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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,775 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,775
Hads: 4,018
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 6.19%
Wants: 164
Gots: 418 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My night cap beer that I enjoyed on an excellent day of drinking.

A - Deep dark amber that's not completely dark or see through. Fluffy white head. Nice.

S - Mostly of smoke, toffee, caramel, chocolate malt and slight coffee. Overall great!

M - The flavors are of one heck of a great porter. You start with some mild caramel and chocolate that rounds out to slight smokey BBQ flavor and finishes with a great coffee bitterness. Overall impressive.

M - Really light and very drinkable. Please keep in mind of the ABV change from the 5.9 listed here since it is now 6.2%

D - Overall a pretty great brew. I mostly have had hopped up beers by stone so its great to see that they have great flavored beers along side of hop bombs. Enjoyable perfect porter. (756 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A brilliant chestnut pour sits beneath a 3” cream to light tan foam collar that is fairly persistent and lacy. S: Smoke aromas are mild and restrained, with chocolate and hints of coffee. T: Primarily chocolate and coffee with a hop bitter accent and a light hand on the smoke. F: Very soft on the palate with medium full body and medium carbonation. O: Some creamy texture makes this beer. (395 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.29/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

I had such high hopes for this beer. I love porter and I love smokey beers so how could this go wrong? Sadly, I was wrong.

The beer pours black with light tan head that is big, 3 fingers high with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is really light and doesn't bring forth nice smokiest that you would expect. The smoke is there just really light with a tad of chocolate.

The taste is really super light as well, you can barely get any smoke at all and just a light coffee taste.

Mouthfeel is solid nothing great, and this is just a bland beer that is not very drinkable. (622 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a somewhat thick consistency. Had a big, long-lasting, creamy brown head. Very good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of coffee and malt, with some sugar thrown in for good measure.

T: Flavored with coffee, chocolate, malt and a bit of sugar. Not as complex or flavorful as you'd expect, but decent nonetheless.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. I think it's a bit on the overrated side, but it's still a well made beer. (553 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -1%
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%. : )


The CPJ (361 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +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 (692 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a two-finger tan head that gives off sticky lace and dies slowly over a dark brown, almost black body. Roasted malts seem to cover up other malts in the smell as there is a smoky, charcoal like smell. A semi-sweet and creamy medium-bodied beer that has good flavor. Toffee, chocolate, coffee, roasted and some toasted malts w/ hints of coffee and bread malt with moderate dryness produce a balanced beer that hits on many strong points of porters. Not slick or anything but finishes by gliding over the tongue. I could sit back and nurse a bomber of this anytime. (570 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (769 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This porter comes out of the bottle a deep, opaque sable, nearly black, with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is thick and smoky and has hints of coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and what seems like wheat. Flavor is like well-roasted coffee with a subtle sweet undertone and hints of chocolate and molasses and even a touch of nutty taste. Texture is sublimely smooth but has just a bit of an edge. (401 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep mahogany color, mostly black, especially when viewed in dim lighting, some dark ruby highlights around the edges. Super thick and creamy tan head that sustains and leaves some excellent lacing behind, something that seemingly all Stone brews do.

The aroma hits you before you bring the glass to your nose. Roasted, dark malts, some dry cocoa powder, slight char, some leafy, ashy, and dry hop character. The smoke is hard to notice at first, maybe because the beer is a little to cold. Upon warming up a bit, the smoke definitely comes out and becomes quite nice. Liquid smoke, burnt wood, campfire char - it adds such a great element to an already aromatically pleasing beer.

Stone Smoked Porter tastes exactly like the nose would lead you to believe it tastes. Roasted, nearly burnt malts, dry, light cocoa, bitter coffee beans, herbal hops that are just bitter enough to be called "perfect", and of course, a helpful heaping of smoke. Just like on the nose, the smoke comes out more and more on the palate as the beer warms up. It goes from being a tertiary flavor to a primary flavor over the course of 15-20 minutes.

