Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by StarshipPoopers:
4.38/5 rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A - What a beautiful looking beer. Deep and opaque black which only lets hints of light through around the edges. I tried pouring this as softly as I could and it still produced about 3 inches of off-white and pillowy head. Retention dies down to a smooth coat over the surface, with tons of lacing.
S - Smells like your normal porter. Smells fresh, with hints of cold coffee and milk chocolate. Smoke presence is extremely faint.
T - Very interesting, diverts from the nose. In the front of the palate is a milk chocolate sweetness with a hint of roasted malts, this is quickly overtaken by full-bodied dark fruits (definite black cherry vibe to it, I agree with others that it doesn't really taste like licorice.) Lastly, the finish is dominated by rich coffee and lingering dark fruit, with traces of smokiness becoming very pronounced toward the end. The aftertaste is quite rich and long-lasting, in a good way (not sticky, not sweet). Very solid for a porter, shows more complexity in the flavour than most
M/D - Medium bodied, mellows out after 15 minutes or so. The explosion of carbonation that begins while pouring isn't reflected in the final product, which is quite smooth. Very appealing with great drinkability (not in the sense of being easy drinking, but for enjoyability and the length of the finish).
O - I'd say this is worthy of an A. It gives you a nice amount of layers and rich, full-bodied flavours that you might expect to find in a heavier stout, without betraying the style.
I let my bottle sit for a couple of months, and it may have been an older bottle, not sure. Judging from a lot of the reviews I'm reading, I assume a little bit of age might have mellowed it out a bit and brought through more of the flavours.
Serving type: bottle
09-15-2011 01:46:01 | More by StarshipPoopers
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4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours jet black with a thin white head and moderate lacing. I picked up the smokiness in this immediately although some seem to not have. Vanilla, toffee, tart cherry, a touch of coffee and a full amount of smokiness that makes bacon ring through my mind. Not much carbonation and the flavors made it feel like I was drinking flat soda (in a good way, for those who deem it possible) towards the end. Very enjoyable!
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 06:20:07 | More by Phigg1102
3.99/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
A: A deep brown with ruby red highlights coming through in the light. One finger of head. Died too quickly IMO and left minimal lacing when it was around.
S: toffee, caramel, some dark fruit and an ashy (not in a bad way) roasty element as well.
T: Didn't get much of the smoke element as advertised and much less a peat flavor but that's okay. Toffee and caramel malt are pretty present taking the forefront of the beer. Almost equally chocolate and darker malt appear. Dark fruit , no so much in an ester sense, but more of like a dark caramelized plum and more malty then anything. Hop bitterness is less then I would have expected and is balanced nicely.
M: Thin honestly, way to thin for a porter. This seems to make the carbonation "bristly" and prickly a touch which is something that should never appear in a quality porter.
O: This was a great beer overall. No peat and this is really not a single malt in a pint glass but it does a good job at being very drinkable, flavorful, and remaining interesting to the palate throughout the experience. Mouth feel definitely needs work though but then again who am I too tell STONE how to brew a beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 21:59:08 | More by Haydn-Juby
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.
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