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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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3,827 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,827
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 126
Gots: 281 | 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 bradybeer
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thck creamy tan head. Light to medium carbonation with hops and smoke coming through. Smell is of hops and a whiff of smoke everytime your nose nears the brew. Taste is at once smokey, a little bitter, with notes of cocoa. Your mouth fills with a chewy smokey medium body feel with every sip. Drinkability? Oh my, while not a session beer-I could have several of these as the taste is near perfect for me

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a St Bernardous tulip glass, pours a deep bitch black, maybe a little ruby around the edges, light tan head starts about a half inch and shrinks quickly but comes back with a stiff swirl, strings of lacing cast about here and there. Aroma has loads of dark malts, chocolates are pronounced, some dark caramels, a bit of a bitter streak, smoke is elusive, everything is pretty nice, if understated. Taste is more of the same, and elusive smoke plays nicely here. Also understated is the sweet but dark caramel malt, chocolates dancing lightly. It don't remember subtlety being Stone's thing, but they play it brilliantly here. The mouth is very smooth, body is great, everything is working just right here. All I can say for this one is, its a very good beer, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Photo of sleazo
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at porters pub. My reeward for handing in paper number 2. Pours a deep dark dark brown. Bordering on black. A decent sized head with proper lace. Smell is of roasted malt. Subtle smoke lingers in the nose. Alderwood maybe? Taste is nice roasted malts. Like a nice piece of toast with some subtle smoke in the aftertaste. I can't quite pinpoint the exact smoky flavour but this a nice porter. The hops are a presence as well. You can tell this is a west coast porter. Mouthfeel is excellent. Perfect for the style. Slightly chewy yet not thick at all. I could drink a bunch of these.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ The Moan and Dove on 3/4/07

AP: Black as night with a one finger deep, light brown head that dissipated rather quickly and almost totally dissapeared. not much lacing found on the glass.

Nose: Mild roasty malts, cream, dark chocolate, and an earthy and green hop scent way down deep.

Taste: Very roasty, oaked and oatie malt flavor with a smoked undercurrent and a very subtle earthy and leafy hop flavor underneath.

Feel: Medium body, not very big for the stlye, feels rather thin, light and crisp overall for the style.

DA: Surprisingly un-impressed with this one on-tap. Good stuff, but was well under my expextations for this brew on-tap. Easy enough to drink though.

Photo of kkosmoski
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel tulip:

A - Jet black in color with a big, pillowy, light brown head, which has very good retention and stick.
S - Most obvious is the smoke, also some toasty grains and sweetness.
T - Malt steals the show to start - smokey and bready out of the gate, followed by some caramel sweetness and American style hop flavor. Finish is all smoke.
M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation - not overdone. Creamy and smooth.
D - I like what the smoke does for this beer. It adds another demension that keeps me wanting another sip. Great malt in this beer with hops making a quick guest appearance. A very nice, hearty beer for the cold weather.

Photo of jslot38
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Managed all 22oz in pbr1985 jumbo mug, so money.

Appearance: Poured with a good amount of head and a brief cascading effect. Looked so good in that big mug after a day out at the pitch. (A victorious day I may add)

Smell: Chocolate, smoked malts in the background, touch of coffee grinds.

Taste: Oh yes, a big porter indeed. Chocolate, and smoked malts all the way. Lovely. Just a few earth ridden hops and a roasted coffee grinds (french roast?) in the background.

Mouthfeel: Top notch. Chewy, perfect amount of carbonation. Stone hit the nail on the head in this catagory.

Drinkability: 22oz, bring it on, I look those gargoyles in the face and laugh at them.

Stone, known for those big beers, this one hits 5.9% and isn't your average porter.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with a very slight reddish-brown tint. Dark tan head is nice; becomes a film that leaves some lacing near the top of the glass.

Smell: Has a light smokey mesquite aroma, but balanced nicely against a light, sweet floral aroma.

Taste: Initial flavor of roasted malts becomes supplemented with a combination of smokeyness and a slight floral taste. Has a smokey bitterness in the aftertaste. Nicely balanced and with a good level of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium- to heavy-bodied, and with a light carbonation.

Drinkability: Feels a bit stronger (alcohol-wise) than it really is, so take it a bit slower than you might otherwise do. I think it's quite drinkable -- nothing is out of line and it keeps my interest.

Possibly my favorite beer from Stone. It it well-balanced and doesn't try to go over-the-top. The flavor at first seemed a bit unusual, but it really grew on me. Enjoyable; I'll get it again.

Photo of pumarocks
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked a bomber of this up at World Market in Western Hills over in Cincinnati. Right off the bat I noticed a smokey and chocolately aroma. It pours a nice head and the color is black/blood red. The taste is heavenly. I have always been a fan of stout but not so much porter. This has changed my mind. It is very smooth and surprisingly refreshing. This brew will certainly accompany my bbq this summer. Well done Stone Brewing Company, well done.

