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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: 4,070
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 171
Gots: 453 | 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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Reviews: 1,779 | Hads: 4,070
Photo of steinlifter
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this beer poured a deep amber almost black, good head, and retention. smell was fruity and malty, taste was a pleasant mix of malt, fruity notes,a bit of chocolate, very smooth. subtle smokiness. Mouthfeel was a bit chewy, creamy, and medium carbonated. drinkability, for me is high! This stuff rocks! I've read some lukewarm reviews, but I think this is the shznit! really good stuff, highly recomended!!!

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Photo of OhioBulldog
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown, almost opaque, with about an inch of tan head. Head receded to some nice lacing around my glass.
Aroma is of roasted malts and sweeter notes of chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Also maybe some fruits. Wonderful bouquet, made me very anxious to take my first gulp.
The taste is very big, and huge flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a well-balanced kick of hops and smoke in the end.
Mouthfeel is very rich and smooth
I enjoyed this bottle entirely to the end but the heaviness and being paired with my supper would make it hard to drink a whole lot more.

Stone did a great job here to create a big porter, Great, will buy again

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

Pours with a rich and thick head about 2 inches on top. It cascades bubbles for a good minute then becomes nice and stiff. Color is an incredibly dark amber/brown.

The aroma is potent. I didn't even need to stick my nose in the glass to get the first wiff. Aroma is malty, chocolate and coffee in nature with alcohol and citrus blooms.

It tastes just like it smells. Burnt malty taste with hints of port wine flavor in a creamy base. Tails off at the end to a softer flavor. As it warms from fridge temp more complex flavors emerge but I just don't know the appropriate description for them.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Lots of bubbles cascading over the tongue but it does not have the sharp carbonation feel of a soda. Very gentle.

As far as drinkability goes, I can drink this beer all night. It's a great porter to use to introduce the style to someone who is unfamiliar with great brews and the porter style.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From recently discovered notes: Dark chocolate brown, with scarlet edges when held up to the light. The head is thick and khaki coloured, it lasts for a while and leaves some decent lacing on my Arrogant Bastard pint glass. The aroma is of chocolate and caramel malts, roasted malts, starbucks coffee, and a bit of smoke. The taste is malty up front with some lovely chocolate and coffee notes in the middle. The smoke is subtle compared to other smoke beers, but it is very enjoyable as well. The mouthfeel is very creamy and s-m-o-o-t-h and the drinkability is good as well. Another awesome, but subdued, stone brew!

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Photo of granger10
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep dark brownish black. I could see light through the glass but I had to hold it up to light. That's how a porter should be right? The head expanded to a large volume then declined after some time. Lots of lacing. The nose is mostly chocolate and some roasted malt flavor but not all that I was hoping it would be. The flavor on this beer was really thick and malty. Very roasted in the body with a mocha bitter combination on top. Never sweet but quite malty. Hops are more apparent in the finish and slightly bitter in the end. There is a smoky undertone to this beer but I wish it would have been stronger. Does age lessen the smokiness of a beer? This is probably the 2003 so maybe the smoke flavor diminished. All in all this is a really, really good porter but I just wanted a stronger element of smokiness in there.

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

A very nice smoked porter. This beer pours a nice dark color. There was a rather small head. The smell was of nice roasted malts. The taste is nice, with hints of a mixture of mocha and smoke, Nice smooth mouthfeel. A beer worth giving a try. You should enjoy.

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Photo of rugger
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For a Stone beer it was not what I was expecting, however for a porter it was very good, however it was really nothing special. It was overall to style, but the smoke flavor was lacking and I just expected more from a beer made by Stone. I would definately recommend this to a porter lover, however I would not suggest this to a person that just liked beer. I enjoy the flag porter, or Samuel Smith's porter more, even if they are different types of porters.
Good job to Stone, but again not a big outlandish beer that I would expect from Stone.

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Photo of wyllder
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this off tap previously.

Pours a deep black/brown, letting very little light through.

First taste on the palate is a blend of coffee, chocolate and a subdued smokiness that leaves a thick lingering aftertaste.

Smoke flavor is less pronounced in the bottle than off-tap. Overall the bottled version seems a bit tamer than its tap brother.

Actually a bit easier to drink from the bottle, though. Ultimately, I'd rather have the tap version!

Still highly recommended.


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Photo of WetCoaster
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear cola ruby brown. Finger thick rocky tan (almost brown) head with endless retention. Very thick lacing. Fairly active carbonation. About as pretty a porter as you're likely to run across.

