Smoked Porter - Chocolate And Orange Peel
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Smoked Porter - Chocolate And Orange PeelSmoked Porter - Chocolate And Orange Peel
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Style:
Smoke Porter
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 12.43%
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
360
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
82
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Smoked Porter - Chocolate And Orange PeelSmoked Porter - Chocolate And Orange Peel
Notes: We decided early on that we wouldn’t do seasonal beers for the sake of doing seasonal beers. Summer ales and winter lagers certainly have a ring to them. Big-beer focus groups prove consumers get a kick out of them, and macrobrew marketing analyses suggest they sell well. But for us, beer comes first, much as Stone Smoked Porter came first. Actually, it came second—oddly enough, in the form of a seasonal. Our co-founder and original brewmaster, Steve Wagner, thought it would be an innovative, warming creation suited for winter…and it was. Legend has it Greg’s mom agreed. But rather than relegating fans to nine peat-smoked-porterless months and building revenue-generating fervor for the cold season, we made it a year-round release. Nowadays, we brew a trio of tasty takes on this smoky, sultry vanguard. But the closest they come to being “seasonals” is that they are enhanced with seasonally driven ingredients such as vanilla bean and chipotle peppers. This version, released in the literally gray area separating sunshine and snowfall, incorporates dark chocolate and dried orange peel, making for a semisweet, citrus-nuanced porter that comes across like a break-apart chocolate orange enjoyed by a campfire. It’s not a seasonal—it’s just a phenomenal beer, regardless of the time of year. Throw out the calendar and enjoy.
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 360
Photo of hreb
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle dated 10/17/14. Beer pours brown, but relatively light for a porter. Thin chestnut head. Aroma is like orange candy. Flavor brings in an ample amount of citrus hops to combine with the candied orange peel. Surprisingly bitter for a flavored porter. Chocolate comes through the middle to the back of the palate. Dark cocoa, bittersweet chocolate. This is no milk chocolate stout. As for smoke, I find it's missing entirely. Perhaps this beer needed to be drunk when it was fresher. Still, a pretty enjoyable novelty.

Update: there were some serious chunks in the second half of this bottle. Pretty gross.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brewed in the style of an American Porter with dark chocolate and orange peel added. Available as a one-off release in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Stone Brewing pint glass. Served above 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Major gusher alert! I nearly lost half of the bottle prior to the pour as the beer continued to foam over the mouth of the bottle for several minutes pouring over the table and later into a pitcher, in a super-wild start to this review. Pours a crisp, short-lived fizzy head of a medium tan complexion over a murky medium brown body with visible thickness and pulpiness in tow, the bottom of the bottle has some of the thickest and most massive chunks of pulpy matter I have seen in a beer. Lacing is thin and sticky with what appears to be orange pulp settling in and around the glass making for much of the lacing residue. Issues with over-carbonation or possible infection have negatively impacted the appearance of this beer. 2

(Smell) Atop the base aromas of medium roasted malt, caramel grain and delicate chocolate malt comes more robust cocoa nib flavor and the distinctive sharp citrus characters of bitter orange peel. I pick up on them both and they work surprisingly well for a porter, but the smokiness of the standard porter is nullified in this variation. The end result is not necessarily an enhanced nor overly complex aroma. 3.5

(Taste) Chocolate character and toasted caramel grain malts up front, not much bright nor bitter orange character, although I pick up on some more candied orange flavor on the finish, notably thicker and more earthy with the flavor of lower acid citrus than anticipated, almost like a syrupy mandarin or a blood orange. Some mild but unusual holiday spiciness and peppery character and notable funk hints at potential infection. Although I don't consider the flavor to be a total disaster, I was hoping for a more vivid orange flavor, equal at least to that of the aroma. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) The texture is residual slick, moderately chewy, pulpy, moderately dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a low frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is moderately earthy and roasty bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.25

