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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,511 Ratings
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90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,511
Reviews: 1,736
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 100
Gots: 180 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002)
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first review is a favorite style of mine from a favorite brewery of mine. But this will be the first time I've had this particular beer.

Appearance: From a 22 oz. bomber, poured an opaque coffee black with a small but lingering off-white head. Large patch of lace remains several minutes after pouring.

Smell: Deep and rich. Malty with indications of chocolate and caramel. Slight tones of dark fruits.

Taste: Very nice! Thick and creamy. The initial taste is wonderfully malty with just the right bitterness to match. The smoky flavor shines through, but is not too obtrusive. A pleasant sweetness lingers but leaves no unpleasantness.

Mouthfeel: Makes the beer in my opinion. So smooth! Thick viscosity that coats as it goes down.

Drinkability: Fantastic. Instantly one of my favorite porters.

Overall an amazing beer. Smoked beers are not typically my thing but this beer pretty much does it how I'd like. Stone certainly did not disappoint with this one. I'll definitely be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 19:28:11 | More by jmalex
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BMoney575

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this last night, and it inspired me to write my first review.

Pours with a surprising thickness, head lingers for awhile with good lacing.

Most apparent aroma is of chocolate, with roasted malt and coffee coming through later.

Taste is very good, with the chocolate up front and a smooth coffee finish.

Mouthfeel is absolutely great, as I find this beer to be thicker than most other porters I've had. One of the high points.

Drinkability is good, a bomber is just about the right size.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 02:43:38 | More by BMoney575
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bgraney

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as midnight on a moonless night. Bubbly slight-tan/off white head, dissolved around the edges first leaving a sculpture in the center.
Roasted malt/chocolate aroma, mild, with plum hints in the background.
Almost as chocolaty tasting as a Rogue Chocolate Stout. This beer is screaming for a piece of cake to go with it.
Rich and full on the tongue, leaving the malt&choclate behind as a coating. Great after taste.
Very drinkable for the style. The flavors are long lasting but not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 16:23:41 | More by bgraney
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bigone4

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black pitch color very tough to see any light penetrating this beer. Some subtle ruby hues peek thru around the edges when back lit. Nice fluffy tanish off-white head with decent retention. Smells of roasted malt and some mild alcohol hints. Smells like a big malted porter. I was rather disappointed by the lack of smoky flavor. I was looking for more of a smoked and roasted mouth feel. There are hints of the roasted malt and mild hints of smoke but not to the extent I would have liked. Very full bodied with a nice mild touch of hop in the aftertaste. There certainly is a decent mix of flavors throughout the whole brew. Subtle hint of chocolate. Well not everyone will agree on some things but this one was a bit disappointing for me. All there other offerings have been quite delectable but to each there own. Maybe I will give this one another go later this month. It is tasty and drinkable and matches well with pretty much any food. Pumpkin pie and some Thanksgiving treats were my paired foods. Decent porter but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 16:08:01 | More by bigone4
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stephendr

California

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle – dark brown / black in color – nice off-white head- nose of cappuccino , anis , dark chocolate , dark fruit ( cherries , and raspberries ) , malt , smoke , slight peat and iodine – taste of malts , caramel , milk , chocolate , coffee , anis , and a slight sourness – wonderful body creamy with a hint of acidity – aftertaste is milk chocolate and coffee

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 00:23:47 | More by stephendr
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nouseforotacon

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bomber between a good friend last night. This one was sent courtesy of two people; you know who you are, much thanks again.

Pours out a syrupy, jet black with a HUGE, creamy tan head. Light red highlights in the bottom, love the thick foam.

Sweet, maple syrup aroma with roasted malts and some chocolate notes. Hints of coffee and cream. Full, dry nose.

Excellent malt profile in the taste, both sweet and toasted without the burnt/bitterness that would usually follow suit. Café au lait lingers strong on the tongue. Roasted, full flavor with a very mild/weak hop profile. Strong bittersweet chocolate, but not overpowering.

Creamy and smooth, medium bodied. This brew does not succumb to too much water or carbonation. Well-brewed and solid, thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 20:16:45 | More by nouseforotacon
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theopholis

California

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I resisted trying this beer for months, due to the "smoke" in it's name. Big mistake on my part.

Appearance- Deep, very dark redish burgandy. Apears black unless you hold it up to a bright light. Nice light brown head that keeps growing for several seconds after you quit pouring, but quickly disappears.

