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Stone Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,788 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,788
Hads: 4,102
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 180
Gots: 481 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

A porter with hints of chocolate & coffee balanced by subtle smokiness
First Release: December 1996

When first released, our smoky version of a traditional English porter was ahead of its time. Today, it's a highly regarded staple among craft beer fans and our go-to food complement, pairing effortlessly with all kinds of cuisine, from peanut butter and banana sandwiches to braised pork belly and apple pie. This worldly libation is dark, smooth and complex, with chocolate and coffee flavors suffused with subtle smokiness from the addition of peat-smoked malt.
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Photo of ncsutton
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle

A - Very dark, nice head, leaves some lacing

S - Rich malty, very slight sense of smoke

T - Really chocolaty taste with a nice coffee taste to it. I don't really get the smoked taste except for a little on the after taste

M - Extremely smooth, goes down easy

O - A great porter in my opinion, not really a smoked porter, but still very good

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Photo of BassBone
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow! Big!

Two words that come to mind while drinking this beer...

This stuff poured out nearly completely black with a thick head. There must have been some residue in my glass because it vanished pretty quickly. The head was completely gone at some point during the half hour I spent drinking this beer.

The nose hit me as soon as I opened the bottle. Chocolate and smoke with a touch of sweet. The smoke was almost like a good single malt scotch.

The first sip was amazing. The complexities of malt and chocolate and smoke and coffee hit you all at once and then somehow they order themselves. The taste is complex and wonderful and thoroughly enjoyable. It only gets better as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. This beer has substance. Hard to believe it is made with malt, barley, water, and yeast only. How come the Macros can't do this with all the ingredients they use?

I only rated the drinkability down on this because I don't think I could drink more than one every once in a while, but when I am in the mood for a smoked porter, I will reach for this one first. Wow!

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Photo of strangebrew52
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black leaving some white head that didn't really last long

S: Slight a bit of smoke but not what I would have expected, some malty tones.

T: Some coffee flavor in there, smoke comes through a bit more as it warms but still lacking in my opinion. Has an almost sweet after taste.

M: Medium body with carbonation

D: Not bad but wouldn't be the first beer I reached for when choosing a porter. Lower 5.9% alcohol makes it easy to drink

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Photo of wanker
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If you are expecting the smokiness of a rauchbier you will be disappointed. This is your basic porter, with a hint of smokiness. The smokiness is there, but it is quite subdued.

It was tasty, and I'd certainly drink it again, but it was neither my favorite porter nor a particularly smoky beer.

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Photo of GWaters
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Poured completely black even when held up to the light. Heavy mocha head poured tight and foamy then receded slowly. Some light sticky lines of lacing around the glass to reminisce.

Smell: Strong roasted malts, dark chocolate notes with faint ground coffee beans. Very faint smoke notes, almost disappointing. Burnt brown sugar sweetness, leathery, toasted nuts, faint liquorice, some pepperiness.

Taste: Nice roasted malt bitterness, Strong chocolate chaser, barely any smoke, some creamy traces, woody, light treacle notes, some oatiness, light sweet nutty notes.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy with medium body. Satisfies the front of the tongue and top of the palate the most.

Overall - A pretty good porter although not as full bodied as I was expecting - I would have preferred a bit more of a smoke flavor as well. In fact this was more like a chocolate stout than a smoked one. Still, a very good beer, and a safe purchase.

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Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first porter I have truly loved. I know I can always count on Stone.

A: Sexy would be the right word. Beautiful dark, rich brown--almost black. Big frothy head.

S: Roasty malt and smoke. Mild hops to balance. Incredible aromas.

T&M: Bitter, smokey, chocolatey, roasty. Alcohol is perfectly hidden.

D: I can't give a smoked beer a 5 on drinkability because I find the smoky flavors don't quite go down smoothly enough, but this is about as good as it gets.

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

A - Deep and dark with a rich creamy head. Keeps a nice cap throughout.

S - Chocolate, coffee, a hint of hops.

T - Malts, bitter chocolate, and of course coffee. A slight touch of smoke.

M - Medium and smooth. Nice creaminess.

D - For such a dark one I could keep going with this.

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Photo of Neecee513
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep brown, nice head and head retention

S: Def smell the smoked essence of it, perhaps over a caramel note.

T: Nice balance between hops and malts, with slight hop bitterness of piney notes. Can taste the touch of smokiness at the finish.

M: Ok, not as smooth as I would have hoped, somewhat coats the mouth, medium body.

D: I enjoyed the subtle smokiness that came through, would pair nice with a gouda.

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Photo of GNWBC
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: pours a dark brown black with a nice 1 finger head that leaves decent lacing.

