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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
Reviews:
1,811
Ratings:
4,171
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
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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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Photo of Arbitrator
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black. Careful pouring still creates half a finger of head, which recedes slowly over a few minutes.

S: Chocolate, coffee -- somewhat understated, but I just got over a cold so I can't be sure.

T: Coffee, toast, a little cherry, and smoke at the end. Pretty balanced, but it needs to warm up slightly for all of it to come out.

M: Carbonation is light, no alcohol burn. Pleasant.

D: Very filling, I can only have one bomber. But it's good.

I've had some better porters and I'll stick with those. But this is nothing to scoff at.

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

Got this one from Olive Tree Marketplace.
Appearance: dark, woody brown with a nice head and decent lacing
Smell: faint odors. Pretty standard for a poter unless it's been overly hopped. Hints of roasted malt and smoke.
Taste: nice roasted malt, medium body and hints of smoke. Well balanced hops subdue the roasted flavor.
Drinkability: this medium booed beer goes down smooth and sits nicely on the palate.
Overall: presumably forgettable, albeit highly quaffable. Good stuff

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Photo of doughanson78
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep deep brown, just the faintest hint of light comes through. Fluffy two finger tan head. A few big bubbles in it. Beautiful lacing.

S: Very light scent, expected a much bigger aroma. A subtle smokey aroma. Like a Bar-B-Que that is dying out. Light hints of chocolate. Nice toasted malts. Very light piney hops in the background.

T: Very woody taste. Dark chocolate. Very light coffee. And a very mild hop bitterness rounding it out. A light smokiness lingers in your nose. It's as if your sitting around a campfire.

M: Full bodied. Not as creamy as I'd like.

O: A nice little twist on the style. I like how the smokiness and woodiness are there but not overpowering. Would've liked a bigger aroma and maybe a bit more of a coffee flavor.

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Photo of charlatan
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours from 22oz bottle with generous head a decent proportion of which seems to be in for the long haul. This has a delightful peat colour.

The nose has a strong smoky smell. If I was generous I'd say chocolate malt is to the fore. If not I'd start moaning about coffee. As it is I'm sitting on the fence....so far.

And after tasting it I'm still sitting on the fence. Delightful creamy, chocolate malt start gives way to a coffee flavour with a hint of hoppy bitterness which renders it palatable. In case you hadn't guessed I'm not a big fan of the northwest's other liquid passion.

The carbonation is great, and coupled with the creaminess it makes for a great feel. I would be in love with this beer, but for my disagreement with most of the planet on the coffee thing.

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

Ah, Stone. Love Stone, I do. Bomber to glass....

Dark ruby brown around the edges. Pretty damn dark otherwise. Huge off white head. Frothy, marshmellowy.

Smells...roasty. Burnt coffee. Cigarettes. May sound unappealing, but it isn't.

Tastes like smoked coffee. What does smoked coffee taste like? Get a bottle bobo! Can't get the flavors listed on the bottle with my untrained monkey tongue. Someday!

Feels good, but I've felt better. At 5.9%, easily drinkable.

Toward the end of the bottle, I was more and more reminded of an ash tray, which as a non-smoker really bothered me.

Overall: good porter, not a great porter

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Big three-finger head of thick, pillowy ecru foam that falls very slowly, leaving rings of lace on the glass and an island of foam on the surface. Color is one shade off jet black and completely opaque. Held to a light, color is a deep, dense cherry wood and clear. In a porter, this much head is a sign of over-carbonation.

S - Roasted malts, peat, dark dried fruits, hints of caramel and chocolate with rather pronounced aromatic hops like pine mixed in. In fact, the hops pretty much take over the glass as it warms and there's more room in it, pushing the other aromas aside.

T - Well-roasted malts, dark caramel and chocolate, coffee, with smoke woven throughout. All of that is followed by bittering hops in the finish that leave a grapefruit/citrus taste on the tongue.

M - A bit fizzy but chewy, almost thick. Reasonable carbonation. Moderate body. Solid structure. Finish lingers somewhat.

