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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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3,867 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 3,867
Reviews: 1,768
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 144
Gots: 306 | 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 Avagadro
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of boudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Snow81
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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 OakedCanuck
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Loco_Joe
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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.

Photo of EPseja
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MystikCelt
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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.

Photo of dlello2
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of tabascosigned
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Duvel
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of shroompod
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured cold into pint glass
Decent 1 finger head that lasts. Light barely penetrates.

Just a slight smell of smokiness , no hops or malt. Could be my imagination as my smeller isn't working to good.

Taste comes across with malty sweetness/ dark chocaolate coffee , mild hop finish. I think the smoke comes across very subltle; more evident as the beer warms.

Moutfeel is not thick or thin , I'll call it medium. Average carbonation.

Drinkabitly is very good , I imagine this pairs with alot of food. <uhmmm smoked samon>

Photo of BA_Berto
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Brinks
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of vtfan77
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark... very dark. Almost black, but some light gets through giving it reddish brown highlights. Huge light coffee-colored head lingers for quite some time.

S- Dark malt with a touch of berry fruitiness. Smokiness is there, but quite subtle.

T- Fairly sweet up front with a rich fruitiness and dark chocolate. Roastiness makes it a tad astringent in the middle with some burnt flavors. Coffee and a subtle smokiness on the finish. Sweetness lingers throughout the brew and is joined by a medium bitterness at the end. Complex and delicious!

M- Smooth and creamy, carbonation is fairly low but just right for this beer.

D- Quite high. Low abv and addictive taste make this a very quaffable brew.

Another winner from Stone. Seriously, can they do any wrong? An extremely tasty brew with great drinkability, this one has everything going for it. Highly recommended.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour is big and black with an inch thick tan head. Very easy on the eys. What I can smell of the nose is good, but too faint. I get smoke and raisins. Taste is espresso-like with a glimpse of sweetness that makes me think of raisins. It doesn't feel all that defined. The smoke is inconsistent. One minute you taste it, the next sip, you don't. Mouth is wonderful, as creamy as you could hope. Carbonation is light and dances over the tongue.
Not nearnly as good as Alaskan Smoked Porter, but still, I could certainly have a couple glasses.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel glass; sat for about 20 minutes outside of fridge.

Very dark brown, almost black color with a thin head. A very roasted chocolate/caramel maltiness dominates the smell. Tastes smokey to start, but the longer it sits on your tongue, the more chocolate malt is detected. Goes down on the thick side, and a great smokey aftertaste is your reward. I definitely plan on saving the rest of the case for my winter beer.

Photo of I2uss
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,867 ratings.