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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,693 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,693
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 109
Gots: 244 | 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 shirfan
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark ruby, only the edges of the glass allowed light to penetrate.

A rich, malty aroma lurks under hearty smokehouse notes.

Fairly thick-bodied with a strong herbal astringency and hints of old fireplace ash. On the dry side. A little baker's chocolate and mild leafy hops in the finish.

Not especially smoky compared to some German imports, but interesting all the same.

shirfan, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of cncbofh
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beast stares at me from the depths of hell. It entices me with a devilish aura of pure black, calling me... calling me... calling me....
I carefully opened the bottle. No djinn issue forth. No gargoyles. Just a deathly black liquid that oozed into my goblet. Up from the stygian abyss arose a tan cream which frothed and bubbled
incessantly, screaming into my conciousne...

Awww geezus, this sort of discourse happens every time I drink a stone brew.
I have to stop that.

The aroma is very rich, comparative to a cheesecake. There is a whif of smoke and very little hop aroma. Some roasted malts similar to coffee hits me.

The taste is very full and complex. Lots of roasty and smoked malts with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is the best. This is such a heavy brew and not for the faint of heart. I love it.

cncbofh, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of dauss
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Standard 22oz. silkscreened brown bomber. Gargoyle on the front and a funny blurb about porters on the back.

Appearance: Just a shade from pitch black. Very large fluffy tan head that "egg cartons" as it falls. Excellent retention and tons of lacing.

Aroma: At first all I got was this lucious sweet chocolatey coffee and roasty porter. Another close whiff and there was the smoke. I can't tell what kind of smoke, but it was very subtle in the background and not overpowering. Smells amazing.

Taste: Very silky smooth. Larght carbonation in the taste. Very thick and very full bodied. Sweet, rich, chocolately, light coffee flavor. Hop bitterness and flavor comes out in the middle of the taste and leaves a sweet light bitterness. Smokey and roasty finish.

Notes: Wow, just wow. Absolutely wonderful porter. I don't know why they said its smoked, because you can't really notice it unless your paying a lot of attention. I love the hopiness in the beer. Loads of hop flavor and a bitterness that matches perfectly with the massive malt backbone. Very subtle smoke, unlike the smoked porter that Alaskan Brewing has. Nonetheless, I would buy a case of this stuff in a heartbeat.

dauss, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of beercollector
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like a stout very dark, opaque with a lighter head than I would expect.

Very good malt and light smoke smell.

The taste is much lighter than my favorite Alaskan Smoked but very drinkable. It has a smooth creamy texture that lingers quite a while. It has a toasty taste with the smoke coming on late. Very rich and tasteful.

This is a very drinkable porter.

beercollector, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of uncleozzy
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, tan head quickly subsides to about 1/4" of foam that leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. The beer is dark, almost black, but shows through ruby-red when held up to the light.

This beer started off almost refrigerator-cold, and the initial aroma was almost non-existent. As it warmed, the smell remained subtle, but hinted toward chocolate and espresso. I'd almost say that the aroma (delicate) was wildly inconsistent with the flavor (very, very big).

At first taste, while still quite cold, I was absolutely blown away by the sweetness. With strong chocolate and cherry flavors, I would almost characterize this beer as tasting like Dr. Pepper or Cherry Coke when cold. As it warmed, flavors shifted more toward the chocolate and dark coffee end. Hop flavor was more prominent as it warmed up, and throughout, the mouthfeel was smooth and thick.

Throughout the tasting, whether cold or warmer, the beer retained a strong smoky flavor that shared the powerful finish with a wallop of hop bitterness. This beer sticks with you long after the sip, bitter as all get-out.

Overall, a well-balanced, solid beer, whose initial over-sweetness was tempered first by the smokey flavor and then by the hops. A long, bitter finish, though, hurt the drinkability: I would never consider this a "session" beer.

uncleozzy, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another props deserving big ole double deuce browner bottle with sci-fi meets classy painted logo and novela story about dark beers on the back. Into me pilsner like a black ruby gem quality with a clear yet dark appearance. Zero carbonation pour with no bubbles escaping under a taunt khaki 1/8" head cap coating, leaving a spider web lattice lace down the glass. Second pour erupted a huge rock solid tan spumescent head cap.

Medium scents of roasted malts and toasted burnt black wheat bread.

