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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,866
Reviews: 1,766
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 144
Gots: 307 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/red, medium tan head, pretty thick and spots of lace on the glass. Smell is malty, sweet cherries, very light smoke. Taste is roasted coffee, cherries, and light smoke, little bit of chocolate, quite malty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation. Smoke character is perfect, not overpowering and very complementary, thanks DrJay!

Photo of GreenWBush
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, if you think this is particuarly smoky try any (and every, they're great) beer from this brewery: Aecht.

Anyways, the appearance is a particularly dark brown ruby: some amounts of clarity. This defied expectation, as every other 'dark' stone beer is light-enveloping. Absurb amount of cling.

Nose is much creamier than I had envisioned. Bittersweet porter aromas, brown-ale maltiness, mild smoke blends right into the gooey fold.

More often than not I can't stand middle of the road porters. Clearly, Stone brews nothing middle of the road...Hoppy without being annoying or out-of-place. Muted astringency/metallic flavors I associate with style.

Finish is full, rich, albeit not particularly smoky at all. Great lingering harmonius finish. Just the bee's knees for a low ABV beer...sessionable.

Photo of supernaut
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smoke Smoke and more Smoke.

A friend of mine who likes this style had commented that he had thought this offering from Stone lacked the necessary smokiness required to be a true "Smoked" Porter. He's Crazy.

Pours out a deep deep brow with a moderate head that laces the glass nicely.
One whiff of this stuff and my stomach began to growl.

The first tastes that pop through are that of a mild "breakfast blend" style coffee, malt, even a toffee like sweetness, followed immediately by a dominant smokiness. Even perhaps a bit of peat pops through. Not unlike some similar tones picked up from my favorite Scotch. Very good.

Perhaps due to all the big beers I've been exploring lately, this guy comes across as incredibly drinkable and smooth. The finish is a bit on the dry side, but merely encourages another follow-up swig. The smokiness is very pleasant, and makes me wonder what my comrade was thinking.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a thin beige head and leaves a good lace on the glass.

S: Heavy roasted coffee and chocolate smell with the smokiness that gives the beer its name. The malt comes through as well. Very nice!

T: The smoked flavor is what dominates in the taste with a mild bitterness, both of which stay in the after-taste. You also get a bit of dark chocolate in it. Not too sweet as some Porters can be.

M: Smooth, medium carbonation with a medium/heavy body and a little more crisp than most Porters that I’ve had. The fact that it’s not as sweet as most Porters lends to less of a syrupy & sticky feel that other beers of this style tend to leave behind.

D: It’s very easy to drink since it’s not too sweet, not too bitter and not very over-powering. However it is a bit filling, which is expected in the style. Overall this was a very good beer. Stone Brewing Co. does not disappoint. The beer represents the style well, while maintaining the brewery’s signature.

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

Pours a near black with a small off-white head.

Smells amazing. Cappucino, smoke, sweet chocolate, coffee, caramel. Getting hungry from the smell.

Tastes- this porter has been smoked alright- it's clearly the dominant taste. But there's also sweet chocolate, coffee, and just a bit of hop.

Exceptionally smooth and drinkable.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a drank dark brown without light showing through any part of the glass. There was a delectable cafe au lait head that receded into a slick across the top of the beer with some large bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. The smell held very little smoke in it. It was much more full of robust chocolate notes with a hint of alcohol tickling the back of the nose. Just a tad sweet smokiness as I breathed deeply. The taste was the same with much more bitter chocolate notes without much smoke to push through. It was very full bodied and a wonderful porter, but not smokey enough for the style. Enjoy!

Photo of RoBotGod
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a great first impression. Pours thick and very sticky. Very dark brown and black in body but the nose doesn’t pick up a whole lot. The lace is very soapy and thick. Great all around porter taste, leaves a very clean taste behind. The smoke didn’t jump out at me right away but has built up towards the end. Excellent malt affect helps the beer go down smooth. Even though some look at it as a waste, it s great beer to cook with. I used this on ribs and it was stellar!

Photo of dick783
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black to very dark brown on the edges. An off white head that holds like a nice crown on top.

S: Dark and chocolaty. Im pulling some smoky/roasted characters out of the nose, but nothing overpowering.

T: Not bad, but nothing realy dominating the flavor. Somewhat Roasted with some bitterness in there. Its almost like the flavors are hiding like when you drink a beer too cold, but this baby was pulled up from the cellar at 55 degrees so that cant be the problem here.

M: Thinner than I'd like.

Overall not the best porter I've had, but this is my first smoked porter and I'm curious to try others. I'd love to drink this with some smoked pork ribs as I'm betting it'd be great with anything bbq'd.

