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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,292 Ratings
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Ratings: 3292
Reviews: 1724
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002)
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auburngrad82

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a beautiful deep brown, almost black color with a nice tan head, and leaves a decent lacing as the glass is emptied.

S- The aroma is subtle but the malt is front and center.

T- The taste on this is what wins me over. Chocolate and coffee flavors and a slight smokiness (almost burnt) flavor come out on top.

M- Nice full mouthfeel.

D- It's been a while since I've had a really good porter and this one reminded me of what I was missing. A really good porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 14:32:26 | More by auburngrad82
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HappyPappy2X

Oregon

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap, pint glass at Mississippi Pizza, Portalnd, Oregon March 11, 2013

Appearance: Dark, almost opaque. Off white head, good retention

Smell: Not strong, slight malt sweetness

Taste: Malt forward, slight roastiness, smoke flavor hidden deep. Milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side for porter. Above average carbonation.

Overall: A great porter. One I would revisit. Smokiness almost not enough, although better to err on too little, perhaps...

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2013 15:03:21 | More by HappyPappy2X
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kevin62

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The good news is that finally Stone is available in New Jersey,so I was eager to try this beer.The beer itself (22oz bottle) was a dark brown to black color,almost cola looking,with a small tan head that quickly dissappeared.The aromas were slight hints of chocolate and coffee.Those aromas were also in the taste as well as black licorice and you could definetly get the taste of smoke,especially in the nice finish.This is a very unique offering from Stone,but something you should surely check out.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 11:51:27 | More by kevin62
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sevenredrabbits

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown with 1 to 2 finger head. Head has staying power.

Smell:s like coffee and something bitter sweet like moxie.

Taste : coffee and melted sugar. smoked porter is apt. something mellow. campfire roasted marshmallow and cocoa, but much heavier.

mouthfeel : satin with a small nip at the tip of your tongue. nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 06:37:36 | More by sevenredrabbits
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TWM

North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was excited when I bought this one... no more. Just not put together right or something.

Appearance- beautiful porter, fine white bubbles, 1 finger of head. Pretty lacing, all around a pretty glass of beer.

Smell- Subdued, but definitely a porter. Lacking that caramelized hint in the aroma, not much in the way of smoke smell.

Taste- A good porter battled it out with a ton of wood smoke. I at first didn't think either of them won, but now, near the end of the bottle, I keep thinking I'm at a campfire. The smoke flavor has overwhelmed all but the bitterness of the porter, and my mouth tastes like ashes.

Feel- texture was nice, smooth, but the ashy afterfeel is bad. Not real happy here. Feels like I need a drink to wash away the flavor of the smoke. Hmmm...

Overall... already said it. Just wondering if perhaps it would go better with a particular meal (BBQ? Fried chicken? Smoked Sausage?) than standing alone... or perhaps I shouldn't have planned on drinking all 22 oz by myself.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 05:46:16 | More by TWM
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david23

New York

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Once again Stone has the head that won't quit. Beautiful lacing all the way to the end.Has a smokey charcoal aroma with a hint of peat. Carbonation is just perfect and such a smooth feel on the tongue. Here's where it gets interesting. Shared this with two friends and they just kept going back and forth on the flavors that kept coming through. Roasted, toasted barley, hops comes to the palate for a brief visit only to be replaced with perhaps a caramel but I think chocolate. Stone just keeps our minds working with the combinations of flavors in all of their brews. Definely one of the best Porters I've ever had. If you missed this one, you're missing the boat!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2004 21:29:42 | More by david23
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BRoss242

Louisiana

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

A- Poured black with a dark ruby tint, had a nice 1 finger cream colored head that quickly resided to a small layer that lasted the duration of the tasting

S- Chocolate, caramel, and a subtle smoke aroma, mixed with a lite lint of hops.

T- Nice balance of malt smoke and hops make this a good tasting porter, but I would like to have more smoke taste noticable.

M- Very smooth and creamy feeling, like eating a bar of dark chocolate.

D- If I could get this beer on a regular basis I could drink it almost every day. So overall I would say a very good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 11:30:55 | More by BRoss242
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jsimon816

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Old Chicago Downtown Denver.

