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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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3,292 Ratings

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Ratings: 3292
Reviews: 1724
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%

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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Photo of Gorillaz


4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brunette in color, slightly lighter on the outer edges. Almost black, but nothing like a stout

S: Didn't get any of the "smoke" in the initial nose, but i did get a fair amount of chocolate and a little toffee.

T: A great taste that could only be expected of a porter. Dark Chocolate makes a first impression, and leaves a little bit of that sweet, smoky taste afterwards. If you are used to that latent sweetness common to porters, the "smoke" in this one almost (emphasis on almost) covers it up. A very pleasant, and welcome surprise.

M: Nice and smooth on the tongue, though not something that will feel refreshing. The smoky sweetness can be felt for quite a bit.

D: A very good pour. This is one to be reserved as a nightcap or saved to be had with/for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 04:02:12 | More by Gorillaz
Photo of emooze


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, almost opaque, ruby with a light tan head. Smell is mostly chocolate and coffee with a slight hint of wood smoke. Mouthfeel is characteristically light with the mocha flavor dominating. Slowly gives way to the bitterness, but not too much, and the slight hint of smoke. An excellent example of a porter that's light, easy to drink, and goes great with being snowed in.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:26:49 | More by emooze
Photo of cinematicgypsy


3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love beers that pour and look like motor oil. The head is thick and sticks to the glass but dissipates quickly. The smell isn't overwhelming, like light roasted coffee that's slightly spicy. Has a silky mouth feel (especially when very cold) and tastes spicier at the back of the mouth as it finishes with a bitter aftertaste. I had this with a slice of 35th anniversary cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory and it worked really well by mellowing out the bitterness with the sweetness of the cake.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 05:17:34 | More by cinematicgypsy
Photo of Gator_rater


4.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I don't normally drink a lot of porters because I prefer hoppy beers and generally think that porters/stouts aren't as complex. This beer made me change my mind. This porter has a very a very dynamic full body malt character. I liked the smoky coffee character. All together a great beer. I will be looking to try more of the same.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:01:10 | More by Gator_rater
Photo of dredz_126

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this smoked porter. Reminds me of sitting with friends around a bonfire. It's very simple, and definitely a go to beer. Not to complex but very friendly to the senses! Poured very smooth. Light hints of bitter chocolate and dark coffee.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 20:18:26 | More by dredz_126
Photo of JKingWood


2.63/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big fan of porters, and for the price thought this looked worth trying. Won't break this down much, just didn't like it. If I weren't looking at the bottle I wouldn't have guessed smoked at all. More hoppy than expected, dominated any nuance this beer might have had, and I never got the smoked taste I was hoping for. Had this with smoked ribs as many suggested, big disappointment, dumped it and opened a St. Arnolds. Pluses? Rich dark color.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 19:06:37 | More by JKingWood
Photo of Tajmoben


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with red highlights, with and off-white head. Almost no head, even from a sloppy pour.

Smell has hints of dark roasted coffee, milk chocolate, and teriyaki....

The taste is as good or better than any porter I've had. This is a big, complex beer. Honestly there's so much going on with the flavor that I really don't know where to start, however, if you like porters...you'll love this.

The mouthfeel is actually pretty light, with a moderate ammount of noticable carbonation. The aftertaste is the only place i really get any "smoke" from this brew and it manifests itself in the strange cola/charcoal aftertaste.

For a dark beer this is very drinkable, would go great with food prepared on the grill.

Hopefully Stone will either step up the distro, or another friend will make a trip to Cali. If this was available in GA I'd def drink it regularly. Still got the arrogant on in the fridge, hopefully it won't dissapoint.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 23:37:05 | More by Tajmoben
Photo of orford

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 20 oz pint glass.

A. Very dark, black with deep mahogany edges suggesting clarity. Two inch tight, tan head, great stability. Slowly disipates to lace.

