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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,722 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 3,722
Reviews: 1,745
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 112
Gots: 252 | 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 mattcrill
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours very "imperial"-like. Black and with a nice pillowy tan head. Looks great in my brandy snifter.

Smell: Chocolate and espresso. But definitely more towards the chocolate end of things. Not hugely over powering but nice.

Taste: The taste reminds me of baker's chocolate. There is some bitterness up front (I'm assuming that's the "smoke" flavor they are going for...which I would agree is present), some chocolate throughout the middle, and just a touch of sweetness (more along the lines of a latte..so it's sweet but definitely not overdone) to finish. There is a definite "smoke" aftertaste that clings to my tongue. A pretty complex brew overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slick. I would expect a little more creaminess for a porter. But I liked it.

Drinkability and overall: A cool rendition of a porter. I really enjoy my porters and although I've had better, this is a good one to try.

mattcrill, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of TongoRad
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ultimately a beer like this should be judged on how well the smoke character is incorporated into the base beer, and what sort of character that base beer has. On both of those counts this is definitely a fine beer.

The smoke presence is mild but definitely there. This is definitely conceived as a beer that one could do a session with- the smokiness never reaches an overbearing quality.

The base porter is also quite good and well balanced. Nothing is permitted to overpower the delicate smoke presence- neither the roasted malt, hops, caramel, yeast signature, etc, are overtly powerful. Therein lies a certain limiting aspect of this beer- intensity is sacrificed for drinkability. It's still freakin' good, though- put me down for a couple of bombers...

TongoRad, May 26, 2005
Photo of TheDM
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very nice aroma that is pleasant to the nose. It has a typical very dark brown color with a small head that quickly disappears. I found my self taking 3 or four tastes before I even got a feeling for this Porter. It was a very mild taste that escaped me for a few moments. It had almost no before or after taste. Very smooth and lacking any bitterness. I find myself liking the Porters more and more. This brew is pushing me over the edge in that direction. Can I have some more please?

TheDM, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost totally black, with just a little light seeping through. It has a nice light brown head, too.

It has a nice aroma of toasted and roasted grain with a hint of smoke.

The taste is great. It's lightly smoky, with nice flavors of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate.

The body is glassy smooth.

Overall this is an excellent porter and a nice contrast to Stone's hoppier brews.

Shaw, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of pmarlowe
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours very dark, opaque brown, with a finger of whispy, light khaki head. Very good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Predominately dark roasted malt, some smoke, and also vanilla and cream. The smokiness is actually pretty subtle on the nose.

T: Smoked malt, at a good level and without being overpowering, an undertone of chocolate, a little sourish coffee on the finish. Simple and tasty.

M: Medium-light body and light carbonation.

O: Very drinkable. I like that the smoke is present but not overboard. As always, Stone gives a great value. I'm not used to buying bombers this cheap (less than $5).

pmarlowe, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of tobyandgina
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Smoked Porter head was average, light brown and lasting. Color was dark amber, reddish-brown. Body was pretty clear.

Aroma: Average to heavy malt presence with a toasted chocolate cereal. Some hops thrown in there. Some yeastiness, smoke and charcoal.

On the palate, there was medium body, creamy texture and soft carbonation.

The flavor tended to have an average duration, moderately sweet and moderately acidic.

Great on the list of Smoked Porters. Cheers!

tobyandgina, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of msolar
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark with a nice tan head. Darker than expected.

Has a very nice smokey flavor that would go great with some barbeque. Very drinkable without too much carbonation.

I’d highly recommend, I liked this a lot and will certainly pick more up in the future.

msolar, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of OKCNittany
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Near black body. Two finger tan head with very good retention and lacing.

S: Very smoky aroma, but little else comes through.

T: Chocolate and coffee flavors abound - along with the sense that this was brewed in a smokehouse.

M: Low to medium carbonation. Not quite full bodied. Pleasant lasting aftertaste.

D: Despite the strong flavor & substantial body, it's very drinkable - sessionable even (if only I'd have been smart enough to buy more).

Not my favorite porter, but a darn fine offering & one I'll be happy to go back to - on the rare occasion I can find it.

OKCNittany, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Black porter, 2 finger caramel head that settled very slowly with beautiful lacing throughout.

S- Lacking a bit here. Some hop bitterness and floral aroma with a slight smokey smell that settles in the nose after each sniff...

T/M- Liquid barbequed ribs with a slight hop flavor and bitterness... period, thats how it tastes and it is f'ing amazing!! The mouthfeel is also the best as far as a porter has gone for me. Medium full bodied with minimal carbonation that fills the mouth and feels so good.

D- Pretty good for a porter. I feel the flavor is a bit overwhelming to drink a bunch in a row, but this one bomber is awesome!

Overall, one of my favorite porters AND offerings from Stone. Man this beer is awesome. Taste is something special and it really hits your tastebuds hard. I love it and I wish I had another to drink tomorrow...

TheGordianKnot, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of Kerrie
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, for a smoked porter, I don't detect any smokiness, but it's still good.

