Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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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:
#3,810
Reviews:
1,816
Ratings:
4,200
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
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203
Gots:
528
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Ratings: 4,200 |  Reviews: 1,816
Photo of KFrank729
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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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%

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 MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally bought this on-line. It is not available in SA and I got frustrated reading and hearing so many good things about it.
The beer poured out a deep dark brown with a little ruby tint when held up to the light. A 1" tan head rolled away quickly and left little lacing. Beautiful beer.
The smell at first was all about the roasted malt. Some coffee and earth aromas were prevelant. When I let the beer warm up I began to get the smoky smell out of it, maybe smoked meat or a light bacon. Very nice!
The taste was love at first sip!!! This beer is outstanding. Wonderful roasted, earthy, coffee flavors followed by a NICE smooth chocolaty touch. The porter seems very lightly hopped to me, there is a nice bitter finish that hangs around for a long time.
The mouthfeel was incredible. Smooth and velvety, it don't get no better than this!!!
I would enjoy this on a very regular basis if it was available to me. This is a bad mofo!!! If you like Porters, you need to try this.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

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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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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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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 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%

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 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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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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