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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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90
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3,901 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,901
Reviews: 1,779
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 146
Gots: 337 | 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 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 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.

Photo of Goobastic
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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 casapy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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 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%

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm so happy to have Stone in Florida. I've tried several of their beers over the years, and I'm really looking forward to the "big beers" getting here. In the meantime, Arrogant Bastard, Ruination, IPA, Pale Ale, and this - the Smoked Porter, will have to do. This one poured dark, retained head to the last drop. Toasty, coffee-like flavor, with a hint of smoke added to the mix. Unlike some beers of the style, this is not dry. Actually quite refreshing and very easy going down. As good as an American Porter as I've had. Now, if we could get Alesmith down here!!!

Photo of Jmoore50
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just opened after a long day of work. So as far as that concerns this beer or any beer that I would have right now would taste better than it should.

Stone is a bad ass brewing company, the best in the world some would say. This beer came in a bomber picked up at the store. The appearance is a dark amber, DEFF not motor oil. It pours nice, with a two finger beige head, actually the same color as the carpet in my house, if you have ever seen that. The color held up to the light is a dark amber with a red frame.

The smell is good, nothing special. This beer was really nothing special. It was good and I would drink one again, just nothing special. Smelled like roasted wood or a dark burnt barley.

The taste is deff. the best part of this beer. This beer tastes like a porter. Nothing special, I can taste a bit of smoke or hickory. Maybe like a wood. Can deff. taste the barley and bit of malts. The mouthfeel and drinkability are great. I drank the whole bomber just during this review because it went down so smooth. Really nothing spectacular though. Would drink again, but only if there were limited options.

J

Photo of ronin926
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of zerk
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with a touch of amber, if you hold it up to the light, and a thin but persistent head. Aroma of chocolate, a touch of coffee, and a light touch of smoke. The flavor begins with coffee and a bit of chocolate... with some spicy and slightly bitter hops blending in. The smoke flavor complements the beer very well, but in no way overpowers it. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with a medium body and low carbonation. A very well done beer.

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

It poured into the glass a very dark brown/red in color. The head was a creamy light chocolate in color and very thick. And the lace seemed to last to the end of the glass. The aroma is deep malt, lightly smoked, caramel, and even a hint of coffee and elements of chocolate. The taste is of a sweet malt, caramel hints of coffee/chocolate and smoke. It is nicely hopped, and I really enjoyed the smoke qualities in this beer.

Photo of Nipitato
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Mahogany brown- black hue. Tan colored head. One finger thick head dissipates to a thin topping. Sticky lacing develops as beer is quaffed.

S: Not the type of nose I have come to expect from Stone offerings. Roasty aroma is surprisingly weak. Weak smoke aroma as well. Malt character is quite grainy. Some muted hop aroma.

T: Well balanced between lightly burnt/roasty and smokey sweet malt and good bittering hop flavor. It's a pretty strong flavor profile.

MF: Medium-light body - pretty light for a porter. Moderate carbonation. Slight warming and slightly astringent.

D/Overall Impression: Definitely an easy drinking sessionable porter. A dark and flavorful roasty porter. I was expecting a more smokey character.

Photo of opwog
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let me start by saying that I am not a big fan of smoked beers and when I do have one, it is usually a hybrid.

A- Dark as dark is. Poured into a wine tasting glass, this had a nice head that was fine to drink through.
S- Not much of a nose, which surprised me for a smoked ale.
T- While there wasn't much smoke in the aroma, it was strong in the taste.
M- If I am getting that much smoke in the taste, I would like more malt body to bring it together.
D- I didn't even make it through a 4 ounce taste.

If you ever have the chance, try the brandy aged version of this. That is a world better.

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.

Photo of cichief
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of obywan59
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml into a pint glass. Mahogany at the narrow part of the glass with a ruby edge. Close to pitch black otherwise. 2-finbger tan head leaving great lacing. Hard second pour gave a very impressive 4+ finger head that left an incredible honeycomb-like lacing as it receded. The head resembled an ice cream float.

Smokey dark chocolate with hint of dark fruits.

Smoke prevails again, but this time there's more coffee than thocolate. Woody. Sweet malt up front, then even sweeter before the bitterness of coffee rises to balance. The bitterness finally overpowers in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for such a dark brew, but smooth and pleasant nonetheless. Lightly creamy.

An excellent drinker. A bit less sweet than I prefer, but this brew has enough character to keep me interested.

Photo of brealbg
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,901 ratings.