Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

4,183 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 Hojaminbag
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is dark brown; mahogany at the center. The head is a light tan color, and it is huge. Great retention, tons of sticky lacing left behind.

A big porter aroma that is doused in smokiness features chocolate, coffee, and a touch of hops and caramel.

First up is a nice dark chocolate flavor with some smoke behind it. After the chocolate starts to fade the smoke expresses itself more fully, followed by the slight bite of citrus flavored hops. Next comes a slightly bitter coffee flavor that strengthens right until the finish, where just a touch of caramel flavor appears.

The body is full and slick with moderate to low carbonation, which overall works very well.

Overall Stone Smoked Porter is a very good porter. I would say that it is a little light on the smoke flavors, but I like it anyway. Definitely a beer I would buy again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a nice black color with an adequete head that fades to a ring. Smells lightly smoky and quite creamy. Taste is similar. This is far less smoky than any of the Schlenkerla beers, but the smoke is noticeable and beautifully wedded to the rest of the brew. The surprising thing to me about this beer is how creamy and smooth it is. The rich, creamy body marries very well with the smoke and helps to balance everything nicely. The Alaskan Smoked is far more smoky tasting, but in that case probably because the body is not as robust and creamy as this is. The balance in this beer is a thing of beauty. I recently tried a bottle of this that had been aged a year as well, and although it was still drinking beautifully, the smoke was even more subdued. I also like the fact that this doesn't have that much residual sweetness, despite the creaminess. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Bitzy
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I read a few reviews prior to drinking this great brew which helped me interpret its complex delicious tastes.

Firstly I couldn't really detect the smokey part in the taste despite being able to smell smoke-like hints in the aroma. In the end I decided that the slightly alcoholic esters at that are felt towards the end of the swallow was the smokiness intended to be tasted in this beer.

Overall I loved this beer. The roasted malts lent themselves to delectable chocolate and coffee notes like a rich cafe latte. Despite its mouthfeel being on the heavy side (which I like) this bodacious brew was very drinkable.

Thanks Stone Brewing Company for another amazing beer!!!

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a dark brown in the glass, but when held up to the light is more of a deep amber. A little over two fingers of head that dissipates into a nice thin layer that stays. Decent lacing.

S - Smoke, sweet toffee, bitter chocolate, coffee.

T - Toasted malts, smoke, bitter chocolate, slight hint of coffee. Would pair well with BBQ or desert alike.

M - Relatively light in body with a little more carbonation than desired.

D - Great porter! Really enjoyed coming back to this one as my palate has developed over the years and I can appreciate it a lot more!

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Photo of bnes09
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark color while still allowing some light to pass through. Creamy foam with excellent retention and lacing.

Roasty, smokey, even burnt aroma. Lots of coffee and smoked meats.

Burnt toast malt character provides a pleasant bitterness. Smoked sausage compliments the roasted malt. Earth and spinach hop bitterness. HInt of maple sweeteness. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied with a crisp, dry feel throughout. Plenty of lingering malt texture.

Solid porter.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first review of the beer I picked up last week at Merchants Fine Wine in Dearborn, Michigan. I can't say enough about the good service and sage advice and I intend to go back soon.

While my mission was to come back with a cross sample of fine Michigan beer, the Gargoyle caught my eye and I couldn't resist adding this to the haul.

Poured black in the glass, quite opaque actually. Tan head was a solid finger with moderate retention and good lacing. Smelled of biscotti, milk chocolate, toffee, almonds. I found the taste quite agreeable, mocha and chocoate predominant with mild bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, well balanced with a light body. I found the smoke understated in aroma and in taste, subtle at best; an elegant Smoke Porter and very drinkable.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a dark brown body with some red around the edges when held up to a light. a moderate tan colored head forms and stays around almost the entire glass but leaves very few marks on the sides.

S- roasted malts with with a decent amount of smokiness to them. very hoppy as well.

T- dark, dry, and very roasted. the smokiness is there, but not as much as some others which isnt a bad thing. lots of chocolate flavor in here too, along with some licorice. at the end comes a big blast of coffee/hops.

M- big and thick. almost chewy. nice low level of carbonation.

D- a smoked porter that doesnt remind me of sipping pure liquid smoke is a good thing. easy enough to finish the entire bottle myself in about an hour. the lower level of alcohol makes it almost sessionable, which i could see myself doing if in the right mood.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, This beer is very dark brown in color with a creamy white head that settles to a nice film on the surface. The nose is slightly smoky, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is mildly smoky, with roasty coffee notes. Bittersweet chocolate and a light hop character finish each sip. The beer is medium to full-bodied, and the finish is very clean. Good by itself or with BBQ, this is one porter that everyone should try at least once, if not more.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently had some from a pitcher order my friend placed at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, Mass. Poured from the pitcher into an American pint glass. A deep dark black with a thick two-finger tan and beige head that lasted atop the sample for its duration and left ample lacing as well.

