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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,632
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 106
Gots: 218 | 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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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002)
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Photo of ditch
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%

I see there are quite a few good reviews for this beer. Sorry to say I have to disagree. the appearance and smell of this beer is great. the taste is what left me disappointed. the coffee and hops hit your taste buds with a blast of joy, then it's all downhill. I'm not getting any sweet tones. The smoke comes through, then disaster. You're left with the taste of charcoal. Like you just licked the bottom of a grill. The mouthfeel of this one was also not to my liking. very light and carbonated. not what i expect from a porter. This is my first "smoked" beer and maybe it's supposed to be this way. but i will try it again if i ever find it on tap somewhere.

ditch, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of rootbeerman
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

Bomber split with my father.

A: Very dark brown with reddish tint. light brown head that dissipated somewhat fast.

S: Smoked malts, light hop smell

T: Smoked malts, even more as it warms up, hops. pleasant after-taste of smokiness

M: smooth, and a little chewy

D: deffinatly could drink another.

rootbeerman, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of FickleBeast
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

22 oz bomber poured into a hotel water glass... ><

A - pours a near pitch black with one finger of beige foam, nice lacing on the glass

S - roasted malts dominate the nose

T - bitter dark malts, hint of smokiness

M - decent fizziness, I actually prefer my porters to be a little creamier. roast bitternesss sticks to the back of the tongue.

D - pretty good - not super smooth, but an above average porter. smoke adds nice complexity

Solid beer overall - would certainly get again

FickleBeast, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a dark brown color with a nice off white head. The smell is of malts, chocolate and coffee with some earthy hops, there is also a smokey smell present. The taste is of smokey notes with chocolate and coffee malts present in the middle, at the back end is a little hop bitterness to balance out the flavor. The mouthfeel is solid a lil carbonation and creamy. The drinkability is good, very easy driniking and very complex and flavorful.

goblue3509, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

pours into a snifter

pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head.

smells of coco and coffee, rich and smokey. tastes bitter sweet of chocolate and coffee. very smokey taste. medium body with light carb, creamy. a bit to smokey for my taste, wish it was a bit smoother

Anthony1, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of jneiswender
4.78/5  rDev +19.2%

Served on tap at the Stone Bistro in California, in a pint glass.

A-tan head (thick), very dark black/brown body

S-grain, roasty, smoky like bbq

t-great solid dry stout flavor with an undercurrent of mesquite bbq like smoke


D-I can think of few other beers that are perfect for bbq. I had this with the bistro's duck tacos. The perfect beer for those who think they don't like smoked beers.

jneiswender, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

Pours very dark brown with a solid 3 fingers of rocky light brown head. Good head retention and pretty decent lacing.

Smell is largely of roasted sweet malts and hints of coffee. Decent, modest, and enjoyable.

Solid flavor! A fantastic flood of malts heavy in chocolate and coffee but not overwhelming. Finish starts sweet but ends in a bitterness that reminds me of a dark powdered cocoa and that cool smokey element seems to be underlying throughout. This might be my new favorite porter!

Mouthfeel is heavy but not overdone. Carbonation is light but lasting and helps to give a creaminess to the whole thing. Drinks incredibly smooth which lets this one go down very easy. Nice!

One additional note: reading the back of the bottle gives insight into some food pairings that go well with this brew - including PB&J sandwiches. I had to try it, and I must say that it was a very good match! If you like beer and food, check this one out! Very cool.

SIRIUS2, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

This is a delicious smoked porter. On tap at Rattle N Hum.

Dark brown with a frothy tan head that showed good retention and laid down some excellent lace. Wonderful nose of chocolate and caramel, with a mild and sweet smokiness. Great smoked malt flavour pervades throughout, with luscious chocolate and coffee notes underneath. The smoke is well handled, and while not as strong as a rauch, far better suited to the flavour than a more full-on attempt. Full, creamy body, which really elevates this beer to the next level, and helps to give substance to the smoke, rather than a weak wateriness.

Stone don't really disappoint, do they?

bobsy, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of madpentzer
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%

Quite possibly the best porter on the planet, definitely the best in San Diego. I had this on tap at my favorite local pub. It poured a deep, deep brown with a fizzy head that left a lot of lacings. Smelled of roasty,sweet malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. Tasted great, with a wonderfully smoky character with hints of hops. Nice creamy mouthfeel and easy to drink. Great with BBQ food.

madpentzer, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

A dark brown to black pour with a huge bubbly brown head , loads of sticky lacing left on the glass , light carbonation . Aroma of roasted malt , coco powder and hints of smoke and coffee . Flavor is very good , a nice roast to the malt , some coffee and light hop bitterness, light chocolate sweetness , and just a hint of smoke at the end . Full body with a creamy mouthfeel . a nice malty smoky finish . very drinkable and quite sessionable . NIce job Stone .

