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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,793 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 3,793
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 121
Gots: 270 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002)
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Photo of TheLiterati
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise! Stone’s Smoked Porter pours a dark, rich brown with a creamy caramel-tan head. The color is so deep that it’s nearly opaque.

The aroma is pleasing and downright comforting – a subtle smokiness hints at a cozy night in front of a roaring fire, which is exactly how I enjoyed mine.

The taste is complex without being fussy, and has a pleasing toasted malt flavor that’s not too sweet, with a nicely hopped finish. Rather than assault the palate, the smoke flavor is subtle but present in every sip, just as the aroma wafts from the glass. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, with just enough effervescence to keep it interesting as the brew warms.

Took “the Bros.” advice and chose this porter to go along with a real down-home meal. Not only did it stand up well to southern-styled favorite of fried chicken, greens and cornbread, but the smoky flavor made for a nice finish to a simple yet flavorful meal.

TheLiterati, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a snifter glass.
No freshness or batch date.

Opaque black color, no light can pass. A nice one finger thick, creamy tan head, that fades leaving a thin white line around the glass. Some clingy lacing remains. Lots of milky, mocha smells, with a just a hint of smokiness. Some roasted malt comes through in the background. Well balanced taste, semi sweet, ending with some smoky bitterness. More smoky characteristics come through as the beer warms. Decent carbonation, with a medium body feel. A very enjoyable porter, and another great offering from Stone.

BigDaddyWil, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of bboelens
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass
This was the first beer I had on my buddy and I's bomber night.

A- Dark deep wood color, not quite opaque but getting there. Backlight showed some ruby characteristics, but burgundy was the more dominating color. Thick khaki head stood proud atop this beer and stayed for quite some time.

S- A bit more subdued than I would have expected from stone, malt, and coffee are the main nose notes with a faint hint of the smokiness.

T-Ahhh now this is more like it. Malt, caramel and chocolate take the forefront, but the dark fruits, slight hops, and nice smokey finish allow for it to be a pretty dang good tasting beer.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, with a light carbonation

D-Very drinkable, almost too drinkable, that bomber didn't last me nearly as long as I was hoping

bboelens, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body, some brown hues shine threw when held to the light. Slow developing and long lasting khaki head leaves a nice lace trail on the glass. Scent is mostly comprised of chocolate malt. Chocolate malt dominates the taste. The smoke is subtly mixed, and nicely blended. Almost want to say theres a little dark fruit hint in there as well.

Mouth is pretty wet, medium bodied. Pretty solid porter

Tballz420, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of jwhancher
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 22-oz bottle and poured into a snifter

A: brown with ruby highlights. Nice fluffy tan head.

S: Subtle smoke that reminds me of ham & campfire. Soft chocolate malt aromas.

T: Light blend of smoke, chocolate and some roast. Everything is well balanced as each flavor molds together nicely. As it warms, some raisin and a little fig. Low hop flavor.

M: Significant bitterness upfront that eases into a creamy mouthfeel. Seems medium-full to full.

O: A well made beer overall. A solid porter with an element of smoke to it.

jwhancher, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Thirsty's in York. Put part of the bottle in some burgers marinaded and grilled and reviewed the other portion. Poured chilled into a nonic.

A - Extremely dark brown or mahogany as the ink on the bottle states w/ a 2 finger band of khaki.
The lace clings very well and the porter has a decent garnet amber hue

S - A carmel, toffee, roasted malt scent and dark cherry fruity ester w/ hints of coffee and mild cocoa w/ a fresh juicy hop aroma. The hop scent is both spicy and citrus tinged - a nice mellow toasted/smoked odor accents the roasted malt nose very nicely

M - A sweet feel w/ medium carbonation and bitterness w/ subtle smoky dry texture. The acidity from the hops balances the sweetness and adds complexity to the toasted rich and malty feel

T - Very well blended w/ dark malt thatt has a sweet and juicy taste w/ plum and stone fruit nutty caramel and spiced bread flavors. A light cocoa and smoked flavor adds to the malt roastiness w/ an adequate amount of intensity and flavor that keeps it interesting to the last sip.

