Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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90
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3,831 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,831
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 128
Gots: 286 | FT: 2
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 AleWatcher
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium Globe glass.

Pours dark dark dark brown (almost black) with a little reddish and tan hints when held up to light. The beer itself is completely opaque through the center, but the edges highlight a nice color. The head is thick and fluffy and the color of light brown sugar. The lacing is monstrously thick. This really looks incredible!

Smells like a nice dark robusto cigar. Deep chocolatey notes mix with a smokiness and ground espresso beans.

Taste is right on with nose. The smokiness helps it finish a little dry as opposed to super sweet. This thing had a great flavor.

I am surprised that this isn't thicker. It smells and tastes like it should have a fuller body, but it doesn't. It isn't overly filling, and the carbonation level is quite pleasant as well.

I could see this becoming I buy more regularly. It is tasty enough to take down a bomber while watching Southpark with the wife. Half way through it though, she asked me if I had been smoking a cigarette!

Photo of Flashsp2
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Smoked porter into .2l stein

Pours dark brown with deep mahogany highlights. A dense mocha head
lingers on top with great retention and typical Stone super-lace.

Nose is smoky/salty, roasty, dark cherry, wood, bakers cocoa, licorice.

Palette is lead by high cocoa dark chocolates, medium roast coffee,
dark caramels, followed by dark fruits and earthy campfire smoke and
ending with a roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a fitting low-medium carbonation, soft and smooth.

Easy drinking and delicious, and while it isn't a standout superb
beer, it is pretty much without flaw.

Photo of mjw2808
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 1/2-2 finger tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. The nose is very smokey, lots of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The taste is cary stong of chocolate and roasted malt with a good bit of coffee in the back round. Very sweet, a get slight bits of caramel as well that I did not pick up in the nose. Very minimum hop bitterness. Great mouthfeel, very smooth and easy to drink. This is a great beer and one of the best porters ive had in a long time. Very enjoyable to drink.

Photo of mullenite
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glassware - 10oz Nonic

Appearance - Ridiculously dark red in color with a tan cap for a head. My wife was drinking an Aprihop which has a nice red tinge and it didn't even compare to the depth of color in this one. The best way to describe it is blood red. The lacing on the glass is pretty much a solid wall.

Nose - Smells of barbecue smoke, chocolate and roasted malts. The smoke adds a really interesting meaty, pork-like note.

Taste - Where the smoke is somewhat strong in the nose, it is subtle in the taste, adding a nice accent to the dark kilned malts, similar to a nice smokey coffee.

Mouthfeel - Body is good but it is slightly over carbonated in my opinion, kind of takes away from the smoothness of the flavor profile.

Overall - Even with the higher than anticipated carbonation this is a hugely drinkable beer. Very nice clean and balanced flavor.

Photo of kylehayworth
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich black, the head is really nice, a dark chocolate milk head.

S: Has a mild smokeyness to, there is a little bit of coffee.

T: I taste some caramel and chocolate up front, it ends with mild vanilla and coffee.

M: Very thick and creamy. It's a meal.

D: It was good, and stone has yet to disappoint me.

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

All in all a solid brew, very similar to Dogfish Indian Brown, which I had for the 1st time recently. It is a little different in the taste and finish department but identical in the look and consistency. Has a bit of a bitter finish that gives it some bite, unbelievably you can still taste a slight bit of hops, which is great in a porter, I barely taste the smoked flavor, which is fine by me because I am not a huge fan of that, but slightly in the aftertaste I can tell.

A well done beer by stone, I would buy this again for sure.

Photo of u2carew
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Consumed 3/17/10
A) Pours with a two finger tan head. Takes a bit to settle but once down it results in a nice creamy and sticky lacing. Body is opaque.
S) Smoked grains. Just a slight medicinal aroma. Hints of chocolate.
T) Smoky with mellow chocolate. Taste is not "in face" but pleasantly mild and consistent throughout.
M) Creamy. Hardly any fizz feel. Gritty. Robust.
D) A well crafted porter. Not over the top with the smoke just right.

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

Found this one at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium-thick, two finger tan head with great retention. Black body with next to zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a decent film cap leaving some immediate lacing. A splotchy wisp and a ring remain, leaving some good lacing down the sides of the glass.

SMELL: A nice nose of roasted malts, hints of milk chocolate and coffee with a smoky undertone tying it all together. Quality.

TASTE: Roasted malts and a good amount of smokiness up front. Some notes of sweet mild chocolate and caramel through the middle, leading into some bitter coffee hints near the finish. A nice smokiness pulls everything together. A mild but nicely lingering bitter-sweet and smoky aftertaste is quite pleasant as well. Great job here.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: A very tasty smoked porter to say the least. A very complex flavor profile and everything blends together excellently. I quite enjoyed this one, and the bomber emptied far too quickly. One I'll be on the lookout for whenever I get a chance to cross the border. Recommended.

Photo of rarbring
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is very dark brown, almost black. The head is beige, compact and leaves lacing.

