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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,786 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,786
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 119
Gots: 270 | 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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Photo of goochpunch
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a black body with caramel to ruby-tinged hues on the outsides of the glass. Head is khaki colored, full of pits, and about 1/2". Leaves some here and there lacing. Nose has some apple and berry fruitiness, toffee, caramel, molasses, mild chocolate, and a faint smoke background. Flavor is mostly chocolate, fruity esters, citrus hops (but not so much that it overpowers the truly porter characteristics), and caramel. Finish has a touch of smoke and mellow roasted malt astringency. Mouthfeel is moderate with a slightly biting carbonation. Has a nice mouth-coating quality to it. This is a great session porter, aside from the higher abv. This is hard to put down.

If this were available in Texas, I'd be all over it on a regular basis. Just as the bottle states, this goes great with some blackberry preserves.

goochpunch, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Smoked Porter pours a very dark brown with only the slightest hint of ruby around the edges, and a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. I mostly smell chocolate malt and a hint of coffee. There is a thick mouthfeel that is appropriate for the style. Coffee and chocolate flavors are quite noticeable, the smoke only comes into play in the finish. I like this one quite a bit, I wish it were regularly available here. Highly recommended.

Drew966, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into my beer mug, paired with the left-over mashed garlic redskin potatoes I'm snacking on. I've been drinking mostly stouts lately, and this seems like a welcome change to something a little lighter (though not too light!).

This pours incredibly dark, even for a porter, with only a slight red/mahogany color shining through around the edges of the glass. Big head 5 fingers high (yes I had to use both hands) consisting of very small fine bubbles that give a smooth even surface, tan in color. Is now starting to condense in to larger bubbles

Aroma is of dark caramel and molasses sweetness, smoked malt, a hint of piney hops. Taste is pleasantly smoky without being overbearing. The same sweetness is present as is the hops, with but with dark chocolate overtones. At this point the pineyness of the hops appears to have really woken up and is now much more apparent in the smell.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and pleasantly slick, this goes down reeealy easily. Carbonation level is good and alcohol is not apparent. It is taking a bit of restraint on my part to savor this instead of chugging it.

In my opinion this is damn near the perfect porter. Will definately be getting more.

BeerNinja007, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to expatsteve for bringing me some Stone back from out East.

Pour: smokey black with garnet highlights, not quite opaque to the light with a finger of creamy tan foam that fades to a ring.

Nose: metallic, appleskins, smoked jerky, charred malt, wisps of booze, caramel malts add body.

Taste: not as smoked as I would have guessed from an extreme brewer like Stone but still noticeable. Rich, charred malts with sweet caramel body dominate with notes of beef jerky, wood, appleskins and surprisingly noticeable but not distracting booze in the finish and a cocoa/coffee coating on the tongue.

Feel: creamy, rich, but far from chewy...smooth.

Drinkability/Overall: a tasty porter with a smokey richness adding depth and character. A little tame for Stone, but a solid representation of the style as is their IPA. Can't wait til they're distributed here this summer.

Golden2wenty1, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of velo343
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. A beautiful dark, deep brown with shimmers of red when the light hits it. A coffee colored, porous head.

Smell - A sweet chocolate and coffee flavor, a bit of alcohol.

Taste - Definitely lives up to the name with a smoky flavor that is clearly apparent. Almost to the point of being like the charred edges of ribs on the grill. A moderate hop bitterness at the end of the drink that lingers for a while. Some dark chocolate is in the mix as well.

Mouthfeel - Slightly syrupy, a thicker porter that really feels hearty.

Drinkability - A highly drinkable porter. Very classic flavors with a bit of a twist with the smoke and hops. Despite its richness, it could be possible to make a session of this on a cold winter day.

velo343, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of zuggy9
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This porter pours a nice near black dark brown. A good tan head with some decent retention. The smell is bit smoky, with some nice hops and malt. The taste is coffee, chocolate and a bit earthy. Good carbonation and it goes does well. Quite drinkable and quite filling.

zuggy9, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of JasonA
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep light black. Not transparent, but a dark light. I cant explain it, but its dark and light at the same time. Trust me! Finger of head, disapating into nice lacing. Mocha head color. Pretty.

