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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,462 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,462
Reviews: 1,732
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 98
Gots: 173 | 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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dbalsock

Vermont

3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown with about a finger of light... very light tan head that dissapated shortley after arrival. There was some inconsistent lacing. I've seen much better.

Smell: I found the hops overpowered most of the nose, but there were the classic porter aromas of the roasted malts.

Taste: The only thing that made this beer interesting enough to score above average was the hoppiness. Otherwise, it's kinda lacking dimension and boldness.

Mouthfeel: The smokiness is inconsistent and the bitterness is largely derived from the hops with less of a sense of roasted malts.

Drinkability: Although it wasn't the best porter I've had, or close to it, it wasn't bad. However, with all the better options in the world, I will probably never have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2006 18:29:01 | More by dbalsock
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jhhollier

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-17-2013 12:15:56 | More by jhhollier
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MouthfulOfchris

Texas

5/5  rDev +24.4%

06-21-2012 14:20:23 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

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

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Deepest oxblood. Cascading tall head of small and medium espresso crema colored bubbles that quickly fades to a thick skim and a pillared collar. Splotches of chunky lace cling to the glass. No carbonation streams. Aromas of light smoke, sweet chocolate, and grape jelly rise. Modest smoke flavors meld with some bittersweet chocolate and a nice hop driven bitterness in the finish. The smoke fades into the background behind the chocolate notes while the finish lingers with a hoppy smokiness. Bittersweet to semi-sweet chocolate fills the medium body. Active carbonation adds a slight sandpaper feel. Easily drinkable, and I would like to see the smoked bumped up. This was a decent, but lightly smoked porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 13:58:14 | More by hopsaplenty
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diamondc

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was greeted with some massive brown/tan head appeared when I poured this beer straight down into my New Belgium goblet. The actual beer was a dark shade of ruby brown, with some scattered Belgian-style lacing. Nice ...

After a few swirls, I get plums, chocolate, and coffee. The smoked part is there, just subtle.

Taste is classic porter. A bit of sweetness which ends in a dry dark chocolate aftertaste with coffee-like bitterness. The hops are almost non-existant here. The smoke taste again is subtle enough, but its 'there' and is quite a shock for a "smoked" beer newbie, but is pleasant enough after a few swigs.

Decent carbonation here, its actually very easy to drink due to the creaminess, but on the other hand, there is no way I would drink more than a pint glass without getting my palate dulled due to the roasty/smokiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 08:01:13 | More by diamondc
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Snow81

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night

Head: Nice dark tan head but dissipates quickly

Smell: Little malty with subtle hops

Taste: Dark grains with a subtle caramel on the backend

Weight: Medium to light body with a low to medium carbonation

Finish: Smokey malts

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 04:36:39 | More by Snow81
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ice cream like head of four fingers. Had to wait for some time before I could get to the beer. Lace for a week, clings like glue. Color is a 39 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is coffee, chocolate, smoke, toffee, and malt. Taste is very intense roasted coffee, dark chocolate, black strap molasses, toffee, and malt. Smoke flavor and feeling in the back of my throat. Big mouthfeel, chewy, full, thick. This is one of my favorite styles of beer, and this as a good one. Got to have more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 19:00:40 | More by beerprovedwright
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geuze_gone_wild

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-28-2013 04:51:00 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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Klebe

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-20-2014 15:12:17 | More by Klebe
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TheLevi4000

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-14-2013 03:00:37 | More by TheLevi4000
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Vogt52

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-03-2014 11:01:26 | More by Vogt52
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m1ked

California

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

Growler from WF Bowery beer room. I let Neil know about the SD local favorite "Smokey Indian" a mixture of Stone's Smoked Porter & IPA...mmmm.

A- Pours with a monster sandy tan colored head that has large bubbles on the top, with fine bubbles on the bottom. The head hangs around for a long time. Once it does shrink down, it leaves behind a ton of lacing. Pours a dark cola colored brown. When held up to the light, boasts some flaming ruby edges. Looks so good.

S- Rich woody, cocoa, cola, touch of smoke, root beer, mollasses from a fruitcake. Even though the smoke is undeniable, it is not overpowering, and lingers.

T- Definetly get the smoke up front, burnt woodiness, light cocoa, light salty meat...which I am sure is the smokiness tricking my palate. Some bitterness at the end. The flavors in the middle are kind of lost between the bookends of smoke (duh) and lingering bitter.

M- Really light mouthfeel, but as I must remind myself that this is a porter, not a stout. Good carbonation throughout.

