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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,519 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,519
Reviews: 1,736
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 101
Gots: 182 | 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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Photo of Naes

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is black with a tall tan head that laces well.

The aroma is The aroma is malty, smoky and almost a bit of oak.

The flavor is smoky and malty, but also has a strong hop presence. It is much hopier than I was expecting but still a very good brew.

Mouth feel is medium to full bodied and mildly carbonated.

Pretty good, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 21:28:32 | More by Naes
Photo of beerceller99


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

22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a big tan head. Has a chocolate malt smell with an essence of smoke. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Taste is of chocolate malts with a very slight smoked quality. Finishes super smooth.
Not much smoked flavor here, I was expecting more than was found. Still a pretty decent porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 18:28:54 | More by beerceller99
Photo of NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Think dark brew, a bit of light can make it's way through, but very dark. Small nice tan colored head. Beautiful smells of bitter chocolates hits you first. The alcohol ties the bitter chocolate flavor well. Initial taste strong bitter chocolate finishes with some smokiness. A bit of fiz accompanies the flavors.

Note: this is one to take your time and savor.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 02:26:56 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of MarkBlackout


3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this offering from stone, but it was perhaps a little less rich and thick than I expected. Pours with a lovely head that stays throughout. Carries a nice roasted, slightly smoky flavor along with the mild hoppiness, but overall the smoked side of it is more underwhelming than it could have been. Still, another delicious offering from Stone that deserves to be sampled and re-sampled.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 21:52:41 | More by MarkBlackout
Photo of Domingo


4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2nd smoked porter I've ever had (O'Fallon's being the first) and I have to say that if they're all like those, I'm a definite fan of the style.

Pours a very thick brown color...almost comparable to their Imperial Stout, but slightly lighter. The head was definitely a little more foamy, which was pleasantly surprising.

The smell is that of coffee and a mild smoky scent. Certainly not as strong of a a smoke scent as the O'Fallon (which is almost like a BBQ), but it's certainly noticable.

Flavor is super-smooth. Smoky is a little less pronounced that I'd like, but it's still certainly there and it adds a lot of depth.

I split a 22oz bottle of this but I could've easily handled the entire bottle myself. The alcohol isn't too strong (less than 7%) and the flavor is amazing.

I wish the smoke was a little stronger, but otherwise an amazing brew. I think some of that comes down to my previous experience, so perhaps I'm a little biased.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 23:58:21 | More by Domingo
Photo of OStrungT


3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown. The head is thick and creamy. It looks brown. It fades very slowly, leaving thick laces. When I hold it up to the light, it has a dark ruby red look to it. It smells smokey, but not not overly smokey. It also has a malty aroma. It has a solid coffee aroma present. The hop aroma is very apparant. It tastes more smokey than the aroma led me to believe. Coffee is also very noticable. It has a sweet caramel like taste to it also, but it is subtle. This beer leaves a smokey taste on the palate. It is slightly aggressive in flavor, I think due to the smoke. It is a little over carbonated. This beer would probably make a bad session beer because it is aggressive and the flavor would get old fast. This is a good beer to have, but not very often.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 23:03:07 | More by OStrungT
Photo of Buildscharacter


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have to say that I just love Stone brewery. Everyhing about them from their bottles to their attitude to the way their beer tastes.
Besides all that, I do enjoy your dark stuff, although their Barley Wine is pretty good as is their IPA....anyway...

I was pleased as I poured out this beautifully dark porter into my 20oz. glass. As usual the bottle talks about being worthy and trying new things, so since I already love their other stuff, I figured this would be a good go.

The head came up nice, and dissapated after a few minutes.
The beer is dark, I'm talking black here. None of this Alaskan summer dark, I'm talking middle of the rain forrest, midnight and there's a panther out to get you dark.

Smelling the brew you can smell the hops that they use. Stone? Hops? No!! Ha.. Anyway. Yeah it's a hoppy brew, but all their stuff is, so that wasn't much of a surprise. Smells a little sweet too.

Obviously the first flavor that comes through it the smoke from the malt. It's pleasing and not overbrearing. It feels so good going down too. It's high in alcohol but not anything to worry about. It's thick and like velvet in your mouth. Slight carbonation helps bring out undertones of wood.

