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Stone Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,788 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,788
Hads: 4,102
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 180
Gots: 481 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

A porter with hints of chocolate & coffee balanced by subtle smokiness
First Release: December 1996

When first released, our smoky version of a traditional English porter was ahead of its time. Today, it's a highly regarded staple among craft beer fans and our go-to food complement, pairing effortlessly with all kinds of cuisine, from peanut butter and banana sandwiches to braised pork belly and apple pie. This worldly libation is dark, smooth and complex, with chocolate and coffee flavors suffused with subtle smokiness from the addition of peat-smoked malt.
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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cascading dark tan head, tightly woven micro bubbles glistening, three fingers plus. Good alcing. Extremely dark brown body, slight ruby highlights.

Aroma is rich chocolate and coffee. Dark and inviing.

Taste is dark chocolate to start, quickly joined by coffee. Some dark fruits follow. Smoke in the finish, pleasant but not overpowering . Smooth mocha aftertaste.

Rich, slick mouthfeel. Definitely porterish, not as chewey as a stout, but thick enough.

Delightfully drinkable, with dinner, with dessert, while watching tv, or as a nightcap.

Another highly enjoyable beer Stone. Glad to finally have you here.

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Photo of Pencible
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This had a very heavy coffee taste with an extra hint of smoked flavor. It wasn't very thick, like a stout, but it was definitely full-bodied. Overall I'd say that this was more of a sipping beer, but it was yet another enjoyable porter. (No notes on the appearance or smell.)

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Photo of hdofu
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was a gift from my brother to replace one my friend from college drank by himself despite my paying for half of it and all the vermouth for that night. Wow what a head of tan... on a football colored beer. Smell was like chocolate coffee. Tastes was chocolatety and perhaps a hint of cherry. Was quite a thick beer too. Went down easy, could have easily drank the bottle myself. Never been disappointed by stones before and this beer wasn't the exception.

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Photo of edchicma
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My second Stone offering...a Christmas present....Santa was very good to me...As someone who is starting to appreciate Porters, I was very happy with this offering. A dark chocolate color with a beautiful head that leaft an unbelievable lacing started the experience. The aroma was what it said...smoky...coffee-bean like with a hint of tartness to come. Taste was extremely well-rounded with a creamy mouthfeel that was medium bodied. The smoky coffee flavors were there, but so was an excellent slightly bitter aftertaste. Extremely smooth drinkability. I tried this at about 55-60 degrees which seemed ideal. Right up there in my top tier of fine brews. Definitely a brew to try.

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Photo of KraegerB
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving - 1pt. 6oz. Brown Bottle.

Appearance - Nice dark brown in color almost black. A thinner head when poured that thins even more over a few minutes but lingers pencil thin and laces as you drink.

Smell - nice deep smokey almost coffee aroma

Taste - Delicious. excellent balance of Smokey flavor, with a nice coffee or bitter chocolate flavor which ends in just the right amount of hops.

Mouthfeel - great full bodied beer with just the right amount of carbonation. Nice and smooth.

Drinkability - this is a fantastic beer, I just wanted to drink it. And when I was done I wanted to go to the store an buy another one.

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Photo of Roeters
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Served from bottle making a great black color with a dark brown head leaving a inch. of sweet foam on the top of my glass.

S: Good roasted smell of a porter, but it does not have the smoked aroma that I was hoping for in this beer.

T: This is where the smoke comes into the beer, it is just great. Starting with a great porter then as this porter flavor transforms into an almost sweet smoky flavor. Ending in a slight bitterness that just rounds out the flavors.

M: Great feeling across the mouth, most noticed along the sides of the tounge as the beer passes through.

D: For me this would be a great summer at the lake beer, but I have always enjoyed porters and stouts in the warmer seasons.

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Photo of Liquids
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first experience with Stone, and I'm not much of an over the top Northwwestern hop kind of guy, but I have to try it at least once with a chance to get hands on some...espcially this one as I love porters and smoke flavored beers.

