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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: 4,068
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 171
Gots: 451 | 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: 4,068
Photo of T100Mark
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic/Imperial pint glass (this beer deserves it).

Appearance - Dark ruby red color. Big, dense, tan, lumpy head. Mondo stickage. Despite the dark color, the clarity is amazing. Awesome!

Smell - Malty. Smokey (no surprise there).

Taste - Big malt. Smokey (again, no surprise). This beer has an acidic black coffee flavor (which is great because I love the flavor of strong black coffee). There is a touch of sweet that works well with the aforementioned bold flavors. As if all that weren't enough, the hops are also vying for your attention.

Mouth - Oily. Slick.

Overall - In the past, I've been a little biased against Stone ales (some of their ales are overly hoppy and their marketing campaign is a little obnoxious). Smoked Porter, however, is a winner. What's most impressive about this beer is that, despite the big flavor, it's still relatively smooth (as a fine Porter should be). Yet another bold and wonderful California ale!

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Photo of bmendon
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This may be an unfair comparison but having lived in Bamberg, Germany which is home to two very good smoked beers, This porter was very much like Spezial Rauch Bier in that is slightly lighter in both color and feel. However, I preferred the heft and taste as well as the dark color of the Schenkerla Rauch Bier. This beer was very close to Spezial.

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Photo of Vogey77
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with thin bubbly light brown head. Smoke aroma very prominent. Smoke also appears in the taste, which lingers around. Overall very solid beeer and is exactly as stated, no tricks here. A good smoked porter.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a big boy of this offering, had it poured into a stout glass. The color was a dark, dark brown with lots of tan head and lacing. The body of this beer is probably its strongest suit. The taste and smell were coffee and roasted malt, but not as strong as I was hoping for. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Mlkluther
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown Ruby with an off white head that mostly dissipates which leaves some lacing.

Nose has some chocolate, malt, and slight smoke

Taste follows nose and finishes with some bitterness.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours extremely dark ruby red, looks black unless you hold it to extreme light. Forms a nice finger of creamy head with nice whispy lacing.
S - Notes of malts, slight chocolate, coffee and a smoke that blends with the coffee.
T - Malts, touch of hops, black coffee, very dark chocolate with a very bitter after taste. Very delicious but I'm not finding much smoke even though it is a smoked porter.
O - A nice, strong sipping beer.
V - Medium.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At first glance this beer is black and foreboding. A closer examination shows it's really a deep, dark brown with some underlying crimson. The head is a frothy off-white finger of foam that stuck around for a good while. In time, some splotchy lacing remains, as well as a thin cream coating on the surface. A classic porter profile marries with smoke to create an interesting metallic aroma. Reminiscent of a burnt bread slice from the toaster. Faint chocolate notes and trace hops are present too. Very earthy. The flavor is a tasty mix of roast and sweet dark chocolate. There's a nice bitter kick in the finish with a distinct smokiness that lingers. You can almost breathe it in. The texture of the brew is pretty average. Medium mouthfeel with lively but controlled carbonation. Just right. Not overly complex, or potent, but discernible as a porter or light stout with some added flair. It leans toward the bitter, dry end of the spectrum, but never approaches puckering or unpleasant. I've had other porters that are silkier and more balanced, but this delivers in all the right ways for a smoked beer. Quite delicious.

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Photo of samtrillo
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smoke overpowers everything at first but as I let it warm up chocolate malts blend well and subdue the smoke into a nice balance. My second in this style and looking forward to more. This one mixes nicely with rye whiskey, too! Just sayin.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a a nice deep brown/black and with a nice root beer colored head. The smoke comes through on the nose, as do roasts and a touch of malt. Smoke comes across on the taste as well. The roasts really come across though. Not overpowering, but at a nice level.

A nice beer, a good solid drink. It seems a little different than most Stone beers I have had, but that is not a bad thing.

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Photo of RenzoD
2/5  rDev -50.2%

Pretty bland, not a whole lot of interesting characteristics. Considering it is made by Stone, you kinda sip down wondering if you're just missing something, expecting it to maybe come out a bit more as it warms, but it never happens. This might be one of the most "meh" beers I have ever had and by far the worst Stone. Tastes more like Miller or Budweiser attempted to make C.D.A.

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Photo of BB1313
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 1/22/15. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown with auburn hues; fluffy tan head that leaves great retention and sticky lacing. Looks great. The aromas surprisingly have hints of citrus. I'm picking up some orange peel. Chocolate malts are there. The smoke is there, but seems subtle and not as smokey as expected. The flavors have lots of smokey aspects, but it's balanced. Tons of cocoa malts. Lots of grains. More citrus notes. There's a little hop bite. There's a nice bitterness, but it's not overpowering. Some dark fruits. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and creamy. Easy to drink. It really opens up as it warms.

This is a solid porter. It's not my favorite example of the style, but it's still impressive. I personally like their vanilla variant better though. It's good stuff, but not elite. It's still one of those classic brews everyone should try if they haven't already.

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Photo of scotorum
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Lawson's tulip.

a: Black, clear ruby when seen through light. Half finger thick tan head receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild dark and caramel malt.

t: Big smoke up front followed by an almost equally big hop bite. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Smooth mediumn, plenty of carbonation tingle.

o; Sure lives up to its name! Smoke in abundance, perhaps the strongest of any similar type. A most enjoyable sipper. Have had their Vanilla bean version and enjoyed that, but this one packs an amazing smoky wallup.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Very weak aroma of smoke and roasted malt
Head large (7 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing fair - moderate number of small islands of iny tan bubbles
Body dark reddish brown, clear
Flavor definately smokey, very slightly bitter, some roased malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark brown with a long-lasting white head.

