Beer 62/365 – East End Smokestack Heritage Porter

Style: Smoked Beer

Purchased at: East End Brewery

What makes this beer different: Smoked Vanilla flavor

Will I be drinking this again: A bit pricey, but it is good stuff so yes.

Grade: A-

1/09/2010: This is brewed in Pittsburgh’s only real craft brewery; East End Brewing (Penn is now back up and running but they are a bit more mainstream). It’s a one man show starring Pittsburgh’s own Scott Smith. Most of his beer rates a B+ or better on BeerAdvocate , so he obviously knows what he is doing. Ashamed to admit this was the first time I have ever been out to the brewery because they have very limited hours for growler fills. The brewery is a huge rundown red-brick building, and the door to get into the growler fill area is only marked with a sharpee. It has the name and the hours written real tiny on a gray metal door, but don’t let the exterior fool you because some magic takes place inside.

On to the beer. It is a bit pricey @ $17 for the big bottle, but you get $3 back if you return the bottle (but I’m not going to because I am a bottle hoarder, and the artwork on the label is sweet). I shared this with the girlfriend and my buddy Nick as there was enough beer to fill 3 pint glasses. You smell the smoke as soon as you open it. The smoked taste isn’t what I would call a campfire type smoke, but more a meaty smoke. Might sound gross but the taste is nice and not as overwhelming as some other Smoked Beers I have had in the past. There is also a hint of vanilla, and a little bit of coffee in the background. Little to no hop presence, a bit dry actually. Mouthfeel is medium; similar to your average porter. Overall this is a pretty solid beer.

Published in: on January 9, 2010 at 11:08 pm  Comments (1)  
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  1. I agree on all flavor counts. It was an experience with every gulp. At first, I tasted a strong blend of brown and black malt that that was unique to this dark ale. I didn’t notice the coffee taste at first, but after the beer settled and a few gulps, you could taste it in the “background”. The coffee taste faded as I continued to drink it. I’m not a big porter/dark ale guy, but I really enjoyed this one. I would consider it medium/heavy with Guiness being thick on my “thickness scale.” On the Drew Scale I’d give it an A-. A definite buy for anyone seeking a unique dark ale.

    I got a little extra nerdy on my evaluation Drew. I found this site on my malt search. It might help with taste definitions/explanations. (

    I hope all of you 365 guy’s like the second opinion.

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