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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,776 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,776
Hads: 4,044
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 165
Gots: 436 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Big three-finger head of thick, pillowy ecru foam that falls very slowly, leaving rings of lace on the glass and an island of foam on the surface. Color is one shade off jet black and completely opaque. Held to a light, color is a deep, dense cherry wood and clear. In a porter, this much head is a sign of over-carbonation.

S - Roasted malts, peat, dark dried fruits, hints of caramel and chocolate with rather pronounced aromatic hops like pine mixed in. In fact, the hops pretty much take over the glass as it warms and there's more room in it, pushing the other aromas aside.

T - Well-roasted malts, dark caramel and chocolate, coffee, with smoke woven throughout. All of that is followed by bittering hops in the finish that leave a grapefruit/citrus taste on the tongue.

M - A bit fizzy but chewy, almost thick. Reasonable carbonation. Moderate body. Solid structure. Finish lingers somewhat.

D - This is essentially a roasted/smoked IPA. The porter characteristics show up early in the nose and taste, but the hops take over and pretty much wipe them out. This is the first porter I can think of where most of the finish is grapefruit, but occasionally chocolate/caramel sticks its head in for a moment. Most American porters I've tasted are really junior stouts. This is a brew that follows the American west coast trend of making it all about the hops. It's not my idea of a porter, but hop heads are likely to enjoy the experience, especially if they also like their malts well-roasted.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, tan head. Smell is malts, fruit , a little hops and a little smoke. Taste is carmel, a little roastiness with a smoky background; balanced with hop bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. This is a tasty beer, but I do wish the smokiness was a little more prominant. Overall though, this is worth picking up.

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Photo of JRed
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good smoked porter. By looks alone it may seem as scary as the gargoyle on the front of the bottle but upon first sip you realize that this brew may not be as aggressive as it seems. Although malty, the taste is a little on the bland side but that isn't a terrible thing. Because the taste is so acceptable it makes for a great mouthfeel. You don't ever get the urge to just drink this fast. This beer doesn't attack you, it's much more like a neutral country allowing the invading army to pass through to get to the real battles. Highly drinkable over a period of time and smokey enough to enjoy; the only downfall lies in the unexpected knockout punch that never comes. This is just another example of thinking your opponent hits harder than you do but comes up short.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light khaki decent size head. A dark ruby red body. I can see some bubbles.

I'm kind of shocked on the way of smell here. All I smell is a very light smokiness, light hops and malts. Nothing really that great.

A decent body... Somewhat thick which is good for a porter. Not much carbonation and smooth. Leaves the mouth slightly dry.

You definitely can notice the nice smokiness with the first sip. It's a little bitter. The dark malts and even the somewhat spicy hops make its presence known. The spice isn't ass-kicking in any way but there's a subtle hint of it. A slight coffee taste from the dark malts. I like it. There really isn't an alcohol taste to it; which is good because I've noticed that a lot with other Stone Brewery offerings.

Drink Ability: for a porter I can drink this all night. Don't know how I'd feel in the morning, doesn't really matter because I wake up in the afternoon anyway.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown/black with creamy off white foam that settles down. Laces. Roasted taste, espresso beans. Gritty bitter coffee taste, right up front. Residual harshness. Creamy mouthfeel - very bitter. Flavorful and tasty but difficult drinker. Bitter.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a nice opaque brown with 2 inch tan head. Good retention. Decent lacing. Nice for style.
S: Burnt caramel malt, bitter hops, and smoke.
T: Smoked wood, caramel malt, and bitter hops. Hint of smooth cream.
M: Fairly dry and bitter. Light feel.
D: It's decently drinkable...was expecting a bit more to tell you the truth. Certainly a good example of style, but not stellar.

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Photo of Codnasty
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark Brown with a Nice Chocolate colored Head

S- Raisins, with bits of chocolate and of course Smoke

T- Slightly Hoppy to start with a Mellow midle and a bitter finish

M- No carbonation which is good, some strong alcohol notes even thought its only 5.9%

D- About 1 or 2 of these is all I could get through (22oz bomber) Would have been better paired with some food but for $4.50 its a pretty good deal.

