Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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.

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Photo of twoheadedboy
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Color is dark garnet. Smell is of smoky, grilled meats; taste is more of the same, with some bitter chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, vanilla and strong roasted malts. Mouthfeel is good and chewy, and goes down pretty smooth.

Overall enjoyable enough, but rather straightforward; not as complex as other smoked beers I've had (i.e. Surly's Smoke). I won't be going out of my way to get this one again.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this down in Bonner's Ferry Idaho at the Boundary Market Trading Post, although the Canadian Customs officer didn't believe me that I had paid that much for an American beer (he figured I was hiding 6 packs for the price that I paid for these bombers). Things were worked out without the need for any body cavity searches, fortunately.

Came in a brown 22 oz. bomber, pours out a deep opaque black, amber syrup highlights on the bottom of the glass when held to light, along with deep garnet mahogany in the body. Tall frothy chunky head of a light beige tone with lengthy retention and intermittent streaks of lacing.

Smoky char on the nose, some sweet boozy notes, some carob nut.

Malt is coyly sweet, the roast picks up momentum into a coffee ground character, underlying notes of light cocoa and carob, ending with a smoked wood finish. Lingering roasted and wood smoked aftertaste, well contained and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied for the most part but finishes with a full rich velvety creamy texture that bursts forth.

An enjoyable smoked porter, though not the most memorable I've had of the style, nor from Stone's line-up, although it'd make a great intro to the style for the wary or unsure, very approachable for a Stone ale.

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Photo of gimmehead
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky black with a big frothy mocha colored head, lots of lacing. I was a little disappointed by the aroma. The expected smokiness is present, but very subdued. Instead of an assault on my olfactory receptors it was almost as if I had to sort of seek the aroma out. There was an acrid bitterness with a little sweetness underneath, and maybe a little black licorice. Tasted of bitter smoked malts, again not much intensity, and an acrid charcoal bitterness, that is not at all unpleasant. Just a hint of sweetness that I can't lay my finger on. Underwhelming. Medium to thick mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.
This is a mild beer in every regard, something that seems out of tune with the rest of Sone brews. This is the first Stone beer that I haven't been impressed with. In fact, this is pretty unimpressive IMO.

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a think brown color with a massive light brown head. Head retention is excellent. Aroma is rich, roasty malt and very smoky. Taste is filled with the same flavors as the aroma. Rich and very roasty, hints of burnt espresso with a very smoky backbone and prevalent hop character as well. Bitter, dry finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a tad more carbonation than I generally like, as I expected from the large head. The alcohol is fairly low, but with such bold roasted and smoky flavors, this isnt a beer you want more than one in a night. It is, however, an excellent version of a smoked porter. For a beer with flavors this bold, I would expect a higher ABV.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep, dark brown with a massive tan head that sticks around.

Smell -- Smoke, some malty sweetness, some acridity, chocolate and coffee roast notes.

Taste -- Begins bitter and smoky, opening up to some roast malt flavor, along with some bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Finish is all roast and smoke. Very smoky, very bitter.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-heavy body, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability -- This beer didn't quite meet all my expectations. I would've preferred it to be a little more smooth and more sweet malt character to balance out the smoke and acridity. Not bad, but not spectacular.

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Photo of bort11
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice finger's width of khaki tan head. Gradually recedes, but not a lot of lacing. Color is a dark mahogany with mild clarity.

Smell is a dark chocolate, hints of dark berries and coffee. I don't really smell any smoke. Taste is a little more bold. Bitter bakers chocolate and coffee. A little bit of a charred malt, but still no real smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild carbonation. This is a nice porter, but I don't see, smell, or taste the smoke

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Photo of hwwty4
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever gave me this beer. Stone isn't available in Missouri, so I know I revieved it in a trade. Unfortunatly I don't remember who sent it to me.

Poured this into my Val Dieu chalice. Poured a jet-black, very similar to Stones IRS but just a little less oily. Unfortunately this beer didn't pour much of head, mostly I think, because it was much cooler than it should have been. While it was pretty cold, the lacing lasted all the way down. "Amazingly rich, dark and delicious yet this is our least understood beer." This is off of the back of the bottle. Unfortunately, I have to disagree. While, I do agree with the dark and delicious part, I can't figure out while people wouldn't understand this beer. The only thing I don't get is why they would call this a "Smoked Porter". I couldn't find any smoke in this beer. The aroma is dark chocolate, a bit of coffee and apples. The taste follows suit with bitter, baker's chocolate and java. Still, there is absolutely no smoke involved in its flavor. I think the reason I like this beer is the lack of smoke flavoring. Really this beer tastes more like a thin double stout then a Smoked Porter. The mouthfeel is full; it is much thicker than most porters. I find this beer really drinkable. It's tasty and smooth but the one thing its not is Smoked. I think I would review this beer much higher if they would have left off the Smoked moniker.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip pint glass.

A - Poured black with ruby hues when held up to the light. Good tan head with minimal lacing throughout.

