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October 29, 2010
O'Fallon Smoked Porter
Did you know that there are breweries in Missouri that aren't named Anheuser-Busch? YOU DIDN'T? For shame. There are plenty of other, actually good breweries in the state, one of which is O'Fallon Brewery in O'Fallon, MO. Recently I was able to try my first of their brews, the O'Fallon "Smoke" Smoked Porter.
As you can see above, it pours an opaque, near-black with a bit of head that just barely lingers around the meniscus. The aroma offers a dose of campfire, bitter chocolate and raisins. Campfire alone is enough to draw me in, but the chocolate is inviting as well. The taste is greatly chocolatey with notes of toffee with a back-end of the aforementioned smokey campfire, but not overwhelmingly so. This beer is medium bodied, definitely porter-like and has a silky texture.
Overall, I found this to be a fantastic beer. I'll admit that for a beer called "Smoke" I expected more of just that, BUT that doesn't matter because its complexity is incredibly interesting. I wish I could get more, but alas...no distribution in NY/NJ.....yet!