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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,577 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 3,577
Reviews: 1,736
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 103
Gots: 195 | 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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blakesell

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%

Found at Fox & Hound in Centerville, OH. Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass. Server tried to tell me it was Arrogant Bastard, but after much argument, I was able to get the correct beer.

Appearance- Arrogant Bastard my eye. Beer pours black with a two and a half finger head of tan foam that doesn't die for a good ten minutes. No viability, I can't see the strippers, erm.. the management through the beer.

Smell- Very little as this is served far too cold. Some hop and malt. Light smoke, nearly none. As it warms, still very little malt. Perhaps this has been sitting on the handle too long?

Taste- This is a porter for sure. Thick roasty mouthfeel with a big hop balance. Smokiness is subdued and nearly not present, but porter characteristics still persist. Not too terribly impressive though.

Mouthfeel- Strangely light mouthfeel with ample hop bitterness. Medium bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability- When chugging, smoke actually shows up! I'll give this drinkability a 4.5 just on that fact. Also, Stone Smoked Porter is quite drinkable under optimum conditions.

03-05-2008 18:19:34 | More by blakesell
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bkilpatr

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -34.6%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/01/08

Pours very dark brown/black with generous 3 finger light tan head. The head leaves some nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is smoky and slightly chocolatey.

The taste leaves much to be desired. I would say the smokiness overpowers everything, but there's hardly any smoke flavor there and I can't even detect any other flavors. The taste is very empty, very lacking.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Medium carbonation. Bitter. This one is hard to drink, mainly due to the poor (lack of) taste.

I had high hopes for this beer but was quite disappointed.

03-02-2008 04:59:20 | More by bkilpatr
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ndekke39

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -3%

Drank a 22 oz. bomber by myself (woohoo!). Decanted into a pint glass. It's a completely opaque black with a sticky white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Light coffee aromas, bit of roasted grains. A touch smoky. Not as strong as I would have liked.

Flavors of dark coffee and dark chocolate. Nice smoky quality. Touch of syrup.

Lighter in body than I expected. Nice and smooth.

Very drinkable porter. None of the flavors or aromas are super notable, but they mesh together well.

03-02-2008 03:02:54 | More by ndekke39
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JDV

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -21.6%

Black pour with a big tan head. Smell is slightly sweet roasty malt and chocolate with a medium level of smokiness reminiscent of smoked meat. Decent mouthfeel, but a bit thin. Smokiness is more subtle than the Aecht schlenkerla beers, but still very much there. Flavor overall aside from smokiness is a bit thin and watery. A bit underwhelming, although not a bad beer. Wouldn't buy again though.

03-01-2008 21:43:50 | More by JDV
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.9/5  rDev -3%

22oz brown bomber, served in a shaker pint. Poured a dark brown almost black with a couple of fingers of fine bubbled tan head. Not a lot of smoke in the aroma, some chocolate malt and a little hops. Roasty, chocolate malt flavor that quickly gives way to the smoke. Dry finish with the smoke and chocolate malt really lingering. A fair amount of hop bitterness in the middle. Smoke seems to come out more as the beer warms.

A solid smoke flavor without being overwhelming on top of a good base beer. Flavors of the base beer come through.

03-01-2008 14:39:34 | More by homebrewhawk
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MisterClean

California

2.63/5  rDev -34.6%

22 from BevMo

A - Pours brown-black body with a little dark chocolate head, which dissipates fast.

S - Mocha, coffee, almonds, and lt alcohol.

T - Dark coffee and pear.

M - Slightly bitter, medium carbonation.

D - Where's the smoke? Will not by again.

03-01-2008 04:51:31 | More by MisterClean
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +7%

22oz bomber poured into a pint

Pours a used engine oil black with a nice tan head with some slick retention.

Smells of roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Very little smoke on the nose, but it is there.

Whoa! Sweet cocoa and caramel meet perfectly. This is almost as nice as it gets. Taste a slight citrus hop backbone.

The mouthfeel is creamy and light.

It is a heavy beer, but it's really light in finish.

This is another solid offering by Stone. Not too much smoke, just enough to give a great layer of flavor.

03-01-2008 03:46:10 | More by ColForbinBC
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tobyandgina

Nevada

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

The Smoked Porter head was average, light brown and lasting. Color was dark amber, reddish-brown. Body was pretty clear.

