Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,770
Hads: 4,005
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 161
Gots: 411 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Reviews: 1,770 | Hads: 4,005
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (1,526 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer kicks all forms of major ass, I’m speechless! It pours a deep black color, there’s not a single bit of light passing through this one. It’s topped of by a thick and creamy tan head that dissipates moderately, leaving a thick, sticky film on the sides of the glass. Every time I smell the sweet aroma I detect a different scent. The major aromas are roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel with just a hint of butterscotch. There is a great balance of charred oak smokiness intermixed with the sweet aromas. The taste matches the aroma perfectly; ever aroma that I detected is represented very well on the palate. There is a nice coffee-like aftertaste that lingers around for a while. This is a beautifully well-balanced, full bodies brew. I could see myself drinking this beer all night long. It’s absolutely wonderful. (845 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours near black in color with traces of very dark copper hues near the bottom where light eeks through. Tan head leaves traces of itself in thick sheets down the side of the glass. Sweet aroma consists of chocolate, coffee, rich malt and a touch of charred wood. Full-bodied, yet smooth mouthfeel. Flavors of sweet malt and chocolate introduce themselves up front. A hop bitterness makes its appearance midway through as it tosses a new flavor element into the mix. The unmistakable smokey flavor hits also in the middle, which is utilized perfectly throughout and lingers long after the dry finish. The smoked flavor is more intense as the porter warms.

Flavors are better, as the label suggests, if this porter isn't served right out of the fridge. Just a good overall beer, especially if your a porter fan. Smokiness adds an interesting twist that's not overdone either. (877 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Heroe's Bar & Grill in La Verne, CA

Beautiful near-black color with dark ruby tint at the edges. Thin, sticky tan/brown head that left sheets of lace behind.

Smell: chocolate and coffee aroma, similar to a mocha java, and a nice smokiness.

Taste: again, that mocha java thing. Also some caramel that gives it a pleasing sweetness. Great smokey flavor that is quite enticing. Nice mild hops kick in the finish to balance things out.

Feel: nice full-bodied, smooth, velvety texture.

This rather surprising offering by Stone is my favorite. Not at all what I expected, it exceeded all my preconceived ideas about how Stone would brew this style. SSP has a superb blending of tastes without the almost over the top aggressiveness characterizing other Stone beers. Reasonable % ABV and mellow nature make this so very quaffable. A real treat and my new Monday Night Football beer. (907 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer! Stone is two for two so far in my ratings. This one poured a dark brown, almost black with a tan creamy head. Strong aromas were sweet, smoked (duh) malts, and No. MN peat bog. Taste was dominated by smoky roasty malts. I was reminded of beef jerky. Despite the obvious smokiness, this beer was wonderfully balanced by a bitter finisth. Huge mouthfeel. I would buy this by the case. (401 characters)

Photo of Mustard
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz. brown bomber with no discernible "bottled on" or "best by" date; $2.99 from the Beverage Warehouse in Culver City; standard etching of a Stone style gargoyle posing for his yearbook photo on the bottle's front.

Apppearance: Pours a dark, dark ruby-brown with a fine, rocky, 3/4"+ head; excellent retention; moderate ring lacing.

Aroma: Roasty, smoky, chocolate malts.

Taste: Robust chocolate malts upfront and throughout; heavy notes of roast and smoke; smooth, rolling bitterness in the finish. Chewy, full-bodied mouthfeel.

Notes: "SSP" almost always kicks ass; had this on tap down at the Stone Brewery and it was downright evil; would rate higher for me if I hadn't had the 6th Anniversary Porter... (735 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black with two fingers of tan foam. There is decent lacing left behind. The smell is rich in chocolate and coffee, and has just a hint of smokiness. The taste is full of smoked chocolate malt and toffee. Nice little hops kick in the finish to balance it all out. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, very smooth. The drinkability is very nice for a porter. Another great brew from Greg and the guys & gals at Stone. (471 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

A bit different from other porters I have tried. It is somewhat like a stout to me. Still very good though.

Inviting dense brown color with a light brown head. Lacing is ample.
The scent is light chocolate with a roasted smokiness. Some light toffee and bread waft through as well.

The flavors are all roast and smoke. There is a dark bread quality and some tart molassas like flavor. Also a toffee quality. There is some hoppiness but nothing to be alarmed about. It has a full bodied flavor.

It is very crisp and refreshing. Despite its dark color it is not heavy and drinks very easily. I do not drink porters on a regular basis but this one seems to differ from the few other porters that I have had. It tastes like a porter but it still has a stout quality to it in some ways. Anyway a very nice and enjoyable drink. (848 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Stone on tap..this one has proven to not be as uneven as some of the other styles.

Lovely dark shade, very dark...you can pick up some reddish/brown when held to the light. Very nice head when poured, plus it left lots of lovely lacing through-out the glass. Light smokey aroma.

Nice chewey, medium bodied beer. This is one of their more balanced beers in my opinion, and it shows, the malt and hops blend well together, neither overshadowing the other. There's some roasted flavor present in the malt as well. It leaves a smooth smokey aftertaste that is pleasurable.

