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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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Smoke on the Porter began with our neighbors at Hoesly’s 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cblado (263) - Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2008
12 oz bottle. Poured a dark, nearly opaque brown. When held up to the light one can see a bit of deep amber, but that’s it. It’s easy to see this is a full-bodied brew. A bit of a tan head stuck around. Smoked, malty aroma, very mild. But the flavor, wow. Smoked flavor really cut through, but it gave way quickly to a sustained malt taste with delicious chocolate notes. Again, this is a full-bodied beer, and one can definitely feel it. I was a bit disappointed that the smoke flavor didn’t linger, but some may enjoy its nuanced character. Overall a great porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2398) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle in Vail. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours an deep brown color with white head. Smoke, wood, roasty, slight milk aromas. Nice smoke flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (1984) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a sample glass. Pours dark brown with off-white head. Taste is smoke, roasty, with some hops. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (3397) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with no head. Aroma is smoky and roasty. Lots of smoke coming through. Warming on the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1572) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Bottle from - shrug? - Breeze Thru is the guess, cellared since Feb ’11 according to my notes. Pours a quite dark black/brown with some reddish tints and an offbrown head leaving some drippy lacing. Aroma has smoke, and also chocolate and licorice and roasted malt. Taste is of salty meat smoke, sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Nicely balanced between the "smoke" component and the "porter" component. My memory of this fresh two years ago was more smoke-y and not as much porter-y, but that is anecdotal. This is quite yummy. Medium to full bodied. Could be more chocolate/roasty rich, in my opinion, but that angle perhaps would kill the smoke. Finishes slightly bittersweet, and a touch smokey. This is a nice one. Hope Dan brings it back at some point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1655) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle. Finally. Deep brown with a hint of red. Thin tan head. Still has a good nose of salty smoke and bacon. Some background elements of cocoa roasted malt and faint dark fruit. Flavor is even roasted malt/cocoa powder, mild smoke, charcoal, a tinge of plastic at the end. Mostly residual roasted malt/charcoal. Thinner than anticipated. This has withstood some age. Quality in, quality out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Big thanks to CaptainCougar for this beer. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a good head. The nose has a moderate amount of smoke alongside some roast and a very light fruit component. Flavor is smokey and roasty. Nice and integrated. Medium body with good carbonation and a lingering smokiness. Not surprisingly, a German take on a beer that was done well by New Glarus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Clear brown with a small head. Lactic chocolate with hints of toffee and caramel. Marshmallow and butterscotch in the finish. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9102) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
355mL thanks to CaptainCougar. Pours a clear a very deep ruby with rich beige foam. Rich smoky nose. Sausage, steak, peat, fat. Thicker lacing. Taste is lighter, tangy, savory smoke, lemon tea, mild cocoa. Palate is light and aerated. Lemon acid. Refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3740) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2012
I’ve been saving this for some time, and wow, it was delicious. Pours a rich dark brown with a reasonably generous head. Delicious smoke in the aroma, with notes of chocolate and just a hint of salami. Smooth and porter-thin body, with a wonderful smoke resonance. It didn’t really improve as it warmed, though, interestingly. Easy drinking. Excellent beer, all around. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2012
Pours a deep black with thin off white head. aroma of smoke and chocolate. flavor is spot on for this style. Perfect.

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