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Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

1,805 Reviews
Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,805 | Ratings: 4,155
Photo of cretemixer
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the deepest brown with garnet hues noticable when held up to the light. An ivory toned head fades fast to a cling-ring in no time. Smoky bitter chocolate malt aroma with hints of tobacco. Smooth & malty with bitter chocolate flavors. The smoky aroma isn't as strong in the flavor profile. A solid porter, but not outstanding. Finishes dry. Medium to full body with pleasant carbonation. Surprisingly average offering from Stone. Still a fine beer, but Stone has set the bar high and spoiled us so.

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

A dark brown/black body supports a medium-sized foamy tan head. The nose presents a rich chocolate aroma, with notes of sugary plum, especially as the glass is raised to the mouth. The flavor begins with roasted malt, working in tandem with a mild sourness, and a hint of hoppy bitterness. But it is in the finish that this beer really shows its stuff, with contrasting elements of fruit (grape, perhaps?) and an understated smokiness that's just perfect. With a smooth and agreeable mouthfeel, and relatively moderate levels of alcohol, this is a highly drinkable brew. A great beer.

The blurb on the back of the bottle suggests that this is Stone's "least understood" beer. Maybe so. In my judgment, it's better than some of their more acclaimed beers.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thick deep dark brown pour with a large covering of tan foam that will stick around and leave trails of lace all over the glass. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark malts, and a hint of smokiness hit the nose. A quite wonderful aroma.

This beer is very rich and full bodied. It is incredibly smooth and creamy. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts lead the way in the flavoring of this powerhouse porter. There is just enough smokiness to make it live up to its name. It is easy to drink, and impossible to pass by.

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

22 oz. brown bottle, and a really cool one at that because that's all Stone does with their bottles. Flowed from the bottle like oil, nice and dark and thick. Very deep brown, almost black, with a well-retaining tan head. The aromas are quite sensual. Dark malts blend well with the scent of black coffee, hops, and burnt toast.

The mouthfeel is thick, slick, and oily. Almost like chewing on something. Roasted bitter flavors arise from the start, with a big malty middle following that, with flavors of chocolate and coffee. Just a touch of hops are present to balance things out, and it did leave a bit of a smoky aftertaste. Definitely a damn good porter.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the first pour I was impressed with the deep brown color of the porter. Almost like burnt caramel, but not to dark like a stout. It remains translucent when held up to the light and the head is a nice rich tan color that leaves a clingy web down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a chocolatey coffee appeal to it, as does the flavor. This is a brew that has a body with substance, and it remains a remarkably smooth drink. I can easily see myself drinking this all night.

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Photo of Dmann
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yet another great brew from the people at Stone, who have yet to let me down and are now my all time favorite brewery. This one poures a very dark brown, almost black with a small head that leaves decent lace around the glass. The smell reminded me of the Arrogant Bastard Ale but with a hint of smoke, chocolate and coffee added to it. The taste is right on: little bit of hop bite at the beginning, then the smoked flavor comes in along with a hint of malt and chocolate, and finishes with a crisp coffee flavor. This one would go great with some bar-b-q'd burgurs....awesome brew!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, Stone's is batting a 1000 with me so far. This is another very good brew that pleases all the way through. Very dark brown to black look with a somewhat smallish tan head, but a good degree of lacing left behind to remind you of what was. The taste is a very nice blend of smokey and roasted grains that give a sense of chocolate and coffe, but without overpowering the senses. This is another of the Stone's brews that gives good body in the mouthfeel, but which finishes with enough crispness as to not be wimpy creamy. Again I say, more, please.

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Photo of dmarch
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of Rauchbiers, I pretty much knew that I would enjoy this. The smokey flavor seems very appropriate for a porter. Rather then the smokey flavor dominating the taste like some of the Rauchbiers, it compliments the chocolate and coffee tastes of this porter. This beer really makes me wish that Stone was more available in PA.

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

On tap at the Blind Tiger in New York City.

Appearance: Jet black with frothy tan head that laced like mad.

Smell: Chocolate malt and toffee aromas.

Taste: Starts off with a surprising hops flavor. Follows with strong bitter chocolate malt taste. Coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking.

Comments: I was surprised and disappointed that I could not detect any smoky characteristics, but I enjoyed this nevertheless.

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

On tap at the Sunset Cantina.

Thick webby lacing riding off the tawny brown colour. Estery smoky aroma and malty nose. Spicy alcohol flavour with a smoke charcoal malt in the middle. Big maltiness with a light hop balance, some mellow chocolaty malt flavours in the end with a lingering faint smoke. Good stuff on tap and one of the better porters on tap I have had, bring it on.

