Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jampics2:
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Served in a pint glass.
The beer looks nice in the glass. It's a predominantly black color with some red around the edges and brown swirls mixed in for good measure. A small head is all it has to offer, and that subsides to a ring rather quickly. The lace is spotty and probably the retention is the only flaw of an otherwise very attractive beer.
The smell is interesting in that it's really not as brash as one would expect. There's a nice roasted malt quality giving chocolate and coffee impressions. The smoke is less pronounced than in other smoked porters I've had, but it's well integrated. I'd like a bit more expression in the smell overall. This is good but I fear it could be better with more expression. A slight hop kick rounds out a good, but not great nose.
The taste is pretty much what I expected after the nose. The chocolate and roasted malt components make this sexy and the smoke really comes on in a subtle fashion. Over the course of the glass, it becomes less pronounced. Some sweet caramel malt emerges as the glass warms, and a slight hoppy tinge gives the sweetness a bitter balance. There's some lingering roast in the aftertaste. When this beer first came out, it was hands-down an ass-kicker, but compared to today's extreme beers it's more of an accessible offering for the adventurous beer drinker.
The mouthfeel is defined by decent carbonation and a medium body. For a porter, this is nice but just a touch on the light side. The drinkability is excellent, mostly due to the fact it's not terribly extreme in the taste department. Let's call that the smoked porter catch 22. I can't imagine one being a 5 in taste and in drinkability. A worthy beer for those who are worthy.
Serving type: on-tap
11-18-2010 23:23:49 | More by jampics2
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3.64/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which looks to have decent retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a mix of deep maroon and medium dark chocolate brown that shows a lot of crimson in the light. Considerable lacing is left behind.
Nose- Lacks presence but has some complexity- semi-sweet chocolate with faint hints of roast, nuts, and smoke. Some dark fruits- notably cherries and raisins. Swirling reveal a good amount of coffee with a slight sour note. I certainly wish there was more smoke.
Taste- The front starts off sweet with a blend of semi-sweet chocolate and dark fruits- once again, cherries and raisins. The roasted notes build and express some nuttiness and coffee. Maybe a little bit of wood and smoke around the edges that suggest (to my mind) leather and tobacco. These are definitely not prominent and perhaps not even present but the light wood and smoke notes make me think of them. Much less smoke than I would prefer- chocolate, cocoa, and coffee are the dominant themes. A slight mint note mixed with licorice. The dark fruits run a little vinous and remind me of a thin, red wine. Some pine and resin and a bitterness that recalls a faint bit of earwax. Don't really get any caramel though. The hop notes are much more apparent than I would have expected. It's an above average to good beer but I had wanted to like it more than that. Some notes of tomato mixed with the wood and slight smoke give it a slight barbecue profile. Closer to good than above average.
Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation, slight zing. A bit of a dry finish.
Drinkability- Fairly easygoing but a little disappointing in regard to the minor smoke. It seems rauchbiers may have ruined other smoked beers for me. This may be a little cheaper than the standard price for Stone bombers. Probably not a repurchase.
Overall- Almost a solid, good beer. Probably would be just that if it met my expectations for the style. It's still worth a try- after all, it is a Stone beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 01:17:07 | More by artoolemomo
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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