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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:
#3,635
Reviews:
1,816
Ratings:
4,195
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
201
Gots:
528
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 4,195 |  Reviews: 1,816
Photo of PEBKAC
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rib night... mmm mmm. :)

Pours black with just a tint. Obsidian in color really. A light Ovaltine colored head with not much to it.

Rich raisiny scent, cheap milk chocolate. Wait a sec, let me break out the Raisinets. Chomp chomp chomp. :D

Hmmm, strange combination of dusty coffee grinds pureed & mixed into a batch of sugar-free hot chocolate. Maybe a little vanilla hiding in the background, but mostly just the first two offerings with a pinch of salt. Reminds me of weekends at Grandma's house. Grandma is getting senile, so whenever she decided to make hot chocolate, she blanks out half way, & forgets to add any sugar. She doesn't even measure, she just drops the entire 3lb block into the kettle & starts watching novellas in the other room. :)

Back on topic, the porter has a cream soda mouthfeel, slightly drying. There's almost the illusion of it being uneven. You can't feel it, but it reminds me of mixing up Country Time lemonade & having little bits of powder float through your teeth. They melt on contact, but you swore they were there. Gives it a stronger body then I would have otherwise rated it.

Drinking a bomber is pretty easy whether you have food or not. The scent initially warns of a strong, heavy beer, but that is so not the case.

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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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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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Photo of Jmamay22
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a coke colored head that retains well and leaves some occasional lacing. The beer itself move from a dark black approaching brown to a lighter caramel colored brown along the sides of my glass.

Smells of caramel, dark fruits and a well placed smokiness. The smoke doesn't overwhelm like a Rauchbier, but complements and blends in with the other tones.

Tastes of chocolate, which gives way to a drying smoky finish. It's difficult to say where the smoke flavor ends and the hops begin as they meld seamlessly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel comes off a little thin and watery. Somewhat lifeless compared to the beer itself. This a very drinkable and unique porter. After the initial glass new flavors and subtleties continue to emerge. The smoke flavor is not the centerpiece, but acts as a complement to a fine porter.

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Photo of Greggy
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a tan 2 finger head over a black body with ruby brown highlights. The head has great retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S- First off the bat is some nice smoky campfire, a meatiness, and underlying chocolate and cream and a nice hoppy edge.

T- Starts off with a nice smokey campfire and meaty note with an underlying citrus hop note and some roasted grains, chocolate, and cream. The finish has bits of smoke, some creamy chocolate, and even some essence of marshmellow.

M- Low carbonation works well and the smokiness is very balanced but clearly evident. To date, the best smoked porter or stout to deliver the smoke factor.

D- A downright solid brew. This has the most Rauchbier characteristics that I've seen yet in the porter category. Definitely check this one out as it's very delicious and drinkable.

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Photo of oldsailor
2.41/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the only product I've sampled from one of my favorite breweries that I cannot stand. I've tried this on multiple occasions while visiting the stone brewery just to see if maybe my opinion would change, but it hasn't. The smoothness of the beer is it's best attribute. The smoky flavor is unappetizing and leaves me wanting to get anything else on the menu in my glass to overpower the flavor. Think I'm done trying to give this a chance and will just leave this off my list of beers I like.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kegger22
2.85/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A ridiculous amount of carbonation translated into a ridiculous amount of foam (hard to call 4 3/4" of foam poured gently into a 5" high glass, head). I could feel very little carbonation from the glass, all wasted in foamy head, and had to drink straight from the bottle to get a feel for how much carbonation was present. It tasted better after the carbonation loss, not a great flavor, earthy. I could not find any chocolate, anywhere. I generally like Stone products, but this is a very pedestrian effort. To be honest, I can't believe this is the same beer that the majority of other reviewers rated! Maybe I just got a hold of a bad bottle, but usually that is indicated by too little carb, not too much. Not horrible, but definately disappointing.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of acevenom
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours dark brown to black with a creamy tan head that dissipates slowly. As is typical of Stone beer, there is plenty of lacing left on the side of the glass. Mild smokiness could be detected in the initial pour. The nose reveals more smokiness to accompany the dark roasted malt. There's a mild aroma of chocolate and hops. The smokiness is prominent, but well balanced along with the taste of the dark roasted malt and chocolate. The hops are faint in the background. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth, making this a highly drinkable porter. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Justinbshelton
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Originally sampled on 29 December 2001. This rich porter has elements of smoke, chocolate & coffee in it. It is definitely a sipping beer. Sit back in your easy chair and spend some time with this beauty. Be sure to have it at cellar temperature, Not ice cold!!

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Photo of mobrockman
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Slynger
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone's Smoked Porter pours a deep brownish black with mahogany highlights near the bottom of the glass. Nicely sized light tan lid.

The nose has sweet chocolatey malts first and foremost with a dark roasted and nutty character, with hints of smokiness. Cherry liquorices comes out as it warms a bit.

The flavor has a nice balance and approachability to it. Soft chocolate and caramel flavors with un-intimidating amounts of black coffee, and a more pronounced smoke character than the nose.

I was thinking Stone would try to overpower me with this one, but they didn't. This was a tasty and well balanced porter with a fairly light smokiness to it. Come to think of it I kinda wish they did try to blow me away. Oh well, still a good beer, and maybe they will come out with an imperial version.

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Photo of lobos62
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 4,195 ratings
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