Pours a rubied deep brown that is impressive in it's thick creamy foamed head of a light molases color, and it holds for a while. Smells of sweet malts, very light alcohol underneath, with hops smelling grassy and gentle in a british way, but also blended with that northwestern american hops aroma. A subtle dopple like sweetness in the aroma as well. This smells like a lot is going on in a good way, and it's already not what I was expecting. Expecting a hop bomb of an ultra smoky porter... Here goes...tastes mostly brown actually; the smoke it faint and in the finish. Charred malt peaks through past the smoke and there is only a little bit of that to add complexity but not offend. The taste is classic dark brown/light porter with a few twists to give it complexity. It's balanced in hops actually. More comprable to jinx than I expected! Mainly just a note darker and a tad less smoky. I can see this as a porter, but it seems to have a lot in common with a medium bodied brown ale apart from the color. I like both browns and porters, and so it was more of a surprise expecting a near-stout kind of porter. A tasty, english style, balanced-flavored brew! Mouthfeel is medium with not intrusive carbonation ,in a really good way; very solid, which contributes to being one of the most excellent, easy drinking, sessionable beers I've had in a long time, and the 22oz split with a friend went down far quicker and more easily than I imagined! Drink this!

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Photo of RobertDwight
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer I have had from Stone and its pretty damn good! It has a reddish black hue with a nice big head that fades a bit. I thought the smell was a bit lacking though, I expected more smokiness to come through. This beer has wonderful flavors: dark chocolate, burnt coffee, plenty of roasted malts, and a slight smokiness...which once again I was preparing myself for more of a pronouced smoke flavor but still do enjoy it. This has a pretty good mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. This beer is very drinkable and would love to pair it with food. Wish Stone would start to distribute in Iowa and even Minnesota. Awesome beer, Stone Rocks!!!

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Photo of troobie
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First smoked beer that I've tried, but certainly not my first porter.

A: Poured into my Sierra Nevada branded hop tulip imperial pint glass. Only one finger of tawny head that quickly settles to a thin cap from an aggressive pour. Deep dark brown color that will let strong light through. I can see lots of floaties in the glass. Moderate lacing that less than expected. Looks scrumptious.

S: Strong peat , so strong that I'm having a hard time getting to the other aromas. Wood smoke, cocoa, milk chocolate, and some vanilla. Sweet and inviting. Smells like sitting around a fireplace, inside of an old cabin, in the forest, at Xmas time. I'm not getting the coffee that most other reviewers noted. A hint of dark fruits.

T: Once again strong peat that encompasses wood smoke and dark chocolate. Not nearly as sweet as it smells. No fruits to speak of. Strong charcoal. Reminds me of Irish Dry Stout, specifically Guinness Extra Stout. Starts bittersweet and quickly leads to a strong, drying bitterness that lasts well after swallowing.

M: Carbonation is perfectly moderate with a tight feel. Creamy. Tea-like drying is strong. Substantialness is spot-on.

O: Mind = Blown

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - deep, dark brown in color with a big fluffy tan head that leaves a bunch of sticky lace.

S - roasted malt, coffee aroma.

T - sweet malty flavors and a gentle touch of hops, very good tasting brew.

M - medium/full bodied, smooth yet somewhat rich.

D - excellent drinkability because of lower abv and terrific taste.

Final Note: I enjoyed this brew with a medium/well bbq'd porter house steak and a baked potato. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Invisoclam
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice and not bitter. Compared to several other Stouts and porters that we recently purchased to "try". For this particular beer it seems that our tastes in the realm of the popular opinion, whether or not that is good thing remains to be seen - because everyone has their own tastes, likes and dislikes!

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Photo of dnichols
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured a 22 ounce capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a dense dark black body with a rich sticky abundant head that retained well and laced the side of the glass.

S: It had the distinct aroma of burnt malts, dark molasses and toasted brown sugar with hints of coffee. There is also the clear and consuming odor of smoke...it reminded me of when I first open a bag of hard timber charcoal.

T: There is an initial flavor of burnt sweet malts and molasses followed by bitter chocolate and coffee with a ever present taste of charcole. True to the style this brew stands tall and delivers a wonderful smoky porter that is a joy to consume.

M: It is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smoothness that makes each sip a joy from the tip of the tongue to the back of the throat. It has a nice clean finish that leaves a desire for the next sip.

