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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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3,698 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002)
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Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a somewhat thick consistency. Had a big, long-lasting, creamy brown head. Very good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of coffee and malt, with some sugar thrown in for good measure.

T: Flavored with coffee, chocolate, malt and a bit of sugar. Not as complex or flavorful as you'd expect, but decent nonetheless.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. I think it's a bit on the overrated side, but it's still a well made beer.

avalon07, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Jet black, opaque. Two fingers of brownish head rise with decent retention, eventually settling to a thick film. Decent lacing as well.

S - Right out of the fridge, I couldn't smell anything. As it's warmed up some, the aroma is coming out but it's still a bit faint overall. The smoke is a very minor note hiding in the background atop a general aroma of sour, overripe fruit and roasted malt. Very faint though.

T - Very interesting, and thankfully not as muted as the nose...though I still feel there's a certain restraint with this brew. The smoke sticks to the back of the palate and is present thoughout. Not overbearing or barbeque-like as other smoke-infused beers, but more like a mild fireplace flavor. The rest of the taste is completely separate consisting mostly of sour berries, perhaps blue/blackberries, prunes, and even sour banana or sour apple somewhere in there. Very mild roasty bitterness in the finish, but barely detectable. My first impression was that this beer is devoid of hop flavor, but I *almost* get the sensation that some floral/herbal hops are mingling with the smoke flavor. I can't really tell, but the possibility is interesting. While good, the flavor is still very muted.

M - Luscious. The usual creaminess from Stone is here, better, and more suited to the beer. Full bodied with a silky, chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low. Very nice.

D - The mouthfeel and the muted yet apparent flavor make for excellent drinkability. Good stuff.

PatrickJR, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of bort11
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice finger's width of khaki tan head. Gradually recedes, but not a lot of lacing. Color is a dark mahogany with mild clarity.

Smell is a dark chocolate, hints of dark berries and coffee. I don't really smell any smoke. Taste is a little more bold. Bitter bakers chocolate and coffee. A little bit of a charred malt, but still no real smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild carbonation. This is a nice porter, but I don't see, smell, or taste the smoke

bort11, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of kosmoraios
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep chestnut with ruby edges when held to the light. 1 finger off-white head that laces nicely. Aroma is of toasted malts and freshly baked dark bread. There is no hint of fake smoke flavor.

Taste is brilliant, with toasted malts, vanilla toffee, caramel. The hops add a nice spicy bitterness and a hint of pine. I hesitate to call this ale "smoky" as much as "roasted", as I don't get that heavy smoke flavor like with a rauschbier. Creamy in the mouth with a well carbonated peppery finish. This one is subtler than Stone's other porters, but an amazing offering nonetheless.

kosmoraios, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Pleepleus
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown almost black color from bomber to pint glass with an inch of tan head and heavy lacing. Smells of roasted malts and smoke. Tastes like sweet molasses and dark chocolate with roasty toasty malts. Has very smooth feel with no coffee bitterness and a mild smokey taste.
Stone wins again!

Pleepleus, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of sethmeister
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass

Pours dark brown to black. Cranberry highlights when held to the light. Two fingers of creamy tan head leave a small amount of lace.

Scent is faint at first. After some sniffing I get chocolate, coffee, and a wisp of wood smoke. As the beer warms and I continue to enjoy it the smoky aroma becomes more noticeable.

Taste is chocolate, fresh coffee, roasted grain and lightly smoky notes. Though subtle, the smoke flavor lingers nicely. Not as aggressive a beer as I've come to expect from Stone, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. As the beer warms the smokiness seems to grow and become more noticeable. Slight woody flavors join it. Hop presence is minimal but a little bitterness shows its head now and again.

Rich, chewey robust mouth feel.

Drinkability is very good.

A subtle beer for Stone. Doesn't knock my socks off but is well crafted and quite delicious and I'd certainly buy it again.

sethmeister, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of taylorhamrick
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark, with a hint of brown. Forms a nice head on top, and leaves decent lacing all the way down the glass. I love the smell, smells smoky and roasty, very enticing. I'm nost sure how much I like smoky flavors from my small experience with smoked beers, but the taste is still very subtle, though the smokiness seems to come out more as the beer warms. I wonder what this would taste like without the smoked malts. I really love the mouthfeel, it's a bit creamy and very, very smooth. And I think that could make it very easy to drink a lot of these in succession, though I think I would get bored of the smokiness after a while.

taylorhamrick, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of seangroves
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance:
Very dark black with about 1/4" medium colored head that the beer retains for a short period of time.

Smell:
Very strong malty smell of chocolate with a hint of smokiness to it with a slight hint of roasted coming through.

Taste:
A bit light at first but then a strong bitterness comes through with the malts that leaves a somewhat dry aftertaste with a slight sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel:
Feels light bodied, slightly watery but is incredibly smooth but with a possible hint of overcarbonation.

