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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,519 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,519
Reviews: 1,736
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 101
Gots: 182 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002)
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Photo of Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another high quality creation from Stone. Almost black , with hints of ruby. Nice roasted malts in the center.This is a very well crafted smoked brew, as the smoke flavor is very present,but it doesnt overwhelm the flavor, balance and character of the brew. Velvet mouthfeel, nice hoppy , crisp finish. Stone is quickly becoming a must try brewery. This one is a fine Quafer, well worth seeking out. Tried this one on Tap at The Gingerman in NYC.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2004 10:15:33 | More by Billolick
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark red brown mahogany with good clarity and ample offwhite head with moderate lacing

S-What a surprise...I expected something a bit more robust. Fairly expected malts and roasted nuts...where's the smoke?

T-Full bodied and excellent, as one would expect. A bit fruity, raisins, chickory, coffee, and all good...an admirable effort...but smoke? Ok, maybe a little in the taste...maybe a bit more in the aftertaste...but no more...and maybe this is not a bad thing.

M-all good here..the right amount of carbonation and balance, a full mouth, as one would expect.

D-A very good porter...maybe one of my favorites, but these guys are masters of the brewing art.

Another great effort by Stone....

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 02:45:13 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of pmcadamis


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A dense tan head of creamy foam sits solidly atop a pitch black brew that lets no light shine through it. Tons of silky lace is left on the glass, and the lasting power of the head is amazing.

S - Double chocolate chip cookies, oaky wood notes, charcoal, and some really nice "autumn leaf" hop aromas.

T - Woody and tight, with some sweet chocolate chip flavors behind the oily hops and bitter dark chocolate. This manages to remain snappy and hoppy enough to avoid over-taxing the tastebuds with burnt coffee and dark chocolate.

M - Medium bodied with silken carbonation and a bitter burnt finish to top things off.

D - This is a damn fine brew, but I guess I was expecting more complexity. Don't get me wrong, this is complex and tasty, just not to the extent that I was expecting based on the name and the hype.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 23:07:47 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of jbowers56


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with some amber/ruby highlights. Impressive 2 finger tan head which sticks around for a long while.

Sweet rich malts mix with more chocolate flavours. And then the smokiness creeps in, but in a really balanced way. I get a hint of hops too, though the smokiness is certainly covering much of the hop aroma.

Excellent flavour. Good rich chocolate and caramel sweetness, then some roasted flavours which combine seamlessly with the smoky flavour. The smoke is very apparent, but never over the top.

Mouthfeel is good, but not excellent. For this type of beer I'd like it a little chewier. As it is, its pleasantly medium bodied which certainly isnt a problem.

Drinkability is relatively high for what it is.

An impressively crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 08:38:42 | More by jbowers56
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District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, nearly opaque, red-brown. Puffy beige head, good lacing.

S - Aroma is a little hard to place. Smoky, hint of dark chocolate.

T - Roasted malt with a lingering smoke flavor. Bitter, but hops are mellow and most of the (fruit?) hop undertones are buried under the smoke. (Not necessarily a bad thing.)

M - Creamy without feeling flat--carbonation is nice.

D - Drinkable for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 23:42:28 | More by Sporkus
Photo of GarrisWH


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark reddish amber color, which you can just barely see through when you hold it up to a light. Frothy, light tan head retains well. Leaves ample lacing down the glass.

S - Roasted, sweet malts with hints of mostly chocolate and a bit of coffee dominate the aroma on this one. Very light hoppiness in the background, along with slight smoke. The smokiness in the aroma seems more subdued than I expected.

T - Roasted malts up front with chocolate and coffee tones and some rich caramel sweetness. The malts are balanced with a mellow, but crisp hop character in the background, which adds a nice, slight bitterness. Slight smokiness in the finish that lingers in the aftertaste. Again, a bit more subdued than I expected on the smoke flavor, but not overdone, so I can't complain.

