Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,185
Reviews:
1,814
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
197
Gots:
527
For Trade:
1
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Photo of JohnnyI
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At first glance this beer is black and foreboding. A closer examination shows it's really a deep, dark brown with some underlying crimson. The head is a frothy off-white finger of foam that stuck around for a good while. In time, some splotchy lacing remains, as well as a thin cream coating on the surface. A classic porter profile marries with smoke to create an interesting metallic aroma. Reminiscent of a burnt bread slice from the toaster. Faint chocolate notes and trace hops are present too. Very earthy. The flavor is a tasty mix of roast and sweet dark chocolate. There's a nice bitter kick in the finish with a distinct smokiness that lingers. You can almost breathe it in. The texture of the brew is pretty average. Medium mouthfeel with lively but controlled carbonation. Just right. Not overly complex, or potent, but discernible as a porter or light stout with some added flair. It leans toward the bitter, dry end of the spectrum, but never approaches puckering or unpleasant. I've had other porters that are silkier and more balanced, but this delivers in all the right ways for a smoked beer. Quite delicious.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge frothy sticky head, spider web lacing, SOS pad may be required. Meaty deep dark brown to black, mild carbonation.

Guess what? yep, its smokey in the nose. Not the charred burnt wood type but more of a salmon smoke house. Quality wood, no gas to speak of just bitter wood flavor. They brewed this perfectly, it still retains all of the porter qualities you would expect. Easily consumed, fairly light on the palate, all things considered. In true stone fashion it kicks up the hop profile. Hell Yeah! this is one fine brew and worthy of its praise.

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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.

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Photo of Jeff0024
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

I picked up one of the 1 pint 6fl oz. bottles from my local variety beer store, price was pretty decent.

Bottle looks cool, and it's nice that Stone has suggestions on the bottle of what to place it with.

I poured this into a stoneware mug as I had nothing else handy at the time, but the first thing I noticed was the color. Very dark, almost a mix between a brown and a red. Carbonation was about middle of the road and fairly clear. Head was tan, fairly foamy at first, but dissapated over a few minutes.

Smell was a tad bit smokey with a bit of earth and malt. Made my mouth water a bit.

Initial taste was sharp and although it smoothed a bit it retained a that bit of sharp flavor. I paired this with chicken wings and a meatball sub and it went great with the wings, not so much with the sub.

Mouthfeel was nice, felt a bit thick but not grainy.

Overall drinkability for me is a 4, this was a good beer and I'll definately buy some more, however, I'll remember to keep pairing this with wings and other grilled/baked meats.

If you've got a cook-out or something similiar coming up, even just a family barbecue, treat yourself and pick this up.

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

pours a pretty little cola-esque deep brown with a creamy tan head that looks like I could lay my head on it and sleep. Decent lacing and retention. Looks tasty.

the nose is creamy, with a sweet tang of bitter cocoa (i realize that sounds contradictory, bear with me). just a hint of twirling smoke reaching its tendrils up to grasp my senses

taste is creamy smoothe. The smoke reappears here, as does the bittersweet cocoa. The cocoa almost makes it feel kind of dry, not in the sense that wine will be dry (lack of sugar), but the way that bakers chocolate kind of feels like it is dessicating the mouth. But not in a bad way, if that makes sense.

one of the smoother and more comfortable porters I've had recently, pleasantly surprising in that regard. kind of chewy. round. feels good (that's what she said)

Could drink several of these in a row if that's what I had. very tasty. not as overwhelming as some other simiilar brews. only 5.9, so even that isn't going to put you too far too quickly.

overall, another masterfully crafted brew from the folks at Stone. Also managed to get it sort of for free (my friend, to pay back the money he owed me took me to liquorama and told me he'd cover whatever I could carry in my arms, no baskets allowed. I was proud of how much I could carry. three six packs, a pack of four cans, four 22s and a couple of singles later...). All around a pleasant drinking experience. recommend highly

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Photo of dopesquad92
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

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

Black as midnight on a moonless night. Bubbly slight-tan/off white head, dissolved around the edges first leaving a sculpture in the center.
Roasted malt/chocolate aroma, mild, with plum hints in the background.
Almost as chocolaty tasting as a Rogue Chocolate Stout. This beer is screaming for a piece of cake to go with it.
Rich and full on the tongue, leaving the malt&choclate behind as a coating. Great after taste.
Very drinkable for the style. The flavors are long lasting but not overpowering.

