Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter

‎22 oz bottle.

I’m not an enormous fan of smoked beers in general, BUT it could be argued that if you are ‎going to smoke anything, the Imperial Porter would be a great candidate.

Pour is impresive. Black with a few reddish highlights and a SOLID head. The head looks like a ‎piece of bread, and is well sustained and produces some beautiful lace.

Sweet, light smoke makes up the nose.

The tastes obviously reflect the smoke, and we get the typical Imperial Porter, sweet roast notes, ‎but in addition there is some sharp, hop based bitterness as well. In the back end (not quite the ‎finish) there is also a fairly strong dose of chocolate – THAT, I was not expecting. The alcohol is ‎really quite strong and cumulative. Warming on the way down.

VERY easy drinking and a really tasty brew. I wasn’t looking for quite so much bitterness (I am ‎creamy, sweet, smooth Porter kind of guy), but to be truthful it seemed in place and melded ‎beautifully.

I think the beers’ context is quite important; it’s autumn in GA, and although it NEVER gets ‎really cold here, there is a coolness in the air that makes this a PERFECT beer to help me grill ‎gourmet burgers on the deck. Absolutely hits the spot. Impressive beer on many levels.

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10/28/2009
Format:
bottle
ABV: 9.2 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4.5
Smell: 4.5
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.5
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