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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,689 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,689
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 108
Gots: 243 | 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 GimpyCane
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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

GimpyCane, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of vtfan77
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

vtfan77, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of dogfooddog
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

dogfooddog, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of loving44
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured dark black with brown/ruby highlights. Quick rising head that faded into a large rocky "moon surface" look. At this point the beer reminds me of a glass of Coke (not a great thing IMO). After a light a whirl in my pint glass the head gets nice and creamy (much better!).

The nose is of weak chocolate, light smoke, dark ripe fruits.

Taste: chocolate hit me right away followed my a pleasant roasty smoke element, not an overpowering aspect at all. The smoke compliments the rest the malt in this beer instead of being too "in your face". The beer finishes with a coffee-like bitter bite followed by a tingly hop caress. This is a very good beer, especially around this time of year. The flavors seem to come with the season.

Mouthfeel is rich and full - especially a it warms. The carbonation is thick and prickly at first but fades a bit to give the beer more of a creamy texture. This porter is very similar in mouthfeel to many dry stouts I have enjoyed.

This beer is very drinkable, and pairs well with my kind of food; meat. Lots of flavors going on that keep you coming back. This has to be one of my favorite Stone releases and I'm sure glad it's available year-round.

If you haven't tried this one, give one a try soon. This is a great beer to start out with when venturing into smoked beer territory as well.

Cheers!

loving44, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber--black center, ruddy amber overtones around the edges. The 2 finger head is beige and creamy, showing solid retention and big-bubbled lacing.

The aroma features roasted malt, coffee, and some mesquite wood. The falvor consists of plenty woody and smokey notes, some creamy caramel, chocolate, coffee, blackberry, and hops.

The mouth is full-bodied, slighty creamy and chocolatey in the middle, then finishes dry and smokey with a hint of bitterness. The bite on the aftertaste was a bit much for my palate.

Overall a solid beer, though not one that burns down the house. However, I would drink it again without any arm twisting.

Osiris9588, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of ccrida
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a slightly chilled 22 oz. bottle into a Ename chalice, the Smoked Porter was midnight black with a thin tan head which left only slight lace. This was my first smoked beer, and although I have heard good things, I was a bit skeptical. Furthermore, I should say that I'm generally not a big fan of Porters. The aroma was extremely sweet, with flavors of caramel and malt but no smoke, and was not very appealing to me. The taste however was much more balanced and a pleasant surprise. It was a bit sweet, but not nearly as much as the aroma would lead you to believe. There was a definite smoky taste, that if anything was more subtle then overwhelming. The main story here was the richness of the malt, which the smoke did a fine job of balancing out, making this porter much more enjoyable to me then they normally are. However, there was a fairly strong alcohol taste for only 5.9% ABV. The mouthfeel was rich and a bit syrupy from all the malt, but the balance provided by the smoke made this a drinkable porter worth checking out.

ccrida, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ebony with a head. A big brown head. Then lacing. Nice.

Smell: Coffee and just a trace of smoke.

Taste: Coffee, more smoke, and caramel. Little bitterness on the backside. Licorice kicks in about 5 minutes later.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth.

Drinkability: Had this with a plate of a sausage/potato medly my girlfriend made for me because she loves me. It was a great match. The time of year where I can enjoy beers like this has arrived, and I say it's about time.

jeffjfindley, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of czechsaaz
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very roasty malt aroma that is pretty much like a regular porter. I don't get a lot of smoke in the nose. I get a little bit of spicey hop and lots of roasted malt. Some fruity fermentation esters too.

Very dark with red highlights when held up to bright light. Nice frothy and lasting tan head with lots of lacing.

Very malty and a little sweet. Not a lot of roast malt flavor that I would expect out of a porter. There's some, but it's got so much base malt sweetness that it seems lacking. The smoke component definitely comes through in the aftertaste. Hop bitterness is very restrained and there is little hop flavor. Basically, I find myself wanting either more roast malt, like a robust porter, or more smoke flavor. This is a malt dominant flavor profile.

Medium full bodied with very good carbonation.

I really do like this beer and I will drink it again. But I want more character in a smoked beer and in a porter. For Stone, makers of so many big and tasty beers, this seems tame and not ballsy enough in the flavors.

czechsaaz, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown. fluffy tan head, with decent retention,and some lacing.Smell is of roasted malts, with some hops in the mix. Body is light to medium. Not much carbionation. Taste is smooth, and rich. Smokey, with some well balanced mix of malts and hops. Nice sharp finish. Good stuff!!

riversider76, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of jsimon816
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Old Chicago Downtown Denver.

