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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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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: 336 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this back in September on tap at Allora in Marlborough, MA, but forgot to log it here. Just noticed it in my notes.

A: Almost pitch black with 2 finger rusty-brown head, served in a flute glass.

N: Nose of roasted malts, slight chocolate, toffee, and some smoked malt.

T: Creamy and roasty with chocolate milk taste. Semi smokey but not overpowering. Semi sweet and a little syrupy, also adds some earthy roasted flavors.

M: Semi thick with decent carbonation and a little syrupy and creamy.

F: Pretty bitter on the finish, which also adds some dark fruits, and slight stouty bitter flavors. A little more lingering smoke but not much, and followed with some light alcohol spice.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, smoke, and hints of chocolate. The taste is like the aroma, but with a little more chocolate, and a little less smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this beer isn't as smokey has other smoked porters I've tasted. Still, it is really good for what it is. I can't I wouldn't appreciate some more smoke, but I still appreciate this slightly smokey porter.

Photo of GRPunk
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- It was initially a bit of a gusher. The body was a very deep, dark brown that was nearing black. The head was a fluffy, tan that left loads of sticky spots on the side of the glass.

S- It had a really nice malty aroma off the bat. It was full of roasted, smoked goodness. There were hints of coffee and chocolate behind the pronounced smoked aroma.

T- It's a great combination of traditional porter traits with a heavy dose of smoke. The smoked flavors were abundant, yet not overpowering. I still picked up a good deal of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. The slightest of citrus hops struggle to make itself known through the robust malt and smoke profiles.

M- Pretty basic. A light bite from medium carbonation, hop, and alcohol.

D- It's a decent drinker. As the smoked flavors become more robust with some warmth, it gets a little more difficult imagining drinking more than a bomber at a time.

Photo of fscottkey
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown to black with a slight reddish hint when held up to the light. Sports a huge head which slowly dissipates leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of wood burning stove in the winter.

M: Smooth mouth feel - with no boozy sense.

T: Some smoke up front but it intensifies and gives a very smokey after taste a few moments later. Very enjoyable - especially as it warms.

O: This is an enjoyable porter that really improves as it warms (patience is not usually my thing - but it is rewarded).

Photo of polloenfuego
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a a nice deep brown/black and with a nice root beer colored head. The smoke comes through on the nose, as do roasts and a touch of malt. Smoke comes across on the taste as well. The roasts really come across though. Not overpowering, but at a nice level.

A nice beer, a good solid drink. It seems a little different than most Stone beers I have had, but that is not a bad thing.

Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with only a hint of amber red at the bottom of the glass, the bubbles on the pour billow beneath the surface before forming a dense head, too dark to trace bubble beads. Roasted malts, coffee bean, cocoa powder and an herbal streak fashion the nose, hint of rum raisin, takes the turns at high speeds as if wanting to show off. Full-bodied, very smoky with a strong chicory streak, gives it a more dark chocolate and bitter profile. The raisin, plum fruit sneaks onto stage, sweetened by molasses crisp notes. Minimal sign of hops, malt the whole way through. Suggests it could be more bitter than it is, this for the best.

Photo of treyrab
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was glad to hear the Wegman's in State College, PA started carrying beer, so I grabbed this while I was there and poured it into my pint glass...

This is simply chocolate thrown into a damn campfire!

A: Brown in color, but light for a porter. Looks more like a dark brown ale. When held up to the light, this has a nice red/cola color that looks real nice. The head is a three finger dark khaki and very creamy and lasts a long time.

S: Smell is phenomenal for the style. Let me first start by saying that this smells like a bonfire. Very woody and smokey, just as this is advertised. There is also a lot of chocolate and a tad cigarette smell in the nose also. Very complex smell, also with some dark cocoa and roast as well.

T: I usually go into these beers thinking that there will be a lack of smoke or woody flavors, but this one really lives up to the expectations. This one is extremely smokey, just like a campfire. It is a bit light in body, but still has nice chocolate and light cocoa flavors as well that make up for that.

Overall, this is a great smoked porter. It is not heavy or thick, but has a lot of smoke, chocolate, and cocoa flavors that get the job done.

Photo of stcules
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark and porter appearance, with dark ruby reflexes. A lot of light brown foam.
Very good smell, cocoa, coffee (less) and obviously smoked. Very pleasant.
The taste is very good too, with roasted notes, cooa, and a good smokiness that rises up behind. Resolute. Some sweetness (just a hint), quickly covered by the rest. Interesting.
Behind, some bitterness, not hop-like, more from burned and roasted. And again cocoa.
Same in the aftertaste (cocoa, smoked), and a noticeable bitterness, quite long, with rhubarb hints.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up black with a thick, fluffy tan head that dissipates slowly.

S - Faint aroma of of smoke and roasted malt

T - Roasted malt flavor, with some chocolate notes. Smoke flavor is subdued and subtle.

M - Mouthfeel seems a bit thin and watery, but not bad.

D - A smooth, easy drinking beer.

Photo of bboelens
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass
This was the first beer I had on my buddy and I's bomber night.

A- Dark deep wood color, not quite opaque but getting there. Backlight showed some ruby characteristics, but burgundy was the more dominating color. Thick khaki head stood proud atop this beer and stayed for quite some time.

S- A bit more subdued than I would have expected from stone, malt, and coffee are the main nose notes with a faint hint of the smokiness.

T-Ahhh now this is more like it. Malt, caramel and chocolate take the forefront, but the dark fruits, slight hops, and nice smokey finish allow for it to be a pretty dang good tasting beer.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, with a light carbonation

D-Very drinkable, almost too drinkable, that bomber didn't last me nearly as long as I was hoping

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours from a typically handsome 22oz bottle into my Stone Russian Stout tulip a dark, dark color - it's just a tiny shade lighter than true black, and allows a few shafts of plum-ruby light through. Nice color, and pours a thin light tan head of tiny bubbles that burst and fall to a thin covering after a few moments. I'd hoped for better head retention, but I'm somewhat biased toward any dark beer. Lacing is very minimal, slippery at best.

