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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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1,779 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,779
Hads: 4,066
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 171
Gots: 450 | 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 Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a persistant light brown head. Aroma is first of roast malt, followed by smoke which comes to dominate the aroma, though it is not overwhelming. The taste is malty, with roasted notes, and then the smoke injects itself. The smoke is the dominant flavor, though it is not as strong as some other examples. Very well balanced for a Stone beer :-)

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped a bomber of this after having some carne asada. On to the beer:

I poured this into a hefeweizen glass and got a black figure inside the glass, with the color fading on the edges of the glass. My mom actually asked me if I needed a fork to consume this beer! Yes, it's a rich porter with esters, a touch of chocolate, roasted flavors, and charcoal smoke. It was lighter than I was expecting in the mouth, and firm. The smoke can sometimes become too monotone, driving down the drinkability a bit. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
Dark brown/black pour with a creamy tan head about 1 inch. Head diminished, no lacing.
Smell of coffee and a bit of chocolate and malt, nothing overpowering.
Taste was more subtle than other smoked porters; coffee was predominate, but not so much as to shock the taste buds. Some malt and chocolate. Little hoppiness. Cleaner finish than I expected.

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Photo of tempest
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a step away from other porters, I might have even mistaken this for a stout, but taste is really what matters right? Not some silly style guideline. The beer was a bit heavy, but not syrupy like some big stouts, and tasted of dark cocoa, a bit of espresso, and smoke. The bitter bite was a perfect pair for my spicey turkey sandwich and the remaining beer after I finished my meal was a nice dessert. Give it a try on tap, the bottles are too expensive.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a shaker pint glass, bought at Mike's Liquor on Warner and Bolsa Chica in Huntington.

A: Very dark ruby-brown color with an off-tan, 2-finger head, creates a look of foreboding in my glass.

S: Delicious biscuity, bread malt, with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

T: Dark roasted malts with delectable barbeque notes. Hops in the aftertaste provide a good backbone balanced by sweet malts in the end.

M: Full-bodied, robust, very nice.

D: A liitle heavy on this Southern California June night, but easily a session beer at 5.9%.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Very dark, tawny brown color, clear ruby highlights against light. Giant tan head that hangs around for ever and leaves webs of thick lacing.
S: Subtle smokey aroma, with malt and caramel notes. Becomes a lot more sweet and less smokey as it warms up.
T: Sweet, chocolate and coffee malt, caramel, dark fruit flavors with a background of hop bitterness to balance the sweet. Not as much smoke flavor as expected.
M: Medium bodied and full of flavor with mild carbonation. Slightly thin for this style for my linkig
D: Excellent beer, not quite my favorite American porter, but definitely would have this again, especially at this price

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a pint glass. Darkest of browns with some truely interesting lace.

S. Smells of roasted chocolate malt and some fresh hop whiffs. A bit of toasty bread.

T/M. Coffee and roasted malt. Pretty well hopped as well, piney and resinous. Cracker like yeast. A very nice smokey flavor. More malty than hoppy, which is just fine with me. Well balanced and smooth. Full bodied and creamy. As it warms, more of the malt sweetness pulls through.

D. This is a great porter. Hands down.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint. The beer pours a dark, vibrant brown color with a foamy, frothy pale-tan colored head that starts around an inch, but settles into a sparse filmy covering after a couple of minutes. Smells of molasses sweetness, smoke, coffee, and oak on the nose. Initial flavors of sweet molasses malt, smoke, and light roasted coffee, with a bitter overall tone that cleans the end of the palate. The beer is light and smooth in mouth, with a bitter hops, smokey, and coffee finish. The beer leaves a great lacing along the glass as you drink. The aftertaste has a slight linger, and the full, rich flavors and complex palate make this a great sipper.

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Photo of Kelp
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice darker brown color to the brew. Has a small head to it that goes away at a decent pace.

It smells of roasted coffee, chocolate, and bonfire.

It has a pleasant malt taste to it. Coffee and chocolate up front, with a finish of a nice outdoor wood fire. Yes it taste just like a fire pit smells.

A nice smoothness to the beer and a pleasant amount of carbonation to it.