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Photo of rugger
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For a Stone beer it was not what I was expecting, however for a porter it was very good, however it was really nothing special. It was overall to style, but the smoke flavor was lacking and I just expected more from a beer made by Stone. I would definately recommend this to a porter lover, however I would not suggest this to a person that just liked beer. I enjoy the flag porter, or Samuel Smith's porter more, even if they are different types of porters.
Good job to Stone, but again not a big outlandish beer that I would expect from Stone.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 to a pint glass

App: Thick head with great retention and good lacing. The beer itself is a mahogany brown.

Smell: Chocolate and some bitter smoke, though nothing overwhelming.

Flavor: Smoky and some nutty malt sweetness. The malt backbone carries the smoke from the middle through the finish, but its the smoke which is up front and dominant.

MF: Tasty and not too heavy bodied for a porter. I'm still pretty new to this style and I think the smoke flavor takes a little getting used to, so I'll probably only have one.

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Photo of halfP1NT
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this one on 5/12/08.

Appearance is opaque black with a thick, tan head. A slight hint of dark ruby comes through the bottom of the glass. Some nice, thick lacing is left behind.

Smell is roasted malts, as well as a smoky smell that almost reminds me of rubber. There is a hint of chocolate as well.

Taste is smoky, toasted malts; I still can't get past that rubbery presence in the taste, although it goes away as the beer warms, and it's replaced by pleasant, smooth, toasty malts. There's also a hint of anise as it warms. Nice hops presence to balance it all out.

Carbonation is low to medium. This was an interesting version of a porter. The smoky/toasted flavor does get a little bit overwhelming in my opinion, especially after my second glass, but this beer is worth a try.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap.

A – Served to me in a pint glass. The beer appears to be a light brown, Coca-Cola in color, with a small off-white head that dissipates in no time. A ring of lacing hangs about on the perimeter of the glass. With each swig of the glass, a new ring of lacing is left in its wake.

S – Roasted grains and caramel malts. Strong notes of caramel and a nice nuttiness.

T – Malt forward, roasted notes come on strong with a light smokiness that lingers. A bit of caramel and another unidentified sweetness, reminiscent of coconut are noticed. A morsel of hops add another dimension to the brew.

M – A bit thicker than I had thought it would be, based on the initial appearance. Quite smooth.

O – A reasonably drinkable porter that seemed to pair well with a slice of cheesecake. I find it to lack the “smoked” feature it so casually advertises – while it is there, I find myself wanting a bit more. On tap it was good but not sure if I would seek this out in bottles.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle on 12/1/09

I'll start off by saying that I don't normally like smoked beers, this bottle is probably a year old

A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam

S - chocolate, roasted malts, hints of smokiness

T - chocolate at first, then smokiness followed by a charcoal flavor, not bad at all, smoke flavor comes in later in the mouth

M - good carbonation, smooth creamy mouthfeel

D - the smoke builds here, a nicely balanced beer, by the end of the bottle, it was too much for me, but overall i'd drink this one over most other smoked beers

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Photo of guzzle211
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into imperial pint glass

A- half-intensity pour created a nice one-plus finger head. Velvety black appearance, light barely penetrates but creates a deep maroon color.
S- chocolate dominates at first, but not too sweet. hazlenut, mocha subtle after it warms a little.
T/M- a little sweet, gets more complex as it warms. i didnt taste the coffee as strong as everyone else seemed to, i would call it more of a light hint of mocha vs. coffee. thick in the mouth (and belly,) even with a lot of carbonation.
D- after-dinner, one per session. not my type of porter (i would rather have one i can drink as an appetizer or with steak, instead of dessert) but for its style this is very well-crafted and thought out.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured Smoked Porter into a Belgian Tulip.

A - The liquid pours dark brown almost black with two fingers of light mocha head.

S - Roasted malt, light coffee, a touch of vanilla.

T - Roasted smoky malts, bitter coffee mid palate.

M - Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation

O - A good beer. Just not sure I'd get it again. Cheers.

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Photo of Ungespundet
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Hotterthanhell for this bottle...This one is a great intro Bier for non-smokers...

Pours up a fine bubbled head that drops too quick back into the deep brown/blackisch elixir thats shows hints orange around the corners of the glass. The aroma features a nice mellow smoke aroma with roasted sweet malts in the background. The hops are nice and provide an earthy touch. I did find the smoke aroma to be a bit medicinal...

