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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,519 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,519
Reviews: 1,736
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 101
Gots: 182 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-18-2002)
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Photo of m1ked


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of TinusTime


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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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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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-29-2012 23:05:27 | More by cwreay90
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-24-2013 21:11:45 | More by Spaz7
Photo of Jesse13713


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
Photo of Bloodbuzz99


3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-26-2014 22:49:58 | More by Bloodbuzz99
Photo of drh1382


4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-24-2012 14:02:52 | More by drh1382
Photo of BeerDocT


3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Pours out a nice, jet-black color so indicative of porters and stouts. Creamy and small head. Somewhat translucent and not thick, inky black.

-Smell 3.5: Smells very much like a porter, but has a subdued bouquet. Strange, for a "smoked" beer, I do not smell much smokiness.

-Taste 3.00: Front is slightly sour which leads to the middle which is very nice: toasted grains, but the grains in question still maintain a certain "grassiness" that is indicative of lighter beers. I also get a huge hit of that evil bleu cheese hop that I despise. Nasty. Finish is all hops and smoke and is pleasing. I definitely taste the high alpha Columbus hops here, swirling in the background, fighting against the bleu cheese. Aftertaste is long and dry and smoky. Mixed bag.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Good mouthfeel. Smooth and silky. Spot on for this style.

-Overall 3.25: This is a good drinking beer, but I imagine it would overpower any food you consume with it. My opinion is that this is an okay beer as far as taste goes, but that Stone needs to upgrade several elements of this beer. Room for improvement in several areas. Like getting rid of the bleu cheese hop.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 04:28:59 | More by BeerDocT
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New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-27-2013 19:42:38 | More by mfigueroa713
Photo of Dools9


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle best before 2/26/13 poured into a Guinness tulip.

A: Dark brown, some red hues. Nice light brown head retains well, leaves patchy lace.

S: Lightly roasted malt aromas mixed with even lighter smoke. Some coffee, mellow cocoa sweetness.

T: Roasted malt upfront, in comes the ever so light smokiness, a good amount of roasted coffee and cocoa bean, finishes quite dry, theres a noticeable hop character as well but its subtle.

M: Medium feel and medium carbonation. Smooth feel and sessionable feel.

O: Nice roasty porter, not too much char or smoke which I like and a good dose of coffee and cocoa to balance the roastiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 20:53:27 | More by Dools9
Photo of Hockey_Fan


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-14-2013 01:21:56 | More by Hockey_Fan
Photo of Southernbrew


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
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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At first, I thought this porter was created with one of the specialty techniques involving “smoke” as in the style of the German smoke beers like Rauchenfels Steinbrau . Thus upon first tasting this beer I was in a quandary over it having anything to do with “smoke” at all. After some research I found the “smoke” came from the peat smoke roasted malt.

The beer poured with a dark brown color- not quite black like a stout might be, but a deep rich substantial "brown".
The pour formed a nice foamy tan head.

As for flavor-- it’s a tasty porter-- a little light in the malt flavor signature department especially given the peat smoked malt and overall lighter flavor profile compared to other “fave” porters such as Ipswich . Stone Smoke Porter has a much heartier start to finish than Anchor Brewing’s porter. Generally it has all the profile and character of an excellent heavier bodied beer. In my opinion, it has the proper color, hearty balance of hops and malt, nice mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Although I can’t detect anything special about the malt notes. Maybe I’m expecting something out of the ordinary because of the so-called peat smoked malt. Nevertheless-- I like! I like!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 04:41:59 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of ExtraStout


3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap.

Pours a dark black color with a slight reddish tint and a tan head, approximately 1/2", a good looking beer.

Aroma - chocolate, roasty, but I did not pick up much smoke which is fine with me.

Taste delicious, a little roasty, a little hint of coffee that finishes crisp and somewhat dry. Without the smoke It was a bit like a stout.

Mouth feel - smooth and very drinkable. Another fine product from Stone Brewing.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2014 20:15:13 | More by ExtraStout
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-03-2014 00:58:27 | More by daron7
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-13-2014 03:56:29 | More by BreweryRun
Photo of SuperSpy


4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with ruby hues. Big lacy tan head. One of the best looking beers I have seen in a while. I honestly don't think you could improve on this.

S - Smoky, roasted malt, hints of alcohol. This is smelling awesome.

T/M - Full-bodied. Very smooth and creamy. The initial flavor is smooth with slightly bitter, piny (most likely west coast American) hops followed by coffee and chocolate malt, then rounded out with the perfect amount of smokiness.

D - This is an excellent beer and stands out among the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 23:50:09 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of DrDogbeer


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. into a pint glass- Deep dark brown/balck color with a perfect tan head. Great head retention. Smells of light smoke, with some malt and hop. First taste is wonderful, filling flavor of dark malts and light smoke. The Smoked flavor is not overdone one bit. Wonderful full, smooth feel in mouth, with a slight bitter finish, which helps flavor keep. Overall another wonderful beer from Stone, and definitely a great porter to session.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 13:28:34 | More by DrDogbeer
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark red brown mahogany with good clarity and ample offwhite head with moderate lacing

S-What a surprise...I expected something a bit more robust. Fairly expected malts and roasted nuts...where's the smoke?

T-Full bodied and excellent, as one would expect. A bit fruity, raisins, chickory, coffee, and all good...an admirable effort...but smoke? Ok, maybe a little in the taste...maybe a bit more in the aftertaste...but no more...and maybe this is not a bad thing.

M-all good here..the right amount of carbonation and balance, a full mouth, as one would expect.

D-A very good porter...maybe one of my favorites, but these guys are masters of the brewing art.

Another great effort by Stone....

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 02:45:13 | More by caddybuyer
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

STONE Brewery did a super job with this one. It pours nice and dark with a semi-dark creamy head.
The aroma was very pleasant. But what set this one apart from many other Porters/Stouts, is the slight overtone of chocolate, a bit of coffee and a subtle but enjoyable smoking taste.

Very drinkable. A pleasure to drink

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 04:13:58 | More by rdilauro
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
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