Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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.

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Photo of charlatan
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours from 22oz bottle with generous head a decent proportion of which seems to be in for the long haul. This has a delightful peat colour.

The nose has a strong smoky smell. If I was generous I'd say chocolate malt is to the fore. If not I'd start moaning about coffee. As it is I'm sitting on the far.

And after tasting it I'm still sitting on the fence. Delightful creamy, chocolate malt start gives way to a coffee flavour with a hint of hoppy bitterness which renders it palatable. In case you hadn't guessed I'm not a big fan of the northwest's other liquid passion.

The carbonation is great, and coupled with the creaminess it makes for a great feel. I would be in love with this beer, but for my disagreement with most of the planet on the coffee thing.

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

Forms a tan head. Black color lightening to a very dark shade around the edges.

Smells smoky, but not overwhelmingly so, alot like a regular porter. Lots of dark malts. Hints of sweet dark sugars, coffee, chocolate. The smoke is well balanced with the other characteristics of the beer.

Carbonation is a little less than average. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but not bad.

Taste is of dark roasted malt with some hop bitterness. Hints of coffee and dark unsweet chocolate also present. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

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

Pours a dark, opaque, black body with a creamy tan head, good retention. Smokey, lots of coffee and chocolate in the nose. Subtle smokey flavour, mostly just charcoal, coffee and chocolate. Not quite a rauchbier, but the smoked character is definitely there. Great balance, and actually a great session beer. Recommended.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

( Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a dense black body with a nice tan head that holds in the glass.

S-Very nice smoky grain aroma with some deep roasted barley smell and almost a chocolate hint with it.

T- This has a great roasted barley flavor with some good depth of malts and a nice spicy hop finish that has a hint of smokiness with it. The finish hops have hint of tangy almost pineapple resin flavor but it is very faint.

M-This has a pretty creamy mouthfeel but no alcohol heat or astringency.

D-This beer is a spot-on-porter very solid on its own but the nice gentle smoke shows its present. The smoke is not overpowering and really compliments the deep roasted grain. Next time I'm in the distributing area I must stock up.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out like liquid black hole, impenetrably dark, with crimson highlights and a billowy tan head. Head retention is moderate with plenty of artisitic lacing.

The nose has bittersweet dark chocolate and espress notes mellowed by sweet campfire smoke. Well balanced nose with smoky nuances.

The flavor is roasty chocolate and coffee up front, with peated malt and beech-like smoke. Initially bittersweet, then mellowed by dark caramel and smoky highlights. Very balanced and smooth.

The body is mediumish, could use a little more. A full, smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes up for the lack of body. Slick and tongue coating. Makes me wish I had some good hardwood smoked ribs to go with this.

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4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty, smooth, smokey (toasted malts I suppose), with a signature hops bite that one has come to expect from the good people at Stone. Pours black with a tan head with those deep coffee chocolate toffee aromas. The chocolate coffee toffee endures in the taste. Fans of porters have little to complain about this here beer. It's solid stuff.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ultimately a beer like this should be judged on how well the smoke character is incorporated into the base beer, and what sort of character that base beer has. On both of those counts this is definitely a fine beer.

The smoke presence is mild but definitely there. This is definitely conceived as a beer that one could do a session with- the smokiness never reaches an overbearing quality.

The base porter is also quite good and well balanced. Nothing is permitted to overpower the delicate smoke presence- neither the roasted malt, hops, caramel, yeast signature, etc, are overtly powerful. Therein lies a certain limiting aspect of this beer- intensity is sacrificed for drinkability. It's still freakin' good, though- put me down for a couple of bombers...

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Photo of Vancer
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Holy Smoly, my first Stone, and my first smoked brew. A great start, the stone black pour produced a superb head – one that laced the pint glass all the way down. A chocolate malt aroma transcends over into the taste, along with coffee, light charcoal, burnt toast and the infamous smoky peat finish that gives you a small kick in the sack. Although thick and chewy, the light carbonation makes for a good session brew, or a one bottle afternoon – as long as you’re in the shade.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Standard Stone Philosophical musings, but no useful information like abv, date, etc.

Aroma: Smoke is at a great level, mild but definitely noticeable, and blends well with a firm dark malt base with some of the burnt porter characteristics.

