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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,939 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,939
Reviews: 1,787
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 149
Gots: 357 | FT: 2
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Ratings: 3,939 | Reviews: 1,787
Photo of meatyard
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, very deep dark burgundy brown color with a tan head that leaves light lacing.
The smell is of strong coffee and smoky dark chocolate.
The taste is smoky coffee and deep roasted malts. It's a very smooth taste with very little bitterness at the end. The smoky taste hangs around and is quite pleasant.
Mouthfeel is medium tending towards thick and, as I said, very smooth.
Drinkability is good, not a high alcohol beer and hides what there is.
It may not be a beer I'd drink often but would be glad to when offered. It's another one of those beers that I prefer at warmer than recommended drinking temperatures.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Charcoal gray/black. Medium tan head.

Smell - Major notes of cocoa and coffee. Burnt grains with just a hint of smoke linger in the background.

Taste - Mild smokiness initially with some chocolate and roasted coffee. There seems to be some vanilla and butterscotch to sweeten it a bit. Roasted bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - I'd say it's medium to full-bodied. It's very easy to drink, but at the same time it is a big beer. Fills the mouth, yet there seems to be very little carbonation.

Drinkability - Medium bodied. Mild carbonation.

Photo of montageman
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep, dark coffee brown color with a nice 1 finger head that slowly fades into some nice lace. Smell is very smoky (which should be expected). There is also some noticeable amount of chocolate and coffee as well. The taste is awesome - smoke, dark chocolate, and a nice dry black licorice-y finish. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a nice carbonated bite. Wow, this is easy to drink. The flavors are strong, but they meld together so well. This is an excellent porter. Highest recommendation.

Photo of prototypic
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown (nearly black) color. On top is a one and half finger head, which dissipated rather quickly and left a good bit of lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate and coffee are the main features. But, it definitely has a toasted nut and smoky smell. It's not quite as smoky as I was expecting from the name. Finally, it has a nice malty smell at the tail end.

Taste: It does have a nice smoky taste. Much more apparent here than when smelling it. Chocolate and coffee flavors are strong and blended very nicely. It also has a good malty taste to it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and extremely smooth. Its relatively low ABV lends well to its drinkability. Overall, this is a very good and underappreciated porter in my opinion. By far Stone's most underappreciated brew. Definitely recommended.

Photo of number1bum
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pours a deep, dark brown, almost black, but with some dark red ruby notes around the edges. Coffee colored head leaves a bit of lacing. Very nice. Smell is dark chocolate, a hint of coffee and just a touch of smoke. Taste is bittersweet, dark chocolate, some earthy flavor and finishing with more dark chocolate and then the smoky flavor. Smoky flavor is present but not overpowering, really adds a nice touch to a great porter. Oh so smooth, beautifully balanced. This is really a great porter.

Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought I'd enjoy a bomber of this by the fireplace for the last evening of what has been a cold, and needlessly long winter...
Pours with a thin but consistent level of greyish head. Good lacing. Dark body with flashes of ruby brown found throughout. With the beer served cold I couldn't seem to find much in the aroma initially. I was happy to find that once it started to warm luscious notes of really bittersweet chocolate would arise. A faint dose of hops that are become slightly dulled behind hints of smoke. It's important to distinct it as 'smoke' - because it isn't really 'roast'. We're not talking rauchbier, but there is a distinct absence of roast and that quality has been replaced by the character of smoke - like that off a barbecue. Subtle enough though. Fairly luscious bitter sweet flavours in the taste department as well. Notes of toffee, chocolate, English pudding, trace bits of (now,) roast malt. A little less texture than I'm use to with Stone beers, but certainly the right degree of carbonation. The mouthfeel is a little underwhelming to be honest. That character of smoke (like that found in a smoked meat) is present but very unassuming on the palatte. A nice porter.

Photo of xymyl
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black with a deep red edge. Head is tawny brown thick and leaves big lace.

Aroma is rich with malt and hops woody and fruity notes are just below the surface. This is very complex.

Very balanced taste with just enough of the smoke note staying a long time after each sip. Notes of cherries, chocolate, sunflower seeds, molasses, nice dark malts, ash and smoke. There is a lot going on here, more than you are likely to find in most stouts, and yet stone calls it a porter, exactly as it should be.

Medium full in body, another perfect beer that forget about for a while and always come back to.

Photo of badbeer
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark brown color with a light tan head, leaving pretty good retention and some lacing. Aroma is roasted with a little bit of chocolate, some caramel too. Some caramel in the taste, I definately get roastiness but the smokiness is very subdued. Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Pretty easy to drink beer, I'd probably have it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours very still with only a small layer of bubbles across the top of the beer. The bubbles were tan and large while they lasted and fell within 30 seconds back into the beer. The beer is too dark to see through at all, and even the corner of the glass only shows a slight garnet when held directly to the light.

Aroma: I get mostly toasty notes and a faint roast. I don't get any smoke in the aroma. As the beer warms up, the smoke aromatics start their ascent and make it more complex.