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

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is dark brown, real close to black, with a 1/2 inch chocolate milk-colored head that settled pretty quickly, leaving occasional lacing on the way down.

S: Roasted malt, some faint smells of chocolate and just a hint of charcoal or maybe burnt coffee.

T: All malt-type flavors up front: roasted malt, chocolate, charcoal and some coffee. It finishes with a fairly dry, coffee-like bitterness. It becomes even more chocolatey and sweet as it warms.

M: Appropriately carbonated for the style (i.e., a little bit less carbonated than your average beer), with a slightly heavier than medium body. Pretty creamy and smooth.

D: Good. Went down pretty easily as I was grilling sausage and peppers and onions. As a result, I only had about 10 oz left to pair with dinner.

Notes: This one sat in my cellar for awhile. Can't say just how long exactly (I need to do a better job with my inventory control system), but I'm guessing it may have been a year or even longer. I may get a fresher one soon just for comparison's sake, but this seems to have held up pretty well.

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

Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head that is slow to dissipate.
Smells fruity, chocolate with a slight smokey note and dark caramel roastiness.
The flavor is very balanced with the fruity, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and smokey flavors.
The moutfeel is smooth and creamy.
It is very drinkable for a dark/smokey beer. Goes down very smooth.

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

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.

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

A nice dark beer. The beer is dark as pitch. A slight head. I got a nice malt small from the beer. I didn't detect any smokiness in the smell. But the taste, that's where I picked up on the smokiness. The initial taste reminded me of some fine smoked bacon. Which, I will admit is a strange flavor to associate with beer, but it's one I like. I noticed a roasted malt flavor as the beer sat on my tongue. Easy drinking, and not very filling.

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

This beer pours an extremely dak brown to almost black color with very little head. the head that is present is off white to tan in coor. the smell is lightly smokey and roasty but not to malty, which makes me think the beer will not be full bodied. the taste again is lightly smokey which i think makes this beer appealing to a far wider range of people. it is also a little roasty with a thin malty feel to it. this beer is fairly light bodied but it works with the flav ors with fairly ow carbonation. this is a very drinkable beer to break into the smoked beer category.

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Photo of JasonL02
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

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

22 US fl.oz. bomber poured into a tulip pint glass...

A - Dark brown (or very deep mahogany) colour to it. The head is very foamy at first, then it settles down to about a finger in thickness. Very nice lacing and good head retention. Looks beautfiyl.

S - Not that intense of a smell (probably because the beer isn't that fresh). Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, a tint of coffee. Some earthy hops and a fair amount of smoke.

T - A wonderful roasted and smoked profile. Pretty sweet for a porter, but the sweetness is not pushing the limits. Some earthy hops. The smoke adds an extra layer of meatiness to the beer. The after-taste is full of roasted malt and chocolate notes; the bitterness is not too strong. Very balanced and flavourful. I like how the bitterness, which is pretty intense, is suppressed by the sweetness and the smokiness.

M - Medium-to-full body. Quite thick, but very smooth, even creamy. Not much carbonation. A slight slight warming sensation from the alcohol. Moderately dry and bitter.

D - Good. This is a very drinkable porter. Goes down smoothly. Each sip is enjoyable.

Overall, this is a fantastic porter, and another very solid beer from Stone.

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

Pours a brown color with redish notes, a brown head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

Smells roasted malts, coffee, some hops, a hint of vanilla and smoke.

Tastes roasted malt, toffee with some smoke. Bitter chocolate int the finish. Tastes a bit like a dessert.

