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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,689 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 3,689
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 108
Gots: 243 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002)
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Photo of OStrungT
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown. The head is thick and creamy. It looks brown. It fades very slowly, leaving thick laces. When I hold it up to the light, it has a dark ruby red look to it. It smells smokey, but not not overly smokey. It also has a malty aroma. It has a solid coffee aroma present. The hop aroma is very apparant. It tastes more smokey than the aroma led me to believe. Coffee is also very noticable. It has a sweet caramel like taste to it also, but it is subtle. This beer leaves a smokey taste on the palate. It is slightly aggressive in flavor, I think due to the smoke. It is a little over carbonated. This beer would probably make a bad session beer because it is aggressive and the flavor would get old fast. This is a good beer to have, but not very often.

OStrungT, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of Buildscharacter
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have to say that I just love Stone brewery. Everyhing about them from their bottles to their attitude to the way their beer tastes.
Besides all that, I do enjoy your dark stuff, although their Barley Wine is pretty good as is their IPA....anyway...

I was pleased as I poured out this beautifully dark porter into my 20oz. glass. As usual the bottle talks about being worthy and trying new things, so since I already love their other stuff, I figured this would be a good go.

The head came up nice, and dissapated after a few minutes.
The beer is dark, I'm talking black here. None of this Alaskan summer dark, I'm talking middle of the rain forrest, midnight and there's a panther out to get you dark.

Smelling the brew you can smell the hops that they use. Stone? Hops? No!! Ha.. Anyway. Yeah it's a hoppy brew, but all their stuff is, so that wasn't much of a surprise. Smells a little sweet too.

Obviously the first flavor that comes through it the smoke from the malt. It's pleasing and not overbrearing. It feels so good going down too. It's high in alcohol but not anything to worry about. It's thick and like velvet in your mouth. Slight carbonation helps bring out undertones of wood.

The aftertaste is quite smokey, but I suppose that's expected. I'm not a big one for the smoke flavor but this is a good brew. It's tasty, but I am glad that I split the 22 or I would have been on the floor with a smokey taste in my mouth. Not a good way to wake up :)

Buildscharacter, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark red amber color, with a moderate tan head, which retains well, excellent lacing.

Aroma: Deep toasted malt aroma, with prominent earth and smoke notes, sweet caramel, and quite understated hops.

Taste: Strong roasted malt at the open, caramel sweetness follows to midpoint of the taste. Later in the taste, an alcohol note appears, as well as bitter chocolate, smoke and earth flavors. The taste closes with a mild lingering bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and dry, with soft carbonation, the body seemed thin for the style.

Drinkability/notes: Overall, quite excellent, would be very pleasing on a cold, dark, windy day.

Pegasus, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of charlatan
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours from 22oz bottle with generous head a decent proportion of which seems to be in for the long haul. This has a delightful peat colour.

The nose has a strong smoky smell. If I was generous I'd say chocolate malt is to the fore. If not I'd start moaning about coffee. As it is I'm sitting on the fence....so far.

And after tasting it I'm still sitting on the fence. Delightful creamy, chocolate malt start gives way to a coffee flavour with a hint of hoppy bitterness which renders it palatable. In case you hadn't guessed I'm not a big fan of the northwest's other liquid passion.

The carbonation is great, and coupled with the creaminess it makes for a great feel. I would be in love with this beer, but for my disagreement with most of the planet on the coffee thing.

charlatan, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forms a tan head. Black color lightening to a very dark shade around the edges.

Smells smoky, but not overwhelmingly so, alot like a regular porter. Lots of dark malts. Hints of sweet dark sugars, coffee, chocolate. The smoke is well balanced with the other characteristics of the beer.

Carbonation is a little less than average. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but not bad.

Taste is of dark roasted malt with some hop bitterness. Hints of coffee and dark unsweet chocolate also present. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

blackie, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of baiser
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, opaque, black body with a creamy tan head, good retention. Smokey, lots of coffee and chocolate in the nose. Subtle smokey flavour, mostly just charcoal, coffee and chocolate. Not quite a rauchbier, but the smoked character is definitely there. Great balance, and actually a great session beer. Recommended.

baiser, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

( Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a dense black body with a nice tan head that holds in the glass.

S-Very nice smoky grain aroma with some deep roasted barley smell and almost a chocolate hint with it.

