Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

4,185 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 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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Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice dark ruby,mahogany hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a creamy one finger head and some sporadic lacing,i must admit on smell i was expecting it to be really smokey but suprisingly it just has a nice smokey,bacon background aroma to it which allows the other aromas of dark berries and subtle piney hops to make themself known,it has a nice light-medium bodied mouthfeel to it which is perfectly carbonated and really suits the style and the taste is more smokier than the aroma with hints of smoked wood,bacon,coffee,light pine,dark fruits and finishes with a rich bitter chocolate bitterness which definately leaves you wanting another sip and overall its a really nice drop and one of the rare smoked porters than isnt overpowered by its smokiness but you know is always there and could easily drink more than the one of.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is a very nice mix of smoke. roasted malt and chocolate. The smoke compliments the other flavors and doesn't overshadow them. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, with the smoke mixing very well. The beer tastes smokier than the aroma, but it is still not overwhelming. Very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of my favorite smoked beers and a beer that goes very well with barbecue brisket.

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

Great black color, pretty clear complexion, good lasting head and great lacing.

Smells of candied caramel malts and subtle smoky aromas.

Tastes of great smoked malts, very complex malt flavors. Some hops overtones, enough to create a nice balance. Undertones of chocolate and coffee.

A real nice mouthfeel, smooth, rich, great smoky aftertaste.

A great drinking porter. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

#52. My first Stone Brew review.

Poured from a Bomber to a glass mug at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy two finger depth tannish head that retains nicely, leaving a big excess foam in the center for a while and some light foamy lacing streaks at the sides. Color is a near black with some deep mahogany tones on the edges when held to light. Can't see any carbonation going on in this brew. It looks like an inviting and bold porter. 4.5

(Smell) I can certainly get the smoky aroma which lingers over the entire porter smell. Some slight chocolate tones and a hint of caramel here and there, a bigger presence on the roasted nuts than the average porter. Licorice stands out a lot also. Floral hops do a nice job rounding out this nose. Biggest fallback is on the potency, where these flavors don't really get a chance to shine like they should. Everything smells really good and I can't wait to try this beer. 4

(Taste) Super smoky caramel, this would pair nicely with most smoked foods. A coffee bean taste is more evident than ever, with the roasted bean tones dragging on to the finish paired with a dominant licorice stick twang and some herbal spice zest. Plums and dark fruit may also be involved in here, more likely in the finish. A very bold and exciting taste. Everything is well rounded and exciting. Smokey tastes are most dominant, of course. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Smooth and creamy. A very smokey mouthfeel that becomes very dominant over time and perhaps too much for some. There could be more carbonation, but I don't feel it would be appropriate for the style. This does a pretty good job on the mouthfeel. 4

(Drinkability) A slow drinker due to the complex arrangement of flavors and a smoky dominance but nothing too much for my preference. Does well on most levels, but is largely filling and I couldn't consider a second bomber after this one. One is all I'd ever need! 3

Verdict: A worthy porter. Smokey accents are well recognized and the taste is well rounded and robust with flavor. Porter lover? Worth it! A- (4.2)

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Photo of rdilauro
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

STONE Brewery did a super job with this one. It pours nice and dark with a semi-dark creamy head.
The aroma was very pleasant. But what set this one apart from many other Porters/Stouts, is the slight overtone of chocolate, a bit of coffee and a subtle but enjoyable smoking taste.

Very drinkable. A pleasure to drink

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

Pitch black with a slight amount of off what big bubble head. Thick amount of lacing.

Rich smokey chocolate. Slightly fruity with a wood note. Pronounced hop zest along with a dark toffee malt sweetness.

Comes across creamy but that dissipates fast. Thinner than expected. Very deep roasted black malt but also a light malt character. A resin bitter hits up front fades but comes right back to leave a green tea dryness.

Not as a big of a body as expected so pretty light. The flavors move quickly so it keeps you drinking.

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Photo of dutchlq7
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

220z bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance-Pours a very dark brown almost black, with a creamy offwhite/light brown head. about 2-3 fingers. head hangs around and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell-a roasted, chocolate smell. very inviting.

Taste-Tasted like it smelled. roasted chocolate and coffee malt flavors. nice and smooth with a slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel-Very smooth somewhat creamy mouthfeel, very lightly carbonated.

Drinkability-Highly drinkable, an awesome porter. I might have to keep a bottle of this in the fridge at all times.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ice cream like head of four fingers. Had to wait for some time before I could get to the beer. Lace for a week, clings like glue. Color is a 39 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is coffee, chocolate, smoke, toffee, and malt. Taste is very intense roasted coffee, dark chocolate, black strap molasses, toffee, and malt. Smoke flavor and feeling in the back of my throat. Big mouthfeel, chewy, full, thick. This is one of my favorite styles of beer, and this as a good one. Got to have more of this one.

