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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,775 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,775
Hads: 4,041
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 164
Gots: 435 | 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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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At first this beer seems a little light for a Smoked Porter or for being Stone, but it's more subtle than that. A thick brown-biege head floats for a while over top of a brown but not quite black body with ruby highlights. The nose has a sharp spicy hop, not fruit but lots of malt mingled. Definately lighter than a stout but still a almost chew, underattenuated mouthfeel--sweet and grainy. Chococlate and black licorice in the taste, sweet malt through, and then, hey, isn't this supposed to be a SMOKED porter, and there it is as the glass pulls away, the smoke wafts up through your mouth and nose. Light, clean, but assertive all at the same time and not overwhelming in any way. One of the best blended smoked tastes ever in a beer. Let it warm up a bit and then drink fast. Best part was in the middle between cold and a long sitting warm.

BA Reflection: Looking at other reviews, I seem to be on the high end compared to everyone else. I love Stone and that's part of it. I think they just fit who I am. But beyond that this is a beer to be appreciated for the subtle character of the smoke. It's not a rauchbier and it's not over the top, especially by Stone's standards, and I think some see that as a weakness. When I first had this beer five years ago, I rated it even higher--in part because I was younger in my tasting and it's a really nice, complex beer that's not overwhelming or an extreme beer. On draft at RFD, it was also open and accented it's strength. Love this beer and will drink more whenever I get a chance.

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

What a great beer! Stone is two for two so far in my ratings. This one poured a dark brown, almost black with a tan creamy head. Strong aromas were sweet, smoked (duh) malts, and No. MN peat bog. Taste was dominated by smoky roasty malts. I was reminded of beef jerky. Despite the obvious smokiness, this beer was wonderfully balanced by a bitter finisth. Huge mouthfeel. I would buy this by the case.

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

A- pours a dark brown with a nice two-finger frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- The first thing I notice is alcohol. Some hops in the background... The usual smokey/ burnt porter smell.

T- Warm alcohol. Smokey coffee with a hint of fruitiness. Just enough hops to balance the brew nicely.

M- Smooth and creamy. Maybe just a shade too much carbonation.

D- excellent! Smooth drinking, very well balanced. An excellent porter.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 24 oz glass. Definitely a good porter, and definitely has a little of that "smoked" flavor, but to me this beer doesn't stick out from other good porters as the best. Basically, it was worth a try, but I probably won't buy it over other porters that I think are just as good but available at a cheaper price.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a simple black with a satisfyingly thick head. The aroma presents hickory smoke, tobacco, cedar, coffee, and burning gasoline, though not in an unpleasant way. Indeed, I love the slightly mechanical hint to this beer. I also get a touch of roasted hazelnut on the nose, this one grows as the beer warms. The taste leads with a sweet coffee flavor, followed by hickory smoke, the kind you get from eating really good smoked barbecue. The motuhfeel isa bit thin, but maybe that is for the best given the heavy quality of the beer. Overall I adore this beer. It is deep, rich, complex, and utterly drinkable.

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Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black in the glass. Capped by whitish-tan head, leaving lacing down the glass as I drink. Held to the light it is straight ruby. A dark drink here boys and girls.

Smell - Dark malt, and a hint of smoke. A bit disappointed here, was expecting more smoke. Perhaps I may be jaded from Aecht Sch., but I thought it a bit lacking in smoke aroma.

Taste - Well! Made up for the lack of aroma here! There's dark malt flavors composed of dark bittersweet chocolate. Intertwined with the dark malt is a thick, powerful smoke flavor. Caramel and roast round out the malt bill, and hops are limited to bittering role, perhaps a bit overpowered by the smoke. Can't say I mind though, this is a truly delicious drink! The chocolatey and smokey characteristics blend masterfully, dueling for control of the beer. This is a proper porter as well, much restrained in the roast sort of taste, barely posessing it at all. I like my stouts roasty and my porters malty and bittersweet, and this fully fits the bill, living up to my buddy's exhortations. He picked me up a bomber at DLD this year since we can't get them here in Illinois. Overall the flavor is explosive, yet restrained. There's a warming quality about it that manages to expose alcohol without being hot or solvent-like. Additionally I feel the smoke taste to dissipate fast once poured into the glass, so I used my smaller tulip and refilled more often.