D - I love the smoky taste that isn't overdone in this porter. The balance is unusual for Stone's ales, but a welcome trait w/ plenty of fresh hop flavor that lets you know it is a porter from southern California. Possibly in my top 5 Stone ales - I really love a little smokiness in the porter Top notch drinkability I could see myself drinking more of this as the weather gets cooler

Slatetank, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with a very slight reddish-brown tint. Dark tan head is nice; becomes a film that leaves some lacing near the top of the glass.

Smell: Has a light smokey mesquite aroma, but balanced nicely against a light, sweet floral aroma.

Taste: Initial flavor of roasted malts becomes supplemented with a combination of smokeyness and a slight floral taste. Has a smokey bitterness in the aftertaste. Nicely balanced and with a good level of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium- to heavy-bodied, and with a light carbonation.

Drinkability: Feels a bit stronger (alcohol-wise) than it really is, so take it a bit slower than you might otherwise do. I think it's quite drinkable -- nothing is out of line and it keeps my interest.

Possibly my favorite beer from Stone. It it well-balanced and doesn't try to go over-the-top. The flavor at first seemed a bit unusual, but it really grew on me. Enjoyable; I'll get it again.

mithrascruor, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of dbatch
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I apparently bought this without reading the label, thinking it was an RIS.

A: Pours an opaque black, with a fine tan head. Lots of carbonation rising to the top to feed the foam.

S: Very strong chocolate malty aroma. The smokiness is not quite as strong as expected, but it is there.

T: Up front smokiness is lovely, followed quickly by a dark chocolate flavor. The two really play off each other, never letting one dominate the other.

M: Very creamy and smooth, leaves a nice sharp malt flavor on the tongue after. Chocolate hangs around the mouth afterwards.

D: For a porter, its not too heavy, and the alcohol is low enough to enjoy a few without getting too full. Quality beer indeed.

dbatch, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of bagpiper2005
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Dark brown in color with a thick 2-fingered thick, tan head that retained very well and left all sorts of sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell: Roasted/chocolate malts, coffee, and some syrupy sweetness and smoke.

Taste: Syrupy sweet at the front that moved into a nice bit of roasted/chocolate malts in the middle and finished up with a coffee flavor in the back. Smoke is a little stronger on the back end, but ties everything together.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full and velvet smooth. Light-to-moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down very nicely, but not exactly quaffable.

Final Notes: A good beer to serve with barbecued or grilled foods, or as an after-dinner treat. Another solid offering from Stone.

bagpiper2005, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2004

Pours dark brown, almost black and opaque.
Mahogany edging with a crimson hue.
A humble half-inch head of beige retreated quickly to a partial coverage skim coat and a few dots of lacework.

Aromatics are surprisingly vineous. Bitter chocolate, red wine, scorched caramel bits, some dark fruit, and a smidge of smoldering embers. A hint of vanilla rounds out the bunch.

Thin mouthfeel. Slightly creamy with low carbonation.

Dark chocolate, deep roasted malts, espresso grounds and mild smoke on the pallet.
All are quite balanced and the overall character is subdued and sessionesque.
Finishes with some lingering caramel drizzeled dark malts.

While the four years in the cellar has brought a complexity to the nose, the body and pallet has faded.

brewandbbq, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A - Pours black with mahogany highlights and a 2 finger tan head the leaves sticky lacing everywhere.

S - The aroma is very faint but is chocolate and roasted malt with just a touch of smokiness.

T - Medium level of smoke up front followed by roasted malt and chocolate. I enjoy the more subdued level of smokiness.

M - Medium bodied but not as creamy as I was expecting.

D - A very good smoked porter with just the right level of smoke in my opinion. Not as smoky as Alaskan.

brewcrew76, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of matttttYCE
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stone pint glass.

The head is initially about 2 and a half fingers high, light tan in color, and creamy I'd say. Head fades gradually leaving some nice lacing behind. Color of the beer is a dark, dark brown with deep medium brown and ruby hints when held to the light.

The aroma is of lighter roasted/smoked malts, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of woodsy smoke. Hints of vanilla in the background.

The taste offers a bit more obvious smoke, char, and burnt malts, but it's still on the lighter side. Aside from that there's roasted malts, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, maybe a bit of caramel, and hints of smoked meat, with some hops on the finish but not much. Nice touch.

