Dismiss Notice

Site Performance Updates: We're aware of the nightly site outage, and working on resolving the issue.

Follow our progress ...

Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing Co.

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
90
outstanding
1,802 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,802
Ratings:
4,147
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
Wants:
185
Gots:
510
For Trade:
1
Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-18-2002

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,802 | Ratings: 4,147
Photo of DackAchan
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Very dark beer that pours with a thin head that goes lacy and sticks around the edge well.

S- Nice rich smell with a bevey of aromas. The most noticible one is the roasted coffee smell.

T- Very good taste to it, smooth with the right roasted taste. Nothing overpowering and overall very subtle.

M- Not as thick as I was expecting given the color. Just the right combination of bite to it to leave a pleasant feeling.

D- Combined with the subtle tastes, the light mouthfeel and the smooth drink, this is a very drinkable beer.

 532 characters

Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black in the glass. Capped by whitish-tan head, leaving lacing down the glass as I drink. Held to the light it is straight ruby. A dark drink here boys and girls.

Smell - Dark malt, and a hint of smoke. A bit disappointed here, was expecting more smoke. Perhaps I may be jaded from Aecht Sch., but I thought it a bit lacking in smoke aroma.

Taste - Well! Made up for the lack of aroma here! There's dark malt flavors composed of dark bittersweet chocolate. Intertwined with the dark malt is a thick, powerful smoke flavor. Caramel and roast round out the malt bill, and hops are limited to bittering role, perhaps a bit overpowered by the smoke. Can't say I mind though, this is a truly delicious drink! The chocolatey and smokey characteristics blend masterfully, dueling for control of the beer. This is a proper porter as well, much restrained in the roast sort of taste, barely posessing it at all. I like my stouts roasty and my porters malty and bittersweet, and this fully fits the bill, living up to my buddy's exhortations. He picked me up a bomber at DLD this year since we can't get them here in Illinois. Overall the flavor is explosive, yet restrained. There's a warming quality about it that manages to expose alcohol without being hot or solvent-like. Additionally I feel the smoke taste to dissipate fast once poured into the glass, so I used my smaller tulip and refilled more often.

Mouthfeel - Velvet. Pure and simple this is a silky smooth and slightly viscous and thick porter. Not slick and viscous, but more soft and fluffy. I almost feel like there's some sort of mouthfeel related smoke properties here, not sure. Carbonation adequate, ideal even. There's just enough CO2 to prickle the mouth as you drink, adding to the voluptuous, voluminous mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability - I damn dear well gave this a five here as well, but compared to lighter fare it isn't truly that drinkable. It is merely extremely drinkable for such a beer with a medium-heavy body and chock full of flavor. I noticed myself gulping the stuff down and had to check myself as I only have the one bomber, and as such should savor and sip. Still, this stuff makes you want to take big, full drinks.

Lovely all around, highly recommended. Stone needs to come to Illinois post haste.

 2,300 characters

Photo of rugger
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For a Stone beer it was not what I was expecting, however for a porter it was very good, however it was really nothing special. It was overall to style, but the smoke flavor was lacking and I just expected more from a beer made by Stone. I would definately recommend this to a porter lover, however I would not suggest this to a person that just liked beer. I enjoy the flag porter, or Samuel Smith's porter more, even if they are different types of porters.
Good job to Stone, but again not a big outlandish beer that I would expect from Stone.

 546 characters

Photo of umtox
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish black with lots of bubbles witha carmamel head. Nose is of smoke and molasses. Taste is of faint smoke, malt, caramel, all with a faint background of char. This beer is surprisingly light on the palate. Excellent balance and great drinkability-one of my favorites in this category.

 297 characters

Photo of lonestar1836
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours dark almost black with faint red light showing through with light brown head and decent lacing

S: smells of deep smokey mals, strong coffee and fruity aromas

T: righ full bodies with deep notes of strong coffee, sweet smokey malts and upper notes of sweet fruity flavors

M: thick and smooth with light carbonation

D: a good sipping beer definatly not a chugger

 373 characters

Photo of tucson_brewson
2.84/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bomber, poured into tulip glass. Bottled 10/19/15, Enjoy by 02/16/15.

L - Pours dark, mahogany, almost plum skin color. Thick white/off-white head that dissipates slow, leaves slight lacing.

S - Ash, smoke, leather, burnt chocolate/coffee.

T - Roasted/burnt malts, coffee, a very woody aftertaste that's probably the "smoked" aspect. Not getting any fruit or maltiness to balance out the strong bitter bite this has throughout.

F - Smooth and creamy, very soft carbonation. The intense flavor notes clash with the smoothness.

