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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,459 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,459
Reviews: 1,732
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 97
Gots: 172 | 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:
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Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark brown with a nice two-finger frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- The first thing I notice is alcohol. Some hops in the background... The usual smokey/ burnt porter smell.

T- Warm alcohol. Smokey coffee with a hint of fruitiness. Just enough hops to balance the brew nicely.

M- Smooth and creamy. Maybe just a shade too much carbonation.

D- excellent! Smooth drinking, very well balanced. An excellent porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 19:58:26 | More by JayNH
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/28/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of smoke, roast, coffee. Flavor of sweet roasted malt, slight bitter chocolate, and light bitter hops. Not too smokey (a plus for me). Palate is not as robust as the great porters, but it's pretty decent. A nice porter.
7/4/8/3/14 (3.6/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 17:21:50 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At first glance, this beer is the solid black of the monolith. When held to the light, it yields a very intense, low-frequency red of an LED. The head is thick, lumpy, and tan. The aroma is that of roasted coffee, a hint of smoke, and possibly spuce and licorice. I can't help but notice the cementish smell of the yeast. It is instantly recognizable as a California beer. The flavor is very pulled-together. The smoke flavor does not at all overwhelm. The bitterness is appropriately prominent with a grapefruitish flavor. Perhaps this is from Cascades? Again, very California. It seems to be around 35 IBU. The citrus bitterness melds seamlessly with that of dark coffee and dark chocolate. It avoids being astringent and the smoke flavor merely lurks in the background. If anything, it serves to enhance the overall roasted flavor. It is medium-bodied and very drinkable. This could serve as a session beer. The carbonation is lively and seems to bring out the flavor of the hops. Neither the roasted flavor nor the grapefruit rind flavor muddle each other and work together brilliantly. Again: a very pulled-together flavor. The aftertaste is short and has the bitterness of french roast coffee and bitter chocolate. I love it.
(rated Jan 15, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 05:55:08 | More by yesyouam
Photo of meday

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber to a pint glass.

Dark brown body with just a slight reddish hue and tan head.

Very fainted smell with a hint of smokiness

Earthy, smokey flavor with almost no hop presence. A well balanced dark strong brown ale with the delicately smoke flavor.

Full, creamy body and great mouthfeel

Stone recommends paring with both BBQ and deserts, which would go well. But today we had it with a bacon and squash pizza (no tomato sauce), and it was excellent. Any pairing with bacon or something that goes with bacon would be wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 20:40:28 | More by meday
Photo of Dirty1


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of this at Whole Foods in White Plains New York the other day. I poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown with some ruby red tint. I can barely see through it when held to light. No head to speak of, but had a slight off white film that floated on top. It left no lace rings.

S- First whiff had a nice chocolate malt aroma with slight notes of coffee and caramel. It also had a pleasent smokey note that was very subdued.

T- Much like the smell, chocolate malts dominated. It also had subtle hints of coffee, sweet toffee, and vanilla with a light fig or raisin note. It had a realy good smokey undertone that didn't overpower everything else. It also had some mild citrusy hops on the back end.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. The over all feel seems to fit this style of beer very well.

D- I'm not general a big fan of porters, but do like smoked beers. I liked this a lot! I thought the smoke was very balanced with the malty sweetness and didn't over power the way some do. I drank with grilled pork chops and thought they complemented each other nicely. I will definatly buy again and could drink a few of these at one sitting. Over all another very nice beer from Stone. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 03:14:24 | More by Dirty1
Photo of DoctorDog


4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled at a recent private beer tasting. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a sampling glass.

A- Very dark mahogany/brown and nearly opaque with ruby highlights. Tan head. Head dwindles slowly to a thin, incomplete cap.

S- Grapefruit and slightly smoky bitterness.

T- Slightly fruity sweetness on the front with some smoky, roasty maltiness. Balance is superb.

M- Extremely creamy and smooth. Absolutely superb.

