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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,779 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,779
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 118
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 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
Photo of DogFood11
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge frothy sticky head, spider web lacing, SOS pad may be required. Meaty deep dark brown to black, mild carbonation.

Guess what? yep, its smokey in the nose. Not the charred burnt wood type but more of a salmon smoke house. Quality wood, no gas to speak of just bitter wood flavor. They brewed this perfectly, it still retains all of the porter qualities you would expect. Easily consumed, fairly light on the palate, all things considered. In true stone fashion it kicks up the hop profile. Hell Yeah! this is one fine brew and worthy of its praise.

DogFood11, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of bignick
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice beer. It is full-bodied and full-flavored, but it is not over-the-top. The coffee roastiness is the dominant taste, but I also taste chocolate and (call me crazy) sublte fig. There is also a very mild smokiness to go along with it. This is a very drinable beer, and I am sure that it goes well with many meals.

bignick, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium-black color porter with a medium size foamy head with average retention. Aroma of slightly bitter hops with some very subtle smoke in there. Taste is also slightly bitter with a very subtle touch of smoke. I was honestly expecting a more smoky character because of the name of the beer. Also, I was expecting a hoppier porter based on previous tasting of Stone beers. A bit of letdown really.

Phyl21ca, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic beer to revisit over and over again. This beer displays a beautiful blend of delicacy, flavor, and boldness that is always opportunistic but non-boastful.

The beer holds true to the look of better Porters. Very dark brown with deep mohogany highlights. Moderate carbonation delivers a more aggresive head than expected but then settles into a 1/2" foamstand that lasts the session while leaving tons of lacing behind.

Interspersed aromas of cocoa, coffee, smoke, and caramelized malts take turns hitting the nose, giving different signals each time my nose comes close.

Flavors favor the Porter-like chocolate-coffee blend while settling onto a steadfast caramelly malt foundation. The smoke character never seems to attach to the taste, rather giving much of its character through the olfactories and the exhale sensation (beautifully woven into the beer). Light fruits of fig, date, and raison give some credence to the esters, but largely go unnoticed. Clean yeasty flavors give an undescript malt flavor that's difficult to describe.

The texture is full, rich, and round; though in a Porter kind of way. Bittered from a blend of hops and roasted grains acheive a nice balance without overdoing it (good restraint for Stone). Not heavy, thick or overbearing, this beer can be consumed quickly- maybe too quickly. But at a moderate alcohol, the head or inhebreation of the beer is quite digestable and tollerable.

This is a beautiful beer that does everything that is asked of a Porter, but then with the proper companionship of a campfire. A bit more fruitiness could have helped with the depth and complexity of the beer. I'd like to see this beer imperialized.

BEERchitect, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Poured a deep, but not quite opaque, brown. A little red around the edges when the light hits it. Half inch light brown head dissipates quickly but leaves a frothy film on the top.

Lightly roasted malt (and a lot of it) aroma hits me first. Some chocolate and brown sugar. I can't make out the smoke in the aroma at first, but after I'm half way through the first pint the smoke starts to really stand out.

Roasted malt and coffee flavors at first. The smoke wasn't too apparent at first but comes out more as the beer warms. Not too sweet, not too bitter. But the smoke is never quite strong enough for me.

Medium body with a silky creaminess.

This is a good beer but far from my favorite from Stone.

johnniemarg, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of ghostwalker
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body, nearly opaque, deep ruby highlights. Light off-white/tan head, fairly large, subsides quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

Nose is smoked malt, not too intense.

Flavor is rich and robust. Plenty of smokiness to go around. A festival of maltiness as well. Sweet and smoky, an interesting combination.

Mouthfeel is medium, fairly high carbonation. Not thick or chewy.

Drinkability seems OK at first. As I progress thru the bomber, I find myself drinking it faster. It is such a sweet and interesting flavor that I keep wanting to sample it, even taking small sips. I like it a lot. It's no Ruination, but it is still very good nonetheless.

Another great brew from Stone, not a clinker in the lot.

ghostwalker, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/red, medium tan head, pretty thick and spots of lace on the glass. Smell is malty, sweet cherries, very light smoke. Taste is roasted coffee, cherries, and light smoke, little bit of chocolate, quite malty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation. Smoke character is perfect, not overpowering and very complementary, thanks DrJay!

Viggo, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of GreenWBush
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, if you think this is particuarly smoky try any (and every, they're great) beer from this brewery: Aecht.

Anyways, the appearance is a particularly dark brown ruby: some amounts of clarity. This defied expectation, as every other 'dark' stone beer is light-enveloping. Absurb amount of cling.

Nose is much creamier than I had envisioned. Bittersweet porter aromas, brown-ale maltiness, mild smoke blends right into the gooey fold.

More often than not I can't stand middle of the road porters. Clearly, Stone brews nothing middle of the road...Hoppy without being annoying or out-of-place. Muted astringency/metallic flavors I associate with style.

Finish is full, rich, albeit not particularly smoky at all. Great lingering harmonius finish. Just the bee's knees for a low ABV beer...sessionable.

GreenWBush, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of supernaut
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smoke Smoke and more Smoke.

