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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,628 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,628
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 106
Gots: 217 | 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)
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Photo of jaluria
4.22/5  rDev +5%

Opaque black with a thick, foamy head that stays for quite a while. Aromas of roasted malts, raisins, and dry roasted coffee seem to arise. The taste is great with a robust character that ends with a crisp, dry aftertaste flavored by fruits. The roasted taste is subtle and not overpowering in the least, as I expected since Stone is known for going over the top. More flavors and aromas become apparent as the beer warms adding new dimensions to the beer.

jaluria, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of DaveBlack
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

A: Very dark brown, but not cloudy at all. Edges look lighter brown. Tan head of maybe 2 fingers. Good retention and a lot of lacing. Looks really good, pours nicely.

S: Deep roasty malt flavor, coffee and smoke. Smells like I would expect for a smoked porter.

T: Deep flavor that matches the smell very closely. Lot of roasted malts up front that give way to smokiness and coffee. The beer kind of loses me on the finish though. The hops don't come through enough to balance out the initial burst of flavor. Still fantastic, just a little week on the finish.

M: Not as heavy as one might expect. Low carbonation, not sticky at all.

D: Relatively low gravity beer, weighs in at just 5.9% ABV, and not overwhelming to the palate. I almost wish it was a little heavier to balance out the flavor, but it's still a great beer. If there is such a thing as a session porter, this just might be it.

DaveBlack, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of battlekow
3.7/5  rDev -8%

Stone Smoked Porter looks good, but not great. Its head is a little lacking and it's not quite black. Still, it looks like a formidable brew. Big nose of sweet caramel malt, with a bit of wet dog/vegetables. Really doesn't smell like a porter much at all. The flavor, fortunately, is much improved over the smell, with a big smoked flavor, as promised by the title. Still, there's not as much chocolate flavor as I'd like; the main malt character is the almost rotten-sweet caramel, along with licorice as it warms. Good medium mouthfeel. Good beer, but more Smoked than Porter.

Thanks to Px2GrafX for the bottle.

battlekow, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of Jstark5150
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Jstark5150, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of xgrigorix
4.3/5  rDev +7%

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.

xgrigorix, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

A: Pours a very deep brown color with ruby highlights. A rather creamy, milk chocolate colored head sticks around for a good while, leaving impressive sheets of lace as it recedes. Not as rocky and pitting as some other porter heads, but still nice.

S: Chocolate malts and a strong smokiness that is akin to (oddly enough) smoked salmon (as opposed to the bacon-like aroma one gets from rauchbiers). Aroma could be a bit stronger and perhaps more complex, but it's still pleasant.

T&M: As is the norm with Stone, the flavor is big, bold, and punches you right in the face. Roasted malt flavors with notes of charcoal, chocolate, some caramel/toffee, and a touch of herbal hop flavor. The finish is long and lightly smoky, toasty, and hoppy. Solid flavor profile. The body is full like a stout with creamy mouthfeel. I've docked the score a bit because I prefer my porters to be medium bodied and more drinkable. If they wanted to make a beer this heavy, just call it a smoked stout and darken the beer a touch.

D: It's heavier than most porters, which kind of negates the positives of drinking a porter. I like porters because they pack a lot of bold malty flavor while still being drinkable and sessionable. Still, Stone's porter is a top-notch beer that I wouldn't mind trying again, but not if I'm really craving a true porter.

BamaBeerBuff, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of ATXRyan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

ATXRyan, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of WMEugene
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a rich, dark brown black color with a foamy light tan/cream head. Good, not great, head retention and lacing.

S - Smelled deep, smoked malts. Faint trace of hops in the smell. It was an excellent, if singular, smell.

T - The roasted/smoked malts really hit you up front (some coffee flavors, perhaps). There's a bit of boozyness in the taste as well, but nothing distracting. There are some hop flavors as well.

M - Medium to full bodied; carbonation levels are nice. Smooth aftertaste, which is nice considering the smoked malts...very easy-drinking.

O - I enjoyed the Stone Smoked Porter, it's another unique beer from Stone. It's brings a little bit of complexity to a standard style. While I like some of their offerings better (they are one of my top 3 breweries), I would have definitely have it again!

WMEugene, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Patches826, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of chugamugofsud
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

chugamugofsud, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a very dark brown with a ruby middle with a brown medium bodied head.
Smells got some smoked malt quality, maybe some dark chocolate.
Taste has a smoked booze flavor with and some dark/bitter chocolate malt.
Finish is a bit muddy, but there is a decent malted after-taste.
Drinks very smoothly, the smoked quality is not as noticeable but it is light bodied enough to be near sessionable.

ThaBobfather, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%

22 oz. bomber poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Big three-finger head of thick, pillowy ecru foam that falls very slowly, leaving rings of lace on the glass and an island of foam on the surface. Color is one shade off jet black and completely opaque. Held to a light, color is a deep, dense cherry wood and clear. In a porter, this much head is a sign of over-carbonation.

