The Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado pours out pitch black in color with no light getting through and is topped with a tightly knit, two finger, mocha colored head that reduces down to a thin film after a few minutes. The craft brew appeared quite viscous while I was pouring. On the nose, lovely smokey aromas (reminiscent of a fireplace after the fires out), charcoal, deeply roasted grain, molasses glazed, crispy bacon. In the mouth, the smoke is the winner here. It is ever present, but not over bearing and enhances the dark chocolate, deeply roasted grain, molasses and bacony flavors. Slight hoppy bitterness makes an appearance mid palate. Full bodied. Fine carbonation. Sheets of lacing on the glass. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. A wonderful, long finish lingers for an inordinate amount of time as it dances between flavors with smokey and bitter lasting the longest.
It is hard not to like this beer. Even those that do not like smoked craft beers will probably like this one. Complex, layered flavor delivers over and over really making you want to take another sip so you can see what else you find in this craft beer. Highly recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 8.8% ABV, 50 IBU, bottled on 02/07/2012 21:01 (might be 02/03, date slightly smudged)
Beer 81 of 366 for 2012