Left Hand Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter

Left Hand Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter

Rated 3.708 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Left Hand Brewing Company

Longmont, CO, United States

Style:  Smoked Ale

10.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Thanks for purchasing another offering in our Big Mo' series. Living her in Colorado allows us to experience the great outdoors on a daily basis. You can easily get lost on the thousands of miles of trails connecting 14'er to glaciated valley, from flattop prairie to roaring river. It's those same settings that we sometimes take for granted. Smokejumpers are those fearless, experienced wildland firefighters who specialize in parachuting into such settings so that we can continue to enjoy them. We proudly brew Smokejumper Imperial Porter as a tribute to those who give themselves to protect our natural heritage, our homes and our lives here in Colorado and across the nation. Smokejumper Imperial Porter is a twenty-one degree plato porter made with hot and cold hand-smoked barley malt using a combination of several hardwoods. Roasty brown in color, the long-lingering smokiness wraps around flavors of sweet molasses, toasted malt and an earthy hoppiness. Here's to smoke in your glass, not in the woods. Smokejumper is the official beer of The National Smokejumpers Association. To learn more about the NSA, visit their website a www.smokejumpers.com.

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Overall Rank1030
Overall Percentile98.1
Style Rank10 of 269
Style Percentile96.3
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.805
Weighted Score3.708
Standard Deviation0.387

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  • SIGMUND 6906 reviews
    rated 3.3 3 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    650 ml bottle, shared by Ole Anders. Black colour, moderate to low beige head. Strong aroma of smoked meat and Østbye’s ski wax (pre-WW II). Plenty of smoke in the flavour too, accompanied by moderate roasty notes. Too much smoke for my taste.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Tough to rate this one, on one hand i thought it was pretty good, but then it warmed and went south, so... Nice flavors and aromas of smoked bacon, hints of bitter and dark chocolate, coffee,earth, and molasses. Nice thick mouth, rather chewy, yet smooth. Overall its pretty well made, the flavors do a nice job of complementing each other, and its not over-run with the smoke but at the end it was warm and it was kind funky. Hence the score of 6 on the overall, i wanted to score this higher but......

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Jet black in color. Big frothy textured, tan head rises robustly above. There's good hang time on this one. Settles eventually into a medium sized ringlet and some light film. Barbecue smoky profile in both the nose and in the tasting. Medium bodied with a slick feel on the palate.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 4.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This was a very good beer, certainly very unique. Brownish black in colour with a creamy brown head. The aroma smoked wood, roasted malt, dark fruits, and chocolate hints. The flavour was more roasted malt, some smokiness, and a bitter finish. Very good beer!

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottled@The 1st Vaasa CS/ES beer session (thanks JS). Quite much pitch black colour with beigeish brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, some tar as well as mild smoked wet wood and some slight ashes as well. Flavour is very much tar, smoked wet wood, slight roasted malts as well as old coffee. Rather mouthfilling feeling while having this.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 4.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Sampled 12/18/2009. 2008 bottle. This smoked beer pours a eclipse brown color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee. Smoke and wood. A medium to full bodied smoked porter. The malts are chocolate, coffee, smoke and wood. The hops are earthy and floral. Nice carbonation. A nice blend of smoke, chocolate, coffee and malts, all the flavor mix and match together nicely there is no one aspect trying to overwhelm. Very smooth tasting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

  • FOAMDOME 505 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Consumed in memory of Earl Cooley, the first smoke jumper, who first jumped into a fire on Jul 12, 1940. After helping bring that fire under control, he then led the NSA for years. He passed away Nov 9, 2009, at the age of 98. Pours opaque, dark brown with a 3" tall, thick, light brown head of micro bubbles. The bubbles collapse, condense, and consolidate leaving air caves in the head and thick, sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma that wafts through the foam is smoked bacon and molasses. The flavor is smoke, molassas, and roasted meat. This is the thickest beer I have ever tasted. There's a long lingering smokiness in the aftertaste. It's an acquired taste, not a perennial favorite, but absolutely perfect for a tribute to a brave pioneer. RIP Earl Cooley.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Kind of ironic that my buddy brought this to our camping trip, and we wound up drinking this around a smokey fire. Appearance was a dark brown, near black, with a red tint. Aroma was very smokey which drowned out some of the other smells. Flavor....yes, you guessed it.....smokey. It was a bit too much for my taste, but overall a good tasty quality porter. I didn't realize how strong this was until I got home and looked it up. Towards the end of my glass, I found it heavy and had another friend help me finish it. He liked it a lot though, as he enjoys the craft that we bring. I would recommend this to anyone who likes smokey porters, though I find that Stone's Smoke Porter isn't as smokey and better balanced.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Pours a rich opaque sable that is just a shade or two from black; head is tan and fairly thick but none too persistent. Strong aroma is smoky and oily with a firm overtone of fine coffee and hints of molasses and caramel. Rich flavor has roast coffee core with touches of molasses, unsweetened chocolate and burnt caramel and just a touch of hops. Texture is smooth and a little syrupy, somewhat tingly, leaving a slightly sweet mocha finish.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    good but simple old bbq pit smell ... great head, big and healthy, nice lacing too ... a nice bold beer, not overdone, very clean, abv is well worked in also ... i want a bbq sam'ich to partner this beut of a smoked brew.. " i like that" ... a nice beer, what a smoked beer that is pretty widely distributed should be like (better than stone smoked by a freakin mile) ... why is this not available in texas? Wishlist cross-off: put on originally 1/28/2007

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