A very nice smell. Similiar to BBC coffee house porter. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, mocha, carmel, and coffee.

Each frangrance of the smell backed up by a facet of the taste and well balanced to boot. Strong black coffee up front and softer delicate chocolate, caramel, and toffee in the background but enough to make themselves known.

Heavy on the palate with almost no carbonation to speak of.

Very easy to drink but very filling. Had another sample from the pitcher and that was the perfect amount for me in one sitting. Certainly a good beer, but one to be enjoyed a little at a time.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a coke colored head that retains well and leaves some occasional lacing. The beer itself move from a dark black approaching brown to a lighter caramel colored brown along the sides of my glass.

Smells of caramel, dark fruits and a well placed smokiness. The smoke doesn't overwhelm like a Rauchbier, but complements and blends in with the other tones.

Tastes of chocolate, which gives way to a drying smoky finish. It's difficult to say where the smoke flavor ends and the hops begin as they meld seamlessly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel comes off a little thin and watery. Somewhat lifeless compared to the beer itself. This a very drinkable and unique porter. After the initial glass new flavors and subtleties continue to emerge. The smoke flavor is not the centerpiece, but acts as a complement to a fine porter.

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Photo of Jables
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like the black of night. A nice white to off white head develops.

Aroma is roasted malt and smoke.

Flavor is deep smoked and roasted malt with a nice countering bitterness. Quite dry finish, but that cleans it all up. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is substantial but not quite coating which is appropriate for a porter, but I would call this basically an Imperial Porter.

Drinkability is great considering this is very flavorful brew.

Thanks to WVBeerGeek for the hookup!

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, but not cloudy at all. Edges look lighter brown. Tan head of maybe 2 fingers. Good retention and a lot of lacing. Looks really good, pours nicely.

S: Deep roasty malt flavor, coffee and smoke. Smells like I would expect for a smoked porter.

T: Deep flavor that matches the smell very closely. Lot of roasted malts up front that give way to smokiness and coffee. The beer kind of loses me on the finish though. The hops don't come through enough to balance out the initial burst of flavor. Still fantastic, just a little week on the finish.

M: Not as heavy as one might expect. Low carbonation, not sticky at all.

D: Relatively low gravity beer, weighs in at just 5.9% ABV, and not overwhelming to the palate. I almost wish it was a little heavier to balance out the flavor, but it's still a great beer. If there is such a thing as a session porter, this just might be it.

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Photo of wcintula
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bomber with two nice porter-drinking folks at Sunswick in Queens. Cheers.

Pours with very dark body with a big lighter coffee colored head, looks nice. Great smells of malt and smoke. The taste is great with those same predominant flavors jumping out at you while the hops are light. Big thick and full bodied, is lesser on carbonation. At a low %ABV, I'd drink this over and over again.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have to admit, I picked this from my beer fridge for the low ABV, as I didn't have lunch - more alcohol on an empty stomach, not good. This beer is the right fit for the night.

Heavy black, with a solid head, draws down to a tacky-looking deep tan layer of bubbles.

Incredible on the nose - like a fall bonfire, with plenty of smoke, but heavy in roasted malts too.

Highly roasted and smokey, but clean on the tongue. Almost like mixing a straight porter with a quarter rauchbier - it has those undertones.

Dry but still a little viscous. Light carbonation. Sticky to close.

Easy drinker, especially given the ABV.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy crap, what a porter. Maybe not typical of the style, but a monster that does the style proud.

Appearance- Pours dark and nearly opaque, thick clingy tan head.

Smell- Smoke, chocolate, light coffee, sweet malts.

Taste- Smoky, rich malty, light hoppy balance. Absolutely wonderful. I felt like I was out at a bonfire, inhaling the smoke then taking a sip of a nice rich porter.

Mouthfeel- Heavy and sticky, slightly cakey.

Drinkability- If you're in the mood for something different, this is your brew. The smoke flavor jumps out at you and doesn't let go. Very nice.

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Photo of DannyS
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the far less arrogant offerings from Stone Brewing. Served in a pint glass, poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A - Pitch black that remains black with a faint glare of light when held up to it. Thin but resilient head, good retention and lacing.

S - Coffee, charcoal, smoke, and toasted oat. Basic, but it works.

