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Stone Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter

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1,789 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,789
Hads: 4,104
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 180
Gots: 482 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

A porter with hints of chocolate & coffee balanced by subtle smokiness
First Release: December 1996

When first released, our smoky version of a traditional English porter was ahead of its time. Today, it's a highly regarded staple among craft beer fans and our go-to food complement, pairing effortlessly with all kinds of cuisine, from peanut butter and banana sandwiches to braised pork belly and apple pie. This worldly libation is dark, smooth and complex, with chocolate and coffee flavors suffused with subtle smokiness from the addition of peat-smoked malt.
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Reviews: 1,789 | Hads: 4,104
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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

Really wasn't all that smokey for a beer that has the word smoked in it's title. Poured out very dark with a nice head. Tastes very mellow for a stone brew. Feels good in the mouth and good in the stomach. A quite good porter with a hint of smoke. Mmmmm... Stone.

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Photo of goz
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark, ruby-tinged brown. Thick, rocky tan head, medium diminishing, and leaving excellent lace. Aroma is roasted malt, hints of some fruits, and light smoke. Flavor starts quite sweet, middle gets more of the bitter roasted flavor, and ends with some light smoke and bitter chocolate. The hops show up a bit in the end as well.

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

Dark brown color, not quite black, with a big creamy head of small tan bubbles.
Aroma of toasted malt, coffee and a bit of smokiness.
Full bodied and flavored with a smooth creamy mouthfeel, lots of coffee and sweet malt flavor and a smokey finish that reminds me of a nice single malt scotch.
A very tasty brew, the 22 oz. bomber just wasn't enough, I really need more of this beer! Thanks to JohnnyP for bringing me my first Stone beer.

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

This brew pours a very sexy black with a tan creamy head that last the duration, leaving a sexy lace behind. I am so excited to try this, Seeming I just brewed a smoked porter my self. Hops fill the nose along with burnt amber aroma. The first sip brings a nice smoky flavor to the palate, which is very, very nice. Hops fill the rest of the palate with a coffee malt flavor. This is a very good beer, A clean finish is very nice because the smoked flavor is not stuck in your mouth for a long time. This is another exceptional beer by Stone.


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

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.

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Photo of avylover
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(MY first review on BA) - I'm not a huge porter/stout fan, but I like this beer enough to give it another try. Pours almost solid black with a nice tan head. A bit thin for a porter, but this adds a bit to the drinkability. Mild alcohol bite at first, but disappears after about three sips. Not a whole lot of complex tastes going on here, a bit of coffee taste. Nice hoppy bitterness going down. Basically a hoppy, not-so-thick porter. As good a porter as i've tried.

A year and half later, with a year and a half more beer knowledge:
Expected this to be a bit more thick, with maybe a little more "Smoke" to speak of. No doubt the tamest of the Stone brews i've tried, this is still a good porter. Good malted milk flavors to add to the above review.

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

dark brown...transparent...charcoal-hued

Smells like my shirt after standing too close to a struggling campfire...plus a little cocoa.

Maybe the most delicate of Stone's brews I've tried. Or is it watery? It manages to pull together flavors of burning wood, whole cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, prunes and spice. Really enjoyable actually.

Try with Moderato's smoked leg of lamb (done in a Texas smoker)

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Photo of zerk
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with a touch of amber, if you hold it up to the light, and a thin but persistent head. Aroma of chocolate, a touch of coffee, and a light touch of smoke. The flavor begins with coffee and a bit of chocolate... with some spicy and slightly bitter hops blending in. The smoke flavor complements the beer very well, but in no way overpowers it. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with a medium body and low carbonation. A very well done beer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, mohogany (ruby red highlights) with a low brown head and light lace. Light smoky and chocolate aroma with rough roasty alcohol tones. Chocolate malt flavor dominates with a light smokiness. Medium bodied with a slightly rough bitter finish.

[22 oz. bottle for $3.99]

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After trying some of Stone's other offerings I expected an over the top, smoky, thick porter on the imperial side. What I found was a very nice, medium bodied, roasty porter that was tasty and very drinkable. To me the smokiness was negligible, but this didn't detract from it's merits as a decent brew, in fact it was one of the better porters around, just not quite what I expected. A nicely balanced beer with plenty of bittersweet chocolate and coffee and a subtle hop bite in the finish. Another fine Stone brew.

