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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,599 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 3,599
Reviews: 1,740
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 104
Gots: 202 | 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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Ellbert

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -20.4%

The appearance was dissapointing to me. It was a deep deep mahogony that one could see through. The head was tan but small. It quickly dissapted leaving a small lace and a very thin layer of bubbles in the pattern of leapord spots. That was cool.

The smell was of roasted malts, very stout like.

The taste was very good. Not what I am used to in a porter. It was sweet but had a smoked taste, hence the style. A little bit of hops were present in the taste but they were in the background.

The mouthfeel left something to be desired. It was a little thin, the carbonation help make the mouthfeel more complex.

The drinkability in this beer is low. The taste was pretty powerful and I myself would not want much more of this. A decent beer but one is enough.

01-10-2004 15:55:29 | More by Ellbert
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Admiraldinty

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a dark, dark brown with a modest light brown head. Aroma is of sweet, strong coffee, with a really small hint of smoke. Rich and full-bodied with a creamy, but crisp mouthfeel. Chocolately, coffee-like malt with a hint of smoke. Hop bitterness also comes into play. Ah, another beer that drinks like a meal. This isn't a porter for wimps, as this has a huge taste. Despite all this, I would say that this isn't Stone's best beer.

01-10-2004 02:56:20 | More by Admiraldinty
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

My second Stone offering...a Christmas present....Santa was very good to me...As someone who is starting to appreciate Porters, I was very happy with this offering. A dark chocolate color with a beautiful head that leaft an unbelievable lacing started the experience. The aroma was what it said...smoky...coffee-bean like with a hint of tartness to come. Taste was extremely well-rounded with a creamy mouthfeel that was medium bodied. The smoky coffee flavors were there, but so was an excellent slightly bitter aftertaste. Extremely smooth drinkability. I tried this at about 55-60 degrees which seemed ideal. Right up there in my top tier of fine brews. Definitely a brew to try.

12-29-2003 01:14:36 | More by edchicma
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

22 ounce bottle.
Poured extremely dark with a moderate, tan head that quickly settled and dissipated. Aroma is predominately roasted grains and malt. Very slight smoke character in the rear of the aroma. In fact, the smokiness of the beer takes a backseat throughout the experience....it's almost an afterthought. And, in one sense, that's a refreshing change from smoked beers that are plainly overdone.
The beer has a rich, thick mouthfeel...mouth-coating with a somewhat astringent and dry finish. Roasted grain throughout, and moderately bitter hop aftertaste. Overall, it's a very drinkable, well-made brew.

12-28-2003 01:09:41 | More by Suds
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CBFanWish

New York

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

A super dark brown color that would give you the impression that it was a stout just by looking at it. There was a smoky smell as well as a smoky yet caramel taste. If there is a better way to spend my winters, I havn't had it yet. This beer was as smooth as it gets.

12-26-2003 14:59:50 | More by CBFanWish
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -20.4%

The Smoked Porter poured a dark black with a semi-creamy tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Suprisingly, there was not much of an aroma to this beer just a slight malt smell. I wasn't very impressed with the taste either. It had a very bitter, hoppy finish for a porter. As it warmed a roasted malty start became more pronounced. I was expecting a lot from this beer and was pretty disappointed. It wasn't bad, but it was nowhere near what I though it would be. I didn't notice any smokiness in the nose or taste either.

12-25-2003 04:41:25 | More by Beaver13
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rkhaze

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured black with chestnut edges. Nice creamy tan head. Good lace. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and a subtle sweet smokiness.
Taste of charred malt, chocolate and a tangy hard wood smokiness. The smoke comes through a lot more in the flavor than the smell. The smoke and a hop bitterness lingered on the palate a little longer than I liked. Almost seemed to need a slightly sweet element to balance it out.
Good mouthfeel if not a little thin. The sharp aftertaste hurt the drinkability for me.

