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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,629 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,629
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 106
Gots: 217 | 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 kbub6f
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%

Bought from the fridges at Gaslamp Liquor in San Diego, seven hours in my carryon, a couple of months in the fridge.

The medium-sized, light tan head is active, dense. The beer is black with garnet highlights. Lacing is thin and sticky. Smoky chocolate nose: nice! Some toffee in there, with a little sweetened milk gone bad (but in a good way). The front has smoky chocolate and a little grapey fruitiness (?). And hops. Lotsa hops. The tangy, thick middle gives up a bitter chocolate finish with some coffee zing. Very hoppy. Smoke and bitter hoppiness in the aftertaste.

Wow. This is very good. I wasn't expecting it to be so hoppy, but of course I should have. I think the smoke and the hops work well together. This beer has enough big tastes that the smoke comes off pretty subtle. Awesome.

(I can't believe I used the word 'subtle' in a Stone review).

kbub6f, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev -0.5%

In traditional stone fashion, this is a big beer done a little differently than everyone elses. Overall impression is of their 6th Anniversary Porter with some smoke thrown in to add complexity. Poured a dark brown with red highlights and a creamy light brown head. Bitterness was a little surprising to find, but once you get over the shock, it starts to make sense in the beer. Sweet malt gives way to slightly more than a hint of smoke. Nice medium body.

jreitman, Jul 05, 2003
Photo of marburg
3.7/5  rDev -8%

This one puzzled me a bit. I'd never had it nor read anything about it, so I wasn't really expecting something quite so stout-like. It was very, very dark, and the head was remarkably tight -- almost nitro-tight -- and dark tan as well. I thought I was looking at more of a stout. The aromas were nice, though I was hoping for just a tiny bit more of a "smoky" aroma. Definitely chocolate and sweet sensations, though. Very full-bodied with some big chocolate flavors. I really enjoyed it and thought it was exceptionally drinkable -- but I wanted intensity, passion, and, goddammit, smoke! Really, it just didn't live up to what I thought a smoked porter from Stone could be -- maybe a bit more lively and with a little more variety in flavors? (Like, you know, actual smoke?)

marburg, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of TheDM
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Very nice aroma that is pleasant to the nose. It has a typical very dark brown color with a small head that quickly disappears. I found my self taking 3 or four tastes before I even got a feeling for this Porter. It was a very mild taste that escaped me for a few moments. It had almost no before or after taste. Very smooth and lacking any bitterness. I find myself liking the Porters more and more. This brew is pushing me over the edge in that direction. Can I have some more please?

TheDM, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of xgrigorix
4.3/5  rDev +7%

Dark brown, almost black with ruby highlights around the edges, and a rocky tan cocoa powder like head.
Raisins and a sublte smokiness in the nose.
Roast flavors, espresso coffee, bittersweet chocolate, all meld into raisins and a mild smoky flavor. Mellow and smooth.

xgrigorix, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of Shiredave
4.22/5  rDev +5%

Dark, ruby brown color, dense, tan head sustains itself leaving creepy trails of lace. Aroma is subdued, baking black bread, coffee and hints of last nights campfire.
Buttery smooth w/ flavors of licorice, caramel and burnt chocolate.
Penetrating, slightly harsh finish of hot hops and dark grains leaving a long, dry aftertaste.
Excellent robust Porter.

Shiredave, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Slightly cloudy dark brown in color with burgandy accents, forming a decent-sized light-tan head atop fine bubbles with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The mouthfeel is at first sharp, then somewhat smooth, and finishing sharp again. I want a little more body, as it finishes somewhat thin. Medium body. Aroma of lightly roasted malts, lightly roasted coffee, a piquant earthiness and distant sweet molasses, all under an umbrella of distant campfire smoke and smoky herbs. The smoke is very light. Taste begins with "mild for Stone, yet assertive for style" citric hops with a subtle bite of smoke, subtle green grass, and notes of dark coffee and juniper in the finish which seems to increase as the moderately intense herbal hops begin to fade. As the brew warms, it takes on an acrid cheese character and the juniper becomes more assertive. Alcohol and off flavors are imperceptable. The aftertaste is of lightly smoked herbs.

A decent porter overall, but a little at odds with itself. With a little more malt, and a little more smoke it would live up to the high expectations these guys place upon themselves.