Smell: Roasty malts.

Taste: Roasted malts start out a bit sweet, ending with very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy thickness and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very nice smooth porter.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

EBD 7/17/14. Clear dark amber pour (similar to Coke) with a nice garnet note. Normal head and retention very good lacing. Nice complex nose of chocolate, light roast with toffee/coffee notes, a very subtle hint of dark fruit and a light smoky character that becomes pronounced as it warms. Light medium bodied with an almost smooth texture. Good carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish and in the middle. The flavor profile is quite nice, balanced - with a smoky skew - and complex. It begins with roast, then fades into a light chocolate sweetness. The middle effervesces into a burst of smoke and light hops over a well balanced bitterness. As it flows into the finish, hints of dark fruit emerge. The finish leaves you with a nice smoky aftertaste that lingers over hints of bitter dark chocolate.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%

The perfect beer for the porch, pairing with your favorite cigar!
The smoked essence of this brew definitely will compliment your favorite stogie!
Even without the cigar, pair this brew with your favorite smoked gouda and cracker; you can't get much better than this!

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Photo of risendragon
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%

Bought from Market Basket. I've had this before but not ever had the chance to review it. I will say, it goes well in a beef stew, gives it a sweet deep flavor with a hint of smoke.

A- Deep mahogany, almost red wine deep (4.25)

S- Chocolate covered cherries are the first smell I get followed by a whiff of smoke and dark chocolate. Not as much smoke as I remember though and it does have a bitter aftertaste that's not as appealing as it would seem (3.75).

T- I get coffee, dark chocolate, and a faint smoke wafting in the background. It also has a dark fruit flavor that's kind of unique. Not as smoky as I remember though (3.75).

M- Porter smooth, no complaints here! (4.5)

O- One of the better porters I've had, the smoke adds a bit of complexity but I remember it being more assertive in that department. Overall, I like it. Maybe drinking it at more of a room temperature would be better as I drank this one slightly chilled (4.07 average).

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Photo of hophugger
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Nice porter. Pours a beautiful deep brown with a decent head that has great lacing. Aroma is light. Taste is also light for a porter. Very drinkable. The soke is very light and comes more in the aftertaste than the actual consumption. A slight bitterness at the end. Good beer, one of the better porters I have has

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Photo of daveruman
4/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Low carb, not very much head, nice brown. 3.7

S: meaty, smoky, brown notes.

T: very light porter, with a smokey after taste and a slight aftershock hoppyness

M: low carb on the tongue hold, smooth going down.

O: not a bad porter, drinkable and smooth, very light for a smoky beer. I'd give it a 4

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Photo of musicbeer7
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: pours a beautiful ruby red with a medium amount of carbonation. I love the color of this beer reminds me of arrogant Bastard but a little darker plenty of light coming through for a porter.
Aroma: big smoky peat overtones with the coffee and chocolate hiding in the back slight caramel as well.
Taste: follows the nose perfectly, also i slight milk sweetness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: nice medium body with medium carbonation.
Overall: great example of a smoked porter would buy again and can't wait to try the vanilla and chipotle versions

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Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Date: 8/27/14
Location: Half-Time Mamaroneck
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: The Porter pours black and allowing no light through with a large frothy carmel colored head with extremely good retention. The beer has an amazing cling as well that makes the drink look like time has come to a standstill within the glass.
Aroma: The malts really come through but do not hit me with as smokey a flavor as I imagined. In the malts I get a woodsy flavor with some very small notes of coffee and milk.
Taste: That smoked flavor I was looking for in the aroma I absolutely find in the flavor. As the beer warms, it really hits me on the top of my mouth and the back sides of my tongue. The finish is medium strong coffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. The beer is very wet and smooth when cool but as it warms really develops to a roasted dryness.

Notes: This beer really needs to be given a chance to warm up before it is consumed. All it's great flavors come out in time.

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Photo of T_Reeves92
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

A: Dark Deep Brown/Black in color with thin tan head
S: Smoke, Malt, Dark Cocoa
T: Follows the nose, with a tiny bit of dark fruits
M: smooth, almost a little thin for what it should be
O: Pretty good beer overall. Very good if you like porters

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

A: Dark brown, almost opaque, light and bubbly 3/3
S: Smoke dominates, but lightly caramel or toffee 8/12
T: Smoke dominates even more, with dark malty notes that balance out a subtle sweetness…hops are an afterthought 15/20
F: Light mouth feel, astringent finish 4/5
Overall 8/10

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have failed to be surprised by Stone products anymore.This Porter Rocks.I had a Bomber last night .Poured it in my 20oz Firestone glass and watched as the color was a dark brown.The smell was fantastic and I Knew it was going to be a good night.At 5.9 ABV it was just about right for a mellow David Bowie greatest hits night.I would recomend this Porter and any other Stone product.Quality is job One for them.Motley Drunk out.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a thin white head and moderate lacing. I picked up the smokiness in this immediately although some seem to not have. Vanilla, toffee, tart cherry, a touch of coffee and a full amount of smokiness that makes bacon ring through my mind. Not much carbonation and the flavors made it feel like I was drinking flat soda (in a good way, for those who deem it possible) towards the end. Very enjoyable!

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