The hops are earthy and come as strong as the smoke in the flavor. The roast malts are sharp and matched well with chocolate malts. The dark malts do provide a lingering bitterness. This Bier for me is somewhat stout-like due to the roast..Definatley a Robust Porter if a to be called a Porter. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and nice. Nice try by this brewery and a nice intro Bier for non-smokers. I'll stick to the Bamberg Biers...

Zum Wohl

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Photo of tewaris
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Stone Smoked Porter
Stone Brewing Co.
Robust Porter
5.9% ABV
22 oz bomber with an enjoy by date of September 04, 2010 poured into a wide mouthed Gouden Carolus glass.

Appearance 5/5
As described on the bottle, dark and deep mahogany color. Clear, with a full, creamy, tan head from an aggressive pour that recedes to a thin head, but with a nice collar that leaves outstanding lacing. Inviting and true to style.

Aroma 3/5
I get no smoke at all. The first impression is a little coffee-like tartness with a burnt character. I would like to describe it better, but the aroma is weak. Dark chocolate once in a whiff. A few swirls and plenty of malty sweetness becomes evident. Even two days before it's freshness date, there's some hop aroma to be found: this is fine by me and not against the style either, but I do not deem hop aroma necessary in a dark ale of this kind. Again, this hop aroma is once in a whiff.

Taste 3/5
Sweet to begin with, with some roasty bitterness in the finish. Hoppy bitterness is also present. The coffee-like tartness of smell is very present, and compliments the initial sweetness. The taste wasn't impressive but the aftertaste is better and flavorful with specialty malts. Finish leans towards bitter but is not dry by any means: it is medium-long; there's bitterness, there's roast, and there's sweet. This will make a good session beer paired with food, but on its own, it's not much of an experience.

Mouthfeel 3/5
Thin and unimpressive. Glad that this beer was warm enough or it would've been harsh, which might be desirable in an IPA or Pilsner, but would've been thoroughly confusing here. Carbonation is at a suitable level.

Drinkability 5/5
It's low in alcohol, it has light body, so you could drink a few, but the question I'd ask myself is, what's the point? Yet, the fact remains that it could be a solid session beer.

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Photo of phishgator
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Probably my least favorite offering by this great brewery. the appearance in my tumbler is impressive, but that's about where it stops. Not a bad brew by any stretch; just not a favor to my liking. The body seems too thin. The aroma is a pleasant burnt, cloyiness that is not very pungent. This is the second time I have had this and the taste didn't differ.

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Photo of Faulconerbrewing
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: It poured a very dark brownish/black color that some reddish tints when held up to the light. A nice dark tan head formed and left a lace of foam on the glass.

Smell: As soon as I poured it into the glass, I could smell the smoked malt. That pretty much drowned everything else out and that was all I could smell. I might have served this beer a little too cold which would mask some of the flavors. I'll have to revisit this one.

Taste: The smoked malt was the most prevelant and obvious flavor given the name of the beer. I though Stone did a good job of still have the "regular" malt flavor come through and mix with the smoked, but the smoked flavor overpowered anything else.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was the first thing that I noticed. It was very smooth and didn't overpower like i was expecting after the first sip. It was gone as quick as it came in.

Drinkability: Overall, I think this is a good beer. Something I'll probably keep in my fridge, but possibly in small quantities. The smoked flavor started to bother me a little towards the end of the beer. I think I could enjoy one or two of these in a session and then have to move on. I started to think about an odd analogy for this...so here it is...but i warned you, it's odd. It's like when you meet this hot girl who smokes. The sex will probably be great, but she'll taste like an ashtray...I guess you have to take the good with the bad. Hey....at least you got laid!! :-)

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Photo of Damian
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Deep Ellum, Allston, MA

Poured a deep brown/black with a two-finger, bubbly, cocoa-colored head that slowly faded to a thick ring of lace. Large, irregular-shaped patches of lacing coated the glass.

Aroma was was quite subtle at first but became somewhat more noticeable as the beer warmed. Dark malts, bittersweet chocolate and coffee beans came through in the nose.

Taste was rather mild and tame. The beer was somewhat sharp up front (I believe this was due to the alcohol) before the roasted malts, bitter espresso and hints of dark chocolate became apparent. By mid-palate the hops kicked in and lasted well into the finish, where they became quite strong. The lingering aftertaste consisted of a mix of roasted malts and a moderate smokiness.

Mouthfeel was rather thin (yet creamy) and the body was fairly light for the style.

