Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
A fantastic beer to revisit over and over again. This beer displays a beautiful blend of delicacy, flavor, and boldness that is always opportunistic but non-boastful.
The beer holds true to the look of better Porters. Very dark brown with deep mohogany highlights. Moderate carbonation delivers a more aggresive head than expected but then settles into a 1/2" foamstand that lasts the session while leaving tons of lacing behind.
Interspersed aromas of cocoa, coffee, smoke, and caramelized malts take turns hitting the nose, giving different signals each time my nose comes close.
Flavors favor the Porter-like chocolate-coffee blend while settling onto a steadfast caramelly malt foundation. The smoke character never seems to attach to the taste, rather giving much of its character through the olfactories and the exhale sensation (beautifully woven into the beer). Light fruits of fig, date, and raison give some credence to the esters, but largely go unnoticed. Clean yeasty flavors give an undescript malt flavor that's difficult to describe.
The texture is full, rich, and round; though in a Porter kind of way. Bittered from a blend of hops and roasted grains acheive a nice balance without overdoing it (good restraint for Stone). Not heavy, thick or overbearing, this beer can be consumed quickly- maybe too quickly. But at a moderate alcohol, the head or inhebreation of the beer is quite digestable and tollerable.
This is a beautiful beer that does everything that is asked of a Porter, but then with the proper companionship of a campfire. A bit more fruitiness could have helped with the depth and complexity of the beer. I'd like to see this beer imperialized.
02-28-2006 16:50:59 | More by BEERchitect
3.48/5 rDev -13.4%
22oz Bottle poured into english pint glass. Beautiful dark brown with ruby highlights that you can actually see light through towards the bottom of the glass. Large head with good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, alcohol and a little smoke. Taste is a little more smoke, hops, coffee, roasted malts. Very good porter.
10-21-2010 21:06:19 | More by acurtis
3.35/5 rDev -16.7%
Bottle: Poured a medium-black color porter with a medium size foamy head with average retention. Aroma of slightly bitter hops with some very subtle smoke in there. Taste is also slightly bitter with a very subtle touch of smoke. I was honestly expecting a more smoky character because of the name of the beer. Also, I was expecting a hoppier porter based on previous tasting of Stone beers. A bit of letdown really.
02-28-2006 21:38:07 | More by Phyl21ca
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
09-11-2009 03:30:29 | More by womencantsail
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
Appearance: Dark brown body with a light tan-colored, creamy head.
Smell: What's in that aroma... let's call it "excitement"! Lightly sweetened cocoa and coffee amidst the rich, smokey overtones.
Taste: More of that semi-sweet chocolate and coffee from the nose, and, of course, the smoke, but also just a hint of citrus on the finish. Though the flavors run a bit thin at times, its still pretty pleasant.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Slighty creamy.
Drinkability: Reasonably smoked, it gives you just enough of that smoke you want without ever becoming overpowering or life-threatening.
05-21-2007 02:35:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.78/5 rDev -6%
The smoked porter pours out almost like a stout. The liquid looked pretty thick. The color was black and the head was brown. There was some good lacing too. The aroma is lightly smoked and roasted. The taste is a little salty from the smoked malts, but also has a nice roasted quality too with some hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a decent body to it. Overall it's not my favorite Stone brew but it's worth trying.
06-11-2011 04:10:16 | More by Knapp85
4.1/5 rDev +2%
Pours a deep brown with some ruby tint to it with a light but creamy looking almond colored head,the aroma is very nice I think the light smoky hints along with the chocolate almost makes a fudge brownie aroma is it just me?Taste is very earthy with a raw peanut flavor with the smokiness coming in late that lingers definant resiny hop flavor intermingaled in there as well.A pretty complex beer very worthy of its high marks in my humble opinion.
11-22-2003 02:23:01 | More by oberon
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
I've had this particular bottle for six months. Not sure why I waited so long, but it's time to drink it!
Pours a dark brown, black in the middle. Not quite opaque in the light, where the edges turn a lighter shade of reddish brown. Small head of light tan foam. No lacing that sticks around. Head fizzles down to a skim, with a ring around the edge of the glass.
Banana esters in the aroma, bready dark malt like a Doppelbock. No perceptible smokiness that I can smell.
Very malty flavor, very mild hint at smoke, with slight banana from the yeast coming through at the end. Mildly sweet with a mild astringency. Creamy, lactic feel, pretty smooth with a well hidden ABV.
Had to split the bomber, as it was fairly filling. Probably won't seek this out again but it was worth trying.
$4.99 @ Liquor Stop, Highland, IN.
10-18-2007 23:57:08 | More by emerge077
4.1/5 rDev +2%
A - Poured out an opaque, dark black color with a thick, foamy, cappuccino-like head. It left some thin rings of lace.
S - It smelled smoky, but not over the top smoky. There were hints of coffee, too.
T - It tasted fairly smoky, but it wasn't overdone. There were subtle tastes of licorice, chocolate and expresso.
M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a good smoked porter. Its mild smoke quality makes it more versatile when pairing it with food and it won't wreck your palate for another brew.