S. Slight alcohol, roasted grain and maybe a hint of smoke. All inn all not a very strong nose on this one.

T. Surprisingly empty taste up front. Middle had some roasted grain and some smoke. Aftertaste of hops bitterness, not much though. As the beer warmed these flavors became more evident.

M. Slight carbontation, appropriate for the style. Surprisingly thin considering the style.

D. Drinkable. Overall seemed vacant to me. The framing is up and ready but there is no drywall, much less fittings, paint and furniture... Color me unimpressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 16:25:47 | More by orford
Photo of svcbeerguy


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

From a 22 oz bomber purchased at Mr. Bones in Greensburg.

Pours a near black with an off-white head that has decent retentions. Lacing appears along the the glass and lingers well.

Smell of roasted malts comes through immediately. coffee and some chocolate is also there. Hops give the beer a slight floral aroma. Smokiness is barely detectable through smell.

Tastes of dark coffee with a slightly bitter finish. There is just the right amount of hops in this one. The smoke flavor is not distracting as in other brews and compliments this version of porter very well.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium bodied with not too much carbonation. This brew clings to the palate just long enough to get the right amount of smokiness and malts.

At 5.9% abv, this is one of the more sessionable Stone offerings I have had. I could easily have a couple of these with no problems. This would be a good beer to pair with smoked meats and game. This is a natural choice for when I am in the mood for something other than a hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 05:02:33 | More by svcbeerguy
Photo of detters


4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took me ages to breakdown and buy this one. Guess I was afraid to find a better porter than Edmund Fitzgerald. Pours a deep brown, which is always nice. Smells like mocha malts, which probably don't exist, but that's what I thought of. Tastes like coffee beer that is thick on the palate. Great mouthfeel, but after it's a little too thick and sticky, however this is far too fantastic to let something like that be irritating. Once again, well done Stone. Best porter I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 23:49:47 | More by detters
Photo of eholde

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice buddy head that fades quickly. Dark middle that lets brown light through on the edges.

S: Lightly smokey and malty.

T: Tasted some hints of tabacco and dark chocolate.

M: Frothy but a little thin

D: Great beer. Easily could drink a few too many.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 00:49:16 | More by eholde
Photo of Bierzengot


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

Virgin review. Have to start somewhere right?

Appearance: Dark, robust brown. Reminiscent of good French press coffee. Healthy-looking, attractive head. Light brown in color. Clings to the sides of my snifter.

Nose: Unfortunately I have little to no sense of smell. Blessing while walking downtown, curse while sampling good beer and food. However, I can definitely detect a pleasant smoky smell and hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Very nice. Medium bodied and smooth malty transit from lips to palate and throat. Slightly hoppy midway through. Served a little on the warm side, but I don't think it detracted from the taste. High carbonation is apparent in the action of the head. Fluid, pretty solid mouthfeel initially, but the veneer fades a bit further into the bottle. Solid, but not as thick as I expected. Choc. and coffee dominate without overpowering. Bittery aftertaste after a sneaky, smoky finish.

Overall a good drinkable beer. I didn't pair with any food, but it would definitely complement a hearty slab of steak. It's a distinctive smoked porter without being too dominating in any single aspect. A friendly rewarding brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 23:06:43 | More by Bierzengot
Photo of BeerCigar


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

I am really new to drinking beer for taste. This is my first review, the reason is becasue this is simply one of the best beers that I have ever had. It poured almost pitch black into a pint glass. And left a nice one and half to two inch brown like lacey head.

I could definitely taste smoke (hickory). I can't wait to drink one of these again, but with a nice strong cigar next time.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 03:11:02 | More by BeerCigar
Photo of darrellzilla

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours coffee black, with a slightly reddish cast like a dark chocolate when held up to the light. Decent tan head (1 inch or above) that laves good lacing though melts quickly.

Immediate dark chocolate/espresso notes with a slightly cherry aroma. Slightly oily mouth feel leaving a generally pleasant bitter chocolate aftertaste. Very smokey, but not overpowering.

