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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,827 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,827
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 126
Gots: 280 | 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 RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cascading dark tan head, tightly woven micro bubbles glistening, three fingers plus. Good alcing. Extremely dark brown body, slight ruby highlights.

Aroma is rich chocolate and coffee. Dark and inviing.

Taste is dark chocolate to start, quickly joined by coffee. Some dark fruits follow. Smoke in the finish, pleasant but not overpowering . Smooth mocha aftertaste.

Rich, slick mouthfeel. Definitely porterish, not as chewey as a stout, but thick enough.

Delightfully drinkable, with dinner, with dessert, while watching tv, or as a nightcap.

Another highly enjoyable beer Stone. Glad to finally have you here.

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark mahogany brown with auburn edges when held up to the light. Nice, fluffy tan head that slowly fades out into a cap that floats upon the brew. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of some sweet, smokey peat, and beef jerky notes, along with caramel, cocoa powder, vanilla, and raisins. Perhaps a touch of anise buried in the background. Pretty complex.
Taste is of the same aromas with a lip smacking sweet malt that confuses the tastebuds at first but makes for a plausable and complex brew.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation that makes the smokiness more tolerable and enjoyable like a delicate digestif.

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

Stone Smoked Porter poured black with a hint of auburn at the edge, topped by a rugged tan head. Aroma of chocolate, smoke, and fruit (mostly apple). Flavor of cocoa, caramel, and maple with a dry smoky finish. Medium-light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

This is a nice porter with a little bonus with the smoke. The smoke and malty sweetness interplay nicely.

Photo of instrumentality
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I filled a pint glass to the rim with this intriguing beverage and found myself staring at a nearly pitch black, completely opaque liquid topped off with 1 1/2 fingers of tan head that settled to a what looked like a raw silver dollar pancake - a thin coating with a few large scattered bubbles of carbonation.

I took a whiff and was immediately reminded of burnt coffee beans and not much else.

The taste was more or less the same, but still somehow refreshing. I've tasted a lot of stouts lately that tasted like coffee, but this one, being a porter, was lighter and went down more smoothly.

The mouthfeel was one of the easiest I've experienced in a dark beer; just enough carbonation, minimal alcohol burn, and only the slightest hint of black coffee bitterness left behind to coat my tongue.

I'm not a huge fan of porters, as I've generally thought of them as watered down stouts without a whole lot of complexity, but objectively speaking, this was a pretty tasty beer, and easy to drink despite the fact that I normally find myself having to slow down when that coffee bean taste hits me.

I don't have enough of a basis of comparison (it's been years since I had my last porter) to understand the "smoked" distinction, but maybe it's the difference between tasting like coffee beans and tasting like *burnt* coffee beans. Regardless, whatever it is, I'm happy I tried this one.

I'd be interested in seeing if they ever put the chipotle version of this beer in bottles. I tried it at the San Diego Real Ale Fest last weekend, and it was an interesting variation on this one--not quite as refreshing, but definitely more interesting.

Photo of Sosh
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow am I glad I bought this. Like all stone products, this beer looked awesome. The head wasn't as menacing as, say, Arrogant Bastard, but it left an excellent lace nonetheless. The back of the bottle sums it up nicely..."Amazingly rich, dark, and delicious..."

Photo of oelergud
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep ruby almost black yet clear body. Brown rocky head consisting of tiny and small bubbles. Good lace and retention.
The smell is wonderful sweet malt roasted and toasted to perfection. Chocolate and a little hop bitterness.
Taste is roasted coffee bean and semi sweet chocolate followed by a smokey mild hoppy aftertaste.
Very mellow and gentle mouthfeel. Smooth and full sturdy body leaving a good coating.
Session brew all over the place yet has so much personallity that it can easily stand on it's own. Amazing, simply amazing.


Photo of mcallister
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep shade of brown nearly black, that shows garnet hints when held up to light. A 2 inch head protrudes from this one that slowly fades into stick spotty lacing with excellent retention.

Big aromas of bitter bakers chocolate, chocolate malt, creme de cassis, vanilla, with earthy slightly smokey undertones.

Complex roasted chocolate malt, very well balanced hops. Some smokiness but not as much as the name would suggest. Less than 1% RS. Very bold masculine flavors. An above average porter. Some hints of vanilla and cassis also.

