Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
BA SCORE
82.7%
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Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
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:
#3,465
Reviews:
1,815
Ratings:
4,191
Liked:
3,465
Avg:
4/5
pDev:
11.25%
Alströms:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
199
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Photo of greenmonstah
4.2/5  rDev +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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Photo of ely2000k
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of osusullins
3.29/5  rDev -17.8%
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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Photo of jcartamdg
4.2/5  rDev +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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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
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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Photo of WMEugene
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of bayougutter
4/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of gengoro
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of scninmer08
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 10/18/2011. Poured from 22oz. bottle into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Appearance: Deep brown with a large head with good retention.

Smell: The smokiness comes through strong in the smell with the roast of the barley and the hop presence being made known.

Taste: The taste evolved as I drank the beer, which is something that I love in a good brew. It started out with the hops coming through very strong, but after drinking it more, the malty flavors came into fruition to balance the hops nicely.

Mouthfeel: A creamy medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good porter. Not my favorite, but it is definitely one that I would drink with regularity.

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Photo of tony223366
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on August 13, 2011.

A: Dark blackish brown. Deep crimson red around the edges in the light. About 2 fingers of head that slowly dissipates. Immediate lacing is very nice.

S: Awesome smoked coffee smell. Hint of hops at the finish.

T: Rich roasted malts and a big smokey coffee flavor. Light on the chocolate aspect. Big, big hoppy bitter finish as you'd expect.

M: Actually lighter bodied than I expected. Astringent mouth feel.

O: For whatever reason this felt more balanced than anchor steam. Big on flavor.

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

A - Thick root beer tan head shows great retention. Dark brown almost black body with chestnut edges.

S - Roasted malt, hints of beef jerky or bacon, cocoa, hazlenut.

T - Bitter dark chocolate, almond oil, toasted/burnt pumpernickel bread, pine hops and smoke on the sides and back of the tongue and last throughout the finish. Pine on the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, low carbonation.

Great balance of sweet smoky. The smoke is not overdone and compliment the beer well. Very nice finish and plenty of flavor.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A Pours a dark brown color topped with a light brown head.

S Coffee accented with a bit of smoke.

T Chocolate and coffee with a nice subtle smoky flavor on the finish.

M Kind of light with good carbonation.

Overall this is a very good porter. I like how the smoke flavor is subtle and doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer. I will definitely drink this again.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly completely black color, if you look at it at an angle you can see a slight red hinge, has a big offwhite head that actually laces quite a bit. Smell is of sweet sweet delicious bacon, its like walking into an German meat market, i love it. Taste is wonderful, an absolute delight. Has of course a wonderful rich malt flavor and the smoke flavor is really noticeable as well. Mouthfeel is wonderful as well, just a great porter.

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Photo of ncsutton
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle

A - Very dark, nice head, leaves some lacing

S - Rich malty, very slight sense of smoke

T - Really chocolaty taste with a nice coffee taste to it. I don't really get the smoked taste except for a little on the after taste

M - Extremely smooth, goes down easy

O - A great porter in my opinion, not really a smoked porter, but still very good

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Photo of Cavery
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml I had in the cellar for about 6 months, I didn't really have anything I felt comfortable cracking at the moment, so I pulled this out of the case.

A: Deep cherry jam with suggestion of blacks. Looks like the color of expensive shoes, post polish. Some coffee cream film and head that rose modestly to about a finger before leaving connect the dots lacing around the walls of the glass. Definitely has a dark iced tea or iced coffee look.

S: Sweet smokey sauces that have been licked by a savory woody flame. light tangy barbecue note that suggests some sort of sweet cooked sugar sauce. The smoke has really mellowed out of the nose, a more sugary character of the malt now seems to be more forward. Sweet sugary barbecued carrots.

T: Taste is sweet and slightly tangy with a dancing note of mellowed smoke. It's kind of like having a steak sauce on some charred barbecue veggies. Sweet with a light bitterness that seems to be more from the roast than from hops, but I could be wrong. Flavor seems really mellow and toned down from fresh, still quite good.

M: light medium body with a bit of favoritism towards the lighter side. A tad bit of astringency follows the smokiness, but the flavor gets to live out a decent life beforehand. Some low grade sandpaper feels that aren't my favorite, but I can't really hold it against the beer, considering it was an experimental aging.

O: I liked it, don't think I like it as much as fresh, but I do appreciate the direction the beer is going. Having done this, I don't think this will hold up in the mouth beyond a year. I get a lot more licorice like flavor than I can ever remember getting in this fresh, but it's more or less flavor that's remnant of former smokiness. This isn't going to dethrone Alaskan Smoked porter for aging, but I can see it being a worthy experiment.

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Photo of ahq514
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a nice healthy head thats a good two fingers. Just a shade lighter than black. Seems to have a nice, low carbonation. Very nice lacing.

Aroma is a little weaker than I imagined. From what I can smell, I'm getting pretty much all chocolate covered coffee beans with a little bit of roast. Smoke is there in the background, but it smells more like a standard porter.

Taste is stronger than the aroma. Starts off with a nice smokiness that transitions into a dry, bitter roastiness, a little bit of hoppiness in the mix as well. Finish is a nice smooth chocolateyness. I like the flavors in this beer, but they don't mix together like I would like. They're very distinguished flavors that just don't combine like I think they should.

Pretty nice medium body, but a little lighter than I would have thought. Nice low carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall, I thought this beer was nice, but not something I would really seek out again. I like porters or stouts with a nice smoky character, but this one was too subtle. The smoke was barely detectable. It was a solid porter though.