D- Excellent. I'd see no problems knocking back and enjoying a 22 ouncer.

Future outlook: Without doubt, I'll be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 05:30:37 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of coldmeat23


4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

GLASS: Arrogant Bastard Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Dark, dark ruby color. Appears black at first. Nice easy pour produces a frickin' huge head of dense tan foam, which has hellish retention. Will it ever go away? Wow. Impressive for sure, but almost too much. Lacing is nice and sticky.

Big chocolatey malts. A touch of smoke. Light hint of some hop spiciness. Hints of caramel and dark fruits. Big earthiness quality.
A fairly complex nose.

Big flavor of roasted malt. Underlying hint of smokiness, not nearly as much as I expected. Sweetness of vanilla and caramel. Nice earthy quality here, also. Very slight hops bite. Light chocolate and coffee notes. Hints of dark fruits.

Good solid medium boby. Good level of creaminess.

This is an excellent porter, overall. I would drink many of these, and often, if given the opportunity.
Not as smoky as may have been expected, but a very good offering from Stone, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 23:14:06 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of apwilla


4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great porter. but it's not smoky. at all. other than the misleading label, this is an outstanding beverage.
If you are looking for something smoky, something with serious rauch appeal, grab a a rogue smoke ale, or an alaskan smoked porter, but not this.
Pours almost black, a tinge of amber can be seen around the edges when holding it to the light, lets you know it's not quite a stout.
the smell is fantastic, chocolately, grains, caramel. almost some smoke hiding in there somewhere.
It tastes just like it smells, rich and velvetey.
also, a buck or two cheaper than most stone beers, so a great bargain.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 21:24:17 | More by apwilla
Photo of magictrokini


4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know why it took me so long to drink this Stone offering. Now I do. Kind of lackluster for Stone. Not much of an aroma; typical chocolate, coffee, and smoke, but not strong. Color is very dark brown with minimal tan head. Flavor is good; coffee and smoked malt, but not as big as I wanted. There is also a noticeable lack of hops. This is a stout more than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 18:44:45 | More by magictrokini
Photo of sudsface69


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer for beer geeks, and perhaps why I like it. The nose is just so intriguing. I could spend hours sniffing this one. On first sniff I got charcoal and smoke. Then I stuck my schnozz in there again and smelled some dark fruit, then some wood, then licorice and herbs, then some pine needle, then some smoked salt, then....well, I could go on and on. The nose is so complex you can dig-out all kinds of aromas. Like I said, a beer geek's beer - you could study this one for hours. Some may be turned off by this one, but I find it really fun. The mouthfeel is perfectly porter - light, dancing, but still bursting with flavor. The palate mirrors the nose, and leaves a nice, complex, lingering aftertaste. Again, not one for everyone, but a great brew for the adventuresome.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 00:19:33 | More by sudsface69
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Original Rating Date:
September 25, 2008

Pours dark black with a nice, foamy brown head. Beautiful, steady, permanent lacing that lingers down the glass. Great looking beer in the glass. Smells of weak malts -- no smokiness, no chocolate, nothing else. Very disappointing aroma. Flavor is lots of chocolate, ironically not very smokey at all. Digging deeper there is some dark fruit there. There's a bit of a watery character to the beer as well. Unusually weak brew from Stone. Other reviews on this site rave, but I didn't come away with a great experience from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 18:30:10 | More by Vendetta
Photo of colts9016


4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark rich almost black, it is brown with reddish hues. There was a one finger head but it disapted to a half of a finger head. There is some lacing left on the glass. Also, there is some carbonation, not a whole lot.

Nose: Roasted smokey malt, esters, citrus, there are hints of bananas, pine, smell like a hospital surgery room. Hints of Phenolic, musty earth,and resin. This beer has a complex nose.

Taste: A very nice smokey malt, with esters citrus, and resin. There are hints of musty earth ( kinda like mold) sweet bread yeast, and bananas.

