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:
#3,485
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jtw5877
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is everything I look for in a porter, elements of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and a nice smoked malt taste. It pours a nice deep brown with nice amount of head. Smooth rich taste leaves me wishing I had another.

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Photo of bassmantin
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a good thick head.

I'm not getting much out of the smell, but the taste is quite intense. It leaves a very strong taste, full of alcohol flavors, chocolate, and smokiness. Quite good, although I think it is a little too warm right now. I should have let it cool longer.

Overall: An intense porter; another great Stone offering

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Avryle
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Mahar's

A- Pours burnt umber with deep red highlights on the sides of the glass, 2-fingers of tan head with great retention. Sticky lacing.

S- Subdued aromas of smokey, almost brunt, malt. Molasses, carmel & rasins.

T- Like the nose, but more intense.

M- Full bodied and lower carbonation.

D- Strong smoke flavors don't make this a quick-drinker, but it still is pretty easy drinking. A nice offering from Stone.

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

Poured this into a Sam Adams pint. It poured almost pitch black. The little translucence let in a dark ruby color. It had a clingy off-white that lazily stuck around till the end.

It smelled like coffee and toffee mixed with vanilla ice-cream

The taste was similar to a gritty espresso. There was a slight hoppiness to it at first; that flavor went away as the beer got warmer. At times there was a graham cracker flavor that would show up. The smoked element was lingering in the background and would crop up now and again.

D: This was a good sipping beer.

Conclusion: this was a good porter that bordered on a stout. While it was good, I wouldn't be rushing back to drink it. There was something about made me want to move on. I might buy this on occasion or if I was complementing a dessert.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of arfenhouse
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Black colored with little light passing though sides. One finger of off-white foam. Good sticky lacing throughout entire glass.

S: Both glasses glasses smelled primarily of brown sugar, dark chocolate, and soy sauce.

T: Aftertaste has similar taste to the burnt part of beef with barbeque sauce, sweet yet bitter. Semi-sweet malt taste that leads into a bitter smokey taste that doesn't linger. The warmer glass tasted much better in my opinion and had some extra spiciness.

M: A bit on the dry side with medium-light carbonation. On the thin side.

O:Solid porter with diverse flavor profile. One of my go-to beers.. Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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

This one pours a very deep ruby color. Almost black, but you can see highlights playing on the sides of the glass. It builds a nice chocolatey head that subsides slowly and is very clingy to the glass. Aroma is very quite. Smokey sweet maltness and coffee bitterness.

Bitterness and sweetness are nicely balanced as you taste this beer. Caramel and coffee notes are obvious. Smokiness is not. I took this beer out of the fridge and it was too cold when I took a first few sips. Now that it had a chance to warm up a bit I find that I enjoy it a lot more. This one definitely should be served on a warmer side.

Even though I usually prefer in-your-face, strong smokey flavor of a rauchbier, I still enjoy this porter very much. Its light to medium body makes it very drinkable, and its balance makes mouthfeel high. This one's definitely to try on tap and may be keep a bottle for when I am in the mood for porter.

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Photo of dickieb
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poors a real dark brown, with a finger and a 1/2 of toffee head. Smells of toffy and smoked malts. The taste is a bit light for me, i kinda expected a bigger flavor, a nice smokey taste sticks out in the end. no offensive taste, so still pretty good. Due to the light flavor this is pretty drinkable. Not the best stone beer or porter i have had, but still worth a try

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark reddish amber color, which you can just barely see through when you hold it up to a light. Frothy, light tan head retains well. Leaves ample lacing down the glass.

S - Roasted, sweet malts with hints of mostly chocolate and a bit of coffee dominate the aroma on this one. Very light hoppiness in the background, along with slight smoke. The smokiness in the aroma seems more subdued than I expected.

T - Roasted malts up front with chocolate and coffee tones and some rich caramel sweetness. The malts are balanced with a mellow, but crisp hop character in the background, which adds a nice, slight bitterness. Slight smokiness in the finish that lingers in the aftertaste. Again, a bit more subdued than I expected on the smoke flavor, but not overdone, so I can't complain.

M - Full, creamy, and rich. Nice level of carbonation and goes down nice and smooth.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. I was sort of expecting an overly smoky beer, but I really think they got smokiness at a good level here. Great balance and combination of flavors and a smooth, highly drinkable beer. I could definitely enjoy a few of these without getting tired of it.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Hopscat
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a lot of experience with the style yet/ from bomber into pint glass, appears dark-opaque.
Smells of roasted grain, coffee , smoke and hops - piney and citrusy.
Taste follows with big roasted grains- smoky coffee- dark chocolate, with piney and citrusy hops coming on gangbusters in the middle. Finishes with some licorice and astringent qualities. Pretty complex and surprises as the complexity unfolds with warming.
Mouthfeel is medium toward light with carb bite and a dry bitter finish
Overall I enjoyed this and was surprised at the dry and bitter hops quality with the added attraction of smoke and licorice

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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

Poured from 22 oz. brown bottle to an Imperial Pint glass. Enjoy by 07-06-11. $4.39 a bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with ruby accents and a huge 3-finger light brown frothy head that never goes away completely, leaving a quarter inch layer on top. Nice retention and phenomenal lacing. Look absolutely fantastic when pouring, almost like a Guinness cascading effect. Nice start.

Smell: I get coffee right of the bat. Milk chocolate and vanilla. Roasted malt. Slight earthiness. Caramel.

Taste: Wow, this one is not short on flavor. Sweet up front, bitter in the middle and roasty at the end. Buttery. Nice balance of flavors. Not very much in terms of smokiness. Lingering roasted malt with earthy bitter hops and almost like a burnt coffee quality that borders on cloying. I was about to give this beer a 4.5 for taste, but there is something about the aftertaste that just doesn't sit right with me. It's kind of like an astringent coffee flavor and is too prominent to ignore.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a medium to low carbonation. Smooth drinking for sure.

Drinkability: High

Plenty of flavor and solid all the way through. Not really what I would expect from a smoked beer due to it not being very smoky, but it's good and I will get this again in the future. This would be a great session beer, even with the slight astringency in the aftertaste.

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