Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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4,200 Ratings
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 Wreckoncile
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +1.3%
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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Photo of bwiechmann
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a New Belgium globe glass.

A- Pours a deep, dark mahogany. Quite beautiful as the thick head stuck around for a little while and left big globs of sticky lacing behind as a reminder.

S- primarily roasted chocolate and dark malts, smokiness is not exaggerated and in fact plays only a minor background role in the nose. I am excited to drink this.

T- Follows the nose with chocolate up front followed by dark coffee notes and just a hint of smoke.

M- right on target for a porter such as this.

D- very drinkable- I was almost wishing my buddy wasn't here so I wouldn't have to split this. Oh well- that's what advocacy is about.

Overall, being a huge fan of smoked beer, I thought the smoke was underplayed by quite a bit. Maybe my bottle had a touch of age on it so it had faded but this is a porter first and a smoked beer a distant second (or maybe not at all?) But besides that, it truly is a delicious porter and I would seek it out again.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from

Poured completely black even when held up to the light. Dirty mocha head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thickish covering... some light sticky lines of lacing around the glass...

Aroma - Strong roasted malts, dark chocolate notes, ground coffee beans, very faint smoke notes although nowhere near as strong as i expected... treacle / burnt sugar sweetness, leathery, toasted nuts, faint liquorice, some pepperiness...

Taste - Nice roasted malt bitterness although not as strong as the aromas would indicate, toasted / burnt bread, lots and lots of chocolate to the fore, barely any smoke, some creamy / milky traces, woody, light treacle notes, some grassy / peppery traces, some oatiness, light sweet nutty notes...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy... medium bodied... very drinkable and surprisingly refreshing... a very sessionable porter...

Overall - A pretty good porter although not as smoked as i was expecting - i would have liked it a touch more pronounced. In fact this was more like a chocolate stout / porter than a smoked one... certainly worth a try though...

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Smoked Porter pours black into the glass with a finger width creamy tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a sheet on the beer leaving behind lots of spots and lines of lace.

The aroma is malty with notes of roasted malt, chocolate and toffee. A fair amount of grassy hops are also noticeable.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth, creamy, lightly carbonated and dry. The flavor is malty with notes of chocolate and roasted malts along with hints of coffee and peaty smoke. Towards the end a fair amount of bitterness moves in. It finishes with grassy hops and once gone the bitterness and chocolate malt lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking, fairly well balanced porter. However, I was looking for more smoke flavors and aromas considering the name of the beer.

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Photo of Andreji
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last of my haul from an easter trip to the american northeast, i saved (aged, whatever) this baby for 6 months and decided to pop it in honor of a friend returning from spain. Bbq and a smoked porter? my kind of night.

Beautiful pour, brown black dirty bodied with a thick and rocky tan head which is a gateway to all its brilliant smell. not very translucid, rather viscous aspect.

Smell is predominantly sweet and smoky, much like i fancy my barbecues. roast malts with a very slight hoppy tone and a light alcohol sting perceivable at the nose.

Taste is very nice, absolutely full bodied and full flavoured, malty taste. i very much enjoyed the participation sweeter tastes get in this beer as opposed to the bitter hoppy dominance many american beers tend to allow. subtle alcoholic blend throughout, with an even dark chocolate mouthfeel at times.

A great beer, sessionable and hearty.

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Photo of stephendr
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle – dark brown / black in color – nice off-white head- nose of cappuccino , anis , dark chocolate , dark fruit ( cherries , and raspberries ) , malt , smoke , slight peat and iodine – taste of malts , caramel , milk , chocolate , coffee , anis , and a slight sourness – wonderful body creamy with a hint of acidity – aftertaste is milk chocolate and coffee

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Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle.
Poured extremely dark with a moderate, tan head that quickly settled and dissipated. Aroma is predominately roasted grains and malt. Very slight smoke character in the rear of the aroma. In fact, the smokiness of the beer takes a backseat throughout the's almost an afterthought. And, in one sense, that's a refreshing change from smoked beers that are plainly overdone.
The beer has a rich, thick mouthfeel...mouth-coating with a somewhat astringent and dry finish. Roasted grain throughout, and moderately bitter hop aftertaste. Overall, it's a very drinkable, well-made brew.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. into a pint glass- Deep dark brown/balck color with a perfect tan head. Great head retention. Smells of light smoke, with some malt and hop. First taste is wonderful, filling flavor of dark malts and light smoke. The Smoked flavor is not overdone one bit. Wonderful full, smooth feel in mouth, with a slight bitter finish, which helps flavor keep. Overall another wonderful beer from Stone, and definitely a great porter to session.

