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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Influenced by the classic Bamberg rauchbiers, our Mesquite Smoked Porter is brewed with a Texas twist, using malt smoked in-house over Texas mesquite. This dark mahogany porter has a velvety mouthfeel, and a roasty, dark chocolate flavor balanced with a subtle hop spice. The nose is warm and pleasing with aromas of cured meat, pepper, leather, dark roast coffee, and a distinct mesquite wood aroma. The Mesquite-Smoked Porter’s medium body, rich complex taste of roasted grains, coffee, dark chocolate, and meaty, smoky character make this perfect for any Texas day, be it the cold of winter, or the accompaniment to a summer barbecue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerseyjohn71 (245) - corsicana, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
1 of 6 growlers from CRAFT & GROWLER ,Dallas , TX , caramel, chocolate, roasty, leather, smoke, woody, black, minimal head, brown foam, good lacing, lightly bitter, creamy, medium body, average carbonation, good with a burger on the grill,,,,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 17, 2013
On tap. Pours a deep dark brown color with a two finger tan head that slowly falls to a ring. The aroma is heavy on the smoke with some chocolate and roasted malt mixed in. The flavor is more of the same, with the mesquite smoke really standing out, along with chocolate and roasted malt that really compliment the smoke and prevent the beer from being overly smoky. Creamy, medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2563) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Had on tap at the Alamo drafthouse and was very pleased. Nicely roasty with a noticeable but not overly smokiness. Rich roasty malt and perfect carbonation. Very solid and drinkable Porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mnurda (1168) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottled sample from Knappster. Too smoky for my liking. Very bubbly. Thought it was infected ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6609) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Bomber. Huge carbonation, way too much. Pours a black hue with that large beige head. a light smoky nose with some cocoa. The flavor is excellent: rich dark fruit, cocoa, chocolate, some big meaty smoke. Balanced. Lingering metallic roast notes and smoke. Great brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2804) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2013
651 ml. bottle. Opened a gusher. Pours an enormous (100% of glass) gradually collapsing, mocha head, over a dark brown (SRM 35) body.....nose is coffee, chocolate, light smoke.....taste is light smoke, coffee, chocolate, hints of bacon, finishing with a mild hint of bitterness....mouth feel medium, sticky, minimally astringent, clean finish. The hyper-carbonated gusher changed the dynamics of this particular bottle. It has all the appropriate general aromas and flavors of the style, but obliterated the subtleties. The smoke was done with a light hand, but how much of what was observed was changed by the gusher? BJCP 7/2/12/4/7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1302) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Gusher but no signs of infection...giant brown pillows head. Nose is initially mesquite smoke and some coffee but as it warmed turned into full on beef fat char on a smoker...think walking into Kreuz Market in Lockhart. Flavors of smoke, dark dried prunes and sour cherry, dark malt and coffee bitterness. Fans of the style should look for this interpretation with a Texas twist. Would be amazing with a bbq tritip and gorgonzola sandwich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9385) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2013
Bottle. Poured a brown color with an off white head. Smoke, chocolate, ashy, roast, with a lighter coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pretty darn nice looking. monster head that just wouldn’t go away and stuck heavily to the glass topped an otherwise midnight black brew. Aroma was heavy on the mesquite smoke and light on most other attributes, but there were some dark fruits and burnt/roasted malt notes. Taste was a bit more balanced but was still heavy on the smoke, along with roasty/burnt malts, a touch of very dark fruits (figs, raisins, dates), and a tinge of coffee/chocolate. Drinks more like a stout than a smoked porter, pretty full body with a lingering dark malt, smoky aftertaste. For smoked beer lovers, definitely try this one. As a porter it’s a bit stout-like but there’s enough overlap where many beer drinkers could enjoy this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3155) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2013
650 ml bottle
While clearing out the cellar I found this lurking in the back of a box. Tired of low ABV IPAs I decided to give it a try as I try to whittle down my backlog of ticks. Smoked porters are a style that I wish other breweries would try more often. Smoked beers in general are something that can reveal just how good a brewer is.

Aroma / Appearance - The fluid reddish base has a black edge to it. A dusty head surges for a while before it then collapses to almost a finger in height. Mesquite smoked wood warmed over an open flame brings to mind old westerns sitting in the middle of the desert under a starlight sky.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, ash, and traces of smoke drive forward a well balanced experience. Smoky ham transitions to a smoky bitter finish. Like drinking water infused with a well used grill this strikes me a fine release for anyone who likes either porters or smoked beers.

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