Pretty good brew. Not as smokey as some German smoke beers, so might be a way to introduce this flavor to someone. pat (704 characters)

Photo of far333
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, nearly black with an inch-and-a-half of light brown head that just hangs in there. Small tight bubbles around the bottom rise up to thick foam. Lots of thick brown lace around the glass as it empties. Aroma is of roasted malt, smoke, some peat and licorice. Flavor is dark malt and smoke all at the same time. Rich and full, well-balanced. Heavy molasses rolls across the tongue and the finish leaves some bitter coffee and raisin. A bit of smokey tingle in the aftertaste. Brown sugar and toffee come out as the glass warms. Very drinkable for such a full flavor (or because I like porters and smoked beer). (620 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, purchased in Boston and carried home to Florida. Hello, Greg Koch see what I go through just to enjoy your beer !
Deep dark brown or black color depending on your perspective of things. Fluffy, tan head. Full of soft hop bubbles that make you wonder how they do that. The smoke aroma was not the direct punch in the nose I expected. Instead, it was smooth, somewhat sublte, and very well placed. The smoke smell didn't dominate the traditional porter aromas of bitter roasted coffee. Taste was much the same. Smokiness was no where near dominate and let the subtle good porter flavors show through. Hints of creamy chocolate show through, or am I dreaming ? Wow what a tremendous beer. No where near as smoky as those August Schlenka Rauchbeers. Full bodied, very much inline with what you would expect from a porter. Supersmooth and well worth the wait to finally have some Stone Beers. I had this with a garlic roasted chicken, delicious combination. (968 characters)

Photo of Indybeer
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Poured a deep dark brown, that almost looked black. With a massive chocolate colored head that slowly receded, leaving some fine lacing on the glass. Aroma is of roasted malt, and a slight smokeiness. Taste is again of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. More like a stout than a porter, but with a creamy smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, and a slight bitter aftertaste. Thoroughly enjoyable! Wish I had picked up more! (440 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy 100 to me. Happy 100 to me.
Anyways...
This poured a dark brown with a slight reddish hue in the light. Nice light tan head. Decent retention, and good lacing.
Aroma was niice. Hickory smoke, roasted malt, and a slight scent of alcohol.
Taste. Where'd my smoke go. There was a SLIGHT smoke after taste, and the porter flavor was nice throughout. However to call it a smoked porter, I expect more from it than what I got.
Nice roasted malt in the beginning...dark roasted coffe beans...finishes with a clean VERY slight bitter off smokey flavor.
Creamy mouthfeel.
Overall a decent porter. As a smoked porter it left a lot to be desired in the taste section. It lured me in with the aroma of smoke but left me hanging. I MIGHT buy this again if I can't find any better smoked beers in my store. But there are better ones. (834 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a syrupy brown only to settle in the glass as super dark brown, nearly black, excellent lookin' porter. Firm thick, inch tall tannish cocoa colored head that fades slowly leaving hazy thin placed sheets of crispy looking lace all over the glass. Absolutely gorgeous!

Aroma is nice steady sweet chocolate/cocoa, very smooth, rich, and a great smokey richness of roasted deep chocolate and black malts. Even a slight coffeeness noted. Yum!

Taste is quite exceptional, excellently done of smooth sweet chocolate up front, tones of roastyness settle in quickly of smoked black malts. Rich, luscious, and a super interior hop bitterness of mild abode that picks up in the finish with some more roasty smokeyness and hoppy, earthed bitterness and slight dryness of coffee and twinged chocolate late. Good full feel, solid creamyness all through and an excellent lingering finish of slight smoke, what a shock; not.
The drinkability on this is amazing - smooth, rich, creamy, and easy. Thank goodness it comes in the 22oz bomber to help keep the glass full longer, at least for a little while anyway.

Big thanks to Gusler for the samples!! (1,148 characters)

Photo of WaltTrombone
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's black as the ashes of a campfire, with a tan head that goes fast, but leaves a wispy lace. The aroma is smoky, with faint hops and malt. The taste is also woodsmoke, with mild hops, malt, and grapefruit flavors. The smokiness gets stronger as the beer warms. (Can't place the wood used in the smoking; I CAN say that it doesn't smell like mesquite, hickory, or alder...) The mouthfeel is thin and smooth, woth a medium carbonation. Finish is mellow smoke and hops.