A friend of mine who likes this style had commented that he had thought this offering from Stone lacked the necessary smokiness required to be a true "Smoked" Porter. He's Crazy.

Pours out a deep deep brow with a moderate head that laces the glass nicely.
One whiff of this stuff and my stomach began to growl.

The first tastes that pop through are that of a mild "breakfast blend" style coffee, malt, even a toffee like sweetness, followed immediately by a dominant smokiness. Even perhaps a bit of peat pops through. Not unlike some similar tones picked up from my favorite Scotch. Very good.

Perhaps due to all the big beers I've been exploring lately, this guy comes across as incredibly drinkable and smooth. The finish is a bit on the dry side, but merely encourages another follow-up swig. The smokiness is very pleasant, and makes me wonder what my comrade was thinking.

supernaut, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a thin beige head and leaves a good lace on the glass.

S: Heavy roasted coffee and chocolate smell with the smokiness that gives the beer its name. The malt comes through as well. Very nice!

T: The smoked flavor is what dominates in the taste with a mild bitterness, both of which stay in the after-taste. You also get a bit of dark chocolate in it. Not too sweet as some Porters can be.

M: Smooth, medium carbonation with a medium/heavy body and a little more crisp than most Porters that I’ve had. The fact that it’s not as sweet as most Porters lends to less of a syrupy & sticky feel that other beers of this style tend to leave behind.

D: It’s very easy to drink since it’s not too sweet, not too bitter and not very over-powering. However it is a bit filling, which is expected in the style. Overall this was a very good beer. Stone Brewing Co. does not disappoint. The beer represents the style well, while maintaining the brewery’s signature.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of lpayette
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black with a small off-white head.

Smells amazing. Cappucino, smoke, sweet chocolate, coffee, caramel. Getting hungry from the smell.

Tastes- this porter has been smoked alright- it's clearly the dominant taste. But there's also sweet chocolate, coffee, and just a bit of hop.

Exceptionally smooth and drinkable.

lpayette, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a drank dark brown without light showing through any part of the glass. There was a delectable cafe au lait head that receded into a slick across the top of the beer with some large bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. The smell held very little smoke in it. It was much more full of robust chocolate notes with a hint of alcohol tickling the back of the nose. Just a tad sweet smokiness as I breathed deeply. The taste was the same with much more bitter chocolate notes without much smoke to push through. It was very full bodied and a wonderful porter, but not smokey enough for the style. Enjoy!

GreatPondBrewer, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of RoBotGod
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a great first impression. Pours thick and very sticky. Very dark brown and black in body but the nose doesn’t pick up a whole lot. The lace is very soapy and thick. Great all around porter taste, leaves a very clean taste behind. The smoke didn’t jump out at me right away but has built up towards the end. Excellent malt affect helps the beer go down smooth. Even though some look at it as a waste, it s great beer to cook with. I used this on ribs and it was stellar!

RoBotGod, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of dick783
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black to very dark brown on the edges. An off white head that holds like a nice crown on top.

S: Dark and chocolaty. Im pulling some smoky/roasted characters out of the nose, but nothing overpowering.

T: Not bad, but nothing realy dominating the flavor. Somewhat Roasted with some bitterness in there. Its almost like the flavors are hiding like when you drink a beer too cold, but this baby was pulled up from the cellar at 55 degrees so that cant be the problem here.

M: Thinner than I'd like.

Overall not the best porter I've had, but this is my first smoked porter and I'm curious to try others. I'd love to drink this with some smoked pork ribs as I'm betting it'd be great with anything bbq'd.

dick783, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of bruachan
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big bomber at the winking

smoke makes it's presence known right out of the bottle
totally translucent in my large nonic, with a two-finger head that i killed when i tried to get all the beer into the glass (silly me for thinking they'd serve a glass that could contain the whole bottle)

very smokey, both in the aroma and taste, and supported by bitter chocolate flavors with a slight roasted bitterness. little to no hop character. the flavor isn't really all that dynamic: simple

a rare look at stone's ability to make a balanced beer

bruachan, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of Dithyramb
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased in Nashville. Poured into my trusty DFH gold lined tulip glass. Black colored brew, with brown highlights as you raised it to the light, with a limited tan head. Nice rings of lacing.

Chocolate and dark cherry aroma. No real smokiness evident.

A very robust porter all full of chocolate, molasses and slightly overcooked caramel. Very creamy with some dried fruits evident as it warmed. Took a half point off, since it was called "smoked" porter, and I really didn't detect any smoked flavors coming off..

Medium bodied, leaving a sugary goodness in your mouth as it goes down smooth and creamy. Well worth several, if they were even distributed around these parts.

Dithyramb, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a decent sized head and thick sticky lacing. Nice heavy coffee and roasted malt smell. Slight smell of smoke but not nearly as much as I expected. Heavenly sweet taste with plenty of coffee and roasted malt. I'm disappointed in the lack of smoke flavor. Where is it? Wonderfully smooth mouthfeel. This feels good but misses a little on the smoked flavor. Disappointing in that respect but still great. Try this one but I don't know that I'll go out of my way to get it again. Thanks to BeerBeing for this tasty beer.

timtheenchanta, Feb 12, 2006
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,779 ratings.