Mouthfeel is a bit lacking I think. If anything it's more average than lacking but I would have liked it be a bit more full. Consistency is smooth for sure, carbonation is light, body is light, and the finish is moderately lasting. Like I said, I would have liked the body to be a bit more full, not as light and thin as it was.

Overall this is good porter. Not my favorite, or with the best mouthfeel, but a good tasting porter nonetheless. In fact, as far as taste goes, it's up there pretty high, but the feel takes it down a bit for me. I'll give it one thing, though, it's quite drinkable. And at the ABV, it could be close to a more full flavored session type beer.

matttttYCE, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, I haven't had this one in years, yet I have a bomber in front of me. Oh, what to do...

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Mean head, mocha color so to speak, sticky, and with a very dark brew below it.... almost black even.

S: Like toasted, slightly burned milk chocolate. Really nice and a totally breathe of fresh air from many porters out there.

T: One of the all-time standards and I see why: Toasty, but not too. Yep... I can see how this appeals to the dark beer loving masses. Milky and candy-like, roasty goodness for sure.

M: Snot-like enough, and infinitely drinkable, with lots of lacing and a welcome departure from most of the porters I've had here recently.

O: One of the the all-time greats for most people. But for me, it was really, really good.

Chaney, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep brown, almost black with a ring of head over top of the beer. The nose is only slightly smokey, and mostly chocolate. The flavor has a bit more smokey flavor than the nose would tell, but still the chocolate and roasted tones dominate. The feel is moderate. I would like to have a little thicker or creamier bit to it. I like it, but this is no Alaskan Smoked Porter.

kmpitz2, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of LvilleIPA
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a St. Bernardus glass.

A - Very dark, almost black. I see no light coming through this one. Has a decent sized tan head on top.

S - I smell nothing. Maybe a hint of smokiness, but nothing really all that noticable.

T - Wow. This stuff is fantastic. Tastes basically like a "big" porter. I don't really detect huge amounts of "smokiness" (similar to the smell), but it's a big flavor with coffee and some bitter chocolate flavor. There seems to be some hops at the end of the sip to balance out all of the malts.

M - I'd say it's medium to full-bodied. It's very easy to drink, but at the same time it is a big beer. Fills the mouth, yet there seems to be very little carbonation.

I'd give this second place in the porter department only to Sam Smith's Taddy Porter. Though it may be different in style, it is still extremely well done and absolutely worth seeking out if you're into porters.

LvilleIPA, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first smoked-style bier I've had in a while other than Schlenkerla... Quite good! Opaque, dark brown color, with a smooth tan head, and attractive lacework. Nose was smoky, malty and dry; reminiscent of Schlenkerla. Body was a degree or 2 less than medium, but mouthfeel was good otherwise. Good malt backbone, and the smokiness is not subtle, but just strong enough. Some other roasty-porter notes come through, and it finishes well on the dry side. All the Stones biers I've tried to date are quite good! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Bierman9, Jul 08, 2002
Photo of Chizoad
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer here. Dark but clear, with red hues around the edges. Fat head. Nitro tapped would be amazing.

Has an aroma of coffee and malt. No smoke like advertised on the bottle.

Similar but very deep flavors of coffee, sugar, molassess, and finally a lasting and perfect bitterness. Not lots of complexity.

Surprisingly light for the color. Not syrupy at all, and good carbonation, leading to excellent drinkability.

Chizoad, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown with crimson highlights visible when held to the light. The beige head is an inch thick, displaying lasting retention with plenty of sticky lacing left behind.

The aroma brings smoke, roast, brown bread, a touch of resinous hops.

Nice flavor with a forward smoke character. A touch of campfire and charred roast. Additional notes of salami, summer sausage. The finish offers a touch of bitterness with lingering pine and resinous hops. Quite flavorful and enjoyable.

Medium bodied and pretty smooth sailing with moderate carbonation. Alcohol content feels low and unobtrusive.

A solid beer. As easy as this one is to find, I definitely see myself buying this again.

Huhzubendah, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of alli4051
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours almost black with some deep amber accents around the edges when held to the light. Produces about a finger and a half of khaki colored head that recedes slowly with good lacing.

S: Smokey, go figure, along with scents of roasted malts, chocolates and hints of coffee.

T: Lots of smokiness up front along with lots of roasted malts. Has a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. Some chocolaty notes are present as well.

M: Thick but surprisingly clean. Pleasant.

