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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,516 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,516
Reviews: 1,736
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 101
Gots: 181 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002)
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Photo of jeffboo


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

I like this one! A very flavorful offering from our friends at Stone.

Very striking black with red highlights and topped by a heavy tan head. From a sitting position the smoke is evident. As I get closer I can smell dark chocolate,sweet raisins/plums, and a light campfire smoke. It has a very drinkable medium body holding a solid sweet malt start, a rich chocolate malt middle, and a roasted malt/smokey finish. There are hops in the flavor profile, just enough to add some bitter complexity to balance the sweet malt flavors.

A very good example of a difficult brew, not too sweet or smokey. It would work well with smoked/grilled food.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2003 12:48:21 | More by jeffboo
Photo of elmocoso


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

It took a little warming to get adequate smell out of this beer, but the wait was worth it. Subtle smoky aroma with a roasted maltyness grabbing most of the attention.

It was a dark black with reds showing through when held to the light.

Tan head that recedes to a decent collar with great lacing.

Whoa! The smoke hits you in the mouth and lingers very pleasantly in the mouth.

A little carb bite on the tongue and good mouthfeel. A solid beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 11:45:10 | More by elmocoso
Photo of jcalabre


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

Originally sampled on 29 December 2001. This rich porter has elements of smoke, chocolate & coffee in it. It is definitely a sipping beer. Sit back in your easy chair and spend some time with this beauty. Be sure to have it at cellar temperature, Not ice cold!!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2003 17:28:23 | More by jcalabre
Photo of Thrasher


3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impenetrably dark with spiderweb lacing. Chocolate and smoke aroma. The malts are huge, and the smoke is very light but it's tough to keep smoke from dominating a big slice of the flavor. I am also getting a lot of hop bitterness and dryness. Hardly any sweetness from the malts carries through, and the juicy hops leave it bitter and appetizing. A serious beer, and a good one at that.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 22:51:49 | More by Thrasher
Photo of Jon


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

Stone's Smoked Porter pours a deep, dark brown with a thick, frothy head that retains well. Smell is big on roasted malt and, appropriately, smokiness. Taste is quite smoky, with a minor emphasis on hops, too. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and drinkability ranks high. A very good smoked porter and another solid effort from the folks in North County San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2003 17:34:26 | More by Jon
Photo of Elemental


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

Damn good beer. The best smoked porter I have tasted to date. Great dark brown color with a thick head. Nice hop flavor and aroma. A slightly sweet taste with a smoked flavor (as expected) that leaves a great aftertaste in your mouth. Smooth as it goes down. Overall a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2003 13:26:47 | More by Elemental
Photo of Reidrover


4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok the second 22 0z bomber from Stone tonight.
Smoked porter? mmm sounds not very tasty..but lets see.
Well as with all Stone brews I have had so far this beer looks absolutlly great..deep mahogany brown beer..with some garnet accents when held to the light and on top a huge frothy tan head..great stuff.
Wow the aroma of this beer blew my mind..this is great stuff..roasted deep dark chocolate malts mixed with some great black coffee..and with a luxurious smokey smell below.
The taste is just as I described the aroma except I get that wondeful Stone creamieness..fantastic stuff.
Wonderful and smooth on the palate..with some great aftertatse.
A most drinkable porter indeed..I did not think I would like this "smoked" beer..but its just great.
I dunno whats happening to me but im becoming a Stone freak..god help me!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 00:19:43 | More by Reidrover
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep tan head over a clear dark brown liquid, ruby highlights. Light wisps of smokiness mingle with roasted malt makes for a quite appetizing nose. A basketful of flavors follows: light chocolate, coffee, roasted grain bitterness and a good amount of hoppiness, then some latent smokiness appears with an undercurrent of butteriness. Finishes with a bitter note...the smoke flavor accompanies, not dominates this super quaffable Porter. All blends together in perfect harmony.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2003 21:56:08 | More by beerluvr
Photo of BierReise


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

Nice beautiful chocolate color with tan head that lingers and laces the glass. Smell is smoky with chocolate notes. Nice and creamy with a little bitterness but very well balanced. This is the best Stone product I've had thus far. A quality brew and better than most porters I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2003 21:23:11 | More by BierReise
Photo of Running4beer


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

22oz bomber. A buddy of mine came back from out west and gave this to me. This was good. It was a good smoked porter, definetly easy to drink. I had spoken to a few people about smoked porters before and some said that they aren't the tastiest and can be quite harsh, well this is not harsh and it is very tasty.

Pours out a dark brown with a medium tan head that hold its place for the entire sitting. Smoky aroma, the aroma that you get while sitting outside and the fire pit is going, smoke, roasted malts, smoke, roasted malts, smoke and roasted malts and a slight coffee. The taste had some chocolate and a little coffee, roasted malts and a smoked aftertaste but not overwhelming at all was hardly noticeable. This was a good tasting beer, drinkability was very smooth. I could sit in front of a fire and drink this throughout the night. Very good balance of flavors and no strong bitterness or aftertaste. This one's smoking

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2003 13:54:01 | More by Running4beer
Photo of MJR


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

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with a hint of red. No light gets in or out, as it's almost completely opaque. A dark tan head forms a finger thick and retains as a small cap.

