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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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1,779 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,779
Hads: 4,070
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 171
Gots: 453 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Reviews: 1,779 | Hads: 4,070
Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- a little to foamy but a pitch black beer
- smell is all smokey from the roasted grains
-more of a mellow smoke in my opinion a nice traditional beer jerky flavor
-feel is way to light for this style for me just hoped it had the thick body to accompany the big smoke flavors
- overall a good beer to pair with bbq and anything smoked

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Photo of almostjay
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I probably shouldn't rate this beer because I just really don't like "smoked" beers. The smoke in this one isn't overwhelming, but I'd still prefer it to be completely absent.

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber in color. Strong confrontation with the oaky bourbon smoked scents. The vanilla comes through first in taste, smokey toasty malts finish the palate. Great bear

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Photo of CHickman
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown which almost seems black color with a foamy 1-2 finger dark tan head that was full of bubbles and faded on the slower side, leaving very good lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of smoked malt, charcoal and burning campfire wood up front, with burnt coffee, woody notes, cocoa powder, light peat moss, light vanilla or caramel, and just of whiff of floral hops. It is very smoky but somehow a sweetness manages to sneak through like the hops released some citrus fruit and the smoked malt let out some s’mores notes. All in all a very nice smoky nose.

As smoky as the aroma was, the flavor is more burnt malt and coffee, with nice chocolate, toffee, cocoa and smoky sweetness that has a sharp bitterness that seems as much piney or citrus hops as it does smoked malts. Along with the smoked malts/grains comes some herbal notes, grassy hops, light fruit, coffee beans (maybe even vanilla beans), syrup and faint licorice. It is not too smoky like drinking a campfire, it's nice and complex considering that it’s so malt dominant. In a role reversal the hops give the malt a nice backbone, and this is as tasty as I remember it from a few years back.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with a light and almost watery flow that has a medium/lightly chewy body, light carbonation and an ashy bitter aftertaste that is smoky and full of coffee and cocoa powder notes. The finish is close to clean, but leave the smoky flavor lingering like a good cigar. Overall a really solid porter that is well priced and always tasty.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Dark black, not much head and not that great head retention either.
Smell: The floral notes from the hops are really showing here. There is some smell of smokiness, but not as much as I would have thought.
Taste: hoppy, really malty and a bit smoky. Floral notes are still presented strongly here.
Feel: Light-medium body. Some floral and bitter taste lingering around your taste bud.
Overall: A really great beer, and I'll surely get it again. I would rather call it Smoked IPA than a smoked porter though.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic/Imperial pint glass (this beer deserves it).

Appearance - Dark ruby red color. Big, dense, tan, lumpy head. Mondo stickage. Despite the dark color, the clarity is amazing. Awesome!

Smell - Malty. Smokey (no surprise there).

Taste - Big malt. Smokey (again, no surprise). This beer has an acidic black coffee flavor (which is great because I love the flavor of strong black coffee). There is a touch of sweet that works well with the aforementioned bold flavors. As if all that weren't enough, the hops are also vying for your attention.

Mouth - Oily. Slick.

Overall - In the past, I've been a little biased against Stone ales (some of their ales are overly hoppy and their marketing campaign is a little obnoxious). Smoked Porter, however, is a winner. What's most impressive about this beer is that, despite the big flavor, it's still relatively smooth (as a fine Porter should be). Yet another bold and wonderful California ale!

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Photo of bmendon
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This may be an unfair comparison but having lived in Bamberg, Germany which is home to two very good smoked beers, This porter was very much like Spezial Rauch Bier in that is slightly lighter in both color and feel. However, I preferred the heft and taste as well as the dark color of the Schenkerla Rauch Bier. This beer was very close to Spezial.

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Photo of Vogey77
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with thin bubbly light brown head. Smoke aroma very prominent. Smoke also appears in the taste, which lingers around. Overall very solid beeer and is exactly as stated, no tricks here. A good smoked porter.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a big boy of this offering, had it poured into a stout glass. The color was a dark, dark brown with lots of tan head and lacing. The body of this beer is probably its strongest suit. The taste and smell were coffee and roasted malt, but not as strong as I was hoping for. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Mlkluther
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown Ruby with an off white head that mostly dissipates which leaves some lacing.

Nose has some chocolate, malt, and slight smoke

Taste follows nose and finishes with some bitterness.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours extremely dark ruby red, looks black unless you hold it to extreme light. Forms a nice finger of creamy head with nice whispy lacing.
S - Notes of malts, slight chocolate, coffee and a smoke that blends with the coffee.
T - Malts, touch of hops, black coffee, very dark chocolate with a very bitter after taste. Very delicious but I'm not finding much smoke even though it is a smoked porter.
O - A nice, strong sipping beer.
V - Medium.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At first glance this beer is black and foreboding. A closer examination shows it's really a deep, dark brown with some underlying crimson. The head is a frothy off-white finger of foam that stuck around for a good while. In time, some splotchy lacing remains, as well as a thin cream coating on the surface. A classic porter profile marries with smoke to create an interesting metallic aroma. Reminiscent of a burnt bread slice from the toaster. Faint chocolate notes and trace hops are present too. Very earthy. The flavor is a tasty mix of roast and sweet dark chocolate. There's a nice bitter kick in the finish with a distinct smokiness that lingers. You can almost breathe it in. The texture of the brew is pretty average. Medium mouthfeel with lively but controlled carbonation. Just right. Not overly complex, or potent, but discernible as a porter or light stout with some added flair. It leans toward the bitter, dry end of the spectrum, but never approaches puckering or unpleasant. I've had other porters that are silkier and more balanced, but this delivers in all the right ways for a smoked beer. Quite delicious.

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

The smoke overpowers everything at first but as I let it warm up chocolate malts blend well and subdue the smoke into a nice balance. My second in this style and looking forward to more. This one mixes nicely with rye whiskey, too! Just sayin.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a a nice deep brown/black and with a nice root beer colored head. The smoke comes through on the nose, as do roasts and a touch of malt. Smoke comes across on the taste as well. The roasts really come across though. Not overpowering, but at a nice level.

A nice beer, a good solid drink. It seems a little different than most Stone beers I have had, but that is not a bad thing.

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Photo of RenzoD
2/5  rDev -50.2%

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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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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

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.14/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%

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!

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Photo of risendragon
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%

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).

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Photo of hophugger
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

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Photo of daveruman
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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Photo of musicbeer7
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,779 ratings.