Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

4,190 Ratings
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 hreb
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold 22 oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours black, opaque except for a tinge of red, and a medium chestnut head. Aroma is smoky, as expected. Smoke and roasted malt pick up the front of the flavor, too. Smoked flavor is the major player here, but it doesn't overpower the substantial malt bill here. Burnt toast is big here. In the background there are subtle coffee and mocha flavors. Finally, there's a bitter edge to bring out the dry finish. This is a really good smoked porter and worth coming back to again and again.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Virtually black. Pours a thick three finger head with some hints of chocolate.

Aroma: Roasted malt, toasty. Deep and satisfying, but not smoke as far as I can tell.

Taste: Lovely malt attack! Rich chocolate, espresso, and roasted coffee & malts. Some toasty characteristics from the smoking, but it's not "smoky" as such. Very tasty though.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium bodied.

Overall: This is an excellent, robust porter, although I'm surprised about the relative lack of smoke. For the style, the points come down a little bit because of the lack of smoke, but as a porter this is very good indeed.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with faint reddish edges under a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Flavor follows the nose with a good smoked, dry finish.

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Photo of jkanavel
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this more than once at Lucky Baldwins is Pasadena. 5 dollars a pint. WHAT???? (Cherumbim is the raddest server ever)

A: One of the most attractive aspects of this beer is the inky blackness of it, topped with the mocha head that clings all the down the glass, right until the last swallow.

S: Mocha, baking chocolate, campfire, pancake syrup, and malt, with a touch of spiciness.

T: sweet malty goodness, very light smoke profile and rich mocha, not too strong on the hops, but good balance from the bitter toasted grain component.

M: Smooth as silk. Light carbonation makes this go down like chocolate milk almost.

O: This is an old standby for me. Not a great summer brew, but when the weather starts turning ugly this becomes one of my favorite session beers.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, mohogany (ruby red highlights) with a low brown head and light lace. Light smoky and chocolate aroma with rough roasty alcohol tones. Chocolate malt flavor dominates with a light smokiness. Medium bodied with a slightly rough bitter finish.

[22 oz. bottle for $3.99]

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Photo of JDizzle
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rumrunner
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

A bit different from other porters I have tried. It is somewhat like a stout to me. Still very good though.

Inviting dense brown color with a light brown head. Lacing is ample.
The scent is light chocolate with a roasted smokiness. Some light toffee and bread waft through as well.

The flavors are all roast and smoke. There is a dark bread quality and some tart molassas like flavor. Also a toffee quality. There is some hoppiness but nothing to be alarmed about. It has a full bodied flavor.

It is very crisp and refreshing. Despite its dark color it is not heavy and drinks very easily. I do not drink porters on a regular basis but this one seems to differ from the few other porters that I have had. It tastes like a porter but it still has a stout quality to it in some ways. Anyway a very nice and enjoyable drink.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a thick black color with a medium to thin tan head that wofts chocolate and woodsy hops together, then after that fades to smoky chocolate.

Very smoky in the flavor - kinda made me jump back. This is my first smoked beer. Some coffee notes.

A lasting bitterness goes good. Real nice lacing. Very bubbly and soft on the palate. At first the smokiness wasn't subtle but as it warms a little it mellows out.

Very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of Cold_1
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackStraw22
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nearly pitch black body, slighty translucent near the bottom of the glass. Nice head of tan foam with great retention and some good lacing to boot.

Smell: Lots of chocolate, buttery and a little bit yeasty/earthy. Not a lot of smoked aroma.

Taste/Feel: This really has a bite to it. The smokey taste is upfront, but really manifests itself at the end. The smokey character has an almost metallic quality to it, which is a little dissapointing. Edit: now that it's warmed up, that metallic taste has dissapeard and turned into a warm smokey flavor. The residule smokey flavor that lingers is very nice. Some slight bitterness, but nothing big. Full mouthfeel, a little sticky.

Drinkability: Great, though coming in the larger bottle size, one is plenty.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. "enjoy by 06.26.09" is printed very faintly near the bottom. tasted in mid-may 2009.

dark brown w red tones. no haze or sediment, with a dark ruby gemstone quality under the light. huge 3 to 4-finger tan/beige head, slowly recedes to thin but relatively constant layer. great webby lace.

malty sweet aroma, caramel, light roast, gentle smoke, mixing with fig note, hint of grassy hop, and faint phenols

flavor has the same maltiness but with slightly more pine-like hop resins and roast, with moderate bitterness from both. smoke remains subtle and complementary. bitterness and resins do linger a bit, but i think still within the style parameters for an american porter. phenols peek into the finish and accentuate the bitterness somewhat.

light to medium body, smooth at first, then some astringency plus phenols come in for slight sharpness. moderate carbonation seems to accentuate this at times, but remains overall sort of neutral.

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Photo of nickss
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep deep dark brown with a monumental rocky khaki head.... generous lacing grace the sides of the glass.... beautiful.

Robust smoked, burnt malt aroma... a bit of burnt mocha in there as well.

Bitter roasted malt flavour. However, this one lacks complexity and depth. However, all in all, not bad... just... eh.

Good, moderate mouthfeel.... bitter on the tongue, yet not dramatically so... nice.

Drinkable for a porter.... but not something I would have more than a couple of. All in all, certainly not my favourite brew of theirs.... though still good.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dsimenson
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BadBadger
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice smoked porter. This beer pours a nice dark color. There was a rather small head. The smell was of nice roasted malts. The taste is nice, with hints of a mixture of mocha and smoke, Nice smooth mouthfeel. A beer worth giving a try. You should enjoy.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm porter. Beer is dark reddish brown topped by dense, slightly chocolate milk colored foam. Retention is alright. Aroma is sweet, toasty, bittersweet chocolate, milk, lactose, molasses and some kind of berries. tastes delightful in an easy going porter kind of way. Flavors match above but blend real well together then all into a roasty bitter finish which smooths out in waves. Feels smooth and easy but almost too delicate for the flavor. Body could be a little larger. Very easy to drink however. Goes down effortlessly.