The aftertaste is quite smokey, but I suppose that's expected. I'm not a big one for the smoke flavor but this is a good brew. It's tasty, but I am glad that I split the 22 or I would have been on the floor with a smokey taste in my mouth. Not a good way to wake up :)

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 20:46:42 | More by Buildscharacter
Photo of Pegasus


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark red amber color, with a moderate tan head, which retains well, excellent lacing.

Aroma: Deep toasted malt aroma, with prominent earth and smoke notes, sweet caramel, and quite understated hops.

Taste: Strong roasted malt at the open, caramel sweetness follows to midpoint of the taste. Later in the taste, an alcohol note appears, as well as bitter chocolate, smoke and earth flavors. The taste closes with a mild lingering bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and dry, with soft carbonation, the body seemed thin for the style.

Drinkability/notes: Overall, quite excellent, would be very pleasing on a cold, dark, windy day.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 12:45:10 | More by Pegasus
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours from 22oz bottle with generous head a decent proportion of which seems to be in for the long haul. This has a delightful peat colour.

The nose has a strong smoky smell. If I was generous I'd say chocolate malt is to the fore. If not I'd start moaning about coffee. As it is I'm sitting on the fence....so far.

And after tasting it I'm still sitting on the fence. Delightful creamy, chocolate malt start gives way to a coffee flavour with a hint of hoppy bitterness which renders it palatable. In case you hadn't guessed I'm not a big fan of the northwest's other liquid passion.

The carbonation is great, and coupled with the creaminess it makes for a great feel. I would be in love with this beer, but for my disagreement with most of the planet on the coffee thing.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 08:29:36 | More by charlatan
Photo of blackie


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forms a tan head. Black color lightening to a very dark shade around the edges.

Smells smoky, but not overwhelmingly so, alot like a regular porter. Lots of dark malts. Hints of sweet dark sugars, coffee, chocolate. The smoke is well balanced with the other characteristics of the beer.

Carbonation is a little less than average. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but not bad.

Taste is of dark roasted malt with some hop bitterness. Hints of coffee and dark unsweet chocolate also present. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 05:17:42 | More by blackie
Photo of baiser


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, opaque, black body with a creamy tan head, good retention. Smokey, lots of coffee and chocolate in the nose. Subtle smokey flavour, mostly just charcoal, coffee and chocolate. Not quite a rauchbier, but the smoked character is definitely there. Great balance, and actually a great session beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 11:28:36 | More by baiser
Photo of rhoadsrage


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

( Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a dense black body with a nice tan head that holds in the glass.

S-Very nice smoky grain aroma with some deep roasted barley smell and almost a chocolate hint with it.

T- This has a great roasted barley flavor with some good depth of malts and a nice spicy hop finish that has a hint of smokiness with it. The finish hops have hint of tangy almost pineapple resin flavor but it is very faint.

M-This has a pretty creamy mouthfeel but no alcohol heat or astringency.

D-This beer is a spot-on-porter very solid on its own but the nice gentle smoke shows its present. The smoke is not overpowering and really compliments the deep roasted grain. Next time I'm in the distributing area I must stock up.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 01:20:10 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out like liquid black hole, impenetrably dark, with crimson highlights and a billowy tan head. Head retention is moderate with plenty of artisitic lacing.

The nose has bittersweet dark chocolate and espress notes mellowed by sweet campfire smoke. Well balanced nose with smoky nuances.

The flavor is roasty chocolate and coffee up front, with peated malt and beech-like smoke. Initially bittersweet, then mellowed by dark caramel and smoky highlights. Very balanced and smooth.

The body is mediumish, could use a little more. A full, smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes up for the lack of body. Slick and tongue coating. Makes me wish I had some good hardwood smoked ribs to go with this.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 15:37:58 | More by AlexJ


