Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,829
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 128
Gots: 285 | FT: 1
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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 kenito799
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, Porter tasting. This is a three-year old bottle aged in fridge.
Brown-black. Of nine porters tasted this is the only one with a big fizzy creamy, Guinness-like tan head.
Smell is sweet, no smoke apparent.
Some smoke in the flavor, very subtle and complementary to the overall effect rather than dominating. There is some fruitiness, dates. An easy-drinking session beer, more flavorful than Guinness, somehow the appearance and overall roasted effect keeps bringing up the comparison.

Photo of aranheaney
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a DFH snifter:

A-Deep, dark mahogany with a caramel, creamy head that hangs on a bit and leaves some nice lacing around

S-Incredible: cocoa, toffee, coffee and a hint of wood-fire

T-very nicely balanced all the smells come through and the smoke on the back-end is wonderful

M-wonderful, leaves that smoke at the back-end

D-VERY high, the abv at 5.9 is something that would make this a nice candidate for sessioning a porter

Photo of ChimRichels
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bomber >>---> hand-washed pint glass

A - Deep ruby edges when held to white surround an otherwise deep mahogany body. Like a highly concentrated Coca-Cola. Head fizzy and dissipates to nothing very quickly

S - Briney green olives, campfire, wheat bread dough

T - I ironically detect fresh dough and charred toast simultaneously, dry bitterness at the finish, with a lingering acrid bite. Smoke flavor is less pronounced than anticipated, yet it establishes its footing in the flavor profile to a subtly fitting extent.

M - Mild carbonation precludes an incredibly smooth and delectably creamy body

D - Fantastic. Easily approachable and a fine porter to share with family and friends.

Photo of brendan13
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an extremely dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A bit less than an inch of beige head falls away suprisingly fast.
S - Light bitttersweet cocoa with some coffee notes and present yet subtle smokiness. Vague floral hop notes.
T - The smokiness comes through more in the taste and lingers without being too full on. Cocoa and coffee flavours are also noticeable with some flroal and piney hop presence.
M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Slight bitterness.
D - A very nice porter and the smoke adds an extra dimension to it. Get it.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: 22oz. Bottle

Smell: Smoked chestnuts, tobacco leaf, slightly burnt toast, candied fruit (plum mostly), chocolate. Only has a hint of smokiness, not overpowering at all.

Taste: Fairly dry (stout-like), smoky, and bitter. Slight smokiness blends with quite bitter chocolate. Burnt licorice notes in the middle. Dark sweet wood. Quite carbonated. Smokiness comes through more at the finish which is dry, chocolaty, a little oaky, and lightly roasty.

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

Bomber into a Goose Island nonic.

A: Not-quite opaque brown body forms a very thin tan head that leaves a fine ring as it settles. Not terribly carbonated.

S: The scent leaves me a little disappointed. I catch just a faint whiff of smoke, and some dark malt bitterness. There's some hoppy bite, but it's indistinct. The chocolate/coffee notes are quite subtle, as the bottle indicates.

T: Taste trumps the nose. Nice musty, malty porter profile, with the usual tastes of chocolate, caramel, etc. The smoke is noticeable, but subdued--this is a good intro smoke beer for lots of people who find Schlenkerla too much, which is lots of folks. The bite is split nicely between hop and malt bitterness. The smoke, along with some coffee flavor, comes out late in the sip.

M: Appropriate mouthfeel to a porter. Not too carbonated, enough chewy body. Just right, for the style.

D: It's easy to drink, but not particularly memorable. As earlier, a great intro to smoked beers, but it's not very smoky. A pretty good value for what it is, but not particularly distinguished.

Photo of jampics2
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Served in a pint glass.

The beer looks nice in the glass. It's a predominantly black color with some red around the edges and brown swirls mixed in for good measure. A small head is all it has to offer, and that subsides to a ring rather quickly. The lace is spotty and probably the retention is the only flaw of an otherwise very attractive beer.