O - For my third-ever porter, I probably shouldn't have thought of "smoked" as universally appealing as "smoked ham" or "smoked almonds." "Smoked" beer is a bit too strong, woody, almost like drinking the contents of a chimney. But, my first IPA was a "bitter" experience and I'm guessing I'll need to acquire this taste, let it sit longer at room temperature, or stick to stouts.

 918 characters

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

I love Stone, and have yet to have anything of theirs that I didn't like.
This beer is one of them. I certainly give this beer high praise and I think rightly so. It pours well and comes out a nice deep dark redish black.

The smell intially is a little too subtle but letting it breath reveals malty aromas with a bit of smoked wood and some wonderful hops.

Truth is I was a little disappointed in the seeming lack of smoked flavor. I have had some other smoked brews that lend more towards tasting the wood. However, the beer was increadibly fresh and the hoppy finish was perfectly bitter sweet.

The mouth feel was light with out too much carbonation and the beer goes down well. Perhaps a bit a on the heavy side but during a cold winter day I could certainly drink a couple of these. Try it out. Another good beer from Stone for sure.

 848 characters

Photo of TonyT
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap into Pint Glass.

I've had this great brew, a few times before but have not had a chance to review it.

Poured very dark brown with a slight reddish tint. There was a thin head that stuck around for moderate lacing.

With a Smoked Smell of the roasted caramel malts, this is what I would expect a smoked porter to smell like.

A really good taste with moderate carbonation. Came through Dry in the front, with smokey/woody undertones in the middle to back. Nice hop to malt balance.

Thank you Stone...One of these days I'll make it out to Calli.

Thank you Stone...

 581 characters

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

Blue Palms here in LA always has great stuff on cask. I have had this many times in the bottle and a couple of time on tap but in the cask it is outstanding.

The smokiness comes through in the nose, the mouth and the throat.

Thick bold layers of chocolate and burnt almonds grace the palate.

In a bottle it can be too carbonated and lively on the tongue to enjoy all of the flavors but from the cask it is fantastic.

It is a mouth full, so I wasn't craving a second pint - but I could use one right now.

 507 characters

Photo of Sosh
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow am I glad I bought this. Like all stone products, this beer looked awesome. The head wasn't as menacing as, say, Arrogant Bastard, but it left an excellent lace nonetheless. The back of the bottle sums it up nicely..."Amazingly rich, dark, and delicious..."

 261 characters

Photo of orangedive
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, dark brown. 1/2 inch cream-colored head. 100% opaque.

S - Nutty aromas initially. Strong scent of roasted malt with hints of coffee. Notes of hops and a little spice, too. Very nice, sweet.

T - Tastes a little like a cherry smoked piece of beef. Heavy chocolate and malt flavors. Not too much alcohol--sweet. A little coffee flavor too. Quite complex.

M - A little thin, but not bad. Not as good as the smell and the taste.

D - I'm drinking the 1pint&6oz bottle, which is the perfect amount of this beer. Wouldn't want anymore than that. It goes down nicely on its own and even better with a quality piece of chocolate.

 633 characters

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

22 Ounce poured twice into a pint glass.

A: Very dark, when held up to light it had maybe a slight dark amber color. The head disappeared quickly and there was no head to speak of. Did I mention stout-like darkness?

S: Smelled great, chocolate and coffee, just like I love.

T: I liked it, but not as strong as I thought. I loved the smoked taste. There was the heavy presence of chocolate and mild coffee, but I was surprised that it didn't have the alcohol that I expected from Stone. I loved the smokey aftertaste which made up for the lack of bite that I thought was going to be there.

M: I love the Stone beers and I usually associate them with "strong" beers, but this wasn't as heavy as their other beers. Not acidic, which I like, not to many alcohol tones.

D: I actually believe this could be a beer that I would have a few of at say,,,, a cookout, but the price tag is steep to be a session beer. I payed $4.99 for the 22 OZ, so at most I would have two in one sitting.

bottom line: Its better than average, great aftertaste, needs more alcohol/hop presence, but overall I enjoyed it despite the price.

 1,129 characters

Photo of Mayhem976
2.71/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark color with a brown hue tossed in as I hold it to the light. Small head with small fingers.

S- Hoppy, heavy leaf smell.

T- Hoppy, almost tastes like a red beer. Can't taste the smoked flavor whatsoever.

M- Thin and carbonated.

D- Thin, very hoppy not my style. When I pour a porter I sorta expect something more robust, thick, and darker. /shrug

 356 characters

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

 367 characters

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!

 1,104 characters

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

 445 characters

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.

 295 characters

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.

 944 characters

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.

 463 characters

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.

 284 characters

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.

 444 characters

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

 317 characters

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.

 431 characters

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.

 584 characters

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.

 475 characters

Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,802 ratings.