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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,935 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,935
Reviews: 1,787
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 148
Gots: 356 | FT: 1
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Ratings: 3,935 | Reviews: 1,787
Photo of altgeeky1
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle comes painted directly on the glass, which has to be a considerable expense compared to laminate or paper labels. Unusual in that respect, I had high expectations somewhere in the realm of Samuel Smith products.

Bottle opened at 58F, served in a standard pint glass. Very dark, almost opaque, and not a lot of pour head at first but settles down to a decent remainder head level.

Smells malty chocolate. I double checked the label, it did say smoked porter.. hmm. Expecting a smoked porter but found no such aroma, was disappointed in that regard. Not much aroma hops.

Tastes as it smells: chocolate malty porter, not too sweet or heavy, hops are there but not heavy, and lacking much in the way of smoke. I will add that the taste of this beer IS good. If this were my creation, I would have got some feedback before choosing the name before painting the bottles. [grin]. Not much body hops, or if they are there they take a back seat to the chocolate finish. Well balanced. Tastes better as it gets warmer ~60 to 65F.

Mouthfeel is great for the style, a well bodied beer that is not as filling as it looks.

Drinkability is excellent despite the small negatives. This would be a good gateway beer for someone trying darker sweeter beers, or as a session beer.

Purchased 3 weeks prior to review from Wine Society, Nashua NH.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jet black on the pour, huge off white head on top, impressive looking. The smell is rausch-like, clear smoked malty notes.

The flavour on this is lightly roasted, and chocolatey for a porter, with a vague smoky tone in the background. Not as much smoke as I was expecting, but all told it's a tasty porter, though without the smoke hint to add some zing it would not be above average.

The mouthfeel, decent. It's moderately full bodied. The drinkability, nothing particularly special. For a smoked beer it's easy to drink, but that's only because the smoke isn't overly aggressive here.

The bottom line: Don't buy one of these expecting Rausch Porter, because you'll be disappointed. Stone has crafted a fairly average porter, and then added a hint of smoke to it. The end result is drinkable, tasty, and probably would make a damn fine pairing with some BBQ ribs, but it's not going to blow you away.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.09/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Standard porter. Tons of lack of light passing through. Fairly thin head without the typical mocha color you want to see

S: I was really looking for a smoked smell here but instead I got a lot of malt. There is a slight smoked smell but it is very faint for the style.

T: Again I was expecting more of a smoked taste but instead got a fairly generic porter.

M: Medium body. Something is off here with the carbonation. It is not a matter of too much or too little but that it just doesn't seem right. Really hard to explain this one.

D: For a porter it really is fairly drinkable. Ive been on a heavy beer kick as of late and this is probably the only one that is remotely sessionable.

$5 for the bomber.

Photo of Flashy
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Serving type, bottle purchased from a ligit. source, known for well maintaining it's products.- purchased on 11/7/07.
If this was a beer from The Joe Schmo Brewing Company I would look at it differently, but's it's from Stone which usually stands for alot.
I was expecting two things here, smoke and/ or porter. This beer does not deliver better than half on either point.
It's weak smoke flavor attached to a weak porter flavor, with very little mouth feel (for me the test of a really good beer....that it does not taste watery going in).
It's the first lawnmower smoked porter I've had. A good beer but not great as it should be.

Photo of tommy78
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle, the beer's appearance was very dark with minimal head. The aroma consisted of malts of the chocolate variety. I really couldn't smell a smoked aroma to the beer. The taste was surprisingly bland for a porter. I did not detect any smoked flavors. It did have a decent hop to it, but nothing out of the ordinary. As for the drinkability, given that is essentially vague, one could have three of these beers before realizing it was time to move on. In my opinion, the beer got better and better as I got deeper into the bottle. I wouldn't seek this beer out, but if it was offered to me, I would not turn it down.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a decent tasting beer and a good porter, but pretty marginal in its smoked component compared to other smoked porter's I've had (Alaskan) or rachbiers.

This beer poured a slightly thick black, with a pretty abundant off-white head. Aroma was pretty minimal, but offered up some nice chocolate malt (burned pizza crust) roastiness. Flavor was decently roasty, but not very smokey to my palate (although other folks I split the bottle with disagreed). Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

Not a bad beer, but I wasn't hugely impressed by it. Definitely recommended though.

