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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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

From a bottle into a snifter.

Pours pure black into the snifter with a half inch head - dark tan. Held up to the light, there's a touch of mahogany around the edges, but it's pretty much black. A fair bit of nice, dense lacing.

Not too strong in the smell department, but there's some there. Espresso, a touch of cigar smoke, and bitter cocoa beans. I don't get much in the way of spice, but that doesn't mean much.

Yum. Strong, dark coffee, espresso beans, a touch of "dirt", cigar smoke, and bitter chocolate. There's a hint of dark berry somewhere in there, and plenty of the malliard reaction in the flavor.

Well balanced in the mouth, not silky, but smoother and slightly denser than the average beer. Low carbonation, but it cooperates nicely with the flavors for the almost heavy mouthfeel.

Nice clean beer, strongly recommended. Great pairing with Ham and Sauce Poivrade. Would be good with any grilled/smoked dark meats and heavy sauces. If it wasn't so expensive, it would make a very tasty sauce for those roasted dark meats.

BillyBoysPie, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of beeragent
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown forming a 1 inch tan head. Medium spots of lace on the glass.

S - Roasted malts dominate the nose with a hint of smoke coming through. Very inviting!

T - Roasted malts and the smoked malts dominate the palate. Not overly smokey but with enough of a smoke presence to back uo the name of this beer. No noticeable hop profile and alcohol presence.

M - Medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth and clean finish.

D - I love smoke beers and porters, so the blending of the two is like heaven to me. The taste is well blended and just amazing!! The alcohol content is low enough to allow for a few of these to be had in one night (which I have done). Overall, this is easily one of my favorite beers available from Stone. Great job Stone!!!!

beeragent, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of jaxon53
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Porters at the moment. Served this one chilled, in a snifter, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle. Actually let this warm a bit before sampling.

Appearance: Almost jet black, a few beams of faint light pass through the dark liquid. A semi-hard pour yielded about two fingers of almost tan, soapy head. Head faded quickly into a thin ring of foam around the glass. Some creamy lace was left behind on the glass.

Smell: Nice mellow nose. Roasted and smoked malts are out front, but do not overpower. Touches of black coffee. Faint aromas of milk chocolate with hints of toffee.

Taste: Nice flavor as well. Again, smokey malt flavor that doesn't overpower. Has a subtle roastiness behind the smoke. Slight notes of coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Just a bit of bitter hops in the smooth creamy finish. Nice balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Smooth and somewhat slick. Carbonation is a bit on the lower side but fits this beer perfectly.

Drinkability: This one drinks very nicely thanks to the 5.9 percent ABV and well balanced flavors.

jaxon53, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of longdivision
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber.
Appearance was almost black but some light comes through on the edges, with a creamy beige head that lasts for a good while.

Smelled a little sweet with some piney hops.

The taste had couple things going on. sweetness, roasted coffee and malts up front with some pronounced bitter hops at the end. the hops and coffee linger afterward.

Medium mouth-peel with a tongue coating quality.

Recommended.

longdivision, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this back in September on tap at Allora in Marlborough, MA, but forgot to log it here. Just noticed it in my notes.

A: Almost pitch black with 2 finger rusty-brown head, served in a flute glass.

N: Nose of roasted malts, slight chocolate, toffee, and some smoked malt.

T: Creamy and roasty with chocolate milk taste. Semi smokey but not overpowering. Semi sweet and a little syrupy, also adds some earthy roasted flavors.

M: Semi thick with decent carbonation and a little syrupy and creamy.

F: Pretty bitter on the finish, which also adds some dark fruits, and slight stouty bitter flavors. A little more lingering smoke but not much, and followed with some light alcohol spice.

jlindros, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of m1ked
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from WF Bowery beer room. I let Neil know about the SD local favorite "Smokey Indian" a mixture of Stone's Smoked Porter & IPA...mmmm.

A- Pours with a monster sandy tan colored head that has large bubbles on the top, with fine bubbles on the bottom. The head hangs around for a long time. Once it does shrink down, it leaves behind a ton of lacing. Pours a dark cola colored brown. When held up to the light, boasts some flaming ruby edges. Looks so good.

S- Rich woody, cocoa, cola, touch of smoke, root beer, mollasses from a fruitcake. Even though the smoke is undeniable, it is not overpowering, and lingers.

T- Definetly get the smoke up front, burnt woodiness, light cocoa, light salty meat...which I am sure is the smokiness tricking my palate. Some bitterness at the end. The flavors in the middle are kind of lost between the bookends of smoke (duh) and lingering bitter.

M- Really light mouthfeel, but as I must remind myself that this is a porter, not a stout. Good carbonation throughout.

D- This is a great porter. I wonder how many casual beer drinkers have been scred off by the "smoked" oart of the label. Having lived in SD, I think I took this beer for granted. I was so happy to see this for growler fills here in NYC. Good to pair with food too!

m1ked, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Avagadro
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Nearly opaque, with hints of molasses towards the top of the glass. This brew pours with a vigorous head that is quite persistent.

