Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jward:
4.6/5 rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A dark brown/black body supports a medium-sized foamy tan head. The nose presents a rich chocolate aroma, with notes of sugary plum, especially as the glass is raised to the mouth. The flavor begins with roasted malt, working in tandem with a mild sourness, and a hint of hoppy bitterness. But it is in the finish that this beer really shows its stuff, with contrasting elements of fruit (grape, perhaps?) and an understated smokiness that's just perfect. With a smooth and agreeable mouthfeel, and relatively moderate levels of alcohol, this is a highly drinkable brew. A great beer.
The blurb on the back of the bottle suggests that this is Stone's "least understood" beer. Maybe so. In my judgment, it's better than some of their more acclaimed beers.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2003 15:58:29 | More by jward
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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 3,463 ratings.