Nice dark color with tight thick head. Sublte smokey aroma with a smooth balanced malty flavor. A great find on tap, very drinkable. Stopped in after GABF Saturday session, I hope it's still on after the weekend festivities.

jsimon816, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown with about a finger of light... very light tan head that dissapated shortley after arrival. There was some inconsistent lacing. I've seen much better.

Smell: I found the hops overpowered most of the nose, but there were the classic porter aromas of the roasted malts.

Taste: The only thing that made this beer interesting enough to score above average was the hoppiness. Otherwise, it's kinda lacking dimension and boldness.

Mouthfeel: The smokiness is inconsistent and the bitterness is largely derived from the hops with less of a sense of roasted malts.

Drinkability: Although it wasn't the best porter I've had, or close to it, it wasn't bad. However, with all the better options in the world, I will probably never have this again.

dbalsock, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to intriqken for the opportunity to try this one.

Appearance: very dark, small tan head with good retention, some lacing.

Smell is more roasty/malty than smoky, but the smoke is definitely present. Not overwhelming, subtle.

Taste isn't as subtle as the smell, but it still works nicely. Smoke is up front on the palate, but the finish is all chocolate malt. Interesting, because I would have expected smoke to show up more in the finish/aftertaste than chocolate flavors. Enough hops to balance, but their flavor doesn't come through. With it finishing on a chocolate note instead of smoke, it's easy to forget this is a smoked beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick but creamy, very nice. Smooth.

Drinkability: Good.

hunteraw, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel glass; sat for about 20 minutes outside of fridge.

Very dark brown, almost black color with a thin head. A very roasted chocolate/caramel maltiness dominates the smell. Tastes smokey to start, but the longer it sits on your tongue, the more chocolate malt is detected. Goes down on the thick side, and a great smokey aftertaste is your reward. I definitely plan on saving the rest of the case for my winter beer.

JohnnyM2002, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Old Toad.

A- Very thin caramel-colored head, above a deep dark brown, almost black porter.

S- Didn't smell smokey really, more of a burnt hop smell, kind of dry.

T- Nice start. Smooth and dry, not really smokey until most of the way through. Charcoal and woody aspects. Strong ending with a little dryness at the finish. There's the smokey taste, right at the end.

M- This was rather thin for a porter, but I liked it. Most porters are chewy and thick, this one was almost like a dry stout. Not too sweet, so the taste stays clean in your mouth until the pint is gone.

D- Nice beer to just hang out and chat with. Not outragously strong, not wimpy. Good for relaxation and a little warmth in these western new york fall months.

Rudgers73, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of beerphan
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber -> goblet
no date info

Pours a jet black with a 2 inch tan head off a semi-aggressive pour. The head doesn't stick around that long before settling into a film of dish water suds. Blankets of lace line up with each swig but quickly slink to the abyss.

Nose: Burnt malts, dark rich chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit mostly plum. The plum smell seems to take control as the beer warms to room temp.

Taste Dark chocolate and coffee combined with burnt malts lead to a wonderful mild hop bittering smokey dry aftertaste. Yummy stuff.

Mouthfeel is slick and full. Dead on.

An extremely drinkable porter. The complex flavors meld together wonderfully.

beerphan, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of EPseja
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bomber in an Imperial Pint Glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Pours a clear, deep mahogany brown. Head rises to a full two inches and stops... still... lasting... Creamy and pillowy on top, medium bubbled on the bottom. Finally it starts to reside and the lacing sticks in sheets like whole milk to the side of the glass. Beautiful.

S - Deeply roasted caramel malts. Some wet newspaper. Mild vanilla sweetness. Not very complex in the nose.

T - Roasted malt profile in the front, laced with hints of smoldering, charred campfire wood. Smooth and mellow in the middle as the caramel sweetness comes to the fore. Finish is surprisingly hoppy, bitter like strong coffee and quite dry, leaving you wanting more.

M - Oddly watery on the intake, and expanding as it rolls across the tongue. Just reaches the chewy/dense realm before the swallow, which is filling and bold.

D - Another delicious offering from Stone. A highly sessionable porter that's got body and character that will keep it interesting all night long. Well done!

