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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
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 LXIXME
4.34/5  rDev +8%
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 emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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 kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -34.1%
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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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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 Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a nice, creamy head. The aroma is definitely dominated by the smoke, although it's not too overpowering. A bit of chocolate, wood, and miscellaneous roast. The smoke continues to come through in the taste atop the chocolate flavors from the nose, with a wee bit of coffee thrown in as well. Smooth and slightly dry.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some ruby tint to it with a light but creamy looking almond colored head,the aroma is very nice I think the light smoky hints along with the chocolate almost makes a fudge brownie aroma is it just me?Taste is very earthy with a raw peanut flavor with the smokiness coming in late that lingers definant resiny hop flavor intermingaled in there as well.A pretty complex beer very worthy of its high marks in my humble opinion.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Large, creamy light brown head on top of a totally opaque, black body. The head has great retention and it leaves a thick layer of lace on the glass as it slowly recedes.

S - Chocolate, raisins, hops and alcohol. The chocolatey malt aroma is most prevalent, mixing with notes of coffee and caramel. There are also some dark fruit aromas, figs and raisins, which meld nicely with the spicy hop notes.

T - The smoke comes in just as it hits the tongue. The roasty, smoked, slightly sour flavor dominates the palate. Hops appear in the middle, but don't overpower. The finish is smoke, charcoal, and tobacco that slowly merge into the essence of very dark chocolate.

M - Moderate body and carbonation (thinner than I expected, but I am not complaining as it helps the drinkability.

D - This beer is a feast of complex, dark flavors. The best aspect of this brew is the way the flavors merge in a long, drawn-out finish with a beautiful chocolate character. The easy drinkability is all the more impressive considering how bad smoked beer can get in the wrong hands

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with faint reddish edges under a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Flavor follows the nose with a good smoked, dry finish.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this back in September on tap at Allora in Marlborough, MA, but forgot to log it here. Just noticed it in my notes.

A: Almost pitch black with 2 finger rusty-brown head, served in a flute glass.

N: Nose of roasted malts, slight chocolate, toffee, and some smoked malt.

T: Creamy and roasty with chocolate milk taste. Semi smokey but not overpowering. Semi sweet and a little syrupy, also adds some earthy roasted flavors.

M: Semi thick with decent carbonation and a little syrupy and creamy.

F: Pretty bitter on the finish, which also adds some dark fruits, and slight stouty bitter flavors. A little more lingering smoke but not much, and followed with some light alcohol spice.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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 NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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 mactrail
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flavorful but restrained black beer.

Not much head in the pint glass. Black with slight reddish cast. Aroma has just a hint of smoke and more of browned barley. Medium body. Really subtle smoke flavor compared to other smokey beers. Just a whiff, and not an identifiable kind of smoke. Hops are a tasty but modest addition and take over from the smokiness. Moderate bitter aftertaste.

Pleasant, very quaffable brew. Tasted at Cueva Bar, on Adams Ave in San Diego.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany brown with strong ruby highlights. Light is visible on the opposite side of the glass which is somewhat surprising. Given Stone's perchant for big beers I figured that this porter would be darker than it is. The head is chocolate nougat brown, looks pretty sturdy, is pitting like crazy on top and deposits copious amounts of lace as it slowly descends. As is usual for these guys, an excellent look.

The aroma is dark malty and is more chocolatey than anything else. Strangely enough, I don't appreciate any smoke in the nose. It's a little hoppy too, but very little. Excellent beer. The flavor is a wonderful amalgam of heavily roasted malt, chocolate, dark caramel, hops, coffee and smoke in roughly that order. The hops lend more bitterness than they do actual hop flavor, but this is not a bitter beer.

The smoke is more subdued than I'd like. If you're going to call this beer a smoked porter, then make it smoky. Interestingly enough, the body is much more substantial than the appearance would suggest. This baby is full and creamy; dextriny even. It's a very nice body that helps carry the flavor across the palate and keep it there.

Smoked Porter isn't the best porter that I've ever had, but it's damn close. I knew that Stone wouldn't let me down. If you have easy access to this fine beer, then consider yourself extremely fortunate.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown body with a light tan-colored, creamy head.

Smell: What's in that aroma... let's call it "excitement"! Lightly sweetened cocoa and coffee amidst the rich, smokey overtones.

Taste: More of that semi-sweet chocolate and coffee from the nose, and, of course, the smoke, but also just a hint of citrus on the finish. Though the flavors run a bit thin at times, its still pretty pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Slighty creamy.

Drinkability: Reasonably smoked, it gives you just enough of that smoke you want without ever becoming overpowering or life-threatening.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a thin beige head and leaves a good lace on the glass.

S: Heavy roasted coffee and chocolate smell with the smokiness that gives the beer its name. The malt comes through as well. Very nice!

T: The smoked flavor is what dominates in the taste with a mild bitterness, both of which stay in the after-taste. You also get a bit of dark chocolate in it. Not too sweet as some Porters can be.