WakeandBake, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of TommyW
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

A- Dark body with a nice tan head.

S- Some notes of hops, well developed malt aromas and a slight smokiness.

T- Large malty base of toasted malts. There is a pleasant char flavor that kinda sticks to the tongue for a bit. A slight smokiness comes through a bit and hangs around. The big malts are well balanced with some crisp hops; this really makes the beer great.

M- Big, full mouthfeel with the perfect carbonation level.

D- A very nice porter. Great for sipping or pairing with some food.

TommyW, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of epicness
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

A - Deep brown color, borderline black. Nice lacing around the glass.

S - Tons of smoke. Also chocolate and coffee.

T - The taste is smokey malts, with chocolate and coffee just like the aroma, but there is also that black licorice taste as well.

M - Medium to full body beer. Pretty thick.

D - I'm sure if I liked the beer and it's style, it'd be a much easier beer to drink.

epicness, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.33/5  rDev +8%

A- almost black with a small tan head, that dissipates quickly. There was no lacing to speak of.

S-Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a nice smokiness.

T-Bold flavor of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and a nice hop finish. There is a slight smokiness in the flavor as well, but nothing like I expected it to be. This is a delicious porter.

M-It has a nice carbonated mouthfeel.

D-This is a highly drinkable Porter due to its fantastic taste and low abv.

Overall, this is one great porter that I would highly recommend to any lover of the style. I would say that as of right now it is one of my top three favorite porters, right up there with Foothills People's Porter, but just behind my personal favorite, Founder's Porter.

thegodfather2701, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a very dark brown with a ruby middle with a brown medium bodied head.
Smells got some smoked malt quality, maybe some dark chocolate.
Taste has a smoked booze flavor with and some dark/bitter chocolate malt.
Finish is a bit muddy, but there is a decent malted after-taste.
Drinks very smoothly, the smoked quality is not as noticeable but it is light bodied enough to be near sessionable.

ThaBobfather, Jul 25, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance: A dark brown, very nearly black, body with only a handful of red highlights. Up top, a generous, tannish and creamy head that sticks around a good amount of time and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Lot of smoke over chocolate and roasted malt. Simple, yet effective.

Taste: Much the same profile in the mouth: peaty smoke over a chocolaty, roasty, and somewhat bitter malt backbone. A subtle hop presence contributes to the bitterness, giving this beer great balance. I could definitely handle more smokiness, but what's here is great. The aftertaste is smokey and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a dryish finish.

Drinkability: About what you'd expect from a nearly six percent Porter. No problems whatsoever polishing off the 22 oz. bomber.

Verdict: Without the smoke component this would still be a solid Porter, but with it in the mix this is a most satisfying brew. If you've never tried a smoked beer, this is a good place to start.

BeanBone, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%

This one is right up my alley. I'm a big fan of the dark side. This one is dark yet light bodied enough to enjoy it on a warm southern Illinois day.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a tan head that dissipates leaving a persistent ring that laces well.

S: Damn this is nice. Smoky malt, a little chocolate and vanilla in the background, a bit of hops.

T: This one runs the gambit. Smoky, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, hops... This is incredible.

M: This feels like a medium body. Good carbonation. Not harsh at all.

D: Very easy to drink but I'd only want one per session. However, with the low ABV you could easily have more than one. I love this beer.

BobbyBeerman, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of Tballz420
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

Pitch black body, some brown hues shine threw when held to the light. Slow developing and long lasting khaki head leaves a nice lace trail on the glass. Scent is mostly comprised of chocolate malt. Chocolate malt dominates the taste. The smoke is subtly mixed, and nicely blended. Almost want to say theres a little dark fruit hint in there as well.

Mouth is pretty wet, medium bodied. Pretty solid porter

Tballz420, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of tyanow
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

Blue Palms here in LA always has great stuff on cask. I have had this many times in the bottle and a couple of time on tap but in the cask it is outstanding.

The smokiness comes through in the nose, the mouth and the throat.

Thick bold layers of chocolate and burnt almonds grace the palate.

In a bottle it can be too carbonated and lively on the tongue to enjoy all of the flavors but from the cask it is fantastic.

It is a mouth full, so I wasn't craving a second pint - but I could use one right now.

tyanow, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of kegger22
2.83/5  rDev -29.4%

A ridiculous amount of carbonation translated into a ridiculous amount of foam (hard to call 4 3/4" of foam poured gently into a 5" high glass, head). I could feel very little carbonation from the glass, all wasted in foamy head, and had to drink straight from the bottle to get a feel for how much carbonation was present. It tasted better after the carbonation loss, not a great flavor, earthy. I could not find any chocolate, anywhere. I generally like Stone products, but this is a very pedestrian effort. To be honest, I can't believe this is the same beer that the majority of other reviewers rated! Maybe I just got a hold of a bad bottle, but usually that is indicated by too little carb, not too much. Not horrible, but definately disappointing.

kegger22, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

On tap at The Yard House, San Diego, CA on 7/9/09.