T- This has a great roasted barley flavor with some good depth of malts and a nice spicy hop finish that has a hint of smokiness with it. The finish hops have hint of tangy almost pineapple resin flavor but it is very faint.

M-This has a pretty creamy mouthfeel but no alcohol heat or astringency.

D-This beer is a spot-on-porter very solid on its own but the nice gentle smoke shows its present. The smoke is not overpowering and really compliments the deep roasted grain. Next time I'm in the distributing area I must stock up.

rhoadsrage, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out like liquid black hole, impenetrably dark, with crimson highlights and a billowy tan head. Head retention is moderate with plenty of artisitic lacing.

The nose has bittersweet dark chocolate and espress notes mellowed by sweet campfire smoke. Well balanced nose with smoky nuances.

The flavor is roasty chocolate and coffee up front, with peated malt and beech-like smoke. Initially bittersweet, then mellowed by dark caramel and smoky highlights. Very balanced and smooth.

The body is mediumish, could use a little more. A full, smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes up for the lack of body. Slick and tongue coating. Makes me wish I had some good hardwood smoked ribs to go with this.

AlexJ, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally bought this on-line. It is not available in SA and I got frustrated reading and hearing so many good things about it.
The beer poured out a deep dark brown with a little ruby tint when held up to the light. A 1" tan head rolled away quickly and left little lacing. Beautiful beer.
The smell at first was all about the roasted malt. Some coffee and earth aromas were prevelant. When I let the beer warm up I began to get the smoky smell out of it, maybe smoked meat or a light bacon. Very nice!
The taste was love at first sip!!! This beer is outstanding. Wonderful roasted, earthy, coffee flavors followed by a NICE smooth chocolaty touch. The porter seems very lightly hopped to me, there is a nice bitter finish that hangs around for a long time.
The mouthfeel was incredible. Smooth and velvety, it don't get no better than this!!!
I would enjoy this on a very regular basis if it was available to me. This is a bad mofo!!! If you like Porters, you need to try this.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, May 29, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty, smooth, smokey (toasted malts I suppose), with a signature hops bite that one has come to expect from the good people at Stone. Pours black with a tan head with those deep coffee chocolate toffee aromas. The chocolate coffee toffee endures in the taste. Fans of porters have little to complain about this here beer. It's solid stuff.

ommegangpbr, May 28, 2005
Photo of TongoRad
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

TongoRad, May 26, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Holy Smoly, my first Stone, and my first smoked brew. A great start, the stone black pour produced a superb head – one that laced the pint glass all the way down. A chocolate malt aroma transcends over into the taste, along with coffee, light charcoal, burnt toast and the infamous smoky peat finish that gives you a small kick in the sack. Although thick and chewy, the light carbonation makes for a good session brew, or a one bottle afternoon – as long as you’re in the shade.

Vancer, May 23, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Standard Stone Philosophical musings, but no useful information like abv, date, etc.

Aroma: Smoke is at a great level, mild but definitely noticeable, and blends well with a firm dark malt base with some of the burnt porter characteristics.

Appearance: Ruby amber glass with surprisingly nice clarity. The rocky tan head held deep into the glass and laced nicely.

Flavor: Malt is a bit sweet and the hops are juicy and citric. Not enough of the burnt characteristics to really nail “porter”. The smoke adds a wonderful depth with hints of tobacco, leather, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy texture, low carbonation and just a touch astringent.

Overall Impression: Very enjoyable drink. A great spring/fall sit on the back porch with a cigar or some fish kind of drink. I had to work hard to sip and not just turn it up and DRINK it. Great drinkability, I’ll have to work on a way to get some more out here in Texas. Well done Stone!

HardTarget, May 22, 2005
Photo of gimmehead
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky black with a big frothy mocha colored head, lots of lacing. I was a little disappointed by the aroma. The expected smokiness is present, but very subdued. Instead of an assault on my olfactory receptors it was almost as if I had to sort of seek the aroma out. There was an acrid bitterness with a little sweetness underneath, and maybe a little black licorice. Tasted of bitter smoked malts, again not much intensity, and an acrid charcoal bitterness, that is not at all unpleasant. Just a hint of sweetness that I can't lay my finger on. Underwhelming. Medium to thick mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.
This is a mild beer in every regard, something that seems out of tune with the rest of Sone brews. This is the first Stone beer that I haven't been impressed with. In fact, this is pretty unimpressive IMO.

gimmehead, May 15, 2005
Photo of karengarys
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

...so I was looking for an imperial stout at my local store... The store was out... Hmm... I never tried the stoned smoked porter, what the heck.