M - Full, creamy, and rich. Nice level of carbonation and goes down nice and smooth.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. I was sort of expecting an overly smoky beer, but I really think they got smokiness at a good level here. Great balance and combination of flavors and a smooth, highly drinkable beer. I could definitely enjoy a few of these without getting tired of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 07:51:32 | More by GarrisWH
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

my second stone brew. they're easily 2 for 2 thusfar. pours a dark dark brown to near black with a nice creamy tan head that leaves a nice stickiness on the glass. the smell and taste are of smoke, coffee, chocolate and malt. the smell has some other sweet qualities to it and the taste falls in the order listed above, with a finish that goes back to the coffee flavour for a nice dry finish. this is an easy drinking brew that is most complex than most, if not all, of the porters that i have sampled. the relatively low alcohol content makes this a nice choice for a different type of session brew if you are looking for one.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 04:30:44 | More by guinness33
Photo of johnrobe


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps I have a predilection for smoky things. Sam Adam's Scotch Ale was my favorite of their offerings and I lamented its demise. My favorite scotch whiskies come from Islay. I love to barbecue with mesquite or hickory chips. Hell, the name of my alma mater's mascot is Smokey. So with that I have to say, this is one tasty brew. Anyone who likes porters or smoked beers should give it a try.

It pours black in the glass with a tan head that dissipates midway through consumption. There's a lot going on in the aroma: fruity esters...plum preserves and raisins, as well as light molasses, chocolate, a touch of sourness and just a whisp of smoke.
Very balanced taste. Dark malt (yet without that deep roasted bitterness..spot on for a porter) and sweeter malt with enough hops to keep the sweetness in check. The mouthfeel is lush and medium-bodied. A subtle smokiness comes through in the finish and sticks around on your palate, very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 22:38:23 | More by johnrobe
Photo of Pegasus


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark red amber color, with a moderate tan head, which retains well, excellent lacing.

Aroma: Deep toasted malt aroma, with prominent earth and smoke notes, sweet caramel, and quite understated hops.

Taste: Strong roasted malt at the open, caramel sweetness follows to midpoint of the taste. Later in the taste, an alcohol note appears, as well as bitter chocolate, smoke and earth flavors. The taste closes with a mild lingering bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and dry, with soft carbonation, the body seemed thin for the style.

Drinkability/notes: Overall, quite excellent, would be very pleasing on a cold, dark, windy day.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 12:45:10 | More by Pegasus
Photo of mobyfann


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $3.99 for a 22oz. bomber...

The beer pours almost black with a medium sized white-ish tan head, excellent retention and a lines of lace onthe glass. The smell is bold, roasty, smokey and malty.

The taste is just a blast of flavor to the taste buds with all the flavors the smell gave away. Supurb mouthfeel due to the creamy head retention, one-of-a-kind. This is maybe the most drinkable porter out there with Bell's.

Final Thought: This is a creative brew by one of the world's best, this one is on the annual rotation, thank you Stone.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 03:09:58 | More by mobyfann
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a St Bernardous tulip glass, pours a deep bitch black, maybe a little ruby around the edges, light tan head starts about a half inch and shrinks quickly but comes back with a stiff swirl, strings of lacing cast about here and there. Aroma has loads of dark malts, chocolates are pronounced, some dark caramels, a bit of a bitter streak, smoke is elusive, everything is pretty nice, if understated. Taste is more of the same, and elusive smoke plays nicely here. Also understated is the sweet but dark caramel malt, chocolates dancing lightly. It don't remember subtlety being Stone's thing, but they play it brilliantly here. The mouth is very smooth, body is great, everything is working just right here. All I can say for this one is, its a very good beer, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 05:33:58 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of NickRivers


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A&S - Pours a dark ruby-brown with a beautiful 3-fingers worth of tan head, smells are hard to get to due to the massive head and smokey aromas, which isn't all that bad, some notes of dark fruit, burnt grains and strong yeast are present.

