Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
4,192 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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Ratings: 4,192 |  Reviews: 1,815
Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into an imperial pint glass.

Gorgeous frothy, khaki 3-finger head slowly settles into an interesting honeycomb pattern as the bubbles coalesce, leaving behind some great lacing. The head reminds me of root beer or dirty sea foam.

Color is deep brown in the center and mahogany around the edges.

Aroma is all roasty sweet malt.

Taste is a great balance between bitter and sweet. Caramel, chocolate, subtle smoke, and some vanilla. Mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious.

Overall this is one of the better porters I've tried.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft at my first trip to the Stone World Bistro. Pours a dark black color with a bit of reddish hue around the edges. Head is not huge, but present with a tan hue and pretty good retention. I got sweet malt aromas with a bit of cocoa powder, dark raisiny fruit and a touch of smoke. Full bodied with a very solid bitterness which follows the Stone style. All in all not as smoky as I was expecting, but actually that works in it's favor as there is balance to be had there.

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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 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 Krakistophales
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black in the middle, brown around the edges with a fingers worth of tan head that becomes film quickly.

S: Smoke, a wood/oak sort of dryness, a hint of roasted barley/malts, a touch of caramel or some kind of creamy sweetness

T: A mix of smoke, oak, and bittersweet chocolate blasts your palate at first, and recedes into a mix of vanilla and leather, with a dry woody finish. This is $(*$&ing amazing.

O: I never knew I would like smokey beers. I tried DFH palo santo once and I DPed it, but after having an east india porter from pretty things, I gained a taste for it and now I'm kinda hooked. I can totally imagine sitting in an old style pub in the 18th century paying a few coppers for a pint of these bad boys.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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 harrymel
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at hills.

A: pours a dark brown ale with a sigle finger of tan head. This falls over a few minutes to a thin quilt of the same. Excellent ruby clarity. spotty lacing.

S: Nutty porter with a mesquite smokiness. Nice, subtle, simple. Nothing special.

T: woody, nutty (pistachio actually). Midpalate, I get some cocoa and coffee. nice finish is smooth on the smoke.

M: Medium body with lo carb. Semi dry finish is nice. Creamy feel.

O: good smoked beer. I think the style is tough to get right and they did a good job here.

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Photo of jgurley
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a giant tan mountainous head. Laces beautifully down my snifter. Classic, familiar roasted malt smell. DON"T LET THE TERM "SMOKED" SCARE YOU OFF!! Taste is classic, clean roasted maltiness. Smoke is subdued, not overpowering, slight. A little hop on the end. Flavor is big but with a refreshing, smooth carbonated mouthfeel. Smoke comes alive as it warms. Has a surprising lightness. Excellent porter. The smokiness and bit of hop bite raise the bar on this one. Dry and a little sour/bitter on the finish. This would be a PERFECT dessert beer. The roast and smoke would offset sweetness nicely.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color almost black, with a nice tan to light brown head. In the aroma, faint smokiness, roastiness, and maltiness. In the taste, a small smoke presence and nice roasted coffee. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry smoke and roast in the aftertaste. A nice presence of smoke and nice hint of coffee and small hop.

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Photo of industrialswill
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first taste of a smoked beer. I decided to try this based on favorable reviews at Beer Advocate.
This is a good looking beer, one that would invite onlookers to try some.
It looks like dark walnut wood work with a tan head.
The smell is a gorgeous mingling of roasted malt and alcohol.
I love the flavor, the smoky malt is offset by just enough hops to make their presense known.
The mouthfeel is so good, this beer would still be enjoyable if I had a bad cold.
Overall, this beer is a winner with me and I would reserve it for special occasions as a novel treat.

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Photo of DavidST
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint glass. This pours a dark brown color almost black (especially near the center), good brown foam head, a nice looking porter. The smell is mostly of chocolate, roasted malts, and some caramel, oddly I don't get much smoked smell. Mouth feel is nice, medium thickness with expected carbonation. The taste is very good, more flavor than I expected, here the smoke flavor is present, I taste smoked roasted malts, a slightly burned flavor and there is some hoppiness on the way down, very nice. Overall another great brew from one of my favorite brewers.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Dark brown with just the faintest amount of visibility through the beer. Big, dark, khaki brown head and plenty of lacing down the glass. A near perfect appearance.

Roasted malts and chocolate in the nose, though there isn't a big smoke aroma, which is a bit surprising.

There's plenty of smoke flavor though, which is a nice addition to the roasted malts and chocolate. A good amount of hops balance things out, making this a relatively bitter, roasty, smoky stout.

Medium bodied, a touch velvety, very good.

A really flavorful porter with a lot of interesting things going on. A tremendous effort by Stone.

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Photo of Armand
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not too bad, but was expecting a little bit more of a kick. The waiter at restaurant didn't know too much about beer and was just throwing Stone beers around and not being to helpful in making a selection. I stuck to it and just drank it.
A: Dark with light being able to sneak in.
S: Dark coffee, strong musky, and cigar.
T: Cigar, woody, charcol, flat whiskey, black licorice.
M: Too musky, and charcoal for m
O: Something I'd like to try again. The vanilla one is amazing.

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Photo of DrewV
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber (Enjoy by 6.21.11 date) into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark cola brown with a 2-finger light mocha colored head. Generous lacing remains as the head dissipates.

S: Nice roasty malt with a pretty fair amount of hops. Light coffee, smoky aroma.

T: Much more potent than the aroma (thankfully). This is a solid porter, to be sure. A heavy roasted malt backbone with a decent amount of bittering hops and a faint smoky flavor hiding in the background. Nice.

M: Creamy, adequately carbonated. Not thin like most other porters. A very nice dessert beer.