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Photo of 603to843
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Stone. 

A: Deep brown bordering on black with a crimson tinge and a voluminous light brown head.

S: Moderate malt roast with a pervasive beachwood smoke quality. Light coffee and a little chocolate.

T: Lower moderate roasted malt profile. Light earthy bitterness. Smoke is nicely integrated, and there's a decided dark chocolate note.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy.

Overall: A really nice beer. The last time I had this was probably 3 years ago and I hated, but now I find it quite mellow and enjoyable with a restrained smoke presence. Good stuff.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter

A- Dark brown, borderline black with red around the edges. A one finger tan head. Head retention is lacking but has nice lacing.

S- A good bit of chocolate up front followed by a subtle smokiness. A fruity bitterness from the hops. A nice smelling porter.

T- A bit of chocolate and roasty malts up front. The smokeyness comes in behind the beer and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. A fruity sweetness as well. This beer also has a dry woody character to it.

M- This is a very smooth porter and pretty easy drinking. It has a feel that makes me think there's lactose sugar in it. Moderate bitterness, good carbonation, full feel.

O- Great porter, all there is to it.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to intriqken for the opportunity to try this one.

Appearance: very dark, small tan head with good retention, some lacing.

Smell is more roasty/malty than smoky, but the smoke is definitely present. Not overwhelming, subtle.

Taste isn't as subtle as the smell, but it still works nicely. Smoke is up front on the palate, but the finish is all chocolate malt. Interesting, because I would have expected smoke to show up more in the finish/aftertaste than chocolate flavors. Enough hops to balance, but their flavor doesn't come through. With it finishing on a chocolate note instead of smoke, it's easy to forget this is a smoked beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick but creamy, very nice. Smooth.

Drinkability: Good.

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Photo of Bauzen
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown. Hint of red hue.

Smells like a chocolate or coffee stout, but with a prominent smokey scent above all flavors.

Taste is more smokey than chocolatey. It's earthy and unique. Notes of burning hickory like you'd enjoy by a campfire. It might sound like an odd flavor profile, but that's indeed the best way I can describe it.

Finish is bitter, yet smooth. A creamy beer with a long-lasting smokiness. It's not thick and syrupy like other porters.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. It's one of Stone's more interesting offerings. Price-point could use work, but that's my only complaint.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22oz bomber of this from Riverside Beverage in Chattanooga. Stone is one of my favorite breweries so I’m pretty confident I will enjoy this one. It’s been sitting in the fridge for a couple weeks and I finally have the opportunity to sit down and enjoy it.

Pours out a deep, dark garnet color. A BIG rugged, lumpy head rolls up in an off-white shade. The head is oatmeal like in its consistency. The beer appears opaque but you can see light through it rather well. Lacing sticks in chunky, lumpy web like patterns down the entire length of the glass.

The smell is a little more subtle than I was expecting from a brewery that usually goes so big. Smooth sweet malts are dominant and remind me of bitter chocolate and possibly a creamed coffee. Thin strands of bitterness are apparent on the nose as well.

Oh yeah, taste is spot on. Mouthfeel is creamy and wonderful, yet goes down refreshingly. Smoky roastiness is present, but again..not quite as prevelant as I’d expected. Tones of semi-sweet cocoa are richly present in the middle. Finish is sweet, with a teasing hop zing around the back and edges of my tongue. Not what I would characterize as “dry”, I’d consider it quenching in fact.

Another super-solid offering from Stone. This is definitely one of my favorite porters I’ve tried.

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Photo of Northsider
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in cask from Fountainhead Chicago.

Appearance was dark dark brown, almost black. Minimal head, not much lacing. Smell was heavily malty, coffee, bitter chocolate. Taste was much the same: very bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel was very very smooth, little or no carbonation.

Overall a solid good beer. Nothing overly spectacular for me, but very solid.

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Photo of RDHerm
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredible dark brown, almost black, with faint but very deep ruby highlights. Has a thick cream-colored head, one of the thickest I've ever seen on a porter. After time it thins out substantially, but it still holds throughout.

Not a particularly strong aroma, but still quite nice. A good smoky smell, accompanied by solid notes of coffee and chocolate.

A great smoky taste - strong, but not overpowering. Solid flavors of malt and chocolate, followed by slight coffee aftertaste. A bit more bitter than I expected, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Excellent body. A bit lighter than expected, but falls nicely between medium and heavy. Fitting level of carbonation, a nice fizz, but not too bubbly. Has a good creamy feel to it.