S: Dark chocolate, sourdough bread, and piney hops are present, but faint in this brew's faint bouquet.

T: Deliciously roasted barley combines with American grown hops to deliver an enjoyable experience. The roast and hops don't conflict as they typically do when paired together. I'm disappointed in the total absence of smoke.

M: The first thing you notice about this brew is its heavy carbonation. The thick mouthfeel and roasty aftertaste are quickly scrubbed from your palette by the bubbles.

D: This brew was delicious, but let me down on a couple of key points: there was little bouquet, no smoke, and way too much carbonation. A good beer, but not one of Stone's best works.

Avagadro, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of rfabian
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 5 mm head that leaves lots of lacing. The appearance is very dark with clear amber around the edges. The smell is of citrus hops and a hint of burning mesquite. The taste is somewhat complex with strong hops, coffee, roasted malt, and burning mesquite. The feel is full bodied but not overly heavy with a nice sweet finish. This is a very drinkable beer.

rfabian, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of capra12
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo.

Appearance: deep and dark brown with little head

Smell: roasted coffee and powdered dark chocolate.

Taste: opens with a mild coffee bitter as a smoky and coffee bitter/ sour comes in as a mild malt profile finishes the sip leaving a mildly smoky coffee bitter.

Moutfeel: light bodied and rather dry. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I would have this again and recommend this to someone who enjoys a smoky porter that have a rich coffee bitter/ sour in the middle to end.

capra12, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of nuttyviking
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Porter is well done, beautiful dark brown to black, head has a smokey vanilla look. Aroma is exceptional with a smokey coffee offering. The taste comes on strong with the roasted grains and malts, you think that the flavor is going to be overwhelming, but instead is fades into a wanting for more, very clean finish.
Overall a very good Smoked Porter, just what you come to expect from Stone

nuttyviking, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on draft at the Stone Brewery during the IRS vertical tasting. Pours black with multiple streams of bubbles;quarter inch of head.

Strong coffee aroma with a subtle fragrance of caramel (barley/malt?).

At first sip, a torrent of smokiness and bitterness attacks the palate. Dark chocolate is on deck, only to give way to some barley flavor. Just when you think that there are no more prominent flavors, the hoppy kick subsides and is replaced by a sweet malt aftertaste.

The body really shines in this beer. It looks deceivingly thin, however it turned out to be quite thick, bready and mouth-coating. This beer is definitely a great representation of a porter, and it is one that can be sipped on all afternoon.

TheJollyHop, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of david18
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to find this beer to be as low in abv as it is. Stone Brewery, which typically makes bigger beers, has really scored with this sessionable beer which will be a great drinker all winter. Excellent color, great roasty aroma, very pleasing flavor and an overall good beer for sipping or gulping.

david18, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of Andreji
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last of my haul from an easter trip to the american northeast, i saved (aged, whatever) this baby for 6 months and decided to pop it in honor of a friend returning from spain. Bbq and a smoked porter? my kind of night.

Beautiful pour, brown black dirty bodied with a thick and rocky tan head which is a gateway to all its brilliant smell. not very translucid, rather viscous aspect.

Smell is predominantly sweet and smoky, much like i fancy my barbecues. roast malts with a very slight hoppy tone and a light alcohol sting perceivable at the nose.

Taste is very nice, absolutely full bodied and full flavoured, malty taste. i very much enjoyed the participation sweeter tastes get in this beer as opposed to the bitter hoppy dominance many american beers tend to allow. subtle alcoholic blend throughout, with an even dark chocolate mouthfeel at times.

A great beer, sessionable and hearty.

Andreji, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

I had such high hopes for this beer. I love porter and I love smokey beers so how could this go wrong? Sadly, I was wrong.

The beer pours black with light tan head that is big, 3 fingers high with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is really light and doesn't bring forth nice smokiest that you would expect. The smoke is there just really light with a tad of chocolate.

The taste is really super light as well, you can barely get any smoke at all and just a light coffee taste.

Mouthfeel is solid nothing great, and this is just a bland beer that is not very drinkable.

jrallen34, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to tulip.

Very Dark brown on the pour. Very light brown 2+ finger of head forms, leaving mucho lacing down the glass.

Aroma is pleasantly smoky, malty, roasted and sweet.

Taste is much of the same; roasted, toasty, mildly smoky, with some pleasant chocolate and sweetness and hop finish.

Creamy, medium in body, slick and smooth. Carbonation is minimal.

Great drinkability, and another tasty Stone stand-by.

EgadBananas, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost black in colour, with a thick creamy tan head and a slight amount of carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts, with hints of chocolate, smoked oak chips, mild coffee, and strange metallic red winey aroma.

Taste: The taste is powerfully smokey right from the start, like eating a campfire. After fanning away the smoke there is a predominantly malty body, with woody coffee flavours, and a subtle burnt sugar. There are traces of raisin, and possibly blackcurrant.