D - This is essentially a roasted/smoked IPA. The porter characteristics show up early in the nose and taste, but the hops take over and pretty much wipe them out. This is the first porter I can think of where most of the finish is grapefruit, but occasionally chocolate/caramel sticks its head in for a moment. Most American porters I've tasted are really junior stouts. This is a brew that follows the American west coast trend of making it all about the hops. It's not my idea of a porter, but hop heads are likely to enjoy the experience, especially if they also like their malts well-roasted.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, tan head. Smell is malts, fruit , a little hops and a little smoke. Taste is carmel, a little roastiness with a smoky background; balanced with hop bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. This is a tasty beer, but I do wish the smokiness was a little more prominant. Overall though, this is worth picking up.

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Photo of JRed
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good smoked porter. By looks alone it may seem as scary as the gargoyle on the front of the bottle but upon first sip you realize that this brew may not be as aggressive as it seems. Although malty, the taste is a little on the bland side but that isn't a terrible thing. Because the taste is so acceptable it makes for a great mouthfeel. You don't ever get the urge to just drink this fast. This beer doesn't attack you, it's much more like a neutral country allowing the invading army to pass through to get to the real battles. Highly drinkable over a period of time and smokey enough to enjoy; the only downfall lies in the unexpected knockout punch that never comes. This is just another example of thinking your opponent hits harder than you do but comes up short.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light khaki decent size head. A dark ruby red body. I can see some bubbles.

I'm kind of shocked on the way of smell here. All I smell is a very light smokiness, light hops and malts. Nothing really that great.

A decent body... Somewhat thick which is good for a porter. Not much carbonation and smooth. Leaves the mouth slightly dry.

You definitely can notice the nice smokiness with the first sip. It's a little bitter. The dark malts and even the somewhat spicy hops make its presence known. The spice isn't ass-kicking in any way but there's a subtle hint of it. A slight coffee taste from the dark malts. I like it. There really isn't an alcohol taste to it; which is good because I've noticed that a lot with other Stone Brewery offerings.

Drink Ability: for a porter I can drink this all night. Don't know how I'd feel in the morning, doesn't really matter because I wake up in the afternoon anyway.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown/black with creamy off white foam that settles down. Laces. Roasted taste, espresso beans. Gritty bitter coffee taste, right up front. Residual harshness. Creamy mouthfeel - very bitter. Flavorful and tasty but difficult drinker. Bitter.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a nice opaque brown with 2 inch tan head. Good retention. Decent lacing. Nice for style.
S: Burnt caramel malt, bitter hops, and smoke.
T: Smoked wood, caramel malt, and bitter hops. Hint of smooth cream.
M: Fairly dry and bitter. Light feel.
D: It's decently drinkable...was expecting a bit more to tell you the truth. Certainly a good example of style, but not stellar.

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Photo of Codnasty
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark Brown with a Nice Chocolate colored Head

S- Raisins, with bits of chocolate and of course Smoke

T- Slightly Hoppy to start with a Mellow midle and a bitter finish

M- No carbonation which is good, some strong alcohol notes even thought its only 5.9%

D- About 1 or 2 of these is all I could get through (22oz bomber) Would have been better paired with some food but for $4.50 its a pretty good deal.

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Photo of rugger
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For a Stone beer it was not what I was expecting, however for a porter it was very good, however it was really nothing special. It was overall to style, but the smoke flavor was lacking and I just expected more from a beer made by Stone. I would definately recommend this to a porter lover, however I would not suggest this to a person that just liked beer. I enjoy the flag porter, or Samuel Smith's porter more, even if they are different types of porters.
Good job to Stone, but again not a big outlandish beer that I would expect from Stone.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 to a pint glass

App: Thick head with great retention and good lacing. The beer itself is a mahogany brown.

Smell: Chocolate and some bitter smoke, though nothing overwhelming.

Flavor: Smoky and some nutty malt sweetness. The malt backbone carries the smoke from the middle through the finish, but its the smoke which is up front and dominant.

