Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,830 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,830
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 128
Gots: 285 | FT: 1
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002)
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Photo of wknight167
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a near opaque black that only lets light through when held to the light with a two finger tan head that lasts a good deal of time and leaves some impressive lacing.

Nose- Roasty dark chocolate and coffee. Smoke is evident, but not at the level I was expecting from a stone brew.

Palate- Both the smoke and hops are present, but slight. The showcase here is the malt. Coffee and chocolate with a touch of roastiness. The smoke becomes more pronounced as the beer warms, but it remains smooth.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and smooth, full bodied with mild carbonation

Overall- Shows that a smoked porter can still be about the porter.

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

This brew pours a deep, dark brown - near black but not quite; with an almond colored, creamy head; nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by chocolate - almost a chocolate pudding or cocoa powder. There's also some light roasted notes. Taste is at first chocolate, followed by roasted malts (more pronounced than aroma) and light coffee; finishes with a touch of smokiness and light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smoooth and creamy. Very drinkable - one of my favorite porters.

Photo of MOB210SA
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick hardly moving sandy tan head, almost coca-cola looking as its being poured out the bottle. Much darker once poured. Black coal in appearence but definitley not impenetrable. Not difficult to see a lot of ruby red/scarlett around the edges with lighting. Stayed around for a while but eventually settled to thin head made mostly of large bubbles. Pretty thick, gloppy lacing.

Mmm, Nose is very nice. The smokey flavor really comes through. Not in a overwhelming way, its subtle. Some roasted malt and dark chocolate and small amount of sweet caramel. With some warming the sweetness does come though too.

The "smoked" is a for sure thing here. The flavor mostly consists of a great woody smoked flavor, followed by the roasted maltiness, and chocolatey finish. This beer has a distinct start, middle and finish, but flows seamlessly.

Medium/full bodied, filling mouthfeel that is slightly sticky but goes down smooth and nice lingering flavors. Great drinkability one of the better porters Ive had.

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

A- deep mahogany on the edges, a black center, and a big tan head with excellent retention and fine lacing

S- like a mocha, but smokier

T- coffee and dark chocolate stand out with the smoke closely following along at all stages, and even a nice hoppy balance characteristic of Stone brews

M- medium, chewy body with proper carbonation and a good aftertaste

D- like water. burnt, muddy, delicious water

Photo of TheDeuce
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stone Smoked Porter...

Appearance-dark black with minimal head despite an heavy pour, heavy carbonation, certainly fits the style profile.

Smell-alcohol and bready malt, caramel and coffee undertones, a little bit of smokiness but it doesn't dominate.

Taste/Mouthfeel-nice suprisingly light malty flavor, chocolate and coffee, some small smoke burn but it's again lighter than I expected. Creamy smoothness, hints of raisin like fruit as well.

Drinkability-smooth light creamy very drinkable.

Overall-a surprisingly subdued beer from Stone but it's a good one, very flavorful and very drinkable.

Photo of Onenote81
2.45/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the First Street Draught House in town. Came out a very dark black with some ruby highlights on the edges. Nice creamy tan head on top. Left beautiful sip rings. Smoke is surprisingly absent in the nose. I was expecting a smoky, roasted scent, but in its place was just some cocoa tones with a sweet finish.

Very creamy body on this beer. Carbonation level was low. Smooth. No smoke in the flavor either. What makes this smoked? This tastes like a regular porter to me. Some light coffee bitterness, mild chocolate flavors, and roasted malts on the finish. Sorry, but this was boring when I expected something a little more original.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a DFH pint glass. Thin glass made for quite some head.

A: Light barely squeaks through this one, very dark brown with a head to match. Head is full and foamy with a nice tan color. Hasn't went down since I started the review so it looks like this ones hanging around.

S: Has a sweet smell like unfermented wort. Smells like wet, smokey grains. Sweetness comes through with aromas of chocolate, vanilla and even some cinnamon(may be the smoke). Not a whole lot going on here. No hop presence to balance the roastiness.

