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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,903 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,903
Reviews: 1,779
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 146
Gots: 337 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of flowerysong
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep, slightly reddish dark brown. Tan head with slight retention.

Smell: Estery malt nose with a hint of hops.

Taste: Roasted malt with chocolate notes, a wonderful smoky background, and medium-light hops.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and rich with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very nice. The smoke is well integrated with the base style, and the base is no slouch either. My only issue is that the smoke is a bit too light; I would have liked to see a bit more of it in the nose.

Photo of Cascadia
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess I associate stone with over-the-top hopped beers. And I like them. I also always look forward to their RIS release in spring. For some reason, I've never had their smoked porter, so I was eager to check it out. Over all, it's a good brew, a little lighter than I thought it would be, but a good brew. The smoke flavor is very light, I think the first thing I noticed about it was the strong hop flavor for a porter. I guess Stone just can't resist hops. I would have liked this one more if it was more roasty and less hoppy, but it does go down easy.

Photo of morebeergood
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paired this with some home cooked bbq pork loin, baked potatoes, and corn on the cob. Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glasses. Looks like a usual porter at first glance, dark brown with a nice fluffy white head. Smell was very nice, had a roasted and smoky aroma. The taste was the best part, because the smokiness wasn't overpowering. It was very subtle, which made this beer a nice addition to a meal. It didn't overwhelm the food, just complimented everything nicely. This could be a stand alone beer, but I prefer to drink it with some nice bbq food. A perfect combo.

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

A great dark pour, very nice muddy-tan head, and an awful lot of carbonation & lacing...the nose was subtle on smoliness i found, more present were some roasted malts & cocoa notes...the taste seemed more stout-like to me, some dark chocolates, roasted malts and rich creaminess...the smokiness creeped in subtley mid-sip and didn't overpower the other nice qualities of this beer....a nice coffee-bean bitterness lingered...mouthfeel was both lively and rich and offered up some creamy texture...great drinkability, complex enough to sit and sip but fresh & lively enough to consume at will...i thought it was well balanced and the subtle smokiness was plenty for this beer

Photo of malcontent
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with only glints of ruby reflection around the edges. Head is outstanding and lacing is past-like in its ability to hug the sides of the glass.

Scent is vaguely smoky with a little malt sweetness. Not a ton going on but not bad.

Rich, malty porter with a wonderfully smoky/chocolaty interplay. Smoke flavor is controlled and not huge unlike the ridiculous (but amazing) Alaskan Smoked Porter.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy but the finish has a degree of oiliness/slickness that I don't associate with a porter.

This is a super beer despite some of the elements being out of whack. In the end, taste is taste and that's where the beer really delivers.

Thanks to HoppyBen for the taste and welcome to BA!

Photo of PEBKAC
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rib night... mmm mmm. :)

Pours black with just a tint. Obsidian in color really. A light Ovaltine colored head with not much to it.

Rich raisiny scent, cheap milk chocolate. Wait a sec, let me break out the Raisinets. Chomp chomp chomp. :D

Hmmm, strange combination of dusty coffee grinds pureed & mixed into a batch of sugar-free hot chocolate. Maybe a little vanilla hiding in the background, but mostly just the first two offerings with a pinch of salt. Reminds me of weekends at Grandma's house. Grandma is getting senile, so whenever she decided to make hot chocolate, she blanks out half way, & forgets to add any sugar. She doesn't even measure, she just drops the entire 3lb block into the kettle & starts watching novellas in the other room. :)

Back on topic, the porter has a cream soda mouthfeel, slightly drying. There's almost the illusion of it being uneven. You can't feel it, but it reminds me of mixing up Country Time lemonade & having little bits of powder float through your teeth. They melt on contact, but you swore they were there. Gives it a stronger body then I would have otherwise rated it.

Drinking a bomber is pretty easy whether you have food or not. The scent initially warns of a strong, heavy beer, but that is so not the case.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one pint sixer

Out comes a coffee-black body, opaque but with some amber creeping in along the sides. The head is decently thick for a stout, cola-colored, and leaves some nice lacing. Caramel & hops pervade the aroma, along with some amazing choco-coffee malts. Extrordinarily well balanced, plus some grainy oats and barley too.

This beer is tasty. Smoke eludes the aroma, but pulls through on the flavor, especially as it warms. A hoppy pine note pairs well with mocha malts and a biscuity grain presence. Mouthfeel has a surprisingly hoppy bitterness. I was anticipating a coffee bite, but it works for here despite the style. A bit thin bodied, though. Overall, its an amazingly strong offer from Stone--as expected. For only $3.50 at Bode's in Abiquiu, New Mexico, it fits the bill. Pick one up.

Photo of scott
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark pour with amber highlights complimented by the attractive full head of tight bubbles that have some hang time. Well carbonated.
Bread/smoke/molasses for aromatics, that transfer to the tongue. Creamy, full-bodied & rich with almost a green apple lurking in the background that finishes quite clean. An easy drinker that you pull & gulp. I appreciate the subtle complexities that keep revealing a very well structured (not overly robust, not too smoked) offering. Highly recommended.

