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 donnebaby
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great porter looks. Inch-thick (long?) dense head rises and stops and slowly fills with deep holes and bubbles.

Nose is weak, even for a porter. Definitely not the most exciting part of this brew. Very light notes of coffee and smoke.

Nice complex taste. Toasty malts, thick and toasted and very bitter. Salty, thick feel. But very sweet, corn syrup-like sweetness that seemed too much to me. Smokiness arrives in the mouth and continues in the after, blended with bitterness and metal. After doesn't seem totally balanced, with a quick injection of weedy hops amongst the smokey bitter. Slightly chewy. Bitterness develops out to sick levels deep into the after.

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

Apperance: A wonderfully sticky, spotted lacing. The head is big, frothy and light lgith chocolate. The beer is a dark dark dark amber. Pretty much black. The lacing is just awesome.

Nose: Roasted malts, and a bit of sweet yeast.

Taste: A smokey, charcol summer grill. Light and slim mouthfeel to my supprise. A bit of coffee, but with no cream or sugar, thank you.

Notes: A powerful, robust porter with lots of smoke and charcol. With this beer, what you see on the label is what you get, a big, smoked porter.

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Photo of mntlover
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark dark brown almost black but highlights of brown and red show thru a nice two fingered coco colored head leaves some good lace behind.
Aroma is light roasted malt hints of coco some caramel with liquid smoke and hops mingled. A smooth perfect mix one doesn't dominate the other a perfect mixture of smells.
Taste also smooth lightly roasted malt some caramel mingle with smokey flavors for a nice tasting treat just plain good, nothing extraordinary just a good poter. Finish is linger hops mixed with smoke and some roasted coffeee flavors.
Mouthfeel is right about medium ligth enough to good down smooth and easy, carbonation is perfection greatly adds to the flavor and experience.
Drinkability is very good enjoying this one alot nothing complex there just a very smooth easy drinking porter.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer when poured into a pint glass has a deep mahogany-ruby colored body. Quite light for a porter. An inch of tan head billows and slowly subsides to a tight 1/4" of foam. Great retention. Quite appealing.

Smell: There is a nice sweet malt smell to this, some nice chocolate notes and a dull smokehouse scent. Again, nice.

Taste: The primary flavors in this smoked porter are not all that different from a standard porter. Definitely chocolate, some cherry, strong espresso towards the end. Then, in the aftertaste and more in the beer itself as it warms comes the smoked flavor. It's slightly acrid, adds a sharp quality, and really tastes of smoke. Put this with some smoked gouda and you found a match made in heaven.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is very good, it has a nice light body without the flavor being too much. Nice carbonation keeps it smooth, and this is immensely drinkable. The only thing that might start to bother is the smoked taste. One bomber and I was still ready for more, but some may be put off by the smokiness. I think this is excellent. Still waiting to try the Alaskan, however.

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

I was excited when I poured this one. Just watching it in its dark aura with a light brown head. It had a chocolate Malay sweet smell. Chocolate and Smokey flavors filled my palate as it went down very smooth. It's low alcohol made this beer very drinkable.

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

Recently had some from a pitcher order my friend placed at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, Mass. Poured from the pitcher into an American pint glass. A deep dark black with a thick two-finger tan and beige head that lasted atop the sample for its duration and left ample lacing as well.

A very nice smell. Similiar to BBC coffee house porter. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, mocha, carmel, and coffee.

Each frangrance of the smell backed up by a facet of the taste and well balanced to boot. Strong black coffee up front and softer delicate chocolate, caramel, and toffee in the background but enough to make themselves known.

Heavy on the palate with almost no carbonation to speak of.

Very easy to drink but very filling. Had another sample from the pitcher and that was the perfect amount for me in one sitting. Certainly a good beer, but one to be enjoyed a little at a time.

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

Creamy brown head that really holds until the last sip. Semi-ringed and spotted lacing throughout the pint. Deep opaque black in color.

Milk chocolate, toffee, peat smoked malt, and roasted coffee beans. A very good variety of aromatics going on here, but they're just a bit too reserved.

Coffee, toffee, chocolate, a drop of vanilla, and a rather reserved smokiness. The flavors are very well balanaced with one another besides the smokey quality, which was very mild for a 'smoked' porter IMO. Very rich and creamy leading to a moderate bitterness. Finishes with a chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

A shade below full bodied. Creamy and smooth on the palate.

A very solid brew that begs to be drank again. Good balance among flavor components and quite drinkable. The only knock on this one, is that if you're expecting a very smokey porter you'll be a little let down. Once you get past this though, it's still a wonderfully flavorful porter.

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

Deep brown pour, head did not last long. This smells like a cupful of smoky mocha. Silky smooth start becomes chocolate and charcoal with a mellow smoky finish. Mouthfeel is medium for a porter, perhaps because of the food I was eating. This was Cincinnati-style chili night at the homestead and we decided to sample smoke beers with dinner. A great match for this hearty meal.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Pours a dark reddish brown with large dense tan head. Long retention and tons of lacing. Smell is malty and smoky and overall spicy. Taste is grain and malt upfront, coffee in the middle and the smoke kicks in later. The finish is dry and spicy and almost fruity. Very smooth mouthfeel.

