March 03, 2010
For the first time in a year I finally get to buy and try a beer I’ve wanted to try for a while. I’ve made it through all of the donated beers. I went to the store and found a six-pack of O’fallon Smoke by O’Fallon Brewery in Stevens Point, WI. This brings me up to my third Enabler Glass!
They use the standard 12 fl oz brown bottle. There is a grey label with a smoke design on it. In the middle is a picture in shades of grey and red of a guy sitting by a campfire producing a lot of smoke. O’Fallon is at the top of the design. The word smoke is at the bottom. Under the smoke it says “Smoked Porter”. There is a ribbon on it to show it won a 2004 gold medal winner for best smoked beer in America.
It has a dark walnut color with a garnet highlight. The beer is mostly opaque; however some light passes through the edges without having to hold it up to a light source. When poured into a glass, a quarter inch tan head forms. It fades slowly to a film at the top. There is no lacing at all.
The smell is a rich hickory and peat smoke scent that is the most noticeable. Subtle undertones of coffee and cocoa roasted malts can be detected. The flavor starts off with a good smoked meat flavor, not the meat flavor as the smoke flavor of smoked meat. Dark fruits and roasted coffee malts finish it off. There is a very mild aftertaste.
This is a medium to light bodied beer. The carbonation is very mild; there is no bite to the tongue.
The smokiness isn’t over powering, but real pleasant. It’s not like a Rauchbeir where the smokiness is so strong and ever present that you almost can’t get past it. This is more of a subtle, well blended smokiness. The beer drinks easy. I can see myself craving this beer later on, or getting a six pack to give to a friend. I really enjoyed this beer and give it 7.5 out of 10.