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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,570 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,570
Reviews: 1,736
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 102
Gots: 193 | 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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-14-2011 23:24:13 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

I've had this particular bottle for six months. Not sure why I waited so long, but it's time to drink it!

Pours a dark brown, black in the middle. Not quite opaque in the light, where the edges turn a lighter shade of reddish brown. Small head of light tan foam. No lacing that sticks around. Head fizzles down to a skim, with a ring around the edge of the glass.

Banana esters in the aroma, bready dark malt like a Doppelbock. No perceptible smokiness that I can smell.

Very malty flavor, very mild hint at smoke, with slight banana from the yeast coming through at the end. Mildly sweet with a mild astringency. Creamy, lactic feel, pretty smooth with a well hidden ABV.

Had to split the bomber, as it was fairly filling. Probably won't seek this out again but it was worth trying.

$4.99 @ Liquor Stop, Highland, IN.

10-18-2007 23:57:08 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-27-2011 21:33:43 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +2%

A - Poured out an opaque, dark black color with a thick, foamy, cappuccino-like head. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled smoky, but not over the top smoky. There were hints of coffee, too.

T - It tasted fairly smoky, but it wasn't overdone. There were subtle tastes of licorice, chocolate and expresso.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good smoked porter. Its mild smoke quality makes it more versatile when pairing it with food and it won't wreck your palate for another brew.

01-15-2009 02:08:31 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance: From a 22 oz bomber to a Stone Ruination mug. Dark brown with reddish tints, just barely transparent when held up to the light. The tan-colored head shows no sign of going anywhere.

Smell: Mild smoke at the forefront, charred grains and coffee. The smoke aroma comes out more and more as it warms, though it never becomes dominant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and smoky with subtleties of coffee and burnt bread. Dry throughout - I can't pick up any sweetness whatsoever. The body is medium-full and chewy, moreso than the average American porter. The smoke flavor is plainly noticeable but nicely balanced; it blends nicely with the other flavors rather than dominating the palate. The finish remains dry, revealing a mild earthy hop note that pairs nicely with the smoky backbone.

05-26-2008 23:04:30 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

22oz bomber from lovely Missoula, Montana...

This beer pours a nice solid black, with caramel highlights, and two fingers of thick, foamy beige head, which leaves an unbroken wall of lace around the glass as it melts away. It smells of roasted malt, smoke, some brine, and a bit of earthy hops. The taste is lightly toasted, but heavy caramel malt, some mild peaty smoke, and grassy, floral hops. The carbonation is average, rendering the body smooth, medium weight, and somewhat creamy. It finishes fairly sweet, the soft smoky malt hardly dented by any lingering hops.

A very enjoyable and easy to put back smoked beer. Perfect as an accompaniment to watching this week's Weeds - Stone is 'advertised' in the show.

09-26-2010 04:50:38 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

Very dark brown in color, almost black, but with clear ruby and mahogany highlights visible at the base of the glass. It's frothy tan head holds quite well. It keeps a creamy collar and thin surface covering throughout the glass, and leaves good lace as well. The nose is quite enticing, with a chocolate and caramel base that's enhanced by a soft peat-smokiness. The smoke is just enough to add to, and enhance, the aroma of the beer. The body is medium/full, creamy, and velvety smooth in the mouth. The flavor, much like the aroma and mouthfeel, is quite smooth and round. This beer is exceptionally well balanced in all regards. It's softly sweet with a combination of milk chocolate and caramel, a light touch of smoke, a supportive bitterness and some background hop flavors. It finishes with a lingering roastiness, mild smokiness, and dull bitterness followed by some light, grassy hop flavor. Although the subtle smoke gets lost in the flavor over the course of the glass, it remains in the nose. Very nicely done, and highly drinkable with just enough smoke to give it a little bit of complexity and keep it interesting throughout one or two. Except for it's strength, this would make a very nice session beer. Highly recommended.

01-16-2003 20:22:20 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3%

Mmmm. A nice and long lasting flow over the palate. The tones are even and it leaves a long taste in your mouth. I have saved trying a lot of the Stone productions in order to build up my palate, but I have to say that I am satisfied with this one beyond what I had expected. I have tried others with stronger flavors, so this won’t be an all time favorite, but my opinion of it will always remain high.

12-30-2007 02:36:38 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +9%

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a thin beige head and leaves a good lace on the glass.

S: Heavy roasted coffee and chocolate smell with the smokiness that gives the beer its name. The malt comes through as well. Very nice!

T: The smoked flavor is what dominates in the taste with a mild bitterness, both of which stay in the after-taste. You also get a bit of dark chocolate in it. Not too sweet as some Porters can be.

M: Smooth, medium carbonation with a medium/heavy body and a little more crisp than most Porters that I’ve had. The fact that it’s not as sweet as most Porters lends to less of a syrupy & sticky feel that other beers of this style tend to leave behind.