Appearance: Ruby amber glass with surprisingly nice clarity. The rocky tan head held deep into the glass and laced nicely.

Flavor: Malt is a bit sweet and the hops are juicy and citric. Not enough of the burnt characteristics to really nail “porter”. The smoke adds a wonderful depth with hints of tobacco, leather, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy texture, low carbonation and just a touch astringent.

Overall Impression: Very enjoyable drink. A great spring/fall sit on the back porch with a cigar or some fish kind of drink. I had to work hard to sip and not just turn it up and DRINK it. Great drinkability, I’ll have to work on a way to get some more out here in Texas. Well done Stone!

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Photo of gimmehead
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky black with a big frothy mocha colored head, lots of lacing. I was a little disappointed by the aroma. The expected smokiness is present, but very subdued. Instead of an assault on my olfactory receptors it was almost as if I had to sort of seek the aroma out. There was an acrid bitterness with a little sweetness underneath, and maybe a little black licorice. Tasted of bitter smoked malts, again not much intensity, and an acrid charcoal bitterness, that is not at all unpleasant. Just a hint of sweetness that I can't lay my finger on. Underwhelming. Medium to thick mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.
This is a mild beer in every regard, something that seems out of tune with the rest of Sone brews. This is the first Stone beer that I haven't been impressed with. In fact, this is pretty unimpressive IMO.

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Photo of karengarys
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5 I was looking for an imperial stout at my local store... The store was out... Hmm... I never tried the stoned smoked porter, what the heck.


I'm drinking this too fast to review! ...And my my my, this has become a favorite of mine....

It pours dark brown almost black from the 22oz bomber, leaving some carmel colored foam. It dissipates, leaving a ring which laces on the glass quite a bit. Small foamy islands float about the top.

it smells nice and roasty and malty and smokey with lots of sweet something. Molassis? ...not sure, but it smells yummy.

Taste is very nice and rich. Nice and malty and smokey and robust. It has a complex sweetness that just hits the spot.

Mouthfeel is creamy. The robust sweet taste plays into some coarseness at the beginning of the drink, which turns into a velvet blanket. It is really good!

Needless to say this has a very rich, robust body. The finish is a sweet dissipation in fizz, followed by a slight bitter whap. Unfortunately there is a slight aftertaste, but the next sip takes care of that.

I recommend trying this if you are into rich dark beers, or want to experiment with a fine porter with a smokey twist. If you like to stick with the macro brewerie's light varietes - beware - this will smack your senses silly with rich wonderful flavors.

Also note - if you find it in a store, and are considering it - BUY ONE! They are hard to come by. yes, $5 can be considered a lot to lay down for one big beer, but it is a very worthwhile purchase for both your enjoyment and for the support it provides to our fine American hand crafted breweries.

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Photo of hungryghost
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with a nice head that floats for a bit. Lacing is light but evident.
Smells roasty, smokey, toasted and malty. The aroma is not as heavy as the taste, i still think it gives a good idea of what is to come.
Serious smoke flavor, coffees, chocolate and roasted malts. Occasionally i get a bittering but it does not seem like a hop flavor.
Nice light amount of carbonation helps make for a smooth beer. Not too heavy/thick in the mouth.
This is a very drinkable brew. I had my second glass with some smoked gouda. Yumm!

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nearly pitch black body, slighty translucent near the bottom of the glass. Nice head of tan foam with great retention and some good lacing to boot.

Smell: Lots of chocolate, buttery and a little bit yeasty/earthy. Not a lot of smoked aroma.

Taste/Feel: This really has a bite to it. The smokey taste is upfront, but really manifests itself at the end. The smokey character has an almost metallic quality to it, which is a little dissapointing. Edit: now that it's warmed up, that metallic taste has dissapeard and turned into a warm smokey flavor. The residule smokey flavor that lingers is very nice. Some slight bitterness, but nothing big. Full mouthfeel, a little sticky.

Drinkability: Great, though coming in the larger bottle size, one is plenty.

