1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,572 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,572
Reviews: 1,736
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 102
Gots: 194 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Smoked Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,572 | Reviews: 1,736 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of TWM
TWM

North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -42.8%

I was excited when I bought this one... no more. Just not put together right or something.

Appearance- beautiful porter, fine white bubbles, 1 finger of head. Pretty lacing, all around a pretty glass of beer.

Smell- Subdued, but definitely a porter. Lacking that caramelized hint in the aroma, not much in the way of smoke smell.

Taste- A good porter battled it out with a ton of wood smoke. I at first didn't think either of them won, but now, near the end of the bottle, I keep thinking I'm at a campfire. The smoke flavor has overwhelmed all but the bitterness of the porter, and my mouth tastes like ashes.

Feel- texture was nice, smooth, but the ashy afterfeel is bad. Not real happy here. Feels like I need a drink to wash away the flavor of the smoke. Hmmm...

Overall... already said it. Just wondering if perhaps it would go better with a particular meal (BBQ? Fried chicken? Smoked Sausage?) than standing alone... or perhaps I shouldn't have planned on drinking all 22 oz by myself.

01-01-2013 05:46:16 | More by TWM
Photo of oldsailor
oldsailor

Nevada

2.38/5  rDev -40.8%

This is the only product I've sampled from one of my favorite breweries that I cannot stand. I've tried this on multiple occasions while visiting the stone brewery just to see if maybe my opinion would change, but it hasn't. The smoothness of the beer is it's best attribute. The smoky flavor is unappetizing and leaves me wanting to get anything else on the menu in my glass to overpower the flavor. Think I'm done trying to give this a chance and will just leave this off my list of beers I like.

03-20-2011 03:15:49 | More by oldsailor
Photo of Vendetta
Vendetta

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -39.1%

Original Rating Date:
September 25, 2008

Pours dark black with a nice, foamy brown head. Beautiful, steady, permanent lacing that lingers down the glass. Great looking beer in the glass. Smells of weak malts -- no smokiness, no chocolate, nothing else. Very disappointing aroma. Flavor is lots of chocolate, ironically not very smokey at all. Digging deeper there is some dark fruit there. There's a bit of a watery character to the beer as well. Unusually weak brew from Stone. Other reviews on this site rave, but I didn't come away with a great experience from this beer.

12-14-2008 18:30:10 | More by Vendetta
Photo of Onenote81
Onenote81

North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -39.1%

Had this on tap at the First Street Draught House in town. Came out a very dark black with some ruby highlights on the edges. Nice creamy tan head on top. Left beautiful sip rings. Smoke is surprisingly absent in the nose. I was expecting a smoky, roasted scent, but in its place was just some cocoa tones with a sweet finish.

Very creamy body on this beer. Carbonation level was low. Smooth. No smoke in the flavor either. What makes this smoked? This tastes like a regular porter to me. Some light coffee bitterness, mild chocolate flavors, and roasted malts on the finish. Sorry, but this was boring when I expected something a little more original.

01-11-2010 20:22:14 | More by Onenote81
Photo of jdougherty
jdougherty

California

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

04-29-2012 05:28:29 | More by jdougherty
Photo of Frankensteineken
Frankensteineken

California

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

11-04-2012 16:02:37 | More by Frankensteineken
Photo of ONN8
ONN8

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

12-30-2011 03:02:15 | More by ONN8
Photo of bernat1971
bernat1971

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

09-15-2013 10:20:39 | More by bernat1971
Photo of irishgreensoda
irishgreensoda

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

06-16-2014 21:54:53 | More by irishgreensoda
Photo of Bjeerfalls
Bjeerfalls

Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

02-15-2012 00:56:45 | More by Bjeerfalls
Photo of BHOBS
BHOBS

California

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

12-20-2011 03:55:49 | More by BHOBS
Photo of BugTownPub
BugTownPub

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

03-01-2012 06:02:54 | More by BugTownPub
Photo of phishbone23
phishbone23

New York

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

01-23-2013 14:13:28 | More by phishbone23
Photo of DeezGunz14
DeezGunz14

California

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

11-19-2011 19:58:51 | More by DeezGunz14
Photo of beernads
beernads

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

07-24-2014 23:05:06 | More by beernads
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

