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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,700 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,700
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 111
Gots: 248 | 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 dgilks
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, lightly smoked aroma with a hint of roast and the barest hint of American hops. Nice.

Clear, dark brown and with a large, tan head.

Really tasty. Smooth, lightly roasty with touches of smoke, plenty of bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Silky.

I really like this beer. Plenty of flavour but smooth, silky and easy to drink. A solid and really good beer.

dgilks, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of chickenm
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a big creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted & sweet malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, and some nice subtle smokiness. The body is a little on the thin side, but this still has a nice creamy mouthfeel, with soft carbonation. Overall, this is a very flavorful and drinkable porter, I enjoyed it.

chickenm, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of dcook11
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-nice two finger off white head. Pitch black with no visible carbonation.

S- Smoke, hops, cofee, chocolate.

T- light hops, malt, with a bitterness followed by an immediate sweetness. A sipping brew.

M-great.

D- all night

Great example of a porter

dcook11, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish-black (no light gets through when held to light) with a two fingers of fluffy, frothy foam that settles afters a few minutes.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, slight smoke aroma, molasses. As the beer warms the aroma starts to shine.

Taste: Dark chocolate, espresso/black coffee, roasted malt, a slight smoky taste, the typical hops that are associated with every Stone beer (not a bad thing at all).

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: It's been a while since I've had a porter (which were my beers of choice for a couple of years). This is a very enjoyable porter that I can easily down a bottle or two in a sitting. Great price for the quality that Stone always delivers.

Axic10, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of BDTyre
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby-brown appearance, but the head is ridiculous - its about 3 inches thick and really doesn't settle down.

Smokey, somewhat milky smell, combined with chocolate, toffee and sweet, sugary coffee. The smokiness is noticeable, but fairly tame. This smells almost like Camp coffee.

A bit more tart taste, and the smokiness is a bit more noticeable, but this still has an almost coffee-and-cream flavour to it, with a bit of sugar in it. Chocolate, burnt toffee and butter swirl around in the flavour.

Mouthfeel is bang-on - low natural carbonation. A very nice beer to drink - a really mild, subtle smokey profile not at all typical of a smoked beer.

BDTyre, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of j37geogaddi
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an almost black velvety color with minimal lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee beans with a hint of chocolate.

The taste is really smokey and smooth. The dark chocolate flavors come through and share the spotlight with coffee notes and maybe some vanilla in the backround. Some slight warm alcohol also makes it, making it taste a bit heavier than it is- which isn't really bad. The finish is definitely smooth coffee- pretty damn nice.

Carbonated nicely, not too much, which I actually like for the Porter style. Maybe lacks some body though.

Totally drinkable. I could throw back a few glasses. The smokey flavor really makes it interesting.

It's really satisfying and tasty. And at the totally reasonable price of $5.25 a bomber, which I paid, I absolutely will be buying this again. Once again, more proof Stone's offerings are rarely matched.

j37geogaddi, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of dwilson01
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass, rich mocha head tops the brew, creamy looking and dissipates evenly leaving thick lacing on the glass. The body is very dark, glows with an embery red around the edges when held up to the light.

The scent is very malt forward and smooth from what I think is a lot of crystal malt. There is a roasted scent there as well, not too much coffee but it exists, it's more woody in the scent than anything else, somewhat smokey.

The taste is extremely mellow, there are barely disernable hops present but mainly what I get in the aftertaste is the smoked dark wood although it doesn't seem burnt to me at all which is interesting. It gets all the smokey flavor in it with no extra dryness from a heavy heavy roast of the malt. The smokey flavor balances the sweetness of the malt, like toasted russian rye bread to me.

The mouthfeel is great, so incredibly smooth it surprised me with that aspect. Not thin in body at all, it's full and delicious. Makes it drinkable as hell because it goes down so fricken easy, I Like it, great representation of a porter

dwilson01, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of jt31914
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bomber

A: Lot of head - 1 or 2 fingers; dark brown color and mocha head. Nice lacing.

S: Meaty, hoppy, smoky. Some dark malt, nice and mellow, but good.

T: Similar to smell, creamy and very smooth; tastes like hops, dark malt, some smoke flavor, not as strong as I remembered.

M/D: Very drinkable and smooth. Good beer, not the best, but very good.

jt31914, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Smoked Porter | 650 ml. | 5.9% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Stone Brewing Co.
Style: American Porter
Glass: Pint

Appearance:
An attractive mahogany brown with lively ruby highlights. It also features a blossoming 2" khaki head.