MF: Tasty and not too heavy bodied for a porter. I'm still pretty new to this style and I think the smoke flavor takes a little getting used to, so I'll probably only have one.

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Photo of halfP1NT
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this one on 5/12/08.

Appearance is opaque black with a thick, tan head. A slight hint of dark ruby comes through the bottom of the glass. Some nice, thick lacing is left behind.

Smell is roasted malts, as well as a smoky smell that almost reminds me of rubber. There is a hint of chocolate as well.

Taste is smoky, toasted malts; I still can't get past that rubbery presence in the taste, although it goes away as the beer warms, and it's replaced by pleasant, smooth, toasty malts. There's also a hint of anise as it warms. Nice hops presence to balance it all out.

Carbonation is low to medium. This was an interesting version of a porter. The smoky/toasted flavor does get a little bit overwhelming in my opinion, especially after my second glass, but this beer is worth a try.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap.

A – Served to me in a pint glass. The beer appears to be a light brown, Coca-Cola in color, with a small off-white head that dissipates in no time. A ring of lacing hangs about on the perimeter of the glass. With each swig of the glass, a new ring of lacing is left in its wake.

S – Roasted grains and caramel malts. Strong notes of caramel and a nice nuttiness.

T – Malt forward, roasted notes come on strong with a light smokiness that lingers. A bit of caramel and another unidentified sweetness, reminiscent of coconut are noticed. A morsel of hops add another dimension to the brew.

M – A bit thicker than I had thought it would be, based on the initial appearance. Quite smooth.

O – A reasonably drinkable porter that seemed to pair well with a slice of cheesecake. I find it to lack the “smoked” feature it so casually advertises – while it is there, I find myself wanting a bit more. On tap it was good but not sure if I would seek this out in bottles.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle on 12/1/09

I'll start off by saying that I don't normally like smoked beers, this bottle is probably a year old

A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam

S - chocolate, roasted malts, hints of smokiness

T - chocolate at first, then smokiness followed by a charcoal flavor, not bad at all, smoke flavor comes in later in the mouth

M - good carbonation, smooth creamy mouthfeel

D - the smoke builds here, a nicely balanced beer, by the end of the bottle, it was too much for me, but overall i'd drink this one over most other smoked beers

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Photo of guzzle211
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into imperial pint glass

A- half-intensity pour created a nice one-plus finger head. Velvety black appearance, light barely penetrates but creates a deep maroon color.
S- chocolate dominates at first, but not too sweet. hazlenut, mocha subtle after it warms a little.
T/M- a little sweet, gets more complex as it warms. i didnt taste the coffee as strong as everyone else seemed to, i would call it more of a light hint of mocha vs. coffee. thick in the mouth (and belly,) even with a lot of carbonation.
D- after-dinner, one per session. not my type of porter (i would rather have one i can drink as an appetizer or with steak, instead of dessert) but for its style this is very well-crafted and thought out.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured Smoked Porter into a Belgian Tulip.

A - The liquid pours dark brown almost black with two fingers of light mocha head.

S - Roasted malt, light coffee, a touch of vanilla.

T - Roasted smoky malts, bitter coffee mid palate.

M - Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation

O - A good beer. Just not sure I'd get it again. Cheers.

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Photo of Ungespundet
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Hotterthanhell for this bottle...This one is a great intro Bier for non-smokers...

Pours up a fine bubbled head that drops too quick back into the deep brown/blackisch elixir thats shows hints orange around the corners of the glass. The aroma features a nice mellow smoke aroma with roasted sweet malts in the background. The hops are nice and provide an earthy touch. I did find the smoke aroma to be a bit medicinal...

The hops are earthy and come as strong as the smoke in the flavor. The roast malts are sharp and matched well with chocolate malts. The dark malts do provide a lingering bitterness. This Bier for me is somewhat stout-like due to the roast..Definatley a Robust Porter if a to be called a Porter. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and nice. Nice try by this brewery and a nice intro Bier for non-smokers. I'll stick to the Bamberg Biers...