The smell is interesting in that it's really not as brash as one would expect. There's a nice roasted malt quality giving chocolate and coffee impressions. The smoke is less pronounced than in other smoked porters I've had, but it's well integrated. I'd like a bit more expression in the smell overall. This is good but I fear it could be better with more expression. A slight hop kick rounds out a good, but not great nose.

The taste is pretty much what I expected after the nose. The chocolate and roasted malt components make this sexy and the smoke really comes on in a subtle fashion. Over the course of the glass, it becomes less pronounced. Some sweet caramel malt emerges as the glass warms, and a slight hoppy tinge gives the sweetness a bitter balance. There's some lingering roast in the aftertaste. When this beer first came out, it was hands-down an ass-kicker, but compared to today's extreme beers it's more of an accessible offering for the adventurous beer drinker.

The mouthfeel is defined by decent carbonation and a medium body. For a porter, this is nice but just a touch on the light side. The drinkability is excellent, mostly due to the fact it's not terribly extreme in the taste department. Let's call that the smoked porter catch 22. I can't imagine one being a 5 in taste and in drinkability. A worthy beer for those who are worthy.

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

Stone Smoked Porter pours black into the glass with a finger width creamy tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a sheet on the beer leaving behind lots of spots and lines of lace.

The aroma is malty with notes of roasted malt, chocolate and toffee. A fair amount of grassy hops are also noticeable.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth, creamy, lightly carbonated and dry. The flavor is malty with notes of chocolate and roasted malts along with hints of coffee and peaty smoke. Towards the end a fair amount of bitterness moves in. It finishes with grassy hops and once gone the bitterness and chocolate malt lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking, fairly well balanced porter. However, I was looking for more smoke flavors and aromas considering the name of the beer.

Photo of NightINgale
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 US fl.oz. bomber poured into a tulip pint glass...

A - Dark brown (or very deep mahogany) colour to it. The head is very foamy at first, then it settles down to about a finger in thickness. Very nice lacing and good head retention. Looks beautfiyl.

S - Not that intense of a smell (probably because the beer isn't that fresh). Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, a tint of coffee. Some earthy hops and a fair amount of smoke.

T - A wonderful roasted and smoked profile. Pretty sweet for a porter, but the sweetness is not pushing the limits. Some earthy hops. The smoke adds an extra layer of meatiness to the beer. The after-taste is full of roasted malt and chocolate notes; the bitterness is not too strong. Very balanced and flavourful. I like how the bitterness, which is pretty intense, is suppressed by the sweetness and the smokiness.

M - Medium-to-full body. Quite thick, but very smooth, even creamy. Not much carbonation. A slight slight warming sensation from the alcohol. Moderately dry and bitter.

D - Good. This is a very drinkable porter. Goes down smoothly. Each sip is enjoyable.

Overall, this is a fantastic porter, and another very solid beer from Stone.

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

Poured from a 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle into a Stone Smoked Porter pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Has a large, rocky head that dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Smoky with roasted malt and coffee notes.

Taste: Starts off smoky and bitter. Develops into a smoky, roasted character with hints of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and full-bodied.

Drinkability: Another win for Stone. This is an excellent porter with a rich, smoky flavor. It's more sessionable than most of Stone's other offerings, which only makes it better in my opinion. Definitely worth a shot and definitely something I'll have again.

Photo of turnerr79
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from a WA state Fred Meyers store.

Pitch Black pour. Small firm head.

Nose of roasting Madrona wood

First sips- Rich espresso with a mocha twist. The smokiness is apparent, though not overwhelming. Neat complex flavor. Subtle carbonation is perfect with the heavier mouthfeel.

Of the porters I've tried, this is the best so far.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at MiKro in Hamden, CT. Served in a pint.

Pours super dark brown with a light tan, creamy head. Leaves pretty good lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, slight coffee, nothing special.