D: The moderate body, balance of flavors and modest ABV make this a wonderful session brew.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep tan head over a clear dark brown liquid, ruby highlights. Light wisps of smokiness mingle with roasted malt makes for a quite appetizing nose. A basketful of flavors follows: light chocolate, coffee, roasted grain bitterness and a good amount of hoppiness, then some latent smokiness appears with an undercurrent of butteriness. Finishes with a bitter note...the smoke flavor accompanies, not dominates this super quaffable Porter. All blends together in perfect harmony.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Very dark, almost black, with a gorgeous foamy volcanic head that held onto the inside glass.

Smell – Big flavor of burnt malt, molasses, and huge brown sugar. There’s also some budding bread in there and probably a lot of other things but it’s tough to get through the malt aroma. Certainly all the standard dark flavors (as mentioned) along with coffee, cocoa powder, banana, and other dark fruits.

Taste – The smoky flavor is more at the finish. Up front there’s the huge flavors presented at the nose. The malt dominates but everything else is there as promised. The studious taster will also find hops for balance

I would also like to point out a fantastic trick. I enjoy the aroma of chocolate the most as you’d find with cocoa power (chocolate and sugar kind of) but the taste I like best like chocolate chips (Nestle, for instance). The chocolate in this one comes out as powder in the nose and semi-sweet eating chocolate in the flavor. Well done.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation in accordance with the style. This one is smooth, smooth, smooth.

Drinkability – I sucked this down while in the kitchen making tacos. It goes great with anything, including Mexican food, steak, chicken, or Cheerios.

Comments –Not only is this a terrific brew, but it hit my personal preferences right on target. Awesome!

Update: The 2004 is wound a bit tighter than the ’03. The heavy flavors are bigger and the lighter fruits and sugars are faint. This is a terrific candidate for cellaring.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A brilliant chestnut pour sits beneath a 3” cream to light tan foam collar that is fairly persistent and lacy. S: Smoke aromas are mild and restrained, with chocolate and hints of coffee. T: Primarily chocolate and coffee with a hop bitter accent and a light hand on the smoke. F: Very soft on the palate with medium full body and medium carbonation. O: Some creamy texture makes this beer.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

STONE Brewery did a super job with this one. It pours nice and dark with a semi-dark creamy head.
The aroma was very pleasant. But what set this one apart from many other Porters/Stouts, is the slight overtone of chocolate, a bit of coffee and a subtle but enjoyable smoking taste.

Very drinkable. A pleasure to drink

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great dark color, even the head was dark. And surprise! No overwhelming hops. It had all kinds of great porter tastes, chocalate, caramel, etc. I liked this beer almost too much, craving it like an addict. A definite solid beer, worhty of stone.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Stone Smoked Porter pours a very dark brown, with about a 1/2 inch head. It smells mostly like coffee, chocolate and malt, with a slight smoky smell. Very nice. It has a stronger smoky taste to it, along with it tasting like chocolate and roasted malt. There's also a slight bitter coffee-like aftertaste, which is good. It's very full flavored overall. The mouthfeel is thin, and it goes down pretty smooth with not much carbonation at all. I'm very partial towards dark beers anyway, and I would place this one close to the top of the ones I've tried. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Cheers!

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Photo of diabecktic
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Roughly ~3 fingers of creamy, light-tan head form quickly upon pouring. Retention is excellent, as it takes several minutes for ~3 fingers to dissipate. The beer itself appears to be black, but when held up to the light you can see a dark, cherry red color. Carbonation isn't really visible, and the lacing is excellent.

Smell:
A robust, smoky dark chocolate/coffee malt is complimented by just enough of a hop aroma to make itself known. A dark fruit adds additional complexity, but at this point I can't discern what it is.

Taste:
The taste is very much like the nose, but I find it even more complex. A dark chocolate malt seems to be the centerpiece, but I can distinctly pick out notes of coffee, plum (maybe raisin?), caramel, and a slight hint of licorice in the aftertaste. Hops add balance towards the end, and an underlying woody smokiness seems to tie everything together.

