Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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90
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Reviews: 1,770
Hads: 4,004
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 161
Gots: 411 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 RenzoD
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Pretty bland, not a whole lot of interesting characteristics. Considering it is made by Stone, you kinda sip down wondering if you're just missing something, expecting it to maybe come out a bit more as it warms, but it never happens. This might be one of the most "meh" beers I have ever had and by far the worst Stone. Tastes more like Miller or Budweiser attempted to make C.D.A. (382 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 1/22/15. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown with auburn hues; fluffy tan head that leaves great retention and sticky lacing. Looks great. The aromas surprisingly have hints of citrus. I'm picking up some orange peel. Chocolate malts are there. The smoke is there, but seems subtle and not as smokey as expected. The flavors have lots of smokey aspects, but it's balanced. Tons of cocoa malts. Lots of grains. More citrus notes. There's a little hop bite. There's a nice bitterness, but it's not overpowering. Some dark fruits. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and creamy. Easy to drink. It really opens up as it warms.

This is a solid porter. It's not my favorite example of the style, but it's still impressive. I personally like their vanilla variant better though. It's good stuff, but not elite. It's still one of those classic brews everyone should try if they haven't already. (978 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Lawson's tulip.

a: Black, clear ruby when seen through light. Half finger thick tan head receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild dark and caramel malt.

t: Big smoke up front followed by an almost equally big hop bite. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Smooth mediumn, plenty of carbonation tingle.

o; Sure lives up to its name! Smoke in abundance, perhaps the strongest of any similar type. A most enjoyable sipper. Have had their Vanilla bean version and enjoyed that, but this one packs an amazing smoky wallup. (566 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Very weak aroma of smoke and roasted malt
Head large (7 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing fair - moderate number of small islands of iny tan bubbles
Body dark reddish brown, clear
Flavor definately smokey, very slightly bitter, some roased malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4 (448 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark brown with a long-lasting white head.

Smell: Roasty malts.

Taste: Roasted malts start out a bit sweet, ending with very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy thickness and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very nice smooth porter. (251 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

EBD 7/17/14. Clear dark amber pour (similar to Coke) with a nice garnet note. Normal head and retention very good lacing. Nice complex nose of chocolate, light roast with toffee/coffee notes, a very subtle hint of dark fruit and a light smoky character that becomes pronounced as it warms. Light medium bodied with an almost smooth texture. Good carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish and in the middle. The flavor profile is quite nice, balanced - with a smoky skew - and complex. It begins with roast, then fades into a light chocolate sweetness. The middle effervesces into a burst of smoke and light hops over a well balanced bitterness. As it flows into the finish, hints of dark fruit emerge. The finish leaves you with a nice smoky aftertaste that lingers over hints of bitter dark chocolate. (824 characters)

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%

The perfect beer for the porch, pairing with your favorite cigar!
The smoked essence of this brew definitely will compliment your favorite stogie!
Even without the cigar, pair this brew with your favorite smoked gouda and cracker; you can't get much better than this! (267 characters)

Photo of risendragon
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%

Bought from Market Basket. I've had this before but not ever had the chance to review it. I will say, it goes well in a beef stew, gives it a sweet deep flavor with a hint of smoke.

A- Deep mahogany, almost red wine deep (4.25)

S- Chocolate covered cherries are the first smell I get followed by a whiff of smoke and dark chocolate. Not as much smoke as I remember though and it does have a bitter aftertaste that's not as appealing as it would seem (3.75).

T- I get coffee, dark chocolate, and a faint smoke wafting in the background. It also has a dark fruit flavor that's kind of unique. Not as smoky as I remember though (3.75).

M- Porter smooth, no complaints here! (4.5)

O- One of the better porters I've had, the smoke adds a bit of complexity but I remember it being more assertive in that department. Overall, I like it. Maybe drinking it at more of a room temperature would be better as I drank this one slightly chilled (4.07 average). (951 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Nice porter. Pours a beautiful deep brown with a decent head that has great lacing. Aroma is light. Taste is also light for a porter. Very drinkable. The soke is very light and comes more in the aftertaste than the actual consumption. A slight bitterness at the end. Good beer, one of the better porters I have has (314 characters)

Photo of daveruman
4/5  rDev -1%

A: Low carb, not very much head, nice brown. 3.7

S: meaty, smoky, brown notes.

T: very light porter, with a smokey after taste and a slight aftershock hoppyness

M: low carb on the tongue hold, smooth going down.

