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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,698 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 3,698
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 110
Gots: 246 | 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 stoutfiend27
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a dimpled mug

a-off brown color held up to light could see right through..little to no head at all

smell-slightly roasted malt, smoke smell was there but we will get to that in a minute. no hop aroma present

t-this is where the dissapointment came in..there was no "meat" to this porter...it was very watery and boring. with the smoke smell in the nose i could not figure out where it was in the taste...slightly roasted malt taste but overall boring

note--maybe i got an off bottle but i shared it with a pal and we both had the same look on our face upon tasting..stone is a great brewery and i have to say that this is the only beer ive have had by them i was not happy with..

drinkablitly--i literally could drink this beer all night because of the consistency and abv but not by choice

stoutfiend27, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just opened after a long day of work. So as far as that concerns this beer or any beer that I would have right now would taste better than it should.

Stone is a bad ass brewing company, the best in the world some would say. This beer came in a bomber picked up at the store. The appearance is a dark amber, DEFF not motor oil. It pours nice, with a two finger beige head, actually the same color as the carpet in my house, if you have ever seen that. The color held up to the light is a dark amber with a red frame.

The smell is good, nothing special. This beer was really nothing special. It was good and I would drink one again, just nothing special. Smelled like roasted wood or a dark burnt barley.

The taste is deff. the best part of this beer. This beer tastes like a porter. Nothing special, I can taste a bit of smoke or hickory. Maybe like a wood. Can deff. taste the barley and bit of malts. The mouthfeel and drinkability are great. I drank the whole bomber just during this review because it went down so smooth. Really nothing spectacular though. Would drink again, but only if there were limited options.

J

Jmoore50, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hopjacks into a pint glass. Dark, engine-oil black with minimal head, only a thin brownish tan foam topping the dark liquid. Not much nose at first, but as it warms to proper temperature, notes of lightly toasted malt and coffee emerge. The beer wasn't listed on the menu as "smoked porter" and I honestly didn't get much "smoky" character from it. In the mouth are obvious roasted malt flavors blended with notes of powdery chocolate and roasted coffee. Dry, toasted malt finish. In the mouth, it's smooth and creamy with a silky feel similar to skim milk. Just right for style. Drinkability is excellent; it's smooth and flavorful and definitely sessionable.

Overall: A good solid porter, above average and worth a try.

jettjon, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Chelsea1905
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

Pours nicely, dark amber, red tinges around the edge. Head is very effervescent, and large, but bubbles off slowly.

smells of smoke and sherry. Certainly some berries in there too, a little coffee, but quite disappointing that it didn't have as much smoke as I'd hoped for

tastes a little more smokey, but certainly some undertones of currants and fruit in there

Mouthfeel was very light for a porter, you get a feel for what the head looked like it would have felt like.
Drinks well, medium body for a porter

Chelsea1905, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of farrago
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with only a hint of amber red at the bottom of the glass, the bubbles on the pour billow beneath the surface before forming a dense head, too dark to trace bubble beads. Roasted malts, coffee bean, cocoa powder and an herbal streak fashion the nose, hint of rum raisin, takes the turns at high speeds as if wanting to show off. Full-bodied, very smoky with a strong chicory streak, gives it a more dark chocolate and bitter profile. The raisin, plum fruit sneaks onto stage, sweetened by molasses crisp notes. Minimal sign of hops, malt the whole way through. Suggests it could be more bitter than it is, this for the best.

farrago, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of bfields4
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely with a full head and a dark amber body. The head retains itself very well throughout the beer. Leaving nice trails down the glass.

Sweet chocolaty smells rise from this beer accompanied by smokey notes.

Smokey coffee and chocolate tastes make this beer very enjoyable another taste of something I can't quite put my finger on maybe a little bit of molasses.

A nice smooth light body makes this beer go down very easy.

bfields4, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of KevinBrewer
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on cask at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica. I have to say this is one of the most tasty beverages I have ever consumed. Porter is not even my favorite style of beer, and I refuse to believe that a mere man has concocted this brew until I taste a glass from a different batch.