Nice dark color with tight thick head. Sublte smokey aroma with a smooth balanced malty flavor. A great find on tap, very drinkable. Stopped in after GABF Saturday session, I hope it's still on after the weekend festivities.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2006 00:04:26 | More by jsimon816
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JimBird

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really dark colour with a small amount of head that disappeared rather quickly. Left a fair amount of lacing on the side.

Smells roasty with a faint hint of maltiness. Extremely charred malty, coffee-like flavour with a great deal of warm bitterness in the finish; a little bit dry. Smooth as silk.

Loved this beer, great stuff!!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 04:02:43 | More by JimBird
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bigchris1313

California

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown yet not quite black. Somewhere around Coca-Cola.

Smell: Plenty of coffee aromas and some chocolate.

Taste: Unlike the Imperial Russian Stout, this brew yells out "Coffee!" to me. I also sense some hoppy flavor and a good bit of chocolate, yet the main power of this brew is the coffee.

Mouthfeel: As a porter should feel: not as thick as a stout, but still plenty thick.

Drinkability: It's great for hopheads like me to find a brew like this to break up my hop-craving ways. In the middle of a night of drinking, or towards the end, I will break out a bomber of this to totally jarr my palate. It's always a delightful switch.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 00:19:58 | More by bigchris1313
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dick783

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 03:52:56 | More by dick783
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Brodirt

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a big bottle, 22 oz., and was expecting something a bit different. Drank it in a frosted 12 oz. standard beer glass and maybe it was overall too cold. Body was rich and thick with a great thick head like a porter should be. Taste was very chocolately and malty without much smoke at all. Very easy drinking porter in a perfect size for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 00:45:33 | More by Brodirt
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Arnie2709

North Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I believe that the specifics have been covered. Would just like to state that being a dreaded "Dark Beer" as some of my friends would call it, My best friend and my girlfriend, neither beer drinkers have had this beer (more of a vodka drink style). Loved this beer! I've happy to be there to see the looks on their faces when the just realized that not all beers are terrible! oh yea.

Pours a beautiful dark auburn. nice creamy head with light lacing. smell of sweet with notes of bitter chocolate. first taste is suprising. slightly sweet. not overly "dark beer" tasting. very clean finish. medium bodied that lingers on the palate just long enough pick up the docile flavors that this brew offers. chocolate, coffee, slight dark fruit and some dark malts really come together well in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 00:00:00 | More by Arnie2709
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GoodBeerTire

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured black with a slight tan head. Laces well.

S - Caramel malts. Smoke is not overpowering.

T - Starts malty, with caramel. Chocolate & slight licorice. Smoke shows up in the aftertaste. A bit raw.

M - Good carbonation. Not as creamy as other porters, but the small, almost non-existant head has something to do with it.

D - Lower alchohol% (5.7) makes it repeatable, but since it has a quite strong smokey aftertaste, I will want to finish it up w/ something hoppy. Would pair well w/ fruit.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 18:00:50 | More by GoodBeerTire
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bmoney

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at South Park Tavern in Dayton.

A- Very dark brown, almost black. Foamy inch of head at first that settled quickly and left a tiny bit of lacing as I sip.

S- As the name says... smoked. Also roasted and some dark chocolate

T/M - Smooth and heavy. The taste is sweet and a little bit smokey, reminds me of a campfire. Just the right mix of the usual bitter/sweet chocolate & coffee with the smokeyness to enhance the taste.

D- A very drinkable porter, I could have had another.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2009 03:07:38 | More by bmoney
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KeithStolte

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark almost black with a large tan head; great lacing and retention.

S - Chocolate and toasted malts.

T - Very rich malt, dark chocolate; Slightly sweet, with a pleasant smoky taste and after taste.

M - Very smooth with medium to highly carbonated.

D - Great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 05:39:51 | More by KeithStolte
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FrankWBurnsIII

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Last week I paired a big bottle of this fine porter with some steaks that my mother-in-law grilled. It reinforced the meal nicely.

