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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,908 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,908
Reviews: 1,780
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 148
Gots: 344 | FT: 2
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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 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
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
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.


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

Sort of an inconspicuous appearing porter with a dark brown/black body and a thin tan head. Nothing too special in the smell. A few charred notes and hints of esters. Has a body like molasses. The most amazing thing about the beer is its taste. Very complex. Has a combination of deeply roasted malts and rich fruity hops. In addition, it seems to pick up something similar to a dark red wine in flavor. I'm not sure if this has to deal with the smoking process, but all of the complex flavors come together nicely in a not too overwhelming mixture that begs to be drank again and again.

**Note. Bottle carefully aged for 2 years.

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

Poured into a SA glass from a 22 oz bottle. Good tanish head with some decent retention, and good lace.

Chocolate, coffee, caramell malts, and just a little touch of smokieness.

Not overly smokeie at all, in fact the perfect amount. Roasted malts and watery coffee dominate the beverage. Touches of chocolate and hints of toffee.

Medium body, and creamy low carb and a overall smooth experiance. Really drinkable low abv great offering by Stone!

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

pretty pitch black with a cappuccino head that wasn't poured with a lot of height to begin with, but didn't last long. lacing is great
smell of chocolate malts and a mocha flavor. don't really pick up on a smokey smell really.
and the taste matches the smell. however, i do notice a little smoked taste on this porter. very malty and bitter.
The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, with the carbonation is good.
very drinkable beer.
was my first porter i've ever reviewed, and first smoked porter ever tasted. i enjoyed it.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A-Mostly black with mahogany at the center of the pour. Two fingers of thick, creamy head, light tan head.

S-Very faint here. Smells of bitter dark chocolate. There's a great smokey smell to it.

T-Smoked malts, chocolate, some woodiness. Can barely taste any alcohol in this.

M-A bit thick, syrupy, and creamy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

D-Goes down smooth, although, the smokiness stays in the mouth a bit. This bomber is disappearing pretty fast though. As said earlier, alcohol is barely noticeable.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is dark brown; mahogany at the center. The head is a light tan color, and it is huge. Great retention, tons of sticky lacing left behind.

A big porter aroma that is doused in smokiness features chocolate, coffee, and a touch of hops and caramel.

First up is a nice dark chocolate flavor with some smoke behind it. After the chocolate starts to fade the smoke expresses itself more fully, followed by the slight bite of citrus flavored hops. Next comes a slightly bitter coffee flavor that strengthens right until the finish, where just a touch of caramel flavor appears.

The body is full and slick with moderate to low carbonation, which overall works very well.

Overall Stone Smoked Porter is a very good porter. I would say that it is a little light on the smoke flavors, but I like it anyway. Definitely a beer I would buy again.

Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a snifter.

Pours pure black into the snifter with a half inch head - dark tan. Held up to the light, there's a touch of mahogany around the edges, but it's pretty much black. A fair bit of nice, dense lacing.

Not too strong in the smell department, but there's some there. Espresso, a touch of cigar smoke, and bitter cocoa beans. I don't get much in the way of spice, but that doesn't mean much.

Yum. Strong, dark coffee, espresso beans, a touch of "dirt", cigar smoke, and bitter chocolate. There's a hint of dark berry somewhere in there, and plenty of the malliard reaction in the flavor.

Well balanced in the mouth, not silky, but smoother and slightly denser than the average beer. Low carbonation, but it cooperates nicely with the flavors for the almost heavy mouthfeel.

Nice clean beer, strongly recommended. Great pairing with Ham and Sauce Poivrade. Would be good with any grilled/smoked dark meats and heavy sauces. If it wasn't so expensive, it would make a very tasty sauce for those roasted dark meats.

Photo of beeragent
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown forming a 1 inch tan head. Medium spots of lace on the glass.

S - Roasted malts dominate the nose with a hint of smoke coming through. Very inviting!

T - Roasted malts and the smoked malts dominate the palate. Not overly smokey but with enough of a smoke presence to back uo the name of this beer. No noticeable hop profile and alcohol presence.

M - Medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth and clean finish.

D - I love smoke beers and porters, so the blending of the two is like heaven to me. The taste is well blended and just amazing!! The alcohol content is low enough to allow for a few of these to be had in one night (which I have done). Overall, this is easily one of my favorite beers available from Stone. Great job Stone!!!!