Drinkability:
This beer is very easy to drink but the taste of it leaves you desiring slightly more to it-it has a bit of blandness to it. I would probably drink another given its smoothness.

seangroves, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of ruckzuck
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woooo Stone in GA good times

A - pours an opaque very dark brown which turns a nice mahogany around the edges when held up to light. There was a tan head, but it dissipated rather quickly

S - wooo lots of lovely roasty malty chocolaty porter goodness is there, but man does that smoke ever stand out! Very nice

T - very similar to the nose. Roasty malt and chocolate go along very nicely with the smoke...and...what's this!? A nice and subtle hop bitterness is present pushing this up to a 4.5 for me. Awesome

M - medium bodied and creamy. Nice going down

D - well, I've been wanting to try this for a while and it's certainly very good. The smoke is a nice touch, and this is just a really solid porter all around. Definitely recommended, and I look forward to having more of this in the future as autumn cools us off down here!

ruckzuck, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of mountdew1
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark reddish brown, edges were slightly lighter, Head was 2 fingers frothy foam that clung very well and left a nice layer on the top. Aroma was slightly sweet, but also reminded me of fresh cut grass outdoors. Taste was a bit of melted brown sugar with burnt brown bread. Felt of in the mouth, but was slightly bitter and acidic. Reasonable to drink, but a good sipping beer, not a session beer.

mountdew1, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of Goregazm
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SSSMOKIN!!!

Appearance: Black as midnight in the North Pole. Has a very nice dark brown head. It's thick, foamy, and takes awhile to go down while leaving some good lacing behind.

Smell: The scents of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and toasted malts are all present, along with a great smokiness. Has a bitter undertone to it. The smell will make your mouth water.

Taste: BOO YAA! Has a smoky, dark coffee like taste. Chocolate and malt flavors are there as well. Very rich and creamy, you'll want to drink this down in a second and go back for more.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, with a creamy feel to it. Starts to get a strong bite after being in the mouth for a few seconds. Leaves a good aftertaste, with an abundant amount of bitterness being left on the palate.

Drinkability: Anytime. I repeat, anytime. This is a spectacular beer and a spectacular Porter. You could drink this with a hearty meal, while sitting back in front of the tv, or any other time whatsoever. I don't know if there's ever been a perfect Porter, but this is as close to it as I've ever had.

Goregazm, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Om nom nom what a delicious porter.

A- Almost-opaque DARK-brown. 3-finger tan head with a nice range of small-medium bubbles.

S- Smells quite smoked with a lack of other flavors. Upon second whiff got some caramel malts

T- The smokiness is balanced amazingly well on the palate. Loads of hops and dark malts make for a delicious treat.

M- Moderate body with decent carbonation. Good, but not great.

D- Chuggalugg + Om Nom Nom. Goes down easy like a porter should

EnojysAnyBeer, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stone Smoked Porter was poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark black body with some ruby hints, and a tan head.

Smell: Definitely a smoky smell. Hidden underneath the thick veil of smoke is some dark malts.

Taste: The smoke dominates the flavor. No noticable hops. Some dark malts.

BierFan, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color that has a tall and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, some hops, and some smokeyness to it.
T: Deep roasted malts come through in the beginning of this one then followed by some ligher smokey malt and then a nice hop finish.
M: Very rich, smooth, and warming with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable porter, I really enjoyed it.

erosier, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of Deus1138
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, near black with ample, frothy head.

Smell is roasted malts and smokey.

Taste is excellent. Very subtle sweetness, a little chocolaty, followed by a nice blend of toasted malts. . The smokey flavor comes through just enough to make its presence known and satisfy the palate. There's a lot of great flavors going on here, but none of them overstay their welcome.

Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth/creamy.

Drinkability is excellent. Enjoyable on its own, or could pair great with a grilled steak or maybe even smoked salmon. The ABV isn't bad, so enjoy a couple of these!

So glad Stone is now available in GA. This is my third style and they haven't disappointed yet!

Deus1138, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of gfreed
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very attractive beer at a decent price. There's surprisingly little smoky aroma when you open the bottle, and even very little when it's in the glass. The color is rather teaky around the edges of the glass but become nearly black in the middle, with a tan head that froths up nicely and fades quickly. There's a nice amount of smoke in the taste with a solid porter platform that I'm sure would be fine on its own. The smoke isn't overpowering and even tastes a bit salty. A nice hit of malt up front and just a tinge of hops as it goes down. I had this with pizza and apple pie-- a great combination! Very much worth drinking, more than once. (Just ignore the bloviation on the bottle's label: as on other Stone bottles, the staff brags a bit too much about themselves.)

gfreed, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of alovesupreme
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark with light penetrating shallow parts of glass. Nice head poured tall and slowly mellowed to a creamy looking head.
Coffee, some smoked aromas a little bit of hops.
Pretty creamy, good amount of malt and hops, some fruity esters.
Creamy, with pretty good carbonation. For some reason I expected a larger body.
I would enjoy this again.

alovesupreme, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of yossarian14
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paired a bomber with some hickory smoked st louis style ribs. WOW!