A-Beautiful, in the space where brown and black meet; one finger head, no lacing

S-Roasted malt, mild hops, chocolate, mesquite

T-BBQ meat smoked for some time, chocolate and coffee

M-Smooth, slight snap of bubbles

O-This will be a go to porter for me at any grilled red meat experience; the smoke action is really terrific, hats off to Stone for another great one

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 15:12:55 | More by FrankWBurnsIII
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CraftVA

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look – 4, Smell – 4.5, Taste – 4.5, Feel – 4, Overall – 4.5

A – Beer pours a very dark brown, almost black and opaque with a thick tan head.

S – The first smell this beer reminded me of was a smoked cheese, in a good way. It has a very smoky, malty scent with hints of chocolate.

T – A delicious roasted malt flavor comes through with the notes of chocolate, coffee and smoke. Has a slightly bitter bite to it.

M – The beer has a good medium body with the right amount of carbonation.

O – I had this delicious beer on tap at the Stone Brewing restaurant and it was definitely a highlight of the ones I sampled. It has a distinct flavor and worth enjoying again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 00:01:32 | More by CraftVA
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nsw

California

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't have massive porter experience, but I am a huge Deschutes Black Butte Porter fan, and after grabbing a 12-pack of that at Bevmo I decided to throw a pounder of Stone's Smoked Porter into the basket. I love Stone's IPA, Ruination, Arrogant Bastard... so I figured what the heck.

A - Not a huge head, but did get some nice protein lacing on the way through. Less opaque than Black Butte.

S - Burnt alcohol, a little malt?

M - A little more "watery" than I've used to.

T - Wood, black cherry, burnt alcohol.

D - This was a one-timer for me, although it wasn't painful by any means.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 01:45:26 | More by nsw
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hopheadsal

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark, with a decent head. Loved the "smokey" flavor and feel of the beer but i was a little disapointed with the nose...couldn't really smell the smoke. As far as drinkability, it was awesome...I only had one and was sad to see it go.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 02:50:31 | More by hopheadsal
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great7dividers

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an exceptional beer. A dark and delicious brew that pours black with a very light tan head, and displays some lovely ruby tints when held up to a light. The body is full and smooth. Flavors of coffee and roasted malts hit strong on the middle and back of the palate for a very tasty experience. The smokey taste lingers and pleases the palate, and the abundance of flavor creates a healthy thirst for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 19:09:41 | More by great7dividers
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stinkydaddy

Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5oz Sampler

a- very clean. no hop presence. sweet malt with hint of chocolate. looking for more smoke.

a-thin tan head lingers and laces. deep brown with garnet when held to light.

f – caramel & toffee. slight chocolate on back. hop bitterness only present to balance malt. smoke there but seeking more.

m – low/medium carbonation. creamy. no astringency.

o – excellent brown porter. beautiful looking beer. smoke is there but I find myself wanting more. defiantly worth another try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2013 03:40:29 | More by stinkydaddy
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Sam-VW

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 6oz bottle into a generic pint glass.

Almost black in the middle with the red shining through a lot more on either side.
Thick brown sugar/caramel coloured head. Good retention.

Smells like smokey brown sugar and caramel, very malty smell.

Taste - Very malty, brown sugar then at the end the bitterness from the hops as a very nice surprise.

Very smooth mouthfeel, but a little alcohol kick on the way down.

All in all a fantastic beer from Stone. Would go extremely well with BBQ food.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 13:56:22 | More by Sam-VW
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mhowell

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark, almost black, brown, with an hint of translucency ( I could see the shadow of my fingers on the other side of the glass). I picked up a slight smoky aroma from the bottle. The creamy tan head stayed a 1/4 inch thick till the bitter end. And that's my only negative. As smooth and creamy as this beer looks, and feels in the mouth, I was taken by surprise by the bitter bite. Not a complaint, just unexpected. Now that I am expecting it, I will enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 15:41:14 | More by mhowell
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Sporkus

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, nearly opaque, red-brown. Puffy beige head, good lacing.

S - Aroma is a little hard to place. Smoky, hint of dark chocolate.

T - Roasted malt with a lingering smoke flavor. Bitter, but hops are mellow and most of the (fruit?) hop undertones are buried under the smoke. (Not necessarily a bad thing.)

M - Creamy without feeling flat--carbonation is nice.

D - Drinkable for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 23:42:28 | More by Sporkus
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