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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,939 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,939
Reviews: 1,787
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 149
Gots: 358 | 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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Ratings: 3,939 | Reviews: 1,787
Photo of andyo
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 22oz. bottle. i am always intrigued by the Stone Brewing Company bottles. I've had this beer on a few previous occasions, most recently on a visit to my dear friend Shane, as he had a bomber of this and a bomber of Rogue Shakesphere Stout awaiting my arrival after 10 long hours of driving from Virginia Beach to Columbus Ohio. To say this beer holds fond memories for me is quite the understatement.

Purchased this from my local Farm Fresh store for $3.89. This beer poured a beautiful black/ruby color, and created a stunning 2 finger grey/tan head that pillowed above my glass. This head slowly settled as I drank, yet continued to leave a sticky lace along the sides of my glass all the way down. Beautiful.

This beer had a nice skokey smell (duh!) with hints of caramel, and a faint whiff of alcohol.

This beer had a mighty nice taste to it. Everytime I taste this beer, it has something slightly different to offer from past tasting experiences. On this occasion, the taste really hit me in the back of my mouth. Very bitter, tastes of roasted malts, very round upon my tongue, full flavors of coffee, slightly nutty, and some tastes of alcohol. This beer left a HUGE aftertaste in my mouth. I found this porter to be very smooth, somewhat complex, and very nice to drink. Count me in for at least one of these, but certainly not a beer I could drink all night long (well...maybe. This is subject to change!)

Photo of sethmeister
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass

Pours dark brown to black. Cranberry highlights when held to the light. Two fingers of creamy tan head leave a small amount of lace.

Scent is faint at first. After some sniffing I get chocolate, coffee, and a wisp of wood smoke. As the beer warms and I continue to enjoy it the smoky aroma becomes more noticeable.

Taste is chocolate, fresh coffee, roasted grain and lightly smoky notes. Though subtle, the smoke flavor lingers nicely. Not as aggressive a beer as I've come to expect from Stone, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. As the beer warms the smokiness seems to grow and become more noticeable. Slight woody flavors join it. Hop presence is minimal but a little bitterness shows its head now and again.

Rich, chewey robust mouth feel.

Drinkability is very good.

A subtle beer for Stone. Doesn't knock my socks off but is well crafted and quite delicious and I'd certainly buy it again.

Photo of Mustard
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz. brown bomber with no discernible "bottled on" or "best by" date; $2.99 from the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City; standard etching of a Stone style gargoyle posing for his yearbook photo on the bottle's front.

Apppearance: Pours a dark, dark ruby-brown with a fine, rocky, 3/4"+ head; excellent retention; moderate ring lacing.

Aroma: Roasty, smoky, chocolate malts.

Taste: Robust chocolate malts upfront and throughout; heavy notes of roast and smoke; smooth, rolling bitterness in the finish. Chewy, full-bodied mouthfeel.

Notes: "SSP" almost always kicks ass; had this on tap down at the Stone Brewery and it was downright evil; would rate higher for me if I hadn't had the 6th Anniversary Porter...

Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 22 ounce bomber into a New Belgium globe. Enjoy by 8/21/10 etched on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a 1 finger foamy tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, sweet cocoa and mild floral hops with a very faint hint of smoke in the background.

Taste: Toasted bread up front followed by semi-sweet chocolate in the middle and ending with a combination of bitter hops and a nice dose of smoke. Aftertaste is smoky and mildly bitter and lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back more than one bomber over the course of an evening. This is a great choice for a cold day.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This is one of the best porters I've ever had. I would definitely recommend trying this. Once again, Stone does not disappoint.

Photo of rpbaldwin
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.
Head: Light tan to off white, moderate rentention.
Aroma: Coffee, Smoke, Chocolate, noticed the chocolate and smoke most at first, but as it warmed, more coffee came through.
Mouthfeel: A bit heavy on the mouthfeel for my taste
Flavor: when first poured, it's strong of smoke and coffee notes, with a hint of chocolate, as it warms, the chocolate begins to become more pronounced with a subtle coffee/roasted malt character. Hop bitterness is present, but not overbearing. Lots of smoke in the finish.
Color: Dark brown with some amber highlights, notably near the edges.