Smell: Ka-boom! Immediate heavy malt scent of chocolate, coffee liquor, yeasty raisin bread, a bit of burnt sugar, with hints of dark fruit.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth chocolaty malt, with hints of dark fruits. Smoke comes through in the finish, tight, dry but not overwhelming--there's a nice balance. Smoke lingers long into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a hefty light-to-medium, smooth and coating, with a refreshing zap of carbonation bringing up the rear.

Drinkability: Taste? Great. 5.9% ABV? Not too bad. Still, it's a bit too much to drink more than one or two--palette killer.

This is about a big, bad porter. It's not the most complex brew in the world, nor is it a "smoke" beer per se, but what's there works. There's a fine line between this and stout, but if like your porters burly, this will not disappoint. Good stuff.

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Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

appearence is dark black that barely lets any light through at all..light tan head that goes away to form a top coating that laces good.

definitely can smell a bit of smokeyness, as well as black licorice, and a hint of beef jerky?

taste is roasted malt with plenty of smoke presence...kinda in between a regular porter and a imperial stout

mouthfeel is pretty thick..nice balance of carbonation

drinkabilty is good..goes down smooth and the aftertaste lingers just long enough.

definitely a good beer. if you are a fan of porters or strong stouts then you will like this. if they sold this is 6packs i would be alot happier

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Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber. This poured a deep black that let a little bit of light through and a decent sized tan head that quickly faded down to a collar. Smokiness can defiantly be detected in the smell but it is not overpowering as coffee and roasted malts also come through quite well. The taste is a quite balanced with the smokiness being subtle and a sweet malt flavor coming to the front of this. It has a slight bittersweet finish that is quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is light medium with good carbonation. A good all around beer that is not your average porter. Another good brew by stone.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table a black amber with clear ruby highlights and an everlasting head that coated...no...painted the glass with Belgian Lace.

The aroma was only slightly smoky with more of a banana and fruity aroma. Mostly caramel in the background.

The flavor also was only slightly smoky with the same banana fruitiness and a caramel coffee and chocolate flavor. There was also present a slight malty sweetness that was well balanced by the darker malts.

The finish was dry with chocolate and then coffee well into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

I got much more coffee from this beer than smoke. Very nice beer, but if I had not known it was supposed to be a smoked beer I would have just thought it was a well crafted porter.

Pint at the Taproom at Ghent.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany brown with strong ruby highlights. Light is visible on the opposite side of the glass which is somewhat surprising. Given Stone's perchant for big beers I figured that this porter would be darker than it is. The head is chocolate nougat brown, looks pretty sturdy, is pitting like crazy on top and deposits copious amounts of lace as it slowly descends. As is usual for these guys, an excellent look.

The aroma is dark malty and is more chocolatey than anything else. Strangely enough, I don't appreciate any smoke in the nose. It's a little hoppy too, but very little. Excellent beer. The flavor is a wonderful amalgam of heavily roasted malt, chocolate, dark caramel, hops, coffee and smoke in roughly that order. The hops lend more bitterness than they do actual hop flavor, but this is not a bitter beer.

The smoke is more subdued than I'd like. If you're going to call this beer a smoked porter, then make it smoky. Interestingly enough, the body is much more substantial than the appearance would suggest. This baby is full and creamy; dextriny even. It's a very nice body that helps carry the flavor across the palate and keep it there.

Smoked Porter isn't the best porter that I've ever had, but it's damn close. I knew that Stone wouldn't let me down. If you have easy access to this fine beer, then consider yourself extremely fortunate.

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

Poured a deep deep ruby black color-theres just a trace of light peeking thru. Crammed the whole bomber bottle into one glass and it has a huge,white,creamy head atop it. Chocolate/roasty flavor dominates-a slight trace of smoke in the backround-builds as you get more into the beer. Mellow hop bitterness. Very full mouthfeel-the smokiness sneaks thru in the velvety finish of the beer. A very delicious,drinkable beer-cant imagine this on draft-whew!!!

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Photo of beertaster13
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love Stone offerings as much as the next guy but the smoked porter did not do my tastebuds justice. It is a good beer but from Stone you expect incredible with a capital I. Pours a ruby dark color with a creamy head that grows to an astonishing level. The smell is of roasted malts and mocha roast, smokiness. Taste is where it fell off the charts, hint of mocha and cream but not as full bodies as I would have liked, lighter than expected. Feels light in the mouth, un appealing. Drinkable for a nice meal but not that dessert beer I hoped for that is a meal of its own.

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Photo of cbl2
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Ruby black with a faint brownish head that has good retention.


Light smoky in aroma (almost like a fog machine), with hints of burnt sugar.


