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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,689 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,689
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 108
Gots: 243 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Hockey_Fan, Jan 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

CBlack85, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of DaveBlack
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, but not cloudy at all. Edges look lighter brown. Tan head of maybe 2 fingers. Good retention and a lot of lacing. Looks really good, pours nicely.

S: Deep roasty malt flavor, coffee and smoke. Smells like I would expect for a smoked porter.

T: Deep flavor that matches the smell very closely. Lot of roasted malts up front that give way to smokiness and coffee. The beer kind of loses me on the finish though. The hops don't come through enough to balance out the initial burst of flavor. Still fantastic, just a little week on the finish.

M: Not as heavy as one might expect. Low carbonation, not sticky at all.

D: Relatively low gravity beer, weighs in at just 5.9% ABV, and not overwhelming to the palate. I almost wish it was a little heavier to balance out the flavor, but it's still a great beer. If there is such a thing as a session porter, this just might be it.

DaveBlack, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a thin, light tan head. A touch of red shows through light.

Aroma is lightly fruity and chocolaty, while being low on rich, intense character. There is a touch of burnt, smokey character as well as a touch of hops.

Flavor is light up front with some a touch of roast and chocolate. In the finish, the intensity picks up quite a bit with even more roast, as well as some hoppiness and slight smoke/char character. The roast and bitterness intensifies the dryness in the finish while leaving a lingering feel. The smoke level is low, and because of this, impresses me most with food (oysters, steak, toast and cheese.) A nice touch to a simple, solid porter base.

jeffthecheff, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of grayburn
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

She pours a dark black with a nice head on her shoulders that doesn't drop away too quickly.
The smell is nice, a light smoke aroma lingers around every malty bend, with a bit of hoppiness here and there as well.
The way that the smoked malt mingles with the sweet and hoppiness of this brew is quite impressive. This is the least-lupuled beer from stone I have had as of yet, very nice.
The mouthfeel is nice, just creamy enough to go well with some bbq or spicy food.
The drinkability is very high, especially for the smokiness...this is a great beer to get one started on the whole smoked beer train, nice and subtle.

grayburn, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into pint goblet - No best by date visible.

Poured a deep dark brown with one and half finger head that dissipated into a thin creamy lacing, decent carbonation.

Smell - Roasted malts with light coffee .

Taste - Smoky roasted malts with a hint of licorice , some sweetness is present , a slight hint of hops,subtle notes of coffee.

Drinkability - Overall this was well blended and balanced , the flavors work together and I get a smoky aftertaste that reminds me of the charcoal flavor form a rib-eye in fact this would probably be a great pairing with one .

InebriatedJoker, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of BuckSpin
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured as a 22oz bomber. A beautiful, deep rudy ruby umber, rich color, with a splotched, firm 1/4" head of mocha hued foam that disappated quickly, but not immediatelty, a ghost slick of foam remaining on the surface & laced stubbornly on the glass edge. Nose is odd - sharp, burnt sugar bittersweet, a little edgy, maybe a wisp of smoke, not what I was expecting.

Its smoky nature is noticable on the tongue, especially the more it warms. A little peaty, hints of baking chocolate, bitter & crisp, yet somewhat level & flat. The bitterness (again, more like baking chocolate than hops) is on the pallete & throat as you swallow. Surprisingly, there is a very crisp, clean, dare I say a whisper of mint as an echo of an aftertaste.

This is an odd call. I love porters, but this one has me a bit confused, I would certainly drink it again, but would probably be more likely to take a chance on another porter. After you've had an Edmund Fitz, it seems like its all downhill...

BuckSpin, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of Lerxst
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Stone Smoked Porter glass.

A-Very nice pitch black with a nice two finger head that lingered around for quite a while.

S-The smoke is a bit much. I know this is a smoked porter, but the smoke smell is hard to get past to get to the chocolate/coffee undertones.

T-Again, the smoke. its a bit much and the coffee/chocolate undertones are showing up which is nice.

M-A nice full bodied brew with perfect carbonation.

D-I would enjoy this more if I could get past the smoke. But still, for a big beer it is surprisingly drinkable, but one bomber is enough.

Lerxst, Apr 21, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black with a thick, foamy head that stays for quite a while. Aromas of roasted malts, raisins, and dry roasted coffee seem to arise. The taste is great with a robust character that ends with a crisp, dry aftertaste flavored by fruits. The roasted taste is subtle and not overpowering in the least, as I expected since Stone is known for going over the top. More flavors and aromas become apparent as the beer warms adding new dimensions to the beer.

jaluria, Nov 14, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

JohnnyK, Jul 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Bloodbuzz99, Feb 26, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone Smoked Porter looks good, but not great. Its head is a little lacking and it's not quite black. Still, it looks like a formidable brew. Big nose of sweet caramel malt, with a bit of wet dog/vegetables. Really doesn't smell like a porter much at all. The flavor, fortunately, is much improved over the smell, with a big smoked flavor, as promised by the title. Still, there's not as much chocolate flavor as I'd like; the main malt character is the almost rotten-sweet caramel, along with licorice as it warms. Good medium mouthfeel. Good beer, but more Smoked than Porter.

