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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,792 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,792
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 121
Gots: 270 | 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 Lupe
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost black in color with some deep red highlights. Creamy tan head that stays and leaves nice lacing. Sweet aroma with chocolate, caramel, and a hint of roasted malt. Rich flavor, once again with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and roasted malt. Some toasted grain also peeks through along with a hint of smokiness. Hop flavor is light, herbal when noticed. Lingering roasted flavor. Medium-full in body, creamy, and smooth. After having this beer, I know what they mean by saying chewy. Highly drinkable. Not as smokey as I imagined, but excellent regardless. A terrific porter.

Lupe, May 05, 2004
Photo of JohnnyK
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

JohnnyK, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of beerman207
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For whatever reason, I've never tried this beer. Time to fix that

A: Pours a deep brown bordering on black that leaves a nice 2 finger fluffy tan head that hangs out forever.

S: Nose is strong malt and chocolate tones with some smoke mixed in there. It's pretty muted which is fine by my standards since my fear was this smoked porter would taste like a campfire

T: Charred wood up front mellowing to a nice mellow malt and some dark fruit that finish off with a slight bitterness

M: Very crisp and refreshing - not drying in any way.

O: Wow - this is a solid porter - only thing I wish for the brew was that it was slightly thicker but that's not a problem for this style.

beerman207, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Cvescalante
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Cvescalante, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

LooseMoose1978, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Avagadro
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Nearly opaque, with hints of molasses towards the top of the glass. This brew pours with a vigorous head that is quite persistent.

S: Dark chocolate, sourdough bread, and piney hops are present, but faint in this brew's faint bouquet.

T: Deliciously roasted barley combines with American grown hops to deliver an enjoyable experience. The roast and hops don't conflict as they typically do when paired together. I'm disappointed in the total absence of smoke.

M: The first thing you notice about this brew is its heavy carbonation. The thick mouthfeel and roasty aftertaste are quickly scrubbed from your palette by the bubbles.

D: This brew was delicious, but let me down on a couple of key points: there was little bouquet, no smoke, and way too much carbonation. A good beer, but not one of Stone's best works.

Avagadro, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of boudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

boudreaux, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of kevwcamp
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

kevwcamp, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of ramblinwreck101
4/5  rDev -0.2%

ramblinwreck101, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of waston
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

waston, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into standard shaker. From notes

A - Dark soil brown to black. Regular tan head with good lacing

S - Mainly chocolate and a roasty smoky malt. Lots of grains on the nose

T - Chocolate, smoke, some hop bitterness. The malt was not too sweet and helped profile the smoke.

M - Medium body. It felt a little bit thin, but was fairly smooth with some dry bitterness.

D - A very good porter that the smoke didn't overtake like some do. Easy to drink and well balanced.

OakedCanuck, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Bloodbuzz99, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Loco_Joe
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Loco_Joe, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In traditional stone fashion, this is a big beer done a little differently than everyone elses. Overall impression is of their 6th Anniversary Porter with some smoke thrown in to add complexity. Poured a dark brown with red highlights and a creamy light brown head. Bitterness was a little surprising to find, but once you get over the shock, it starts to make sense in the beer. Sweet malt gives way to slightly more than a hint of smoke. Nice medium body.

jreitman, Jul 05, 2003
Photo of cichief
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly opaque, with a nice deep brown head.

S- Smell strongly of smoked malt, with a subtle licorice hint.

T- Tastes of smoke and licorice, but not as smoky as some rauchbiers. Finishes with a decent dry, hop finish.

M- Nice full mouthfeel, full body, well carbonated.

D- More drinkable than many smoked beers, although I am a fan of rauchbier.

cichief, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of EPseja
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bomber in an Imperial Pint Glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Pours a clear, deep mahogany brown. Head rises to a full two inches and stops... still... lasting... Creamy and pillowy on top, medium bubbled on the bottom. Finally it starts to reside and the lacing sticks in sheets like whole milk to the side of the glass. Beautiful.

S - Deeply roasted caramel malts. Some wet newspaper. Mild vanilla sweetness. Not very complex in the nose.

T - Roasted malt profile in the front, laced with hints of smoldering, charred campfire wood. Smooth and mellow in the middle as the caramel sweetness comes to the fore. Finish is surprisingly hoppy, bitter like strong coffee and quite dry, leaving you wanting more.

M - Oddly watery on the intake, and expanding as it rolls across the tongue. Just reaches the chewy/dense realm before the swallow, which is filling and bold.

D - Another delicious offering from Stone. A highly sessionable porter that's got body and character that will keep it interesting all night long. Well done!

EPseja, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev -0.2%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 bunnyhustle
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say this is only my second Smoked Porter and my first was Alaskan, this is definitly not as good but still a good offering. Pours the darkest brown I've seen, just shy of black. A small tan head formed but it didnt last long and no lacing either. Smell is of some sweets, some caramel, but mainly that of a smoked meat or fish. Taste is good. The taste is a complex blend of the actual smoke flavor, some malt hints, some of coffee, a bit of malt and small touch of bittering hops. It does have a slightly heavy mouthfeel and leaves behind a rather thick and almost oily aftertaste that I wasnt fond of. Overall an easily drinkable beer, light on the ABV and best at a warmer temp. A good offering from Stone.

bunnyhustle, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of rmehughes
4/5  rDev -0.2%

rmehughes, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of BalancingBrooms
4/5  rDev -0.2%

BalancingBrooms, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of ark57
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is ruby-black in color. the aroma has roasted coffee and some smoke, though I would have expected more from a brewer such as Stone. The body is thick, creamy and complex. There are notes of dark fruits, coffee, and chocolate. Of course there is the smoke, but I wish there was more of it. A fine beer that I would never pass up, but I want more smoke.

ark57, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of czechsaaz
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very roasty malt aroma that is pretty much like a regular porter. I don't get a lot of smoke in the nose. I get a little bit of spicey hop and lots of roasted malt. Some fruity fermentation esters too.

Very dark with red highlights when held up to bright light. Nice frothy and lasting tan head with lots of lacing.

Very malty and a little sweet. Not a lot of roast malt flavor that I would expect out of a porter. There's some, but it's got so much base malt sweetness that it seems lacking. The smoke component definitely comes through in the aftertaste. Hop bitterness is very restrained and there is little hop flavor. Basically, I find myself wanting either more roast malt, like a robust porter, or more smoke flavor. This is a malt dominant flavor profile.

Medium full bodied with very good carbonation.

I really do like this beer and I will drink it again. But I want more character in a smoked beer and in a porter. For Stone, makers of so many big and tasty beers, this seems tame and not ballsy enough in the flavors.

czechsaaz, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a medium/thin brown head that slowly dissipates.

S - Brown sugars and malts slapped and just a faint hint at the smokiness that awaits.

T - Bam. Smokey, charred wood at the start. Chocolate and coffee blend in to a finish that continues to be smokey and sweet.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation.

D - Depends on your personal preference, but I found it above average but not exceptional in terms of its drinkability.

HeyItsChili, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of dlello2
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

dlello2, Mar 09, 2013
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,792 ratings.