Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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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
Ratings:
4,189
Reviews:
1,815
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
198
Gots:
527
For Trade:
1
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Photo of BigBry
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found on tap at the Flying Saucer, first time I have seen it available on draft so had to give it a go.
Deep dark brown color, with a thick long lasting head. Foam shrinks but never disappears, and leaves a nice looking sheet of lace.
Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and cocoa, hidden smokiness.
Deep rich flavor of chocolate, roasted malts, again smokiness is understated (as in the smell). Smoke adds to the layers, rather than hitting you over the head like some big rauchbiers I have had. Lots of malt, no a lot of hop, but still balanced and not too sweet.
Very smooth but still a full mouthfeel, solid body. Surprisingly easy to drink.
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Photo of HappyPappy2X
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap, pint glass at Mississippi Pizza, Portalnd, Oregon March 11, 2013

Appearance: Dark, almost opaque. Off white head, good retention

Smell: Not strong, slight malt sweetness

Taste: Malt forward, slight roastiness, smoke flavor hidden deep. Milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side for porter. Above average carbonation.

Overall: A great porter. One I would revisit. Smokiness almost not enough, although better to err on too little, perhaps...

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Photo of DaPan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Cvescalante
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of JeffSuttonTX
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of MeisterMayhem
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of dlello2
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mattbk
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, light does pass through it, pours with a thick, rocky head, may be a bit overcarbonated.
Smell: Roast, chocolate, maybe a bit hoppy. Not much smoke. Seems good, not especially unique.
Taste: A nice beer, good amount of bitter roast, some chocolate back there too, maybe just a little bit hoppy, but certainly taking a back seat to malts. I don't get much of a smoke character, maybe just a tad pheonlic. I am enjoying this beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. I like this kind of mouthfeel to my porters, they really shouldn't feel so full as a stout would in my opinion. The mouthfeel on this beer is just about perfect.
Overall: A very solid beer, easily drinkable, not very complex, but complex enough to make it interesting.

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Photo of dcguitar
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Mini4x
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Duvel
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nyrblue2
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Hunter
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black ale, tan head of dense foam with good tracing.

Smell: Smoke, coffee, cocoa, dark malts, and so help me - blood. I actually smell blood. Not entirely unpleasant, either.

Taste: Surprisingly not as complex or heady as the smell would suggest. Smoked malts, espresso, and bitter chocolate notes dominate.

Mouthfeel: Again, not as chewy as one would expect. Thinner than some porters/stouts, but still leaves a nice aftertaste.

Overall: This might be a good transition for those looking to move into the darker, heavier beers without being overwhelmed from the get-go. It's a fine porter to sip slowly, letting it warm to room temperature and discover more subtle flavors/aromas, or a good one to quaff straightaway.

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Photo of Ferd577
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of weerezboy
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dbone_has_biers
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of TwoForty
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Herky21
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of pottergator
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Seaba
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BrewClint
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of RenaudNW
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Overall a very nice experience in a Porter. It has a very good appearance with a moderate head and good carbonation. The aroma is what really makes this beer an experience. A nose fulling experience with good complexity and a nice smokiness. In addition, the taste does not disappoint. It is both full flavored and relatively clean. I can drink a full 22oz bottle and never feel like I'm being overwhelmed; very satisfying. The one potential weakness of this brew is the mouth feel. From the initial aroma, one gets the impression that it should be smooth and silky on the tongue. Unfortunately, after the fine initial experience with the aroma and color, the mouth feel comes across as somewhat watery. However, close your eyes and concentrate on the flavor and you won't notice the weak mouth feel after a few sips. Overall about a 4 out of 5. It's good enough that I keep a few bottles in the back of the refrigerator as a regular stand by.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,189 ratings.
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