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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,867 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,867
Reviews: 1,768
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 144
Gots: 307 | 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 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 ely2000k
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Giant head. This beer looks black when I pour it into the glass, and is completely opaque. Looks like a giant dark jewel. Great and tasty looking.

S- Smells smoky, has a slight burnt malt smell, along with some roasted wood chips. Slight burnt coffee smell. I really like the smell.

T- Dark and crisp, but the smokey tasted seems to kind of overpower anything else going on in there. Tastes like it would go great with some barbecue. To be honest, I feel like the flavor isn't really quite as good as Stone's IPA or Arrogant Bastard. Seems to be more one dimensional.

M- Silky, velvet feel a bit creamy too. Perfect carbonation. Heavy, but manages to remain smooth.

O- I think everything about this beer is great, except for the taste. And the taste is by no means bad, just perhaps more one dimensional then some of Stone's other brews.

Photo of 0beerguy0
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown, almost black color. Creamy tan head about two and a half fingers worth. This head left very nice lacing.

Aroma: Smoky with a little vanilla.

Taste: Smoked malt, vanilla, a hint of chocolate. I picked up a little coffee flavor at the end. I think it has a very well balanced range of flavors.

Mouth feel: Seemed a bit thin for a smoked porter, but defiantly not a bad mouth feel.

Drinkability: I love this beer. It's very smooth.

This is one of the best beers I have had in a while. This is defiantly my favorite beer from Stone hands down.

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 brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A - Pours black with mahogany highlights and a 2 finger tan head the leaves sticky lacing everywhere.

S - The aroma is very faint but is chocolate and roasted malt with just a touch of smokiness.

T - Medium level of smoke up front followed by roasted malt and chocolate. I enjoy the more subdued level of smokiness.

M - Medium bodied but not as creamy as I was expecting.

D - A very good smoked porter with just the right level of smoke in my opinion. Not as smoky as Alaskan.

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

22oz bomber.
Pours a deep dark brown, looks almost black. The head is a nice size tan which will diminishes but covers the top of the brew and completely laces the glass with sticky foam.
The smell isl malty and of coffee or chocolate. I was trying to avoid the word smokey but I'll throw it in there anyway.
Taste is also rich malty with hints of coffee. Yet not all that bitter.
Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, thicker with a nice light carbonated feel.
Drinkability is high this is so smooth I could defiantly have another.

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

Man, I haven't had this one in years, yet I have a bomber in front of me. Oh, what to do...

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Mean head, mocha color so to speak, sticky, and with a very dark brew below it.... almost black even.

S: Like toasted, slightly burned milk chocolate. Really nice and a totally breathe of fresh air from many porters out there.

T: One of the all-time standards and I see why: Toasty, but not too. Yep... I can see how this appeals to the dark beer loving masses. Milky and candy-like, roasty goodness for sure.

M: Snot-like enough, and infinitely drinkable, with lots of lacing and a welcome departure from most of the porters I've had here recently.

O: One of the the all-time greats for most people. But for me, it was really, really good.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep brown, almost black with a ring of head over top of the beer. The nose is only slightly smokey, and mostly chocolate. The flavor has a bit more smokey flavor than the nose would tell, but still the chocolate and roasted tones dominate. The feel is moderate. I would like to have a little thicker or creamier bit to it. I like it, but this is no Alaskan Smoked Porter.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Both experiences I've had with Stone brews have been learning experiences so far. From Arrogant Bastard, I learned that Stone's bottle warnings, while humorous, are indeed true. From the Imperial Russian Stout, I learned that I'm just not a fan of that style. I assumed that I would learn the same from this beer, but you never know until you try.

This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, with some ruby red highlights and a puffy hot chocolate head.

Smells almost entirely of roasted malt. Some coffee beans and dark chocolate in there, as well, but the roasty malt is strongest.

The taste matches all of the scents, with the addition of a nice smoky character that comes in behind everything else. Very dry finish with a little hop bitterness. Everything balances out very nicely.

This beer is surprisingly light and smooth...not to say that it IS light, more of a medium-light, but I just expected this to be much heavier. It was a very pleasant surprise. Very creamy. This seems to be very drinkable.

I expected to be overwhelmed by this beer, in a bad way. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first smoked-style bier I've had in a while other than Schlenkerla... Quite good! Opaque, dark brown color, with a smooth tan head, and attractive lacework. Nose was smoky, malty and dry; reminiscent of Schlenkerla. Body was a degree or 2 less than medium, but mouthfeel was good otherwise. Good malt backbone, and the smokiness is not subtle, but just strong enough. Some other roasty-porter notes come through, and it finishes well on the dry side. All the Stones biers I've tried to date are quite good! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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

Beautiful looking beer here. Dark but clear, with red hues around the edges. Fat head. Nitro tapped would be amazing.

Has an aroma of coffee and malt. No smoke like advertised on the bottle.

Similar but very deep flavors of coffee, sugar, molassess, and finally a lasting and perfect bitterness. Not lots of complexity.

Surprisingly light for the color. Not syrupy at all, and good carbonation, leading to excellent drinkability.

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

The beer is dark brown with crimson highlights visible when held to the light. The beige head is an inch thick, displaying lasting retention with plenty of sticky lacing left behind.

The aroma brings smoke, roast, brown bread, a touch of resinous hops.

Nice flavor with a forward smoke character. A touch of campfire and charred roast. Additional notes of salami, summer sausage. The finish offers a touch of bitterness with lingering pine and resinous hops. Quite flavorful and enjoyable.

