Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

4,190 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 cratez
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at McK's Tavern in Daytona Beach, FL. Review from notes taken shortly after tasting. Pours a very dark brown, basically black, with some ruby edges and two fingers of frothy cream-coloured head. A few spots of lacing on the shaker. Smell and taste are smoked peat, faint whisky note, coffee beans, port wine, chocolate, roasted malt, and a lasting, spicy hop bitterness to end. Rich, fuller than medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Balanced for a Stone beer, though the IBUs are still noticeable. A solid, drinkable porter.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown/black with creamy off white foam that settles down. Laces. Roasted taste, espresso beans. Gritty bitter coffee taste, right up front. Residual harshness. Creamy mouthfeel - very bitter. Flavorful and tasty but difficult drinker. Bitter.

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

Shared a bomber with two nice porter-drinking folks at Sunswick in Queens. Cheers.

Pours with very dark body with a big lighter coffee colored head, looks nice. Great smells of malt and smoke. The taste is great with those same predominant flavors jumping out at you while the hops are light. Big thick and full bodied, is lesser on carbonation. At a low %ABV, I'd drink this over and over again.

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Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Mug

A - Beer poured with a two finger rocky beige colored foam, which held very well; body has a dark brown/black thick body; lots of lacing formed on the glass; good amount of visible carbonation; big bubbles formed in the head

S - Scents of coffee, toffee; mostly smoky & burnt malt scents come up; hints of chocolate on the back-end

T - Coffee flavors with a quick follow-up of subtle chocolate tones; slight pinch of metallic flavors are picked up at the tip of the tongue; smoky flavor lingers for quite a while; licorice subtle hints of oak

M - Smoky flavors linger for a bit and seem to influence the feel; dry and perched feeling is left on the tongue; thin consistency; lingers for a while

D - Great drink for a smoked porter; all the smoke flavors you want packed into a perfect brew

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Photo of sweemzander
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a dark black color. A good tan colored head and retention. Some lace.

(S) - Mild smoke aromas. Hints of vanilla and raisin behind that.

(T)- Like the smell, a good smoke and roasted raisin components.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Fairly bitter, but richer and a good smoke component that does not overtake the beer.

(D)- A nice porter. Not overly smoky, but balanced and meshes well into the beer as a whole.

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Photo of oldsailor
2.41/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the only product I've sampled from one of my favorite breweries that I cannot stand. I've tried this on multiple occasions while visiting the stone brewery just to see if maybe my opinion would change, but it hasn't. The smoothness of the beer is it's best attribute. The smoky flavor is unappetizing and leaves me wanting to get anything else on the menu in my glass to overpower the flavor. Think I'm done trying to give this a chance and will just leave this off my list of beers I like.

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

Review from notes 3/11/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing this bottle.

A: Dark brown, mocha colored two finger head with nice lacing.

S: Some roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate, and a little bit of smoke.

T: Dark fruits, mostly raisins and some prunes, chocolate malt, and some coffee. There is a hint of hops in it as well.

M: Medium bodied with a rich/silky mouthfeel, which allows for very easy drinking.

O: A nice offering, was expecting a little more smoke on the flavor profile, but even without it, I enjoyed it. Love a Stone offering at a lower ABV.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 to a pint glass

App: Thick head with great retention and good lacing. The beer itself is a mahogany brown.

Smell: Chocolate and some bitter smoke, though nothing overwhelming.

Flavor: Smoky and some nutty malt sweetness. The malt backbone carries the smoke from the middle through the finish, but its the smoke which is up front and dominant.

MF: Tasty and not too heavy bodied for a porter. I'm still pretty new to this style and I think the smoke flavor takes a little getting used to, so I'll probably only have one.

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Photo of jsh420
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours dark caramel brown with a huge 2+ finger head that had incredible retention and covered the glass with lacing

smells of you guessed it smoke - smoked meat and roast

taste is on par with the nose - a good amount of smoke roasted chocolate and dark fruit malts balanced fair amount of hops - very solid porter

mouthfeel - medium/full body with good carbonation very smooth and creamy just how a porter should be

drinkability is good - i am not the biggest fan of smoked beers but this one has just the right amount of smoke flavor

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into pint goblet - No best by date visible.

Poured a deep dark brown with one and half finger head that dissipated into a thin creamy lacing, decent carbonation.

Smell - Roasted malts with light coffee .

Taste - Smoky roasted malts with a hint of licorice , some sweetness is present , a slight hint of hops,subtle notes of coffee.

Drinkability - Overall this was well blended and balanced , the flavors work together and I get a smoky aftertaste that reminds me of the charcoal flavor form a rib-eye in fact this would probably be a great pairing with one .

