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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,784 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,784
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 118
Gots: 270 | 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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3/5  rDev -25.2%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of vtfan77
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark... very dark. Almost black, but some light gets through giving it reddish brown highlights. Huge light coffee-colored head lingers for quite some time.

S- Dark malt with a touch of berry fruitiness. Smokiness is there, but quite subtle.

T- Fairly sweet up front with a rich fruitiness and dark chocolate. Roastiness makes it a tad astringent in the middle with some burnt flavors. Coffee and a subtle smokiness on the finish. Sweetness lingers throughout the brew and is joined by a medium bitterness at the end. Complex and delicious!

M- Smooth and creamy, carbonation is fairly low but just right for this beer.

D- Quite high. Low abv and addictive taste make this a very quaffable brew.

Another winner from Stone. Seriously, can they do any wrong? An extremely tasty brew with great drinkability, this one has everything going for it. Highly recommended.

vtfan77, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 22oz. mug, a dark brown opaque color with hints of red. A light brown head forms, that laces slowly down the mug. Smoky, chocolate, and coffee aromas come through witha touch of spicy hoppiness at teh end of each scent. The taste is very, very, very good. The sweet taste of chocolate, with hints of coffee, then followed by the smoky flavor that finishes each taste. In the mouth it starts medium bodied, but it becomes fuller towards the back of the palate. This an excellent beer, a nice beer to just sit down and relax with and just sip.

cameraman, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with ruby hues, sort of a Guiness-like color. There is a couple fingers of sticky off-white colored head that has great retention. Aroma is slightly smokey, chocolately and roasted.

Taste is smokey as you would expect, but not overly so as in some smoked beers. There are nice chocolate undertones and a hint of caramel. This is a solid beer but not spectacular.

hckyfn9999, May 03, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bobbique in Patchogue, New York. Served in a pint glass.

I've reviewed the bottle version of this but I have yet to drink the tap version. The bottle of Stone Smoked Porter was one of my early favorites so I'm looking forward to this guy.

Look: very dark for a porter, almost black except some deep brown highlights when held to the light. The head is slightly off white. A bit of carbonation is visible but not a whole lot. Looks very good.

Smell: a bit of smoky malt but despite the name, not as smoky as one would think. Dark, roasted malt dominates with some dark chocolate, black coffee, and a bit of dark caramel is found in the nose. I'm struggling to find any hoppiness but that's perfectly fine by me. Very good.

Taste: follows the nose well. A bit of smoky malt but its very subdued. Black coffee, dark chocolate, dark caramel and those typical dark malt flavors permeate through powerfully with hints of hops. Absolutely delicious.

Feel: thick and creamy. Very full bodied for a porter and I love it. Great mouthfeel.

Drink: could very well drink this pint after pint. Great drinkability.

Overall, I haven't had this in a long, long time so I am glad I saw it on tap and had a chance to retry it. I remember absolutely loving this beer and it was one of the beers that got me passionate about craft beer. I am glad that my palate still appreciates this and that I was right about this one back in the day. This porter is incredibly flavorful and puts many stouts to shame in terms of flavor.

I still recommend this one whole heartedly. Give this one a go if you can! Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Dec 12, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Rothobinide, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of McBraniel
4/5  rDev -0.2%

McBraniel, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of cwreay90
4.25/5  rDev +6%

cwreay90, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

a_beckman25, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of drizzam
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark black body is topped by a fluffy light tan head. If held up to the light, you can see a bit of mahogany shine through that dark body. Very nice head retention and an excellent curtain of lacing.

S - Caramel malt, dark bitter chocolate and a bit of a burnt wood aroma provide quite the complex aroma.

T & M - The chocolate I smelled in the nose took on more of a sweet milk chocolate character than I would have guessed. I thought it would have been a more bitter chocolate (I think the smoke played a little trick on me). The caramel is there as well, and it balances out nicely with the smoke (I also would have thought the smoke would be more dominant). The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. There is a tiny bit of hop bitterness toward the back end (providing the 53 IBU rating).

D - This is just a nicely balanced brew!! I paid $4.39 for the bomber I'm sampling from, and i would pay that any day of the week to have this beer stocked in my fridge. Unbelievable complexity...Stone just continues to impress with each beer I sample.

drizzam, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of TheBungyo
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour is big and black with an inch thick tan head. Very easy on the eys. What I can smell of the nose is good, but too faint. I get smoke and raisins. Taste is espresso-like with a glimpse of sweetness that makes me think of raisins. It doesn't feel all that defined. The smoke is inconsistent. One minute you taste it, the next sip, you don't. Mouth is wonderful, as creamy as you could hope. Carbonation is light and dances over the tongue.
Not nearnly as good as Alaskan Smoked Porter, but still, I could certainly have a couple glasses.

TheBungyo, May 15, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Honus1, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of CortexBomb
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jet black on the pour, huge off white head on top, impressive looking. The smell is rausch-like, clear smoked malty notes.

The flavour on this is lightly roasted, and chocolatey for a porter, with a vague smoky tone in the background. Not as much smoke as I was expecting, but all told it's a tasty porter, though without the smoke hint to add some zing it would not be above average.

The mouthfeel, decent. It's moderately full bodied. The drinkability, nothing particularly special. For a smoked beer it's easy to drink, but that's only because the smoke isn't overly aggressive here.

