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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,903 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,903
Reviews: 1,779
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 146
Gots: 336 | FT: 2
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Photo of dlmccabe1
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz Maudite Snifter.

Pours a nice black color with a good head. I expected a slightly deeper brown head, but it has that characteristic stout look. Aroma is faintly smoky without being overwhelming. The smokey taste, similar to the nose, is subtle but there. It's not an overwhelming amount of smoke like, for example, the Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast. If I wasn't looking for it, I'm not certain I'd pick it out blind.

Slight lingering bitterness and a nice medium mouthfeel makes this a very drinkable porter. Meets my expectations for the style really well, not too heavy, more a of season changing fall or early spring beer for me.

Quite nice.

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, with no date or batch number, served cold into a tumbler.

Stone Smoked Porter is one that has been on the shelves since well before my days of beer advocacy but I've never picked one up until yesterday. It pours a very dark redish brown color. The head is thick and creamy with good retention. Lacing is perfect - all over the inside of the glass.

Aroma is excellent as well and seems spot-on for a porter. Great roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. The smoke is fairly subtle though for being a smoked porter.

The flavor is really quite special too. The richness of the malt is impressive given it's relatively low ABV. There is a good amount of hop bitterness but the balance is just right. The smokiness is perfectly judged and never feels overpowering. The finish is clean with no smoke in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, and lightly carbonated.

I think the reason I had never bought one before is that I usually don't like smoked beers. Often, the smoke dominates the experience with aftertaste somewhere between bacon and ashtray. Stone has hit this one perfectly.

Photo of Brianjames16
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark dark cloudy brown color with a substantial two finger width light tan frothy head. Nice tight bubbles build to form the head. A lot of lacing sticks and stays on the glass.

S- Big roasty malt aromas mixed with chocolate and sugary notes. The roasted malt aroma is beautiful in this one.

T- Wonderful balance of characteristic flavors. Roasted malts, sugars and chocolates all blend into on smooth and warming taste. Alcohol is masked by the rich flavors. Nice bitterness at the end from the hops.

M- Here's where it gets very interesting. From the look I would suspect this would have a heavy body. Not the case. The smooth and silky texture plus the balance of flavors make this beer an very easy drinker for me.
D- Surprisingly very easy to drink. I love porters and stouts and I will most definitely come back to this one again.

Photo of flannelman808
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown and quite clear in the light... slightly burnt copper tinge. Topped with a coffee yogurt colored head which has medium to small sized bubbles. Great lacing and good retention.

S: Columbian coffee and a slightly roasted smoky grain quality.

T: Very sprite on the tongue! Much more punch then I would have expected from the nose. This one starts with perhaps too much carbonation and and some hoppy zest zing the palate. All of these flavors begin to tingle down into a coffee ground like bitterness... Think coffee grinds but think folgers. In the end light to medium body but packed with zazz.

M: zazz yo

D: Medium to medium plus (lower notes due to high carbonation)

Photo of AwYeh
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Schlitz Light goblet; thanks to Jesse13713 for "sharing" this bottle with me... I'll make it up to you soon.

A: Pours an opaque dark brown/black with a finger or so of foamy, white head. Good retention, and good lacing.

S: The smoke flavor here is more predominant than I expected based on my experience with other smoked beers- quite prominent, even with a good deal of bacon thrown into the aroma. A good deal of roasted malts and chocolate also come through. Some light, resinous hops provide just a hint of balance; not that it's necessary to make this one enjoyable.

T: A good deal of the smoked flavor comes through here as well, alongside strong roasted malts and just a hint of the chocolate flavor evident in the nose. Bittersweet, hoppy finish. After warming, a slight coffee flavor comes through in the malts... as well as a metallic flavor. Drink this one at 70º or less!

M: Medium-bodied, with moderate to high carbonation for the style; develops a foamy, creamy mouthfeel- quite smooth.