(Overall) As per my particular bottle, I think quality control let one explosive and sloppy ale slip right into my hands. There's no denying that this ale has considerable chocolate and orange flavor and aroma that distinguishes itself apart from the standard smoked porter, but I don't think that the presentation works as well as the idea. I don't care much for the syrupy candy presentation of the orange peel flavor in this beer and the chocolate by itself isn't much of a distinguished enhancement over the standard recipe. I've had variations of the Smoked Porter that I've enjoyed and hoped for this version to be equally enjoyable if not the best of all. Unfortunately, it's too messy for me to recommend, especially with the heightened price tag over the standard Smoked Porter recipe, I'd sooner go for the cheaper option than try this again. 3.25

Stone Brewing Co.'s
Smoked Porter With Chocolate & Orange Peel
3.24/5.00

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Photo of Nugganooch
2.37/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

22oz bottle with my Firestone Walker snifter glass
Tasted on 11/11/2014

A: Oily black body with some dark brown hues mixed in. A choppy and sporadic cloud of khaki fluff formed over with some minimal hang time and only a few light dots of stick left behind.

S: Smells like smoked malt accompanied with some sort of sharp phenols. Almost solvent like. Then comes in the orange oil with some chalky cocoa powder and a faint trailer of coffee grounds. Strange and something slightly off really.

T: Tastes like something is way off here. The beer is super thin and overly bitter to the point of astringency. Very solvent like with some loamy flavors and a backdrop of smoked malt, orange oil, and cocoa powder. In that order by strength. Very odd and I am sure was not the intent here. Even without the off flavors it’s just not enough chocolate for me which seems to sort of clash with the smoked malt anyways. The orange itself is kind of nice like a fresh oil can be but it doesn’t seem to really embrace any of the other flavors. Kind of polarized here. Just really not sure what to make of this one other than no thanks!

M: Thin and watered down. Like more than usual. Astringent and sharp on the palate. Chalky feel at times.

D: Another one of those “Looked good on paper” kind of concoctions. Can’t possibly recommend this one. In fact I read on here that Stone tried recalling bottles so I am sure there be something afoot. Definitely came out clumped which is a bummer.

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Photo of seedyone
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Seems someone got carried away. The chocolate & orange are a favorite combo, but since the smoke dominates from the get go, this didn't stand a chance. B for effort...C- for result.

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Photo of Burkbom23
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

This beer looked horrible. It had big chunks of floaties in it. Not sure if it was yeast, orange peel or what, but it did not look appetizing. The smell was pretty bland, mostly chocolate, not much orange at all. Taste was smokey, chococolate, little more orange than in the taste but not much. Mouthfeel was boring and thin. Overall a pretty disappointing beer. Below average for sure.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead in late December for $7.99. Bottled in October 2014.

Beer poured brown with a nice off white head that has some pretty good hand time.

Nose is pre-dominated by smoked malts with some hints of orange.

Taste is equally dominated by smoked malts and bitter orange peel. There is a light kiss of chocolate which pairs well with the orange peel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty smackable brew. I can see where a lot of folks do not like this as it is a bit rough on the palette. Flavors are pretty diverse but work for me. G.lad I had a chance to try.

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Photo of tillmac62
2.12/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

BOD 10/17/14. Very cloudy dark brown cola like pour with heavy flocculation. World Class head volume, lacing and retention.

Nose of chocolate, orange and roast with hints of coffee over a smoky background. As it warms, smoke dominates.

Medium body with a very smooth texture. Normal carbonation.

The flavor profile is unpleasant. It is borderline rank. I'm drain pouring the rest.

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Photo of emerge077
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brownish black body, poor head retention, zero lace.

Aroma is fairly tame and muted oddly enough. Some dry roast malt, little indication of the adjunct ingredients based on smell alone.

The taste has a little more bitter citrus peel presence, amped up piney hop bitterness, dry bitter bakers chocolate, ashy roast malt. Light to medium bodied. Overall it's worth a try but I won't be trying it again.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I think I might have gotten a bad bottle, but I’ve seen so many other reviewers saying the same that I’m not so sure.

Appearance – A super dark ruby red black, with tons of sediment floating inside. A massive head filled the glass with a small pour and stuck around a long time. Also, ridiculous amounts of lacing.

Smell – A nasty orange smell; almost like oranges just starting to go bad. A bit of roasted malts and chocolate. I noticed a little spice after the beer warmed.

