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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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90
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3,905 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,905
Reviews: 1,779
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 145
Gots: 339 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Photo of rodlavers
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken 02/17/13.

Served on tap, 12oz. pour, at Yard House in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Very dark brown, not quite black, certain hints of red. Thin light mocha head with lots of lacing.

Roasted/spiced malt aromas are light; not too prominent or pervasive. Wish it had more.

Roasted/spiced and smokey, definitely more hoppy than expected. It tastes very good.

Very smooth up front, with a dry finish; light to medium carbonation.

Overall this was surprising, did expect it to be as good as it was. Will try to again. Cheers.

Photo of StoutIrish
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkRott67
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%

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

A: solid two fingers worth of toffee colored heard with good retention. The seemingly black pour is actually the darker side of mahongany when held to the light.

S: Overwhelming bouquet of malt sweetness. I've said this before but the aroma reminds me of my days as a baker when I would first open a tub of malt.

T: Very malty sweet with a real apparent smoke/coal taste that I haven't decided on yet. There is a nice hop accent in this porter which I was not expecting. The robustness created by the smoke is very "as advertised", but I don't know if it is necessarily for me. I've seldom had a smoked beer actually taste smoked, so I guess this one is spot on for its style.

M/D: Very smooth and very very big. I may have to acquire a taste for this style, but I'm sure that won't take long.

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

Stone Smoked Porter 5.9% alcohol. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a German Becker.

A- Pours a opaque fluid that barely shows light on the edges. Heavy two inch head lingers with sticky lacing clinging.

S- Roasted malts and coffee grinds upfront with light vanilla cream hints.

T-M- Sweet creamy coffee with massive malt charactor. Carmel malts are appearent with a light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy excellence. Smooth carbonation and milky feel make for a great drink.

D- Will drink again but not sure when... if givin i'll put it down. Cheers!

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

On tap at the Sunset Cantina.

Thick webby lacing riding off the tawny brown colour. Estery smoky aroma and malty nose. Spicy alcohol flavour with a smoke charcoal malt in the middle. Big maltiness with a light hop balance, some mellow chocolaty malt flavours in the end with a lingering faint smoke. Good stuff on tap and one of the better porters on tap I have had, bring it on.

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with some hints of amber orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a good five fingers of lightly tan head with good retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma of dark roasted malts with some good hints of chocolate and coffee. Smoke is pretty subdued. Also some hints of caramel and dark fruits. The dark malts stand out in the aroma.

Taste: Sweet dark roasted malts up front is followed by some chocolate and coffee. Some burnt toast and a light amount of smoke. Light hints of dark fruits which add some sweetness. Finishes with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very good version of a porter. Not as smoky as you would expect from the title, but still a good porter.

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

Appearance - Charcoal gray/black. Medium tan head.

Smell - Major notes of cocoa and coffee. Burnt grains with just a hint of smoke linger in the background.

Taste - Mild smokiness initially with some chocolate and roasted coffee. There seems to be some vanilla and butterscotch to sweeten it a bit. Roasted bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - 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.

Drinkability - Medium bodied. Mild carbonation.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - nice deep brown pour with a fluffy finger-sized head

S - beautiful mild smoke aroma. Not overpowering, but a nice mild aroma of smoked almonds, toffee, roasted barley. Absolutely loved this smell.

T - taste kind of loses the smokey aroma but keeps a mild caramel-toffee taste.

M - mouthfeel is really light. Almost no carbonation but real easy drinkability. Each sip goes down really easy.

O - was kinda bummed that the "smoke" taste was not as prevalent as in the nose. But, was very drinkable.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty decent stuff we have here....im a huge fan of rauch beers....and this one could be smokier but its still pretty good!

jet black appearance with a healthy head...and decent lacing....

the smell is a little roasted chocolate and the smoked malt comes through as well....as the glass warms up a bit the smokiness comes on pretty strong...

taste is bacon in a bottle....i like it the smoke dominates but the roasted and chocolate come through as well

the feel is nice and silky....nicely carbonated

overall this is not a bad rauch beer

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

22oz bomber, picked up when I was in lovely Missoula, Montana this past summer.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber colour, with two fat fingers of thick, rocky, and foamy beige head, which leaves an unbroken wall of skewed bicycle chain lace around the glass as it gently melts away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, wet ash, some meaty brine, bitter chocolate powder, a faint oily nuttiness, and a sturdy earthy, leafy hoppiness. The taste is rather heavily toasted caramel malt, acrid smoked meat, further peaty smoke, chalky cocoa, creamed coffee, and grassy, floral hops.

The carbonation is average in its frothy bearing, helping render the body smooth and even somewhat creamy, over a stout (sorry!) medium weight. It finishes increasingly off-dry, the now softly smoky caramel malt hardly dented by either ash or any lingering hops.