01-15-2009 02:08:31 | More by zeff80
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
Appearance: From a 22 oz bomber to a Stone Ruination mug. Dark brown with reddish tints, just barely transparent when held up to the light. The tan-colored head shows no sign of going anywhere.
Smell: Mild smoke at the forefront, charred grains and coffee. The smoke aroma comes out more and more as it warms, though it never becomes dominant.
Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and smoky with subtleties of coffee and burnt bread. Dry throughout - I can't pick up any sweetness whatsoever. The body is medium-full and chewy, moreso than the average American porter. The smoke flavor is plainly noticeable but nicely balanced; it blends nicely with the other flavors rather than dominating the palate. The finish remains dry, revealing a mild earthy hop note that pairs nicely with the smoky backbone.
05-26-2008 23:04:30 | More by largadeer
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
22oz bomber from lovely Missoula, Montana...
This beer pours a nice solid black, with caramel highlights, and two fingers of thick, foamy beige head, which leaves an unbroken wall of lace around the glass as it melts away. It smells of roasted malt, smoke, some brine, and a bit of earthy hops. The taste is lightly toasted, but heavy caramel malt, some mild peaty smoke, and grassy, floral hops. The carbonation is average, rendering the body smooth, medium weight, and somewhat creamy. It finishes fairly sweet, the soft smoky malt hardly dented by any lingering hops.
A very enjoyable and easy to put back smoked beer. Perfect as an accompaniment to watching this week's Weeds - Stone is 'advertised' in the show.
09-26-2010 04:50:38 | More by biboergosum
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
Very dark brown in color, almost black, but with clear ruby and mahogany highlights visible at the base of the glass. It's frothy tan head holds quite well. It keeps a creamy collar and thin surface covering throughout the glass, and leaves good lace as well. The nose is quite enticing, with a chocolate and caramel base that's enhanced by a soft peat-smokiness. The smoke is just enough to add to, and enhance, the aroma of the beer. The body is medium/full, creamy, and velvety smooth in the mouth. The flavor, much like the aroma and mouthfeel, is quite smooth and round. This beer is exceptionally well balanced in all regards. It's softly sweet with a combination of milk chocolate and caramel, a light touch of smoke, a supportive bitterness and some background hop flavors. It finishes with a lingering roastiness, mild smokiness, and dull bitterness followed by some light, grassy hop flavor. Although the subtle smoke gets lost in the flavor over the course of the glass, it remains in the nose. Very nicely done, and highly drinkable with just enough smoke to give it a little bit of complexity and keep it interesting throughout one or two. Except for it's strength, this would make a very nice session beer. Highly recommended.
01-16-2003 20:22:20 | More by NeroFiddled
3.9/5 rDev -3%
Mmmm. A nice and long lasting flow over the palate. The tones are even and it leaves a long taste in your mouth. I have saved trying a lot of the Stone productions in order to build up my palate, but I have to say that I am satisfied with this one beyond what I had expected. I have tried others with stronger flavors, so this wont be an all time favorite, but my opinion of it will always remain high.
12-30-2007 02:36:38 | More by RblWthACoz
4.38/5 rDev +9%
22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a thin beige head and leaves a good lace on the glass.
S: Heavy roasted coffee and chocolate smell with the smokiness that gives the beer its name. The malt comes through as well. Very nice!
T: The smoked flavor is what dominates in the taste with a mild bitterness, both of which stay in the after-taste. You also get a bit of dark chocolate in it. Not too sweet as some Porters can be.
M: Smooth, medium carbonation with a medium/heavy body and a little more crisp than most Porters that I’ve had. The fact that it’s not as sweet as most Porters lends to less of a syrupy & sticky feel that other beers of this style tend to leave behind.
D: It’s very easy to drink since it’s not too sweet, not too bitter and not very over-powering. However it is a bit filling, which is expected in the style. Overall this was a very good beer. Stone Brewing Co. does not disappoint. The beer represents the style well, while maintaining the brewery’s signature.
02-19-2006 04:10:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.43/5 rDev +10.2%
A - Large, creamy light brown head on top of a totally opaque, black body. The head has great retention and it leaves a thick layer of lace on the glass as it slowly recedes.
S - Chocolate, raisins, hops and alcohol. The chocolatey malt aroma is most prevalent, mixing with notes of coffee and caramel. There are also some dark fruit aromas, figs and raisins, which meld nicely with the spicy hop notes.
T - The smoke comes in just as it hits the tongue. The roasty, smoked, slightly sour flavor dominates the palate. Hops appear in the middle, but don't overpower. The finish is smoke, charcoal, and tobacco that slowly merge into the essence of very dark chocolate.
M - Moderate body and carbonation (thinner than I expected, but I am not complaining as it helps the drinkability.
D - This beer is a feast of complex, dark flavors. The best aspect of this brew is the way the flavors merge in a long, drawn-out finish with a beautiful chocolate character. The easy drinkability is all the more impressive considering how bad smoked beer can get in the wrong hands
10-19-2007 04:25:15 | More by nickfl
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,570 ratings.