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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,935 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,935
Reviews: 1,787
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 149
Gots: 356 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 3,935 | Reviews: 1,787
Photo of sleazo
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at porters pub. My reeward for handing in paper number 2. Pours a deep dark dark brown. Bordering on black. A decent sized head with proper lace. Smell is of roasted malt. Subtle smoke lingers in the nose. Alderwood maybe? Taste is nice roasted malts. Like a nice piece of toast with some subtle smoke in the aftertaste. I can't quite pinpoint the exact smoky flavour but this a nice porter. The hops are a presence as well. You can tell this is a west coast porter. Mouthfeel is excellent. Perfect for the style. Slightly chewy yet not thick at all. I could drink a bunch of these.

Photo of cuffmw00
4.04/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Jacobus79
4.04/5  rDev +1%

Photo of theghost3
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this during SB XLIV.

Pours a deep brown, almost black, which you can slightly see through. 3-finger thick tan head. Head disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell is smokey with licorice, roasted malts, chocolate, and a slight earthy hop aroma. Taste is smoke with burnt chocolate malts, charcoal & bitter hops in the end. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with just a little acidity.

This is a drinkable brew. The hoppiness was unexpected. This would go well with a steak or BBQ.

Photo of Sazz9
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mlkluther
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown Ruby with an off white head that mostly dissipates which leaves some lacing.

Nose has some chocolate, malt, and slight smoke

Taste follows nose and finishes with some bitterness.

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A relatively clear deep rich brown. Appears black until held to light. Pours with a solid, creamy tan head. Retention is decent. Drops to a small creamy cap over a few minutes. Sheets of sticky lacing. Very pretty.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts. Slightly burnt with a nice solid smoky push. Some char. Cocoa and ash. Vaguely grassy with some corn and earth. It smells like every porter should. Sweet caramelized malts in the back. Smokiness builds a bit as it warms.

Taste: Light smokiness. Solidly, but not overly, roasted. Some backing coffee bean and dark chocolate. Hints of cocoa. Some ash and char, but more smoky than either. Underlying nuttiness. Some caramel malt sweetness. Sweet smoky roast.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy and smooth. Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Drinks like a champ with a bit of warmth.

Overall: Because...screw you!

Another benchmark provided by Stone. This isn't a knock your socks of porter, but damn if it's not tasty and sets a bar for the style. I'm not a huge porter fan, but this could change my mind.

Photo of Neil-Schimka
4.04/5  rDev +1%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of stimulus
4.04/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rodlavers
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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 +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkRott67
4.04/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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.

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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