Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
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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:
#3,463
Reviews:
1,815
Ratings:
4,191
Liked:
3,465
Avg:
4/5
pDev:
11.25%
Alströms:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
199
Gots:
527
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,191 |  Reviews: 1,815
Photo of Cmack15
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark nice 2 finger creamy head

Aroma: slight chocolate note, sweet, dark roast

Taste: sweet, dark malts, and a hint of smoke at the end. smoke comes through really nice. good balance here

Mouthfeel: medium to thick body, carbonation very appropriate for style

This is a well crafted beer in the taste especially. Great balance of malty sweetness with a hint of smoke. The low abv of this beer makes me think in colder months you could possibly session this beer.
Cheers

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

A - What a beautiful looking beer. Deep and opaque black which only lets hints of light through around the edges. I tried pouring this as softly as I could and it still produced about 3 inches of off-white and pillowy head. Retention dies down to a smooth coat over the surface, with tons of lacing.

S - Smells like your normal porter. Smells fresh, with hints of cold coffee and milk chocolate. Smoke presence is extremely faint.

T - Very interesting, diverts from the nose. In the front of the palate is a milk chocolate sweetness with a hint of roasted malts, this is quickly overtaken by full-bodied dark fruits (definite black cherry vibe to it, I agree with others that it doesn't really taste like licorice.) Lastly, the finish is dominated by rich coffee and lingering dark fruit, with traces of smokiness becoming very pronounced toward the end. The aftertaste is quite rich and long-lasting, in a good way (not sticky, not sweet). Very solid for a porter, shows more complexity in the flavour than most

M/D - Medium bodied, mellows out after 15 minutes or so. The explosion of carbonation that begins while pouring isn't reflected in the final product, which is quite smooth. Very appealing with great drinkability (not in the sense of being easy drinking, but for enjoyability and the length of the finish).

O - I'd say this is worthy of an A. It gives you a nice amount of layers and rich, full-bodied flavours that you might expect to find in a heavier stout, without betraying the style.

I let my bottle sit for a couple of months, and it may have been an older bottle, not sure. Judging from a lot of the reviews I'm reading, I assume a little bit of age might have mellowed it out a bit and brought through more of the flavours.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with some hints of amber orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a good five fingers of lightly tan head with good retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma of dark roasted malts with some good hints of chocolate and coffee. Smoke is pretty subdued. Also some hints of caramel and dark fruits. The dark malts stand out in the aroma.

Taste: Sweet dark roasted malts up front is followed by some chocolate and coffee. Some burnt toast and a light amount of smoke. Light hints of dark fruits which add some sweetness. Finishes with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very good version of a porter. Not as smoky as you would expect from the title, but still a good porter.

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Photo of readbaron
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark brown with plentiful tan foam head (four fingers)

smell is good - complex - sweet malts, some bready malts, a bit of dark fruit/molasses, and a healthy dose of char.

Taste is less complex than the nose - lots and lots of char, a bit of malt, and a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is dissapointing - over carbonated. Accentuates the char.

Overall - a solid beer. Not overly smokey like some beers of the style can be.

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

Split a 22oz bottle; poured into a pint glass.

A: Proper porter color and decent amount of head that sticks around for a little while.

S: Black coffee, dark cocoa, cereal malts. There is definitely a slight hint of smoke as well.

T: Crisp but heavy. The cocoa beats out the coffee notes on the tongue. Any sort of smokiness that was present in the nose is absent from the taste.

D: Stander porter strength and standard porter balance, its easy going down.

Overall: A middle-of-the-road porter from a usually exceptional brewery. I can't help but feel that they had the opportunity to make a super-duper smokey porter and instead opted to make something nearly right along the guidelines...oh well. It's solid stuff anyway.

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Photo of SchmittyRexus
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark brown, nearly black. Moderately-sized tan head.

Smell - Smoky, but not too much. Mostly chocolate and some coffee aromas.