Photo of BeerSox
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into nonic.

Near black with ruby edges along the bottom of the glass. A one finger light brown head slowly settles to a bubbly rim, leaving stringy lacing along the glass.

Light bitter malt aromas set the base. A little bit of hoppiness can be detected. Some smokiness is in there as well. Dark roasty hops with a little bit of a hint of smoked flavor. Full bodied with good carbonation, the dark malts linger for a while after each sip. Maybe a little bit of hop bitterness can be detected at the end.

I found this one to be only slightly above average. Of course, that doesn't mean it's a bad beer, it's just nothing special, plus a hint of smokiness. Just recommended.

Photo of domtronzero
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with reddish edges and a 2 finger tan frothy head. Lacing left on the glass through the finish. Aroma is malty and coffee like with some smoky flavors noted. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, and a lot of smokey flavors. Hops are well balanced and bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than medium viscocity. Overall this is a decent brew from Stone. I definitely enjoyed it better when I blended a little Lindemans Kriek Lambic in with the Smoked Porter. It was excellent, and the cherries and coffee/chocolate flavors blended very well together.

Photo of metallistout
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle

Pours a dark ruby to brown in color with a lacey head.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and a bit of smokey essence.

Taste is very thick and malty, like a porter should taste.

Mouthfeel thick and a bit chewy, but that is to be expected.

I could drink these all of the time in the winter months. A very good porter.

Photo of DackAchan
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Very dark beer that pours with a thin head that goes lacy and sticks around the edge well.

S- Nice rich smell with a bevey of aromas. The most noticible one is the roasted coffee smell.

T- Very good taste to it, smooth with the right roasted taste. Nothing overpowering and overall very subtle.

M- Not as thick as I was expecting given the color. Just the right combination of bite to it to leave a pleasant feeling.

D- Combined with the subtle tastes, the light mouthfeel and the smooth drink, this is a very drinkable beer.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, oh man. As I drink this, the only thing I can hear on the news is about the fires that are raging in San Diego, and I feel a horrible sense of irony at the realization that I am drinking the Smoked Porter. Ugghhh. I hope everyone is okay out there. I am keeping my fingers crossed for everyone at Stone.

Poured a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance - Poured an almost opaque black - it is translucent around the edges of the glass. It produced a fairly quickly dissipating 1-finger off-white head.

Smell - Smoky. It also has notes of chocolate, coffee, American Spirit Perique tobacco, roasted nuts, toffee or burnt sugar. Very interesting smell.

Taste - Wow. This is really good. I can taste everything that was included in the scent: smoke, chocolate, coffee, tobacco, roasted nuts, toffee, and burnt sugar. Since I read the bottle, I can also pick up on the anise and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel - Thinner than it looks. The brew is light to medium bodied. Velvet smooth, and goes down really easy.

Drinkability - This beer is ridiculously drinkable. The flavor, low ABV, and mouthfeel combine to make this a really easy drinking beer.

This isn't my favorite offering from Stone, but it is still better than a lot of beers on the market. If they sold this in Texas, I would certainly pick it up again. I will look for it when I travel out of state.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 1 1/2in soapy creamy rocky tan head makes great webs of lace on the glass. the body looks black but it's actually a deep deep red. if you hold it up to a light bulb, you'll see striking plum-purple-burgundy rays and highlights.

S- dark chocolate and dried fruit, fig, currant, tobacco, huge roasted malt, give it a swirl again and i get smoky roasted coffee bean, nuts, burnt caramel, cigar smoke and wood ash.

T- initially a smoky bitter burnt wood raisin-prune taste, then cocoa coffee dark malt, the dark fruit becomes tart making a nice intro for some earthy woodsy hops and burnt caramel backed up by another puff of cigar-ish smoke for a malty charcoal aftertaste.

* with determination, i found some black licorice flavors like the label suggested hidden behind the smoky malt. it was right in with the dark fruit, but it was more like a jagermeister anise herbal type taste, very delicate, and it goes great with the smoky cocoa tobacco.

