Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 3,592 | Reviews: 1,739 | Display Reviews Only:
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
Very smooth for a smoked porter, drinks real easy. Initial big head that dissipitates. Understated smoke in aroma. Deep rich chocolate malt, roast flavour taste. Well malted and not overhopped. Satisfying medium to full mouthfeel. Good porter. On tap at Pizza Plant Transit.
01-16-2006 05:41:24 | More by Sammy
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
Growler fill from Stone Brewing Co.
Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a thin cap. Thin tight rings of lace mark the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, smoked malt, and some rich dark toasted bread aromas. Taste is of roasted/smoked malt, toasted bread, and some minor cocoa bean flavors. There is an assertive roasty bitterness that sticks around after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a bubbly yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good smoked porter from the tap but I prefer the bottled version slightly more.
09-28-2011 04:37:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.9/5 rDev -3%
Pours a very dark brown with a nice, creamy head. The aroma is definitely dominated by the smoke, although it's not too overpowering. A bit of chocolate, wood, and miscellaneous roast. The smoke continues to come through in the taste atop the chocolate flavors from the nose, with a wee bit of coffee thrown in as well. Smooth and slightly dry.
01-20-2010 21:25:52 | More by Thorpe429
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
A: The beer poured very dark amber (close to black) in color with a finger high tan head. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible and a thick ring of bubbles covers the surface near the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of smoky and roasted malts in the nose.
T: Flavors of dark roasted malts dominate the taste, which has some notes of coffee. Smoky flavors appear in the finish. The malty flavors are nicely balanced with the hops, which lend a little bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and very sessionable. It's a good representation of the style and I will definitely have it again.
06-18-2010 00:28:53 | More by metter98
4.4/5 rDev +9.5%
Mahogany brown with strong ruby highlights. Light is visible on the opposite side of the glass which is somewhat surprising. Given Stone's perchant for big beers I figured that this porter would be darker than it is. The head is chocolate nougat brown, looks pretty sturdy, is pitting like crazy on top and deposits copious amounts of lace as it slowly descends. As is usual for these guys, an excellent look.
The aroma is dark malty and is more chocolatey than anything else. Strangely enough, I don't appreciate any smoke in the nose. It's a little hoppy too, but very little. Excellent beer. The flavor is a wonderful amalgam of heavily roasted malt, chocolate, dark caramel, hops, coffee and smoke in roughly that order. The hops lend more bitterness than they do actual hop flavor, but this is not a bitter beer.
The smoke is more subdued than I'd like. If you're going to call this beer a smoked porter, then make it smoky. Interestingly enough, the body is much more substantial than the appearance would suggest. This baby is full and creamy; dextriny even. It's a very nice body that helps carry the flavor across the palate and keep it there.
Smoked Porter isn't the best porter that I've ever had, but it's damn close. I knew that Stone wouldn't let me down. If you have easy access to this fine beer, then consider yourself extremely fortunate.
06-07-2004 20:53:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.47/5 rDev +11.2%
Aged for two years.
Appearance: Pours a vary dark garnet with a nice head that retains reasonably well and leaves scattered lacing around the pint
Smell: The predominate aroma is dark chocolate and the smoke comes through with a slightly minty aspect
Taste: Starts out with a dark chocolate and smoked flavor that builds in minty complexity; after the swallow, some earthy bitterness creeps in and joins that minty smoke flavor to provide a nicely balanced finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied (just right for a porter) with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: I was a little concerned about the age on this bottle given the ABV but it drank wonderfully
02-17-2007 00:41:16 | More by brentk56
3.48/5 rDev -13.4%
22oz Bottle poured into english pint glass. Beautiful dark brown with ruby highlights that you can actually see light through towards the bottom of the glass. Large head with good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, alcohol and a little smoke. Taste is a little more smoke, hops, coffee, roasted malts. Very good porter.
10-21-2010 21:06:19 | More by acurtis
3.35/5 rDev -16.7%
Bottle: Poured a medium-black color porter with a medium size foamy head with average retention. Aroma of slightly bitter hops with some very subtle smoke in there. Taste is also slightly bitter with a very subtle touch of smoke. I was honestly expecting a more smoky character because of the name of the beer. Also, I was expecting a hoppier porter based on previous tasting of Stone beers. A bit of letdown really.