Mitchster, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of kmo1030
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

good looking, very dark rootbeer look to it, almost black. this is one of the best smelling beers i've ever smelled. it smells very sweet and strongly floral, a pleasure to smell. this porter has a good chocolatey flavor to start, but after a few more sips, the smokey malts come through. the after taste is nice, leaving a very woody and smokey flavor, i feel like i should be exhaling smoke after drinking this. nice thick rich mouthfeel. very enjoyable for a type i don't usually drink.

kmo1030, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of philipt
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

This is a very dark ruby beer, closer to black than red on a color sectrum. Decent sized light tan head, although somewhat smaller than expected, and leaves minimal lacing. The aroma consistes mainly of roasted malt with a subtle light burnt/smoke smell. The taste follows the aroma: roasted malt, more chocolate in the flavor than aroma, and finishes with a hint of smoked malt. A balancing hop bitterness is detected in the finish as well. The body is slighly thin for the accompanying taste. A good, solid, and drinkable beer.

philipt, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

Served on sample at the Penn Festival. The color was dark brown, nearly black. The smell was of a coffeeish malt. The taste was sweet, caramelish, with only a slight hint of smokiness. The mouthfeel was heavy. I would drink several of these at once.

Although not quite as overboard as some of Stone's other brews, this is a good, quality porter, and a good example of a fairly rare beer.

beergeek279, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4.22/5  rDev +5%

Dark mahogany beer topped by a tan, long-lasting head. Mild, sweet malt aroma with a touch of hops. A very subtle smoky note as well. The taste is sweet and smoky, like a good southern barbeque sauce. Malt really makes its presence known, and the hops finsh it out with a nice bitterness on the finish. The aftertatse has a lingering smokiness to it. The mouthfeel is smooth and enjoyable. The drinkability of this really can't be beat. I'm amazed at the balanced, smooth character of this beer. This is truly a treat. A bomber may not be enough of this one. Pick up a case for your next cookout.

aaronh, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

This is a very good looking porter. Very dark, with a nice head and very good lacing. The aroma is mostly of burnt wood. It has a very nice taste. The taste is dominated by burnt toffe. Mildly bitter aftertaste. A very drinkable and typically tasty Stone brew.

dwarbi, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of jeffboo
4.38/5  rDev +9%

I like this one! A very flavorful offering from our friends at Stone.

Very striking black with red highlights and topped by a heavy tan head. From a sitting position the smoke is evident. As I get closer I can smell dark chocolate,sweet raisins/plums, and a light campfire smoke. It has a very drinkable medium body holding a solid sweet malt start, a rich chocolate malt middle, and a roasted malt/smokey finish. There are hops in the flavor profile, just enough to add some bitter complexity to balance the sweet malt flavors.

A very good example of a difficult brew, not too sweet or smokey. It would work well with smoked/grilled food.

jeffboo, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of elmocoso
4/5  rDev -0.5%

It took a little warming to get adequate smell out of this beer, but the wait was worth it. Subtle smoky aroma with a roasted maltyness grabbing most of the attention.

It was a dark black with reds showing through when held to the light.

Tan head that recedes to a decent collar with great lacing.

Whoa! The smoke hits you in the mouth and lingers very pleasantly in the mouth.

A little carb bite on the tongue and good mouthfeel. A solid beer!

elmocoso, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Originally sampled on 29 December 2001. This rich porter has elements of smoke, chocolate & coffee in it. It is definitely a sipping beer. Sit back in your easy chair and spend some time with this beauty. Be sure to have it at cellar temperature, Not ice cold!!

jcalabre, May 24, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

Impenetrably dark with spiderweb lacing. Chocolate and smoke aroma. The malts are huge, and the smoke is very light but it's tough to keep smoke from dominating a big slice of the flavor. I am also getting a lot of hop bitterness and dryness. Hardly any sweetness from the malts carries through, and the juicy hops leave it bitter and appetizing. A serious beer, and a good one at that.

Thrasher, May 23, 2003
Photo of Jon
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

Stone's Smoked Porter pours a deep, dark brown with a thick, frothy head that retains well. Smell is big on roasted malt and, appropriately, smokiness. Taste is quite smoky, with a minor emphasis on hops, too. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and drinkability ranks high. A very good smoked porter and another solid effort from the folks in North County San Diego.

Jon, May 17, 2003
Photo of Elemental
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%

Damn good beer. The best smoked porter I have tasted to date. Great dark brown color with a thick head. Nice hop flavor and aroma. A slightly sweet taste with a smoked flavor (as expected) that leaves a great aftertaste in your mouth. Smooth as it goes down. Overall a great beer.

