Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

4,183 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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Ratings: 4,183 |  Reviews: 1,812
Photo of great7dividers
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an exceptional beer. A dark and delicious brew that pours black with a very light tan head, and displays some lovely ruby tints when held up to a light. The body is full and smooth. Flavors of coffee and roasted malts hit strong on the middle and back of the palate for a very tasty experience. The smokey taste lingers and pleases the palate, and the abundance of flavor creates a healthy thirst for more.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with a nice tan head at the top that leaves some simple lacing around the glass as you sip.

S- Smokey very smokey smell up front, bit of dark fruits and some chocolate as well as hints of coffee.

T- Tasted like a BBQ grill scent up front which I liked, very smokey flavor. Aftertaste is chocolate with a bit of coffee.

M- Medium bodied, very slight carbonation

D- Would enjoy this one again, very easy to drink.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Twain's in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with moderate amounts of smokiness - char with hints of campfire. Also present are mild dark semi-sweet chocolate aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by well-integrated smokiness. Moderate amounts of dark chocolate come into play midway through the sip. Hints of leafy hops come into play near the end of the sip before carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this beer was more smoky than I remembered however it still isn't robust enough given the ABV. Worth a shot to see for yourself but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of shand
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours a very dark brown with about two fingers worth of head with beautiful lacing and retention. The aroma is primarily roasted malts and smoke, with a bit of bitter coffee. The aroma follows the smell, the smoke is a lovely part of the composition of this brew, as opposed to being the focus as some other smoked beers are. It adds a lovely, smokey aftertaste to the rich, roasted malts and the touch of coffee. The smoke aspects become more of an aspect of the aftertaste than anything else.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but otherwise satisfying. The drinkability does suffer just a little bit due to the smoke flavors, but that's only towards the end of the 22 ounces. A solid porter.

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

From notes at Old Chicago (2002): Pours a deep red black with well formed light tan head and nicely formed lacing. Aromas of roasty chocolate blend perfectly with mild smoky notes. There is a slight spice to the nose, perhaps a combination of the smoke and hops, and a subtle touch of fruit. Great balance of flavors between the sweetness, medium bitter dark chocolate, and light pleasant smoke. Ends on a roasty note with mild smoke and piney hops. Body is slightly creamy and finishes mediumm dry. Very nice drinkable porter. The light smoke adds a really wonderful twist to this brew. Carbonation is nice and prickly up front turning smooth on the the back end.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malts and chocolate, but mostly dominated by the smokiness. Taste is a big wallop of smoke. Almost has a slight meatiness to it, but that's in a good way. Also, hints of chocolate and malts I believe, but it is mostly faint. Tasty, smoky and rather smooth for what with the fire flavor and all. Worth buying again for sure.

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3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours Black with hint of brown at the bottom of a tulip shaped glass.
Smells very smokey with a slight trace of chocolate.

The taste I could not grasp, it was just very smokey. I could barely make out the chocolate Maybe I had a bad bottle because the last time I tasted this it was very good.

Bitter & a bit sour with a lot of smokey bite from beginning to end. I like bitter but it wasn't the good type of bitter taste.

I drank it but I wasn't content after doing so. I will have to try another one at a later date because I do like a lot of the Stone beers.

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

Poured from 22 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a nice opaque brown with 2 inch tan head. Good retention. Decent lacing. Nice for style.
S: Burnt caramel malt, bitter hops, and smoke.
T: Smoked wood, caramel malt, and bitter hops. Hint of smooth cream.
M: Fairly dry and bitter. Light feel.
D: It's decently drinkable...was expecting a bit more to tell you the truth. Certainly a good example of style, but not stellar.

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

A-dark brown, almost black. thin white head

S-smells like good cocoa powder. some dark roasted coffee malts as well. there's also a bit of fruityness in there as well. however its a medium to low strength

T-mmm comes in with a really, really good and strong taste of cocoa powder. has a great and strong after-taste of chocolate covered coffee beans. taste like its dark roasted...hmmm maybe even...smoked?? there's a slight bitterness in there towards the end as well, but wow this is a great porter! i'm so glad to have found this on tap.

M-medium carbonation but with a slightly watery finish

D-this one goes down slowly but enjoyably. its definitely a porter i'll be recommending to my friends.

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Photo of cbak999
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Speckled Hen. Nice deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head that hangs around. The tan head leaves a very nice lace on the glass. Smell is lacking and is the worst attribute of this beer. But the robust taste of coffee and roasty malt with a nice hop balance makes up for it. Also notes of chocolate and molasses. Also has a great smoke backbone that ties it all together. Very good as would be expected from Stone.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with a tan head. Head has good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S- A little weak here. A very light smokey smell, roasted malts, touch of coffee and a bit of hop bitterness.

