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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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90
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3,939 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 3,939
Reviews: 1,787
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 149
Gots: 357 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Ratings: 3,939 | Reviews: 1,787
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of zerk
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with a touch of amber, if you hold it up to the light, and a thin but persistent head. Aroma of chocolate, a touch of coffee, and a light touch of smoke. The flavor begins with coffee and a bit of chocolate... with some spicy and slightly bitter hops blending in. The smoke flavor complements the beer very well, but in no way overpowers it. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with a medium body and low carbonation. A very well done beer.

Photo of Jarod
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured into the glass a very dark brown/red in color. The head was a creamy light chocolate in color and very thick. And the lace seemed to last to the end of the glass. The aroma is deep malt, lightly smoked, caramel, and even a hint of coffee and elements of chocolate. The taste is of a sweet malt, caramel hints of coffee/chocolate and smoke. It is nicely hopped, and I really enjoyed the smoke qualities in this beer.

Photo of cichief
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly opaque, with a nice deep brown head.

S- Smell strongly of smoked malt, with a subtle licorice hint.

T- Tastes of smoke and licorice, but not as smoky as some rauchbiers. Finishes with a decent dry, hop finish.

M- Nice full mouthfeel, full body, well carbonated.

D- More drinkable than many smoked beers, although I am a fan of rauchbier.

Photo of Nipitato
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Mahogany brown- black hue. Tan colored head. One finger thick head dissipates to a thin topping. Sticky lacing develops as beer is quaffed.

S: Not the type of nose I have come to expect from Stone offerings. Roasty aroma is surprisingly weak. Weak smoke aroma as well. Malt character is quite grainy. Some muted hop aroma.

T: Well balanced between lightly burnt/roasty and smokey sweet malt and good bittering hop flavor. It's a pretty strong flavor profile.

MF: Medium-light body - pretty light for a porter. Moderate carbonation. Slight warming and slightly astringent.

D/Overall Impression: Definitely an easy drinking sessionable porter. A dark and flavorful roasty porter. I was expecting a more smokey character.

Photo of opwog
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let me start by saying that I am not a big fan of smoked beers and when I do have one, it is usually a hybrid.

A- Dark as dark is. Poured into a wine tasting glass, this had a nice head that was fine to drink through.
S- Not much of a nose, which surprised me for a smoked ale.
T- While there wasn't much smoke in the aroma, it was strong in the taste.
M- If I am getting that much smoke in the taste, I would like more malt body to bring it together.
D- I didn't even make it through a 4 ounce taste.

If you ever have the chance, try the brandy aged version of this. That is a world better.

Photo of kevwcamp
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of yankeej13
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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 BuckeyeSlim
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Big three-finger head of thick, pillowy ecru foam that falls very slowly, leaving rings of lace on the glass and an island of foam on the surface. Color is one shade off jet black and completely opaque. Held to a light, color is a deep, dense cherry wood and clear. In a porter, this much head is a sign of over-carbonation.

S - Roasted malts, peat, dark dried fruits, hints of caramel and chocolate with rather pronounced aromatic hops like pine mixed in. In fact, the hops pretty much take over the glass as it warms and there's more room in it, pushing the other aromas aside.

T - Well-roasted malts, dark caramel and chocolate, coffee, with smoke woven throughout. All of that is followed by bittering hops in the finish that leave a grapefruit/citrus taste on the tongue.

M - A bit fizzy but chewy, almost thick. Reasonable carbonation. Moderate body. Solid structure. Finish lingers somewhat.

D - This is essentially a roasted/smoked IPA. The porter characteristics show up early in the nose and taste, but the hops take over and pretty much wipe them out. This is the first porter I can think of where most of the finish is grapefruit, but occasionally chocolate/caramel sticks its head in for a moment. Most American porters I've tasted are really junior stouts. This is a brew that follows the American west coast trend of making it all about the hops. It's not my idea of a porter, but hop heads are likely to enjoy the experience, especially if they also like their malts well-roasted.

Photo of GetTheYayo
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of trytoketchup
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.36/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of brealbg
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of BA_Berto
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of goschool
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoked beers are not everyone's cup of tea. I quite enjoy a good smoked porter or smoked lager, but drinking an Aecht Sclenkerla Marzen was probably my worst craft beer experience. This Stone Smoked Porter is of the less overt family of rauchbiers.

The pour is ultra-dark mahogany. The head is tan and sticks around until the end. Roasted malts and enough, but not too much, smoke make up the welcoming nose. The taste isn't too far off. Malts- roasty with mild coffee and chocolate flavors dominate up front leaving the smokiness for the finish.

This stuff is remarkably smooth. The smoked flavor keeps it interesting, but it lowers drinkability ever so slightly. I don't think I could drink more than a bomber in a night and it's not something I'm going to crave all the time, but it sure can hit the spot

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Ted
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jmryan8
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of kinger
3.72/5  rDev -7%
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 BeanBone
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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 anon
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Lupe
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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 beerman207
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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 McStagger
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful garnet with two fingers incredibly dense, fluffy mocha head. Head retention is stellar. Lacing is also stellar. Beautiful looking pint.

S: Immediately the smoke presence is known. Charred oak, chicory, coffee, and cacao are all present in the nose. Also present is a bit of citric hops.

T: Again, the smoke is a powerful component in the process. Layers of it permeate throughout the tasting. Sweet chocolate malts are met immediately with an oily smokiness which is quickly overtaken by a flash of citric hoppiness. Finishes dry with an awesome roasted aftertaste of americano, chicory and cocoa powder.

M: Carbonation is subdued, which is great for the style. However, the body is just a touch on the thin side for expressing such dark and aggressive flavors.

O: Goddamn amazing. This is a beer that I've been eyeing for a few weeks. Glad to have finally tried it.

Photo of Avagadro
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,939 ratings.