EPseja, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of HossMcGraw
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a fine beer indeed, although it wasn't as big or as bad as I was expecting from Stone. Poured a thick black slag of a beer with a large tan head and great lacing. A real beauty.

The aroma consists of molasses, black licorice, rye bread, and a subtle smokiness. Flavor is quite hoppy as one would expect from Stone, with a foundation of rich caramel and dark fruit. A smoked chocolate dryness hangs around for a nice long finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit dull due to lack of carbonation or thickness, and drinkability is kind of low due to the dark, smoky charateristics, and the dryness. In all fairness, it is still quite warm outside and I may just not be in the mood for this on such a warm night. At any rate, this just tastes very similar to Rogue Shakespeare but without the nuance.

HossMcGraw, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a bomber served cool in a Chimay goblet.

A: The porter is black in color with a thick white head that dissapates rapidly.

S: Aroma is a roasted, chocolately nose, no hint of smoke.

T: The taste is smokey up front and gives way to a chocolatey, roasted flavor. The smoke pops back up in the finish and lingers.

M: Smoking the malts for a porter is interesting and that flavor pops up at interesting times throughout the drink.

D: I am not a huge fan of smoked beers, but this one is alright (but nowhere near my favorite stone brews).

akorsak, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of eballard
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark deep brown color with a dark cream colored head. The smell is very much like roasted coffee. This beer is full and rich with a smoky roasted taste. Flavors of coffee and chocolate blended with the roasted malts bring out a lot of taste in the beer. The beer is heavy and deep with a nice strong after taste. This is a great porter if you like your porters strong. I also love it as a marinade for stakes. It has a great taste and adds a great flavor to the meat. Just make sure you save some for drinking.

eballard, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smoked porter is one of the most interesting and unique beer styles around as far as I'm concerned.

This one is excellent. Dark brown to black color with a slight foamy tan head.

Salty smoky aromas are so strong I could just sit and smell the beer without drinking it. One of the most interesting aromas of any beer I've tried.

Smooth, salty, smoky taste mixed with caramel, toffee and traditional porter tastes.

Very drinkable. I'd try it with smoked salmon or salty fish; anchovies or some sardines.

BillyB, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a jet black with a giant foamy head. A real nice looking beer. The smell is pretty strong with smoke, malt,dark fruit, and a sweet coffee. The taste is a creamy chocolate,coffee, oak wood smoke, and alittle dark fruit. This is a very refreshing porter with the m/f being light/medium with all the flavors mixing very well. An excellant beer, one of the best porters I've had in a while.

jmz62565, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of egajdzis
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brownish color with a slight reddish hue to it and a nice light tan head that left beautiful lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, smoke, chocolate, and roasted malt. Smoked taste, followed by coffee, hops, and roasted malt. I wish I rated this earlier.

egajdzis, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to spot this beer on draft at the Billy Goat in Mt. Shasta.

Wow! I have had this in the bottle, and was pleased, but on tap it hits another level.

When it got set down in front of me, I thought it was a stout. Super black color, with a perfect head on it.

Beer has a very robust malty backbone, with that perfect balance of smoke and deep dark roasted flavors. Often I try smoked beers that go overboard with ths smoking... not here. The balance is excellent. There is also enough hops there to make me happy, but they certainly are secondary.

flexabull, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of blitz134
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally picked up a bottle of this while I was in Colorado for a couple of weeks. I've been wanting to try it for a while now. I had this one while chilling in my tent in RMNP during a rain storm one afternoon.

Really nice looking brew. Nearly opaque but with some brown fringes. Lots of tan head, thick lacing. Light aroma though. Sweet milk chocolate exclusively. The taste is a step in the right direction though. Light smokiness initially then bittersweet chocolate. Slight sweetness in the middle. Finish has a nice roasted bitterness. A touch of earthy hops. Okay mouthfeel. A bit thin, coats well and the flavor lingers though. Good drinkability overall. A nice beer with some nice smokiness and a good overall flavor. Goes down easy.

blitz134, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of Freshie
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown colour with nice tan head.

Smells of smokey malts, and maybe some chocolate sweetness.

The taste, true to it's namesake, is smokey, with rich malt characteristics, but with noticeable hop contributions. Balance is good, and leads way to some coffee/chocolate tastes in the middle, with eventual smokiness returning.

Smooth and very drinkable.

Freshie, Aug 16, 2006
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,689 ratings.