Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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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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Reviews: 1,811 | Ratings: 4,177
Photo of younger35
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buddy picked up a bomber of this tonight and we enjoyed it while he cooked dinner. Drank from my Squatters nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with light amber highlights around the edges. Beautiful one finger dark tan head that slowly recedes leaving a superb cap and collar for the duration of the beer. Plenty of thin splotchy lacing to go around.
Smell- Nice smoky nose that is a bit more pronounced than the Alder in Alaskan Smoked Porter, peat perhaps? A bit of sweet milk chocolate and highly creamed coffee round out the nose beautifully.
Taste- Lightly smoked body is very delicate and blends well with the semi bitter, semi sweet chocolate. Feint notes of coffee make an appearance but for the most part the smokiness is the center of attention. Nice warm roast is present from the malt with a hint of citrus. Finishes with a lingering smoke and the slightest of bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Silky smooth with a medium body and perfect medium carbonation.
Drinkability- I just ate about sixteen pounds of sweet chili hot wings and this thing is the perfect desert. The light smokiness with the chocolate background makes this a really good Smoked Porter. It’s only a step behind the Alaskan Smoked Porter but the availability of this compared to ASP is fantastic. A solid, solid brew from Stone.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. I love a really dark porter! Smell is dominated by the smoke. Chocolate and bitter burnt malt. Nice!

Taste does not live up to the smell. Lots of chocolate flavor and lots of dark malt. Lightly nutty and bitter coffee flavors. Strong licorice flavors as well. There is some light smoke throughout but nothing like the smell or like other smoked beers I have had. however, it is still a really complex and tasty beer. Smoky aftertaste and full-bodied. Damn drinkable. I can't think of another time that a beer has disappointed me so much but still delivered things I wasn't even looking for. Excellent!

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bottle to pint glass. Coffee black with an inch thick head. Nice lacing on this beastly porter. Smells of cocoa and woody notes, not overpowering though. Taste is nice and malty smoky with hints of cocoa coffee. Couldnt detect any fruits though. Moderately thick with a reminent aftertaste that stays with you to enjoy.

Overall a really nice porter and one of the few smoked beers Ive had. Definitely will pick this up again!

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with ruby hues. Big lacy tan head. One of the best looking beers I have seen in a while. I honestly don't think you could improve on this.

S - Smoky, roasted malt, hints of alcohol. This is smelling awesome.

T/M - Full-bodied. Very smooth and creamy. The initial flavor is smooth with slightly bitter, piny (most likely west coast American) hops followed by coffee and chocolate malt, then rounded out with the perfect amount of smokiness.

D - This is an excellent beer and stands out among the best.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%

The perfect beer for the porch, pairing with your favorite cigar!
The smoked essence of this brew definitely will compliment your favorite stogie!
Even without the cigar, pair this brew with your favorite smoked gouda and cracker; you can't get much better than this!

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Photo of Trueant1
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Anchor Liberty Ale glass.

Pours a classic 1.5 inch off wite head that is thick and billowing. Leaves a complete lacing on the side of the glass. How could this look any more classic?

Smells of alcohol and toasty malts. After that, a bisqut like smell. Some sweetness. Where is the "smoke'?

AHhhh...I can taste the smoke...hence it's name. Bitter..very bitter for a porter. Yummy. Sweet light chocolate on the gulp. Alcohol and hop bitterness on the aftertaste.

Perfect amout of carbonation. Perfect creaminess. Smooth tasty porter. Sweet and bitter. I have had much THICKER porters...but this one works for me!

I love this brewery. I love this beer .
I have had this one about 30 times before...This is my first rating of it.

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Photo of shapudding
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautifully dark chocolate brown, almost blackish. The head was gone almost instantly and left only a slight beige ring. Just enough carbination. Great aroma, nice and smokey. The flavor is a great blending of the wonderful smokiness, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a nice toastiness. You are left with alot of flavor in your mouth after each sip... yummmy. Such a nice and smooth mouthfeel, but not at all heavy, nicely drinkable. I have always liked the smoked and am a big fan of Stone, and have been looking forward to trying this one. Once again they haven't let me down.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my favorite Middle Ages Brewing Imperial Pint glass.

A: 3 fingers rich head leaving a soft lace ring after every sip. Dark brown almost black but smoothe and velvety.

S: Malty and pungent but in a good way. Not too over the top. Although only 5.9% abv, smells of acohol.

T: Coffee undertones with a smoky flavor. This is not like the rauchbiere I expected. The smoke is a subtle addition, not the focus.

M: Mildly carbonated. Very good mouthfeel.

D: Absoulutely fantastic. A well rounded beer, great from start to finish. Glad I bought a 2nd bottle.

