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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,292 Ratings

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Ratings: 3292
Reviews: 1724
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%

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)
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Photo of socon67

New York

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown to black pour. Nice lacing, and a nice tan foam head 1/4" thick.

S - Smell of roasted hickory wood, chocolate malt, and black pepper.

T - Nice taste of smoke that settles in the saliva glands. Feel as good as a good cigar. Some cocoa flavor is noted as well, and a tiny bit of heat.

M - Certianly a big porter that is best suited as a post meal drink. Hits with some punch.

O - I like this very much, but got spoiled by the more limited variety with chipotle. If you like smoky porters this is a great option that is generally easy to get a hold of.

Serving type: growler

05-13-2012 00:46:48 | More by socon67
Photo of mscudder


4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown complexion with a tan head, decent lacing.

S - Very appealing to nose! Dark malts, coffee, and smooth caramel.

T - A nice smoked flavor paired with dark fruits, coffee, and very drinkable.

M - Rich and near perfect carbonation for a porter. Full body with an almost sticky taste.

O - This is yet another great brew from Stone. I was very pleased to see this available in a growler from my local store HopCity and will most likely fill it up again! Recommended for anyone seeking a solid, drinkable porter.

Serving type: growler

02-09-2012 04:48:10 | More by mscudder
Photo of ESPNman


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Just a little lighter than pure midnight black. A little bit of a reddish hue if you bring the lip of the glass up to the light.

S - Nothing really special here. It smells like a porter... standard notes of coffee, tobacco, and a little bit of smoke.

T - This is where this beer really shines. It's smoky malts dominate the overall profile. Good cocoa, smoke, leather, and all of the tastes one looks for in the Porter style.

M - A little thinner than I prefer, but on par with what's expected. Decent carbonation, and a chewiness that rounds it out nicely.

O - A very good every-occasion porter. It'd be a good way to get someone to graduate past Guinness and into the land of heavier stouts.

Serving type: growler

01-24-2012 06:23:57 | More by ESPNman
Photo of brandon911


4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a regular water glass while playing poker.

The beer was a dark brown with a two finger tan head.

Smelled very malty, a little smoky, with some coffee and chocolate notes present. I loved how this smelled, I think I'd like a room to smell like this.

Fantastic taste. Smoky with a fairly heavy coffee taste and some hints of chocolate.

I loved this mouthfeel of this. Perfect amount of carbonation and just creamy enough.

I would definitely get this again and every time I see it at Spec's I fight with myself whether or not to get it.

Serving type: growler

11-22-2011 01:29:22 | More by brandon911
Photo of Durge


3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown color, pretty much opaque with a decent light creamy tan head and good lacing. The aroma is surprisingly vague with just the suggestion of some herbal malt and a whisper of charcoal. No smoke whatsoever. The flavor again does not bring an obvious smoke either but there is a little grassy smoke and more mild charcoal malt. There’s a citrus tartness that nearly defines this brew which surprises me greatly considering it’s a smoked brew. This is a medium bodied brew with tiny bits of carbonation and a near resinous, yet glassy smooth feel. It’s a quality brew in feel but I bought this for a smoke taste experience and it’s so subtle as to really be nothing that warrants a smoke title. This brew is just a decent porter that features grassy hops and tart citrus over mild charcoal malt. Good, but ultimately a disappointment.

Serving type: growler

11-14-2011 04:51:02 | More by Durge
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from Stone Brewing Co.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a thin cap. Thin tight rings of lace mark the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, smoked malt, and some rich dark toasted bread aromas. Taste is of roasted/smoked malt, toasted bread, and some minor cocoa bean flavors. There is an assertive roasty bitterness that sticks around after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a bubbly yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good smoked porter from the tap but I prefer the bottled version slightly more.

Serving type: growler

09-28-2011 04:37:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of airheadmtrcycle


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first growler I've had in over 20 years, since I moved to Georgia. Picked it up at Hop City. Poured into a nonic glass. Very dark, almost black with red highlights around the edges where the light shines through. The head isn't huge, but lasts and lasts; it's a creamy khaki color. Good looking ale.

