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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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90
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1,775 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,775
Hads: 4,019
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 6.19%
Wants: 163
Gots: 418 | 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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Reviews: 1,775 | Hads: 4,019
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)

Photo of LuvLagunitas
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, dark brown with a slight red tint when held to the light. Opaque would definitely describe this one. Small off-white head. Seemingly no carbonation. Looks good.

S: Deep smokey earthiness. Almost like the peat character to scotch ale. Almost sweet, but not in a malty way. A touch of booze backs it up with a subtle spicy note. Not overly complex, but spot-on.

T: Earthy and smoky upfront supported by a solid roasted backbone. There are hints of coffee, dark chocolate, and a touch of hops. The hops are aren't too strong but add a hint bitterness that compliments the roast nicely.

M: This one has a smooth medium-body feel. You wouldn't guess it from looking at it, but it has a good amount of carbonation that fizzes the tongue.

O: This to me is what a smoked porter should be. Robust porters aren't usually my thing, but this one was quite tasty and well balanced. Would definitely get this again, and I recommend trying it, strongly. This is my first taste of Stone, and I want more. (1,003 characters)

Photo of esmcd05
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Unique and rich deep brown with notes of amber. Full head with decent retention and good lacing.

Smell: It didn't have much aroma. With some agitation a combination of smoke, coffee, and cherries.

Taste: Malty up front with hints of cherry (both sweet and tart) and molasses. Followed by coffe and a slight nuttiness. Finished smoky.

Mouthfeel: Balanced. Enough carbonation to stimulate a slight zing. Dry finish that work very well for this beer.

Overall: One of the best porter's I have had. I imagine this is what they originally tasted like in the 1700s. Very drinkable. Is not overwhelmingly heavy, so I could drink a healthy amount. Some more aroma would really bring this beer out. (704 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap.

Pours a dark black color with a slight reddish tint and a tan head, approximately 1/2", a good looking beer.

Aroma - chocolate, roasty, but I did not pick up much smoke which is fine with me.

Taste delicious, a little roasty, a little hint of coffee that finishes crisp and somewhat dry. Without the smoke It was a bit like a stout.

Mouth feel - smooth and very drinkable. Another fine product from Stone Brewing. (436 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which looks to have decent retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a mix of deep maroon and medium dark chocolate brown that shows a lot of crimson in the light. Considerable lacing is left behind.

Nose- Lacks presence but has some complexity- semi-sweet chocolate with faint hints of roast, nuts, and smoke. Some dark fruits- notably cherries and raisins. Swirling reveal a good amount of coffee with a slight sour note. I certainly wish there was more smoke.

Taste- The front starts off sweet with a blend of semi-sweet chocolate and dark fruits- once again, cherries and raisins. The roasted notes build and express some nuttiness and coffee. Maybe a little bit of wood and smoke around the edges that suggest (to my mind) leather and tobacco. These are definitely not prominent and perhaps not even present but the light wood and smoke notes make me think of them. Much less smoke than I would prefer- chocolate, cocoa, and coffee are the dominant themes. A slight mint note mixed with licorice. The dark fruits run a little vinous and remind me of a thin, red wine. Some pine and resin and a bitterness that recalls a faint bit of earwax. Don't really get any caramel though. The hop notes are much more apparent than I would have expected. It's an above average to good beer but I had wanted to like it more than that. Some notes of tomato mixed with the wood and slight smoke give it a slight barbecue profile. Closer to good than above average.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation, slight zing. A bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing but a little disappointing in regard to the minor smoke. It seems rauchbiers may have ruined other smoked beers for me. This may be a little cheaper than the standard price for Stone bombers. Probably not a repurchase.

Overall- Almost a solid, good beer. Probably would be just that if it met my expectations for the style. It's still worth a try- after all, it is a Stone beer. (2,041 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 6oz bottle into a generic pint glass.

Almost black in the middle with the red shining through a lot more on either side.
Thick brown sugar/caramel coloured head. Good retention.

Smells like smokey brown sugar and caramel, very malty smell.