Thanks to Px2GrafX for the bottle.

battlekow, Oct 01, 2005
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4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful garnet with two fingers incredibly dense, fluffy mocha head. Head retention is stellar. Lacing is also stellar. Beautiful looking pint.

S: Immediately the smoke presence is known. Charred oak, chicory, coffee, and cacao are all present in the nose. Also present is a bit of citric hops.

T: Again, the smoke is a powerful component in the process. Layers of it permeate throughout the tasting. Sweet chocolate malts are met immediately with an oily smokiness which is quickly overtaken by a flash of citric hoppiness. Finishes dry with an awesome roasted aftertaste of americano, chicory and cocoa powder.

M: Carbonation is subdued, which is great for the style. However, the body is just a touch on the thin side for expressing such dark and aggressive flavors.

O: Goddamn amazing. This is a beer that I've been eyeing for a few weeks. Glad to have finally tried it.

McStagger, May 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Jstark5150, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black with ruby highlights around the edges, and a rocky tan cocoa powder like head.
Raisins and a sublte smokiness in the nose.
Roast flavors, espresso coffee, bittersweet chocolate, all meld into raisins and a mild smoky flavor. Mellow and smooth.

xgrigorix, Jun 23, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very deep brown color with ruby highlights. A rather creamy, milk chocolate colored head sticks around for a good while, leaving impressive sheets of lace as it recedes. Not as rocky and pitting as some other porter heads, but still nice.

S: Chocolate malts and a strong smokiness that is akin to (oddly enough) smoked salmon (as opposed to the bacon-like aroma one gets from rauchbiers). Aroma could be a bit stronger and perhaps more complex, but it's still pleasant.

T&M: As is the norm with Stone, the flavor is big, bold, and punches you right in the face. Roasted malt flavors with notes of charcoal, chocolate, some caramel/toffee, and a touch of herbal hop flavor. The finish is long and lightly smoky, toasty, and hoppy. Solid flavor profile. The body is full like a stout with creamy mouthfeel. I've docked the score a bit because I prefer my porters to be medium bodied and more drinkable. If they wanted to make a beer this heavy, just call it a smoked stout and darken the beer a touch.

D: It's heavier than most porters, which kind of negates the positives of drinking a porter. I like porters because they pack a lot of bold malty flavor while still being drinkable and sessionable. Still, Stone's porter is a top-notch beer that I wouldn't mind trying again, but not if I'm really craving a true porter.

BamaBeerBuff, Nov 17, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

ATXRyan, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of WMEugene
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a rich, dark brown black color with a foamy light tan/cream head. Good, not great, head retention and lacing.

S - Smelled deep, smoked malts. Faint trace of hops in the smell. It was an excellent, if singular, smell.

T - The roasted/smoked malts really hit you up front (some coffee flavors, perhaps). There's a bit of boozyness in the taste as well, but nothing distracting. There are some hop flavors as well.

M - Medium to full bodied; carbonation levels are nice. Smooth aftertaste, which is nice considering the smoked malts...very easy-drinking.

O - I enjoyed the Stone Smoked Porter, it's another unique beer from Stone. It's brings a little bit of complexity to a standard style. While I like some of their offerings better (they are one of my top 3 breweries), I would have definitely have it again!

WMEugene, Oct 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

chugamugofsud, Feb 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a ruby middle with a brown medium bodied head.
Smells got some smoked malt quality, maybe some dark chocolate.
Taste has a smoked booze flavor with and some dark/bitter chocolate malt.
Finish is a bit muddy, but there is a decent malted after-taste.
Drinks very smoothly, the smoked quality is not as noticeable but it is light bodied enough to be near sessionable.

ThaBobfather, Jul 25, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night

Head: Nice dark tan head but dissipates quickly

Smell: Little malty with subtle hops

Taste: Dark grains with a subtle caramel on the backend

Weight: Medium to light body with a low to medium carbonation

Finish: Smokey malts

Snow81, Apr 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Arborescence
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Virtually black. Pours a thick three finger head with some hints of chocolate.

Aroma: Roasted malt, toasty. Deep and satisfying, but not smoke as far as I can tell.

Taste: Lovely malt attack! Rich chocolate, espresso, and roasted coffee & malts. Some toasty characteristics from the smoking, but it's not "smoky" as such. Very tasty though.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium bodied.

Overall: This is an excellent, robust porter, although I'm surprised about the relative lack of smoke. For the style, the points come down a little bit because of the lack of smoke, but as a porter this is very good indeed.

Arborescence, Apr 18, 2012
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,689 ratings.