I poured cold and tasted it there, then warmed it up to see the balance of flavor across temperatures. I personally preferred the flavor when on the warmer end of the temperature spectrum. It's more smooth and feels more balanced and is like drinking a regular porter with a treat of some smoke.

Photo of charlzm
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 06/12/09 at 50 degrees F.

Beer pours clear, deep brown with garnet highlights. Lots of active carbonation visible when held to strong light. A frothy two finger tan head forms then fades down with average speed.

Aroma is off, with metallic and sweatsock notes kind of ruining the vibe. Really nasty. However, about half a pint into this bomber, the smell went away and was replaced with subtle, sweet malt, very light smoke and chocolate overtones.

Luckily, taste is not a reflection of that nasty nose: flavor is sharp and fairly clean. Some cocoa malts up front, some smoky charcoal in the middle and a rich semi-sweet chocolate on the finish. Any hops are there primarily for bittering. A furtive mineral water flavor lurks at the edge of perception.

Mouthfeel is a study in contrasts: a real bite on the tongue is balanced by a smooth creaminess. A touch of alcohol heat present, which is odd considering the ABV is relatively low.

Weird smell aside, this is a thick, drinkable brew that goes well with hearty foods. I've had it with spicy BBQ and also with grilled steak and it's a great compliment for those types of vittles.

Photo of neruda11
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of billybob
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22 oz. bottle leaving a two finger tan head which holds well and good lacing to the finish. smell is smokey or burnt caramel or coffee. taste is very sweet with same caramel, coffee, smokey burnt flaver. mouthfeel light, good carbonation. this is my first try with this style beer. i don't know if i like it or not but i will give it another try.

Photo of Jasonboerner
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not my favorite beer. Stone has many more smoked porters I like better.

Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. My beer of choice for the Super Bowl. Enjoyed with grapes, cheese, mango slices and macadamia nuts. Pours a dark brown color, When held to a light, looked reddish and clear with light getting through all over. BIG frothy head with excellent retention and average lacing.

Good smell of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, coffee and a moderate amount of smokiness (not Alaskan Smoked Porter smokey). Very tasty, I drank the whole bottle and enjoyed every bit.

Mouthfeel is rich enough and smooth. No hint of alcohol or unpleasant aftertastes.

A solid Porter, great with food.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass at cellar temp.

Deep dark mahogany color, ruby edges are beautiful. Thick tan head is soft and fluffy and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, licorice, mild coffee. A little alcohol warmth in the smell. Taste is roasty like coffee, some dark malts and caramel involved. A little of the licorice and some spicey hops in the finish, not turning bitter or anything. Some warmth in the end that is pleasant.

Good body and quite fulfilling, not a beer you would drink a bunch of. Well done at a moderate ABV. Good winter warmer type beer if you ask me.

Photo of brystmar
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with plenty of frothy white head, strong lace and retention.

S: smokey malts, hops

T: bitter, smokey, hoppy, malty. Really well balanced with a hint of sweetness in the middle before returning to bitterness.

M: creamy and active. Would prefer slightly less carbonation.

D: goes down easily; I could session this brew. Not a huge fan of porters in general, but this is among the best I've had.

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into an imperial pint glass.

Gorgeous frothy, khaki 3-finger head slowly settles into an interesting honeycomb pattern as the bubbles coalesce, leaving behind some great lacing. The head reminds me of root beer or dirty sea foam.

Color is deep brown in the center and mahogany around the edges.

Aroma is all roasty sweet malt.

Taste is a great balance between bitter and sweet. Caramel, chocolate, subtle smoke, and some vanilla. Mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious.

Overall this is one of the better porters I've tried.

Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a nice dark malt scent that boasts of chocolate, crystal, and black barley. It is a bit dry and devoid of hops. The taste is good. It has a fine malt palate and a dry smoked malt finish. It is rich, yet smooth. There are a lot of black malts in this one. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking porter. It has excellent malt complexity and drinkability.

Photo of JamisonM
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stone Russian Imperial Stout glass

A: pours a Mahogany color but in the glass its black with a tan head good lace and head retention

S: chocolate coffee very slight smoke slight sweetness in the smell

T: bitter chocolate bitter coffee roasted malts with a robust taste and light smoke the finish is bitter

M: med mouth with med carbonation

D: drinkable

Overall: not the best porter I have ever had but good none the less. after a while the bitterness got to me on the finish so I had to knock off some points for that.

