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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,646 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,646
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 106
Gots: 224 | 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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A classic in the smoked porter genre. Pours dark delicious brown. Aroma comes through, a little different, is that the burnt choco malt I smell over any hop character? Taste, hey, there's a massive amount of hops (Chinook?) for a porter. . . for anything really. Mouthfeel holds up, drinkability rated a little lower as I don't think i've ever had more than one in a night. But yet you always want to have one on any given day.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -0.2%

dmorgan310, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, very dark brown, nearly opaque, with very nice deep ruby highlights. Light brown head of fine, dense bubbles that show excellent stickage to the glass with very good retention. Malty, roasty aroma with a little bit of smokiness. Very light american hop aroma as well. Malty flavour up front with plenty of roasted and chocolate to start, moderate sweetness. Bitter smokiness appears at the midpoint and carries through to the finish. Light bitterness from the hops, balance is more between the malt and charcoal smoke, which hit a nice balance towards the end and carries through to a long, drying finish. Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Fairly smooth, creamy texture. I really appreciate that the smoke aroma and flavour feel like a balanced part of the beer rather than just an afterthought that was dumped in at the last minute, but admittedly smoke in a beer is not really my thing.

22 oz. brown bomber, no apparent best before or freshness date.

DrJay, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Zaphog, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2/19/2011

On tap at Stone. 

A: Deep brown bordering on black with a crimson tinge and a voluminous light brown head.

S: Moderate malt roast with a pervasive beachwood smoke quality. Light coffee and a little chocolate.

T: Lower moderate roasted malt profile. Light earthy bitterness. Smoke is nicely integrated, and there's a decided dark chocolate note.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy.

Overall: A really nice beer. The last time I had this was probably 3 years ago and I hated, but now I find it quite mellow and enjoyable with a restrained smoke presence. Good stuff.

HopHead84, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +24.7%

PEIhop, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, hops, and some slight smoke. Overall, a great appearance, good blend, body, and complexity.

Tone, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev -0.2%

harpus, Thursday at 02:53 PM
Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev -0.2%

rolltide8425, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Twain's in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with moderate amounts of smokiness - char with hints of campfire. Also present are mild dark semi-sweet chocolate aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by well-integrated smokiness. Moderate amounts of dark chocolate come into play midway through the sip. Hints of leafy hops come into play near the end of the sip before carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this beer was more smoky than I remembered however it still isn't robust enough given the ABV. Worth a shot to see for yourself but not worth seeking out.

glid02, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured black, darker than some stouts and certainly darker than most Porters, with about 1/2 inch of light tan head that had low retention and some lacing.

The aroma featured rich malts supporting the even, balanced (there's a word rarely used about Stone) smokiness. There was just a trace of hops poking through in the background. The taste was surprisingly crisp, well-defined malts providing the base for the just-right amount of of smoke and that hint of hops.

The body was good, solid and even. As usual with smoke beers, drinkability depends on your tolerance for the smoke. I found this to be much easier to drink than most of the style, I might even have 2 in a row.

Overall, a very nice beer, worth trying when you see it.

beertunes, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby-black, plenty of tan head, only a little retention, but some nice lacing.

S: Dark chocolate malt, slightly fruity (like British yeast).

T: Predominantly dark chocolate. Slightly bready, some raisin, dark caramel sweetness beats the roasty bitterness into submission. Very well balanced (bittersweet). Only a hint of smoke in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation.

D: As it warms, the boldness steps forward. It's a big brew with plenty of flavour. The 650 mL bomber is plenty.

Derek, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint. The beer pours a dark, vibrant brown color with a foamy, frothy pale-tan colored head that starts around an inch, but settles into a sparse filmy covering after a couple of minutes. Smells of molasses sweetness, smoke, coffee, and oak on the nose. Initial flavors of sweet molasses malt, smoke, and light roasted coffee, with a bitter overall tone that cleans the end of the palate. The beer is light and smooth in mouth, with a bitter hops, smokey, and coffee finish. The beer leaves a great lacing along the glass as you drink. The aftertaste has a slight linger, and the full, rich flavors and complex palate make this a great sipper.

GarthDanielson, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Gusler
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As deep as garnet gets, before we call it brown, the head is "Chocolate", frothy, long lasting; the lace clings in thick sheets till the very bottom of the glass. Nose is deep malt, lightly smoked, sweet, caramel, and even a hint of coffee. Front is sweet malt, the top is medium to full, the finish is of course "Smokey", nicely hopped, light to moderate carbonation, dry, and a nice long lasting bitter after taste. Call me a "Stone-o-phile", but I like the over the top hops, high ABV, big malts and that robustness, only found in a few brewers beers, such as "Alesmith".

Gusler, Sep 30, 2002
Photo of Brad007
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color witha nice brown head. Aroma is nice and creamy with some subtle smokiness. Taste is nice and smoky with a good balance of malts as well. I can even detect some burnt coffee flavors towards the back of the throat. The aftertaste is dry and smoky as well. Very drinkable and would compliment certain foods well. I love this beer.

Brad007, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with subtle reddish highlights that’s nearly but not quite totally opaque. Lighter than most porters, in fact. Nice creamy head with decent retention; good lacing remains.

