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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Ratings: 4,191 |  Reviews: 1,815
Photo of hellhammermario
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Deliberately poured with three fingers of desert sand colored foam, this baby looks beautiful residing in a footed Belgian tulip glass. When held to the brightest of light, the color is a resounding quality mahogany with perfect clarity. Lacing comes in over the 85th percentile...beautiful!

The nose needed a little coaxing...but it decanted at 43°, more than a tad low for both the style and pedigree. As a more appropriate temperature was achieved, what emerged was a chocolate profile with a roasted malty depth.

The initial taste reveals a most wonderful dryness which begins with a tongue-dance performed by the just-right level of carbonation. Deep roasted grains then take over providing a wonderful depth and creamy mouthfeel only to be outdone by the finish of light smoke, hop bite, and slow malty fade.

I'd love the opportunity to sample this complimented with salami or sausage incorporated into lasagna or pizza.

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

Pitch black with a slight amount of off what big bubble head. Thick amount of lacing.

Rich smokey chocolate. Slightly fruity with a wood note. Pronounced hop zest along with a dark toffee malt sweetness.

Comes across creamy but that dissipates fast. Thinner than expected. Very deep roasted black malt but also a light malt character. A resin bitter hits up front fades but comes right back to leave a green tea dryness.

Not as a big of a body as expected so pretty light. The flavors move quickly so it keeps you drinking.

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Photo of saxclar123
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour itself seems less viscous that I expected. Once in the glass, the color is a deep and rich mahogany with ruby hues in around the edges of the glass. The head that forms lasts only briefly, reaching its pinnacle at height of about 2 cm. Lacing comes in a coarse and wide spiderweb around the sides of the glass, but interestingly enough, I don't get anything around the back of the glass, as it faces me.

S: Given how rich Stone's beers usually are, I was expecting a big roast and smokey aroma, but I didn't really get that. Instead, I ended up with more chocolatey and coffee aromas. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but somewhat disappointing given this beer's name.

T: The smoke comes through a bit more here, but again, it seems a bit too understated. Luckily, there are some other substantial flavors that come through as well. Coffee, roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate all add to the complex character of this beer and draw my attention away from the lack of smoke.

M/D: Despite my initial impression of this beer's viscosity as somewhat thin, the feel is really anything but. More substantial than some stouts that I have enjoyed, the feel is creamy and smooth. The carbonation that produced that nice thick and creamy head has disappeared, and allows my sips to slide down my throat. This is a very enjoyable beer, and I reached the end of the bottle before I expected to, as it goes down so easily.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Editing this review on 10/10/2012, now with much more beer drinking experience.
This time poured from bomber into long-stemmed snifter.

Deep brown to solid black with a thick creamy head. First smell doesn't do the rest of the beer justice. Malty with hints of coffee, but doesn't prepare you for the taste to come. Smoke is rather faint compared to what I remember.

Much more flavor than the aroma lets you in on. Roasted malts are right up front before the smoke comes along. Not quite the woody campfire smoke you find in a rauchbeer, this is more earthy, suggesting some peat malt.

Smooth and creamy medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a nice twist on the American Porter, with a nice balance between the roasty and sweet notes of the porter and a touch of smoke.

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Photo of Crimsontider22
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of JasonTaverner
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Thrasher
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impenetrably dark with spiderweb lacing. Chocolate and smoke aroma. The malts are huge, and the smoke is very light but it's tough to keep smoke from dominating a big slice of the flavor. I am also getting a lot of hop bitterness and dryness. Hardly any sweetness from the malts carries through, and the juicy hops leave it bitter and appetizing. A serious beer, and a good one at that.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to expatsteve for bringing me some Stone back from out East.

Pour: smokey black with garnet highlights, not quite opaque to the light with a finger of creamy tan foam that fades to a ring.

Nose: metallic, appleskins, smoked jerky, charred malt, wisps of booze, caramel malts add body.

Taste: not as smoked as I would have guessed from an extreme brewer like Stone but still noticeable. Rich, charred malts with sweet caramel body dominate with notes of beef jerky, wood, appleskins and surprisingly noticeable but not distracting booze in the finish and a cocoa/coffee coating on the tongue.

