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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,569 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,569
Reviews: 1,736
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 102
Gots: 193 | 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 animal69


4/5  rDev -0.5%

A- pours a deep reddish-black color w/ a decent tan cap that slowly dissolves into a ring of lace that leaves a nice coat in my glass
S- not as strong of a smell as i would have liked, a citrus hop (chinooks?) aroma combines w/ faintly vinous smokey notes, some darker fruits noticed as well
T- crisp and smokey from the onset, yet not as pronounced as a rauch, caramel/coffee flavors in the middle, finishes a bit minerally w/ more smoked coffee here as well
M- a semi-dry light-med body w/ a decent level of co2, feels quite creamy on the tongue
D- very drinkable, this may become my new fav. porter, at only %5.9 i could prob. drink this all night long

04-29-2009 04:21:11 | More by animal69
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.38/5  rDev +9%

Poured a very deep brown with a small dirty tan head, very little carbonation. Nose smelled of a little smoke and roasted malt, coffee but let down on the nose much like the taste. Tasted like it smelled. I almost detected smoke smoked meat or something in there. The bottle did not do this brew justice.

04-29-2009 02:30:01 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of swizzlenuts


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Black with a white fluffy head.
S: Smells like a porter (so it has the slight chocolate and a black malt character) with a slight bit of smokiness.
T: Smokey with a good burnt black malt flavour. Full flavoured but only a slight smokey flavour. I'd like the smoked flavour to be more pronounced, after the first few drinks I could barely taste it.
M: A bit thin for a porter, but it has the traditional medium creaminess.
D: Quite!

04-28-2009 22:28:40 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of GoodBeerTire


4/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Poured black with a slight tan head. Laces well.

S - Caramel malts. Smoke is not overpowering.

T - Starts malty, with caramel. Chocolate & slight licorice. Smoke shows up in the aftertaste. A bit raw.

M - Good carbonation. Not as creamy as other porters, but the small, almost non-existant head has something to do with it.

D - Lower alchohol% (5.7) makes it repeatable, but since it has a quite strong smokey aftertaste, I will want to finish it up w/ something hoppy. Would pair well w/ fruit.

04-25-2009 18:00:50 | More by GoodBeerTire
Photo of merryjoulton


4.22/5  rDev +5%

Pours an opaque black with basically no head, just some foam resting at the top that doesn't span the surface. Smells of dark malts and balances out with some piny hop aroma. Tastes just like it smells-deep malt balanced with piny hops. The mouthfeel is good, just the right amount of body to match the deep smell and taste. Much more drinkable than an IRS because of the SP's lighter body.

04-24-2009 10:42:05 | More by merryjoulton
Photo of DannyS

New York

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

One of the far less arrogant offerings from Stone Brewing. Served in a pint glass, poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A - Pitch black that remains black with a faint glare of light when held up to it. Thin but resilient head, good retention and lacing.

S - Coffee, charcoal, smoke, and toasted oat. Basic, but it works.

T - Very mild on the bitterness. Lots of good coffee and smoke flavor. Subtle hops and good malt, just ever so slightly sweet.

M - carbonation is medium to low, body is full. Very well balanced feel.

D - Highly sessionable. The bitterness is far form overwhelming and the ABV isn't ridiculous. Finishing the bomber was an easy task.

Overall - A great, well balanced porter. Easy drinking and very socially inclined. Crack a few open and enjoy a round with friends!

04-23-2009 23:41:36 | More by DannyS
Photo of Lerxst


3.7/5  rDev -8%

Poured from 22oz bomber into Stone Smoked Porter glass.

A-Very nice pitch black with a nice two finger head that lingered around for quite a while.

S-The smoke is a bit much. I know this is a smoked porter, but the smoke smell is hard to get past to get to the chocolate/coffee undertones.

T-Again, the smoke. its a bit much and the coffee/chocolate undertones are showing up which is nice.

M-A nice full bodied brew with perfect carbonation.

D-I would enjoy this more if I could get past the smoke. But still, for a big beer it is surprisingly drinkable, but one bomber is enough.

04-21-2009 21:14:15 | More by Lerxst
Photo of thequeen711


3.9/5  rDev -3%

Poured a cola brown from the bomber, nice thick head, retained foam throughout the drinking experience. Nose of roasted malts, light coffee. Taste medium bodied and flavours of roasted malts and some sort of smokiness...I detected a sweetness mixed in the malts and smoke...Nice Porter from our friends from Stone. Highly recommend if you are a porter/stout lover!!! Enjoy!

04-20-2009 01:33:10 | More by thequeen711
Photo of thekevlarkid


4.38/5  rDev +9%

Out of a bomber bottle this beer was a very dark brown/black color with a two finger head of tan foam. The retention was quite good and the lacing pretty good too. The aroma was not nearly as 'dark' as I was expecting, roasted malt, earthiness, peat smoke, rye bread and wood. The flavors were rich and robust, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, peat smoke, sweet pipe tobacco, earthy malt and a good balancing hop bitterness. The long bitter finish was pleasant and well organized as one experiences with high-quality chocolate. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation perfect. An excellent example of the style and another worthy offering from Stone.