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black pour, if not a bit watery. Good smell, but where's the smoke? Just kidding, no false advertising puns from now on. Taste was very pleasant, malt and roast all over, with slightly lingering roastiness. East to drink, with just the right amount of carbonation. Maybe the wateriness coming through again. Overall the porter of choice for the supermarket shopper, but nothing that will leave you drooling for more.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: brown with a orange hue and a 1 finger mocha head

smell: sweet, caramel, smoke, malts

taste: smokey, malts, dry bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin/medium body,

drinkability: this is a easy drinker. has a nice flavor profile. you can call this one a session beer from stone it's under 6%. : )



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Photo of Neecee513
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep brown, nice head and head retention

S: Def smell the smoked essence of it, perhaps over a caramel note.

T: Nice balance between hops and malts, with slight hop bitterness of piney notes. Can taste the touch of smokiness at the finish.

M: Ok, not as smooth as I would have hoped, somewhat coats the mouth, medium body.

D: I enjoyed the subtle smokiness that came through, would pair nice with a gouda.

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Photo of Landfill21
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass and pours into a dark ruby color that lets a little light through. Has a fingernail lace that follows the beer as you drink it.

Has a smell of coffee, smoked nuts and hints of chocolate and toffee

Has a great creamy taste of chocolate smoked nuts and a nose of chocolate coffee.

Has a medium mouthfeel and a good drinkibility. This is a quality porter and I would definitely recommend.

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

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby edges. Thin tan head that gives way to light lacing.

S - Sweet, smokey coffee malts.

T - Rich smokey malts (black malt assumed) immediately; layered flavors of roasted coffee and dark chocolate do battle for the spotlight. Very smooth for a smoked porter. The smoothness is tested by some nice hops bitterness towards the finish and yet it still closes out smooth, almost creamy as it warms a bit.

M - Medium.

D - Not overly smokey (or perhaps normal smokey) for a smoked porter and that might lend itself to more drinkability. However, the well-balanced flavors, especially the hops presence, makes it drinkable for more than just drinkable's sake.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark reddish brown hue with a great creamy-tan head with good lacing.

S - I smelled a good amount of roasted malts and the sweetness of chocolate. Not as much smokyness as I was suspecting. The background has some notes of dark sweetness.

T - Smokyness definitely comes forward in the taste. A great roasted flavor that's sweet at first before fading into a good, burnt bitter coffee taste. I thought it was complex without being overbearing on smoked.

M - Not too thick, really, nor a heavy body, it was actually a lot thinner than I was expecting.

D - Very drinkable, this beer, with all the taste, is not that filling, and of course, with a lower ABV, it goes down smooth.

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Photo of dlmccabe1
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz Maudite Snifter.

Pours a nice black color with a good head. I expected a slightly deeper brown head, but it has that characteristic stout look. Aroma is faintly smoky without being overwhelming. The smokey taste, similar to the nose, is subtle but there. It's not an overwhelming amount of smoke like, for example, the Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast. If I wasn't looking for it, I'm not certain I'd pick it out blind.

Slight lingering bitterness and a nice medium mouthfeel makes this a very drinkable porter. Meets my expectations for the style really well, not too heavy, more a of season changing fall or early spring beer for me.

Quite nice.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, with no date or batch number, served cold into a tumbler.

Stone Smoked Porter is one that has been on the shelves since well before my days of beer advocacy but I've never picked one up until yesterday. It pours a very dark redish brown color. The head is thick and creamy with good retention. Lacing is perfect - all over the inside of the glass.

Aroma is excellent as well and seems spot-on for a porter. Great roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. The smoke is fairly subtle though for being a smoked porter.

The flavor is really quite special too. The richness of the malt is impressive given it's relatively low ABV. There is a good amount of hop bitterness but the balance is just right. The smokiness is perfectly judged and never feels overpowering. The finish is clean with no smoke in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, and lightly carbonated.

I think the reason I had never bought one before is that I usually don't like smoked beers. Often, the smoke dominates the experience with aftertaste somewhere between bacon and ashtray. Stone has hit this one perfectly.

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Photo of Brianjames16
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark dark cloudy brown color with a substantial two finger width light tan frothy head. Nice tight bubbles build to form the head. A lot of lacing sticks and stays on the glass.

S- Big roasty malt aromas mixed with chocolate and sugary notes. The roasted malt aroma is beautiful in this one.

T- Wonderful balance of characteristic flavors. Roasted malts, sugars and chocolates all blend into on smooth and warming taste. Alcohol is masked by the rich flavors. Nice bitterness at the end from the hops.

