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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,689 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,689
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 108
Gots: 243 | 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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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer sports a tall tan head and lots of lacing. A thick dollop hangs around almost forever.

This is indeed smokey. There is a nice deep fruitiness that hides beneath. Plenty of licorice is there too. Chocolate comes out and gives me something to actually enjoy.

Lots of smoke blankets chocolate and dark fruits. A grassy and pine hopping brings out a bitter finish.

Pretty much medium across the board. Medium carbonation and medium body. The finish is ashy and dry.

Not really my thing. The high level of smoke and sturdy hopping make this a bitter Porter.

MbpBugeye, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of ditch
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I see there are quite a few good reviews for this beer. Sorry to say I have to disagree. the appearance and smell of this beer is great. the taste is what left me disappointed. the coffee and hops hit your taste buds with a blast of joy, then it's all downhill. I'm not getting any sweet tones. The smoke comes through, then disaster. You're left with the taste of charcoal. Like you just licked the bottom of a grill. The mouthfeel of this one was also not to my liking. very light and carbonated. not what i expect from a porter. This is my first "smoked" beer and maybe it's supposed to be this way. but i will try it again if i ever find it on tap somewhere.

ditch, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of MatthewPatthew
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had a taster of this after a tour of the brewery. This beer is pretty decent, though it pales in comparison to Alaskan's Smoked Porter, which I happened to have had the night before.

It looks like most any porter, though notably - like all of Stone's beers - crystal clear. It feels more watery than I'd like my Porter, however.

The smoked character is the standout of both the taste and aroma, but it has a ham-like quality that I try to avoid in smoked beers. I would have used a similar amount of a more well-rounded smoked malt. More smoke, less meat.

MatthewPatthew, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of bradford
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasted on 4/22/07
Appearance: A very dark Porter. Nice color interpretation of this mild style
Smell: A different approach. Smokey malts give this a burnt smell, not at all unpleasant.
Taste: I have given this a few tastes now, this being my third bottle. I always approach it with an open mind hoping for something different, but alas, I am again slightly dissapointed.
Mouthfeel: Watery, bland, dissapointing
Drinkability: I know a lot of people love this beer, and porter is a classic style that I usually enjoy, but this beer just doesn't do it for me. I respect Stone a lot, they are one of my all time favorite breweries, I guess I am just not a fan of this beer. Not a bad choice by any means, I just prefer Stone's other, hoppier offerings.

bradford, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of benito
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Stone's contribution to the world of extreme, or rather, offbeat porters is near-black in color with a creamy, off-white head. There are muted aromas of chocolate, cinnamon, and pepper. This is an extremely dry and bitter porter, with little malt sweetness to match the hop presence and dry, smokiness. The smoke flavors, though advertised as central, are really only second thoughts--complements to an otherwise typical robust porter. I could have handled more smoke, more sweetness, and more pronounced aromas all around.

I love the mouthfeel of this brew: it is dry, powerful, and heavy--something that really lives up to the 'robust' moniker. Unfortunately, the sacrifice for such a palate-challenging brew comes in drinkability. It's for sipping, remote from the industrial, quaffable origins of this style.

Overall, this is a tasty, spicy porter that is most notable for its rough-textured mouthfeel and lack of drinkability. If you want a really "smoky" porter, stick with something else (Left Hand's Smokejumper comes to mind).

benito, Sep 24, 2007
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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,689 ratings.