Smoked Porter
Stone Brewing

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Porter - Smoked
Ranked #7
Ranked #6,322
4.03 | pDev: 11.17%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Smoked PorterSmoked Porter
Notes: A porter with hints of chocolate & coffee balanced by subtle smokiness
First Release: December 1996

When first released, our smoky version of a traditional English porter was ahead of its time. Today, it's a highly regarded staple among craft beer fans and our go-to food complement, pairing effortlessly with all kinds of cuisine, from peanut butter and banana sandwiches to braised pork belly and apple pie. This worldly libation is dark, smooth and complex, with chocolate and coffee flavors suffused with subtle smokiness from the addition of peat-smoked malt.
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EMH73 from New York

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some red highlights, a thin tan head and no lacing. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, a bit of smoke and some nuttiness. Taste follows the nose with additional notes of dark fruits and a nice hop presence. Expected far more smokiness, seems more like a porter. Medium bodied, light side of medium carbonation, smooth mouth feel.

Oct 30, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle brewed 12/27/15. Dark brown color with a thin layer of brown head. Roasted malt and vanilla smell. Feels a little thin. Roasted malt and smoke with some hop bitterness on the finish. Great flavor, wish the feel was a little bit heavier.

Sep 15, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes 4/2/12: Pours dark brown with a ruby highlight when held to the light. The pour produces a frothy, tan, short-lived head that receded to nothing and left no lacing. Aroma is dark roast, dark fruit, chocolate, a little cherry and smoke. Taste is the same with heavier dark malt notes and a nice nuttiness with minor hop hints in the finish and a lingering bitter aftertaste. The level of smoke is a little disappointing. The taste is well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with nice carbonation, smooth and very drinkable.

Dec 30, 2018
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greenhousedrummer from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as smoke forward as I like but still an undeniably good beer. It's a bit more on the traditional porter side, with a nice hop bite, caramel sweetness and deep roasted nut aroma. There's a light kiss of smoke but it makes you work for it. Unfortunately, although a good beer, when reaching for a smoky fix I go for O'Fallon's smoked porter, Yazoo Sue, or Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock.

Dec 26, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep dark black yielding a spectacular one inch white foamy head leaving some nice lumpy valleys in the head. The head dies within a minute. The smell is a roasty, dry coffee sort of thing going on with a nice amount of hops allocated inside of some light cocoa. The taste is dry, roasty, bitter and sweet at different times throughout the beer. Some burnt malts seem to come through a bit as the beer warms. The palate is medium to heavy coating my mouth and tongue nicely like it should on a cold winter’s night. Sharpness is slightly there. Overall, I liked it for the most part and would come back to it.

Jul 09, 2017
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lwillitz from Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

I have been sitting on this one for a while and have decided to break it out for my birthday. Excited to try it . . .

A - 2 fingers of medium tan foam over a body of pitch black with mahogany highlights

S - roasted malt, smoke, dark fruits

T - smoke, spice, roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, herbal hops

M - smooth medium body, low to moderate carbonation

O - complex and very enjoyable; paired excellently with my wife's chocolate mousse cake!

Jun 09, 2017
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poisoneddwarf from Idaho

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Smoky aroma and flavor. Tastes a little like burnt coffee--that’s good. Blacker than black, excellent flavor, excellent excellent excellent beer. Fantastic example of the style.

Jun 07, 2017
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SmokeBeerMinistry from Texas

2.18/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The best thing about this smokebeer is that it seems to be the most prevalent in the US. The worst thing is not enough smoke. Another good thing about this beer, $4.99 per bomber. Another bad thing, smokepower taste. Slight maltiness, really slight smokyness, but, I can get this at the corner gas station. Maybe I’ll re-review this beer in the future. Overall score = 5.667 out of 7, which translates to 4 out of 5 for BA, which will then get bumped around again according to what other people think. For what its worth, learn more at maybe buy the tshirt, follow, send in a smokebeer of your own (yeah right). DrinkSmoke

May 24, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. The appearance is a near pitch black pour with a medium sized tan head. the aroma is a nice blend of smoke, malt and cocoa. The taste is malt driven with some smoke. An outstanding beer.

Oct 27, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Clear black-brown with a thick dark beige head and nice lacing. Smell is smokey but subdued. Nice smoke flavor with toffee and chocolate tastes, great with spaghetti!

Oct 22, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a dark brown color with amber highlights. There is a dense, 2 finger khaki colored head that lasts the entire beer and leaves fantastic webbed lacing in it's wake.