4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally bought this on-line. It is not available in SA and I got frustrated reading and hearing so many good things about it.
The beer poured out a deep dark brown with a little ruby tint when held up to the light. A 1" tan head rolled away quickly and left little lacing. Beautiful beer.
The smell at first was all about the roasted malt. Some coffee and earth aromas were prevelant. When I let the beer warm up I began to get the smoky smell out of it, maybe smoked meat or a light bacon. Very nice!
The taste was love at first sip!!! This beer is outstanding. Wonderful roasted, earthy, coffee flavors followed by a NICE smooth chocolaty touch. The porter seems very lightly hopped to me, there is a nice bitter finish that hangs around for a long time.
The mouthfeel was incredible. Smooth and velvety, it don't get no better than this!!!
I would enjoy this on a very regular basis if it was available to me. This is a bad mofo!!! If you like Porters, you need to try this.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 03:59:20 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty, smooth, smokey (toasted malts I suppose), with a signature hops bite that one has come to expect from the good people at Stone. Pours black with a tan head with those deep coffee chocolate toffee aromas. The chocolate coffee toffee endures in the taste. Fans of porters have little to complain about this here beer. It's solid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 19:34:50 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of TongoRad

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ultimately a beer like this should be judged on how well the smoke character is incorporated into the base beer, and what sort of character that base beer has. On both of those counts this is definitely a fine beer.

The smoke presence is mild but definitely there. This is definitely conceived as a beer that one could do a session with- the smokiness never reaches an overbearing quality.

The base porter is also quite good and well balanced. Nothing is permitted to overpower the delicate smoke presence- neither the roasted malt, hops, caramel, yeast signature, etc, are overtly powerful. Therein lies a certain limiting aspect of this beer- intensity is sacrificed for drinkability. It's still freakin' good, though- put me down for a couple of bombers...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 02:19:06 | More by TongoRad
Photo of Vancer


4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Holy Smoly, my first Stone, and my first smoked brew. A great start, the stone black pour produced a superb head – one that laced the pint glass all the way down. A chocolate malt aroma transcends over into the taste, along with coffee, light charcoal, burnt toast and the infamous smoky peat finish that gives you a small kick in the sack. Although thick and chewy, the light carbonation makes for a good session brew, or a one bottle afternoon – as long as you’re in the shade.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 15:54:02 | More by Vancer
Photo of HardTarget


4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Standard Stone Philosophical musings, but no useful information like abv, date, etc.

Aroma: Smoke is at a great level, mild but definitely noticeable, and blends well with a firm dark malt base with some of the burnt porter characteristics.

Appearance: Ruby amber glass with surprisingly nice clarity. The rocky tan head held deep into the glass and laced nicely.

Flavor: Malt is a bit sweet and the hops are juicy and citric. Not enough of the burnt characteristics to really nail “porter”. The smoke adds a wonderful depth with hints of tobacco, leather, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy texture, low carbonation and just a touch astringent.

Overall Impression: Very enjoyable drink. A great spring/fall sit on the back porch with a cigar or some fish kind of drink. I had to work hard to sip and not just turn it up and DRINK it. Great drinkability, I’ll have to work on a way to get some more out here in Texas. Well done Stone!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 22:00:09 | More by HardTarget
Photo of gimmehead


3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky black with a big frothy mocha colored head, lots of lacing. I was a little disappointed by the aroma. The expected smokiness is present, but very subdued. Instead of an assault on my olfactory receptors it was almost as if I had to sort of seek the aroma out. There was an acrid bitterness with a little sweetness underneath, and maybe a little black licorice. Tasted of bitter smoked malts, again not much intensity, and an acrid charcoal bitterness, that is not at all unpleasant. Just a hint of sweetness that I can't lay my finger on. Underwhelming. Medium to thick mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.
This is a mild beer in every regard, something that seems out of tune with the rest of Sone brews. This is the first Stone beer that I haven't been impressed with. In fact, this is pretty unimpressive IMO.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 03:23:20 | More by gimmehead
Photo of karengarys


4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

...so I was looking for an imperial stout at my local store... The store was out... Hmm... I never tried the stoned smoked porter, what the heck.


I'm drinking this too fast to review! ...And my my my, this has become a favorite of mine....

It pours dark brown almost black from the 22oz bomber, leaving some carmel colored foam. It dissipates, leaving a ring which laces on the glass quite a bit. Small foamy islands float about the top.

it smells nice and roasty and malty and smokey with lots of sweet something. Molassis? ...not sure, but it smells yummy.

Taste is very nice and rich. Nice and malty and smokey and robust. It has a complex sweetness that just hits the spot.

Mouthfeel is creamy. The robust sweet taste plays into some coarseness at the beginning of the drink, which turns into a velvet blanket. It is really good!

Needless to say this has a very rich, robust body. The finish is a sweet dissipation in fizz, followed by a slight bitter whap. Unfortunately there is a slight aftertaste, but the next sip takes care of that.

