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Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,634 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,634
Reviews: 1,744
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 106
Gots: 219 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

dthughes, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of cinematicgypsy
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

cinematicgypsy, May 22, 2011
Photo of nocontrol
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

nocontrol, May 08, 2013
Photo of JohnnyChowder
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

JohnnyChowder, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of dronedream
4/5  rDev -0.2%

dronedream, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of Jollygiant
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Jollygiant, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of kcn0
1.9/5  rDev -52.6%

kcn0, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Tajmoben
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

Tajmoben, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of eholde
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

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

eholde, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of svcbeerguy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

svcbeerguy, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of orford
3/5  rDev -25.2%

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.

orford, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of detters
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

detters, May 20, 2008
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

shawnw, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Bierzengot
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

Bierzengot, Jan 23, 2010
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

ManNamedMicah, Dec 13, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

rtate33, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of BrewskiBrah
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

BrewskiBrah, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of darrellzilla
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

darrellzilla, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of RenaudNW
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

RenaudNW, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

buttercup9386, May 16, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -4%

Appearance: Unique and rich deep brown with notes of amber. Full head with decent retention and good lacing.

Smell: It didn't have much aroma. With some agitation a combination of smoke, coffee, and cherries.

Taste: Malty up front with hints of cherry (both sweet and tart) and molasses. Followed by coffe and a slight nuttiness. Finished smoky.

Mouthfeel: Balanced. Enough carbonation to stimulate a slight zing. Dry finish that work very well for this beer.

Overall: One of the best porter's I have had. I imagine this is what they originally tasted like in the 1700s. Very drinkable. Is not overwhelmingly heavy, so I could drink a healthy amount. Some more aroma would really bring this beer out.

esmcd05, May 15, 2014
Photo of BeerBastard308
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

BeerBastard308, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of goodmaml
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

goodmaml, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of Italianish
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%

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

Italianish, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of rpbaldwin
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

rpbaldwin, Aug 21, 2010
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,634 ratings.