Subtly smoky in both aroma and taste; this aspect doesn’t overwhelm the other flavors, instead blending with the roasted and lightly sweet notes very well. There are also touches of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Faintly bitter and floral hop presence comes out mostly in the finish. I actually wanted a bit more of everything and found it just a little too light in the end flavor-wise.

Easy to drink, with a moderately creamy, medium-thin body and measured carbonation. A smoked beer for those who are a bit smoke-averse.

tobelerone, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone is always dependable. I first tried this on tap, and remembered the smell as being more smoky. But now that I'm drinking from the bottle, there's not so much. The aroma is more chocolate and roast malt, with some smoke flavor only showing up with the aftertaste. The appearance is really good too, dark black with mahogany edges, milk chocolate colored frothy head. Nice beer, nice brewery.

TurdFurgison, May 31, 2007
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: brown with a orange hue and a 1 finger mocha head

smell: sweet, caramel, smoke, malts

taste: smokey, malts, dry bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin/medium body,

drinkability: this is a easy drinker. has a nice flavor profile. you can call this one a session beer from stone it's under 6%. : )

Cheers,

The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bought at CityWide Liquors on grape road in mishawaka

appearance: poured into a snifter simply because i can....deep mahogany body, light garnet highlights, charred beige creamy head with only light lacing left behind

smell: dark bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, char, touch of smoke, big roasted malt aroma, mild hop sweetness provided

taste: good porter (as expected) from stone...smoky and earthy, big charred malt flavour, bitter dark chocolate, some sweet dark fruit comes through more in the flavour, smoky roasted mocha lingers in the finish, light molasses, a bit dry

mouthfeel: dry finish, medium body, light bitterness, strong roastyness

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip May,16.2011

A deep purple almost ruby red when held to a bright light, has a loose tan head three fingers deep before it falls to a short tunnel of lace leaving no lace after that

S more hops and less campfire then expected with a little milk chocolate and faint coffee

T much more dark earthy roast in the mouth but not layer upon layer, good but not the depth in flavor I was expecting. the hops I smell are gone but replaced with a little prune and purple candy on the finish

M silky entry and then it expands and turns to cream as it hits your tongue

O the malts not that smokey but it's something I could drink for a few hours without getting board or falling over

perhaps if it was labeled just a porter I'd give it a higher rating but the "smoked porter" I see on the label has me expecting smoke. Worth trying without doubt and I have to thank liamt07 for my chance at this one

wordemupg, May 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

drummermattie02, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours dark, almost black. Thin light brown head with little lacing. Roasty malts and light smoke throughout with a mellow roasty faint smoke finish. Not as smoky as a rauchbier or Smoke Jumper, but nicely made and tasty. Surprisingly tasty for a 6% beer. Medium bodied. Worth a revisit.

LiquidAmber, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thank You Kahn's of Indianapolis!!!
And of course runwayred for showing me the way ;).

Appearance- Great two and a half finger head with awesome retention. Decent lacing that slowly disappears after it sticks to the glass. A very deep garnet hue when held directly to the light and deep brown when held away from God's touch.

Smell- Not realy smokey for a "smoked" porter. More like a normal roasted malt profile you'd find in any other porter. Isn't waht I expected from a Stone product.

Taste- Coffee grounds to start with some more burnt like malts in the middle. The hops hit closer to the finish. Just a little general bitterness giving it a good baker's chocolate feel. The finish is a dark malt and toffee roasted over a campfire ending. Not too smooth.

Mouthfeel- A little thick, but does bring an overall pleasing sense to the tongue. Great palate of bitter brownies.

scruffwhor, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a blacked out color with a thick tanned head. Plenty of lacing on the glass as the head retains on top of the brew throughout most of the pour.

Nice fluff of smoke in the nose, but not overpowering. Roasted malts with some bittersweet chocolate and toffee, vanilla as well.

Slight hop presence up front followed by the semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla tones. Distinct notes of smoke, but doesn't blow away the rest of the beer. Hints of coffee beans. Roasted malts hold down a full backbone with some sweetness. Finishes smoky and dry.

Fuller medium body, nice carbonation, somewhat soft and smooth on the tongue. Drinks nicely and quickly, despite being a darker beer, and the smoke is well balanced with the malty flavors.

xnicknj, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, dark brown with flashes of ruby when held up to the light. Carbonation cascades to form a one-finger tan head which dissipated slowly leaving an attractive lace.

Smell: lots of chocolate with a nice roastiness and a light trace of hops.

Taste: a very complex, dynamic flavor. Up front is a little chocolate with an astringent bitterness; this gives way to the lightest of smokiness and is finally finished with a sweet malt flavor and a nicely bitter aftertaste. Each sip is interesting.

Mouthfeel: body is on the heavy side of medium and carbonation, though light, lends a nice creaminess.

Drinkability: highly drinkable to an extent, but it is just not quite smooth enough to be a long session beer. Still quite delicious.

I like that this is a smoked beer that uses the smoke as a subtle addition to the final flavor, rather than the number one characteristic.

flagmantho, Sep 22, 2009
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,646 ratings.