The smell is not overwhelming, but a very nice mix of chocolate, smokiness, charcoal and a hint of caramel.

Taste is similar. More flavorful than the smell suggests, but also more one dimensional. The smokey flavor really takes over the taste and lingers well into the aftertaste.

Feel is light, almost too light. Very smooth and drinkable with perfect carbonation.

Overall a very good porter. Not my first choice, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down.

Oct 21, 2016
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Samlover55 from New York

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz "bomber" into nonic pint
BB 9/27/16 (a couple weeks past, but this isn't an IPA)
L- dark brown with ruby red highlights, huge tan head with great retention
S- slight coffee aroma along with some smokiness
T- dark chocolate, coffee with a pleasant smokiness there from the first sip to the finish, ever so slight hop bitterness on the finish as well
F- light bodied, easy drinking, with average carbo.
O- very enjoyable Porter, full-flavored and easy drinking. A shame Stone is retiring this brew.

Oct 16, 2016
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed 2-24-12. (Apologies in advance for the short review; it was from early in my beer rating days). Shaker pint.

A: pours dark black/still translucent - like Coca-cola. Thick sandy head 1/2 inch, settles to sandy ring of lace around the edge of the glass.

S: Smoky. Smells like the [Aecht Schenkerla] rauchbier.

T: Dry; thinner than I expected. Bitterness initially, fades to something strange; tastes like the air freshener at Palmer's beverage smells. Thin overall, but complex.

M: [My memory is that this was on the lighter side of midweight with ample carbonation and a very clean finish.]

O: Decent, but I was really in the mood for a Russian Imperial Stout, and this is definitely not that. (With the benefit of hindsight, my memory is that this was what I would now consider an English style porter; lower ABV, less viscous, not really malty, but heavy on the smoke, roast, bitterness, and in a twist of American ingenuity or corruption, a boatload of floral hops. I think it was the roasted malt/smoke/floral combo that I had trouble with, along with the thin texture. Also, this was before I had tried Ardbeg; would probably like this more now. Worth revisiting now that I have had a half dozen peated single malts and several hundred more beers' experience. Worth trying).

Aug 13, 2016
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superspak from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/28/2015. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finer dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted brown bread, wood smoke, herbal, mint, pepper, light coffee/nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and compelxity of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted brown bread, wood smoke, herbal, mint, pepper, light coffee/nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted brown bread, wood smoke, herbal, mint, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.9%. Overall this is an excellent smoked American porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. It’s unfortunate that this one is being retired this year, but at least the homebrew recipe will always be available. A very enjoyable offering.

Aug 05, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown pour with a tan head, 1/2". Aroma goes roast heavy, minor smoke, usual Stone Chinook hops.

Taste is a porter similar to Sierra Nevada and Black Butte, its plenty hoppy, I probably should have mentioned Alaskan Smoked Porter as well. Its in that vein. Hoppy, ample roasted malt porters from the West. Always consistent. Never had a bad bottle of this. The variants are pretty good too, especially vanilla melds well with this roasty gem.

Bomber format I could do without.

Aug 02, 2016
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled July 2016 from bottle in pint glass. Drank it about 4 months after the bottled date on the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark color, dark tan head that lasted average length of time.

Smell: Sweet with strong toasted coffee aromas, also some hops. Strong caramel aroma as well.

Taste: Full-bodied with nice balance of malt and hops and alcohol. Dominated by coffee and burnt malt flavors, but with some bitterness and kick from the hops. There is also a very little sweet flavor like chocolate. Overall a nice combination and a great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth.

Overall: Nice porter. Best if you enjoy a combination strong malts, alcohol, and some bitterness from the hops. Great aftertaste of hops. I recommend this porter.

Jul 24, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick (3 cm) khaki head. Great retention and good lacing left behind. Starting off well. Aroma is smoking, which is strange, but done well. It smells like you're walking into a smoking BBQ joint. Other notes in the aroma include roasted and toasted malts and cocoa nibs. The flavor profile is dark, with roasted and toasted malts under a billow of smoky notes. A little accent of chocolate and cocoa nibs helps this beer round out well. Mouth feel is velvety, and otherwise smooth. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, it's a well put together beer that really showcases the smoked beer category.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Jul 13, 2016
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from ABV

A very dark brown with a dense, light brown head with good retention and gorgeous sheets of lacing, this looks pretty spectacular. The nose is a great blend of smoke, vanilla, roast, coffee, cocoa and a mild hop character. The smoke is a little wet and fruity. The palate opens smoky before a blend of vanilla, cocoa, coffee grounds and a mild fruitiness (cherry wood? apple?) . The roasted malt flavor is heavier on the coffee grounds/chicory flavors. Drying, roasty and with a little cocoa on the finish, this beer is light in body, moderately carbonated and has a nice finish. Quite excellent, i like this more than the variants Stone came up with way back when.

