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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,721 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,721
Reviews: 1,745
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 112
Gots: 251 | 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 orsulacp
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There was no light getting through this beer, very dark black with a small tan head. The smell has dark chocolate and a very smoky hickory wood aroma with a hint of alcohol getting through. I really enjoy the taste. The smokiness reminds me of Laphroig scotch, like you are drinking smoked peat moss but this is dipped in dark chocolate. The mouth feel is velvety smooth with low carbonation and the flavors get more intense as it warms up. This is an over the top porter.

orsulacp, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 22oz. mug, a dark brown opaque color with hints of red. A light brown head forms, that laces slowly down the mug. Smoky, chocolate, and coffee aromas come through witha touch of spicy hoppiness at teh end of each scent. The taste is very, very, very good. The sweet taste of chocolate, with hints of coffee, then followed by the smoky flavor that finishes each taste. In the mouth it starts medium bodied, but it becomes fuller towards the back of the palate. This an excellent beer, a nice beer to just sit down and relax with and just sip.

cameraman, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of BRoss242
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured black with a dark ruby tint, had a nice 1 finger cream colored head that quickly resided to a small layer that lasted the duration of the tasting

S- Chocolate, caramel, and a subtle smoke aroma, mixed with a lite lint of hops.

T- Nice balance of malt smoke and hops make this a good tasting porter, but I would like to have more smoke taste noticable.

M- Very smooth and creamy feeling, like eating a bar of dark chocolate.

D- If I could get this beer on a regular basis I could drink it almost every day. So overall I would say a very good session beer.

BRoss242, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of jhammerly
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a nice cocoa-like head. A sweet smelling beer that tends to be too sweet, and a bit of roastiness that is expected in this type of beer. I didn't detect much smokiness, which I was looking forward to. There was also a lack of smoke in the flavor as well. Some light bitterness and roasted malt was present. Mouthfeel was medium, but not much. I could maybe settle for 12 ounces instead of 22. The bomber was a bit much. I was disappointed by the lack of smoke flavor and the sweetness. But all in all, it is still a good beer in smaller doses. Probably my least favorite from Stone.

jhammerly, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of Knuckles
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I always feel like Flavor Flav whenever I review a beer from Stone, as I continually want to shout, "Don't believe the hype!" Now, mind you, I'm not opposed to Stone and the things they brew, I'm just not a card-carrying member of the "Stone = Great Beer" club. I'm a Doubting Knuckles, or some damn thing. What I continually find is that they brew some very decent beers, but try as I might, I just don't love them (although I will admit to liking the RIS, and want to cellar a bottle at some point). The Smoked Porter is yet another one of those beers that I wanted to like, but ultimately found lacking.

It suffers greatly, in my opinion, from the fact that most beer drinkers are going to compare it to the Alaskan Smoked Porter. And if they do, they will be sorely disappointed. This beer is a much more traditional porter in terms of color, ABV, and flavor profile than the AK.

Appearance: Held up to the light, this beer is a gorgeous, deep ruby (note to self: come up with a different color than 'ruby'. You use it to goddam much.), and pours with the always popular espresso creme head. I get about three fingers of foam, that linger for about ten minutes or so, and then slowly fade away. My only real complaint with the beer is that it is filtered. Don't axe me why, but I do love the look of an unfiltered porter. It makes me feel so Victorian.

Smell: The nose is actually the only place I get any hint of smoke, and it is very, very pleasant. Starts off with a deep, malty nose, and then finishes up smoky. Very nice.

Taste: As a smoked porter (and actually, as a porter), this one really drops the ball in my opinion. I was actually a little surprised by it, as it was a fairly one-note beer. The peat smoke that is supposed to be prominent was almost non-existent in this bottle, and contrary to it's 5.9% ABV, it had an incredibly malty palate. Once it warmed up it got a little smokier, but not nearly enough for me.

Mouthfeel: Again, somewhat in contrast to the maltiness of the beer itself, it was rather thin in mouthfeel. I wanted it to be a little richer in texture to balance out the flavors, and it just wasn't.

Drinkability: Honest, I really want to find a Stone beer that I like so I can write really nice things about it, if only to give the impression that I'm not a blanket Stone hata. But the sad truth is (so far, anyway), that for my palate, their beers lack balance. That lack of balance seriously affects the drinkability in my opinion, and this beer is no exception to that rule. It is not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but not one that I will probably seek out again.

