Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,832 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,832
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 128
Gots: 286 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

Consumed 06/12/09 at 50 degrees F.

Beer pours clear, deep brown with garnet highlights. Lots of active carbonation visible when held to strong light. A frothy two finger tan head forms then fades down with average speed.

Aroma is off, with metallic and sweatsock notes kind of ruining the vibe. Really nasty. However, about half a pint into this bomber, the smell went away and was replaced with subtle, sweet malt, very light smoke and chocolate overtones.

Luckily, taste is not a reflection of that nasty nose: flavor is sharp and fairly clean. Some cocoa malts up front, some smoky charcoal in the middle and a rich semi-sweet chocolate on the finish. Any hops are there primarily for bittering. A furtive mineral water flavor lurks at the edge of perception.

Mouthfeel is a study in contrasts: a real bite on the tongue is balanced by a smooth creaminess. A touch of alcohol heat present, which is odd considering the ABV is relatively low.

Weird smell aside, this is a thick, drinkable brew that goes well with hearty foods. I've had it with spicy BBQ and also with grilled steak and it's a great compliment for those types of vittles.

Photo of billybob
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22 oz. bottle leaving a two finger tan head which holds well and good lacing to the finish. smell is smokey or burnt caramel or coffee. taste is very sweet with same caramel, coffee, smokey burnt flaver. mouthfeel light, good carbonation. this is my first try with this style beer. i don't know if i like it or not but i will give it another try.

Photo of pilotgod
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Pint glass.

A: Pours a nice deep brown with a brown head of a little less than one finger width that retains well throughout. Little to no lacing occurs.dd When held to the light, it is not transparent in the least, but some reddish tones can be discerned.

S: The smoke overtone is always present, but doesn't dominate and lets the other nuances of roasted malts, nuts, some chocolate, and faint hops. The smell is very subdued and takes some "searching" out to get anything above the typical porter.

T: This is where this beer really shines. The first taste is of a subtle smoke taste, almost the same sensation of tasting smoke from a camp fire. This is subdued and goes to the background pretty quick as the roasted flavors kick in with pronounced coffee overtones. There is a bitterness that comes into play as it is swallowed that I couldn't quite tell whether from the smoke or the hops. Either way, it is very enjoyable and leaves you wanting more.

M: With the moderate carbonation there is a discernible tingling sensation, but that is tamed by the creamy feel of this porter. The lasting finish is of the smoke flavor, which is pronounced, but not overly domineering.

D: A good representation of the Smoked Porter style giving out all the flavors that one would come to expect, but not too much of any one aspect. The average alcohol and carbonation make this an easy beer to sit down and enjoy and goes very well with a Texas style smoked BBQ, such as a chopped brisket sandwich.

Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. My beer of choice for the Super Bowl. Enjoyed with grapes, cheese, mango slices and macadamia nuts. Pours a dark brown color, When held to a light, looked reddish and clear with light getting through all over. BIG frothy head with excellent retention and average lacing.

Good smell of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, coffee and a moderate amount of smokiness (not Alaskan Smoked Porter smokey). Very tasty, I drank the whole bottle and enjoyed every bit.

Mouthfeel is rich enough and smooth. No hint of alcohol or unpleasant aftertastes.

A solid Porter, great with food.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass at cellar temp.

Deep dark mahogany color, ruby edges are beautiful. Thick tan head is soft and fluffy and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, licorice, mild coffee. A little alcohol warmth in the smell. Taste is roasty like coffee, some dark malts and caramel involved. A little of the licorice and some spicey hops in the finish, not turning bitter or anything. Some warmth in the end that is pleasant.

Good body and quite fulfilling, not a beer you would drink a bunch of. Well done at a moderate ABV. Good winter warmer type beer if you ask me.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, smoke, and hints of chocolate. The taste is like the aroma, but with a little more chocolate, and a little less smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this beer isn't as smokey has other smoked porters I've tasted. Still, it is really good for what it is. I can't I wouldn't appreciate some more smoke, but I still appreciate this slightly smokey porter.

Photo of brystmar
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with plenty of frothy white head, strong lace and retention.

S: smokey malts, hops

T: bitter, smokey, hoppy, malty. Really well balanced with a hint of sweetness in the middle before returning to bitterness.

M: creamy and active. Would prefer slightly less carbonation.

D: goes down easily; I could session this brew. Not a huge fan of porters in general, but this is among the best I've had.

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into an imperial pint glass.

Gorgeous frothy, khaki 3-finger head slowly settles into an interesting honeycomb pattern as the bubbles coalesce, leaving behind some great lacing. The head reminds me of root beer or dirty sea foam.