Aroma- not overpowering. Nothing that jumps right out atyou. A fairly complex mixture of malty sweetness, roaste and hint of smoke.

Taste- Unlike certain lite beers that merely claim they "taste great", this one really does. It's the best mass-produced porter I've ever had. A strong roasted grain-coffee taste up front with notes of chocolate and a hint smoke. This is a beer you will taste from the 1st touch of your lips to the very back of your throat. After your done, try licking the inside of your mouth 10 minutes later. Yea....you can still taste it. Glorious!!

Mouthfeel- Full-bodied, chewy. Just the tiniest bit oily.

Drinkability- this is a great porter. Anybody who has moved beyond American lagers should try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 08:38:24 | More by theopholis
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RJLarse

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of Stone Smoked Porter at a specialty shop to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pit tumbler.

Pours a deep dark walnut brown, and is clear, but nearly opaque. There re red hues when the glass is held up to the light. A think frothy beige head forms, and is fairly resilient. the brew looks like a chocolate shake from the top.

The smell is pretty average for a porter. There are some malt and little roasted grain aroma. I was expecting more smoke fragrance.

The taste is good. Semi-sweet dark chocolate, coffee and a little smoky charcoal flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full-bodied and creamy.

This is a very drinkable porter. It's not as dry and smokey as I thought it would be. I think is a good, but fairly typical, porter. I would have it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 23:56:43 | More by RJLarse
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber a rich deep redish brown with an inch of foamy tan head. I'm getting scents of dark chocolate and caramel malt followed by a nearby campfire. Tastes of chocolate and coffee, mild smoke and well balanced with malt. Finishes slightly bitter as the smoke lingers on. One of my all time favorite porters. Very satisfying offering from Stone. I can see myself enjoying a few of these on a chilly fall camping trip to compliment some smokey, grilled meats cooked over the campfire.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 05:25:50 | More by ClockworkOrange
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wingman14

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an inky black with a thin mocha head. When you hold it to the light it has red hues. The smell is great and well balanced. It is driven by the smoke, but sweet, maybe chocolaty notes. The taste is just as good, well balanced, starts smoky and sweet with a strong porter finish. The aftertaste sticks with the smoke theme but is also strong with malts. The mouthfeel is great, a good balance of flavor, carbonation, and body. I could drink these all night long. This is one of my favorite beers. Such a great brew. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of these. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 05:00:09 | More by wingman14
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown with some port-like brownish burgundy around the edges. The thin film of a head was a slight tan.

Smells of dry chocolate with a slight sourness that plays off the chocolate with a subtle hint of ash. There’s also a bit of corn syrup in the background.

Tastes of sweet dark barley with a hint of cocoa and a dry woody campfire. There’s also a slight lime here. In the finish, the campfire fades from lively woody smoke to ash.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a thick mouth of little bubbles that feels slightly dry.

Not bad at all. Reminds me of summer camping in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 22:51:45 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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rsyberg01

California

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

S - 22 oz. bomber thanks much to beerbeing for this gem.

A - Pours a black with brown edges and a small garnet center, head is a light khaki that sticks well. Looks like I'm in for a treat.

S - Smoke, caramel, chocolate, malted grains, smells great.

T - Smokey and sweet, chocolate, caramel, nutty undertones. just great.

M - This is what a porter should feel like.

D - I wish I had a self replenishing supply in my refrigerator. Unfortunately Stone doesnt distribute in MO.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 04:47:29 | More by rsyberg01
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BBM

New York

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at BoBBiQue in Patchogue. I do enjoy a good smoked porter. And this one was very good. The beer pours a jet black color with a thick, foamy tan head. The bartender had me dip my finger into the head to show me how rich and creamy it is. Very nice. Nice lacing as well. The beer smells of smoked wood, coffee, and some dark chocolate. It's like they captured a campfire in the aroma. Impressive.

Stone Smoked Porter tastes as good as it smells. The smokey, woodchips-esque flavor reveals itself first, with coffee and chocolate nodes playing second fiddle. There was also a slight bitterness at the end. As the beer warmed up, there was a distinct pine flavor that was certainly welcomed. Mouthfeel was full and dry.

