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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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90
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3,939 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,939
Reviews: 1,787
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 149
Gots: 358 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 3,939 | Reviews: 1,787
Photo of alovesupreme
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark with light penetrating shallow parts of glass. Nice head poured tall and slowly mellowed to a creamy looking head.
Coffee, some smoked aromas a little bit of hops.
Pretty creamy, good amount of malt and hops, some fruity esters.
Creamy, with pretty good carbonation. For some reason I expected a larger body.
I would enjoy this again.

Photo of Gr8-Nate
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint bottle, poured into a traditional mug. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Poured solid black. Nice light tan head, wavy lacing, and even thick geographic lacing that caked the inner walls of my mug, something I have never seen before. Noticed the smokyness at the nose, and strong flavors of dark chocolate, coffee just a twinge of a rasberry. Awesomely a nice blend of hop bitterness with malt sweetness, could not get over the smokyness. A medium or heavier mouth feel. Overall I was very impressed with this superbly executed porter.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 into a snifter. I'll paraphrase the description on the bottle, mohagany around the edges and nearing black in the middle. Thick, fluffy, tan head with a ton of lacing.

The nose is like smoked jerky and roasted coffee. There's a moderate sweetness of chocolate.

I certainly respect smoked beers, but I've always found them hard to drink and have to be in the mood. With that being said, I love the subtlety of the smoked aspect in this one. It's present, but doesn't overpower the other notes of mostly coffee and some chocolate.
The finish is long-lasting and is more that of coffee than smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium and is very smooth. Good carbonation and slightly dry on the palate.

Again, for a smoked beer I found this more drinkable than most. It has a relatively low abv that doesn't come across in the flavor and the body is good, but not filling.

Photo of BeerTaster
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say I avoided this beer thinking i wouldn't like it boy was I wrong. Everything I would expect in a porter(chocolate and coffee) a hint of licorice with a touch of German smoke beer. The smoke was not overpowering making this beer suprisingly drinkabile.

Photo of SFNC
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured reddish brown into a cut pint glass. A nice head piled up quickly, then disappeared just as quickly with some decent lacing. The smoke was not overt, but was there like a distant fire. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and shoe polish dominated the scent. The taste was complex and shifting from sip to sip, slightly sweet at first, then bittering on the swallow, with again a light impression of smoke on the backside. I'd say this has more carbonation than most Porters, but this is not a detriment at all. Overall a great porter, if not a very smokey one, I'm impressed that I'm noticing nuances several sips in. Hats off to Stone, I need to track down the Smoked Porter with Chipotle now.

Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 1 pt. 6. fl. oz tall bottle and poured into a pint glass. Not noticeable expiration date or lot number on the bottle. Sampled on Jan. 28, 2009.

Appearance - Very dark brown with a good amount of foamy beige head that sits on top of the glass for several minutes. After the first sip there is a good dose of light brown lacing on the glass.

Smell - Not as smoky as I would have liked but that smoky aroma was there in a limited amount.

Mouthfeel - Above average body. Stays creamy and does not break down on the tongue into carbonation.

Taste - The smoked flavor is not as strong as I imagined but there is a noticeable element of chocolate hops. Still a pleasure.

I drank this at the end of a snowstorm that dumped 12 inches on my backyard. This was a nice escape from the weather.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Smoked porter into .2l stein

Pours dark brown with deep mahogany highlights. A dense mocha head
lingers on top with great retention and typical Stone super-lace.

Nose is smoky/salty, roasty, dark cherry, wood, bakers cocoa, licorice.

Palette is lead by high cocoa dark chocolates, medium roast coffee,
dark caramels, followed by dark fruits and earthy campfire smoke and
ending with a roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a fitting low-medium carbonation, soft and smooth.

Easy drinking and delicious, and while it isn't a standout superb
beer, it is pretty much without flaw.

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: From a 22 oz bomber to a Stone Ruination mug. Dark brown with reddish tints, just barely transparent when held up to the light. The tan-colored head shows no sign of going anywhere.

Smell: Mild smoke at the forefront, charred grains and coffee. The smoke aroma comes out more and more as it warms, though it never becomes dominant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and smoky with subtleties of coffee and burnt bread. Dry throughout - I can't pick up any sweetness whatsoever. The body is medium-full and chewy, moreso than the average American porter. The smoke flavor is plainly noticeable but nicely balanced; it blends nicely with the other flavors rather than dominating the palate. The finish remains dry, revealing a mild earthy hop note that pairs nicely with the smoky backbone.