Aroma: Average to heavy malt presence with a toasted chocolate cereal. Some hops thrown in there. Some yeastiness, smoke and charcoal.

On the palate, there was medium body, creamy texture and soft carbonation.

The flavor tended to have an average duration, moderately sweet and moderately acidic.

Great on the list of Smoked Porters. Cheers!

02-29-2008 22:08:14 | More by tobyandgina
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aquaderek

California

4.38/5  rDev +9%

Poured this beer from the bottle into my tasting glass....Dark, good 1.5" head that dissipates to .5" after a couple of minutes. The nose is initially you get the smokiness of the beer and deeper in you get the classic porter notes of mocha and fruit cake. If I were to mention smoked salmon, mocha, and fruit cake to someone, they would probably say yuck, but it really works in this beer. Pretty well balanced tasted, with a nice smoky and bitter type finish. The mouthfeel is big and creamy, very good. The drinkability is pretty good as the alcohol content isn't too strong.

02-29-2008 04:38:10 | More by aquaderek
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Darien

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

A-Nice dark, dark amber color when put up to a light, a little darker than other Porters I think, minimal head and lacing.

S-Subtle smoke aroma with sometype of fruitiness in there.

T-The taste didnt blow my mind or anything, about what I expected, you can taste the smokiness but its not overpowering, and maybe its just me but the alcohol seems to be more prevelant than I would like.

M-Thick and creamy

D-Easily a good drinkable beer, goes down pretty smooth and the palate is not overpowered by the smoke.

02-27-2008 17:44:13 | More by Darien
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours an appropriately inky black. Head is strangely light colored for the style, a sort of mauve, and there's a lot of it. Good stick, but the cap doesn't retain terribly well.

Aroma and flavor of appropriate gravity; mainly sticking with roasted character and emphasizing the charred malt. There's less of it on the nose, but what's there is very pleasant.

The flavor is nicely fleshed out, but somehow just slightly thin, or lacking in something or another. Bitterness is just fine, finish is a little bit acrid, but you run that risk with a smoker.

Overall, a very standard smoked porter, above average for an American Porter. As usual with Stone, delightfully made and spot-on for style.

02-25-2008 03:36:20 | More by BretSikkink
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PhageLab

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

I was pleased to find this on tap at the Tap House in Hampton, as it is one of the few "regular" Stone offerings I've never tried, along with the Levitation. Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Dark coloration, low bit of froth, decent retention, laced rather well.

S - Malty aroma, sweet and smokey.

T - Well they really did smoke this porter, it has some significant smoke characteristics that are damn tasty. Very well rounded, sweet dark malts with the signature bite of Stone hop content.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, smooth going down with a hoppy dry finish.

D - Pretty good overall, definitely more sessionable than most of Stone's offerings, and that's not a bad thing. Balanced and tasty brew, one that I will revisit and recommend.

02-25-2008 00:31:35 | More by PhageLab
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baos

Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +15.2%

On tap in pint glass.

A: Dark dark brown with 2 finger head and awesome lacing.

S: Coffee hardwood charcoal. Piney hops.

T: The pine resin orange rind hops mixed with the malts give this beer a mellow espresso flavor. End nice and dry. This beer is really good.

M: Medium to full bodied.

D: Rather stout, but still very drinkable. I had this with fried and breaded cube steak mashed potatoes and Cajun corn. Went awesome with this Southern fare. Almost perfect beer! drink it!

02-24-2008 04:23:25 | More by baos
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milesfan76

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +7%

22 oz. bottle with the usual Stone gargoyle and writing about the beer on the back.

A: Pours black, though not pitch black, it does let a bit of light through. Two-finger tannish head that sticks around and clings.

S: Not much going here except for the malts, and not carrying that strongly.

T: Nice. Smoked malts come through first, with a bit of chocolate, coffee, and hops mixed in.

M: Medium-bodied, carbonation just right.

D: Very drinkable- I kind of wish I'd kept the whole bomber instead of splitting it.

Overall an excellent porter from a brewery that has yet to disappoint.

02-23-2008 04:57:51 | More by milesfan76
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Faulconerbrewing

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Appearance: It poured a very dark brownish/black color that some reddish tints when held up to the light. A nice dark tan head formed and left a lace of foam on the glass.