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Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, very dark brown, nearly opaque, with very nice deep ruby highlights. Light brown head of fine, dense bubbles that show excellent stickage to the glass with very good retention. Malty, roasty aroma with a little bit of smokiness. Very light american hop aroma as well. Malty flavour up front with plenty of roasted and chocolate to start, moderate sweetness. Bitter smokiness appears at the midpoint and carries through to the finish. Light bitterness from the hops, balance is more between the malt and charcoal smoke, which hit a nice balance towards the end and carries through to a long, drying finish. Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Fairly smooth, creamy texture. I really appreciate that the smoke aroma and flavour feel like a balanced part of the beer rather than just an afterthought that was dumped in at the last minute, but admittedly smoke in a beer is not really my thing.

22 oz. brown bomber, no apparent best before or freshness date.

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Photo of karst
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque darkness with garnet glints when backlit from the low sun on opposite horizons of an almost full Moon. The Stone barleywine label and Gargoyle stand out in gold to nearly match tan web of lace on the opposite side of the Rastal crystal sniffer.

Not giving up much in aromatics other than malt. Saving back a little in the 22 oz bomber, I will later return to the nose.

Sweet malt arrives followed by caramel, chocolate and coffee - then lightly bitter black lightly smoked malt. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with correct carbonation for the porter style. Hops and light smoke diffuse in the "goodbye" of a pleasant aftertaste.

Second pour the warming aroma is chocolate, caramel with "soft peat" smokiness.

Sweet and satisfying as sweet spring rain and the sounds of a moonlit Missouri night.


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Photo of unklesyd
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I cracked this one open, I was sitting on my back porch. Someone had just lit up a BBQ, by coincidence, which seemed appropriate in accompanying this brew.

Poured well and sat in a Guinness glass with a creamy chocofoam-cream head a nice opalescent off-black.

The smoked malt was present in the nose, though subtle.

Surprisingly fresh hop profile for a porter. Tonic notes on the tounge that complemented the subtle dominant of the smoky notes of the malt in the aroma.

Just slightly thin, not overly, and appropriate for the style. More alcohol heat in the throat than expected for a brew of this ABV.

A good brew, but for as blended it was in flavor, I felt just-slightly-uncomfortably full after the bomber, so marks off for drinkability.

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

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz.
From a 12-beer Stone sampler
I enjoyed the gargoyle and product breakdown on the glass.

Appearance - deep, dark red with little permeability in the core; impressive and lasting cream-colored head; great lace

Smell - chocolate malt with a nice smoky tone

Taste - chocolate,smoke and hops intertwine; more hoppy than most porters I have sampled, especially in the close and aftertaste; smoke shows most late and lingers to the aftertaste along with dark chocolate; pleasant balance

Mouthfeel - more full than most porters I have experienced, especially in the front and close

Drinkability - smoke and hops in the close pull back the revisit process

Overall, SSP was one that pushed the boundaries of the porters that typically cross my palate. SSP is a more exciting sensory experience.

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

Dark, dark ruby, only the edges of the glass allowed light to penetrate.

A rich, malty aroma lurks under hearty smokehouse notes.

Fairly thick-bodied with a strong herbal astringency and hints of old fireplace ash. On the dry side. A little baker's chocolate and mild leafy hops in the finish.

Not especially smoky compared to some German imports, but interesting all the same.

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Photo of cncbofh
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beast stares at me from the depths of hell. It entices me with a devilish aura of pure black, calling me... calling me... calling me....
I carefully opened the bottle. No djinn issue forth. No gargoyles. Just a deathly black liquid that oozed into my goblet. Up from the stygian abyss arose a tan cream which frothed and bubbled
incessantly, screaming into my conciousne...

Awww geezus, this sort of discourse happens every time I drink a stone brew.
I have to stop that.

The aroma is very rich, comparative to a cheesecake. There is a whif of smoke and very little hop aroma. Some roasted malts similar to coffee hits me.

The taste is very full and complex. Lots of roasty and smoked malts with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is the best. This is such a heavy brew and not for the faint of heart. I love it.

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Photo of dauss
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Standard 22oz. silkscreened brown bomber. Gargoyle on the front and a funny blurb about porters on the back.

Appearance: Just a shade from pitch black. Very large fluffy tan head that "egg cartons" as it falls. Excellent retention and tons of lacing.

Aroma: At first all I got was this lucious sweet chocolatey coffee and roasty porter. Another close whiff and there was the smoke. I can't tell what kind of smoke, but it was very subtle in the background and not overpowering. Smells amazing.