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

22oz bottle split between a couple tulips.

Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Three fingers of head rise up, slowly dissipating. Nice film forms leaving a pretty nice flowing head that drips down leaving long trails.

Strong smoke nature on the nose. A mild roasted malt base, but the smoking gives a great spiciness, very similar to either roasted Jalapenos or a sour funk. Intriguing.

Roasted malts give a nice base. The smoked nature dominates though, but not to a "oh dear caught in a house fire" degree. Mellowed, and for being a smoked porter, it is not just a smoke beer. The porter nature is well played, giving off a smooth roasted balance.

Very creamy and smooth. ABV is non-existant, and quite quaffable. Not a great intro into the style, but a good smoke beer.

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Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 22 ounce bomber into a New Belgium globe. Enjoy by 8/21/10 etched on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a 1 finger foamy tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, sweet cocoa and mild floral hops with a very faint hint of smoke in the background.

Taste: Toasted bread up front followed by semi-sweet chocolate in the middle and ending with a combination of bitter hops and a nice dose of smoke. Aftertaste is smoky and mildly bitter and lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back more than one bomber over the course of an evening. This is a great choice for a cold day.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This is one of the best porters I've ever had. I would definitely recommend trying this. Once again, Stone does not disappoint.

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Photo of MatthewPatthew
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had a taster of this after a tour of the brewery. This beer is pretty decent, though it pales in comparison to Alaskan's Smoked Porter, which I happened to have had the night before.

It looks like most any porter, though notably - like all of Stone's beers - crystal clear. It feels more watery than I'd like my Porter, however.

The smoked character is the standout of both the taste and aroma, but it has a ham-like quality that I try to avoid in smoked beers. I would have used a similar amount of a more well-rounded smoked malt. More smoke, less meat.

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

A - A dark black body is topped by a fluffy light tan head. If held up to the light, you can see a bit of mahogany shine through that dark body. Very nice head retention and an excellent curtain of lacing.

S - Caramel malt, dark bitter chocolate and a bit of a burnt wood aroma provide quite the complex aroma.

T & M - The chocolate I smelled in the nose took on more of a sweet milk chocolate character than I would have guessed. I thought it would have been a more bitter chocolate (I think the smoke played a little trick on me). The caramel is there as well, and it balances out nicely with the smoke (I also would have thought the smoke would be more dominant). The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. There is a tiny bit of hop bitterness toward the back end (providing the 53 IBU rating).

D - This is just a nicely balanced brew!! I paid $4.39 for the bomber I'm sampling from, and i would pay that any day of the week to have this beer stocked in my fridge. Unbelievable complexity...Stone just continues to impress with each beer I sample.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A chestnut colored beer with just an average foam head that leaves a fair amount of lacing down the side. Aromas of rich malts and sutle hints of smokiness.
A nice tasting beer with rich complex malts over sutle background smokiness. Hints of coffee and espresso are present with an underlying hop bitterness.
Smooth full body beer creamy, but a little watery.
A nice well made beer.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, and has a thin tan head. The head leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S - The smell is quite smokey. There are also some roasted malts and hops present. I am also getting just a bit of coffee and chocolate notes as well.

T - The taste is better than the nose suggests. There is quite a bit of roasted malts present. There are also notes of caramel, vanilla, coffee, and a light amount of smoke. The aftertaste is smokey and slightly hoppy.

M - This has a medium body and medium-low carbonation. I think this is a good mouthfeel for a porter.

D - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down fairly easy, and is a decent porter. It is not my favorite of the style, but I think it's pretty good.

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Photo of Invisoclam
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice and not bitter. Compared to several other Stouts and porters that we recently purchased to "try". For this particular beer it seems that our tastes in the realm of the popular opinion, whether or not that is good thing remains to be seen - because everyone has their own tastes, likes and dislikes!

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Photo of robhunta
2.73/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - poured with 5 inches of brown head and one and a half of beer. dark brown/black. clear. way too much foam

S - tough to tell at first because it is mostly head, as i wait for the head to clear and pour more in my glass i get a nice smokey, chocolate aroma.

T - Smokey/chocolate flavors much like the aroma

M - Nice smooth mouthfeel, though a bit tingly from the carbonation/bubbles

D - after fighting through the foam/waiting for it to clear, fairly drinkable, feels quite nice on the back of my tongue and throat. But way too much foam

Overall, I think I got a messed up batch, head/carbonation was out of control. I found the Smell and Taste to lack complexity.

*came back to edit my review because I poured the other half of my beer in the glass thinking maybe my pouring was the problem but it over foamed again, knocks down the drinkablilty, cant drink foam right?

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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured black, darker than some stouts and certainly darker than most Porters, with about 1/2 inch of light tan head that had low retention and some lacing.

The aroma featured rich malts supporting the even, balanced (there's a word rarely used about Stone) smokiness. There was just a trace of hops poking through in the background. The taste was surprisingly crisp, well-defined malts providing the base for the just-right amount of of smoke and that hint of hops.