The color is an opaque black, and the head is towering with thick brown foam that seems to stay until the glass is almost empty. There is enough lacing to make my glass look like a fossil record.

The aroma is of fresh vanilla beans and chocolate, and there is a hint of smoke in the background.

Upon sipping this brew, I am introduced to a heavenly enlightenment that I have never experienced before. It is a perfect balance of chocolate, roasty malt, fresh vanilla beans, and subtle hops. The smoke is present, but perfectly tucked in the background. There is also a hint of marshmellows.

The beer has a medium body, good carbonation (especially for a cask), and a smooth finish.

Very, very drinkable, especially for a porter. I could drink these all night. I wanted to try so many other beers because the Daily Pint has such a great selection, but my conscience would not let me waste my alcohol tolerance on a different brew. I had the feeling that no other cask of Stone Smoked Porter will ever taste quite this good.

KevinBrewer, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of taylor714914
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -Cracked the bomber and poured this thick, black brew into a pint glass. Great light brown head 2 fingers tall.

S - Not a ton of smell...smoke, coffee, roasted malts. All were present but not that powerful.

T - Pretty upfront chocolate/toasted wood/espresso flavors that didn't really evolve into much else.

M - Great viscosity for a porter. Smooth and rich rich a great coating mouthfeel. Very light carbonation.

D - I found the flavors to mix well, and none to be overpowering. A well balanced beer, and before I knew it, I had drank the entire bomber. Goes down so easily and smoothly, and is very, very drinkable.

taylor714914, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer. It has that Stone taste, you know? I generally don't really drink porters as I'd rather just drink a Stout for a similar taste and style. This beer was very smooth and easy to drink - nothing groundbreaking, but it certainly had a character and some interesting flavors. Aroma was also nice. I just kept wishing that it was a little more full-bodied and I wanted a little more bite from the alcohol - maybe I'm just used to imperial stouts. I'd have another one, but I had a Ruination IPA (one of my favorite Stones) right there so I drank that. I'd probably drink most other stones that this one, but this is still a Stone - tastes great and is very enjoyable to drink.

prsguitarsr4me, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Redrover
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was glad to see this one among the wall of taps at the Houston Flying Saucer. The beer is a dark, dark brown with a dense creamy head. It has sheets of lacing & is a looker.

Nose of dark fruits, brown sugar, wood smoke and a touch of Kikkoman's soy sauce.

The first taste is of dark fruit, molasses, a touch of oak and some smoke. The smoke is not overpowering but is a background compliment.

The mouth is silky smooth with low carbonation.

This is an easy drinker with subtle smoke, may be a great way to introduce folks to smoke beers.

Redrover, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, dark black color with a thick, foamy, cappuccino-like head. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled smoky, but not over the top smoky. There were hints of coffee, too.

T - It tasted fairly smoky, but it wasn't overdone. There were subtle tastes of licorice, chocolate and expresso.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good smoked porter. Its mild smoke quality makes it more versatile when pairing it with food and it won't wreck your palate for another brew.

zeff80, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Both experiences I've had with Stone brews have been learning experiences so far. From Arrogant Bastard, I learned that Stone's bottle warnings, while humorous, are indeed true. From the Imperial Russian Stout, I learned that I'm just not a fan of that style. I assumed that I would learn the same from this beer, but you never know until you try.

This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, with some ruby red highlights and a puffy hot chocolate head.

Smells almost entirely of roasted malt. Some coffee beans and dark chocolate in there, as well, but the roasty malt is strongest.

The taste matches all of the scents, with the addition of a nice smoky character that comes in behind everything else. Very dry finish with a little hop bitterness. Everything balances out very nicely.

This beer is surprisingly light and smooth...not to say that it IS light, more of a medium-light, but I just expected this to be much heavier. It was a very pleasant surprise. Very creamy. This seems to be very drinkable.