Smells hoppy. Some malt, maybe coffee. Not as deep as I like a Porter.

Coffee, chocolate, and sweet. Little hoppy finish. No ABV to taste. Fairly sweet for style.

Sits well, smooth carbonation. No bite, prolly a factor of ABV. Smooth medium finish, some staying power.

Drinkability is good. I personally dont enjoy the level of sweetness, but it is respectable. I would prefer more ABV, and maybe something fuller with more personality. I would rather have a Smuttynose Robust Porter of this Smoked Porter.

JasonA, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22 oz. bottle leaving a two finger tan head which holds well and good lacing to the finish. smell is smokey or burnt caramel or coffee. taste is very sweet with same caramel, coffee, smokey burnt flaver. mouthfeel light, good carbonation. this is my first try with this style beer. i don't know if i like it or not but i will give it another try.

billybob, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Friday night at home, watching a movie. Had this beer, as well as porters from Sierra Nevada and Smuttynose. Liked this one a lot. It was a dark brown with a little red. A small tan head. Sweet chocolate aroma, maybe some smokiness. A chocolate, coffee taste, without the sweetness I had smelled. More of an espresso. Very smooth, and fun to drink.

lordofthewiens, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of jhollick
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours quite dark with red and brown tones throughout. Very clingy lacing and a nice tan head.

The hops hit the nose first; notes of cocoa, roasted malts, caramel, and a touch of alcohol follow. This beer is divine in the mouth. So smooth and thick, with just enoug heft to hold it up. The smoke flavoring is surprisingly subtle...more so than I remember. Sever types of hops blend nicely, with none adding a great deal of bitterness. Much of the sweetness comes from the chocolate malts. Stickiness remains in the mouth long after the swallow, and the hop bite flares up as well.

There are certainly more drinkable porters out there. This is more of an occasion beer. Overall, this is a stellar effort from Stone. For a moderately aggressive smoked porter, the balance is remarkable. The smoke adds to the beer in a subtle but meaningful way. This could make a great pairing with meats and cheeses. Stone Smoked Porter is officially on my radar as one of the top American porters.

jhollick, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle. I bought this in Oregon and took it back with me to Florida because they don't distribute Stone brews in my area. I'm a huge fan of Arrogant Bastard, so I thought I'd pick this up to give it a try. It pours with a 2 finger head that quickly goes away and leaves some moderate lacing. Appearance is a dark dark amber, very close to being black, the way a Porter should look. Not too much on the nose, or maybe my sense of smell is just dead tonight, but I can't really smell anything notable. Taste: aww yes, this is a good porter. Lots of rich bitter chocolate and coffee flavors with a nice smokey after taste, a little bit of sweetness there too once it's left to linger on your tongue. I've had other beers with "Smoke" in the title and the smokieness often overwhelmed the rest of the tastes, not the case with this beer. This one feels a little acidic as far as mouthfeel, and it's not as smooth as I hoped, but certainly not anything that's going to keep me from enjoying it, but it doesn't go down as easily as I hoped, but that's probably good because it'll keep me from drinking the one bottle I have too quickly.

theWrkncacnter, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of LvilleIPA
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a St. Bernardus glass.

A - Very dark, almost black. I see no light coming through this one. Has a decent sized tan head on top.

S - I smell nothing. Maybe a hint of smokiness, but nothing really all that noticable.

T - Wow. This stuff is fantastic. Tastes basically like a "big" porter. I don't really detect huge amounts of "smokiness" (similar to the smell), but it's a big flavor with coffee and some bitter chocolate flavor. There seems to be some hops at the end of the sip to balance out all of the malts.

M - I'd say it's medium to full-bodied. It's very easy to drink, but at the same time it is a big beer. Fills the mouth, yet there seems to be very little carbonation.

I'd give this second place in the porter department only to Sam Smith's Taddy Porter. Though it may be different in style, it is still extremely well done and absolutely worth seeking out if you're into porters.

