Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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Smoked PorterSmoked 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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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 +2%
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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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a DFH pint glass. Thin glass made for quite some head.

A: Light barely squeaks through this one, very dark brown with a head to match. Head is full and foamy with a nice tan color. Hasn't went down since I started the review so it looks like this ones hanging around.

S: Has a sweet smell like unfermented wort. Smells like wet, smokey grains. Sweetness comes through with aromas of chocolate, vanilla and even some cinnamon(may be the smoke). Not a whole lot going on here. No hop presence to balance the roastiness.

T: Smokey and roasty, fairly sweet yet bitter in the end. Chocolate and smoke prevail. Thought I was going to be disappointed after the aroma, but this beer succeeds in the smoked category. Flavor is very complex with the smoke and sweet malts playing off each other. A small bit of hops come through on the palate giving it some floral qualities towards the end. Very well balanced beer.

M: Although thin, I wasn't expecting a chewy beer. Rushes down the tongue and collects in the back of the mouth distributing smoke and sweetness around. Thin but luxurious.

D: Very drinkable porter, I'm almost halfway done a pint while doing this review. Could see this pairing very well with chocolate desserts or even a nice cigar (don't smoke them, but just going on flavor juxtaposition here). Low abv makes a bomber of this an easy match for a craft beer lover.

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Photo of TheDM
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very nice aroma that is pleasant to the nose. It has a typical very dark brown color with a small head that quickly disappears. I found my self taking 3 or four tastes before I even got a feeling for this Porter. It was a very mild taste that escaped me for a few moments. It had almost no before or after taste. Very smooth and lacking any bitterness. I find myself liking the Porters more and more. This brew is pushing me over the edge in that direction. Can I have some more please?

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Capital City Package in Atlanta.
22oz bottle.

A- Pours a medium black with amber highlights when held up the light. Small tan head to start but it quickly fades away to nothing. It might be my glass but there's little to no head regention.
S- I get some black licorice and a bit of smoke. I was expecting a little bit more in the terms of aroma. I do get some alcohol as it warms, which I found surprising.
T- Man is this beer delicious. Smoke, lots of smoke. Licorice and a bit of roasted malt. Did I mention the smoke?
M- Mouthfeel is on par for a porter. Medium body and exceptionally smooth.
D- Drinks well for a smoked beer. Goes down easily. I could try to put away a couple of these but I think the smoke would get in the way.

Overall, a damn fine porter and a damn fine smoked beer. Even my dad thought it was good, and he's a Schaefer kind of beer guy. Stone again does not disappoint.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bottle into a .5L SA Oktoberfest seidel.

A- A rich, java brown with a creamy, lacing, and endless head. Fantastic retention, coloration, etc. Really impressive.

S- Deep, rich cocoa and coffee malt sweetness. Very intense. Very inviting.

T- Follows the nose. A heavy, full flavor profile. Feels like a ton of bricks... in a good way. A bit of smoked malt comes through, but roasted coffee and dark, bitter baking chocolate come through a lot heavier. Not really a smoked porter, more of a porter with a hint of smoke. Still, tastes very good. You know, as I finish it, the smoke becomes more pronounced. Not anything intense, but very well blended and super tasty.

M- Heavy, creamy, impossibly intense for the ABV. If you like your porters big and bold, this is it.

D- I'll be buying some more of these for the winter, for sure. A winner in my book.

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Photo of DrewV
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber (Enjoy by 6.21.11 date) into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark cola brown with a 2-finger light mocha colored head. Generous lacing remains as the head dissipates.

S: Nice roasty malt with a pretty fair amount of hops. Light coffee, smoky aroma.

T: Much more potent than the aroma (thankfully). This is a solid porter, to be sure. A heavy roasted malt backbone with a decent amount of bittering hops and a faint smoky flavor hiding in the background. Nice.

M: Creamy, adequately carbonated. Not thin like most other porters. A very nice dessert beer.

O: A great offering from Stone. Maybe not quite my favorite porter, but definitely a good one. For the price, there are better beers out there, but I wouldn't turn this one down if offered to me. A solid B+/A-.

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Photo of jgagne
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice black body with a slight mahogany color when put up against the light. Also has a thick light brown head.

S- prominent charcoal/smokey smell at the nose. Also a great underlying smell of oak.

T-a wonderful oak flavor hits your palate. As it goes down you get strong smokey and bitter hop flavors, then it cleans off nicely. Very smooth for the style.

M-nice heavy body with mild carbonation.

O-what a great porter. Nice smokey flavors, basically everything you would want for this style.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well heck yeah, that's one seriously opaque porter, with a light brown head of froth and almost a jillion bubbles dancing about (if you can even see them through the black fog). Many splatters of lace too.