Knuckles, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at dba New York City.
The best smoked beer I have ever had the opportunity of trying. Very dark brown body, medium tan head. Smell is lightly smokey, but only lightly, with cocoa and coffee. The smoke is also done correctly in the flavor, not overpowering, but evident, maybe the first smoked beer I have ever enjoyed. Well balanced, good one Stone.

TastyTaste, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of Ego
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

music: King's X - Ear Candy

bomber for $3.99, now available in nj (and there was much rejoicing...)

served at perfect cellar temp (the one thing good about having a complete basement in states like NJ I tell ya..)

eyes...
nearly opaque which is frankly surprising considering it didn't pour as dark as it now resides in the glass, one finger of darkish tan head quickly recedes to the rim of the chalice. good lacing with a thin film sticking to the glass like popsicle sticks to elmers glue... solid looking overall.

nose...
a nice mellow smokiness, more like smokey coffee than smoked meat, chocolate covered caramel. it certainly smells better than a baboon's ass, or a three assed monkey's asses, that's for sure... almost smells like a cold cup of good coffee you left out the night before. Nothing overpowering just a lovely blend of aroma typical of the style. Not too sweet in the least and not too roasty either.

taste etc...
like a lot of american porters this one tends to be a bit too thin for me personally to warrant a super high mouthfeel score (taste is a completely different issue). The carbonation is very good, bordering on too much but it doesn't bother these lips. On tap this is much more velvety... which of course would make this a world killer if every bottle tasted like that...

There is a more dominant hops prescence (not in a STONE beer? no... ?... kidding, obviously) in the flavor with the smoke only at the very backend after the bitters clear the dishes. The hop profile is almost the same as their other offerings, it tempts you to think "too much hops for the style" and then you settle into it just fine (well, if you like da hops).

verdict?
very tasty, and the price is right. For a porter though I might go somewhere else... and also if I really want more smoke flavor I would definitely go somewhere else. But like most stone products this is plain solidly made in all the categories that count... personally it doesn't "wow" me however, although I enjoy it quite alot.

Ego, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a snifter glass.
No freshness or batch date.

Opaque black color, no light can pass. A nice one finger thick, creamy tan head, that fades leaving a thin white line around the glass. Some clingy lacing remains. Lots of milky, mocha smells, with a just a hint of smokiness. Some roasted malt comes through in the background. Well balanced taste, semi sweet, ending with some smoky bitterness. More smoky characteristics come through as the beer warms. Decent carbonation, with a medium body feel. A very enjoyable porter, and another great offering from Stone.

BigDaddyWil, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of EStreet20
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce browm bomber bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass.

A - An opaque black in the glasss that shines a little bit of brown when held right in front of a lamp. A very big, very thick off white head formed by a hard pour sits on top. Head clings to the glass and leaves nice lacing.

S - Smoky ont he nose at first with some chocolate underneath the roasty smells.

T - Very smoky on the first sip. In fact a HUGE smokiness, reminds me of the smell of a charcoal grill, or even a plank heated on the grill for barbecueing. Some malty flavors, like a chocolatey caramel kick but all have a great smoked taste to them. Even has just the right touch of piney hop bitterness. Lots of complexity here and done just right.

M - A nice feel in the mouth though a tiny bit light for this much flavor. Still pretty nice overall.

D - The smokiness and sheer complexity of all the flavors melding in this one makes you want more. Would also pair with many types of food, be it smoky grilled meats all the way to sweet deserts. Also great to sit and drink by itself after a long day.

EStreet20, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of Celt44
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a pint bottle - Appearance is a beautiful black with a head that disipates quickly but lacing lasts throughout.
Smell is exceptional - best I've whiffed for a porter - strong piercing caramel and coffee aroma
Taste is superior - Smoked oak flavor mixed with malt, caramel and dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel is as smooth as black silk
Excellent, highly recommended - My new favorite porter. Stone delicious.
How the hell could anyone give this less than a 4.0 is beyond me....

Celt44, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of shroompod
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured cold into pint glass
Decent 1 finger head that lasts. Light barely penetrates.

Just a slight smell of smokiness , no hops or malt. Could be my imagination as my smeller isn't working to good.

Taste comes across with malty sweetness/ dark chocaolate coffee , mild hop finish. I think the smoke comes across very subltle; more evident as the beer warms.