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Photo of TXHops
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stone Smoked Porter pours a brilliant, deep black color with a thick, brown head of uneven foam—good lacing. A pungent, burnt fruit aroma fills my nose, suggesting carbonized food more than smoke. There’s a touch of the slightly astringent, slightly solvent-like smell that seems to accompany all smoke beers—smelling like plastic burning on a campfire.

The flavor is meaty and roasted, with a slightly rich, boldness that belies the gravity. A taste shockingly similar to roasted peanuts complete with salt, fills my mouth on the swallow. The smokiness seems to be more evident in the tail than in the mouth, with a suggestion of the darkened, outer skin that surrounds a smoked beef brisket. The final taste, if the beer is allowed to rest a while between sips, is that of deep, musty, wet earth. Of course, I haven’t eaten much moist, black earth, but I know what it smells like, so I can extrapolate a little. The salty, solvent-like astringency never really disappears, but neither does the underlying roasty porter base, nor the bitterness of the hops.

I like this smoked porter—it tastes more like meat than other smoked beers I’ve tried and the peanut flavor was kinda fun, not to mention unusually compelling.

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

The unusual tar tinted dark brown color requires careful examination. The full smoky (not overly so) malt is the star of the show. The fairly high hops with light a metallic and somewhat grapefruity bitterness deserve some attention as well. Lightly sweet with a dry edged body. A hint of dark chocolate and coffee offer contrasting flavors to offset both the malt sweetness and hop bitterness. A smoky edge is more apparent in the aroma than in flavor. A light hop floral bouquet and sweet malt give way to a comforting smokiness. The beige/tan head dissipates at its own slow pace then lingers as fine lace. Flavors merge, blend and congenially mingle together. Well Done!

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

Wonderful, dark, ponderous brew. Pours thick and heavy. You can see the head coming up through the thick beer, roiling, getting lighter, and forming a thick, munchy tan head that looks so beautiful against the black liquid. A gorgeous beer; one of the prettiest I've ever poured. Sweet malty aroma.

I ought to know by now that porters are not heavy beers, necessarily, but still I am surprised by the deftness of the taste. Sweet, but not thick or syrupy. Nice hint of smoke, nice deep layer of chocolate. Nice and complex, with different flavors dancing around your tongue, from the slightly bitter to the cocoa-sweet.

Head is long-lasting, clings to the glass like it's afraid it might drown.

All of Stone's beers make me grin like a fool. I just sit there, sipping, marveling in the complexity. Then I see how much is left in that big brown bottle and grin and grin and grin. But, unlike the other Stone beers, this one won't knock you on your butt. An excellent quiet evening beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge 22oz. bomber, pours with an very dark ruby almost opaque black in color, with a moccha toned nicely constructed head. The aroma is mainly of darker roasts with a background of a smokey screen in the aroma. The flavor is has mild cocoa notes along with roasted barley all wrapped up in a wonderful rauch style smoked. Leaves a nice dryness on the tongue, I am guessing this beer goes really well with a nice juicy steak. Very good porter, if just getting into rauchbier this is a nice one to start with, very mild smoke taste and aroma. All together very well done, everything is tied together to form a complete full flavor. A medium to light bodied porter, this beer definitely turns the tongue into a desert, very dry mouthfeel. All in all very drinkable smoked porter, but even with my love for Stone this is a dinner beer for me. Not a beer for chilling at the bar and drinking one right after another, but a very enjoyable experience none the less.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz. brown bottle with the ever-present beer-guarding gargoyle.

Appearance: Poured a very rich-looking dark brown color. Opaque. Dark tan head with excellent lacing.

Smell: That smell of campfire smoke in your clothes. Or a summer barbecue with friends. Not an overpowering smoky smell...just enough to let you know it's there.

Taste: Mostly a bitter dark chocolate flavor with a fair amount of smoky flavor. Towards the end there was a modest amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Large. Very full-bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: I'm not a fan of smoke-flavored beers. However, this was not a bad beer to drink. I let it warm quite a bit from the first to last taste and it certainly got better towards the end. The smoke flavor is not overpowering and really complements the other flavors.

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Photo of Riggo
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is opaque black. A hard pour delivered a fluffly, creamy, chocolate-colored head, malty and delicious. An immediate scent of bubblegum in the nose, followed by roasted grains, sour, sweet malt, and cigarette/campfire smoke. The flavor is oakey, sour, and more fruity and less espresso-like than a stout (appropriate for the porter style?) As it warms, an oatmeal malty sweetness appears. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. A very well-balanced brew with a dry, smokey, and coffeeish lingering finish.

