overall
90
90
style
RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Alderwood Smoked Porter

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2013
black color, aroma of coffee, roasted malt, toast, same flavors, slight smoke, ash but not much, decent brew


3.6
Brigadier (3760) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2017
750 ml bottle


Thanks to the generous person who give me this a few years ago. I found it lurking in the cellar and opened the New Year with it. The experience shows signs of slipping although at its core a fine smoked beer still lurks.



Aroma / Appearance - A huge billowing head takes an exceptionally long time to fold in on itself. The sticky black base that remains glues itself the sides of the glass. Strongly smoked bacon pushes forwards like a vanguard. Behind it comes waves of coffee and malt. It smells like a hearty weekend breakfast.



Flavor / Palate - Heavy smoked bacon or slices of hickory ham bind to the tongue almost immediately. If smoky beers aren’t your thing do not even bother taking a sip. The dry maltiness then carries to a clean fluid finish. It was disappointing when the bottle was empty; this gem from an unexpected source almost hits a home run. I will have to add Swamp Head to the list of breweries to try if I am ever in the area.

3.8
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Poured at Huna day 15. Opaque brown with a lighter brown head. Smokey, almost meaty, roasted malt, toasted dark bread, worcestershire sauce. Chewy and substantial.

3.9
douglas88 (9686) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2015
750 ml bottle. Pours a almost black color with a large beige head. A big fruity nose, interesting deep musty almost note, I think this is alderwood. The flavor is huge dark fruit, umami, woody, sweet almost BBQ sauce element, yeast, more dark fruit essence. Very good, more of a porter with the smoke not being the only or even dominant flavor at times. As such, it is damn good.

4.1
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2014
750 mL bottle courtesy of Secret Santa shared at the 21st Richmond Gathering, 11/1/14. Pours a hazy thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of strong smoke, caramel, leather, mild fruits. The taste is tart berries, smoke, peaches, caramel. Medium bodied, good balance. Nice beer.

3.7
Homer321 (5202) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Draft at brewery. Dark brown to black in color. Large tan colored head. Aroma is bar b q and campfire. Not quite to the point of meat drippings and bacon like schlenkerla. Taste is similar with a complimentary chocolate component. Semisweet but not too heavy. Very nice.

3.2
JK (6329) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2014
GABF 2014. Almost black. Well roasted malt and grain flavors; not sweet at all. Smoke in the aroma and the flavor; which is done reasonably well. Good.

3.7
obguthr (6729) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Smoke, charred meat aroma. Mahogany, medium tan head. Smoke, meat, currants. Fizzy. Too tart, but nice smoke flavor and aroma.

3.1
tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ RG 21. Dirty brown. Smoky rauchy. Taste follows. Not my favorite but not bad.

3.6
Travlr (26188) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark brown color. Aroma of boozy spiced cocoa. Taste is burnt toasted brownies.

3.3
jackl (8447) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep brown with a small head. Nose is full of bacon, smoke, cocoa. Dark chocolate. Taste is full of smoke. Bacon. Some lemon spritz. Cocoa and earth. Full, rich. Medium body, soft carbonation. OK.


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