Taste: There is a little more smoke in the flavor than I got in the aroma. If this beer didn't have the "smoke" label on it, I would almost think that this was a phenolic contamination in the early stages. There is a bit of roast here, but the toasty notes are the main component. This is a pretty mild Porter, and especially for Stone. There is no alcohol noticeable and only a little bit of hops. The beer comes across as being pretty refreshing and the finish is balanced. I don't get any alcohol in this beer at all, so it hides the 5.9% well.

Opinion: Well, this is really a pretty good beer. It is pretty amazing to me how drinkable it is because I normally have a bit of a hard time drinking Stone's beers because they are so brutally bittered with high Alpha hops. This one is reserved, and lets the malt run the show...pretty much. All in all, I was a bit surprised at how mild it is, but it remains really drinkable. The smoke is an enhancement and not a showcase so that makes it all the better in my opinion. I would drink this beer again.

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a nice big head that falls fast leaves a thin layer of head with a pretty strong lacing. The color is black with dark brown color and an almost red color when the light shows through. The smell is smokey with a slight roasty character. This taste is very smokey, with very little roastiness, I sense very little characteristics of porter besides them, not that's there's many more. The mouthfeel was smooth and nice. Overall I don't see myself drinking much more of this. I may try again later.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark mahogany in color. Soft tan head pours two fingers thick and dissipates into a micro bubble ring that clings to the edges of the glass. Thin lacing.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Caramel. Bread. Soft smoke.

T: Roasted coffe and dark chocolate start hings off in the right diection. Thin clean hop presence. Roasted caramel malts are folloewd by the taste of wet earth. This brew finishes with a robust bitterness and a soft smoked peat moss flavor.

M: Rich and creamy. Full body. Minimal carbonation. Robust and dry.

D: I have been attracted to the smoke element in beer as of late and especially in the porters. An incredibly balanced porter that has a soft smoke finish that leaves you wanting more with each taste. Recommend.

Photo of jletts
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a creamy kaki head. Smelled of smoke, some peat, cocoa, hints of burnt caramel. Not a strong nose, but a nice mix of aromas. Tasted very smokey up front with notes of wood, peat, and raisin. Very smooth and smokey on the palate and easy to drink more than one. This was a smooth porter that would probably go well with smoked meats and creamy cheeses. Campfire-smoked sausage and gouda may be a good pairing.

Photo of bradybeer
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thck creamy tan head. Light to medium carbonation with hops and smoke coming through. Smell is of hops and a whiff of smoke everytime your nose nears the brew. Taste is at once smokey, a little bitter, with notes of cocoa. Your mouth fills with a chewy smokey medium body feel with every sip. Drinkability? Oh my, while not a session beer-I could have several of these as the taste is near perfect for me

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a St Bernardous tulip glass, pours a deep bitch black, maybe a little ruby around the edges, light tan head starts about a half inch and shrinks quickly but comes back with a stiff swirl, strings of lacing cast about here and there. Aroma has loads of dark malts, chocolates are pronounced, some dark caramels, a bit of a bitter streak, smoke is elusive, everything is pretty nice, if understated. Taste is more of the same, and elusive smoke plays nicely here. Also understated is the sweet but dark caramel malt, chocolates dancing lightly. It don't remember subtlety being Stone's thing, but they play it brilliantly here. The mouth is very smooth, body is great, everything is working just right here. All I can say for this one is, its a very good beer, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Photo of sleazo
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at porters pub. My reeward for handing in paper number 2. Pours a deep dark dark brown. Bordering on black. A decent sized head with proper lace. Smell is of roasted malt. Subtle smoke lingers in the nose. Alderwood maybe? Taste is nice roasted malts. Like a nice piece of toast with some subtle smoke in the aftertaste. I can't quite pinpoint the exact smoky flavour but this a nice porter. The hops are a presence as well. You can tell this is a west coast porter. Mouthfeel is excellent. Perfect for the style. Slightly chewy yet not thick at all. I could drink a bunch of these.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ The Moan and Dove on 3/4/07

AP: Black as night with a one finger deep, light brown head that dissipated rather quickly and almost totally dissapeared. not much lacing found on the glass.

Nose: Mild roasty malts, cream, dark chocolate, and an earthy and green hop scent way down deep.

Taste: Very roasty, oaked and oatie malt flavor with a smoked undercurrent and a very subtle earthy and leafy hop flavor underneath.

Feel: Medium body, not very big for the stlye, feels rather thin, light and crisp overall for the style.

DA: Surprisingly un-impressed with this one on-tap. Good stuff, but was well under my expextations for this brew on-tap. Easy enough to drink though.

Photo of kkosmoski
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel tulip:

A - Jet black in color with a big, pillowy, light brown head, which has very good retention and stick.
S - Most obvious is the smoke, also some toasty grains and sweetness.
T - Malt steals the show to start - smokey and bready out of the gate, followed by some caramel sweetness and American style hop flavor. Finish is all smoke.
M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation - not overdone. Creamy and smooth.
D - I like what the smoke does for this beer. It adds another demension that keeps me wanting another sip. Great malt in this beer with hops making a quick guest appearance. A very nice, hearty beer for the cold weather.

Photo of jslot38
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Managed all 22oz in pbr1985 jumbo mug, so money.

