Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,832
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 128
Gots: 286 | FT: 2
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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 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 matttttYCE
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stone pint glass.

The head is initially about 2 and a half fingers high, light tan in color, and creamy I'd say. Head fades gradually leaving some nice lacing behind. Color of the beer is a dark, dark brown with deep medium brown and ruby hints when held to the light.

The aroma is of lighter roasted/smoked malts, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of woodsy smoke. Hints of vanilla in the background.

The taste offers a bit more obvious smoke, char, and burnt malts, but it's still on the lighter side. Aside from that there's roasted malts, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, maybe a bit of caramel, and hints of smoked meat, with some hops on the finish but not much. Nice touch.

Mouthfeel is a bit lacking I think. If anything it's more average than lacking but I would have liked it be a bit more full. Consistency is smooth for sure, carbonation is light, body is light, and the finish is moderately lasting. Like I said, I would have liked the body to be a bit more full, not as light and thin as it was.

Overall this is good porter. Not my favorite, or with the best mouthfeel, but a good tasting porter nonetheless. In fact, as far as taste goes, it's up there pretty high, but the feel takes it down a bit for me. I'll give it one thing, though, it's quite drinkable. And at the ABV, it could be close to a more full flavored session type beer.

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

Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a St. Bernardus glass.

A - Very dark, almost black. I see no light coming through this one. Has a decent sized tan head on top.

S - I smell nothing. Maybe a hint of smokiness, but nothing really all that noticable.

T - Wow. This stuff is fantastic. Tastes basically like a "big" porter. I don't really detect huge amounts of "smokiness" (similar to the smell), but it's a big flavor with coffee and some bitter chocolate flavor. There seems to be some hops at the end of the sip to balance out all of the malts.

M - 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.

I'd give this second place in the porter department only to Sam Smith's Taddy Porter. Though it may be different in style, it is still extremely well done and absolutely worth seeking out if you're into porters.

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 StoutIrish
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 sweetbrew82
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle into a pint glass; no freshness date

P: Pours dark brown from the bottle, sits inky black in the glass with rosy brown light barely penetrating the edges. Chocolatey colored head is thick and creamy. Good retention, settling to form a blanket of foam on top while leaving decent lacing.

A: Big whiffs of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and a puff of smoke.

T: Hmmm!!! Delicious dessert beer. Rich, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some caramel greet the palate with a touch of smoke underneath. Hops do come in and provide some balance, but they seem to be a little too intrusive on the malt bill for the style. Still, they play the supporting cast throughout. I seem to get hints of subtle toffee on the back end as well. Finishes dry with some hop bitterness added in to the mix. Leaves a nice, long chocolatey aftertaste.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy as hell, smooth, very light carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, but a bit too sweet to go crazy with.

Notes: Like I said after the initial sip, perfect dessert beer. Despite the name, it's not nearly as smoky as I was expecting. But, what is there is a sweet, roasted malt bomb that completely satisfied my craving for something rich and delicious. In the future, if I'm looking for something of the sort again, I'm leaving the Young's DCS behind and grabbing this instead.

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

Dark and porter appearance, with dark ruby reflexes. A lot of light brown foam.
Very good smell, cocoa, coffee (less) and obviously smoked. Very pleasant.
The taste is very good too, with roasted notes, cooa, and a good smokiness that rises up behind. Resolute. Some sweetness (just a hint), quickly covered by the rest. Interesting.
Behind, some bitterness, not hop-like, more from burned and roasted. And again cocoa.
Same in the aftertaste (cocoa, smoked), and a noticeable bitterness, quite long, with rhubarb hints.

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.

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...

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?

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.

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).

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!

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.

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.

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,832 ratings.