S - Very medicinal smell. Hints of smoke and coffee.

T - Malty and smoky up front followed by an espresso bitterness.

MF&D - Medium bodied porter. Clung to my mouth well and left a pleasant aftertaste. IMO not quite as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours tawny brown with puffy head that holds. Smells of smoke and roastiness. Tastes of more smoke and caramel apple with only slightest hops tang at the end. Thin in the mouth.

Body is closer to a brown ale, no real balancing hops. Don't get the fuss over this beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, dark, red-tinged colour with masses of head that is nonetheless thinly webbed and dispersing quite quickly - which is good, because that much head wouldn't be much good - and ends up a thin film of mocha foam. Little bit of lacing. Really quite nice.

Fair burnt coffee aroma, bit of charcoal, but not as pungent as other darks. The saving grace is a slight creamy aspect, giving it a nice chocolatey aroma. Nice, could be more powerful. If I had known what this was while trying it I would have been surprised at the lack of smokey character on the nose.

Curious taste. Quite a lot of terrain in this palate. Starts with a rich, cocoa-heavy chocolate character and then gets actually darker, like black coffee, only the mouthfeel is light and smooth and carries away the over-roasted flavour so you almost don't notice it. Finish almost has a raisiny character, it's slightly tart but mostly quite sweet, with- this will sound crazy - a flavour almost akin to musk (and I don't mean animal semen). It's not as powerful as some darks that I've had, but there's a lot of character on that and the flavours are quite pleasant. Again could probably use more, but it's very good for what it is.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the deepest brown with garnet hues noticable when held up to the light. An ivory toned head fades fast to a cling-ring in no time. Smoky bitter chocolate malt aroma with hints of tobacco. Smooth & malty with bitter chocolate flavors. The smoky aroma isn't as strong in the flavor profile. A solid porter, but not outstanding. Finishes dry. Medium to full body with pleasant carbonation. Surprisingly average offering from Stone. Still a fine beer, but Stone has set the bar high and spoiled us so.

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Photo of OldYoda
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip. Pours an opaque smokey brown/black.

Smell is of malt and smoke and some hints of chocolate.

Taste closely follows smell but is well balanced and very smooth.

Mouthfeel is more crisp than I expected and fairly dry.

Drinkability is fine at this ABV.

Porters are not my favorite style but this was very nice and very drinkable.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with reddish edges and a 2 finger tan frothy head. Lacing left on the glass through the finish. Aroma is malty and coffee like with some smoky flavors noted. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, and a lot of smokey flavors. Hops are well balanced and bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than medium viscocity. Overall this is a decent brew from Stone. I definitely enjoyed it better when I blended a little Lindemans Kriek Lambic in with the Smoked Porter. It was excellent, and the cherries and coffee/chocolate flavors blended very well together.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I usually like most things from Stone, however, this does not blow my socks off. The pour is very nice, with a nice creamy head ( I almost thought it was a bad bottle because the first pour had a huge head). The Smoke flavor is faint. Lingering in the background, covered up by the roasty burnt malt flavor. There isn't much to the aroma, but what is there, is smoky. I just don't pick it up in the flavor. It's a solid porter, but I just don't find it all that great as a smoked beer.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes on Aug 27, 09 at the Old Toad.

A - mahogany brown, short lived off-white head, well laced. 4.0

S - roasted barley, coffee beans, hint of smoked ham, light cereal graininess. 3.5

T - immediate hit of chocolate malt, cocoa, and hop bitterness. Subtle smokiness in the finish of tobacco and smoked meat. 4.0

M - light in body for a porter and high carbonation. 3.0

D - quite drinkable although I'd probably stop after one. 3.0

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a fine beer indeed, although it wasn't as big or as bad as I was expecting from Stone. Poured a thick black slag of a beer with a large tan head and great lacing. A real beauty.

The aroma consists of molasses, black licorice, rye bread, and a subtle smokiness. Flavor is quite hoppy as one would expect from Stone, with a foundation of rich caramel and dark fruit. A smoked chocolate dryness hangs around for a nice long finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit dull due to lack of carbonation or thickness, and drinkability is kind of low due to the dark, smoky charateristics, and the dryness. In all fairness, it is still quite warm outside and I may just not be in the mood for this on such a warm night. At any rate, this just tastes very similar to Rogue Shakespeare but without the nuance.

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Photo of blakesell
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found at Fox & Hound in Centerville, OH. Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass. Server tried to tell me it was Arrogant Bastard, but after much argument, I was able to get the correct beer.

Appearance- Arrogant Bastard my eye. Beer pours black with a two and a half finger head of tan foam that doesn't die for a good ten minutes. No viability, I can't see the strippers, erm.. the management through the beer.

Smell- Very little as this is served far too cold. Some hop and malt. Light smoke, nearly none. As it warms, still very little malt. Perhaps this has been sitting on the handle too long?