Jul 10, 2016
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This classic smoked porter pours a pitch black color with a small to moderate tan head. The smell is fairly malty and smoky, though not as smoky as say a rauchbier. There is a very nice, solid, but not at all overwhelming smoke flavor that combines well with the molasses and dark chocolate flavors of the malts. This is a pretty full bodied porter, which I am definitely into, but it is still smooth and has a nice clean finish. The finish is slightly bitter, which enhances the dark chocolate flavor. This is an excellent smoked porter and it upholds the high standards of Stone as much as any of their other beers in my opinion. This kind of robust porter isn’t for everyone, but personally I think it is one of the best at least as far as the smoked variety goes.

Jun 12, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I read a thread on BA that this one was going to be retired. I then noticed it by chance at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth, DE sometime in May. Although the enjoy by date was listed as 2/29, I nevertheless bought it with the idea that I might see it again. I finally got around to drinking it tonight. Wish I could try it "fresh", however, I still though it was good.
It poured a dark brown and mahogany with a nice fluffy and foamy head. The lace is patchy, ring like, frothy and sticky. A good looking brew.
The aroma reminds me mostly of sweet chocolate, roasted malt and light coffee. Some of this sweetness is felt in the tongue but only vaguely, as a moderate but bold bitterness predominates. This bitterness comes from an espresso, burnt malts and assertive hops presence. The smoky quality is mostly felt in the finish and leaves a dry and bitter aftertaste. This one grows on you by the sip. As it warms, it mellows out a bit.
The mouthfeel is fluffy, creamy, velvety and smooth. Full in the mouth but not quite robust, just enough to be drinkable.
I hope to find this one again and if possible, find a fresher version to compare.

Jun 04, 2016
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johnnyd10vt from Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing complex. Not like anything I've ever had before. Stout black with a light lacey head that disappears pretty quickly. The smell is very subtle considering how flavor packed it is. On my first taste I was blown away by how smoky it was, but by my 3rd taste I could hardly taste it anymore. Deliciously malty with relatively subtle hops. The smoke comes through on the back of your tongue on the aftertaste where you would normally get the hops. Delightful beer. Would definitely have again.

May 23, 2016
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steved5500 from Colorado

3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was hoping for much more in the way of Porter flavor. This one came through rather limp-wristed and I am a bit disappointed. The smokiness is certainly there, however not much more. I will pass on future purchases and I'm glad I only bought one bottle.

May 01, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottled 02/24/16

Pours a dark burgundy maroon with a creamy tan khaki head. Smells like dark roasted malts, dark fruit, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, mild smoke, with grassy pine. Tastes dark and smoky with roasted coffee, dark fruits, dark baker's chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, piney grass, with an earthy woody dry finish. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a well crafted smoked porter.

Apr 09, 2016
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microbrewlover from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This brew pours a solid black with a little purple when held up to the light. There is a small mocha colored head some of which sticks around until the end as a collar. Moderate lacing.

The smell is loaded with cocoa powder, chocolate, bready malts, banana as well as brown sugar and a little vanilla. Maybe some plums and dates too.

The taste follows the nose with the bread, chocolate, banana and sugar all forward. The finish is full of smoke, this brew really delivers on the smoke. The feel is silky smooth with on aftertaste. Lightly hopped. Slightly warming but no boozy taste leaks through. This is a great beer for this unusually cold and windy Spring day.

Apr 03, 2016
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HappyGuy12345 from New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a tulip glass in the San Diego Airport (Stone Brewing in Terminal 2)
Appearance: Essentially black in color with 1.5 fingers of head
Smell: Subtle aroma of chocolate and coffee. However, I didn't pick up much of the smokiness as some other reviewers have.
Taste: Definite hints of roasted malt and chocolate. No unpleasant aftertaste. Very subtle hint of smokey flavor. There was some mild bitterness, but not nearly enough to be unpalatable.
Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth and creamy beer going down. Moderate carbonation. Medium-to-full bodied beer.
Overall: Another great beer by Stone Brewing. I highly recommend this one.

Apr 02, 2016
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