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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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1,779 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,779
Hads: 4,065
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 171
Gots: 449 | 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 AaronRed
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an ubelievable beer. Poured into clear pint glass, the richness of this brew is aparent immediately. Nice tan lace cascades down the glass until the end. You can smell the dark malt and smokiness, but it is not overwhelming nor distracting. I could not get over the taste. Rich and deep, all I can say it is the essence of what a porter should taste like. Chewy and fulfilling, it is certianly one of my favorite porters.

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Photo of woemad
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having tried Alaskan Smoked Porter a little while back, I wanted to try another smoked porter and compare the two. This is possibly the most subtle beer I have ever had. It pours a dark black, with a moderate tan head and average lacing. The smell is that of most good porters - roasted malt, notes of black coffee - but with a beguiling smokiness hovering in the background. This smokiness sets the mood without dominating it. The taste is again a study in smoky restraint. The coffeeish, roasted malt taste is filled out and accentuated by the smoke flavor, which adds a rich, silkiness to the proceedings. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, like any good porter. This is a wonderful beer, and I deeply regret having purchased only one. Whereas Alaskan Smoked Porter bursts forth when you drink it, like a big alderwood swat team busting down your door, this smoked porter shakes your hand and puts its arm over your shoulder

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Photo of beerguy101
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Black Color, medium head. Aroma is smoky and malty. Roasted malt flavor, slightly sweet, chocolate and coffee, slightly smoky. Hops balance the roasted malts well. This is a nice porter, yet the slight touch of smoky adds an extra touch of flavor. Taste is very smooth. The smokiness is subdued and may not please a lot of drinkers. All in all a very nicely done beer. Subtly sometimes works better than a sledgehammer. Stone beers are usually over the top, this one is subtle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Etched/painted beer bottle.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pure opaque black with a grayish-tan head. Light carbonation and sticky, irregular lacing.

Smell: Reminds me of a canvas tent that carries aroma of last year's campfire with it, a nice, earthy mustiness accompanied by the smell of a bed of coals wet by fresh rain. There's nothing falsified about this smokiness, no liquid smoke notes to be found. Breathing deeply a crisp hoppiness is found. But overall this brew smells old . . . old and wise.

Taste: Smooth as can be. The slightly oily liquid glides into my mouth, filling every corner possible. There's no assault and no shock, just a perfectly balanced gem. Very round. I swear I've never had a beer make my mouth water like this one. Slightly sweet, dark malts up front, with a slight prickling on the tongue from the combination of alcohol and carbonation. Finishes sweet and then dry, with a combination of fresh hops and more wonderful, understated woodsmoke.

Notes: Excellent beer. It may not be the smokiest, but it surely impressed me. TRY THIS BEER!

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark almost black color with a slight hint of ruby. There is a fair sized tan head at the top and it gives away to a very thin sticky lace. The aroma is a mixture of roasted malt, brunt coffee, and a slight sweet scent. The flavor is mellow but very satisfying and is a direct copy of the aroma. There is a bit of a dry after taste (hops?) that hangs around and more of the smoke (burnt coffee) finish. Another very nice brew from Stone. I could sit down and enjoy another one BUT I only have one and some bitch named Isabel is hanging around off the coast.

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Photo of byrd
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first brew from the Stone Brewing Co and I was quite impressed. Pours very dark, almost black with ruby highlights. Nice tan head that is quite fluffy for a moment, becomes rocky for a short while, and finally gives way to a nice thick, sticky lace that holds on to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of roasty, caramel malts and a slight hop influence. The mouthfeel is first smooth, sweet caramel malt with slight undertones of chocolate. Then the strong roasty flavor hits the pallete and follows through to a mildly bitter, slightly dry finish. A roasty burnt flavor lingers afterwards. Medium body with moderate to light carbonation. Great mellow brew that’s doesn’t try to knock your socks off, but does anyway. A very solid, drinkable brew that I really enjoy. I was quite sad to hit the bottom of the 22oz bottle. I can’t wait to pick this one up again!