Photo of jaxon53
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Porters at the moment. Served this one chilled, in a snifter, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle. Actually let this warm a bit before sampling.

Appearance: Almost jet black, a few beams of faint light pass through the dark liquid. A semi-hard pour yielded about two fingers of almost tan, soapy head. Head faded quickly into a thin ring of foam around the glass. Some creamy lace was left behind on the glass.

Smell: Nice mellow nose. Roasted and smoked malts are out front, but do not overpower. Touches of black coffee. Faint aromas of milk chocolate with hints of toffee.

Taste: Nice flavor as well. Again, smokey malt flavor that doesn't overpower. Has a subtle roastiness behind the smoke. Slight notes of coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Just a bit of bitter hops in the smooth creamy finish. Nice balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Smooth and somewhat slick. Carbonation is a bit on the lower side but fits this beer perfectly.

Drinkability: This one drinks very nicely thanks to the 5.9 percent ABV and well balanced flavors.

Photo of longdivision
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber.
Appearance was almost black but some light comes through on the edges, with a creamy beige head that lasts for a good while.

Smelled a little sweet with some piney hops.

The taste had couple things going on. sweetness, roasted coffee and malts up front with some pronounced bitter hops at the end. the hops and coffee linger afterward.

Medium mouth-peel with a tongue coating quality.


Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this back in September on tap at Allora in Marlborough, MA, but forgot to log it here. Just noticed it in my notes.

A: Almost pitch black with 2 finger rusty-brown head, served in a flute glass.

N: Nose of roasted malts, slight chocolate, toffee, and some smoked malt.

T: Creamy and roasty with chocolate milk taste. Semi smokey but not overpowering. Semi sweet and a little syrupy, also adds some earthy roasted flavors.

M: Semi thick with decent carbonation and a little syrupy and creamy.

F: Pretty bitter on the finish, which also adds some dark fruits, and slight stouty bitter flavors. A little more lingering smoke but not much, and followed with some light alcohol spice.

Photo of m1ked
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from WF Bowery beer room. I let Neil know about the SD local favorite "Smokey Indian" a mixture of Stone's Smoked Porter & IPA...mmmm.

A- Pours with a monster sandy tan colored head that has large bubbles on the top, with fine bubbles on the bottom. The head hangs around for a long time. Once it does shrink down, it leaves behind a ton of lacing. Pours a dark cola colored brown. When held up to the light, boasts some flaming ruby edges. Looks so good.

S- Rich woody, cocoa, cola, touch of smoke, root beer, mollasses from a fruitcake. Even though the smoke is undeniable, it is not overpowering, and lingers.

T- Definetly get the smoke up front, burnt woodiness, light cocoa, light salty meat...which I am sure is the smokiness tricking my palate. Some bitterness at the end. The flavors in the middle are kind of lost between the bookends of smoke (duh) and lingering bitter.

M- Really light mouthfeel, but as I must remind myself that this is a porter, not a stout. Good carbonation throughout.

D- This is a great porter. I wonder how many casual beer drinkers have been scred off by the "smoked" oart of the label. Having lived in SD, I think I took this beer for granted. I was so happy to see this for growler fills here in NYC. Good to pair with food too!

Photo of Avagadro
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Nearly opaque, with hints of molasses towards the top of the glass. This brew pours with a vigorous head that is quite persistent.

S: Dark chocolate, sourdough bread, and piney hops are present, but faint in this brew's faint bouquet.

T: Deliciously roasted barley combines with American grown hops to deliver an enjoyable experience. The roast and hops don't conflict as they typically do when paired together. I'm disappointed in the total absence of smoke.

M: The first thing you notice about this brew is its heavy carbonation. The thick mouthfeel and roasty aftertaste are quickly scrubbed from your palette by the bubbles.

D: This brew was delicious, but let me down on a couple of key points: there was little bouquet, no smoke, and way too much carbonation. A good beer, but not one of Stone's best works.

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

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 5 mm head that leaves lots of lacing. The appearance is very dark with clear amber around the edges. The smell is of citrus hops and a hint of burning mesquite. The taste is somewhat complex with strong hops, coffee, roasted malt, and burning mesquite. The feel is full bodied but not overly heavy with a nice sweet finish. This is a very drinkable beer.

Photo of capra12
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo.