Smell: As soon as I poured it into the glass, I could smell the smoked malt. That pretty much drowned everything else out and that was all I could smell. I might have served this beer a little too cold which would mask some of the flavors. I'll have to revisit this one.

Taste: The smoked malt was the most prevelant and obvious flavor given the name of the beer. I though Stone did a good job of still have the "regular" malt flavor come through and mix with the smoked, but the smoked flavor overpowered anything else.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was the first thing that I noticed. It was very smooth and didn't overpower like i was expecting after the first sip. It was gone as quick as it came in.

Drinkability: Overall, I think this is a good beer. Something I'll probably keep in my fridge, but possibly in small quantities. The smoked flavor started to bother me a little towards the end of the beer. I think I could enjoy one or two of these in a session and then have to move on. I started to think about an odd analogy for this...so here it is...but i warned you, it's odd. It's like when you meet this hot girl who smokes. The sex will probably be great, but she'll taste like an ashtray...I guess you have to take the good with the bad. Hey....at least you got laid!! :-)

02-22-2008 21:02:38 | More by Faulconerbrewing
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aromatorio

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

Bottle purchased from La Jolla BevMo. Poured into the trusty ole Guinness shaker pint (someone buy me a tulip).

A: Looks black. Only when held directly up to light can you see subtle shades of ruby peering through the glass. Lovely big head foams up, sticks around for the duration as more than adequate lacing.

S: I am going to avoid the typical "smokey smell" diatribe. It does smell good though. A little vanilla, a lot of coffee, maybe some smooth caramel too.

T: A tangy bit more bittersweet than I anticipated. Sits well on the tongue however, and by the end is more smooth by half.

M: A little more carbonated/bubbly on the tongue than I would have preferred. Doesn't detract too much from an otherwise excellent porter though.

D: Could easily finish a bomber myself. *hic* Absurdly low ABV compared to some of the monsters I've had recently.

02-19-2008 23:06:40 | More by aromatorio
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scoobybrew

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

This was poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - deep dark, nearly opaque, amber color with a thick foamy head that settles somewhat but is otherwise well retained; leaves a nice lacing also

S - smokey, chocolately grain scents dominate the aroma, almost no hops present, very clean

T - like the aroma, rich roasted and smoked grain character with chocolate and 'camp-fire' like notes; nearly no hops present, but finishes somewhat dry and nicely balanced

M - medium-light body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a really good smoked porter. I fell in love with smoked beers a couple years ago, and this doesn't disappoint. Did I expect any less from Stone?

02-19-2008 01:34:30 | More by scoobybrew
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Jmamay22

New York

4.18/5  rDev +4%

Pours with a coke colored head that retains well and leaves some occasional lacing. The beer itself move from a dark black approaching brown to a lighter caramel colored brown along the sides of my glass.

Smells of caramel, dark fruits and a well placed smokiness. The smoke doesn't overwhelm like a Rauchbier, but complements and blends in with the other tones.

Tastes of chocolate, which gives way to a drying smoky finish. It's difficult to say where the smoke flavor ends and the hops begin as they meld seamlessly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel comes off a little thin and watery. Somewhat lifeless compared to the beer itself. This a very drinkable and unique porter. After the initial glass new flavors and subtleties continue to emerge. The smoke flavor is not the centerpiece, but acts as a complement to a fine porter.

02-18-2008 22:27:00 | More by Jmamay22
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zymurgy4all

New York

4.83/5  rDev +20.1%

This is a must try. I've only had a few smoked beers, and this one was one of the best so far. It was a dark color as expected from a porter, and a nice rich roasted and smoky flavor that was simply terrific.
The flavor was incredible. You could eat this with cheese, sausage, smoked oysters, steak, and it will just compliment it perfectly. It has a nice smoke flavor that is not just a hint, and not overdone--it was perfectly in balance with the hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel was smooth.
I liked this beer so much, I even bought a stone smoked porter glass. This is one I will eventually try and replicate as a homebrewer.

02-18-2008 01:04:35 | More by zymurgy4all
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becktone

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

Eye: Extremely dark brown in color, the highlights that I can see are a russet color, very brown, dark brown red. Head retention is great, it is tan in color and is also creamy in appearance. What can I say, this beer looks good.

