Fat Head's Up In Smoke Imperial Smoked Porter

RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
The recipe for this hearty brew was developed while riding in a cloudy van with 2 old friends. Out imperial version of our robust porter brewed with malted barley that was smoked over Adler wood by our brewers on-site. Rich smoky aromas greet your nose while flavors of dark chocolate, smoke some roasted malt and a bit of coffee hit the taste buds. Finishes nice and dry. Doobieously refreshing.

Note: This is the imperial version; please check the ABV to see if you have the 5.7% or 8.5% version.

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Tmoney99 (14755) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Draft. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and produced excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and smoked malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium roasted dark sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

alexsdad06 (10586) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Draft at Dutch’s shared by Tmoney99. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have a nice meaty smoked character, chocolate, roasted malt, smooth mouth feel, dry at the finish, carries a bit too much sweetness, light hints of coffee and dark fruit. I think the nose was decent and the flavor struggled to keep up.

DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2014
On tap at Dutch’s. Near-black color. Slightly clear dark brown around the edges. Tan head, leaving decent splotches of lace. Milk chocolate, toasty malt, and big smoke. People at the bar are saying it tastes like bacon. I don’t know if I’d go that far. It tastes a little like bacon I guess, but that’s not the first thing that comes to mind of me. Some more smoked meatiness does come out in the late aftertaste. Hints of coffee, bigger milk chocolate, some roast, dark fruit, dark berry, and a general woody smokiness. Taste is a bit too sweet for me. I generally like smoked beers, but I’m not crazy about how the sweetness works with the smoke here. I’d prefer a more dry, bitter taste. Mild savory from the smoke. Medium to bigger body. Slick texture, kind of chewy on the palate. Lighter, smooth, kind of creamy carbonation. An enjoyable smoked porter overall. Pleasantly smokey, good dark malts. My personal preference leans towards less sweetness, is all.

Brigadier (3710) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2014
On tap at tasting room
I had higher hopes for this release. Unfortunately it was neither smoky enough nor porterish enough to be nothing more than a good experiment. Even good brewers get it wrong from time to time so I am sure I will be back to try the new taps this summer.

Aroma / Appearance - An inky black pour fills the glass with a soft ivory head for company. Ash, chocolate, and malt give some depth. However it does not really have enough smoke or coffee flavors to set it apart. The only coffee present is like that of iced watered down coffee.

Flavor / Palate - Ash, cheap chocolate, and melted licorice tickle the tongue. The finish is dry and refreshing. Unfortunately though it does not follow through on the promises. The result is something that falls a bit short. Maybe next time I will just stick to the hoppier Fat Head’s taps.

Dogbrick (13389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Sample at The Ohio Taproom. Dark brown color with a medium tan head that diminishes gradually. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Smokey aroma with malt and coffee notes. Medium to full body with flavors of smoked malt, dark chocolate and a hint of adhesive bandage. The finish is smokey with a charred malt aftertaste. Decent overall.

JStax (6996) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Draft pour at the source. Pours a darker brown with a thin head of khaki foam. Aroma is meaty and sweet. Taste is more meaty sweetness. Really enjoy how the smoke comes through in this. Very tasty stuff.

JaBier (8112) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Sample at Fat Head’s Cleveland on 10/11/13. Clear reddish brown pour with a medium tan head. Nose consisting of ham and dark malts. Malty flavor with caramel and chocolate before a big ham finish.

Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2013
This one poured a medium to dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma was lots of smoke, roasted malt, and some chocolate too. Flavor was meaty smoke, not burnt rubber smoke, bacon, brisket, chocolate covered bacon. All good stuff here.

FROTHINGSLOSH (7929) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2013 Sampled on draft at the House of 1000 Beers this beer poured a black color with a huge foamy dark tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was strong hickory, smoke and was fairly malty. The flavor was dryish hickory, bacon and campfire smoke with a slightly sweet malty undertone. Long bacon and campfire finish. Medium body. Interesting.

charule (2277) - New York, New York, USA - APR 24, 2013
Draught at Fatheads Pgh. Dark dark brown pour with lace from top to bottom. Woodfire smoke aromas. Tastes like a woodfired bacon. Very nice.

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