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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,935 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,935
Reviews: 1,787
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 148
Gots: 356 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Ratings: 3,935 | Reviews: 1,787
Photo of oakbluff
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Affligem chalice. Midnight black pour with a good head. Smell is of chocolate and a wisp of smoke. Taste is bang on- roasty sweetness with just the right amount of smoke. The smoke is not overpowering at all. Appropriate carbonation for the style and very drinkable. Hop presence is quite muted, at least for by Stone standards. This must be their least hopped style. A great porter in my mind.

Photo of ngandhi
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When cold, this is one of the most delicious porters I've ever had. Once it rises to room temperature, the unctuous, nutty hop resins come together brillantly with the fruity malt and yeast and this is one of the most delicious porters I've ever had. But I'm missing the smoke here.

This isn't rauchbier style smoke; the focus is definetly on crafting an overall remarkable porter that happens to have smoked malt. However, I found there to be more noticeable smokiness in the 6th Anniversary (listed on BA as a Baltic porter). Stone Smoked Porter is not so much smoked as it is Islay malt peaty. But I guess Peaty Porter sounds kinda wussy on a bottle

The malt profile is coffee and unsweetened, raw, pure cocoa. The hop oils lend a walnut/hazelnut profile to this brew that I've found to run common in the Stone beers -- most noticeable in Arrogant Bastard. The finish is packed with a powerful black patent-like bitterness that must come from the smoke (I assume there's no patent in here because it's called a porter). Again the coffee, the hazelnut, and fruity, Bell's-like yeast. This is a full breakfast.

I was running the review through my head as I drank it fresh out of the fridge and I debated giving this a perfect score because it was so well-balanced, especially for a smoked beer. By bottle's end, I think this balance hurts the beer. The smoke profile is indistinguishable and the hop volatility begins to clash with what is, at first, a pleasant medium-bodied beer. It grows thin.

But this beer's got balls. It takes a chance. And this level of criticism is only due to something that has tried for perfection and achieved only greatness instead.

Relax, relax.
ng

Photo of MSchae1017
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours black with brown hints and a fluffy tan head that holds and laces well. The smell is of burnt chocolate and sweet caramel. Taste is subtle burnt chocolate with roast hints, caramel, and a slight smokiness at the back, certainly not the intense smoke of Alaskan Smoke Porter. Mouthfeel is medium with pleasant carbonation. Overall not smoky enough for a smoke beer and not chocolatey enough for a porter. A decent beer nonetheless, just not my favorite porter or my favorite stone.

Photo of cwreay90
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Rudgers73
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Old Toad.

A- Very thin caramel-colored head, above a deep dark brown, almost black porter.

S- Didn't smell smokey really, more of a burnt hop smell, kind of dry.

T- Nice start. Smooth and dry, not really smokey until most of the way through. Charcoal and woody aspects. Strong ending with a little dryness at the finish. There's the smokey taste, right at the end.

M- This was rather thin for a porter, but I liked it. Most porters are chewy and thick, this one was almost like a dry stout. Not too sweet, so the taste stays clean in your mouth until the pint is gone.

D- Nice beer to just hang out and chat with. Not outragously strong, not wimpy. Good for relaxation and a little warmth in these western new york fall months.

Photo of Iowacraft
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of terence
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of innuendobrewskiman63
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of fisherman34
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A difficult beer for me to rate. If I were to rate it just by its porter characteristics (creamy body, subtle roastiness, beautiful coffee, chocolate, hops interplay) it would be over a 4 overall. However, the smoke quality, as subtle as it is, really spoiled it for me. I like smoked beers, and can appreciate using it as an "element" rather than the dominating factor, but the smoke in this beer tasted more like ash. This is still a GOOD beer and it’s very close to GREAT, but that final failing it very frustrating indeed!

Photo of Naes
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is black with a tall tan head that laces well.

The aroma is The aroma is malty, smoky and almost a bit of oak.

The flavor is smoky and malty, but also has a strong hop presence. It is much hopier than I was expecting but still a very good brew.

