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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,638 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,638
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 106
Gots: 220 | 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 cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with an off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malts, roasted coffee, and a touch of smoke. The taste is dark malts with a lot of bitter roasted coffee flavors and some smoke and hops in the finish. Overall, this is another solid offering from Stone that is recommended.

cjgator3, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This had a very heavy coffee taste with an extra hint of smoked flavor. It wasn't very thick, like a stout, but it was definitely full-bodied. Overall I'd say that this was more of a sipping beer, but it was yet another enjoyable porter. (No notes on the appearance or smell.)

Pencible, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of mattster
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened Bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Forms a frothy tan colored head that holds at .5" atop a dark brown ale.

Smell is of dark malts with roasted coffee aromas - no smoke on nose. Taste is a tad smokey - lighter for those who don't like a beer to smokey - very pleasant coffee notes with dry yet pleasant finish. Easily drinkable, but not something that I'd want to consume "Mass Quantities" of better as an occasional sipper or heavy meal.

mattster, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of illidurit
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Mahogany color with a medium tan head. Some lacing and decent retention.

Aroma is not particularly smokey, instead reverting to the notes of a standard porter: roasted malt and chocolate.

Flavor is very roasty with coffee flavors sweetened by chocolate. The smoke takes a larger role here than in the smell, complementing the charred roastiness.

Pretty thick in mouthfeel with low carbonation. Smooth but a little flat to me. Overall one of the better smoked porters.

illidurit, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of Jayli
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have become a believer in porters - or, I've been lucky with the porters that I have decided to try. This is a beautifully dark porter, almost a chocolate brown. It pours wonderfully with a nice head to it. The smokey flavoring is incredible, not a flavor that I have tasted in previous porters and the perfect compliment to the taste that is a porter. It leaves you wanting more.
Now, if only I could find a place that carries it around here!

Jayli, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of trackstar1043
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours deep dark black with hints of deep red hue on the sides of the glass, 1 in of tan/brown rocky head the great retention and leaving a sticky lace, looks fantastic.

S - Rich smokey almost brunt aromas of malts, molasses, carmels, rasins, has a smoked wood character. A deep complex and wounderful nose.

T - Just like the nose with a mild alcohol flavors and finishing with a slilght spicy bite, this is great.

M - Full bodied and lower carbonation with a almost syrpe like as it goes down, very nice.

D - Tis would be fantastic with something grilled or by itself, extremely drinkable and will have another shortly.

trackstar1043, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of KylightZone
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bomber
Poured into a pint glass

A: Dark color, with a nice wicked dark/ruby hue. Produced a 3/4 in brown head.

S: Off the nose I caught: Roasted Malts and some very light smoke at first. Followed by some sweet caramel malty goodness. Missing that kick of smoke I was expecting.

T: Roasted malts off the top, smoked taste and lightest hop bitterness rolls and lingers in the back of the palate. Sweet toffee coating in the finish.

M: I would call this one medium bodied, and easy drinking. Carbonation was a bit much.

This is a beer that I would not mind drinking again. Tossed a few down in the cellar.

KylightZone, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While generally not a big fan of Black Malt, this is the bottle that has made me a beleiver...I really like Porters now! This one is absolutely great, the best one to date. No not watery hopless brew with nothing but burnt barley taste no, no, no. Here is the real deal a beautifully crafted Robust Porter with just enough ABV as to enjoy a few, and a great bone white thick creamy head on top of a dark garnet brown sea of greatness. Definatelly has a hop presance that perfectly balances out the nutty, coffe notes that dominate the flavor profile. Nearly faultless as these bottles went quick and will definately find its way back to my cellar very soon.

InandOutBeerGuys, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of argock
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date, but there is a gargoyle.

A: Very drak brown with clumpy tan 2 finger head and plenty of lace.

S: Very underwhelming with only woody, mesquite charcoal odors being very easy to detect. Maybe a little sweetness, but pretty small-scale.

T: The charcoal and smoked flavors are the dominate ones in this brew with some faint coffee and bitter chocolate flavors present but playing a minor role. The smoky flavor grows as the beer warms.

M: Inconsistent as it seems thin at times and more full-bodied at other times, with more body coming through with time. Aftertaste is short and smoke-dominated.

D: The lighter body lends itself to better drinkability, but the utter domination of the smoked flavors grow tiresome by the end of this bomber. Not terrible, but not a beer I'll return to very often.

argock, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, under a big brown head. Very nice retention and lace. A+ appearance.

S: Smells of chocolate and a little bit of smoke at first. Sweet malt comes in afterwards. Roasted malt aromas come around too. Smoke is bit charcoal like.

T: A very subtle smokiness with sweet malts tones a decent amount of hop bitterness. Smokiness becomes much more noticeable after a few drinks. Slight hint of chocolate in the finish as well. A little bit of coffee and cream sneak in as well.

M/D: Body is full, carbonation a touch high, little bit of a velvety touch. Can be slightly thin at times. Really nice drinkability. I pretty much pounded my first glass without thinking about it.

NCSUdo, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta thank Mikeale for this brew
L:One finger light chocolate milk head. Dark Engine oil blackness for the color. Absolutely no light shining through.
S:Whoa!!!Immediately smoked chips pop out. I could almost smell the smokiness when I was feet away from my glass. Just a tiny tiny hint of chocolate. Once the beer warms up, caramel pops out.
T:That smokiness covers everything up for me. It is a ligher porter, so that smoke really over powers. Just tiny hint of sharp chocolate.
M:A light chewiness with just a tiny sharp fizz.
D:Very easy drinking porter. In fact almost a bit light for me. Seems to be one of the lightest porters I have had. That being said, you can almost session this porter.

Scoobydank, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of blakesell
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

blakesell, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
2.63/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

bkilpatr, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of ndekke39
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ndekke39, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

JDV, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

homebrewhawk, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
2.63/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

MisterClean, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

ColForbinBC, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of tobyandgina
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

tobyandgina, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of aquaderek
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

aquaderek, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of Darien
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Darien, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BretSikkink, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

PhageLab, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of baos
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

baos, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of milesfan76
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

milesfan76, Feb 23, 2008
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,638 ratings.