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Photo of Hefe
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 8/23/03 from 22 oz. bomber.

Appearance: Deep and dark with red and amber at the edges. Tan head that fades to some nice lacing.

Smell: The smoke is evident here, although subtle. Chocolate, tobacco, coffe, all underpinned by a caramel/malt sweetness.

Taste: Mocha, malt, cassis, a hint of toffee and smoky hoppiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Like a silk sheet this one was, minimal carbonation and a fantastic roundness in the mouth.

Drinkability: I worked through that bomber in no time, and started to look for another that unfortunately wasn't there. Must remember more than one next time.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my 1st stone I ever tried, so i figure it's time to review it

Nice lace once poured. Good look, descent smell. There was the hint of raosted malts in the after taste, and smoke was theree, just not the way I expected. The dominant flavor had to be the bitterness from the hops. Reminded me of arrogant bastard that way. The creamy ness come in full effect after the bittnerness. I wish they would sacrifice the bitterness for more of the roasted flavor, but it is still a good beer. enjoy!

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really dissapointed with this porter from Stone. While it poured black in color and had some tan foam, the flavor was not what I expected. The smell of roasted malts were very appearent along with the hint of smoke. But, the flavor was not what I was exspecting from stone. The flavor lacked depth. The roasted malts and smoke flavor just wasn't powerful enough. It was just an average porter. I could taste the bitterness, but the flavor was lacking in every aspect of this porter.

This has made two of there latest beers that I have really been dissapoint with. The 7th anniversay and now their porter.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Very dark, almost black, with a gorgeous foamy volcanic head that held onto the inside glass.

Smell – Big flavor of burnt malt, molasses, and huge brown sugar. There’s also some budding bread in there and probably a lot of other things but it’s tough to get through the malt aroma. Certainly all the standard dark flavors (as mentioned) along with coffee, cocoa powder, banana, and other dark fruits.

Taste – The smoky flavor is more at the finish. Up front there’s the huge flavors presented at the nose. The malt dominates but everything else is there as promised. The studious taster will also find hops for balance

I would also like to point out a fantastic trick. I enjoy the aroma of chocolate the most as you’d find with cocoa power (chocolate and sugar kind of) but the taste I like best like chocolate chips (Nestle, for instance). The chocolate in this one comes out as powder in the nose and semi-sweet eating chocolate in the flavor. Well done.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation in accordance with the style. This one is smooth, smooth, smooth.

Drinkability – I sucked this down while in the kitchen making tacos. It goes great with anything, including Mexican food, steak, chicken, or Cheerios.

Comments –Not only is this a terrific brew, but it hit my personal preferences right on target. Awesome!

Update: The 2004 is wound a bit tighter than the ’03. The heavy flavors are bigger and the lighter fruits and sugars are faint. This is a terrific candidate for cellaring.

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Photo of Scooter77
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer kicks all forms of major ass, I’m speechless! It pours a deep black color, there’s not a single bit of light passing through this one. It’s topped of by a thick and creamy tan head that dissipates moderately, leaving a thick, sticky film on the sides of the glass. Every time I smell the sweet aroma I detect a different scent. The major aromas are roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel with just a hint of butterscotch. There is a great balance of charred oak smokiness intermixed with the sweet aromas. The taste matches the aroma perfectly; ever aroma that I detected is represented very well on the palate. There is a nice coffee-like aftertaste that lingers around for a while. This is a beautifully well-balanced, full bodies brew. I could see myself drinking this beer all night long. It’s absolutely wonderful.

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Photo of Winter
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours near black in color with traces of very dark copper hues near the bottom where light eeks through. Tan head leaves traces of itself in thick sheets down the side of the glass. Sweet aroma consists of chocolate, coffee, rich malt and a touch of charred wood. Full-bodied, yet smooth mouthfeel. Flavors of sweet malt and chocolate introduce themselves up front. A hop bitterness makes its appearance midway through as it tosses a new flavor element into the mix. The unmistakable smokey flavor hits also in the middle, which is utilized perfectly throughout and lingers long after the dry finish. The smoked flavor is more intense as the porter warms.