Aroma:
It smells... distinguished -- Like a cappuccino and a fine cigar. Smoky, malty, mocha, and dark chocolate.

Taste:
Roasted coffee malt flavors and a luscious extra-dark chocolate backdrop set the scene. A mild smoky taste picks up mid-sip and lingers long after. I'm impressed by the level hop bitterness, which adds a punchy balance to otherwise mellow nature of the brew.

Mouthfeel:
Full-bodied and rich with a silky smooth mouthfeel.

Harmony:
The smokey malts and subtle, punchy hops mingle perfectly

BeerNemesis, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of RickS95
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very, very dark brown with a thick head; think root beer in a glass.

Lots of activity in the nose; smoke, chocolate, caramel, coffee, licorice, evern the flowery hops come through.

Tastes like smokey coffee.

Some complexity in the mouth. Starts off sweet, then the smokiness accentuates the bitter well into the finish.

Lots happening in the nose and mouth, but a litte too strong in flavor and bitterness to be highly drinkable.

RickS95, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of AEK
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml brown bottle poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. A very dark brown beer, almost black with a red hue that is only noticeable at the bottom of the glass. The head is bubbly and is milky coffee coloured.

S. Bitter chocolate, espresso coffee, roasted malts, treacle toffee and wood smoke.

T. Opens with notes of bitter chocolate then the hops take a hold, this is followed by a good amount of smokiness, the finish is reminiscent of a good espresso coffee.

M. Medium and lightly carbonated.

D. A good smoked porter from Stone. I would put this alongside Maui's CoCoNut porter but Alaska's version is still my favourite. Still, it is a beer that I like and could easily drink a lot of.

AEK, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours a dark dark brown with a one finger off white head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma was smoky with subtle malt notes. The flavor was of malt, nutty, and woody notes. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall all of the flavors in this brew were very subtle and tame. I actually liked this so you could taste the woody flavor imparted on it. The aroma was a little disappointing, but okay. Have very nice drinkability, but was not my favorite from Stone for sure. Still quite good though.

thagr81us, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of aval89
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a very dark color, almost pitch black.. a thick off white head but not quite tan color.. head sticks around for quite sometime.. a little ruby can be seen on the sides of the glass.. pretty much non transparent body.. lacing sticks nicely to the walls of the glass..

smell: dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, semi sweet coffee notes, some vanilla, black licorice, and some resin scents as well.. very nice aroma

taste: sweet dark chocolate up front, coffee bitterness, a slight pine bitterness from the hops, roasted malts, vanilla, black licorice, wood.. finishes smokey with a resin taste left on the palate.. very smooth finish..

mf is full bodied with a thick mouthfeel.. light to medium carbonation

a nice slow sipper but very drinkable. also can be a good session brew..

overall i love this porter, one of my favorites

cheers!!

aval89, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of JoePat
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head that is slow to dissipate.
Smells fruity, chocolate with a slight smokey note and dark caramel roastiness.
The flavor is very balanced with the fruity, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and smokey flavors.
The moutfeel is smooth and creamy.
It is very drinkable for a dark/smokey beer. Goes down very smooth.

JoePat, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured very dark amber (close to black) in color with a finger high tan head. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible and a thick ring of bubbles covers the surface near the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of smoky and roasted malts in the nose.
T: Flavors of dark roasted malts dominate the taste, which has some notes of coffee. Smoky flavors appear in the finish. The malty flavors are nicely balanced with the hops, which lend a little bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and very sessionable. It's a good representation of the style and I will definitely have it again.

metter98, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of bagpiper2005
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Dark brown in color with a thick 2-fingered thick, tan head that retained very well and left all sorts of sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell: Roasted/chocolate malts, coffee, and some syrupy sweetness and smoke.

Taste: Syrupy sweet at the front that moved into a nice bit of roasted/chocolate malts in the middle and finished up with a coffee flavor in the back. Smoke is a little stronger on the back end, but ties everything together.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full and velvet smooth. Light-to-moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down very nicely, but not exactly quaffable.

Final Notes: A good beer to serve with barbecued or grilled foods, or as an after-dinner treat. Another solid offering from Stone.

bagpiper2005, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of Sigmund
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.9%. Black colour, moderate beige head. Interesting aroma of roasted and smoked malts, blending seamlessly together with notes of chocolate, hints of dark fruits. The flavour is first fruity, then chocolatey and smoky, but the smoke is not overdone. Some hoppy and roasty bitterness in the finish. This is an excellent and well balanced beer!