M- Here's where it gets very interesting. From the look I would suspect this would have a heavy body. Not the case. The smooth and silky texture plus the balance of flavors make this beer an very easy drinker for me.
D- Surprisingly very easy to drink. I love porters and stouts and I will most definitely come back to this one again.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown and quite clear in the light... slightly burnt copper tinge. Topped with a coffee yogurt colored head which has medium to small sized bubbles. Great lacing and good retention.

S: Columbian coffee and a slightly roasted smoky grain quality.

T: Very sprite on the tongue! Much more punch then I would have expected from the nose. This one starts with perhaps too much carbonation and and some hoppy zest zing the palate. All of these flavors begin to tingle down into a coffee ground like bitterness... Think coffee grinds but think folgers. In the end light to medium body but packed with zazz.

M: zazz yo

D: Medium to medium plus (lower notes due to high carbonation)

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

A-Pours lighter than expected. Darker brown but the beer is somewhat translucent. The highlights are attractive. Big, fluffy head floats above the liquid and seems quite persistent. Definately one of the larger heads I have seen on a porter. A bunch of lacing sits in chunks along the glass.

S-Rich maltiness and chocolate. Not detecting an smokiness in the aroma however. But as I have come to realize with Stone, they ver rarely let me down. I'll trust that this beer is what is advertised.

T-Quite roasty. See, I knew I should trust the brand, this beer is tasty! The smokiness is definatel apparent on the tongue. A charred flavor sits on the palate after the sip for quite a while. Along with the roastiness, I get some good chocolate notes as well a twinge of hop bitterness.

M-Quite thick. Wasn't expecting it to be this thick because it looks thinner than other brews of the stle. Pleasant surprise.

D-Not too much booze in this beer which allows it to be quite drinkable. Very flavorful nonetheless.

Once again, Stone refuses to let me down.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown with some chestnut hints on the edges.

S: A huge smoky smell along with some roasted malts.

T: Luckily, the flavors in this one go way beyond the smoky smell. Slight malty sweetness, then bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors. On the finish, a hint of hops and dark fruit. Throughout the taste, a lot of smoke that almost tastes like smoked meat. It's almost like the smell that you get in your hair when you sleep too close to a campfire. It's not a bad beer, but probably my least favorite of the stone year-rounds. Probably not one I'll go near again any time soon.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Dark brown with red highlights when backlit. Fluffy light tan head, with good retention, and active. Leaves thick lacing early, but it washes away.

Lightly roasty and vaguely of coffee and toffee. Not especially strong. There is a bit of malty sweetness. Not much in the way of smoke. Some complexity and subtleness, but overall I'm left underwhelmed.

Roasty bitterness noticeable early, and it tastes charred more than smoky of roasty. Malt bill struggles to be noticed. Astringency is prominent. ...later some chocolate and dark fruit emerge.

Fizzy bite lingers, thin feeling medium body, some creaminess in the middle, and a lingering charred bitterness.

I am pretty sure I liked this more when I have had it previously, as I recall liking it better than I liked this sample. So I won't give up on it. But it just didn't seem to hit too many spots tonight. The bitterness was more than I recalled, and it didn't seem to have the rich malty body I was hoping for. ...But I could be spoiled by Alaskan's Smoked Porter...

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Photo of krazyboi
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Nice, thick head forms and takes a while to dissipate, leaving a nice lacing. A very dark beer, almost as black as night.
S: Hints of chocolate, some smokiness, roasted malts, slight piney hops.
T: Dark chocolate and black coffee in the beginning. A good deal of bitter chocolate at stays until the end. Not much smokiness in the taste, but there are some hints of it.
M: Lighter bodied than expected. More carbonation than expected.
D: This beer is easy to drink, no doubt about it. It has a lighter body than I would expect from a porter. The cocoa bitterness might get in the way as you drink more, but it's not too harsh. I might buy this again if I happen to find it on sale, but it's not something I would search for.

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Photo of thain709
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a black body but it had some dark brown highlights at the bottom...two fingers worth of white head...the retention was okay as it settled into a thin cap quickly...nice lacing

S - The nose was surprisingly sweet with subtle notes of caramel and vanilla coming forward...the smoke was lingering in the background

T - The flavors start off with roasted malt...there's not a burnt flavor to it so that's nice...chocolate comes out as the beer warms...again the sweetness comes back in the middle...almost lactaid in flavor mixed with vanilla and caramel...the finish is's a mixture of smoke and hops

M - Medium bodied...smokey finish, nice subtle hop bite, good carbonation

D - I'm stumped on this one...the bar had it labled as the regular smoked porter, but I was getting a lot of vanilla notes...I also didn't let this warm up to it's fullest potential...anywho, the smokiness was subtle and the sweetness was at the would drink it again to see any changes

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,190 ratings.
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