Smells are coffee, toffee and plenty of roasting to the malts. Nice nutty buoyancy also. I can only describe the overall aroma as "upbeat" as opposed to the heavier smells of some porters and stouts.

Very English vibe in the flavor, despite the smoke which makes me think more of German rauchbiers, of course. Good balance happening: smoky malts, malty smoke, hoppy bitterness, chocolate richness, toffee-like and lactic sweetness. In a word: yum. A little on the watery side, in terms of texture, would've benefited from a milkier, creamier body. But still okay.

Maybe not as wild and unique as we expect from this brewery, but who cares, it's an excellent offering, one of the most complex and well-rounded porters you'll find.

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4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rib night... mmm mmm. :)

Pours black with just a tint. Obsidian in color really. A light Ovaltine colored head with not much to it.

Rich raisiny scent, cheap milk chocolate. Wait a sec, let me break out the Raisinets. Chomp chomp chomp. :D

Hmmm, strange combination of dusty coffee grinds pureed & mixed into a batch of sugar-free hot chocolate. Maybe a little vanilla hiding in the background, but mostly just the first two offerings with a pinch of salt. Reminds me of weekends at Grandma's house. Grandma is getting senile, so whenever she decided to make hot chocolate, she blanks out half way, & forgets to add any sugar. She doesn't even measure, she just drops the entire 3lb block into the kettle & starts watching novellas in the other room. :)

Back on topic, the porter has a cream soda mouthfeel, slightly drying. There's almost the illusion of it being uneven. You can't feel it, but it reminds me of mixing up Country Time lemonade & having little bits of powder float through your teeth. They melt on contact, but you swore they were there. Gives it a stronger body then I would have otherwise rated it.

Drinking a bomber is pretty easy whether you have food or not. The scent initially warns of a strong, heavy beer, but that is so not the case.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: black beer in a stout flute glass with a fat dark tan head; slippery, milky lace all the way down

S: smoky roasted dark malt, wood and earth

T: bitter dark malt, smoke and charcoal, very distant cold espresso and bittersweet chocolate (more bitter than sweet)

M: medium body, modest carbonation, smooth and coating, mellow bittering

O: very simple and flavor-specific porter - high quality product from a high-quality brewer. Smooth, dry, mellow bitter porter riddled with smoky char.

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Photo of mullenite
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glassware - 10oz Nonic

Appearance - Ridiculously dark red in color with a tan cap for a head. My wife was drinking an Aprihop which has a nice red tinge and it didn't even compare to the depth of color in this one. The best way to describe it is blood red. The lacing on the glass is pretty much a solid wall.

Nose - Smells of barbecue smoke, chocolate and roasted malts. The smoke adds a really interesting meaty, pork-like note.

Taste - Where the smoke is somewhat strong in the nose, it is subtle in the taste, adding a nice accent to the dark kilned malts, similar to a nice smokey coffee.

Mouthfeel - Body is good but it is slightly over carbonated in my opinion, kind of takes away from the smoothness of the flavor profile.

Overall - Even with the higher than anticipated carbonation this is a hugely drinkable beer. Very nice clean and balanced flavor.

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Photo of jlervine
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with only the slightest hints of deep brown along the edge of the glass. Head was just slightly off-white and fell down to a thick webbing of foam along the top of the beer. Smell is dark chocolate, thick gooey dark chocolate, roasted malt, and just a hint of subdued smokiness. Taste leads off with a smooth hop bitterness that has a citrus/earthy tone, then takes you into roasted malt land. The dark chocolate tones reign supreme, and the finish adds just a touch of smoke. Mouthfeel is very nice, but perhaps a bit too much in the astringent drying feeling left at the very end. Not bad, though. A very drinkable beer, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of tfinn
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer simply smells wonderful. I had to smell it even before I poured my first glass from the bottle. light head dissapeared after the first few sips. it's a suitably dark dark red / brown porter color.

did I mention it smells really good? there's a subtle almost carmelized undertone that hearkens to roasted food which strikes me as very tasty.

initial flavor is somewhat tangy "hoppy wood" which fades quickly after swallowing to yield hints of malt. the hops return and the tail continues a low light hoppy ride off to a dry finish on the sides of my tongue.

mouthfeel improves as it warms up, but is still a tad on the light side for me. (I <3 malt.)

overall a very good beer, worth seeking out for the smell alone.

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4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Dark black with a head that looks as though it would hang around for a while.

Smokey aroma is there, but not overwhelming. There is a slight caramel scent hiding in there as well.