02-28-2006 21:38:07 | More by Phyl21ca
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
A fantastic beer to revisit over and over again. This beer displays a beautiful blend of delicacy, flavor, and boldness that is always opportunistic but non-boastful.
The beer holds true to the look of better Porters. Very dark brown with deep mohogany highlights. Moderate carbonation delivers a more aggresive head than expected but then settles into a 1/2" foamstand that lasts the session while leaving tons of lacing behind.
Interspersed aromas of cocoa, coffee, smoke, and caramelized malts take turns hitting the nose, giving different signals each time my nose comes close.
Flavors favor the Porter-like chocolate-coffee blend while settling onto a steadfast caramelly malt foundation. The smoke character never seems to attach to the taste, rather giving much of its character through the olfactories and the exhale sensation (beautifully woven into the beer). Light fruits of fig, date, and raison give some credence to the esters, but largely go unnoticed. Clean yeasty flavors give an undescript malt flavor that's difficult to describe.
The texture is full, rich, and round; though in a Porter kind of way. Bittered from a blend of hops and roasted grains acheive a nice balance without overdoing it (good restraint for Stone). Not heavy, thick or overbearing, this beer can be consumed quickly- maybe too quickly. But at a moderate alcohol, the head or inhebreation of the beer is quite digestable and tollerable.
This is a beautiful beer that does everything that is asked of a Porter, but then with the proper companionship of a campfire. A bit more fruitiness could have helped with the depth and complexity of the beer. I'd like to see this beer imperialized.
02-28-2006 16:50:59 | More by BEERchitect
4.15/5 rDev +3.2%
Pored a dark brown/black that let just the slightest light through. Small cream colored head gave was quickly leaving just a bit around the edge till the bottom. Smell was total caramel chocolate malts. A hint of a spiceness as well. Taste was very nice, the nice malts come through beutifully and the mouthfell is almost perfect, goes down very smooth and has a very nice, long lingering almost hopped back. This is a very nice brew, I would love to try this on tap one day!
01-02-2007 01:45:30 | More by mikesgroove
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
A: Very dark brown, almost black with a finger and a half of off-white head.
S: Smokey, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of sweetness.
T: First sip is sweet, primarily caramel. As it warms up a bit, the slight smokiness comes out, as do the traditional porter flavors such as coffee and chocolate. A nice roasted malt taste is prevalent.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.
D: I'm generally not that big of a fan of smoked beers, but this one is light enough on the smoke, and it seems to add a bit of sweetness.
09-11-2009 03:30:29 | More by womencantsail
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
Appearance: Dark brown body with a light tan-colored, creamy head.
Smell: What's in that aroma... let's call it "excitement"! Lightly sweetened cocoa and coffee amidst the rich, smokey overtones.
Taste: More of that semi-sweet chocolate and coffee from the nose, and, of course, the smoke, but also just a hint of citrus on the finish. Though the flavors run a bit thin at times, its still pretty pleasant.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Slighty creamy.
Drinkability: Reasonably smoked, it gives you just enough of that smoke you want without ever becoming overpowering or life-threatening.
05-21-2007 02:35:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.78/5 rDev -6%
The smoked porter pours out almost like a stout. The liquid looked pretty thick. The color was black and the head was brown. There was some good lacing too. The aroma is lightly smoked and roasted. The taste is a little salty from the smoked malts, but also has a nice roasted quality too with some hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a decent body to it. Overall it's not my favorite Stone brew but it's worth trying.
06-11-2011 04:10:16 | More by Knapp85
4.1/5 rDev +2%
Pours a deep brown with some ruby tint to it with a light but creamy looking almond colored head,the aroma is very nice I think the light smoky hints along with the chocolate almost makes a fudge brownie aroma is it just me?Taste is very earthy with a raw peanut flavor with the smokiness coming in late that lingers definant resiny hop flavor intermingaled in there as well.A pretty complex beer very worthy of its high marks in my humble opinion.
11-22-2003 02:23:01 | More by oberon
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,592 ratings.