O: A great offering from Stone. Maybe not quite my favorite porter, but definitely a good one. For the price, there are better beers out there, but I wouldn't turn this one down if offered to me. A solid B+/A-.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big light brown head slowly recedes above a clear dark brown to black colored porter, leaving a lacing that is comprised of super small bubbles with a super long staying power.

Rich roasted aroma is quite subdued, I was expecting the rich roasted aroma but in a much grander style.

The taste is fuller than the aroma which is more of what I expected, a rich roasted malt taste that's laden with dark chocolates with a very light hint of the remains of a summer bonfire coming to mind with each drink.

A light woody dark chocolate dryish aftertaste lasts a short while but is thoroughly enjoyable, I do wish I had a few more of these.

If you like rich tasting dark beers - browns, porters, stouts, etc. you'll enjoy this, but then again you've probably already had a few of these if your a dark beer lover.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep deep brown, just the faintest hint of light comes through. Fluffy two finger tan head. A few big bubbles in it. Beautiful lacing.

S: Very light scent, expected a much bigger aroma. A subtle smokey aroma. Like a Bar-B-Que that is dying out. Light hints of chocolate. Nice toasted malts. Very light piney hops in the background.

T: Very woody taste. Dark chocolate. Very light coffee. And a very mild hop bitterness rounding it out. A light smokiness lingers in your nose. It's as if your sitting around a campfire.

M: Full bodied. Not as creamy as I'd like.

O: A nice little twist on the style. I like how the smokiness and woodiness are there but not overpowering. Would've liked a bigger aroma and maybe a bit more of a coffee flavor.

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Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a blacked out color with a thick tanned head. Plenty of lacing on the glass as the head retains on top of the brew throughout most of the pour.

Nice fluff of smoke in the nose, but not overpowering. Roasted malts with some bittersweet chocolate and toffee, vanilla as well.

Slight hop presence up front followed by the semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla tones. Distinct notes of smoke, but doesn't blow away the rest of the beer. Hints of coffee beans. Roasted malts hold down a full backbone with some sweetness. Finishes smoky and dry.

Fuller medium body, nice carbonation, somewhat soft and smooth on the tongue. Drinks nicely and quickly, despite being a darker beer, and the smoke is well balanced with the malty flavors.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black/brown highlights with a large light tan head.
Nose shows piney, grapefruit hops, sweet cocoa and roasted malt.
Flavours are similar but with the addition of some delightful smoky flavours.
Nice creamy carbonation.
Great stuff, very moreish.

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Photo of FARGO619
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice jet black appearance, with red and brown undertones. Nice head, foamy but not frothy, decent retention. Nice complexion.

S: Coffee. Very heavy on coffee, not a lot else going on, but its still a nice aroma. The bitter lingers on the nose.

T: Burnt coffee, but nice and smooth. A little chocolate resides. Really nice for anyone who loves a coffee.

M: Smooth, a bit bitter and rough at the start, but smooth overall. Very easy porter. Very smooth medium bodied.

O: Its okay for a porter, and one I enjoy from time to time. Poured from the tap into a chilled pint. I hate it when they do that!

Serving type: bottle/ and tap

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Photo of fsimcox
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour a deep dark black. Thick 1-inch white foamy head that held up very well. Lot’s of lacing.

Smells of smoke with hints of coffee. Not as strong as I expected.

A smooth smoky taste, with hints of coffee and a very faint hop bitterness in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is creaminess, with a nice medium body feel. Some carbonation as well.

I very enjoyable beer if you like this style.

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Photo of awesomeandrew
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark, almost black, thin head, very good lacing

S: You can definitely smell some chocolate, and can pick up some of the smoke smell

T: Very smooth porter, minimal hops, light smooth aftertaste which does not linger, biscuity. You can taste the smoke. A little bit of coffee and chocolate taste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation

O: Love this one. One of the best porters I have had. Anytime I see this I will pick one up, it's that good. The taste is very unique. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite black but more dark brown. Two fingers of head form and slowly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is suprisingly straight up porter. Notes of chocolate and coffee.

Smoke comes through in the flavor. It is nicely integrated and adds to the beer without totally dominating. It stays a porter by not being roasty. Hints of chocolate and tobacco.

Enough depth in body to support the flavors. Nicely carbonated.

I like how the smoke is brought into the beer without totally dominating the beer. This beer impresses me the most with Stone.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep chocolate brown color with ruby highlights. Billowing light tan head. Tons of tightly packed spider web lacing.

S - a light smoke permeates around robust malts. Burnt sugar and Coffee grinds rounds out the nose nicely.

T - a mild chocolatey sweetness followed by lots of bitter roasty malts. A smokey/burnt flavor in the middle followed by a dry and herbal hop bitter finish.

M - medium bodied, on the lighter side. Lively carbonation.

O - nice from the bottle, just an all around well made beer but way better on tap, much richer and creamier.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smoked porter pours out almost like a stout. The liquid looked pretty thick. The color was black and the head was brown. There was some good lacing too. The aroma is lightly smoked and roasted. The taste is a little salty from the smoked malts, but also has a nice roasted quality too with some hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a decent body to it. Overall it's not my favorite Stone brew but it's worth trying.

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Photo of juju7
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grey import bomber.

Nice thick, creamy head atop dark brown body with tawny edges.

Was expecting a more overpowering nose given it's a Stone beer but was pleasantly surprised with the nice blend of hops, subtle smoke and roast coffee. Smoke comes through again on the palate along with some fairly serious bitterness. Personally I prefer my porters a little more thick and chocolatey. For me this is a touch thin on malt body considering the forward bitterness.

Overall a good beer and one to share. Bomber is way too much for me. It was an absolute killer match with the smoked wagyu slices I nibbled on while drinking.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 4,192 ratings
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