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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,292 Ratings

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Ratings: 3292
Reviews: 1724
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of jettjon


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hopjacks into a pint glass. Dark, engine-oil black with minimal head, only a thin brownish tan foam topping the dark liquid. Not much nose at first, but as it warms to proper temperature, notes of lightly toasted malt and coffee emerge. The beer wasn't listed on the menu as "smoked porter" and I honestly didn't get much "smoky" character from it. In the mouth are obvious roasted malt flavors blended with notes of powdery chocolate and roasted coffee. Dry, toasted malt finish. In the mouth, it's smooth and creamy with a silky feel similar to skim milk. Just right for style. Drinkability is excellent; it's smooth and flavorful and definitely sessionable.

Overall: A good solid porter, above average and worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2009 00:53:02 | More by jettjon
Photo of Redrover


3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was glad to see this one among the wall of taps at the Houston Flying Saucer. The beer is a dark, dark brown with a dense creamy head. It has sheets of lacing & is a looker.

Nose of dark fruits, brown sugar, wood smoke and a touch of Kikkoman's soy sauce.

The first taste is of dark fruit, molasses, a touch of oak and some smoke. The smoke is not overpowering but is a background compliment.

The mouth is silky smooth with low carbonation.

This is an easy drinker with subtle smoke, may be a great way to introduce folks to smoke beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2009 00:46:14 | More by Redrover
Photo of bataround


4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep tan head over a clear dark brown liquid, ruby highlights. Light wisps of smokiness mingle with roasted malt makes for a quite appetizing nose. A basketful of flavors follows: light chocolate, coffee, roasted grain bitterness and a good amount of hoppiness, then some latent smokiness appears with an undercurrent of butteriness. Finishes with a bitter note...the smoke flavor accompanies, not dominates this super quaffable Porter. All blends together in perfect harmony.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2009 17:38:26 | More by bataround
Photo of WAP


4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a blackish-brown with a thin, but persistent head that stuck around for most of the glass. Smell was fainter than expected, but held nice dark roasted malts and a hint of smoke. Taste was excellent - intense roasted malt, smoke, and hop flavors held in perfect balance. Mouthfeel was very pleasant and creamy.

I found this to be exceptionally drinkable, with a deliciously balanced flavor balanced perfectly with the smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

A near-perfect offering from Stone in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 23:58:28 | More by WAP
Photo of TrevorGW


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Stone World Bistro and Gardens. Dark hazel brown with a thin head.

Roasty aroma is soft and subtle.

Taste is very restrained but does not lack complexity. All the coffee and chocolate flavor that you would expect. Slight smoky touch in the finish. No metallic twinge, which I often dislike in porters and stouts. Smooth clean flavor all the way through.

Light mouthfeel for a porter. Very fresh feel.

Easy to drink but still a bit filling.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2008 16:32:31 | More by TrevorGW
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a stange at Stone Brewery.

Appearance: Dark coffee color, very small head (wonder what the head looks like out of a bottle) with some delicate lacing. The head leaves a collar that remains over the course of the beer.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, cigars. 3 distinct and abrupt smells, working well together.

Taste: A very strong porter; they definitely don't mess around at Stone Brewery. A smokey oak flavor up front, and it is easy to taste the alcohol. The middle and end are a bomb of malt and hops, with some vanilla and caramel flavorings. The end leaves with a slight smokey chocolate aftertaste residue.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a very full body, but still fairly smooth. There is a definite bite to this porter, like it wants to fight your tongue.

Drinkability: The richness of the porter will definitely impede the speed of consumption, although the fact that it is a thick, chewy, tasty brew more than makes up for that fact.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a kick-ass and kick-your-ass porter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2008 08:26:47 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on-tap at the Big Hunt. Have fond memories of it in the bottle, so figured I'd be a fan on tap as well. Pours a near black with a solid head on top and a touch of lacing. Sweet and roasted malty nose. Not as hoppy as some of Stone's offerings. Flavor is almost stouty becaues of the way the smokiness mixes in with the roasted malt. Vanilla, chocolate, maybe a bit of coffee as well. Feel is good, appropriate for the style. Overall, a very tasty beer.

