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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,792 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,792
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 121
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 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
Photo of schusterbauer
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a -- quite dark, almost black, with ruby highlights apparent as the light passes through; HUGE majestic head that lessens but never disappears, leaving massive amounts of lacing

s -- nothing out of the ordinary; a nice blend of roasted malts, coffee, charcoal

t -- extremely well balanced. the roasted malts and charcoal flavors dominate, giving way to hints of coffee, chocolate, smoke, and hops. actually, there seem to be a ton of hops in this beer, and surprisingly enough, they blend wonderfully with the other flavors. as for the smoked aspect, i really wish it stood out more. it is detectable, and for better or worse, it does stick with the ultra-balanced nature of the flavor profile. personally, i was hoping to find the smoked flavors more in the foreground. after swallowing, you could almost think that the flavors left in your mouth are from a cup of coffee, as opposed to a beer.

m -- maybe the highlight of this beer for me. silky smooth, quite thick, and a level of carbonation that is refreshing but not intrusive. the mouthfeel definitely verges upon stout territory. in fact, there are many quality stouts that could take a lesson here.

d/overall -- coming in a bomber, and being a bit more potent than the average porter, this might not be something that you drink multiples of at one time. i drank this on a night when i was already tired, and i wasn't aware of the ABV, and it put me right to sleep (pleasantly, i might add). that said, this is a highly enjoyable beer, and i will definitely make this a regular.

schusterbauer, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of jmalex
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first review is a favorite style of mine from a favorite brewery of mine. But this will be the first time I've had this particular beer.

Appearance: From a 22 oz. bomber, poured an opaque coffee black with a small but lingering off-white head. Large patch of lace remains several minutes after pouring.

Smell: Deep and rich. Malty with indications of chocolate and caramel. Slight tones of dark fruits.

Taste: Very nice! Thick and creamy. The initial taste is wonderfully malty with just the right bitterness to match. The smoky flavor shines through, but is not too obtrusive. A pleasant sweetness lingers but leaves no unpleasantness.

Mouthfeel: Makes the beer in my opinion. So smooth! Thick viscosity that coats as it goes down.

Drinkability: Fantastic. Instantly one of my favorite porters.

Overall an amazing beer. Smoked beers are not typically my thing but this beer pretty much does it how I'd like. Stone certainly did not disappoint with this one. I'll definitely be buying this again.

jmalex, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of BMoney575
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this last night, and it inspired me to write my first review.

Pours with a surprising thickness, head lingers for awhile with good lacing.

Most apparent aroma is of chocolate, with roasted malt and coffee coming through later.

Taste is very good, with the chocolate up front and a smooth coffee finish.

Mouthfeel is absolutely great, as I find this beer to be thicker than most other porters I've had. One of the high points.

Drinkability is good, a bomber is just about the right size.

BMoney575, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of bgraney
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as midnight on a moonless night. Bubbly slight-tan/off white head, dissolved around the edges first leaving a sculpture in the center.
Roasted malt/chocolate aroma, mild, with plum hints in the background.
Almost as chocolaty tasting as a Rogue Chocolate Stout. This beer is screaming for a piece of cake to go with it.
Rich and full on the tongue, leaving the malt&choclate behind as a coating. Great after taste.
Very drinkable for the style. The flavors are long lasting but not overpowering.

bgraney, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of bigone4
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black pitch color very tough to see any light penetrating this beer. Some subtle ruby hues peek thru around the edges when back lit. Nice fluffy tanish off-white head with decent retention. Smells of roasted malt and some mild alcohol hints. Smells like a big malted porter. I was rather disappointed by the lack of smoky flavor. I was looking for more of a smoked and roasted mouth feel. There are hints of the roasted malt and mild hints of smoke but not to the extent I would have liked. Very full bodied with a nice mild touch of hop in the aftertaste. There certainly is a decent mix of flavors throughout the whole brew. Subtle hint of chocolate. Well not everyone will agree on some things but this one was a bit disappointing for me. All there other offerings have been quite delectable but to each there own. Maybe I will give this one another go later this month. It is tasty and drinkable and matches well with pretty much any food. Pumpkin pie and some Thanksgiving treats were my paired foods. Decent porter but not my favorite.

bigone4, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of stephendr
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle – dark brown / black in color – nice off-white head- nose of cappuccino , anis , dark chocolate , dark fruit ( cherries , and raspberries ) , malt , smoke , slight peat and iodine – taste of malts , caramel , milk , chocolate , coffee , anis , and a slight sourness – wonderful body creamy with a hint of acidity – aftertaste is milk chocolate and coffee

stephendr, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of nouseforotacon
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bomber between a good friend last night. This one was sent courtesy of two people; you know who you are, much thanks again.

