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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,296 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 3296
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)
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Northsider

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in cask from Fountainhead Chicago.

Appearance was dark dark brown, almost black. Minimal head, not much lacing. Smell was heavily malty, coffee, bitter chocolate. Taste was much the same: very bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel was very very smooth, little or no carbonation.

Overall a solid good beer. Nothing overly spectacular for me, but very solid.

Serving type: cask

08-13-2011 00:07:43 | More by Northsider
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tyanow

California

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blue Palms here in LA always has great stuff on cask. I have had this many times in the bottle and a couple of time on tap but in the cask it is outstanding.

The smokiness comes through in the nose, the mouth and the throat.

Thick bold layers of chocolate and burnt almonds grace the palate.

In a bottle it can be too carbonated and lively on the tongue to enjoy all of the flavors but from the cask it is fantastic.

It is a mouth full, so I wasn't craving a second pint - but I could use one right now.

Serving type: cask

07-23-2009 00:32:54 | More by tyanow
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KevinBrewer

California

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on cask at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica. I have to say this is one of the most tasty beverages I have ever consumed. Porter is not even my favorite style of beer, and I refuse to believe that a mere man has concocted this brew until I taste a glass from a different batch.

The color is an opaque black, and the head is towering with thick brown foam that seems to stay until the glass is almost empty. There is enough lacing to make my glass look like a fossil record.

The aroma is of fresh vanilla beans and chocolate, and there is a hint of smoke in the background.

Upon sipping this brew, I am introduced to a heavenly enlightenment that I have never experienced before. It is a perfect balance of chocolate, roasty malt, fresh vanilla beans, and subtle hops. The smoke is present, but perfectly tucked in the background. There is also a hint of marshmellows.

The beer has a medium body, good carbonation (especially for a cask), and a smooth finish.

Very, very drinkable, especially for a porter. I could drink these all night. I wanted to try so many other beers because the Daily Pint has such a great selection, but my conscience would not let me waste my alcohol tolerance on a different brew. I had the feeling that no other cask of Stone Smoked Porter will ever taste quite this good.

Serving type: cask

01-17-2009 04:47:28 | More by KevinBrewer
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 01:17:07 | More by artoolemomo
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Sam-VW

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 13:56:22 | More by Sam-VW
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tmm313

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 00:45:29 | More by tmm313
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 02:27:21 | More by Beerlover
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dougbassett

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 00:14:01 | More by dougbassett
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fscottkey

New York

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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).

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:29:47 | More by fscottkey
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JKingWood

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 19:06:37 | More by JKingWood
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | 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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2014 13:41:36 | More by DenverHopHead
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KomodoDragon

Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 03:05:27 | More by KomodoDragon
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dank203

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 23:27:23 | More by dank203
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theteleman

California

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 03:33:16 | More by theteleman
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BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 18:04:26 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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vickersspitfire

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:06:50 | More by vickersspitfire
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Bidcaller2

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 01:45:53 | More by Bidcaller2
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

3.6/5  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***

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 00:50:09 | More by BeerWithMike
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jj139

California

4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 22:32:15 | More by jj139
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Auraan

Arizona

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 04:26:04 | More by Auraan
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown with a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. The nose is nice and roasty and the roast profile is solid and tasty. The finish is plain old bitter roasted goodness.

My only complaint is that there really is no smoke in this porter. I really enjoy the blend of smokiness with the porter bite, but this offering only delivers on half of the promise.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2013 04:32:40 | More by 57md
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KJK-1

South Carolina

3.14/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours dark brown with a two finger head

S- Chocolate and smokey malt notes carry it

T- This was the first and last smoked porter I have tried. It reminded me of having a cigarette or snuff taste in my mouth. Definitely not one of my favorites from an awesome brewery.

M- Medium body with medium carbonation.

O- This is not my style of beer of at all. I love porters both american and imperial, but the smoked porters are not for me. I love smoked BBQ food. This beer reminded me more of a tobacco like flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 17:26:56 | More by KJK-1
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dredz_126

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this smoked porter. Reminds me of sitting with friends around a bonfire. It's very simple, and definitely a go to beer. Not to complex but very friendly to the senses! Poured very smooth. Light hints of bitter chocolate and dark coffee.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 20:18:26 | More by dredz_126
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freakdiablo

Vermont

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darker, "soda brown" color. Quickly receding tan head that leaves spotted lacing.

S - Sweeter malts with an expected salty smoke.

T - Dark coffee mixed with bitter chocolate. There's a sweetness that I can't quite place (caramel?) A definite lingering smokey aftertaste that sticks.

M - A fair amount more carbonation than I expected, making it seem a tad on the lighter side.

O - Another solid beer from Stone. Overall I find the Smoked Porter refreshing. The smoke is present without being overbearing, and it seems light for a dark beer, if that makes sense.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 01:19:56 | More by freakdiablo
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vfgccp

New York

4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle opened in Oct 2013

A - Cola brown body with ruby highlights. Creamy, light tan body with great lace and nice retention.

S - Soft mesquite wood and pork rib smoke, marshmallow, molasses.

T - Smooth and mellow with a soft complexity. Burnt toast, smoked bacon, caramel, molasses, vanilla, peanut butter.

M - Silky smooth, medium frame. Almost perfect for a porter. Incredible staying power.

O - An absolutely outstanding porter. The two years did the bottle well, but I'd have to say that it drinks almost as well fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:34:05 | More by vfgccp
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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,296 ratings.