Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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4/5
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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:
#4,048
Reviews:
1,816
Ratings:
4,202
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
204
Gots:
530
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,202 |  Reviews: 1,816
Photo of Hunter
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of RenaudNW
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz : tulip
Enjoy By: 03/30/13

Very nice looking, very deep brown, near black with a thick, billowy tan head and nice lacing.

Roasted cocoa and coffee, lightly smokey malts. Fleeting hints of smoked meats.

Medium- body with mild, foamy carbonation.

The smoked aspect of this porter is well done, with just barely enough to be noticeable, but at no point becomes overwhelming.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold 22 oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours black, opaque except for a tinge of red, and a medium chestnut head. Aroma is smoky, as expected. Smoke and roasted malt pick up the front of the flavor, too. Smoked flavor is the major player here, but it doesn't overpower the substantial malt bill here. Burnt toast is big here. In the background there are subtle coffee and mocha flavors. Finally, there's a bitter edge to bring out the dry finish. This is a really good smoked porter and worth coming back to again and again.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 4,202 ratings