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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,870 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,870
Reviews: 1,771
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 145
Gots: 308 | FT: 2
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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Photo of terence
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black and somewhat opaque. Brownish head. Aroma is of smoke and roasted malts. Taste is of chocolate and coffee and of course smoke. The smoked malts really give this beer character and a unique flavor. Fairly heavy for a porter. IMO, Stone's is a little heavier and maybe a little sweeter than the Alaskan Smoked Porter. Personally, I prefer the Alaskan slightly over the Stone, but take your pick, they are both exceptional beers. I'm beginning to hold Stone Brewing in very high regard.

Photo of stephendr
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle – dark brown / black in color – nice off-white head- nose of cappuccino , anis , dark chocolate , dark fruit ( cherries , and raspberries ) , malt , smoke , slight peat and iodine – taste of malts , caramel , milk , chocolate , coffee , anis , and a slight sourness – wonderful body creamy with a hint of acidity – aftertaste is milk chocolate and coffee

Photo of donteatpoop
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark brown with a nice foamy tan head that clings to the glass.

The smell is very faint, grains and nuts and thin film of smoke.

Taste was very much a porter. Not the most complex porter imaginable, but a damn good one none the less. The roasted malt and vague nutty taste are complimented with a subtle hint of smoke.

A bit thin/watery for a beer this dark, but goes down smooth enough.

This is a pleasant beer that's easy to drink.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of TheDM
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very nice aroma that is pleasant to the nose. It has a typical very dark brown color with a small head that quickly disappears. I found my self taking 3 or four tastes before I even got a feeling for this Porter. It was a very mild taste that escaped me for a few moments. It had almost no before or after taste. Very smooth and lacking any bitterness. I find myself liking the Porters more and more. This brew is pushing me over the edge in that direction. Can I have some more please?

Photo of rmehughes
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of scooter231
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pretty pour- a deep dark ruby, hovering on the edge of black, with a big pretty tan head, lots of bubbles. Smell is full of delicious smelling chocolate and a hint of smokyness.

Taste is more coffee centered and charcoaly, though there's still hints of chocolate- just deeper and harder to find. More smokyness, a hint of bitterness rounds it out. Mouthfeel is a tad watery and thin but otherwise creamy, not very bubbly. Very very drinkable- an easy beer to have several of and not even realize it. Just tasty and lovely. Another fabulous brew from Stone.

Photo of PintOHops
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared a dark black with a massive 3 finger tan head, head retention was outstanding! Had a ruby red hue when held to light, and left lightly broken/spotty lacing. Smelled of tart fruity apple/grape/raisin combo, almost metallic, following is a big dominant malt aroma, big smokey/roasted notes. Semi sweet aroma with lots of roasted nuttiness, and a hint of butter.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted of big roasted/smokey malts, not really sweet at all, following is some very subtle dark chocolate notes, and nutty flavors. Rich smokey/roasted flavors linger pretty well, and as it warms, more burnt like flavors with mild biscuit are pronounced which only made it richer! Mouthfeel had some apparent crispness as it hit the tongue, then very creamy & smooth, which complimented the flavors very well! Around medium-full bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I really enjoyed this beer, from the fresh from the tap appearance, to the way the creamy mouthfeel complimented the rich smokey flavors. I could enjoy 2, maybe 3 before it became a little to rich, but otherwise extremely drinkable on a cold night. I highly recommend it. Cheers!i

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark reddish brown hue with a great creamy-tan head with good lacing.

S - I smelled a good amount of roasted malts and the sweetness of chocolate. Not as much smokyness as I was suspecting. The background has some notes of dark sweetness.

T - Smokyness definitely comes forward in the taste. A great roasted flavor that's sweet at first before fading into a good, burnt bitter coffee taste. I thought it was complex without being overbearing on smoked.

M - Not too thick, really, nor a heavy body, it was actually a lot thinner than I was expecting.

D - Very drinkable, this beer, with all the taste, is not that filling, and of course, with a lower ABV, it goes down smooth.

Photo of goalie33
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into 16oz tulip glass.
A) Opaque black with one finger of off-white head. No light comes through at all. To dark to see any carbonation.
S) Smoke is present on top of the typical roasted notes of a porter.
T) Chocolate and a hint of espresso with roasted malts in top of a smokey background. Smoke is more prevalent in the finish and lingers for a short while. Very slight bitter bite on the finish.
M/D) Very soft mouthfeel on a medium bodied beer. Not much of a prickle from carbonation at all. Beer is very drinkable - goes down smoothly.

A very good example of a smoked porter and another great offering from Stone Brewing. Well made porter infused with very nice smokey notes in the aroma and taste.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of waston
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of HoustonTX
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very dark brown with a nice frothy off-white color head.

Smells of sweet dark malt with a touch of roastiness and plenty of pleasant smoke.

Mid-bodied, with a creamy and elegant mouthfeel. Almost light for a Porter.
Very neutral beer in terms of sweet and bitter. A very mild roasty sweetness provides the upfront layering of the beer. Soon the mild sweetness fades, and provides a much stronger smoke flavor. Distinct and covers the whole palate in a drench of rich smokiness. Finishes with a mouth coating sticky disintegrating smoke note.

Lick your chops good. Another solid offering from Stone. I think this would pair excellently with many types of food, especially barbecue.

Photo of JohnnyK
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of joegard
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of domtronzero
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with reddish edges and a 2 finger tan frothy head. Lacing left on the glass through the finish. Aroma is malty and coffee like with some smoky flavors noted. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, and a lot of smokey flavors. Hops are well balanced and bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than medium viscocity. Overall this is a decent brew from Stone. I definitely enjoyed it better when I blended a little Lindemans Kriek Lambic in with the Smoked Porter. It was excellent, and the cherries and coffee/chocolate flavors blended very well together.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

Appearance - Three full fingers of rootbeer brown head, even from a quiet pour. The head soon clumps and appears spotty,making the lacing hard to grade because of the whipped-cream-like noggin. The beer is fairly dark, appearing black under ill-lit circumstance. Taking it closer to the light yields a more dark maroon color.

Smell - Roasted peppers and a huge campfire waft of smoke. Smoky oats and barley float above a bit of chipotle pepper aroma. There is a bit of sweet honey to the nose as well, though it well-hidden.

Taste - Huge scores of roasted barley and burning wheat stalks. A very light chipotle pepper taste in the back of the throat. Mild bitterness lingers around with dark, chocolaty malt before the two become friends. Smoke coats the entire roof of the mouth, while the sweeter flavors play on the tongue beneath it. Drinking out of the bottle yields a sweeter molasses note.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Surprisingly tart on the tongue at first. The low abv allows for a smooth, smoky ride. Imagine coming home from a campfire, the smell of smoke on your clothes - smoking a cigarette after eaten a lightly hot pepper about ten minutes prior. That doesn't make much sense. But it sounds good right now so I'm gonna leave it in the review. Light on the palate, certainly not alcoholic, and easily sessionable. I want to have this out by the campfire.

Photo of Seaba
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,870 ratings.