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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,827 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,827
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 126
Gots: 281 | 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 apwilla
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great porter. but it's not smoky. at all. other than the misleading label, this is an outstanding beverage.
If you are looking for something smoky, something with serious rauch appeal, grab a a rogue smoke ale, or an alaskan smoked porter, but not this.
Pours almost black, a tinge of amber can be seen around the edges when holding it to the light, lets you know it's not quite a stout.
the smell is fantastic, chocolately, grains, caramel. almost some smoke hiding in there somewhere.
It tastes just like it smells, rich and velvetey.
also, a buck or two cheaper than most stone beers, so a great bargain.

Photo of magictrokini
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know why it took me so long to drink this Stone offering. Now I do. Kind of lackluster for Stone. Not much of an aroma; typical chocolate, coffee, and smoke, but not strong. Color is very dark brown with minimal tan head. Flavor is good; coffee and smoked malt, but not as big as I wanted. There is also a noticeable lack of hops. This is a stout more than anything else.

Photo of sudsface69
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer for beer geeks, and perhaps why I like it. The nose is just so intriguing. I could spend hours sniffing this one. On first sniff I got charcoal and smoke. Then I stuck my schnozz in there again and smelled some dark fruit, then some wood, then licorice and herbs, then some pine needle, then some smoked salt, then....well, I could go on and on. The nose is so complex you can dig-out all kinds of aromas. Like I said, a beer geek's beer - you could study this one for hours. Some may be turned off by this one, but I find it really fun. The mouthfeel is perfectly porter - light, dancing, but still bursting with flavor. The palate mirrors the nose, and leaves a nice, complex, lingering aftertaste. Again, not one for everyone, but a great brew for the adventuresome.

Photo of Vendetta
2.45/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Original Rating Date:
September 25, 2008

Pours dark black with a nice, foamy brown head. Beautiful, steady, permanent lacing that lingers down the glass. Great looking beer in the glass. Smells of weak malts -- no smokiness, no chocolate, nothing else. Very disappointing aroma. Flavor is lots of chocolate, ironically not very smokey at all. Digging deeper there is some dark fruit there. There's a bit of a watery character to the beer as well. Unusually weak brew from Stone. Other reviews on this site rave, but I didn't come away with a great experience from this beer.

Photo of colts9016
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark rich almost black, it is brown with reddish hues. There was a one finger head but it disapted to a half of a finger head. There is some lacing left on the glass. Also, there is some carbonation, not a whole lot.

Nose: Roasted smokey malt, esters, citrus, there are hints of bananas, pine, smell like a hospital surgery room. Hints of Phenolic, musty earth,and resin. This beer has a complex nose.

Taste: A very nice smokey malt, with esters citrus, and resin. There are hints of musty earth ( kinda like mold) sweet bread yeast, and bananas.

Overall: A very good smoked porter, a nice well built malt body that had a smokey creamy mouthfeel. There is an astringent finish with a touch of hops that gives this beer some balance. I enjoyed drinking this beer.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a stange at Stone Brewery.

Appearance: Dark coffee color, very small head (wonder what the head looks like out of a bottle) with some delicate lacing. The head leaves a collar that remains over the course of the beer.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, cigars. 3 distinct and abrupt smells, working well together.

Taste: A very strong porter; they definitely don't mess around at Stone Brewery. A smokey oak flavor up front, and it is easy to taste the alcohol. The middle and end are a bomb of malt and hops, with some vanilla and caramel flavorings. The end leaves with a slight smokey chocolate aftertaste residue.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a very full body, but still fairly smooth. There is a definite bite to this porter, like it wants to fight your tongue.

Drinkability: The richness of the porter will definitely impede the speed of consumption, although the fact that it is a thick, chewy, tasty brew more than makes up for that fact.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a kick-ass and kick-your-ass porter.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a pint glass. Darkest of browns with some truely interesting lace.

S. Smells of roasted chocolate malt and some fresh hop whiffs. A bit of toasty bread.

T/M. Coffee and roasted malt. Pretty well hopped as well, piney and resinous. Cracker like yeast. A very nice smokey flavor. More malty than hoppy, which is just fine with me. Well balanced and smooth. Full bodied and creamy. As it warms, more of the malt sweetness pulls through.