Campfire in a bottle! Pass the s'mores, please... (522 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark, raisiny brown hue, under a nice, big, bubbly brown head.
Aroma: initially yielding nothing, but with time we get all the whiffs of a smoked salmon session, right here in your beer! ...very clear, clean, but sharp with the smokiness, and noticably subdued beyond that.
Mouthfeel is big and warm, floods every inch...portery characteristics are secondary to the smoke involved, and you have to let it reign, it's the smoke in charge tonight.
Terrific texture, tasty tang, full body, thick, chewy,delicious, chock full of the requisite coffee/cocoa connotations I would demand out of a decent porter, but they emerge only briefly and are submerged by that smoke!
thanks to xlperro (700 characters)

Photo of Stingray5
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Pours a near black with a frothy tan head. Slightly smokey aroma, with sweet fruit, port and a tasteful hop presence. A big, nicely carbonated mouthful is followed by a suprisingly refreshing taste. Lots of flavors to go round with a plum fruitiness, some bitter espresso (even though the back label denies it), mild smoke flavor, and a seductive hoppiness that could keep me coming back to this fine beverage again and again. A friend, who sadly wasn't worthy of the Arrogant Bastard, deemed the Smoked Porter "One of the best beers I've ever had". Did someone say Stone? (586 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought from the fridges at Gaslamp Liquor in San Diego, seven hours in my carryon, a couple of months in the fridge.

The medium-sized, light tan head is active, dense. The beer is black with garnet highlights. Lacing is thin and sticky. Smoky chocolate nose: nice! Some toffee in there, with a little sweetened milk gone bad (but in a good way). The front has smoky chocolate and a little grapey fruitiness (?). And hops. Lotsa hops. The tangy, thick middle gives up a bitter chocolate finish with some coffee zing. Very hoppy. Smoke and bitter hoppiness in the aftertaste.

Wow. This is very good. I wasn't expecting it to be so hoppy, but of course I should have. I think the smoke and the hops work well together. This beer has enough big tastes that the smoke comes off pretty subtle. Awesome.

(I can't believe I used the word 'subtle' in a Stone review). (867 characters)

Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In traditional stone fashion, this is a big beer done a little differently than everyone elses. Overall impression is of their 6th Anniversary Porter with some smoke thrown in to add complexity. Poured a dark brown with red highlights and a creamy light brown head. Bitterness was a little surprising to find, but once you get over the shock, it starts to make sense in the beer. Sweet malt gives way to slightly more than a hint of smoke. Nice medium body. (457 characters)

Photo of marburg
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one puzzled me a bit. I'd never had it nor read anything about it, so I wasn't really expecting something quite so stout-like. It was very, very dark, and the head was remarkably tight -- almost nitro-tight -- and dark tan as well. I thought I was looking at more of a stout. The aromas were nice, though I was hoping for just a tiny bit more of a "smoky" aroma. Definitely chocolate and sweet sensations, though. Very full-bodied with some big chocolate flavors. I really enjoyed it and thought it was exceptionally drinkable -- but I wanted intensity, passion, and, goddammit, smoke! Really, it just didn't live up to what I thought a smoked porter from Stone could be -- maybe a bit more lively and with a little more variety in flavors? (Like, you know, actual smoke?) (777 characters)

Photo of TheDM
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very nice aroma that is pleasant to the nose. It has a typical very dark brown color with a small head that quickly disappears. I found my self taking 3 or four tastes before I even got a feeling for this Porter. It was a very mild taste that escaped me for a few moments. It had almost no before or after taste. Very smooth and lacking any bitterness. I find myself liking the Porters more and more. This brew is pushing me over the edge in that direction. Can I have some more please? (486 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black with ruby highlights around the edges, and a rocky tan cocoa powder like head.
Raisins and a sublte smokiness in the nose.
Roast flavors, espresso coffee, bittersweet chocolate, all meld into raisins and a mild smoky flavor. Mellow and smooth. (270 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, ruby brown color, dense, tan head sustains itself leaving creepy trails of lace. Aroma is subdued, baking black bread, coffee and hints of last nights campfire.
Buttery smooth w/ flavors of licorice, caramel and burnt chocolate.
Penetrating, slightly harsh finish of hot hops and dark grains leaving a long, dry aftertaste.
Excellent robust Porter. (363 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy dark brown in color with burgandy accents, forming a decent-sized light-tan head atop fine bubbles with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The mouthfeel is at first sharp, then somewhat smooth, and finishing sharp again. I want a little more body, as it finishes somewhat thin. Medium body. Aroma of lightly roasted malts, lightly roasted coffee, a piquant earthiness and distant sweet molasses, all under an umbrella of distant campfire smoke and smoky herbs. The smoke is very light. Taste begins with "mild for Stone, yet assertive for style" citric hops with a subtle bite of smoke, subtle green grass, and notes of dark coffee and juniper in the finish which seems to increase as the moderately intense herbal hops begin to fade. As the brew warms, it takes on an acrid cheese character and the juniper becomes more assertive. Alcohol and off flavors are imperceptable. The aftertaste is of lightly smoked herbs.

A decent porter overall, but a little at odds with itself. With a little more malt, and a little more smoke it would live up to the high expectations these guys place upon themselves. (1,145 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good looking, very dark rootbeer look to it, almost black. this is one of the best smelling beers i've ever smelled. it smells very sweet and strongly floral, a pleasure to smell. this porter has a good chocolatey flavor to start, but after a few more sips, the smokey malts come through. the after taste is nice, leaving a very woody and smokey flavor, i feel like i should be exhaling smoke after drinking this. nice thick rich mouthfeel. very enjoyable for a type i don't usually drink. (489 characters)

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,770 ratings.