T- Taste is a touch of smoke, bitter sweet chocolate and a touch of coffee.

M- A bit on the thinner side of medium and carbonation was pretty low as well.

D- Pretty easy to drink. I'm just not a huge fan of the smoke. Very solid.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's a bitter cold evening at the WoodBrew household...just had an incredible dinner...and had a hankerin for something delicious...SCORE!!! Stone SMOKED Porter was a perfect dessert!!! This porter is fantastic the full flavor is perfect against 5.9% ABV. The beer poured into my glass with a beautiful creamy head, which led to perfect lacing just like on a lingerie model!!! The taste has a rich malt character balanced by a nice subtle smoke. I could drink this all night...but not in a binge type fashion. Strongly recommend this to all my hommies!!!

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

A-pours a midnight black with a nice amount of head that leaves some lace on top and on the glass

S-scent isn't very strong, picking up some bitter hops and a little smokeness

T-rich, malty, coffee, hops, and hints of chocolate sweentess. Smoke sort of comes out in the middle and end, but again not as pronounced as I was expecting. Would have liked for there to be a bit more.

M-creamy and smooth, medium body, light carbonation

D-a really nice beer, super smooth and drinkable

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Photo of goalie33
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into 16oz tulip glass.
A) Opaque black with one finger of off-white head. No light comes through at all. To dark to see any carbonation.
S) Smoke is present on top of the typical roasted notes of a porter.
T) Chocolate and a hint of espresso with roasted malts in top of a smokey background. Smoke is more prevalent in the finish and lingers for a short while. Very slight bitter bite on the finish.
M/D) Very soft mouthfeel on a medium bodied beer. Not much of a prickle from carbonation at all. Beer is very drinkable - goes down smoothly.

A very good example of a smoked porter and another great offering from Stone Brewing. Well made porter infused with very nice smokey notes in the aroma and taste.

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

Pours a deep, almost opaque, ruby with a light tan head. Smell is mostly chocolate and coffee with a slight hint of wood smoke. Mouthfeel is characteristically light with the mocha flavor dominating. Slowly gives way to the bitterness, but not too much, and the slight hint of smoke. An excellent example of a porter that's light, easy to drink, and goes great with being snowed in.

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

Pours a deep brown with a frothy two-finger light brown head. Awesome lacing and head retention. Not much in the aroma department. Smells of faint smoke in the distance. Flavor beings with dark chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Subtle malt sweetness. A bit of crisp hop flavor kicks in for a short stay until an underlying smokiness finishes off the beer and lingers into the aftertaste. The smoke is all well incorporated in this beer as any I have tried.

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Photo of brystmar
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with plenty of frothy white head, strong lace and retention.

S: smokey malts, hops

T: bitter, smokey, hoppy, malty. Really well balanced with a hint of sweetness in the middle before returning to bitterness.

M: creamy and active. Would prefer slightly less carbonation.

D: goes down easily; I could session this brew. Not a huge fan of porters in general, but this is among the best I've had.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Big three-finger head of thick, pillowy ecru foam that falls very slowly, leaving rings of lace on the glass and an island of foam on the surface. Color is one shade off jet black and completely opaque. Held to a light, color is a deep, dense cherry wood and clear. In a porter, this much head is a sign of over-carbonation.

S - Roasted malts, peat, dark dried fruits, hints of caramel and chocolate with rather pronounced aromatic hops like pine mixed in. In fact, the hops pretty much take over the glass as it warms and there's more room in it, pushing the other aromas aside.

T - Well-roasted malts, dark caramel and chocolate, coffee, with smoke woven throughout. All of that is followed by bittering hops in the finish that leave a grapefruit/citrus taste on the tongue.

M - A bit fizzy but chewy, almost thick. Reasonable carbonation. Moderate body. Solid structure. Finish lingers somewhat.

D - This is essentially a roasted/smoked IPA. The porter characteristics show up early in the nose and taste, but the hops take over and pretty much wipe them out. This is the first porter I can think of where most of the finish is grapefruit, but occasionally chocolate/caramel sticks its head in for a moment. Most American porters I've tasted are really junior stouts. This is a brew that follows the American west coast trend of making it all about the hops. It's not my idea of a porter, but hop heads are likely to enjoy the experience, especially if they also like their malts well-roasted.

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Photo of bboelens
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass
This was the first beer I had on my buddy and I's bomber night.

A- Dark deep wood color, not quite opaque but getting there. Backlight showed some ruby characteristics, but burgundy was the more dominating color. Thick khaki head stood proud atop this beer and stayed for quite some time.

S- A bit more subdued than I would have expected from stone, malt, and coffee are the main nose notes with a faint hint of the smokiness.