Taste - Smokiness is there, but subtle. Most of the flavor is maltiness and chocolate.

Mouthfeel - This seemed a little bit thinner than I was expecting, but very pleasant.

Overall - A very good porter. Lots of flavor, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours just a half shade darker than cola brown. Head is one finger and tan in color. A few rings of lacing.
S- Smell is mostly chocolatey, somewhat sweet, with a bit of coffee. The smoke is underlying, but it's there.
T- Initially sweet and chocolatey. The coffee takes over. The smoke shows up in the finish and is a bit more noticable than the smell. The bottle says look for notes of licorice, dark fruit, and caramel. I'm getting a little caramel in the beginning, and some dark fruit with the smoke. Not getting the licorice flavors.
M- Initially medium-high carbonation, but it smooths out in the taste and finishes relatively creamy. I would say medium for style body, maybe a little light.
O- A good porter, but it didn't quite live up to expectations for me.

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

Deep brown colour with some black, one finger of light ta coloured head, some lace at the top of the glass. Smell is of smokey roasted malts, lightly bittersweet notes, black coffee and some sugary caramel and toffee notes. Taste is roasted and smokey, bakers chocolate, moderate hop bitterness, long smokey finish and aftertaste, chocolate and coffee also present in the aftertaste. Medium prickly carbonation, light to medium body, good all around feel. Nice full flavour porter, very drinkable and stout like at points, really good stuff here.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an extremely dak brown to almost black color with very little head. the head that is present is off white to tan in coor. the smell is lightly smokey and roasty but not to malty, which makes me think the beer will not be full bodied. the taste again is lightly smokey which i think makes this beer appealing to a far wider range of people. it is also a little roasty with a thin malty feel to it. this beer is fairly light bodied but it works with the flav ors with fairly ow carbonation. this is a very drinkable beer to break into the smoked beer category.

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Photo of ggilman
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a Sebago Brewing Co. tulip glass.

Poured half of the bomber vigorously which produces a huge creamy tan head. Settles relatively quick to a point where it's still foamy and substantial, but you can see the beer through it. The foam laces well, and the body couldn't be blacker. Deep black coffee black. Smells very roasty. Smoke and char in the nose. Deep roasted malt flavors. Smoky, with a hint of bitterness. Slight cola and mineral aftertaste, with something that reminds me of toasted marshmallows. A nice carbonation and medium body keeps it from being too heavy, and is superbly drinkable. More hickory smoke and coffee as it warms. A nice after dinner beverage. Finishes dry.

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Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Dark brown with a tan head that dispersed quickly that left little lacing.

Coffee and chocolate with a hint of smoke as it warmed up the smoke intensified.

Burnt coffee and chocolate up front with some bitterness in the middle and a light smokey finish.

Really never liked this beer in the past, I could not taste any smokiness in it. They had it on tap and decided to get a small glass of this to try it again and was happy that I did. It is a great beer.

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Photo of hoppyweasel311
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really not that smokey to me... at least compared to the german Rauchbier's... just wish this had a bit more smoke flavor... besides that, it's a decent beer. If I drank this beer blindfolded with out knowing what type of beer it was... I would have never guessed it for a smoked

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

Pours a dark brown color that has a nice red hue when held up to the light. Small white head. Scent is chocolate with some liquid smoke and roasted malt. The smokiness definitely comes through in the aroma. Just as it does in the taste. This beer and the Alaskan Smoked Porter are just trademarks for American brewery's attempts at smoked porters. Great smokey malt flavors with a well-balanced chocolate and "breakfast" flavor. This beer would go great with some bacon and eggs. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is tasty as hell...only 3.99 for a bomber, and makes a great marinade for a nice new york steak. This beer is awesome!

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into some kind of beer pint glass. The color is black with a little amber at the edges. There is a thin light tan head.

The aroma is mildly sweet and chocolatey.