Taste - Very malty, brown sugar then at the end the bitterness from the hops as a very nice surprise.

Very smooth mouthfeel, but a little alcohol kick on the way down.

All in all a fantastic beer from Stone. Would go extremely well with BBQ food. (510 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- I can honestly say I've never seen a beer that looks like this in the glass. It is a rich brownish red on the outside and almost black in the middle. Poured an awesome 2 finger head. Great lacing.

S- I swear I smell grapes! Also dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, nuts, and soft pine. Grape smell morphed more into raisin as it warmed. Overall, a little on the light side.

T- Sweet up front - almost like light orange meets coffee and caramel. Shifts into mix of caramel, dark chocolate, and smoke, then fades to earthy hop, grapefruit, pine, and burnt wood. A different flavor stands out with each sip.

M- Medium-thick bodied with nice, crisp carbonation. Smooth, lightly viscous, and drying. This is what I wish all Porters felt like.

O- Stone is my favorite brewery for a reason. All four categories are brilliantly crafted and mix together to create one hell of a Porter here. Each sip shifts focus to somewhere else. The back of the bottle hits the nail on the head by saying, "Stone Smoked Porter is mysterious, smoky, and verging on utterly decadent". I'll be having many more times to come. (1,108 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

reviewed from notes (2/10/12)
A: ours dark brownish black, looks like it has a medium body
S: definitely smells of smoked malt but not overpowering like stickin your head in a campfire. roasted malt backdrop
T: this is great not too smokey not too subtle, very balanced, delicious! Seems to be the best value for flavor and price.
m: medium carbonation slightly silky after effect on the palate.
O.A.: this beer is a good in-betweener, you could spend your time sipping this one for its richness or its a good session porter, not too rich if you don't want to take your time. (575 characters)

Photo of dougbassett
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #42 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Pour is decent but nothing outstanding, although props to the long-lasting head on this. Typical nose of coffee and cocoa, this time with a hint of smoke. The mouthfeel is pretty routine outside of a wonderfully lingering finish of liquid smoke. Tastes in general, though, are the usual hopped up coffee/cocoa, with a slight hint of smoke dancing around in the background.

Good, not great beer. The smoking is distinctive but that's the only distinctive thing about it, without that this is a decent, but bog-standard porter. Adding the smoke does kick this up a little and it's worth a try as a result, but this is hardly the definitive take on this idea. (753 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown to black with a slight reddish hint when held up to the light. Sports a huge head which slowly dissipates leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of wood burning stove in the winter.

M: Smooth mouth feel - with no boozy sense.

T: Some smoke up front but it intensifies and gives a very smokey after taste a few moments later. Very enjoyable - especially as it warms.

O: This is an enjoyable porter that really improves as it warms (patience is not usually my thing - but it is rewarded). (510 characters)

Photo of JKingWood
2.64/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big fan of porters, and for the price thought this looked worth trying. Won't break this down much, just didn't like it. If I weren't looking at the bottle I wouldn't have guessed smoked at all. More hoppy than expected, dominated any nuance this beer might have had, and I never got the smoked taste I was hoping for. Had this with smoked ribs as many suggested, big disappointment, dumped it and opened a St. Arnolds. Pluses? Rich dark color. (444 characters)

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

On tap, poured into a snifter.
Appearance - dark, with a creamy white head. This looks like an after dinner drink, so I let this one sit. Lacing is decent.
Smell - French roast, maybe some espresso, s'mores!
Taste - made the right call to enjoy this after dinner! Complex, rich and flavorful; perhaps my new favorite for the style!
Feel - medium body, complex and bold flavors.
Overall - I'd like to have this again soon, as I may actually be underrating it a bit here. (469 characters)

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a - Deep mahogany, small choppy caramel head with excellent lacing

s - french roast, burnt wood.

t - simple grainy malt up front, expanding into a coffee, perhaps latte, with bitter infused cocoa beans. Long aftertaste and little alcohol presence.

M - some tingling carbonation, and while light, it leaves its mark on the back of the mouth.

