Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
4,191 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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Ratings: 4,191 |  Reviews: 1,815
Photo of thain709
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is where stone really shines. It's too bad Arrogant Bastard gets all the attention, because their non-simcoe beers are truly terrific.

Fairly old bomber (around a year?) that's been sitting in my fridge was screaming out to me to drink it on this blustry February night. Dark in the pint glass, but when held up to a light, one can see tons of ruby. Beer is quite clear. Picturesque lacing. Drinking this at well over 55 degrees F.

Roasted chocolate on the nose. A little bit of smoke, nothing crazy.

Very smooth roasted malts on the palate. Hint of warm chocolate, balanced with some roasted notes. What I love most about this is that a company who made their name by big aggressive hoppy beers can make a balanced beer like this. Hope are still there, but it's not SCREAMING Simcoe like Ruination... As good as it is, there is only just a faint hint of smoke. I'd personally expect more from a "smoked porter." But with that said, it's still positively delicious.

Sublime mouthfeel. Just roasty and yummy. Meal in a glass.

Super drinkable. 5.9% ABV? Amazing flavor period. Stupidly drinkable.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Stone. 

A: Deep brown bordering on black with a crimson tinge and a voluminous light brown head.

S: Moderate malt roast with a pervasive beachwood smoke quality. Light coffee and a little chocolate.

T: Lower moderate roasted malt profile. Light earthy bitterness. Smoke is nicely integrated, and there's a decided dark chocolate note.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy.

Overall: A really nice beer. The last time I had this was probably 3 years ago and I hated, but now I find it quite mellow and enjoyable with a restrained smoke presence. Good stuff.

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Photo of thebierbrewery
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Good color with slight head retention and bit of lacing.

S= Roasted malt smokiness and coffee malt.

T= Black patent malt with a smoky, roasted coffee flavor, strong hop bitterness.

M= Medium body, medium carbonation

D= Good beer, would only have one pint

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

A: black as night with a dense tan head on the first pour but fluffy on the second when I topped off my glass to finish off the bomber
S: Very smoky with some dark chocolate notes and a touch roasty as well
T: Sweet smoky flavor with a bit of chocolate and coffee but it's subdued by the smoke. Slight roast flavor as well. Bittersweet lingering aftertaste that's also on the smoky side. Taste follows the smell pretty well
M: Slick and creamy with mild carbonation. Not prickly by any means but you can tell it's there.
D: Pretty high. A bomber isn't gonna be a problem and although the flavor might get tiresome after a few you could have 2-3 no issues. Not a one and done kind of beer. It isn't so filling and it's by no means alcoholic enough to end the night.

Overall: A very good smoked porter from the masters at Stone. I'm happy that I have a few more to take care of because it's a 4 hour round trip to get more.

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

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black with mahogany high lights. There is a one finger tan head that has decent retention and leaves a good amount of lacing..

S - I get some burnt malts with some coffee and chocolate notes.

T - A lot of layers to this Porter. Upfront there is some toasted malts with a nutty undertone. After that, there is a chocolate and dark coffee taste. The drink ends with nice smokey notes that linger on. Very nice.

M - Your typical mouthfeel for this type. Nothing sticks out, but that's probably a good thing. Compliments this Ale well.

D - I found this easy to drink. A good rendition of a hard style to nail down by Stone.

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Photo of cooch69
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a bomber a very dark brown aproaching black with a tight off white/tan head.

Very Slight smoke on the nose. (Maybe I just got too used to Schlenkerla). Almost more of a peaty smokiness than a wood quality. Chocolate and roasted malts.

This is a very good American Porter but not really a smoked beer in my opinion, and I guess acording to others opinions judging by it's listed category. Not as bitter as I was bracing myself for in the Stone tradition. However it is very well balanced and quite a noble example if I must say.

very clean and well structured just not as pleasing as some other favorites of mine.

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

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with a creamy 1 finger off white head. Head sticks around and leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Roasty chocolate and campfire.

Taste. Roasty bitter coffee and chocolate, stirred with a half-burned campfire log. Lasting smokey bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with some nice medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability. A pretty good drinker. Smokeyness is a little much at times, but still goes down pretty good.

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Photo of great7dividers
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +3%
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%
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 -1.8%
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%
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 -0.7%
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 -20.5%
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 -11.8%
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 -0.5%
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 -5.3%
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 -4.3%
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 +15%
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%
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 +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 +8.7%
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 +4.5%
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 +0.8%
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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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 4,191 ratings
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