D: The nice clean finish makes this pretty drinkable for me. At 5.9% this is definitely one of the more sessionable Stone offerings I have had.

alli4051, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone is always dependable. I first tried this on tap, and remembered the smell as being more smoky. But now that I'm drinking from the bottle, there's not so much. The aroma is more chocolate and roast malt, with some smoke flavor only showing up with the aftertaste. The appearance is really good too, dark black with mahogany edges, milk chocolate colored frothy head. Nice beer, nice brewery.

TurdFurgison, May 31, 2007
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. The Smoked Porter pours an obsidian color with a nice thick frothy tan head on top. Good head retention and a fair amount of lacing.

S: dark roasted malts. Some coffee and dark cocoa aromas, with some smoked peat as well. The smoked quality is a little light.

T: roasted malts are the overall flavor, some toffee, coffee, and chocolate tones. Mild hop character, but it is present. Smoky characteristics are all over this, yet not overly done.

M: smooth and creamy mouthfeel. low carbonation level. A little think.

D: one of the best smoked porters out there. I have yet to be disappointed by Stone, and this is another reason why. Very drinkable.

paulthebeerguru, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle into a pint glass; no freshness date

P: Pours dark brown from the bottle, sits inky black in the glass with rosy brown light barely penetrating the edges. Chocolatey colored head is thick and creamy. Good retention, settling to form a blanket of foam on top while leaving decent lacing.

A: Big whiffs of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and a puff of smoke.

T: Hmmm!!! Delicious dessert beer. Rich, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some caramel greet the palate with a touch of smoke underneath. Hops do come in and provide some balance, but they seem to be a little too intrusive on the malt bill for the style. Still, they play the supporting cast throughout. I seem to get hints of subtle toffee on the back end as well. Finishes dry with some hop bitterness added in to the mix. Leaves a nice, long chocolatey aftertaste.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy as hell, smooth, very light carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, but a bit too sweet to go crazy with.

Notes: Like I said after the initial sip, perfect dessert beer. Despite the name, it's not nearly as smoky as I was expecting. But, what is there is a sweet, roasted malt bomb that completely satisfied my craving for something rich and delicious. In the future, if I'm looking for something of the sort again, I'm leaving the Young's DCS behind and grabbing this instead.

sweetbrew82, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of IceAce
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deliberately poured with three fingers of desert sand colored foam, this baby looks beautiful residing in a footed Belgian tulip glass. When held to the brightest of light, the color is a resounding quality mahogany with perfect clarity. Lacing comes in over the 85th percentile...beautiful!

The nose needed a little coaxing...but it decanted at 43°, more than a tad low for both the style and pedigree. As a more appropriate temperature was achieved, what emerged was a chocolate profile with a roasted malty depth.

The initial taste reveals a most wonderful dryness which begins with a tongue-dance performed by the just-right level of carbonation. Deep roasted grains then take over providing a wonderful depth and creamy mouthfeel only to be outdone by the finish of light smoke, hop bite, and slow malty fade.

I'd love the opportunity to sample this complimented with salami or sausage incorporated into lasagna or pizza.

IceAce, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown. 2-Fingers of eggshell head that sticks around for most of the party.

S: Smells like a smoky caramel macchiatto. Roasty and fruity as well.

T: Full-bodied with a chocolate-covered coffee bean flavor. Charcoal and malty give an acrid note to it. Hoppy finish. Good level of smoke to bring me back for more.

M: Enough carbonation to satisfy, but I would up it a hair.

D: Good enough for a second round.

DeathbySexyBT, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hopjacks into a pint glass. Dark, engine-oil black with minimal head, only a thin brownish tan foam topping the dark liquid. Not much nose at first, but as it warms to proper temperature, notes of lightly toasted malt and coffee emerge. The beer wasn't listed on the menu as "smoked porter" and I honestly didn't get much "smoky" character from it. In the mouth are obvious roasted malt flavors blended with notes of powdery chocolate and roasted coffee. Dry, toasted malt finish. In the mouth, it's smooth and creamy with a silky feel similar to skim milk. Just right for style. Drinkability is excellent; it's smooth and flavorful and definitely sessionable.

Overall: A good solid porter, above average and worth a try.

jettjon, Jan 21, 2009
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,793 ratings.