Overall: A very good smoked porter, a nice well built malt body that had a smokey creamy mouthfeel. There is an astringent finish with a touch of hops that gives this beer some balance. I enjoyed drinking this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 00:58:40 | More by colts9016
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a stange at Stone Brewery.

Appearance: Dark coffee color, very small head (wonder what the head looks like out of a bottle) with some delicate lacing. The head leaves a collar that remains over the course of the beer.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, cigars. 3 distinct and abrupt smells, working well together.

Taste: A very strong porter; they definitely don't mess around at Stone Brewery. A smokey oak flavor up front, and it is easy to taste the alcohol. The middle and end are a bomb of malt and hops, with some vanilla and caramel flavorings. The end leaves with a slight smokey chocolate aftertaste residue.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a very full body, but still fairly smooth. There is a definite bite to this porter, like it wants to fight your tongue.

Drinkability: The richness of the porter will definitely impede the speed of consumption, although the fact that it is a thick, chewy, tasty brew more than makes up for that fact.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a kick-ass and kick-your-ass porter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2008 08:26:47 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a pint glass. Darkest of browns with some truely interesting lace.

S. Smells of roasted chocolate malt and some fresh hop whiffs. A bit of toasty bread.

T/M. Coffee and roasted malt. Pretty well hopped as well, piney and resinous. Cracker like yeast. A very nice smokey flavor. More malty than hoppy, which is just fine with me. Well balanced and smooth. Full bodied and creamy. As it warms, more of the malt sweetness pulls through.

D. This is a great porter. Hands down.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 22:45:34 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Arbitrator


3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black. Careful pouring still creates half a finger of head, which recedes slowly over a few minutes.

S: Chocolate, coffee -- somewhat understated, but I just got over a cold so I can't be sure.

T: Coffee, toast, a little cherry, and smoke at the end. Pretty balanced, but it needs to warm up slightly for all of it to come out.

M: Carbonation is light, no alcohol burn. Pleasant.

D: Very filling, I can only have one bomber. But it's good.

I've had some better porters and I'll stick with those. But this is nothing to scoff at.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 02:22:10 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm so happy to have Stone in Florida. I've tried several of their beers over the years, and I'm really looking forward to the "big beers" getting here. In the meantime, Arrogant Bastard, Ruination, IPA, Pale Ale, and this - the Smoked Porter, will have to do. This one poured dark, retained head to the last drop. Toasty, coffee-like flavor, with a hint of smoke added to the mix. Unlike some beers of the style, this is not dry. Actually quite refreshing and very easy going down. As good as an American Porter as I've had. Now, if we could get Alesmith down here!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 03:37:50 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of burnstar


4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown to black with a smallish off white head. Aroma is subdued roasted malt with a touch of smoke. Taste has a light background sweetness. Chocolate and coffee notes. The smokiness is not overpowering at all and actually complements the other flavors. A little roasted malt bitterness. No particular flavor dominates. Very balanced and very good. Not too heavy.. medium to full bodied and well carbonated which adds a bit of bite that works well with this beer. An extremely flavorful beer which is also quite drinkable. Excellent overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 02:36:31 | More by burnstar
Photo of rmasen


4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Black with almost no head

S: Rich Malty with the smell of 60% Cacao

T: Strong chocolate notes, nutty notes come through on the exhale

M: very light carbonation with a little alcohol warmth

D: Strong malt flavor might turn off the average ber drinker but very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 01:47:54 | More by rmasen
Photo of hoplover82


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a thick black color with a medium to thin tan head that wofts chocolate and woodsy hops together, then after that fades to smoky chocolate.

Very smoky in the flavor - kinda made me jump back. This is my first smoked beer. Some coffee notes.

A lasting bitterness goes good. Real nice lacing. Very bubbly and soft on the palate. At first the smokiness wasn't subtle but as it warms a little it mellows out.

