Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Tupperwolf:
3.98/5 rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Pours from a typically handsome 22oz bottle into my Stone Russian Stout tulip a dark, dark color - it's just a tiny shade lighter than true black, and allows a few shafts of plum-ruby light through. Nice color, and pours a thin light tan head of tiny bubbles that burst and fall to a thin covering after a few moments. I'd hoped for better head retention, but I'm somewhat biased toward any dark beer. Lacing is very minimal, slippery at best.
Smell is rich and flavorful; I can smell it from where it sits on the desk, tempting me for my first sip. Deep, lusty notes of coffee, chocolate, and smoky cinnamon! Fantastic!
That first sip is surprisingly smooth and light; I'm something of a porter newbie, and with that dark color and chocolatey smell I expect something thick and chewy, but to my surprise the carbonation, almost absent in the way the beer looks and forms its head, fizzes heartily to life on my tongue and swirls the crisp, light liquid around.
The first few seconds are almost tasteless as the carbonation comes to life, but when it fades away the true smoky nature of this brew is quite evident. Depending on your breathing, there are extremely distinct notes of chocolate and espresso, and sometimes an overpowering (to me) smokiness, especially as it warms - you can taste the oaky campfire smoke. Balanced okay - I'm rating the taste a 4 - I am certain now that smoked porter isn't my style, but if it's your style, you'll like it.
Drinkability is okay due to the light nature of this brew. Alcohol started to get boozy and intrusive as the beer warmed, leaving me feeling a bit queasy on the final sips, which wasn't helped by the rather overpowering taste of smoke.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2005 12:27:50 | More by Tupperwolf
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3.79/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #42 of the ones I've reviewed here.
Pour is decent but nothing outstanding, although props to the long-lasting head on this. Typical nose of coffee and cocoa, this time with a hint of smoke. The mouthfeel is pretty routine outside of a wonderfully lingering finish of liquid smoke. Tastes in general, though, are the usual hopped up coffee/cocoa, with a slight hint of smoke dancing around in the background.
Good, not great beer. The smoking is distinctive but that's the only distinctive thing about it, without that this is a decent, but bog-standard porter. Adding the smoke does kick this up a little and it's worth a try as a result, but this is hardly the definitive take on this idea.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 00:14:01 | More by dougbassett
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,233 ratings.