A- Nearly opaque black with a nice frothy head (good retention) and heavy lacing.

S- Smells hoppy, like an IPA, with the porter smell being more in the background.

T- I can taste the hops, so this isn't a typical smoked porter. More hoppy than malty. Thankfully, I've been getting into IPAs lately or else I probably wouldn't like this as much. But it just doesn't taste like a smoked porter. Hoppy finish/aftertaste, too.

M- Not too thick or thin.

Overall, I don't think it's a good representation of the style. IPA lovers would most likely enjoy it if they're trying to branch out to porters and stouts.

Kerrie, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Sosh
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow am I glad I bought this. Like all stone products, this beer looked awesome. The head wasn't as menacing as, say, Arrogant Bastard, but it left an excellent lace nonetheless. The back of the bottle sums it up nicely..."Amazingly rich, dark, and delicious..."

Sosh, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a 3 finger tan head with good retention. Smells of chocolate and coffee malt, mild smoke, and some bitter hops. The hops take a back seat to the malt as it always should be with a porter or stout. The sweetness and bitterness of this beer balance each other out beautifully. This is a rich and full bodied porter which is nicely carbonated and easy to drink. I would gladly pick up this beer again. I just wish the smoke was a little stonger.

hardy008, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of scratch69
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown color with two fingers worth of tan head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of hops.

Taste- Roasted malt, smoke, and chocolate. Just a hint of citrus-like hops toward the finish.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied. Smooth with a light amount of carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good example of the style. Very enjoyable.

scratch69, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Small head with a dark red color and tiny flecks of lacing.

S - A light smoky character over a faint coffee and a mild hop (like kent goldings). Very mild overall.

T - A bit of smoky black patent, faint coffee and a mild woodsy hop. Aftertaste is faintly bitter with a bit of mild woodsy hops and coffee.

M - Medium to thin bodied, smooth and very refreshing.

D - Great! Refreshing and delicious. I will likely have this again sometime.

mrasskicktastic, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of JamesStreet
4.01/5  rDev 0%
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.

JamesStreet, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of fscottkey
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown to black with a slight reddish hint when held up to the light. Sports a huge head which slowly dissipates leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of wood burning stove in the winter.

M: Smooth mouth feel - with no boozy sense.

T: Some smoke up front but it intensifies and gives a very smokey after taste a few moments later. Very enjoyable - especially as it warms.

O: This is an enjoyable porter that really improves as it warms (patience is not usually my thing - but it is rewarded).

fscottkey, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown. Pillowy beige head with loads of sticky lacing. Looks amazing.

Light mocha and light smoke. Very subtle. Rustic roastiness, but soft. Dark and faintly fruity.

Roasty malts, a touch of smoked grain, and lightly citric hops. Softly malty, with coffee and mocha pulling through. Still maintains some substantial bitterness. The smokiness is a little sweet, like hickory, but not as rich. Sweet in the finish, as well, which makes it an easy 'like'.

Charming mouthfeel. I like the bitterness level on the tongue, because it's still ooey-gooey on the backend. Soft gas promotes a fuller and chewier body. A bomber that never intimidates.

I think this is solid. Needs a bit more, aromatically. Tastes good and feels great. I'll be back.

thecheapies, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of T-Cake
4.01/5  rDev 0%

T-Cake, Tuesday at 02:21 AM
Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great dark pour, very nice muddy-tan head, and an awful lot of carbonation & lacing...the nose was subtle on smoliness i found, more present were some roasted malts & cocoa notes...the taste seemed more stout-like to me, some dark chocolates, roasted malts and rich creaminess...the smokiness creeped in subtley mid-sip and didn't overpower the other nice qualities of this beer....a nice coffee-bean bitterness lingered...mouthfeel was both lively and rich and offered up some creamy texture...great drinkability, complex enough to sit and sip but fresh & lively enough to consume at will...i thought it was well balanced and the subtle smokiness was plenty for this beer

Popsinc, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -0.2%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev -0.2%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of nickadams2
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Dark brown with a thick white head. Decent lacing.

S_Mostly just roasted barley.Picking up a little smoke.

T_Roasted barley,bittersweet chocolate,vanilla and a hint of smoke. Wouldn't guess this was a smoked beer on a blind taste.

M_Thinner than I expected but nice body.

D_Easily put down a few of these.

nickadams2, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of thetommo
4/5  rDev -0.2%

thetommo, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev -0.2%

csmartin6, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of sponberg
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma has an ironlike smokiness to it, with hints of citrusy hop. Dark dark brown.

The flavors in some order (changes sip to sip) - citrus hop; an oiliness similar to that found in an oatmeal stout; smoky maltiness; chocolatey maltiness; roasted coffee maltiness. Take the late, lamented Big Indian Porter, subtract some of the malt, add in hops & smoke, and you have this beer. This is NOT a bad thing at all. The finish is very nice - a little sweet, with some smoky-roasty-dry malt overtones.

sponberg, Jul 15, 2002
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,722 ratings.