A very enjoyable and easy to put back smoked beer, at least compared to the few I've yet tried. Perfect as an accompaniment to watching this week's episode of Weeds - Stone is 'advertised' in the show!

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

Appearance - Pours a dark, near black brown with reddish hue when/where light can penetrate. The tan head is a good 2 finger width, and hangs a bit before giving way to a fine, sticky lacing.

Smell - Roasted coffee and chocolate malt, but the smoke is the most prevalent force in the aroma. A bit of grain comes through in the nose as well.

Taste - Like how I would imagine a smoked porter to taste. Dark roasted coffee and rich chocolate malt flavors, accompanied by a deep, smokey backbone. There's just enough hoppiness to give this beer a slightly bitter bite, but not enough to detract from what this beer is all about. The smoke, at times, tends to mask the other flavors in this beer, but moreso before the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, creamy and smooth.

Overall - This is good, and far from your average porter, but the smokiness can be a bit of a nuisance at times, detracting from the porter characteristics in the beer. It'd love to see what Stone could do with the Porter style in a non-smoked form, but alas, this is what they seem content to releasing as their year-round offering. Drink on the warmer side to allow the other flavors to blossom amongst the smokey overtones.

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

Dark with light penetrating shallow parts of glass. Nice head poured tall and slowly mellowed to a creamy looking head.
Coffee, some smoked aromas a little bit of hops.
Pretty creamy, good amount of malt and hops, some fruity esters.
Creamy, with pretty good carbonation. For some reason I expected a larger body.
I would enjoy this again.

Photo of Gr8-Nate
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint bottle, poured into a traditional mug. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Poured solid black. Nice light tan head, wavy lacing, and even thick geographic lacing that caked the inner walls of my mug, something I have never seen before. Noticed the smokyness at the nose, and strong flavors of dark chocolate, coffee just a twinge of a rasberry. Awesomely a nice blend of hop bitterness with malt sweetness, could not get over the smokyness. A medium or heavier mouth feel. Overall I was very impressed with this superbly executed porter.

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

Poured from a 22 into a snifter. I'll paraphrase the description on the bottle, mohagany around the edges and nearing black in the middle. Thick, fluffy, tan head with a ton of lacing.

The nose is like smoked jerky and roasted coffee. There's a moderate sweetness of chocolate.

I certainly respect smoked beers, but I've always found them hard to drink and have to be in the mood. With that being said, I love the subtlety of the smoked aspect in this one. It's present, but doesn't overpower the other notes of mostly coffee and some chocolate.
The finish is long-lasting and is more that of coffee than smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium and is very smooth. Good carbonation and slightly dry on the palate.

Again, for a smoked beer I found this more drinkable than most. It has a relatively low abv that doesn't come across in the flavor and the body is good, but not filling.

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

I have to say I avoided this beer thinking i wouldn't like it boy was I wrong. Everything I would expect in a porter(chocolate and coffee) a hint of licorice with a touch of German smoke beer. The smoke was not overpowering making this beer suprisingly drinkabile.

Photo of SFNC
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured reddish brown into a cut pint glass. A nice head piled up quickly, then disappeared just as quickly with some decent lacing. The smoke was not overt, but was there like a distant fire. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and shoe polish dominated the scent. The taste was complex and shifting from sip to sip, slightly sweet at first, then bittering on the swallow, with again a light impression of smoke on the backside. I'd say this has more carbonation than most Porters, but this is not a detriment at all. Overall a great porter, if not a very smokey one, I'm impressed that I'm noticing nuances several sips in. Hats off to Stone, I need to track down the Smoked Porter with Chipotle now.

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

From the 1 pt. 6. fl. oz tall bottle and poured into a pint glass. Not noticeable expiration date or lot number on the bottle. Sampled on Jan. 28, 2009.

Appearance - Very dark brown with a good amount of foamy beige head that sits on top of the glass for several minutes. After the first sip there is a good dose of light brown lacing on the glass.

Smell - Not as smoky as I would have liked but that smoky aroma was there in a limited amount.

Mouthfeel - Above average body. Stays creamy and does not break down on the tongue into carbonation.

Taste - The smoked flavor is not as strong as I imagined but there is a noticeable element of chocolate hops. Still a pleasure.

I drank this at the end of a snowstorm that dumped 12 inches on my backyard. This was a nice escape from the weather.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Smoked porter into .2l stein

Pours dark brown with deep mahogany highlights. A dense mocha head
lingers on top with great retention and typical Stone super-lace.

Nose is smoky/salty, roasty, dark cherry, wood, bakers cocoa, licorice.

Palette is lead by high cocoa dark chocolates, medium roast coffee,
dark caramels, followed by dark fruits and earthy campfire smoke and
ending with a roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a fitting low-medium carbonation, soft and smooth.

Easy drinking and delicious, and while it isn't a standout superb
beer, it is pretty much without flaw.

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

Appearance: From a 22 oz bomber to a Stone Ruination mug. Dark brown with reddish tints, just barely transparent when held up to the light. The tan-colored head shows no sign of going anywhere.

