Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
4.4/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz bottle, freshness date of 9/10, into Sam Adams lager glass.
Pours black, with ruby-brown highlights showing around the edges of the glass, and a big, long lasting, fluffy mocha head on top. Really nice lacing.
Nose has a light woody smokiness to it, nice earthy roastiness with some dry cocoa layered underneath. A bit on the light side, I like to see a more robust nose on a smoked porter or stout, but still quite good.
Taste begins with said woody smokiness, with a bit of a dry campfire quality, complemented by a rich, earthy cocoa and light caramel sweetness that fades quickly into a light balancing roastiness on the finish that works well with the lightly smoked quality. I feel like I get a bit of chicory in this one, also.
Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied, maybe medium-light, with a nice, smooth creaminess from the head that really works well. Carbonation is light-ish but plenty present, smooth. Really nice mouthfeel.
Drinkability is spot on. Perfectly balanced between smokey, roasty, rich, and earthy, with just the perfect amount of sweetness to emerge to complement everything else that's going on. Really well put together beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2010 00:57:39 | More by JohnQVegas
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3.7/5 rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Drank 7.19.14, on-tap at Drop Off Service in the East Village.
A: Dark mahogany brown, with a deep red highlights. Thick and creamy one finger head, dark tan in color, fades to a moderate cap. Nice pitting, leaves tons of lace throughout the entire glass.
S: Roasted malt, with undertones of smoke and chocolate/caramel. Fairly hoppy and bitter for a porter, but it works reasonably well.
T: Roasted dark malt dominates, subtle dark fruit flavors, and a lingering smoke flavor. Was really expecting a deeper, more complex taste.
M:Moderate carbonation, fairly thin for a bigger porter (was expecting something more from Stone). Smooth up front, smooth in the middle, and a bitter finish.
O: As a porter alone, it is fine enough...tasty in its own right, but not something I would reach for over Founders/Great Lakes/Deschutes. As a "smoked" porter? I am left underwhelmed. I would have assumed the smoke would be much more robust and ingrained.
Serving type: on-tap
07-20-2014 22:29:27 | More by untitledeuphoria
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,505 ratings.