Ithaca Gorges Smoked Porter

Formerly brewed at Ithaca Beer Co.
Style: Smoked
Ithaca, New York USA


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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Rich and roasty, with a pleasant lingering smoked malt flavor. This brew is black in color, sports a fine light tan head, and weighs in at a healthy 7.5% alcohol by volume. The distinctive smokey character comes from the use of special beechwood smoked malt from Bamburg, Germany. The hefty malt character is nicely balanced with fresh U.S. Northern Brewer hops to round out this nutritious, tasty, brew!Availability: Sept. – Dec.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2009
On tap at the Pony Bar, NYC. Body is garnet-amber, brownish at edges. Short medium tan head. Aroma is smoky malt/beef jerky, raw brazil nuts. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, some cocoa powder, much fainter smoke flavor, and lively carbonation that brings in a creamy mouthfeel and some hoppy bitterness/aftertaste. Nice session porter

solidfunk (9407) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Better than the smoking guns. Smoked malt and some residual caramelized sense - the malt wasn’t burnt super thoroughly and that’s a good touch. Finishes bitter. Average carbonation. Pours brown with ok head and lacing. Tap at brewpub.

NikkTwist (3341) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2013
Draft at Khyber Pass. Tulip. Opaque pour with a good frothy off-white head. Dark smoke off the top. Burnt coffee grounds on an ashy charcoal fire. Still just a bit juicy with dark red fruit. Bing cherry cigarettes. Burnt soda pop. A juicy black hole.

Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Bottled. Poured darker brown with a short-lived, yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up a whole helluva lot of smoked malts paired with some chocolate and other black malts.. sweet overall.. I enjoyed it. The flavor found warm smoked malts, chocolate, and a little bready malt at the core.. coffee and light ashy roast around.. finished with an interesting blend of sweet maltage and grainy roastiness.. not terribly complex, but tasty. Medium-bodied with rolling carbonation on the palate.. grainy as mentioned.. good, but not great flow to it. I’d drink more of these if they were available.

Leafs93 (2343) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Pours deep black with a charcoal grey head. Aroma is smoke, roast and dark chocolate. Taste is sweet and smokey. Silky mouth feel. Very nice smoked porter, just the right amount of smoke.

boxofrane (2559) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a huge khaki colored head. There is some lacing and the head hangs around for awhile. The aroma on this beer is pretty much a lot of smoke with a very small guest appearance of vanilla and booze. The taste is pretty smoky but not over the top. This is really solid in the style. If you liked smoked beers, hit it up. Not overly complex but definitely a solid version of the style.

Capa (3437) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Dark brown with large carbonation bubbles and little head. Aroma is nice smoke, light sweetness, toasty, chocolate. Medium/thin body. Flavor starts with smoked ham, woody, sweet malts, cocoa. Finish is light smoke and a bit of sweetness. Easy going and highly enjoyable smoked.

sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Really nice woody oak, burning branches aroma. Big deep roasty flavor with plenty of appealing smoke notes..Not overly smokey, but a goood amount to keep it balanced with backing sweet malt. Tobacco leaves, coffee, oak in the flavor again. Really smooth and luscious mouthfeel. This is very good.

LetsGoState (910) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Aroma is a sweet smoked malt. Taste is a strong smokey chocolate. Overall a nicely balanced example of the style.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2011
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Mostly opaque midnight black with ruby red hues around the edges. Forms a small, dark tan, creamy head which completely dissolves and leaves no lacing.

Smell: All smoke with hints of milk chocolate and roasted barley.

Taste: The palate to Ithaca Gorges Smoked Porter comes in three distinct stages: sweetness, smokiness, and sweetness again. For a moment there it’s like a cherry cola, then it transitions to dry woody smoke flavor. Not so much bacon as it is the smoke itself (like standing over a campfire when you’ve thrown some birch bark in to it). The initial sweetness returns with a noticeable milk chocolate candy-like taste. Not much hop presence or bitterness to speak of, which is fine because the smoke character plays that role here.

As I drink on I notice this beer is indeed a typical porter with a taste that hints of dairy and what I call a "cough medicine" flavor. The smokiness fades a little and all the flavors homogenize into a very interesting palate of bitter dark chocolate without rich, sugary, cloying qualities.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied all around, but it seems to become tepid rather quickly. Although there is a subtle milk chocolate aftertaste that’s mildly dry but completely tolerable.

Drinkability: I didn’t know the ABV of Ithaca Gorges Smoked Porter going into it, and estimated it at under 6% due to the lack of boozy qualities and the relatively thin, lighter body. It turns out it’s 7.5% ABV, which is impressive since it doesn’t seem to have the weight (or energy level) of that big of a beer. It’s very smooth going down and versatile enough that you could pair it with any kind of BBQ food or just enjoy it as a dessert beer.

Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2011
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. Aroma of caramel and heavy smoke. Sweet smoke flavor with some caramel mixed in and chocolate notes on the finish. Very smokey.

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