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Stone Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,789
Hads: 4,104
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 180
Gots: 482 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

A porter with hints of chocolate & coffee balanced by subtle smokiness
First Release: December 1996

When first released, our smoky version of a traditional English porter was ahead of its time. Today, it's a highly regarded staple among craft beer fans and our go-to food complement, pairing effortlessly with all kinds of cuisine, from peanut butter and banana sandwiches to braised pork belly and apple pie. This worldly libation is dark, smooth and complex, with chocolate and coffee flavors suffused with subtle smokiness from the addition of peat-smoked malt.
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Reviews: 1,789 | Hads: 4,104
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Pop the Cap Winter Warmer Event, 1/31 at Tyler's.

This is an attractive dark beer. Jet black with as white a head as I've ever seen atop such a dark brew, with very little carbonation. Aroma is typical porter, plus a nice, roasty, smoky element--a pattern that also holds true in the flavor. I'm really a fan of the thick, smoky taste that comes to kick your taste buds and then leaves to let them recover. I'm thoroughly impressed by how potent yet unoppressive this beer is.

This beer does one thing (beautifully subtle smoke flavor) and does it well. I'm a fan.

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Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a ruby hued, dark brown with a big cocoa head. Appears to be opaque until held to the light. Enormous roasted flavors in the nose: dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and some campfire aromas are dominate. Some westcoast hops seem to be wafting in the background. Mouthfeel is full bodied, rich and creamy, yet has a mild spicy hop twang. Nicely carbonated. Taste is dark chocolate and roasted coffee, as might be expected, but you can easily sense some hop character. Campfire smokiness is present throughout, but is understated. Some dark fruits try to emerge as it nears room temperature, but get knocked back by the bittering hops. This is a very well crafted brew, but is a bit too heavy in character for my preference in a Porter. This one seems a lot closer to a Stout than a Porter. Too thick and rich to get superlative marks on drinkability.

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Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another high quality creation from Stone. Almost black , with hints of ruby. Nice roasted malts in the center.This is a very well crafted smoked brew, as the smoke flavor is very present,but it doesnt overwhelm the flavor, balance and character of the brew. Velvet mouthfeel, nice hoppy , crisp finish. Stone is quickly becoming a must try brewery. This one is a fine Quafer, well worth seeking out. Tried this one on Tap at The Gingerman in NYC.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Near jet black with a deep red high-light.
Aroma - Sumi (as in sumi-e), spicy leafy hop on the nose.
Taste - this is to die for. so malty and yummy. None of the cloying smokiness, just truly balanced goodness.
Mouthfeel - Silky and lovely, full bodied and just so amazingly smooth.
Drinkability - This is the first smoked beer that I have ever liked, let alone love. Leave it to Stone to show me the light.

I am utterly depressed that I have not had this before.

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Photo of freed
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just finished a day of skiing, and this is a surprising compliment. Nice light ring of foam and odd geometric lacing. Deep chocolate brown body, but not quite black. Smell is slightly mild for such a strong beer; but its predominantly smoked peat.

That thought is continued through the taste. Initially I sensed some greeness, but the longer I take, the better tastes. There are some sweet flavors that mingle with the otherwise dry and peaty dominance, and they do help. For a Stone brew, I'm somewhat startled by the lack of bitterness, but the hop selection seems to compliment the beer very well. It helps dry the palate with the smoke, and whispers in your ear "take another sip."

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Photo of Ellbert
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance was dissapointing to me. It was a deep deep mahogony that one could see through. The head was tan but small. It quickly dissapted leaving a small lace and a very thin layer of bubbles in the pattern of leapord spots. That was cool.

The smell was of roasted malts, very stout like.

The taste was very good. Not what I am used to in a porter. It was sweet but had a smoked taste, hence the style. A little bit of hops were present in the taste but they were in the background.

The mouthfeel left something to be desired. It was a little thin, the carbonation help make the mouthfeel more complex.

The drinkability in this beer is low. The taste was pretty powerful and I myself would not want much more of this. A decent beer but one is enough.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with a modest light brown head. Aroma is of sweet, strong coffee, with a really small hint of smoke. Rich and full-bodied with a creamy, but crisp mouthfeel. Chocolately, coffee-like malt with a hint of smoke. Hop bitterness also comes into play. Ah, another beer that drinks like a meal. This isn't a porter for wimps, as this has a huge taste. Despite all this, I would say that this isn't Stone's best beer.

