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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,794 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,794
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 121
Gots: 270 | 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 donteatpoop
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark brown with a nice foamy tan head that clings to the glass.

The smell is very faint, grains and nuts and thin film of smoke.

Taste was very much a porter. Not the most complex porter imaginable, but a damn good one none the less. The roasted malt and vague nutty taste are complimented with a subtle hint of smoke.

A bit thin/watery for a beer this dark, but goes down smooth enough.

This is a pleasant beer that's easy to drink.

donteatpoop, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of TehAnkh
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very dark brown that you can just barely see through. One finger of tan to light brown head which appears very foamy and fluffy but recedes quickly leaving a fair bit of lacing.

S: Very very subtle smells here, roasted nuts and obviously a bit of smokiness, but I'm not getting much from the smell at all. Maybe it was just my nose at the time.

T: Obviously some smokiness, and woodiness, but it's very subtle as in the smell. I taste light grains and a little bit of floral hops, and some light fruit and candy notes in there also. As with the smell, all the flavors in here seem to be extremely subtle, but very very nice.

M: Light and crisply carbonated, yet heavy and tongue coating enough to get by as a porter. A little light for my taste, but nice.

D: I could drink a bunch of these, and with the price tag there's no reason not to. I'd choose this over a Yuengling Porter any day of the week. Smooth, refreshing, light, yet heavy enough for those who rebel against fizzy yellow beers with multi-million dollar ad campaigns (Please refer to the label on a bottle of Arrogant Bastard)

TehAnkh, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Chapter40z
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this in a 22oz bomber.

A. Dark brown color poured with a solid finger of light tan head, left quickly leaving only a thin layer.

S. Not much of a smell. Some roasted and smoky hints(who'd of guessed in a smoked porter.)

T. Nice rich roasted flavor. More roasted then smoky in my opinion. A mild hoppy bitterness on the last few sips.

M. Crisp, the bitterness and low carbonation = goodness

D. Id drink more then a few of these, not over powering but definitely a beer that you'd remember.

Chapter40z, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of lionking
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the big 22 ounce bottle.

Ginormous three finger head. Brownish red color. Nice lacing on the glass as I drank the beer.

Nose was smokey. Taste was of smokey, roasted grains. Mouthfeel strong but smoothe. Overall, a well crafted porter but not really a beer for me. I think I'll stick to the regular porters.

lionking, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of cpn920
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured deep dark brown with a tan head. Smelled mildly smokey with hint of vanilla. Taste was very similar to the smell with a minimal smokey flavor. Taste some hoppy bitterness on the finish. Low carbonated as one would expect. Nice beer but I would move on to other offerings if there were some other choices.

cpn920, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of stumac
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ginger Man...

this brew pours up jet black with a nice biggy, frothy tan head. nice lacing. the nose is a symphony of chocolate, roasted malts, not an overwhelming amount of smoke but a good amount, a touch of alcohol. I taste big malts, nice smokey flavor, decent hop bittering. Medium to full bodied, low to med carbo. A mighty fair brew.

stumac, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of TheMistler
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoah - the cap of the 22 oz. bottle just flew across the room. A dark, dark brown brew, completely opaque. Light tan head displays pretty good retention. I had previously noted, when having the Smoked Porter on tap, that the head was foamy and tiny bubbled. From the bottom it settles to a tiny-bubbled, creamy appearance, initially having been somewhat soda-like and big bubbled. Thick, sheet lacing.

Semi-sweet chocolate. Some tingling, charred meat smokiness to the aroma. Whiffs of mulch - peat smoked malts?

Chocolate and cocoa powder. Sweet and smokey, with a noticeable but largely restrained savoriness. Some slightly-spicy, grassy hop notes meld well with the smoke. Roasted notes round out the taste, leaving behind some dry coffee bittering.

Medium bodied. The carbonation isn't all the prickly, but it "elevates" the rich beer so that it doesn't drink too heavily.

TheMistler, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of HeroJH
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good! There are some good smoked porters out there. This one isn't a punch in the face flavor wise as some are, but I think that works in it's flavor. Compared to their other beers, Stone is showing it's versatility as well as restraint on this beer and that makes me think higher of them.

A - dark brown. Tan head, good foam at first. Some lacing.

S - Toasty and just a touch of smoke. Sweet vanilla and grain coming through.