Nose: Very potent aroma, right off the bat an astringent black malt and smokey aroma fill the nostrils. In addition to the smoked aroma there is also a very earthy smell to it, much like mulch.

Tongue: Smoke flavor is forefront, and then some chocolate in the back behind that. There is a bitter flavor that lingers on the front of the tongue, which is odd because the tip of the tongue usually picks up sweet flavors. Seems to me to be a hop taste, perhaps its here because the smokey flavor is domination the back sides of the tongue where bitterness is usually picked up. I also get some dark fruits in the taste, slightly behind the chocolate flavor. Also some caramel mingled in there...in the midst of the smokey character. Quite a complex beer, lots of flavor in here. HA usually stone hops the shit out of beer(which I happen to love), well when they have a style that does not lend itself well to hops they just do something else, ie the smoke character. This is an extreme beer, made for those who love extreme beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The beer has a full body, though in my opinion it could be a bit smoother. Higher levels of carbonation lend a rough character to this beer in terms of feel, maybe it would be better if those levels were lower? I can see it pairing much better with a silk pie were they lower, I mean two products both extremely smooth on the palate? it don't get much better than that. This is a beer that I think that I'd have to be in the mood for to buy again, I can really only see drinking on bomber, more than that and it might just be to overwhelming.

02-15-2008 18:46:18 | More by becktone
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +7%

1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice dark brown color with little head that disappears quickly.

S - Nice smokey smell. It's a really strong smokey smell, it's great.

T - Great smoked flavor with hints of bittersweet chocolate. Good rich flavor.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. I love this porter.

02-14-2008 03:30:56 | More by jeffmonarch
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trentley87

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +4%

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very deep, almost black mahogany with a long lasting creamy tan head. Head was only about 1 finger thick but my friend dropped the bottle and loosened the cap a little so I lost some carbonation. Good lacing.

S: I am a little stuffy but smell is pleasant with smoky chocolate, coffee, and the slightest hint of black licorice.

T: Dark roasted bitterness. Coffee and chocolate flavors under a mask of smoke. Tastes more like a stout. Has a creamy sweetness that, when combined with the mouthfeel, reminds me of Left Hand Milk Stout for some reason. Very good.

M: Excellent. Fairly light-bodied without being watery and carbonation is perfect. Smooth and refreshing.

D: Very high for me. Offers the complex flavors of a good stout without being thick or overly filling. I love stouts in the winter but this is very satisfying and a nice change. I will purchase this beer again.

02-12-2008 04:59:34 | More by trentley87
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bassmantin

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3%

Pours a very dark brown with a good thick head.

I'm not getting much out of the smell, but the taste is quite intense. It leaves a very strong taste, full of alcohol flavors, chocolate, and smokiness. Quite good, although I think it is a little too warm right now. I should have let it cool longer.

Overall: An intense porter; another great Stone offering

02-12-2008 01:46:45 | More by bassmantin
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iconoklaztor

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -3%

Poured into Das Boot! This beer generated a massive head (probably because of Das Boot)! The head remains quite awhile. The color of the liquid is a nice rich, dark brown. The smell as you can imagine is a Smokey, woodsy nose. The taste is nice and Smokey as you might guess. It starts with a nice porter note then an onslaught of Smokey flavors hits the tip of the tongue. The mouthfeel is robust and dry. Its a nice drinkable beer but I could see it leaving many thirsty!

Overall, I really enjoy this beer and its smokey taste. Its a well done porter by a fantatic brewery! Try this beer! Cheers

02-12-2008 01:42:44 | More by iconoklaztor
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crashoveride

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +17.4%

I drank this beer at a brew pub in Easton, Pa called Which Brew. Since porters are what I drink, this beer was right up my alley. I never had this beer before and I must say the taste to me is very inviting, it was smooth to start with a slight bite at the finish. I enjoyed this beer with dessert and went very well with chocolate drizzled cheesecake. I liked the beer so much that I went and purchased it at my local beer distributor. It came in a case of 12- 22 0z. bottles which will last me one long weekend. The 22 0z. bottles is a lot of beer but the beer is so smooth it makes it easy to drink. I also recommend having this beer with a nice T-bone steak and some chocolate fondue for dessert.

02-08-2008 18:06:08 | More by crashoveride
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,577 ratings.