MF- chewy in the mouth but velvety smooth goin down, medium carbonation tingles become creamy. sits rather light in the belly despite its seemingly thick texture.

D- the smoke is a nice novelty, but this is a treat to savor, not a go-to beer or something to session. puttin away the brown bomber though, was no problem at all.

Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Large, creamy light brown head on top of a totally opaque, black body. The head has great retention and it leaves a thick layer of lace on the glass as it slowly recedes.

S - Chocolate, raisins, hops and alcohol. The chocolatey malt aroma is most prevalent, mixing with notes of coffee and caramel. There are also some dark fruit aromas, figs and raisins, which meld nicely with the spicy hop notes.

T - The smoke comes in just as it hits the tongue. The roasty, smoked, slightly sour flavor dominates the palate. Hops appear in the middle, but don't overpower. The finish is smoke, charcoal, and tobacco that slowly merge into the essence of very dark chocolate.

M - Moderate body and carbonation (thinner than I expected, but I am not complaining as it helps the drinkability.

D - This beer is a feast of complex, dark flavors. The best aspect of this brew is the way the flavors merge in a long, drawn-out finish with a beautiful chocolate character. The easy drinkability is all the more impressive considering how bad smoked beer can get in the wrong hands

Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this particular bottle for six months. Not sure why I waited so long, but it's time to drink it!

Pours a dark brown, black in the middle. Not quite opaque in the light, where the edges turn a lighter shade of reddish brown. Small head of light tan foam. No lacing that sticks around. Head fizzles down to a skim, with a ring around the edge of the glass.

Banana esters in the aroma, bready dark malt like a Doppelbock. No perceptible smokiness that I can smell.

Very malty flavor, very mild hint at smoke, with slight banana from the yeast coming through at the end. Mildly sweet with a mild astringency. Creamy, lactic feel, pretty smooth with a well hidden ABV.

Had to split the bomber, as it was fairly filling. Probably won't seek this out again but it was worth trying.

$4.99 @ Liquor Stop, Highland, IN.

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep dark brown color with a khaki colored head that left some chunk lacing on the glass. The smell is of chocolate and carob, perhaps some wet wood burning on a fire. The taste is of bitter chocolate, roasted coffee beans, burnt caramel, honey, bitter dark fruit, and some grassy hops. A pretty pronounced hop flavor but still takes a backseat to the maltiness of the brew. The feel is well bodied and smooth, finishes bitter. A good rich porter, with excellent chocolate flaovrs. Not much of a smoked presence.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first review of the beer I picked up last week at Merchants Fine Wine in Dearborn, Michigan. I can't say enough about the good service and sage advice and I intend to go back soon.

While my mission was to come back with a cross sample of fine Michigan beer, the Gargoyle caught my eye and I couldn't resist adding this to the haul.

Poured black in the glass, quite opaque actually. Tan head was a solid finger with moderate retention and good lacing. Smelled of biscotti, milk chocolate, toffee, almonds. I found the taste quite agreeable, mocha and chocoate predominant with mild bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, well balanced with a light body. I found the smoke understated in aroma and in taste, subtle at best; an elegant Smoke Porter and very drinkable.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a large creamy off white head that stays two fingers thick for the entire beer. Lots of lacing rims the glass. Has a very dark brown and ruby color.

Smells of sweet roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a bit of smokiness.

Tastes similar to the nose. Notes of molasses, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, the hops come through nicely. The smokiness subtle but still has an effect on things. Another great beer from Stone.