D: Very easy to drink, and I definitely wouldn't mind another. Easy enough to get a bomber of this down by myself, and the smoked flavor adds a facet that sets it apart from many other porters. Will definitely return to this one, particularly if I am cooking something that will match up well with its smoked flavor, and probably even if I'm not.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours lighter than expected. Darker brown but the beer is somewhat translucent. The highlights are attractive. Big, fluffy head floats above the liquid and seems quite persistent. Definately one of the larger heads I have seen on a porter. A bunch of lacing sits in chunks along the glass.

S-Rich maltiness and chocolate. Not detecting an smokiness in the aroma however. But as I have come to realize with Stone, they ver rarely let me down. I'll trust that this beer is what is advertised.

T-Quite roasty. See, I knew I should trust the brand, this beer is tasty! The smokiness is definatel apparent on the tongue. A charred flavor sits on the palate after the sip for quite a while. Along with the roastiness, I get some good chocolate notes as well a twinge of hop bitterness.

M-Quite thick. Wasn't expecting it to be this thick because it looks thinner than other brews of the stle. Pleasant surprise.

D-Not too much booze in this beer which allows it to be quite drinkable. Very flavorful nonetheless.

Once again, Stone refuses to let me down.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown with some chestnut hints on the edges.

S: A huge smoky smell along with some roasted malts.

T: Luckily, the flavors in this one go way beyond the smoky smell. Slight malty sweetness, then bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors. On the finish, a hint of hops and dark fruit. Throughout the taste, a lot of smoke that almost tastes like smoked meat. It's almost like the smell that you get in your hair when you sleep too close to a campfire. It's not a bad beer, but probably my least favorite of the stone year-rounds. Probably not one I'll go near again any time soon.

Photo of sprucetip
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Dark brown with red highlights when backlit. Fluffy light tan head, with good retention, and active. Leaves thick lacing early, but it washes away.

Lightly roasty and vaguely of coffee and toffee. Not especially strong. There is a bit of malty sweetness. Not much in the way of smoke. Some complexity and subtleness, but overall I'm left underwhelmed.

Roasty bitterness noticeable early, and it tastes charred more than smoky of roasty. Malt bill struggles to be noticed. Astringency is prominent. ...later some chocolate and dark fruit emerge.

Fizzy bite lingers, thin feeling medium body, some creaminess in the middle, and a lingering charred bitterness.

I am pretty sure I liked this more when I have had it previously, as I recall liking it better than I liked this sample. So I won't give up on it. But it just didn't seem to hit too many spots tonight. The bitterness was more than I recalled, and it didn't seem to have the rich malty body I was hoping for. ...But I could be spoiled by Alaskan's Smoked Porter...

Photo of krazyboi
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Nice, thick head forms and takes a while to dissipate, leaving a nice lacing. A very dark beer, almost as black as night.
S: Hints of chocolate, some smokiness, roasted malts, slight piney hops.
T: Dark chocolate and black coffee in the beginning. A good deal of bitter chocolate at stays until the end. Not much smokiness in the taste, but there are some hints of it.
M: Lighter bodied than expected. More carbonation than expected.
D: This beer is easy to drink, no doubt about it. It has a lighter body than I would expect from a porter. The cocoa bitterness might get in the way as you drink more, but it's not too harsh. I might buy this again if I happen to find it on sale, but it's not something I would search for.

Photo of thain709
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a black body but it had some dark brown highlights at the bottom...two fingers worth of white head...the retention was okay as it settled into a thin cap quickly...nice lacing

S - The nose was surprisingly sweet with subtle notes of caramel and vanilla coming forward...the smoke was lingering in the background

T - The flavors start off with roasted malt...there's not a burnt flavor to it so that's nice...chocolate comes out as the beer warms...again the sweetness comes back in the middle...almost lactaid in flavor mixed with vanilla and caramel...the finish is nice...it's a mixture of smoke and hops

M - Medium bodied...smokey finish, nice subtle hop bite, good carbonation

D - I'm stumped on this one...the bar had it labled as the regular smoked porter, but I was getting a lot of vanilla notes...I also didn't let this warm up to it's fullest potential...anywho, the smokiness was subtle and the sweetness was at the front...it would drink it again to see any changes

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is where stone really shines. It's too bad Arrogant Bastard gets all the attention, because their non-simcoe beers are truly terrific.