I expected to be overwhelmed by this beer, in a bad way. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Gyle41386, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, dark, red-tinged colour with masses of head that is nonetheless thinly webbed and dispersing quite quickly - which is good, because that much head wouldn't be much good - and ends up a thin film of mocha foam. Little bit of lacing. Really quite nice.

Fair burnt coffee aroma, bit of charcoal, but not as pungent as other darks. The saving grace is a slight creamy aspect, giving it a nice chocolatey aroma. Nice, could be more powerful. If I had known what this was while trying it I would have been surprised at the lack of smokey character on the nose.

Curious taste. Quite a lot of terrain in this palate. Starts with a rich, cocoa-heavy chocolate character and then gets actually darker, like black coffee, only the mouthfeel is light and smooth and carries away the over-roasted flavour so you almost don't notice it. Finish almost has a raisiny character, it's slightly tart but mostly quite sweet, with- this will sound crazy - a flavour almost akin to musk (and I don't mean animal semen). It's not as powerful as some darks that I've had, but there's a lot of character on that and the flavours are quite pleasant. Again could probably use more, but it's very good for what it is.

laituegonflable, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Stone Smoked Porter was my first smoked porter. It did not disappoint.

The appearance was a nice color for a porter, a bit on the darker side.

The smoked meat smells are hit you almost instantaneously, and flavor the beer all the way through the taste and the finish.

Tastes of oak, smoked meats or jerky, and possesses the mouthfeel of something off a char grill. Finishes well with a little bit of coffee, burnt-bitter chocolate, and rolled oats.

Unfortunately, the heavy smokiness of this beer makes it very difficult to distinguish the other flavors. It is not the strength of the beer that is overwhelming, just the singularity of flavor component to the beer.

Would go very well with a steak.

TLove, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of bataround
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep tan head over a clear dark brown liquid, ruby highlights. Light wisps of smokiness mingle with roasted malt makes for a quite appetizing nose. A basketful of flavors follows: light chocolate, coffee, roasted grain bitterness and a good amount of hoppiness, then some latent smokiness appears with an undercurrent of butteriness. Finishes with a bitter note...the smoke flavor accompanies, not dominates this super quaffable Porter. All blends together in perfect harmony.

bataround, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours tawny brown with puffy head that holds. Smells of smoke and roastiness. Tastes of more smoke and caramel apple with only slightest hops tang at the end. Thin in the mouth.

Body is closer to a brown ale, no real balancing hops. Don't get the fuss over this beer.

StJamesGate, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.

Pours with a medium tan head. Well carbonated, dark brown color with red highlights, almost opaque. Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasty smokiness. Starts sweet, more chocolate than coffee with a hint of bitterness and an underlying current of light smokiness. Medium light body. Finish is smoky and roasty. Overall want to like this more but seems like it could use a little more smoky flavors. Would drink again.

htomsirveaux, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a thick dark black with a medium size dark khaki creamy head, and good lacing.

smells of smoke, espresso, baking chocolate, and a touch of licorice.

tastes pretty much as it smells, with some roasted nuts, and a touch of vanilla, end is a nice bitter.

froghop, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Gouxman
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark Porter with an aroma full of black, roasted and chocolate malt sitting atop a smokey base. The flavor of this porter is robust, yet smooth. Roasted malts, along with chocolate and coffee flavors, are supported by the subtle smokey character from the peat-smoked specialty malt.

One of my favorites from the guys at Stone. Add this beer to your next batch of chili for some added smokey beer flavor.

Gouxman, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle into a pint glass; no freshness date

P: Pours dark brown from the bottle, sits inky black in the glass with rosy brown light barely penetrating the edges. Chocolatey colored head is thick and creamy. Good retention, settling to form a blanket of foam on top while leaving decent lacing.

A: Big whiffs of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and a puff of smoke.