I recommend trying this if you are into rich dark beers, or want to experiment with a fine porter with a smokey twist. If you like to stick with the macro brewerie's light varietes - beware - this will smack your senses silly with rich wonderful flavors.

Also note - if you find it in a store, and are considering it - BUY ONE! They are hard to come by. yes, $5 can be considered a lot to lay down for one big beer, but it is a very worthwhile purchase for both your enjoyment and for the support it provides to our fine American hand crafted breweries.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 02:17:35 | More by karengarys
Photo of hungryghost

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with a nice head that floats for a bit. Lacing is light but evident.
Smells roasty, smokey, toasted and malty. The aroma is not as heavy as the taste, i still think it gives a good idea of what is to come.
Serious smoke flavor, coffees, chocolate and roasted malts. Occasionally i get a bittering but it does not seem like a hop flavor.
Nice light amount of carbonation helps make for a smooth beer. Not too heavy/thick in the mouth.
This is a very drinkable brew. I had my second glass with some smoked gouda. Yumm!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 15:57:31 | More by hungryghost
Photo of JackStraw22


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

Appearance: nearly pitch black body, slighty translucent near the bottom of the glass. Nice head of tan foam with great retention and some good lacing to boot.

Smell: Lots of chocolate, buttery and a little bit yeasty/earthy. Not a lot of smoked aroma.

Taste/Feel: This really has a bite to it. The smokey taste is upfront, but really manifests itself at the end. The smokey character has an almost metallic quality to it, which is a little dissapointing. Edit: now that it's warmed up, that metallic taste has dissapeard and turned into a warm smokey flavor. The residule smokey flavor that lingers is very nice. Some slight bitterness, but nothing big. Full mouthfeel, a little sticky.

Drinkability: Great, though coming in the larger bottle size, one is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 00:10:43 | More by JackStraw22
Photo of DrJay


3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, very dark brown, nearly opaque, with very nice deep ruby highlights. Light brown head of fine, dense bubbles that show excellent stickage to the glass with very good retention. Malty, roasty aroma with a little bit of smokiness. Very light american hop aroma as well. Malty flavour up front with plenty of roasted and chocolate to start, moderate sweetness. Bitter smokiness appears at the midpoint and carries through to the finish. Light bitterness from the hops, balance is more between the malt and charcoal smoke, which hit a nice balance towards the end and carries through to a long, drying finish. Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Fairly smooth, creamy texture. I really appreciate that the smoke aroma and flavour feel like a balanced part of the beer rather than just an afterthought that was dumped in at the last minute, but admittedly smoke in a beer is not really my thing.

22 oz. brown bomber, no apparent best before or freshness date.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 01:47:48 | More by DrJay
Photo of karst


3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque darkness with garnet glints when backlit from the low sun on opposite horizons of an almost full Moon. The Stone barleywine label and Gargoyle stand out in gold to nearly match tan web of lace on the opposite side of the Rastal crystal sniffer.

Not giving up much in aromatics other than malt. Saving back a little in the 22 oz bomber, I will later return to the nose.

Sweet malt arrives followed by caramel, chocolate and coffee - then lightly bitter black lightly smoked malt. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with correct carbonation for the porter style. Hops and light smoke diffuse in the "goodbye" of a pleasant aftertaste.

Second pour the warming aroma is chocolate, caramel with "soft peat" smokiness.

Sweet and satisfying as sweet spring rain and the sounds of a moonlit Missouri night.


Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 02:40:34 | More by karst
Photo of unklesyd


3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I cracked this one open, I was sitting on my back porch. Someone had just lit up a BBQ, by coincidence, which seemed appropriate in accompanying this brew.

Poured well and sat in a Guinness glass with a creamy chocofoam-cream head a nice opalescent off-black.

The smoked malt was present in the nose, though subtle.

Surprisingly fresh hop profile for a porter. Tonic notes on the tounge that complemented the subtle dominant of the smoky notes of the malt in the aroma.

Just slightly thin, not overly, and appropriate for the style. More alcohol heat in the throat than expected for a brew of this ABV.

A good brew, but for as blended it was in flavor, I felt just-slightly-uncomfortably full after the bomber, so marks off for drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 01:40:13 | More by unklesyd
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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