Taste: Very silky smooth. Larght carbonation in the taste. Very thick and very full bodied. Sweet, rich, chocolately, light coffee flavor. Hop bitterness and flavor comes out in the middle of the taste and leaves a sweet light bitterness. Smokey and roasty finish.

Notes: Wow, just wow. Absolutely wonderful porter. I don't know why they said its smoked, because you can't really notice it unless your paying a lot of attention. I love the hopiness in the beer. Loads of hop flavor and a bitterness that matches perfectly with the massive malt backbone. Very subtle smoke, unlike the smoked porter that Alaskan Brewing has. Nonetheless, I would buy a case of this stuff in a heartbeat.

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

This looks like a stout very dark, opaque with a lighter head than I would expect.

Very good malt and light smoke smell.

The taste is much lighter than my favorite Alaskan Smoked but very drinkable. It has a smooth creamy texture that lingers quite a while. It has a toasty taste with the smoke coming on late. Very rich and tasteful.

This is a very drinkable porter.

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

Thick, tan head quickly subsides to about 1/4" of foam that leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. The beer is dark, almost black, but shows through ruby-red when held up to the light.

This beer started off almost refrigerator-cold, and the initial aroma was almost non-existent. As it warmed, the smell remained subtle, but hinted toward chocolate and espresso. I'd almost say that the aroma (delicate) was wildly inconsistent with the flavor (very, very big).

At first taste, while still quite cold, I was absolutely blown away by the sweetness. With strong chocolate and cherry flavors, I would almost characterize this beer as tasting like Dr. Pepper or Cherry Coke when cold. As it warmed, flavors shifted more toward the chocolate and dark coffee end. Hop flavor was more prominent as it warmed up, and throughout, the mouthfeel was smooth and thick.

Throughout the tasting, whether cold or warmer, the beer retained a strong smoky flavor that shared the powerful finish with a wallop of hop bitterness. This beer sticks with you long after the sip, bitter as all get-out.

Overall, a well-balanced, solid beer, whose initial over-sweetness was tempered first by the smokey flavor and then by the hops. A long, bitter finish, though, hurt the drinkability: I would never consider this a "session" beer.

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

Another props deserving big ole double deuce browner bottle with sci-fi meets classy painted logo and novela story about dark beers on the back. Into me pilsner like a black ruby gem quality with a clear yet dark appearance. Zero carbonation pour with no bubbles escaping under a taunt khaki 1/8" head cap coating, leaving a spider web lattice lace down the glass. Second pour erupted a huge rock solid tan spumescent head cap.

Medium scents of roasted malts and toasted burnt black wheat bread.

First swigs: Roasted malts and dry cocoa chocolate milk powder flavors start off the swiggin'. Spice wafer flavors and slight orange peel finish off the flavors. Grainy dusty and mixed nuts notes on the tongue. Dry short-lived slightly smokey aftertaste. Some hop balance creeps out after a search. As warmed, some coffee and cream tastes overtake the flavor.

Medium bodied believe it or not, but creamy feel. Adequate carbonation. Hidden completely is a 5.9% ABV that limits the drinkability, but overall enjoyable and well done.

Last swigs: Hickory bacon hints blend into a toffee porter. Too often smoked porters are aggressive but a middle of the road style is quite respectable. Lastly, thanks to fellow BA SkinnyElvis for the bottle.

Beer is good. Happy West Coast beering.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definatly far and away the best of the Stone brews I've had in my honest opinion, this one has some semblance of balance to it. As much as these guys brag... more hops doesn't always mean better fellas.

Pours a very nice and dark brown, pretty much black, with amber tones around the sides of the glass. A thick and fluffy light tan accompany with good retention, also lots of sticky lace. Nose is smooth, malty even, wafts of smoke and just a little hop character as well. Taste is just a little bitter, more hops than in most porters. Lots of slick malt, smoke and dry, black coffee flavor, tons of roast. Finish is smooth, no alcohol detected. Mouthfeel is medium and quite clean.

Not a bad porter at all, pretty good really in many ways, a good amount of complexity, definatly worth a taste. The smoke really makes this one shine though, helps it to stand out from the crowd.


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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,177 ratings.
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