Mouthfeel - Velvet. Pure and simple this is a silky smooth and slightly viscous and thick porter. Not slick and viscous, but more soft and fluffy. I almost feel like there's some sort of mouthfeel related smoke properties here, not sure. Carbonation adequate, ideal even. There's just enough CO2 to prickle the mouth as you drink, adding to the voluptuous, voluminous mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability - I damn dear well gave this a five here as well, but compared to lighter fare it isn't truly that drinkable. It is merely extremely drinkable for such a beer with a medium-heavy body and chock full of flavor. I noticed myself gulping the stuff down and had to check myself as I only have the one bomber, and as such should savor and sip. Still, this stuff makes you want to take big, full drinks.

Lovely all around, highly recommended. Stone needs to come to Illinois post haste.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black with a thin tan head from my 22 oz bomber. I've also had it on tap and I think the tap version has a stronger smoke flavor.

Smell is smokey, coffee and faint chocolate

Taste is smokey, coffee and some chocolate. A little hop bitterness on the back end.

Nice mouth feel, what you would expect from a porter

Good drink ability, would be a good session beer with the low ABV,except the smokiness detracts from the ability to drink too many of these.

This is a great smoked porter, one of the best examples of the style.

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Photo of beerme626
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Liquor Barn in Lexington, poured into a tervis tumbler (still don't have my glasses yet)

A: Rich dark, practically opaque, with a nice two-finger head, very tan, that diminishes but doesn't quite disappear after 2/3 of a beer. Seen better, but it's very good.

S: Rich caramel, malts, and chocolate.

T: A tasty porter. Rich is the word of the day. Complex malts and syrup initially, with a nice touch of hops and coffee on the back end. Bittersweet. Not as much obvious smoke, but an aftereffect of smoke that feels good.

M: Rich, and frothy without being foamy. Bubbly without going overboard, and a very pleasant feel on the tongue. Ideal for a porter.

O: I've been more blown away by porters (Founder's, Great Lakes,) but this is very good.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby-brown appearance, but the head is ridiculous - its about 3 inches thick and really doesn't settle down.

Smokey, somewhat milky smell, combined with chocolate, toffee and sweet, sugary coffee. The smokiness is noticeable, but fairly tame. This smells almost like Camp coffee.

A bit more tart taste, and the smokiness is a bit more noticeable, but this still has an almost coffee-and-cream flavour to it, with a bit of sugar in it. Chocolate, burnt toffee and butter swirl around in the flavour.

Mouthfeel is bang-on - low natural carbonation. A very nice beer to drink - a really mild, subtle smokey profile not at all typical of a smoked beer.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A= one thing I love is a smoked porter... Lets do this thang! The pour is classic porter look. A nice black color with some deep amber highlights when held to the light. A nice two finger head on it that is a slightly off white color falls to about a half finger high and stays there throughout the drink. Decent lacing.

S= Pretty pungent. There is a really beautiful smoke smell wafting from this glass. Not really the common bonfire smoke you get a lot of times which I love but more of a nice mellow smoke odor. The porter underneath the smoke is just as beautiful. Nice roast and chocolate to it. Excellent smell.

T= The taste is also wonderful. The smoke seems to be really controled. This isn't a smoke beer where the smoke dominates but one where the smoke sort of plays with the porter flavors and just jumps in through out the taste to say whats up from time to time. Really well balanced. The roast and chocolate from the porter is delicous.

M= Smooth. Luxury. This beer feels great. A nice balance between stout and pale ale.

D= Great brew. I love smoked porters to death. Porters are my favorite and when they get smoked it's awesome. This beer didn't let down. Delicous and complex without too much smoke in it. Seek this out.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a stange at Stone Brewery.

Appearance: Dark coffee color, very small head (wonder what the head looks like out of a bottle) with some delicate lacing. The head leaves a collar that remains over the course of the beer.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, cigars. 3 distinct and abrupt smells, working well together.