Pours out a syrupy, jet black with a HUGE, creamy tan head. Light red highlights in the bottom, love the thick foam.

Sweet, maple syrup aroma with roasted malts and some chocolate notes. Hints of coffee and cream. Full, dry nose.

Excellent malt profile in the taste, both sweet and toasted without the burnt/bitterness that would usually follow suit. Café au lait lingers strong on the tongue. Roasted, full flavor with a very mild/weak hop profile. Strong bittersweet chocolate, but not overpowering.

Creamy and smooth, medium bodied. This brew does not succumb to too much water or carbonation. Well-brewed and solid, thoroughly enjoyed this one.

nouseforotacon, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of theopholis
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I resisted trying this beer for months, due to the "smoke" in it's name. Big mistake on my part.

Appearance- Deep, very dark redish burgandy. Apears black unless you hold it up to a bright light. Nice light brown head that keeps growing for several seconds after you quit pouring, but quickly disappears.

Aroma- not overpowering. Nothing that jumps right out atyou. A fairly complex mixture of malty sweetness, roaste and hint of smoke.

Taste- Unlike certain lite beers that merely claim they "taste great", this one really does. It's the best mass-produced porter I've ever had. A strong roasted grain-coffee taste up front with notes of chocolate and a hint smoke. This is a beer you will taste from the 1st touch of your lips to the very back of your throat. After your done, try licking the inside of your mouth 10 minutes later. Yea....you can still taste it. Glorious!!

Mouthfeel- Full-bodied, chewy. Just the tiniest bit oily.

Drinkability- this is a great porter. Anybody who has moved beyond American lagers should try this beer.

theopholis, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of Stone Smoked Porter at a specialty shop to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pit tumbler.

Pours a deep dark walnut brown, and is clear, but nearly opaque. There re red hues when the glass is held up to the light. A think frothy beige head forms, and is fairly resilient. the brew looks like a chocolate shake from the top.

The smell is pretty average for a porter. There are some malt and little roasted grain aroma. I was expecting more smoke fragrance.

The taste is good. Semi-sweet dark chocolate, coffee and a little smoky charcoal flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full-bodied and creamy.

This is a very drinkable porter. It's not as dry and smokey as I thought it would be. I think is a good, but fairly typical, porter. I would have it again for sure.

RJLarse, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber a rich deep redish brown with an inch of foamy tan head. I'm getting scents of dark chocolate and caramel malt followed by a nearby campfire. Tastes of chocolate and coffee, mild smoke and well balanced with malt. Finishes slightly bitter as the smoke lingers on. One of my all time favorite porters. Very satisfying offering from Stone. I can see myself enjoying a few of these on a chilly fall camping trip to compliment some smokey, grilled meats cooked over the campfire.

ClockworkOrange, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of wingman14
4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an inky black with a thin mocha head. When you hold it to the light it has red hues. The smell is great and well balanced. It is driven by the smoke, but sweet, maybe chocolaty notes. The taste is just as good, well balanced, starts smoky and sweet with a strong porter finish. The aftertaste sticks with the smoke theme but is also strong with malts. The mouthfeel is great, a good balance of flavor, carbonation, and body. I could drink these all night long. This is one of my favorite beers. Such a great brew. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of these. Enjoy!

wingman14, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown with some port-like brownish burgundy around the edges. The thin film of a head was a slight tan.

Smells of dry chocolate with a slight sourness that plays off the chocolate with a subtle hint of ash. There’s also a bit of corn syrup in the background.

Tastes of sweet dark barley with a hint of cocoa and a dry woody campfire. There’s also a slight lime here. In the finish, the campfire fades from lively woody smoke to ash.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a thick mouth of little bubbles that feels slightly dry.

Not bad at all. Reminds me of summer camping in a bottle.

DarkerTheBetter, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

S - 22 oz. bomber thanks much to beerbeing for this gem.

A - Pours a black with brown edges and a small garnet center, head is a light khaki that sticks well. Looks like I'm in for a treat.

S - Smoke, caramel, chocolate, malted grains, smells great.

T - Smokey and sweet, chocolate, caramel, nutty undertones. just great.

M - This is what a porter should feel like.