01-10-2012 18:25:10 | More by djrn2
Photo of Tech_Savy
Tech_Savy


2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

09-15-2012 05:02:45 | More by Tech_Savy
Photo of stoutfiend27
stoutfiend27

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

22 oz bomber poured into a dimpled mug

a-off brown color held up to light could see right through..little to no head at all

smell-slightly roasted malt, smoke smell was there but we will get to that in a minute. no hop aroma present

t-this is where the dissapointment came in..there was no "meat" to this porter...it was very watery and boring. with the smoke smell in the nose i could not figure out where it was in the taste...slightly roasted malt taste but overall boring

note--maybe i got an off bottle but i shared it with a pal and we both had the same look on our face upon tasting..stone is a great brewery and i have to say that this is the only beer ive have had by them i was not happy with..

drinkablitly--i literally could drink this beer all night because of the consistency and abv but not by choice

01-22-2009 00:48:30 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of JKingWood
JKingWood

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -34.6%

Big fan of porters, and for the price thought this looked worth trying. Won't break this down much, just didn't like it. If I weren't looking at the bottle I wouldn't have guessed smoked at all. More hoppy than expected, dominated any nuance this beer might have had, and I never got the smoked taste I was hoping for. Had this with smoked ribs as many suggested, big disappointment, dumped it and opened a St. Arnolds. Pluses? Rich dark color.

03-02-2014 19:06:37 | More by JKingWood
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -34.6%

1 pt 6 fl oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and good retention. The head colour is a slight tan. Colour is a solid black. It's generally appealing.

Sm: Slight rauchbier smoke, caramelized malt, a bit of roast, and light bacon. A mild strength aroma.

T: Light roast, some smoke, caramelized malt, and a bit of bacon. A bit simple compared to expectations. It's well balanced, though. I do like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours. It's a touch too thick.

Dr: Very drinkable for a smoked beer, but a bit too malty. It's got an average ABV and a high price. I don't think I'd have it again.

09-26-2011 03:09:24 | More by kojevergas
Photo of MisterClean
MisterClean

California

2.63/5  rDev -34.6%

22 from BevMo

A - Pours brown-black body with a little dark chocolate head, which dissipates fast.

S - Mocha, coffee, almonds, and lt alcohol.

T - Dark coffee and pear.

M - Slightly bitter, medium carbonation.

D - Where's the smoke? Will not by again.

03-01-2008 04:51:31 | More by MisterClean
Photo of bkilpatr
bkilpatr

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -34.6%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/01/08

Pours very dark brown/black with generous 3 finger light tan head. The head leaves some nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is smoky and slightly chocolatey.

The taste leaves much to be desired. I would say the smokiness overpowers everything, but there's hardly any smoke flavor there and I can't even detect any other flavors. The taste is very empty, very lacking.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Medium carbonation. Bitter. This one is hard to drink, mainly due to the poor (lack of) taste.

I had high hopes for this beer but was quite disappointed.

03-02-2008 04:59:20 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of dhartogs
dhartogs

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -32.8%

I felt like for a porter it had a bit much of a hops aroma, typical Stone, had this with two other people and we all felt the same. I love Porters but thought this was not a great smoked porter. Color, pour and head were excellent, it's a well made beer but not for me. I Porter is one of my favorite styles, but this I'll probably reach for something else.

01-16-2011 13:34:33 | More by dhartogs
Photo of Mayhem976
Mayhem976

Colorado

2.7/5  rDev -32.8%

A- Dark color with a brown hue tossed in as I hold it to the light. Small head with small fingers.

S- Hoppy, heavy leaf smell.

T- Hoppy, almost tastes like a red beer. Can't taste the smoked flavor whatsoever.

M- Thin and carbonated.

D- Thin, very hoppy not my style. When I pour a porter I sorta expect something more robust, thick, and darker. /shrug

06-19-2009 01:00:08 | More by Mayhem976
Photo of ArrogantB
ArrogantB

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -32.1%

On tap at the brewery after the tour. I have had this before but this one had more flavor. Dark black with a cocoa head. Smells smoky. This just tastes way too smoky for me, I wonder how they get the smoke flavor?? My cousin's exact words were :"You can't hide behind your IPA forever!". Needless to say the Stone employees did not take a liking to us. I bet this would be better with the chipotle peppers or vanilla beans to temper that smokiness.

10-04-2007 18:30:28 | More by ArrogantB
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,572 ratings.