Medium bodied and pretty smooth sailing with moderate carbonation. Alcohol content feels low and unobtrusive.

A solid beer. As easy as this one is to find, I definitely see myself buying this again.

Photo of alli4051
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours almost black with some deep amber accents around the edges when held to the light. Produces about a finger and a half of khaki colored head that recedes slowly with good lacing.

S: Smokey, go figure, along with scents of roasted malts, chocolates and hints of coffee.

T: Lots of smokiness up front along with lots of roasted malts. Has a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. Some chocolaty notes are present as well.

M: Thick but surprisingly clean. Pleasant.

D: The nice clean finish makes this pretty drinkable for me. At 5.9% this is definitely one of the more sessionable Stone offerings I have had.

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

Stone is always dependable. I first tried this on tap, and remembered the smell as being more smoky. But now that I'm drinking from the bottle, there's not so much. The aroma is more chocolate and roast malt, with some smoke flavor only showing up with the aftertaste. The appearance is really good too, dark black with mahogany edges, milk chocolate colored frothy head. Nice beer, nice brewery.

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

22oz. brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. The Smoked Porter pours an obsidian color with a nice thick frothy tan head on top. Good head retention and a fair amount of lacing.

S: dark roasted malts. Some coffee and dark cocoa aromas, with some smoked peat as well. The smoked quality is a little light.

T: roasted malts are the overall flavor, some toffee, coffee, and chocolate tones. Mild hop character, but it is present. Smoky characteristics are all over this, yet not overly done.

M: smooth and creamy mouthfeel. low carbonation level. A little think.

D: one of the best smoked porters out there. I have yet to be disappointed by Stone, and this is another reason why. Very drinkable.

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

Deliberately poured with three fingers of desert sand colored foam, this baby looks beautiful residing in a footed Belgian tulip glass. When held to the brightest of light, the color is a resounding quality mahogany with perfect clarity. Lacing comes in over the 85th percentile...beautiful!

The nose needed a little coaxing...but it decanted at 43°, more than a tad low for both the style and pedigree. As a more appropriate temperature was achieved, what emerged was a chocolate profile with a roasted malty depth.

The initial taste reveals a most wonderful dryness which begins with a tongue-dance performed by the just-right level of carbonation. Deep roasted grains then take over providing a wonderful depth and creamy mouthfeel only to be outdone by the finish of light smoke, hop bite, and slow malty fade.

I'd love the opportunity to sample this complimented with salami or sausage incorporated into lasagna or pizza.

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

A: Deep brown. 2-Fingers of eggshell head that sticks around for most of the party.

S: Smells like a smoky caramel macchiatto. Roasty and fruity as well.

T: Full-bodied with a chocolate-covered coffee bean flavor. Charcoal and malty give an acrid note to it. Hoppy finish. Good level of smoke to bring me back for more.

M: Enough carbonation to satisfy, but I would up it a hair.

D: Good enough for a second round.

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

On tap at Hopjacks into a pint glass. Dark, engine-oil black with minimal head, only a thin brownish tan foam topping the dark liquid. Not much nose at first, but as it warms to proper temperature, notes of lightly toasted malt and coffee emerge. The beer wasn't listed on the menu as "smoked porter" and I honestly didn't get much "smoky" character from it. In the mouth are obvious roasted malt flavors blended with notes of powdery chocolate and roasted coffee. Dry, toasted malt finish. In the mouth, it's smooth and creamy with a silky feel similar to skim milk. Just right for style. Drinkability is excellent; it's smooth and flavorful and definitely sessionable.

Overall: A good solid porter, above average and worth a try.

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

#52. My first Stone Brew review.

Poured from a Bomber to a glass mug at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy two finger depth tannish head that retains nicely, leaving a big excess foam in the center for a while and some light foamy lacing streaks at the sides. Color is a near black with some deep mahogany tones on the edges when held to light. Can't see any carbonation going on in this brew. It looks like an inviting and bold porter. 4.5

(Smell) I can certainly get the smoky aroma which lingers over the entire porter smell. Some slight chocolate tones and a hint of caramel here and there, a bigger presence on the roasted nuts than the average porter. Licorice stands out a lot also. Floral hops do a nice job rounding out this nose. Biggest fallback is on the potency, where these flavors don't really get a chance to shine like they should. Everything smells really good and I can't wait to try this beer. 4

(Taste) Super smoky caramel, this would pair nicely with most smoked foods. A coffee bean taste is more evident than ever, with the roasted bean tones dragging on to the finish paired with a dominant licorice stick twang and some herbal spice zest. Plums and dark fruit may also be involved in here, more likely in the finish. A very bold and exciting taste. Everything is well rounded and exciting. Smokey tastes are most dominant, of course. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Smooth and creamy. A very smokey mouthfeel that becomes very dominant over time and perhaps too much for some. There could be more carbonation, but I don't feel it would be appropriate for the style. This does a pretty good job on the mouthfeel. 4

(Drinkability) A slow drinker due to the complex arrangement of flavors and a smoky dominance but nothing too much for my preference. Does well on most levels, but is largely filling and I couldn't consider a second bomber after this one. One is all I'd ever need! 3

Verdict: A worthy porter. Smokey accents are well recognized and the taste is well rounded and robust with flavor. Porter lover? Worth it! A- (4.2)

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.

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,867 ratings.