Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

4,182 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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Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip May,16.2011

A deep purple almost ruby red when held to a bright light, has a loose tan head three fingers deep before it falls to a short tunnel of lace leaving no lace after that

S more hops and less campfire then expected with a little milk chocolate and faint coffee

T much more dark earthy roast in the mouth but not layer upon layer, good but not the depth in flavor I was expecting. the hops I smell are gone but replaced with a little prune and purple candy on the finish

M silky entry and then it expands and turns to cream as it hits your tongue

O the malts not that smokey but it's something I could drink for a few hours without getting board or falling over

perhaps if it was labeled just a porter I'd give it a higher rating but the "smoked porter" I see on the label has me expecting smoke. Worth trying without doubt and I have to thank liamt07 for my chance at this one

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Photo of aficionado
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body is the darkest of browns. The beer has a small cream colored head and fine-bubbly lacing.

Smells faintly of smoke, coffee, and cocoa.

The taste is blander than expected, but quite easy-drinking and enjoyable nonetheless. It has a very clean bitterness and a spicy, herbal quality from the hops. Some chocolate comes out on the palate along with roasty malts and a tiny bit more smoke, which is in no way as enjoyable when compared to the Schlenkerla Marzen I just had yesterday.

The mouthfeel is the best thing about this beer. The moderate carbonation and the way the beer feels on the palate is on point. I just wish the flavor was more substantial. I would like to see an amped up version of this with more smoke and more flavor, such as a Smoked Pumpkin Porter or a Smoked Vanilla Porter.

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

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured a dark muddy black with dark ruby red highlights beaming around the edges of the glass. It had an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that lasted a nice while, leaving a layer of foam floating on top of the brew which resulted some excellent lacing.

The aroma was was bold to say the least. It had a strong scent of roasted caramel malts, a leathery yeast with a subtle smokey odor and had notes of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and a touch of raisons.

It tasted wonderfully lightly bitter-sweet with nice notes of dark chocolate, caramel and dried fruit in the beginning then became a tad more on the bitter coffee side and had a mild smokey finish that was left lingering on the palate for a really nice long time.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body (I am leaning more towards full) and smooth and creamy in texture with a nice light soft carbonation.

Overall this was an awesome brew. I am always a little leary about smoked beers but the flavors in this one melded so well together that it left me wanting more.

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

Black, with red undertones. Nice tan head. Superb and frilly lace.

Aroma is chocolate, and some roasty, smoky accents. Not at all overpowering with the smoke..actually quite mild.

Taste -- here's that smoke! Nice burnt wood and chocolate. Nicely bitter finish. As this one warms, it turns smoother, with the smoked malts integrating better with the chocolate taste. Quite delicious.

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Photo of Dubber55
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a Founders snifter- dark brown with 1 finger beige head. Does not look viscous.

The aroma consists of lightly charred wood and earthy hops.

Taste- Some bittersweet chocolate, a little coffee, charred American oak, and plenty of roasted malts. The smoke is not overpowering which is nice. Earthy, piney hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Light carbonation.

Overall, this is an easy drinking porter.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, light shines through on th eedges quite easily, big poofy khaki head, decent retention. Smell is milder than expected, dark roasted and chared malts are the dominant components with actual smoke taking a backseat and barely making itself known. A touch of earthy hops on the back. Taste brings a nice roasted malt profile, light touches of chared wood and faint chocolate. Again the smoke lacks any sort of umph - ive had beers that contained so few smoked malts they didnt name their beer with that description and they still had more umph than this. Medium bodied, slightly creamy. A nice porter yes - but a weak smoked beer.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown body with a massive tan head. Barely any lacing.

S: Roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate, and some smoke.

T: Roasted malt upfront, followed by some smoke, finishes slightly bitter from some chocolate and coffee notes. It's good, but pretty one dimensional.

M: Thick and creamy mouthfeel; full body; light carbonation.