LvilleIPA, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of RobertDwight
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer I have had from Stone and its pretty damn good! It has a reddish black hue with a nice big head that fades a bit. I thought the smell was a bit lacking though, I expected more smokiness to come through. This beer has wonderful flavors: dark chocolate, burnt coffee, plenty of roasted malts, and a slight smokiness...which once again I was preparing myself for more of a pronouced smoke flavor but still do enjoy it. This has a pretty good mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. This beer is very drinkable and would love to pair it with food. Wish Stone would start to distribute in Iowa and even Minnesota. Awesome beer, Stone Rocks!!!

RobertDwight, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Affligem chalice. Midnight black pour with a good head. Smell is of chocolate and a wisp of smoke. Taste is bang on- roasty sweetness with just the right amount of smoke. The smoke is not overpowering at all. Appropriate carbonation for the style and very drinkable. Hop presence is quite muted, at least for by Stone standards. This must be their least hopped style. A great porter in my mind.

oakbluff, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy shit, What a beer. Great head with amazing retention. Great malty smell. Nice smoky flavor with nice chocolate malting with balancing bitterness. Clings fairly well to the mouth and is incredibly drinkable. Malts could feel thicker on the palate. Stone brews are awesome and big and flavorful, but the seem to not get it done in the mouthfeel as well to me. One of the best stone beers I've ever had. Quite a brew. I highly reccomend it.

jasonjlewis, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out really dark black coffee with one finger of the off-white suds. Slight lacing around the pint glass.
Smell is coffee and chocolate with just a hint of smoke.
Taste is about the same. Starts out bitter like dark chocolate/coffee then finishes with a berry/caramel /sugary flavor.
The smoke is wonderful here. I could see drinking this with anything smoked like turkey or ham. Good stuff.

peabody, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored a dark brown/black that let just the slightest light through. Small cream colored head gave was quickly leaving just a bit around the edge till the bottom. Smell was total caramel chocolate malts. A hint of a spiceness as well. Taste was very nice, the nice malts come through beutifully and the mouthfell is almost perfect, goes down very smooth and has a very nice, long lingering almost hopped back. This is a very nice brew, I would love to try this on tap one day!

mikesgroove, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone World Bistro

A: Dark chocolate color with amber highlights when held to the sun. Head is a tan color made up of medium sized bubbles.

S: Powdered cocoa, ground coffee, burnt grains with just a hint of smoke.

T: Up front milk smokiness with light chocolate malt and roasted coffee. Vanilla balances these robust flavors out. Light berry fruityness plays well with the rest of the characters in this beer. Slight moments of butterscotch linger on the palate toward the end. Finishes quite roasted and bitter.

M: Medium body with a fizzy mouthfeel.

D: This is a good and balanced smoked porter. Not too smoky and not too bitter...but also not too sweet.

Westsidethreat, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of normZurawski
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice, almost black. Smells fine but not a lot of aroma. Tastes pretty good but an off aftertaste. Not real rich overall. Little thin on the mouthfeel side maybe. Drinkability fine overall. Nothing striking here. Decent but no one thing stands out other than the dark appearance.

normZurawski, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: From a 22oz bomber. Pours out to a deep opaque color that turns a rusted ruby red when held to the light. Lower carbonation, and a shoer lived head of tan/brown foam.

S: Lots of smoke, nearly to the point of being a rauchbier. Notes of brown sugar, sweet malts and a mild wood and earth note round things off perfectly. Absolutely wonderful aroma.

T: Dominant sweet smokey notes with a roasted malt backbone. Rich grain character fills in the voids. Hints of sweet husk and molasses weave through the mildly complex brew. Exemplary.

M: Low and behold, there's where the carbonation was hiding. Bubbly rich and velvety on the tongue, this one goes down amazingly smooth and friendly.

D: Wow. This is a winner. I may have found my new companion for the fall/winter months. Highly recommended. A world-class example of what a good smoked porter (or any smoked beer) should be.