Flavors are better, as the label suggests, if this porter isn't served right out of the fridge. Just a good overall beer, especially if your a porter fan. Smokiness adds an interesting twist that's not overdone either.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Heroe's Bar & Grill in La Verne, CA

Beautiful near-black color with dark ruby tint at the edges. Thin, sticky tan/brown head that left sheets of lace behind.

Smell: chocolate and coffee aroma, similar to a mocha java, and a nice smokiness.

Taste: again, that mocha java thing. Also some caramel that gives it a pleasing sweetness. Great smokey flavor that is quite enticing. Nice mild hops kick in the finish to balance things out.

Feel: nice full-bodied, smooth, velvety texture.

This rather surprising offering by Stone is my favorite. Not at all what I expected, it exceeded all my preconceived ideas about how Stone would brew this style. SSP has a superb blending of tastes without the almost over the top aggressiveness characterizing other Stone beers. Reasonable % ABV and mellow nature make this so very quaffable. A real treat and my new Monday Night Football beer.

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Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer! Stone is two for two so far in my ratings. This one poured a dark brown, almost black with a tan creamy head. Strong aromas were sweet, smoked (duh) malts, and No. MN peat bog. Taste was dominated by smoky roasty malts. I was reminded of beef jerky. Despite the obvious smokiness, this beer was wonderfully balanced by a bitter finisth. Huge mouthfeel. I would buy this by the case.

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Photo of Mustard
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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...

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

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black with two fingers of tan foam. There is decent lacing left behind. The smell is rich in chocolate and coffee, and has just a hint of smokiness. The taste is full of smoked chocolate malt and toffee. Nice little hops kick in the finish to balance it all out. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, very smooth. The drinkability is very nice for a porter. Another great brew from Greg and the guys & gals at Stone.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

A bit different from other porters I have tried. It is somewhat like a stout to me. Still very good though.

Inviting dense brown color with a light brown head. Lacing is ample.
The scent is light chocolate with a roasted smokiness. Some light toffee and bread waft through as well.

The flavors are all roast and smoke. There is a dark bread quality and some tart molassas like flavor. Also a toffee quality. There is some hoppiness but nothing to be alarmed about. It has a full bodied flavor.

It is very crisp and refreshing. Despite its dark color it is not heavy and drinks very easily. I do not drink porters on a regular basis but this one seems to differ from the few other porters that I have had. It tastes like a porter but it still has a stout quality to it in some ways. Anyway a very nice and enjoyable drink.

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

Another Stone on tap..this one has proven to not be as uneven as some of the other styles.

Lovely dark shade, very dark...you can pick up some reddish/brown when held to the light. Very nice head when poured, plus it left lots of lovely lacing through-out the glass. Light smokey aroma.

Nice chewey, medium bodied beer. This is one of their more balanced beers in my opinion, and it shows, the malt and hops blend well together, neither overshadowing the other. There's some roasted flavor present in the malt as well. It leaves a smooth smokey aftertaste that is pleasurable.

Pretty good brew. Not as smokey as some German smoke beers, so might be a way to introduce this flavor to someone. pat

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Photo of far333
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, nearly black with an inch-and-a-half of light brown head that just hangs in there. Small tight bubbles around the bottom rise up to thick foam. Lots of thick brown lace around the glass as it empties. Aroma is of roasted malt, smoke, some peat and licorice. Flavor is dark malt and smoke all at the same time. Rich and full, well-balanced. Heavy molasses rolls across the tongue and the finish leaves some bitter coffee and raisin. A bit of smokey tingle in the aftertaste. Brown sugar and toffee come out as the glass warms. Very drinkable for such a full flavor (or because I like porters and smoked beer).