Photo of bruachan
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big bomber at the winking

smoke makes it's presence known right out of the bottle
totally translucent in my large nonic, with a two-finger head that i killed when i tried to get all the beer into the glass (silly me for thinking they'd serve a glass that could contain the whole bottle)

very smokey, both in the aroma and taste, and supported by bitter chocolate flavors with a slight roasted bitterness. little to no hop character. the flavor isn't really all that dynamic: simple

a rare look at stone's ability to make a balanced beer

Photo of Dithyramb
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased in Nashville. Poured into my trusty DFH gold lined tulip glass. Black colored brew, with brown highlights as you raised it to the light, with a limited tan head. Nice rings of lacing.

Chocolate and dark cherry aroma. No real smokiness evident.

A very robust porter all full of chocolate, molasses and slightly overcooked caramel. Very creamy with some dried fruits evident as it warmed. Took a half point off, since it was called "smoked" porter, and I really didn't detect any smoked flavors coming off..

Medium bodied, leaving a sugary goodness in your mouth as it goes down smooth and creamy. Well worth several, if they were even distributed around these parts.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a decent sized head and thick sticky lacing. Nice heavy coffee and roasted malt smell. Slight smell of smoke but not nearly as much as I expected. Heavenly sweet taste with plenty of coffee and roasted malt. I'm disappointed in the lack of smoke flavor. Where is it? Wonderfully smooth mouthfeel. This feels good but misses a little on the smoked flavor. Disappointing in that respect but still great. Try this one but I don't know that I'll go out of my way to get it again. Thanks to BeerBeing for this tasty beer.

Photo of jakester
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. 22 oz. bomber.

Pours an almost opaque black with just a hint of mahagony around the edges. A beautiful head of beige colored foam forms on top, with great lacing.

Aroma is chocolate and caramel candy, with a detectable level of smokiness. The smoke adds a nice touch. Fruity, with notes of dark cherries, dark raisins, and prunes. Smokiness increases as it warms.

Flavor is chocolate, dark molasses, and light smoke. The smoke character is a very nice touch to this beer. It's fairly sweet, with notes of cherries, raisins and plums. Aftertaste is long, sweet, and delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with low to medium carbonation. There is a certain level of oiliness on the tongue. Finish is sweet and luscious.

This is a really delicious beer. The smoke is just enough to be noticed, and everything else is great. It's also a pretty beer.

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

Very dark brown on the pour, with a big frothy tan head that slips away very slowly. Lots of lace is left behind.

Smell is roasted barley, a slight smoke aroma, some chocolate, and maybe even a bit of fig. There's a nice bitter hoppy aroma blended with some coffee notes as well.

The flavor is about what you'd hope for from this one...a rich, roasty smoke flavor coupled with a solid coffee bitterness and a dark chocolate taste. The hops are there, but somewhat overshadowed by the smoke.

Overall: Another tasty brew from Stone, definitely a yummy porter.

Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bomber and poured into a small glass that was in my hotel room. (Geez...I guess I should travel with a decent glass.)

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights. A decent sized head, evern taking the glass situation into consideration. Then turning to lace.

Definite smoke in the aroma, though not the bowl you over variety. Malts are there in the background.

A very balanced porter. The smoke is maybe subtle plus a half notch. Malts and some hoppiness contribute nicely. A very easy drinking beer...and good thing since I had about 8 glasses of it before I finished the 22 oz. It went down slow and easy.

Photo of scooter231
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pretty pour- a deep dark ruby, hovering on the edge of black, with a big pretty tan head, lots of bubbles. Smell is full of delicious smelling chocolate and a hint of smokyness.

Taste is more coffee centered and charcoaly, though there's still hints of chocolate- just deeper and harder to find. More smokyness, a hint of bitterness rounds it out. Mouthfeel is a tad watery and thin but otherwise creamy, not very bubbly. Very very drinkable- an easy beer to have several of and not even realize it. Just tasty and lovely. Another fabulous brew from Stone.

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big and black, with a fat head and chunky lace. Hints of dark maroon around the edges. Not much nose to it, nearly unscented. Mild roasted malts, and subtle hints of smoke at the end. Suprisingly hopped. Thinnish, but smooth. A nice beer, a bit of a drink it and forget it beer though, the kind you would wander around with at a party and forget you were drinking it.