Notes: This particular sample was aged for at least 3 months in my cellar, and who knows how long it was brewed before I got to it. I would imagine that it would only be just as good in a fresher form. Hell, it's probably damn good aged too. Guess I'll have to see for my self and buy a case to experiment with!

Frozensoul327, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

220z Poured into a pint glass, a deep dark opaque mahogany color. Three centimeter thick off white head with decent retention and nice thick lacing all over the glass. Smell is slightly subtle, dark malt, light smokiness, i agree with the previous descriptions of a salty smokey character, there is also a toffee, coffee and light hop aroma. As this warms up the total aroma is multiplied in double.
The taste is round with a nice bitter coffee flavor. Toward the finish this makes my tongue and mouth begin to water and after that a nice blend of subtle toffee, coffee bitterness. I honestly feel this would be excellent with barbecue just like mentioned on the bottle. I mean I can imagine this being great with quite a lot of food. Next time I can get a hold of this for dinner, or as suggested PBJ sandwich I shall. Absolutely worth having around and if your eating even better.

mmcave, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of williamherbert
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a deep mahogany brown color with a nice but quickly-dissolving cardboard brown head.

A deep coffee smell. Heavy malt scent, smells almost like a stout. Smoky.

Coffee taste, but with a slight sweetness at the end to counteract the bitterness. Deep dark hint of fruit, very rich. Slight chocolatey bitterness, and a slight hit of yeast.

Thick and full-bodied. Lingers like a black coffee. Smooths out as it warms up. Surprisingly smooth considering how thick it is. Nice coffee thickness/taste. Nice brew.

williamherbert, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This famed offering pours a beautiful near black with brown bottoms and a ridiculously sticky lacing after the head gives up the ghost after a twenty minute holdout. Nose is salty smoke and coffee about equally. Tasty and intimidating.

Taste brings the smoke up front only to be eclipsed in the finsh by healthy but not overpowering coffe flavors. The finish is a melange with a renewed emphasis on smoky wood and roasted tones. Truly a one of a kind taste. Mouthfeel is slight but lets the taste steer the boat, which is wise.

Maybe a bit too much smoke for me to down a sixer but definitely an original, eclectic masterpiece from one of the world's finest breweries. Definitely a classic for any beer lover's checklist.

daliandragon, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. A nice, tan, two finger sized head forms on top of a pitch black, nearly opaque beer. The head is nice and stiff and leaves nice lacing and stays throughout the entire drinking.

Aroma is not really smoky. Mostly chocolate and coffee. Slight smokiness but minimal at best and only detectable as the beer is nearly room temp. Maybe I was expecting that smokiness like a campfire or smoked sausage. Aroma is basically typical of a porter. Nice dark chocolate and burnt coffee.

Not a lot of smoke in the taste either. Mostly a bitter chocolate. Some very nice bitterness follows, not sure if that is from smoked or toasted malts or hops. Very chocolatey at the end and some "paper on fire" flavors. Very dry as well. A nice taster.

Could be sessionable, especially at this time of year. I like this but the smoked quality is pretty much non existent. So, a bit misleading, but a very nice porter.

SaCkErZ9, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of PhiloPsych
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like porters and stouts. But unlike most Stone brews, I have to say this one is not the best in its class. It is a solid offering from Stone, but, in my opinion, nothing really special. It pours a big, dark tan, bubbly head. The color is black coffee. The head is not long lasting, but leaves a creamy lacing all the way down the glass. Surprisingly there isn't much aroma to speak of. Maybe I served it too cold? The mouthfeel is lighter than I like for a porter or stout. Flavor is roasty, smokey, almost burnt up front, hollow in the middle, and finishes with a bit of a sour kick. The stouts I prefer (e.g., Pizza Port's Old Viscosity and AleSmith's Speedway) have more alcohol than this, too. This beer is somewhat comparable to Guinness. Though I do prefer it to Guinness. It is not as creamy as Guinness--in fact the carbonation is a bit much for a porter, I think. The flavor is better and more complex than Guinness in my opinion. Overall a very decent beer, but not my favorite porter and certainly not my favorite from Stone.

PhiloPsych, Dec 17, 2006
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,786 ratings.