04-16-2009 02:28:14 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +9%

I had this at a Stone beer dinner tonight at the Old Village Post House in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Stone Southeast rep. Scott Sheridan was there and brought some great humor/tasting profiles/stories and facts along with him that made the dinner an unforgettable craft beer experience. The chef paired this with a Charcuterie Plate stuffed full of Country Pate, Chicken Liver Mousse, House made Sausage, Pepper Relish, Whole Grain Mustard, & Toast Points. Needless to say the Porter paired perfectly. I highly recommend attending a Stone beer event in your area when it come available. The reps know how to have a good time and entertain the entry level beer drinker as well as the beer geek!

Appearance: Dark brown with tan head and slight lacing.

Smell: Smoke, Chocolate, Coffee

Taste: Chocolate, Coffee Malt with dark Chocolate malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Full Bodied with soft tannins, dry finish.

Drinkability: Sip & Savor. As a porter lover I'd highly recommend this as a porter for that porter drinker looking for something to enjoy that's different. Stone takes this one and runs with it.

04-15-2009 03:30:52 | More by LauraAlberts
Photo of briman


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours very dark brown, clear, with ruby highlights around the edges. Moderate tan head retains well.

Aroma has some light roast, dark chocolate, and hints of coffee and smoke.

Flavor has very light notes of roast, chocolate, and coffee, with a light-to-moderate smoky element. Finish is dry, with just a hint of bitterness into the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Seems somewhat subdued compared to other Stone Brews. Overall, the flavors are a bit soft, and not at all what I was expecting. Certainly not a bad beer, but I find this to be only slightly above average for a porter.

04-11-2009 01:31:44 | More by briman
Photo of showell


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

I've wanted to try this one for a long time, and finally got a couple of bottles.

It pours a VERY dark brown, almost black with a light tan head, about 4 fingers. There is just a touch of a smoke smell to it, but nothing else. The taste starts a very smokey flavor, that eventually adds malt, and coffee. It finishes with just a hint of smokey flavor. The smoke and malt are the main flavor sensations, but what a nice mixture! There's just a touch of fruit there too if you really pay attention.

I could drink these all night, except that the alcohol would sneak up on you. You'd never know it was coming, because you can hardly taste it.

Very nice!!!

04-10-2009 04:33:18 | More by showell
Photo of srrn

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1%

Pours a deep deep dark brown, clear, but little light gets through. Tan head that is fluffy and reduces to a ring with islands. Smell of toasted malts and a bit of smoke, but not smokey like a rauchbier. Taste is smoke and malts with a long lingering aftertaste not unlike an Islay Scotch. Carbonation is right and mouthfeel is smooth. This is a great brew but a sipper not a chugger!

04-08-2009 02:41:23 | More by srrn
Photo of Reiksguard

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +4%

Poured out of a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Deep, dark, almost opaque in color with a tan head. Only a hint of burnt smoke in the nose with some notes of coffee. The taste was great - just a little bit of smokey background, with a coffee or dark fruit flavor. The best part of this wonderful brew is the fact that it finishes so clean. Almost no residual bitterness (you would never know it was 50+ IBU).

04-08-2009 01:29:22 | More by Reiksguard
Photo of jpaltan


4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

Midnight black with thin caramel head. Leaves very little lace in glass. Smell has a slight hint of smokiness, but not overwhelming. Some chocolate in the nose too with some fruitiness. taste is all malt with very little hop bite that doesn't come into to play until the finish. Smokiness is there. Subtle and tasty, charcoal note bounce around. Mouthfeel has a nice creaminess and is quite full. This is quite nice and will definately be picking this up again.

04-06-2009 23:02:32 | More by jpaltan
Photo of FLBeerGuy


4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours a midnight black with a thin tan head from my 22 oz bomber. I've also had it on tap and I think the tap version has a stronger smoke flavor.

Smell is smokey, coffee and faint chocolate

Taste is smokey, coffee and some chocolate. A little hop bitterness on the back end.

Nice mouth feel, what you would expect from a porter

Good drink ability, would be a good session beer with the low ABV,except the smokiness detracts from the ability to drink too many of these.

This is a great smoked porter, one of the best examples of the style.

04-06-2009 00:51:09 | More by FLBeerGuy
Photo of TheSarge


4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

Stone's Smoked Porter pours for a prime example as to what a porter should look like. Lots of chocolaty tan head that sticks around for quite a while. The body is black, but reddish hues are evident when held up to the light.

Aromas are of coffee mostly with a hint of arid and slightly floral hops aroma.

The taste thrashes the palate with rich coffee character. There is an undertone of smooth dark chocolate as well.

This feels slightly slick with a bit of oiliness from the hops. It's also a little coarse with the bitterness.

Overall a great interpretation of the style, and I would rate this slightly above Guinness Extra Stout.