WOW!!!!

I'm drinking this too fast to review! ...And my my my, this has become a favorite of mine....

It pours dark brown almost black from the 22oz bomber, leaving some carmel colored foam. It dissipates, leaving a ring which laces on the glass quite a bit. Small foamy islands float about the top.

it smells nice and roasty and malty and smokey with lots of sweet something. Molassis? ...not sure, but it smells yummy.

Taste is very nice and rich. Nice and malty and smokey and robust. It has a complex sweetness that just hits the spot.

Mouthfeel is creamy. The robust sweet taste plays into some coarseness at the beginning of the drink, which turns into a velvet blanket. It is really good!

Needless to say this has a very rich, robust body. The finish is a sweet dissipation in fizz, followed by a slight bitter whap. Unfortunately there is a slight aftertaste, but the next sip takes care of that.

I recommend trying this if you are into rich dark beers, or want to experiment with a fine porter with a smokey twist. If you like to stick with the macro brewerie's light varietes - beware - this will smack your senses silly with rich wonderful flavors.

Also note - if you find it in a store, and are considering it - BUY ONE! They are hard to come by. yes, $5 can be considered a lot to lay down for one big beer, but it is a very worthwhile purchase for both your enjoyment and for the support it provides to our fine American hand crafted breweries.

karengarys, May 13, 2005
Photo of hungryghost
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with a nice head that floats for a bit. Lacing is light but evident.
Smells roasty, smokey, toasted and malty. The aroma is not as heavy as the taste, i still think it gives a good idea of what is to come.
Serious smoke flavor, coffees, chocolate and roasted malts. Occasionally i get a bittering but it does not seem like a hop flavor.
Nice light amount of carbonation helps make for a smooth beer. Not too heavy/thick in the mouth.
This is a very drinkable brew. I had my second glass with some smoked gouda. Yumm!

hungryghost, May 07, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nearly pitch black body, slighty translucent near the bottom of the glass. Nice head of tan foam with great retention and some good lacing to boot.

Smell: Lots of chocolate, buttery and a little bit yeasty/earthy. Not a lot of smoked aroma.

Taste/Feel: This really has a bite to it. The smokey taste is upfront, but really manifests itself at the end. The smokey character has an almost metallic quality to it, which is a little dissapointing. Edit: now that it's warmed up, that metallic taste has dissapeard and turned into a warm smokey flavor. The residule smokey flavor that lingers is very nice. Some slight bitterness, but nothing big. Full mouthfeel, a little sticky.

Drinkability: Great, though coming in the larger bottle size, one is plenty.

JackStraw22, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, very dark brown, nearly opaque, with very nice deep ruby highlights. Light brown head of fine, dense bubbles that show excellent stickage to the glass with very good retention. Malty, roasty aroma with a little bit of smokiness. Very light american hop aroma as well. Malty flavour up front with plenty of roasted and chocolate to start, moderate sweetness. Bitter smokiness appears at the midpoint and carries through to the finish. Light bitterness from the hops, balance is more between the malt and charcoal smoke, which hit a nice balance towards the end and carries through to a long, drying finish. Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Fairly smooth, creamy texture. I really appreciate that the smoke aroma and flavour feel like a balanced part of the beer rather than just an afterthought that was dumped in at the last minute, but admittedly smoke in a beer is not really my thing.

22 oz. brown bomber, no apparent best before or freshness date.

DrJay, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of karst
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque darkness with garnet glints when backlit from the low sun on opposite horizons of an almost full Moon. The Stone barleywine label and Gargoyle stand out in gold to nearly match tan web of lace on the opposite side of the Rastal crystal sniffer.

Not giving up much in aromatics other than malt. Saving back a little in the 22 oz bomber, I will later return to the nose.

Sweet malt arrives followed by caramel, chocolate and coffee - then lightly bitter black lightly smoked malt. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with correct carbonation for the porter style. Hops and light smoke diffuse in the "goodbye" of a pleasant aftertaste.