12-08-2003 05:00:12 | More by rkhaze
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +5%

Deep dark red-brown, with a tan head that laces well.
Smoky and roasted aroma hits your nose as soon as you pour.
Hits all the dark tastes coffee, chocolate, raisin, and roasted malt, but lying under them all is a smokyness. These are balanced by a good amount of hops.
A lighter feel than I expected, on the light side of medium.
I bet it would go great with smoked meats (such as pulled pork).
Very drinkable, more subdued that I'd expect when the words Stone and Smoked are involved.

12-02-2003 17:41:59 | More by mschofield
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tfinn

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

this beer simply smells wonderful. I had to smell it even before I poured my first glass from the bottle. light head dissapeared after the first few sips. it's a suitably dark dark red / brown porter color.

did I mention it smells really good? there's a subtle almost carmelized undertone that hearkens to roasted food which strikes me as very tasty.

initial flavor is somewhat tangy "hoppy wood" which fades quickly after swallowing to yield hints of malt. the hops return and the tail continues a low light hoppy ride off to a dry finish on the sides of my tongue.

mouthfeel improves as it warms up, but is still a tad on the light side for me. (I <3 malt.)

overall a very good beer, worth seeking out for the smell alone.

12-02-2003 07:22:19 | More by tfinn
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +7%

my second stone brew. they're easily 2 for 2 thusfar. pours a dark dark brown to near black with a nice creamy tan head that leaves a nice stickiness on the glass. the smell and taste are of smoke, coffee, chocolate and malt. the smell has some other sweet qualities to it and the taste falls in the order listed above, with a finish that goes back to the coffee flavour for a nice dry finish. this is an easy drinking brew that is most complex than most, if not all, of the porters that i have sampled. the relatively low alcohol content makes this a nice choice for a different type of session brew if you are looking for one.

12-01-2003 04:30:44 | More by SixpointJMH
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2%

Pours a deep brown with some ruby tint to it with a light but creamy looking almond colored head,the aroma is very nice I think the light smoky hints along with the chocolate almost makes a fudge brownie aroma is it just me?Taste is very earthy with a raw peanut flavor with the smokiness coming in late that lingers definant resiny hop flavor intermingaled in there as well.A pretty complex beer very worthy of its high marks in my humble opinion.

11-22-2003 02:23:01 | More by oberon
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1%

Rich dark brown color almost opaque; nice tan to light brown head. Faint smokiness amidst all the qualities of a quality porter; roastiness, maltiness and all the stereotypical dark ale qualitites (coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, etc...) Personally, I've tasted better porters, but the subtle smoke presence in this beer rounds it out and makes it quite enjoyable. I feel Stone has done a remarkable job with this beer. Of course, it's no Schlenkerla as far as smoked beers go, but you know it's not trying to be that kind of a smoked beer. Sometimes less is better, and if this beer was more aggressively smoked, I'm not so sure I'd like it as much. It's found a certain kind of chi. Right up there with Anchor Porter as a quality west coast porter.

11-20-2003 08:31:40 | More by crookedhalo
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nomad

Kansas

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

Poured a deep brown color, with a head that was quick to pile up and quick to bubble down, and showing better lacing than I expected. Smell was roasty, with scents of nuts and mild coffee, dark chocolate, and some smoke. Taste was at first roasty, chocolatey, with a great porter body of flavor. It seemed have just enough lick of hops, but it came through with a sizable salty and, what comes close to, green and oily hops in the long finish. This is what soured my opinion of the beer.

A little too much hop bitterness for me, this beer was surprisingly flavorful for a thin body - in fact, a thin session mouthfeel but covered in some carbonation. Well done just not my taste for a porter.

11-10-2003 18:20:43 | More by nomad
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +4%

Pours black with a persistant light brown head. Aroma is first of roast malt, followed by smoke which comes to dominate the aroma, though it is not overwhelming. The taste is malty, with roasted notes, and then the smoke injects itself. The smoke is the dominant flavor, though it is not as strong as some other examples. Very well balanced for a Stone beer :-)

11-08-2003 00:50:44 | More by Gueuzedude
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winomark

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Appearance: Nice dark brown hue with a small, frosty white head.

