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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,625 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,625
Reviews: 1,742
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 106
Gots: 217 | 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 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.

Prufrock, Feb 07, 2006
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.

pjwilson, Feb 07, 2006
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.

Mebuzzard, Feb 05, 2006
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.

dawg, Feb 04, 2006
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.

kirok1999, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of ikats
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.

ikats, Jan 30, 2006
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.

nlmartin, Jan 26, 2006
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.

aforbes10, Jan 25, 2006
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.

nickss, Jan 24, 2006
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.

Matthew, Jan 23, 2006
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.

Jredner, Jan 23, 2006
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!

BassBone, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jan 16, 2006
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of arguemaniac
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Opaque black in color with dark copper highlights. Sweet caramel and some roastiness in the aroma. The flavor features a fairly rich smokey character with a slightly fruity peat quality. The complex flavor also includes a bit of burnt caramel, some roasted coffee bitterness, and unsweetened baker’s chocolate. While I’m sure it’s in there, any hop bite in this beer is mostly eclipsed by the bitterness of the various burnt flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would have expected (I was anticipating thick, almost oily) though the subtle carbonation is right on target.

Not bad at all, one of the better smoked porters I’ve run into, although it’s not like there are million of them out there. But still, a very enjoyable brew from a brewery that has consistently managed to please. Recommended.

arguemaniac, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of joecast
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%

sampled and reviewed as a side-by-side with alaskan smoked porter.

both pour extremely dark with the stone showing slightly more crimson when held to light. the alaskan head is a shade or two darker with both fading away after a few moments in the glass.

strong thick chocolate aroma. still some smoke, but it takes more of a back seat as it warms. much more malty than the alaskan. maybe more traditional porter than all out smoke?

mmm tasty. sweeter chocolate blends well with some hop bitterness. finish is on the dry side. amazing how everything seems to concentrate as this one warms up. forget the smoked in the name, this is all out chocolate and i like it.

loses the smoke character pretty quick, but its not missed as what is left is a damn fine beer. leaves you smacking your lips from the sweet malt left behind each sip.
more please.

joecast, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours mahogony to midnight black with a massive bubbly tan head. Lacing is very good & head retention is okay

Smell: Hint of smoked malt, fruitiness, & alcohol

Taste: smokineness up front gives way to biscuity/malt taste with some raisin & alcohol taste on the finish

MF: Very smooth, but a little undercarbonated.

Smokiness is used for good effect on a good-great porter works well. But just not quite perfection. Works well as a stand-alone or with BBQ, cheese, or Heavier food, wouldn't rule it out for dessert.

russpowell, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of AltBock
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

22oz. bomber bottle with their gargoyle symbol on the front and on the cap. On the back of the bottle it looks like they put a novel on it. They give you the definitation of the word gargoyle, tells you what to expect in this beer, and their philosophy. Very cool bottle!

Appearance: When poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass, it was black in color with ruby highlights all throughout the beer. I got just a small head of tan colored foam that dissipated fast, but did leave some rings and lace in my pint glass.

Smell: When I first popped the cap, I got a strong aroma of hops. When I poured it and after it settled, the hops aroma had faded into roasted malt, sweet caramel, and dark chocolate. Nice!

Taste: Bitter! Not bitter in a bad way, but in a good way. After all of that bitterness, there was plenty of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some roasted coffee beans. After all of that, I thought I noticed some pine in there as well too.

Mouthfeel: All I can say it was thick with a strong bitter aftertaste that lingers on for a while.

Drinkability: I didn't notice much smokiness in this, but I don't care. Overall this turned out to be a nice solid American Porter that I sure to buy again. Excellent Brew!

AltBock, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of Brodirt
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Got this in a big bottle, 22 oz., and was expecting something a bit different. Drank it in a frosted 12 oz. standard beer glass and maybe it was overall too cold. Body was rich and thick with a great thick head like a porter should be. Taste was very chocolately and malty without much smoke at all. Very easy drinking porter in a perfect size for sharing.

