Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

4,183 Ratings
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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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown color, pretty much opaque with a decent light creamy tan head and good lacing. The aroma is surprisingly vague with just the suggestion of some herbal malt and a whisper of charcoal. No smoke whatsoever. The flavor again does not bring an obvious smoke either but there is a little grassy smoke and more mild charcoal malt. There’s a citrus tartness that nearly defines this brew which surprises me greatly considering it’s a smoked brew. This is a medium bodied brew with tiny bits of carbonation and a near resinous, yet glassy smooth feel. It’s a quality brew in feel but I bought this for a smoke taste experience and it’s so subtle as to really be nothing that warrants a smoke title. This brew is just a decent porter that features grassy hops and tart citrus over mild charcoal malt. Good, but ultimately a disappointment.

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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I finally tried this stuff. Picked up a bomber from Jasper’s in Nashua. Pours like oil, black and completely opaque. Cream colored one finger head that recedes quickly. Vanilla, caramel, coffee, and maybe licorice (?) in the aroma. Full bodied mouthfeel, roasty malt character, chocolate, medium sweetness, smokiness, and just a bit of hop on the backend. This was a great brew, and replaces Anchor as my favorite porter.

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

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown almost black non-transparent color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving moderate lacing around the glass.

S - Roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate dominate.

T - Roasted malts, bitter coffee and dark chocolate with slight smoky flavor in the aftertaste.

M - Full bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good porter that I would highly recommend.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't notice until just before I opened this that it has "Enjoy by 4/8/10" etched on the glass. Oops. Let's see how it aged...
I poured this 22oz bottle into my pint glass.
A: Nothing wrong here... a dark, dark brown, bordering on black hue, with a two-finger head that quickly settles to a lingering 1/4".
S: Roasted coffee, toasted grain, and a bit of woodsmoke.
T: Burnt coffee, burnt caramel, roasted malt... just right.
M: Medium to full bodied, just what I would expect for a porter and not too heavy/filling.
O: I'm a big Stone fan, and this is a winner as are most of their beers. I will certainly try another bottle that's within the brewery's suggested drinking range, though this is doing just fine 1.5 years past that date.

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3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown that lets almost no light through. Foam head is a light brown that dissipates and clears very quickly. Smell is thick malty, sweet, and roasty. Definitely smokey hints as well. Taste is thick and sweet. Flavors blend together very well and makes for a very smooth and drinkable taste. Medium carbonation and the smooth mix of flavors gives this beer an excellent body and make it extremely drinkable. Overall a very delicious beer. Very very solid, but nothing extraordinary.


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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Moderately aggressive pour yield a finger of cream-tan head. Beer is dark dark brown with ruby edges. Nice lacing and average retention at best.

S - Roasted and smoked malts. Smoked meat aroma and coffee. Very nice.

T- Smoked malts are ever present, joined by dark roasted coffee in just the right proportion. Deeply roasted malts and a brief "hello" from the hops lead into a smoked meat finish that is divine. My favorite smoked porter so far.

M - Medium body, good level of carbonation for the style, and a drying finish.

O - Overall a very nice beer. I could see myself drinking this regularly. The best smoked take on a porter I have yet had. I knew I'd be "overrating" this beer the second I tasted it.

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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Giant head. This beer looks black when I pour it into the glass, and is completely opaque. Looks like a giant dark jewel. Great and tasty looking.

S- Smells smoky, has a slight burnt malt smell, along with some roasted wood chips. Slight burnt coffee smell. I really like the smell.

T- Dark and crisp, but the smokey tasted seems to kind of overpower anything else going on in there. Tastes like it would go great with some barbecue. To be honest, I feel like the flavor isn't really quite as good as Stone's IPA or Arrogant Bastard. Seems to be more one dimensional.

M- Silky, velvet feel a bit creamy too. Perfect carbonation. Heavy, but manages to remain smooth.

O- I think everything about this beer is great, except for the taste. And the taste is by no means bad, just perhaps more one dimensional then some of Stone's other brews.