O: Good beer. Had a bottle and broke it out with someone who was a "huge" fan. I thought it was pretty simple and straight forward. After 1 bottle I was ready for something else.

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

A - Very dark brown in color with a coffee colored head that is at least two inches thick. Plenty of soapy lacing around the side of the glass.

S - Caramel, molasses, a little coffee, and some smokiness.

T - A little bland right at the beginning but that fades quickly to some nice sweet tones. Smoky and coffee flavors comes through in the end with a little bit of bitterness.

M - Thick and chewy.

O - This is quite a porter. I wish it was a little more smoky but that might be nitpicking a little.

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

No dating on the bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown body, that has slight ruby red highlights on the edges when held up to the light. Two finger tan head that has decent retention and good spider web lacing down the glass.

The aroma features roasted malt, a hint of caramel, and a slight amount of smokiness. Some nutty qualities are also in play, similar to a nut brown ale.

Very nice complex flavor, besting the aroma. Many of the aromas are also present in the flavor in addition to chocolate and dark fruit and just a slight touch of hop bitterness. The smoke flavor is not overbearing at all and is a good addition. Very nice blend.

Medium to light mouthfeel that drinks very easily. Rock solid porter.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark brown, almost black body with a dark-cream head.

Smell - A little stale and cardboard like. Slight chocolate malt and coffee.

Taste - Very oaky and nutty. Plenty of alcohol and with astringency to boot.

Mouthfeel - Very clean body and very little residue. A little too flat.

Overall Drinkability - Decent porter. Could use some more carbonation and more complexity. Good but a little too one dimensional.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am definitely on a Stone kick at the moment. For good reason though – they make great beer. Here we have their Smoked Porter, which I haven’t really heard about. I have high expectations for it, though, due to the fact that Stone makes my favorite brews (and because it was $7+ for the bomber). Here it goes:

A: Dark coffee brown. A hint of light comes through, showing amber undertones. A thick, dark tan head rises large, covering a good 3+ fingers off the pour. Sticky lacing stays all around the glass to the last drink.

S: Surprisingly fruity – something cooked, though, like a baked apple. Sweet caramel and chocolate dominate the nose after, giving this stout an inviting presence even before the first drink.

T: Hmmmm. Much different than the nose. The yeasty breads are what hit you first, giving that chewy biscuit tone. This sets the stage for a big, smoky hit of roasted malts. This is where it falls short, in my opinion. The smokiness is there, but restrained (especially when you consider that this is called “Smoked Porter”). Chocolate and milky mocha tones soon take charge, leaving the smoke of the palate as relatively forgettable. The fruit that I felt in the nose comes in the form of the hoppy finish – hints of candied grapes and apples (and all things caramelized, for that matter). Not bad, but not great.

M: To be honest, it’s a bit watery for a porter. Maybe it’s because it’s 5.9% ABV, but its thin nature doesn’t sit well with me. It’s not terrible – I would have expected better from the Stone boys, though.

O: Well, it’s my least favorite Stone offering so far – that’s not to say it’s a terrible beer, though. Comparing Stone beers is like comparing the Indiana Jones movies: they’re all good in their own special way, but still, some are just not great. For now, I’ll stick to IRS and Oaked AB for my Stone brews of choice.

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Photo of tekn0ph1sh
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I want to love this beer. Its a classic porter. Poured into a tulip glass. It is dark brown almost black with a little head. More of A ring around the outer edge of the glass. The little ring is strong and leaves pretty decent lacing considering there is so little of it. It reminds me of Guinness. The smoke flavor is overpowering and I think it hides the flavor of an excellent porter. Maybe I will be able to find just a Stone Porter.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer sports a tall tan head and lots of lacing. A thick dollop hangs around almost forever.

This is indeed smokey. There is a nice deep fruitiness that hides beneath. Plenty of licorice is there too. Chocolate comes out and gives me something to actually enjoy.