D. This is a great porter. Hands down.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black. Careful pouring still creates half a finger of head, which recedes slowly over a few minutes.

S: Chocolate, coffee -- somewhat understated, but I just got over a cold so I can't be sure.

T: Coffee, toast, a little cherry, and smoke at the end. Pretty balanced, but it needs to warm up slightly for all of it to come out.

M: Carbonation is light, no alcohol burn. Pleasant.

D: Very filling, I can only have one bomber. But it's good.

I've had some better porters and I'll stick with those. But this is nothing to scoff at.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm so happy to have Stone in Florida. I've tried several of their beers over the years, and I'm really looking forward to the "big beers" getting here. In the meantime, Arrogant Bastard, Ruination, IPA, Pale Ale, and this - the Smoked Porter, will have to do. This one poured dark, retained head to the last drop. Toasty, coffee-like flavor, with a hint of smoke added to the mix. Unlike some beers of the style, this is not dry. Actually quite refreshing and very easy going down. As good as an American Porter as I've had. Now, if we could get Alesmith down here!!!

Photo of burnstar
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown to black with a smallish off white head. Aroma is subdued roasted malt with a touch of smoke. Taste has a light background sweetness. Chocolate and coffee notes. The smokiness is not overpowering at all and actually complements the other flavors. A little roasted malt bitterness. No particular flavor dominates. Very balanced and very good. Not too heavy.. medium to full bodied and well carbonated which adds a bit of bite that works well with this beer. An extremely flavorful beer which is also quite drinkable. Excellent overall.

Photo of rmasen
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Black with almost no head

S: Rich Malty with the smell of 60% Cacao

T: Strong chocolate notes, nutty notes come through on the exhale

M: very light carbonation with a little alcohol warmth

D: Strong malt flavor might turn off the average ber drinker but very pleasant.

Photo of hoplover82
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a thick black color with a medium to thin tan head that wofts chocolate and woodsy hops together, then after that fades to smoky chocolate.

Very smoky in the flavor - kinda made me jump back. This is my first smoked beer. Some coffee notes.

A lasting bitterness goes good. Real nice lacing. Very bubbly and soft on the palate. At first the smokiness wasn't subtle but as it warms a little it mellows out.

Very nice beer indeed.

Photo of soupyman10
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on-tap at the Big Hunt. Have fond memories of it in the bottle, so figured I'd be a fan on tap as well. Pours a near black with a solid head on top and a touch of lacing. Sweet and roasted malty nose. Not as hoppy as some of Stone's offerings. Flavor is almost stouty becaues of the way the smokiness mixes in with the roasted malt. Vanilla, chocolate, maybe a bit of coffee as well. Feel is good, appropriate for the style. Overall, a very tasty beer.

Big Hunt/16 oz/$6

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown with a tan dense head. Held to the light, you get nice ruby hues. Good lacing.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, charcoal, and a whiff of smoke.

Mild chocolate, coffee, and dark toast elements. The smoke hits you as you inhale at the sip, and you sense it in the taste and finish -- but it is by no means overpowering -- almost as if someone burned the toast. Some hop bitterness as well, Very nicely balanced beer.

A mouth filler for sure, but thin enough where you know this is porter. If I closed my eyes, I'd swear this was fresh from the tap. Very smooth and, if you are a porter person, easy to drink. One of my favorites.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark red brown mahogany with good clarity and ample offwhite head with moderate lacing

S-What a surprise...I expected something a bit more robust. Fairly expected malts and roasted nuts...where's the smoke?

T-Full bodied and excellent, as one would expect. A bit fruity, raisins, chickory, coffee, and all good...an admirable effort...but smoke? Ok, maybe a little in the taste...maybe a bit more in the aftertaste...but no more...and maybe this is not a bad thing.

M-all good here..the right amount of carbonation and balance, a full mouth, as one would expect.

D-A very good porter...maybe one of my favorites, but these guys are masters of the brewing art.

Another great effort by Stone....