Smell is rich and flavorful; I can smell it from where it sits on the desk, tempting me for my first sip. Deep, lusty notes of coffee, chocolate, and smoky cinnamon! Fantastic!

That first sip is surprisingly smooth and light; I'm something of a porter newbie, and with that dark color and chocolatey smell I expect something thick and chewy, but to my surprise the carbonation, almost absent in the way the beer looks and forms its head, fizzes heartily to life on my tongue and swirls the crisp, light liquid around.

The first few seconds are almost tasteless as the carbonation comes to life, but when it fades away the true smoky nature of this brew is quite evident. Depending on your breathing, there are extremely distinct notes of chocolate and espresso, and sometimes an overpowering (to me) smokiness, especially as it warms - you can taste the oaky campfire smoke. Balanced okay - I'm rating the taste a 4 - I am certain now that smoked porter isn't my style, but if it's your style, you'll like it.

Drinkability is okay due to the light nature of this brew. Alcohol started to get boozy and intrusive as the beer warmed, leaving me feeling a bit queasy on the final sips, which wasn't helped by the rather overpowering taste of smoke.

Photo of TongoRad
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ultimately a beer like this should be judged on how well the smoke character is incorporated into the base beer, and what sort of character that base beer has. On both of those counts this is definitely a fine beer.

The smoke presence is mild but definitely there. This is definitely conceived as a beer that one could do a session with- the smokiness never reaches an overbearing quality.

The base porter is also quite good and well balanced. Nothing is permitted to overpower the delicate smoke presence- neither the roasted malt, hops, caramel, yeast signature, etc, are overtly powerful. Therein lies a certain limiting aspect of this beer- intensity is sacrificed for drinkability. It's still freakin' good, though- put me down for a couple of bombers...

Photo of Shaw
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost totally black, with just a little light seeping through. It has a nice light brown head, too.

It has a nice aroma of toasted and roasted grain with a hint of smoke.

The taste is great. It's lightly smoky, with nice flavors of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate.

The body is glassy smooth.

Overall this is an excellent porter and a nice contrast to Stone's hoppier brews.

Photo of OKCNittany
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Near black body. Two finger tan head with very good retention and lacing.

S: Very smoky aroma, but little else comes through.

T: Chocolate and coffee flavors abound - along with the sense that this was brewed in a smokehouse.

M: Low to medium carbonation. Not quite full bodied. Pleasant lasting aftertaste.

D: Despite the strong flavor & substantial body, it's very drinkable - sessionable even (if only I'd have been smart enough to buy more).

Not my favorite porter, but a darn fine offering & one I'll be happy to go back to - on the rare occasion I can find it.

Photo of thecheapies
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown. Pillowy beige head with loads of sticky lacing. Looks amazing.

Light mocha and light smoke. Very subtle. Rustic roastiness, but soft. Dark and faintly fruity.

Roasty malts, a touch of smoked grain, and lightly citric hops. Softly malty, with coffee and mocha pulling through. Still maintains some substantial bitterness. The smokiness is a little sweet, like hickory, but not as rich. Sweet in the finish, as well, which makes it an easy 'like'.

Charming mouthfeel. I like the bitterness level on the tongue, because it's still ooey-gooey on the backend. Soft gas promotes a fuller and chewier body. A bomber that never intimidates.

I think this is solid. Needs a bit more, aromatically. Tastes good and feels great. I'll be back.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Black porter, 2 finger caramel head that settled very slowly with beautiful lacing throughout.

S- Lacking a bit here. Some hop bitterness and floral aroma with a slight smokey smell that settles in the nose after each sniff...

T/M- Liquid barbequed ribs with a slight hop flavor and bitterness... period, thats how it tastes and it is f'ing amazing!! The mouthfeel is also the best as far as a porter has gone for me. Medium full bodied with minimal carbonation that fills the mouth and feels so good.

D- Pretty good for a porter. I feel the flavor is a bit overwhelming to drink a bunch in a row, but this one bomber is awesome!

Overall, one of my favorite porters AND offerings from Stone. Man this beer is awesome. Taste is something special and it really hits your tastebuds hard. I love it and I wish I had another to drink tomorrow...

Photo of bstewyb
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice thick, tan head. Dark and clear. Slightly reddish tone.

S - Malty, hoppy, slightly citrus, with some chocolate at the end.

T - Smoky, malty, roasted flavor. Coffee and slight chocolate.

M - Slightly thin, not much carbonation. Quite nice.

D - Great beer. Slightly sweet with not too much bite and good depth. Excellence balance and overall characteristics.

Photo of T-Cake
4.01/5  rDev 0%

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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of nickadams2
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Dark brown with a thick white head. Decent lacing.

S_Mostly just roasted barley.Picking up a little smoke.

T_Roasted barley,bittersweet chocolate,vanilla and a hint of smoke. Wouldn't guess this was a smoked beer on a blind taste.

M_Thinner than I expected but nice body.

D_Easily put down a few of these.

Photo of thetommo
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

The aroma has an ironlike smokiness to it, with hints of citrusy hop. Dark dark brown.

The flavors in some order (changes sip to sip) - citrus hop; an oiliness similar to that found in an oatmeal stout; smoky maltiness; chocolatey maltiness; roasted coffee maltiness. Take the late, lamented Big Indian Porter, subtract some of the malt, add in hops & smoke, and you have this beer. This is NOT a bad thing at all. The finish is very nice - a little sweet, with some smoky-roasty-dry malt overtones.

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