Very smooth. Lower alcohol content makes it easily drinkable, but with the stronger flavor I probably wouldn't drink more than one.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£6.50):
Dark brown with a 1cm, bubbly head that is off-white to brown and settles as a nice lacing across the top with some build up around the sides with some nice lacing left on the glass.

Chocolate & dark malts initially with a definite smoked aroma on top that is luckily not as strong as I was expecting. There is some roasted notes and a few hops with some coffee.

Sweet & hoppy malts to begin with some touches of chocolate and a slightly smoked taste. Coffee & a bit of bitterness with some peat and roasted malts following this. A very well balanced beer with a nice combination of sweetness and roasted malts with the smoky character the name suggests with some chocolate at the end and some hops too.

Smooth with a medium body and nice balance to go along with the medium carbonation. A slightly rich tasting beer but one that goes down well.

A nice beer and one that was incredibly easy to drink with a great balance and a nice mix of flavours coming together well and keeping things interesting throughout.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There was no light getting through this beer, very dark black with a small tan head. The smell has dark chocolate and a very smoky hickory wood aroma with a hint of alcohol getting through. I really enjoy the taste. The smokiness reminds me of Laphroig scotch, like you are drinking smoked peat moss but this is dipped in dark chocolate. The mouth feel is velvety smooth with low carbonation and the flavors get more intense as it warms up. This is an over the top porter.

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Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with reddish tint. Minimal head. Not much in the way of lacing. Initial hit does not give up much in the way of taste, but leads to a more roasted than smoked finish. Good bitters in the finish as well, not overly so. Creamy mouthfeel, which is a plus in my book.

Not as good as the Alaskan version, but a very good beer.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH Goblet. Very dark brown with light brown head. Decent retention and lacing.

Aroma offers raisins, tobacco, mild butter, light roast, mocha, and fruit cake. Nice layering of smells.

Taste offers up plenty of smoky deliciousness to complement dark fruits and coffee flavors. Floral hop profile comes through with mild bitterness.

Well bodied porter..nearly chewy with light carbonation.

Solid porter. Highly recommended.

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Photo of earthboundagain
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Notes:

I was really looking forwards to this brew, glad I finally get to try it.

The beer pours a very dark brown, but has the tiniest of ruby highlights, the tan head is nice and laces well. I detect a wee whiff of smoked malt, along with some chocolate malt and a hint of fresh roast coffee. Ok the taste is a roast coffee with a touch of bittersweet chocolate; the smoke is subtle and does not dominate. The beer is smooth but has a bit of bitterness to dry the back end out, the carbonation is right on. I like this beer goes well with some smoked oysters.

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Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber

Appearance: Classic smoked porter...dark brown with fairly light mocha 2 finger head. Loads of lacing and good retention.

Smell: Roast malt, average smokiness, and bitter hops.

Taste: Same as the nose. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for my liking.

Drinkability: With the low abv, thin body, and controlled smokiness I'd say it's quite drinkable.

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Photo of instrumentality
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I filled a pint glass to the rim with this intriguing beverage and found myself staring at a nearly pitch black, completely opaque liquid topped off with 1 1/2 fingers of tan head that settled to a what looked like a raw silver dollar pancake - a thin coating with a few large scattered bubbles of carbonation.

I took a whiff and was immediately reminded of burnt coffee beans and not much else.

The taste was more or less the same, but still somehow refreshing. I've tasted a lot of stouts lately that tasted like coffee, but this one, being a porter, was lighter and went down more smoothly.

The mouthfeel was one of the easiest I've experienced in a dark beer; just enough carbonation, minimal alcohol burn, and only the slightest hint of black coffee bitterness left behind to coat my tongue.

I'm not a huge fan of porters, as I've generally thought of them as watered down stouts without a whole lot of complexity, but objectively speaking, this was a pretty tasty beer, and easy to drink despite the fact that I normally find myself having to slow down when that coffee bean taste hits me.

I don't have enough of a basis of comparison (it's been years since I had my last porter) to understand the "smoked" distinction, but maybe it's the difference between tasting like coffee beans and tasting like *burnt* coffee beans. Regardless, whatever it is, I'm happy I tried this one.

I'd be interested in seeing if they ever put the chipotle version of this beer in bottles. I tried it at the San Diego Real Ale Fest last weekend, and it was an interesting variation on this one--not quite as refreshing, but definitely more interesting.

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 4,200 ratings