Big Hunt/16 oz/$6

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 17:36:41 | More by soupyman10
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a nice black color with an adequete head that fades to a ring. Smells lightly smoky and quite creamy. Taste is similar. This is far less smoky than any of the Schlenkerla beers, but the smoke is noticeable and beautifully wedded to the rest of the brew. The surprising thing to me about this beer is how creamy and smooth it is. The rich, creamy body marries very well with the smoke and helps to balance everything nicely. The Alaskan Smoked is far more smoky tasting, but in that case probably because the body is not as robust and creamy as this is. The balance in this beer is a thing of beauty. I recently tried a bottle of this that had been aged a year as well, and although it was still drinking beautifully, the smoke was even more subdued. I also like the fact that this doesn't have that much residual sweetness, despite the creaminess. A very nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2008 14:09:03 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of TonyT


4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap into Pint Glass.

I've had this great brew, a few times before but have not had a chance to review it.

Poured very dark brown with a slight reddish tint. There was a thin head that stuck around for moderate lacing.

With a Smoked Smell of the roasted caramel malts, this is what I would expect a smoked porter to smell like.

A really good taste with moderate carbonation. Came through Dry in the front, with smokey/woody undertones in the middle to back. Nice hop to malt balance.

Thank you Stone...One of these days I'll make it out to Calli.

Thank you Stone...

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2008 01:24:45 | More by TonyT
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a bit of ruby. Somewhat light in color with a rich, tannish head that has great retention. Smell somehow doesn't reveal the smoke that I expected, only on a very small scale toward the end. Very nice chocolate scents, luring me in. A bit of cocoa and a touch of coffee. Again, the end displays the smallest hint of smoke. What a great tasting beer! The smoke is definitely here now. Still, it only provides an added complexity to the beer itself. Nice chocolate flavors, toasted caramel and roasted malts. Smoked barley plays well with the rest of the flavors. Shockingly, the hop presence in the finish of this one is nearly on the level of the Pale Ale. Well, maybe not, but it wasn't expected so much here as it was there, and I welcome it. Excellent medium body that is silky smooth, with a nice roast/smokey finish that works wonders. I could drink a couple of these no problem, though a regular Porter such as Black Butte would be easier to return to on a regular basis. A very unique brew and the smoked barley does it good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2008 17:03:49 | More by ncvbc
Photo of tbbrown


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted on-tap at Trappeze Pub at the Stone releasing party; pint glass.

A: Dark mahogany with ruby hues and finger-width, tan, foamy head, which retained well

S: Strong roasted, smoked coffee, malts; very earthy, a bit spicy

T: Earthy and roasted, smoky flavor(as the name suggests). A bit spicy toward the end.

M: Very light; low carbonation

D: Good

Great beer, so glad Stone is in town!

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2008 15:16:50 | More by tbbrown
Photo of Baileyuk


3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was somewhat dissapointed with this brew as I was expecting something special with the high ratings this beer had already. Dont get me wrong it is a good beer.

A - Pours a Dark Brown with a ruby red tint, the head was minimal although the lacing was decent.

S - Malty smells. A little baked coffee in there also bt overall a very basic scent. Even had my wife smell it who dislikes the smell of beer and she said she could smell little to nothing. I had to agitate the beer to get what I did from it. No idea why.

T - Malts dominate. The coffee is more prevalent but still fairly mellow and pleasant. As thisbeer warmed the flavors definately came out more with a faint burnt wood taste coming on at the end.

M - Medium bodied, heavier than you would expect for the color but still morethan appropriate and very nicely done.