Lots of smoke blankets chocolate and dark fruits. A grassy and pine hopping brings out a bitter finish.

Pretty much medium across the board. Medium carbonation and medium body. The finish is ashy and dry.

Not really my thing. The high level of smoke and sturdy hopping make this a bitter Porter.

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

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
5.9% ABV, "Keep Refridgerated", no date.

A - Clear through the pour, dark mahogany brown topped by a two-finger tan head. Great retention and collar after collar of wispy lace.

S - Delicious smokey hints elevate the roasted malt nicely. Chocolate bittersweet with a great balance quality to it. Smoked very nicely.

T - Peat-smoked chocolate malt is pretty strong but not over-the-top. Roasted chocolate, bittersweet, flavorful. Green, resiny hop finish to balance it all out.

M - Dry roasted acrid bitterness with a dry finish. Moderately carbonated with a medium body and bitter finish.

O - Stone's Smoked Porter is nice and drinkable for how smokey it is and how flavorful it is, too. Overall, a very nice brew.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Almost black with a good inch and half of tan head that held strong.

Smells of smoke (obviously) and a lot of rich malt, ripe dark fruit and chocolate. The smoke compliments here, not dominating.

It tastes like a porter with an undercurrent of smoke. It is there from beginning to end but never the main show. There is good malt, woody taste and a nice bitter kick in the middle.

Smooth and creamy texture. Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. A little less carbonation would bump this up in my book.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I liked the low profile of the smoke; quite different from most other smoked beers. You cannot go wrong here.

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Photo of MaxSpang
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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


Textbook porter - very dark with minimal light coming through. It had a nice 2-finger khaki colored head.


There was a good amount of chocolate in the nose, as well as some graininess. Had a nice malty/roasty smell


At first, it tasted like smoked Guinness - very muted flavors. After awhile, they started to come out more... Smokiness was very apparent. There was a good amount of bittersweet chocolate. The hops came out after a few sips, adding a nice little bit of citrus to the flavor. None of the flavors were very strong, other than the smokiness.


It was fairly light, and pretty dry. It had plenty of carbonation but wasn't fizzy. It would have been a lot more drinkable had it not been for the dryness paired with the smokiness - that being said, it's not hard to drink in the least bit.


I was somewhat disappointed with this beer. It's definitely a good beer and had a lot of flavor, but it was just kind of average. Nothing really stood out as being spectacular in this beer. I would definitely drink it again, but there's a lot of other porters I would have before this one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flavorful but restrained black beer.

Not much head in the pint glass. Black with slight reddish cast. Aroma has just a hint of smoke and more of browned barley. Medium body. Really subtle smoke flavor compared to other smokey beers. Just a whiff, and not an identifiable kind of smoke. Hops are a tasty but modest addition and take over from the smokiness. Moderate bitter aftertaste.

Pleasant, very quaffable brew. Tasted at Cueva Bar, on Adams Ave in San Diego.

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

Poured into my collector glass at the Porland Spring wine and beer fest. A dark brown/black with a nice espresso coloured foam with great chunky lacing. The smell is smoke times 2. It hits you in the face, but as you wade through it you get to the molasses, a little brown sugar and chared wood. The taste is chipolte that lingers and on top of the coffee notes, a little lime. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with a dry finish. Overall this is a good, easy drinking Porter that is not too sweet and because of the chared wood may pair very well with smoked meats.

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Photo of HugePlume
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, in an 8oz tulip for desert.

A- Rich muddy brown, with a milk chocolate like color along the edges where the light made its way through. Had a splendid velvety tan head, which it retained well.

S- The nose was more burnt than smoked, but it worked alright, just like crisp toast works with jam.

T- again the burnt note of toasted bread, followed by a kind dry sweetness and a smooth alcoholic finish.

M- Spot on for a porter, thick and purposeful. It gets between your cheek and gum and you relish swishing it around. Light carbonation to give it a warm alcohol note on the finish,

O- Not smokey, but toasty yet this still is a great porter.

