Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,807
Ratings:
4,163
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
Wants:
189
Gots:
518
For Trade:
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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Commonwealth in Newport Beach, CA

A - Dark black with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a hint of smoke.

T - More smoke than the nose indicatedm but still not dominant. Roasted malts and some coffee round out the palate. A nice overall sweetness.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - A truly outstanding beer and example of how all smoked beers should be. Enough smoke to make an impression without overwhelming the palate with smoke.

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Photo of tempest
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a step away from other porters, I might have even mistaken this for a stout, but taste is really what matters right? Not some silly style guideline. The beer was a bit heavy, but not syrupy like some big stouts, and tasted of dark cocoa, a bit of espresso, and smoke. The bitter bite was a perfect pair for my spicey turkey sandwich and the remaining beer after I finished my meal was a nice dessert. Give it a try on tap, the bottles are too expensive.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
Dark brown/black pour with a creamy tan head about 1 inch. Head diminished, no lacing.
Smell of coffee and a bit of chocolate and malt, nothing overpowering.
Taste was more subtle than other smoked porters; coffee was predominate, but not so much as to shock the taste buds. Some malt and chocolate. Little hoppiness. Cleaner finish than I expected.

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Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a nice dark malt scent that boasts of chocolate, crystal, and black barley. It is a bit dry and devoid of hops. The taste is good. It has a fine malt palate and a dry smoked malt finish. It is rich, yet smooth. There are a lot of black malts in this one. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking porter. It has excellent malt complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, hops, and some slight smoke. Overall, a great appearance, good blend, body, and complexity.

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Photo of Gavage
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a tan head that's about 1/2" thick. The head receded to the surface rather quickly, but that stuck around a while. Some lacing developed too. The aroma is of coffee and burnt wood. The flavor has coffee, molasses, licorice, pepper, and a hint of burnt chocolate. The smokiness is just right, not overpowering and it adds to the flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a slight dry aftertaste. The smokiness and coffee tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. This is one of the better smoked brews I have ever sampled.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is a very nice mix of smoke. roasted malt and chocolate. The smoke compliments the other flavors and doesn't overshadow them. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, with the smoke mixing very well. The beer tastes smokier than the aroma, but it is still not overwhelming. Very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of my favorite smoked beers and a beer that goes very well with barbecue brisket.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped a bomber of this after having some carne asada. On to the beer:

I poured this into a hefeweizen glass and got a black figure inside the glass, with the color fading on the edges of the glass. My mom actually asked me if I needed a fork to consume this beer! Yes, it's a rich porter with esters, a touch of chocolate, roasted flavors, and charcoal smoke. It was lighter than I was expecting in the mouth, and firm. The smoke can sometimes become too monotone, driving down the drinkability a bit. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours dark, almost black. Thin light brown head with little lacing. Roasty malts and light smoke throughout with a mellow roasty faint smoke finish. Not as smoky as a rauchbier or Smoke Jumper, but nicely made and tasty. Surprisingly tasty for a 6% beer. Medium bodied. Worth a revisit.

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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with velvety, creamy beige head. Soft burnt wood aroma, some coffee, some peat. taste has some of the smoke flavor, some chocolate, lots of the dark roast grains. Still plenty bitter, but with a nice fireside feel.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Revisit: 14 Nov 15

22 oz. Bomber
Bottled: 07/17/15
Enjoy By: 11/14/15

Been Along Time Coming!

Pours a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus light tan head, which leaves some very nice small islands, and some nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, nice chocolate notes, slight vanilla, slight roastyness. The taste is very nice malty, smoky, very nice chocolate, slightly vanilla sweetness. Medium body, with a very nice bitter/dry finish. Overall, a very very nice smoked porter, a classic indeed. Highly Recommeded!

A - Pours a black in color, nice carbonation, nice small foamy tan head, very nice lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts, toffee, caramel, and a slight roasted/smoked scent.

T - The taste is of roasted/smoked toffee and sweet, nice clean finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. An awesome brew from Stone, a classic to the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown, not quite black, with a one finger super spongy looking light khaki head. I'm surprised that this isn't darker. The foam looks great but the lack of true black isn't what I look for in a porter. It smells or rich, woody smoke and is pretty appealing. It's a little more subtle than I'd like but it is solid. I prefer a good amount of smoke. I'm not getting any of the hoppyness that others have mentioned. The flavors are solid but not awe inspiring. It's a little sweet on the palate and as you swallow you get the char, wood, and smoke. It doesn't really have any coffee to it. I'd describe this as pretty mellow. This drinks exceptionally smooth and is in between medium to full in body. I do like the after taste but again, I'd prefer more smoke. This beer is solid but nothing too special. It's very drinkable though and worth it for the $4.99 per 22oz bottle.