D - Easy to drink beer, I could have had more for sure. I will probably try again at some point at somewhere else to see if my ratings were thrown by a temperature or pairing issue

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2008 13:03:23 | More by Baileyuk
Photo of CrellMoset


3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville, VA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A deep dirty brown, but with plenty of garnet hues poking through at the periphery. A light, fairly quickly fading latte colored head leaves some unimpressive lacing in its wake.

Aroma: Smoky, burnt toast, some lighter syrupy brown sugar notes, and a nice hop bouquet - some faint spicy floralness.

Taste: More dark toastyness with a few roasted astringencies coming through, some smooth but lightly bitter chocolate, a dry, grassy roasted coffee note and some light citrus, and a smoky feel and definite peaty, smoky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, milky, and creamy. A very fine-bubbled mouth on this one makes for a very even feel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, even if you don't like smoked beers (as I don't), because the "smoked" aspect of the Smoked Porter is not its most prominent constituent component - it's merely a nice addition to an already very balanced and drinkable porter. Alcohol is of course also not a factor here. Give it a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2008 16:57:28 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of opwog


3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let me start by saying that I am not a big fan of smoked beers and when I do have one, it is usually a hybrid.

A- Dark as dark is. Poured into a wine tasting glass, this had a nice head that was fine to drink through.
S- Not much of a nose, which surprised me for a smoked ale.
T- While there wasn't much smoke in the aroma, it was strong in the taste.
M- If I am getting that much smoke in the taste, I would like more malt body to bring it together.
D- I didn't even make it through a 4 ounce taste.

If you ever have the chance, try the brandy aged version of this. That is a world better.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2008 08:19:23 | More by opwog
Photo of Avryle

New York

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Mahar's

A- Pours burnt umber with deep red highlights on the sides of the glass, 2-fingers of tan head with great retention. Sticky lacing.

S- Subdued aromas of smokey, almost brunt, malt. Molasses, carmel & rasins.

T- Like the nose, but more intense.

M- Full bodied and lower carbonation.

D- Strong smoke flavors don't make this a quick-drinker, but it still is pretty easy drinking. A nice offering from Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2008 12:32:43 | More by Avryle
Photo of pershan


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured an inky-black with a thick, brown head into a pint glass. The aroma was of burnt wood (reminded me a bit of how my clothes smell after being around a campfire). The smoked malt was very evident in the first taste, with the roasted malt and burnt toast flavors evident as well. The smoked flavor complements the beer style very nicely, in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2008 19:26:50 | More by pershan
Photo of Jayli


4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have become a believer in porters - or, I've been lucky with the porters that I have decided to try. This is a beautifully dark porter, almost a chocolate brown. It pours wonderfully with a nice head to it. The smokey flavoring is incredible, not a flavor that I have tasted in previous porters and the perfect compliment to the taste that is a porter. It leaves you wanting more.
Now, if only I could find a place that carries it around here!

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 03:05:08 | More by Jayli
Photo of blakesell


3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found at Fox & Hound in Centerville, OH. Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass. Server tried to tell me it was Arrogant Bastard, but after much argument, I was able to get the correct beer.

Appearance- Arrogant Bastard my eye. Beer pours black with a two and a half finger head of tan foam that doesn't die for a good ten minutes. No viability, I can't see the strippers, erm.. the management through the beer.

Smell- Very little as this is served far too cold. Some hop and malt. Light smoke, nearly none. As it warms, still very little malt. Perhaps this has been sitting on the handle too long?

Taste- This is a porter for sure. Thick roasty mouthfeel with a big hop balance. Smokiness is subdued and nearly not present, but porter characteristics still persist. Not too terribly impressive though.

Mouthfeel- Strangely light mouthfeel with ample hop bitterness. Medium bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability- When chugging, smoke actually shows up! I'll give this drinkability a 4.5 just on that fact. Also, Stone Smoked Porter is quite drinkable under optimum conditions.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2008 18:19:34 | More by blakesell
Photo of PhageLab


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleased to find this on tap at the Tap House in Hampton, as it is one of the few "regular" Stone offerings I've never tried, along with the Levitation. Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Dark coloration, low bit of froth, decent retention, laced rather well.