Taste- This is a porter for sure. Thick roasty mouthfeel with a big hop balance. Smokiness is subdued and nearly not present, but porter characteristics still persist. Not too terribly impressive though.

Mouthfeel- Strangely light mouthfeel with ample hop bitterness. Medium bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability- When chugging, smoke actually shows up! I'll give this drinkability a 4.5 just on that fact. Also, Stone Smoked Porter is quite drinkable under optimum conditions.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours black with brown hints and a fluffy tan head that holds and laces well. The smell is of burnt chocolate and sweet caramel. Taste is subtle burnt chocolate with roast hints, caramel, and a slight smokiness at the back, certainly not the intense smoke of Alaskan Smoke Porter. Mouthfeel is medium with pleasant carbonation. Overall not smoky enough for a smoke beer and not chocolatey enough for a porter. A decent beer nonetheless, just not my favorite porter or my favorite stone.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pilsner.

pitch brown with an inch of tan head that leaves rings of lacing.

chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and burnt wood in the aroma.

tons of chocolate and coffee in the flavor. a hint of grassy hops and a touch of burnt wood as well, but not near the smoked character of the Alaskan. finishes with a hoppy and dark chocolate bitterness. medium-high carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of BB1313
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 1/22/15. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown with auburn hues; fluffy tan head that leaves great retention and sticky lacing. Looks great. The aromas surprisingly have hints of citrus. I'm picking up some orange peel. Chocolate malts are there. The smoke is there, but seems subtle and not as smokey as expected. The flavors have lots of smokey aspects, but it's balanced. Tons of cocoa malts. Lots of grains. More citrus notes. There's a little hop bite. There's a nice bitterness, but it's not overpowering. Some dark fruits. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and creamy. Easy to drink. It really opens up as it warms.

This is a solid porter. It's not my favorite example of the style, but it's still impressive. I personally like their vanilla variant better though. It's good stuff, but not elite. It's still one of those classic brews everyone should try if they haven't already.

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Photo of orangedive
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, dark brown. 1/2 inch cream-colored head. 100% opaque.

S - Nutty aromas initially. Strong scent of roasted malt with hints of coffee. Notes of hops and a little spice, too. Very nice, sweet.

T - Tastes a little like a cherry smoked piece of beef. Heavy chocolate and malt flavors. Not too much alcohol--sweet. A little coffee flavor too. Quite complex.

M - A little thin, but not bad. Not as good as the smell and the taste.

D - I'm drinking the 1pint&6oz bottle, which is the perfect amount of this beer. Wouldn't want anymore than that. It goes down nicely on its own and even better with a quality piece of chocolate.

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Photo of Hunter
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black ale, tan head of dense foam with good tracing.

Smell: Smoke, coffee, cocoa, dark malts, and so help me - blood. I actually smell blood. Not entirely unpleasant, either.

Taste: Surprisingly not as complex or heady as the smell would suggest. Smoked malts, espresso, and bitter chocolate notes dominate.

Mouthfeel: Again, not as chewy as one would expect. Thinner than some porters/stouts, but still leaves a nice aftertaste.

Overall: This might be a good transition for those looking to move into the darker, heavier beers without being overwhelmed from the get-go. It's a fine porter to sip slowly, letting it warm to room temperature and discover more subtle flavors/aromas, or a good one to quaff straightaway.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't know where I bought this, but I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a deep brown, almost black color. The head is a light tan color, four fingers tall, ok retention, great thick lacing, and medium sized bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are smoky, roasted malt, and coffee.
Taste: The flavors are a bit watery, light roasted malt, and coffee.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin with a dirty finish.
Drinkability: This is a good beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottlee into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Dark black with a thick tan head. Excellent retention with gobs of lace.

S: Couldn't get much more out of it than roasted malt with a faint whiff of smoke.

T: Roasted malt beginning with a bitter hop finish. The smoke took on an odd mediciney cough drop flavor that I didn't care for. It got better as it came up to temp.

M: Thin and prickly. It got slightly thicker around 60º.

D: Unbalanced towards the bitter. Decent drinkability but I found it to be less satisfying than I had hoped.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very roasty malt aroma that is pretty much like a regular porter. I don't get a lot of smoke in the nose. I get a little bit of spicey hop and lots of roasted malt. Some fruity fermentation esters too.

Very dark with red highlights when held up to bright light. Nice frothy and lasting tan head with lots of lacing.

Very malty and a little sweet. Not a lot of roast malt flavor that I would expect out of a porter. There's some, but it's got so much base malt sweetness that it seems lacking. The smoke component definitely comes through in the aftertaste. Hop bitterness is very restrained and there is little hop flavor. Basically, I find myself wanting either more roast malt, like a robust porter, or more smoke flavor. This is a malt dominant flavor profile.

Medium full bodied with very good carbonation.

I really do like this beer and I will drink it again. But I want more character in a smoked beer and in a porter. For Stone, makers of so many big and tasty beers, this seems tame and not ballsy enough in the flavors.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,177 ratings.
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