Smouldering Smoked Porter – Moody Ales (Port Moody, BC, Canada)


Smoulder Smoked Porter – Moody Ales, 6.9% ABV – 19 IBU, 650ml., (Port Moody, BC, Canada) (*local craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“Ever wanted to drink the char marks on a steak? Now you can! Our Smouldering Smoked Porter contains copious amounts of beechwood smoked malts and is fermented with a clean yeast to showcase the smoky aromas of barbecued meats and wood fire. It is equally well suited to the summer, where it pairs well with charred red meat, and the winter, where it pairs well with the fireplace.”

Grains: pale malt, crystal 40, crystal 80, chocolate, black patent, beechwood smoked malt

Hops: willamette, East Kent goldings

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  • Style: (beechwood) Smoked Porter
  • Taste: Straightforward sweet smoked soft roast bittersweet barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.60 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent but not exciting

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours a very dark brown with a massive super creamy thick head, ultra tight clusters of active small streams. Awesome.

Nose: sweet, clean beechwood smoked malts (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thinner body, medium sweet light smoked malt entry

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), stealth background light sour, light bittersweet woody roast barley malt,

Finish: medium-heavy smoked malt exhale, light char

Summary: The smokiness is certainly there, and it’s nice that it is controlled and sippable. There isn’t much complexity or depth to the thinnish body though; each sip is pretty much the same and there’s not a whole lot to explore. ABV well-hidden, solid, but predictable.

Smoked Porter – Stone Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

Smoked Porter – Stone Brewing Company, 5.9% ABV, 750 ml., (San Diego, California, USA)



  • Style: (smoked) Porter
  • Taste: Deep roasted subtle smoky dark chocolate barley malt coffee bittersweet hops
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Burnaby
  • How much: $9.30 CAD (after 10% off) – 22 oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: ’tis good

Visual: Pours dark walnut brown with a smallish dissipating head, thin ringed microfine retention, micro streams all around.

Nose: brown sugar barley malts, caramel. (lvl-6)-intensity

Attack: smooth-crisp

Mid-palate: roasted barley malt with underlying coffee sourness, dark chocolate, (lvl-5-sweetness),

Finish: bitter roast, bitter hops,

Summary: The complexity is certainly there and the flavour transitions are seamlessly smooth. Some smoke, but rather reserved and refined – Great balance and finesse.

Olde Winston Smoked Porter – Off the Rail Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Olde Winston Smoked Porter – Off The Rail Brewing Company, 5.4% ABV, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


  • Style: (Porter) Smoked
  • Taste: Smoked sweet thin barley malt dry dark choco coffee exhale charred wood bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.10 CAD – 650 ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: okay but not great

Visual: Warning: gusher upon opening: Pours ultra dark brown with a humongous lasting frothy head, tight clustered waves at the bottom of the glass.

Nose: soft sour malt smoked sweet barley. (lvl-6)-intensity

Attack: crisp-airy CO2

Mid-palate: creamy-tingly-fizzy, (lvl-5-sweetness), encroaching smoked medium roasted barley malt, cola, metallic off-flavour (from the cap)

Finish: dry dark chocolate, coffee exhale, charred wood bitter, subtle lingering bitter hops

Summary: The smoked malt flavour is decent, but it doesn’t have any especially captivating nuances. It’s thin in the mids and is a kind of like a low amplitude beer.

Cold Smoke Smoked Porter – Mt Begbie Brewing Co. (Revelstoke, BC, Canada)

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Cold Smoke Smoked Porter – Mt Begbie Brewing Co., 6.5% ABV, 650ml., (Revelstoke, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


printed on the front-left label:

“Dry powder snow hanging in the air like ‘Cold Smoke’. It’s the ultimate winter-sport fantasy, and the reason people from all over the globe flock to BC each winter. Hop into this Beechwood smoked rich malty Porter – the only friend you need on a powder day!”

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  • Style: Smoked (Porter)
  • Taste: Toffee-caramel barley malt light smoke becomes cloying-heavy
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 CAD – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours beer bottle brown with a smallish dissipating head, ringed and island retention, fast singular streams here and there.

Nose: sweet toffee barley malt, a little booze and a little smoke. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming dense sweetness

Mid-palate: toffee/caramel barley malt, background alcoholic tang, borderline heavy (lvl-7-sweet)

Finish: mildly astringent soft woody smoke exhale, lingering sweet barley malts, subtle

Summary: Big caramel toffee sweetness with just a bit of smoke. It becomes cloying, somewhat heavy, and linear halfway through.

Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter – Deschutes/Great Lakes Collaboration (USA)

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  • My Rating: B-

Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter – Deschutes/Great Lakes Brewing Collaboration (Brewed by Deschutes), 9.1% ABV, 1 pint 6 fl.oz., (Bend, Oregon)

on the front label:

“From the brewers of the celebrated BLACK BUTTE PORTER and EDMUND FITZGERALD PORTER comes this limited-run collaboration, brewed with ROASTED and SMOKED MALT for a rich chocolate aroma and subtle smoky flavor.”

on the front-side of the label:

“Class of ’88. A quarter century ago a passion for craft brewing ignited across the country. Today, the founding breweries of 1988 have united to commemorate that seminal year with a special selection of  beers. Every bottle is a portal to the renaissance of craft brewing. Each steeped in heritage and expert craftsmanship. Enjoy this tribute to the class of 88′.”

  • Style: (Smoked) Imperial Porter
  • Taste Profile: sweet malts -> thick caramel malts/chocolate/cola -> alcohol/sour coffee/smoked applewood malty finish
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off), September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, if you already like porters

Visual: I was impressed by Deschutes’ Black Butte last year so I when I saw this bottle I knew I had to try it. Also, it’s a collab so it should be twice as good, right? Pours ultra dark brown with almost no head, very thin micro CO2 retention, slow stead streams along the perimeter.

Nose: Thick and thicker malts mixed with hints of roasted applewood

Attack: sweet(8/10) malts, fizzy, incoming dense malts

Mid-palate: thick mouthfeel, (MAIN) caramel malts, chocolate, (HINTS) cola

Finish: mild alcohol detection, sour bittersweet coffee, smoked applewood malty finish.

Summary: Fully bodied, medium-thick, and bold flavours though somewhat heavy on the palate. It needs to go with something sweet or cheesy to clean your palate, otherwise it gets heavy by itself.