Brodirt, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of troutmask96
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

Pardon me, but I don't smell or taste much in the way of "smoke" here. I read on Stone's web site that they use peet-smoked malts in the brewing process, but the effect is certainly very mild. Nevertheless, this is a very sold brew, one that hold up to the reputation of the Stone brand...

troutmask96, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured an extremely dark-brown, virtually black color with impressive tannish puffy head. Smell is enjoyable, being a nice combination of chocolate, coffee, nuts with a nice smokiness bringing it all together. Taste is initially very good with strong coffee and chocolate notes mixing with the smokiness. A not enjoyable stong bitterness presents itself that overshadows all the other flavors. As the beer warms the bitterness becomes less and a nice balance forms. Good finish with the roastiness, smokiness, and bitterness blending well. A good beer.

tgbljb, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.98/5  rDev -1%

Pours from a typically handsome 22oz bottle into my Stone Russian Stout tulip a dark, dark color - it's just a tiny shade lighter than true black, and allows a few shafts of plum-ruby light through. Nice color, and pours a thin light tan head of tiny bubbles that burst and fall to a thin covering after a few moments. I'd hoped for better head retention, but I'm somewhat biased toward any dark beer. Lacing is very minimal, slippery at best.

Smell is rich and flavorful; I can smell it from where it sits on the desk, tempting me for my first sip. Deep, lusty notes of coffee, chocolate, and smoky cinnamon! Fantastic!

That first sip is surprisingly smooth and light; I'm something of a porter newbie, and with that dark color and chocolatey smell I expect something thick and chewy, but to my surprise the carbonation, almost absent in the way the beer looks and forms its head, fizzes heartily to life on my tongue and swirls the crisp, light liquid around.

The first few seconds are almost tasteless as the carbonation comes to life, but when it fades away the true smoky nature of this brew is quite evident. Depending on your breathing, there are extremely distinct notes of chocolate and espresso, and sometimes an overpowering (to me) smokiness, especially as it warms - you can taste the oaky campfire smoke. Balanced okay - I'm rating the taste a 4 - I am certain now that smoked porter isn't my style, but if it's your style, you'll like it.

Drinkability is okay due to the light nature of this brew. Alcohol started to get boozy and intrusive as the beer warmed, leaving me feeling a bit queasy on the final sips, which wasn't helped by the rather overpowering taste of smoke.

Tupperwolf, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of bennetj17
4.22/5  rDev +5%

The smoked porter looks very dark black/brown with minimal head that forms a ring after a short while. The smell is mostly sweet, with a hint of chocolate, no smokiness to speak of. The taste is sweet, with a coffee accent, robust and toasty. Not overly smoky though, as the name would suggest. Its only mildly bitter at first, but give it some time. It feels thick on the tongue, smooth, and has a dryness to it. Good carbonation. Well balanced, it is a fine porter, but I feel the smokiness is too subtle for it to be named a Smoked Porter...

bennetj17, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of yelterdow
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

Served in an imperial pint glass at above fridge temperature.

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black with ruby hues at the very bottom of my glass. The head is surreal, displaying a generous three fingers of depth. Off-white (almost tan) and persistent, it laces nicely all the way down.

Smell- Huge chocolate and coffee notes, with a fantastic smokiness as an all-encompassing backdrop. Tremendous and deep, this simply rocks.

Taste- A rich, chocolatey malt character explodes on the palate, then gives way to a dark roasted coffee presentation. In the finish, we have a powerful hop bitterness that whips the sides and back of the tongue relentlessly... it lingers on and on for several minutes. That is my one and only complaint.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Very easy, foamy consistency that showcases the chocolate and coffee notes rather than get in the way of them. This porter is aggressive yet very well balanced, daring and memorable. For that, I give Stone's brewers a highly earned salute.

yelterdow, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of sockeye101
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

Interesting beer, this one. Nice super dark color with only hints of deep red glinting through when held up to the light, head ws nice and lacing was excellent. Aroma was very pleasing giving off roasted coffee, chocolate, malts and an earthy nutty tone, very complex. The taste is initially coffee and chocolate with malts then a hoppy bitterness followed by a smooth smoky flavor and a trailing bitterness at the end. I've never experieced smokiness in a beer before, but it's not bad. Overall a good drink....

sockeye101, Dec 22, 2005
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,625 ratings.