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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,866
Reviews: 1,766
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 144
Gots: 307 | 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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Photo of blitz134
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally picked up a bottle of this while I was in Colorado for a couple of weeks. I've been wanting to try it for a while now. I had this one while chilling in my tent in RMNP during a rain storm one afternoon.

Really nice looking brew. Nearly opaque but with some brown fringes. Lots of tan head, thick lacing. Light aroma though. Sweet milk chocolate exclusively. The taste is a step in the right direction though. Light smokiness initially then bittersweet chocolate. Slight sweetness in the middle. Finish has a nice roasted bitterness. A touch of earthy hops. Okay mouthfeel. A bit thin, coats well and the flavor lingers though. Good drinkability overall. A nice beer with some nice smokiness and a good overall flavor. Goes down easy.

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

Pours a dark brown colour with nice tan head.

Smells of smokey malts, and maybe some chocolate sweetness.

The taste, true to it's namesake, is smokey, with rich malt characteristics, but with noticeable hop contributions. Balance is good, and leads way to some coffee/chocolate tastes in the middle, with eventual smokiness returning.

Smooth and very drinkable.

Photo of Dizzy
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, tan head. Smell is malts, fruit , a little hops and a little smoke. Taste is carmel, a little roastiness with a smoky background; balanced with hop bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. This is a tasty beer, but I do wish the smokiness was a little more prominant. Overall though, this is worth picking up.

Photo of mjc410
3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Moneuse tulip lazily, the beer still manages to raise a mighty, creamy, big bubbled head, the color of creamed coffee. It settles after a few minutes, leaving nice lacing.
The body is almost opaque, but ruby peeks through a bit.

Smell is light, sugary, and only mildly roasty. Not too much here.

Taste is light, creamy, and mildly roasty. Very enjoyable. Mildly bitter. Would benefit from a good bit more smoke and chocolate flacors.

Very light, even while knowing its ABV. Still, makes it quite drinkable. A nice beer for sessions, although on the strong side.

Photo of dherling
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Don't expect a rauchbier here, it has a subtle smokyness that compliments the toffee maltiness of this porter. This is a good thing, as I personally can only drink one rauchbier at a time, while Stone makes this a beer to enjoy for a few rounds. My first review, how exciting.

Photo of gotbeer
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this one is dark with a nice head that retains well.

The smell has hints of smoke and toffee.

The taste is great. There are hops of course (it's Stone) and a very light hint of smoke. Chocolate and toffee round out the malts. This one is surprising good on a hot summer night.

The mouthfeel is satisfying and the drinkability is excellent. This is an all season porter for sure, and one fo the best examples of it's kind.

This may not be Stone's most popular brew, but it's one of it's best. Highly reccomended.

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

A - Pours a black in color, nice carbonation, nice small foamy tan head, very nice lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts, toffee, caramel, and a slight roasted/smoked scent.

T - The taste is of roasted/smoked toffee and sweet, nice clean finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. An awesome brew from Stone, a classic to the style. Highly recommended.

Photo of Liquids
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first experience with Stone, and I'm not much of an over the top Northwwestern hop kind of guy, but I have to try it at least once with a chance to get hands on some...espcially this one as I love porters and smoke flavored beers.

Pours a rubied deep brown that is impressive in it's thick creamy foamed head of a light molases color, and it holds for a while. Smells of sweet malts, very light alcohol underneath, with hops smelling grassy and gentle in a british way, but also blended with that northwestern american hops aroma. A subtle dopple like sweetness in the aroma as well. This smells like a lot is going on in a good way, and it's already not what I was expecting. Expecting a hop bomb of an ultra smoky porter... Here goes...tastes mostly brown actually; the smoke it faint and in the finish. Charred malt peaks through past the smoke and there is only a little bit of that to add complexity but not offend. The taste is classic dark brown/light porter with a few twists to give it complexity. It's balanced in hops actually. More comprable to jinx than I expected! Mainly just a note darker and a tad less smoky. I can see this as a porter, but it seems to have a lot in common with a medium bodied brown ale apart from the color. I like both browns and porters, and so it was more of a surprise expecting a near-stout kind of porter. A tasty, english style, balanced-flavored brew! Mouthfeel is medium with not intrusive carbonation ,in a really good way; very solid, which contributes to being one of the most excellent, easy drinking, sessionable beers I've had in a long time, and the 22oz split with a friend went down far quicker and more easily than I imagined! Drink this!

