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 flannelman808
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown and quite clear in the light... slightly burnt copper tinge. Topped with a coffee yogurt colored head which has medium to small sized bubbles. Great lacing and good retention.

S: Columbian coffee and a slightly roasted smoky grain quality.

T: Very sprite on the tongue! Much more punch then I would have expected from the nose. This one starts with perhaps too much carbonation and and some hoppy zest zing the palate. All of these flavors begin to tingle down into a coffee ground like bitterness... Think coffee grinds but think folgers. In the end light to medium body but packed with zazz.

M: zazz yo

D: Medium to medium plus (lower notes due to high carbonation)

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into my new Maui Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Clear, deep brown black and capped with an inch and a half of sandy brown head. Could you some more lacing but the head stays around long enough to remain appetizing to the eyes.

S: Mmm, a bit different than I remembered it in Hawaii, still smokey but a bit more subdued and not just as much of a hoppy kick that it had straight off the tap. Instead I am greeted by a great mix of mildly fruity, but intensely roasted sweet caramel and light brown sugar.

T/MF: Opens with a slightly acrid smokey flavor, moves quickly into a casually bitter fruitiness, closes with a slightly sweet licorice character. Feel is smooth but not silky, has enough carbonation to feel uneven and gives an interesting texture the the beer that keeps me going back for more.

D: This is a 1, 2, 3, beer, a beginning middle and end. It gives and gives without demanding too much attention. An easy drinking and a good opening for someone interested in trying out a smoked beer for the first time.

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Photo of KSac4115
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown that lets almost no light through. Foam head is a light brown that dissipates and clears very quickly. Smell is thick malty, sweet, and roasty. Definitely smokey hints as well. Taste is thick and sweet. Flavors blend together very well and makes for a very smooth and drinkable taste. Medium carbonation and the smooth mix of flavors gives this beer an excellent body and make it extremely drinkable. Overall a very delicious beer. Very very solid, but nothing extraordinary.


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Photo of mooseisloose
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Starting of the super bowl right with this one. Smells like freshly smoked herring, the smokey part not fishy, some hops and roasted malt. Pours to an opaque balck with a creamy head that's foamy with big bubbles on top. Upfront the taste hits you with everything: roasted malt, hops and smoke. Then one by one they peel off, first the roasted malt peels off leaving a smokey bitterness, then the smoke fades abit and leaves mostly bitterness with a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel however seems a little thin for this complex brew. Not as chewy as one would expect for a porter. However that is not a factor that affects the flavor, nor the drinkability. In my opinion it actually improves the drinkability. Great selection by Stone.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malts and chocolate, but mostly dominated by the smokiness. Taste is a big wallop of smoke. Almost has a slight meatiness to it, but that's in a good way. Also, hints of chocolate and malts I believe, but it is mostly faint. Tasty, smoky and rather smooth for what with the fire flavor and all. Worth buying again for sure.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich dark brown color almost opaque; nice tan to light brown head. Faint smokiness amidst all the qualities of a quality porter; roastiness, maltiness and all the stereotypical dark ale qualitites (coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, etc...) Personally, I've tasted better porters, but the subtle smoke presence in this beer rounds it out and makes it quite enjoyable. I feel Stone has done a remarkable job with this beer. Of course, it's no Schlenkerla as far as smoked beers go, but you know it's not trying to be that kind of a smoked beer. Sometimes less is better, and if this beer was more aggressively smoked, I'm not so sure I'd like it as much. It's found a certain kind of chi. Right up there with Anchor Porter as a quality west coast porter.

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Photo of Josh
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer poured a deep black in the center part of the glass and showed amber on the edges where the beer was not as thick across the glass. A one finger head sat on top of the beer but dissipated very quickly. Once the head dissipated, a thin veil of head residue and medium sized bubbles cover all but a halo, that sits slightly inside the edge of the glass.

S - I picked up a smokey sweetness. It reminds me of milk chocolate and bacon that is on the brink of burning. Great! I am stuffy today though, so I might revise this if I drink it on a day where I have less sinus blockage.

T - There is the very, very, very slightest first taste of sweetness, like a brown sugar, which is instantly over powered by the burnt bacon flavor, and finishes slightly bitter. The bitterness is much less than I expected compared to Arrogant Bastard and porters in general. I truly like the unique flavor, but I do not feel like I would pick this beer off the shelf again if I recalled my experience. As a dark beer fan, I find that there are more traditional flavored porters I prefer.

M - Very carbonated after being in your mouth for a second. Goes down silky smooth.