One of the better porters I've experienced. Smoke is muted, with a nice sweetness taking the foreground. Finishes with a slight bitter tang. Only complaint is that the carbonation is off somehow.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I usually like most things from Stone, however, this does not blow my socks off. The pour is very nice, with a nice creamy head ( I almost thought it was a bad bottle because the first pour had a huge head). The Smoke flavor is faint. Lingering in the background, covered up by the roasty burnt malt flavor. There isn't much to the aroma, but what is there, is smoky. I just don't pick it up in the flavor. It's a solid porter, but I just don't find it all that great as a smoked beer.

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

Pours a beautifully dark chocolate brown, almost blackish. The head was gone almost instantly and left only a slight beige ring. Just enough carbination. Great aroma, nice and smokey. The flavor is a great blending of the wonderful smokiness, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a nice toastiness. You are left with alot of flavor in your mouth after each sip... yummmy. Such a nice and smooth mouthfeel, but not at all heavy, nicely drinkable. I have always liked the smoked and am a big fan of Stone, and have been looking forward to trying this one. Once again they haven't let me down.

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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 rajendra82
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured from the 22 oz. bomber, with the signature Stone Gargoyle, into a Pilsner glass, the beer displays an inch tall off-white rocky head that diminishes to a small line of bubbles, leaving a fair bit of lacing. The body is ruby brown in color, and is much clearer than almost any other porter that I have come across. The smoked malt clearly imparts a burnt roasty aroma to the beer. The hop aroma is light and faintly grassy. The taste is refreshingly acidic (lemons mostly), and bitter-sweet chocolate with almonds, with a smoky grain flavor constantly lingering in the background. There is also a hint of cracked peppercorn in the aftertaste. The body is light on the palette, with a creamy smooth texture enhanced by the soft carbonation. The finish is chalky and bone dry, leaving you craving the next sip. The beer is amazingly drinkable, and would make a good companion on a hot summer day. Stylistically, this is not quite a classic porter, but Stone is not known for their strict adherence to such things. I say more power to them.

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Photo of proc
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet, another excellent offering from the fine folks at Stone. I picked this bottle up during the "Michigan BA's Invade Toledo" gig. Pours out to a jet black in the glass with a decent-sized head. Aroma is that of dark chocolate and coffee. The taste is excellent, with a wonderfully smooth roasted malt taste that finishes with a swallow that beckons you to sip again. Drinkable and easily a session porter.

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Photo of andyo
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 22oz. bottle. i am always intrigued by the Stone Brewing Company bottles. I've had this beer on a few previous occasions, most recently on a visit to my dear friend Shane, as he had a bomber of this and a bomber of Rogue Shakesphere Stout awaiting my arrival after 10 long hours of driving from Virginia Beach to Columbus Ohio. To say this beer holds fond memories for me is quite the understatement.

Purchased this from my local Farm Fresh store for $3.89. This beer poured a beautiful black/ruby color, and created a stunning 2 finger grey/tan head that pillowed above my glass. This head slowly settled as I drank, yet continued to leave a sticky lace along the sides of my glass all the way down. Beautiful.

This beer had a nice skokey smell (duh!) with hints of caramel, and a faint whiff of alcohol.

This beer had a mighty nice taste to it. Everytime I taste this beer, it has something slightly different to offer from past tasting experiences. On this occasion, the taste really hit me in the back of my mouth. Very bitter, tastes of roasted malts, very round upon my tongue, full flavors of coffee, slightly nutty, and some tastes of alcohol. This beer left a HUGE aftertaste in my mouth. I found this porter to be very smooth, somewhat complex, and very nice to drink. Count me in for at least one of these, but certainly not a beer I could drink all night long (well...maybe. This is subject to change!)

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a very small, tan head.

Very light smokiness in the nose along with a roasted chocolatiness present.

Medium body with a nice carbonation feel to it. Moderate roasted flavors come through with an ever present if not overpowering smokiness. Flavors stay very even the whole way through and leave a pleasant roasted aftertaste with the slightest smokiness remaining.

Very interesting beer. One of the "biggest" porters to cross my palate and my first smoked beer. I'm inspired to try more, very nice.

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Photo of Afterburner
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Thick, dark, opaque, with foamy beige head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Faint smoky character that I probably wouldn't have been able to identify if I weren't familiar with the aroma. Also some coffee-ish, caramel-ish notes.

Taste: Initial burst of malt sweetness, followed by a smoky toffee flavor. The smoke is mild, but definitely present. It's a sweetish smoke flavor, provided by peat-smoked barley according to their website. The finish is mildly bitter with some chocolate notes and a bread-like character.

Mouthfeel: Silky, but not viscous. Moderate levels of small-bead carbonation give it texture and keep things interesting.

Drinkability: This is a wonderfully balanced beer of exceptional flavor. I don't remember the smoke character being this noticable the last time I had one, but that was in a smoky bar (The Brickskeller) after I'd had a few other beers. It's verra nice.

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