Smoked Porter is an American Porter brewed by Brewery Ommegang, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.
The ale pours an opaque mahogany and is topped by a thick cap of dense, tan-colored foam that shows good retention. A few droplets of residue and a soapy collar remain behind.
Its aroma is smoky warm with roasted malts and a hint of cocoa. A hint of alcohol is detected as the beer warms.
The palate begins with a taste of cocoa and roasted malts. The finish is sweet with caramel and vanilla and then rounded out with a lingering but mild taste of smoke.
Its feel is silky smooth with a medium-full body and low carbonation. Finishes dryly.
The Smoked Porter lives up to its name but its smoky character isn’t overpowering and only enhances the porter’s palate. Its appearance is fine, its aroma is inviting, and its feel is perfect. Its palate is warm and soothing but its feel is light enough to tilt back quite easily. A relatively high ABV is masked well. This Smoked Porter would be welcome beside a warm campfire on a cold, wintry night. You’re going to enjoy this brew.
Ommegang recommends the following food pairings with their Smoked Porter: smoked meats and cheese; chocolate cheesecake.