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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,867 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,867
Reviews: 1,767
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 144
Gots: 307 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Photo of kevwcamp
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown body with a massive tan head. Barely any lacing.

S: Roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate, and some smoke.

T: Roasted malt upfront, followed by some smoke, finishes slightly bitter from some chocolate and coffee notes. It's good, but pretty one dimensional.

M: Thick and creamy mouthfeel; full body; light carbonation.

O: Good beer. Had a bottle and broke it out with someone who was a "huge" fan. I thought it was pretty simple and straight forward. After 1 bottle I was ready for something else.

Photo of kinger
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a bit of a puzzler, had some really great qualities and some fairly average ones as well. I will immediately skip to the overall because overall this is a nice porter and I got a lot of enjoyment out of it. Aroma is medium to mild with scents of chocolate and roasted goodness, it's just too mild to be given a higher score. Great pour one of the best I've seen from a porter. Rich and dark this is a looker good swirling tan head and loads of tacky lacing. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth but lacks a thick creaminess I like to find in a good porter, it does get better as it warms but still doesn't hit the right level. Flavor is real nice. I can smell a bit of the smoked flavor as I drink, my taste buds first pick up on some chocolate and caramel followed with a bitter coffee taste. The smokiness is mild and it hits the back of the throat on the way down leading to a great exhale. A stronger aroma and thicker mouthfeel and we would have a superior porter.

Photo of yankeej13
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always enjoyed this beer figured it was time to rate it.

A- Dark as night, has a nice chocolate brown foam which has a nice lace that slowly fades. Little to no carbonation.

S- Has a nice sweet malt smell. Mild chocolate malt as well with a smooth milk like smell.

T- It has a great smokey sweet malt taste to it. Mellow milk and chocolate flow as well. Nice creamy mid palette.

M- Great drinkability, Nice full body flavor very bold in taste. Leaves your mouth with a nice sweet finish.

Overall- Great beer hands down, will support this beer to the very end. Well done Stone! Cheers

Photo of Ted
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BeanBone
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown, very nearly black, body with only a handful of red highlights. Up top, a generous, tannish and creamy head that sticks around a good amount of time and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Lot of smoke over chocolate and roasted malt. Simple, yet effective.

Taste: Much the same profile in the mouth: peaty smoke over a chocolaty, roasty, and somewhat bitter malt backbone. A subtle hop presence contributes to the bitterness, giving this beer great balance. I could definitely handle more smokiness, but what's here is great. The aftertaste is smokey and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a dryish finish.

Drinkability: About what you'd expect from a nearly six percent Porter. No problems whatsoever polishing off the 22 oz. bomber.

Verdict: Without the smoke component this would still be a solid Porter, but with it in the mix this is a most satisfying brew. If you've never tried a smoked beer, this is a good place to start.

Photo of jtransel
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Cvescalante
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of ronin926
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of trytoketchup
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Lupe
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost black in color with some deep red highlights. Creamy tan head that stays and leaves nice lacing. Sweet aroma with chocolate, caramel, and a hint of roasted malt. Rich flavor, once again with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and roasted malt. Some toasted grain also peeks through along with a hint of smokiness. Hop flavor is light, herbal when noticed. Lingering roasted flavor. Medium-full in body, creamy, and smooth. After having this beer, I know what they mean by saying chewy. Highly drinkable. Not as smokey as I imagined, but excellent regardless. A terrific porter.

Photo of casapy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of beerman207
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For whatever reason, I've never tried this beer. Time to fix that

A: Pours a deep brown bordering on black that leaves a nice 2 finger fluffy tan head that hangs out forever.

S: Nose is strong malt and chocolate tones with some smoke mixed in there. It's pretty muted which is fine by my standards since my fear was this smoked porter would taste like a campfire

T: Charred wood up front mellowing to a nice mellow malt and some dark fruit that finish off with a slight bitterness

M: Very crisp and refreshing - not drying in any way.

O: Wow - this is a solid porter - only thing I wish for the brew was that it was slightly thicker but that's not a problem for this style.

Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Avagadro
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Nearly opaque, with hints of molasses towards the top of the glass. This brew pours with a vigorous head that is quite persistent.

S: Dark chocolate, sourdough bread, and piney hops are present, but faint in this brew's faint bouquet.

T: Deliciously roasted barley combines with American grown hops to deliver an enjoyable experience. The roast and hops don't conflict as they typically do when paired together. I'm disappointed in the total absence of smoke.

M: The first thing you notice about this brew is its heavy carbonation. The thick mouthfeel and roasty aftertaste are quickly scrubbed from your palette by the bubbles.

D: This brew was delicious, but let me down on a couple of key points: there was little bouquet, no smoke, and way too much carbonation. A good beer, but not one of Stone's best works.

Photo of boudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Snow81
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Photo of obywan59
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into standard shaker. From notes

A - Dark soil brown to black. Regular tan head with good lacing

S - Mainly chocolate and a roasty smoky malt. Lots of grains on the nose

T - Chocolate, smoke, some hop bitterness. The malt was not too sweet and helped profile the smoke.

M - Medium body. It felt a little bit thin, but was fairly smooth with some dry bitterness.

D - A very good porter that the smoke didn't overtake like some do. Easy to drink and well balanced.

Photo of Loco_Joe
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In traditional stone fashion, this is a big beer done a little differently than everyone elses. Overall impression is of their 6th Anniversary Porter with some smoke thrown in to add complexity. Poured a dark brown with red highlights and a creamy light brown head. Bitterness was a little surprising to find, but once you get over the shock, it starts to make sense in the beer. Sweet malt gives way to slightly more than a hint of smoke. Nice medium body.

Photo of EPseja
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bomber in an Imperial Pint Glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Pours a clear, deep mahogany brown. Head rises to a full two inches and stops... still... lasting... Creamy and pillowy on top, medium bubbled on the bottom. Finally it starts to reside and the lacing sticks in sheets like whole milk to the side of the glass. Beautiful.

S - Deeply roasted caramel malts. Some wet newspaper. Mild vanilla sweetness. Not very complex in the nose.

T - Roasted malt profile in the front, laced with hints of smoldering, charred campfire wood. Smooth and mellow in the middle as the caramel sweetness comes to the fore. Finish is surprisingly hoppy, bitter like strong coffee and quite dry, leaving you wanting more.

M - Oddly watery on the intake, and expanding as it rolls across the tongue. Just reaches the chewy/dense realm before the swallow, which is filling and bold.

D - Another delicious offering from Stone. A highly sessionable porter that's got body and character that will keep it interesting all night long. Well done!

Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MystikCelt
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,867 ratings.