The taste is bitter sweet with a hefty dose of chocolate. The finish is a bit drier and a little crisp.

The mouthfeel is light to medium with a good prickly carbonation.

Tasty but not as smokey as one would hope.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt .6 fl oz bottle poured into a goblet. I cannot find any kind of freshness date on this bottle anywhere. Looked at Stone's website and where they show the enjoy by date should be and I don't see anything. Purchased from La Bodega in Anchorage. When I popped the cap on this bottle it almost sounded like a gun went off. Poured a very dark red/brown, almost black with some lighter hues on the edges. Nice creamy tan head of about 2-3 fingers that slowly simmers down. Nice lacing on the glass from where the head simmers down.

The nose is not extremely aromatic at first. Not getting a lot of hop aromas in the smell. More indications of a strong malt backbone. We'll see on the taste. Maybe a mild hint of some watery smoke. After letting this breath a little, the smells come out more. A pleasant roasted/coffee malt smell along with some grass from the hops for balance.

The taste rebounds nicely! Nice roasted malt backbone. Coffee and bitter dark chocolate abound with a bit of smoke and earth on the finish. I can also detect some licorice and caramel. I have not picked up the dark fruits yet that are mentioned on the bottle. Ok, wait, they are there a little--plum? By the way, if I had read the bottle first and the recommendation to try this with a PB&J, I would have saved this or bought another for lunch tomorrow! I've got to say the smoke is just perfect on this. It is by no means a smoky beer, but what smoke there is is a beautiful exclamation point on the end of this porter. I would love to try this with some BBQ ribs. And I'm sure I will. What a well balanced, complex and rich porter.

Mouthfeel was rich, smooth and creamy. Nicely carbonated for the style and blends well with the richness. Runs through the mouth like velvet.

Overall, this is an outstanding porter. The fact that it is 5.9%ABV makes it all the more impressive. Stone made a nuanced, flavor-packed winner without going into the abv stratosphere.

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Photo of Northsider
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in cask from Fountainhead Chicago.

Appearance was dark dark brown, almost black. Minimal head, not much lacing. Smell was heavily malty, coffee, bitter chocolate. Taste was much the same: very bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel was very very smooth, little or no carbonation.

Overall a solid good beer. Nothing overly spectacular for me, but very solid.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap Sonoma Pittsburgh. Pours mostly opaque deep brown Dark tan head with mild lacing

Puts off an aroma of bittersweet chocolate and coffee and a surprising tinge of citrus.

Flavors are bold and well balanced. Coffee, chocolate, slight toasty bitternes. Finishes clean and thick.

This beer is a mouthfull. Thick and well carbonated.

I had this one with veal bacon and potatos. Great beer. Really nice work. Might have trouble finishing more than two.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a decently dark brown and lets just a little light through. The head is a meringue color with a small amount that settles quick.

S: Smells of dark roasted malts, a hint of smokiness and a little bit of bitterness. It's surprisingly subtle for a Stone product.

T/M: A medium to high amount of carbonation and a relatively light body for a dark beer. More roasted malt becomes prominent in the flavor with just a touch of char as well as a faint hint of unsweetened chocolate near the end.

It's not nearly as full flavored as their other offerings. Decent, but Stone offers many better beers.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.92/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Dark brown in color with a lighter ring of brown at the bottom of the glass. 1 inch tan foamy head and great retention some lace would have liked to see more

Smell: Coffee and bitter chocolate in the foreground and just a hint of smoke in the background

Taste: A nice amount of smoke upfront that reminds me of a campfire. The back end carries a nice amount of coffee and finishes with the perfect amount of bitter chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish

Overall: Probably the best "smoked" beer I have ever had and probably on the market. Right amount of smoke that blends perfectly with the other flavors.

