Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev -3%
22z bottle poured into my Stone nonic pint glass. It poured a very dark brown color with a foamy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. Nice head retention and lacing as I drank it.
The aroma shows a little more of the caramel and milk chocolate to it. I get a little bit of a roasty, bitterness, but not really any smoke.
The taste has a bitter-sweet chocolate and caramel flavors mixing with some roasty, slightly burnt, bitter flavors. It's a nice balance between the chocolaty sweetness and the roasted bitterness. Just a little bit of smoke is there, not enough for me.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it's a pretty good beer. It's very nicely flavored and balances the flavors well. It's very drinkable for the style as well. My big criticism is that every time I have this beer I always wish there was more smokiness to it. It's just barely noticeable, which isn't enough for me. Alaskan Smoked porter is one of my favorite beers ever, I just wish this one was a better substitute for that one.
01-14-2012 23:00:12 | More by billab914
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
10-09-2009 22:05:33 | More by Tone
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
02-11-2011 01:22:07 | More by glid02
3.5/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
12-15-2010 23:47:06 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
3.98/5 rDev -1%
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.
12-03-2005 23:24:12 | More by Derek
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
02-20-2011 07:16:28 | More by HopHead84
4.72/5 rDev +17.4%
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".
09-30-2002 17:07:34 | More by Gusler
4.72/5 rDev +17.4%
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.
10-05-2007 15:58:12 | More by Brad007
3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
02-10-2012 23:40:11 | More by GarthDanielson
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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%. : )
03-12-2011 14:24:29 | More by THECPJ
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
05-31-2007 00:10:25 | More by TurdFurgison
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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
10-24-2006 01:01:23 | More by dirtylou
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
01-05-2012 05:54:43 | More by tobelerone
3.9/5 rDev -3%
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
05-17-2011 07:46:01 | More by wordemupg
3.8/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
10-24-2006 04:52:27 | More by scruffwhor
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-22-2011 22:46:57 | More by xnicknj
3.18/5 rDev -20.9%
Poured from a slightly chilled 22 oz. bottle into a Ename chalice, the Smoked Porter was midnight black with a thin tan head which left only slight lace. This was my first smoked beer, and although I have heard good things, I was a bit skeptical. Furthermore, I should say that I'm generally not a big fan of Porters. The aroma was extremely sweet, with flavors of caramel and malt but no smoke, and was not very appealing to me. The taste however was much more balanced and a pleasant surprise. It was a bit sweet, but not nearly as much as the aroma would lead you to believe. There was a definite smoky taste, that if anything was more subtle then overwhelming. The main story here was the richness of the malt, which the smoke did a fine job of balancing out, making this porter much more enjoyable to me then they normally are. However, there was a fairly strong alcohol taste for only 5.9% ABV. The mouthfeel was rich and a bit syrupy from all the malt, but the balance provided by the smoke made this a drinkable porter worth checking out.
10-13-2006 23:36:36 | More by ccrida
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
5.9% ABV, "Keep Refridgerated", no date.
A - Clear through the pour, dark mahogany brown topped by a two-finger tan head. Great retention and collar after collar of wispy lace.
S - Delicious smokey hints elevate the roasted malt nicely. Chocolate bittersweet with a great balance quality to it. Smoked very nicely.
T - Peat-smoked chocolate malt is pretty strong but not over-the-top. Roasted chocolate, bittersweet, flavorful. Green, resiny hop finish to balance it all out.
M - Dry roasted acrid bitterness with a dry finish. Moderately carbonated with a medium body and bitter finish.
O - Stone's Smoked Porter is nice and drinkable for how smokey it is and how flavorful it is, too. Overall, a very nice brew.
04-29-2011 01:05:07 | More by BeerFMAndy
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,592 ratings.