D - I wish I had a self replenishing supply in my refrigerator. Unfortunately Stone doesnt distribute in MO.

rsyberg01, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of BBM
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at BoBBiQue in Patchogue. I do enjoy a good smoked porter. And this one was very good. The beer pours a jet black color with a thick, foamy tan head. The bartender had me dip my finger into the head to show me how rich and creamy it is. Very nice. Nice lacing as well. The beer smells of smoked wood, coffee, and some dark chocolate. It's like they captured a campfire in the aroma. Impressive.

Stone Smoked Porter tastes as good as it smells. The smokey, woodchips-esque flavor reveals itself first, with coffee and chocolate nodes playing second fiddle. There was also a slight bitterness at the end. As the beer warmed up, there was a distinct pine flavor that was certainly welcomed. Mouthfeel was full and dry.

This is an incredibly drinkable beer, even though it's quite heavy. Despite it being almost 70 degrees in New York yesterday, having one of these puts you in the perfect mood to bring on winter. Highly reccomended.

BBM, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of msolar
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark with a nice tan head. Darker than expected.

Has a very nice smokey flavor that would go great with some barbeque. Very drinkable without too much carbonation.

I’d highly recommend, I liked this a lot and will certainly pick more up in the future.

msolar, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of jongillin
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Stone, and have yet to have anything of theirs that I didn't like.
This beer is one of them. I certainly give this beer high praise and I think rightly so. It pours well and comes out a nice deep dark redish black.

The smell intially is a little too subtle but letting it breath reveals malty aromas with a bit of smoked wood and some wonderful hops.

Truth is I was a little disappointed in the seeming lack of smoked flavor. I have had some other smoked brews that lend more towards tasting the wood. However, the beer was increadibly fresh and the hoppy finish was perfectly bitter sweet.

The mouth feel was light with out too much carbonation and the beer goes down well. Perhaps a bit a on the heavy side but during a cold winter day I could certainly drink a couple of these. Try it out. Another good beer from Stone for sure.

jongillin, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff is outstanding! Smell is, well, okay, but other than that, this is a super brew that should be sold in 6 packs. Smokey smell, sweet esthers, awesome head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Great drinkability, as it isn't too strong. The smell is too whiskyish, but tastes nothing like that. Has a nice robust coffee/chocolate flavor charged with a little beefy smoke. Nice brewski!

bigdeuce, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of joe1510
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

Opened with a pfffttt...Poured in my pint glass a viscous black. Very dark. Some dark ruby tinting when held up to the light. A half inch tan head sits on top but fades fairly quickly to an even top coat. Lacing sticks as my glass is tilted but slowly slides back into the abyss that is the body of this beer.

The smell is filled with roasted malt goodness. Along with chocolate and a tiny bit of burnt grain. There is just a slight touch of smoke up front but to tell you the truth I don't think I'd be able to pick it up if I didn't know it was there. As it warms I can pick up the smoke more and more.

The taste is very close to perfect. Starts with a small burnt grain taste quickly taken over by the roasted malts and chocolate. I can't really taste the hops but they're in there. There is a nice bitterness from what tastes like a combonation of hops and darkly roasted malt. The smokiness is there faintly in the back throughout the drink. Very nicely done and balanced.

Mouthfeel is viscous but you could tell this from the pour. It's thick in my mouth but not coyingly so. Silky smooth but somehow a little chewy/gritty. I know that doesn't sound right but that's how it is. I really like the feel especially on a cold night like tonight.

For a smoked porter the drinkability is outstanding. The lower alcohol helps as to not be too big of a beer to drink a lot of.

Stone's Smoked Porter is one of my new favorite cold weather beers. I've always liked smoked porters but so far this is at the top of my list. Excellent example. Warms me up nicely. A must try.

Slainte!

joe1510, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of xav33
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Smoked Porter
22oz bomber
Recent brewing, ashed out 10/06
Medium pour in a pint glass.

Poured dark mahogony with a huge light brown fully lasting frothy head with excellent lacing.

Smelt of moderate mild chocolate, caramel, cola and molasses.

Taste was upfront moderate roasted bitterness and coffee with some sweet chocolate and burnt sugar tones and light piney hoppiness followed by a blend of strong smokiness, moderate sweet chocolate and cola, light piney hops bitterness on a long finish that reminds me of rootbeer or cola. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy and silky, lively carbonated, and moderately astringent.

Overall, the beer looks great, smells good, and the taste is balanced to perfection and intensely complex on all its duration. Makes my neurons pop. Minor points off for slight lack of sweetness and weakness of aroma.

xav33, Oct 26, 2006
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,792 ratings.