T: Smokey and roasty, fairly sweet yet bitter in the end. Chocolate and smoke prevail. Thought I was going to be disappointed after the aroma, but this beer succeeds in the smoked category. Flavor is very complex with the smoke and sweet malts playing off each other. A small bit of hops come through on the palate giving it some floral qualities towards the end. Very well balanced beer.

M: Although thin, I wasn't expecting a chewy beer. Rushes down the tongue and collects in the back of the mouth distributing smoke and sweetness around. Thin but luxurious.

D: Very drinkable porter, I'm almost halfway done a pint while doing this review. Could see this pairing very well with chocolate desserts or even a nice cigar (don't smoke them, but just going on flavor juxtaposition here). Low abv makes a bomber of this an easy match for a craft beer lover.

Photo of mikereaser
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle on 12/1/09

I'll start off by saying that I don't normally like smoked beers, this bottle is probably a year old

A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam

S - chocolate, roasted malts, hints of smokiness

T - chocolate at first, then smokiness followed by a charcoal flavor, not bad at all, smoke flavor comes in later in the mouth

M - good carbonation, smooth creamy mouthfeel

D - the smoke builds here, a nicely balanced beer, by the end of the bottle, it was too much for me, but overall i'd drink this one over most other smoked beers

Photo of OldYoda
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip. Pours an opaque smokey brown/black.

Smell is of malt and smoke and some hints of chocolate.

Taste closely follows smell but is well balanced and very smooth.

Mouthfeel is more crisp than I expected and fairly dry.

Drinkability is fine at this ABV.

Porters are not my favorite style but this was very nice and very drinkable.

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

A - Thinner, but similar to, RIS. Lesser head, decent retention.

S - Subdued smoky wood and also a charcoal with barely anything else discernible.

T - Balanced smoky and hoppy flavor with underlying rich charcoal roasted taste over a moderate brown malt background. Nice piney hop, bitter and dry. Overall the balance and subtle confluence of flavor is quite good. The flavors are not exceptional, but they are responsibly allocated and delivered with restraint.

M - It has a medium body with a savory finish, slightly dry.

D - Extremely drinkable, perhaps because it is not extraordinary, instead it strives for balance and palatability.

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

appearance: deep dark brown, nearly ebony color, nice lacing body, but waht's up with the crazy carbonation.

smell: sublte aromas, some roasted malt and some chocolate. Where's the smoke?

taste: there it is but not nearly as much as i thought. heavy malt backbone

mouthfeel: medium bodied and a little light for a good porter

drinkability: Disapointed. I was expecting more richness and more smoke flavor. I'm not a big smoke beer person but when I drink one I want it to be more presented. Possiblity that I aged it past it's prime. it said best by 09 but I could not read the mont. Unsure... I need to seek out and try agin to be sure of the rating.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Honeyed brown liquid filled the glass and a half inch of delicately tan head bubbles forth. Rocky and creamy for several minutes before it becomes just a cap, leaving moderately sheety lacing.

It almost smells like there's smoke in here, but not really. Some light caramel and roast. There might be smoke, but it might just be me because I chose to drink this on a night when I burned leaves.

Wet malt, wet leaves, weak caramel malt, honey. A twinge of herbal, biting hop. Floral and fennel. A minuscule peat note dares you to find it when the beer warms to around fifty or fifty-five.

Thin, very nearly watery. A bit prickly. I anticipated something with a more pronounced flavor from Stone. I shan't be buying this again; my eye was towards extreme.

Photo of fastsrt
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bomber to chalice pours deep brown with a nice head that diminishes to a wonderful lace, that keeps till the last sip. starts off with a toasty malt then there is some dark fruit like fig and prune then there is a touch of smoke upon the finish this is a great porter but i wish there was more smoke.

Photo of Reaper16
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice

Pours a Pepsi Cola brown that is substantially lighter around the edges. Not much size to the off-white foam. Lacing is spotty at best. Pretty average looking porter.

This doesn't smell like a porter, not really. Lots of sweet, caramel scents. Not too much roastiness at all. The smoke is very light compared to other smoked porters I've had. There is a very nice nutty quality -- like pecans -- that helps the score for aroma.