First swigs: Roasted malts and dry cocoa chocolate milk powder flavors start off the swiggin'. Spice wafer flavors and slight orange peel finish off the flavors. Grainy dusty and mixed nuts notes on the tongue. Dry short-lived slightly smokey aftertaste. Some hop balance creeps out after a search. As warmed, some coffee and cream tastes overtake the flavor.

Medium bodied believe it or not, but creamy feel. Adequate carbonation. Hidden completely is a 5.9% ABV that limits the drinkability, but overall enjoyable and well done.

Last swigs: Hickory bacon hints blend into a toffee porter. Too often smoked porters are aggressive but a middle of the road style is quite respectable. Lastly, thanks to fellow BA SkinnyElvis for the bottle.

Beer is good. Happy West Coast beering.

blitheringidiot, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definatly far and away the best of the Stone brews I've had in my honest opinion, this one has some semblance of balance to it. As much as these guys brag... more hops doesn't always mean better fellas.

Pours a very nice and dark brown, pretty much black, with amber tones around the sides of the glass. A thick and fluffy light tan accompany with good retention, also lots of sticky lace. Nose is smooth, malty even, wafts of smoke and just a little hop character as well. Taste is just a little bitter, more hops than in most porters. Lots of slick malt, smoke and dry, black coffee flavor, tons of roast. Finish is smooth, no alcohol detected. Mouthfeel is medium and quite clean.

Not a bad porter at all, pretty good really in many ways, a good amount of complexity, definatly worth a taste. The smoke really makes this one shine though, helps it to stand out from the crowd.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great porter looks. Inch-thick (long?) dense head rises and stops and slowly fills with deep holes and bubbles.

Nose is weak, even for a porter. Definitely not the most exciting part of this brew. Very light notes of coffee and smoke.

Nice complex taste. Toasty malts, thick and toasted and very bitter. Salty, thick feel. But very sweet, corn syrup-like sweetness that seemed too much to me. Smokiness arrives in the mouth and continues in the after, blended with bitterness and metal. After doesn't seem totally balanced, with a quick injection of weedy hops amongst the smokey bitter. Slightly chewy. Bitterness develops out to sick levels deep into the after.

donnebaby, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of travolta
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: A wonderfully sticky, spotted lacing. The head is big, frothy and light lgith chocolate. The beer is a dark dark dark amber. Pretty much black. The lacing is just awesome.

Nose: Roasted malts, and a bit of sweet yeast.

Taste: A smokey, charcol summer grill. Light and slim mouthfeel to my supprise. A bit of coffee, but with no cream or sugar, thank you.

Notes: A powerful, robust porter with lots of smoke and charcol. With this beer, what you see on the label is what you get, a big, smoked porter.

travolta, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of mntlover
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark dark brown almost black but highlights of brown and red show thru a nice two fingered coco colored head leaves some good lace behind.
Aroma is light roasted malt hints of coco some caramel with liquid smoke and hops mingled. A smooth perfect mix one doesn't dominate the other a perfect mixture of smells.
Taste also smooth lightly roasted malt some caramel mingle with smokey flavors for a nice tasting treat just plain good, nothing extraordinary just a good poter. Finish is linger hops mixed with smoke and some roasted coffeee flavors.
Mouthfeel is right about medium ligth enough to good down smooth and easy, carbonation is perfection greatly adds to the flavor and experience.
Drinkability is very good enjoying this one alot nothing complex there just a very smooth easy drinking porter.

mntlover, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of 99bottles
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer when poured into a pint glass has a deep mahogany-ruby colored body. Quite light for a porter. An inch of tan head billows and slowly subsides to a tight 1/4" of foam. Great retention. Quite appealing.

Smell: There is a nice sweet malt smell to this, some nice chocolate notes and a dull smokehouse scent. Again, nice.

Taste: The primary flavors in this smoked porter are not all that different from a standard porter. Definitely chocolate, some cherry, strong espresso towards the end. Then, in the aftertaste and more in the beer itself as it warms comes the smoked flavor. It's slightly acrid, adds a sharp quality, and really tastes of smoke. Put this with some smoked gouda and you found a match made in heaven.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is very good, it has a nice light body without the flavor being too much. Nice carbonation keeps it smooth, and this is immensely drinkable. The only thing that might start to bother is the smoked taste. One bomber and I was still ready for more, but some may be put off by the smokiness. I think this is excellent. Still waiting to try the Alaskan, however.