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

Pours black with a persistant light brown head. Aroma is first of roast malt, followed by smoke which comes to dominate the aroma, though it is not overwhelming. The taste is malty, with roasted notes, and then the smoke injects itself. The smoke is the dominant flavor, though it is not as strong as some other examples. Very well balanced for a Stone beer :-)

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Good lacing throughout. Smell is rather mild, some roasted malts. Taste is good, malts, some smokiness, a bit of coffee coming through. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a pint glass. Darkest of browns with some truely interesting lace.

S. Smells of roasted chocolate malt and some fresh hop whiffs. A bit of toasty bread.

T/M. Coffee and roasted malt. Pretty well hopped as well, piney and resinous. Cracker like yeast. A very nice smokey flavor. More malty than hoppy, which is just fine with me. Well balanced and smooth. Full bodied and creamy. As it warms, more of the malt sweetness pulls through.

D. This is a great porter. Hands down.

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Photo of biegaman
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not all dark beers are black and opaque. Stone Smoked Porter may look intimidating from a distance but closer inspection reveals that it's closer in appearance to tea than coffee; stripes of earl grey colouring highlight small bands of transparency that expose the beer for actually having a fairly clear complexion.

The English porter is a beautiful thing to smell - especially when it's done by Americans. This aroma has the sooty, lightly smoky, roasted grain and coffee notes characteristic of the style but with a hint of earthy-green vinous hops as well (Mt. Hood and Magnum). It's got a pretty strong bark for a beer's that's bite fails to top 5% alcohol (5.9%) and barely exceeds 50 IBU.

With Rauchbiers smoke is by definition the number one component. This isn't up for debate. Smoked Porters, on the other hand, this is not necessarily the case. It's not uncommon for smoke to be the second or third flavour noted. In this example it's even further down the ladder - chocolate, vanilla beans, coffee and roasted grain all place well ahead of the smoke, which is actually tame as an old family dog.

I've met many people that claimed not to like smoked beers but admittedly like Stone's Smoked Porter. There's good reason - not only is the smoky element extremely subtle and well-integrated, the source of "smoke" is peated malt instead of beechwood-smoked. This means there's no sausage, bacon or cured meat flavours to put anybody off. By the same hand, there's nothing notably briny or scotch-like either.

No sir, this here is simply a delectable, hearty, satisfying porter. As stated, you can expect fudgy chocolate and the kind of truffles you'd see window shopping in Paris or Brussels. There's also a maltiness reminiscent of a loose leaf oolong tea, perhaps sweetened just a little with some chestnut or other dark honey. And a big splash of Americano is added to enhance the already dark roast of the grain.

Those who've read enough of my reviews may have realized I have a thing for fireplaces - this is what living in a cold-climate will do to you. And while I've mentioned many candidates suited to cozy, contemplative fireside quaffing, Stone Smoked Porter has long been a favourite.

Rightfully so, this classic celebrates its 20th birthday this year. That's an accolade for the brewery, sure, who were among the first to offer not only a smoked porter but Double IPA, Barleywine, Imperial Stout, American Strong Ale and others. But it's also a testament to the enduring appeal of this recipe even despite newer, bolder offerings consistently coming to market. Try it if you haven't already.

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

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Very dark, tawny brown color, clear ruby highlights against light. Giant tan head that hangs around for ever and leaves webs of thick lacing.
S: Subtle smokey aroma, with malt and caramel notes. Becomes a lot more sweet and less smokey as it warms up.
T: Sweet, chocolate and coffee malt, caramel, dark fruit flavors with a background of hop bitterness to balance the sweet. Not as much smoke flavor as expected.
M: Medium bodied and full of flavor with mild carbonation. Slightly thin for this style for my linkig
D: Excellent beer, not quite my favorite American porter, but definitely would have this again, especially at this price

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a shaker pint glass, bought at Mike's Liquor on Warner and Bolsa Chica in Huntington.