Tastes like you above-average dark beer. Lots of roasted malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Slight smokiness mixes with the roastiness. Hops bitter the beer without much flavor.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel, on the light end of medium bodied.

Very drinkable, nothing wrong with this beer at all. I would have had another if there wasn't cask Ghandi-Bot.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light khaki decent size head. A dark ruby red body. I can see some bubbles.

I'm kind of shocked on the way of smell here. All I smell is a very light smokiness, light hops and malts. Nothing really that great.

A decent body... Somewhat thick which is good for a porter. Not much carbonation and smooth. Leaves the mouth slightly dry.

You definitely can notice the nice smokiness with the first sip. It's a little bitter. The dark malts and even the somewhat spicy hops make its presence known. The spice isn't ass-kicking in any way but there's a subtle hint of it. A slight coffee taste from the dark malts. I like it. There really isn't an alcohol taste to it; which is good because I've noticed that a lot with other Stone Brewery offerings.

Drink Ability: for a porter I can drink this all night. Don't know how I'd feel in the morning, doesn't really matter because I wake up in the afternoon anyway.

Photo of ghebel
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Dark fruit and chocolate malts up front with toffee like sweetness. Earthy and piney hops balance out the malt bill.

Appearance - Pours very dark brown with garnet edges. Head is light brown, creamy on top and comprised of tight smallish bubbles. Leaves moderate lacing on it's way down to a thin coating.

Taste - Dark fruits and sweet toffee. Dark malts combine with moderate bitterness. Sweet finish. Smoke is mild in the background and only enhances the other flavors. It is not overpowering. Finishes with earthy, piney hops.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body and carbonation bite. Bitterness lingers a while and seems to mildly coat the mouth. Mild, style appropriate astringency on the back of the mouth.

Drinkability - Very drinkable.

Overall - Nice Porter with a touch a smokey flavor in the background, but only enough to enhance the other flavors.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, expired best by date (02/18/10), poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass and then a Smuttynose pint glass.

A: Dark brown, red mahogany colors when held to the light, slightly opaque. Pours with a massive 3-finger mocha-colored head, very foamy and inviting. Dissipates fairly quickly but left really good web-like lacing on the regular pint glass. Head maintains a thin froth, like that of a good espresso.

S: Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, slightly smokey background is present and the alcohol esters come through just a bit.

T: Again, the chocolate and coffee come through strong, tasting like a good mocha espresso. The smoke is definitely present and inviting, but plays a background role, letting the traditional porter flavors shine. The nice smokey roasted character is balanced perfectly with a little sweetness (caramel and a little hop). Alcohol esters do make their self known, but in the background enough to not becoming unpleasant.

M: This didn't have as much viscosity as I expected, it was fairly thin for such a sweet chocolaty porter. However, it was exceptionally smooth and had very little bitterness in the finish, thanks to the sweet caramel and hops. The carbonation is fairly light and I enjoyed it more and more as it disappeared.

D: I went through 2 glasses very easily, which is what I expected given the lower alcohol content (6%). It just seemed to go down perfectly and I couldn't keep my hands off of it. There is really nothing more I could want in drinkability.

I was definitely worried about this being expired, especially at only 6% ABV, but it didn't disappoint. I'm sure the flavors were probably more mellow than when it was bottled, but they still were delicious. Stone is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of Spider889
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Winking Lizard.

Thin black color with a dark sandy head. Left pretty good spotted lace all the way down.

There's chocolate malt and a little smoke in the nose, but just the bare minimum in order to be noticed. I don't like super smokey beers, but this was a little low on the smoke imo.

Dark and well roasted. There's a nice hop bitterness underlying it all (it is a Stone beer after all). I didn't get any smoke at all in the flavor. It drinks fairly light and it's very smooth. Dry on the finish.

Not my favorite porter, but it drinks easily so I'd have no problem finishing a bomber of this.

Photo of beagle75
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a wine goblet.

