla, rich in smoke and not heavy, light chocolate profile. I like this very much.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (924) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2016
Pours a dark, cola-black, with minimal head. Aroma is dominated by smoke, but there are roasted grains apparent as well. Flavor also dominated by smoke, with a good amount of coffee, chocolate, some leather, roasted grain, etc. Pretty good and would probably go well with meat and cheese.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (11105) - Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2016
355ml bottle. An old one revived. This is the new version obviously. IT is rich and meaty a bit funky like say a schlenkerla but with a big chocoalte note as well. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ozzy70 (690) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 26, 2016
12 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery on 7-19-16. Bottle doesnít say Unplugged, just Smoke on the Porter. The UPC barcode was correct, so Iím assuming this is the correct beer. Poured black, tan head. Aroma was smoky, dark roast coffee, roasted malts. Taste was sweeter, dry, bitter chocolates, roasted malts. Nice.


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