A - Deep reddish brown with mahogany wood hues and almost a finger of rocky beige head that settled into a thin bubbly retention, leaving a sheet of thick, gorgeous lacing around the rim of the glass.

S - Aroma is quite subtle, surprisingly. While very light on the smoke, the nose is quite chocolatey with just a hint of earth and smokey char in the back.

T - Smoked malt but with a prominent chocolate presence that adds a bit of sweetness and a hint of bitterness. While smoke is the primary flavor, it is not dominating. Nicely balanced flavor overall, with chocolate and licorice notes to balance the smokey character.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a pretty substantial thick, chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot-on and bolsters the bitterness, which lasts well into the finish.

D - It took me a while to finally try this beer, but wow! This is a great beer all around. This could very well be the benchmark smoked beer for all others to live up to.

ffejherb, Jul 19, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Deep brown. 2-Fingers of eggshell head that sticks around for most of the party.

S: Smells like a smoky caramel macchiatto. Roasty and fruity as well.

T: Full-bodied with a chocolate-covered coffee bean flavor. Charcoal and malty give an acrid note to it. Hoppy finish. Good level of smoke to bring me back for more.

M: Enough carbonation to satisfy, but I would up it a hair.

D: Good enough for a second round.

DeathbySexyBT, Jul 17, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

22oz bomber poured into my new Maui Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Clear, deep brown black and capped with an inch and a half of sandy brown head. Could you some more lacing but the head stays around long enough to remain appetizing to the eyes.

S: Mmm, a bit different than I remembered it in Hawaii, still smokey but a bit more subdued and not just as much of a hoppy kick that it had straight off the tap. Instead I am greeted by a great mix of mildly fruity, but intensely roasted sweet caramel and light brown sugar.

T/MF: Opens with a slightly acrid smokey flavor, moves quickly into a casually bitter fruitiness, closes with a slightly sweet licorice character. Feel is smooth but not silky, has enough carbonation to feel uneven and gives an interesting texture the the beer that keeps me going back for more.

D: This is a 1, 2, 3, beer, a beginning middle and end. It gives and gives without demanding too much attention. An easy drinking and a good opening for someone interested in trying out a smoked beer for the first time.

bluemoonswoon, Jul 17, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

A: solid two fingers worth of toffee colored heard with good retention. The seemingly black pour is actually the darker side of mahongany when held to the light.

S: Overwhelming bouquet of malt sweetness. I've said this before but the aroma reminds me of my days as a baker when I would first open a tub of malt.

T: Very malty sweet with a real apparent smoke/coal taste that I haven't decided on yet. There is a nice hop accent in this porter which I was not expecting. The robustness created by the smoke is very "as advertised", but I don't know if it is necessarily for me. I've seldom had a smoked beer actually taste smoked, so I guess this one is spot on for its style.

M/D: Very smooth and very very big. I may have to acquire a taste for this style, but I'm sure that won't take long.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of BeerBastard308
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%

A - Nice dark mahogany color, very thick, can't see through it. Excellent character and all that I expected coming from Stone in a Porter.

S - Smells amazing. Maybe it's just me, but I can really smell the hints of licorice and the chocolate especially. Then dark fruits and a slight hint of caramel

T- Just like it smells. Underlying bitterness with a slightly dry aftertaste. Smoke is an element but not an overwhelming factor. I wish there was just a little bit more but still a very satisfying amount that blends well.

M - Carbonation biting towards the end with a slightly dry mouthfeel after it goes down.

D - Excellent drinkability. I like it around 50*.

Food Pairings - Great by itself. Better with food. Enjoy with a hearty meal. I like it with Burgers or with a really hearty beef stew.

Overall I think it would be a little bit better with a slightly smokier taste, but that's just me. Other that, it's a very robust brew that should be treated like a fine wine. Save for occasions that call for it. Yet another exceptional brew from Stone.

BeerBastard308, Jul 09, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

Ahh...an old favorite (yet the first time I've come around to review it...)

A- Dark, cola color with a creamy, off-white head...some decent lacing...

S- Smoke (of course), but not overwhelming...maltiness...and coffee...hint of hops (which seems to come with any stone variety)...slight amount of dark fruit, but not much...

T- Again, smokey, but with more of the coffee coming through on the front end...malts...slightly sweet...everything you would expect from a good porter...

M- A little thin, dry, I always hope for more from this brew, but still not bad...

D- A very good intro for anyone getting into smoked beers, or porters for that matter. Drinkable, and worth a second look...or a third...or a fourth...

Goldopelgt, Jul 08, 2009
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,632 ratings.