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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,586 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,586
Reviews: 1,737
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 104
Gots: 198 | 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 GreatPondBrewer


3.73/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured a drank dark brown without light showing through any part of the glass. There was a delectable cafe au lait head that receded into a slick across the top of the beer with some large bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. The smell held very little smoke in it. It was much more full of robust chocolate notes with a hint of alcohol tickling the back of the nose. Just a tad sweet smokiness as I breathed deeply. The taste was the same with much more bitter chocolate notes without much smoke to push through. It was very full bodied and a wonderful porter, but not smokey enough for the style. Enjoy!

02-17-2006 22:52:23 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of RoBotGod


4.18/5  rDev +4%

Has a great first impression. Pours thick and very sticky. Very dark brown and black in body but the nose doesn’t pick up a whole lot. The lace is very soapy and thick. Great all around porter taste, leaves a very clean taste behind. The smoke didn’t jump out at me right away but has built up towards the end. Excellent malt affect helps the beer go down smooth. Even though some look at it as a waste, it s great beer to cook with. I used this on ribs and it was stellar!

02-17-2006 05:28:47 | More by RoBotGod
Photo of dick783

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

A: Black to very dark brown on the edges. An off white head that holds like a nice crown on top.

S: Dark and chocolaty. Im pulling some smoky/roasted characters out of the nose, but nothing overpowering.

T: Not bad, but nothing realy dominating the flavor. Somewhat Roasted with some bitterness in there. Its almost like the flavors are hiding like when you drink a beer too cold, but this baby was pulled up from the cellar at 55 degrees so that cant be the problem here.

M: Thinner than I'd like.

Overall not the best porter I've had, but this is my first smoked porter and I'm curious to try others. I'd love to drink this with some smoked pork ribs as I'm betting it'd be great with anything bbq'd.

02-15-2006 03:52:56 | More by dick783
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -6%

big bomber at the winking

smoke makes it's presence known right out of the bottle
totally translucent in my large nonic, with a two-finger head that i killed when i tried to get all the beer into the glass (silly me for thinking they'd serve a glass that could contain the whole bottle)

very smokey, both in the aroma and taste, and supported by bitter chocolate flavors with a slight roasted bitterness. little to no hop character. the flavor isn't really all that dynamic: simple

a rare look at stone's ability to make a balanced beer

02-14-2006 16:42:06 | More by bruachan
Photo of Dithyramb


3.78/5  rDev -6%

Bomber purchased in Nashville. Poured into my trusty DFH gold lined tulip glass. Black colored brew, with brown highlights as you raised it to the light, with a limited tan head. Nice rings of lacing.

Chocolate and dark cherry aroma. No real smokiness evident.

A very robust porter all full of chocolate, molasses and slightly overcooked caramel. Very creamy with some dried fruits evident as it warmed. Took a half point off, since it was called "smoked" porter, and I really didn't detect any smoked flavors coming off..

Medium bodied, leaving a sugary goodness in your mouth as it goes down smooth and creamy. Well worth several, if they were even distributed around these parts.

02-13-2006 20:58:53 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of timtheenchanta

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Pitch black with a decent sized head and thick sticky lacing. Nice heavy coffee and roasted malt smell. Slight smell of smoke but not nearly as much as I expected. Heavenly sweet taste with plenty of coffee and roasted malt. I'm disappointed in the lack of smoke flavor. Where is it? Wonderfully smooth mouthfeel. This feels good but misses a little on the smoked flavor. Disappointing in that respect but still great. Try this one but I don't know that I'll go out of my way to get it again. Thanks to BeerBeing for this tasty beer.

02-12-2006 02:40:01 | More by timtheenchanta
Photo of jakester


4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. 22 oz. bomber.

Pours an almost opaque black with just a hint of mahagony around the edges. A beautiful head of beige colored foam forms on top, with great lacing.

Aroma is chocolate and caramel candy, with a detectable level of smokiness. The smoke adds a nice touch. Fruity, with notes of dark cherries, dark raisins, and prunes. Smokiness increases as it warms.

Flavor is chocolate, dark molasses, and light smoke. The smoke character is a very nice touch to this beer. It's fairly sweet, with notes of cherries, raisins and plums. Aftertaste is long, sweet, and delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with low to medium carbonation. There is a certain level of oiliness on the tongue. Finish is sweet and luscious.

This is a really delicious beer. The smoke is just enough to be noticed, and everything else is great. It's also a pretty beer.

02-11-2006 22:04:56 | More by jakester
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Very dark brown on the pour, with a big frothy tan head that slips away very slowly. Lots of lace is left behind.

Smell is roasted barley, a slight smoke aroma, some chocolate, and maybe even a bit of fig. There's a nice bitter hoppy aroma blended with some coffee notes as well.

The flavor is about what you'd hope for from this one...a rich, roasty smoke flavor coupled with a solid coffee bitterness and a dark chocolate taste. The hops are there, but somewhat overshadowed by the smoke.

Overall: Another tasty brew from Stone, definitely a yummy porter.

