Smoked Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev +4%
Pours black with a persistant light brown head. Aroma is first of roast malt, followed by smoke which comes to dominate the aroma, though it is not overwhelming. The taste is malty, with roasted notes, and then the smoke injects itself. The smoke is the dominant flavor, though it is not as strong as some other examples. Very well balanced for a Stone beer :-)
11-08-2003 00:50:44 | More by Gueuzedude
3.9/5 rDev -3%
Solid brown color; leaves some spotty lace.
Dark malty and touch of what reminds neighbours liquid smoke.
More cocoa than smoke in the flavor; rich bodied and smooth. The finish is like powdered hot chocolate. Good hop aftertaste, which I wasn't expecting. Overall, a very interesting porter on tap.
11-01-2010 19:40:08 | More by smcolw
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
22 oz. bomber poured into a shaker pint glass, bought at Mike's Liquor on Warner and Bolsa Chica in Huntington.
A: Very dark ruby-brown color with an off-tan, 2-finger head, creates a look of foreboding in my glass.
S: Delicious biscuity, bread malt, with a hint of chocolate and coffee.
T: Dark roasted malts with delectable barbeque notes. Hops in the aftertaste provide a good backbone balanced by sweet malts in the end.
M: Full-bodied, robust, very nice.
D: A liitle heavy on this Southern California June night, but easily a session beer at 5.9%.
06-27-2007 05:31:40 | More by Halcyondays
4.63/5 rDev +15.2%
Pours a black color with a tan head that's about 1/2" thick. The head receded to the surface rather quickly, but that stuck around a while. Some lacing developed too. The aroma is of coffee and burnt wood. The flavor has coffee, molasses, licorice, pepper, and a hint of burnt chocolate. The smokiness is just right, not overpowering and it adds to the flavor.
The mouthfeel is smooth with a slight dry aftertaste. The smokiness and coffee tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. This is one of the better smoked brews I have ever sampled.
03-19-2004 21:48:09 | More by Gavage
2.63/5 rDev -34.6%
1 pt 6 fl oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.
A: Pours a three finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and good retention. The head colour is a slight tan. Colour is a solid black. It's generally appealing.
Sm: Slight rauchbier smoke, caramelized malt, a bit of roast, and light bacon. A mild strength aroma.
T: Light roast, some smoke, caramelized malt, and a bit of bacon. A bit simple compared to expectations. It's well balanced, though. I do like it.
Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours. It's a touch too thick.
Dr: Very drinkable for a smoked beer, but a bit too malty. It's got an average ABV and a high price. I don't think I'd have it again.
09-26-2011 03:09:24 | More by kojevergas
3.85/5 rDev -4.2%
02/06/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Colma, CA
Presentation- 22oz bottle shared with BA mates at my Super Bowl party yesterday. Divided into Duvel glasses. No expiration date listed.
Appearance- Nice semi-black pour with a yellow-grayish head and good lacing.
Smell- Smells sweeter than I expected and the smoke is not noticable to me in the smell. Smells more like a imperial stout to me.
Taste- First off, I usually despise smoked beers. The only reason I got this is that I know Stone makes great beers and I know BA buddy Spinlock like smoked beers. So, I figured, what the hell. I only have to drink a portion of it. Much creamier than I expected for a less than 6% brew. Has a nice chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Then the smoke hits in the back of the mouth and aftertaste. Not too bad! I'll have to give it to Stone. I can actually tolerate this and even enjoy it a bit. I'm not going to buy another, but it was pretty good considering.
Mouthfeel- As I said before, very creamy and also low-medium carbonation level.
Drinkability- Yeah, not bad at all. I would definitely suggest this one to smoke lovers. It has enough taste going on with the smoke to make it feel like your not sucking down liquid charcoal or burnt bacon like other smoke beers I have had. About the same as AK Smoked Porter. I'll have to try that one again and rate it.
02-07-2005 17:19:04 | More by GClarkage
4.9/5 rDev +21.9%
Serving type: bottle.
Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown, almost black with a foamy beige head. Smoky malt aroma with hints of dark chocolate, coffee and toffee. Smooth, delicaate mouthful with a slighhtly bitter finish. Creamy chocolate roasted maltiness with hints of roasted cofee
11-28-2008 08:56:18 | More by corby112
4.1/5 rDev +2%
Appears a dark mahogany brown with auburn edges when held up to the light. Nice, fluffy tan head that slowly fades out into a cap that floats upon the brew. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of some sweet, smokey peat, and beef jerky notes, along with caramel, cocoa powder, vanilla, and raisins. Perhaps a touch of anise buried in the background. Pretty complex.
Taste is of the same aromas with a lip smacking sweet malt that confuses the tastebuds at first but makes for a plausable and complex brew.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation that makes the smokiness more tolerable and enjoyable like a delicate digestif.
06-17-2006 12:02:49 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark, tawny brown color, clear ruby highlights against light. Giant tan head that hangs around for ever and leaves webs of thick lacing.
S: Subtle smokey aroma, with malt and caramel notes. Becomes a lot more sweet and less smokey as it warms up.
T: Sweet, chocolate and coffee malt, caramel, dark fruit flavors with a background of hop bitterness to balance the sweet. Not as much smoke flavor as expected.
M: Medium bodied and full of flavor with mild carbonation. Slightly thin for this style for my linkig
D: Excellent beer, not quite my favorite American porter, but definitely would have this again, especially at this price
05-16-2008 18:54:48 | More by yourefragile
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
650ml bottle, lovingly transported home to Australia and shared with friends.
Pours a dark, but clear, brilliant ruby-red with a surprisingly light off-white head of meringuey bubbles. Nice lacing. The colour is great; it's deep and delicious looking.