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Photo of edchicma
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My second Stone offering...a Christmas present....Santa was very good to me...As someone who is starting to appreciate Porters, I was very happy with this offering. A dark chocolate color with a beautiful head that leaft an unbelievable lacing started the experience. The aroma was what it said...smoky...coffee-bean like with a hint of tartness to come. Taste was extremely well-rounded with a creamy mouthfeel that was medium bodied. The smoky coffee flavors were there, but so was an excellent slightly bitter aftertaste. Extremely smooth drinkability. I tried this at about 55-60 degrees which seemed ideal. Right up there in my top tier of fine brews. Definitely a brew to try.

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Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle.
Poured extremely dark with a moderate, tan head that quickly settled and dissipated. Aroma is predominately roasted grains and malt. Very slight smoke character in the rear of the aroma. In fact, the smokiness of the beer takes a backseat throughout the experience....it's almost an afterthought. And, in one sense, that's a refreshing change from smoked beers that are plainly overdone.
The beer has a rich, thick mouthfeel...mouth-coating with a somewhat astringent and dry finish. Roasted grain throughout, and moderately bitter hop aftertaste. Overall, it's a very drinkable, well-made brew.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A super dark brown color that would give you the impression that it was a stout just by looking at it. There was a smoky smell as well as a smoky yet caramel taste. If there is a better way to spend my winters, I havn't had it yet. This beer was as smooth as it gets.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The Smoked Porter poured a dark black with a semi-creamy tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Suprisingly, there was not much of an aroma to this beer just a slight malt smell. I wasn't very impressed with the taste either. It had a very bitter, hoppy finish for a porter. As it warmed a roasted malty start became more pronounced. I was expecting a lot from this beer and was pretty disappointed. It wasn't bad, but it was nowhere near what I though it would be. I didn't notice any smokiness in the nose or taste either.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with chestnut edges. Nice creamy tan head. Good lace. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and a subtle sweet smokiness.
Taste of charred malt, chocolate and a tangy hard wood smokiness. The smoke comes through a lot more in the flavor than the smell. The smoke and a hop bitterness lingered on the palate a little longer than I liked. Almost seemed to need a slightly sweet element to balance it out.
Good mouthfeel if not a little thin. The sharp aftertaste hurt the drinkability for me.

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Photo of mschofield
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark red-brown, with a tan head that laces well.
Smoky and roasted aroma hits your nose as soon as you pour.
Hits all the dark tastes coffee, chocolate, raisin, and roasted malt, but lying under them all is a smokyness. These are balanced by a good amount of hops.
A lighter feel than I expected, on the light side of medium.
I bet it would go great with smoked meats (such as pulled pork).
Very drinkable, more subdued that I'd expect when the words Stone and Smoked are involved.

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Photo of tfinn
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer simply smells wonderful. I had to smell it even before I poured my first glass from the bottle. light head dissapeared after the first few sips. it's a suitably dark dark red / brown porter color.

did I mention it smells really good? there's a subtle almost carmelized undertone that hearkens to roasted food which strikes me as very tasty.

initial flavor is somewhat tangy "hoppy wood" which fades quickly after swallowing to yield hints of malt. the hops return and the tail continues a low light hoppy ride off to a dry finish on the sides of my tongue.

mouthfeel improves as it warms up, but is still a tad on the light side for me. (I <3 malt.)

overall a very good beer, worth seeking out for the smell alone.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

my second stone brew. they're easily 2 for 2 thusfar. pours a dark dark brown to near black with a nice creamy tan head that leaves a nice stickiness on the glass. the smell and taste are of smoke, coffee, chocolate and malt. the smell has some other sweet qualities to it and the taste falls in the order listed above, with a finish that goes back to the coffee flavour for a nice dry finish. this is an easy drinking brew that is most complex than most, if not all, of the porters that i have sampled. the relatively low alcohol content makes this a nice choice for a different type of session brew if you are looking for one.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some ruby tint to it with a light but creamy looking almond colored head,the aroma is very nice I think the light smoky hints along with the chocolate almost makes a fudge brownie aroma is it just me?Taste is very earthy with a raw peanut flavor with the smokiness coming in late that lingers definant resiny hop flavor intermingaled in there as well.A pretty complex beer very worthy of its high marks in my humble opinion.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich dark brown color almost opaque; nice tan to light brown head. Faint smokiness amidst all the qualities of a quality porter; roastiness, maltiness and all the stereotypical dark ale qualitites (coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, etc...) Personally, I've tasted better porters, but the subtle smoke presence in this beer rounds it out and makes it quite enjoyable. I feel Stone has done a remarkable job with this beer. Of course, it's no Schlenkerla as far as smoked beers go, but you know it's not trying to be that kind of a smoked beer. Sometimes less is better, and if this beer was more aggressively smoked, I'm not so sure I'd like it as much. It's found a certain kind of chi. Right up there with Anchor Porter as a quality west coast porter.