99bottles, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of guinnessman
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was excited when I poured this one. Just watching it in its dark aura with a light brown head. It had a chocolate Malay sweet smell. Chocolate and Smokey flavors filled my palate as it went down very smooth. It's low alcohol made this beer very drinkable.

guinnessman, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently had some from a pitcher order my friend placed at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, Mass. Poured from the pitcher into an American pint glass. A deep dark black with a thick two-finger tan and beige head that lasted atop the sample for its duration and left ample lacing as well.

A very nice smell. Similiar to BBC coffee house porter. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, mocha, carmel, and coffee.

Each frangrance of the smell backed up by a facet of the taste and well balanced to boot. Strong black coffee up front and softer delicate chocolate, caramel, and toffee in the background but enough to make themselves known.

Heavy on the palate with almost no carbonation to speak of.

Very easy to drink but very filling. Had another sample from the pitcher and that was the perfect amount for me in one sitting. Certainly a good beer, but one to be enjoyed a little at a time.

Sycodrummer, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy brown head that really holds until the last sip. Semi-ringed and spotted lacing throughout the pint. Deep opaque black in color.

Milk chocolate, toffee, peat smoked malt, and roasted coffee beans. A very good variety of aromatics going on here, but they're just a bit too reserved.

Coffee, toffee, chocolate, a drop of vanilla, and a rather reserved smokiness. The flavors are very well balanaced with one another besides the smokey quality, which was very mild for a 'smoked' porter IMO. Very rich and creamy leading to a moderate bitterness. Finishes with a chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

A shade below full bodied. Creamy and smooth on the palate.

A very solid brew that begs to be drank again. Good balance among flavor components and quite drinkable. The only knock on this one, is that if you're expecting a very smokey porter you'll be a little let down. Once you get past this though, it's still a wonderfully flavorful porter.

NEhophead, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown pour, head did not last long. This smells like a cupful of smoky mocha. Silky smooth start becomes chocolate and charcoal with a mellow smoky finish. Mouthfeel is medium for a porter, perhaps because of the food I was eating. This was Cincinnati-style chili night at the homestead and we decided to sample smoke beers with dinner. A great match for this hearty meal.

pentathlete, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of hobbes2112
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Pours a dark reddish brown with large dense tan head. Long retention and tons of lacing. Smell is malty and smoky and overall spicy. Taste is grain and malt upfront, coffee in the middle and the smoke kicks in later. The finish is dry and spicy and almost fruity. Very smooth mouthfeel.

I haven't had any other smoked porters so I don't have much to compare to, but this is pretty good. If this was available to me at home I would get it once in a while.

hobbes2112, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served refrigerated from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Mohogany in color with ruby highlights, the head sits 1 inches on top of the surface, a milky, tan head that dissipates very slowly, but lots of head clings to the glass. Brown roasted malts enter my sinuses, as well as a bit of smoke and caramel. Not overly complex in aroma, but nice. Taking the first sip, a sweet caramel flavor jumps out at me along with a bit of smoke flavor. By the swallow, the smoke takes over the body of the flavor, and leaves a huge smoke aftertaste in my mouth. Again, not overly complex, but comes through with what it promises in style. A little sweet up front, and smokey and a little bitter on the finish due to the smoke and the little bit of hops I taste. Carbonation is rather high and a little strong in my opinion, but the milky quality of the head seems to come through making this a much smoother swallow; nice and creamy! Overall, I enjoy everything Stone distributes that I can get my hands on, and this is just one more example in a style (smoke beer) that I am not as crazy about. I'd definitely share this one with some friends!

Fish113d, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of Truh
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Broke out The Behemoth with this one on 2/5/2005. 16-oz. pint poured in a pint glass at the Sunset.

Creamy, 1/8-inch head of ultra-tight bubbles and one huge crater in the middle that eventually settles to a specter-like quality. Deep, dark black hue. Dark chocolate, light smoke, malt top on nose with a plum backing. Pretty smooth malt character on mouth with a black patent fining and a trailing, subtle smokiness that in no way overpowers the offering. Very drinkable for a smoked ale; could possibly have a couple of these and still not nuke the palate.

Truh, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of dgallina
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with garnet highlights and a chunky tan head that recedes into a thick blanket of foam and sticky lacing. Smells of sweet roasted coffee and chocolate malts on a vaguely spicy base. Flavor starts with evenly toasted sweet malts. Slowly develops more rounded roasted and slightly smoked qualities Finishes with a lasting and nicely drying burnt toast bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly prickly from the carbonation; smooth and creamy, if perhaps a touch light.

