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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,643 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,643
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 106
Gots: 223 | 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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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a stein.
Appearance: Huge head upon initial pour. Leaves behind a small amount of lacing. The beer itself is a rich dark brown with only hints of translucence around the edges.

Smell: A little bit of the smoked malts come out but more so the coffee. Pretty typical smell.

Taste: The smoked malts come out much more in the taste. A fine tasting porter with a bit of bitter at the finish.

Mouth: Sweet with a nice medium body, light carbonation.

Drinkability: Great for the price, there are a few I would grab over it but it is still a great representation of the style.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Gorillaz
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brunette in color, slightly lighter on the outer edges. Almost black, but nothing like a stout

S: Didn't get any of the "smoke" in the initial nose, but i did get a fair amount of chocolate and a little toffee.

T: A great taste that could only be expected of a porter. Dark Chocolate makes a first impression, and leaves a little bit of that sweet, smoky taste afterwards. If you are used to that latent sweetness common to porters, the "smoke" in this one almost (emphasis on almost) covers it up. A very pleasant, and welcome surprise.

M: Nice and smooth on the tongue, though not something that will feel refreshing. The smoky sweetness can be felt for quite a bit.

D: A very good pour. This is one to be reserved as a nightcap or saved to be had with/for dessert.

Gorillaz, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of exparte
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Moderately strong and complex aroma that's primarily dark chocolate and licorice with a dark fruit element, maybe dark cherries or blackberries. Color is a deep ruby, almost black, with a inch thick, creamy, espresso-colored head that quickly subsides to a fine layer which laces thinly down the glass. I don't know what Koch is talking about because the peat malt is unquestionably the defining character of this beer. Still, it's not overwhelming so you can still enjoy the bittersweet chocolate malt behind it. The texture could be a bit thicker but the beer still manages to be rather creamy and soft. All in all this is a damn fine beer.

exparte, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Smoked Porter 5.9% alcohol. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a German Becker.

A- Pours a opaque fluid that barely shows light on the edges. Heavy two inch head lingers with sticky lacing clinging.

S- Roasted malts and coffee grinds upfront with light vanilla cream hints.

T-M- Sweet creamy coffee with massive malt charactor. Carmel malts are appearent with a light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy excellence. Smooth carbonation and milky feel make for a great drink.

D- Will drink again but not sure when... if givin i'll put it down. Cheers!

wesbrownyeah, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Trizzle
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Near opaque black with brown/red highlights. Bossy head from an aggressive pour recedes leaving a nice tight 2mm dense head. SOme lace.

Smells of light floral hops, sweet malts: molasses, honey and brown sugar. Some tempting vegemite as well.

Taste: Whats this??? A Stone beer not cranked up to 11?? I've had to recalibrate. I generally brace myself on the first sip of one of Stone's beers with their aggresive and in your face (generally) hop inspired ales, and I did this time round. Needlessly. This is a (initially dissapointingly) subtle beer for Stone. But NOT a dissapointing one. Quite the contrary. Some gently sweet malts: more molasses and honey. Subtle veal stock/gravy notes, nice background smoke flavour. More delicious yeasty vegemite.The Stone hops are present and obvious, slightly floral and oily, but they are not the main act. This is balanced quite well, but a slight lack of roasted malt and/or hop bitterness for mine.

The body is medium, smooth but a little weak - medium carbonation adds a touch.

Drinkable? Yes. Rather.

Trizzle, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mdfb79, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of EtOHMD
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

Very dark brown to black with small tan head that dissipates to thin coat.

Smell is of coffee / espresso, caramel, smoky merlot. Was able to pick up the aroma much better after multiple sips.

Nice mix of smoky, coffee / espresso, chocolate, tobacco, and raisin flavors. Smokiness was very well balanced by the sweeter flavors, not overpowering.

Thin feel. No syrupy aftertase that can sometimes bog down porters.

Easily drinkable.

Overall, a very good beer.

EtOHMD, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of BeerGodz
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Almost black, massive head that won't quit, with awesome lacing!

Smell: Sweet malt, mild roast coffee, a touch of smoke

Taste: Up Front: Chocolate and coffee. Finish: Chocolate malt, and very mild smoke

Mouthfeel: Full body, medium carbonation, slight dryness on the back end

Drinkability: Uber-quaffable

Overall Impression: A near perfect balance of flavors with the right amount of carbonation. One of the best Porters I've had to date. Stone strikes gold yet again - Black Gold

BeerGodz, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of DrinkBEEROrDie
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this brew at Andover Liquors a local liquor store with an exceptional selection.I poured it in a pint glass and it had a very nice pour, the color is a very dark brown with a redish brown tint with a dark golden head .
It has a very ,smokey not to be redundant, taste with undertones of cream and choclate "very earthy". This beer has an exceptional mouth feel and a very nice nutty aroma . With that said i am always more of a stout man myself but Stone is a great company and i definitly recomend this to all you advocaters.

DrinkBEEROrDie, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to pint glass. Had numerous times before, but this is my first review of it.