I haven't had any other smoked porters so I don't have much to compare to, but this is pretty good. If this was available to me at home I would get it once in a while.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served refrigerated from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Mohogany in color with ruby highlights, the head sits 1 inches on top of the surface, a milky, tan head that dissipates very slowly, but lots of head clings to the glass. Brown roasted malts enter my sinuses, as well as a bit of smoke and caramel. Not overly complex in aroma, but nice. Taking the first sip, a sweet caramel flavor jumps out at me along with a bit of smoke flavor. By the swallow, the smoke takes over the body of the flavor, and leaves a huge smoke aftertaste in my mouth. Again, not overly complex, but comes through with what it promises in style. A little sweet up front, and smokey and a little bitter on the finish due to the smoke and the little bit of hops I taste. Carbonation is rather high and a little strong in my opinion, but the milky quality of the head seems to come through making this a much smoother swallow; nice and creamy! Overall, I enjoy everything Stone distributes that I can get my hands on, and this is just one more example in a style (smoke beer) that I am not as crazy about. I'd definitely share this one with some friends!

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

Broke out The Behemoth with this one on 2/5/2005. 16-oz. pint poured in a pint glass at the Sunset.

Creamy, 1/8-inch head of ultra-tight bubbles and one huge crater in the middle that eventually settles to a specter-like quality. Deep, dark black hue. Dark chocolate, light smoke, malt top on nose with a plum backing. Pretty smooth malt character on mouth with a black patent fining and a trailing, subtle smokiness that in no way overpowers the offering. Very drinkable for a smoked ale; could possibly have a couple of these and still not nuke the palate.

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Photo of dgallina
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with garnet highlights and a chunky tan head that recedes into a thick blanket of foam and sticky lacing. Smells of sweet roasted coffee and chocolate malts on a vaguely spicy base. Flavor starts with evenly toasted sweet malts. Slowly develops more rounded roasted and slightly smoked qualities Finishes with a lasting and nicely drying burnt toast bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly prickly from the carbonation; smooth and creamy, if perhaps a touch light.

A relatively light and refreshing, but not superlative porter. Aroma and flavor are restrained overall, but the finish is *very* well executed. Would make a nice session porter.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

02/06/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Colma, CA

Presentation- 22oz bottle shared with BA mates at my Super Bowl party yesterday. Divided into Duvel glasses. No expiration date listed.

Appearance- Nice semi-black pour with a yellow-grayish head and good lacing.

Smell- Smells sweeter than I expected and the smoke is not noticable to me in the smell. Smells more like a imperial stout to me.

Taste- First off, I usually despise smoked beers. The only reason I got this is that I know Stone makes great beers and I know BA buddy Spinlock like smoked beers. So, I figured, what the hell. I only have to drink a portion of it. Much creamier than I expected for a less than 6% brew. Has a nice chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Then the smoke hits in the back of the mouth and aftertaste. Not too bad! I'll have to give it to Stone. I can actually tolerate this and even enjoy it a bit. I'm not going to buy another, but it was pretty good considering.

Mouthfeel- As I said before, very creamy and also low-medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Yeah, not bad at all. I would definitely suggest this one to smoke lovers. It has enough taste going on with the smoke to make it feel like your not sucking down liquid charcoal or burnt bacon like other smoke beers I have had. About the same as AK Smoked Porter. I'll have to try that one again and rate it.

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

Deliberately poured with three fingers of desert sand colored foam, this baby looks beautiful residing in a footed Belgian tulip glass. When held to the brightest of light, the color is a resounding quality mahogany with perfect clarity. Lacing comes in over the 85th percentile...beautiful!

The nose needed a little coaxing...but it decanted at 43°, more than a tad low for both the style and pedigree. As a more appropriate temperature was achieved, what emerged was a chocolate profile with a roasted malty depth.

The initial taste reveals a most wonderful dryness which begins with a tongue-dance performed by the just-right level of carbonation. Deep roasted grains then take over providing a wonderful depth and creamy mouthfeel only to be outdone by the finish of light smoke, hop bite, and slow malty fade.

I'd love the opportunity to sample this complimented with salami or sausage incorporated into lasagna or pizza.

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Photo of stirgy
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown, nearly black color. Looked like liquid molasses, topped by a layer of creamy tan foam. The aroma has soft dark toffee notes with some sweet brown sugar. The taste is bitter with touches of roasted smoke. The smoke in this beer is really subdued and pleasant unlike the morning after campfire I was expecting. Creamy and roasted body which is generally smooth and solid. An assertive porter with some nice subtle enhancements. Very enjoyable.

