Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,990 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,990
Reviews: 1,803
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 156
Gots: 394 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of yossarian14
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paired a bomber with some hickory smoked st louis style ribs. WOW!

Exceptional from start to finish. Exactly what I was looking for when I picked up this Smoked Porter. Light shows through which i did not expect, showing a dark brown with hints of reds. The smoke is not overwhelming, its just right. Great smoky chocolate taste with a creamy feel. So smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of Greggy
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a tan 2 finger head over a black body with ruby brown highlights. The head has great retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S- First off the bat is some nice smoky campfire, a meatiness, and underlying chocolate and cream and a nice hoppy edge.

T- Starts off with a nice smokey campfire and meaty note with an underlying citrus hop note and some roasted grains, chocolate, and cream. The finish has bits of smoke, some creamy chocolate, and even some essence of marshmellow.

M- Low carbonation works well and the smokiness is very balanced but clearly evident. To date, the best smoked porter or stout to deliver the smoke factor.

D- A downright solid brew. This has the most Rauchbier characteristics that I've seen yet in the porter category. Definitely check this one out as it's very delicious and drinkable.

Photo of metallistout
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle

Pours a dark ruby to brown in color with a lacey head.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and a bit of smokey essence.

Taste is very thick and malty, like a porter should taste.

Mouthfeel thick and a bit chewy, but that is to be expected.

I could drink these all of the time in the winter months. A very good porter.

Photo of deepsouth
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured a browinish black with a little head that turned into a straw colored ring. i couldn't detect much in the nose at first because i think the beer was a bit too cool. as it warmed up, i noticed the smoked maltiness. this beer isn't complex in the nose, but smells delicious. the taste is of roasted malt with some hop bittering. superbly balanced. the mouthfeel is full and great for this style. overall, this is a freaking awesome beer that i could drink on the daily. a big thanks to barefootbrewer for sharing this one with me.

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged for two years.

Appearance: Pours a vary dark garnet with a nice head that retains reasonably well and leaves scattered lacing around the pint

Smell: The predominate aroma is dark chocolate and the smoke comes through with a slightly minty aspect

Taste: Starts out with a dark chocolate and smoked flavor that builds in minty complexity; after the swallow, some earthy bitterness creeps in and joins that minty smoke flavor to provide a nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied (just right for a porter) with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I was a little concerned about the age on this bottle given the ABV but it drank wonderfully

Photo of Murrhey
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint glass from a bomber. Reviewed live.

A- Dark brown color, thin mocha head. Light carbonation.

S- Roast malts and smoke pervasive with all scents. Chocolate and coffee notes all toasted.

T- Bitter coffee-like tones with a noticeable smoothness. The smoke is nice in the tastes. Also some sweetness like gum in the foreground. Very complex and wonderful beer.

M- Heavy bodied and smooth. Finishes extremely clean. Very minimal carbonation, but that's wonderful with this syrupy beer.

O- Best beer I've had from Stone, and that's saying something. Great all around.

Photo of ncvbc
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a bit of ruby. Somewhat light in color with a rich, tannish head that has great retention. Smell somehow doesn't reveal the smoke that I expected, only on a very small scale toward the end. Very nice chocolate scents, luring me in. A bit of cocoa and a touch of coffee. Again, the end displays the smallest hint of smoke. What a great tasting beer! The smoke is definitely here now. Still, it only provides an added complexity to the beer itself. Nice chocolate flavors, toasted caramel and roasted malts. Smoked barley plays well with the rest of the flavors. Shockingly, the hop presence in the finish of this one is nearly on the level of the Pale Ale. Well, maybe not, but it wasn't expected so much here as it was there, and I welcome it. Excellent medium body that is silky smooth, with a nice roast/smokey finish that works wonders. I could drink a couple of these no problem, though a regular Porter such as Black Butte would be easier to return to on a regular basis. A very unique brew and the smoked barley does it good.

Photo of kbub6f
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought from the fridges at Gaslamp Liquor in San Diego, seven hours in my carryon, a couple of months in the fridge.

The medium-sized, light tan head is active, dense. The beer is black with garnet highlights. Lacing is thin and sticky. Smoky chocolate nose: nice! Some toffee in there, with a little sweetened milk gone bad (but in a good way). The front has smoky chocolate and a little grapey fruitiness (?). And hops. Lotsa hops. The tangy, thick middle gives up a bitter chocolate finish with some coffee zing. Very hoppy. Smoke and bitter hoppiness in the aftertaste.

Wow. This is very good. I wasn't expecting it to be so hoppy, but of course I should have. I think the smoke and the hops work well together. This beer has enough big tastes that the smoke comes off pretty subtle. Awesome.

(I can't believe I used the word 'subtle' in a Stone review).

Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint glass at above fridge temperature.

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black with ruby hues at the very bottom of my glass. The head is surreal, displaying a generous three fingers of depth. Off-white (almost tan) and persistent, it laces nicely all the way down.

Smell- Huge chocolate and coffee notes, with a fantastic smokiness as an all-encompassing backdrop. Tremendous and deep, this simply rocks.

Taste- A rich, chocolatey malt character explodes on the palate, then gives way to a dark roasted coffee presentation. In the finish, we have a powerful hop bitterness that whips the sides and back of the tongue relentlessly... it lingers on and on for several minutes. That is my one and only complaint.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Very easy, foamy consistency that showcases the chocolate and coffee notes rather than get in the way of them. This porter is aggressive yet very well balanced, daring and memorable. For that, I give Stone's brewers a highly earned salute.

Photo of penguinjive7
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark, almost black color with a band of light tan head. Lacing retains somewhat but is not significant.

The smell is of smoke and semi-sweet chocolate.

The first taste to hit the tongue is the smokiness followed immediately by the nicely roasted malt. A hint of dark chocolate can be tasted as well. The finish is a very roasted flavor with a hint of charcoal. An excellent blend in the finish.

The carbonation is done very well and complements the brew's viscocity.

A fine tasting brew that all could drink all night. Extremely drinkable and proves to be yet another astounding offering from Stone.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Pencible
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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.)

Photo of hdofu
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of edchicma
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of KraegerB
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Roeters
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Liquids
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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!

Photo of RobertDwight
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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!!!

Photo of troobie
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Invisoclam
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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!

Photo of dnichols
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing!!! It maintains that great lighly hopped porter taste with a tinge of smokey flavor in the after taste.

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,990 ratings.