Taste – Taste was a little better than the smell; orange, malts, and a weak chocolate.

Mouthfeel – Mouthfeel was ok; good carbonation, a little watery, and a little bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability – I am not a fan of this beer. I don’t know if I got a bad bottle, but if I get a chance to try it again, I’ll update my review if anything is different.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Deep copper brown color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: The chocolate and orange peel come through well. The base beer isn't too impressive though. Very little smokiness. Very mild porter otherwise. Mild roastiness, a touch of caramel.

3.0 T: The orange peel doesn't work too well in the taste. It lends a tangy orange fruitiness that doesn't mesh with the other flavors. Chocolate is nice. Again base beer isn't too impressive.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. Decent.

3.25 D: It's okay. I just wish they'd do these variants of a better beer.

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Photo of rab53
2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

What went so wrong with this one?
Smoke and bitterness clash in this iteration. No orange detected in the aroma or flavor. Perhaps I was expecting a sweeter orange rather then the pith-like bitterness. Carbonation seemed more voluminous than the standard smoked porter. Just didn't jive with me; dumped the second half of the bottle.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark brown with a foamy tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: smokey barbecue, malty, chocolate, sweet

T: quite smokey with a roasted coffee quality, dark chocolate, bitter citrus peel, the smoke flavor is dominant

M: lighter with medium carbonation

O: vanilla been was better, it's ok but the chocolate and orange are overpowered

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Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: deep, dark red-brown hue with a minimal haze and a finger of frothy tan foam. Not at all unattractive.

Smell: toasty malt with a little sweetness and a touch of roasty character. Not bad, but not especially complex.

Taste: roasty up front for a bit, followed by a good smoky character. The smoke comes out much better in the flavor than in the aroma, although the advertised orange is barely to be found. I'm a smoked beer guy, so I kind of dig it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good, well-integrated carbonation. Creaminess is quite good, if a little bit on the fizzy side.

Overall: I think this is a pretty tasty and drinkable beer. The chocolate and orange don't stand out dramatically, but the smoke and porter do, which I like.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer Is a very dark, brown coloring with mahogany highlights around the edges, and a foamy, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of smoke forward, with a coffee bitter backbone, hints of bittersweet chocolate, and subtle citrus highlights. Pretty balanced nose, with some interesting nuances compared to the base brew. The flavors are roasted coffee forward, with a dart of orange highlights throughout, blending with some bittersweet chocolate notes, and a healthy dose of smoke. Pretty dynamic and balanced throughout. The body is light and dry, with a smoked and bittersweet coffee and chocolate aftertaste. The orange kind of dies out by the end. The finish is smoky and dry throughout, with a subtle chocolate linger. Interesting twist on a great beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Fall edition. 2014 vintage.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Fancy screen-print label art. Branded black pry-off pressure cap. 1 pint 6 fl oz.

5.9% ABV. Reviewed live as a smoked porter at low altitude in Austin, TX. Expectations are above average; I really enjoy the vanilla bean variant of this beer. Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide head of off-white/pale khaki colour. Retention is nice - about 3 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Fluffy, slightly creamy, and nicely thick. Could be softer and fuller.

BODY: Dark cola brown-black. Off-putting in that it looks more like a schwarzbier than a robust porter. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible within. Opaque, but with some translucence about the edges.

Overall, it looks okay for a smoked porter. It's far from unique or special, but there are no egregious flaws.

AROMA: Faint orange peel, dark malts, schwarz malts, chocolate malts, wheat (?), and muted faint smokiness. The smokiness is horribly disappointing and weak considering this is meant to be a smoked porter and the chocolate is largely unevocative - or even insipid.

Aromatic intensity is below average. This aroma evokes a thin, weak beer with an absence of the style's requisite robust malt backbone. Some drinkers might find the orange peel to be artificial or even medicinal (i.e. cough syrupy).

No yeast character or hop character is detectable.

