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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,786 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,786
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 120
Gots: 270 | 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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Photo of PatronWizard
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, Stone. Love Stone, I do. Bomber to glass....

Dark ruby brown around the edges. Pretty damn dark otherwise. Huge off white head. Frothy, marshmellowy.

Smells...roasty. Burnt coffee. Cigarettes. May sound unappealing, but it isn't.

Tastes like smoked coffee. What does smoked coffee taste like? Get a bottle bobo! Can't get the flavors listed on the bottle with my untrained monkey tongue. Someday!

Feels good, but I've felt better. At 5.9%, easily drinkable.

Toward the end of the bottle, I was more and more reminded of an ash tray, which as a non-smoker really bothered me.

Overall: good porter, not a great porter

PatronWizard, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of BugTownPub
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

BugTownPub, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of vma
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

vma, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of casapy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

casapy, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Black porter, 2 finger caramel head that settled very slowly with beautiful lacing throughout.

S- Lacking a bit here. Some hop bitterness and floral aroma with a slight smokey smell that settles in the nose after each sniff...

T/M- Liquid barbequed ribs with a slight hop flavor and bitterness... period, thats how it tastes and it is f'ing amazing!! The mouthfeel is also the best as far as a porter has gone for me. Medium full bodied with minimal carbonation that fills the mouth and feels so good.

D- Pretty good for a porter. I feel the flavor is a bit overwhelming to drink a bunch in a row, but this one bomber is awesome!

Overall, one of my favorite porters AND offerings from Stone. Man this beer is awesome. Taste is something special and it really hits your tastebuds hard. I love it and I wish I had another to drink tomorrow...

TheGordianKnot, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks as dark as night in the middle with some mohogany highlights around the edges capped with a caramel head.

Smells of hearty whole grain bread, lots of barley and malt.

Chocolate and coffee hit the palate first, then some licorice comes through. The finnish is dry almost oaky. This one is more on the bitter side, but that works - A delightful taste and feel.

A decently drinkable porter. I will be getting more. Pairs nice with "Wicked Sharp" cheese. Would go well with BBQ chicken.

Chickenhawk9932, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of sponberg
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma has an ironlike smokiness to it, with hints of citrusy hop. Dark dark brown.

The flavors in some order (changes sip to sip) - citrus hop; an oiliness similar to that found in an oatmeal stout; smoky maltiness; chocolatey maltiness; roasted coffee maltiness. Take the late, lamented Big Indian Porter, subtract some of the malt, add in hops & smoke, and you have this beer. This is NOT a bad thing at all. The finish is very nice - a little sweet, with some smoky-roasty-dry malt overtones.

sponberg, Jul 15, 2002
Photo of obywan59
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

obywan59, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of SDG1070
4/5  rDev -0.2%

SDG1070, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of benito
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Stone's contribution to the world of extreme, or rather, offbeat porters is near-black in color with a creamy, off-white head. There are muted aromas of chocolate, cinnamon, and pepper. This is an extremely dry and bitter porter, with little malt sweetness to match the hop presence and dry, smokiness. The smoke flavors, though advertised as central, are really only second thoughts--complements to an otherwise typical robust porter. I could have handled more smoke, more sweetness, and more pronounced aromas all around.

I love the mouthfeel of this brew: it is dry, powerful, and heavy--something that really lives up to the 'robust' moniker. Unfortunately, the sacrifice for such a palate-challenging brew comes in drinkability. It's for sipping, remote from the industrial, quaffable origins of this style.

Overall, this is a tasty, spicy porter that is most notable for its rough-textured mouthfeel and lack of drinkability. If you want a really "smoky" porter, stick with something else (Left Hand's Smokejumper comes to mind).

benito, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of Sipchue
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Sipchue, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of greenmonstah
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Moderately aggressive pour yield a finger of cream-tan head. Beer is dark dark brown with ruby edges. Nice lacing and average retention at best.

S - Roasted and smoked malts. Smoked meat aroma and coffee. Very nice.

T- Smoked malts are ever present, joined by dark roasted coffee in just the right proportion. Deeply roasted malts and a brief "hello" from the hops lead into a smoked meat finish that is divine. My favorite smoked porter so far.

M - Medium body, good level of carbonation for the style, and a drying finish.