Combines its flavor nicely, without being heavy handed nor sugary sweet. Very pleasant and quite unique. (450 characters)

Photo of dank203
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

big malt backbone on this. sweet but just stops short of too rich. some hop balance, a little espresso, mostly sweet though. not as smokey as one might expect, a chocolate flavored smoke, a bitter chocolate or coffee note that seems smokey while being mostly a sweet beer (271 characters)

Photo of theteleman
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from Sprouts in Poway CA. Darkish brown tobacco in apperance with a whiteish mocha head. Good lacing. Smells smokey, malty, faint hints of chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy. Taste is malty, smokey, choclatey with the slighest bit of coffee mixed in. A very nice porter, prefer this over the Vanilla Bean version. (339 characters)

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance
Dark black with a slight copper hue and a light mocha head. Lots of lacing
Smell
Toasted malt, coffee beans and heavy smoke
Taste
Big, Smokey and powerful punch hits at first. Followed by roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Medium heavy mouthfeel with a moderate sense of alcohol
Overall
I do like this one, it’s a power packed beer full of flavor, decently priced and a great beer to warm the bones on a winter’s eve.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com (458 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice black color with hints of amber hues around its edges; it is topped off with a thick light tan head whose bubbles are tightly packed and form a nice layer of foam. The head sticks around and is surrounded by some awesome lacing, and has developed a small mound of larger bubbles towards the center.
Light roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and coffee bean come through. Some buttery aromas do come through from time to time.
The roasted malts are the first thing you’ll taste, some mild chocolate and caramel follow-no coffee yet. The aftertaste is bitter doesn’t distract from the flavor, and it lingers on for some time after you swallow.
The mouthfeel is medium to light-leaning more towards the light side of things.

Overall, this is a pretty good porter and I wouldn’t mind having several more of these. (831 characters)

Photo of Bidcaller2
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am early in my journey of fine craft beers and this is my first Smoked Porter. The appearance is what I expected it to be, dark and rich. The smell was a bit of a surprise as it was a little more floral than I expected, which I liked. The taste was great with no bitter bite or tongue swabbing after taste. Overall, I think this is a very good beer that I would recommend to someone who is scared of trying a porter for the first time. (437 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 1/9/14. Comes in a single large 22 ounce bottle with a neat painted on label (not a decal). Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown/black in color with a 2-finger thick off white head, BUT doesn't last a long time and settles down to a hin foamy head. LOTS of lacing was seen with each sip that stayed in place. The aroma is complex with a lot going on here. There is coffee, smoke, chocolate and roasted malt. The smokey malt hits your tongue right up front as well as espresso with a hint of chocolate. A slight bitter aftertaste with each sip. ***The more I drink this one the less I like it BUT I will leave my review as it is*** (724 characters)

Photo of jj139
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - Dark, dark brown/black with a large 3 finger head. Interesting long lasting lacing left rings after each sip.

S - So much going on here: Smoke, chocolate, caramel, coffee and hints of malt. No one aroma was stronger than the others.

T - Smokey malt with chocolate and coffee at first, with just a touch of hop bitterness towards the finish. Again everything in balance.

M - Smooth and creamy with a medium body. Very full flavor but not heavy at all. Very refreshing aftertaste.

O - An outstanding smoked porter. Part of me wanted to try and identify everything going on here and another part of me just wanted to relax and savor every sip. (689 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark brown which was reddish with a black center when held to light. There was a half-finger tan head that receded to a tan ring leaving lacing down the glass. Quite nice, very on point for a porter. Scents of slight citrus peel, roasted malt, smoked malt, dark chocolate and black coffee. A very good porter aroma with a nice addition of smoke, very nice. Flavors of black coffee, roast malt, cocoa powder and slight smoked malt with slight caramel in the middle and finish. Bitter and roasted aftertaste. Very well done, true to style for a porter with just enough smoked character to add complexity. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation and a creamy feel. Very good, very much a porter. Overall this is a good porter with a nice layer of complexity added to the aroma and flavor with the addition of smoked malt. Very good, recommended. (865 characters)

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,775 ratings.