It’s been getting quite cold out there and with the temperature dropping my palate tends to change a bit. I go from craving IPAs and blondes to absolutely NEEDING anything smoked and as black as my soul.

In comes Blacksmith Smoked Porter by Highlander Brew Co. I am definitely stretching our definition of ‘Toronto’ when the their brewery is located way up in South River, Ontario. It might be that I love camping in the area. (next time I go camping up there I will make sure to stop by and grab a few to go with my fire)

Their smoked porter is a bit strong sitting at a respectable 6.5% but for the winter this is pretty par for the course. You can pick up a bottle at most LCBOs.

I’m going to be honest, I ALWAYS love smoked drinks. Be they beer, scotch or anything else. The beer was sampled in a balloon glass and shared with Shawna.

Tasting notes:

Appearance: Super dark brown like mahogany or cola. Head is thick.
Aroma: sweet smoke and chocolate. Smoked barley. They weren’t kidding about the ‘smoked’ part.
Taste: More smoke with less sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel. Sweet aftertaste.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste becomes more complex with a hint of hops.
Overall: I would buy this again. It helps calm my smoke-tooth and is perfect for the winter.

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.