Aroma: Smoky malt and hops. Coffee and mocha also present.

Taste: Smoke and coffee throughout, with a hoppy dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Coating, but dry. Coffee and chocolate give it good body.

Drinkability: Stronger than most porters I have had, but still a great interpretation. Will try again when I can.

10-31-2003 15:40:47 | More by winomark
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

At first, I thought this porter was created with one of the specialty techniques involving “smoke” as in the style of the German smoke beers like Rauchenfels Steinbrau . Thus upon first tasting this beer I was in a quandary over it having anything to do with “smoke” at all. After some research I found the “smoke” came from the peat smoke roasted malt.

The beer poured with a dark brown color- not quite black like a stout might be, but a deep rich substantial "brown".
The pour formed a nice foamy tan head.

As for flavor-- it’s a tasty porter-- a little light in the malt flavor signature department especially given the peat smoked malt and overall lighter flavor profile compared to other “fave” porters such as Ipswich . Stone Smoke Porter has a much heartier start to finish than Anchor Brewing’s porter. Generally it has all the profile and character of an excellent heavier bodied beer. In my opinion, it has the proper color, hearty balance of hops and malt, nice mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Although I can’t detect anything special about the malt notes. Maybe I’m expecting something out of the ordinary because of the so-called peat smoked malt. Nevertheless-- I like! I like!

10-16-2003 04:41:59 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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Mark

California

4.1/5  rDev +2%

Black as night, tannish head lasted and left nice rings of lace. Slightly smoky smell wafted up from the glass. Nice subtle roastiness and smoked character I found was just right. Good solid mouthfeel, highly drinkable. A very nice porter and one I would seek out again. Go Stone!

10-16-2003 02:51:47 | More by Mark
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beerinator

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance: Dark brown beer, with splotches of red where the light hits it. Dark tan head with great retention.

Aroma: Deeply stonish aroma. Smells like an arrogant bastard roasted in a fire. The malt presence is bursting forth with wild abandon.

Taste: Smokyness hits the middle of the tongue. Bitterness lingers through the flavor. Tingly smokyness accentuated by the hop presence. Malt is not too overpowering, and the smoke level seems right. Mouthfeel is nice, like most of the Stone beers I've had.

Notes: Good beer in small doses. Smokyness mostly balanced by the malt sweetness. If you like smoky beers, don't pass this one by.

10-09-2003 12:16:43 | More by beerinator
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TinusTime

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

pours a fairly opaque black with a nice khaki head that dissapears quickly. smell is of burnt coffe, toffee, woodsmoke and chocolate. Flavour was more subtle than i thought it would be. Starts of with a sweetness and finishes with a bit of a hop bite. Not alot of smoke on the palate however. I dont think i would have pegged this a smoke beer if i had not have known. the mouthfeel is silky smooth and the beer is nice and light on the carbonation. Drinkablity- this would go great with any grilled meats. I could definately see it with nice rich stew esp if the stew had a bit of bacon in it. Not a session beer but definately one you could savour during a meal

10-06-2003 16:51:44 | More by TinusTime
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Stopper

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours a hefty, creamy light brown head atop a very dark body with burnt orange highlights. The aroma is of a sweet base malt, with touches of a blend of smoke and bitter chocolate malts. The body is smooth and a bit lighter than I expected, and the hops bitterness is apparent almost immediately, as the balance is definitely toward the bitter side. The finish is so dominated by a gigantic citrusy hop bite that the smoke and dark roasted malt are difficult to pick out, though they do come through a bit as the hop fades a touch after a long and heavy presence.

