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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,639 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,639
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 106
Gots: 221 | 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 tectactoe
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep mahogany color, mostly black, especially when viewed in dim lighting, some dark ruby highlights around the edges. Super thick and creamy tan head that sustains and leaves some excellent lacing behind, something that seemingly all Stone brews do.

The aroma hits you before you bring the glass to your nose. Roasted, dark malts, some dry cocoa powder, slight char, some leafy, ashy, and dry hop character. The smoke is hard to notice at first, maybe because the beer is a little to cold. Upon warming up a bit, the smoke definitely comes out and becomes quite nice. Liquid smoke, burnt wood, campfire char - it adds such a great element to an already aromatically pleasing beer.

Stone Smoked Porter tastes exactly like the nose would lead you to believe it tastes. Roasted, nearly burnt malts, dry, light cocoa, bitter coffee beans, herbal hops that are just bitter enough to be called "perfect", and of course, a helpful heaping of smoke. Just like on the nose, the smoke comes out more and more on the palate as the beer warms up. It goes from being a tertiary flavor to a primary flavor over the course of 15-20 minutes.

Along with the smoked flavors comes the charred woodiness and an even more intense roasted profile that sticks with you through the aftertaste. A delicacy that coats your palate and keeps the flavor in your brain long after it's gone. The body is heavy and creamy, not quite chewy, nice amount of carbonation in this one.

Had this a long time ago, didn't care for it. Had it again recently and loved it. Smoke can be a touchy subject in the world of beer when not left in the most deft of hands (Heller-Trum), but it works perfectly here and isn't anywhere close to overpowering. Plus, only 4-5$ for a bomber? What a steal. One of the best smoked beers I've had to date, for many reasons.

tectactoe, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Very dark, almost black, with a gorgeous foamy volcanic head that held onto the inside glass.

Smell – Big flavor of burnt malt, molasses, and huge brown sugar. There’s also some budding bread in there and probably a lot of other things but it’s tough to get through the malt aroma. Certainly all the standard dark flavors (as mentioned) along with coffee, cocoa powder, banana, and other dark fruits.

Taste – The smoky flavor is more at the finish. Up front there’s the huge flavors presented at the nose. The malt dominates but everything else is there as promised. The studious taster will also find hops for balance

I would also like to point out a fantastic trick. I enjoy the aroma of chocolate the most as you’d find with cocoa power (chocolate and sugar kind of) but the taste I like best like chocolate chips (Nestle, for instance). The chocolate in this one comes out as powder in the nose and semi-sweet eating chocolate in the flavor. Well done.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation in accordance with the style. This one is smooth, smooth, smooth.

Drinkability – I sucked this down while in the kitchen making tacos. It goes great with anything, including Mexican food, steak, chicken, or Cheerios.

Comments –Not only is this a terrific brew, but it hit my personal preferences right on target. Awesome!

Update: The 2004 is wound a bit tighter than the ’03. The heavy flavors are bigger and the lighter fruits and sugars are faint. This is a terrific candidate for cellaring.

RoyalT, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of nodder
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

nodder, Today at 12:53 AM
Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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!

OhioLimoncello, Yesterday at 02:31 AM
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

pwdiamond, Thursday at 11:41 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Nick_Bousquet, Thursday at 06:11 PM
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

harpus, Thursday at 02:53 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

rudabegga9, Thursday at 04:22 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

HoppySeb, Wednesday at 11:33 PM
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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%

dagubna, Wednesday at 10:30 AM
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Acubflem, Tuesday at 02:36 AM
Photo of risendragon
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%

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).

risendragon, Tuesday at 01:53 AM
Photo of hophugger
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

hophugger, Monday at 01:42 AM
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

pieface22, Monday at 01:15 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

BryantForestry, Sunday at 11:31 PM
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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%

cuffmw00, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

tally, Sep 14, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

noproduction, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

dcerdman, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Ebrill, Sep 12, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

zachthelaxer93, Sep 12, 2014
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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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