The taste is at first peaty and dry. The sweetness is cut by the smokey taste, but comes back with the hops in the end. Caramel tastes show up after it warms a little.

The mouthfeel shows a little less body than some of the heavier porters. Not a bad thing at all.

Drinkability is better than many porters. This style is not at the top of my list like it was in the past, but this is one that I could drink plenty more of since it is not so sweet. The $3.99 price tag on a 22oz doesn't hurt either.

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Photo of risendragon
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%

Bought from Market Basket. I've had this before but not ever had the chance to review it. I will say, it goes well in a beef stew, gives it a sweet deep flavor with a hint of smoke.

A- Deep mahogany, almost red wine deep (4.25)

S- Chocolate covered cherries are the first smell I get followed by a whiff of smoke and dark chocolate. Not as much smoke as I remember though and it does have a bitter aftertaste that's not as appealing as it would seem (3.75).

T- I get coffee, dark chocolate, and a faint smoke wafting in the background. It also has a dark fruit flavor that's kind of unique. Not as smoky as I remember though (3.75).

M- Porter smooth, no complaints here! (4.5)

O- One of the better porters I've had, the smoke adds a bit of complexity but I remember it being more assertive in that department. Overall, I like it. Maybe drinking it at more of a room temperature would be better as I drank this one slightly chilled (4.07 average).

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popped open a bottle of this after a weekend of wedding planning and 10 hours worth of driving. It's been sitting in my fridge for a few months now, so I figured this would be a good time to crack this one, especially now that it's readily available in Georgia now.

Poured into my Boulevard chalice. Pours a dark brown. Looks a little watery and has almost no head at all.

Smells of dried fruit; prunes, raisins, bit of alcohol and roasted malts.

Tastes of roasted malts, a hint of raisins, almost port-like, but much more subdued.

A slightly watery mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A pretty drinkable porter. Not my favorite style of beer but this is pretty exceptional.

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4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark deep brown color with a dark cream colored head. The smell is very much like roasted coffee. This beer is full and rich with a smoky roasted taste. Flavors of coffee and chocolate blended with the roasted malts bring out a lot of taste in the beer. The beer is heavy and deep with a nice strong after taste. This is a great porter if you like your porters strong. I also love it as a marinade for stakes. It has a great taste and adds a great flavor to the meat. Just make sure you save some for drinking.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark, with a hint of brown. Forms a nice head on top, and leaves decent lacing all the way down the glass. I love the smell, smells smoky and roasty, very enticing. I'm nost sure how much I like smoky flavors from my small experience with smoked beers, but the taste is still very subtle, though the smokiness seems to come out more as the beer warms. I wonder what this would taste like without the smoked malts. I really love the mouthfeel, it's a bit creamy and very, very smooth. And I think that could make it very easy to drink a lot of these in succession, though I think I would get bored of the smokiness after a while.

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Photo of scotorum
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Lawson's tulip.

a: Black, clear ruby when seen through light. Half finger thick tan head receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild dark and caramel malt.

t: Big smoke up front followed by an almost equally big hop bite. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Smooth mediumn, plenty of carbonation tingle.

o; Sure lives up to its name! Smoke in abundance, perhaps the strongest of any similar type. A most enjoyable sipper. Have had their Vanilla bean version and enjoyed that, but this one packs an amazing smoky wallup.

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4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap, pint glass at Mississippi Pizza, Portalnd, Oregon March 11, 2013

Appearance: Dark, almost opaque. Off white head, good retention

Smell: Not strong, slight malt sweetness

Taste: Malt forward, slight roastiness, smoke flavor hidden deep. Milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side for porter. Above average carbonation.

Overall: A great porter. One I would revisit. Smokiness almost not enough, although better to err on too little, perhaps...

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Photo of Dave1999
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a foamy off white head.

The smell is subtle smoked malts, roasted malts and just a touch of coffee .

The taste is quite smokey, like a Scottish whisky, slightly sweet malts and some licorice. Very tasty all round.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth with medium carbonation.

This is another great beer from stone, very tasty, I wouldn't have minded just a little bit more smoke but overall can't complain.

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Photo of beersarang
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Upon pouring there is a generous and creamy head. This beer also leaves wonderful lace along the glass. Tone is extremely dark brown with a tan head. Shines wonderfully in the light.

Smell: The aroma has malty roasted notes, superb.

Taste: Strong upfront malty coffee and chocolate notes. Beautifully done. Alcohol character is present, but does not dominate. Final flavor is fruity.

Mouthfeel: Just right, not too light or heavy. Makes for a very smooth beer with carbonation that tingles just enough.

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 4,202 ratings