T - Nice even flavor. Well balanced. Smokiness in the finish. Just a little bitter from both hop, smoke and the roasted grain. Hint of vanilla.

M - I love the softness of it, quite silky. A nice gentle smoke at the end, like you ate a tiny tiny piece of wood char. A little dryness on the tongue at the end.

D - Great. I wish the flavor was a little more robust up front. But it's still quite good and I think this is highly drinkable. It's not very strong % wise, and it's very easy to swallow and you crave more.

HeroJH, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of pants678
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 22oz of this one for the big game to enjoy with a meal of bratwurst and sauerkraut. Poured very dark, close to black with a lightly tanned head. The unique smoke flavor doesn't seem to apparent immediately, but it is there if you hold for a moment. It's also in the after-taste. The smoke is strong but not overpowering, however, this is the only aspect I found original about this porter. Normal texture, tastes of coffee and fairly smooth. Otherwise seemed like a fairly standard, albeit, well made porter. This won't be a preference, I think.

pants678, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of redneckchugger
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured jet black into an imperial pint glass, burgundy highlights when held up to the light. two fingers of head that disapates with little laceing after 5 minutes or so.
smells smokey ( who woulda figured that huh) some dark sweetness, from the malt and no detectable hops in the nose. kinda reminds me of smoked brisket with a brown sugar based bbq sauce.
the taste mirrors the smell, smokey dark brown sugar, but now the hops show up a bit, some slight hoppiness.
all in all a good beer, not great, but damn good.

redneckchugger, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Held up to the light poured a deep amber color with off white lacing. An awesome smokey smell with a very dark malt ending. Taste is very creamy not smokey like the smell. Not much carbonation at all which makes it go down smoothly. A very good brew would definetly buy it again.

TheFightfan1, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of mooseisloose
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Starting of the super bowl right with this one. Smells like freshly smoked herring, the smokey part not fishy, some hops and roasted malt. Pours to an opaque balck with a creamy head that's foamy with big bubbles on top. Upfront the taste hits you with everything: roasted malt, hops and smoke. Then one by one they peel off, first the roasted malt peels off leaving a smokey bitterness, then the smoke fades abit and leaves mostly bitterness with a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel however seems a little thin for this complex brew. Not as chewy as one would expect for a porter. However that is not a factor that affects the flavor, nor the drinkability. In my opinion it actually improves the drinkability. Great selection by Stone.

mooseisloose, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of duffextracold
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep opaque brown color. thick fluffy 3 finger head.

S-Smokey, sour, grainy smell

T- Mild smoke flavor, i almost wouldnt notice it if it wasn't called "smoked porter". Very pleasant, sweet, a bit nutty. ever so slightly bitter. the smoke flavor came out a bit more as the beer warmed up.

M-Very smooth and silky. great carbonation level.

D-a very drinkable, sessionable porter. a bit on the sweet side, which is nice. no complaints here!

once again, shared this one with the donkeyrunner, thanks dude.

duffextracold, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/ruby color with a large, craggy, foamy head. Great retention and plenty of sticky lace. I love painted bottles.

Smells of smokey dark malt and sweet nutty malt. Some coffee as well.

Tastes like it smells. A great balance between dark roast malt and sweet nutty malt. The smokiness is less pronounced in the taste than the aroma. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

donkeyrunner, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep, dark brown with some reddish hints. A moderately large, fluffy and creamy light tan head bubbles up with very good retention and some nice lacing.

S: Substantial dark roasted malt aroma up front. Some toffee and charcoal in there. Definitely some dark fruit - plums and currants. Dark chocolate is noticeable. Not too much in terms of hops - perhaps some herbal/woody notes in that department.

T: Strong burnt and roasted malt flavor initially, with some toffee and lactic sweetness. Definite dark chocolate, some oak, charcoal, and faint vanilla as well. Some moderate hop bitterness is present, lending a somewhat earthy tone. Hints of smoke into the finish, but rather subtle. Some light coffee, alcohol, and burnt caramel flavor as well in the aftertaste.

M: Rather full bodied, with light carbonation. Dense and chewy, for sure. A bit of puckering dryness for balance into the finish.

D: This is a top-notch American Porter. Manages a very aggressive roasted malt character while remaining balanced, something I wasn't quite expecting from Stone. I wouldn't call it my favorite, but that doesn't mean it isn't really good. I wish I could find this in something other than a $5 bomber.

