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:
#4,188
Reviews:
1,816
Ratings:
4,202
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle with a deep, nearly opaque black/brown color and generates a foamy sand-colored head. The aroma is disappointingly subtle, with only a bit of milk chocolate and weak coffee being discerned. The flavor is more what I had hoped for, with some soft, woody smoke, chocolate, and a bit of spicy, herbal hops for balance. The mouthfeel detracts from the varied flavor profile, with a fine, fizzy carbonation that borders on unpleasant. Overall, this is a fine porter with a bit of extra character, but it is is sadly subtle.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Pitch black with dark crimson on the bottom of the glass. Head is rather thin but has good retention.

Smell - Burnt Barley, Smoke, Chocolate, Coffee, Malts and some mild Grassiness. It's a strong porter smell with a Pils-like grassy scent.

Taste - Ham, Smoke, Chocolate, Barley, & Burnt Malts. Flavor is more defined and a bit more smoky in flavor than I've had before. The smokiness does subdue as it warms up and give way to a more balanced flavor. Aftertaste is very resiny and smoky too.

Mouthfeel - Moderate Body with a distinct molasses feel. Carbonation is also feel mild so it's easy to drink

Overall - A bit chalky/smokey for my tastes, but still a decent beer all around, though this would not be my first choice in terms of smoked ales.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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2.34/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was excited when I bought this one... no more. Just not put together right or something.

Appearance- beautiful porter, fine white bubbles, 1 finger of head. Pretty lacing, all around a pretty glass of beer.

Smell- Subdued, but definitely a porter. Lacking that caramelized hint in the aroma, not much in the way of smoke smell.

Taste- A good porter battled it out with a ton of wood smoke. I at first didn't think either of them won, but now, near the end of the bottle, I keep thinking I'm at a campfire. The smoke flavor has overwhelmed all but the bitterness of the porter, and my mouth tastes like ashes.

Feel- texture was nice, smooth, but the ashy afterfeel is bad. Not real happy here. Feels like I need a drink to wash away the flavor of the smoke. Hmmm...

Overall... already said it. Just wondering if perhaps it would go better with a particular meal (BBQ? Fried chicken? Smoked Sausage?) than standing alone... or perhaps I shouldn't have planned on drinking all 22 oz by myself.

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