D- This is a great porter. I wonder how many casual beer drinkers have been scred off by the "smoked" oart of the label. Having lived in SD, I think I took this beer for granted. I was so happy to see this for growler fills here in NYC. Good to pair with food too!

Serving type: growler

11-17-2009 01:01:06 | More by m1ked
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TLove

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Stone Smoked Porter was my first smoked porter. It did not disappoint.

The appearance was a nice color for a porter, a bit on the darker side.

The smoked meat smells are hit you almost instantaneously, and flavor the beer all the way through the taste and the finish.

Tastes of oak, smoked meats or jerky, and possesses the mouthfeel of something off a char grill. Finishes well with a little bit of coffee, burnt-bitter chocolate, and rolled oats.

Unfortunately, the heavy smokiness of this beer makes it very difficult to distinguish the other flavors. It is not the strength of the beer that is overwhelming, just the singularity of flavor component to the beer.

Would go very well with a steak.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 04:43:44 | More by TLove
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bigbeerfan

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-02-2012 03:44:04 | More by bigbeerfan
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AaronRed

New York

4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an ubelievable beer. Poured into clear pint glass, the richness of this brew is aparent immediately. Nice tan lace cascades down the glass until the end. You can smell the dark malt and smokiness, but it is not overwhelming nor distracting. I could not get over the taste. Rich and deep, all I can say it is the essence of what a porter should taste like. Chewy and fulfilling, it is certianly one of my favorite porters.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 14:56:43 | More by AaronRed
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TinusTime

Virginia

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

pours a fairly opaque black with a nice khaki head that dissapears quickly. smell is of burnt coffe, toffee, woodsmoke and chocolate. Flavour was more subtle than i thought it would be. Starts of with a sweetness and finishes with a bit of a hop bite. Not alot of smoke on the palate however. I dont think i would have pegged this a smoke beer if i had not have known. the mouthfeel is silky smooth and the beer is nice and light on the carbonation. Drinkablity- this would go great with any grilled meats. I could definately see it with nice rich stew esp if the stew had a bit of bacon in it. Not a session beer but definately one you could savour during a meal

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 16:51:44 | More by TinusTime
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rkhaze

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with chestnut edges. Nice creamy tan head. Good lace. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and a subtle sweet smokiness.
Taste of charred malt, chocolate and a tangy hard wood smokiness. The smoke comes through a lot more in the flavor than the smell. The smoke and a hop bitterness lingered on the palate a little longer than I liked. Almost seemed to need a slightly sweet element to balance it out.
Good mouthfeel if not a little thin. The sharp aftertaste hurt the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 05:00:12 | More by rkhaze
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infi

New York

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a translucent and thin cola color that forms a one-fingered tan head with spotted amounts of lacing. Smell is full of toasted malt and some hints of chocolate notes. There's a funky sort of smell that underlies the rest of the aroma, but I'm guessing it's the smokiness that's indicated by the name. The taste is very full of the smoked quality along with the subtle hints of chocolate and coffee. The smokiness is very appealing and pretty. The aftertaste has a very beautiful coffee roast flavor, which I like.

The mouthfeel is the one thing that I think is the one unfavorable quality to this porter. It's like drinking flat soda - no palpable carbonation whatsoever. I was hoping to have some sort of carbonated feel to the porter, so I was a bit disappointed. Incredibly light-bodied and thin. Drinkability is still moderate and good as there is no sacrifice in taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 04:39:47 | More by infi
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wcintula

New York

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bomber with two nice porter-drinking folks at Sunswick in Queens. Cheers.

Pours with very dark body with a big lighter coffee colored head, looks nice. Great smells of malt and smoke. The taste is great with those same predominant flavors jumping out at you while the hops are light. Big thick and full bodied, is lesser on carbonation. At a low %ABV, I'd drink this over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 13:55:51 | More by wcintula
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Spaz7

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-24-2013 21:11:45 | More by Spaz7
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SitkaSteve

Alaska

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-21-2014 05:54:26 | More by SitkaSteve
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 05:08:31 | More by Jesse13713
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drh1382

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-24-2012 14:02:52 | More by drh1382
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frosted33

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-07-2012 21:54:01 | More by frosted33
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Southernbrew

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a very small, tan head.

Very light smokiness in the nose along with a roasted chocolatiness present.

Medium body with a nice carbonation feel to it. Moderate roasted flavors come through with an ever present if not overpowering smokiness. Flavors stay very even the whole way through and leave a pleasant roasted aftertaste with the slightest smokiness remaining.

Very interesting beer. One of the "biggest" porters to cross my palate and my first smoked beer. I'm inspired to try more, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 02:14:21 | More by Southernbrew
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,462 ratings.