02-11-2006 22:02:55 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

From a 22 oz. bomber and poured into a small glass that was in my hotel room. (Geez...I guess I should travel with a decent glass.)

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights. A decent sized head, evern taking the glass situation into consideration. Then turning to lace.

Definite smoke in the aroma, though not the bowl you over variety. Malts are there in the background.

A very balanced porter. The smoke is maybe subtle plus a half notch. Malts and some hoppiness contribute nicely. A very easy drinking beer...and good thing since I had about 8 glasses of it before I finished the 22 oz. It went down slow and easy.

02-09-2006 18:59:25 | More by ncbrewerbun
Photo of scooter231

New York

4.18/5  rDev +4%

Very pretty pour- a deep dark ruby, hovering on the edge of black, with a big pretty tan head, lots of bubbles. Smell is full of delicious smelling chocolate and a hint of smokyness.

Taste is more coffee centered and charcoaly, though there's still hints of chocolate- just deeper and harder to find. More smokyness, a hint of bitterness rounds it out. Mouthfeel is a tad watery and thin but otherwise creamy, not very bubbly. Very very drinkable- an easy beer to have several of and not even realize it. Just tasty and lovely. Another fabulous brew from Stone.

02-09-2006 05:13:04 | More by scooter231
Photo of hustlemuscle


3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

Big and black, with a fat head and chunky lace. Hints of dark maroon around the edges. Not much nose to it, nearly unscented. Mild roasted malts, and subtle hints of smoke at the end. Suprisingly hopped. Thinnish, but smooth. A nice beer, a bit of a drink it and forget it beer though, the kind you would wander around with at a party and forget you were drinking it.

02-09-2006 02:01:42 | More by hustlemuscle
Photo of Prufrock


3.58/5  rDev -10.9%

22 oz. bomber poured into a pilsner.

pitch brown with an inch of tan head that leaves rings of lacing.

chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and burnt wood in the aroma.

tons of chocolate and coffee in the flavor. a hint of grassy hops and a touch of burnt wood as well, but not near the smoked character of the Alaskan. finishes with a hoppy and dark chocolate bitterness. medium-high carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

02-07-2006 03:37:53 | More by Prufrock
Photo of pjwilson


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

appearance: deep dark black that looks red when held to the light. The head looks nice at first but then fades quickly to a thin film.

smell: ah yes there is a bit of that raunch smell in here, very sublte here. hints of molassis and licorice.

taste: tasty, a bit different from the norm. What roasty character there is to me taste's like it's coming from the smoked malt rather than the typical black patent. A hint of sweetness and molassas. A slight drying bitterness finishes it up. I would have enjoyed more smoke in here...there could also be some better blending between the flavors....the bitterness isn't quite conected.

mouthfeel: it's nice, a bit watery but not overtly so.

drinkability: a bomber is enough, but nice to spend some time sipping this down. A solid beer, but pretty simple, so I won't get this too often. Certainly worth the ocassionaly purchase.

02-07-2006 03:15:11 | More by pjwilson
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into pint glass.
Dark brown/black pour with a creamy tan head about 1 inch. Head diminished, no lacing.
Smell of coffee and a bit of chocolate and malt, nothing overpowering.
Taste was more subtle than other smoked porters; coffee was predominate, but not so much as to shock the taste buds. Some malt and chocolate. Little hoppiness. Cleaner finish than I expected.

02-05-2006 21:51:09 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of dawg


3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

Had a pint of this. Barkeep overpoured resulting in minimal head. Kind of bummed me out. Still looked good though.

Chocolate, smokey, bananna, malty, not hoppy.

Tasted good. Mild hops help bring out the smokey flovors. Hints or fruit.

Meduim to light body. Fizzy, smooth.

Over the last few weeks, I've had this at least once. Pretty damn good and drinkable.

02-04-2006 16:26:36 | More by dawg
Photo of kirok1999


4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

Holy crap, what a porter. Maybe not typical of the style, but a monster that does the style proud.

Appearance- Pours dark and nearly opaque, thick clingy tan head.

Smell- Smoke, chocolate, light coffee, sweet malts.

Taste- Smoky, rich malty, light hoppy balance. Absolutely wonderful. I felt like I was out at a bonfire, inhaling the smoke then taking a sip of a nice rich porter.

Mouthfeel- Heavy and sticky, slightly cakey.

Drinkability- If you're in the mood for something different, this is your brew. The smoke flavor jumps out at you and doesn't let go. Very nice.

02-02-2006 03:01:37 | More by kirok1999
Photo of ikats

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +4%

This one pours a very deep ruby color. Almost black, but you can see highlights playing on the sides of the glass. It builds a nice chocolatey head that subsides slowly and is very clingy to the glass. Aroma is very quite. Smokey sweet maltness and coffee bitterness.

Bitterness and sweetness are nicely balanced as you taste this beer. Caramel and coffee notes are obvious. Smokiness is not. I took this beer out of the fridge and it was too cold when I took a first few sips. Now that it had a chance to warm up a bit I find that I enjoy it a lot more. This one definitely should be served on a warmer side.