S - Roasted malts, peat, dark dried fruits, hints of caramel and chocolate with rather pronounced aromatic hops like pine mixed in. In fact, the hops pretty much take over the glass as it warms and there's more room in it, pushing the other aromas aside.

T - Well-roasted malts, dark caramel and chocolate, coffee, with smoke woven throughout. All of that is followed by bittering hops in the finish that leave a grapefruit/citrus taste on the tongue.

M - A bit fizzy but chewy, almost thick. Reasonable carbonation. Moderate body. Solid structure. Finish lingers somewhat.

D - This is essentially a roasted/smoked IPA. The porter characteristics show up early in the nose and taste, but the hops take over and pretty much wipe them out. This is the first porter I can think of where most of the finish is grapefruit, but occasionally chocolate/caramel sticks its head in for a moment. Most American porters I've tasted are really junior stouts. This is a brew that follows the American west coast trend of making it all about the hops. It's not my idea of a porter, but hop heads are likely to enjoy the experience, especially if they also like their malts well-roasted.

BuckeyeSlim, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of mater
4/5  rDev -0.5%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of PSUDREW
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

This was my 1st stone I ever tried, so i figure it's time to review it

Nice lace once poured. Good look, descent smell. There was the hint of raosted malts in the after taste, and smoke was theree, just not the way I expected. The dominant flavor had to be the bitterness from the hops. Reminded me of arrogant bastard that way. The creamy ness come in full effect after the bittnerness. I wish they would sacrifice the bitterness for more of the roasted flavor, but it is still a good beer. enjoy!

PSUDREW, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of Vengeance526
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a dark brown to black color with red highlights, producing a generous brown head that retains nicely and leaves a lot of lacing.

Aroma is a little masked but some hints of roasted malt and a very faint hint of smoke can be detected.

Taste reveals notes of caramel, roasted nuts, and light touches of chocolate. There is a slight smokiness upfront but not nearly as prevalent as you may expect.

Smooth mouthfeel but lacking in body just a little. Overall this was good to try but the "smoked" part wasn't pulled off quite as well as I was hoping. My feelings are a little mixed on this one. As far as porters go, this is really good, but if I was picking out of Stone's lineup, this would not be one of my first choices. Rating to style, I really can't complain so I'm sure I would pick this up again if I was in the mood for it.

Vengeance526, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Jason_Quad
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Jason_Quad, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

LooseMoose1978, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of BreweryRun
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

BreweryRun, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of ndekke39
3.9/5  rDev -3%

Drank a 22 oz. bomber by myself (woohoo!). Decanted into a pint glass. It's a completely opaque black with a sticky white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Light coffee aromas, bit of roasted grains. A touch smoky. Not as strong as I would have liked.

Flavors of dark coffee and dark chocolate. Nice smoky quality. Touch of syrup.

Lighter in body than I expected. Nice and smooth.

Very drinkable porter. None of the flavors or aromas are super notable, but they mesh together well.

ndekke39, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Lerxst
3.7/5  rDev -8%

Poured from 22oz bomber into Stone Smoked Porter glass.

A-Very nice pitch black with a nice two finger head that lingered around for quite a while.

S-The smoke is a bit much. I know this is a smoked porter, but the smoke smell is hard to get past to get to the chocolate/coffee undertones.

T-Again, the smoke. its a bit much and the coffee/chocolate undertones are showing up which is nice.

M-A nice full bodied brew with perfect carbonation.

D-I would enjoy this more if I could get past the smoke. But still, for a big beer it is surprisingly drinkable, but one bomber is enough.

Lerxst, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of 9InchNails
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

A light khaki decent size head. A dark ruby red body. I can see some bubbles.

I'm kind of shocked on the way of smell here. All I smell is a very light smokiness, light hops and malts. Nothing really that great.

A decent body... Somewhat thick which is good for a porter. Not much carbonation and smooth. Leaves the mouth slightly dry.

You definitely can notice the nice smokiness with the first sip. It's a little bitter. The dark malts and even the somewhat spicy hops make its presence known. The spice isn't ass-kicking in any way but there's a subtle hint of it. A slight coffee taste from the dark malts. I like it. There really isn't an alcohol taste to it; which is good because I've noticed that a lot with other Stone Brewery offerings.

Drink Ability: for a porter I can drink this all night. Don't know how I'd feel in the morning, doesn't really matter because I wake up in the afternoon anyway.

9InchNails, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of dragomni
4/5  rDev -0.5%

dragomni, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of tabascosigned
4/5  rDev -0.5%

tabascosigned, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of hdofu
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%

This was a gift from my brother to replace one my friend from college drank by himself despite my paying for half of it and all the vermouth for that night. Wow what a head of tan... on a football colored beer. Smell was like chocolate coffee. Tastes was chocolatety and perhaps a hint of cherry. Was quite a thick beer too. Went down easy, could have easily drank the bottle myself. Never been disappointed by stones before and this beer wasn't the exception.

hdofu, Jun 02, 2009
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,628 ratings.