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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
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3,907 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,907
Reviews: 1,780
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 148
Gots: 343 | 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 chodinheaven
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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 samtrillo
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smoke overpowers everything at first but as I let it warm up chocolate malts blend well and subdue the smoke into a nice balance. My second in this style and looking forward to more. This one mixes nicely with rye whiskey, too! Just sayin.

Photo of wingman14
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
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 +24.7%

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.

Photo of ramblinwreck101
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Axic10
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -12.7%

Photo of cjac
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of terence
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of SHCC
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of jmalex
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first review is a favorite style of mine from a favorite brewery of mine. But this will be the first time I've had this particular beer.

Appearance: From a 22 oz. bomber, poured an opaque coffee black with a small but lingering off-white head. Large patch of lace remains several minutes after pouring.

Smell: Deep and rich. Malty with indications of chocolate and caramel. Slight tones of dark fruits.

Taste: Very nice! Thick and creamy. The initial taste is wonderfully malty with just the right bitterness to match. The smoky flavor shines through, but is not too obtrusive. A pleasant sweetness lingers but leaves no unpleasantness.

Mouthfeel: Makes the beer in my opinion. So smooth! Thick viscosity that coats as it goes down.

Drinkability: Fantastic. Instantly one of my favorite porters.

Overall an amazing beer. Smoked beers are not typically my thing but this beer pretty much does it how I'd like. Stone certainly did not disappoint with this one. I'll definitely be buying this again.

Photo of kenito799
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, Porter tasting. This is a three-year old bottle aged in fridge.
Brown-black. Of nine porters tasted this is the only one with a big fizzy creamy, Guinness-like tan head.
Smell is sweet, no smoke apparent.
Some smoke in the flavor, very subtle and complementary to the overall effect rather than dominating. There is some fruitiness, dates. An easy-drinking session beer, more flavorful than Guinness, somehow the appearance and overall roasted effect keeps bringing up the comparison.

Photo of letsgopens
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown, nearly black with a thick tan head that hold very well and a bit of lace. Plenty of small rising bubbles.

The aroma is malty and smoky with earthy hints of coffee and chocolate. Pleasing and well pronounced.

Flavors include a rich smokiness with notes of Dutch Cocoa and a mild sweetness: molasses, brown sugar. Robust, deep, and oak-like. The unique smokiness is reminiscent of mescal (I have no idea why).

The mouthfeel is rich and smooth but not thick in texture. The finish has a tightly carbonated cleanness. This porter has a relatively low abv of roughly 6% but the drinkability suffers do to the fact that the characteristic smokiness becomes a bit monotonous before the bottle is gone.

Photo of tabhill
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 celticfutblclub
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of CanisMajor
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of rmehughes
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of anhigdon
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jtransel
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of waston
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,907 ratings.