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Photo of nomad
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown color, with a head that was quick to pile up and quick to bubble down, and showing better lacing than I expected. Smell was roasty, with scents of nuts and mild coffee, dark chocolate, and some smoke. Taste was at first roasty, chocolatey, with a great porter body of flavor. It seemed have just enough lick of hops, but it came through with a sizable salty and, what comes close to, green and oily hops in the long finish. This is what soured my opinion of the beer.

A little too much hop bitterness for me, this beer was surprisingly flavorful for a thin body - in fact, a thin session mouthfeel but covered in some carbonation. Well done just not my taste for a porter.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a persistant light brown head. Aroma is first of roast malt, followed by smoke which comes to dominate the aroma, though it is not overwhelming. The taste is malty, with roasted notes, and then the smoke injects itself. The smoke is the dominant flavor, though it is not as strong as some other examples. Very well balanced for a Stone beer :-)

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Photo of winomark
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice dark brown hue with a small, frosty white head.

Aroma: Smoky malt and hops. Coffee and mocha also present.

Taste: Smoke and coffee throughout, with a hoppy dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Coating, but dry. Coffee and chocolate give it good body.

Drinkability: Stronger than most porters I have had, but still a great interpretation. Will try again when I can.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At first, I thought this porter was created with one of the specialty techniques involving “smoke” as in the style of the German smoke beers like Rauchenfels Steinbrau . Thus upon first tasting this beer I was in a quandary over it having anything to do with “smoke” at all. After some research I found the “smoke” came from the peat smoke roasted malt.

The beer poured with a dark brown color- not quite black like a stout might be, but a deep rich substantial "brown".
The pour formed a nice foamy tan head.

As for flavor-- it’s a tasty porter-- a little light in the malt flavor signature department especially given the peat smoked malt and overall lighter flavor profile compared to other “fave” porters such as Ipswich . Stone Smoke Porter has a much heartier start to finish than Anchor Brewing’s porter. Generally it has all the profile and character of an excellent heavier bodied beer. In my opinion, it has the proper color, hearty balance of hops and malt, nice mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Although I can’t detect anything special about the malt notes. Maybe I’m expecting something out of the ordinary because of the so-called peat smoked malt. Nevertheless-- I like! I like!

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Photo of Mark
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as night, tannish head lasted and left nice rings of lace. Slightly smoky smell wafted up from the glass. Nice subtle roastiness and smoked character I found was just right. Good solid mouthfeel, highly drinkable. A very nice porter and one I would seek out again. Go Stone!

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Photo of beerinator
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown beer, with splotches of red where the light hits it. Dark tan head with great retention.

Aroma: Deeply stonish aroma. Smells like an arrogant bastard roasted in a fire. The malt presence is bursting forth with wild abandon.

Taste: Smokyness hits the middle of the tongue. Bitterness lingers through the flavor. Tingly smokyness accentuated by the hop presence. Malt is not too overpowering, and the smoke level seems right. Mouthfeel is nice, like most of the Stone beers I've had.

Notes: Good beer in small doses. Smokyness mostly balanced by the malt sweetness. If you like smoky beers, don't pass this one by.

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Photo of TinusTime
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a fairly opaque black with a nice khaki head that dissapears quickly. smell is of burnt coffe, toffee, woodsmoke and chocolate. Flavour was more subtle than i thought it would be. Starts of with a sweetness and finishes with a bit of a hop bite. Not alot of smoke on the palate however. I dont think i would have pegged this a smoke beer if i had not have known. the mouthfeel is silky smooth and the beer is nice and light on the carbonation. Drinkablity- this would go great with any grilled meats. I could definately see it with nice rich stew esp if the stew had a bit of bacon in it. Not a session beer but definately one you could savour during a meal

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Photo of Stopper
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hefty, creamy light brown head atop a very dark body with burnt orange highlights. The aroma is of a sweet base malt, with touches of a blend of smoke and bitter chocolate malts. The body is smooth and a bit lighter than I expected, and the hops bitterness is apparent almost immediately, as the balance is definitely toward the bitter side. The finish is so dominated by a gigantic citrusy hop bite that the smoke and dark roasted malt are difficult to pick out, though they do come through a bit as the hop fades a touch after a long and heavy presence.

This is my first taste of a Stone beer, and after built up expectations from all the hype I've heard, I am sorry to say I'm a bit disappointed. They managed to take a beer that should have multiple levels of interest and effectively squelch most of it with an oppressive hoppiness. That said, perhaps my expectations were just too high -- it's a good beer, and if I'm really looking for a load of hops, I'll look here again. But, in my opinion, for a smoked porter, this is far from well-balanced. The other bottle I bought will live in the cellar for a while, and perhaps the flavors will be perfectly balanced and blended after the hops have some time to fade.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,789 ratings.