M: Smooth, medium carbonation with a medium/heavy body and a little more crisp than most Porters that I’ve had. The fact that it’s not as sweet as most Porters lends to less of a syrupy & sticky feel that other beers of this style tend to leave behind.

D: It’s very easy to drink since it’s not too sweet, not too bitter and not very over-powering. However it is a bit filling, which is expected in the style. Overall this was a very good beer. Stone Brewing Co. does not disappoint. The beer represents the style well, while maintaining the brewery’s signature.

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

Pored a dark brown/black that let just the slightest light through. Small cream colored head gave was quickly leaving just a bit around the edge till the bottom. Smell was total caramel chocolate malts. A hint of a spiceness as well. Taste was very nice, the nice malts come through beutifully and the mouthfell is almost perfect, goes down very smooth and has a very nice, long lingering almost hopped back. This is a very nice brew, I would love to try this on tap one day!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Thirsty's in York. Put part of the bottle in some burgers marinaded and grilled and reviewed the other portion. Poured chilled into a nonic.

A - Extremely dark brown or mahogany as the ink on the bottle states w/ a 2 finger band of khaki.
The lace clings very well and the porter has a decent garnet amber hue

S - A carmel, toffee, roasted malt scent and dark cherry fruity ester w/ hints of coffee and mild cocoa w/ a fresh juicy hop aroma. The hop scent is both spicy and citrus tinged - a nice mellow toasted/smoked odor accents the roasted malt nose very nicely

M - A sweet feel w/ medium carbonation and bitterness w/ subtle smoky dry texture. The acidity from the hops balances the sweetness and adds complexity to the toasted rich and malty feel

T - Very well blended w/ dark malt thatt has a sweet and juicy taste w/ plum and stone fruit nutty caramel and spiced bread flavors. A light cocoa and smoked flavor adds to the malt roastiness w/ an adequate amount of intensity and flavor that keeps it interesting to the last sip.

D - I love the smoky taste that isn't overdone in this porter. The balance is unusual for Stone's ales, but a welcome trait w/ plenty of fresh hop flavor that lets you know it is a porter from southern California. Possibly in my top 5 Stone ales - I really love a little smokiness in the porter Top notch drinkability I could see myself drinking more of this as the weather gets cooler

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Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black with a finger and a half of off-white head.

S: Smokey, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of sweetness.

T: First sip is sweet, primarily caramel. As it warms up a bit, the slight smokiness comes out, as do the traditional porter flavors such as coffee and chocolate. A nice roasted malt taste is prevalent.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

D: I'm generally not that big of a fan of smoked beers, but this one is light enough on the smoke, and it seems to add a bit of sweetness.

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Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogony to midnight black with a massive bubbly tan head. Lacing is very good & head retention is okay

Smell: Hint of smoked malt, fruitiness, & alcohol

Taste: smokineness up front gives way to biscuity/malt taste with some raisin & alcohol taste on the finish

MF: Very smooth, but a little undercarbonated.

Smokiness is used for good effect on a good-great porter works well. But just not quite perfection. Works well as a stand-alone or with BBQ, cheese, or Heavier food, wouldn't rule it out for dessert.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sunset Cantina.

Thick webby lacing riding off the tawny brown colour. Estery smoky aroma and malty nose. Spicy alcohol flavour with a smoke charcoal malt in the middle. Big maltiness with a light hop balance, some mellow chocolaty malt flavours in the end with a lingering faint smoke. Good stuff on tap and one of the better porters on tap I have had, bring it on.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 3/11/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing this bottle.

A: Dark brown, mocha colored two finger head with nice lacing.

S: Some roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate, and a little bit of smoke.

T: Dark fruits, mostly raisins and some prunes, chocolate malt, and some coffee. There is a hint of hops in it as well.

M: Medium bodied with a rich/silky mouthfeel, which allows for very easy drinking.

O: A nice offering, was expecting a little more smoke on the flavor profile, but even without it, I enjoyed it. Love a Stone offering at a lower ABV.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid brown color; leaves some spotty lace.

Dark malty and touch of what reminds neighbours liquid smoke.

More cocoa than smoke in the flavor; rich bodied and smooth. The finish is like powdered hot chocolate. Good hop aftertaste, which I wasn't expecting. Overall, a very interesting porter on tap.

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22z bottle poured into my Stone nonic pint glass. It poured a very dark brown color with a foamy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. Nice head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a little more of the caramel and milk chocolate to it. I get a little bit of a roasty, bitterness, but not really any smoke.

The taste has a bitter-sweet chocolate and caramel flavors mixing with some roasty, slightly burnt, bitter flavors. It's a nice balance between the chocolaty sweetness and the roasted bitterness. Just a little bit of smoke is there, not enough for me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it's a pretty good beer. It's very nicely flavored and balances the flavors well. It's very drinkable for the style as well. My big criticism is that every time I have this beer I always wish there was more smokiness to it. It's just barely noticeable, which isn't enough for me. Alaskan Smoked porter is one of my favorite beers ever, I just wish this one was a better substitute for that one.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
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