Fairly old bomber (around a year?) that's been sitting in my fridge was screaming out to me to drink it on this blustry February night. Dark in the pint glass, but when held up to a light, one can see tons of ruby. Beer is quite clear. Picturesque lacing. Drinking this at well over 55 degrees F.

Roasted chocolate on the nose. A little bit of smoke, nothing crazy.

Very smooth roasted malts on the palate. Hint of warm chocolate, balanced with some roasted notes. What I love most about this is that a company who made their name by big aggressive hoppy beers can make a balanced beer like this. Hope are still there, but it's not SCREAMING Simcoe like Ruination... As good as it is, there is only just a faint hint of smoke. I'd personally expect more from a "smoked porter." But with that said, it's still positively delicious.

Sublime mouthfeel. Just roasty and yummy. Meal in a glass.

Super drinkable. 5.9% ABV? Amazing flavor period. Stupidly drinkable.

Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Stone. 

A: Deep brown bordering on black with a crimson tinge and a voluminous light brown head.

S: Moderate malt roast with a pervasive beachwood smoke quality. Light coffee and a little chocolate.

T: Lower moderate roasted malt profile. Light earthy bitterness. Smoke is nicely integrated, and there's a decided dark chocolate note.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy.

Overall: A really nice beer. The last time I had this was probably 3 years ago and I hated, but now I find it quite mellow and enjoyable with a restrained smoke presence. Good stuff.

Photo of thebierbrewery
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Good color with slight head retention and bit of lacing.

S= Roasted malt smokiness and coffee malt.

T= Black patent malt with a smoky, roasted coffee flavor, strong hop bitterness.

M= Medium body, medium carbonation

D= Good beer, would only have one pint

Photo of SHODriver
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black as night with a dense tan head on the first pour but fluffy on the second when I topped off my glass to finish off the bomber
S: Very smoky with some dark chocolate notes and a touch roasty as well
T: Sweet smoky flavor with a bit of chocolate and coffee but it's subdued by the smoke. Slight roast flavor as well. Bittersweet lingering aftertaste that's also on the smoky side. Taste follows the smell pretty well
M: Slick and creamy with mild carbonation. Not prickly by any means but you can tell it's there.
D: Pretty high. A bomber isn't gonna be a problem and although the flavor might get tiresome after a few you could have 2-3 no issues. Not a one and done kind of beer. It isn't so filling and it's by no means alcoholic enough to end the night.

Overall: A very good smoked porter from the masters at Stone. I'm happy that I have a few more to take care of because it's a 4 hour round trip to get more.

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black with mahogany high lights. There is a one finger tan head that has decent retention and leaves a good amount of lacing..

S - I get some burnt malts with some coffee and chocolate notes.

T - A lot of layers to this Porter. Upfront there is some toasted malts with a nutty undertone. After that, there is a chocolate and dark coffee taste. The drink ends with nice smokey notes that linger on. Very nice.

M - Your typical mouthfeel for this type. Nothing sticks out, but that's probably a good thing. Compliments this Ale well.

D - I found this easy to drink. A good rendition of a hard style to nail down by Stone.

Photo of cooch69
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a bomber a very dark brown aproaching black with a tight off white/tan head.

Very Slight smoke on the nose. (Maybe I just got too used to Schlenkerla). Almost more of a peaty smokiness than a wood quality. Chocolate and roasted malts.

This is a very good American Porter but not really a smoked beer in my opinion, and I guess acording to others opinions judging by it's listed category. Not as bitter as I was bracing myself for in the Stone tradition. However it is very well balanced and quite a noble example if I must say.

very clean and well structured just not as pleasing as some other favorites of mine.