Black body with ruby highlights. One finger light khaki head. Decent head retention. Dies down to a slight foam collar and thing film on the top of the beer. Nice lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and subtle smoke (not intensely smokey like some raichbiers). Hints of chocolate. A subtle dark fruit note as well.

Tastes follows smell. Roasted malt, chocolate, subtle earthiness, subtle smokey notes, even some caramelized meat. Hints of chocolate. Very slight dark fruit notes too.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, medium dryness.

Very easy drinker.

This beer goes great with BBQ, chocolate/vanilla, spicy foods. A very versatile beer that pairs well with many food items.

billshmeinke, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes on Aug 27, 09 at the Old Toad.

A - mahogany brown, short lived off-white head, well laced. 4.0

S - roasted barley, coffee beans, hint of smoked ham, light cereal graininess. 3.5

T - immediate hit of chocolate malt, cocoa, and hop bitterness. Subtle smokiness in the finish of tobacco and smoked meat. 4.0

M - light in body for a porter and high carbonation. 3.0

D - quite drinkable although I'd probably stop after one. 3.0

DmanGTR, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour itself seems less viscous that I expected. Once in the glass, the color is a deep and rich mahogany with ruby hues in around the edges of the glass. The head that forms lasts only briefly, reaching its pinnacle at height of about 2 cm. Lacing comes in a coarse and wide spiderweb around the sides of the glass, but interestingly enough, I don't get anything around the back of the glass, as it faces me.

S: Given how rich Stone's beers usually are, I was expecting a big roast and smokey aroma, but I didn't really get that. Instead, I ended up with more chocolatey and coffee aromas. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but somewhat disappointing given this beer's name.

T: The smoke comes through a bit more here, but again, it seems a bit too understated. Luckily, there are some other substantial flavors that come through as well. Coffee, roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate all add to the complex character of this beer and draw my attention away from the lack of smoke.

M/D: Despite my initial impression of this beer's viscosity as somewhat thin, the feel is really anything but. More substantial than some stouts that I have enjoyed, the feel is creamy and smooth. The carbonation that produced that nice thick and creamy head has disappeared, and allows my sips to slide down my throat. This is a very enjoyable beer, and I reached the end of the bottle before I expected to, as it goes down so easily.

NittanyBeerFan, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of sitarist
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep root-beer brown not quite black. Nice 2 inch tan head that last awhile. Lots of lacing.

S- Smokey, but like a good bbq. There is chocolate and caramely nuts also. This is very nice.

T- The smoked malts are blended just right. Id say its like a smokey, malted, bitter sweet coco. Goes really good with food.

M- Medium body with a nice dose of carbonation. Works very well with the flavors. Big but refreshing.

D- The smoke isn't overpowering and works well with food. Every bite of breakfast left me taking another sip. Cant wait to have this with some bbq.

sitarist, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, but not really. I thought this one was black until I got about 3/4 of the way through my glass, when some light started showing through, revealing a dark brown brew. Pours with a big two fingers of light tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts. Peat. Campfire. Some plum/prune on the finish. Alcohol is present, but it is neither distracting nor hot.

T: Dark fruits. Roasted malts. A faint smokiness. Dry, mildly bitter finish with a coffee-like acidity.

M: On the heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation. A little lighter than what I was expecting.

D: I've had this one sitting around for about six months or so, figuring that a Stone porter could handle it, but now I'm not so sure. I can say I am not getting the heavy smoke that some of the other reviewers were getting - quite tame actually. Overall, a good beer, but I found the acidic taste to be a little tiresome.

Florida9, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of alli4051
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours almost black with some deep amber accents around the edges when held to the light. Produces about a finger and a half of khaki colored head that recedes slowly with good lacing.

S: Smokey, go figure, along with scents of roasted malts, chocolates and hints of coffee.

T: Lots of smokiness up front along with lots of roasted malts. Has a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. Some chocolaty notes are present as well.

M: Thick but surprisingly clean. Pleasant.

D: The nice clean finish makes this pretty drinkable for me. At 5.9% this is definitely one of the more sessionable Stone offerings I have had.

alli4051, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of cnjohn19
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so i won't lie...when i first took a taste i was looking for more...BUT, don't give up on it because the complexity of this brew is simply amazing...a smokey start which is almost burnt to the taste buds...pours a dark and light looking brew with a khaki colored head...gets very complex: licorice, smoked, and a very nice hint of caramel which makes it sweet to taste...

i really think you're going to enjoy this beer...cheers to it...one of the better smoked porters you'll have...

cnjohn19, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of ocbears
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A: Very dark brown, almost black. The head rises about two fingers and is a nice khaki color. It dissipates fairly quickly but leaves thin lacing in the form of rings.

S: Nose is full of saltpeter. You can sense the smokiness right away. Also some notes of roasty chocolate malts.

T: Not at all like the aroma. I get quite a bit of fruit--cherries, figs. Otherwise coffee and some bitterness. The smoke doesn't appear until the finish and it lingers a bit after but not at all overpowering.

M: Medium bodied with a good share of carbonation.