Strong, pleasant dark aromas on the nose. Characters of chocolate, cherries, timber and peat. not incredibly smoky, but there is an underlying hint of it. Even a little vanilla of American bourbon sneaking in. Quite deep and delicious.
More smoke on the palate, a pleasant outdoor woodfire character. The dark malt is more prominent too, with a charring roasted character providing the back palate bitterness. Among this, though, are lighter notes of cherry and tart fruit, that just peek out from around the edges of the dark, smoky foreground. Mouthfeel is great, quite thick and rich without being too heavy.
A very smooth but very complex beer. Enjoyable and pleasant, with lots to explore.
02-13-2009 07:38:01 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
Definitely a step away from other porters, I might have even mistaken this for a stout, but taste is really what matters right? Not some silly style guideline. The beer was a bit heavy, but not syrupy like some big stouts, and tasted of dark cocoa, a bit of espresso, and smoke. The bitter bite was a perfect pair for my spicey turkey sandwich and the remaining beer after I finished my meal was a nice dessert. Give it a try on tap, the bottles are too expensive.
05-01-2007 02:42:58 | More by tempest
4.38/5 rDev +9%
Poured a very deep brown with a small dirty tan head, very little carbonation. Nose smelled of a little smoke and roasted malt, coffee but let down on the nose much like the taste. Tasted like it smelled. I almost detected smoke smoked meat or something in there. The bottle did not do this brew justice.
04-29-2009 02:30:01 | More by barleywinefiend
4.3/5 rDev +7%
Another high quality creation from Stone. Almost black , with hints of ruby. Nice roasted malts in the center.This is a very well crafted smoked brew, as the smoke flavor is very present,but it doesnt overwhelm the flavor, balance and character of the brew. Velvet mouthfeel, nice hoppy , crisp finish. Stone is quickly becoming a must try brewery. This one is a fine Quafer, well worth seeking out. Tried this one on Tap at The Gingerman in NYC.
01-31-2004 10:15:33 | More by Billolick
4.15/5 rDev +3.2%
Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a nice black color with an adequete head that fades to a ring. Smells lightly smoky and quite creamy. Taste is similar. This is far less smoky than any of the Schlenkerla beers, but the smoke is noticeable and beautifully wedded to the rest of the brew. The surprising thing to me about this beer is how creamy and smooth it is. The rich, creamy body marries very well with the smoke and helps to balance everything nicely. The Alaskan Smoked is far more smoky tasting, but in that case probably because the body is not as robust and creamy as this is. The balance in this beer is a thing of beauty. I recently tried a bottle of this that had been aged a year as well, and although it was still drinking beautifully, the smoke was even more subdued. I also like the fact that this doesn't have that much residual sweetness, despite the creaminess. A very nice beer.
10-02-2008 14:09:03 | More by Georgiabeer
4.1/5 rDev +2%
Review from notes taken 4/9/10.
Served on draft into a pint glass. It appears a very dark brown color with a tan head that doesn't retain too well outside of a thin lace on top of the brew. Nose has a classic porter aroma with roasted malt coupled with what seems like Pete smoked malt dominating the back end. The taste of pete smoked malt also dominates the flavor that lingers through the long aftertaste. Medium feel and moderately carbonated. As it warms, more standards porter characteristics come through to win the fight of porter verse smoked malt. Flavors of bitter chocolate and coffee also come through in the nose. Pretty good with some citrus hops even evident in the finish.
05-19-2010 15:10:22 | More by stakem
3.68/5 rDev -8.5%
This is a bomber served cool in a Chimay goblet.
A: The porter is black in color with a thick white head that dissapates rapidly.
S: Aroma is a roasted, chocolately nose, no hint of smoke.
T: The taste is smokey up front and gives way to a chocolatey, roasted flavor. The smoke pops back up in the finish and lingers.
M: Smoking the malts for a porter is interesting and that flavor pops up at interesting times throughout the drink.
D: I am not a huge fan of smoked beers, but this one is alright (but nowhere near my favorite stone brews).
09-09-2006 11:37:34 | More by akorsak
3.73/5 rDev -7.2%
Served in a bottle at Idle Hands in New York, NY
A: Pours a clear dark amber to brown in color with some ruby hints when held up to the light. There is a thin off-white head that reduces to a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.
S: Roasted and caramel malts followed by a lovely peat smokiness and some hints of sweetness. The smell reminds me a bit of a good scotch.
T: Slight hint of iodine/band-aid from the smoke but that just adds to the flavor in my opinion. Some caramel sweetness but not as much as you might expect from the smell, followed by the peat smokiness, and leave a scotch like flavor on the tongue as a aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly thin.
O: Definitely a really interesting beer with a good flavor but I personally could not drink a whole lot of this one - just doesn't match my palate as well as other smokey beers. Definitely a quality offering from Stone and a good one to sip on.
03-08-2012 14:28:04 | More by dbrauneis
4.43/5 rDev +10.2%
( Served in an American pint glass)
A-This beer pours a dense black body with a nice tan head that holds in the glass.
S-Very nice smoky grain aroma with some deep roasted barley smell and almost a chocolate hint with it.
T- This has a great roasted barley flavor with some good depth of malts and a nice spicy hop finish that has a hint of smokiness with it. The finish hops have hint of tangy almost pineapple resin flavor but it is very faint.
M-This has a pretty creamy mouthfeel but no alcohol heat or astringency.
D-This beer is a spot-on-porter very solid on its own but the nice gentle smoke shows its present. The smoke is not overpowering and really compliments the deep roasted grain. Next time I'm in the distributing area I must stock up.
06-08-2005 01:20:10 | More by rhoadsrage
Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 3,576 ratings.