Photo of stephens101
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pure black with a large, fluffy tan head which recedes in a dilatory manner leaving a sheet of slightly pocked lacing all around the glass. Aroma has elements of dark chocolate, burnt wood, very slight notes of caramel and is not as bold as expected. The palate is filled with notes of dark chocolates, coffee, cherries, licorice and hops, with the smoky characteristics revealing themselves in the very end. The taste is very well-balanced, and like the smell, isn't as bold or complex as expected, but remains tasty and satisfying nonetheless. I would go as far as to say the seeming innocuousness of the aromas and tastes are part of what make up the special charm of this brew. Mouth-feel is slightly thick and creamy, thus making for a smooth ride down the gullet. A fair amount of carbonation is revealed with a quick shake. I haven't had a porter in a while, but this one makes me happy I decided to get back to em'.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at Skibbo's on East Tremont in the Bronx last week and let it age for a month which is long time for me. Probably should not have had Stone's Russian Imperial Stout prior. Nevertheless, poured into pint glass to show off on on black with brown residue tints on the side. Head was fairly big with solid lacing that drooped off after 2-3 quafs. Nose was on on strong roasted malt and hopearth secondary aroma. The taste was very pungent but not overpowering becuase my pallet still has the RIS hanging around. Mouthfeel was thin and sharp bitterness from the hops. Good heavy porter.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark, near opaque mahogany red with a big 2 finger rocky tan head that was fully lasting and sticky leaving a very good lacing.

S: smoky pine and dried citrus, and dark roasted malt and chocolate.

T: The initial flavor has a nice smoky and roasted malting with some sweet chocolate coming through. There is a slight coffee bitterness that follows along with some dark raisin grist, black licorice and dried prunes adding some spicy dark nature to the beer.

M: very smooth and smoky with dark chocolate. The body is full with ample carbonation bringing out the nice roasted nature and left a good smoky lacing.

D: Very good drinkability with good complexity and well balanced providing a great experience.

Photo of dhd1491
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really an outstanding brew. Great flavor, great smoke, without being overbearing or having strange flavors. Pours great, a dense frothy tan head and impenetrable black liquid with just a tinge of brown at the edges. Smell is okay. Taste is fabulous. Very drinkable for such a "stout" brew. Stone continues to impress me.

Photo of corby112
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown, almost black with a foamy beige head. Smoky malt aroma with hints of dark chocolate, coffee and toffee. Smooth, delicaate mouthful with a slighhtly bitter finish. Creamy chocolate roasted maltiness with hints of roasted cofee

Photo of aubuc1
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a thick steady tan head.

Smell of campfire smoke is very dominant, maybe some light fruit tone tucked way underneath.

Smokey, malty taste is nicely balanced.

Sort of thin, but very drinkable.

Photo of nick76
2.9/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is about what I expected. It's smokey, toasty, malty, nutty, and mildly alcoholic. The appearance is red/brown with a nice foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is OK but not as thick as I was hoping for. Overall it's pretty good for a smoke but I don't really like it.

Photo of HalfFull
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer flows a deep reddish brown with a half inch of light tan head that is light and bubbly. Retention and lacing are moderate to light.

Initial scents of chocolate segue to iced coffee as the head settles.

Taste's of milk chocolate followed by some roasted coffee and finishing with a dry and smoky peat and smoke flavor. Having sampled the Chipotle and Vanilla Bean versions I finally find the true smoked flavor, and in the original. It was more subtle with the Chipotle and overwhelmed by the Vanilla. Mouthfeel is a bit thin direct from the fridge but improves slighlty as the beer warms to proper temperature.

Nice drinkability with good carbonation yet nothing over the top.

Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cola ebony color with an off white head. smell is molasses malt and grape. taste of bubble gum malt with a light smokiness. quite smooth going down with no alcohol what so ever. light acidic quality giving it that stale quality. the grape sweet lingers on the tongue with the light hop.

had again about 2 years later. more chocolate and smoke. not distinction of sourness. nice fruit qualities still secondary to the smoke.

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz brown bomber purchased at World of Beer in Westchase. This brewery just started distributing in Florida this month. I was excited to finally see what the hype was about for Stone brewing.

Pours a dark brown with red highlights.

Smell was very mild perhaps from being too cold. I let it warm up a bit and got a bit of coffee and cocoa. The aroma seemed smooth and sweet with notes of toasted bread.

Taste is a mild maltiness that's not bitter at all. I had a hard time detecting much smoke. This may be because I haven't had enough smoked beers to have developed a palate for it. It definitely wasn't a rauchbier smokiness. (There wasn't any kielbasa flavor)

Finishes very clean and the body is medium light making this beer very easy to drink.

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,827 ratings.