This is an incredibly drinkable beer, even though it's quite heavy. Despite it being almost 70 degrees in New York yesterday, having one of these puts you in the perfect mood to bring on winter. Highly reccomended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2006 14:44:51 | More by BBM
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msolar

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark with a nice tan head. Darker than expected.

Has a very nice smokey flavor that would go great with some barbeque. Very drinkable without too much carbonation.

I’d highly recommend, I liked this a lot and will certainly pick more up in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 23:05:35 | More by msolar
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jongillin

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Stone, and have yet to have anything of theirs that I didn't like.
This beer is one of them. I certainly give this beer high praise and I think rightly so. It pours well and comes out a nice deep dark redish black.

The smell intially is a little too subtle but letting it breath reveals malty aromas with a bit of smoked wood and some wonderful hops.

Truth is I was a little disappointed in the seeming lack of smoked flavor. I have had some other smoked brews that lend more towards tasting the wood. However, the beer was increadibly fresh and the hoppy finish was perfectly bitter sweet.

The mouth feel was light with out too much carbonation and the beer goes down well. Perhaps a bit a on the heavy side but during a cold winter day I could certainly drink a couple of these. Try it out. Another good beer from Stone for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 06:04:25 | More by jongillin
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff is outstanding! Smell is, well, okay, but other than that, this is a super brew that should be sold in 6 packs. Smokey smell, sweet esthers, awesome head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Great drinkability, as it isn't too strong. The smell is too whiskyish, but tastes nothing like that. Has a nice robust coffee/chocolate flavor charged with a little beefy smoke. Nice brewski!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 02:14:48 | More by bigdeuce
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joe1510

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

Opened with a pfffttt...Poured in my pint glass a viscous black. Very dark. Some dark ruby tinting when held up to the light. A half inch tan head sits on top but fades fairly quickly to an even top coat. Lacing sticks as my glass is tilted but slowly slides back into the abyss that is the body of this beer.

The smell is filled with roasted malt goodness. Along with chocolate and a tiny bit of burnt grain. There is just a slight touch of smoke up front but to tell you the truth I don't think I'd be able to pick it up if I didn't know it was there. As it warms I can pick up the smoke more and more.

The taste is very close to perfect. Starts with a small burnt grain taste quickly taken over by the roasted malts and chocolate. I can't really taste the hops but they're in there. There is a nice bitterness from what tastes like a combonation of hops and darkly roasted malt. The smokiness is there faintly in the back throughout the drink. Very nicely done and balanced.

Mouthfeel is viscous but you could tell this from the pour. It's thick in my mouth but not coyingly so. Silky smooth but somehow a little chewy/gritty. I know that doesn't sound right but that's how it is. I really like the feel especially on a cold night like tonight.

For a smoked porter the drinkability is outstanding. The lower alcohol helps as to not be too big of a beer to drink a lot of.

Stone's Smoked Porter is one of my new favorite cold weather beers. I've always liked smoked porters but so far this is at the top of my list. Excellent example. Warms me up nicely. A must try.

Slainte!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 00:37:54 | More by joe1510
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xav33

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Smoked Porter
22oz bomber
Recent brewing, ashed out 10/06
Medium pour in a pint glass.

Poured dark mahogony with a huge light brown fully lasting frothy head with excellent lacing.

Smelt of moderate mild chocolate, caramel, cola and molasses.

Taste was upfront moderate roasted bitterness and coffee with some sweet chocolate and burnt sugar tones and light piney hoppiness followed by a blend of strong smokiness, moderate sweet chocolate and cola, light piney hops bitterness on a long finish that reminds me of rootbeer or cola. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy and silky, lively carbonated, and moderately astringent.

Overall, the beer looks great, smells good, and the taste is balanced to perfection and intensely complex on all its duration. Makes my neurons pop. Minor points off for slight lack of sweetness and weakness of aroma.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 04:30:52 | More by xav33
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thank You Kahn's of Indianapolis!!!
And of course runwayred for showing me the way ;).

Appearance- Great two and a half finger head with awesome retention. Decent lacing that slowly disappears after it sticks to the glass. A very deep garnet hue when held directly to the light and deep brown when held away from God's touch.

Smell- Not realy smokey for a "smoked" porter. More like a normal roasted malt profile you'd find in any other porter. Isn't waht I expected from a Stone product.

