Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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4/5
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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:
#3,997
Reviews:
1,816
Ratings:
4,202
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
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203
Gots:
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Photo of Justinbshelton
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Jlang2012
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 KFrank729
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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 petrusek23
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 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 FlussigkeitMut
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Beefytits4
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of johunnic
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of BrewmanCapote
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of zachary80
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split. Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Best by 10/28/11

L: Great light tan head. Big bubbles in it. Thick lacing.

S: Hard to pick out what the key parts of the aroma are. Malty with maybe a hint of smoke.

T: Flavor of mild smokiness from start to finish. Never sharp, very well blended. Still would like some more malt or hop flavors to challenge the smoke.

M: Good. Somewhat dry

O: This is very good porter. Wish the aroma was a little stronger but would love to buy this in sixers.

V: A good deal for a bomber at 5.39. However the format will keep me from buying it often

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Photo of Atlas1
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to check another one of the Stone creations off my list.

Poured from the bottle into a belgian snifter, the Smoked Porter is a dark brown color, with nice tan head that leaves minimal lace. It's deep brown in color, but does exhibit some shades of red and dark orange at the edges when held up to the light. Nice looking, but nothing exceptional. The aroma is rich and malty, but less smoky than I would have imagined given the beer's name. It's a nutty aroma with some smoke present, but not as pronounced as I thought it might be. Still, it's a nice porter nose. The taste is rich and nutty as well, with a bitter chocolate/coffee finish. The smoke really emerges in the aftertaste; even more so as the beer warms up to room temperature. It's a mild smokiness, but very evident, and very tasty. Smooth, silky mouthfeel keeps things moving along nicely.

This is an entirely drinkable porter. If the title of the beer scares you off, or if you're not a fan of smoked beers, don't worry - this is not as smoky as you might think. It's a mild smokiness, evened out by a firm malt presence and nutty/coffee/chocolate flavors. It's a good beer, all around.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbnooshay for the bottle.

Pours dark with red highlights. Medium/small sandy colored head. Reduces quickly to a thin cap leaving light lace.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, a sllightly acidic twang and a hint of smoke.

Flavor is malty and a bit medicinal (band aid). Espresso and a little smoke make it interesting. I was expecting more of a wood-fire smoke like a rauchbier, but the smoke character has more of a tobacco smoke quality. Not bad, just different from what was expected; not an unfamiliar combination for me. Nice balance with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

Lighter body for a porter. Good carbonation levels.

Overall it's very good, but I wasn't blown away.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled at a recent private beer tasting. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a sampling glass.

A- Very dark mahogany/brown and nearly opaque with ruby highlights. Tan head. Head dwindles slowly to a thin, incomplete cap.

S- Grapefruit and slightly smoky bitterness.

T- Slightly fruity sweetness on the front with some smoky, roasty maltiness. Balance is superb.

M- Extremely creamy and smooth. Absolutely superb.

D- Excellent. I'd see no problems knocking back and enjoying a 22 ouncer.

Future outlook: Without doubt, I'll be getting this again.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Light black coloration, light comes through readily around the edges. Light tan two finger head that goes away, not active carb going on. Minimum lacing that is still pretty short lived.

S: Weak, but sweet and good

T: Very bland, but much going on. Not roasted, not hoppy, just a little nutty which may more be smoky.

M: Head is very soft, light body, good thirst quenching.

D: Very good. it holds steady the whole way down. I would almost compare is to a watered down RIS

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

I always enjoy a lovely smoked porter, although no one does it like Ölvisholt Brugghús with their Lava.
Here again, we only have an attempt for a winner. Too light, too watery, too dry and too bitter for an ideal smoked beer. The nose is kind of a give away already.
Not bad, but doesn't reach the required standards and for its quality, way overpriced.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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

A -Cracked the bomber and poured this thick, black brew into a pint glass. Great light brown head 2 fingers tall.

S - Not a ton of smell...smoke, coffee, roasted malts. All were present but not that powerful.

T - Pretty upfront chocolate/toasted wood/espresso flavors that didn't really evolve into much else.

M - Great viscosity for a porter. Smooth and rich rich a great coating mouthfeel. Very light carbonation.

D - I found the flavors to mix well, and none to be overpowering. A well balanced beer, and before I knew it, I had drank the entire bomber. Goes down so easily and smoothly, and is very, very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 4,202 ratings