Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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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:
#4,067
Reviews:
1,816
Ratings:
4,202
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
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Ratings: 4,202 |  Reviews: 1,816
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 djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured very dark amber (close to black) in color with a finger high tan head. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible and a thick ring of bubbles covers the surface near the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of smoky and roasted malts in the nose.
T: Flavors of dark roasted malts dominate the taste, which has some notes of coffee. Smoky flavors appear in the finish. The malty flavors are nicely balanced with the hops, which lend a little bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and very sessionable. It's a good representation of the style and I will definitely have it again.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, picked up when I was in lovely Missoula, Montana this past summer.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber colour, with two fat fingers of thick, rocky, and foamy beige head, which leaves an unbroken wall of skewed bicycle chain lace around the glass as it gently melts away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, wet ash, some meaty brine, bitter chocolate powder, a faint oily nuttiness, and a sturdy earthy, leafy hoppiness. The taste is rather heavily toasted caramel malt, acrid smoked meat, further peaty smoke, chalky cocoa, creamed coffee, and grassy, floral hops.

The carbonation is average in its frothy bearing, helping render the body smooth and even somewhat creamy, over a stout (sorry!) medium weight. It finishes increasingly off-dry, the now softly smoky caramel malt hardly dented by either ash or any lingering hops.

A very enjoyable and easy to put back smoked beer, at least compared to the few I've yet tried. Perfect as an accompaniment to watching this week's episode of Weeds - Stone is 'advertised' in the show!

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

A fantastic beer to revisit over and over again. This beer displays a beautiful blend of delicacy, flavor, and boldness that is always opportunistic but non-boastful.

The beer holds true to the look of better Porters. Very dark brown with deep mohogany highlights. Moderate carbonation delivers a more aggresive head than expected but then settles into a 1/2" foamstand that lasts the session while leaving tons of lacing behind.

Interspersed aromas of cocoa, coffee, smoke, and caramelized malts take turns hitting the nose, giving different signals each time my nose comes close.

Flavors favor the Porter-like chocolate-coffee blend while settling onto a steadfast caramelly malt foundation. The smoke character never seems to attach to the taste, rather giving much of its character through the olfactories and the exhale sensation (beautifully woven into the beer). Light fruits of fig, date, and raison give some credence to the esters, but largely go unnoticed. Clean yeasty flavors give an undescript malt flavor that's difficult to describe.

The texture is full, rich, and round; though in a Porter kind of way. Bittered from a blend of hops and roasted grains acheive a nice balance without overdoing it (good restraint for Stone). Not heavy, thick or overbearing, this beer can be consumed quickly- maybe too quickly. But at a moderate alcohol, the head or inhebreation of the beer is quite digestable and tollerable.

This is a beautiful beer that does everything that is asked of a Porter, but then with the proper companionship of a campfire. A bit more fruitiness could have helped with the depth and complexity of the beer. I'd like to see this beer imperialized.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pt 6 fl oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and good retention. The head colour is a slight tan. Colour is a solid black. It's generally appealing.

Sm: Slight rauchbier smoke, caramelized malt, a bit of roast, and light bacon. A mild strength aroma.

T: Light roast, some smoke, caramelized malt, and a bit of bacon. A bit simple compared to expectations. It's well balanced, though. I do like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours. It's a touch too thick.

Dr: Very drinkable for a smoked beer, but a bit too malty. It's got an average ABV and a high price. I don't think I'd have it again.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this particular bottle for six months. Not sure why I waited so long, but it's time to drink it!

Pours a dark brown, black in the middle. Not quite opaque in the light, where the edges turn a lighter shade of reddish brown. Small head of light tan foam. No lacing that sticks around. Head fizzles down to a skim, with a ring around the edge of the glass.

Banana esters in the aroma, bready dark malt like a Doppelbock. No perceptible smokiness that I can smell.

Very malty flavor, very mild hint at smoke, with slight banana from the yeast coming through at the end. Mildly sweet with a mild astringency. Creamy, lactic feel, pretty smooth with a well hidden ABV.

Had to split the bomber, as it was fairly filling. Probably won't seek this out again but it was worth trying.

$4.99 @ Liquor Stop, Highland, IN.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/28/2015. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finer dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted brown bread, wood smoke, herbal, mint, pepper, light coffee/nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and compelxity of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted brown bread, wood smoke, herbal, mint, pepper, light coffee/nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted brown bread, wood smoke, herbal, mint, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.9%. Overall this is an excellent smoked American porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. It’s unfortunate that this one is being retired this year, but at least the homebrew recipe will always be available. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, dark black color with a thick, foamy, cappuccino-like head. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled smoky, but not over the top smoky. There were hints of coffee, too.

T - It tasted fairly smoky, but it wasn't overdone. There were subtle tastes of licorice, chocolate and expresso.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good smoked porter. Its mild smoke quality makes it more versatile when pairing it with food and it won't wreck your palate for another brew.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium-black color porter with a medium size foamy head with average retention. Aroma of slightly bitter hops with some very subtle smoke in there. Taste is also slightly bitter with a very subtle touch of smoke. I was honestly expecting a more smoky character because of the name of the beer. Also, I was expecting a hoppier porter based on previous tasting of Stone beers. A bit of letdown really.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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 SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Idle Hands in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear dark amber to brown in color with some ruby hints when held up to the light. There is a thin off-white head that reduces to a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Roasted and caramel malts followed by a lovely peat smokiness and some hints of sweetness. The smell reminds me a bit of a good scotch.

T: Slight hint of iodine/band-aid from the smoke but that just adds to the flavor in my opinion. Some caramel sweetness but not as much as you might expect from the smell, followed by the peat smokiness, and leave a scotch like flavor on the tongue as a aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Definitely a really interesting beer with a good flavor but I personally could not drink a whole lot of this one - just doesn't match my palate as well as other smokey beers. Definitely a quality offering from Stone and a good one to sip on.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown in color, almost black, but with clear ruby and mahogany highlights visible at the base of the glass. It's frothy tan head holds quite well. It keeps a creamy collar and thin surface covering throughout the glass, and leaves good lace as well. The nose is quite enticing, with a chocolate and caramel base that's enhanced by a soft peat-smokiness. The smoke is just enough to add to, and enhance, the aroma of the beer. The body is medium/full, creamy, and velvety smooth in the mouth. The flavor, much like the aroma and mouthfeel, is quite smooth and round. This beer is exceptionally well balanced in all regards. It's softly sweet with a combination of milk chocolate and caramel, a light touch of smoke, a supportive bitterness and some background hop flavors. It finishes with a lingering roastiness, mild smokiness, and dull bitterness followed by some light, grassy hop flavor. Although the subtle smoke gets lost in the flavor over the course of the glass, it remains in the nose. Very nicely done, and highly drinkable with just enough smoke to give it a little bit of complexity and keep it interesting throughout one or two. Except for it's strength, this would make a very nice session beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: From a 22 oz bomber to a Stone Ruination mug. Dark brown with reddish tints, just barely transparent when held up to the light. The tan-colored head shows no sign of going anywhere.

Smell: Mild smoke at the forefront, charred grains and coffee. The smoke aroma comes out more and more as it warms, though it never becomes dominant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and smoky with subtleties of coffee and burnt bread. Dry throughout - I can't pick up any sweetness whatsoever. The body is medium-full and chewy, moreso than the average American porter. The smoke flavor is plainly noticeable but nicely balanced; it blends nicely with the other flavors rather than dominating the palate. The finish remains dry, revealing a mild earthy hop note that pairs nicely with the smoky backbone.

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