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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,824 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,824
Reviews: 1,752
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002)
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22oz bottle

Pours a transparent deep brown color with a small off white head that sticks around most of the glass. Huge chocolate malt nose, coffee bean and subtle hints of vanilla. Much is the same in flavor mellow, rich and decadent, mild bitterness and subtle notes of rootbeer, cherry and fruit. By the way, this bottle has been hidden in my stash since at least this time last year. Heavier than medium in body, mild carbonation and good drinkability. Pay no attention to the best by date.

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Beer poured from bottle into Mug

A - Beer poured with a two finger rocky beige colored foam, which held very well; body has a dark brown/black thick body; lots of lacing formed on the glass; good amount of visible carbonation; big bubbles formed in the head

S - Scents of coffee, toffee; mostly smoky & burnt malt scents come up; hints of chocolate on the back-end

T - Coffee flavors with a quick follow-up of subtle chocolate tones; slight pinch of metallic flavors are picked up at the tip of the tongue; smoky flavor lingers for quite a while; licorice subtle hints of oak

M - Smoky flavors linger for a bit and seem to influence the feel; dry and perched feeling is left on the tongue; thin consistency; lingers for a while

D - Great drink for a smoked porter; all the smoke flavors you want packed into a perfect brew

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it pours a deep, almost totally opaque brown, flashing ruby at the edges where light stands a better chance of passion through. A finger full of light brown head pillows like mousse and retains nicely. Clingy whirls of lacing meander on the glass.

A rather mild smokey peat aroma is most notable at first, but almost as apparent is a chocolate character and coffee notes. Hops begin by acting shyly, but come out of their shell as the glass warms, allowing them to flower more noticeably. The earthy sweetness of dark roasted malt provides the end game, along with a mild coffee bitterness.

Upon tasting, the dusky malt takes the lead, imparting a roasted grain backbone to the mix, but the genuine smokey character duels capably. An edgy dark coffee bitterness cruises in, then steps aside to allow a pairing of an oily hops resonance and an earthy, almost leathery richness to work toward the end. The finish gives up the return of the gentle bitterness. The smoke component is a mellow partner rather than an assertive stage-hog, and that works well here.

Medium bodied, the flavor elements are strident enough to cling tightly, which is good because this beer flows ably, rather than coat the palate. A dry hops tingle glows at the finish.

This is my first Stone offering (I'm saving my DB,) and I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's all good. The eponymous smoke never overwhelms, but rather adds a fun aspect to a good porter. It's never over the top and delivers good flavor along with something a bit different. Goes to show you, add a flavor to what starts as a good beer, and it has a chance to be a winner. It drinks easily and freely, which is obviously a good quality. No, I'm not wowed, but I'm pleased, and if Stone gets nothing but better from here on for me, then life is surely fine.

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,824 ratings.