Sigmund, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of ghostee
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/black with some ruby highlights at the edges when held to the light. Pours with a large very creamy head with good retention.

Smells of roasted malts with some hoppiness. Crisp and refreshing. A hint of smoke in the smell.

Taste definitely lives up to the name, with a nice smokiness up front, which is not at all overpowering. The roasted malts are balanced with a bit of hoppiness. Some dark chocolate and a hint a dark fruit, as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, average carbonation.

Drinkability is high. Taste is good, goes down easy, and the ABV is not too high.

Overall this is a tasty porter. Not my favorite, but still damn good.

ghostee, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of jbowers56
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with some amber/ruby highlights. Impressive 2 finger tan head which sticks around for a long while.

Sweet rich malts mix with more chocolate flavours. And then the smokiness creeps in, but in a really balanced way. I get a hint of hops too, though the smokiness is certainly covering much of the hop aroma.

Excellent flavour. Good rich chocolate and caramel sweetness, then some roasted flavours which combine seamlessly with the smoky flavour. The smoke is very apparent, but never over the top.

Mouthfeel is good, but not excellent. For this type of beer I'd like it a little chewier. As it is, its pleasantly medium bodied which certainly isnt a problem.

Drinkability is relatively high for what it is.

An impressively crafted beer.

jbowers56, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of USSDOLPHINSailor
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like this beer. Would not drink it everyday. I believe any smoked cheese would go great with this beer. I immediately thought munster cheese or Gouda would be great with this brew. Grilled trout would seem perfect with this porter.

One 22 oz of this beer per meal is my limit. Then I want to go on to some other style.

USSDOLPHINSailor, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours very dark brown with some ruby highlights. Decent retention on the creamy tan head, nice sticky lacing.

Just a hint of smoke in the nose, but it definitely smells like a porter should. Rich and toasty, a touch of chocolate, a touch of fruitiness.

Smoke flavor is apparent right away, but it never threatens to overwhelm (unlike, say, Alaskan Smoked Porter, which is downright meaty). Full bodied and smooth, this is quite a substantial beer. Moderate chocolate sweetness with a ton of dark roast. A hint of charred wood and a fair amount of bitterness. Seems to get fluffier/thicker toward the finish. A bit of smoke and coffee in the finish.

Overall impression: Excellent restrained use of smoky flavor. Top notch.

PDXHops, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of blackc5
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass. Probably a bit over chilled (40-45F'ish)...

A - A quite dark brown, bordering on black. Served with minimal but nicely thick cream colored head. Quite good retention and decent lacing.

S - Lots of roasted malt, and smokey peat. Some heavily roasted coffee bean and burnt caramel. Molasses.

T - A fairly typical porter with a bit of extra smoke in the background. The smoke is fairly subdued, and I am not feeling exactly what it offers as it seems to distract the palate as much as anything. I do think this is a decent porter otherwise, but I was expecting more from Stone here.

M - Fairly smooth and balanced with a dry finish. Somewhat high carbonation.

D - All in all this is a decent beer, but by no means one of the better porters I have tried. The smoke seems like a bit of a novelty to me.

blackc5, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stone Russian Imperial Stout glass

A: pours a Mahogany color but in the glass its black with a tan head good lace and head retention

S: chocolate coffee very slight smoke slight sweetness in the smell

T: bitter chocolate bitter coffee roasted malts with a robust taste and light smoke the finish is bitter

M: med mouth with med carbonation

D: drinkable

Overall: not the best porter I have ever had but good none the less. after a while the bitterness got to me on the finish so I had to knock off some points for that.

JamisonM, May 30, 2010
Photo of dtivp
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Black in color with a massive tan head which never dissipated.

Aroma of sweet malts with some smokiness.

Taste of dark malt a hint of coffee and smoke.

Smooth creamy medium body which turns towards a more dry bitterness at the end.

Drinkable beer, not the best I have had from Stone.

dtivp, May 29, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured in to my New Belgium globe on 5/23/10

A - Cola black with a creamy tan head

S - Bit of smokiness. Slight chocolate and roasted coffee

T - Lots of roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee. Smokey tobacco.

M - Medium bodies, coats the mouth nicely. Creamy finish

D - Solid beer, great with the grilled steaks I had for dinner (and it pairs well with ANY grilled food). 22oz went down pretty easy and for $4 it's a deal that's impossible to beat. Nice job, Stone!

jsanford, May 28, 2010
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,700 ratings.