Porter good.

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Photo of RenaudNW
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Overall a very nice experience in a Porter. It has a very good appearance with a moderate head and good carbonation. The aroma is what really makes this beer an experience. A nose fulling experience with good complexity and a nice smokiness. In addition, the taste does not disappoint. It is both full flavored and relatively clean. I can drink a full 22oz bottle and never feel like I'm being overwhelmed; very satisfying. The one potential weakness of this brew is the mouth feel. From the initial aroma, one gets the impression that it should be smooth and silky on the tongue. Unfortunately, after the fine initial experience with the aroma and color, the mouth feel comes across as somewhat watery. However, close your eyes and concentrate on the flavor and you won't notice the weak mouth feel after a few sips. Overall about a 4 out of 5. It's good enough that I keep a few bottles in the back of the refrigerator as a regular stand by.

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth for a smoked porter, drinks real easy. Initial big head that dissipitates. Understated smoke in aroma. Deep rich chocolate malt, roast flavour taste. Well malted and not overhopped. Satisfying medium to full mouthfeel. Good porter. On tap at Pizza Plant Transit.

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Photo of RickS95
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very, very dark brown with a thick head; think root beer in a glass.

Lots of activity in the nose; smoke, chocolate, caramel, coffee, licorice, evern the flowery hops come through.

Tastes like smokey coffee.

Some complexity in the mouth. Starts off sweet, then the smokiness accentuates the bitter well into the finish.

Lots happening in the nose and mouth, but a litte too strong in flavor and bitterness to be highly drinkable.

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Photo of prototypic
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown (nearly black) color. On top is a one and half finger head, which dissipated rather quickly and left a good bit of lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate and coffee are the main features. But, it definitely has a toasted nut and smoky smell. It's not quite as smoky as I was expecting from the name. Finally, it has a nice malty smell at the tail end.

Taste: It does have a nice smoky taste. Much more apparent here than when smelling it. Chocolate and coffee flavors are strong and blended very nicely. It also has a good malty taste to it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and extremely smooth. Its relatively low ABV lends well to its drinkability. Overall, this is a very good and underappreciated porter in my opinion. By far Stone's most underappreciated brew. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of andrewm190
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, this is still a great beer. Good taste of malts, but not tremendously overwhelming. slight chocolate taste, as advertised, but you have to search for it a little bit. good smoky aftertaste. Great mouthfeel, nice and crispy, but not before you get to taste the beer. I recommend it, but not quite as full as I thought.

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Photo of Brodirt
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a big bottle, 22 oz., and was expecting something a bit different. Drank it in a frosted 12 oz. standard beer glass and maybe it was overall too cold. Body was rich and thick with a great thick head like a porter should be. Taste was very chocolately and malty without much smoke at all. Very easy drinking porter in a perfect size for sharing.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What could be better than a bomber of Stone beer? Not much I can tell you. It has been a long time since I have had a smoked beer, so here goes. This pours a deep dark brown liquid with ruby tones. The head is a nice tan color, and it stayed for a little while. It left some nice lace on the sides of the glass. Smells of roasted grain, with a slight smoky, oak aroma. Tastes kind of a slight chocolatey thing. The smoke hits at the end, but it doesn't really hit, it just kind of taps you on the shoulder. Hello my friend. Felt a little thin, but definitely not the end of the world. Even though this is a smoke beer, it is very drinkable. Not an overpowering smoke effect, just a pleasant, subtle flavor. I have yet to be disappointed by a Stone beer. This is one smoke that shouldn't be banned from a bar!

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Photo of Wreckoncile
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into Arrogant Bastard pint glass (fizzy yellow beer is for wussies)

A - Deep chocolatey brown to near black. Gave me three fingers of deep head that sticks around for quite sometime and leaves a network of lacing around the glass.

S - Scents of a roasted nuttiness, almost like a hazelnut coffee even. Smoke it faint, but there. Not overpowering at all.

T - An initial creamish flavor with some light notes of nut and coffee that lets in a very brief and very short lived smokiness at the very end of the profile.

M - The mouthfeel might've been my favorite aspect of this beer. A creamy, almost malty (think like malted chocolate milkshake) mouthfeel that is just very inviting, but has just the right amount of carbonation to let the flavors it features tickle the tongue.

O - The smokiness is actually far more muted than I expected on a smoked porter, but I might be biasing the review by expecting a higher smokiness. The smoke is definitely there, but not inyoface. A good offering that would go remarkably well with a bbqed brisket. I'll revisit this again sometime soon.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first growler I've had in over 20 years, since I moved to Georgia. Picked it up at Hop City. Poured into a nonic glass. Very dark, almost black with red highlights around the edges where the light shines through. The head isn't huge, but lasts and lasts; it's a creamy khaki color. Good looking ale.

The aroma is of dark roasted malt with an espresso note and some smoke. The flavor is similar with an espresso bitterness followed by a smokey and slightly bitter finish.

The mouth feel is medium and not watery at all. For me a watery mouth feel is the kiss of death for a porter. Stone Smoked Porter feels just right.

Overall, Smoked Porter is a very good, maybe even great, porter. Having it from a growler made it even more special. Four of us split it, two guys and two gals. Everyone claimed to really enjoy it. Fortunately, there is a little left for me to have another pint after everyone had their fill.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,190 ratings.
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