Moutfeel is not thick or thin , I'll call it medium. Average carbonation.

Drinkabitly is very good , I imagine this pairs with alot of food. <uhmmm smoked samon>

shroompod, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a black onyx with a very vague hint of ruby edges. A very nice pillowy tan head that holds up for a few minutes then leaves an intrigueing trail of laceing.

Smell: The aromas are smoked,roasted, sweet malts,chocolates,some woody accents, a good hop character and a subtle alcohol.

Taste: The flavors are very simular to the nose. Dark chocolates,a nice hop bitterness,and a great tasteing smokey malt in the finish. As this beer warms the smoke is more evident. Delicious!!!

Mouthfeel: A medium body that is accentuated by a slick smokey film in the finish. About medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer is made for savoring with its absolutley delicious and satisfying smokey flavors. Definitley an easy quaff and my first smoked beer to boot. I would drink this anytime and cannot wait to pair it with food. Stone continues to impress me!

-Cheers2Beers-

cheers2beers, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of Crosling
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep Brown. Deep, malt driven aroma with a touch of smoked malts and a hint of chocolate, coffee, tar and dark fruits. Silky, sticky, coating and heavy body and feel on palate. An instant 5 on the palate. Big for its size. Notes of chocolate, coffee and wet pavement along with a very small amount of smoke. Tasty.

Crosling, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of kevin62
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The good news is that finally Stone is available in New Jersey,so I was eager to try this beer.The beer itself (22oz bottle) was a dark brown to black color,almost cola looking,with a small tan head that quickly dissappeared.The aromas were slight hints of chocolate and coffee.Those aromas were also in the taste as well as black licorice and you could definetly get the taste of smoke,especially in the nice finish.This is a very unique offering from Stone,but something you should surely check out.

kevin62, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of ski271
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark ruby-brown with a small, creamy, tan head with good retention. Smells of deep, dark roasted malts and a good amount of charcoal smoke. Smells like drinking a beer while standing outside at the grill. Also pleasant smells of caramel, molasses and chocolate. The flavor is more of the same except not as smoky… until you get to the finish. Then the charcoal smokiness comes rushing back in with a vengeance. It has a medium body, lightly dry texture and soft carbonation. This beer went very well with grilled steak. A very easy drinking porter with enough character and smoke to keep it interesting without going overboard. Nicely done.

ski271, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmmm.,...
Poured deep, deep mahogany...almost black with a small cream colored head that melted to heavy lacing.
Aroma is malts and smoke...I didn't notice any hops. Dark Chocolate as the beer warms to room temp.
Mouthfeel...excellent! Creamy, rich, crisp carbonation, warmth following your swallow deep down your chest.
Taste...wow....first impression is sweet toasted malts followed by a slight hop bittering and then alcohol...no esthers at all. Dark chocolate fills your mouth. Smokiness gives it a sweet drying.
Aftertaste lingers a long time sort of bouncing between the malts and the hops. Not unbalanced at all..just that both can be descerned.
This is a very, very nice porter and it's moderate alcohol content makes it perfect for a long night talking or reading in front of the fire.

IntriqKen, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of BradBLR
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this beer for the first time and it was nice to taste something from Stone that was not based on being SUPER hoppy.

When I first poured this fine porter into my glass I liked the nice thick head that formed and the super dark brown color. When holding the glass up to the light, you could barely see through it, but there was a slight red color that did come through.

The aroma was great very malty with a slight smokey scent that helped distinguish this from other porters.

The taste of this beer was great, a little hop flavor and nice malty taste that made a perfect balance. The after taste was very nice with a slight hoppyness.

All in all a great beer from Stone, and my favorite porter to date.

BradBLR, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. When I held it up to some good lighting it had a reddish mahogany look to it. Big well retained head left lots of lacing.

Smell: Great sweet malt aroma with some coffee.

Taste: Sweet roasted coffee falovred malts with some chocolate subtleties. The slight taste of hops helps to balance everything and make for an awesome porter taste. I always try hard to find the smokiness in a beer that has "smoke" in the title, but this one had it without "looking" hard for it.

Mouthfeel: This is a big porter with a big smooth body. The smoothness is quite silky and definitely incredible.

Drinkability: One is plenty, this porter is too big to attempt a session but you can enjoy this beer for a while, mine lasted just as long a three or four lighter bodied beers would have.