S - Malty aroma, sweet and smokey.

T - Well they really did smoke this porter, it has some significant smoke characteristics that are damn tasty. Very well rounded, sweet dark malts with the signature bite of Stone hop content.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, smooth going down with a hoppy dry finish.

D - Pretty good overall, definitely more sessionable than most of Stone's offerings, and that's not a bad thing. Balanced and tasty brew, one that I will revisit and recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2008 00:31:35 | More by PhageLab
Photo of baos


4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in pint glass.

A: Dark dark brown with 2 finger head and awesome lacing.

S: Coffee hardwood charcoal. Piney hops.

T: The pine resin orange rind hops mixed with the malts give this beer a mellow espresso flavor. End nice and dry. This beer is really good.

M: Medium to full bodied.

D: Rather stout, but still very drinkable. I had this with fried and breaded cube steak mashed potatoes and Cajun corn. Went awesome with this Southern fare. Almost perfect beer! drink it!

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2008 04:23:25 | More by baos
Photo of zymurgy4all

New York

4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a must try. I've only had a few smoked beers, and this one was one of the best so far. It was a dark color as expected from a porter, and a nice rich roasted and smoky flavor that was simply terrific.
The flavor was incredible. You could eat this with cheese, sausage, smoked oysters, steak, and it will just compliment it perfectly. It has a nice smoke flavor that is not just a hint, and not overdone--it was perfectly in balance with the hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel was smooth.
I liked this beer so much, I even bought a stone smoked porter glass. This is one I will eventually try and replicate as a homebrewer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 01:04:35 | More by zymurgy4all
Photo of Deuane


3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep dark brown with a medium tan head.

S-A subtle smoke scent with a bit of hops in the backround.

T-A nice balance with more upfront smoke and then a hit of hops. This is NOT the smoke of Alaskan Smoked Porter or a true German Rauchbier. More a smoke beer for the beginner, but good nonetheless.

M-Solid malty backbone with the nice the smoke scent wafting into the narse.

D-Certainly not the best smoked porter out there...but the best one that is widely available. A solid all around porter that I enjoy when I see it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2008 07:54:30 | More by Deuane
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had a pint on tap with dinner at DuMont in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

Poured a deep dark black with a nougaty tan head, one finger high with decent amounts of lacing.

Chocolate, dark malts, caramel, and some smokiness on the nose, the type of beer you can't wait to drink after you get a wiff of it.

There was a higher acidity on the palate than I had assumed their would be, but that made it all the better as a food beer. This really rocked with my Braised Pork Shank. chocolate flavor, a little smokey, not nearly as smokey as I would have imagined, with a some light earthy hop flavors. Medium / fully body, chewy and round in the mouth, light carbonation.

Super drinkable beer and was an absolute delight with my meal! Cheers to Stone

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2007 03:54:02 | More by DaggerEyes
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2.73/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewery after the tour. I have had this before but this one had more flavor. Dark black with a cocoa head. Smells smoky. This just tastes way too smoky for me, I wonder how they get the smoke flavor?? My cousin's exact words were :"You can't hide behind your IPA forever!". Needless to say the Stone employees did not take a liking to us. I bet this would be better with the chipotle peppers or vanilla beans to temper that smokiness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2007 18:30:28 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of CU570M


3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this on tap at the Yardhouse in San Diego, CA. Was served with a rootbeer like color and head. Head was a tan wheat color. Darker than most heads I've seen. The body of the beer is a pitch brown color with mahogany undertones. Smells were a nutty, yeasty brew, not bad, fits for this beer. Alcoholic notes as well. Taste was with nice campfire flavors burnt and roasted barley. Definately a dry one, like licking the ash off a burnt coal. Drinkability is fair on this one, nothing to write home about, but would definately order again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2007 02:58:28 | More by CU570M
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,292 ratings.