Thick chewy somewhat smokey mouthfeel. A little more RS may up the drinkability.

Photo of cproioi
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark almost black body with a light brown to a tan head which left decent lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malt which at first gave off an aroma of bitter sweet chocolate. However, later it seemed to give off an almost liquorice smell. It wasn't bad, now keep this in mind that I am a person who hates liquorice.

T: Had a sweet roasted malt taste too it that was very nice. Also it came with a slight backing of an alcohol taste that was slightly noticable. Who knew Stones could make a beer that wasn't hops heavy? However, to further my belief that Stones is one of my personal favorite breweries, they got this smoked porter just right.

M: Medium body that was very pleasant. Like that taste had a slight Alcohol warming to the mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable. With a medium ABV it leaves me feel like I want more and knowing I could have more and be fine with out risking the influences of the alcohol.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well heck yeah, that's one seriously opaque porter, with a light brown head of froth and almost a jillion bubbles dancing about (if you can even see them through the black fog). Many splatters of lace too.

Smells are coffee, toffee and plenty of roasting to the malts. Nice nutty buoyancy also. I can only describe the overall aroma as "upbeat" as opposed to the heavier smells of some porters and stouts.

Very English vibe in the flavor, despite the smoke which makes me think more of German rauchbiers, of course. Good balance happening: smoky malts, malty smoke, hoppy bitterness, chocolate richness, toffee-like and lactic sweetness. In a word: yum. A little on the watery side, in terms of texture, would've benefited from a milkier, creamier body. But still okay.

Maybe not as wild and unique as we expect from this brewery, but who cares, it's an excellent offering, one of the most complex and well-rounded porters you'll find.

Photo of gbarron
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber, didn't notice any dating.

A - dark, dark brown, almost opaque with hints of glowing ruby around the edges. Head is a lovely off-white with tan tinges, tight bubbles, a little lacing.

S - nice, complex aroma. Malty roastiness, chocolate, toasted nuts. Almost smells like toasting graham cracker cookies. Wonderful hint of smoke in the back, but not extremely powerful. Maybe a slight earthy hop aroma in there, but malt is up front here. Nice to see that from a Stone brew.

T - rich, smooth maltiness. Chocolate flavors, malt sweetness, roasted coffee, balanced out by a tart bitterness at the end. Hints of green apple/acetaldehyde, roasted nuts, slight smokiness. Not a ton of hop flavor, maybe some English earthy/flower.

M - medium to thick bodied, bordering on the size of a small stout. Extremely rich and smooth beer, almost tastes like oats were used in this to get that smooth, oily consistency. Carbonation appears low to moderate.

D - flavorwise, I wouldn't mind having this beer everyday, it's that tasty. To me, this is what a strong porter should taste like. Not getting a lot of smoke from this smoked porter, but that is fine with me. The body of this beer would make it difficult to have more than a couple in a sitting. Easily my favorite beer from Stone.

Photo of hero27
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. 5.9% abv.

Dark brown with red accents. Creamy tan head holds well and tastes delicious to boot. Light roasted malt aroma, some coffee, and a touch of smoke. Tastes surprisingly chocolate-y, while the usual coffee flavors coming out fairly strong also. This porter doesn't overplay the smokiness like so many smoked beers do...instead it seems to add a smoke element to an already great porter. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, but it remains quite drinkable even at room temp. Overall, a very good brew from Stone.

Photo of rustymoore
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As usual Stone brews a good beer...this one pours a heavy brown to black w/good a rich creamy head. Smells heavy of coffee and roasted smoky notes. Some nutty notes as well. Tastes strong of coffee and chocolate but somewhat watery. Becomes even better when its closes in to room temperature. Mouthfeel is watery with some bitterness. Overall and excellent porter and is what I have come to expect from Stone.

Photo of ReDave
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber. Surprisingly light cream head, not dark [ish] at all. On the other hand the porter is as dark as it gets, at least with side, back lighting in this room, i can't see through this at all, just some red tinting on the edges of the glassware. Little traces of lace on the way down. This is the "lightest" tasting Stone i can remember [don't remember their Levitation when i tried that before] [and on another note, their Ruination has truly "ruined" me, i need MORE HOPS]
Slight coffee smell. Taste is a nice light porter, with a mild smokey flavor. The aftertaste is like coffee almost, the bitterness present is very light.