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Photo of bbkd3b
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark as a cloudy, moonless night with a finger-thick tan head. No light gets through the brew. Fantastic retention… Sexy.

S - Roasted malts and an earthy underbody. A twinge of smokiness that’s to be expected with a twist of coffee bean.

T - All-smoke in the early drinking that settles into a nice, malty sweetness. Like a smoked macchiato with a kick of hops on the back-end. Complex, balanced… tasty.

M - Light and puffy body that just sort of floats in the mouth. Silky finish - this beer is smooth as can be. Clean and refreshing!

O - Excellent brew! I have trouble really appreciating porters, but this one is easy to enjoy. I also steered away from smoked beers for a long time, but this has sparked my curiosity quite a bit. Might try smoking some salmon with this in the future.

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

A- Dark Dark amber porter with a three finger tan head. Head has the consistency of a thick sea foam. Leaves lace rings around the glass as it disappates.

S- Starts out with some dark fruits and smokey hops. It has a really good smokey flavor. Faint hints of chocolate and some caramel.

T- chocolate and smoked hops with caramel become the more dominant flavors here. A touch of coffee and the dark fruit on the back end. Has a hoppy bitterness on the end but not too bad.

M- This comes across as a med to full body to me. it has a bit of creaminess to it. Smooth smooth finish.

O- This is a keeper. The chocolate and the smoke are not too overbearing and well balanced.

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

On-tap a while back

A: Pours a rich mahogany color with a fluffy brown cap. Kind of opaque. Retention is pretty good

S: I was expecting more smoke, but nicely balanced - only a hint. I pick up on hops and a big dose of chocolate before the smoke. Big time roast, coffee, and caramel

T: Mellow beer. Still not a whole lot of smoke, more chocolaty and hoppy than anything. Balanced. Caramel and an underlying bitterness, nice depth

MF/O: Lighter body than I expected, bitterness lingers with chocolate. Overall, pretty drinkable stuff right here

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer sitting around for a month now figured It was a nice pairing with a Turkey Chili. Poured into my Sam Smith pint glass.

Appearance-Very dark brown with a few hints of red. Alot more carbonation than I thought, a pretty big 3 inch light brown head.

Smell-Upon first whiff got some dark chocolate. Definitely some dark fruits in there as well, as it warms you can get some hops, now I think I'm ready to give it a try.

Taste-The smoke definitely comes out in the first sip. With a slighty hoppy finish. About 30 seconds after the finish a smokiness is still resting on my tongue. Coffee and chocolate are present. Towards the end a real awkward numbess was on my tongue.

Mouthfeel-Very light and smooth. Alot of carbonation.

Overall-This is one of those Stone offerings I always walk by but never purchase. I think It may continue to stay that way. There were some things I liked, but some I didn't.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured very dark brown with significant head. Respectable lacing.

S: Charred malt, peat and a bit of smoke. Noticeable herbal and grassy hop character.

T: Some upfront bitterness then all roasted malt, smoke, small bittersweet chocolate. More dark malt near the end before a bit of grassy character an a mildly bitter finish. Very nice.

M: Thinner but not thin. Semi-watery.

O: Really an exceptional porter. Dark, smokey and interesting but with a sunshiney twist.

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

I poured the beer to accompany a dinner of Cluck U (a New Jersey wings institution). I felt like the dark beer would go well with barbeque wings. It works.

It was a 22 ounce bottle in a pint glass. I had a two finger head off the pour, which disappeared pretty quickly.

The bouquet smelled like plums or raisins with a little bit of smoke on it.

The smoke came through immediately with each drink. The sweetness in the porter came through after.

This is a very good smoked porter. It doesn't come as a surprise, I have enjoyed every Stone beer. This is another great one.

One note: the beer had a drink by date of December 2010. I feel like the extra months didn't hurt this beer at all. Not a surprise with a porter style.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
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