Ebon and inky with a thick lush cap of finger high tan foam. Lacing is in broken blobby sheets attaches like shadows to the glass.
Aroma isn't as jumpy as I thought, but it does emerge quickly across the air with a tangy, smokey, roastyness soaked with a good dose of milk chocolate.
Taste jumps right into some well rounded roasty tones, nicely mild, earthy, within a mid-ranged darkness. Firm, milky, smooth, texture filled with a milk chocolateyness, but getting beyond that is the signs of the fire with some smokey tang filling the area quickly as it gains a wind of girth in the middling areas, then cinders into a complexing finish that adds a touch of vanilla, caramel, and a welcome relighting of milken chocolate and bits of dark tanged bacony smokeyness. Enjoyable tone, length, texture, and flavor mixture the whole way thru.
Body is creamy smooth with a well balanced tang of roast and smokey tones as it stays within the walls of a medium bodied milky roundedness. Finish has a complexingly dry smokey finish with all sorts of leftover roast, slightly burnt things, smoke tang, and chocolate.
Smoke Jumper is one very solid porter that'll light up anyones palate with a nice balance and mild play of flavors.
'Beast... thanks for the extra!
Upon opening... first I notice the yeast caked around the neck just under the cap... cool. As I am checking it out, this thing begins to foam up through the neck - slowly like. Hmmm.
Pours the darkest shade of cola imaginable... nice amber highlights find their way from the narrowest of points in the glass. The slow pour ends with a half glass of Porter, half glass of creamy, fluffy mocha colored head. A glance at the bottle shows that head is still building there also... after 5-6 minutes or so, foam is about one inch from the top.
Lacing, needless to say, is damn impressive.
When it finally calms down, a gorgeous 1/8th inch of head remains atop this ebony beauty.
Aroma is fantastic. FANTASTIC. Deep aroma of hardwood smoke, laced with dark roasted malts - this is exactly as Frank described it to be. Perhaps some peat-like smoke in there as well. Smokey, smokey smokey. I'm diggin' it... reminds me of my grandfathers' brick smoker puffin' away on a brisk Autumn day - the aromas of beef, pork and venison floating on that dense apple/hickory/maple smoke that just hangs in the air, wrapping my youth in that intoxicating bliss...
Taste is more of the same. Copious amounts of wood/peat smoke, with a nice smoked meat taste - think lightly peppered venison jerky. Pretty intense - almost Rauchbier like. Hints at black coffee. Nice balance.
Medium, listing towards full in body, smooth, approaching creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is excellent. A good dryness in the finish. Just a light hint at the boozy ABV. Excellent.
This, without a doubt, is my favorite Left Hand offering to date, and perhaps my new favorite Smoked Porter... Wow. Just incredible. I want to sip it, but every time I find myself bringing the glass up, that wonderful thick smokey/meaty aroma hits me... and it proves to be too much.
I am weak, and I have Left Hand to blame.
A Must try!
Thanks to TheRealBastard for this extra!
I opened this bottle at the Port 2nd Anniversary pre-party tasting.
Poured pretty dark with some ruby edges when held to the light. The aroma was pretty good. It had some smoked meat, chocolate and ash aromas. I like how the smoke was done in this beer. I am not a big fan on smoked beers but this one was well done on the aroma and taste. The taste was similar to the aroma, smoked malts upfront and followed by chocolate and nutty malts as well. Well carbonated and smooth. A very easy smoked porter to drink. It has enough chocolate to balance out the smokiness.
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