O - Overall a very nice beer. I could see myself drinking this regularly. The best smoked take on a porter I have yet had. I knew I'd be "overrating" this beer the second I tasted it.

greenmonstah, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of NCbeerpirate
5/5  rDev +24.7%

NCbeerpirate, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Heretic42
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Heretic42, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of n2pux
4/5  rDev -0.2%

n2pux, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of baiser
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, opaque, black body with a creamy tan head, good retention. Smokey, lots of coffee and chocolate in the nose. Subtle smokey flavour, mostly just charcoal, coffee and chocolate. Not quite a rauchbier, but the smoked character is definitely there. Great balance, and actually a great session beer. Recommended.

baiser, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of alkemy
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber.

A - Deep clear brown with ruby highlights. Tan head of about two fingers leaving behind some soap-like lacing.

S - Smoke is a bit subdued in the aroma. Hops are pretty prominent for the style. Plenty of cocoa and a bit of coffee. There is also a very slight waft of caramel.

T - Although not the most dominant taste, I have to mention the smoke as it presented on the palate. It was a very ashy note that briefly appeared up front and lingered with the bitterness in the finish. I really enjoyed the bitterness.

M - Medium. I'd rather this be thicker, but that's a common complaint I have. It's very smooth.

D - This is quite drinkable. The only problem is the ashy flavor. It just seems to get a bit grating as you progress through the glass. The bitterness and hoppiness were appreciated, however.

alkemy, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of yankeej13
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always enjoyed this beer figured it was time to rate it.

A- Dark as night, has a nice chocolate brown foam which has a nice lace that slowly fades. Little to no carbonation.

S- Has a nice sweet malt smell. Mild chocolate malt as well with a smooth milk like smell.

T- It has a great smokey sweet malt taste to it. Mellow milk and chocolate flow as well. Nice creamy mid palette.

M- Great drinkability, Nice full body flavor very bold in taste. Leaves your mouth with a nice sweet finish.

Overall- Great beer hands down, will support this beer to the very end. Well done Stone! Cheers

yankeej13, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Jesse13713, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of IceAce
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deliberately poured with three fingers of desert sand colored foam, this baby looks beautiful residing in a footed Belgian tulip glass. When held to the brightest of light, the color is a resounding quality mahogany with perfect clarity. Lacing comes in over the 85th percentile...beautiful!

The nose needed a little coaxing...but it decanted at 43°, more than a tad low for both the style and pedigree. As a more appropriate temperature was achieved, what emerged was a chocolate profile with a roasted malty depth.

The initial taste reveals a most wonderful dryness which begins with a tongue-dance performed by the just-right level of carbonation. Deep roasted grains then take over providing a wonderful depth and creamy mouthfeel only to be outdone by the finish of light smoke, hop bite, and slow malty fade.

I'd love the opportunity to sample this complimented with salami or sausage incorporated into lasagna or pizza.

IceAce, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of KGarrett
4/5  rDev -0.2%

KGarrett, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of McStagger
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
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stone's Smoked Porter pours a filtered clear black body with ruby highlights and an off white head that leaves good lacing.

The aroma is smoked and charred malt, chocolate, and not really any hop presence.

The flavor is roasty and slightly sweet, some acidic character from the roast, smokey. Hop presence is minimal to light for a Stone brew, but that isn't a completely bad thing.

Mouthfeel is substantial but certainly not full. Carbonation seems just fine on the moderate side.

rtratzlaff, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great dark color, even the head was dark. And surprise! No overwhelming hops. It had all kinds of great porter tastes, chocalate, caramel, etc. I liked this beer almost too much, craving it like an addict. A definite solid beer, worhty of stone.

bewareOFpenguin, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of TommyW
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark body with a nice tan head.

S- Some notes of hops, well developed malt aromas and a slight smokiness.

T- Large malty base of toasted malts. There is a pleasant char flavor that kinda sticks to the tongue for a bit. A slight smokiness comes through a bit and hangs around. The big malts are well balanced with some crisp hops; this really makes the beer great.

M- Big, full mouthfeel with the perfect carbonation level.

D- A very nice porter. Great for sipping or pairing with some food.

TommyW, Aug 01, 2009
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,786 ratings.