O: not a bad porter, drinkable and smooth, very light for a smoky beer. I'd give it a 4 (304 characters)

Photo of musicbeer7
4/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: pours a beautiful ruby red with a medium amount of carbonation. I love the color of this beer reminds me of arrogant Bastard but a little darker plenty of light coming through for a porter.
Aroma: big smoky peat overtones with the coffee and chocolate hiding in the back slight caramel as well.
Taste: follows the nose perfectly, also i slight milk sweetness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: nice medium body with medium carbonation.
Overall: great example of a smoked porter would buy again and can't wait to try the vanilla and chipotle versions (553 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Date: 8/27/14
Location: Half-Time Mamaroneck
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: The Porter pours black and allowing no light through with a large frothy carmel colored head with extremely good retention. The beer has an amazing cling as well that makes the drink look like time has come to a standstill within the glass.
Aroma: The malts really come through but do not hit me with as smokey a flavor as I imagined. In the malts I get a woodsy flavor with some very small notes of coffee and milk.
Taste: That smoked flavor I was looking for in the aroma I absolutely find in the flavor. As the beer warms, it really hits me on the top of my mouth and the back sides of my tongue. The finish is medium strong coffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. The beer is very wet and smooth when cool but as it warms really develops to a roasted dryness.

Notes: This beer really needs to be given a chance to warm up before it is consumed. All it's great flavors come out in time. (1,003 characters)

Photo of T_Reeves92
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

A: Dark Deep Brown/Black in color with thin tan head
S: Smoke, Malt, Dark Cocoa
T: Follows the nose, with a tiny bit of dark fruits
M: smooth, almost a little thin for what it should be
O: Pretty good beer overall. Very good if you like porters (244 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

A: Dark brown, almost opaque, light and bubbly 3/3
S: Smoke dominates, but lightly caramel or toffee 8/12
T: Smoke dominates even more, with dark malty notes that balance out a subtle sweetness…hops are an afterthought 15/20
F: Light mouth feel, astringent finish 4/5
Overall 8/10
=38/50 (290 characters)

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have failed to be surprised by Stone products anymore.This Porter Rocks.I had a Bomber last night .Poured it in my 20oz Firestone glass and watched as the color was a dark brown.The smell was fantastic and I Knew it was going to be a good night.At 5.9 ABV it was just about right for a mellow David Bowie greatest hits night.I would recomend this Porter and any other Stone product.Quality is job One for them.Motley Drunk out. (429 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a thin white head and moderate lacing. I picked up the smokiness in this immediately although some seem to not have. Vanilla, toffee, tart cherry, a touch of coffee and a full amount of smokiness that makes bacon ring through my mind. Not much carbonation and the flavors made it feel like I was drinking flat soda (in a good way, for those who deem it possible) towards the end. Very enjoyable! (416 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A deep brown with ruby red highlights coming through in the light. One finger of head. Died too quickly IMO and left minimal lacing when it was around.

S: toffee, caramel, some dark fruit and an ashy (not in a bad way) roasty element as well.

T: Didn't get much of the smoke element as advertised and much less a peat flavor but that's okay. Toffee and caramel malt are pretty present taking the forefront of the beer. Almost equally chocolate and darker malt appear. Dark fruit , no so much in an ester sense, but more of like a dark caramelized plum and more malty then anything. Hop bitterness is less then I would have expected and is balanced nicely.

M: Thin honestly, way to thin for a porter. This seems to make the carbonation "bristly" and prickly a touch which is something that should never appear in a quality porter.

O: This was a great beer overall. No peat and this is really not a single malt in a pint glass but it does a good job at being very drinkable, flavorful, and remaining interesting to the palate throughout the experience. Mouth feel definitely needs work though but then again who am I too tell STONE how to brew a beer. (1,156 characters)

Photo of untitledeuphoria
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank 7.19.14, on-tap at Drop Off Service in the East Village.

A: Dark mahogany brown, with a deep red highlights. Thick and creamy one finger head, dark tan in color, fades to a moderate cap. Nice pitting, leaves tons of lace throughout the entire glass.

S: Roasted malt, with undertones of smoke and chocolate/caramel. Fairly hoppy and bitter for a porter, but it works reasonably well.

T: Roasted dark malt dominates, subtle dark fruit flavors, and a lingering smoke flavor. Was really expecting a deeper, more complex taste.

M:Moderate carbonation, fairly thin for a bigger porter (was expecting something more from Stone). Smooth up front, smooth in the middle, and a bitter finish.

O: As a porter alone, it is fine enough...tasty in its own right, but not something I would reach for over Founders/Great Lakes/Deschutes. As a "smoked" porter? I am left underwhelmed. I would have assumed the smoke would be much more robust and ingrained. (951 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some thoughts... #1 I love me some Stone... poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter (and my wife's stemless wineglass, as we are talking about a dark beer here!). The appearance of this brew was fascinating... a deep black at the top of the glass, with a rich, translucent scarlet around the bottom of the glass. About a finger of a tan head which dissipated quickly. The aroma was overpowered by smoke, with some deep malt coming through as well. Taste was again overpopwered by smoke, with some dark fruit and malt undertones. Mouthfeel was smooth and enjoyable. Though this was definitely overpowered by the smoke (duh asshole, it is called smoked porter...), it chilled out as the glass warmed. Though it is somewhat like drinking a porter in a smoky room, at least it was more like yummy smoking meat smoke, as opposed to smoky bar smoke. Probably won't seek it out, yet intrigued by the chile pepper and vanilla variants. Worth a try if you like your beers dark. (970 characters)

Photo of troobie
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First smoked beer that I've tried, but certainly not my first porter.