This beer is such an easy drinker that I polish off a bottle before I even notice what I'm doing. A solid tasty dark brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 04:57:04 | More by darrellzilla
Photo of Steezballs


3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint into an over-sized wine glass.

A: Dark brown, sticky. Thin viscosity. Frothy-whitish foam, but not much of it.

S: Pretty mild smelling; hints of malt, molasses, chocolate, soy sauce.

T: Lingers in your mouth similar to a burnt sugar flavor. This would go well with Korean BBQ. The smoke isn't overwhelming and adds to the complex, unusually dry flavor profile. This porter goes from sweet to bitter the longer it stays in your mouth.

M: Not much head. Light carbonation.

O:This is a solid porter with complex flavor. A really solid brew from Stone. Can't go wrong with it.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 06:08:58 | More by Steezballs
Photo of TheConnMan


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, 2012

A: Pours dark amber brown, two finger dissipating head, leaves a lasting film

S: Chocolate, dark berries, and a little bit of cinnamon. As it warms up, the smell really becomes great, the best aspect of this beer

T: Starts with chocolate and roasted malt, followed by cherries and blackberries. Finishes with a pleasant slight bitterness. Really great caramelized flavor without going too far. Not as sweet as some other porters, which is a good thing.

M: A little thin, but carbonated well

O: A really great porter, one I would recommend to anyone looking for a benchmark porter, or trying to get into darker beers in general. I think its one of the best go to bombers widely available

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 02:04:43 | More by TheConnMan
Photo of RenaudNW


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Overall a very nice experience in a Porter. It has a very good appearance with a moderate head and good carbonation. The aroma is what really makes this beer an experience. A nose fulling experience with good complexity and a nice smokiness. In addition, the taste does not disappoint. It is both full flavored and relatively clean. I can drink a full 22oz bottle and never feel like I'm being overwhelmed; very satisfying. The one potential weakness of this brew is the mouth feel. From the initial aroma, one gets the impression that it should be smooth and silky on the tongue. Unfortunately, after the fine initial experience with the aroma and color, the mouth feel comes across as somewhat watery. However, close your eyes and concentrate on the flavor and you won't notice the weak mouth feel after a few sips. Overall about a 4 out of 5. It's good enough that I keep a few bottles in the back of the refrigerator as a regular stand by.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 01:17:49 | More by RenaudNW
Photo of johnnymauler

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a decent beer, I'm just not too crazy about it. First off the smell reminds me of a smoldering ash tray in a bar which turned me off at first. As the beer warmed up in the glass I enjoyed it a little more. It has a nice smoked nutty flavor with hints of chocolate taffy and mocha, but a little one dimensional. I'm not sure if I would buy this beer again, would like to find something a little richer and with more distinct flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 00:48:40 | More by johnnymauler
Photo of goodmaml


3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone's description of deep mahogany is pretty accurate. Short, but beautifully brown, medium density head. The nose is very pleasant, primarily a faint licorice smell, perhaps a hint of oak. Mouthfeel is not at all bad, but maybe just a touch watery. No one pervasive taste. Nice, muted malt sweetness balances with a similarly muted hop bitterness. It finishes dry and the bitterness persists. I don't get the chocolate or smoked character that is expected. Easy drinking at 5.9%. Everything combines for an outstanding session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 22:21:43 | More by goodmaml
Photo of Italianish


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

I must admit, after drinking an Arogant Bastard Ale more than a few times, I was a bit skeptical about anything that came froma North San Diego Brewery. They all seem to have a very strong hoppy flaver with a lot of bite.
I generally go for the darker more "heady" brews. I generally fall in love with about any beer that laces the glass.
I cracked the lid and took a whiff. Damn it smelled good. I poured it into a tall Pyramid Hefeweizen Ale glass and marveled at how rich and dark it was.
Upon taking a whiff, I was amazed at the nutty , oaky, chocolately flavour. No hoppy/bitter bite. Its somewhat comperable to a nice belgian ale.
It pours smoothly. It has a nice thich head. And it is dark, not like the quadruple filtered watery beer we so often see at the supermarktet.