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Photo of matjack85
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL just started carrying a wide assortment of Stone products, so I picked up this 22oz brown bottle along with some other Stone selections for $4.49 each.

The beer poured a dark brown color that turned to mahogany when held to the light. 3 full fingers of fluffy light brown head hung around for so long I was getting impatient waiting to drink it. Lots of lacing clung to the glass with each sip.

The beer had a rich roasted malt smell, along with some dark fruits, and coffee.

Big mocha coffee flavor along with some sweet caramel and toffee. There is a good bitterness as well (53 IBU's) to keep everything balanced. Really didn't pick up any smoke until the finish. Nice bitter finish as well.

Medium bodied with only moderate carbonation which keeps it smooth and creamy.

This is a very well made and enjoyable porter.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly pitch black with dark ruby undertones. Big 3 finger tan head that dissapates slowly, leaving a uniformly patchy lacing down the glass as it goes. Big dollop of foam left on top. Smells of smoky dark roasted malts and creamy coffee. Hints of chocolate hit the nose behind it. Dark dried fruits bring it around to a very balanced nose, and very appetizingly.

Full and rich flavor of dark roasted malts. Coffee-like bitterness attached to the malts that touches all parts of the palate. Very balanced overall, as just a hint of barely sweet dried fruit touches the front of the tongue. Dark chocolate is hidden, but detectable in an off-hand way. The coffee bitterness and mouthfeel is where this beer succeeds. Lingering mouthfeel of coffee and dark roasted malts stays for a long time, enticing you into another sip. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and airy for such a richly flavored beer. At the same time there is a certain heaviness to it though, probably from the heavy handed use of ingredients Stone is known for. The carbonation is on the higher side as well, giving a little zip to the coffee flavors. This accentuates the flavors in a very positive way, especially for the lighter sweetness that quickly gives way to the bitterness. This is a very good porter, and obviously another quality beer from Stone.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

836th Review on BA
Bottle to Stone Pint
22oz

Purchased from Stone on Zwanze2011 day

App- A medium colored brown with a darker middle. A one finger head with 0 cling and stick to it.

Smell- A bit of light campfire, roasted pine nuts and some burnt toast. A bit malty and dry and a touch of bitter hops. I shouldn't like this smell, but I do.

Taste- Dry, roast, smoke, pepper and large porter notes. This really hits you with flavors all over the place. It's very good for what it is. I know this is a smoked porter. It isn’t my favorite style and I’m going to rate it more to style than preference and go high with a 4. This actually showed a lot of temperance and balance.

Mouth- Lighter medium bodied and a light to medium carbonation. More of a roasty and nutty residual flavor.

Drink- I will say it is one of the better in the “smoked” arena. It's just not a favorite of mine. Not gonna bash and give low grade. Still a good beer, because I believe I would enjoy the vanilla variation.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from Stone Brewing Co.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a thin cap. Thin tight rings of lace mark the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, smoked malt, and some rich dark toasted bread aromas. Taste is of roasted/smoked malt, toasted bread, and some minor cocoa bean flavors. There is an assertive roasty bitterness that sticks around after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a bubbly yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good smoked porter from the tap but I prefer the bottled version slightly more.

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Photo of hiku7
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with a level two-finger tan head.

Smell is chocolate, molasses, and cherry, with a slight smokiness as it warms. Some sweet spiciness coming through also.

Taste is similar, cherry esters and a moderate hop bitterness that brings out smokiness in the finish. Malt is chocolate and a bit roasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit oily, with low carbonation. Makes for a fairly easy drinking mouthfeel.

Overall, I liked the esters and smokiness and really enjoyed this beer, but not sure it's one I'd come back to regularly.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pt 6 fl oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and good retention. The head colour is a slight tan. Colour is a solid black. It's generally appealing.

Sm: Slight rauchbier smoke, caramelized malt, a bit of roast, and light bacon. A mild strength aroma.

T: Light roast, some smoke, caramelized malt, and a bit of bacon. A bit simple compared to expectations. It's well balanced, though. I do like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours. It's a touch too thick.

Dr: Very drinkable for a smoked beer, but a bit too malty. It's got an average ABV and a high price. I don't think I'd have it again.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint. One finger of mocha head that dissipates quickly but leaves a little lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate, coffee with a slight smoky undertone.

T: Tastes of mild chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight smokiness, a bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Body is light-medium with an average level of carbonation. Overall this seems a bit thin.

D: Drinkability is pretty good but I expected more smokiness.

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Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with 1/2" of cappuccino head with great retention. The nose is intriguing; deep roasted malts and wood fire. Roasted malts, wood smoke, and chocolate all get a play here. There's enough hops to balance and add a welcomed bitterness to the finish. As the beer warms figs, dates, warm fruit becomes noticeable with a little licorice. Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, and incredibly drinkable.

What a fantastic beer!

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Photo of yankeej13
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always enjoyed this beer figured it was time to rate it.

A- Dark as night, has a nice chocolate brown foam which has a nice lace that slowly fades. Little to no carbonation.

S- Has a nice sweet malt smell. Mild chocolate malt as well with a smooth milk like smell.

T- It has a great smokey sweet malt taste to it. Mellow milk and chocolate flow as well. Nice creamy mid palette.

M- Great drinkability, Nice full body flavor very bold in taste. Leaves your mouth with a nice sweet finish.

Overall- Great beer hands down, will support this beer to the very end. Well done Stone! Cheers

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 82.7% out of 100 with 4,191 ratings
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