T&M - Hits your mouth with little carbonation and builds up to a be super crisp, very well carbonated beer just as the sweet smokey malts smoothly transition to a hopped coffee finish.

O - Overall a great beer, I prefer a few other porters to this one such as Anchor, and was a little disappointed on the aroma, but for being a brew with the word "Smoked" in its name, what more can you expect? Go out and buy a bomber if its in your area!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 07:08:53 | More by NickRivers
Photo of jeffmonarch


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice dark brown color with little head that disappears quickly.

S - Nice smokey smell. It's a really strong smokey smell, it's great.

T - Great smoked flavor with hints of bittersweet chocolate. Good rich flavor.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. I love this porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 03:30:56 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of Theheroguy


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark reddish brown with a thin head (as expected for a porter)

Smoky aroma with hints of sweet chocolate
Taste wise you get chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and a tiny bit of coffee. Bitterness in the beer is minimal.

I would happily recommend this porter the flavors are very complex and I would need to have it several times to identify them all.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 05:08:42 | More by Theheroguy
Photo of hungryghost

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with a nice head that floats for a bit. Lacing is light but evident.
Smells roasty, smokey, toasted and malty. The aroma is not as heavy as the taste, i still think it gives a good idea of what is to come.
Serious smoke flavor, coffees, chocolate and roasted malts. Occasionally i get a bittering but it does not seem like a hop flavor.
Nice light amount of carbonation helps make for a smooth beer. Not too heavy/thick in the mouth.
This is a very drinkable brew. I had my second glass with some smoked gouda. Yumm!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 15:57:31 | More by hungryghost
Photo of ph2001


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in pint glass

pours very dark, nearly black, with almost purple-red highlights against light. cascades into 2 or 3 fingers of head then disipates into a thin foamy layer.

incredibly creamy texture. it has a sweetness that combines very nicely with the bite of it. smoked flavor is very subtle, but it is there on the aftertaste. very smooth, drinkable, and very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 17:41:51 | More by ph2001
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint

Pours a used engine oil black with a nice tan head with some slick retention.

Smells of roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Very little smoke on the nose, but it is there.

Whoa! Sweet cocoa and caramel meet perfectly. This is almost as nice as it gets. Taste a slight citrus hop backbone.

The mouthfeel is creamy and light.

It is a heavy beer, but it's really light in finish.

This is another solid offering by Stone. Not too much smoke, just enough to give a great layer of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 03:46:10 | More by ColForbinBC
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4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of this at Whole Foods in White Plains New York the other day. I poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown with some ruby red tint. I can barely see through it when held to light. No head to speak of, but had a slight off white film that floated on top. It left no lace rings.

S- First whiff had a nice chocolate malt aroma with slight notes of coffee and caramel. It also had a pleasent smokey note that was very subdued.

T- Much like the smell, chocolate malts dominated. It also had subtle hints of coffee, sweet toffee, and vanilla with a light fig or raisin note. It had a realy good smokey undertone that didn't overpower everything else. It also had some mild citrusy hops on the back end.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. The over all feel seems to fit this style of beer very well.

D- I'm not general a big fan of porters, but do like smoked beers. I liked this a lot! I thought the smoke was very balanced with the malty sweetness and didn't over power the way some do. I drank with grilled pork chops and thought they complemented each other nicely. I will definatly buy again and could drink a few of these at one sitting. Over all another very nice beer from Stone. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 03:14:24 | More by Dirty1
Photo of DrinkBEEROrDie


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this brew at Andover Liquors a local liquor store with an exceptional selection.I poured it in a pint glass and it had a very nice pour, the color is a very dark brown with a redish brown tint with a dark golden head .
It has a very ,smokey not to be redundant, taste with undertones of cream and choclate "very earthy". This beer has an exceptional mouth feel and a very nice nutty aroma . With that said i am always more of a stout man myself but Stone is a great company and i definitly recomend this to all you advocaters.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 01:32:06 | More by DrinkBEEROrDie
Photo of xgrigorix


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black with ruby highlights around the edges, and a rocky tan cocoa powder like head.
Raisins and a sublte smokiness in the nose.
Roast flavors, espresso coffee, bittersweet chocolate, all meld into raisins and a mild smoky flavor. Mellow and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2003 09:56:36 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of milesfan76


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle with the usual Stone gargoyle and writing about the beer on the back.