Overall this was one of my most favorite porters to date, if you like the style and want a "big" one, get this and enjoy.

tattooedtolley, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of carln26
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color topped by a thin tan lace. The lace receded quickly, but left a nice lace on the side of the glass. The beer showed a nice carbonation. Very chocolaty aroma. A lot of roast malt, espresso and milk chocolate. A little fruit there too, maybe a little blackberry. Layers of flavor. I still get a lot of the chocolate, espresso. It’s very sweet, but the sweetness is balanced by some fruit, mango, a bit of pear. The smokiness comes through midway through the drink. The finish really has balanced. Mild bitterness, the smoke, sweet malt all come together. The mouth feel is a touch thin, with just a bit of heat. Still a nice drinkability. Thanks to realale for this beer.

carln26, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to almost black with a big creamy head. Plenty of lacing.

Smell is light smokiness, roasted malt and a touch of chocolate.

Taste is dominated by roasted malt. Definite smokiness, but it is understated compared to other smoked porters. Chocolate notes and mild hops in the finish for a nice balance. Flavors mature as it warms. Nothing but light smokiness as an aftertaste. I wouldn't mind the mouthfeel being a little heavier.

Mouthfeel is slightly unusual. Very smooth and slick.

Overall the key to this beer is it's mild character. This brew has excellent flavor and is very easy to drink. This is brew that I could drink often.

Blakaeris, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of bashiba
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brownish black with lots of carbonation running through it topped off with a big thick creamy dark tan head and good retention.

Has a smoked burnt malt smell with hints of coffee.

Taste is very mild with hints of coffee and roasted malts with a nice smoky finish. Very smooth and balanced.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and thin without being watery.

Very drinkable, would make a great session porter.

bashiba, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was a non-smoking bar. Pours a black color with very little discolorization on the edges, although some very light brown hue is noticeable. A good head that quickly hides to the edge of the glass. Left good lacing though.

I suggest letting the beer sit and warm a bit. Helps out the smell and taste. Has a rich and robust smell with good malt presence. A good smokiness that mixes with some of the roasted and black malts. Not much on hops.

The taste is thick and a bit bready. A strong malt presence with the smoky flavor becoming more noticeable. This doesn't completely hide some of the roasted flavors, which are a bit harsh and astringent. A good mix between the two, but the smoked malt having more notice. The finish is smooth with a very small hot bitterness to it. A somewhat woody afterglow.

The body is full and there isn't much of a yeast aftertaste. This is a great porter that is unique and quite enjoyable to drink.

Oxymoron, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of UberWasser
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint from tap at Old Chicago in Tucson.

Pours a thick black color with very little light penetration along the edges. Head is thick, creamy and tan. Doesn't hold for very long but laces the glass nicely.

Smells of coffee with cream with some smoke in the background.

Tastes similar, though the smokiness becomes more pronounced. Along with it come nice sweet coffee tastes and a thick creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is only limited somewhat by the smoke flavor, which I find to be a tiny bit artificial in flavor. It tastes good, but after a pint, I've had enough.

Definitely among the upper rung of smoked porters, though perhaps not the pinnacle. It will be my beer to go to when I want some smokey flavor and a certain North Western seasonal is unavailable.

UberWasser, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of numenor1
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark reddish not quite black. Transparent around the edges, modest head. Smells sweet, like molasses with a faint smokiness. A smokiness that is equally faint across the palate. A very full flavor, severely roasted with lots caramel notes and a few dark fruit esters. Loads of burnt malts and earthy hops, but the roastiness takes over through the finish, even slightly acrid. Fairly dry. Body is a bit thin for my tastes, carbonation medium. Fairly drinkable, but would be more so with a little less sharp roasted malts. A pretty good porter, but i was hoping for more smoke (a lot more smoke).

As a side note, I've now had a few stone beers, and this is the first time that I think i can really recognize the yeast they use...

numenor1, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color, tan head. Almost no head retention and no lacing at all, I expected a little better on both points. Smell of roasted coffee, black licorice, smoked wood (of course), plums and cherries. The smoky flavor takes over the taste up front but then a coffeeness fills out the finish. This is probably due to the bitter hop bite at the end. Mouthfeel is pretty full as would be expected. Fills all the expectations for a porter with the added smoke flavors as a bonus. An all around solid beer that I could see going back to when I'm in the mood for a porter.

beermanbrian, Mar 05, 2006
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 3,721 ratings.