Even though I usually prefer in-your-face, strong smokey flavor of a rauchbier, I still enjoy this porter very much. Its light to medium body makes it very drinkable, and its balance makes mouthfeel high. This one's definitely to try on tap and may be keep a bottle for when I am in the mood for porter.

01-30-2006 04:05:50 | More by ikats
Photo of nlmartin


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

The beer was poured into a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured black with a ruby opaqueness to light. The head was tall and fluffy almost 2 inches. Head retention remained good all the way throught the beer. Nice patches of lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Slightly smoked peat moss type of smell. Good spicyness bringing up the rear of the smell.

Taste: The beer is nice and dry. Slight tones of chocolate and carmel peek there heads up. Lightly smoked at the end.

Mouthfeel: This is a meduim bodied beer with a bit of chewy goodness to it.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer overall. I would have liked a bit more smokeyness to the beer.

01-26-2006 13:53:30 | More by nlmartin
Photo of aforbes10


4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Another bottle sampled at the first meeting of our South Bend Coalition of the Drinking club. We drank two from Stone, which were my first two ever from them. This one i was looking forward to because i've liked the smoked porter's i've had and because of the pedigree of the brewery. Poured out of the great looking bottle a dark black color. small bubbly head becomes creamy and smooth-looking. the whole thing looks fantastic. Odor is slightly smoky, but more like roasted malts. Also some wet oak log smell and molasses. Taste was smoky as all hell at first and then a hard malt bitterness and hints of chocolate. simple but great. i likey. Fairly thick and smooth in the mouth with a small bite on the tip and sides of the tongue. i could drink these all night and all day.

01-25-2006 15:28:33 | More by aforbes10
Photo of nickss


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a deep deep dark brown with a monumental rocky khaki head.... generous lacing grace the sides of the glass.... beautiful.

Robust smoked, burnt malt aroma... a bit of burnt mocha in there as well.

Bitter roasted malt flavour. However, this one lacks complexity and depth. However, all in all, not bad... just... eh.

Good, moderate mouthfeel.... bitter on the tongue, yet not dramatically so... nice.

Drinkable for a porter.... but not something I would have more than a couple of. All in all, certainly not my favourite brew of theirs.... though still good.

01-24-2006 02:19:25 | More by nickss
Photo of Matthew


3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours black with a tan head that is gone quickly.
Big roasted malt aromas, burnt coffee, sugar, smokiness, and a spiced hop character.
This is quite a big porter. Roasted coffee, the smoked flavor the name guarantees, alcohol, and a nice hop balance.
This has a fairly thin mouthfeel in spite of how big this beer is for the porter style. I enjoyed this stone beer with a nice meal and think I will be picking up more of it.

01-23-2006 21:17:28 | More by Matthew
Photo of Jredner


4/5  rDev -0.5%

From a bottle. Strong coffee and roasty dark malt aroma. Pours dark black with a thin, but creamy, mocha head that is mostly lasting. Strong bitter coffee flavors in the fore. never really gets smoky like a Rauch. More of a mild peat influence than anything. Very porterish mouthfeel that belies how stout-thick it looks sitting in the glass.

01-23-2006 11:29:33 | More by Jredner
Photo of BassBone


4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Wow! Big!

Two words that come to mind while drinking this beer...

This stuff poured out nearly completely black with a thick head. There must have been some residue in my glass because it vanished pretty quickly. The head was completely gone at some point during the half hour I spent drinking this beer.

The nose hit me as soon as I opened the bottle. Chocolate and smoke with a touch of sweet. The smoke was almost like a good single malt scotch.

The first sip was amazing. The complexities of malt and chocolate and smoke and coffee hit you all at once and then somehow they order themselves. The taste is complex and wonderful and thoroughly enjoyable. It only gets better as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. This beer has substance. Hard to believe it is made with malt, barley, water, and yeast only. How come the Macros can't do this with all the ingredients they use?

I only rated the drinkability down on this because I don't think I could drink more than one every once in a while, but when I am in the mood for a smoked porter, I will reach for this one first. Wow!

01-21-2006 08:37:34 | More by BassBone
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Very smooth for a smoked porter, drinks real easy. Initial big head that dissipitates. Understated smoke in aroma. Deep rich chocolate malt, roast flavour taste. Well malted and not overhopped. Satisfying medium to full mouthfeel. Good porter. On tap at Pizza Plant Transit.

01-16-2006 05:41:24 | More by Sammy
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

Appearance - dark, dark ruby beer. Light mocha head, thick and sticky. leaves a thin but solid coat of lacing.

Aroma - smokiness, charcoal, light chocolate aromas prevail.

Taste - burnt wood mixed with sweet chocolate, quite a combo. Very dark roasted malts in there, too. Intense and flavorful. Not as smoky as, say, Schlenkerla Rauchbier, but a far better balance of flavor. Consistent flavor through the swallow, a warm and smoky, charred sweetness at the finish.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is peppy, body is pretty average. 3.0

Drinkability - flavorful, but as a session beer it's not one I'd pick. I think I'd get it again though if I was hankering for a tasty smoker.

01-15-2006 16:37:16 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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