The aroma is of dark roasted malt with an espresso note and some smoke. The flavor is similar with an espresso bitterness followed by a smokey and slightly bitter finish.

The mouth feel is medium and not watery at all. For me a watery mouth feel is the kiss of death for a porter. Stone Smoked Porter feels just right.

Overall, Smoked Porter is a very good, maybe even great, porter. Having it from a growler made it even more special. Four of us split it, two guys and two gals. Everyone claimed to really enjoy it. Fortunately, there is a little left for me to have another pint after everyone had their fill.

Serving type: growler

07-25-2011 00:11:40 | More by airheadmtrcycle
Photo of Dubber55

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a Founders snifter- dark brown with 1 finger beige head. Does not look viscous.

The aroma consists of lightly charred wood and earthy hops.

Taste- Some bittersweet chocolate, a little coffee, charred American oak, and plenty of roasted malts. The smoke is not overpowering which is nice. Earthy, piney hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Light carbonation.

Overall, this is an easy drinking porter.

Serving type: growler

05-11-2011 21:41:36 | More by Dubber55
Photo of wknight167


4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a near opaque black that only lets light through when held to the light with a two finger tan head that lasts a good deal of time and leaves some impressive lacing.

Nose- Roasty dark chocolate and coffee. Smoke is evident, but not at the level I was expecting from a stone brew.

Palate- Both the smoke and hops are present, but slight. The showcase here is the malt. Coffee and chocolate with a touch of roastiness. The smoke becomes more pronounced as the beer warms, but it remains smooth.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and smooth, full bodied with mild carbonation

Overall- Shows that a smoked porter can still be about the porter.

Serving type: growler

01-15-2010 07:50:29 | More by wknight167
Photo of deruiz10


4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger tan head fades pretty quickly and leaves thin lacing. Pour is dark brown with some red.

S - Caramel and hickory smoke, with a faint chocolate and fruity undertone.

T - Creamy mocha and caramel with a notable smokiness which lasts through the aftertaste. Though the body is also accompanied by a dark chocolate bitterness, this fades to a more milk-chocolate finish.

M - Creamy with mild carbonation, this is one smooth brew.

D - A delicious porter to be sure, not too heavy but with loads of flavor and a great overall effect.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2009 01:12:59 | More by deruiz10
Photo of m1ked


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from WF Bowery beer room. I let Neil know about the SD local favorite "Smokey Indian" a mixture of Stone's Smoked Porter & IPA...mmmm.

A- Pours with a monster sandy tan colored head that has large bubbles on the top, with fine bubbles on the bottom. The head hangs around for a long time. Once it does shrink down, it leaves behind a ton of lacing. Pours a dark cola colored brown. When held up to the light, boasts some flaming ruby edges. Looks so good.

S- Rich woody, cocoa, cola, touch of smoke, root beer, mollasses from a fruitcake. Even though the smoke is undeniable, it is not overpowering, and lingers.

T- Definetly get the smoke up front, burnt woodiness, light cocoa, light salty meat...which I am sure is the smokiness tricking my palate. Some bitterness at the end. The flavors in the middle are kind of lost between the bookends of smoke (duh) and lingering bitter.

M- Really light mouthfeel, but as I must remind myself that this is a porter, not a stout. Good carbonation throughout.

D- This is a great porter. I wonder how many casual beer drinkers have been scred off by the "smoked" oart of the label. Having lived in SD, I think I took this beer for granted. I was so happy to see this for growler fills here in NYC. Good to pair with food too!

Serving type: growler

11-17-2009 01:01:06 | More by m1ked
Photo of womencantsail


4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black with a finger and a half of off-white head.

S: Smokey, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of sweetness.

T: First sip is sweet, primarily caramel. As it warms up a bit, the slight smokiness comes out, as do the traditional porter flavors such as coffee and chocolate. A nice roasted malt taste is prevalent.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

D: I'm generally not that big of a fan of smoked beers, but this one is light enough on the smoke, and it seems to add a bit of sweetness.