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Photo of NickRivers
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A&S - Pours a dark ruby-brown with a beautiful 3-fingers worth of tan head, smells are hard to get to due to the massive head and smokey aromas, which isn't all that bad, some notes of dark fruit, burnt grains and strong yeast are present.

T&M - Hits your mouth with little carbonation and builds up to a be super crisp, very well carbonated beer just as the sweet smokey malts smoothly transition to a hopped coffee finish.

O - Overall a great beer, I prefer a few other porters to this one such as Anchor, and was a little disappointed on the aroma, but for being a brew with the word "Smoked" in its name, what more can you expect? Go out and buy a bomber if its in your area!

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Photo of zachary80
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split. Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Best by 10/28/11

L: Great light tan head. Big bubbles in it. Thick lacing.

S: Hard to pick out what the key parts of the aroma are. Malty with maybe a hint of smoke.

T: Flavor of mild smokiness from start to finish. Never sharp, very well blended. Still would like some more malt or hop flavors to challenge the smoke.

M: Good. Somewhat dry

O: This is very good porter. Wish the aroma was a little stronger but would love to buy this in sixers.

V: A good deal for a bomber at 5.39. However the format will keep me from buying it often

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Photo of jondeelee
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stone's Smoked Porter doesn't smell smoky, as the name might suggest. Instead, the brew is marked by sweeter aromas, including pineapple, apricot, and cane sugar. There is a certain amount of smokiness to these sugars, and so the aromas are much like you'd get after lightly grilling fruit on a wood-burning barbecue. All of these sweet aromas rest atop a layer of cereal-like toasted grains.

On the tongue, the beer switches gears completely, and the smokiness begins to shine through. Sweeter flavors are still present, including pear, apple, fig, and white grape. However, they are accompanied by a liquid smoke/charcoal layer that almost takes over the mouthful. Coffees and anise seed abound. The aftertaste is more smoke and bitterness, and lingers for quite a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an interesting beer, but in my opinion the smokiness should have been toned down a notch or two, as it can prove overwhelming and slightly off-putting.

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Photo of output01x
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (Enjoy By 10/01/11) into an imperial pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that slowly dissipates to a bubbly, thick mess. The body is a translucent mahogany that borders on black. Thick globs of foam stick to the sides of the glass like sporadically applied spray foam insulation.

Dark roasted malts with notes of espresso and wood smoke comprise the majority of the nose. Spicy, earthy hops are also present.

Roasted coffee beans and milk chocolate with just a touch of nuttiness forms a great start to each sip of this beer. A dry smokiness then flows into a dry coffee aftertaste that really suits this beer perfectly. Honestly, I would prefer the flavors to be a bit bolder, but they are excellent considering the 5.9% ABV.

Medium bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer sticks around for just the right amount of time. The carbonation really helps this beer's drinkability while also clearing room for the aftertaste to come in at just the right time.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my stone pint glass...

A- Poured almost black with a slight red hue coming through the
bottom, had about a 2 finger frothy tan head that dissipates to about half a head with nice lacing...

S-Very sweet malts with some chocolate and some espresso, a bit smokey as well but very subtle on any smoke, maybe some molasses as well

T-Very sweet malts up front very bitter and balanced, has nice chocolate and espresso notes as well a nice smokey roasted nutty plum finish, lingering syrup as well...

M-Medium body high carbonation, the smoked part comes out alot in the mouth nice and bitter with chocolate

O-Decent porter, not as smokey as I would have hoped for but
good and cheap...no super wow factor here just a good brew...

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into an imperial pint glass.

Gorgeous frothy, khaki 3-finger head slowly settles into an interesting honeycomb pattern as the bubbles coalesce, leaving behind some great lacing. The head reminds me of root beer or dirty sea foam.

Color is deep brown in the center and mahogany around the edges.

Aroma is all roasty sweet malt.

Taste is a great balance between bitter and sweet. Caramel, chocolate, subtle smoke, and some vanilla. Mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious.

Overall this is one of the better porters I've tried.

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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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