A: Poured into my Sierra Nevada branded hop tulip imperial pint glass. Only one finger of tawny head that quickly settles to a thin cap from an aggressive pour. Deep dark brown color that will let strong light through. I can see lots of floaties in the glass. Moderate lacing that less than expected. Looks scrumptious.

S: Strong peat , so strong that I'm having a hard time getting to the other aromas. Wood smoke, cocoa, milk chocolate, and some vanilla. Sweet and inviting. Smells like sitting around a fireplace, inside of an old cabin, in the forest, at Xmas time. I'm not getting the coffee that most other reviewers noted. A hint of dark fruits.

T: Once again strong peat that encompasses wood smoke and dark chocolate. Not nearly as sweet as it smells. No fruits to speak of. Strong charcoal. Reminds me of Irish Dry Stout, specifically Guinness Extra Stout. Starts bittersweet and quickly leads to a strong, drying bitterness that lasts well after swallowing.

M: Carbonation is perfectly moderate with a tight feel. Creamy. Tea-like drying is strong. Substantialness is spot-on.

O: Mind = Blown (1,181 characters)

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

Bomber > Mason Pint

A - Pitch black with two fingers of foamy khaki head with thick lacing. Looks awesome.
S - Wonderful aroma, big smokiness, but not extreme, earthy hops, pine, burnt caramel, toasted nuttiness.
T - Roasted smoky flavor in front, some nice medium pine hop bitterness, toasted nutty toffee flavor underneath, just really nice.
M - Drier, and a tad bitter, but very balanced.
O - Wonderfully balanced smoked porter, smoke is in check with the hops and malt, excellent beer all the way around. (512 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter at around 45° F

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a mahogany tent when put up to the light. Foamy one finger tan/light brown head

Smell: Quite faint, but I pick up some roasted and chocolate malt, brown sugar, and a hint of dark fruit. Swirling gives it more character

Taste: Smoked malts hit you up front, then fades into chocolate and a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but light for the style. Smooth with a moderately bitter finish

Overall: My first smoked porter and I enjoyed it. Rich flavor for the style, and the price is right. As with most well made beers, more flavor came out the warmer it got. The finish was perhaps too bitter for my liking. Although good, it's not great, and falls short of being top tier for me. I will almost always grab for a more straight forward robust porter such as Founders or Smuttynose over this. However, this will be added to my cookout rotation. Recommended for sure! (961 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As a long time fan of Stone ipas, I was very excited to try their smoked porter, it did not dissappoint. This offering pours a very near black color with a thick tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves a nice film and lacing. The nose is robust and roasty. Lots of coffee, dried fruits, leather, and a slight smoky quality. Not as abrasive as in some smoked beers. The flavor confirms the nose. Smooth and rich and roasty. Coffee, vanilla, and chocolate abound and are accented by the slight smokiness. Mouthfeel is rich and luxurious; almost more stout like than porter. This is an excellent beer. Stone does a great job of balancing the flavors without making the smoke too prevalent. Well done! (701 characters)

Photo of BREWS4LA
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'll be honest I haven't had too many porters maybe 6-7 but this one is by far the best I've had.

Pours a cool dark reddish color with a creamy head which leaves a very nice lacing
The smell is slightly sweet but also a hint of roasted coffee.
Know the taste is what I would consider very complex. Initially a bit of chocolate but then the smoky roast flavors and a slightly bitter finish but in a very good and balanced way.
Very flavor full but not overwhelming, the flavor contrasts are something else.

Let me tell you these STONE BOYS don't mess around and not just because I'm a CALI native.

I just told the wife I will be spending my B-Day at their Escondido location I hear its like Disneyland for the brew heads.

Go Team USA..

Cheers. (748 characters)

Photo of SFNC
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured reddish brown into a cut pint glass. A nice head piled up quickly, then disappeared just as quickly with some decent lacing. The smoke was not overt, but was there like a distant fire. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and shoe polish dominated the scent. The taste was complex and shifting from sip to sip, slightly sweet at first, then bittering on the swallow, with again a light impression of smoke on the backside. I'd say this has more carbonation than most Porters, but this is not a detriment at all. Overall a great porter, if not a very smokey one, I'm impressed that I'm noticing nuances several sips in. Hats off to Stone, I need to track down the Smoked Porter with Chipotle now. (695 characters)

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,770 ratings.