Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
BA SCORE
4/5
4,191 Ratings
Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,491
Reviews:
1,815
Ratings:
4,191
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
200
Gots:
527
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A relatively clear deep rich brown. Appears black until held to light. Pours with a solid, creamy tan head. Retention is decent. Drops to a small creamy cap over a few minutes. Sheets of sticky lacing. Very pretty.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts. Slightly burnt with a nice solid smoky push. Some char. Cocoa and ash. Vaguely grassy with some corn and earth. It smells like every porter should. Sweet caramelized malts in the back. Smokiness builds a bit as it warms.

Taste: Light smokiness. Solidly, but not overly, roasted. Some backing coffee bean and dark chocolate. Hints of cocoa. Some ash and char, but more smoky than either. Underlying nuttiness. Some caramel malt sweetness. Sweet smoky roast.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy and smooth. Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Drinks like a champ with a bit of warmth.

Overall: Because...screw you!

Another benchmark provided by Stone. This isn't a knock your socks of porter, but damn if it's not tasty and sets a bar for the style. I'm not a huge porter fan, but this could change my mind.

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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark reddish brown with a thin head (as expected for a porter)

Smoky aroma with hints of sweet chocolate
Taste wise you get chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and a tiny bit of coffee. Bitterness in the beer is minimal.

I would happily recommend this porter the flavors are very complex and I would need to have it several times to identify them all.

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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, 2012

A: Pours dark amber brown, two finger dissipating head, leaves a lasting film

S: Chocolate, dark berries, and a little bit of cinnamon. As it warms up, the smell really becomes great, the best aspect of this beer

T: Starts with chocolate and roasted malt, followed by cherries and blackberries. Finishes with a pleasant slight bitterness. Really great caramelized flavor without going too far. Not as sweet as some other porters, which is a good thing.

M: A little thin, but carbonated well

O: A really great porter, one I would recommend to anyone looking for a benchmark porter, or trying to get into darker beers in general. I think its one of the best go to bombers widely available

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber served in a Duvel tulip, cellar temperature. 2008 vintage.

A - Pours a dark brown, clear, lots of carbonation. 2 fingers of mocha head fade to a ring of lacing

S - lots of roasted (smoky) malt, milk chocolate

T - smokiness from the toasted malt again, good amount of bitterness from the hops, with chocolate undertones. Hints of cherries emerge at the end as well.

M - smooth, no alcohol to speak of, a little thin

O - I've held on to this one for some time, not sure what to expect as other smoked beers I've had left some to be desired. This was nice, however, as the smokiness was well balanced by the rest of the beer. I would be interested to try this fresh to see how a bit of age has changed it. If only Stone still distributed to Wisconsin....

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4/5  rDev 0%

Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 4,191 ratings
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