Ithaca Gorges Smoked Porter

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


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RATINGS: 139   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10215) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
As either luck or serendipity would have it this is my 3rd consecutive Ithaca quaffing and rating tonight. Pours dark brown with 1-finger clingy off-tan head. Nose is peaty earthy brown sugar, slight rauchy dark malt, hops, mild PVC wafts...pretty significant rauchy nose here. Tastes rich, very rauchy,m with dark malt, brown sugar, some molasses sweetness, bacon, and a ton of complexity. This one is so good I;m giving all comers 24 hours to get to Capones and get more. After that, I;m buying it all up (Cue Evil Laugh). Its mine, all MINE, I tell you!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2009
In my three or so smoked porters I have noticed one thing. They usually taste pretty much the same as the last one. Its like Iron Maiden though, every song may be the same, but its a damn good song. Rock on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2011
Bottle courtesy of the legend known as psprings - thanks, Paul! Pours black with a ruby tint around the edges and a cascading brown head of foam. Looks sexy. Smells and tastes of smoked malt, molasses, and cola, and black bread. I could drink A LOT of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2010
I really, really enjoyed this brew. Smell is powerful, smokey roasted malts. Pours a dark brown with an average-sized tan head - it looked gorges (sorry, couldnt resist). First sip and youre blown away by roasted coffee malts, big smokiness. Goes down pretty thick, but very smooth. One of the finer porters Ive had lately. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Bottle, best by January or February 2010, I forget which and am too lazy to get up again to get the bottle. Aroma of smoked malt, a touch of campfire even, and, wait, even some meats as it warms, loads of milk/semisweet chocolate. Flavor solidly roasted with a bit of the smoke, not as smoky overall as the aroma, but more distinctly campfiery. A creaminess persists that is so entwined with the milk chocolate that its hard to tell them apart, almost milkshake-like at times. Though it isnt smoky for the style listed (just a bit over the border between the smoked porters we call smokeds and those we call porters), I have to call this one terribly underrated, though it seems recent ratings agree with me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Pours very dark brown with minimal tan head. Nice roasted and smoked nose. Flavor is thick malts. Definite roasted and smoked aspect there. Consistent flavor profile. Smooth liquid feel with a slightly biting carbonation. A nice porter to drink. Definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3145) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2009
This is the smoothest smoked porter Ive ever tasted. It has a subtle smoked almost ham smell - delicious. Its dark , almost burgundy but not Cloudy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Pours a fairly deep brown with red tint. Theres little head, but a small ring of off-white head lingers. Aroma of dark fruit and roasted nuts. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. The roasted flavor lingers (guess thats the smoked part?). Very little bitterness. In fact, this is quite smooth and creamy. Im very impressed. The flavor is fairly basic, but the smoothness and creaminess bring it to another level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Deep mahogany. Lathery off-white foam turns rocky as it sits. Refined aroma of smoky phenolics, unsweetened chocolate, and toffee-glazed fresh bread. Marginally airy. Lush, dense carbonation, but somewhat feisty. Smoky phenols bolster the initially airy body. Invigorating tandem of evergreen alcohol and cedar underlines the rich envelopment of smoke. Glimpse of soured plum acidity lessens the lush malt richness, but eventually succumbs to a tongue-blanketing bready malt sweep. Tangy interplay of jerky and medicinal sassafras buoys the thicker malts. Finishes gorgeously understated as the alcohol lends a cool dryness on the exhale, but still replete with semi-sweet chocolate which counters the dry edge of roast amid lingering notes of smoked bacon. Despite the misleading name (this is more akin to an ordinary smoked ale, given its lack of roastiness and prominent fruity esters), along with the heavy airiness and fruitiness, a few minor adjusments could really turn this into something lovely. Thanks, IPFreely.

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