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 mikeg67
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a foamy, tan, long lasting head. Aroma of roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. Medium, slightly tangy body. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and molasses. Finish is long, espresso coffee. Tasty, easy drinking porter.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz chug into a snifter. Color is great, rich and deep brown, probably would be a little lighter in the sun than indoors here, but it's a good color. Big zesty head.

Nice bitterness and a good bite to it. Tastes a little thin, but to be fair to this brew I'm drinking it right after an RIS so maybe this is bound to feel like a light beer. The one thing about this beer that I was a little disappointed with was the nose. The smokiness doesn't come out in the aroma as much as some other beers. Altogether though, worth drinking and recommended as a decent example of the style.

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

Poured a nice dark brown color from a 22 fl oz bottle, with the gargoyle, "best-by" and ABV on the label. Good, solid frothy tan head that dissipates slowly, with excellent lacing. The aroma is predominantly roasted coffee/malts, with a hint of chocolate. Taste is a very good, robust blend of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and malts with a slightly bitter yet perfectly smooth finish making it a highly drinkable brew. This solid, robust porter is highly recommended to every porter lover. Another solid brew from Stone.

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Photo of bobhits
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoke is an odd smell in beers. They come off as a strong sour note at the top without much sweetness. Clear alcohol notes are in there. The roasted malt is there at the finish, Perhaps a touch of liquorish with a hint of coffee in the nose. I want to say vanilla and chocolate but I don't think those are in there. I'm mostly picking up the alcohol, smoke, liquorish, and some coffee.

Pours brown, turns black in the glass, with good head, great retention, and just enough body. Impressive to say the least.

Beers like this make me wish I knew more from those taste wheels. The malt isn't sweet or sour, the flavor hits the front of the tongue which indicates not sour, but the smoke is clearly a very unique flavor for the malt. Clear notes of chocolate (very much on the dark bitter bakers chocolate side, even more than most), coffee. There isn't any sweet notes in this beer. I think it would be amazing with sweeter foods, but I have nothing like that to try with it. I can vouch form past experience that this stuff is just amazing with roast chicken and BBQ. A rare thing with beer is that imo this is far better with food than by itself. I highly recommend pairing this with food.

Great carbonation gives this beer a lot of drink ability and a creamy mouth feel. That said it's a touch to thin all things considered.

I think stone for this very "unstone like" beer. It's a very different porter and a truly interesting experience. Scored as an alone drink and not as something to pair with food. Scores would go up in taste to with the right pairing. By itself this is very interesting but doesn't rank that highly.

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Photo of CASK1
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, served in a tulip. Very dark brown, good clarity, with a strong, tan head.

Aroma is roasty, with coffee and dark chocolate. Some sweet toffee aroma. Low spicy, earthy hops. Very low smoke in the nose.

Strong roasted malt flavor, with some roast malt bitterness. Low cocoa. Nice hop bitterness that builds into the finish. The smoke flavor is barely detectable. Medium-low earthy hop flavor.

Well-carbonated with a medium body. Dry, slightly astringent finish. No obvious alcohol warmth.

Very nice porter, extremely drinkable. I was expecting significantly more smoke character, and would score this beer higher if the smoke was more in balance.

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Photo of Papi
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to be honest. I was drawn to this beer by the price as much as I was by the reputation. Actually, the reputation of Stone is good beer at a reasonable price, so I am right on the money, so to speak. The appearance of this porter is very dark, almost a deep purple when pouring. It produced a thick, light-colored head, which in turn produced a thick patterned lace. The smell was average, above average for porters. Faint hints of chocolate, and coffee can be detected if you strain your nose. But the taste is where this beer shines. The start is full of chocolate and coffee, with a nice full-bodied mouthfeel. The finish reveals a nice light slight bitter smokiness that mingles with the coffee still on the palate. In all this porter is a very drinkable session beer, that would go with just about any meal. Seriously.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured almost black in color with a thick foamy coffee colored head, fairly good retention.

The scent is of honey and sweet cream, some coffee and chocolate.

The taste was of coffee and sweet dark chocolate first, then there was some light smokiness, finishing with sweet cream and notes of honey.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth, crisp, moderate carbonation.

Very tasty beer, lots of complex flavor and perfectly balanced. Not easy to drink more than one of these though.

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

Beautiful looking beer here. Dark but clear, with red hues around the edges. Fat head. Nitro tapped would be amazing.

Has an aroma of coffee and malt. No smoke like advertised on the bottle.

Similar but very deep flavors of coffee, sugar, molassess, and finally a lasting and perfect bitterness. Not lots of complexity.

Surprisingly light for the color. Not syrupy at all, and good carbonation, leading to excellent drinkability.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber poured into a snifter

A- A very dark, almost black ruby. The redness is shown when held up to the light. A fingers worth of light tan head was present and left a bit of lacing as it dissipated.

S- Mocha scents with toasted malt and a hint of smokiness. A faint odor of booze at the end of a big whiff.

T- Outstanding! Explosions of smokey malt and coffee tastes throughout. Not too bitter on the end and has light carbonation.

M- Very smooth on the palate and has a full mouthfeel that's not too thick.