The most noticeable thing about this beer? The amount of smoke is very, very light! I'm used to getting pints of O'Fallon Smoked Porter, which is so smoky that it is practically barbecued beer. Stone's offering in the category is subtle. The smoky quality sticks out only on the finish. Before that ashy finish is a pretty standard porter. Roasted coffee flavors meet some light raisin.

Decent mouthfeel. Its kind of light, but I'm not convinced that a more substantial body would improve anything. Drinkability is pretty ok. It is held back by the super-drying nature of the beer. This one has to be paired with food that has some moistness to it, be it meat or cake.

You can say that I was disappointed by this smoked porter. The smoke is not a focal point and the porter backbone is not impressive. I'm glad to have tried it but I don't see myself buying this if it were available in my area.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at work a couple days ago.

Appearance- black color, good size head, nice lacing

Smell- smoke, malt, coffee

Taste- mostly coffee flavor, tiny hints of smoke

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- Excellent! Stone always does an excellent job. Very good porter

Photo of therica
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= nearly dark black, almost like a Schwarzbier. Very little head with careful pouring.

S= modest hints of smoke overpowered by huge dry dark Swiss chocolate and some coffee, hints of toffee and grassy malts. Massive hops nose.

T= dark Swiss chocolate and dry coffee, modest typical west-coast trendy piney hops flavor and bite, the smoked flavor is only slightly apparent to my mild disappointment.

M= dry chocolate and coffee with a zing of hops florals and bitters.

D= very drinkable, probably more so with desserts and chocolate etc. than with most meals. Great on its own as a dessert, though.

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

22 ounce bomber I picked up from Hop City in ATL last week. Can't believe I have taken this long to work my way to this Stone offering. I love porters but I just never made it to this one. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a seemingly dark black in color off the pour. Closer inspection proved that this is an incredibly dark brown instead. Very dark with dark ruby hues. Can't see through it and can't make out a visibly carbonation activity. The head is a little lighter in color than I expected. It is about a finger of light tan head off the pour. Retention is so so, falling slowly to a thin ring that puts up minimal lace. Its not bad looking, but its not exceptional either.

S: You know, its simple but nice. Has a very heavy malt presence. A little bit chocolately and little bit caramel. Getting more of a heavy roast aroma off the malt than a smoked aroma in the flavor. Its just slightly woody and hard to decipher the smoked quality. Touch of hoppiness to it, maybe pine. Touch of coffee as well.

T: Nice as well. Almost mirrors the nose. Bit more chocolatey here. Has a nice roast to the malt and grain for sure. Touch of caramel comes through on the finish as far as malt goes. The hops aren't coming through as much as they were in the nose. Smoke quality is a bit more prevalent, very light and well hidden but present. Just a bit of bitter, dark coffee coming out as well. Damned tasty.

M: Has a bit of weight to it but I would still put it on the heavy side of medium. Carbonation comes across a bit too high for my liking in a porter. Just has a bit too much bubbly quality to it on the throat. Slight bitter but mostly nice and smooth. Aftertaste is all malty goodness.

D: I am very happy with this beer to honest. Sure I can see it being improved but its a good drink. Goes down easy, isn't overpowering or anything crazy. Simple yet still has some complexity to it. I look forward to each sip to see what is there, and that is what I want in a beer. Stone rarely disappoints me, so this is no suprise. Glad I finally picked this one up and I probably will do so again.

Photo of bmwats
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. 1 finger foamy brownish white head. Not much in terms of lacing except a little beer ring that quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Dark roasted, smoky, malt.

T: Smells like it tastes. Malt is roasted and smoky. A little bittersweet chocolate.

M: Body is kinda' heavy, but not thick and cloying. Really fills the palette. A slightly bitter finish.

D: Good sipping beer.

Good atmosphere. Deep dark formidable appearance. Nose is pretty basic, but the smokiness gives it really unique character. Flavor the same... the smokiness adds a whole new dimension to what would already be a great porter. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A classic in the smoked porter genre. Pours dark delicious brown. Aroma comes through, a little different, is that the burnt choco malt I smell over any hop character? Taste, hey, there's a massive amount of hops (Chinook?) for a porter. . . for anything really. Mouthfeel holds up, drinkability rated a little lower as I don't think i've ever had more than one in a night. But yet you always want to have one on any given day.

