Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
BA SCORE
4/5
4,192 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:
#3,495
Reviews:
1,815
Ratings:
4,192
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
200
Gots:
527
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,192 |  Reviews: 1,815
Photo of miwestcoaster
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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 BrewmanCapote
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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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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 CharlesRiver
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black in color with a 1/4 inch tan head. Robust and full bodied but not over powering. The smoke is well balanced with the rest of the beer. There are hints of chocolate in the beginning that give way to the smoke flavor. Redbones has this on tap and I can't wait!

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Photo of freed
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just finished a day of skiing, and this is a surprising compliment. Nice light ring of foam and odd geometric lacing. Deep chocolate brown body, but not quite black. Smell is slightly mild for such a strong beer; but its predominantly smoked peat.

That thought is continued through the taste. Initially I sensed some greeness, but the longer I take, the better tastes. There are some sweet flavors that mingle with the otherwise dry and peaty dominance, and they do help. For a Stone brew, I'm somewhat startled by the lack of bitterness, but the hop selection seems to compliment the beer very well. It helps dry the palate with the smoke, and whispers in your ear "take another sip."

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Photo of lobos62
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of PhilMiller
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace leaving some messy foamy lacing all around the glass.
The smell has a light ashy to meaty smokiness to it in the front. After a bit of warming, then there's some subtle roast weaving into the rest of the blend, nice.
The taste was moderately smoky with the roast gently settling back in underneath with a warming subtle sweetness (cocoa bean?, I'm guessing). The aftertaste was really nice as it took the smoke along with the roast and allowed the sweetness to enter in. Gentle dry finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied and felt like it had more roast than smoke on my tongue, not bad, but wasn't expecting that, different.
Overall, for the most part as someone who used to live in Southeast Alaska, ahem, uh..yeah, when you get the choice of this or Alaskan Smoked Porter, I'm gonna stick with Alaskan's. Sorry, Stone, its still good for the most part.

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Photo of diamondlie
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

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

Great looking beer! A deep, dark read -- nearly black -- with ruby highlights. Small off-white head accents it.

Aroma is rauchbier-like: burnt wood, barbecue mesquite, dark burnt chocolate and... bacon!

The roasted malts really show up in the flavour. Good hop backbone as well, with a smoky finish and bitter, dry aftertaste that morphs into sweet candy sugar over time. As it warms, additional flavours (milk chcolate, sweet toffee, banana) start to show up. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Fantastic beer!

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Photo of johunnic
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black, with traces of mahogany around the edges and bottom of the glass; a chocolate milk like head, with a decent and invigorating nose of roasted malts, chocolate and dark roast coffee beans. Creamy, tenderly slick; coffee roast flavors are couples with some charcoal and burnt toast. The palate is rich and clean, with dark chocolate and just a touch of bitterness. A long, lingering and nice smoky feeling going on here. Very nice; an absolute stellar porter, to be expected from Stone.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber, served in a shaker pint. Poured a dark brown almost black with a couple of fingers of fine bubbled tan head. Not a lot of smoke in the aroma, some chocolate malt and a little hops. Roasty, chocolate malt flavor that quickly gives way to the smoke. Dry finish with the smoke and chocolate malt really lingering. A fair amount of hop bitterness in the middle. Smoke seems to come out more as the beer warms.

A solid smoke flavor without being overwhelming on top of a good base beer. Flavors of the base beer come through.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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

With the upcoming change in the weather I've found myself revisiting some brews I haven't had in a long time. Definately wasn't in the mood for a porter all summer that I can remember, and I don't think I've had the Stone since my first days of beeradvocacy. Definately a great beer. Dark brown, but not opaque, with a hefty brown head on there. Nice and bubbly. Smell and taste are loaded with complex chocolaty coffee notes and a nice smoke character that really separates this beer from others in the style. Really nice. Definately much hoppier than I expected as well, with a really killer bitterness not usually found in porters. I really liked that part of the beer, and it gave it a nice dry mouthfeel, which is also strange for a porter. Definately something I'll be keeping warm with this fall and winter.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a change of pace after my Monk's Cafe... pours an almost opaque black with thick off-white head that fades more rapidly than I was expecting. Nice lacing, however. Normal porter notes on the nose of chocolate, dark malt, and a hint of hops. Definitely getting some smoke in there too. Taste is pretty good, chocolate malt, dark malt, some near coffee flavors, some piney hops (slight), and a bit of smoke. The smoke here is actually more pronounced in the nose than the flavor. Slightly creamy body, though it falls flat at the front of the palate. It could use (I can't believe I'm saying this) a bit more carbonation. Or more body. Pretty easy drinker here, although I feel as though it is due to the moderation in smoke flavors. A good introduction for me to smoked beers, but next time I might just go for a smoke bomb. I guess I can't fault this beer too much because it is definitely a porter, and a good one at that. I need to remember that it is Stone Smoked Porter and not Stone Rauchbier.

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Photo of damienblack
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark brown, almost black. Very porterlike in appearance. Nice little carbonation bubbles surface. Smell isn't very porterlike. All i get from it is a sort of yeasty, black-malt sweetness. Kind of coffeelike in essence. Not a lot of smell to it. Taste is very good, however. Deep in excellent porterness, dark sweet malt balanced very nicely by a healthy dose of hops at the end. The sweet-pushed hops are what slightly linger on the palate. I'm not getting a great deal of smokiness, but there seems to be a bit. It's basically a slightly smoked porter, a very nice touch. The smoke lingers a bit on the palate too, now that I taste it. Light-heavy in body, sufficiently coating and lingering. Drinkability is pleasant if not amazing. This is an excellent beer, and I will continue to treasure it.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Brewing Smoked Porter

Appearance: Dark brown, medium pillowy head, and good lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel, cocoa, and flowery hops.

Taste: Cocoa, smoke, and flowery hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Overall: Delicious! Not too much smoke resulting in a great balance of flavor.

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Photo of cowboy83
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of bconsidine
4/5  rDev 0%

Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 4,192 ratings
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