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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,628 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,628
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 106
Gots: 217 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

bona2vada, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance - Pours a dark, near black brown with reddish hue when/where light can penetrate. The tan head is a good 2 finger width, and hangs a bit before giving way to a fine, sticky lacing.

Smell - Roasted coffee and chocolate malt, but the smoke is the most prevalent force in the aroma. A bit of grain comes through in the nose as well.

Taste - Like how I would imagine a smoked porter to taste. Dark roasted coffee and rich chocolate malt flavors, accompanied by a deep, smokey backbone. There's just enough hoppiness to give this beer a slightly bitter bite, but not enough to detract from what this beer is all about. The smoke, at times, tends to mask the other flavors in this beer, but moreso before the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, creamy and smooth.

Overall - This is good, and far from your average porter, but the smokiness can be a bit of a nuisance at times, detracting from the porter characteristics in the beer. It'd love to see what Stone could do with the Porter style in a non-smoked form, but alas, this is what they seem content to releasing as their year-round offering. Drink on the warmer side to allow the other flavors to blossom amongst the smokey overtones.

TheSixthRing, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Metal4Breakfast
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Metal4Breakfast, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of TheCondor
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%

Poured from the pint bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance – Pours a deep brown almost black color with a slight amber hue to it. A decent sized head came from an aggressive pour, but left rather quickly. Pretty fair lacing.

Smell – Smokiness, roasted malts, a little caramel and chocolate. Pretty nice nose on this one.

Taste – The flavoring is good, follows the nose to a degree. The smokiness certainly imparts flavors to the brew, which in my opinion actually interfere with what is otherwise an excellent beer. A slight sweetness, not much at all, but the taste overall is more on the bitter side. I just didn’t like the balance of the beer.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, medium well carbonation.

Overall – This is a good brew to some, but I am more of a fan of the traditional porters, so this one caught me off guard a little. This is a great beer to try once, and If you are a big fan of the smoked porters then it would be recommended, but otherwise, there are better out there. Certainly try it though, I'm just not real keen on the smoked flavoring.

TheCondor, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

2beerdogs, Mar 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

JedSeed, Mar 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

ejw127, Mar 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

brez8791, Mar 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Drinking_Milkshakes, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Josh
3.9/5  rDev -3%

A - The beer poured a deep black in the center part of the glass and showed amber on the edges where the beer was not as thick across the glass. A one finger head sat on top of the beer but dissipated very quickly. Once the head dissipated, a thin veil of head residue and medium sized bubbles cover all but a halo, that sits slightly inside the edge of the glass.

S - I picked up a smokey sweetness. It reminds me of milk chocolate and bacon that is on the brink of burning. Great! I am stuffy today though, so I might revise this if I drink it on a day where I have less sinus blockage.

T - There is the very, very, very slightest first taste of sweetness, like a brown sugar, which is instantly over powered by the burnt bacon flavor, and finishes slightly bitter. The bitterness is much less than I expected compared to Arrogant Bastard and porters in general. I truly like the unique flavor, but I do not feel like I would pick this beer off the shelf again if I recalled my experience. As a dark beer fan, I find that there are more traditional flavored porters I prefer.

M - Very carbonated after being in your mouth for a second. Goes down silky smooth.

O - Good beer. I am happy to have tried it, but I probably will not be buying another one.

Josh, Mar 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

SuperHeavy, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

danielp215, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

beerFool28607, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%

Served in a bottle at Idle Hands in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear dark amber to brown in color with some ruby hints when held up to the light. There is a thin off-white head that reduces to a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Roasted and caramel malts followed by a lovely peat smokiness and some hints of sweetness. The smell reminds me a bit of a good scotch.

T: Slight hint of iodine/band-aid from the smoke but that just adds to the flavor in my opinion. Some caramel sweetness but not as much as you might expect from the smell, followed by the peat smokiness, and leave a scotch like flavor on the tongue as a aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Definitely a really interesting beer with a good flavor but I personally could not drink a whole lot of this one - just doesn't match my palate as well as other smokey beers. Definitely a quality offering from Stone and a good one to sip on.

dbrauneis, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

PeteRiz, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

tedho21, Mar 07, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Bought a 22-oz bottle and poured into a snifter

A: brown with ruby highlights. Nice fluffy tan head.

S: Subtle smoke that reminds me of ham & campfire. Soft chocolate malt aromas.

T: Light blend of smoke, chocolate and some roast. Everything is well balanced as each flavor molds together nicely. As it warms, some raisin and a little fig. Low hop flavor.

M: Significant bitterness upfront that eases into a creamy mouthfeel. Seems medium-full to full.

O: A well made beer overall. A solid porter with an element of smoke to it.

jwhancher, Mar 07, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

A- nice black body with a slight mahogany color when put up against the light. Also has a thick light brown head.

S- prominent charcoal/smokey smell at the nose. Also a great underlying smell of oak.

T-a wonderful oak flavor hits your palate. As it goes down you get strong smokey and bitter hop flavors, then it cleans off nicely. Very smooth for the style.

M-nice heavy body with mild carbonation.

O-what a great porter. Nice smokey flavors, basically everything you would want for this style.

jgagne, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

hippityhophead24, Mar 06, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

22 oz brown bomber. Awesome screen printed Stone label as always with this brewery. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - darkest of brown splashed with touches of deep ruby. Tan to beige head that pours thick and fluffy leaving behind a fine display of lace. Good stick.

S - sweet dark malts with a slight smokiness to it. Hints of coffee along with a whiff of chocolate and a light touch of vanilla. More whiffs of smoked grain deep within.

T - rich chocolate with roasted coffee notes. A small taste of dark fruit creeps up through a steady flor of mild sweetness. A good dose of smoked malts on top of everything. Burnt like malt and some hops create a nice semi bitterness in the finish.

M - medium bodied and delicious. This is on the thick side and very drinkable.

O - awesome porter from stone. Has the porter 'it' factor with a stone style. I don't think they make an average beer. I could drink this any time. Definitely in my list of top 3 American porters. It's that good.

BradtheGreat7, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

dragomni, Mar 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

SanDiegoCraftFan, Mar 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

MIP229, Mar 05, 2012
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,628 ratings.