D: Definitely high but if you don't like lingering smoke then you might disagree. Low ABV makes this a reasonable beer to double up on. That and the good flavor and aroma.

Notes: Freshness date 2/18/2010. Had it at the end of the suggested period but that didn't seem to detract from the experience.

ocbears, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A: 1 finger head, opaque dark black or mahogany. Thick lacing and dregs on the glass.

S: Strawberry and blackberry preserves. Maple syrup, figs, rich caramel, and vanilla extract all present in the nose. Very faint hop and alcohol also here.

T: Dark chocolate. Roasted coffee rounds. Can taste the smoke in the finish.

M: Thick and creamy. Slight alcohol burn.

D: This was not the kind of beer you would want or expect to be drinkable. My single bomber was enough.

kirkpjr, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall glass, no freshness date on bottle.

A: Very dark brown with red around the edges. The head was comprised of larger bubbles that didn't last and didn't lace. My finance looked at it and commented that it looked "like coke or Pepsi" which is enough to knock this score pretty low. A $5.00 porter from a brewery as acclaimed as Stone shouldn't look like Pepsi!

S: Bold chocolate, cocoa, burnt coffee and deeply roasted malts (imparting a bit of sweetness). No smoke smell present in this "smoked porter".

T: Follows the nose with bold vibrant coffee, chocolate and roasted near-burnt malt tastes. Well balanced with light hopping and enough bitterness to keep the sweetness in check. The smoke just barely shows up at the end with some nearly metallic flavors.

M: Nicely full bodied and somewhat smooth, but could be smoother. Very good mouthfeel, but the best of this style still reign supreme.

D: Nicely drinkable, very good.

Overall: A fine porter that does , but not worthy of all the hype. Other examples of this style are richer, fuller, and more vibrant. That being said, I wouldn't turn down if it was offered, I just wouldn't spend money on it.

allforbetterbeer, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of hophead247
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a nice light beige head that dissipates to a retentive ring. The aroma is very nice, smoky peat, dark roasted malts, nutshells, and cocoa powder. Medium bodied with average carbonation. This beer has nicely balanced flavors of smoke, dark chocolate, tobacco, and coffee. Just enough bitterness to keep this in balanced, with average attenuation. Finish has a slight milky flavor.

hophead247, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice, fairly dry, porter that is very good, not brilliant, but very good. It pours a very dark dull brown with a dark tan head, fairly creamy, decent retention, a bit of lace. The nose is caramel chocolate malt, roasted dark malt, some charred aromas too. The nose is good, not pungent, not great, a bit muted.

The taste is definitely chewy, as the Bros. said, with a touch of smoky flavor, but mostly dark malt, probably some crystal malt too. There is a touch of sweeter roasted dark character that emerges in the finish. This is mostly a dry porter, but it does have a bit of complexity in that the roasted and slightly charred and smoked qualities include a touch of sweeter dark malt. This is a full bodied beer and quite nice for a 5.9% ABV beer. You can drink lots of these for sure. The aftertaste is also quite mild, nothing lingering. Overall, a nice dryish porter for a cold night.

albern, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of mempath
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

from the bomber...pours very dark but not impenetrable black/brown with deep reddish tan highlights on the edges. great lacing after the vigorous pour.

nice malty caramel nose with a sense of creaminess. the smokiness is just a wisp...not overpowering.

it all comes together much nicer in the taste. very balanced but sharp smokiness, maltiness, caramel, full-bodied creaminess all kept bright with the perfect carbonation. little bit of background hops keep the sweetness down nicely.

at 5.9, it tastes right on and makes this quite a sessionable brew. two bombers over time with some hearty pub fare would be perfect.

mempath, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of jimmyvegas
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass.

Color is dark brown almost black. 2 finger creamy head that dissipates quickly.

Taste is roasted malt and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Great porter that pairs great with BBQ. Enjoy with a brisket sandwich and you wont be disappointed.

jimmyvegas, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of kifn2
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - dark brown on the edges and black in the center. suprisingly white smooth head.

s - smoky and slightly chocolatey.

t - there is some slight bitterness from the roasted malt, but it is not overpowering or inappropriate for the style. the hardness of the water is apparent as well as some slight coffee flavor. again, both are appropriate for style.

m - medium bodied with distinctive carbonation that is just enough.

d- a very enjoyable beer and a great representation of the style. i'd recommend it.

kifn2, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of twaddlac
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Very black beer with noticeable nucleation (and a lot at that). Large, two-finger, yeasty head, cream in color. Very sticky lace left on the glass. Very pretty!

S- Oak ash, anise, grapes, a hint of wheat, and slight toasted malts. Very faint, but somewhat appealing.

T- Strong notes of anise, with a dark cocoa bite. Very smokey, which is pleasant! Would be phenomenal with a pulled pork sandwich or something smoked and BBQ'ed

T- Heavy body with moderate-heavy carbonation. Very dry finish but goes down smooth.

D- Very good beer, the smokiness is exceptional and would be a very good beer to pair up with food! I intend on pairing this and will review when I have done so.

twaddlac, Feb 10, 2010
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,643 ratings.