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Photo of Stingray5
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Pours a near black with a frothy tan head. Slightly smokey aroma, with sweet fruit, port and a tasteful hop presence. A big, nicely carbonated mouthful is followed by a suprisingly refreshing taste. Lots of flavors to go round with a plum fruitiness, some bitter espresso (even though the back label denies it), mild smoke flavor, and a seductive hoppiness that could keep me coming back to this fine beverage again and again. A friend, who sadly wasn't worthy of the Arrogant Bastard, deemed the Smoked Porter "One of the best beers I've ever had". Did someone say Stone?

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Photo of Murph
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost as black as black can be, only the barest hints of light getting around the edge. The brew has a nice brown head on it to start but once that fades there is no lace at all and no more head. Huge roasted coffee, chocolate, and smoke aromas dominate. Starts off like a straight up porter with some nice bitter coffee and roasted malt flavors before fading into a bittersweet dark chocolate taste. The porter taste fades and the beer appears to be done but then a huge smoked quality comes in and slaps you in the face. Smooth and creamy, this is one seriously drinkable beer. Damn these guys know what they are doing. A big thanks to Greg and Co. for making these beers.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Commonwealth in Newport Beach, CA

A - Dark black with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a hint of smoke.

T - More smoke than the nose indicatedm but still not dominant. Roasted malts and some coffee round out the palate. A nice overall sweetness.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - A truly outstanding beer and example of how all smoked beers should be. Enough smoke to make an impression without overwhelming the palate with smoke.

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Photo of yossarian14
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paired a bomber with some hickory smoked st louis style ribs. WOW!

Exceptional from start to finish. Exactly what I was looking for when I picked up this Smoked Porter. Light shows through which i did not expect, showing a dark brown with hints of reds. The smoke is not overwhelming, its just right. Great smoky chocolate taste with a creamy feel. So smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Greggy
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a tan 2 finger head over a black body with ruby brown highlights. The head has great retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S- First off the bat is some nice smoky campfire, a meatiness, and underlying chocolate and cream and a nice hoppy edge.

T- Starts off with a nice smokey campfire and meaty note with an underlying citrus hop note and some roasted grains, chocolate, and cream. The finish has bits of smoke, some creamy chocolate, and even some essence of marshmellow.

M- Low carbonation works well and the smokiness is very balanced but clearly evident. To date, the best smoked porter or stout to deliver the smoke factor.

D- A downright solid brew. This has the most Rauchbier characteristics that I've seen yet in the porter category. Definitely check this one out as it's very delicious and drinkable.

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Photo of metallistout
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle

Pours a dark ruby to brown in color with a lacey head.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and a bit of smokey essence.

Taste is very thick and malty, like a porter should taste.

Mouthfeel thick and a bit chewy, but that is to be expected.

I could drink these all of the time in the winter months. A very good porter.

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Photo of deepsouth
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured a browinish black with a little head that turned into a straw colored ring. i couldn't detect much in the nose at first because i think the beer was a bit too cool. as it warmed up, i noticed the smoked maltiness. this beer isn't complex in the nose, but smells delicious. the taste is of roasted malt with some hop bittering. superbly balanced. the mouthfeel is full and great for this style. overall, this is a freaking awesome beer that i could drink on the daily. a big thanks to barefootbrewer for sharing this one with me.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged for two years.

Appearance: Pours a vary dark garnet with a nice head that retains reasonably well and leaves scattered lacing around the pint

Smell: The predominate aroma is dark chocolate and the smoke comes through with a slightly minty aspect

Taste: Starts out with a dark chocolate and smoked flavor that builds in minty complexity; after the swallow, some earthy bitterness creeps in and joins that minty smoke flavor to provide a nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied (just right for a porter) with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I was a little concerned about the age on this bottle given the ABV but it drank wonderfully

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Photo of Murrhey
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint glass from a bomber. Reviewed live.

A- Dark brown color, thin mocha head. Light carbonation.

S- Roast malts and smoke pervasive with all scents. Chocolate and coffee notes all toasted.

T- Bitter coffee-like tones with a noticeable smoothness. The smoke is nice in the tastes. Also some sweetness like gum in the foreground. Very complex and wonderful beer.

M- Heavy bodied and smooth. Finishes extremely clean. Very minimal carbonation, but that's wonderful with this syrupy beer.