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

Poured out of a bomber into a pint glass/tumbler. This beer is the very first offering from Stone that I ever tried. I didn't like it at all the first time I tried it, liked it only slightly better the second time I had it, but loved it the third time I had it once my palate had developed some. This beer pours a very dark brown color with some deep amber red highlights when held up to the light. The tan head is a good 3/4 inches thick when poured and settles to a good surface layer coating maybe 1/4 inch thick with very good retention and excellent lacing. A whiff fills the nostrils with deep, roasted malty aromas of coffee and chocolate with hints of caramel and some dark fruit-maybe some plum or perhaps a slight hint of cherry. Tastes sweet and also a little bitter at the same time with hints of coffee, chocolate, fruits such as plums, and of course some malt. The flavors are rounded out by a fairly subtle but definite hop presence. The flavors are quite well balanced indeed. This beer has a full bodied, crisp, frothy and almost creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. A very good representation of this style indeed. A winner!

Eric

Photo of EvilKeith
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a very dark brown, in the glass it could be black. The head begins as two fingers of creamy camel colored froth, falls to a cap with thick and sticky lace.
The smoke is more subtle than expected. The primary scents are dark fruits, faint choclate, charcoal, and light smokiness. As it warms caramel comes to prevalence.
Taste is chocolate, a bit of coffee bean with an underlying smoky sweetness. Well balanced with a dry bitter hop finish.
Medium bodied. Moderately active carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel.
It was enjoyable, as a porter. I found the smoke to be a little understated.

Photo of guzzle211
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into imperial pint glass

A- half-intensity pour created a nice one-plus finger head. Velvety black appearance, light barely penetrates but creates a deep maroon color.
S- chocolate dominates at first, but not too sweet. hazlenut, mocha subtle after it warms a little.
T/M- a little sweet, gets more complex as it warms. i didnt taste the coffee as strong as everyone else seemed to, i would call it more of a light hint of mocha vs. coffee. thick in the mouth (and belly,) even with a lot of carbonation.
D- after-dinner, one per session. not my type of porter (i would rather have one i can drink as an appetizer or with steak, instead of dessert) but for its style this is very well-crafted and thought out.

Photo of BlindPig
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- ½ in light mocha color head. Dark black with brown edges. Head fades at medium pace. Nice lacing and cant see carbonation due to its so dark.

Smell- Stronger scent. Maybe smoke with lots of malts, and light hops?

Taste- Smokey aftertaste with a light bitterness to it but not much. Malty, don’t know what flavor that I’m tasting (after reading others reviews on BA it made sense and I tasted it that it’s a light coffee taste). Can taste the smokiness though especially when it warms up comes out pretty strong and in aftertaste. Not to hoppy I believe. There’s a light bitterness to it probably from the hops coming through. Flavors come out more when it warms.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with light carbonation but it is there as a light bite at first.

Drinkabilty- Wish I could tell what the taste is (found out it is probably coffee), tastes familiar. It’s better the more I drank. This did make me want to try more porters. Was kind of glad when it was over

Photo of EPICAC
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I purchased this a few days ago at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I chilled this in the fridge and served it in my NERAX pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with garnet tints around the edges. A fluffy beige head tops the beer, eventually fading to a quarter-inch layer, persisting and then disappearing altogether.

Smell: Dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate and a nice smokiness.

Taste: Fruity sweetness and mild tartness upfront. A roasted coffee bitterness in the finish gives way to a nice smoky flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation, with a smooth and thick rich texture.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and flavorful, though it may be a little strong for some.

Overall: This is an excellent flavorful porter. The smoky flavor is noticable, but not overpowering.

Photo of SethB2
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

A - Deep murky brown in color with a very small head that is cream in color. Decent looking, but certainly not outstanding.

S - Roasted, smokey malts covering a fruity sweetness. A bit of coffee and leather in there too.

T - Nice. Again, roasted malts dominate this one, but there is also a very apparent bitterness that I wasn't expecting from the smell. I'm not sure initially if this is caused by hops, but either way, I like it a lot. Behind all of this is the sweetness at the finish.

M - A bit thin, in my opinion, for a complex beer like this.

D - Very, very good.

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
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

-Oelergud

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
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,866 ratings.