Smoke Porter – North American Origin Ale Styles

Smoke Porter Style

  • Color: Dark brown to black
  • Clarity: Opaque
  • Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Smoked porters will exhibit mild to assertive smoke malt aroma and flavor in balance with other aroma attributes. Black malt character can be present in some porters, while others may be absent of strong roast character. Roast barley character is absent to low depending on underlying porter style being smoked. Medium to high malt sweetness, and caramel and chocolate flavors, are acceptable.
  • Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: None to medium
  • Perceived Bitterness: Medium to medium-high
  • Fermentation Characteristics: Low to medium fruity esters are acceptable
  • Body: Medium to full
  • Additional notes: When using these guidelines as the basis for evaluating entries at competitions, brewers may be asked to provide supplemental information about entries in this category to allow for accurate evaluation of diverse entries. Such information should include the traditional style of porter as well as the wood type used as a smoke source (e.g. “alder smoked brown porter”).

Smoke Porter Vital Statistics

  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.050-1.065 (12.4-15.9 °Plato)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.010-1.018 (2.6-4.6 °Plato)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 4.0%-7.0% (5.1%-8.9%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) 20-40
  • Color SRM (EBC) 20+(40+ EBC)

2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines used with permission of Brewers Association.

Credit: 2020 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines – Ale Styles – North American Origin Ale Styles – Smoke Porter