The smell is mostly smoky, heavily roasted malt. Coffee and grilled sauseges.

A sweet taste, port, smoked meet and coffee in the taste. The bitterness is a bit raw.

Rather much carbonation, a dry finish.

Well, not a bad beer at all, possibly could my bottle have improved by storing it.

Photo of Mancer
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep and dark brown/black, with a light brown head. The lacing remained thick and all over the glass. The smell is that of malts. The initial taste is roasted chocolate with a smokey/burnt finish. Smooth and thick feel with the perfect amount of carbonation makes this a lovely porter. This is definitely one of the best porters that I have tasted, will have to buy this again.

Photo of JesseP09
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as black can be, no light penetration on this beer.

S - Nothing too special, just a nice average malty smell.

T - A rich chocolate taste, as well as some smoky (as the name would suggest) flavors in there as well.

M - Super full-bodied, delicious and creamy.

D - As usual a great offering from the folks at Stone. This is full-bodied, beautiful, and flavorful.

Photo of birchstick
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a jet black with a HUGE head

S - smells of sweet malts, and that's about it

T - the taste is good. There are some chocolate malts, a little bit of caramel, subtle coffee, and a touch of smokiness. The flavors are not bold, but easy to pick out. The flavors meld nicely to deliver a delicious porter.

M - full bodied and a good amount of carbonation

D - I guess I was expecting a lot more smoke and burnt malts. The sweet chocolate taste is what made this really shine. This was a good beer - nothing flashy, yet it held my interest.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Forms a decent light tan head that slowly dwindles down to a thin lacing on the top. The color is very complex. It is a brilliant mahogany around the edges and bottom and fades into a dark brown, almost black in the center. Looks awesome.

S: Smell is of dark chocolate, a litte bit of coffee, some light smokiness and sweet caramel.

T: Immediately get the smokiness and chocolate. I sense a little bit of coffee and definitely some sweet caramel. It finishes slightly bitter, but not in a bad way. The taste is very layered; you get every individual accent without one being overpowering.

M: Medium body and very smooth on the tongue with some slight carbonation. The smoky flavor hangs around and leaves a slightly dry finish.

D: I was able to enjoy the entire 22 oz. bottle with a grilled rib-eye steak, which was the perfect pair! I bumped it down a bit just because I don't think it would be as drinkable without being paired with good food.

Overall a good buy. I will definitely think about enjoying this with another steak, follow by some desert!

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a stein.
Appearance: Huge head upon initial pour. Leaves behind a small amount of lacing. The beer itself is a rich dark brown with only hints of translucence around the edges.

Smell: A little bit of the smoked malts come out but more so the coffee. Pretty typical smell.

Taste: The smoked malts come out much more in the taste. A fine tasting porter with a bit of bitter at the finish.

Mouth: Sweet with a nice medium body, light carbonation.

Drinkability: Great for the price, there are a few I would grab over it but it is still a great representation of the style.

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

A: Deep brunette in color, slightly lighter on the outer edges. Almost black, but nothing like a stout

S: Didn't get any of the "smoke" in the initial nose, but i did get a fair amount of chocolate and a little toffee.

T: A great taste that could only be expected of a porter. Dark Chocolate makes a first impression, and leaves a little bit of that sweet, smoky taste afterwards. If you are used to that latent sweetness common to porters, the "smoke" in this one almost (emphasis on almost) covers it up. A very pleasant, and welcome surprise.

M: Nice and smooth on the tongue, though not something that will feel refreshing. The smoky sweetness can be felt for quite a bit.

D: A very good pour. This is one to be reserved as a nightcap or saved to be had with/for dessert.

Photo of exparte
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Moderately strong and complex aroma that's primarily dark chocolate and licorice with a dark fruit element, maybe dark cherries or blackberries. Color is a deep ruby, almost black, with a inch thick, creamy, espresso-colored head that quickly subsides to a fine layer which laces thinly down the glass. I don't know what Koch is talking about because the peat malt is unquestionably the defining character of this beer. Still, it's not overwhelming so you can still enjoy the bittersweet chocolate malt behind it. The texture could be a bit thicker but the beer still manages to be rather creamy and soft. All in all this is a damn fine beer.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Smoked Porter 5.9% alcohol. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a German Becker.

A- Pours a opaque fluid that barely shows light on the edges. Heavy two inch head lingers with sticky lacing clinging.

S- Roasted malts and coffee grinds upfront with light vanilla cream hints.

T-M- Sweet creamy coffee with massive malt charactor. Carmel malts are appearent with a light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy excellence. Smooth carbonation and milky feel make for a great drink.

D- Will drink again but not sure when... if givin i'll put it down. Cheers!

Photo of Trizzle
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Near opaque black with brown/red highlights. Bossy head from an aggressive pour recedes leaving a nice tight 2mm dense head. SOme lace.

Smells of light floral hops, sweet malts: molasses, honey and brown sugar. Some tempting vegemite as well.