Appearance: Poured with a good amount of head and a brief cascading effect. Looked so good in that big mug after a day out at the pitch. (A victorious day I may add)

Smell: Chocolate, smoked malts in the background, touch of coffee grinds.

Taste: Oh yes, a big porter indeed. Chocolate, and smoked malts all the way. Lovely. Just a few earth ridden hops and a roasted coffee grinds (french roast?) in the background.

Mouthfeel: Top notch. Chewy, perfect amount of carbonation. Stone hit the nail on the head in this catagory.

Drinkability: 22oz, bring it on, I look those gargoyles in the face and laugh at them.

Stone, known for those big beers, this one hits 5.9% and isn't your average porter.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with a very slight reddish-brown tint. Dark tan head is nice; becomes a film that leaves some lacing near the top of the glass.

Smell: Has a light smokey mesquite aroma, but balanced nicely against a light, sweet floral aroma.

Taste: Initial flavor of roasted malts becomes supplemented with a combination of smokeyness and a slight floral taste. Has a smokey bitterness in the aftertaste. Nicely balanced and with a good level of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium- to heavy-bodied, and with a light carbonation.

Drinkability: Feels a bit stronger (alcohol-wise) than it really is, so take it a bit slower than you might otherwise do. I think it's quite drinkable -- nothing is out of line and it keeps my interest.

Possibly my favorite beer from Stone. It it well-balanced and doesn't try to go over-the-top. The flavor at first seemed a bit unusual, but it really grew on me. Enjoyable; I'll get it again.

Photo of pumarocks
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked a bomber of this up at World Market in Western Hills over in Cincinnati. Right off the bat I noticed a smokey and chocolately aroma. It pours a nice head and the color is black/blood red. The taste is heavenly. I have always been a fan of stout but not so much porter. This has changed my mind. It is very smooth and surprisingly refreshing. This brew will certainly accompany my bbq this summer. Well done Stone Brewing Company, well done.

Photo of crwills
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer! A deep, dark read -- nearly black -- with ruby highlights. Small off-white head accents it.

Aroma is rauchbier-like: burnt wood, barbecue mesquite, dark burnt chocolate and... bacon!

The roasted malts really show up in the flavour. Good hop backbone as well, with a smoky finish and bitter, dry aftertaste that morphs into sweet candy sugar over time. As it warms, additional flavours (milk chcolate, sweet toffee, banana) start to show up. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Fantastic beer!

Photo of kpantz
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: Love 'em or hate 'em, Stone has a balanced lineup - pale and dark, traditional and eccentric. I think they excel at most of what they do, and the Smoked Porter is an example of a solid brew. Not a standout, but they don't all need to be (a la Dogfish Head - don't worry, Sam & Co...you're still one of my favorites). Classic roasted malt flavors and a smooth texture make this a very nice porter.

Appearance: Pours a clean, deep brown/black with ruby accents. Head is coffee ice cream that reduces to a film fairly quickly.

Smell: Roasted malts, a faint hint of the smoke. A little sweeter-smelling than I had expected. I also get a faint whiff of alcohol, which surprises me given the relatively low ABV.

Taste: The sweet, then roasted, then nearly burnt character of the malt is first, accented by the (not in your face) smoky flavor and followed by a crisp hop bitterness. If I didn't know this was a smoked porter, I might not have singled the flavor out. No evidence of alcohol in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Fairly dead-on for a porter. I've said this many times - the mouthfeel is perhaps my favorite porter attribute, because I love me some deep, dark malt, but don't always want the girth that goes with the impy stouts.

Drinkability: This, like many of my favorite porters, scores high on my drinkability scale for three reasons: great roasted flavor, light body and low acohol.

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

I've had one bad experience with a smoked porter ( can't remember what or when), but ever since I've avoided anything smoked until I finally tried this porter. Apperance of dark chocolate with a thick head. Aroma of smoke, sweet coffee and roasted malts. If I were to pour a packet of hot cocoa mix into coffee and add a dash of smoke, this is the taste I percieved. Medium in body, overall not what I expected from this porter, where expectation was low, final outcome was quite exellent.

Photo of GbVDave
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottlee into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Dark black with a thick tan head. Excellent retention with gobs of lace.

S: Couldn't get much more out of it than roasted malt with a faint whiff of smoke.

T: Roasted malt beginning with a bitter hop finish. The smoke took on an odd mediciney cough drop flavor that I didn't care for. It got better as it came up to temp.

M: Thin and prickly. It got slightly thicker around 60º.

D: Unbalanced towards the bitter. Decent drinkability but I found it to be less satisfying than I had hoped.

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged for two years.

Appearance: Pours a vary dark garnet with a nice head that retains reasonably well and leaves scattered lacing around the pint

Smell: The predominate aroma is dark chocolate and the smoke comes through with a slightly minty aspect

Taste: Starts out with a dark chocolate and smoked flavor that builds in minty complexity; after the swallow, some earthy bitterness creeps in and joins that minty smoke flavor to provide a nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied (just right for a porter) with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I was a little concerned about the age on this bottle given the ABV but it drank wonderfully

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,939 ratings.