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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,866 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,866
Reviews: 1,766
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 144
Gots: 307 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A - Massive, dense deep tan head. Very uneven bubble size, with significant lacing. Astounding retention. Beer itself is about as dark as they come - near black, completely opaque. When held right up to a light some reddish brown comes through. Stellar.

S - Oak, coffee, chocolate cake, roasted almonds. Very complex.

T - Those nutty/oat/coffee notes from the nose are front and center here. Not so much in the way of sweetness, it's like a warm hug personified. Or drinkified. Whatever. Porters don't get much better.

MF/D - Smooth and creamy with a clean finish. Extremely drinkable while refusing to be simple.

Photo of n00tz
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Deep amber body, steep tan head that sticks to the sides leaving lace. Carbonation is sparse, but detectable.

S - The first porter I've had that I can still detect hops, I guess I'm not surprised as Stone loves their hops (and so do I). Smoke is also present underneath some sweet molasses malt.

T - Smoky, molasses malts, and some walnut. Hops show up heavy in the burp. Glorious hoppy smoked porter.

M - Medium thick body, touches the palate and flows softly down the throat. nom nom nom

D - I'm so glad that I've finally found you, oh glorious Stone Smoked Porter.

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

Pours a dark, nearly black color with faint dark brown highlights when held to a light source. Head is very slightly off-white in color and is rather thin, but retains fairly well and leaves a slight bit of thin lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly sweet, malty, with a bit of chocolate and a nice, somewhat subdued smokiness, which is not overpowering at all.

Flavor is very similar to the nose, with sweet malt flavors, some bittersweet chocolate, a bit of coffee, and some charred smoke flavor, finishing slightly bitter and a little dry. Medium-bodied with a nice smoothness across the palate.

Very drinkable, with a nice bit of character from the smokiness, but not so powerful a smoke character that it prevents one from drinking more. Overall mostly balanced and quite good, though not hitting exceptionality.

Photo of israel
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown with somy ruby hues when held up to the light. nice tan head upon initial pour that hangs on for awhile.

S- more malt than anything else; not as much smoke as I was expecting.

T- sweet malt flavors as well as some coffee flavors but not really much smoke is detectable.

M - lighter body for a porter and silky smooth with slight carbonation.

D- for a smoked porter I was a little disappointing but overall not a bad beer, probably classify this as a lighter porter.

Photo of bonkers
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 22 ounce bomber into a standard pint glass. It pours dark with a medium sized white head. The head leaves quickly with minimal lacing. The smell, while not bad, is disapointing. A heavy malt sweetness is the most powerfull scent, with a minimal amount of smokiness. The same can be said for the taste, nice malty flavors, with a miniml smoke aftertaste. The beer is medium bodied with above average carbonation, not crazy-just slightly more than average, and is quite drinkable. Not a bad beer, but a disapointing one. The smoke element was underwhelming. An enjoyable porter, just not much of a smoked porter.

Photo of strangebrew52
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black leaving some white head that didn't really last long

S: Slight a bit of smoke but not what I would have expected, some malty tones.

T: Some coffee flavor in there, smoke comes through a bit more as it warms but still lacking in my opinion. Has an almost sweet after taste.

M: Medium body with carbonation

D: Not bad but wouldn't be the first beer I reached for when choosing a porter. Lower 5.9% alcohol makes it easy to drink

Photo of jkendrick
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown, but light is still barely visible through the glass revealing reddish tints. A nice tan head about ¾ inch thick which dissipated slowly leaving plenty of lacing. A nice looking beer.

Aroma: The aroma is typical porter with chocolate and coffee present , but not very smoky. The aroma is nice enough, but not very strong. I guess I was expecting a more powerful aroma -- smoky aroma - from this.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick and the carbonation is present just enough, maybe a bit too much for my taste. It definitely has a nice body that carries the taste nicely.

Taste: Typical porter flavors, with coffee, chocolate, caramel all present. Strangely though, I don't taste much smoke. There is a bitterness, but it's not unpleasant.

Overall impression: This one looks great and the rest of the experience isn't too shabby either. I was expecting more smoke from a smoked porter, especially with Stone's reputation for big flavors. Overall, I'd definitely put this on a short list when I reach for a porter, but it is definitely not at the top of that list.

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

Picked up a bottle of this down in Bonner's Ferry Idaho at the Boundary Market Trading Post, although the Canadian Customs officer didn't believe me that I had paid that much for an American beer (he figured I was hiding 6 packs for the price that I paid for these bombers). Things were worked out without the need for any body cavity searches, fortunately.

Came in a brown 22 oz. bomber, pours out a deep opaque black, amber syrup highlights on the bottom of the glass when held to light, along with deep garnet mahogany in the body. Tall frothy chunky head of a light beige tone with lengthy retention and intermittent streaks of lacing.

Smoky char on the nose, some sweet boozy notes, some carob nut.