S: smoke, malt, and hops

T: awesome smokey maltyness up front and the hop note tingles the back of the palate.

M: goes down smooth with the smoke very drink able

O: overall good porter, love the smoke notes. would be great at a bbq

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Photo of ritwingr
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly jet black with a beautiful dense Carmel colored head having average retention and above average lacing.

I didn't catch much "smoke," but it's a ver nice American Porter. Feel is a little thin for a porter, but tastes quite agreeable. Slight chocolate presence. Hops just kick in at the very end and only faintly. No alcohol burn at all.

Could be a bit more robust....but I'd definitely drink it again. And will.

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Photo of Iceman77
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with an off-white, latte colored head. Good thickness on the head and hangs around a while before receding to a nice surface film and lacing around the edges. The name is in the smell and taste, up front you get the smoky malt aroma along with a hint of citrus and roasted nuts. In the taste you get more heavy malt flavor, along with chocolate and smidge of hop bitterness. Nice texture in the mouth, with the right amount of carbonation and a slight aftertaste of those smoky/roasted grains. Definitely the kind of porter you could have several of with ease.

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Photo of Armand
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not too bad, but was expecting a little bit more of a kick. The waiter at restaurant didn't know too much about beer and was just throwing Stone beers around and not being to helpful in making a selection. I stuck to it and just drank it.
A: Dark with light being able to sneak in.
S: Dark coffee, strong musky, and cigar.
T: Cigar, woody, charcol, flat whiskey, black licorice.
M: Too musky, and charcoal for m
O: Something I'd like to try again. The vanilla one is amazing.

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Photo of mndlssphlsphr
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark at first sight with a light brown head. A robust feel at the first sip followed by a smile. There is relaxation while making this brew. There is no right or wrong here, as the master brewer was not in a hurry I feel. There is a sense of hops, but not too much. The word caramel comes to my mind, I feel for the color but there is a bit of sweetness that compliments the hops. I know there is a chocolatyness to this - yet I feel it, but cannot describe it. The smoke though is obvious, this I can describe, do not worry there is no alarm to this fire. The sugars and the bitters blend togeather, I cannot distinguish the blacks from whites - a fine grey has been created. A taste from one of the gods I would guess, this taste is bliss....
I give this a 4.25 w/ a margin of .1
The senses are all sharing their emotions at this time.

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Photo of LvilleIPA
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a St. Bernardus glass.

A - Very dark, almost black. I see no light coming through this one. Has a decent sized tan head on top.

S - I smell nothing. Maybe a hint of smokiness, but nothing really all that noticable.

T - Wow. This stuff is fantastic. Tastes basically like a "big" porter. I don't really detect huge amounts of "smokiness" (similar to the smell), but it's a big flavor with coffee and some bitter chocolate flavor. There seems to be some hops at the end of the sip to balance out all of the malts.

M - I'd say it's medium to full-bodied. It's very easy to drink, but at the same time it is a big beer. Fills the mouth, yet there seems to be very little carbonation.

I'd give this second place in the porter department only to Sam Smith's Taddy Porter. Though it may be different in style, it is still extremely well done and absolutely worth seeking out if you're into porters.

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Photo of KSac4115
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown that lets almost no light through. Foam head is a light brown that dissipates and clears very quickly. Smell is thick malty, sweet, and roasty. Definitely smokey hints as well. Taste is thick and sweet. Flavors blend together very well and makes for a very smooth and drinkable taste. Medium carbonation and the smooth mix of flavors gives this beer an excellent body and make it extremely drinkable. Overall a very delicious beer. Very very solid, but nothing extraordinary.

Cheers!

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Photo of daveruman
4/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Low carb, not very much head, nice brown. 3.7

S: meaty, smoky, brown notes.

T: very light porter, with a smokey after taste and a slight aftershock hoppyness

M: low carb on the tongue hold, smooth going down.

O: not a bad porter, drinkable and smooth, very light for a smoky beer. I'd give it a 4

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Photo of guinnessman
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was excited when I poured this one. Just watching it in its dark aura with a light brown head. It had a chocolate Malay sweet smell. Chocolate and Smokey flavors filled my palate as it went down very smooth. It's low alcohol made this beer very drinkable.

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Photo of Taffle
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Insanely black pour with the slightest mohagony shades fading on the edges of the tulip. The head is tan, gooey, and retains flawlessly. Definitely representing Stone quality before I can take my first sip.

Aromas are light. A little malt, bean, and smokiness come to mind.

Deep sensations of dark cocoa/chocolate and light coffee bean to the palate. The porter finishes with more of a bitter high-note and hair of that smokiness trailing. The creamy, delicious texture pairs well with the flavorful personality of the Smoked Porter.

