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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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3,794 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,794
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 121
Gots: 270 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

ZethOfTheNorth, May 14, 2012
Photo of SylviaFaye
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark, ruby porter with excellent body and a solid, sweet smell. The hops are milder than other big porters that I've sampled, so the notes center less on black coffee and more on chocolate malt and stewed plum flavors. There is a dash of smoky flavor in the background, as advertised, but I might have missed it if I were not looking for it. Overall, I found Stone Smoked Porter very drinkable and pleasant, a beer that I will definitely pick up again.

SylviaFaye, May 14, 2012
Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 24 oz glass. Definitely a good porter, and definitely has a little of that "smoked" flavor, but to me this beer doesn't stick out from other good porters as the best. Basically, it was worth a try, but I probably won't buy it over other porters that I think are just as good but available at a cheaper price.

BeerNoobNC, May 14, 2012
Photo of socon67
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown to black pour. Nice lacing, and a nice tan foam head 1/4" thick.

S - Smell of roasted hickory wood, chocolate malt, and black pepper.

T - Nice taste of smoke that settles in the saliva glands. Feel as good as a good cigar. Some cocoa flavor is noted as well, and a tiny bit of heat.

M - Certianly a big porter that is best suited as a post meal drink. Hits with some punch.

O - I like this very much, but got spoiled by the more limited variety with chipotle. If you like smoky porters this is a great option that is generally easy to get a hold of.

socon67, May 13, 2012
Photo of OPBrewCrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%

OPBrewCrew, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

jamesewelch, May 11, 2012
Photo of Piason
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Piason, May 11, 2012
Photo of RedDeath987
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

RedDeath987, May 10, 2012
Photo of Bobhoya
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Bobhoya, May 08, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery the beer arrives a dark brown color with rich copper edges in the light. A nice 1/5 finger beige head with good retention and some lacing. The nose is that of roasted malt, chocolate, piney floral hops. Not as smoky as anticipated. The flavor delivers more smoke as expected but not so much that you feel like you're sucking on a charcoal briquette. Pleasant. Again roasted malts and chocolate. Medium bitterness from the piney earthy hops. Finishes clean and smooth with a lingering roasted smoke flavor. Medium bodied and well carbonated. I am typically not a fan of smoked beer, but this has a gentle enough smoke character that it is enjoyable. Good beer.

hopfacebrew, May 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

ycortez, May 08, 2012
Photo of vonnegut21
4/5  rDev -0.2%

vonnegut21, May 06, 2012
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is dark brown with a reddish hue when held to light. The tan head has good retention, with lots of lacing left behind. The smell is primarily cocoa, with perhaps a subtle touch of pine as well. The taste begins with sweet roasted malts, followed by a noticeable twinge of hops bitterness toward the finish. There is a very slight smoke taste as well. This porter is a bit more hop-forward than other porters I've had. I would definitely pick this one up again.

DeltaGolfSierra, May 06, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Enjoy By 05.29.12. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep dark brown with copper highlights. Forms a two finger head of beige foam. Some delicate lacing left in glass.

Aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Decent amount of piney and floral hops in the background.

Flavor delivers on the roasty/smoked chocolate malt promise. Plenty of bitterness along with those flavors. Mild sweetness through the middle and a large dose of piney hops for the style. A real nice lingering smokiness in the aftertaste, without being overpowering.

On the lighter side of medium in body and a medium slightly sharp carbonation.

brotherloco, May 06, 2012
Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.93/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my trusty pint glass. Classic American Porter but smoked. Brownish to near blackish beer. Chocolaty and coffeeish beer smoked. The smell was so intriging and the smoked taste led me back to this beer. Smooth beer. Simpily irresistable!!!@!

yuenglingfan101, May 05, 2012
Photo of wac9
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

alwaya wanted to try this came in a 22oz bottle , this beer does nothing for me i just drank a smoked beer , and so thats it dont know what the fuss about this beer is but one i wont be drinking again great color too much head and just blah dont see the point of this beer i wonder how it taste with vanilla beans

wac9, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

PluckyDucky, May 04, 2012
Photo of rangerred
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with just a tiny head that is quick to fade. Not really any lacing.

Aroma of consists largely of dark chocolate with a touch of coffee. The smoke is detectable but it is not overwhelming like some rauchbiers. All in all, though, I find the nose to be somewhat weak.

The taste more than makes up for the lack of aroma with tons of coffee and chocolate along with a decent dose of smoke. The smoke is much more noticeable compared to the nose and it compliments the other flavors nicely. It does have a slight medicinal note from the peat but it works. The moderate to high bitterness come in midway through and grows towards the finish and is quite noticeable on the roof of the mouth.

Overall I am impressed with this beer as I am with all of Stone's brews. The smoke adds a nice layer to a typical porter and makes this a really outstanding beer.

rangerred, May 04, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah, a luscious, creamy 2-finger head, over a deep, dark brown body, with a blood red tinge. Really quite nice retention, but not the hugest amount of lacing.

The smell is well balanced between a mild roastiness, caramel malt, some citrus, lightly roasted coffee, and of course, smoke. The smoke is very laid back, and complements the other aromas well.

The taste follows the smell quite closely. The smoke comes into play on the aftertaste, and even then it does not dominate the flavor. Quite balanced in that respect. If anything, I would say the citrus hops overpower the roasted barley flavor in the mid-palate, ever so slightly. The mouthfeel is rather light -- possibly a bit too much so, even for a porter. But the finish is just the right level of dryness to bring out the subtle smokiness.

A solid beer, and I'd say the price is right, so I certainly plan on buying more someday in the not so distant future.

troysoy2, May 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

olympicgatorade, May 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Sicem99, May 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Jamcrae16, May 02, 2012
Photo of bcostner1
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

bcostner1, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

dseiters, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color with good clarity in spite of its darker tint. Particularly, I like that it's not as pitch black as some of the other porters I've had (especially the ones that try to think they're stouts). The head is a three finger offwhite color with decent retention/lacing.

S: Judging from the smell, this isn't as robust as what I'm used to from a porter. Nonetheless, there is plenty of rich dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and only a faint touch of smoke.

T: I could kvetch about the smoky flavor not being as expressive as it could be, but as a man who isn't fan of bacon or smoked meats (though I do like my BBQ every once in a while), I like that it's only a subtle hint that lingers throughout the drinking experience while never overpowering the porter base. Aside from the smoke, there are subtle hints of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and hints of coffee with a faint strike of hops on the finish. While I enjoy this quite a bit, there are some small niggles all around that keep it from being great, chief among which is the lack of robustness I like in a porter. Then again, maybe I'm spoiled by Fuller's London Porter, but I still think this could use a stronger roast character overall.

M: This has a lighter body at first, but it thickens up near the finish, leaving the tongue rather chalky feeling. The chalky texture detracts from the character slightly. The dryness on the finish builds gradually. Good carbonation.

O: I'm not going to whine about this not being robust enough, I'm just going to say it's a solid porter throughout that never overpowers the tongue with smoke notes. Definitely worth a try. I'd get it again - if only because I think it's a fantastic pairing with BBQ chicken.

ThisWangsChung, Apr 30, 2012
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,794 ratings.