Mouthfeel:
I was expecting the dark, sweet malt to impart excessive density, but I didn't find this to be the case. The body is nearly perfect for the content; it's on the ever-so-slightly heavier side of medium. Complex sweet and smoky flavors tantalize the tongue; flavor improves upon slight warming.

Drinkability:
This beer is very drinkable. It's complex without being overpowering, and the alcohol content is on the higher end of what one would call a session beer. You might protest if you're some sort of purist, but this is an excellent beer to enjoy sipping with nearly anything (though the bottle provides some suggestions).

Summary:
I might be committing some type of sin by saying this, but I might actually like this beer a bit more than Stone's classic Arrogant Bastard. Though I couldn't rate any one section as perfect, I felt that nearly every aspect of the tasting was ALMOST perfect. Again, this is an extremely complex beer which is very drinkable; the balance is the one thing which I most want to emphasize. Beers like this are what keep me coming back to the Stone Brewing Company.

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Photo of aranheaney
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a DFH snifter:

A-Deep, dark mahogany with a caramel, creamy head that hangs on a bit and leaves some nice lacing around

S-Incredible: cocoa, toffee, coffee and a hint of wood-fire

T-very nicely balanced all the smells come through and the smoke on the back-end is wonderful

M-wonderful, leaves that smoke at the back-end

D-VERY high, the abv at 5.9 is something that would make this a nice candidate for sessioning a porter

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a 22 oz. bomber, with a nice little paragraph about the gargoyle. Pours a very deep brown with just the tiniest hints of red poking through. A nice chocolate head tops it off with some very pretty lacing. Smells incredibly chocolately, with just a little hint at espresso. Tastes almost like a stout, only more chocolate. Nice coffee bean notes. A fabulous tasting brew to say the least. Nice and chewy in the mouth, with a suprising amount of hops rounding it off. The aftertaste stays for hours. A very drinkable beer, especially since t's only 5.9% ABV. A great brew indeed. My first shot at a Stone offering. Now on to the Arrogant Bastard...

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Photo of DeutscheJeff
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into the big Stone family of Porter's. Needless to say, I was not left disappointed as this beer packed all of the punch and flavor I've become accustomed to with Stone beers. This beer is jet black, offering no discernible light through, and has a thin tan head that lasts until the very last drop. A sweet feel on the tongue is followed by a strong smokey flavor that delivers an uncompromising finish on what the name implies. Would I buy this again? Absolutely. Do I regret missing out on their chipotle porter? Absolutely.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thck creamy tan head. Light to medium carbonation with hops and smoke coming through. Smell is of hops and a whiff of smoke everytime your nose nears the brew. Taste is at once smokey, a little bitter, with notes of cocoa. Your mouth fills with a chewy smokey medium body feel with every sip. Drinkability? Oh my, while not a session beer-I could have several of these as the taste is near perfect for me

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black color with a nice, sticky tan layer of foam. Fades slowly and leaves thick lacing. Excellent looking porter.

Smokiness is very tame on this one, as chocolate and vanilla play nicely with the salty-smoke undertones. Has some woody, earthy notes as well.

What a contradictorily mellow, rich and decadent beer! Peppered beef jerky, cocoa and caramel sweetness with a more-than-adequate hop load. This is actually a pretty surprising beer from Stone, there appears to be a leash on this gargoyle as all the flavors are pretty subtle for the most part. I would like a bit more smoke and maybe a bit more body, but those are definitely minor complaints. This beer is terrific, I love it.

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Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served this 22 oz. dark brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. The body was a nearly opaque, dark reddish brown with a big soapy tan head. The foamy cap remained and left lumps of lace sticking to the sides.

The smell was smoke and metal. There was a faint sourness too. Dark fruits like prunes or raisins. Cocoa powder and sugar cones. Mild coffee grounds.

The taste was very reflective of the aroma. Dark chocolate was evident also. Molasses hints as well as the mild coffee, sugar cones, and prunes. Finished with a semi-dry bitterness. There was not too much of any component and they worked wonderfully together.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a prickly carbonation that scrubbed the sweetness away. I really enjoyed this one and I wonder why I put off trying this one for so long!

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,788 ratings.