Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kemoarps:
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
pours a pretty little cola-esque deep brown with a creamy tan head that looks like I could lay my head on it and sleep. Decent lacing and retention. Looks tasty.
the nose is creamy, with a sweet tang of bitter cocoa (i realize that sounds contradictory, bear with me). just a hint of twirling smoke reaching its tendrils up to grasp my senses
taste is creamy smoothe. The smoke reappears here, as does the bittersweet cocoa. The cocoa almost makes it feel kind of dry, not in the sense that wine will be dry (lack of sugar), but the way that bakers chocolate kind of feels like it is dessicating the mouth. But not in a bad way, if that makes sense.
one of the smoother and more comfortable porters I've had recently, pleasantly surprising in that regard. kind of chewy. round. feels good (that's what she said)
Could drink several of these in a row if that's what I had. very tasty. not as overwhelming as some other simiilar brews. only 5.9, so even that isn't going to put you too far too quickly.
overall, another masterfully crafted brew from the folks at Stone. Also managed to get it sort of for free (my friend, to pay back the money he owed me took me to liquorama and told me he'd cover whatever I could carry in my arms, no baskets allowed. I was proud of how much I could carry. three six packs, a pack of four cans, four 22s and a couple of singles later...). All around a pleasant drinking experience. recommend highly
Serving type: bottle
04-30-2009 02:58:28 | More by kemoarps
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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.
90 out of 100 based on 3,290 ratings.