Elemental, May 16, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%

Ok the second 22 0z bomber from Stone tonight.
Smoked porter? mmm sounds not very tasty..but lets see.
Well as with all Stone brews I have had so far this beer looks absolutlly great..deep mahogany brown beer..with some garnet accents when held to the light and on top a huge frothy tan head..great stuff.
Wow the aroma of this beer blew my mind..this is great stuff..roasted deep dark chocolate malts mixed with some great black coffee..and with a luxurious smokey smell below.
The taste is just as I described the aroma except I get that wondeful Stone creamieness..fantastic stuff.
Wonderful and smooth on the palate..with some great aftertatse.
A most drinkable porter indeed..I did not think I would like this "smoked" beer..but its just great.
I dunno whats happening to me but im becoming a Stone freak..god help me!

Reidrover, May 11, 2003
Photo of beerluvr
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours a deep tan head over a clear dark brown liquid, ruby highlights. Light wisps of smokiness mingle with roasted malt makes for a quite appetizing nose. A basketful of flavors follows: light chocolate, coffee, roasted grain bitterness and a good amount of hoppiness, then some latent smokiness appears with an undercurrent of butteriness. Finishes with a bitter note...the smoke flavor accompanies, not dominates this super quaffable Porter. All blends together in perfect harmony.

beerluvr, May 03, 2003
Photo of BierReise
4.38/5  rDev +9%

Nice beautiful chocolate color with tan head that lingers and laces the glass. Smell is smoky with chocolate notes. Nice and creamy with a little bitterness but very well balanced. This is the best Stone product I've had thus far. A quality brew and better than most porters I've had.

BierReise, May 03, 2003
Photo of Running4beer
4.38/5  rDev +9%

22oz bomber. A buddy of mine came back from out west and gave this to me. This was good. It was a good smoked porter, definetly easy to drink. I had spoken to a few people about smoked porters before and some said that they aren't the tastiest and can be quite harsh, well this is not harsh and it is very tasty.

Pours out a dark brown with a medium tan head that hold its place for the entire sitting. Smoky aroma, the aroma that you get while sitting outside and the fire pit is going, smoke, roasted malts, smoke, roasted malts, smoke and roasted malts and a slight coffee. The taste had some chocolate and a little coffee, roasted malts and a smoked aftertaste but not overwhelming at all was hardly noticeable. This was a good tasting beer, drinkability was very smooth. I could sit in front of a fire and drink this throughout the night. Very good balance of flavors and no strong bitterness or aftertaste. This one's smoking

Running4beer, May 01, 2003
Photo of MJR
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with a hint of red. No light gets in or out, as it's almost completely opaque. A dark tan head forms a finger thick and retains as a small cap.

Smell: Rich and malty, with a smokey undercurrent. A touch of coffee is hidden deep in the muck...

Taste: I was suprised by how relaxed this beer was. I was expecting a full taste-bud assault, but no... It's very smooth and rich, with a nice maltiness. Suggestions of coffee and chocolate are hidden in the dark fluid. The smokiness is quite restrained and minimal. There's a steady, but small, stream of sweetness that flows from the first sip to the last drop. Not much hop presence at all, just a ghost-like trail of bitterness that is easy to miss.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a 'just right' mouthfeel. The alcohol is extraordinarily well hidden. Finishes smooth...

Drinkability: Good stuff. The smoke hangs in the background, playing back-up to the malt flavor, instead of taking over and ruining it. Another solid ale from Stone.

MJR, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours the deepest brown with garnet hues noticable when held up to the light. An ivory toned head fades fast to a cling-ring in no time. Smoky bitter chocolate malt aroma with hints of tobacco. Smooth & malty with bitter chocolate flavors. The smoky aroma isn't as strong in the flavor profile. A solid porter, but not outstanding. Finishes dry. Medium to full body with pleasant carbonation. Surprisingly average offering from Stone. Still a fine beer, but Stone has set the bar high and spoiled us so.

cretemixer, Apr 14, 2003
Photo of jward
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%

A dark brown/black body supports a medium-sized foamy tan head. The nose presents a rich chocolate aroma, with notes of sugary plum, especially as the glass is raised to the mouth. The flavor begins with roasted malt, working in tandem with a mild sourness, and a hint of hoppy bitterness. But it is in the finish that this beer really shows its stuff, with contrasting elements of fruit (grape, perhaps?) and an understated smokiness that's just perfect. With a smooth and agreeable mouthfeel, and relatively moderate levels of alcohol, this is a highly drinkable brew. A great beer.

The blurb on the back of the bottle suggests that this is Stone's "least understood" beer. Maybe so. In my judgment, it's better than some of their more acclaimed beers.

jward, Apr 07, 2003
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,629 ratings.