Mouth feel is medium to full bodied and mildly carbonated.

Pretty good, worth a try.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall glass, no freshness date on bottle.

A: Very dark brown with red around the edges. The head was comprised of larger bubbles that didn't last and didn't lace. My finance looked at it and commented that it looked "like coke or Pepsi" which is enough to knock this score pretty low. A $5.00 porter from a brewery as acclaimed as Stone shouldn't look like Pepsi!

S: Bold chocolate, cocoa, burnt coffee and deeply roasted malts (imparting a bit of sweetness). No smoke smell present in this "smoked porter".

T: Follows the nose with bold vibrant coffee, chocolate and roasted near-burnt malt tastes. Well balanced with light hopping and enough bitterness to keep the sweetness in check. The smoke just barely shows up at the end with some nearly metallic flavors.

M: Nicely full bodied and somewhat smooth, but could be smoother. Very good mouthfeel, but the best of this style still reign supreme.

D: Nicely drinkable, very good.

Overall: A fine porter that does , but not worthy of all the hype. Other examples of this style are richer, fuller, and more vibrant. That being said, I wouldn't turn down if it was offered, I just wouldn't spend money on it.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep chocolate brown color with ruby highlights. Billowing light tan head. Tons of tightly packed spider web lacing.

S - a light smoke permeates around robust malts. Burnt sugar and Coffee grinds rounds out the nose nicely.

T - a mild chocolatey sweetness followed by lots of bitter roasty malts. A smokey/burnt flavor in the middle followed by a dry and herbal hop bitter finish.

M - medium bodied, on the lighter side. Lively carbonation.

O - nice from the bottle, just an all around well made beer but way better on tap, much richer and creamier.

Photo of jtransel
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Nearly pitch black with dark ruby undertones. Big 3 finger tan head that dissapates slowly, leaving a uniformly patchy lacing down the glass as it goes. Big dollop of foam left on top. Smells of smoky dark roasted malts and creamy coffee. Hints of chocolate hit the nose behind it. Dark dried fruits bring it around to a very balanced nose, and very appetizingly.

Full and rich flavor of dark roasted malts. Coffee-like bitterness attached to the malts that touches all parts of the palate. Very balanced overall, as just a hint of barely sweet dried fruit touches the front of the tongue. Dark chocolate is hidden, but detectable in an off-hand way. The coffee bitterness and mouthfeel is where this beer succeeds. Lingering mouthfeel of coffee and dark roasted malts stays for a long time, enticing you into another sip. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and airy for such a richly flavored beer. At the same time there is a certain heaviness to it though, probably from the heavy handed use of ingredients Stone is known for. The carbonation is on the higher side as well, giving a little zip to the coffee flavors. This accentuates the flavors in a very positive way, especially for the lighter sweetness that quickly gives way to the bitterness. This is a very good porter, and obviously another quality beer from Stone.

Photo of leaversuch
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of waston
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of wingman14
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an inky black with a thin mocha head. When you hold it to the light it has red hues. The smell is great and well balanced. It is driven by the smoke, but sweet, maybe chocolaty notes. The taste is just as good, well balanced, starts smoky and sweet with a strong porter finish. The aftertaste sticks with the smoke theme but is also strong with malts. The mouthfeel is great, a good balance of flavor, carbonation, and body. I could drink these all night long. This is one of my favorite beers. Such a great brew. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of these. Enjoy!

Photo of uziangis
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Axic10
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish-black (no light gets through when held to light) with a two fingers of fluffy, frothy foam that settles afters a few minutes.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, slight smoke aroma, molasses. As the beer warms the aroma starts to shine.

Taste: Dark chocolate, espresso/black coffee, roasted malt, a slight smoky taste, the typical hops that are associated with every Stone beer (not a bad thing at all).

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: It's been a while since I've had a porter (which were my beers of choice for a couple of years). This is a very enjoyable porter that I can easily down a bottle or two in a sitting. Great price for the quality that Stone always delivers.

Photo of TexAggie011
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of cjac
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,935 ratings.