TASTE: The orange peel isn't as bad as I feared, but it's still artificial, and doesn't integrate well into the flavour profile (nor does it harmonize at all with the chocolate). Speaking of the chocolate, it's horribly weak and unevocative, with at best a scant chocolate malt expression; there's no actual chocolate or nougat or cacao nibs or cocoa powder. The malt backbone is reticent and withdrawn, lacking the robustness required in this style as well as the concomitant sweetness a proper malt backbone would bring. If I tried this blind I'd have no idea whatsoever it was a smoked porter - because there just isn't any smokiness. Compare this to Alaskan's vastly superior offering and you'll realize just how poorly executed it is. Why brew a smoked porter without any smoke? Why make an orange chocolate porter that doesn't commit to the orange or chocolate?

Shallow. Duration and intensity of flavour is average. Could be far more complex/intricate, subtle, and interesting. It's not as rich or evocative as a porter ought to be. The balance is mediocre, and the build is underwhelming. I'm not a big fan of this.

TEXTURE: Has a weak pathetic presence on the palate. Though the taste fails to evoke any smoke at all, the texture still suffers from the coarseness, harshness, and rough dryness that smoke brings; it gets all the cons and none of the pros. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing. Medium-bodied. Not thick or robust enough. Poorly executed overall, and overcarbonated to boot. Fails to elevate the beer.

A porter should be smooth, robust, and wet, if not silky and creamy.

OVERALL: Not undrinkable, but overall a fundamental failure at executing the intended style and premise. This is more subpar work from Stone - a marketing company that happens to make beer. I won't be buying it again and would caution friends from trying it. The price point could be worse, but it misses the mark across the board. Still, it's at least average.

Low C

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown/black pour with a tan one-finger head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste has smoke and a little orange peel upfront. Mid-taste cocoa starts to come out with some roasted malt flavors as well. Light to medium bodied...lighter than expected. Finishes with a lingering mild smoke flavor. It's good but the smoke is a bit too much for me.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is fairly strong smoke, with the chocolate in the background and Orange almost unnoticeable. The taste is also strong smoke, with the chocolate a little more prevalent and Orange in the far background.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear, almost opaque very dark reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted dark malts and smoked malts with lighter aromas of dark chocolate and orange zest.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted dark malts with a slightly stronger flavor of smoked malts. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of dark chocolate and cocoa. Finally there is a light flavor of citrus/orange zest in the finish. Light amounts of bitterness are present which fades pretty quickly with a little more of the smokiness lingering in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is a very nice variation on the Stone Smoked Porter, the lighter notes of dark chocolate and orange peel really improve this one... Well rounded and very easy to drink. Enjoyable and definitely worth grabbing (though I do really enjoy the combination of orange and chocolate quite a bit).

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Photo of Chico1985
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Shared pre-blizzard. Thanks to the bro for getting me this for Xmas.

A - Dark brownish red pour with some light haze and a small khaki-colored head, much like the original. A spotty cap with some bits of lace remain for most of the duration.

S - Pretty upfront citrusy tones that kind of remind me of an orange liqueur of sorts rather than orange peel. Blends decently with smoky roast, chocolate, and light hoppage.

T - Taste brings on the orange big time, somehow reminds me of candied oranges, acidic juicy citrus peels and sugary orange soda all at once. Roast and smoke decimated, some milk chocolate and caramel remain making for a kind of chocolate/orange dessert feel.

M - Pretty smooth medium body, with a decent amount of foam+carbonation. Somewhat astringent orange-ness at times.

O - Meh. The orange seems somewhat artificial and is definitely overpowering, when combined with the chocolate it makes for a decent candyish porter mix. Unfortunately it lacks depth and the roasty+smoky base is lost. I like these Smoked Porter variations and am always interested in trying them but I feel they always take away from the base beer too much.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I love the idea. I hate the outcome. Just tasted like a chocolatey smoked porter. I didn't pick up any citrus or zest. Blah. Vanilla smoked porter reigns supreme!

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Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent auburn tinged mahogany with a thumb of khaki colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention

S: Orange peels & smokeyness

T: Orange peel, a little smoke, a little cocoa, dryness up front. More of the same as this warms smokeyness & cocoa as well. Finishes dry, a little smokey & just a bit of cocoa & orange peel bitterness

MF: Thin bodied, firm carbonation

Kind of a disjointed mess, this did near zero for me, give me the plain version any day.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured into a Snifter a deep, brown brew with a half finger of khaki colored head . Sub-par retention results in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is small and spotty with fair stick.