Taste: A very strong porter; they definitely don't mess around at Stone Brewery. A smokey oak flavor up front, and it is easy to taste the alcohol. The middle and end are a bomb of malt and hops, with some vanilla and caramel flavorings. The end leaves with a slight smokey chocolate aftertaste residue.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a very full body, but still fairly smooth. There is a definite bite to this porter, like it wants to fight your tongue.

Drinkability: The richness of the porter will definitely impede the speed of consumption, although the fact that it is a thick, chewy, tasty brew more than makes up for that fact.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a kick-ass and kick-your-ass porter.

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Photo of techdiver
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appears black, but held to light shows a high degree of clarity with ruby brown highlights. Modest tan head dissipates leaving lots of lacing.

This is tasty stuff, has a very light mouthfeel compared to other porters. Well balanced, and very smooth.

With this relatively low ABV, this a great brew to spend a cold winter night with.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 22oz. bomber at about 55 degrees.
Appearance - Black with a cream tan froth. Good head retention.
Smell - The roasted malts string out of the pint with dark chocolate notes and a subtle, but easily detected, smoke character.
Taste - The smoke definitely leads the pack over the palate with those chocolate malts that I detected on the nose.
Drinkablitiy - Dangerously smooth. Do yourself a favor and buy this beer.
(This makes a fantastic base for a dark chocolate & black pepper marinade.)

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Photo of cnjohn19
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so i won't lie...when i first took a taste i was looking for more...BUT, don't give up on it because the complexity of this brew is simply amazing...a smokey start which is almost burnt to the taste buds...pours a dark and light looking brew with a khaki colored head...gets very complex: licorice, smoked, and a very nice hint of caramel which makes it sweet to taste...

i really think you're going to enjoy this beer...cheers to it...one of the better smoked porters you'll have...

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly completely black color, if you look at it at an angle you can see a slight red hinge, has a big offwhite head that actually laces quite a bit. Smell is of sweet sweet delicious bacon, its like walking into an German meat market, i love it. Taste is wonderful, an absolute delight. Has of course a wonderful rich malt flavor and the smoke flavor is really noticeable as well. Mouthfeel is wonderful as well, just a great porter.

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Photo of Brianjames16
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark dark cloudy brown color with a substantial two finger width light tan frothy head. Nice tight bubbles build to form the head. A lot of lacing sticks and stays on the glass.

S- Big roasty malt aromas mixed with chocolate and sugary notes. The roasted malt aroma is beautiful in this one.

T- Wonderful balance of characteristic flavors. Roasted malts, sugars and chocolates all blend into on smooth and warming taste. Alcohol is masked by the rich flavors. Nice bitterness at the end from the hops.

M- Here's where it gets very interesting. From the look I would suspect this would have a heavy body. Not the case. The smooth and silky texture plus the balance of flavors make this beer an very easy drinker for me.
D- Surprisingly very easy to drink. I love porters and stouts and I will most definitely come back to this one again.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber reddish hue surrounds the black color. Tan, somewhat creamy one-finger head, which quickly dissipated.

Absolutely wonderful smell - sweet caramel was the first thing I noticed, followed by black licorice, and as it warmed, noted the charred, smokey wood.

Definite coffee flavor - some hints of irish coffee, with a light smokey aftertaste and a little cherry bite as it warmed.

So smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. Slight smokey aftertaste on the tongue.

This beer was incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black, with traces of mahogany around the edges and bottom of the glass; a chocolate milk like head, with a decent and invigorating nose of roasted malts, chocolate and dark roast coffee beans. Creamy, tenderly slick; coffee roast flavors are couples with some charcoal and burnt toast. The palate is rich and clean, with dark chocolate and just a touch of bitterness. A long, lingering and nice smoky feeling going on here. Very nice; an absolute stellar porter, to be expected from Stone.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

S - 22 oz. bomber thanks much to beerbeing for this gem.

A - Pours a black with brown edges and a small garnet center, head is a light khaki that sticks well. Looks like I'm in for a treat.

S - Smoke, caramel, chocolate, malted grains, smells great.

T - Smokey and sweet, chocolate, caramel, nutty undertones. just great.