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

Dark, dark - pinot? It's got that beautiful odd, burnt sienna color from smokey malts as I pour. It cascades (!!!), a big bonus. Froth sits on top like a toasted marshmallow. It's resting in the mug dark with a pinot glow.
Smells like a dark, sweet cigar.
Ummm. Raspberries crushed with the burnt end of a fire poking stick made out of the tip of a Christmas tree. Chew on some pine sap, nibble on some rosemary, and nosh on some organic spinach. Finishes with herbal minerals, hence the spinach. It's got a silky mouthfeel to it, and - marshmallowy. Dang, that's good. It makes me want to grill an assinine-ly huge ribeye, and serve it with a side of pintos, and smokey New Mexican red chile.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Stone Ale and well worth the wait it's taken to try one.

Apperarance: Black with a very full and very lingering head. If looks could kill, this beer would be on death row right about now.

smell: Chocolate first and foremost. There is also just the slightest hint of smoke to be found.

taste: Again I'm getting chocolate above anything else, but the coffee undertones are still there in force and the smoky aspect.... not too strong not too faint, just about perfect.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and the smoke seems to be more noticable than in the taste alone or the smell. Still not overpowering by any means, but more assertive and ready to scare off all those "yellow fizzy" beer drinkers.

drinkability: Could see myself very easily having a couple bombers back to back of this majestic brew. Can only speak for myself, but it lives up to any hype it's been given and then some.

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours witha large tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving a ton of lacing. A beautiful dark brown with a ruby tint, slight bit of chill haze.

Nice hop bouquet, lots of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a bit of smoke.

Tastes of roasted and chocolate malts, lots of piney hops, big hop profile, smokey undertones, and finishes with a nice bitter hoppiness.

Good carbonation and medium to heavy body.

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

Still working my way through my Christmas gifts. This beers is so dark, no light could penetrate it. I was bored so held a flashlight behind the pint glass and (mostly due to the glare around the edge's of the glass) swear no light made it through. A thinlayer of head eventually forms on the top of the beer and incredibly sticky lace clung to the edges of the glass. The aroma is of a fire that had you wake up to the next morning and all you smell is the wet charred wood. The flavor is of charred malts and charred wood. Almost as if I licked the inside of a wodd-burning kettle. So good. IT wafts uo the back of the nose. There are also very deep notes of dark chocolate wrapped into the beer. It would make a great tasting beer, but if you're working through a variety of beers, make sure it is toward the end because you will not be able to taste much afterwards.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep brown, almost black with a ring of head over top of the beer. The nose is only slightly smokey, and mostly chocolate. The flavor has a bit more smokey flavor than the nose would tell, but still the chocolate and roasted tones dominate. The feel is moderate. I would like to have a little thicker or creamier bit to it. I like it, but this is no Alaskan Smoked Porter.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cracking open a deuce reveals a velvety smooth black brew with a frothy light khaki colored head. Hints of garnet when held to the light. Nice sticky lacing. Aroma is full roasted grain, with no shortage of coffee and chocolate. Hints of molasses and other dark things are also present. This wonderful flavor comes on smooth as silk, dripping with fat malts. Roasted grain presence steadily increases, till the flavor is chock full of it. Hints of bitter chocolate and truck stop coffee float around, seeking attention. The smoke I was looking for comes in towards the end and really stands out in the finish, leaving a semi-dry roasted flavor. Smoked malts really add a fine touch to this robust brew. Mouthfeel is pretty full for a porter, which is good - it helps to back up this bold flavor. Hella drinkable, not too heavy or alcoholic, but that smokiness is just so damn enticing. Thanks Stone for giving us one hell of a session porter.

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Photo of beersarang
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Upon pouring there is a generous and creamy head. This beer also leaves wonderful lace along the glass. Tone is extremely dark brown with a tan head. Shines wonderfully in the light.

Smell: The aroma has malty roasted notes, superb.

Taste: Strong upfront malty coffee and chocolate notes. Beautifully done. Alcohol character is present, but does not dominate. Final flavor is fruity.

Mouthfeel: Just right, not too light or heavy. Makes for a very smooth beer with carbonation that tingles just enough.

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Photo of mhowell
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark, almost black, brown, with an hint of translucency ( I could see the shadow of my fingers on the other side of the glass). I picked up a slight smoky aroma from the bottle. The creamy tan head stayed a 1/4 inch thick till the bitter end. And that's my only negative. As smooth and creamy as this beer looks, and feels in the mouth, I was taken by surprise by the bitter bite. Not a complaint, just unexpected. Now that I am expecting it, I will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I expected more of a smoked flavour much like Alaskan but this really a big Porter with smoky undertones. The beer is black like a moonless night with a tan head. The nose is pure malt with a peaty tang. The first sip is smooth and chocolatey with lots of body. A huge beer considering the relatively low alcohol( by Stone's standards). I started to sip this beer to enjoy the nuances inherent in its finish.

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Photo of MrNuggets
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one dark porter! A big tan creamy head tops my glass and holds strong. Coco on the nose. Hey what do you know, I smell some smoke as well. Taste is smooth with a slight coffee flavor along with that coco from the nose. Then it gets bitter, not hop bitterness but smoke bitterness which I like. This transition is kinda rough, taking away from mouthfeel and drinkability.

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