Serving type: growler

09-11-2009 03:30:29 | More by womencantsail
Photo of arizcards


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler at the brewery yesterday for $8.00.

Beer poured black with ruby highlights. Head is tan with good height and retention. Nose is hints of coffee and west coast hops. Taste is wonderful, roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate balanced very nicely by a good dose of west coast hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth going across the palate. Overall drinkability is exceptional. It has been awhile since i have had this. I had forgotten how good this brew is! This is a very easy drinking beer that has few peers in this category!!

Serving type: growler

05-29-2009 21:49:22 | More by arizcards
Photo of Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown color with ruby notes. Big tan head.
Smell - malts mostly with hints of coffe and chocolate. Taste - a lot better than smell - smoked flavour hits at first, then some chocolate and coffe perhaps. Smokey flavor makes it different, delicious and easy to drink. Very rich, creamy beer, well balanced. Great beer, I love it, I haven't had a good porter for a while.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2009 06:26:59 | More by Voonder
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass (thanks Stoneman78). Growler opened with a pop and a rush and left some specks of porter on my kitchen ceiling (guess it's fresh :) Poured the color of obsidian, followed by a luscious coffee colored two-fingered head that settled into a quarter-inch consistent layer of foam and ringlets. Lots and lots of lacing; just like drinking a coffee milkshake. Scent of hops, roasted malt and espresso, as well as a lingering smokiness in the nose. Nice mellow taste - unsweetened cocoa, coffee and malt with a slightly hoppy finish. Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel; not too much carbonation. Very sessionable porter.

Serving type: growler

02-02-2008 20:58:16 | More by Jwale73
Photo of artoolemomo


3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which looks to have decent retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a mix of deep maroon and medium dark chocolate brown that shows a lot of crimson in the light. Considerable lacing is left behind.

Nose- Lacks presence but has some complexity- semi-sweet chocolate with faint hints of roast, nuts, and smoke. Some dark fruits- notably cherries and raisins. Swirling reveal a good amount of coffee with a slight sour note. I certainly wish there was more smoke.

Taste- The front starts off sweet with a blend of semi-sweet chocolate and dark fruits- once again, cherries and raisins. The roasted notes build and express some nuttiness and coffee. Maybe a little bit of wood and smoke around the edges that suggest (to my mind) leather and tobacco. These are definitely not prominent and perhaps not even present but the light wood and smoke notes make me think of them. Much less smoke than I would prefer- chocolate, cocoa, and coffee are the dominant themes. A slight mint note mixed with licorice. The dark fruits run a little vinous and remind me of a thin, red wine. Some pine and resin and a bitterness that recalls a faint bit of earwax. Don't really get any caramel though. The hop notes are much more apparent than I would have expected. It's an above average to good beer but I had wanted to like it more than that. Some notes of tomato mixed with the wood and slight smoke give it a slight barbecue profile. Closer to good than above average.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation, slight zing. A bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing but a little disappointing in regard to the minor smoke. It seems rauchbiers may have ruined other smoked beers for me. This may be a little cheaper than the standard price for Stone bombers. Probably not a repurchase.

Overall- Almost a solid, good beer. Probably would be just that if it met my expectations for the style. It's still worth a try- after all, it is a Stone beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 01:17:07 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of Sam-VW

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 6oz bottle into a generic pint glass.

Almost black in the middle with the red shining through a lot more on either side.
Thick brown sugar/caramel coloured head. Good retention.

Smells like smokey brown sugar and caramel, very malty smell.

Taste - Very malty, brown sugar then at the end the bitterness from the hops as a very nice surprise.

Very smooth mouthfeel, but a little alcohol kick on the way down.

All in all a fantastic beer from Stone. Would go extremely well with BBQ food.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 13:56:22 | More by Sam-VW
Photo of tmm313


4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- I can honestly say I've never seen a beer that looks like this in the glass. It is a rich brownish red on the outside and almost black in the middle. Poured an awesome 2 finger head. Great lacing.

