500 mL bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA.
I enjoy a smoked porter, especially in the winter months and if smoke s going to work in a beer at all, a porter is a great style to match up with the ashes.
Lovely black body with plenty of brown/red highlights. Mocha head is high early, retention and lace are good. Solid.
Nose and and tastes give some noticeable, lactose like milkiness. Smoke pushes the milk sugar away and the sweetness drops off to give a nice, authentic porter flavor. Smoke lingers a touch in the aftertaste. Lightly roasted notes in the malts. Simple and restrained – not too aggressive.
Mouthfeel is relatively thin and does not deliver a punch. Disappointing might be a little harsh, but it certainly comes up a bit short in terms of complexity and richness in the mouth.
Tasty and solid. I liked Left Hand’s Smokejumper better in recent months, but this is still solid, enjoyable and a decent example. Just needs a touch more noisy, depth.