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with a creamy 1 finger off white head. Head sticks around and leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Roasty chocolate and campfire.

Taste. Roasty bitter coffee and chocolate, stirred with a half-burned campfire log. Lasting smokey bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with some nice medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability. A pretty good drinker. Smokeyness is a little much at times, but still goes down pretty good.

Photo of great7dividers
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an exceptional beer. A dark and delicious brew that pours black with a very light tan head, and displays some lovely ruby tints when held up to a light. The body is full and smooth. Flavors of coffee and roasted malts hit strong on the middle and back of the palate for a very tasty experience. The smokey taste lingers and pleases the palate, and the abundance of flavor creates a healthy thirst for more.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with a nice tan head at the top that leaves some simple lacing around the glass as you sip.

S- Smokey very smokey smell up front, bit of dark fruits and some chocolate as well as hints of coffee.

T- Tasted like a BBQ grill scent up front which I liked, very smokey flavor. Aftertaste is chocolate with a bit of coffee.

M- Medium bodied, very slight carbonation

D- Would enjoy this one again, very easy to drink.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Twain's in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with moderate amounts of smokiness - char with hints of campfire. Also present are mild dark semi-sweet chocolate aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by well-integrated smokiness. Moderate amounts of dark chocolate come into play midway through the sip. Hints of leafy hops come into play near the end of the sip before carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this beer was more smoky than I remembered however it still isn't robust enough given the ABV. Worth a shot to see for yourself but not worth seeking out.

Photo of shand
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours a very dark brown with about two fingers worth of head with beautiful lacing and retention. The aroma is primarily roasted malts and smoke, with a bit of bitter coffee. The aroma follows the smell, the smoke is a lovely part of the composition of this brew, as opposed to being the focus as some other smoked beers are. It adds a lovely, smokey aftertaste to the rich, roasted malts and the touch of coffee. The smoke aspects become more of an aspect of the aftertaste than anything else.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but otherwise satisfying. The drinkability does suffer just a little bit due to the smoke flavors, but that's only towards the end of the 22 ounces. A solid porter.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes at Old Chicago (2002): Pours a deep red black with well formed light tan head and nicely formed lacing. Aromas of roasty chocolate blend perfectly with mild smoky notes. There is a slight spice to the nose, perhaps a combination of the smoke and hops, and a subtle touch of fruit. Great balance of flavors between the sweetness, medium bitter dark chocolate, and light pleasant smoke. Ends on a roasty note with mild smoke and piney hops. Body is slightly creamy and finishes mediumm dry. Very nice drinkable porter. The light smoke adds a really wonderful twist to this brew. Carbonation is nice and prickly up front turning smooth on the the back end.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malts and chocolate, but mostly dominated by the smokiness. Taste is a big wallop of smoke. Almost has a slight meatiness to it, but that's in a good way. Also, hints of chocolate and malts I believe, but it is mostly faint. Tasty, smoky and rather smooth for what with the fire flavor and all. Worth buying again for sure.

3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours Black with hint of brown at the bottom of a tulip shaped glass.
Smells very smokey with a slight trace of chocolate.

The taste I could not grasp, it was just very smokey. I could barely make out the chocolate Maybe I had a bad bottle because the last time I tasted this it was very good.

Bitter & a bit sour with a lot of smokey bite from beginning to end. I like bitter but it wasn't the good type of bitter taste.

I drank it but I wasn't content after doing so. I will have to try another one at a later date because I do like a lot of the Stone beers.

Photo of mwilbur
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a nice opaque brown with 2 inch tan head. Good retention. Decent lacing. Nice for style.
S: Burnt caramel malt, bitter hops, and smoke.
T: Smoked wood, caramel malt, and bitter hops. Hint of smooth cream.
M: Fairly dry and bitter. Light feel.
D: It's decently drinkable...was expecting a bit more to tell you the truth. Certainly a good example of style, but not stellar.

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,903 ratings.