Malt is coyly sweet, the roast picks up momentum into a coffee ground character, underlying notes of light cocoa and carob, ending with a smoked wood finish. Lingering roasted and wood smoked aftertaste, well contained and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied for the most part but finishes with a full rich velvety creamy texture that bursts forth.

An enjoyable smoked porter, though not the most memorable I've had of the style, nor from Stone's line-up, although it'd make a great intro to the style for the wary or unsure, very approachable for a Stone ale.

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

A - Black with some amber light poking through at the bottom. Small off white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing

S - Malt and smoke. Smoke isn't as prevalent as I had hoped.

T - Despite the smell, there is a big smoked flavor to this one. Caramel and roasted malt goodness becomes more apparent as it warms.

M - Thin to medium bodied and smooth.

D - This is a easy drinking beer that never tires on the taste buds. Would be a great session beer.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass at cellar temp.

Deep dark mahogany color, ruby edges are beautiful. Thick tan head is soft and fluffy and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, licorice, mild coffee. A little alcohol warmth in the smell. Taste is roasty like coffee, some dark malts and caramel involved. A little of the licorice and some spicey hops in the finish, not turning bitter or anything. Some warmth in the end that is pleasant.

Good body and quite fulfilling, not a beer you would drink a bunch of. Well done at a moderate ABV. Good winter warmer type beer if you ask me.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Dark black with a head that looks as though it would hang around for a while.

Smokey aroma is there, but not overwhelming. There is a slight caramel scent hiding in there as well.

The taste is at first peaty and dry. The sweetness is cut by the smokey taste, but comes back with the hops in the end. Caramel tastes show up after it warms a little.

The mouthfeel shows a little less body than some of the heavier porters. Not a bad thing at all.

Drinkability is better than many porters. This style is not at the top of my list like it was in the past, but this is one that I could drink plenty more of since it is not so sweet. The $3.99 price tag on a 22oz doesn't hurt either.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber obtained at The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. Pours a virtually opaque black body with ruby-red highlights around the edges with a good half inch or so of light tan head. Smells roasty and slightly smoky. Tastes very roasty with some caramel malt sweetness, hints of citrus hops in the aftertaste, and undertones of smokiness. Rich full body with very moderate carbonation. This one is definitely a sipper, which is fine since the flavor lingers longer. One of the better porters I've had for sure. I'll be sure to try and pair it with a pulled pork sandwich sometime...

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

This porter comes out of the bottle a deep, opaque sable, nearly black, with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is thick and smoky and has hints of coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and what seems like wheat. Flavor is like well-roasted coffee with a subtle sweet undertone and hints of chocolate and molasses and even a touch of nutty taste. Texture is sublimely smooth but has just a bit of an edge.

Photo of emanon
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stone Smoked Porter:

I love this porter. Pours a dark black refreshing, with a frothy head tan in color. Head retention was pretty good. Some lace found on the cup. Smells of smoke, wood, some coffee and chocolate notes as well. Tastes like smokey heaven. Very nice flavors. The smokey taste hits the front and it finishes with a great aroma of smokey coffee notes. Very smooth and fairly light in body. Drinkability is average although I would not mind having a couple.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- No head, dark brown beer, light reddish around the edges.

Smell- Very little nose here. Thats about it.

Taste- Slightly smoked flavor here, not overly burnt though, some hops and chocolate and coffee notes are very subdued.

Mouthfeel- Perhaps a bit watery here.

Drinkability- Solid.

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch dark beer, with a shy laced head.
Amberish colours with a low carbonation

Smell is of deep caramel flavors, with some malty ones added with shy hoppy hints. Some chocolate hints play in, and a shy smell of chocolate milk come in.

Taste is hops hit you first followed with a shy caramel presence, everything is smooth and there some carbonated feel in mouth.
No aftertaste, pretty sharp, the smoked flavours were very shy!

Photo of beerkittycat
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is an inky black brown with a thin but frothy tan head. Aroma has only faint notes of campfire smoke and a little roast malt, and no hop aroma. Taste has some nice flavors of roast and black malts with notes of dark bitter chocolate, licorice, coffee, and yes, some faint smoke. Moderate hop bitterness actually left a mild tang on my tongue but the semi-sweetness of the malt balanced it nicely. Some faint but interesting grassy and lemongrass-like hop flavor. I felt that the mouthfeel was a tad thin for a porter but it was rather drinkable for that reason. This was a decent beer, don't get me wrong, but there definately was a lack of boldness for this style in the mouthfeel, the hop bitterness/flavor/aroma, and especially with the smoke flavor and aroma. Maybe because Stone makes such awesome beers I was expecting more. Still, a worthy beer for consumption.

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

Poured almost a pitch black with a thin film head. Maintained a small dollop of bubbles in the center.

Roasted malt at first whiff, a light hint of coffee as well.

Initial flavor had a smoked coffee backbone. Has a very subtle richness to it.

Very creamy to say the least, low carbonation. Coats the mouth and throat very well.

A smooth and easy drinking beer, flavor seems a touch subdued. Maybe it was a touch to cold when I consumed...hmmm, possibly.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,866 ratings.