A: The full glass appears opaque black color with one finger of beige foam head. Later the beer appears clear dark brown color as less remains. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark roasted malt is the main contributor to smell here, with faint wood smoke, cola, and coffee grounds also detectable.

T: Begins with sharp acidity associated with coffee, as well as balancing earth. In the middle the acidity mellows, allowing faint dark fruit and cardboard to emerge. The finish is earthy with moderate bitterness, displaying more stale coffee. No wood smoke is explicitly detected in the flavor.

M: Light to medium viscosity with moderate carbonation. The tactile presence of this beer is unremarkable on the palate.

D: Don't be fooled by the 'smoked' descriptor here--unlike Alaskan Brewing's own smoked porter, this beer is a versatile, mainstream porter first and a smoked beer second. The phantom of smoke found here enhances this beer without type-casting it as something only to be served when a true rauchbeer is required.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany, clear with just a little translucency, and a nice creamy head. Dissipates to a fine layer of foam, leaving good lacing on the glass.

Aromas of dark malt, vanilla, and chocolate milk.

Tastes follow the nose, this has dark malt, sweet vanilla, chocolate milk as well as some coffee and toffee, with some toast. Very complex and interesting.

Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is prickly. Very refreshing.

This is an interesting, light, yet complexly flavored porter. A beer that is more about the taste than the alcohol. Very sessionable.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a dark black which was to be expected. And had a dark brown head that soon dissolved.

The smell was of chocolaty coffee but with a sweet earthiness of hops which usually isnt the case with Porters.

Same goes for the taste it has fairly chocolate coffee malt flavor but has a hop sweetness to it. I havnt had a whole lot of Porters considering but this is an exceptional beer for me being a hop head. Its not super hoppy by any means but gives a good bite for the style.

Ive always loved Stone and just found another of their beers I can always have in my fridge.

Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid brown color; leaves some spotty lace.

Dark malty and touch of what reminds neighbours liquid smoke.

More cocoa than smoke in the flavor; rich bodied and smooth. The finish is like powdered hot chocolate. Good hop aftertaste, which I wasn't expecting. Overall, a very interesting porter on tap.

Photo of shambeano
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
A- pours black with about an inch of head, that subsides very very slowly, nice lacing.

S- bit of roast bitterness, a bit of smoke. not too bad.

T- smoke up front, not overpowering, More peat smoke than smoked meat flavors. finish is pretty bitter. nice.

M- nice, fills every bit of the tongue with a very long finish. feels really good.

D- is quite drinkable .

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

poured into a pint glass.
dark brown with a hint of amber, short tanish off-white colored head. the smell is a robust combination of smokey roasted chocolate. the flavor follows the smells, a nice roasty feel to it with hints of chocolate and coffee. nice carbonation give it an umph but still give you that rich toasty aftertaste. Well Done!

Photo of kaseydad
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tulip glass pour and I am met with a dark brown ale and a nice fluffy tan colored head. Aroma is truly nice and smoky as it should be. Dark chocolate abounds with some dark fruits and black coffee also. Spicy and bitter in the taste. The taste starts initially as spicy but then throws a coffee tasting bitterness followed by a campfire smoke-like swallow. Works very well. The only thing I really wasn't digging was the mouthfeel. It was rather thin for such a chewy tasting beer. Very easy drinking though the "smoked" part of the porter may be a little much for some. Great take on the smoked porter from Stone.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an almost balck color with a large white lead tha laced and stayed throuhout the beer. It smells smokey with a strong chochlate smells. The taste is smoth, lots of choclate flavors, with a nice dry porter flavor. Finishes with a nice bitter licrose taste. A nice full lasting flavor. Overall a fantasitc beer, top porter i ever have.

Photo of KeithStolte
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark almost black with a large tan head; great lacing and retention.

S - Chocolate and toasted malts.

T - Very rich malt, dark chocolate; Slightly sweet, with a pleasant smoky taste and after taste.

M - Very smooth with medium to highly carbonated.

D - Great drinkability.

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,829 ratings.