Photo of deruiz10
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger tan head fades pretty quickly and leaves thin lacing. Pour is dark brown with some red.

S - Caramel and hickory smoke, with a faint chocolate and fruity undertone.

T - Creamy mocha and caramel with a notable smokiness which lasts through the aftertaste. Though the body is also accompanied by a dark chocolate bitterness, this fades to a more milk-chocolate finish.

M - Creamy with mild carbonation, this is one smooth brew.

D - A delicious porter to be sure, not too heavy but with loads of flavor and a great overall effect.

Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 22oz bottle pours a rich dark ruby amber-black with a large two finger light brown head full of large bubbles. Good thick skim stayed all the way through and left decent lacing.
S: Roasted malts, some smoke, a bit of a fruity sweet, barley, nuts, grains and notes of sour coffee.
T: Sweet malt up front, slightly fruity in the middle along with some bitter hops, with kind of a smokey tobacco finish that is hard to describe. Leaves a smokey, slightly sour aftertaste in your mouth. Hints of floral hops as well.
M: Fairy carbonated and creamy. A bit of a bitter aftertaste with the smoke. No alcohol burn/taste.
D: Pretty decent porter. Not as smokey as I expected. I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. All I know is this is a good beer that I would have no problem buying again.

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

Pouring like crude oil (something it shares with the Russian Imperial Stout), the Porter lacked much head and what it did have was kinda spotty as it defoamed. The brew smelled like roasted coffee that was tossed into a enclosure of pure smoke. The roasted malt is blended well enough with the chocolate, coffee and smokey taste to avoid it being too overpowering in any one area. I've seen some reviews of this beer that thought the smoke was a bit much, but I disagree. Good mouth coverage, with a sharp first taste (something I think is pretty common with Stone brews), then it ends with a sour bitterness in the aftertaste. Would have this beer again, but it does not stand out as so unique that this would be my ideal smoked porter.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - Really black, very little head that defoams very spotty
Smell - 4.5/5.0 - Coffee, smoke, nice blended malt
Taste - 4.0/5.0 - Bitter coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, some sourness
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - Good mouth coverage, sharp initial taste, slight bitterness in the aftertaste
Drinkability - 3.5/5.0 - Surely would have again, just wish I could it get in something other than a bomber.

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

Poured this one from a bomber into an imperial pint glass. It pours a super dark color, damn near black but maybe a little bit of brown. Huge creamy tan head, lots of lacing and great retention.

Smells like smoke, for sure... hard to place the exact flavors but it smells like a Pacific NW salmon being smoked... at least that's what comes to mind.

The taste hits up front with a little bit of chocolate before the smoke flavor takes over... and then lingers a bit. It's good but I expected more.

The beer is a little more watery than I would like to see too... but still has a good mouthfeel.

Medium marks for dirnkability... the smoke flavors are a little on the strong side and it might throw some people off.

Photo of sevenredrabbits
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown with 1 to 2 finger head. Head has staying power.

Smell:s like coffee and something bitter sweet like moxie.

Taste : coffee and melted sugar. smoked porter is apt. something mellow. campfire roasted marshmallow and cocoa, but much heavier.

mouthfeel : satin with a small nip at the tip of your tongue. nice.

Photo of woosterbill
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Black body shows a deep, clear ruby hue when held up to light; a dense tan head is only half an inch tall, but sticks around admirably and leaves a nigh-solid coating of lace. i'll forgive the small head since it was on tap (and I appreciate getting more actual beer), and declare this a great-looking beer.

S: Nothing but smoke at first; maybe some sweet maltiness on the tail end.

T: Far less smoky than the nose: more roasted malt (coffee) and dark fruity maltiness. Sticky sweet finish. The smoke is understated, and mainly appears at the outset. Quite complex and pretty tasty.

M: Sticky and medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: It's fun that there's so much going on, but the sweetness keeps me from wanting to keep throwing this one back.

Notes: Solid, tasty brew, but it pales in comparison to a good rauchbier or a good porter, IMO. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would gladly have it again.


Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,830 ratings.