Photo of crwills
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer! A deep, dark read -- nearly black -- with ruby highlights. Small off-white head accents it.

Aroma is rauchbier-like: burnt wood, barbecue mesquite, dark burnt chocolate and... bacon!

The roasted malts really show up in the flavour. Good hop backbone as well, with a smoky finish and bitter, dry aftertaste that morphs into sweet candy sugar over time. As it warms, additional flavours (milk chcolate, sweet toffee, banana) start to show up. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Fantastic beer!

Photo of scottum
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really wasn't all that smokey for a beer that has the word smoked in it's title. Poured out very dark with a nice head. Tastes very mellow for a stone brew. Feels good in the mouth and good in the stomach. A quite good porter with a hint of smoke. Mmmmm... Stone.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I reviewed Smoked Porter in a glass mug.

Appearance- This beer has a very nice muddy-brown cap with tiny bubbles in the smooth surface. There is about a finger's-width of foam sitting atop the dark brown and opaque body. There is almost a solid wall of lace as the drink diminishes in the glass.

Smell- This one is full of rich cocoa nibs and a tangy yeast. It almost smells like sourdough bread. Not much smoke to speak of, but incredibly rich and malty.

Taste- The palate is not quite as rich, but the smokiness is more forward and really clings for a long finish. The sourdough bread malt hits the palate more in the middle of the drink. Cocoa is not nearly as strong here, which is a little disappointing.

Mouth feel- A nice mouth feel is found in Smoked Porter: a bigger medium body that slides easily over the tongue. It is not very dry, but the beer really sticks to the cheeks, making for a very long drink.

Overall- I really enjoyed this porter. If only the malty, cocoa bomb promised by the nose could transfer to the palate without getting muted by the smoke. Otherwise there is not much to complain about here. Enjoy this one!

Photo of taez555
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark black body with a creamy dark tan head.

The nose was a dark lush chocolate. Touches of caramel, malt and a soft, very faint, meat/smoke smell.

The taste was light to medium bodied. Dark mild but bitter roasted barley. Soft chocolate. A nice firm bitterness from start to finish. A touch of hops A slight woody/bark flavor. A very very mild smoke flavor. The smoke is present but simple and perfectly complimenting the dark malt.

Overall a really nice porter. Tasty, smooth and creamy but not as thick as a stout. Just a faint hint of smoke giving it a nice added touch. Basically just another great beer from stone.

Photo of kagent777
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought that I would never be one of those guys that realized he traded for a beer, goes to review it and cannot remember who he got it from. I suppose I am. This tasty beer has a best by date of 1-18-12 and I poured it into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A beautiful one fingered tan head sits on top of a dark brown clear beer. This one is almost opaque, but when held up to the light reveals some carbonation bubble streams and reddish edges. This beer leaves some nice lacing (or my glass is finally "beer clean.")

Smell: There is some campfire smoke, but this one is actually pretty subtle and share well with the other flavors in the room. I also get roasty malts and a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Very much reflective of the smell. I taste roasty malts, some chocolate, and a dash of campfire smoke. There is a nice semi-sweet quality about the chocolate with some bitterness on the finish. Being from Stone, I was expecting more smoke. That being said, I would not change anything, there are many over powered smoked beers out there and this is a nice alternative.

Mouthfeel: No problems. Carbonation is smooth and soft on the lower side. Body is on the low side of medium.

Overall: I liked it a lot. I was expecting something a little different. I am glad to have tried it.

Photo of TheLiterati
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise! Stone’s Smoked Porter pours a dark, rich brown with a creamy caramel-tan head. The color is so deep that it’s nearly opaque.

The aroma is pleasing and downright comforting – a subtle smokiness hints at a cozy night in front of a roaring fire, which is exactly how I enjoyed mine.

The taste is complex without being fussy, and has a pleasing toasted malt flavor that’s not too sweet, with a nicely hopped finish. Rather than assault the palate, the smoke flavor is subtle but present in every sip, just as the aroma wafts from the glass. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, with just enough effervescence to keep it interesting as the brew warms.

Took “the Bros.” advice and chose this porter to go along with a real down-home meal. Not only did it stand up well to southern-styled favorite of fried chicken, greens and cornbread, but the smoky flavor made for a nice finish to a simple yet flavorful meal.

Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,939 ratings.