O - Good beer. I am happy to have tried it, but I probably will not be buying another one.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a very dark brown, in the glass it could be black. The head begins as two fingers of creamy camel colored froth, falls to a cap with thick and sticky lace.
The smoke is more subtle than expected. The primary scents are dark fruits, faint choclate, charcoal, and light smokiness. As it warms caramel comes to prevalence.
Taste is chocolate, a bit of coffee bean with an underlying smoky sweetness. Well balanced with a dry bitter hop finish.
Medium bodied. Moderately active carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel.
It was enjoyable, as a porter. I found the smoke to be a little understated.

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Photo of Slynger
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone's Smoked Porter pours a deep brownish black with mahogany highlights near the bottom of the glass. Nicely sized light tan lid.

The nose has sweet chocolatey malts first and foremost with a dark roasted and nutty character, with hints of smokiness. Cherry liquorices comes out as it warms a bit.

The flavor has a nice balance and approachability to it. Soft chocolate and caramel flavors with un-intimidating amounts of black coffee, and a more pronounced smoke character than the nose.

I was thinking Stone would try to overpower me with this one, but they didn't. This was a tasty and well balanced porter with a fairly light smokiness to it. Come to think of it I kinda wish they did try to blow me away. Oh well, still a good beer, and maybe they will come out with an imperial version.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown almost black color from bomber to pint glass with an inch of tan head and heavy lacing. Smells of roasted malts and smoke. Tastes like sweet molasses and dark chocolate with roasty toasty malts. Has very smooth feel with no coffee bitterness and a mild smokey taste.
Stone wins again!

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Photo of ljc973
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zadok
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured almost a pitch black with a thin film head. Maintained a small dollop of bubbles in the center.

Roasted malt at first whiff, a light hint of coffee as well.

Initial flavor had a smoked coffee backbone. Has a very subtle richness to it.

Very creamy to say the least, low carbonation. Coats the mouth and throat very well.

A smooth and easy drinking beer, flavor seems a touch subdued. Maybe it was a touch to cold when I consumed...hmmm, possibly.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown pour, head did not last long. This smells like a cupful of smoky mocha. Silky smooth start becomes chocolate and charcoal with a mellow smoky finish. Mouthfeel is medium for a porter, perhaps because of the food I was eating. This was Cincinnati-style chili night at the homestead and we decided to sample smoke beers with dinner. A great match for this hearty meal.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A deep brown with ruby red highlights coming through in the light. One finger of head. Died too quickly IMO and left minimal lacing when it was around.

S: toffee, caramel, some dark fruit and an ashy (not in a bad way) roasty element as well.

T: Didn't get much of the smoke element as advertised and much less a peat flavor but that's okay. Toffee and caramel malt are pretty present taking the forefront of the beer. Almost equally chocolate and darker malt appear. Dark fruit , no so much in an ester sense, but more of like a dark caramelized plum and more malty then anything. Hop bitterness is less then I would have expected and is balanced nicely.

M: Thin honestly, way to thin for a porter. This seems to make the carbonation "bristly" and prickly a touch which is something that should never appear in a quality porter.

O: This was a great beer overall. No peat and this is really not a single malt in a pint glass but it does a good job at being very drinkable, flavorful, and remaining interesting to the palate throughout the experience. Mouth feel definitely needs work though but then again who am I too tell STONE how to brew a beer.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid beer from Stone Brewing:

Dark brown pour, with a lighter color head.

Roasted is a very good description of this beer. Its probably the best "Smoked Porter" I have personally had. You really get that smoked smell and taste. Everything a smoked porter should be.

Its a heavy looking beer but really is a smooth mouthfeel with very nice finish and after taste.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hell of a barbeque. Main dish? Chocolate, hot off the hickory smoke. A side of irish soda bread with a dash of charcoal. A tall glass of cocoa cola syrup with an order of tips and bits. A Midwest must have. Garnish this Porter with fresh caught Crappie and grade A crappers. Bon Appetit!

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Photo of StoutBoi
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is hops, malts and hint of smoke. The flavor is smoke up front with an edge of hops that is balanced by the malts, chocolate being the dominate element of the malts along with a mild nuttiness. A complex porter, hoppier than most but makes it stands out.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out like liquid black hole, impenetrably dark, with crimson highlights and a billowy tan head. Head retention is moderate with plenty of artisitic lacing.

The nose has bittersweet dark chocolate and espress notes mellowed by sweet campfire smoke. Well balanced nose with smoky nuances.

The flavor is roasty chocolate and coffee up front, with peated malt and beech-like smoke. Initially bittersweet, then mellowed by dark caramel and smoky highlights. Very balanced and smooth.