04-02-2009 12:12:33 | More by TheSarge
Photo of Brewsmith


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

From a 22 oz bottle purchased locally poured into a 0.5 L glass. Aroma is roasty chocolate with some peat coming through. Deep dark brown with ruby barely peeking through, almost black with a big rocky tan head. Dry, roasty dark chocolate flavor with the smoke in the background, not overpowering. Evenly balanced with hop bitterness making it smooth and easy drinking.

04-02-2009 07:10:15 | More by Brewsmith
Photo of jnn4v


4/5  rDev -0.5%

This is a good beer, no doubts about it. From the first pour to the last drop in your glass, it's a solid showing. I enjoy it bottled or on draft. Tonight's just happened to be on draft.

A: Dark brown, almost black in color. Tan head. Barely translucent when held to the light. No sediment.

S: Slightly smoky, almost oaked character. Chocolate malts. I could smell this beer and salivate for 10 minutes without even sipping.

T: Very well balanced. Somewhat sweet, somewhat bitter, somewhat savory. The smoke matches up nicely with the chocolate and coffee malt flavors, all of which is balanced with a clean and bitter hop flavor.

M: Nice thick texture with moderate carbonation. If it weren't for the level of carbonation, it'd feel syrupy and almost stoutish.

D: Nicely balanced flavor and texture combined with an almost session-like ABV give it a high drinkability. However, the richness of flavor and thickness makes it almost meal-like, so I'm not sure you'd want too many of them. Very good overall.

03-31-2009 01:14:52 | More by jnn4v
Photo of dakid618


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from 22oz bottle received in trade from kiefdog(thanks kevin!) Poured into pint glass. Pours deep brown almost black with a finger of tan head with good retention and great lacing on the glass. Smell is like roasted malts with no hint of the smokiness I was expecting. Taste is smoky as soon as it hits your tongue but mellows out to a smooth maltiness. Light-medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable. The best porter I've ever had. My favorite beer from Stone yet.

03-29-2009 16:45:38 | More by dakid618
Photo of GRPunk


4/5  rDev -0.5%

22 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- It was initially a bit of a gusher. The body was a very deep, dark brown that was nearing black. The head was a fluffy, tan that left loads of sticky spots on the side of the glass.

S- It had a really nice malty aroma off the bat. It was full of roasted, smoked goodness. There were hints of coffee and chocolate behind the pronounced smoked aroma.

T- It's a great combination of traditional porter traits with a heavy dose of smoke. The smoked flavors were abundant, yet not overpowering. I still picked up a good deal of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. The slightest of citrus hops struggle to make itself known through the robust malt and smoke profiles.

M- Pretty basic. A light bite from medium carbonation, hop, and alcohol.

D- It's a decent drinker. As the smoked flavors become more robust with some warmth, it gets a little more difficult imagining drinking more than a bomber at a time.

03-28-2009 01:29:30 | More by GRPunk
Photo of Kromes


3.9/5  rDev -3%

Pours black with reddish colors on the edges with a brown head. Good lacing down the glass. Chocolate, roasted malt scents. Roasted malt chocolate coffee flavors with a faint smoke flavor. I was dissapointed that there wasn't more of a smoke flavor to this beer. There was slight bitterness in the finish with apparent hop flavor. I had this with some texas sliced brisket and the taste immediately changed. The beer became way too hoppy. Apparently the extreme smokiness of the BBQ neutralized any roasted smoke flavor in the beer and made the hops pop out. Very strange.

03-27-2009 23:56:36 | More by Kromes
Photo of theBubba

New York

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Ah, the power of suggestion. In this case labeling. And it seems to work, judging by some of the reviews posted here. This is a very good brew, but it is not smokey in the sense of smoke as in barbecues...smoked fish...etc. Nor is it a German Rausch beer. In fact if it weren't for the label, you might think this to be a good RIS or Chocolate Stout.

Its forward malt flavor (and teensy bit of smoke) with good chocolate notes and nicely subtle bitter hop bite at the end of the swallow makes for an enjoyable drinking experience, though the lingering sweetness doesn't help drinkability. One is enough.

All in all a decent craft brew, worth a taste. Not disappointing.

03-26-2009 02:39:00 | More by theBubba
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

She pours a dark black with a nice head on her shoulders that doesn't drop away too quickly.
The smell is nice, a light smoke aroma lingers around every malty bend, with a bit of hoppiness here and there as well.
The way that the smoked malt mingles with the sweet and hoppiness of this brew is quite impressive. This is the least-lupuled beer from stone I have had as of yet, very nice.
The mouthfeel is nice, just creamy enough to go well with some bbq or spicy food.
The drinkability is very high, especially for the smokiness...this is a great beer to get one started on the whole smoked beer train, nice and subtle.

03-24-2009 22:51:08 | More by grayburn
Photo of hiikeeba


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Pours up black with a thick, fluffy tan head that dissipates slowly.

S - Faint aroma of of smoke and roasted malt

T - Roasted malt flavor, with some chocolate notes. Smoke flavor is subdued and subtle.

M - Mouthfeel seems a bit thin and watery, but not bad.

D - A smooth, easy drinking beer.

03-23-2009 21:38:51 | More by hiikeeba
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