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Photo of johnrobe
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps I have a predilection for smoky things. Sam Adam's Scotch Ale was my favorite of their offerings and I lamented its demise. My favorite scotch whiskies come from Islay. I love to barbecue with mesquite or hickory chips. Hell, the name of my alma mater's mascot is Smokey. So with that I have to say, this is one tasty brew. Anyone who likes porters or smoked beers should give it a try.

It pours black in the glass with a tan head that dissipates midway through consumption. There's a lot going on in the aroma: fruity esters...plum preserves and raisins, as well as light molasses, chocolate, a touch of sourness and just a whisp of smoke.
Very balanced taste. Dark malt (yet without that deep roasted bitterness..spot on for a porter) and sweeter malt with enough hops to keep the sweetness in check. The mouthfeel is lush and medium-bodied. A subtle smokiness comes through in the finish and sticks around on your palate, very nicely done.

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Photo of mickstepp
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not an experienced drinker of smoked Porters so I have little basis for comparison. I like the look of the beer. Nice and dark with a decent head. The aroma was subtle and I tried to pick up the smokiness but really couldn't. Mostly it smelled like a pale ale just not as hoppy and citrusy.The beer has a nice velvety mouthfeel but was a lot crisper than I thought it would be. I expected either chocolatey or bitter or both. I was a little disappointed in the amount of smoke in the taste (after all this was my first experience with a smoked beer). It was there but very faint and in the background. I should say that I'm a huge Stone fan so I hold their beers up to a very, very high standard. This beer was good but not as rich and smokey as I would have liked. I drank it cold (right out of the 'fridge) and perhaps too cold. I think I'll try it again when the weather gets brutally cold and I'll let the beer warm up to closer to room temperature

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Photo of purplehops
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter pours a deep rich black with garnet highlights. The head is a light carmel color with lots of staying power. The aroma is malty with notes of smoke and dried fruit. The taste starts smooth with plenty of malt flavor and finishes with a smokey bite and an aftertaste of hop spiciness and smoke. The mouthfeel is quite velvety and smooth. A very enjoyable porter. The smokiness is balanced with the sweetness of the malt quite well. Personally I wish there was a little more umph (sp?) to it. I feel like I have been teased in that it left me expecting more than I got. None the less this is a very nice porter. Has potential to be a great porter.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black in color with a 1/4 inch tan head. Robust and full bodied but not over powering. The smoke is well balanced with the rest of the beer. There are hints of chocolate in the beginning that give way to the smoke flavor. Redbones has this on tap and I can't wait!

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black and somewhat opaque. Brownish head. Aroma is of smoke and roasted malts. Taste is of chocolate and coffee and of course smoke. The smoked malts really give this beer character and a unique flavor. Fairly heavy for a porter. IMO, Stone's is a little heavier and maybe a little sweeter than the Alaskan Smoked Porter. Personally, I prefer the Alaskan slightly over the Stone, but take your pick, they are both exceptional beers. I'm beginning to hold Stone Brewing in very high regard.

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Photo of Kwak
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Head: Soft and creamy lots of flavor.
Body: A muddy dark look nice brown color with a rube tint.
Taste: Sweet Smokey bitter a little malt and small chocolate coffee,
with a nice warming finish.

Very complex brew with a great taste!

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

It poured into the glass a very dark brown/red in color. The head was a creamy light chocolate in color and very thick. And the lace seemed to last to the end of the glass. The aroma is deep malt, lightly smoked, caramel, and even a hint of coffee and elements of chocolate. The taste is of a sweet malt, caramel hints of coffee/chocolate and smoke. It is nicely hopped, and I really enjoyed the smoke qualities in this beer.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This marvelous creation looks black as night and even if you hold it up to the light, you can barely see the outline of the lightbulb with some reddish highlights. First sip starts out with a slickness coupled withfaint chocolate flavors that turns into roasted coffee like flavor in the middle. The lingering aftertaste is very dry and roasted. After my first swallow, I was wondering where the smoke flavor was, then about 10 seconds later it kicks in and is very nice - not overpowering at all. After each swallow the flavors just seem to last in your mouth forever.