Smell - Strong aroma of orange essence backed by near equal smoke, cola and chocolate backing notes.

Taste - Smokey notes upfront before a quick turn to the orange, milk chocolate and caramel sweetness. Light roast and citrus bitterness hit near the finish, delivering a slightly smokey bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate, bitey carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall - Pretty much what you'd expect. That orange and chocolate combination hasn't always worked for me in beers I've had in the past, but this one of the better ones I've had that's featured this flavor profile. Conversely, this is might be my least favorite of the Stone Smoked Porter incarnations thus far, but that's no knock on this one so much as it is a compliment to those that came before this.

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Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/17/14
Pours a nice creamy thicker frothy 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly with nice lines of lacing, very dark brown with faint mahogany light sneaking through.

Nose is nice, typical stone smoked porter, nice smokey, smoked cheese like with little campfire log, nice very dark choc and powdered cocoa, a bit of rich cocoa almost velvety cocoa, very little orange though unfortunately, cause it's quite nice otherwise.

Taste brings more chocolate but orange this time, a nice chocolate orange like the candy. Then some smoke, thankfully not overpowering, a nice background of campfire smoke that doesn't interfere with the nice orange and chocolate. A mild caramel malt base too, faint candied apple flavor interestingly, like caramel smoked candied apple. Finish gets a little bitter, mild bitter spicy hops, with more orange and orange peel bitterness, faint smoke and mild chocolate lingering.

Mouth is med bod, fluffy carb, not as syrupy as it seems like it should be thankfully.

Overall pretty nice, nice flavor with smoke taking a back seat to the orange and chocolate, and nice smoke aroma just wish there was more orange on the aroma, but otherwise quite enjoyable.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a moderate cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Smoked malt, faint orange zest
Taste-Smoky, chocolate, faint charred meat, orange peel. Nice character and flavor.
A fine match for sweet and sour pork, sweet BBQ, or teriaki. Nicely balanced and tasty.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Stone's Smoked Porter with Chocolate & Orange Peel a few weeks ago for $8.49 at The lager Mill. I enjoyed Stone's Smoked Porter and I'm interested to see how this version turn out, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 10/14/14. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a Teku.

A- The bottle looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a very dark brown color that was almost black and it didn't really let any light come through and it had it a finger and a half worth of slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the smoked malts being the first to show up and they impart a nice medium smokey aroma that has a nice bonfire like aspect to it. Up next comes the malt which imparts a slightly lighter roasted malt aroma with a slightly grainy aroma and there's a little bit of a chocolate showing up in the background. Towards the end comes the orange peel and it imparts a very light juicy orange aroma. This beer had a nice aroma, but i wish the chocolate and orange showed up more.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the smoked malts still being the first to show up and they impart a medium smokey aroma that still has that bonfire like aspect to it. Up next comes the roasted malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and the chocolate is a little lighter than it was in the aroma. On the finish there's just a slight bit of that light orange aspect that I got in the aroma and it had a somewhat higher amount of light bitterness with a smokey and roasted malt like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but I don't find it taste hardly any different than the regular Smoked Porter.

M- Smooth, crisp, slightly dry on the finish, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a nice Smoked beer, but it didn't seem to live up to the name since I hardly got any chocolate and just a slight bit of orange in both the taste and aroma. To me it was hardly different than the original Smoked Porter. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, slightly dry on the finish, not too filling and the taste didn't do the best job of holding my attention, one is enough for me, anymore than that and I would for sure get bored with it. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, this was a good looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is that it doesn't live up to it's name, with hardly any chocolate or orange it was a little disappointing. I wouldn't buy this beer again, I would much rather have the regular version and I can't say I would recommend it since it's not really much different than the original. All in all I was disappointed in this beer, I like those chocolate orange candies and I was hoping for something that was at least slightly similar to that and this was not. It's not a favorite Stone beer and It's pretty average for a Smoked beer. Better luck next time guys, this one wasn't as good as I hoped it would beer.

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Smoked Porter - Chocolate And Orange Peel from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 360 ratings