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3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled a bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance is dark with thick, white head. The smell is very smokey with a hint of toffee and malt. The smoke is very dominant in the taste of this beer which is what you want in a smoked porter, however there seems to be a lack of balance. There is a slight estery taste, but it is very subtle and is gone almost as soon as the palate detects it. As the beer warms in the glass the toffee starts to become more pronounced. This beer is good, however I can think of many smoked porters I would reach for before I grab this again.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black into my bruery snifter with a paperthin head that sticks around. Aroma of smoked malts, hops and sweet coffee. Taste follows the nose, this is a really tasty drink, easy to drink, goes down smooth. I could drink a lot of this. Great price as well!

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4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in my stone pint glass

A: pours a deep dark brown color verging on black, shows a small amount of light through when held up to the light, pours with two fingers of thick frothy head that is light brown with large bubbles and lingers beautifully, leaves tons of lacing on the glass
S: beautiful sweet chocolate malts and a slight underlying coffee malt scent, overall a really pleasant nose on this one, everything i hope to see with a porter
T: great taste, hits first with the sweetness of the chocolate malts then moves into a bit of smoked wood flavor and also something like hickory smoked bacon, nice but a bit intense, and finishes with a nice smoothness of coffee malts
M: gentle carbonation, thick on the palate, leaves the mouth feeling dry like after sitting around a camp fire for too long
O: a great smoked porter, would have liked to see a bit of a better feeling on the palate and a little bit less of an intense baconish flavor, i know it is a smoked porter but im allowed to be picky

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

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a rich, dark brown black color with a foamy light tan/cream head. Good, not great, head retention and lacing.

S - Smelled deep, smoked malts. Faint trace of hops in the smell. It was an excellent, if singular, smell.

T - The roasted/smoked malts really hit you up front (some coffee flavors, perhaps). There's a bit of boozyness in the taste as well, but nothing distracting. There are some hop flavors as well.

M - Medium to full bodied; carbonation levels are nice. Smooth aftertaste, which is nice considering the smoked malts...very easy-drinking.

O - I enjoyed the Stone Smoked Porter, it's another unique beer from Stone. It's brings a little bit of complexity to a standard style. While I like some of their offerings better (they are one of my top 3 breweries), I would have definitely have it again!

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip @ 55 degrees

Poured a deep brown color with red highlights and a one finger head with a less than aggressive pour.

The first aroma to hit me is sweet smoked malts, that's all but it's very nice. No hop smell.

Taste is smoke, then roasted malts, then a little hops on the finish. Well balanced and nice as the smoke doesn't dominate like some others.

Very drinkable, kinda medium/thick for a porter.

Overall this is a great brew and worthy of a try. Well done Stone.

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

Temp - 65 F
Glass - Tulip

A) Smooth aromatic pour with a deep mahogany color. Gentle carbonation with about 3mm of foam. I really enjoyed the dark color and soft carbonation, but I am partial to cask style porters.

S) A deep roasted aroma greets you as you approach the glass. The aroma is completely dominated by a deep malt aroma... while others could argue subtleties, I enjoyed the well balanced malty character of this beer's aroma. Not a trace of hops in the aroma.

T) Characteristic of Stone, this beer has an astonishingly complete flavor profile. This beer does not renege on its promise of a deep malt flavor. The aroma blends into the initial portion of the flavor perfectly and the malt persists through the entire experience. A slight hint of booziness greets you at the end of the mid-range, but for me this was a happy reminder. In my mind the thick flavor of a porter is well designed to mask a higher ABV than is afforded by less flavorful beers.

M) Smooth and refreshing, this beer was very easy to drink. Ideally, this beer would be a slight heavier... but I could be mistaken. This beer is easy to drink and has a very pleasant mouthfeel.

O) At $3.99, this is an excellent value. This beer is an exceptionally good porter and for the price... is awesome. My heart has been captured by Clown Feet's Lubrication, but given Stone's availability and price... this could easily be a close second. I will be buying this again.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,183 ratings.
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