Along with the smoked flavors comes the charred woodiness and an even more intense roasted profile that sticks with you through the aftertaste. A delicacy that coats your palate and keeps the flavor in your brain long after it's gone. The body is heavy and creamy, not quite chewy, nice amount of carbonation in this one.

Had this a long time ago, didn't care for it. Had it again recently and loved it. Smoke can be a touchy subject in the world of beer when not left in the most deft of hands (Heller-Trum), but it works perfectly here and isn't anywhere close to overpowering. Plus, only 4-5$ for a bomber? What a steal. One of the best smoked beers I've had to date, for many reasons. (1,829 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours lighter than expected. Darker brown but the beer is somewhat translucent. The highlights are attractive. Big, fluffy head floats above the liquid and seems quite persistent. Definately one of the larger heads I have seen on a porter. A bunch of lacing sits in chunks along the glass.

S-Rich maltiness and chocolate. Not detecting an smokiness in the aroma however. But as I have come to realize with Stone, they ver rarely let me down. I'll trust that this beer is what is advertised.

T-Quite roasty. See, I knew I should trust the brand, this beer is tasty! The smokiness is definatel apparent on the tongue. A charred flavor sits on the palate after the sip for quite a while. Along with the roastiness, I get some good chocolate notes as well a twinge of hop bitterness.

M-Quite thick. Wasn't expecting it to be this thick because it looks thinner than other brews of the stle. Pleasant surprise.

D-Not too much booze in this beer which allows it to be quite drinkable. Very flavorful nonetheless.

Once again, Stone refuses to let me down. (1,055 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown color, pretty much opaque with a decent light creamy tan head and good lacing. The aroma is surprisingly vague with just the suggestion of some herbal malt and a whisper of charcoal. No smoke whatsoever. The flavor again does not bring an obvious smoke either but there is a little grassy smoke and more mild charcoal malt. There’s a citrus tartness that nearly defines this brew which surprises me greatly considering it’s a smoked brew. This is a medium bodied brew with tiny bits of carbonation and a near resinous, yet glassy smooth feel. It’s a quality brew in feel but I bought this for a smoke taste experience and it’s so subtle as to really be nothing that warrants a smoke title. This brew is just a decent porter that features grassy hops and tart citrus over mild charcoal malt. Good, but ultimately a disappointment. (850 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, light shines through on th eedges quite easily, big poofy khaki head, decent retention. Smell is milder than expected, dark roasted and chared malts are the dominant components with actual smoke taking a backseat and barely making itself known. A touch of earthy hops on the back. Taste brings a nice roasted malt profile, light touches of chared wood and faint chocolate. Again the smoke lacks any sort of umph - ive had beers that contained so few smoked malts they didnt name their beer with that description and they still had more umph than this. Medium bodied, slightly creamy. A nice porter yes - but a weak smoked beer. (647 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass (thanks Stoneman78). Growler opened with a pop and a rush and left some specks of porter on my kitchen ceiling (guess it's fresh :) Poured the color of obsidian, followed by a luscious coffee colored two-fingered head that settled into a quarter-inch consistent layer of foam and ringlets. Lots and lots of lacing; just like drinking a coffee milkshake. Scent of hops, roasted malt and espresso, as well as a lingering smokiness in the nose. Nice mellow taste - unsweetened cocoa, coffee and malt with a slightly hoppy finish. Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel; not too much carbonation. Very sessionable porter. (639 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black color with a nice, sticky tan layer of foam. Fades slowly and leaves thick lacing. Excellent looking porter.

Smokiness is very tame on this one, as chocolate and vanilla play nicely with the salty-smoke undertones. Has some woody, earthy notes as well.

What a contradictorily mellow, rich and decadent beer! Peppered beef jerky, cocoa and caramel sweetness with a more-than-adequate hop load. This is actually a pretty surprising beer from Stone, there appears to be a leash on this gargoyle as all the flavors are pretty subtle for the most part. I would like a bit more smoke and maybe a bit more body, but those are definitely minor complaints. This beer is terrific, I love it. (721 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice brownish/black color. Some ruby highlights can be seen as I hold it up to the light. A two finger beige head forms and leaves some patchy lace.
S: Roasted malt with some sweet toffee, brown sugar, and coffee. A hint of smoke.
T: Again roasted malt with toffee and coffee. Some chocolate that is subdued a little. I don't really detect any smoke flavors.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy, chewy, and well carbonated. Smooth and easy to drink. A porter that hits the spot.

