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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,699 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,699
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 110
Gots: 247 | 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 MmmIPA
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black body with a small one finger brown head that didnt last to long.Nice lacing and some bubbles coming up to the top of the beer.Some darkfruit and roasted smells and chocolate bitterness towards the end of the taste.I taste some bite from the smoke and maybe some vanilla in there as well.Mouthful is just right,with the right amount of carbonation and very coating.Mouthful is a bit heavy But its nothing I wouldnt like to have more of in this type of beer.Great beer and well worth the wait and hype,I would recommend people to check this out when they see it.It cost me $7.00 for a bottle,the first few times I saw it for that price I thought it was a bit steep but I caved in and had a great time with the beer.Great Job STONE!

MmmIPA, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of flannelman808
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown and quite clear in the light... slightly burnt copper tinge. Topped with a coffee yogurt colored head which has medium to small sized bubbles. Great lacing and good retention.

S: Columbian coffee and a slightly roasted smoky grain quality.

T: Very sprite on the tongue! Much more punch then I would have expected from the nose. This one starts with perhaps too much carbonation and and some hoppy zest zing the palate. All of these flavors begin to tingle down into a coffee ground like bitterness... Think coffee grinds but think folgers. In the end light to medium body but packed with zazz.

M: zazz yo

D: Medium to medium plus (lower notes due to high carbonation)

flannelman808, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of dbrelsfo
4/5  rDev -0.2%

dbrelsfo, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Stoneman78
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's funny to officially review a beer I have had many times before, Smoked Porter is one of Stone's core lineup (joining AB, IPA, and Pale Ale as the original year-round offerings). Here goes. . .
A- Pours an opaque black with tinges of dark brown highlights, head is big, thick, foamy and tan, big thick lacing throughout... superb
S- Aroma is dominated by a mix of chocolate and coffee malts, wonderfully balanced with a hint of good old Stone hops in the background, smoked hues abound along with some woody/cedar/roasty tones
T- Initial taste is rich and creamy coffee-forward malts backed by some cocoa tones all dominated by that wonderful smoky presence, some dark fruits (fig, plum) come in soon followed by a slight bitter hoppiness which characterizes the short, sweet finish
M- Fairly medium-bodied porter, very creamy mouthfeel and a perfect amount of carbonation
D- Easy drinking porter at 6% with very well-masked alcohol presence, easily a session beer that is wonderfully delicious and complex. I am not a huge porter fan, but Stone Smoked Porter is simply the best of this category and one of the top beers I have ever reviewed, do not hesitate to have several bottles readily available for BBQ or meat-intensive dinners, and be sure to grab the special Porter with chipotle peppers whenever it is available at Stone. . . YUM!!!

Stoneman78, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of Sinewave
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Jesse13713
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

Appearance - Three full fingers of rootbeer brown head, even from a quiet pour. The head soon clumps and appears spotty,making the lacing hard to grade because of the whipped-cream-like noggin. The beer is fairly dark, appearing black under ill-lit circumstance. Taking it closer to the light yields a more dark maroon color.

Smell - Roasted peppers and a huge campfire waft of smoke. Smoky oats and barley float above a bit of chipotle pepper aroma. There is a bit of sweet honey to the nose as well, though it well-hidden.

Taste - Huge scores of roasted barley and burning wheat stalks. A very light chipotle pepper taste in the back of the throat. Mild bitterness lingers around with dark, chocolaty malt before the two become friends. Smoke coats the entire roof of the mouth, while the sweeter flavors play on the tongue beneath it. Drinking out of the bottle yields a sweeter molasses note.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Surprisingly tart on the tongue at first. The low abv allows for a smooth, smoky ride. Imagine coming home from a campfire, the smell of smoke on your clothes - smoking a cigarette after eaten a lightly hot pepper about ten minutes prior. That doesn't make much sense. But it sounds good right now so I'm gonna leave it in the review. Light on the palate, certainly not alcoholic, and easily sessionable. I want to have this out by the campfire.

Jesse13713, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of 3Hops
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

3Hops, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of canders0927
2.25/5  rDev -43.9%

canders0927, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Brutus627
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Brutus627, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of JohnnyK
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

JohnnyK, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

Pours very dark brown with a solid 3 fingers of rocky light brown head. Good head retention and pretty decent lacing.

Smell is largely of roasted sweet malts and hints of coffee. Decent, modest, and enjoyable.

Solid flavor! A fantastic flood of malts heavy in chocolate and coffee but not overwhelming. Finish starts sweet but ends in a bitterness that reminds me of a dark powdered cocoa and that cool smokey element seems to be underlying throughout. This might be my new favorite porter!

Mouthfeel is heavy but not overdone. Carbonation is light but lasting and helps to give a creaminess to the whole thing. Drinks incredibly smooth which lets this one go down very easy. Nice!

One additional note: reading the back of the bottle gives insight into some food pairings that go well with this brew - including PB&J sandwiches. I had to try it, and I must say that it was a very good match! If you like beer and food, check this one out! Very cool.