The body is mediumish, could use a little more. A full, smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes up for the lack of body. Slick and tongue coating. Makes me wish I had some good hardwood smoked ribs to go with this.

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Photo of ricknelson
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jessealmlie
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of schusterbauer
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a -- quite dark, almost black, with ruby highlights apparent as the light passes through; HUGE majestic head that lessens but never disappears, leaving massive amounts of lacing

s -- nothing out of the ordinary; a nice blend of roasted malts, coffee, charcoal

t -- extremely well balanced. the roasted malts and charcoal flavors dominate, giving way to hints of coffee, chocolate, smoke, and hops. actually, there seem to be a ton of hops in this beer, and surprisingly enough, they blend wonderfully with the other flavors. as for the smoked aspect, i really wish it stood out more. it is detectable, and for better or worse, it does stick with the ultra-balanced nature of the flavor profile. personally, i was hoping to find the smoked flavors more in the foreground. after swallowing, you could almost think that the flavors left in your mouth are from a cup of coffee, as opposed to a beer.

m -- maybe the highlight of this beer for me. silky smooth, quite thick, and a level of carbonation that is refreshing but not intrusive. the mouthfeel definitely verges upon stout territory. in fact, there are many quality stouts that could take a lesson here.

d/overall -- coming in a bomber, and being a bit more potent than the average porter, this might not be something that you drink multiples of at one time. i drank this on a night when i was already tired, and i wasn't aware of the ABV, and it put me right to sleep (pleasantly, i might add). that said, this is a highly enjoyable beer, and i will definitely make this a regular.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour itself seems less viscous that I expected. Once in the glass, the color is a deep and rich mahogany with ruby hues in around the edges of the glass. The head that forms lasts only briefly, reaching its pinnacle at height of about 2 cm. Lacing comes in a coarse and wide spiderweb around the sides of the glass, but interestingly enough, I don't get anything around the back of the glass, as it faces me.

S: Given how rich Stone's beers usually are, I was expecting a big roast and smokey aroma, but I didn't really get that. Instead, I ended up with more chocolatey and coffee aromas. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but somewhat disappointing given this beer's name.

T: The smoke comes through a bit more here, but again, it seems a bit too understated. Luckily, there are some other substantial flavors that come through as well. Coffee, roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate all add to the complex character of this beer and draw my attention away from the lack of smoke.

M/D: Despite my initial impression of this beer's viscosity as somewhat thin, the feel is really anything but. More substantial than some stouts that I have enjoyed, the feel is creamy and smooth. The carbonation that produced that nice thick and creamy head has disappeared, and allows my sips to slide down my throat. This is a very enjoyable beer, and I reached the end of the bottle before I expected to, as it goes down so easily.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Dark, opaque brown. Creamy tan head of a finger and a half form, then shrink to about half-size where it remains. Fantastic lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, charred wood and roasted scents and the slightest smooth hop character.

The first bit of taste is an intense roasted malt flavor, as well as the bit of bitterness that comes with it. There is a little hops, but very smooth, not contributing too much to the bitter flavors. A sweet and fairly thick malty body are complimented nicely by the slightly bitter and smokey flavors. Nicely balanced.

A fairly thick, silky-smooth mouthfeel. Slick and sweet.

This stone is a fine beer, and is very easy to enjoy.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Jet black, opaque. Two fingers of brownish head rise with decent retention, eventually settling to a thick film. Decent lacing as well.

S - Right out of the fridge, I couldn't smell anything. As it's warmed up some, the aroma is coming out but it's still a bit faint overall. The smoke is a very minor note hiding in the background atop a general aroma of sour, overripe fruit and roasted malt. Very faint though.

T - Very interesting, and thankfully not as muted as the nose...though I still feel there's a certain restraint with this brew. The smoke sticks to the back of the palate and is present thoughout. Not overbearing or barbeque-like as other smoke-infused beers, but more like a mild fireplace flavor. The rest of the taste is completely separate consisting mostly of sour berries, perhaps blue/blackberries, prunes, and even sour banana or sour apple somewhere in there. Very mild roasty bitterness in the finish, but barely detectable. My first impression was that this beer is devoid of hop flavor, but I *almost* get the sensation that some floral/herbal hops are mingling with the smoke flavor. I can't really tell, but the possibility is interesting. While good, the flavor is still very muted.

M - Luscious. The usual creaminess from Stone is here, better, and more suited to the beer. Full bodied with a silky, chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low. Very nice.

D - The mouthfeel and the muted yet apparent flavor make for excellent drinkability. Good stuff.

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