Zum Wohl

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Photo of tewaris
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Stone Smoked Porter
Stone Brewing Co.
Robust Porter
5.9% ABV
OG?
IBUs?
22 oz bomber with an enjoy by date of September 04, 2010 poured into a wide mouthed Gouden Carolus glass.

Appearance 5/5
As described on the bottle, dark and deep mahogany color. Clear, with a full, creamy, tan head from an aggressive pour that recedes to a thin head, but with a nice collar that leaves outstanding lacing. Inviting and true to style.

Aroma 3/5
I get no smoke at all. The first impression is a little coffee-like tartness with a burnt character. I would like to describe it better, but the aroma is weak. Dark chocolate once in a whiff. A few swirls and plenty of malty sweetness becomes evident. Even two days before it's freshness date, there's some hop aroma to be found: this is fine by me and not against the style either, but I do not deem hop aroma necessary in a dark ale of this kind. Again, this hop aroma is once in a whiff.

Taste 3/5
Sweet to begin with, with some roasty bitterness in the finish. Hoppy bitterness is also present. The coffee-like tartness of smell is very present, and compliments the initial sweetness. The taste wasn't impressive but the aftertaste is better and flavorful with specialty malts. Finish leans towards bitter but is not dry by any means: it is medium-long; there's bitterness, there's roast, and there's sweet. This will make a good session beer paired with food, but on its own, it's not much of an experience.

Mouthfeel 3/5
Thin and unimpressive. Glad that this beer was warm enough or it would've been harsh, which might be desirable in an IPA or Pilsner, but would've been thoroughly confusing here. Carbonation is at a suitable level.

Drinkability 5/5
It's low in alcohol, it has light body, so you could drink a few, but the question I'd ask myself is, what's the point? Yet, the fact remains that it could be a solid session beer.

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Photo of phishgator
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Probably my least favorite offering by this great brewery. the appearance in my tumbler is impressive, but that's about where it stops. Not a bad brew by any stretch; just not a favor to my liking. The body seems too thin. The aroma is a pleasant burnt, cloyiness that is not very pungent. This is the second time I have had this and the taste didn't differ.

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Photo of kitch
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A 22 fl oz bomber with a bottled on date of 17th July 2015 and an enjoy by date of 14th November 2015. Poured into a Spiegelau stout glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark dark brown colour with a light amber hue and a nice two fingered tan head that dissipates slowly leaving stringy lacing.

Aroma: Smoky, roasted malts with some light chocolate and cream.

Taste: Roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. There is also some light smoke which is ashy and hints of licorice and milk coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

Overall: The smoke taste was a bit ashy for me, but otherwise this was a nice smoked porter.

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Photo of Faulconerbrewing
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: It poured a very dark brownish/black color that some reddish tints when held up to the light. A nice dark tan head formed and left a lace of foam on the glass.

Smell: As soon as I poured it into the glass, I could smell the smoked malt. That pretty much drowned everything else out and that was all I could smell. I might have served this beer a little too cold which would mask some of the flavors. I'll have to revisit this one.

Taste: The smoked malt was the most prevelant and obvious flavor given the name of the beer. I though Stone did a good job of still have the "regular" malt flavor come through and mix with the smoked, but the smoked flavor overpowered anything else.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was the first thing that I noticed. It was very smooth and didn't overpower like i was expecting after the first sip. It was gone as quick as it came in.

Drinkability: Overall, I think this is a good beer. Something I'll probably keep in my fridge, but possibly in small quantities. The smoked flavor started to bother me a little towards the end of the beer. I think I could enjoy one or two of these in a session and then have to move on. I started to think about an odd analogy for this...so here it is...but i warned you, it's odd. It's like when you meet this hot girl who smokes. The sex will probably be great, but she'll taste like an ashtray...I guess you have to take the good with the bad. Hey....at least you got laid!! :-)

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,171 ratings.
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