SIRIUS2, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of readbaron
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark brown with plentiful tan foam head (four fingers)

smell is good - complex - sweet malts, some bready malts, a bit of dark fruit/molasses, and a healthy dose of char.

Taste is less complex than the nose - lots and lots of char, a bit of malt, and a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is dissapointing - over carbonated. Accentuates the char.

Overall - a solid beer. Not overly smokey like some beers of the style can be.

readbaron, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4/5  rDev -0.2%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of yokken
3.25/5  rDev -19%

yokken, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of vma
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

vma, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of cwreay90
4.25/5  rDev +6%

cwreay90, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Hockey_Fan
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Hockey_Fan, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of CBlack85
4.25/5  rDev +6%

CBlack85, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of DaveBlack
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, but not cloudy at all. Edges look lighter brown. Tan head of maybe 2 fingers. Good retention and a lot of lacing. Looks really good, pours nicely.

S: Deep roasty malt flavor, coffee and smoke. Smells like I would expect for a smoked porter.

T: Deep flavor that matches the smell very closely. Lot of roasted malts up front that give way to smokiness and coffee. The beer kind of loses me on the finish though. The hops don't come through enough to balance out the initial burst of flavor. Still fantastic, just a little week on the finish.

M: Not as heavy as one might expect. Low carbonation, not sticky at all.

D: Relatively low gravity beer, weighs in at just 5.9% ABV, and not overwhelming to the palate. I almost wish it was a little heavier to balance out the flavor, but it's still a great beer. If there is such a thing as a session porter, this just might be it.

DaveBlack, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Lerxst
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Stone Smoked Porter glass.

A-Very nice pitch black with a nice two finger head that lingered around for quite a while.

S-The smoke is a bit much. I know this is a smoked porter, but the smoke smell is hard to get past to get to the chocolate/coffee undertones.

T-Again, the smoke. its a bit much and the coffee/chocolate undertones are showing up which is nice.

M-A nice full bodied brew with perfect carbonation.

D-I would enjoy this more if I could get past the smoke. But still, for a big beer it is surprisingly drinkable, but one bomber is enough.

Lerxst, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into pint goblet - No best by date visible.

Poured a deep dark brown with one and half finger head that dissipated into a thin creamy lacing, decent carbonation.

Smell - Roasted malts with light coffee .

Taste - Smoky roasted malts with a hint of licorice , some sweetness is present , a slight hint of hops,subtle notes of coffee.

Drinkability - Overall this was well blended and balanced , the flavors work together and I get a smoky aftertaste that reminds me of the charcoal flavor form a rib-eye in fact this would probably be a great pairing with one .

InebriatedJoker, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a thin, light tan head. A touch of red shows through light.

Aroma is lightly fruity and chocolaty, while being low on rich, intense character. There is a touch of burnt, smokey character as well as a touch of hops.

Flavor is light up front with some a touch of roast and chocolate. In the finish, the intensity picks up quite a bit with even more roast, as well as some hoppiness and slight smoke/char character. The roast and bitterness intensifies the dryness in the finish while leaving a lingering feel. The smoke level is low, and because of this, impresses me most with food (oysters, steak, toast and cheese.) A nice touch to a simple, solid porter base.

jeffthecheff, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of grayburn
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

She pours a dark black with a nice head on her shoulders that doesn't drop away too quickly.
The smell is nice, a light smoke aroma lingers around every malty bend, with a bit of hoppiness here and there as well.
The way that the smoked malt mingles with the sweet and hoppiness of this brew is quite impressive. This is the least-lupuled beer from stone I have had as of yet, very nice.
The mouthfeel is nice, just creamy enough to go well with some bbq or spicy food.
The drinkability is very high, especially for the smokiness...this is a great beer to get one started on the whole smoked beer train, nice and subtle.

grayburn, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Bloodbuzz99, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of BuckSpin
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured as a 22oz bomber. A beautiful, deep rudy ruby umber, rich color, with a splotched, firm 1/4" head of mocha hued foam that disappated quickly, but not immediatelty, a ghost slick of foam remaining on the surface & laced stubbornly on the glass edge. Nose is odd - sharp, burnt sugar bittersweet, a little edgy, maybe a wisp of smoke, not what I was expecting.

Its smoky nature is noticable on the tongue, especially the more it warms. A little peaty, hints of baking chocolate, bitter & crisp, yet somewhat level & flat. The bitterness (again, more like baking chocolate than hops) is on the pallete & throat as you swallow. Surprisingly, there is a very crisp, clean, dare I say a whisper of mint as an echo of an aftertaste.

This is an odd call. I love porters, but this one has me a bit confused, I would certainly drink it again, but would probably be more likely to take a chance on another porter. After you've had an Edmund Fitz, it seems like its all downhill...

BuckSpin, Nov 27, 2005
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,699 ratings.