Photo of elricorico
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coming from the bottle this beer is very dark brown with a lot of red in it. In the glass it appears opaque, nearly black. The head that formed is fairly thick and creamy, tan coloured and leaves plenty of lacing. Can't do much better than that.

The smell is full of roasted malt, giving a coffee bean and bitter chocolate impression. Smoke is in there, but faintly. Overall a good porter smell.

The beer presents a fairly traditional porter range of flavours. Coffee and chocolate flavours that run from semi sweet to slightly bitter as they cross the tongue. Hops are relatively subdued, but there is enough to create balance. Smoke appears in the aftertaste and is not overdone. There is a slight downer though, as faint staleness lingers on the tip of the tongue, only showing up after swallowing. The stale flavour reminds me of tap water that has sat out for a while. This isn't a major complaint though, it just takes away slightly from the overall effect.

Mouthfeel is bang on. If every porter felt like this one I'd never be disappointed. Carbonation is quiet and there is enough body here to make it feel chewy. Fills the mouth and is comfortable over the tongue.

Top notch beer, without a doubt. The one little slip in the taste is the only thing that I would change if I could. Huge thanks to orrshow, as he gave me this bottle from the stash his parents brough in from Vegas.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Stone Smoked Porter pours a very dark brown, with about a 1/2 inch head. It smells mostly like coffee, chocolate and malt, with a slight smoky smell. Very nice. It has a stronger smoky taste to it, along with it tasting like chocolate and roasted malt. There's also a slight bitter coffee-like aftertaste, which is good. It's very full flavored overall. The mouthfeel is thin, and it goes down pretty smooth with not much carbonation at all. I'm very partial towards dark beers anyway, and I would place this one close to the top of the ones I've tried. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Cheers!

Photo of Orrshow
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours very dark with nice ruby red tones to it. The head is about two fingers, frothy, and tan. There is a lot of lacing at the top of my glass as well.

Smell – The first scents up front are mainly roasted malt and coffee. There is a bit of smoke as well with hints of bitter chocolate. These aromas definitely make me want to drink this beer.

Taste – Now I know why this is called Smoke Porter. Although it was not a present in the smell, the smokiness of this beer is quite obvious when sipped. There are subtle chocolate and coffee flavors hidden away nicely just to compliment the smokiness. Roasted malts are there too with a nice bitterness. Somewhere in there I get sweetness...perhaps from caramel malts. Bitter and burnt feelings are left on the palate after this beer is swallowed.

Mouthfeel – This beer is a touch tingly on the tongue which takes away from the overall effect. The body is good though as it has a nice delicate creaminess.

Drinkability – Very good. The beer is easy to drink for me. It is robust but my glass emptied fast.

Glad I had a chance to try this. It is a very good beer and if I can get my hands on it again I will. Being my first beer from Stone it makes me very anxious to try more of their products.

Photo of loren01
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from bomber a reddish black color with a 2 finger width tannish frothy head
S: Smells pretty earthy, you can also easily pick up on the smoky aroma.
T: Tastes smoky, like how stuff BBQ'd with mesquite charcoal. Slight bitter aftertaste. Also some dark chocolate flavors.
M: Medium to heavy bodied.
D: Smell was nice, however the taste didn't do much for me really. Never been a fan of dark chocolate and there were a lot of the same flavors in this beer as are in dark chocolate. I've had better porters, but overall not too bad, something different than the norm.

Photo of orfeu
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bloody brown with a thick but fizzy tan foam cap. Aromas of chocolate and black malts; some earthy/floral hops make a showing as well. Toasted cocoa and chocolate cake batter up front in the taste with an earthy compost-like hop flavor following. Sharp mineral twinge at the finish. Smoke flavor does not emerge until late in the aftertaste. On a second sip, however, it seems that a foretaste of the smoke is detectable in between the sweetness of the cocoa-inspired malts and the bitter hops. Okay, no, as the beer warms, the smoked flavor really does emerge, but not too strongly -- it permeates most of the sip, but only in a gentle, "Hey, I'm a smoked porter, remember?" sort of way. Medium body and silky mouthfeel overall. Without a doubt, one of the top American porters. Matched nicely with smoked gouda on pumpernickel. "Enjoy by 1 05 05." Whoops. Held up pretty damn well for sitting on a shelf for a year past its drink-by date.