Medium/light body with medium carbonation, smooth with a crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of peck95
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark black appearance with a good sized tan head and good retention
some chocolate and coffee smell
a good thick beer with a warming feeling in the mouth
taste of chocolate and coffee and a little black licorice(?) very good
smoky overtones also come out in taste and mouthfeel.
this is a very thick and good beer one of the better porters out there has a slight aftertaste due to the smokiness but i liked it, next time i would like to
try this with a steak or some ribs.

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

A 22oz bomber pored into my favorite Stone Imperial Pint Glass

A - A thick, dark brown color with 3 fingers of huge head! Lots of bubbles float up until the end, and the sticky lace never goes away

S - Roasted malts and coffee.

T - Deep roasted malty flavors, with just a touch of light hops and chocolate notes.

M - Full bodied and extreme carbonation.

O - An extremely good porter. The smoked taste isn't as prevalent as I expcected, but you can't go wrong with this beer.

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

Stone Smoked Porter served up into a standard pint glass from a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle. I'll admit, I'm a little tired this evening, but American Porters are one of my favorite styles - Edmund Fitzgerald being the namesake that influenced my BA tag - so this should hopefully be a treat prior to lying down and returning to work in lesson than twelve hours from now.

The beer poured a seemingly pitch black, but proved to have a purplish red tinge when held up in the direction of the lamp across the room. The beer started with a wonderful finger and half of head that reduced to a quarter inch of tan head that retained throughout the drinking of the beer.
This bad boy proved to be a mouthfull of porter goodness: a viscous, thick mouthfeel lacking much of a smoked flavor but included the complex maltiness I look for coming from this style: dark chocolate hints along with burnt malts and a nice dry hopped finish - expected from a Stone product. The texture is decadent creaminess without being overly so.

Give me a few more of these, and I would love to see it on tap sometime. Stone's Smoked Porter is an excellent beer to enjoy as it warms, and even though the weather today proved to be hotter than I would have chosen, this beer still proves to be refreshing.

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

A: Deep, dark brown; almost opaque. Poured a 1 finger creamy brown head with good retention. Lots of thick lacing.

S: Subtle roasted nuts and bit of smokiness that's clearly not overdone (as some are).

T: More smoke in the taste along with wet wood; but, like the smell, subtle. Once accustomed to that, light grains, floral hops and a sweet candy taste are present. Interesing, varied and subtle flavors are the hallmark of this beer.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation I didn't notice decanting in the appearance. Coats the mouth and tongue.

D: Could't drink many, but well worth frinking.

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

Deep Brown. Deep, malt driven aroma with a touch of smoked malts and a hint of chocolate, coffee, tar and dark fruits. Silky, sticky, coating and heavy body and feel on palate. An instant 5 on the palate. Big for its size. Notes of chocolate, coffee and wet pavement along with a very small amount of smoke. Tasty.

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

Poured into a pint glass.
A- pours black with about an inch of head, that subsides very very slowly, nice lacing.

S- bit of roast bitterness, a bit of smoke. not too bad.

T- smoke up front, not overpowering, More peat smoke than smoked meat flavors. finish is pretty bitter. nice.

M- nice, fills every bit of the tongue with a very long finish. feels really good.

D- is quite drinkable .

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

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

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%.

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

Pours a ridiculously dark black color with a nice big (some would say huge), thick, rich fluffy light caramel colored head. Held to the light a little redness shines through but other than that, this one is black as night.

Smell is creamy coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, burnt sugars, dark malts and a nice hint of hoppiness. Its a bit hard to separate out the smokiness as this one smells very rich and roasty, like a nice cup of coffee. That smoked malt smell is somewhere hidden in there but I can't seem to find it. Regardless, this is a great smelling porter.

First sip and the first thing I notice is how smooth this beer feels in my mouth. Its like iced coffee. Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee (of course) and some smokiness definitely stands out but its in no way overpowering. Its actually quite a nice balance with the smokiness. The West Coast hops are present as well in the finish and provide a nice bitter dryness. Wow, this is good.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,185 ratings.
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