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Photo of StevieW
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, purchased in Boston and carried home to Florida. Hello, Greg Koch see what I go through just to enjoy your beer !
Deep dark brown or black color depending on your perspective of things. Fluffy, tan head. Full of soft hop bubbles that make you wonder how they do that. The smoke aroma was not the direct punch in the nose I expected. Instead, it was smooth, somewhat sublte, and very well placed. The smoke smell didn't dominate the traditional porter aromas of bitter roasted coffee. Taste was much the same. Smokiness was no where near dominate and let the subtle good porter flavors show through. Hints of creamy chocolate show through, or am I dreaming ? Wow what a tremendous beer. No where near as smoky as those August Schlenka Rauchbeers. Full bodied, very much inline with what you would expect from a porter. Supersmooth and well worth the wait to finally have some Stone Beers. I had this with a garlic roasted chicken, delicious combination.

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

22 oz bomber. Poured a deep dark brown, that almost looked black. With a massive chocolate colored head that slowly receded, leaving some fine lacing on the glass. Aroma is of roasted malt, and a slight smokeiness. Taste is again of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. More like a stout than a porter, but with a creamy smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, and a slight bitter aftertaste. Thoroughly enjoyable! Wish I had picked up more!

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Photo of stegmakk
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy 100 to me. Happy 100 to me.
This poured a dark brown with a slight reddish hue in the light. Nice light tan head. Decent retention, and good lacing.
Aroma was niice. Hickory smoke, roasted malt, and a slight scent of alcohol.
Taste. Where'd my smoke go. There was a SLIGHT smoke after taste, and the porter flavor was nice throughout. However to call it a smoked porter, I expect more from it than what I got.
Nice roasted malt in the beginning...dark roasted coffe beans...finishes with a clean VERY slight bitter off smokey flavor.
Creamy mouthfeel.
Overall a decent porter. As a smoked porter it left a lot to be desired in the taste section. It lured me in with the aroma of smoke but left me hanging. I MIGHT buy this again if I can't find any better smoked beers in my store. But there are better ones.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a syrupy brown only to settle in the glass as super dark brown, nearly black, excellent lookin' porter. Firm thick, inch tall tannish cocoa colored head that fades slowly leaving hazy thin placed sheets of crispy looking lace all over the glass. Absolutely gorgeous!

Aroma is nice steady sweet chocolate/cocoa, very smooth, rich, and a great smokey richness of roasted deep chocolate and black malts. Even a slight coffeeness noted. Yum!

Taste is quite exceptional, excellently done of smooth sweet chocolate up front, tones of roastyness settle in quickly of smoked black malts. Rich, luscious, and a super interior hop bitterness of mild abode that picks up in the finish with some more roasty smokeyness and hoppy, earthed bitterness and slight dryness of coffee and twinged chocolate late. Good full feel, solid creamyness all through and an excellent lingering finish of slight smoke, what a shock; not.
The drinkability on this is amazing - smooth, rich, creamy, and easy. Thank goodness it comes in the 22oz bomber to help keep the glass full longer, at least for a little while anyway.

Big thanks to Gusler for the samples!!

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Photo of WaltTrombone
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's black as the ashes of a campfire, with a tan head that goes fast, but leaves a wispy lace. The aroma is smoky, with faint hops and malt. The taste is also woodsmoke, with mild hops, malt, and grapefruit flavors. The smokiness gets stronger as the beer warms. (Can't place the wood used in the smoking; I CAN say that it doesn't smell like mesquite, hickory, or alder...) The mouthfeel is thin and smooth, woth a medium carbonation. Finish is mellow smoke and hops.

Campfire in a bottle! Pass the s'mores, please...

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark, raisiny brown hue, under a nice, big, bubbly brown head.
Aroma: initially yielding nothing, but with time we get all the whiffs of a smoked salmon session, right here in your beer! ...very clear, clean, but sharp with the smokiness, and noticably subdued beyond that.
Mouthfeel is big and warm, floods every inch...portery characteristics are secondary to the smoke involved, and you have to let it reign, it's the smoke in charge tonight.
Terrific texture, tasty tang, full body, thick, chewy,delicious, chock full of the requisite coffee/cocoa connotations I would demand out of a decent porter, but they emerge only briefly and are submerged by that smoke!
thanks to xlperro

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,779 ratings.