Photo of SHODriver
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black as night with a dense tan head on the first pour but fluffy on the second when I topped off my glass to finish off the bomber
S: Very smoky with some dark chocolate notes and a touch roasty as well
T: Sweet smoky flavor with a bit of chocolate and coffee but it's subdued by the smoke. Slight roast flavor as well. Bittersweet lingering aftertaste that's also on the smoky side. Taste follows the smell pretty well
M: Slick and creamy with mild carbonation. Not prickly by any means but you can tell it's there.
D: Pretty high. A bomber isn't gonna be a problem and although the flavor might get tiresome after a few you could have 2-3 no issues. Not a one and done kind of beer. It isn't so filling and it's by no means alcoholic enough to end the night.

Overall: A very good smoked porter from the masters at Stone. I'm happy that I have a few more to take care of because it's a 4 hour round trip to get more.

Photo of Axic10
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish-black (no light gets through when held to light) with a two fingers of fluffy, frothy foam that settles afters a few minutes.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, slight smoke aroma, molasses. As the beer warms the aroma starts to shine.

Taste: Dark chocolate, espresso/black coffee, roasted malt, a slight smoky taste, the typical hops that are associated with every Stone beer (not a bad thing at all).

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: It's been a while since I've had a porter (which were my beers of choice for a couple of years). This is a very enjoyable porter that I can easily down a bottle or two in a sitting. Great price for the quality that Stone always delivers.

Photo of andyo
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 22oz. bottle. i am always intrigued by the Stone Brewing Company bottles. I've had this beer on a few previous occasions, most recently on a visit to my dear friend Shane, as he had a bomber of this and a bomber of Rogue Shakesphere Stout awaiting my arrival after 10 long hours of driving from Virginia Beach to Columbus Ohio. To say this beer holds fond memories for me is quite the understatement.

Purchased this from my local Farm Fresh store for $3.89. This beer poured a beautiful black/ruby color, and created a stunning 2 finger grey/tan head that pillowed above my glass. This head slowly settled as I drank, yet continued to leave a sticky lace along the sides of my glass all the way down. Beautiful.

This beer had a nice skokey smell (duh!) with hints of caramel, and a faint whiff of alcohol.

This beer had a mighty nice taste to it. Everytime I taste this beer, it has something slightly different to offer from past tasting experiences. On this occasion, the taste really hit me in the back of my mouth. Very bitter, tastes of roasted malts, very round upon my tongue, full flavors of coffee, slightly nutty, and some tastes of alcohol. This beer left a HUGE aftertaste in my mouth. I found this porter to be very smooth, somewhat complex, and very nice to drink. Count me in for at least one of these, but certainly not a beer I could drink all night long (well...maybe. This is subject to change!)

Photo of sethmeister
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass

Pours dark brown to black. Cranberry highlights when held to the light. Two fingers of creamy tan head leave a small amount of lace.

Scent is faint at first. After some sniffing I get chocolate, coffee, and a wisp of wood smoke. As the beer warms and I continue to enjoy it the smoky aroma becomes more noticeable.

Taste is chocolate, fresh coffee, roasted grain and lightly smoky notes. Though subtle, the smoke flavor lingers nicely. Not as aggressive a beer as I've come to expect from Stone, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. As the beer warms the smokiness seems to grow and become more noticeable. Slight woody flavors join it. Hop presence is minimal but a little bitterness shows its head now and again.

Rich, chewey robust mouth feel.

Drinkability is very good.

A subtle beer for Stone. Doesn't knock my socks off but is well crafted and quite delicious and I'd certainly buy it again.

Photo of Mustard
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz. brown bomber with no discernible "bottled on" or "best by" date; $2.99 from the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City; standard etching of a Stone style gargoyle posing for his yearbook photo on the bottle's front.

Apppearance: Pours a dark, dark ruby-brown with a fine, rocky, 3/4"+ head; excellent retention; moderate ring lacing.

Aroma: Roasty, smoky, chocolate malts.

Taste: Robust chocolate malts upfront and throughout; heavy notes of roast and smoke; smooth, rolling bitterness in the finish. Chewy, full-bodied mouthfeel.

Notes: "SSP" almost always kicks ass; had this on tap down at the Stone Brewery and it was downright evil; would rate higher for me if I hadn't had the 6th Anniversary Porter...

Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 22 ounce bomber into a New Belgium globe. Enjoy by 8/21/10 etched on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a 1 finger foamy tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, sweet cocoa and mild floral hops with a very faint hint of smoke in the background.

Taste: Toasted bread up front followed by semi-sweet chocolate in the middle and ending with a combination of bitter hops and a nice dose of smoke. Aftertaste is smoky and mildly bitter and lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back more than one bomber over the course of an evening. This is a great choice for a cold day.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This is one of the best porters I've ever had. I would definitely recommend trying this. Once again, Stone does not disappoint.