One bottle would be enough for me for the week, maybe month. I like the taste but just couldn't have it to often. Just not my normal tastes, but a tasty brew none the less.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a nice black color with an adequete head that fades to a ring. Smells lightly smoky and quite creamy. Taste is similar. This is far less smoky than any of the Schlenkerla beers, but the smoke is noticeable and beautifully wedded to the rest of the brew. The surprising thing to me about this beer is how creamy and smooth it is. The rich, creamy body marries very well with the smoke and helps to balance everything nicely. The Alaskan Smoked is far more smoky tasting, but in that case probably because the body is not as robust and creamy as this is. The balance in this beer is a thing of beauty. I recently tried a bottle of this that had been aged a year as well, and although it was still drinking beautifully, the smoke was even more subdued. I also like the fact that this doesn't have that much residual sweetness, despite the creaminess. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Zorro
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super black colored brew.

Smell is sweet and fruity with just a trace of smoke.

Taste is basically a stout. I thought I was going to hate this beer, but I do not. I can't really call this a porter, it isn't sweet enough. It IS however a good Stout.

Mouthfeel is good.

Smoky and chard it is, but this is a good stout. NOT A PORTER!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Stone. 

A: Deep brown bordering on black with a crimson tinge and a voluminous light brown head.

S: Moderate malt roast with a pervasive beachwood smoke quality. Light coffee and a little chocolate.

T: Lower moderate roasted malt profile. Light earthy bitterness. Smoke is nicely integrated, and there's a decided dark chocolate note.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy.

Overall: A really nice beer. The last time I had this was probably 3 years ago and I hated, but now I find it quite mellow and enjoyable with a restrained smoke presence. Good stuff.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought I'd enjoy a bomber of this by the fireplace for the last evening of what has been a cold, and needlessly long winter...
Pours with a thin but consistent level of greyish head. Good lacing. Dark body with flashes of ruby brown found throughout. With the beer served cold I couldn't seem to find much in the aroma initially. I was happy to find that once it started to warm luscious notes of really bittersweet chocolate would arise. A faint dose of hops that are become slightly dulled behind hints of smoke. It's important to distinct it as 'smoke' - because it isn't really 'roast'. We're not talking rauchbier, but there is a distinct absence of roast and that quality has been replaced by the character of smoke - like that off a barbecue. Subtle enough though. Fairly luscious bitter sweet flavours in the taste department as well. Notes of toffee, chocolate, English pudding, trace bits of (now,) roast malt. A little less texture than I'm use to with Stone beers, but certainly the right degree of carbonation. The mouthfeel is a little underwhelming to be honest. That character of smoke (like that found in a smoked meat) is present but very unassuming on the palatte. A nice porter.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark mahogany brown with auburn edges when held up to the light. Nice, fluffy tan head that slowly fades out into a cap that floats upon the brew. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of some sweet, smokey peat, and beef jerky notes, along with caramel, cocoa powder, vanilla, and raisins. Perhaps a touch of anise buried in the background. Pretty complex.
Taste is of the same aromas with a lip smacking sweet malt that confuses the tastebuds at first but makes for a plausable and complex brew.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation that makes the smokiness more tolerable and enjoyable like a delicate digestif.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Commonwealth in Newport Beach, CA

A - Dark black with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a hint of smoke.

T - More smoke than the nose indicatedm but still not dominant. Roasted malts and some coffee round out the palate. A nice overall sweetness.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - A truly outstanding beer and example of how all smoked beers should be. Enough smoke to make an impression without overwhelming the palate with smoke.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisit: 14 Nov 15

22 oz. Bomber
Bottled: 07/17/15
Enjoy By: 11/14/15

Been Along Time Coming!

Pours a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus light tan head, which leaves some very nice small islands, and some nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, nice chocolate notes, slight vanilla, slight roastyness. The taste is very nice malty, smoky, very nice chocolate, slightly vanilla sweetness. Medium body, with a very nice bitter/dry finish. Overall, a very very nice smoked porter, a classic indeed. Highly Recommeded!

A - Pours a black in color, nice carbonation, nice small foamy tan head, very nice lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts, toffee, caramel, and a slight roasted/smoked scent.

T - The taste is of roasted/smoked toffee and sweet, nice clean finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. An awesome brew from Stone, a classic to the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, lovingly transported home to Australia and shared with friends.