Second pour the warming aroma is chocolate, caramel with "soft peat" smokiness.

Sweet and satisfying as sweet spring rain and the sounds of a moonlit Missouri night.



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karst, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of unklesyd
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I cracked this one open, I was sitting on my back porch. Someone had just lit up a BBQ, by coincidence, which seemed appropriate in accompanying this brew.

Poured well and sat in a Guinness glass with a creamy chocofoam-cream head a nice opalescent off-black.

The smoked malt was present in the nose, though subtle.

Surprisingly fresh hop profile for a porter. Tonic notes on the tounge that complemented the subtle dominant of the smoky notes of the malt in the aroma.

Just slightly thin, not overly, and appropriate for the style. More alcohol heat in the throat than expected for a brew of this ABV.

A good brew, but for as blended it was in flavor, I felt just-slightly-uncomfortably full after the bomber, so marks off for drinkability.

unklesyd, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of Wonka
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz.
From a 12-beer Stone sampler
I enjoyed the gargoyle and product breakdown on the glass.

Appearance - deep, dark red with little permeability in the core; impressive and lasting cream-colored head; great lace

Smell - chocolate malt with a nice smoky tone

Taste - chocolate,smoke and hops intertwine; more hoppy than most porters I have sampled, especially in the close and aftertaste; smoke shows most late and lingers to the aftertaste along with dark chocolate; pleasant balance

Mouthfeel - more full than most porters I have experienced, especially in the front and close

Drinkability - smoke and hops in the close pull back the revisit process

Overall, SSP was one that pushed the boundaries of the porters that typically cross my palate. SSP is a more exciting sensory experience.

Wonka, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of shirfan
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark ruby, only the edges of the glass allowed light to penetrate.

A rich, malty aroma lurks under hearty smokehouse notes.

Fairly thick-bodied with a strong herbal astringency and hints of old fireplace ash. On the dry side. A little baker's chocolate and mild leafy hops in the finish.

Not especially smoky compared to some German imports, but interesting all the same.

shirfan, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of cncbofh
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beast stares at me from the depths of hell. It entices me with a devilish aura of pure black, calling me... calling me... calling me....
I carefully opened the bottle. No djinn issue forth. No gargoyles. Just a deathly black liquid that oozed into my goblet. Up from the stygian abyss arose a tan cream which frothed and bubbled
incessantly, screaming into my conciousne...

Awww geezus, this sort of discourse happens every time I drink a stone brew.
I have to stop that.

The aroma is very rich, comparative to a cheesecake. There is a whif of smoke and very little hop aroma. Some roasted malts similar to coffee hits me.

The taste is very full and complex. Lots of roasty and smoked malts with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is the best. This is such a heavy brew and not for the faint of heart. I love it.

cncbofh, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of dauss
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Standard 22oz. silkscreened brown bomber. Gargoyle on the front and a funny blurb about porters on the back.

Appearance: Just a shade from pitch black. Very large fluffy tan head that "egg cartons" as it falls. Excellent retention and tons of lacing.

Aroma: At first all I got was this lucious sweet chocolatey coffee and roasty porter. Another close whiff and there was the smoke. I can't tell what kind of smoke, but it was very subtle in the background and not overpowering. Smells amazing.

Taste: Very silky smooth. Larght carbonation in the taste. Very thick and very full bodied. Sweet, rich, chocolately, light coffee flavor. Hop bitterness and flavor comes out in the middle of the taste and leaves a sweet light bitterness. Smokey and roasty finish.

Notes: Wow, just wow. Absolutely wonderful porter. I don't know why they said its smoked, because you can't really notice it unless your paying a lot of attention. I love the hopiness in the beer. Loads of hop flavor and a bitterness that matches perfectly with the massive malt backbone. Very subtle smoke, unlike the smoked porter that Alaskan Brewing has. Nonetheless, I would buy a case of this stuff in a heartbeat.

dauss, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of beercollector
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like a stout very dark, opaque with a lighter head than I would expect.

Very good malt and light smoke smell.

The taste is much lighter than my favorite Alaskan Smoked but very drinkable. It has a smooth creamy texture that lingers quite a while. It has a toasty taste with the smoke coming on late. Very rich and tasteful.

This is a very drinkable porter.

beercollector, Apr 03, 2005
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,689 ratings.