T-Ahhh now this is more like it. Malt, caramel and chocolate take the forefront, but the dark fruits, slight hops, and nice smokey finish allow for it to be a pretty dang good tasting beer.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, with a light carbonation

D-Very drinkable, almost too drinkable, that bomber didn't last me nearly as long as I was hoping

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

On tap at Tremont Tap House. Poured into a small tasting glass.

A - Deep deep brown in color. Almost black but a very clear beer that has a good amount of light coming through it. Has a one finger head that leaves some light lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is of smoke and sweet roasted malts. Lots of caramel and sweet chocolate tones as well. Has a nice complexity to it that I like. Some faint spicy hops are in the ose but maybe this is just normal winter spice complementing the sweet tones.

T - Taste is of the sweet malts and lots of bitter and sweet chocolate. Some smokey woody tones are present as well, which I am thinking is from the roasting process. Citrus hops are present as well and the smoke finishes the taste off.

M - The mouthfeel is very thick and chewy which I like. Has some nice body to it which compliments the rich malts.

D - A nice beer from Stone that I wouldn't hesitate to try again. Alcohol percentage makes it a easy drinker.

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Photo of pilotgod
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Pint glass.

A: Pours a nice deep brown with a brown head of a little less than one finger width that retains well throughout. Little to no lacing occurs.dd When held to the light, it is not transparent in the least, but some reddish tones can be discerned.

S: The smoke overtone is always present, but doesn't dominate and lets the other nuances of roasted malts, nuts, some chocolate, and faint hops. The smell is very subdued and takes some "searching" out to get anything above the typical porter.

T: This is where this beer really shines. The first taste is of a subtle smoke taste, almost the same sensation of tasting smoke from a camp fire. This is subdued and goes to the background pretty quick as the roasted flavors kick in with pronounced coffee overtones. There is a bitterness that comes into play as it is swallowed that I couldn't quite tell whether from the smoke or the hops. Either way, it is very enjoyable and leaves you wanting more.

M: With the moderate carbonation there is a discernible tingling sensation, but that is tamed by the creamy feel of this porter. The lasting finish is of the smoke flavor, which is pronounced, but not overly domineering.

D: A good representation of the Smoked Porter style giving out all the flavors that one would come to expect, but not too much of any one aspect. The average alcohol and carbonation make this an easy beer to sit down and enjoy and goes very well with a Texas style smoked BBQ, such as a chopped brisket sandwich.

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

A- Dark Brown with a Nice Chocolate colored Head

S- Raisins, with bits of chocolate and of course Smoke

T- Slightly Hoppy to start with a Mellow midle and a bitter finish

M- No carbonation which is good, some strong alcohol notes even thought its only 5.9%

D- About 1 or 2 of these is all I could get through (22oz bomber) Would have been better paired with some food but for $4.50 its a pretty good deal.

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Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown, not quite black, with a one finger super spongy looking light khaki head. I'm surprised that this isn't darker. The foam looks great but the lack of true black isn't what I look for in a porter. It smells or rich, woody smoke and is pretty appealing. It's a little more subtle than I'd like but it is solid. I prefer a good amount of smoke. I'm not getting any of the hoppyness that others have mentioned. The flavors are solid but not awe inspiring. It's a little sweet on the palate and as you swallow you get the char, wood, and smoke. It doesn't really have any coffee to it. I'd describe this as pretty mellow. This drinks exceptionally smooth and is in between medium to full in body. I do like the after taste but again, I'd prefer more smoke. This beer is solid but nothing too special. It's very drinkable though and worth it for the $4.99 per 22oz bottle.

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Photo of alkemy
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber.

A - Deep clear brown with ruby highlights. Tan head of about two fingers leaving behind some soap-like lacing.

S - Smoke is a bit subdued in the aroma. Hops are pretty prominent for the style. Plenty of cocoa and a bit of coffee. There is also a very slight waft of caramel.

T - Although not the most dominant taste, I have to mention the smoke as it presented on the palate. It was a very ashy note that briefly appeared up front and lingered with the bitterness in the finish. I really enjoyed the bitterness.

M - Medium. I'd rather this be thicker, but that's a common complaint I have. It's very smooth.

D - This is quite drinkable. The only problem is the ashy flavor. It just seems to get a bit grating as you progress through the glass. The bitterness and hoppiness were appreciated, however.

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Photo of dhartogs
2.76/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I felt like for a porter it had a bit much of a hops aroma, typical Stone, had this with two other people and we all felt the same. I love Porters but thought this was not a great smoked porter. Color, pour and head were excellent, it's a well made beer but not for me. I Porter is one of my favorite styles, but this I'll probably reach for something else.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,183 ratings.
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