Photo of crwills
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer! A deep, dark read -- nearly black -- with ruby highlights. Small off-white head accents it.

Aroma is rauchbier-like: burnt wood, barbecue mesquite, dark burnt chocolate and... bacon!

The roasted malts really show up in the flavour. Good hop backbone as well, with a smoky finish and bitter, dry aftertaste that morphs into sweet candy sugar over time. As it warms, additional flavours (milk chcolate, sweet toffee, banana) start to show up. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Fantastic beer!

Photo of kpantz
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: Love 'em or hate 'em, Stone has a balanced lineup - pale and dark, traditional and eccentric. I think they excel at most of what they do, and the Smoked Porter is an example of a solid brew. Not a standout, but they don't all need to be (a la Dogfish Head - don't worry, Sam & Co...you're still one of my favorites). Classic roasted malt flavors and a smooth texture make this a very nice porter.

Appearance: Pours a clean, deep brown/black with ruby accents. Head is coffee ice cream that reduces to a film fairly quickly.

Smell: Roasted malts, a faint hint of the smoke. A little sweeter-smelling than I had expected. I also get a faint whiff of alcohol, which surprises me given the relatively low ABV.

Taste: The sweet, then roasted, then nearly burnt character of the malt is first, accented by the (not in your face) smoky flavor and followed by a crisp hop bitterness. If I didn't know this was a smoked porter, I might not have singled the flavor out. No evidence of alcohol in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Fairly dead-on for a porter. I've said this many times - the mouthfeel is perhaps my favorite porter attribute, because I love me some deep, dark malt, but don't always want the girth that goes with the impy stouts.

Drinkability: This, like many of my favorite porters, scores high on my drinkability scale for three reasons: great roasted flavor, light body and low acohol.

Photo of Bookseeb
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had one bad experience with a smoked porter ( can't remember what or when), but ever since I've avoided anything smoked until I finally tried this porter. Apperance of dark chocolate with a thick head. Aroma of smoke, sweet coffee and roasted malts. If I were to pour a packet of hot cocoa mix into coffee and add a dash of smoke, this is the taste I percieved. Medium in body, overall not what I expected from this porter, where expectation was low, final outcome was quite exellent.

Photo of GbVDave
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottlee into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Dark black with a thick tan head. Excellent retention with gobs of lace.

S: Couldn't get much more out of it than roasted malt with a faint whiff of smoke.

T: Roasted malt beginning with a bitter hop finish. The smoke took on an odd mediciney cough drop flavor that I didn't care for. It got better as it came up to temp.

M: Thin and prickly. It got slightly thicker around 60º.

D: Unbalanced towards the bitter. Decent drinkability but I found it to be less satisfying than I had hoped.

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged for two years.

Appearance: Pours a vary dark garnet with a nice head that retains reasonably well and leaves scattered lacing around the pint

Smell: The predominate aroma is dark chocolate and the smoke comes through with a slightly minty aspect

Taste: Starts out with a dark chocolate and smoked flavor that builds in minty complexity; after the swallow, some earthy bitterness creeps in and joins that minty smoke flavor to provide a nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied (just right for a porter) with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I was a little concerned about the age on this bottle given the ABV but it drank wonderfully

Photo of Damian
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Deep Ellum, Allston, MA

Poured a deep brown/black with a two-finger, bubbly, cocoa-colored head that slowly faded to a thick ring of lace. Large, irregular-shaped patches of lacing coated the glass.

Aroma was was quite subtle at first but became somewhat more noticeable as the beer warmed. Dark malts, bittersweet chocolate and coffee beans came through in the nose.

Taste was rather mild and tame. The beer was somewhat sharp up front (I believe this was due to the alcohol) before the roasted malts, bitter espresso and hints of dark chocolate became apparent. By mid-palate the hops kicked in and lasted well into the finish, where they became quite strong. The lingering aftertaste consisted of a mix of roasted malts and a moderate smokiness.

Mouthfeel was rather thin (yet creamy) and the body was fairly light for the style.

I expected more in general from this beer (more intensity, more complexity and more body). Overall, this was a disappointment.

Photo of BrewMonkey
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap-Pours dark with a lighter contrasting head of which there is plenty, decent retention.
Sm- Smells nutty with a smoky background.
Taste - Smoky taste was prominent, but suprisingly mild mannered. I was not sure what to expect from this beer and was pleasantly suprised. Overall nutty/smoky with a mild hoppiness.
Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, medium bodied.
Overall - Suprisingly good, at least from my perspective. I thought this would be a try my luck beer, but I'm sure I'll be buying more of this.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,827 ratings.