T: Hmmm!!! Delicious dessert beer. Rich, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some caramel greet the palate with a touch of smoke underneath. Hops do come in and provide some balance, but they seem to be a little too intrusive on the malt bill for the style. Still, they play the supporting cast throughout. I seem to get hints of subtle toffee on the back end as well. Finishes dry with some hop bitterness added in to the mix. Leaves a nice, long chocolatey aftertaste.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy as hell, smooth, very light carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, but a bit too sweet to go crazy with.

Notes: Like I said after the initial sip, perfect dessert beer. Despite the name, it's not nearly as smoky as I was expecting. But, what is there is a sweet, roasted malt bomb that completely satisfied my craving for something rich and delicious. In the future, if I'm looking for something of the sort again, I'm leaving the Young's DCS behind and grabbing this instead.

sweetbrew82, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of Spidey13
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Smoked Porter pours a very dark brown with red highlights. A thin, light tan head sits on top. Lots of roasted coffee notes on the nose along with dark chocolate with a hint of smoke.

The flavor stars off with very rich oasted flavors. There is definitely some caramel in there. There is a good amount of hop bitterness and flavor in there. The smoke shows up on the finish, which is pretty dry. The mouthfeel is medium with fairly low carbonation.

Overall, this is a very complex beer with many layers that is very fun to explore.

Spidey13, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.co.uk...

Poured completely black even when held up to the light. Dirty mocha head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thickish covering... some light sticky lines of lacing around the glass...

Aroma - Strong roasted malts, dark chocolate notes, ground coffee beans, very faint smoke notes although nowhere near as strong as i expected... treacle / burnt sugar sweetness, leathery, toasted nuts, faint liquorice, some pepperiness...

Taste - Nice roasted malt bitterness although not as strong as the aromas would indicate, toasted / burnt bread, lots and lots of chocolate to the fore, barely any smoke, some creamy / milky traces, woody, light treacle notes, some grassy / peppery traces, some oatiness, light sweet nutty notes...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy... medium bodied... very drinkable and surprisingly refreshing... a very sessionable porter...

Overall - A pretty good porter although not as smoked as i was expecting - i would have liked it a touch more pronounced. In fact this was more like a chocolate stout / porter than a smoked one... certainly worth a try though...

mdagnew, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of therealnod
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow...I mean wow, what a brew.

A: Everybody gets the appearance right on their Porter. Grading Porters on appearance? A Porter looks like a Porter, period. No one ever misses, not even A-B. (!)

S: Beautiful. Everything Porter.

T: Holy Hell, this thing is immense. One hell of a roller coaster ride between chocolate, coffee, vanilla bean, licorice, and a bunch of things that go by too fast to recognize properly. Big, complex, and mystifying.

M&D: Sublime. Enough said...session at will.

The best Porter I've ever had...eclispses the Alaskan Smoked Porter with ease. Wow.

therealnod, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of ljbrisson
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown that shines red into my Guinness pint glass. Head is voluminous and pillowy, a sandy-tan color that leaves good lacing. Aroma is malt, wood, bread, a touch of fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, with medium carbonation, a little thick compared to porters I am used to. Taste is chocolate, nuts, roasted malt, with a smoky flavor that is very distinguishable but does not knock you over the head. A little sweetness in the middle though with a surprisingly mild hop bitterness towards the finish. I have never tasted a brew quite like this; besides being a very intriguing smoked beer, it is a fantastically balanced porter in my opinion. The taste only improves as the beer warms. Drinkability is excellent due to the (thankfully) low-ish ABV and intriguing flavor that has you wanting more immediately after the taste from the previous sip has diminished.

ljbrisson, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a two-finger tan head that gives off sticky lace and dies slowly over a dark brown, almost black body. Roasted malts seem to cover up other malts in the smell as there is a smoky, charcoal like smell. A semi-sweet and creamy medium-bodied beer that has good flavor. Toffee, chocolate, coffee, roasted and some toasted malts w/ hints of coffee and bread malt with moderate dryness produce a balanced beer that hits on many strong points of porters. Not slick or anything but finishes by gliding over the tongue. I could sit back and nurse a bomber of this anytime.

clayrock81, Jan 02, 2009
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,698 ratings.