S- I swear I smell grapes! Also dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, nuts, and soft pine. Grape smell morphed more into raisin as it warmed. Overall, a little on the light side.

T- Sweet up front - almost like light orange meets coffee and caramel. Shifts into mix of caramel, dark chocolate, and smoke, then fades to earthy hop, grapefruit, pine, and burnt wood. A different flavor stands out with each sip.

M- Medium-thick bodied with nice, crisp carbonation. Smooth, lightly viscous, and drying. This is what I wish all Porters felt like.

O- Stone is my favorite brewery for a reason. All four categories are brilliantly crafted and mix together to create one hell of a Porter here. Each sip shifts focus to somewhere else. The back of the bottle hits the nail on the head by saying, "Stone Smoked Porter is mysterious, smoky, and verging on utterly decadent". I'll be having many more times to come.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 00:45:29 | More by tmm313
Photo of Beerlover


4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

reviewed from notes (2/10/12)
A: ours dark brownish black, looks like it has a medium body
S: definitely smells of smoked malt but not overpowering like stickin your head in a campfire. roasted malt backdrop
T: this is great not too smokey not too subtle, very balanced, delicious! Seems to be the best value for flavor and price.
m: medium carbonation slightly silky after effect on the palate.
O.A.: this beer is a good in-betweener, you could spend your time sipping this one for its richness or its a good session porter, not too rich if you don't want to take your time.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 02:27:21 | More by Beerlover
Photo of dougbassett


3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #42 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Pour is decent but nothing outstanding, although props to the long-lasting head on this. Typical nose of coffee and cocoa, this time with a hint of smoke. The mouthfeel is pretty routine outside of a wonderfully lingering finish of liquid smoke. Tastes in general, though, are the usual hopped up coffee/cocoa, with a slight hint of smoke dancing around in the background.

Good, not great beer. The smoking is distinctive but that's the only distinctive thing about it, without that this is a decent, but bog-standard porter. Adding the smoke does kick this up a little and it's worth a try as a result, but this is hardly the definitive take on this idea.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 00:14:01 | More by dougbassett
Photo of fscottkey

New York

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown to black with a slight reddish hint when held up to the light. Sports a huge head which slowly dissipates leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of wood burning stove in the winter.

M: Smooth mouth feel - with no boozy sense.

T: Some smoke up front but it intensifies and gives a very smokey after taste a few moments later. Very enjoyable - especially as it warms.

O: This is an enjoyable porter that really improves as it warms (patience is not usually my thing - but it is rewarded).

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:29:47 | More by fscottkey
Photo of JKingWood


2.63/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a snifter.
Appearance - dark, with a creamy white head. This looks like an after dinner drink, so I let this one sit. Lacing is decent.
Smell - French roast, maybe some espresso, s'mores!
Taste - made the right call to enjoy this after dinner! Complex, rich and flavorful; perhaps my new favorite for the style!
Feel - medium body, complex and bold flavors.
Overall - I'd like to have this again soon, as I may actually be underrating it a bit here.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2014 13:41:36 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of KomodoDragon


4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a - Deep mahogany, small choppy caramel head with excellent lacing

s - french roast, burnt wood.

t - simple grainy malt up front, expanding into a coffee, perhaps latte, with bitter infused cocoa beans. Long aftertaste and little alcohol presence.

M - some tingling carbonation, and while light, it leaves its mark on the back of the mouth.

Combines its flavor nicely, without being heavy handed nor sugary sweet. Very pleasant and quite unique.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 03:05:27 | More by KomodoDragon
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

big malt backbone on this. sweet but just stops short of too rich. some hop balance, a little espresso, mostly sweet though. not as smokey as one might expect, a chocolate flavored smoke, a bitter chocolate or coffee note that seems smokey while being mostly a sweet beer

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 23:27:23 | More by dank203
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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,292 ratings.