Smell: Rich and malty, with a smokey undercurrent. A touch of coffee is hidden deep in the muck...

Taste: I was suprised by how relaxed this beer was. I was expecting a full taste-bud assault, but no... It's very smooth and rich, with a nice maltiness. Suggestions of coffee and chocolate are hidden in the dark fluid. The smokiness is quite restrained and minimal. There's a steady, but small, stream of sweetness that flows from the first sip to the last drop. Not much hop presence at all, just a ghost-like trail of bitterness that is easy to miss.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a 'just right' mouthfeel. The alcohol is extraordinarily well hidden. Finishes smooth...

Drinkability: Good stuff. The smoke hangs in the background, playing back-up to the malt flavor, instead of taking over and ruining it. Another solid ale from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 21:45:36 | More by MJR
Photo of cretemixer


3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the deepest brown with garnet hues noticable when held up to the light. An ivory toned head fades fast to a cling-ring in no time. Smoky bitter chocolate malt aroma with hints of tobacco. Smooth & malty with bitter chocolate flavors. The smoky aroma isn't as strong in the flavor profile. A solid porter, but not outstanding. Finishes dry. Medium to full body with pleasant carbonation. Surprisingly average offering from Stone. Still a fine beer, but Stone has set the bar high and spoiled us so.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 19:22:22 | More by cretemixer
Photo of jward


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

A dark brown/black body supports a medium-sized foamy tan head. The nose presents a rich chocolate aroma, with notes of sugary plum, especially as the glass is raised to the mouth. The flavor begins with roasted malt, working in tandem with a mild sourness, and a hint of hoppy bitterness. But it is in the finish that this beer really shows its stuff, with contrasting elements of fruit (grape, perhaps?) and an understated smokiness that's just perfect. With a smooth and agreeable mouthfeel, and relatively moderate levels of alcohol, this is a highly drinkable brew. A great beer.

The blurb on the back of the bottle suggests that this is Stone's "least understood" beer. Maybe so. In my judgment, it's better than some of their more acclaimed beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 15:58:29 | More by jward
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

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

A thick deep dark brown pour with a large covering of tan foam that will stick around and leave trails of lace all over the glass. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark malts, and a hint of smokiness hit the nose. A quite wonderful aroma.

This beer is very rich and full bodied. It is incredibly smooth and creamy. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts lead the way in the flavoring of this powerhouse porter. There is just enough smokiness to make it live up to its name. It is easy to drink, and impossible to pass by.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 07:19:58 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of IrishRedRock


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

22 oz. brown bottle, and a really cool one at that because that's all Stone does with their bottles. Flowed from the bottle like oil, nice and dark and thick. Very deep brown, almost black, with a well-retaining tan head. The aromas are quite sensual. Dark malts blend well with the scent of black coffee, hops, and burnt toast.

The mouthfeel is thick, slick, and oily. Almost like chewing on something. Roasted bitter flavors arise from the start, with a big malty middle following that, with flavors of chocolate and coffee. Just a touch of hops are present to balance things out, and it did leave a bit of a smoky aftertaste. Definitely a damn good porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2003 10:25:27 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of irishmoss


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the first pour I was impressed with the deep brown color of the porter. Almost like burnt caramel, but not to dark like a stout. It remains translucent when held up to the light and the head is a nice rich tan color that leaves a clingy web down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a chocolatey coffee appeal to it, as does the flavor. This is a brew that has a body with substance, and it remains a remarkably smooth drink. I can easily see myself drinking this all night.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 13:46:56 | More by irishmoss
Photo of Dmann


4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yet another great brew from the people at Stone, who have yet to let me down and are now my all time favorite brewery. This one poures a very dark brown, almost black with a small head that leaves decent lace around the glass. The smell reminded me of the Arrogant Bastard Ale but with a hint of smoke, chocolate and coffee added to it. The taste is right on: little bit of hop bite at the beginning, then the smoked flavor comes in along with a hint of malt and chocolate, and finishes with a crisp coffee flavor. This one would go great with some bar-b-q'd burgurs....awesome brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 02:33:49 | More by Dmann
Photo of AtLagerHeads


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

Well, Stone's is batting a 1000 with me so far. This is another very good brew that pleases all the way through. Very dark brown to black look with a somewhat smallish tan head, but a good degree of lacing left behind to remind you of what was. The taste is a very nice blend of smokey and roasted grains that give a sense of chocolate and coffe, but without overpowering the senses. This is another of the Stone's brews that gives good body in the mouthfeel, but which finishes with enough crispness as to not be wimpy creamy. Again I say, more, please.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2003 09:27:32 | More by AtLagerHeads
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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of Rauchbiers, I pretty much knew that I would enjoy this. The smokey flavor seems very appropriate for a porter. Rather then the smokey flavor dominating the taste like some of the Rauchbiers, it compliments the chocolate and coffee tastes of this porter. This beer really makes me wish that Stone was more available in PA.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 08:17:41 | More by dmarch
Photo of Denali


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

On tap at the Blind Tiger in New York City.