The body was good, solid and even. As usual with smoke beers, drinkability depends on your tolerance for the smoke. I found this to be much easier to drink than most of the style, I might even have 2 in a row.

Overall, a very nice beer, worth trying when you see it.

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

Poured into Stone 12oz Shaker Glass.

Deep brown color, full tan head with good lacing on the glass.

Smooth beer with a slight bitterness, nice smokey flavor - not too overpowering. The smokiness is not very present in the nose. I would say it's a very good representation of the style and a beer worth checking out!

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Photo of Shrews629
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very deep ruby color. Brownish/orange/ruby highlights around the edges. Almost black when held away from the light. Nice tan, creamy head with very nice retention and excellent lacing. The head settled to a wonderful film on top.

Smell - The description on the bottle is spot on. A nice smokey aroma of coffee and chocolate. Licorice is both delicate and brilliant. The dark fruit is subdued, but makes a worthy impression. The smell is very well balanced in my opinion.

Taste - A nice robust black coffee flavor jumps out at first. Followed by some rich chocolate flavors. Both flavors are equally roasty, burnt and smokey. The dark fruit, like in the smell, is pushed to the background to give a little complexity.

Mouthfeel - Medium to mostly full mouthfeel. Chewy and smooth. Tons left on the palate waiting for the next sip. Very dry and exquisite.

Drinkability - This is a Porter that has strong character and flavor. It's perfect for the bitter cold evenings. The smokey aroma and flavor are really prominent and, to some extent, started to distract me. Not a great deal, but some. It's still a great, well rounded Porter. One that I will pick up again and again. I could drink this in moderation with extreme pleasure.

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

A: Very dark brown, but not cloudy at all. Edges look lighter brown. Tan head of maybe 2 fingers. Good retention and a lot of lacing. Looks really good, pours nicely.

S: Deep roasty malt flavor, coffee and smoke. Smells like I would expect for a smoked porter.

T: Deep flavor that matches the smell very closely. Lot of roasted malts up front that give way to smokiness and coffee. The beer kind of loses me on the finish though. The hops don't come through enough to balance out the initial burst of flavor. Still fantastic, just a little week on the finish.

M: Not as heavy as one might expect. Low carbonation, not sticky at all.

D: Relatively low gravity beer, weighs in at just 5.9% ABV, and not overwhelming to the palate. I almost wish it was a little heavier to balance out the flavor, but it's still a great beer. If there is such a thing as a session porter, this just might be it.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bobbique in Patchogue, New York. Served in a pint glass.

I've reviewed the bottle version of this but I have yet to drink the tap version. The bottle of Stone Smoked Porter was one of my early favorites so I'm looking forward to this guy.

Look: very dark for a porter, almost black except some deep brown highlights when held to the light. The head is slightly off white. A bit of carbonation is visible but not a whole lot. Looks very good.

Smell: a bit of smoky malt but despite the name, not as smoky as one would think. Dark, roasted malt dominates with some dark chocolate, black coffee, and a bit of dark caramel is found in the nose. I'm struggling to find any hoppiness but that's perfectly fine by me. Very good.

Taste: follows the nose well. A bit of smoky malt but its very subdued. Black coffee, dark chocolate, dark caramel and those typical dark malt flavors permeate through powerfully with hints of hops. Absolutely delicious.

Feel: thick and creamy. Very full bodied for a porter and I love it. Great mouthfeel.

Drink: could very well drink this pint after pint. Great drinkability.

Overall, I haven't had this in a long, long time so I am glad I saw it on tap and had a chance to retry it. I remember absolutely loving this beer and it was one of the beers that got me passionate about craft beer. I am glad that my palate still appreciates this and that I was right about this one back in the day. This porter is incredibly flavorful and puts many stouts to shame in terms of flavor.

I still recommend this one whole heartedly. Give this one a go if you can! Cheers!

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

Black pour with a thin, light tan head. A touch of red shows through light.

Aroma is lightly fruity and chocolaty, while being low on rich, intense character. There is a touch of burnt, smokey character as well as a touch of hops.

Flavor is light up front with some a touch of roast and chocolate. In the finish, the intensity picks up quite a bit with even more roast, as well as some hoppiness and slight smoke/char character. The roast and bitterness intensifies the dryness in the finish while leaving a lingering feel. The smoke level is low, and because of this, impresses me most with food (oysters, steak, toast and cheese.) A nice touch to a simple, solid porter base.

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Photo of arboristfish
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep amber almsot black color, and yet you can still faintly see through it. The aroma of this beer is caramel malt, and a hint of smoke and roasted malts. The taste is smooth, more caramel then roasted flavor or smoke flavor, yet there are hints of both. The mouthfeel is medium for a porter. This beer is very drinkable.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,185 ratings.
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