Smell: Mild smoke at the forefront, charred grains and coffee. The smoke aroma comes out more and more as it warms, though it never becomes dominant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and smoky with subtleties of coffee and burnt bread. Dry throughout - I can't pick up any sweetness whatsoever. The body is medium-full and chewy, moreso than the average American porter. The smoke flavor is plainly noticeable but nicely balanced; it blends nicely with the other flavors rather than dominating the palate. The finish remains dry, revealing a mild earthy hop note that pairs nicely with the smoky backbone.

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

A: black as night with a dense tan head on the first pour but fluffy on the second when I topped off my glass to finish off the bomber
S: Very smoky with some dark chocolate notes and a touch roasty as well
T: Sweet smoky flavor with a bit of chocolate and coffee but it's subdued by the smoke. Slight roast flavor as well. Bittersweet lingering aftertaste that's also on the smoky side. Taste follows the smell pretty well
M: Slick and creamy with mild carbonation. Not prickly by any means but you can tell it's there.
D: Pretty high. A bomber isn't gonna be a problem and although the flavor might get tiresome after a few you could have 2-3 no issues. Not a one and done kind of beer. It isn't so filling and it's by no means alcoholic enough to end the night.

Overall: A very good smoked porter from the masters at Stone. I'm happy that I have a few more to take care of because it's a 4 hour round trip to get more.

Photo of Axic10
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish-black (no light gets through when held to light) with a two fingers of fluffy, frothy foam that settles afters a few minutes.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, slight smoke aroma, molasses. As the beer warms the aroma starts to shine.

Taste: Dark chocolate, espresso/black coffee, roasted malt, a slight smoky taste, the typical hops that are associated with every Stone beer (not a bad thing at all).

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: It's been a while since I've had a porter (which were my beers of choice for a couple of years). This is a very enjoyable porter that I can easily down a bottle or two in a sitting. Great price for the quality that Stone always delivers.

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

Nice 22oz. bottle. i am always intrigued by the Stone Brewing Company bottles. I've had this beer on a few previous occasions, most recently on a visit to my dear friend Shane, as he had a bomber of this and a bomber of Rogue Shakesphere Stout awaiting my arrival after 10 long hours of driving from Virginia Beach to Columbus Ohio. To say this beer holds fond memories for me is quite the understatement.

Purchased this from my local Farm Fresh store for $3.89. This beer poured a beautiful black/ruby color, and created a stunning 2 finger grey/tan head that pillowed above my glass. This head slowly settled as I drank, yet continued to leave a sticky lace along the sides of my glass all the way down. Beautiful.

This beer had a nice skokey smell (duh!) with hints of caramel, and a faint whiff of alcohol.

This beer had a mighty nice taste to it. Everytime I taste this beer, it has something slightly different to offer from past tasting experiences. On this occasion, the taste really hit me in the back of my mouth. Very bitter, tastes of roasted malts, very round upon my tongue, full flavors of coffee, slightly nutty, and some tastes of alcohol. This beer left a HUGE aftertaste in my mouth. I found this porter to be very smooth, somewhat complex, and very nice to drink. Count me in for at least one of these, but certainly not a beer I could drink all night long (well...maybe. This is subject to change!)

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

22oz bomber into pint glass

Pours dark brown to black. Cranberry highlights when held to the light. Two fingers of creamy tan head leave a small amount of lace.

Scent is faint at first. After some sniffing I get chocolate, coffee, and a wisp of wood smoke. As the beer warms and I continue to enjoy it the smoky aroma becomes more noticeable.

Taste is chocolate, fresh coffee, roasted grain and lightly smoky notes. Though subtle, the smoke flavor lingers nicely. Not as aggressive a beer as I've come to expect from Stone, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. As the beer warms the smokiness seems to grow and become more noticeable. Slight woody flavors join it. Hop presence is minimal but a little bitterness shows its head now and again.

Rich, chewey robust mouth feel.

Drinkability is very good.

A subtle beer for Stone. Doesn't knock my socks off but is well crafted and quite delicious and I'd certainly buy it again.

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

Presentation: 22oz. brown bomber with no discernible "bottled on" or "best by" date; $2.99 from the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City; standard etching of a Stone style gargoyle posing for his yearbook photo on the bottle's front.

Apppearance: Pours a dark, dark ruby-brown with a fine, rocky, 3/4"+ head; excellent retention; moderate ring lacing.

Aroma: Roasty, smoky, chocolate malts.

Taste: Robust chocolate malts upfront and throughout; heavy notes of roast and smoke; smooth, rolling bitterness in the finish. Chewy, full-bodied mouthfeel.

Notes: "SSP" almost always kicks ass; had this on tap down at the Stone Brewery and it was downright evil; would rate higher for me if I hadn't had the 6th Anniversary Porter...

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,905 ratings.