Very nice beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 20:50:26 | More by hoplover82
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on-tap at the Big Hunt. Have fond memories of it in the bottle, so figured I'd be a fan on tap as well. Pours a near black with a solid head on top and a touch of lacing. Sweet and roasted malty nose. Not as hoppy as some of Stone's offerings. Flavor is almost stouty becaues of the way the smokiness mixes in with the roasted malt. Vanilla, chocolate, maybe a bit of coffee as well. Feel is good, appropriate for the style. Overall, a very tasty beer.

Big Hunt/16 oz/$6

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 17:36:41 | More by soupyman10
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown with a tan dense head. Held to the light, you get nice ruby hues. Good lacing.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, charcoal, and a whiff of smoke.

Mild chocolate, coffee, and dark toast elements. The smoke hits you as you inhale at the sip, and you sense it in the taste and finish -- but it is by no means overpowering -- almost as if someone burned the toast. Some hop bitterness as well, Very nicely balanced beer.

A mouth filler for sure, but thin enough where you know this is porter. If I closed my eyes, I'd swear this was fresh from the tap. Very smooth and, if you are a porter person, easy to drink. One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 18:32:17 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark red brown mahogany with good clarity and ample offwhite head with moderate lacing

S-What a surprise...I expected something a bit more robust. Fairly expected malts and roasted nuts...where's the smoke?

T-Full bodied and excellent, as one would expect. A bit fruity, raisins, chickory, coffee, and all good...an admirable effort...but smoke? Ok, maybe a little in the taste...maybe a bit more in the aftertaste...but no more...and maybe this is not a bad thing.

M-all good here..the right amount of carbonation and balance, a full mouth, as one would expect.

D-A very good porter...maybe one of my favorites, but these guys are masters of the brewing art.

Another great effort by Stone....

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 02:45:13 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of stephens101


3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pure black with a large, fluffy tan head which recedes in a dilatory manner leaving a sheet of slightly pocked lacing all around the glass. Aroma has elements of dark chocolate, burnt wood, very slight notes of caramel and is not as bold as expected. The palate is filled with notes of dark chocolates, coffee, cherries, licorice and hops, with the smoky characteristics revealing themselves in the very end. The taste is very well-balanced, and like the smell, isn't as bold or complex as expected, but remains tasty and satisfying nonetheless. I would go as far as to say the seeming innocuousness of the aromas and tastes are part of what make up the special charm of this brew. Mouth-feel is slightly thick and creamy, thus making for a smooth ride down the gullet. A fair amount of carbonation is revealed with a quick shake. I haven't had a porter in a while, but this one makes me happy I decided to get back to em'.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 00:34:01 | More by stephens101
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at Skibbo's on East Tremont in the Bronx last week and let it age for a month which is long time for me. Probably should not have had Stone's Russian Imperial Stout prior. Nevertheless, poured into pint glass to show off on on black with brown residue tints on the side. Head was fairly big with solid lacing that drooped off after 2-3 quafs. Nose was on on strong roasted malt and hopearth secondary aroma. The taste was very pungent but not overpowering becuase my pallet still has the RIS hanging around. Mouthfeel was thin and sharp bitterness from the hops. Good heavy porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 23:43:27 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark, near opaque mahogany red with a big 2 finger rocky tan head that was fully lasting and sticky leaving a very good lacing.

S: smoky pine and dried citrus, and dark roasted malt and chocolate.

T: The initial flavor has a nice smoky and roasted malting with some sweet chocolate coming through. There is a slight coffee bitterness that follows along with some dark raisin grist, black licorice and dried prunes adding some spicy dark nature to the beer.

M: very smooth and smoky with dark chocolate. The body is full with ample carbonation bringing out the nice roasted nature and left a good smoky lacing.

D: Very good drinkability with good complexity and well balanced providing a great experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 23:32:25 | More by beerthulhu
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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