A: Pours black, though not pitch black, it does let a bit of light through. Two-finger tannish head that sticks around and clings.

S: Not much going here except for the malts, and not carrying that strongly.

T: Nice. Smoked malts come through first, with a bit of chocolate, coffee, and hops mixed in.

M: Medium-bodied, carbonation just right.

D: Very drinkable- I kind of wish I'd kept the whole bomber instead of splitting it.

Overall an excellent porter from a brewery that has yet to disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 04:57:51 | More by milesfan76
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4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 1/2-2 finger tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. The nose is very smokey, lots of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The taste is cary stong of chocolate and roasted malt with a good bit of coffee in the back round. Very sweet, a get slight bits of caramel as well that I did not pick up in the nose. Very minimum hop bitterness. Great mouthfeel, very smooth and easy to drink. This is a great beer and one of the best porters ive had in a long time. Very enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 03:19:43 | More by mjw2808
Photo of xanok


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A-Mostly black with mahogany at the center of the pour. Two fingers of thick, creamy head, light tan head.

S-Very faint here. Smells of bitter dark chocolate. There's a great smokey smell to it.

T-Smoked malts, chocolate, some woodiness. Can barely taste any alcohol in this.

M-A bit thick, syrupy, and creamy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

D-Goes down smooth, although, the smokiness stays in the mouth a bit. This bomber is disappearing pretty fast though. As said earlier, alcohol is barely noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 05:14:04 | More by xanok
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4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep mahogany color, mostly black, especially when viewed in dim lighting, some dark ruby highlights around the edges. Super thick and creamy tan head that sustains and leaves some excellent lacing behind, something that seemingly all Stone brews do.

The aroma hits you before you bring the glass to your nose. Roasted, dark malts, some dry cocoa powder, slight char, some leafy, ashy, and dry hop character. The smoke is hard to notice at first, maybe because the beer is a little to cold. Upon warming up a bit, the smoke definitely comes out and becomes quite nice. Liquid smoke, burnt wood, campfire char - it adds such a great element to an already aromatically pleasing beer.

Stone Smoked Porter tastes exactly like the nose would lead you to believe it tastes. Roasted, nearly burnt malts, dry, light cocoa, bitter coffee beans, herbal hops that are just bitter enough to be called "perfect", and of course, a helpful heaping of smoke. Just like on the nose, the smoke comes out more and more on the palate as the beer warms up. It goes from being a tertiary flavor to a primary flavor over the course of 15-20 minutes.

Along with the smoked flavors comes the charred woodiness and an even more intense roasted profile that sticks with you through the aftertaste. A delicacy that coats your palate and keeps the flavor in your brain long after it's gone. The body is heavy and creamy, not quite chewy, nice amount of carbonation in this one.

Had this a long time ago, didn't care for it. Had it again recently and loved it. Smoke can be a touchy subject in the world of beer when not left in the most deft of hands (Heller-Trum), but it works perfectly here and isn't anywhere close to overpowering. Plus, only 4-5$ for a bomber? What a steal. One of the best smoked beers I've had to date, for many reasons.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 17:54:37 | More by tectactoe
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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is a very nice mix of smoke. roasted malt and chocolate. The smoke compliments the other flavors and doesn't overshadow them. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, with the smoke mixing very well. The beer tastes smokier than the aroma, but it is still not overwhelming. Very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of my favorite smoked beers and a beer that goes very well with barbecue brisket.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 02:00:40 | More by Mora2000
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