Photo of ernie
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried it on a train. Yes, Santa Fe Railroad, travelling from San Diego to LA. Everyone who's planning to hit this railroad must take into consideration that chouce of beers is simply wonderful. Well, I loved it - strong and potent, with smoky aroma, coffeish taste and great black color. I agree that the taste could be even greater, but on a hot sunny day it was already larger-than-life. Recommended!

Photo of leedorham
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a coffee black with a strong head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. I can definitely smell the "Smoked" part of the aroma but not much complexity besides that.

I like the taste but could do with a bit more of it. It tends to fade pretty quickly into the background. There is very little bitterness which fits the overall character of the beer. It goes down very easily. I feel like mixed nuts would go very well with this beer but have none on hand. Bandon cheddar will have to do.

Overall this is a very easy, tasty, uncomplicated beer to drink. Complexity would probably take away from it. Well done.

Photo of petemorris
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A truly excellent porter, one that will at least cause me to pause before automatically reaching for Anchor's. The aroma immediately said "Stone", with a sweet spicy (mango chutney?) melody harmoniously laid on top of a classic roasted-coffee porter background, and a strong hint of smoke. It pours beautifully dark and clear, with a nice creamy head which subsides quickly into a drinkable thin film. Even though served quite warm, the flavor and mouthfeel didn't quite live up to what my eyes and nose had promised--I prefer porters that pack just a little bit more sweet, roasted maltiness--but it was still quite good, with the smoke flavor again perfectly balanced. And it all finished very clean, making this one very drinkable porter.

Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black in the center with ruby highlights around the edges. There was a fairly thin, but well-retained foamy white head.
The smell was of smoky roasted coffee with a burnt charcoal aroma.
The taste was of charcoal, roasted black coffee and a touch of chocolate. It was medium to full-flavored (almost rich - not quite there.)
The aftertaste was smoky and burnt - almost gritty, while still being smooth.
It does hit its goal of being a porter that is good for a barbecue or as a dessert. And, of course, the bottle is cool!
This is a very good beer! IMO, it's not the best offering from Stone, but certainly a good, slightly different (but in a good way) porter, and worth the price!

Photo of sagito327
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally tried this beast for graduation. Poured into a glass forming a thick, 1 1/2-2 inch head. Appearance was black, red around the sides. Head dissipates within a minute or two, leaving very little lacing. Smells of smoke, raisin, coffee and hops. Tastes very "hoppy", but nice. Goes down smoothly, though it is a very "thin" beer as far as dark beers go. The light feel allows it to go down smooth, and it is very satisfying. One of the better porters I have had, but I still think that if you like a full flavored dark beer, a stout is the way to go.

Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Smoked Porter served up into a standard pint glass from a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle. I'll admit, I'm a little tired this evening, but American Porters are one of my favorite styles - Edmund Fitzgerald being the namesake that influenced my BA tag - so this should hopefully be a treat prior to lying down and returning to work in lesson than twelve hours from now.

The beer poured a seemingly pitch black, but proved to have a purplish red tinge when held up in the direction of the lamp across the room. The beer started with a wonderful finger and half of head that reduced to a quarter inch of tan head that retained throughout the drinking of the beer.
This bad boy proved to be a mouthfull of porter goodness: a viscous, thick mouthfeel lacking much of a smoked flavor but included the complex maltiness I look for coming from this style: dark chocolate hints along with burnt malts and a nice dry hopped finish - expected from a Stone product. The texture is decadent creaminess without being overly so.

Give me a few more of these, and I would love to see it on tap sometime. Stone's Smoked Porter is an excellent beer to enjoy as it warms, and even though the weather today proved to be hotter than I would have chosen, this beer still proves to be refreshing.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour is big and black with an inch thick tan head. Very easy on the eys. What I can smell of the nose is good, but too faint. I get smoke and raisins. Taste is espresso-like with a glimpse of sweetness that makes me think of raisins. It doesn't feel all that defined. The smoke is inconsistent. One minute you taste it, the next sip, you don't. Mouth is wonderful, as creamy as you could hope. Carbonation is light and dances over the tongue.
Not nearnly as good as Alaskan Smoked Porter, but still, I could certainly have a couple glasses.

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,827 ratings.