O- Best beer I've had from Stone, and that's saying something. Great all around.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a bit of ruby. Somewhat light in color with a rich, tannish head that has great retention. Smell somehow doesn't reveal the smoke that I expected, only on a very small scale toward the end. Very nice chocolate scents, luring me in. A bit of cocoa and a touch of coffee. Again, the end displays the smallest hint of smoke. What a great tasting beer! The smoke is definitely here now. Still, it only provides an added complexity to the beer itself. Nice chocolate flavors, toasted caramel and roasted malts. Smoked barley plays well with the rest of the flavors. Shockingly, the hop presence in the finish of this one is nearly on the level of the Pale Ale. Well, maybe not, but it wasn't expected so much here as it was there, and I welcome it. Excellent medium body that is silky smooth, with a nice roast/smokey finish that works wonders. I could drink a couple of these no problem, though a regular Porter such as Black Butte would be easier to return to on a regular basis. A very unique brew and the smoked barley does it good.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought from the fridges at Gaslamp Liquor in San Diego, seven hours in my carryon, a couple of months in the fridge.

The medium-sized, light tan head is active, dense. The beer is black with garnet highlights. Lacing is thin and sticky. Smoky chocolate nose: nice! Some toffee in there, with a little sweetened milk gone bad (but in a good way). The front has smoky chocolate and a little grapey fruitiness (?). And hops. Lotsa hops. The tangy, thick middle gives up a bitter chocolate finish with some coffee zing. Very hoppy. Smoke and bitter hoppiness in the aftertaste.

Wow. This is very good. I wasn't expecting it to be so hoppy, but of course I should have. I think the smoke and the hops work well together. This beer has enough big tastes that the smoke comes off pretty subtle. Awesome.

(I can't believe I used the word 'subtle' in a Stone review).

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Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint glass at above fridge temperature.

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black with ruby hues at the very bottom of my glass. The head is surreal, displaying a generous three fingers of depth. Off-white (almost tan) and persistent, it laces nicely all the way down.

Smell- Huge chocolate and coffee notes, with a fantastic smokiness as an all-encompassing backdrop. Tremendous and deep, this simply rocks.

Taste- A rich, chocolatey malt character explodes on the palate, then gives way to a dark roasted coffee presentation. In the finish, we have a powerful hop bitterness that whips the sides and back of the tongue relentlessly... it lingers on and on for several minutes. That is my one and only complaint.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Very easy, foamy consistency that showcases the chocolate and coffee notes rather than get in the way of them. This porter is aggressive yet very well balanced, daring and memorable. For that, I give Stone's brewers a highly earned salute.

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Photo of penguinjive7
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark, almost black color with a band of light tan head. Lacing retains somewhat but is not significant.

The smell is of smoke and semi-sweet chocolate.

The first taste to hit the tongue is the smokiness followed immediately by the nicely roasted malt. A hint of dark chocolate can be tasted as well. The finish is a very roasted flavor with a hint of charcoal. An excellent blend in the finish.

The carbonation is done very well and complements the brew's viscocity.

A fine tasting brew that all could drink all night. Extremely drinkable and proves to be yet another astounding offering from Stone.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cascading dark tan head, tightly woven micro bubbles glistening, three fingers plus. Good alcing. Extremely dark brown body, slight ruby highlights.

Aroma is rich chocolate and coffee. Dark and inviing.

Taste is dark chocolate to start, quickly joined by coffee. Some dark fruits follow. Smoke in the finish, pleasant but not overpowering . Smooth mocha aftertaste.

Rich, slick mouthfeel. Definitely porterish, not as chewey as a stout, but thick enough.

Delightfully drinkable, with dinner, with dessert, while watching tv, or as a nightcap.

Another highly enjoyable beer Stone. Glad to finally have you here.

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Photo of Pencible
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This had a very heavy coffee taste with an extra hint of smoked flavor. It wasn't very thick, like a stout, but it was definitely full-bodied. Overall I'd say that this was more of a sipping beer, but it was yet another enjoyable porter. (No notes on the appearance or smell.)

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Photo of hdofu
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was a gift from my brother to replace one my friend from college drank by himself despite my paying for half of it and all the vermouth for that night. Wow what a head of tan... on a football colored beer. Smell was like chocolate coffee. Tastes was chocolatety and perhaps a hint of cherry. Was quite a thick beer too. Went down easy, could have easily drank the bottle myself. Never been disappointed by stones before and this beer wasn't the exception.

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Photo of edchicma
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My second Stone offering...a Christmas present....Santa was very good to me...As someone who is starting to appreciate Porters, I was very happy with this offering. A dark chocolate color with a beautiful head that leaft an unbelievable lacing started the experience. The aroma was what it like with a hint of tartness to come. Taste was extremely well-rounded with a creamy mouthfeel that was medium bodied. The smoky coffee flavors were there, but so was an excellent slightly bitter aftertaste. Extremely smooth drinkability. I tried this at about 55-60 degrees which seemed ideal. Right up there in my top tier of fine brews. Definitely a brew to try.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,177 ratings.
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