Photo of letsgopens
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown, nearly black with a thick tan head that hold very well and a bit of lace. Plenty of small rising bubbles.

The aroma is malty and smoky with earthy hints of coffee and chocolate. Pleasing and well pronounced.

Flavors include a rich smokiness with notes of Dutch Cocoa and a mild sweetness: molasses, brown sugar. Robust, deep, and oak-like. The unique smokiness is reminiscent of mescal (I have no idea why).

The mouthfeel is rich and smooth but not thick in texture. The finish has a tightly carbonated cleanness. This porter has a relatively low abv of roughly 6% but the drinkability suffers do to the fact that the characteristic smokiness becomes a bit monotonous before the bottle is gone.

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

Stone is always dependable. I first tried this on tap, and remembered the smell as being more smoky. But now that I'm drinking from the bottle, there's not so much. The aroma is more chocolate and roast malt, with some smoke flavor only showing up with the aftertaste. The appearance is really good too, dark black with mahogany edges, milk chocolate colored frothy head. Nice beer, nice brewery.

Photo of dickieb
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poors a real dark brown, with a finger and a 1/2 of toffee head. Smells of toffy and smoked malts. The taste is a bit light for me, i kinda expected a bigger flavor, a nice smokey taste sticks out in the end. no offensive taste, so still pretty good. Due to the light flavor this is pretty drinkable. Not the best stone beer or porter i have had, but still worth a try

Photo of Backer2004
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kevin for letting me try this out at the Carolina Brewmasters annual Memorial Day BBQ. Enjoyed with some incredible pulled pork that complemented this style.

Tan head and much darker color than regular porters. Chocolate and caramel malt smells. So far so good. Howver, the flavor was too astringent and burnt for my tastebuds. Too difficult to finish a bottle of this. Will try in colder climate conditions.

Photo of khiasmus
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Almost black, with a light brown head that lasts as a single layer.

S- Malty aroma, balanced by some roasted grains, smoked meat, peat, alcohol, faint hops, and a hint of sweetness.

T- Slightly sweet and malty, but more on the side of dark roasted grains and peat, with a very slightly hoppy finish.

M- Medium high carbonation with a smooth, medium body and a fairly dry finish.

D- Due to the fairly balanced taste, this is quite drinkable. Delicious, even.

Photo of walshclimb
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours rich dark brown to black with thin tan head that leaves a light lace. The head eventually dissipates almost entirely. Smells of roasted/smoked malts with a hint of coffee. Initially smokey malt flavor is nicely balanced with hop bitterness and a medium-lived slightly bitter aftertaste. Full-bodied, smooth, and slightly creamy with slightly alcoholic finish and good carbonation. This is a very tasty beer, and I will definitely buy it again.

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

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is dark brown, real close to black, with a 1/2 inch chocolate milk-colored head that settled pretty quickly, leaving occasional lacing on the way down.

S: Roasted malt, some faint smells of chocolate and just a hint of charcoal or maybe burnt coffee.

T: All malt-type flavors up front: roasted malt, chocolate, charcoal and some coffee. It finishes with a fairly dry, coffee-like bitterness. It becomes even more chocolatey and sweet as it warms.

M: Appropriately carbonated for the style (i.e., a little bit less carbonated than your average beer), with a slightly heavier than medium body. Pretty creamy and smooth.

D: Good. Went down pretty easily as I was grilling sausage and peppers and onions. As a result, I only had about 10 oz left to pair with dinner.

Notes: This one sat in my cellar for awhile. Can't say just how long exactly (I need to do a better job with my inventory control system), but I'm guessing it may have been a year or even longer. I may get a fresher one soon just for comparison's sake, but this seems to have held up pretty well.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very dark brown with a nice frothy off-white color head.

Smells of sweet dark malt with a touch of roastiness and plenty of pleasant smoke.

Mid-bodied, with a creamy and elegant mouthfeel. Almost light for a Porter.
Very neutral beer in terms of sweet and bitter. A very mild roasty sweetness provides the upfront layering of the beer. Soon the mild sweetness fades, and provides a much stronger smoke flavor. Distinct and covers the whole palate in a drench of rich smokiness. Finishes with a mouth coating sticky disintegrating smoke note.

Lick your chops good. Another solid offering from Stone. I think this would pair excellently with many types of food, especially barbecue.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown body with a light tan-colored, creamy head.

Smell: What's in that aroma... let's call it "excitement"! Lightly sweetened cocoa and coffee amidst the rich, smokey overtones.

Taste: More of that semi-sweet chocolate and coffee from the nose, and, of course, the smoke, but also just a hint of citrus on the finish. Though the flavors run a bit thin at times, its still pretty pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Slighty creamy.