Photo of peck95
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark black appearance with a good sized tan head and good retention
some chocolate and coffee smell
a good thick beer with a warming feeling in the mouth
taste of chocolate and coffee and a little black licorice(?) very good
smoky overtones also come out in taste and mouthfeel.
this is a very thick and good beer one of the better porters out there has a slight aftertaste due to the smokiness but i liked it, next time i would like to
try this with a steak or some ribs.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's funny to officially review a beer I have had many times before, Smoked Porter is one of Stone's core lineup (joining AB, IPA, and Pale Ale as the original year-round offerings). Here goes. . .
A- Pours an opaque black with tinges of dark brown highlights, head is big, thick, foamy and tan, big thick lacing throughout... superb
S- Aroma is dominated by a mix of chocolate and coffee malts, wonderfully balanced with a hint of good old Stone hops in the background, smoked hues abound along with some woody/cedar/roasty tones
T- Initial taste is rich and creamy coffee-forward malts backed by some cocoa tones all dominated by that wonderful smoky presence, some dark fruits (fig, plum) come in soon followed by a slight bitter hoppiness which characterizes the short, sweet finish
M- Fairly medium-bodied porter, very creamy mouthfeel and a perfect amount of carbonation
D- Easy drinking porter at 6% with very well-masked alcohol presence, easily a session beer that is wonderfully delicious and complex. I am not a huge porter fan, but Stone Smoked Porter is simply the best of this category and one of the top beers I have ever reviewed, do not hesitate to have several bottles readily available for BBQ or meat-intensive dinners, and be sure to grab the special Porter with chipotle peppers whenever it is available at Stone. . . YUM!!!

Photo of gwood
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with dark ruby accents when backlit. Head is light brown, one fingered, and sticky...lacing halfway down my pint glass. The nose is quite nice but the aromas that are there aren't as prevelant as expected. Roasted malts are present along with some ester notes.

First up is a quick little bite followed by a roasted malt middle. Slightly bitter chocolate notes in the finish along with some hints of burnt toast and hop tinges.

Mouth feel is quite good. A good robust porter but not over the top in its' chewiness. Very drinkable for the style but not on my list of sessionable porters despite it being a damn good straight up porter with a nice little twist.

Photo of Brad007
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color witha nice brown head. Aroma is nice and creamy with some subtle smokiness. Taste is nice and smoky with a good balance of malts as well. I can even detect some burnt coffee flavors towards the back of the throat. The aftertaste is dry and smoky as well. Very drinkable and would compliment certain foods well. I love this beer.

Photo of OKCNittany
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Near black body. Two finger tan head with very good retention and lacing.

S: Very smoky aroma, but little else comes through.

T: Chocolate and coffee flavors abound - along with the sense that this was brewed in a smokehouse.

M: Low to medium carbonation. Not quite full bodied. Pleasant lasting aftertaste.

D: Despite the strong flavor & substantial body, it's very drinkable - sessionable even (if only I'd have been smart enough to buy more).

Not my favorite porter, but a darn fine offering & one I'll be happy to go back to - on the rare occasion I can find it.

Photo of Trueant1
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Anchor Liberty Ale glass.

Pours a classic 1.5 inch off wite head that is thick and billowing. Leaves a complete lacing on the side of the glass. How could this look any more classic?

Smells of alcohol and toasty malts. After that, a bisqut like smell. Some sweetness. Where is the "smoke'?

AHhhh...I can taste the smoke...hence it's name. Bitter..very bitter for a porter. Yummy. Sweet light chocolate on the gulp. Alcohol and hop bitterness on the aftertaste.

Perfect amout of carbonation. Perfect creaminess. Smooth tasty porter. Sweet and bitter. I have had much THICKER porters...but this one works for me!

I love this brewery. I love this beer .
I have had this one about 30 times before...This is my first rating of it.

Photo of ArrogantB
2.83/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewery after the tour. I have had this before but this one had more flavor. Dark black with a cocoa head. Smells smoky. This just tastes way too smoky for me, I wonder how they get the smoke flavor?? My cousin's exact words were :"You can't hide behind your IPA forever!". Needless to say the Stone employees did not take a liking to us. I bet this would be better with the chipotle peppers or vanilla beans to temper that smokiness.

Photo of CU570M
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this on tap at the Yardhouse in San Diego, CA. Was served with a rootbeer like color and head. Head was a tan wheat color. Darker than most heads I've seen. The body of the beer is a pitch brown color with mahogany undertones. Smells were a nutty, yeasty brew, not bad, fits for this beer. Alcoholic notes as well. Taste was with nice campfire flavors burnt and roasted barley. Definately a dry one, like licking the ash off a burnt coal. Drinkability is fair on this one, nothing to write home about, but would definately order again.

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