The dancing carbonation paired with the brews creamy-smooth feel and intense flavor essentially block dopamine receptors in your brain.

I thought it would make for a nice dessert brew or paired with exotic chocolates.

Hail Stone Brew!

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Photo of LCB_Hostage
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an imperial pint glass (two pours)

A: Deep coal black with a 3-finger, sturdy tan head and moderate lacing. Same head for the second pour (remainder was refrigerated, open for about 30 minutes from opening to second pour)

S: More of a burnt coffee than "smoked" with hints of chocolate and plum. Richly malty and pleasing with minimal hops coming through.

T: Presented as a fairly typical porter on the front end, but the smokiness came on strong in the after-taste. Malty without being sweet, despite the lack of any noticable hops. The smoke gave a very dry, woody finish that lingered long on the tongue. Lighter bodied than the intense aroma would have suggested.

M: The smokiness and a nice level of carbonation gives the tongue a dry tingle. Very smooth and refreshing for a porter. Not at all syrupy.

O: I'm glad I gave this a try. It's not necessarily something I'd work into a regular rotation, but I could definitely see stocking a couple more bombers for when the mood strikes. The clerk where I bought it "warned" about the smokiness, but I didn't find it that over-powering at all -- certainly not enough to be off-putting. It fell right in the range I'd expect from a self-proclaimed "smoked porter." Another fine product from Stone, reasonably priced a $4.99 for a bomber.

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Photo of JesseP09
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as black can be, no light penetration on this beer.

S - Nothing too special, just a nice average malty smell.

T - A rich chocolate taste, as well as some smoky (as the name would suggest) flavors in there as well.

M - Super full-bodied, delicious and creamy.

D - As usual a great offering from the folks at Stone. This is full-bodied, beautiful, and flavorful.

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Photo of dutchlq7
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

220z bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance-Pours a very dark brown almost black, with a creamy offwhite/light brown head. about 2-3 fingers. head hangs around and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell-a roasted, chocolate smell. very inviting.

Taste-Tasted like it smelled. roasted chocolate and coffee malt flavors. nice and smooth with a slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel-Very smooth somewhat creamy mouthfeel, very lightly carbonated.

Drinkability-Highly drinkable, an awesome porter. I might have to keep a bottle of this in the fridge at all times.

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

A - Deep reddish color, almost completely black; pours a huge rocky head about 3 fingers high that lasts a good 3 or 5 minutes to dissipate into a thin lace that leaves traces.

S - Black fruits jam, burnt wood and alcohol with faint chocolate scent.

T - Licorice, sweet chocolate, coffee and toasted tones with light smokey undertones. At some points it was like having charcoal at your mouth, like taking a deep breath from a grill at a BBQ.

M - Smooth and slightly carbonated, but not overwhelming at all; has a little dry finish, but it just leaves you wanting more.

Overall, I enjoyed this brew a lot. It was balanced, with a good body and complexity without being overwhelming to the palate. It has some flavors and characteristics that I've enjoyed from stouts, but being a porter it was a little less aggressive, which was satisfying and tasty. I would recommend it and have it again, no doubt about it.

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Photo of jj139
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - Dark, dark brown/black with a large 3 finger head. Interesting long lasting lacing left rings after each sip.

S - So much going on here: Smoke, chocolate, caramel, coffee and hints of malt. No one aroma was stronger than the others.

T - Smokey malt with chocolate and coffee at first, with just a touch of hop bitterness towards the finish. Again everything in balance.

M - Smooth and creamy with a medium body. Very full flavor but not heavy at all. Very refreshing aftertaste.

O - An outstanding smoked porter. Part of me wanted to try and identify everything going on here and another part of me just wanted to relax and savor every sip.

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Photo of meday
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber to a pint glass.

Dark brown body with just a slight reddish hue and tan head.

Very fainted smell with a hint of smokiness

Earthy, smokey flavor with almost no hop presence. A well balanced dark strong brown ale with the delicately smoke flavor.

Full, creamy body and great mouthfeel

Stone recommends paring with both BBQ and deserts, which would go well. But today we had it with a bacon and squash pizza (no tomato sauce), and it was excellent. Any pairing with bacon or something that goes with bacon would be wonderful.

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Photo of Gouxman
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark Porter with an aroma full of black, roasted and chocolate malt sitting atop a smokey base. The flavor of this porter is robust, yet smooth. Roasted malts, along with chocolate and coffee flavors, are supported by the subtle smokey character from the peat-smoked specialty malt.

One of my favorites from the guys at Stone. Add this beer to your next batch of chili for some added smokey beer flavor.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,788 ratings.