Exceptional from start to finish. Exactly what I was looking for when I picked up this Smoked Porter. Light shows through which i did not expect, showing a dark brown with hints of reds. The smoke is not overwhelming, its just right. Great smoky chocolate taste with a creamy feel. So smooth and easy to drink.

yossarian14, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a nice black color with an adequete head that fades to a ring. Smells lightly smoky and quite creamy. Taste is similar. This is far less smoky than any of the Schlenkerla beers, but the smoke is noticeable and beautifully wedded to the rest of the brew. The surprising thing to me about this beer is how creamy and smooth it is. The rich, creamy body marries very well with the smoke and helps to balance everything nicely. The Alaskan Smoked is far more smoky tasting, but in that case probably because the body is not as robust and creamy as this is. The balance in this beer is a thing of beauty. I recently tried a bottle of this that had been aged a year as well, and although it was still drinking beautifully, the smoke was even more subdued. I also like the fact that this doesn't have that much residual sweetness, despite the creaminess. A very nice beer.

Georgiabeer, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice brownish/black color. Some ruby highlights can be seen as I hold it up to the light. A two finger beige head forms and leaves some patchy lace.
S: Roasted malt with some sweet toffee, brown sugar, and coffee. A hint of smoke.
T: Again roasted malt with toffee and coffee. Some chocolate that is subdued a little. I don't really detect any smoke flavors.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy, chewy, and well carbonated. Smooth and easy to drink. A porter that hits the spot.

A pretty good porter. I don't detect hardly any smoke though. Other than that, everything you want for the style. It paired well with some grilled steaks for dinner.

champ103, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of TonyT
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap into Pint Glass.

I've had this great brew, a few times before but have not had a chance to review it.

Poured very dark brown with a slight reddish tint. There was a thin head that stuck around for moderate lacing.

With a Smoked Smell of the roasted caramel malts, this is what I would expect a smoked porter to smell like.

A really good taste with moderate carbonation. Came through Dry in the front, with smokey/woody undertones in the middle to back. Nice hop to malt balance.

Thank you Stone...One of these days I'll make it out to Calli.

Thank you Stone...

TonyT, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was glad to hear the Wegman's in State College, PA started carrying beer, so I grabbed this while I was there and poured it into my pint glass...

This is simply chocolate thrown into a damn campfire!

A: Brown in color, but light for a porter. Looks more like a dark brown ale. When held up to the light, this has a nice red/cola color that looks real nice. The head is a three finger dark khaki and very creamy and lasts a long time.

S: Smell is phenomenal for the style. Let me first start by saying that this smells like a bonfire. Very woody and smokey, just as this is advertised. There is also a lot of chocolate and a tad cigarette smell in the nose also. Very complex smell, also with some dark cocoa and roast as well.

T: I usually go into these beers thinking that there will be a lack of smoke or woody flavors, but this one really lives up to the expectations. This one is extremely smokey, just like a campfire. It is a bit light in body, but still has nice chocolate and light cocoa flavors as well that make up for that.

Overall, this is a great smoked porter. It is not heavy or thick, but has a lot of smoke, chocolate, and cocoa flavors that get the job done.

treyrab, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popped open a bottle of this after a weekend of wedding planning and 10 hours worth of driving. It's been sitting in my fridge for a few months now, so I figured this would be a good time to crack this one, especially now that it's readily available in Georgia now.

Poured into my Boulevard chalice. Pours a dark brown. Looks a little watery and has almost no head at all.

Smells of dried fruit; prunes, raisins, bit of alcohol and roasted malts.

Tastes of roasted malts, a hint of raisins, almost port-like, but much more subdued.

A slightly watery mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A pretty drinkable porter. Not my favorite style of beer but this is pretty exceptional.

jdubjacket, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color with a half finger tan head with a somewhat uneven ring of lacing.

Scent roasted malts and cocoa powder with smoke and a hint of oak.

Taste of smoke and light cocoa with some roasted malts and alcohol. Not as balanced as it could be, but that doesn't mean it's bad by any means.

Mouthfeel is smooth and flat.

I didn't enjoy this beer as much as I could have, it's too smokey for my taste. I could recommend it to try, but I don't know if I will be picking this one up again.

paco1029384756, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a bit of ruby. Somewhat light in color with a rich, tannish head that has great retention. Smell somehow doesn't reveal the smoke that I expected, only on a very small scale toward the end. Very nice chocolate scents, luring me in. A bit of cocoa and a touch of coffee. Again, the end displays the smallest hint of smoke. What a great tasting beer! The smoke is definitely here now. Still, it only provides an added complexity to the beer itself. Nice chocolate flavors, toasted caramel and roasted malts. Smoked barley plays well with the rest of the flavors. Shockingly, the hop presence in the finish of this one is nearly on the level of the Pale Ale. Well, maybe not, but it wasn't expected so much here as it was there, and I welcome it. Excellent medium body that is silky smooth, with a nice roast/smokey finish that works wonders. I could drink a couple of these no problem, though a regular Porter such as Black Butte would be easier to return to on a regular basis. A very unique brew and the smoked barley does it good.

ncvbc, Sep 27, 2008
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,698 ratings.