A pretty good porter. I don't detect hardly any smoke though. Other than that, everything you want for the style. It paired well with some grilled steaks for dinner. (654 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black/brown highlights with a large light tan head.
Nose shows piney, grapefruit hops, sweet cocoa and roasted malt.
Flavours are similar but with the addition of some delightful smoky flavours.
Nice creamy carbonation.
Great stuff, very moreish. (252 characters)

Photo of stcules
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark and porter appearance, with dark ruby reflexes. A lot of light brown foam.
Very good smell, cocoa, coffee (less) and obviously smoked. Very pleasant.
The taste is very good too, with roasted notes, cooa, and a good smokiness that rises up behind. Resolute. Some sweetness (just a hint), quickly covered by the rest. Interesting.
Behind, some bitterness, not hop-like, more from burned and roasted. And again cocoa.
Same in the aftertaste (cocoa, smoked), and a noticeable bitterness, quite long, with rhubarb hints. (524 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge rocky head...great soft smoked aroma..very very dark burgandy...sweet on the buds with a smokey accent..not overbearing smokiness though(about right)..a bit sweet/syrupy mouthfeel...almost some java tones..very good but in the the same league as Alaskan Brewings' Smoked Porter. (283 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint

Pours a used engine oil black with a nice tan head with some slick retention.

Smells of roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Very little smoke on the nose, but it is there.

Whoa! Sweet cocoa and caramel meet perfectly. This is almost as nice as it gets. Taste a slight citrus hop backbone.

The mouthfeel is creamy and light.

It is a heavy beer, but it's really light in finish.

This is another solid offering by Stone. Not too much smoke, just enough to give a great layer of flavor. (520 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes are about a week old but thorough...

I may have gotten the elusive perfect pour, but that's just what the appearance is here: perfect. This brew is a very rich, deep brown that doesn't quite hit black. Stone's given me this before, but the head is amazing. It pours out big enough that I have to wait awhile. After it dissipates, it's one of the thickest, densest, rockiest heads I've ever seen on a beer, and it never gets smaller than 2 fingers. Lacing is left behind like a tattered curtain to the very bottom. Maybe not everyone gets an appearance like this, but I didn't pour it special and it was just in a dimpled mug.
The aroma is, of course, smoky, reminiscent of a wood fire with charred wood notes and a touch of charcoal. There's a light, even sweetness underneath that i wasn't expecting and perhaps some herbal leaf tinge from some hops underneath a robust malt. It's not quite as strong as the flavor, though it certainly isn't weak. There's a touch of slightly acidic (?) ester lingering as well.
Smoke, smoke,smoke, of course, all over the tongue on a sturdy malt backbone. Heavily roasted with notes of bittersweet baker's chocolate and coffee with stronger notes of charred woods and charcoal as in the nose. This is what I imagine when I thing "smoked porter."
This one's big, rich and robust, drinking more like a stout than a porter. Body is full and carbonation is light, and there's a light bite and smoothness that isn't amazing but makes for a good feel.
There's no reason I wouldn't drink a few of these in a sitting, though I couldn't down them all too quickly. This is a great effort at a smoked beer. (1,637 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours a dark dark brown with a one finger off white head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma was smoky with subtle malt notes. The flavor was of malt, nutty, and woody notes. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall all of the flavors in this brew were very subtle and tame. I actually liked this so you could taste the woody flavor imparted on it. The aroma was a little disappointing, but okay. Have very nice drinkability, but was not my favorite from Stone for sure. Still quite good though. (569 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fairly sweet, lightly chocolatey, with a touch of phenolic plastic and a bit of tar.

Flavor is more smoky and plasticy, with woody smoke notes becoming bitter chocolate at the finish. The bitter roast malt lingers. Becomes fairly harsh. (246 characters)

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,775 ratings.