Photo of Prufrock
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pilsner.

pitch brown with an inch of tan head that leaves rings of lacing.

chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and burnt wood in the aroma.

tons of chocolate and coffee in the flavor. a hint of grassy hops and a touch of burnt wood as well, but not near the smoked character of the Alaskan. finishes with a hoppy and dark chocolate bitterness. medium-high carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

Photo of pjwilson
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark black that looks red when held to the light. The head looks nice at first but then fades quickly to a thin film.

smell: ah yes there is a bit of that raunch smell in here, very sublte here. hints of molassis and licorice.

taste: tasty, a bit different from the norm. What roasty character there is to me taste's like it's coming from the smoked malt rather than the typical black patent. A hint of sweetness and molassas. A slight drying bitterness finishes it up. I would have enjoyed more smoke in here...there could also be some better blending between the flavors....the bitterness isn't quite conected.

mouthfeel: it's nice, a bit watery but not overtly so.

drinkability: a bomber is enough, but nice to spend some time sipping this down. A solid beer, but pretty simple, so I won't get this too often. Certainly worth the ocassionaly purchase.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
Dark brown/black pour with a creamy tan head about 1 inch. Head diminished, no lacing.
Smell of coffee and a bit of chocolate and malt, nothing overpowering.
Taste was more subtle than other smoked porters; coffee was predominate, but not so much as to shock the taste buds. Some malt and chocolate. Little hoppiness. Cleaner finish than I expected.

Photo of dawg
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this. Barkeep overpoured resulting in minimal head. Kind of bummed me out. Still looked good though.

Chocolate, smokey, bananna, malty, not hoppy.

Tasted good. Mild hops help bring out the smokey flovors. Hints or fruit.

Meduim to light body. Fizzy, smooth.

Over the last few weeks, I've had this at least once. Pretty damn good and drinkable.

Photo of kirok1999
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy crap, what a porter. Maybe not typical of the style, but a monster that does the style proud.

Appearance- Pours dark and nearly opaque, thick clingy tan head.

Smell- Smoke, chocolate, light coffee, sweet malts.

Taste- Smoky, rich malty, light hoppy balance. Absolutely wonderful. I felt like I was out at a bonfire, inhaling the smoke then taking a sip of a nice rich porter.

Mouthfeel- Heavy and sticky, slightly cakey.

Drinkability- If you're in the mood for something different, this is your brew. The smoke flavor jumps out at you and doesn't let go. Very nice.

Photo of ikats
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very deep ruby color. Almost black, but you can see highlights playing on the sides of the glass. It builds a nice chocolatey head that subsides slowly and is very clingy to the glass. Aroma is very quite. Smokey sweet maltness and coffee bitterness.

Bitterness and sweetness are nicely balanced as you taste this beer. Caramel and coffee notes are obvious. Smokiness is not. I took this beer out of the fridge and it was too cold when I took a first few sips. Now that it had a chance to warm up a bit I find that I enjoy it a lot more. This one definitely should be served on a warmer side.

Even though I usually prefer in-your-face, strong smokey flavor of a rauchbier, I still enjoy this porter very much. Its light to medium body makes it very drinkable, and its balance makes mouthfeel high. This one's definitely to try on tap and may be keep a bottle for when I am in the mood for porter.

Photo of nlmartin
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was poured into a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured black with a ruby opaqueness to light. The head was tall and fluffy almost 2 inches. Head retention remained good all the way throught the beer. Nice patches of lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Slightly smoked peat moss type of smell. Good spicyness bringing up the rear of the smell.

Taste: The beer is nice and dry. Slight tones of chocolate and carmel peek there heads up. Lightly smoked at the end.

Mouthfeel: This is a meduim bodied beer with a bit of chewy goodness to it.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer overall. I would have liked a bit more smokeyness to the beer.

Photo of aforbes10
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle sampled at the first meeting of our South Bend Coalition of the Drinking club. We drank two from Stone, which were my first two ever from them. This one i was looking forward to because i've liked the smoked porter's i've had and because of the pedigree of the brewery. Poured out of the great looking bottle a dark black color. small bubbly head becomes creamy and smooth-looking. the whole thing looks fantastic. Odor is slightly smoky, but more like roasted malts. Also some wet oak log smell and molasses. Taste was smoky as all hell at first and then a hard malt bitterness and hints of chocolate. simple but great. i likey. Fairly thick and smooth in the mouth with a small bite on the tip and sides of the tongue. i could drink these all night and all day.

Photo of nickss
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep deep dark brown with a monumental rocky khaki head.... generous lacing grace the sides of the glass.... beautiful.

Robust smoked, burnt malt aroma... a bit of burnt mocha in there as well.

Bitter roasted malt flavour. However, this one lacks complexity and depth. However, all in all, not bad... just... eh.

Good, moderate mouthfeel.... bitter on the tongue, yet not dramatically so... nice.

Drinkable for a porter.... but not something I would have more than a couple of. All in all, certainly not my favourite brew of theirs.... though still good.

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,866 ratings.