Appearance: deep and dark brown with little head

Smell: roasted coffee and powdered dark chocolate.

Taste: opens with a mild coffee bitter as a smoky and coffee bitter/ sour comes in as a mild malt profile finishes the sip leaving a mildly smoky coffee bitter.

Moutfeel: light bodied and rather dry. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I would have this again and recommend this to someone who enjoys a smoky porter that have a rich coffee bitter/ sour in the middle to end.

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

This Porter is well done, beautiful dark brown to black, head has a smokey vanilla look. Aroma is exceptional with a smokey coffee offering. The taste comes on strong with the roasted grains and malts, you think that the flavor is going to be overwhelming, but instead is fades into a wanting for more, very clean finish.
Overall a very good Smoked Porter, just what you come to expect from Stone

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on draft at the Stone Brewery during the IRS vertical tasting. Pours black with multiple streams of bubbles;quarter inch of head.

Strong coffee aroma with a subtle fragrance of caramel (barley/malt?).

At first sip, a torrent of smokiness and bitterness attacks the palate. Dark chocolate is on deck, only to give way to some barley flavor. Just when you think that there are no more prominent flavors, the hoppy kick subsides and is replaced by a sweet malt aftertaste.

The body really shines in this beer. It looks deceivingly thin, however it turned out to be quite thick, bready and mouth-coating. This beer is definitely a great representation of a porter, and it is one that can be sipped on all afternoon.

Photo of david18
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to find this beer to be as low in abv as it is. Stone Brewery, which typically makes bigger beers, has really scored with this sessionable beer which will be a great drinker all winter. Excellent color, great roasty aroma, very pleasing flavor and an overall good beer for sipping or gulping.

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

Last of my haul from an easter trip to the american northeast, i saved (aged, whatever) this baby for 6 months and decided to pop it in honor of a friend returning from spain. Bbq and a smoked porter? my kind of night.

Beautiful pour, brown black dirty bodied with a thick and rocky tan head which is a gateway to all its brilliant smell. not very translucid, rather viscous aspect.

Smell is predominantly sweet and smoky, much like i fancy my barbecues. roast malts with a very slight hoppy tone and a light alcohol sting perceivable at the nose.

Taste is very nice, absolutely full bodied and full flavoured, malty taste. i very much enjoyed the participation sweeter tastes get in this beer as opposed to the bitter hoppy dominance many american beers tend to allow. subtle alcoholic blend throughout, with an even dark chocolate mouthfeel at times.

A great beer, sessionable and hearty.

Photo of jrallen34
3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

I had such high hopes for this beer. I love porter and I love smokey beers so how could this go wrong? Sadly, I was wrong.

The beer pours black with light tan head that is big, 3 fingers high with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is really light and doesn't bring forth nice smokiest that you would expect. The smoke is there just really light with a tad of chocolate.

The taste is really super light as well, you can barely get any smoke at all and just a light coffee taste.

Mouthfeel is solid nothing great, and this is just a bland beer that is not very drinkable.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to tulip.

Very Dark brown on the pour. Very light brown 2+ finger of head forms, leaving mucho lacing down the glass.

Aroma is pleasantly smoky, malty, roasted and sweet.

Taste is much of the same; roasted, toasty, mildly smoky, with some pleasant chocolate and sweetness and hop finish.

Creamy, medium in body, slick and smooth. Carbonation is minimal.

Great drinkability, and another tasty Stone stand-by.

Photo of PartyBear
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost black in colour, with a thick creamy tan head and a slight amount of carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts, with hints of chocolate, smoked oak chips, mild coffee, and strange metallic red winey aroma.

Taste: The taste is powerfully smokey right from the start, like eating a campfire. After fanning away the smoke there is a predominantly malty body, with woody coffee flavours, and a subtle burnt sugar. There are traces of raisin, and possibly blackcurrant.

Mouthfeel: Dense and smooth, a nice porter feel.

Drinkability: The intense smokiness may take away a bit from the drinkability but it is still a great porter, and smoke is nice in small doses, and anyway, it is a smoked porter.

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

A: Nice buddy head that fades quickly. Dark middle that lets brown light through on the edges.

S: Lightly smokey and malty.

T: Tasted some hints of tabacco and dark chocolate.

M: Frothy but a little thin

D: Great beer. Easily could drink a few too many.

Serving type: bottle

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,908 ratings.