Clydesdale, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of azorie
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark with a 1.5"coffee like head, leaving some lace down the sides..

S: some smoke here with a sweet malty background. no hops

T: Chocolate, malty and plenty of smoke. Overall, pretty good the smoke is there, but its not overpowering. Very balanced but I am not a big smoke porter fan, but I can drink it.

M: Very smooth and medium body.

D: Very good Porter, has a pretty crisp taste to it, goes down pretty smooth.

Was happy to see Stone not going for the home run here with the hops, very balanced beer, again smoked porters are not my favorite of the style but I would drink it again.

Thought it was a tad pricey for 22oz $4.99 versus Anchor porter six pack 72 oz for $7.99, plus the anchor is more in my preference. Still its recommended.

azorie, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 1 pt. 6. fl. oz tall bottle and poured into a pint glass. Not noticeable expiration date or lot number on the bottle. Sampled on Jan. 28, 2009.

Appearance - Very dark brown with a good amount of foamy beige head that sits on top of the glass for several minutes. After the first sip there is a good dose of light brown lacing on the glass.

Smell - Not as smoky as I would have liked but that smoky aroma was there in a limited amount.

Mouthfeel - Above average body. Stays creamy and does not break down on the tongue into carbonation.

Taste - The smoked flavor is not as strong as I imagined but there is a noticeable element of chocolate hops. Still a pleasure.

I drank this at the end of a snowstorm that dumped 12 inches on my backyard. This was a nice escape from the weather.

puboflyons, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of selecter70
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

mmm porters! There's a reason to old "Porter Belly" phenomenon. I snagged this 22oz bottle from Trader Joe's and supped with it (pork chops). The pour hinted at something exciting, as it showed near black with reddish edges & a small burnt beige head that quickly left, with off-white minimal lace. The aroma held an unexpected hop quality & minmal malts & smoke. The flavor likewise pushed hop bitterness at the sacrifice of smoked malts & chocolate-coffee elements that just reared their taste. By no means a bad pint, just a bit too hoppy for my porter wants.

selecter70, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The color in this beer was unexpected. Pitch black, with only the smallest appearance of dark browns around the very edges of the beer's body. Not even a finger of light tan head dissipates quickly, though a ring retains well. Smells of highly pungent smoked malts including dark chocolate and, more deeply, some fruits. The first few sips were heavily influenced by smoked malts with burnt chocolate and caramel; each of these initial sips ended with a hoppy bite, convincing me this beer was well balanced. However, after about the third sip, the hops completely overtook the palate. Though the ashy aroma stuck around, I could not pull the smoked flavor out of the hops for the remainder of this bomber. Light to medium-bodied, medium carbonation and oils coating the palate completely, mostly with bitter residue. Overall, this beer was hoppy but not unpleasant (just more than I expected from an American Porter). The smoky factor made me think of fireplaces, and I certainly experienced that warm, fuzzy feeling. I would recommend sharing a 22oz of this with a friend, especially if you're having it with dessert!

washburnkid, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears an almost completely lightless black, the tiniest amount escapes through when held up to light. One finger of white head turns into a relatively thick cap. A good looking glass.

Smells of smoked wood in front of typical porter smells of chocolate, caramel, sweet roasted coffee.

Tastes very good as well, the smoke isn't overpowering but definitely present to compliment the chocolate, cream, and toffee possibly?

Thin bodied and med to high carbonated, this is the right mix as a flat smoked porter would simply not work.

As for drinkability, I'll just say I won't have any issues finishing the bomber. A very good beer.

sonicdescent, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of BigIrishman
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass

Appearance: Pours very dark with a one finger cappuccino head, leaving plenty of lace.

Smell: A lot of smoke here with a sweet malty background.

Taste: Sweet, malty and plenty of smoke. Overall, pretty meaty.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy, but smooth.

Drinkability: Above average for a Porter, has a pretty crisp taste to it, goes down pretty smooth.

Notes: You get exactly what the label says on this one, smokey and meaty beer. Stone sets the standard for styles and this one is another victory.

BigIrishman, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights, produces a tan head that retained well and laced the glass decently

S - Smoked chocolate malts and vanilla

T - Burnt malts, dark chocolate, vanilla beans and earthy hops

M - Smooth and creamy, medium body, moderate carbonation

D - Great brew! Another powerful beer in the Stone Family

cvfish, Jan 23, 2009
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
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,794 ratings.