D: It’s very easy to drink since it’s not too sweet, not too bitter and not very over-powering. However it is a bit filling, which is expected in the style. Overall this was a very good beer. Stone Brewing Co. does not disappoint. The beer represents the style well, while maintaining the brewery’s signature.

02-19-2006 04:10:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

A - Large, creamy light brown head on top of a totally opaque, black body. The head has great retention and it leaves a thick layer of lace on the glass as it slowly recedes.

S - Chocolate, raisins, hops and alcohol. The chocolatey malt aroma is most prevalent, mixing with notes of coffee and caramel. There are also some dark fruit aromas, figs and raisins, which meld nicely with the spicy hop notes.

T - The smoke comes in just as it hits the tongue. The roasty, smoked, slightly sour flavor dominates the palate. Hops appear in the middle, but don't overpower. The finish is smoke, charcoal, and tobacco that slowly merge into the essence of very dark chocolate.

M - Moderate body and carbonation (thinner than I expected, but I am not complaining as it helps the drinkability.

D - This beer is a feast of complex, dark flavors. The best aspect of this brew is the way the flavors merge in a long, drawn-out finish with a beautiful chocolate character. The easy drinkability is all the more impressive considering how bad smoked beer can get in the wrong hands

10-19-2007 04:25:15 | More by nickfl
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

On tap at the Sunset Cantina.

Thick webby lacing riding off the tawny brown colour. Estery smoky aroma and malty nose. Spicy alcohol flavour with a smoke charcoal malt in the middle. Big maltiness with a light hop balance, some mellow chocolaty malt flavours in the end with a lingering faint smoke. Good stuff on tap and one of the better porters on tap I have had, bring it on.

03-21-2003 16:27:33 | More by Jason
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

Huge 22oz. bomber, pours with an very dark ruby almost opaque black in color, with a moccha toned nicely constructed head. The aroma is mainly of darker roasts with a background of a smokey screen in the aroma. The flavor is has mild cocoa notes along with roasted barley all wrapped up in a wonderful rauch style smoked. Leaves a nice dryness on the tongue, I am guessing this beer goes really well with a nice juicy steak. Very good porter, if just getting into rauchbier this is a nice one to start with, very mild smoke taste and aroma. All together very well done, everything is tied together to form a complete full flavor. A medium to light bodied porter, this beer definitely turns the tongue into a desert, very dry mouthfeel. All in all very drinkable smoked porter, but even with my love for Stone this is a dinner beer for me. Not a beer for chilling at the bar and drinking one right after another, but a very enjoyable experience none the less.

03-08-2003 23:16:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours mahogony to midnight black with a massive bubbly tan head. Lacing is very good & head retention is okay

Smell: Hint of smoked malt, fruitiness, & alcohol

Taste: smokineness up front gives way to biscuity/malt taste with some raisin & alcohol taste on the finish

MF: Very smooth, but a little undercarbonated.

Smokiness is used for good effect on a good-great porter works well. But just not quite perfection. Works well as a stand-alone or with BBQ, cheese, or Heavier food, wouldn't rule it out for dessert.

01-08-2006 04:14:14 | More by russpowell
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +4%

Appearance: dark, raisiny brown hue, under a nice, big, bubbly brown head.
Aroma: initially yielding nothing, but with time we get all the whiffs of a smoked salmon session, right here in your beer! ...very clear, clean, but sharp with the smokiness, and noticably subdued beyond that.
Mouthfeel is big and warm, floods every inch...portery characteristics are secondary to the smoke involved, and you have to let it reign, it's the smoke in charge tonight.
Terrific texture, tasty tang, full body, thick, chewy,delicious, chock full of the requisite coffee/cocoa connotations I would demand out of a decent porter, but they emerge only briefly and are submerged by that smoke!
thanks to xlperro

07-09-2003 01:53:47 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Three smoked porters tasted side by side at Churchkey last night, regular, vanilla and chipotle. Served in a wine glass.

Beer is black / dark brown with a thin broken head of brown tiny bubbles that leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low, they all three looked exactly the same.

Aroma is mildly smoky and roasty, smells really nice.

Beer is medium bodied and has this mild sweetness to start and finishes out with a some nice roast and mild smoke. I really enjoyed this beer and the elaborations on the beer with the different flavors.

10-05-2010 15:57:49 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

I picked this up at Thirsty's in York. Put part of the bottle in some burgers marinaded and grilled and reviewed the other portion. Poured chilled into a nonic.