Taste: Whats this??? A Stone beer not cranked up to 11?? I've had to recalibrate. I generally brace myself on the first sip of one of Stone's beers with their aggresive and in your face (generally) hop inspired ales, and I did this time round. Needlessly. This is a (initially dissapointingly) subtle beer for Stone. But NOT a dissapointing one. Quite the contrary. Some gently sweet malts: more molasses and honey. Subtle veal stock/gravy notes, nice background smoke flavour. More delicious yeasty vegemite.The Stone hops are present and obvious, slightly floral and oily, but they are not the main act. This is balanced quite well, but a slight lack of roasted malt and/or hop bitterness for mine.

The body is medium, smooth but a little weak - medium carbonation adds a touch.

Drinkable? Yes. Rather.

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown with on finger of tan head with good retention and a tiny bit of lacing. Moderate carbonation evident at bottom of pint glass.

s - Smells of a nice coffee, roasted malt, and sweet malt combination. Hints of chocolate.

t - Tastes very smoky, like roasted malts and coffee. Not really tasting those sweet malts I smelled. Not bad.

m - Medium body with moderate carbonation, it is pretty smooth and creamy.

d - Overall this was an interesting porter. I didn't think it smelled too smoky but the taste certainly lived up to the name. The smell was sweeter (which I kind of liked better) than the taste, but it was still pretty good. I'd give it another shot.

Photo of EtOHMD
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

Very dark brown to black with small tan head that dissipates to thin coat.

Smell is of coffee / espresso, caramel, smoky merlot. Was able to pick up the aroma much better after multiple sips.

Nice mix of smoky, coffee / espresso, chocolate, tobacco, and raisin flavors. Smokiness was very well balanced by the sweeter flavors, not overpowering.

Thin feel. No syrupy aftertase that can sometimes bog down porters.

Easily drinkable.

Overall, a very good beer.

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

Look: Almost black, massive head that won't quit, with awesome lacing!

Smell: Sweet malt, mild roast coffee, a touch of smoke

Taste: Up Front: Chocolate and coffee. Finish: Chocolate malt, and very mild smoke

Mouthfeel: Full body, medium carbonation, slight dryness on the back end

Drinkability: Uber-quaffable

Overall Impression: A near perfect balance of flavors with the right amount of carbonation. One of the best Porters I've had to date. Stone strikes gold yet again - Black Gold

Photo of DrinkBEEROrDie
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this brew at Andover Liquors a local liquor store with an exceptional selection.I poured it in a pint glass and it had a very nice pour, the color is a very dark brown with a redish brown tint with a dark golden head .
It has a very ,smokey not to be redundant, taste with undertones of cream and choclate "very earthy". This beer has an exceptional mouth feel and a very nice nutty aroma . With that said i am always more of a stout man myself but Stone is a great company and i definitly recomend this to all you advocaters.

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

Bomber to pint glass. Had numerous times before, but this is my first review of it.

Black body with ruby highlights. One finger light khaki head. Decent head retention. Dies down to a slight foam collar and thing film on the top of the beer. Nice lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and subtle smoke (not intensely smokey like some raichbiers). Hints of chocolate. A subtle dark fruit note as well.

Tastes follows smell. Roasted malt, chocolate, subtle earthiness, subtle smokey notes, even some caramelized meat. Hints of chocolate. Very slight dark fruit notes too.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, medium dryness.

Very easy drinker.

This beer goes great with BBQ, chocolate/vanilla, spicy foods. A very versatile beer that pairs well with many food items.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes on Aug 27, 09 at the Old Toad.

A - mahogany brown, short lived off-white head, well laced. 4.0

S - roasted barley, coffee beans, hint of smoked ham, light cereal graininess. 3.5

T - immediate hit of chocolate malt, cocoa, and hop bitterness. Subtle smokiness in the finish of tobacco and smoked meat. 4.0

M - light in body for a porter and high carbonation. 3.0

D - quite drinkable although I'd probably stop after one. 3.0

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour itself seems less viscous that I expected. Once in the glass, the color is a deep and rich mahogany with ruby hues in around the edges of the glass. The head that forms lasts only briefly, reaching its pinnacle at height of about 2 cm. Lacing comes in a coarse and wide spiderweb around the sides of the glass, but interestingly enough, I don't get anything around the back of the glass, as it faces me.

S: Given how rich Stone's beers usually are, I was expecting a big roast and smokey aroma, but I didn't really get that. Instead, I ended up with more chocolatey and coffee aromas. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but somewhat disappointing given this beer's name.

T: The smoke comes through a bit more here, but again, it seems a bit too understated. Luckily, there are some other substantial flavors that come through as well. Coffee, roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate all add to the complex character of this beer and draw my attention away from the lack of smoke.

M/D: Despite my initial impression of this beer's viscosity as somewhat thin, the feel is really anything but. More substantial than some stouts that I have enjoyed, the feel is creamy and smooth. The carbonation that produced that nice thick and creamy head has disappeared, and allows my sips to slide down my throat. This is a very enjoyable beer, and I reached the end of the bottle before I expected to, as it goes down so easily.

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,831 ratings.