The bottom line: Don't buy one of these expecting Rausch Porter, because you'll be disappointed. Stone has crafted a fairly average porter, and then added a hint of smoke to it. The end result is drinkable, tasty, and probably would make a damn fine pairing with some BBQ ribs, but it's not going to blow you away.

CortexBomb, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of dfried
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty black in color with some red, yellowish, and brown highlights, 1cm light coco colored head. Chocolaty aroma, charred grains with some underlying smokiness and jerky notes. The smokiness stays quite subdued upfront but lingers noteably in the aftertaste. An overall chocolaty porter, with some charred grain and coffee notes, which pairs well with the light smokiness and keeps it quite drinkable. Medium bodied, slightly dry sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: every smoked beer I have had has been super meaty, peaty, and almost jerky like, and this was way different than that. The smokiness stays in the background and just adds some complexity, I thought it was more porter than smoked porter. That said its pretty damn good, and way more drinkable than the other smoked beers I have had.

dfried, Sep 21, 2007
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3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, Stone. Love Stone, I do. Bomber to glass....

Dark ruby brown around the edges. Pretty damn dark otherwise. Huge off white head. Frothy, marshmellowy.

Smells...roasty. Burnt coffee. Cigarettes. May sound unappealing, but it isn't.

Tastes like smoked coffee. What does smoked coffee taste like? Get a bottle bobo! Can't get the flavors listed on the bottle with my untrained monkey tongue. Someday!

Feels good, but I've felt better. At 5.9%, easily drinkable.

Toward the end of the bottle, I was more and more reminded of an ash tray, which as a non-smoker really bothered me.

Overall: good porter, not a great porter

PatronWizard, Sep 18, 2008
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

BugTownPub, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

casapy, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Black porter, 2 finger caramel head that settled very slowly with beautiful lacing throughout.

S- Lacking a bit here. Some hop bitterness and floral aroma with a slight smokey smell that settles in the nose after each sniff...

T/M- Liquid barbequed ribs with a slight hop flavor and bitterness... period, thats how it tastes and it is f'ing amazing!! The mouthfeel is also the best as far as a porter has gone for me. Medium full bodied with minimal carbonation that fills the mouth and feels so good.

D- Pretty good for a porter. I feel the flavor is a bit overwhelming to drink a bunch in a row, but this one bomber is awesome!

Overall, one of my favorite porters AND offerings from Stone. Man this beer is awesome. Taste is something special and it really hits your tastebuds hard. I love it and I wish I had another to drink tomorrow...

TheGordianKnot, Apr 27, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks as dark as night in the middle with some mohogany highlights around the edges capped with a caramel head.

Smells of hearty whole grain bread, lots of barley and malt.

Chocolate and coffee hit the palate first, then some licorice comes through. The finnish is dry almost oaky. This one is more on the bitter side, but that works - A delightful taste and feel.

A decently drinkable porter. I will be getting more. Pairs nice with "Wicked Sharp" cheese. Would go well with BBQ chicken.

Chickenhawk9932, Aug 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma has an ironlike smokiness to it, with hints of citrusy hop. Dark dark brown.

The flavors in some order (changes sip to sip) - citrus hop; an oiliness similar to that found in an oatmeal stout; smoky maltiness; chocolatey maltiness; roasted coffee maltiness. Take the late, lamented Big Indian Porter, subtract some of the malt, add in hops & smoke, and you have this beer. This is NOT a bad thing at all. The finish is very nice - a little sweet, with some smoky-roasty-dry malt overtones.

sponberg, Jul 15, 2002
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4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml into a pint glass. Mahogany at the narrow part of the glass with a ruby edge. Close to pitch black otherwise. 2-finbger tan head leaving great lacing. Hard second pour gave a very impressive 4+ finger head that left an incredible honeycomb-like lacing as it receded. The head resembled an ice cream float.

Smokey dark chocolate with hint of dark fruits.

Smoke prevails again, but this time there's more coffee than thocolate. Woody. Sweet malt up front, then even sweeter before the bitterness of coffee rises to balance. The bitterness finally overpowers in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for such a dark brew, but smooth and pleasant nonetheless. Lightly creamy.

An excellent drinker. A bit less sweet than I prefer, but this brew has enough character to keep me interested.

obywan59, Apr 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

SDG1070, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of benito
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Stone's contribution to the world of extreme, or rather, offbeat porters is near-black in color with a creamy, off-white head. There are muted aromas of chocolate, cinnamon, and pepper. This is an extremely dry and bitter porter, with little malt sweetness to match the hop presence and dry, smokiness. The smoke flavors, though advertised as central, are really only second thoughts--complements to an otherwise typical robust porter. I could have handled more smoke, more sweetness, and more pronounced aromas all around.

I love the mouthfeel of this brew: it is dry, powerful, and heavy--something that really lives up to the 'robust' moniker. Unfortunately, the sacrifice for such a palate-challenging brew comes in drinkability. It's for sipping, remote from the industrial, quaffable origins of this style.

Overall, this is a tasty, spicy porter that is most notable for its rough-textured mouthfeel and lack of drinkability. If you want a really "smoky" porter, stick with something else (Left Hand's Smokejumper comes to mind).

benito, Sep 24, 2007
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Sipchue, Aug 08, 2014
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,784 ratings.