A - Extremely dark brown or mahogany as the ink on the bottle states w/ a 2 finger band of khaki.
The lace clings very well and the porter has a decent garnet amber hue

S - A carmel, toffee, roasted malt scent and dark cherry fruity ester w/ hints of coffee and mild cocoa w/ a fresh juicy hop aroma. The hop scent is both spicy and citrus tinged - a nice mellow toasted/smoked odor accents the roasted malt nose very nicely

M - A sweet feel w/ medium carbonation and bitterness w/ subtle smoky dry texture. The acidity from the hops balances the sweetness and adds complexity to the toasted rich and malty feel

T - Very well blended w/ dark malt thatt has a sweet and juicy taste w/ plum and stone fruit nutty caramel and spiced bread flavors. A light cocoa and smoked flavor adds to the malt roastiness w/ an adequate amount of intensity and flavor that keeps it interesting to the last sip.

D - I love the smoky taste that isn't overdone in this porter. The balance is unusual for Stone's ales, but a welcome trait w/ plenty of fresh hop flavor that lets you know it is a porter from southern California. Possibly in my top 5 Stone ales - I really love a little smokiness in the porter Top notch drinkability I could see myself drinking more of this as the weather gets cooler

09-06-2008 23:32:40 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Had this back in September on tap at Allora in Marlborough, MA, but forgot to log it here. Just noticed it in my notes.

A: Almost pitch black with 2 finger rusty-brown head, served in a flute glass.

N: Nose of roasted malts, slight chocolate, toffee, and some smoked malt.

T: Creamy and roasty with chocolate milk taste. Semi smokey but not overpowering. Semi sweet and a little syrupy, also adds some earthy roasted flavors.

M: Semi thick with decent carbonation and a little syrupy and creamy.

F: Pretty bitter on the finish, which also adds some dark fruits, and slight stouty bitter flavors. A little more lingering smoke but not much, and followed with some light alcohol spice.

11-23-2009 15:12:53 | More by jlindros
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

this beer kicks ass, so damn good! pours black like a starless night and has a one inch lacing tan head. smells like a rauchbier, smokey as a raging bonfire, and roasty dark malty like a sturdy american stout. flavor is less intense than the nose, but its rich in the mouth without being too much. smokey again, with mellow hop bitterness in the finish. i cant do this beer justice in words, but i had the middle ages smoked porter 3 days ago and this absolutely destroys what i thought was an excellent beer. this is epic. so smooth and full bodied, but the aftertaste and the bellyfeel make this one of the best porters of all time. well done again by stone!!!

12-16-2011 05:15:10 | More by StonedTrippin
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WesWes

New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a nice dark malt scent that boasts of chocolate, crystal, and black barley. It is a bit dry and devoid of hops. The taste is good. It has a fine malt palate and a dry smoked malt finish. It is rich, yet smooth. There are a lot of black malts in this one. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking porter. It has excellent malt complexity and drinkability.

06-17-2004 01:43:06 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is a very nice mix of smoke. roasted malt and chocolate. The smoke compliments the other flavors and doesn't overshadow them. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, with the smoke mixing very well. The beer tastes smokier than the aroma, but it is still not overwhelming. Very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of my favorite smoked beers and a beer that goes very well with barbecue brisket.

01-16-2011 02:00:40 | More by Mora2000
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-16-2011 02:27:09 | More by oline73
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mactrail

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

Flavorful but restrained black beer.

Not much head in the pint glass. Black with slight reddish cast. Aroma has just a hint of smoke and more of browned barley. Medium body. Really subtle smoke flavor compared to other smokey beers. Just a whiff, and not an identifiable kind of smoke. Hops are a tasty but modest addition and take over from the smokiness. Moderate bitter aftertaste.

Pleasant, very quaffable brew. Tasted at Cueva Bar, on Adams Ave in San Diego.

04-27-2011 04:51:15 | More by mactrail
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -6%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown with on finger of tan head with good retention and a tiny bit of lacing. Moderate carbonation evident at bottom of pint glass.

s - Smells of a nice coffee, roasted malt, and sweet malt combination. Hints of chocolate.

t - Tastes very smoky, like roasted malts and coffee. Not really tasting those sweet malts I smelled. Not bad.

m - Medium body with moderate carbonation, it is pretty smooth and creamy.

d - Overall this was an interesting porter. I didn't think it smelled too smoky but the taste certainly lived up to the name. The smell was sweeter (which I kind of liked better) than the taste, but it was still pretty good. I'd give it another shot.

03-02-2010 02:46:31 | More by mdfb79
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured black in the center with ruby highlights around the edges. There was a fairly thin, but well-retained foamy white head.
The smell was of smoky roasted coffee with a burnt charcoal aroma.
The taste was of charcoal, roasted black coffee and a touch of chocolate. It was medium to full-flavored (almost rich - not quite there.)
The aftertaste was smoky and burnt - almost gritty, while still being smooth.
It does hit its goal of being a porter that is good for a barbecue or as a dessert. And, of course, the bottle is cool!
This is a very good beer! IMO, it's not the best offering from Stone, but certainly a good, slightly different (but in a good way) porter, and worth the price!

05-20-2006 03:20:48 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-22-2011 18:33:28 | More by Rochefort10nh
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,570 ratings.