An excellent, balanced porter from Stone, not as "in-your-face" as some other Stone brews, which is fine by me.

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

Poured a great dark color, even the head was dark. And surprise! No overwhelming hops. It had all kinds of great porter tastes, chocalate, caramel, etc. I liked this beer almost too much, craving it like an addict. A definite solid beer, worhty of stone.

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

Really wasn't all that smokey for a beer that has the word smoked in it's title. Poured out very dark with a nice head. Tastes very mellow for a stone brew. Feels good in the mouth and good in the stomach. A quite good porter with a hint of smoke. Mmmmm... Stone.

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Photo of goz
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark, ruby-tinged brown. Thick, rocky tan head, medium diminishing, and leaving excellent lace. Aroma is roasted malt, hints of some fruits, and light smoke. Flavor starts quite sweet, middle gets more of the bitter roasted flavor, and ends with some light smoke and bitter chocolate. The hops show up a bit in the end as well.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, not quite black, with a big creamy head of small tan bubbles.
Aroma of toasted malt, coffee and a bit of smokiness.
Full bodied and flavored with a smooth creamy mouthfeel, lots of coffee and sweet malt flavor and a smokey finish that reminds me of a nice single malt scotch.
A very tasty brew, the 22 oz. bomber just wasn't enough, I really need more of this beer! Thanks to JohnnyP for bringing me my first Stone beer.

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

This brew pours a very sexy black with a tan creamy head that last the duration, leaving a sexy lace behind. I am so excited to try this, Seeming I just brewed a smoked porter my self. Hops fill the nose along with burnt amber aroma. The first sip brings a nice smoky flavor to the palate, which is very, very nice. Hops fill the rest of the palate with a coffee malt flavor. This is a very good beer, A clean finish is very nice because the smoked flavor is not stuck in your mouth for a long time. This is another exceptional beer by Stone.


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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown in color, almost black, but with clear ruby and mahogany highlights visible at the base of the glass. It's frothy tan head holds quite well. It keeps a creamy collar and thin surface covering throughout the glass, and leaves good lace as well. The nose is quite enticing, with a chocolate and caramel base that's enhanced by a soft peat-smokiness. The smoke is just enough to add to, and enhance, the aroma of the beer. The body is medium/full, creamy, and velvety smooth in the mouth. The flavor, much like the aroma and mouthfeel, is quite smooth and round. This beer is exceptionally well balanced in all regards. It's softly sweet with a combination of milk chocolate and caramel, a light touch of smoke, a supportive bitterness and some background hop flavors. It finishes with a lingering roastiness, mild smokiness, and dull bitterness followed by some light, grassy hop flavor. Although the subtle smoke gets lost in the flavor over the course of the glass, it remains in the nose. Very nicely done, and highly drinkable with just enough smoke to give it a little bit of complexity and keep it interesting throughout one or two. Except for it's strength, this would make a very nice session beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of avylover
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(MY first review on BA) - I'm not a huge porter/stout fan, but I like this beer enough to give it another try. Pours almost solid black with a nice tan head. A bit thin for a porter, but this adds a bit to the drinkability. Mild alcohol bite at first, but disappears after about three sips. Not a whole lot of complex tastes going on here, a bit of coffee taste. Nice hoppy bitterness going down. Basically a hoppy, not-so-thick porter. As good a porter as i've tried.

A year and half later, with a year and a half more beer knowledge:
Expected this to be a bit more thick, with maybe a little more "Smoke" to speak of. No doubt the tamest of the Stone brews i've tried, this is still a good porter. Good malted milk flavors to add to the above review.

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

dark brown...transparent...charcoal-hued

Smells like my shirt after standing too close to a struggling campfire...plus a little cocoa.

Maybe the most delicate of Stone's brews I've tried. Or is it watery? It manages to pull together flavors of burning wood, whole cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, prunes and spice. Really enjoyable actually.

Try with Moderato's smoked leg of lamb (done in a Texas smoker)

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Photo of zerk
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with a touch of amber, if you hold it up to the light, and a thin but persistent head. Aroma of chocolate, a touch of coffee, and a light touch of smoke. The flavor begins with coffee and a bit of chocolate... with some spicy and slightly bitter hops blending in. The smoke flavor complements the beer very well, but in no way overpowers it. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with a medium body and low carbonation. A very well done beer.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,805 ratings.
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