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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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90
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3,938 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 3,938
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: 3,938 | Reviews: 1,787
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 pmarlowe
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 Kerrie
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, for a smoked porter, I don't detect any smokiness, but it's still good.

A- Nearly opaque black with a nice frothy head (good retention) and heavy lacing.

S- Smells hoppy, like an IPA, with the porter smell being more in the background.

T- I can taste the hops, so this isn't a typical smoked porter. More hoppy than malty. Thankfully, I've been getting into IPAs lately or else I probably wouldn't like this as much. But it just doesn't taste like a smoked porter. Hoppy finish/aftertaste, too.

M- Not too thick or thin.

Overall, I don't think it's a good representation of the style. IPA lovers would most likely enjoy it if they're trying to branch out to porters and stouts.

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

Wow am I glad I bought this. Like all stone products, this beer looked awesome. The head wasn't as menacing as, say, Arrogant Bastard, but it left an excellent lace nonetheless. The back of the bottle sums it up nicely..."Amazingly rich, dark, and delicious..."

Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a 3 finger tan head with good retention. Smells of chocolate and coffee malt, mild smoke, and some bitter hops. The hops take a back seat to the malt as it always should be with a porter or stout. The sweetness and bitterness of this beer balance each other out beautifully. This is a rich and full bodied porter which is nicely carbonated and easy to drink. I would gladly pick up this beer again. I just wish the smoke was a little stonger.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Very weak aroma of smoke and roasted malt
Head large (7 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing fair - moderate number of small islands of iny tan bubbles
Body dark reddish brown, clear
Flavor definately smokey, very slightly bitter, some roased malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

Photo of scratch69
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown color with two fingers worth of tan head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of hops.

Taste- Roasted malt, smoke, and chocolate. Just a hint of citrus-like hops toward the finish.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied. Smooth with a light amount of carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good example of the style. Very enjoyable.

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this back in September on tap at Allora in Marlborough, MA, but forgot to log it here. Just noticed it in my notes.

A: Almost pitch black with 2 finger rusty-brown head, served in a flute glass.

N: Nose of roasted malts, slight chocolate, toffee, and some smoked malt.

T: Creamy and roasty with chocolate milk taste. Semi smokey but not overpowering. Semi sweet and a little syrupy, also adds some earthy roasted flavors.

M: Semi thick with decent carbonation and a little syrupy and creamy.

F: Pretty bitter on the finish, which also adds some dark fruits, and slight stouty bitter flavors. A little more lingering smoke but not much, and followed with some light alcohol spice.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, smoke, and hints of chocolate. The taste is like the aroma, but with a little more chocolate, and a little less smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this beer isn't as smokey has other smoked porters I've tasted. Still, it is really good for what it is. I can't I wouldn't appreciate some more smoke, but I still appreciate this slightly smokey porter.

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GRPunk
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- It was initially a bit of a gusher. The body was a very deep, dark brown that was nearing black. The head was a fluffy, tan that left loads of sticky spots on the side of the glass.

S- It had a really nice malty aroma off the bat. It was full of roasted, smoked goodness. There were hints of coffee and chocolate behind the pronounced smoked aroma.

T- It's a great combination of traditional porter traits with a heavy dose of smoke. The smoked flavors were abundant, yet not overpowering. I still picked up a good deal of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. The slightest of citrus hops struggle to make itself known through the robust malt and smoke profiles.

M- Pretty basic. A light bite from medium carbonation, hop, and alcohol.

D- It's a decent drinker. As the smoked flavors become more robust with some warmth, it gets a little more difficult imagining drinking more than a bomber at a time.

Photo of fscottkey
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown to black with a slight reddish hint when held up to the light. Sports a huge head which slowly dissipates leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of wood burning stove in the winter.

M: Smooth mouth feel - with no boozy sense.

T: Some smoke up front but it intensifies and gives a very smokey after taste a few moments later. Very enjoyable - especially as it warms.

O: This is an enjoyable porter that really improves as it warms (patience is not usually my thing - but it is rewarded).

Photo of polloenfuego
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a a nice deep brown/black and with a nice root beer colored head. The smoke comes through on the nose, as do roasts and a touch of malt. Smoke comes across on the taste as well. The roasts really come across though. Not overpowering, but at a nice level.

A nice beer, a good solid drink. It seems a little different than most Stone beers I have had, but that is not a bad thing.

Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with only a hint of amber red at the bottom of the glass, the bubbles on the pour billow beneath the surface before forming a dense head, too dark to trace bubble beads. Roasted malts, coffee bean, cocoa powder and an herbal streak fashion the nose, hint of rum raisin, takes the turns at high speeds as if wanting to show off. Full-bodied, very smoky with a strong chicory streak, gives it a more dark chocolate and bitter profile. The raisin, plum fruit sneaks onto stage, sweetened by molasses crisp notes. Minimal sign of hops, malt the whole way through. Suggests it could be more bitter than it is, this for the best.

Photo of treyrab
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was glad to hear the Wegman's in State College, PA started carrying beer, so I grabbed this while I was there and poured it into my pint glass...

This is simply chocolate thrown into a damn campfire!

A: Brown in color, but light for a porter. Looks more like a dark brown ale. When held up to the light, this has a nice red/cola color that looks real nice. The head is a three finger dark khaki and very creamy and lasts a long time.

S: Smell is phenomenal for the style. Let me first start by saying that this smells like a bonfire. Very woody and smokey, just as this is advertised. There is also a lot of chocolate and a tad cigarette smell in the nose also. Very complex smell, also with some dark cocoa and roast as well.

T: I usually go into these beers thinking that there will be a lack of smoke or woody flavors, but this one really lives up to the expectations. This one is extremely smokey, just like a campfire. It is a bit light in body, but still has nice chocolate and light cocoa flavors as well that make up for that.

Overall, this is a great smoked porter. It is not heavy or thick, but has a lot of smoke, chocolate, and cocoa flavors that get the job done.

Photo of joster_951
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stcules
4.02/5  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 hiikeeba
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up black with a thick, fluffy tan head that dissipates slowly.

S - Faint aroma of of smoke and roasted malt

T - Roasted malt flavor, with some chocolate notes. Smoke flavor is subdued and subtle.

M - Mouthfeel seems a bit thin and watery, but not bad.

D - A smooth, easy drinking beer.

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,938 ratings.