Appearance: Jet black with frothy tan head that laced like mad.

Smell: Chocolate malt and toffee aromas.

Taste: Starts off with a surprising hops flavor. Follows with strong bitter chocolate malt taste. Coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking.

Comments: I was surprised and disappointed that I could not detect any smoky characteristics, but I enjoyed this nevertheless.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2003 07:09:25 | More by Denali
Photo of Jason


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sunset Cantina.

Thick webby lacing riding off the tawny brown colour. Estery smoky aroma and malty nose. Spicy alcohol flavour with a smoke charcoal malt in the middle. Big maltiness with a light hop balance, some mellow chocolaty malt flavours in the end with a lingering faint smoke. Good stuff on tap and one of the better porters on tap I have had, bring it on.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2003 16:27:33 | More by Jason
Photo of TXHops


3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stone Smoked Porter pours a brilliant, deep black color with a thick, brown head of uneven foam—good lacing. A pungent, burnt fruit aroma fills my nose, suggesting carbonized food more than smoke. There’s a touch of the slightly astringent, slightly solvent-like smell that seems to accompany all smoke beers—smelling like plastic burning on a campfire.

The flavor is meaty and roasted, with a slightly rich, boldness that belies the gravity. A taste shockingly similar to roasted peanuts complete with salt, fills my mouth on the swallow. The smokiness seems to be more evident in the tail than in the mouth, with a suggestion of the darkened, outer skin that surrounds a smoked beef brisket. The final taste, if the beer is allowed to rest a while between sips, is that of deep, musty, wet earth. Of course, I haven’t eaten much moist, black earth, but I know what it smells like, so I can extrapolate a little. The salty, solvent-like astringency never really disappears, but neither does the underlying roasty porter base, nor the bitterness of the hops.

I like this smoked porter—it tastes more like meat than other smoked beers I’ve tried and the peanut flavor was kinda fun, not to mention unusually compelling.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 18:23:14 | More by TXHops
Photo of BeerResearcher


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

The unusual tar tinted dark brown color requires careful examination. The full smoky (not overly so) malt is the star of the show. The fairly high hops with light a metallic and somewhat grapefruity bitterness deserve some attention as well. Lightly sweet with a dry edged body. A hint of dark chocolate and coffee offer contrasting flavors to offset both the malt sweetness and hop bitterness. A smoky edge is more apparent in the aroma than in flavor. A light hop floral bouquet and sweet malt give way to a comforting smokiness. The beige/tan head dissipates at its own slow pace then lingers as fine lace. Flavors merge, blend and congenially mingle together. Well Done!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 19:33:18 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of Darkale


4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful, dark, ponderous brew. Pours thick and heavy. You can see the head coming up through the thick beer, roiling, getting lighter, and forming a thick, munchy tan head that looks so beautiful against the black liquid. A gorgeous beer; one of the prettiest I've ever poured. Sweet malty aroma.

I ought to know by now that porters are not heavy beers, necessarily, but still I am surprised by the deftness of the taste. Sweet, but not thick or syrupy. Nice hint of smoke, nice deep layer of chocolate. Nice and complex, with different flavors dancing around your tongue, from the slightly bitter to the cocoa-sweet.

Head is long-lasting, clings to the glass like it's afraid it might drown.

All of Stone's beers make me grin like a fool. I just sit there, sipping, marveling in the complexity. Then I see how much is left in that big brown bottle and grin and grin and grin. But, unlike the other Stone beers, this one won't knock you on your butt. An excellent quiet evening beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 18:15:43 | More by Darkale
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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

Huge 22oz. bomber, pours with an very dark ruby almost opaque black in color, with a moccha toned nicely constructed head. The aroma is mainly of darker roasts with a background of a smokey screen in the aroma. The flavor is has mild cocoa notes along with roasted barley all wrapped up in a wonderful rauch style smoked. Leaves a nice dryness on the tongue, I am guessing this beer goes really well with a nice juicy steak. Very good porter, if just getting into rauchbier this is a nice one to start with, very mild smoke taste and aroma. All together very well done, everything is tied together to form a complete full flavor. A medium to light bodied porter, this beer definitely turns the tongue into a desert, very dry mouthfeel. All in all very drinkable smoked porter, but even with my love for Stone this is a dinner beer for me. Not a beer for chilling at the bar and drinking one right after another, but a very enjoyable experience none the less.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 23:16:12 | More by WVbeergeek
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,516 ratings.