M - This is what a porter should feel like.

D - I wish I had a self replenishing supply in my refrigerator. Unfortunately Stone doesnt distribute in MO.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: dark brown in color with a huge off-white head. excellent lacing.

S: roasted grains, dark-roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and an underlying smokiness.

T: lots of roast like character in the taste. you get a good blend of smoke, roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, and a slightly bitter finish.

MF: thick and chewy, moderate carbonation, feels like velvet in the mouth.

Drinkability: well done, one of my favorites.

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Photo of david23
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Once again Stone has the head that won't quit. Beautiful lacing all the way to the end.Has a smokey charcoal aroma with a hint of peat. Carbonation is just perfect and such a smooth feel on the tongue. Here's where it gets interesting. Shared this with two friends and they just kept going back and forth on the flavors that kept coming through. Roasted, toasted barley, hops comes to the palate for a brief visit only to be replaced with perhaps a caramel but I think chocolate. Stone just keeps our minds working with the combinations of flavors in all of their brews. Definely one of the best Porters I've ever had. If you missed this one, you're missing the boat!!!

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4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally bought this on-line. It is not available in SA and I got frustrated reading and hearing so many good things about it.
The beer poured out a deep dark brown with a little ruby tint when held up to the light. A 1" tan head rolled away quickly and left little lacing. Beautiful beer.
The smell at first was all about the roasted malt. Some coffee and earth aromas were prevelant. When I let the beer warm up I began to get the smoky smell out of it, maybe smoked meat or a light bacon. Very nice!
The taste was love at first sip!!! This beer is outstanding. Wonderful roasted, earthy, coffee flavors followed by a NICE smooth chocolaty touch. The porter seems very lightly hopped to me, there is a nice bitter finish that hangs around for a long time.
The mouthfeel was incredible. Smooth and velvety, it don't get no better than this!!!
I would enjoy this on a very regular basis if it was available to me. This is a bad mofo!!! If you like Porters, you need to try this.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

GLASS: Arrogant Bastard Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Dark, dark ruby color. Appears black at first. Nice easy pour produces a frickin' huge head of dense tan foam, which has hellish retention. Will it ever go away? Wow. Impressive for sure, but almost too much. Lacing is nice and sticky.

Big chocolatey malts. A touch of smoke. Light hint of some hop spiciness. Hints of caramel and dark fruits. Big earthiness quality.
A fairly complex nose.

Big flavor of roasted malt. Underlying hint of smokiness, not nearly as much as I expected. Sweetness of vanilla and caramel. Nice earthy quality here, also. Very slight hops bite. Light chocolate and coffee notes. Hints of dark fruits.

Good solid medium boby. Good level of creaminess.

This is an excellent porter, overall. I would drink many of these, and often, if given the opportunity.
Not as smoky as may have been expected, but a very good offering from Stone, nonetheless.

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Photo of Bricelyn
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pored from a twenty four oz. bottle this beer Gave an amaizing amount of head holy shit three fingers of head that came up over the top of my mug ( I need a bigger mug because I can't fit a 24 with this much head in it!!!) about a finger!!! SO MUCH HEAD!!! Gotta love good head!

Smell coming off of this beer was malty chared goodness.

Taste was a wonderful mix of smoke and cocoa.

Feel Very smooth I may have poured this one a little hard but it went down excellently with my Sheppard's pie!

I wouldn't session this beer it is to special to cheapen I think it needs to be a special occasions beer. EXCELLENT BREW!!!

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Photo of therica
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= nearly dark black, almost like a Schwarzbier. Very little head with careful pouring.

S= modest hints of smoke overpowered by huge dry dark Swiss chocolate and some coffee, hints of toffee and grassy malts. Massive hops nose.

T= dark Swiss chocolate and dry coffee, modest typical west-coast trendy piney hops flavor and bite, the smoked flavor is only slightly apparent to my mild disappointment.

M= dry chocolate and coffee with a zing of hops florals and bitters.

D= very drinkable, probably more so with desserts and chocolate etc. than with most meals. Great on its own as a dessert, though.

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,775 ratings.