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Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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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
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#3,496
Reviews:
1,815
Ratings:
4,192
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
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Ratings: 4,192 |  Reviews: 1,815
Photo of hoptualBrew
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bottle to pint glass. Coffee black with an inch thick head. Nice lacing on this beastly porter. Smells of cocoa and woody notes, not overpowering though. Taste is nice and malty smoky with hints of cocoa coffee. Couldnt detect any fruits though. Moderately thick with a reminent aftertaste that stays with you to enjoy.

Overall a really nice porter and one of the few smoked beers Ive had. Definitely will pick this up again!

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Photo of engagechad
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a 22 from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - Tulip

Pours dark but with mahogany edges, perfect head with awesome lacing. Smells of roasty malts and chocolate. Taste follows with a very complex mix of dark roasty malts and coffee, the mouthfeel is good but after a while a bit too dry, kinda feels like licking an oak plank.

Overall this is a solid porter and another great offering from Stone.

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Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served this 22 oz. dark brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. The body was a nearly opaque, dark reddish brown with a big soapy tan head. The foamy cap remained and left lumps of lace sticking to the sides.

The smell was smoke and metal. There was a faint sourness too. Dark fruits like prunes or raisins. Cocoa powder and sugar cones. Mild coffee grounds.

The taste was very reflective of the aroma. Dark chocolate was evident also. Molasses hints as well as the mild coffee, sugar cones, and prunes. Finished with a semi-dry bitterness. There was not too much of any component and they worked wonderfully together.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a prickly carbonation that scrubbed the sweetness away. I really enjoyed this one and I wonder why I put off trying this one for so long!

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Photo of kevanb
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice jet black appearance, with red and brown undertones. Nice head, foamy but not frothy, decent retention. Nice complexion.

S: Coffee. Very heavy on coffee, not a lot else going on, but its still a nice aroma.

T: Coffe heavy, but not unexpected thanks to the aromas. A bit lacking in other flavors, but the smokiness and toasted feel is spot on. Really nice for anyone who loves a coffee.

M: Smooth, a bit bitter and rough at the start, but smooth overall. Very easy porter.

O: Pretty good, especially for only being $4 for a huge bottle. Another solid brew from Stone

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Photo of Arknot
2.94/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was very excited to try this beer after a local brewery had a smoked IPA... I wanted more smoke! I love Stone so I figured this would be a good place to start...

Appearance is dark... basicly black juice.
Smell is chocolate/coffee/roast
I'm working on a bomber now, and at first I had maybe half a finger of head in my sniffer glass. But on my thrid (and final) pour I have zero head. My beer honestly looks like a glass of ink. Also, zero lacing. The head bubbled out like a glass of diet coke.

Taste is a let down, I was expecting smoke.. I got zero smoke. Maybe my taste buds suck, but I'm being honest here, I didn't taste smoke! Ok maybe a little.. if I imagine it.
Other then that its a pretty mild porter. Chocolate/coffee with a mix roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is blah, not smooth, not rough. The roast sticks around on the tongue like you'd expect from a porter or stout.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer.. Its a good solid porter, and nothing more. But sadly my expectations were let down. I was expecting a "Big beer" from stone, with lots of smoke. I want an imperial smoked porter that tastes like i'm eating some smoked ham!
Prost!

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Photo of mjn5036
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap.

A – Served to me in a pint glass. The beer appears to be a light brown, Coca-Cola in color, with a small off-white head that dissipates in no time. A ring of lacing hangs about on the perimeter of the glass. With each swig of the glass, a new ring of lacing is left in its wake.

S – Roasted grains and caramel malts. Strong notes of caramel and a nice nuttiness.

T – Malt forward, roasted notes come on strong with a light smokiness that lingers. A bit of caramel and another unidentified sweetness, reminiscent of coconut are noticed. A morsel of hops add another dimension to the brew.

