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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,688 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,688
Reviews: 1,745
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 108
Gots: 243 | 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 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
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Poured approx. 10 oz. let settle, and let the aroma kick in. Strawberries and chocolate mixed in with some razzberries and coffee.

Head dissipates somewhat quickly. Nevertheless, because the flavor of the coffee and barley collide. The olfactory on this is World Class. By far boosts this porter above the rest.

I will recommend and drink again on the finest occasions.

BuffaloTapHugger, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Wackyfoot
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown nearly black with a small to middling tan head. Intense smoky aroma hits the nostrils like a freight train and clears those sinuses straight out. Taste is primarily coffee with the smoky flavors coming through on the back end. This beer is not messing around.

Wackyfoot, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of WAP
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a blackish-brown with a thin, but persistent head that stuck around for most of the glass. Smell was fainter than expected, but held nice dark roasted malts and a hint of smoke. Taste was excellent - intense roasted malt, smoke, and hop flavors held in perfect balance. Mouthfeel was very pleasant and creamy.

I found this to be exceptionally drinkable, with a deliciously balanced flavor balanced perfectly with the smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

A near-perfect offering from Stone in my book.

WAP, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of TheDoorman
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a think brown color with a massive light brown head. Head retention is excellent. Aroma is rich, roasty malt and very smoky. Taste is filled with the same flavors as the aroma. Rich and very roasty, hints of burnt espresso with a very smoky backbone and prevalent hop character as well. Bitter, dry finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a tad more carbonation than I generally like, as I expected from the large head. The alcohol is fairly low, but with such bold roasted and smoky flavors, this isnt a beer you want more than one in a night. It is, however, an excellent version of a smoked porter. For a beer with flavors this bold, I would expect a higher ABV.

TheDoorman, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a dark brown body with some red around the edges when held up to a light. a moderate tan colored head forms and stays around almost the entire glass but leaves very few marks on the sides.

S- roasted malts with with a decent amount of smokiness to them. very hoppy as well.

T- dark, dry, and very roasted. the smokiness is there, but not as much as some others which isnt a bad thing. lots of chocolate flavor in here too, along with some licorice. at the end comes a big blast of coffee/hops.

M- big and thick. almost chewy. nice low level of carbonation.

D- a smoked porter that doesnt remind me of sipping pure liquid smoke is a good thing. easy enough to finish the entire bottle myself in about an hour. the lower level of alcohol makes it almost sessionable, which i could see myself doing if in the right mood.

jwinship83, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of sgoodship
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Liquor Stop in Highland, Indiana after a visit to 3F. $5.29 for a 22oz.

A: Carbonation went hogwild with this one. The fairly gentle pour gave me a 5 finger head spilling over the glass. When it came back to it's senses, it was a nice creamy, fine, fluffy head. Reddish, brown - almost black liquid. Some ruby showing at the edges. The lacing was insane after all of that head action. Big topographical and stalactite shapes. Handsome looking beer.

S: Nice subtle sour roasted malt. Slight smokiness to it. Smoke same out in force when the beer warmed up more.

T: The last one I had was over chilled and it was horrible. I served this a little warmer than recommended and it was a great decision [pats self on back] because it was a lovely drink. Not a show off by any means but just what I like in a porter. A little sourness at first with the roasted maltiness following. The finish gave me an almost black currant type sweet/tart hint which was nice. After the second pour and it had warmed up more, I liked it even more. The head became darker and the maltiness took on a much more smokey personality. There was chocolate too. Really enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied. Quite smooth but carbonation is too prickly for me.

D: A really nice porter but way too over carbonated. Not jumping to the top of my porter list but I would be happy to drink it again and recommend it to anyone.

sgoodship, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of TrevorGW
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Stone World Bistro and Gardens. Dark hazel brown with a thin head.

Roasty aroma is soft and subtle.

Taste is very restrained but does not lack complexity. All the coffee and chocolate flavor that you would expect. Slight smoky touch in the finish. No metallic twinge, which I often dislike in porters and stouts. Smooth clean flavor all the way through.

Light mouthfeel for a porter. Very fresh feel.

Easy to drink but still a bit filling.

TrevorGW, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of bhalter8
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint, well twice... Had this before at Taco Mac, but didn't want to review at that time. This time I had it with a steak at home, and it was an excellent match. Pours a deep, dark, black color and a nice thick caramel head (aggressive pour). The smell was not as overwhelming as some other smoked brews I have had, not bad, just not that strong. Light smell equated to lighter smoked flavor, but definitely an excellent, thick porter. Personally, I have been hit or miss with the smoked brews, but this one accented the flavor well, while not overtaking the rich porter tastes of the chocolatey malts. As rich as this brew is, it goes down easy (but filling). It's not the alcohol, but the thickness that makes one bomber about enough (well maybe it was the steak too). Definitely an excellent porter.

bhalter8, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very dark brown with ruby red highlights. The light tan head poured about an inch or so with an agressive pour and left tons of lace down the glass.

S= Lots of sweet syrupy malts in the aroma with just a touch of smokiness deep within. Some minor chocolate and toffee came through in the nose as well.

T= The front end was a nice balance of sweet malts and a mildly bitter roasted-grain-coffee blend. The middle had a brief but solid hop bitterness and some chocolate kick. The finish dried a bit as the smoke kicked in. Not overpowering but there nonetheless to give this a beautiful long finish.

MF= Somewhere between medium and heavy bodied with a silky smooth mouth feel despite a decent amount of carbonation.

D= A very solid porter with a modest smokiness. This woild make a great gateway beer for those wishing to try their first smoked beer.

spointon, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of umtox
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish black with lots of bubbles witha carmamel head. Nose is of smoke and molasses. Taste is of faint smoke, malt, caramel, all with a faint background of char. This beer is surprisingly light on the palate. Excellent balance and great drinkability-one of my favorites in this category.

umtox, Dec 29, 2008
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,688 ratings.