Photo of rpbaldwin
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.
Head: Light tan to off white, moderate rentention.
Aroma: Coffee, Smoke, Chocolate, noticed the chocolate and smoke most at first, but as it warmed, more coffee came through.
Mouthfeel: A bit heavy on the mouthfeel for my taste
Flavor: when first poured, it's strong of smoke and coffee notes, with a hint of chocolate, as it warms, the chocolate begins to become more pronounced with a subtle coffee/roasted malt character. Hop bitterness is present, but not overbearing. Lots of smoke in the finish.
Color: Dark brown with some amber highlights, notably near the edges.

I poured cold and tasted it there, then warmed it up to see the balance of flavor across temperatures. I personally preferred the flavor when on the warmer end of the temperature spectrum. It's more smooth and feels more balanced and is like drinking a regular porter with a treat of some smoke.

Photo of charlzm
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 06/12/09 at 50 degrees F.

Beer pours clear, deep brown with garnet highlights. Lots of active carbonation visible when held to strong light. A frothy two finger tan head forms then fades down with average speed.

Aroma is off, with metallic and sweatsock notes kind of ruining the vibe. Really nasty. However, about half a pint into this bomber, the smell went away and was replaced with subtle, sweet malt, very light smoke and chocolate overtones.

Luckily, taste is not a reflection of that nasty nose: flavor is sharp and fairly clean. Some cocoa malts up front, some smoky charcoal in the middle and a rich semi-sweet chocolate on the finish. Any hops are there primarily for bittering. A furtive mineral water flavor lurks at the edge of perception.

Mouthfeel is a study in contrasts: a real bite on the tongue is balanced by a smooth creaminess. A touch of alcohol heat present, which is odd considering the ABV is relatively low.

Weird smell aside, this is a thick, drinkable brew that goes well with hearty foods. I've had it with spicy BBQ and also with grilled steak and it's a great compliment for those types of vittles.

Photo of neruda11
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of billybob
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22 oz. bottle leaving a two finger tan head which holds well and good lacing to the finish. smell is smokey or burnt caramel or coffee. taste is very sweet with same caramel, coffee, smokey burnt flaver. mouthfeel light, good carbonation. this is my first try with this style beer. i don't know if i like it or not but i will give it another try.

Photo of Jasonboerner
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not my favorite beer. Stone has many more smoked porters I like better.

Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. My beer of choice for the Super Bowl. Enjoyed with grapes, cheese, mango slices and macadamia nuts. Pours a dark brown color, When held to a light, looked reddish and clear with light getting through all over. BIG frothy head with excellent retention and average lacing.

Good smell of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, coffee and a moderate amount of smokiness (not Alaskan Smoked Porter smokey). Very tasty, I drank the whole bottle and enjoyed every bit.

Mouthfeel is rich enough and smooth. No hint of alcohol or unpleasant aftertastes.

A solid Porter, great with food.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass at cellar temp.

Deep dark mahogany color, ruby edges are beautiful. Thick tan head is soft and fluffy and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, licorice, mild coffee. A little alcohol warmth in the smell. Taste is roasty like coffee, some dark malts and caramel involved. A little of the licorice and some spicey hops in the finish, not turning bitter or anything. Some warmth in the end that is pleasant.

Good body and quite fulfilling, not a beer you would drink a bunch of. Well done at a moderate ABV. Good winter warmer type beer if you ask me.

Photo of brystmar
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with plenty of frothy white head, strong lace and retention.

S: smokey malts, hops

T: bitter, smokey, hoppy, malty. Really well balanced with a hint of sweetness in the middle before returning to bitterness.

M: creamy and active. Would prefer slightly less carbonation.

D: goes down easily; I could session this brew. Not a huge fan of porters in general, but this is among the best I've had.

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into an imperial pint glass.

Gorgeous frothy, khaki 3-finger head slowly settles into an interesting honeycomb pattern as the bubbles coalesce, leaving behind some great lacing. The head reminds me of root beer or dirty sea foam.

Color is deep brown in the center and mahogany around the edges.

Aroma is all roasty sweet malt.

Taste is a great balance between bitter and sweet. Caramel, chocolate, subtle smoke, and some vanilla. Mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious.

Overall this is one of the better porters I've tried.

Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a nice dark malt scent that boasts of chocolate, crystal, and black barley. It is a bit dry and devoid of hops. The taste is good. It has a fine malt palate and a dry smoked malt finish. It is rich, yet smooth. There are a lot of black malts in this one. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking porter. It has excellent malt complexity and drinkability.

Photo of JamisonM
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stone Russian Imperial Stout glass

A: pours a Mahogany color but in the glass its black with a tan head good lace and head retention

S: chocolate coffee very slight smoke slight sweetness in the smell

T: bitter chocolate bitter coffee roasted malts with a robust taste and light smoke the finish is bitter

M: med mouth with med carbonation

D: drinkable

Overall: not the best porter I have ever had but good none the less. after a while the bitterness got to me on the finish so I had to knock off some points for that.

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,939 ratings.