Pours a dark, but clear, brilliant ruby-red with a surprisingly light off-white head of meringuey bubbles. Nice lacing. The colour is great; it's deep and delicious looking.

Strong, pleasant dark aromas on the nose. Characters of chocolate, cherries, timber and peat. not incredibly smoky, but there is an underlying hint of it. Even a little vanilla of American bourbon sneaking in. Quite deep and delicious.

More smoke on the palate, a pleasant outdoor woodfire character. The dark malt is more prominent too, with a charring roasted character providing the back palate bitterness. Among this, though, are lighter notes of cherry and tart fruit, that just peek out from around the edges of the dark, smoky foreground. Mouthfeel is great, quite thick and rich without being too heavy.

A very smooth but very complex beer. Enjoyable and pleasant, with lots to explore.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's a bitter cold evening at the WoodBrew household...just had an incredible dinner...and had a hankerin for something delicious...SCORE!!! Stone SMOKED Porter was a perfect dessert!!! This porter is fantastic the full flavor is perfect against 5.9% ABV. The beer poured into my glass with a beautiful creamy head, which led to perfect lacing just like on a lingerie model!!! The taste has a rich malt character balanced by a nice subtle smoke. I could drink this all night...but not in a binge type fashion. Strongly recommend this to all my hommies!!!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle opened in Oct 2013

A - Cola brown body with ruby highlights. Creamy, light tan head with great lace and nice retention.

S - Soft mesquite wood and pork rib smoke, marshmallow, molasses.

T - Smooth and mellow with a soft complexity. Burnt toast, smoked bacon, caramel, molasses, vanilla, peanut butter.

M - Silky smooth, medium frame. Almost perfect for a porter. Incredible staying power.

O - An absolutely outstanding porter. The two years did the bottle well, but I'd have to say that it drinks almost as well fresh.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown with a small dirty tan head, very little carbonation. Nose smelled of a little smoke and roasted malt, coffee but let down on the nose much like the taste. Tasted like it smelled. I almost detected smoke smoked meat or something in there. The bottle did not do this brew justice.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

( Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a dense black body with a nice tan head that holds in the glass.

S-Very nice smoky grain aroma with some deep roasted barley smell and almost a chocolate hint with it.

T- This has a great roasted barley flavor with some good depth of malts and a nice spicy hop finish that has a hint of smokiness with it. The finish hops have hint of tangy almost pineapple resin flavor but it is very faint.

M-This has a pretty creamy mouthfeel but no alcohol heat or astringency.

D-This beer is a spot-on-porter very solid on its own but the nice gentle smoke shows its present. The smoke is not overpowering and really compliments the deep roasted grain. Next time I'm in the distributing area I must stock up.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours dark, almost black. Thin light brown head with little lacing. Roasty malts and light smoke throughout with a mellow roasty faint smoke finish. Not as smoky as a rauchbier or Smoke Jumper, but nicely made and tasty. Surprisingly tasty for a 6% beer. Medium bodied. Worth a revisit.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, hops, and some slight smoke. Overall, a great appearance, good blend, body, and complexity.

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Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a bomber served cool in a Chimay goblet.

A: The porter is black in color with a thick white head that dissapates rapidly.

S: Aroma is a roasted, chocolately nose, no hint of smoke.

T: The taste is smokey up front and gives way to a chocolatey, roasted flavor. The smoke pops back up in the finish and lingers.

M: Smoking the malts for a porter is interesting and that flavor pops up at interesting times throughout the drink.

D: I am not a huge fan of smoked beers, but this one is alright (but nowhere near my favorite stone brews).

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Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown, not quite black, with a one finger super spongy looking light khaki head. I'm surprised that this isn't darker. The foam looks great but the lack of true black isn't what I look for in a porter. It smells or rich, woody smoke and is pretty appealing. It's a little more subtle than I'd like but it is solid. I prefer a good amount of smoke. I'm not getting any of the hoppyness that others have mentioned. The flavors are solid but not awe inspiring. It's a little sweet on the palate and as you swallow you get the char, wood, and smoke. It doesn't really have any coffee to it. I'd describe this as pretty mellow. This drinks exceptionally smooth and is in between medium to full in body. I do like the after taste but again, I'd prefer more smoke. This beer is solid but nothing too special. It's very drinkable though and worth it for the $4.99 per 22oz bottle.

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,779 ratings.