Taste- Coffee grounds to start with some more burnt like malts in the middle. The hops hit closer to the finish. Just a little general bitterness giving it a good baker's chocolate feel. The finish is a dark malt and toffee roasted over a campfire ending. Not too smooth.

Mouthfeel- A little thick, but does bring an overall pleasing sense to the tongue. Great palate of bitter brownies.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 04:52:27 | More by scruffwhor
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dirtylou

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bought at CityWide Liquors on grape road in mishawaka

appearance: poured into a snifter simply because i can....deep mahogany body, light garnet highlights, charred beige creamy head with only light lacing left behind

smell: dark bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, char, touch of smoke, big roasted malt aroma, mild hop sweetness provided

taste: good porter (as expected) from stone...smoky and earthy, big charred malt flavour, bitter dark chocolate, some sweet dark fruit comes through more in the flavour, smoky roasted mocha lingers in the finish, light molasses, a bit dry

mouthfeel: dry finish, medium body, light bitterness, strong roastyness

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 01:01:23 | More by dirtylou
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stouty1

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my Chalice with a 1 finger mocha head. Head disappeared quickly to a fine lace around the rim with a small island in the middle. Opaque dark chocolate with ruby highlights.

S: Chocolate, malt, with smoked oak barrel.

T: Sweet initially leaving a malty semi-dark chocolate, light bittery aftertaste.

M: Front of my tongue stings wth a zip of carbonation. Rapidly melts into a drinkable easily swallowed liquid.

D: Very drinkable with a very hidden alcohol level. I will be buying more of these and enjoying them more often.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 23:46:04 | More by stouty1
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Deepest oxblood. Cascading tall head of small and medium espresso crema colored bubbles that quickly fades to a thick skim and a pillared collar. Splotches of chunky lace cling to the glass. No carbonation streams. Aromas of light smoke, sweet chocolate, and grape jelly rise. Modest smoke flavors meld with some bittersweet chocolate and a nice hop driven bitterness in the finish. The smoke fades into the background behind the chocolate notes while the finish lingers with a hoppy smokiness. Bittersweet to semi-sweet chocolate fills the medium body. Active carbonation adds a slight sandpaper feel. Easily drinkable, and I would like to see the smoked bumped up. This was a decent, but lightly smoked porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 13:58:14 | More by hopsaplenty
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GimpyCane

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: poured from a 22 oz. bomber, dark brown w/ a 2 inch mocha head. The head fully lasted and left an excellent amount of lacing.

smell: as soon as you crack the bottle open a rush of smoky malt and dark chocholate hits your nose. Strong hint of coffee, molasses and sweet berries.

taste and mouthfeel: starts smoky sweet such as molasses, ends sort of tart like bitter chocolate leaving a long smoky bitter aftertaste, medium, watery, lively carbonated

drinkability: IMO very easy to drink, but could be too bitter or tart for some.

Overall, this porter rocks. Unlike alot of American Porters I love the smoke element Stone adds to this brew. It adds alot of character and bold flavors. I highly recommend this brew, you could easily become addicted to this brew. I am. Happy Drinking

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 19:14:31 | More by GimpyCane
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark... very dark. Almost black, but some light gets through giving it reddish brown highlights. Huge light coffee-colored head lingers for quite some time.

S- Dark malt with a touch of berry fruitiness. Smokiness is there, but quite subtle.

T- Fairly sweet up front with a rich fruitiness and dark chocolate. Roastiness makes it a tad astringent in the middle with some burnt flavors. Coffee and a subtle smokiness on the finish. Sweetness lingers throughout the brew and is joined by a medium bitterness at the end. Complex and delicious!

M- Smooth and creamy, carbonation is fairly low but just right for this beer.

D- Quite high. Low abv and addictive taste make this a very quaffable brew.

Another winner from Stone. Seriously, can they do any wrong? An extremely tasty brew with great drinkability, this one has everything going for it. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 23:05:51 | More by vtfan77
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dogfooddog

Panama

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a 22oz bottle from bevmo/LJ; slightly roasted chocolate nose with distinct woodsmoke odor.

taste is VERy smoky, the primary element, with the typical porter notes of roasted malt and some hint of chocolate being definitely secondary. that said, it isn't unbalanced and is quite enjoyable. There is less aftertaste than I would expect, mainly consisting of smokiness, rather than roasted malt or other normal porter elements.

Very nice beer, well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 00:09:44 | More by dogfooddog
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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