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

Another Stone Beer - Smoked Porter this time. I am seriously falling in love with the silk-printed trademark 'Gargoyled' brown glass Stone “Bombers”, they truly represent the wholesome, “in yer face” character of Stones Beers. I love Brewers that take fewer prisoners than the Japanese when it comes to Brewing.
Look up “Black Body” in Physics text books, and where it once waxed lyrical about Planck’s Curves and an Emissivity of 1.0 - it now just says “Stone Smoked Porter”. Huh - and I respected Sir William Herschel at school (I bet he drank wine)!!?
A rudely opaque beer that pours with little carbonation. A lovely brown head formed, but it had as much resolve as the Republican Guard – and soon retreated and disappeared under scrutiny. A Chocolately introduction that even Marianne Faithful would be proud of. This leads to a roasted coffee middle, and a superb lingering bitter finish. The smoked dimension enters unannounced at the end, akin to trying to stand up after and hour or two in an Amsterdam Café. Mouthfeel is good (no more Marianne Faithfull comments as I will get ejected), and this contributes to a smooth drinking Porter with no sweetness whatsoever, quite contrary to some UK Porters I have tried. But I don’t care – I love this beer, and have just adopted it. Stone appear to be able to turn their hand to any style with a tenacity that is highly respected by this one Limey. Another great beer, when will I have a bad one from Stone I wonder???
Hmm…., better pack Two Bottles of this in tomorrows lunchbox.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is everything I look for in a porter, elements of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and a nice smoked malt taste. It pours a nice deep brown with nice amount of head. Smooth rich taste leaves me wishing I had another.

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Photo of Gusler
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As deep as garnet gets, before we call it brown, the head is "Chocolate", frothy, long lasting; the lace clings in thick sheets till the very bottom of the glass. Nose is deep malt, lightly smoked, sweet, caramel, and even a hint of coffee. Front is sweet malt, the top is medium to full, the finish is of course "Smokey", nicely hopped, light to moderate carbonation, dry, and a nice long lasting bitter after taste. Call me a "Stone-o-phile", but I like the over the top hops, high ABV, big malts and that robustness, only found in a few brewers beers, such as "Alesmith".

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

The beer pours a deep dark color with a thick head. I was a bit disappointed with lack of smoke in the aroma. Being a Stone brew, I expected to be overwhelmed with a smokey aroma that would bring back memories of camping. With the lack in aroma, it is made up for in taste. You can taste the smoke, but it doesn't overwhelm you. This is probably the worst Stone brew I've had, but that doesn't make this a bad beer. I wouldn't have any problems buying this beer again. I just expected more out of this beer coming from a great brewer like Stone.

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Photo of hyuga
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost completely opaque. Light brown head composed of tiny bubbles that stays pretty well. Quite a bit in the nose, lots of smoked peaty malt, chocolate, and caramel backed by leafy hops. As for the taste, the expected smoked grain. This is most apparent with retro-olfaction, but is definitely a big presence throughout. Lots of roasted grain and dark chocolate, very bittersweet up front. Leafy and slightly rind-like hops come out more in the back, but are subtle and balance perfectly with the malt. Very slight fruitiness, plum-like. Perfectly smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I'm a big fan of smoked beers, and this one is amazing. I am very impressed, I love this beer. I bow to the great gargoyle.

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

Very nice robust porter. Pours almost completely opaque, even backlit, though ominous, blood-red highlights are perceptible. Thin, creamy head persists throughout the 22 oz drink.

The aroma, true to style, smells of roasted coffee and perhaps charcoal.

Taste is slightly chocolately, though roasted grain dominates. Slight smokey flavor from their pete-smoked malt is detectable throughout.

Very full-bodied ale, with a slightly sweet finish. This is a very drinkable brew -- it was difficult for me to wait for the beer to warm up a bit, but well worth it! Tastes best when just slightly cool.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,789 ratings.