Mouthfeel: Dense and smooth, a nice porter feel.

Drinkability: The intense smokiness may take away a bit from the drinkability but it is still a great porter, and smoke is nice in small doses, and anyway, it is a smoked porter.

PartyBear, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of eholde
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice buddy head that fades quickly. Dark middle that lets brown light through on the edges.

S: Lightly smokey and malty.

T: Tasted some hints of tabacco and dark chocolate.

M: Frothy but a little thin

D: Great beer. Easily could drink a few too many.

Serving type: bottle

eholde, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of DarrellK
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never given the same score for all categories before. I guess this is just a good beer. Somehow the rating is better than I think the brew is. This is pretty constant for Stone Brewing stuff for me. The brewer does good quality but, with the exception of a couple of brews is a better marketing job than beer.

If you look up smoked porter in the dictionary this brew would be the picture next to it. It is OK and has the standard characteristics for the style but does not stand out.

DarrellK, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of BatsforBeer
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Black center fades to red around the edges. 2 finger bubbly airy head dissipates slowly to a film; good lacing.

S: Smokey, roasty malt, odd smell that I can't place, maybe a bit metallic?

T: Roasted malt, smokey, coffee and cacao finishes with a hint of toffee

M: Nice carbonation, feels frothy, slight alcohol tingle

D: I really like this beer, It is extremely drinkable for a porter

BatsforBeer, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of r0nyn
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Courtesy of fellow BA infi.

Pours a dark caramel color that lets light filter through easily. A vigorous pour produces a decent sized head that recedes rather quickly and doesn't leave too much lacing. Swirling it around, the liquid lapped at the sides of the glass a little too eagerly, giving the impression of a lighter, thinner brew. Smell has a lot going for it, with some chocolate undertones as well as some malty character that has an odd tinge to it.

Blast of initial hoppy bitterness that gives way to a roasted malty backbone that coats the tongue. There's another taste in the middle that I haven't experienced before, I'm guessing that's the smoky quality of the porter. Backend has some chocolate nuances along with a return of the bitterness. Interesting, to say the least. Mouthfeel is pretty light, not lager quality, but definitely not as weighty as some of the hefeweizens I've sampled. Carbonation wasn't really present at all. Backs up my initial suspicions of thinness from the look.

This brew didn't do anything to overwhelm me and make me want to revisit it. Light feel and odd flavor hinders the drinkability somewhat. I mean, won't turn down another free go at it, but I can definitely find better beers to imbibe before I try this one again.

r0nyn, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of infi
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a translucent and thin cola color that forms a one-fingered tan head with spotted amounts of lacing. Smell is full of toasted malt and some hints of chocolate notes. There's a funky sort of smell that underlies the rest of the aroma, but I'm guessing it's the smokiness that's indicated by the name. The taste is very full of the smoked quality along with the subtle hints of chocolate and coffee. The smokiness is very appealing and pretty. The aftertaste has a very beautiful coffee roast flavor, which I like.

The mouthfeel is the one thing that I think is the one unfavorable quality to this porter. It's like drinking flat soda - no palpable carbonation whatsoever. I was hoping to have some sort of carbonated feel to the porter, so I was a bit disappointed. Incredibly light-bodied and thin. Drinkability is still moderate and good as there is no sacrifice in taste.

infi, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Norfawkers
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Transluscent amber brown with minimal head

Smell: Faint toasty chocolate

Taste: Smokey toasted malt. There was also an undertone of smoked meaty flavor

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy with a lingering bitter finish

Drinkability: Highly drinkable en masse, versatile

Norfawkers, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of DNICE555
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at Eli's

A - Dark brown, almost black body. Brownish head.

S - Dark roasted malt, chocolate, smokiness, coffee.

T - Toasted malts, coffee, and the smokiness all partying together. Smokey flavor is very nice. Adds to the brew without overpowering it.

M - Light, low carbonation. Pretty smooth. Smokiness gives it a thicker feeling. Adds a nice touch.

D - A nice session porter with some good flavor. Overall pretty light but not at the expense of taste.

DNICE555, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 22oz. bomber at about 55 degrees.
Appearance - Black with a cream tan froth. Good head retention.
Smell - The roasted malts string out of the pint with dark chocolate notes and a subtle, but easily detected, smoke character.
Taste - The smoke definitely leads the pack over the palate with those chocolate malts that I detected on the nose.
Drinkablitiy - Dangerously smooth. Do yourself a favor and buy this beer.
(This makes a fantastic base for a dark chocolate & black pepper marinade.)

BevMoAndrew, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of porterwoobie
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: dark brown in color with a huge off-white head. excellent lacing.

S: roasted grains, dark-roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and an underlying smokiness.

T: lots of roast like character in the taste. you get a good blend of smoke, roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, and a slightly bitter finish.

MF: thick and chewy, moderate carbonation, feels like velvet in the mouth.

Drinkability: well done, one of my favorites.

porterwoobie, Oct 12, 2009
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,700 ratings.