Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Phatz:
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer pours black with a slight red glow around the edges. Nice 3 finger head, ivory in color, that lasted for a while. Smell had an interesting orange tangy smell that faded into the malts. mildly sweet. Pleasantly malty. Overall it is a mild hidden aroma. I would have liked to see it a bit more robust (but its American not English) and it was decent. The aroma did improved as the beer warmed. It was not noticeably smoked but a good American Porter. Taste is somewhat simple; not overly complex. Malty, sweet like soda (syrup-thin, not thick like a stout). A bit of bitter hoppyness at the end and in the aftertaste; just enough to make the sides of your tongue curl up a bit. The taste did not give away many hints that it was smoked. I only got a little hint of smoked in the aftertaste (and honestly, in a burp which I probably shouldnt say). Since it is not a terribly interesting flavor (good though), its a good choice for when beer is not the only thing on your palate, with your dinner or desert etc. Mouthfeel is smooth and light, crispy and refreshing. Drinkability. It is a good flavor but not overly interesting. I think it goes down easy, low ABV; all attributes that make it a good social setting beer, for when your not paying as much attention to idolizing interesting beers. This was pretty sessionable though IMO.
Hope this is helpful.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2005 07:41:42 | More by Phatz
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4.46/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
First smoked beer that I've tried, but certainly not my first porter.
A: Poured into my Sierra Nevada branded hop tulip imperial pint glass. Only one finger of tawny head that quickly settles to a thin cap from an aggressive pour. Deep dark brown color that will let strong light through. I can see lots of floaties in the glass. Moderate lacing that less than expected. Looks scrumptious.
S: Strong peat , so strong that I'm having a hard time getting to the other aromas. Wood smoke, cocoa, milk chocolate, and some vanilla. Sweet and inviting. Smells like sitting around a fireplace, inside of an old cabin, in the forest, at Xmas time. I'm not getting the coffee that most other reviewers noted. A hint of dark fruits.
T: Once again strong peat that encompasses wood smoke and dark chocolate. Not nearly as sweet as it smells. No fruits to speak of. Strong charcoal. Reminds me of Irish Dry Stout, specifically Guinness Extra Stout. Starts bittersweet and quickly leads to a strong, drying bitterness that lasts well after swallowing.
M: Carbonation is perfectly moderate with a tight feel. Creamy. Tea-like drying is strong. Substantialness is spot-on.
O: Mind = Blown
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 11:18:20 | More by troobie
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,465 ratings.