M – A bit thicker than I had thought it would be, based on the initial appearance. Quite smooth.

O – A reasonably drinkable porter that seemed to pair well with a slice of cheesecake. I find it to lack the “smoked” feature it so casually advertises – while it is there, I find myself wanting a bit more. On tap it was good but not sure if I would seek this out in bottles.

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Photo of cinematicgypsy
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love beers that pour and look like motor oil. The head is thick and sticks to the glass but dissipates quickly. The smell isn't overwhelming, like light roasted coffee that's slightly spicy. Has a silky mouth feel (especially when very cold) and tastes spicier at the back of the mouth as it finishes with a bitter aftertaste. I had this with a slice of 35th anniversary cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory and it worked really well by mellowing out the bitterness with the sweetness of the cake.

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

I had this on tap about a year and a half ago, and it's been more than readily available on the shelves to me for the last 6 years, but I've just never gotten around to sitting down to review it. Review is from notes taken on 5/21/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a dark, coffee brown/near black with just the faintest hint of a dark mahogany highlight at the base of the glass; starts with a solid, one finger, creamy tan head with decent retention; head eventually fades to a thin wispy skim with a thicker ring around the surface; body is dark, nearly entirely opaque; lots of lacing left behind in patches and smaller spots -- kind of reminds me of what a map of Minnesota's lakes may look like.

Smell: Smell is good, but not quite as robust as I would like it to be; there is a dark, bitter roasty coffee-like scent with a firm backing of the peaty, smokiness that has a touch of salty meat to it; bit of an earthy, grassiness lies underneath it all.

Taste: Quite good, but not quite as good as it was when I managed to have it on tap; a nice burnt roastiness that is reminiscent of dark coffee; solid smokiness as well that isn't overwhelming, but very complimentary (which is where I think this beer is a real winner); touch of bittersweet baker's chocolate underneath all of it and there is faint hint of a grassy hoppiness underneath it all as well.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little thinner than what I prefer, but still good, and it comes across smooth and creamy as the carbonation is present, but soft and fitting of the style; a thin, moist stickiness is left dripping on the palate.

Overall: This is a really good beer, and definitely worth having. I like the recommendation of having it with some grilled/bbq'd food as it would probably be amazing, but it's certainly good on its own as well. Solid flavors and a body that is good as well, but not too heavy and an ABV that isn't going to blow you away, easily one that could be enjoyed for the course of an entire evening.

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Photo of twoheadedboy
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Color is dark garnet. Smell is of smoky, grilled meats; taste is more of the same, with some bitter chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, vanilla and strong roasted malts. Mouthfeel is good and chewy, and goes down pretty smooth.

Overall enjoyable enough, but rather straightforward; not as complex as other smoked beers I've had (i.e. Surly's Smoke). I won't be going out of my way to get this one again.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very large head is formed off the pour that is a nice creamy tan color. Very nice uniform bubbles in it as well lots of retention and a nice cap. While drinking lacing is big and sticks in GIANT clumps.. oh that's sexy! Gorgeous clear dark red body with wonderful red ruby hues, I love this color it looks just wonderful.

Bouquet is a nice roast and coffee at first then gives way to some smoky meat character like jerky salts, a small hint of sweet brown sugar but very small.

Taste is slight jerk roast meat, but not incredibly salty. Very much rauchbier light in a sense. There is a neat spicy hop finish on this also on the swallow. Heat and expansive in the palate while drinking, my palate feels warm and hot almost hot sauce in feel and seems to grow.

Overall great drinkability, fits in with grilled meats like crazy. I want to bbq now after drinking this, and I like the slight spice finish at the end.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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 -4.8%
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 +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 +9.5%
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%
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 -6.8%
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 -5.8%
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 +4.5%
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 +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 -12.3%
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%
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 -6.8%
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 -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Aroma
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.

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

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

Overall
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 +5.8%
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 -1.3%
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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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 4,192 ratings
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