I expected more in general from this beer (more intensity, more complexity and more body). Overall, this was a disappointment.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark brown, almost black body with a dark-cream head.

Smell - A little stale and cardboard like. Slight chocolate malt and coffee.

Taste - Very oaky and nutty. Plenty of alcohol and with astringency to boot.

Mouthfeel - Very clean body and very little residue. A little too flat.

Overall Drinkability - Decent porter. Could use some more carbonation and more complexity. Good but a little too one dimensional.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for picking one of these up during his last trip into ILinwaah. I saw this for years on shelves in Wisconsin and never picked it up.

A: First off I drink so many sours now when I do drink other styles I get excited to actually see head and solid retention. This one certainly fits the bill. Pitch black body. Huge two or three fingers of cream hued head. Long lasting retention and thick lace rings left behind. Looks great.

S: Roasted dark malts, black coffee, hints of chocolate and mild hops. Not much smoke though. Not complaining since I hate smoke beers.

T: Dry cocoa powder, black coffee and a rather robust hop profile. Wow who would have ever thought? A Stone beer that's hop loaded. Way to go Stone. We get it already. Not much smoke. Again not complaining.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

O: Just another porter.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color with a half finger tan head with a somewhat uneven ring of lacing.

Scent roasted malts and cocoa powder with smoke and a hint of oak.

Taste of smoke and light cocoa with some roasted malts and alcohol. Not as balanced as it could be, but that doesn't mean it's bad by any means.

Mouthfeel is smooth and flat.

I didn't enjoy this beer as much as I could have, it's too smokey for my taste. I could recommend it to try, but I don't know if I will be picking this one up again.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- ½ in light mocha color head. Dark black with brown edges. Head fades at medium pace. Nice lacing and cant see carbonation due to its so dark.

Smell- Stronger scent. Maybe smoke with lots of malts, and light hops?

Taste- Smokey aftertaste with a light bitterness to it but not much. Malty, don’t know what flavor that I’m tasting (after reading others reviews on BA it made sense and I tasted it that it’s a light coffee taste). Can taste the smokiness though especially when it warms up comes out pretty strong and in aftertaste. Not to hoppy I believe. There’s a light bitterness to it probably from the hops coming through. Flavors come out more when it warms.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with light carbonation but it is there as a light bite at first.

Drinkabilty- Wish I could tell what the taste is (found out it is probably coffee), tastes familiar. It’s better the more I drank. This did make me want to try more porters. Was kind of glad when it was over

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Photo of pwoods
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. Bomber from Party Source poured into a pint glass.

A: 2finger+ Tan head. Good retention and lacing. Pours pitch black letting no light through.

S: Actually kinda citrusy. Some plum/fig notes. Nice and sweet smelling smoke. Reminds me of my smoker filled with hardwood chips soaked in cider.

T/M: BIG smokey malts! Hops are there but are mostly dominated by the smoke. Tasty but probably a little extreme for me. More dark fruits add a touch of sweetness. Body isn't nearly as heavy as I had thought it to be. Getting some slight sourness at the finish.

D: As I said before, it's probably a little too extreme yet for me but I can appreciate it for what it is. Would work good sipping during a winter movie night. This bomber will be enough. I'll try this again around jan. 2009 and see what I think then.

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Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Brooklyn snifter.

Appearance: A near-opaque blackness with bursts of deep red at the bottom of the glass toward the light. Initial head is huge and billowing, but nothing much after that sticks at all and there's little lacing left around the glass, even with subsequent pours.

Smell: More like an oak-aged porter with its woody aromas and mild vanilla, along with subdued and mild roasted malts. Balanced, and seemingly quality stuff, but I expect more from Stone, and this aroma seems to be mimicking so many darker beers I've had lately, which is a bit disappointing.

Taste: Some woodiness, roasted malts, mild coffee. Finishes slightly sour, though a nice subdued roasted malt flavor seems to be there for a while, even though it lacks depth. Smoke? I'm not sure what I'm missing here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, though it lacks creaminess and carbonation and pulls toward a bit of slickness and oiliness.

Drinkability: For all the hype about this beer at least I've been hearing, I'm not unimpressed, just not very impressed. There seem to be many comparable porters across the board, and many better ones. I'm not sure if I can't tell the smoke from anything else, but I was hoping for some predominance, which was something I didn't get. A decent one out of a snifter, but nothing I'll be seeking out again.

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.