I would definately drink and recommend this beer to others. Sit back, relax, crack on open. I suggest that you drink it just above room temp.. I promise, there should be no naysayers on this one. Thanks for the time. Ciao

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 01:41:35 | More by Italianish
Photo of BeerBastard308


4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice dark mahogany color, very thick, can't see through it. Excellent character and all that I expected coming from Stone in a Porter.

S - Smells amazing. Maybe it's just me, but I can really smell the hints of licorice and the chocolate especially. Then dark fruits and a slight hint of caramel

T- Just like it smells. Underlying bitterness with a slightly dry aftertaste. Smoke is an element but not an overwhelming factor. I wish there was just a little bit more but still a very satisfying amount that blends well.

M - Carbonation biting towards the end with a slightly dry mouthfeel after it goes down.

D - Excellent drinkability. I like it around 50*.

Food Pairings - Great by itself. Better with food. Enjoy with a hearty meal. I like it with Burgers or with a really hearty beef stew.

Overall I think it would be a little bit better with a slightly smokier taste, but that's just me. Other that, it's a very robust brew that should be treated like a fine wine. Save for occasions that call for it. Yet another exceptional brew from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 03:20:30 | More by BeerBastard308
Photo of USSDOLPHINSailor


3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like this beer. Would not drink it everyday. I believe any smoked cheese would go great with this beer. I immediately thought munster cheese or Gouda would be great with this brew. Grilled trout would seem perfect with this porter.

One 22 oz of this beer per meal is my limit. Then I want to go on to some other style.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 06:36:07 | More by USSDOLPHINSailor
Photo of rpbaldwin

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.
Head: Light tan to off white, moderate rentention.
Aroma: Coffee, Smoke, Chocolate, noticed the chocolate and smoke most at first, but as it warmed, more coffee came through.
Mouthfeel: A bit heavy on the mouthfeel for my taste
Flavor: when first poured, it's strong of smoke and coffee notes, with a hint of chocolate, as it warms, the chocolate begins to become more pronounced with a subtle coffee/roasted malt character. Hop bitterness is present, but not overbearing. Lots of smoke in the finish.
Color: Dark brown with some amber highlights, notably near the edges.

I poured cold and tasted it there, then warmed it up to see the balance of flavor across temperatures. I personally preferred the flavor when on the warmer end of the temperature spectrum. It's more smooth and feels more balanced and is like drinking a regular porter with a treat of some smoke.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 21:11:41 | More by rpbaldwin
Photo of gengoro


4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Temp - 65 F
Glass - Tulip

A) Smooth aromatic pour with a deep mahogany color. Gentle carbonation with about 3mm of foam. I really enjoyed the dark color and soft carbonation, but I am partial to cask style porters.

S) A deep roasted aroma greets you as you approach the glass. The aroma is completely dominated by a deep malt aroma... while others could argue subtleties, I enjoyed the well balanced malty character of this beer's aroma. Not a trace of hops in the aroma.

T) Characteristic of Stone, this beer has an astonishingly complete flavor profile. This beer does not renege on its promise of a deep malt flavor. The aroma blends into the initial portion of the flavor perfectly and the malt persists through the entire experience. A slight hint of booziness greets you at the end of the mid-range, but for me this was a happy reminder. In my mind the thick flavor of a porter is well designed to mask a higher ABV than is afforded by less flavorful beers.

M) Smooth and refreshing, this beer was very easy to drink. Ideally, this beer would be a slight heavier... but I could be mistaken. This beer is easy to drink and has a very pleasant mouthfeel.

O) At $3.99, this is an excellent value. This beer is an exceptionally good porter and for the price... is awesome. My heart has been captured by Clown Feet's Lubrication, but given Stone's availability and price... this could easily be a close second. I will be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:44:31 | More by gengoro
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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,292 ratings.