Feel: creamy, rich, but far from chewy...smooth.

Drinkability/Overall: a tasty porter with a smokey richness adding depth and character. A little tame for Stone, but a solid representation of the style as is their IPA. Can't wait til they're distributed here this summer.

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

This pours a very dark red-brown that turns black with any depth, a small head and great lacing. On the nose I'm getting a good deal of toasty flavors, some coffee and chocolate, but underneath that there seem to be some piney hops. On the tongue the coffee and some subtler smoke notes come through. In the mouth it's a good deal thinner and lighter than a lot of the porters and stouts I like, which is refreshing, not cloying at all, but full enough to be satisfying. Obviously it's not waterish but it's not laborious. Like an svelte English game gun versus a Winchester Model 21. Both are great, but very different. In the drinkability department I find this to be pretty great due to the manageable alcohol content and lightish body.

Overall this a fine brew, nearing the absolute top class of porters in my book.

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Photo of jmartinger
4.56/5  rDev +14%

Photo of frank4sail
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark scarlet/ruby color with a rich sticky thick lacing yellowish beige head. Rich sweet chocolate smell with a slight wisp of toasted hazel nut. Inital dry cocoa powder and coffee taste. The brew then finishes with a sharp hop/smoke bite. The mouth is thick initally with a dry back of the tongue finish. The dryness to the finish pushes you to drink more. There is alot going on in the brew complex and bewildering to the palate.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stone Smoked Porter...

Appearance-dark black with minimal head despite an heavy pour, heavy carbonation, certainly fits the style profile.

Smell-alcohol and bready malt, caramel and coffee undertones, a little bit of smokiness but it doesn't dominate.

Taste/Mouthfeel-nice suprisingly light malty flavor, chocolate and coffee, some small smoke burn but it's again lighter than I expected. Creamy smoothness, hints of raisin like fruit as well.

Drinkability-smooth light creamy very drinkable.

Overall-a surprisingly subdued beer from Stone but it's a good one, very flavorful and very drinkable.

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Photo of TheDoak
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of mzwolinski
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice robust porter. Pours almost completely opaque, even backlit, though ominous, blood-red highlights are perceptible. Thin, creamy head persists throughout the 22 oz drink.

The aroma, true to style, smells of roasted coffee and perhaps charcoal.

Taste is slightly chocolately, though roasted grain dominates. Slight smokey flavor from their pete-smoked malt is detectable throughout.

Very full-bodied ale, with a slightly sweet finish. This is a very drinkable brew -- it was difficult for me to wait for the beer to warm up a bit, but well worth it! Tastes best when just slightly cool.

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Photo of tazzman
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Pellinore1
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of aratcliffe
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in my stone pint glass

A: pours a deep dark brown color verging on black, shows a small amount of light through when held up to the light, pours with two fingers of thick frothy head that is light brown with large bubbles and lingers beautifully, leaves tons of lacing on the glass
S: beautiful sweet chocolate malts and a slight underlying coffee malt scent, overall a really pleasant nose on this one, everything i hope to see with a porter
T: great taste, hits first with the sweetness of the chocolate malts then moves into a bit of smoked wood flavor and also something like hickory smoked bacon, nice but a bit intense, and finishes with a nice smoothness of coffee malts
M: gentle carbonation, thick on the palate, leaves the mouth feeling dry like after sitting around a camp fire for too long
O: a great smoked porter, would have liked to see a bit of a better feeling on the palate and a little bit less of an intense baconish flavor, i know it is a smoked porter but im allowed to be picky

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Photo of billhelm
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours dark brown..completely opaque of course...with a large head that dissapates down to ring around the edge of the glass. Dark roasted malt, chocolate, caramel notes. Sweeter than I expected. Some hops, and smokey as it should be. The alcohol is disguised completely, I could drink this for breakfast. The mouthfeel is slick and full. Overall a great porter, a tough comparison against Synebrychoff, which IMO is the best. But even still, very good. I will be drinking this again and again when in the mood for a porter.

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