A relatively light and refreshing, but not superlative porter. Aroma and flavor are restrained overall, but the finish is *very* well executed. Would make a nice session porter.

dgallina, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

02/06/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Colma, CA

Presentation- 22oz bottle shared with BA mates at my Super Bowl party yesterday. Divided into Duvel glasses. No expiration date listed.

Appearance- Nice semi-black pour with a yellow-grayish head and good lacing.

Smell- Smells sweeter than I expected and the smoke is not noticable to me in the smell. Smells more like a imperial stout to me.

Taste- First off, I usually despise smoked beers. The only reason I got this is that I know Stone makes great beers and I know BA buddy Spinlock like smoked beers. So, I figured, what the hell. I only have to drink a portion of it. Much creamier than I expected for a less than 6% brew. Has a nice chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Then the smoke hits in the back of the mouth and aftertaste. Not too bad! I'll have to give it to Stone. I can actually tolerate this and even enjoy it a bit. I'm not going to buy another, but it was pretty good considering.

Mouthfeel- As I said before, very creamy and also low-medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Yeah, not bad at all. I would definitely suggest this one to smoke lovers. It has enough taste going on with the smoke to make it feel like your not sucking down liquid charcoal or burnt bacon like other smoke beers I have had. About the same as AK Smoked Porter. I'll have to try that one again and rate it.

GClarkage, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of IceAce
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deliberately poured with three fingers of desert sand colored foam, this baby looks beautiful residing in a footed Belgian tulip glass. When held to the brightest of light, the color is a resounding quality mahogany with perfect clarity. Lacing comes in over the 85th percentile...beautiful!

The nose needed a little coaxing...but it decanted at 43°, more than a tad low for both the style and pedigree. As a more appropriate temperature was achieved, what emerged was a chocolate profile with a roasted malty depth.

The initial taste reveals a most wonderful dryness which begins with a tongue-dance performed by the just-right level of carbonation. Deep roasted grains then take over providing a wonderful depth and creamy mouthfeel only to be outdone by the finish of light smoke, hop bite, and slow malty fade.

I'd love the opportunity to sample this complimented with salami or sausage incorporated into lasagna or pizza.

IceAce, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of pezoids
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown, nearly black color. Looked like liquid molasses, topped by a layer of creamy tan foam. The aroma has soft dark toffee notes with some sweet brown sugar. The taste is bitter with touches of roasted smoke. The smoke in this beer is really subdued and pleasant unlike the morning after campfire I was expecting. Creamy and roasted body which is generally smooth and solid. An assertive porter with some nice subtle enhancements. Very enjoyable.

pezoids, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of gbontrag
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

57.5F.
Dark, dark - pinot? It's got that beautiful odd, burnt sienna color from smokey malts as I pour. It cascades (!!!), a big bonus. Froth sits on top like a toasted marshmallow. It's resting in the mug dark with a pinot glow.
Smells like a dark, sweet cigar.
Ummm. Raspberries crushed with the burnt end of a fire poking stick made out of the tip of a Christmas tree. Chew on some pine sap, nibble on some rosemary, and nosh on some organic spinach. Finishes with herbal minerals, hence the spinach. It's got a silky mouthfeel to it, and - marshmallowy. Dang, that's good. It makes me want to grill an assinine-ly huge ribeye, and serve it with a side of pintos, and smokey New Mexican red chile.

gbontrag, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Stone Ale and well worth the wait it's taken to try one.

Apperarance: Black with a very full and very lingering head. If looks could kill, this beer would be on death row right about now.

smell: Chocolate first and foremost. There is also just the slightest hint of smoke to be found.

taste: Again I'm getting chocolate above anything else, but the coffee undertones are still there in force and the smoky aspect.... not too strong not too faint, just about perfect.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and the smoke seems to be more noticable than in the taste alone or the smell. Still not overpowering by any means, but more assertive and ready to scare off all those "yellow fizzy" beer drinkers.

drinkability: Could see myself very easily having a couple bombers back to back of this majestic brew. Can only speak for myself, but it lives up to any hype it's been given and then some.

JoeyHotrod, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours witha large tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving a ton of lacing. A beautiful dark brown with a ruby tint, slight bit of chill haze.

Nice hop bouquet, lots of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a bit of smoke.

Tastes of roasted and chocolate malts, lots of piney hops, big hop profile, smokey undertones, and finishes with a nice bitter hoppiness.

Good carbonation and medium to heavy body.

Wolfsdenbrew, Jan 19, 2005
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,693 ratings.