T - Very mild on the bitterness. Lots of good coffee and smoke flavor. Subtle hops and good malt, just ever so slightly sweet.

M - carbonation is medium to low, body is full. Very well balanced feel.

D - Highly sessionable. The bitterness is far form overwhelming and the ABV isn't ridiculous. Finishing the bomber was an easy task.

Overall - A great, well balanced porter. Easy drinking and very socially inclined. Crack a few open and enjoy a round with friends!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark, raisiny brown hue, under a nice, big, bubbly brown head.
Aroma: initially yielding nothing, but with time we get all the whiffs of a smoked salmon session, right here in your beer! ...very clear, clean, but sharp with the smokiness, and noticably subdued beyond that.
Mouthfeel is big and warm, floods every inch...portery characteristics are secondary to the smoke involved, and you have to let it reign, it's the smoke in charge tonight.
Terrific texture, tasty tang, full body, thick, chewy,delicious, chock full of the requisite coffee/cocoa connotations I would demand out of a decent porter, but they emerge only briefly and are submerged by that smoke!
thanks to xlperro

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Photo of adamette
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a bomber purchased shortly after I had asked for help in understanding why ratings for SN Celebration are so high and someone here on BA suggested that I drink one of these instead of worrying about all of the rude responses that I got to that question. Anyway, purchased at World Wines and Liquor last October or so. Poured into my clean, clear Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. Served at about 50 degrees. Bottle had been in my ~60 degree cellar since last October.

A Medium to light brown generous head that sticks around for a few minutes. Body is dark brown with maroon highlights when placed in front of direct light.

S Well, smoked with moderate to dark malt. Exactly what I expected but pleasing in that regard. Inviting and a good smell.

T Nice smoked porter with smokiness leading the taste spectrum over a base of the medium to dark roasted malt. I taste raisins or dates and maybe some licorice as well as a subtle chocolate taste. This is like a collection of "dark" tastes in that all of the tastes are of items that tend to be dark in appearance. Nice touch.

M Not as smooth as some porters that I have had but also not as heavy, this porter is unique in the successful inclusion of the smoked aspect.

D Good for a porter and the low ABV means that I will finish this bomber without great difficulty.

Notes: The first of 5 Stone beers that I will taste and rate. This is an interesting and complex porter and I love that smoky character of it.

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Photo of pwogle
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very large head is formed off the pour that is a nice creamy tan color. Very nice uniform bubbles in it as well lots of retention and a nice cap. While drinking lacing is big and sticks in GIANT clumps.. oh that's sexy! Gorgeous clear dark red body with wonderful red ruby hues, I love this color it looks just wonderful.

Bouquet is a nice roast and coffee at first then gives way to some smoky meat character like jerky salts, a small hint of sweet brown sugar but very small.

Taste is slight jerk roast meat, but not incredibly salty. Very much rauchbier light in a sense. There is a neat spicy hop finish on this also on the swallow. Heat and expansive in the palate while drinking, my palate feels warm and hot almost hot sauce in feel and seems to grow.

Overall great drinkability, fits in with grilled meats like crazy. I want to bbq now after drinking this, and I like the slight spice finish at the end.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a finger of bone white head. Smell isn't very strong but is mostly roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts up front, with coffee and hints of chocolate. Mouth is very smooth with a little more carbonation than I was expecting. Overall, another great beer from Stone. I don't think I've ever been disappointed by them.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured dark chocolate brown, bordering on black. It poured a good foamy one and one half inch head that slowly dissapated and left a slight creamy lace on top that stuck to the glass throughout the entire drink. The smell was semi-sweet with a fair amount of spicy undertones. Just a slight hint of coffee. It started out with a sweet cream taste with just the right mix of a coffee taste. The middle was laced with a spice that I just can't put my finger on. The finish was just slightly bitter with a slight kick of smoke. All and all a great beer that would be great to share with friends over a heated conversation about nothing, or with a fine dinner, or just sitting back and relaxing after a long day at work.

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Photo of Herby1011
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sokol_1993
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Dark black, not much head and not that great head retention either.
Smell: The floral notes from the hops are really showing here. There is some smell of smokiness, but not as much as I would have thought.
Taste: hoppy, really malty and a bit smoky. Floral notes are still presented strongly here.
Feel: Light-medium body. Some floral and bitter taste lingering around your taste bud.
Overall: A really great beer, and I'll surely get it again. I would rather call it Smoked IPA than a smoked porter though.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark brown with a long-lasting white head.

Smell: Roasty malts.

Taste: Roasted malts start out a bit sweet, ending with very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy thickness and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very nice smooth porter.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
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