Drinkability: Reasonably smoked, it gives you just enough of that smoke you want without ever becoming overpowering or life-threatening.

Photo of mobud
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass from bomber.

A- Dark as night. Nice foamy head; oatmeal in color.

S- Slight hop, but more to the smoke side.

T- Good balance. The smoke malt taste is to the front with aslight hop underpinning.

M- More to the heavy side. Smoke taste remains in the aftertaste. Not alot of bitter burn feel that most smoked porter have.

D- This beer was good to try, but I will not go crazy seeking it out. Like all Stone beers, it is alittle different than the style that you are trying. I would like to try this beer ontap to give it another shot.

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

Thanks to Enola for sharing.
Pours an ebony color and shows dark brown around the edges. 1/2" mocha colored head recedes to a lace that wraps around the glass.
Aroma is of smoke, charcoal and pipe tobacco.
This beer has a heavier dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor. The smoke kind of lingers in the background but plays it's role well.
Full bodied, slick and smooth as silk mouthfeel.
I normally can't drink a bomber by myself in one sitting. I could easily finish a bomber of this.
Another awsome beer from Stone.

Photo of Enola
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this via trade, not sure whom now. Possibly Solomon420.

The beer is a nice deep ruby color with a good sized head. The smell is smoke and there is a slight bit more hoppiness that typical of the style. The smokiness is not as evident as others of the style I have. There is also a hint of chocolate malt. The mouthfeel is good but there is just a slight chemical like aftertaste. Overall, a rich beer that is a nice treat.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins

This pours from 22oz bottle(room temp) a very dark brown with reddish hues. There's a huge billowy offwhite head of foam that shrinks down to a solid layer and stays for the entire session.

The smell I'm getting is chocolate and roasted malt .

The taste on first sip is very chocolaty with good roasted malt flavour and a touch of coffee. Initially, I thought it was going to lean towards the sweet side but the roasted malt bitterness gives it a good dry taste.

Further sips in and I can taste *some* smoke but it's lightly done and it really meshes well with the other flavours and makes it quite smooth and quite drinkable.

The body is medium, the carbonation is on the light side and the finish, for me, ends on a somewhat semi sweet note. Very nice.

Bottom line: This is quite different from Alaskan Brewery's interpretation of a Smoked Porter, which is much more vigorously smokeie, but it's also quite good. I recommend it!

Photo of david131
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark black/ deep red. A foamy off white head forms and takes a while to settle. Kind of reminds me of a thick soda head.

S- Cinnamon, some sweet malt, a little smokiness. Slightly meaty.

T- Smokey, meaty, molasses. Sweet. A little different for a porter.

M- The carbonation level is perfect in this. Not too cloying but a little too sweet for my tastes.

D- A worthwhile beer from Stone. Interesting. It must be the smoky character, but I kept imagining myself using this as a marinade for some steaks.

Photo of tonistruth
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown with a float like two finger tan head, great retent, tan foam lacing rings

S- smoky, chocolate, burnt malts

T- smoked malts, chocolate, coffee at finish, dark chocolate/coffee after, fruity characters, some caramel, more so in aftertaste

M- medium body, smooth, dry finish and after

D- wonderful aftertaste and very complex, this beer is meant for pairing with food.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber to a medium snifter. The liquid is an opaque chocolate brown with nice carbonation. The head is a full two finger, tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is of sweet dark bread and mild smoky grains.

The taste is mildly smoky, quite pleasant, rich and sweet. Nice notes of chocolate dark bread and some plum.

The mouthfeel is nice smooth with a mild carbonation, very nice for the style. The body is fuller then most porters.

The drinkability is good,the whole package works real well, sit back, relax and enjoy this brew on a cool evening. Very nice. Prosit MK

Photo of edskirk3
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap two weeks ago and loved it. When I saw a bottle of Stone Smoked Porter the other day I of course had to bring it home.

The familiar Stone bomber, to be enjoyed by 02/27/07. It is now 05/04/07. I'm sure it's still good...

I'm decanting into a faceted mug. It pours a little like syrup and is just this side of opaque. There's a few ruby highlights in there. Delicious-looking beige head. Nice and creamy. Has a little staying power. Aroma of coffee and cocoa powder. Let the imbibing begin...

Comes off a tad bitter, actually. As in coffee bitterness. Maybe I should pay attention to those freshness dates. It's not undrinkable, just... disappointing.

The coffee bitterness comes in right at tongue contact and lingers for a good while. I'm not picking up any smokiness. The roasted malts have become borderline astringent at this point. The mouthfeel, however, is still holding up. Full, creamy, sticky. Nourishing, in the same way as a Snickers bar. The back of the bottle suggests pairing with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I would totally do that if I had some peanut butter on hand, even with this less-than-fresh bottle.

I've come to have high expectations for Stone, and even if this one is post-dated, it's still good.

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,903 ratings.