A: Very dark ruby-brown color with an off-tan, 2-finger head, creates a look of foreboding in my glass.

S: Delicious biscuity, bread malt, with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

T: Dark roasted malts with delectable barbeque notes. Hops in the aftertaste provide a good backbone balanced by sweet malts in the end.

M: Full-bodied, robust, very nice.

D: A liitle heavy on this Southern California June night, but easily a session beer at 5.9%.

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Photo of Zorro
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super black colored brew.

Smell is sweet and fruity with just a trace of smoke.

Taste is basically a stout. I thought I was going to hate this beer, but I do not. I can't really call this a porter, it isn't sweet enough. It IS however a good Stout.

Mouthfeel is good.

Smoky and chard it is, but this is a good stout. NOT A PORTER!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a nice black color with an adequete head that fades to a ring. Smells lightly smoky and quite creamy. Taste is similar. This is far less smoky than any of the Schlenkerla beers, but the smoke is noticeable and beautifully wedded to the rest of the brew. The surprising thing to me about this beer is how creamy and smooth it is. The rich, creamy body marries very well with the smoke and helps to balance everything nicely. The Alaskan Smoked is far more smoky tasting, but in that case probably because the body is not as robust and creamy as this is. The balance in this beer is a thing of beauty. I recently tried a bottle of this that had been aged a year as well, and although it was still drinking beautifully, the smoke was even more subdued. I also like the fact that this doesn't have that much residual sweetness, despite the creaminess. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Kelp
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice darker brown color to the brew. Has a small head to it that goes away at a decent pace.

It smells of roasted coffee, chocolate, and bonfire.

It has a pleasant malt taste to it. Coffee and chocolate up front, with a finish of a nice outdoor wood fire. Yes it taste just like a fire pit smells.

A nice smoothness to the beer and a pleasant amount of carbonation to it.

One bottle would be enough for me for the week, maybe month. I like the taste but just couldn't have it to often. Just not my normal tastes, but a tasty brew none the less.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with subtle reddish highlights that’s nearly but not quite totally opaque. Lighter than most porters, in fact. Nice creamy head with decent retention; good lacing remains.

Subtly smoky in both aroma and taste; this aspect doesn’t overwhelm the other flavors, instead blending with the roasted and lightly sweet notes very well. There are also touches of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Faintly bitter and floral hop presence comes out mostly in the finish. I actually wanted a bit more of everything and found it just a little too light in the end flavor-wise.

Easy to drink, with a moderately creamy, medium-thin body and measured carbonation. A smoked beer for those who are a bit smoke-averse.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, dark brown with flashes of ruby when held up to the light. Carbonation cascades to form a one-finger tan head which dissipated slowly leaving an attractive lace.

Smell: lots of chocolate with a nice roastiness and a light trace of hops.

Taste: a very complex, dynamic flavor. Up front is a little chocolate with an astringent bitterness; this gives way to the lightest of smokiness and is finally finished with a sweet malt flavor and a nicely bitter aftertaste. Each sip is interesting.

Mouthfeel: body is on the heavy side of medium and carbonation, though light, lends a nice creaminess.

Drinkability: highly drinkable to an extent, but it is just not quite smooth enough to be a long session beer. Still quite delicious.

I like that this is a smoked beer that uses the smoke as a subtle addition to the final flavor, rather than the number one characteristic.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2/19/2011

On tap at Stone. 

A: Deep brown bordering on black with a crimson tinge and a voluminous light brown head.

S: Moderate malt roast with a pervasive beachwood smoke quality. Light coffee and a little chocolate.

T: Lower moderate roasted malt profile. Light earthy bitterness. Smoke is nicely integrated, and there's a decided dark chocolate note.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy.

Overall: A really nice beer. The last time I had this was probably 3 years ago and I hated, but now I find it quite mellow and enjoyable with a restrained smoke presence. Good stuff.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark mahogany brown with auburn edges when held up to the light. Nice, fluffy tan head that slowly fades out into a cap that floats upon the brew. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of some sweet, smokey peat, and beef jerky notes, along with caramel, cocoa powder, vanilla, and raisins. Perhaps a touch of anise buried in the background. Pretty complex.
Taste is of the same aromas with a lip smacking sweet malt that confuses the tastebuds at first but makes for a plausable and complex brew.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation that makes the smokiness more tolerable and enjoyable like a delicate digestif.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
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