Color is deep brown in the center and mahogany around the edges.

Aroma is all roasty sweet malt.

Taste is a great balance between bitter and sweet. Caramel, chocolate, subtle smoke, and some vanilla. Mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious.

Overall this is one of the better porters I've tried.

Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a nice dark malt scent that boasts of chocolate, crystal, and black barley. It is a bit dry and devoid of hops. The taste is good. It has a fine malt palate and a dry smoked malt finish. It is rich, yet smooth. There are a lot of black malts in this one. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking porter. It has excellent malt complexity and drinkability.

Photo of JamisonM
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stone Russian Imperial Stout glass

A: pours a Mahogany color but in the glass its black with a tan head good lace and head retention

S: chocolate coffee very slight smoke slight sweetness in the smell

T: bitter chocolate bitter coffee roasted malts with a robust taste and light smoke the finish is bitter

M: med mouth with med carbonation

D: drinkable

Overall: not the best porter I have ever had but good none the less. after a while the bitterness got to me on the finish so I had to knock off some points for that.

Photo of crwills
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer! A deep, dark read -- nearly black -- with ruby highlights. Small off-white head accents it.

Aroma is rauchbier-like: burnt wood, barbecue mesquite, dark burnt chocolate and... bacon!

The roasted malts really show up in the flavour. Good hop backbone as well, with a smoky finish and bitter, dry aftertaste that morphs into sweet candy sugar over time. As it warms, additional flavours (milk chcolate, sweet toffee, banana) start to show up. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Fantastic beer!

Photo of scottum
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really wasn't all that smokey for a beer that has the word smoked in it's title. Poured out very dark with a nice head. Tastes very mellow for a stone brew. Feels good in the mouth and good in the stomach. A quite good porter with a hint of smoke. Mmmmm... Stone.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I reviewed Smoked Porter in a glass mug.

Appearance- This beer has a very nice muddy-brown cap with tiny bubbles in the smooth surface. There is about a finger's-width of foam sitting atop the dark brown and opaque body. There is almost a solid wall of lace as the drink diminishes in the glass.

Smell- This one is full of rich cocoa nibs and a tangy yeast. It almost smells like sourdough bread. Not much smoke to speak of, but incredibly rich and malty.

Taste- The palate is not quite as rich, but the smokiness is more forward and really clings for a long finish. The sourdough bread malt hits the palate more in the middle of the drink. Cocoa is not nearly as strong here, which is a little disappointing.

Mouth feel- A nice mouth feel is found in Smoked Porter: a bigger medium body that slides easily over the tongue. It is not very dry, but the beer really sticks to the cheeks, making for a very long drink.

Overall- I really enjoyed this porter. If only the malty, cocoa bomb promised by the nose could transfer to the palate without getting muted by the smoke. Otherwise there is not much to complain about here. Enjoy this one!

Photo of taez555
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark black body with a creamy dark tan head.

The nose was a dark lush chocolate. Touches of caramel, malt and a soft, very faint, meat/smoke smell.

The taste was light to medium bodied. Dark mild but bitter roasted barley. Soft chocolate. A nice firm bitterness from start to finish. A touch of hops A slight woody/bark flavor. A very very mild smoke flavor. The smoke is present but simple and perfectly complimenting the dark malt.

Overall a really nice porter. Tasty, smooth and creamy but not as thick as a stout. Just a faint hint of smoke giving it a nice added touch. Basically just another great beer from stone.

Photo of kagent777
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought that I would never be one of those guys that realized he traded for a beer, goes to review it and cannot remember who he got it from. I suppose I am. This tasty beer has a best by date of 1-18-12 and I poured it into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A beautiful one fingered tan head sits on top of a dark brown clear beer. This one is almost opaque, but when held up to the light reveals some carbonation bubble streams and reddish edges. This beer leaves some nice lacing (or my glass is finally "beer clean.")

Smell: There is some campfire smoke, but this one is actually pretty subtle and share well with the other flavors in the room. I also get roasty malts and a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Very much reflective of the smell. I taste roasty malts, some chocolate, and a dash of campfire smoke. There is a nice semi-sweet quality about the chocolate with some bitterness on the finish. Being from Stone, I was expecting more smoke. That being said, I would not change anything, there are many over powered smoked beers out there and this is a nice alternative.

Mouthfeel: No problems. Carbonation is smooth and soft on the lower side. Body is on the low side of medium.

Overall: I liked it a lot. I was expecting something a little different. I am glad to have tried it.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,832 ratings.