This is my first taste of a Stone beer, and after built up expectations from all the hype I've heard, I am sorry to say I'm a bit disappointed. They managed to take a beer that should have multiple levels of interest and effectively squelch most of it with an oppressive hoppiness. That said, perhaps my expectations were just too high -- it's a good beer, and if I'm really looking for a load of hops, I'll look here again. But, in my opinion, for a smoked porter, this is far from well-balanced. The other bottle I bought will live in the cellar for a while, and perhaps the flavors will be perfectly balanced and blended after the hops have some time to fade.

10-06-2003 05:59:51 | More by Stopper
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AaronRed

New York

4.63/5  rDev +15.2%

What an ubelievable beer. Poured into clear pint glass, the richness of this brew is aparent immediately. Nice tan lace cascades down the glass until the end. You can smell the dark malt and smokiness, but it is not overwhelming nor distracting. I could not get over the taste. Rich and deep, all I can say it is the essence of what a porter should taste like. Chewy and fulfilling, it is certianly one of my favorite porters.

10-05-2003 14:56:43 | More by AaronRed
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woemad

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +19.4%

Having tried Alaskan Smoked Porter a little while back, I wanted to try another smoked porter and compare the two. This is possibly the most subtle beer I have ever had. It pours a dark black, with a moderate tan head and average lacing. The smell is that of most good porters - roasted malt, notes of black coffee - but with a beguiling smokiness hovering in the background. This smokiness sets the mood without dominating it. The taste is again a study in smoky restraint. The coffeeish, roasted malt taste is filled out and accentuated by the smoke flavor, which adds a rich, silkiness to the proceedings. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, like any good porter. This is a wonderful beer, and I deeply regret having purchased only one. Whereas Alaskan Smoked Porter bursts forth when you drink it, like a big alderwood swat team busting down your door, this smoked porter shakes your hand and puts its arm over your shoulder

09-30-2003 05:34:16 | More by woemad
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beerguy101

California

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

Deep Black Color, medium head. Aroma is smoky and malty. Roasted malt flavor, slightly sweet, chocolate and coffee, slightly smoky. Hops balance the roasted malts well. This is a nice porter, yet the slight touch of smoky adds an extra touch of flavor. Taste is very smooth. The smokiness is subdued and may not please a lot of drinkers. All in all a very nicely done beer. Subtly sometimes works better than a sledgehammer. Stone beers are usually over the top, this one is subtle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Etched/painted beer bottle.

09-25-2003 02:46:41 | More by beerguy101
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rabidawg

Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +16.9%

Appearance: Pure opaque black with a grayish-tan head. Light carbonation and sticky, irregular lacing.

Smell: Reminds me of a canvas tent that carries aroma of last year's campfire with it, a nice, earthy mustiness accompanied by the smell of a bed of coals wet by fresh rain. There's nothing falsified about this smokiness, no liquid smoke notes to be found. Breathing deeply a crisp hoppiness is found. But overall this brew smells old . . . old and wise.

Taste: Smooth as can be. The slightly oily liquid glides into my mouth, filling every corner possible. There's no assault and no shock, just a perfectly balanced gem. Very round. I swear I've never had a beer make my mouth water like this one. Slightly sweet, dark malts up front, with a slight prickling on the tongue from the combination of alcohol and carbonation. Finishes sweet and then dry, with a combination of fresh hops and more wonderful, understated woodsmoke.


Notes: Excellent beer. It may not be the smokiest, but it surely impressed me. TRY THIS BEER!

09-24-2003 02:36:17 | More by rabidawg
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +2%

This brew pours a dark almost black color with a slight hint of ruby. There is a fair sized tan head at the top and it gives away to a very thin sticky lace. The aroma is a mixture of roasted malt, brunt coffee, and a slight sweet scent. The flavor is mellow but very satisfying and is a direct copy of the aroma. There is a bit of a dry after taste (hops?) that hangs around and more of the smoke (burnt coffee) finish. Another very nice brew from Stone. I could sit down and enjoy another one BUT I only have one and some bitch named Isabel is hanging around off the coast.

09-18-2003 00:31:55 | More by Stubbie1
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,599 ratings.