D- Because of it's smoothness, I could drink this brew all night! I recommend this one for sure!

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Photo of kenito799
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, Porter tasting. This is a three-year old bottle aged in fridge.
Brown-black. Of nine porters tasted this is the only one with a big fizzy creamy, Guinness-like tan head.
Smell is sweet, no smoke apparent.
Some smoke in the flavor, very subtle and complementary to the overall effect rather than dominating. There is some fruitiness, dates. An easy-drinking session beer, more flavorful than Guinness, somehow the appearance and overall roasted effect keeps bringing up the comparison.

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

Poured from a bomber into a DFH snifter:

A-Deep, dark mahogany with a caramel, creamy head that hangs on a bit and leaves some nice lacing around

S-Incredible: cocoa, toffee, coffee and a hint of wood-fire

T-very nicely balanced all the smells come through and the smoke on the back-end is wonderful

M-wonderful, leaves that smoke at the back-end

D-VERY high, the abv at 5.9 is something that would make this a nice candidate for sessioning a porter

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Photo of ChimRichels
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bomber >>---> hand-washed pint glass

A - Deep ruby edges when held to white surround an otherwise deep mahogany body. Like a highly concentrated Coca-Cola. Head fizzy and dissipates to nothing very quickly

S - Briney green olives, campfire, wheat bread dough

T - I ironically detect fresh dough and charred toast simultaneously, dry bitterness at the finish, with a lingering acrid bite. Smoke flavor is less pronounced than anticipated, yet it establishes its footing in the flavor profile to a subtly fitting extent.

M - Mild carbonation precludes an incredibly smooth and delectably creamy body

D - Fantastic. Easily approachable and a fine porter to share with family and friends.

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Photo of brendan13
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an extremely dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A bit less than an inch of beige head falls away suprisingly fast.
S - Light bitttersweet cocoa with some coffee notes and present yet subtle smokiness. Vague floral hop notes.
T - The smokiness comes through more in the taste and lingers without being too full on. Cocoa and coffee flavours are also noticeable with some flroal and piney hop presence.
M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Slight bitterness.
D - A very nice porter and the smoke adds an extra dimension to it. Get it.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: 22oz. Bottle

Smell: Smoked chestnuts, tobacco leaf, slightly burnt toast, candied fruit (plum mostly), chocolate. Only has a hint of smokiness, not overpowering at all.

Taste: Fairly dry (stout-like), smoky, and bitter. Slight smokiness blends with quite bitter chocolate. Burnt licorice notes in the middle. Dark sweet wood. Quite carbonated. Smokiness comes through more at the finish which is dry, chocolaty, a little oaky, and lightly roasty.

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

Bomber into a Goose Island nonic.

A: Not-quite opaque brown body forms a very thin tan head that leaves a fine ring as it settles. Not terribly carbonated.

S: The scent leaves me a little disappointed. I catch just a faint whiff of smoke, and some dark malt bitterness. There's some hoppy bite, but it's indistinct. The chocolate/coffee notes are quite subtle, as the bottle indicates.

T: Taste trumps the nose. Nice musty, malty porter profile, with the usual tastes of chocolate, caramel, etc. The smoke is noticeable, but subdued--this is a good intro smoke beer for lots of people who find Schlenkerla too much, which is lots of folks. The bite is split nicely between hop and malt bitterness. The smoke, along with some coffee flavor, comes out late in the sip.

M: Appropriate mouthfeel to a porter. Not too carbonated, enough chewy body. Just right, for the style.

D: It's easy to drink, but not particularly memorable. As earlier, a great intro to smoked beers, but it's not very smoky. A pretty good value for what it is, but not particularly distinguished.

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Photo of jampics2
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Served in a pint glass.

The beer looks nice in the glass. It's a predominantly black color with some red around the edges and brown swirls mixed in for good measure. A small head is all it has to offer, and that subsides to a ring rather quickly. The lace is spotty and probably the retention is the only flaw of an otherwise very attractive beer.

The smell is interesting in that it's really not as brash as one would expect. There's a nice roasted malt quality giving chocolate and coffee impressions. The smoke is less pronounced than in other smoked porters I've had, but it's well integrated. I'd like a bit more expression in the smell overall. This is good but I fear it could be better with more expression. A slight hop kick rounds out a good, but not great nose.

The taste is pretty much what I expected after the nose. The chocolate and roasted malt components make this sexy and the smoke really comes on in a subtle fashion. Over the course of the glass, it becomes less pronounced. Some sweet caramel malt emerges as the glass warms, and a slight hoppy tinge gives the sweetness a bitter balance. There's some lingering roast in the aftertaste. When this beer first came out, it was hands-down an ass-kicker, but compared to today's extreme beers it's more of an accessible offering for the adventurous beer drinker.

The mouthfeel is defined by decent carbonation and a medium body. For a porter, this is nice but just a touch on the light side. The drinkability is excellent, mostly due to the fact it's not terribly extreme in the taste department. Let's call that the smoked porter catch 22. I can't imagine one being a 5 in taste and in drinkability. A worthy beer for those who are worthy.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Smoked Porter pours black into the glass with a finger width creamy tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a sheet on the beer leaving behind lots of spots and lines of lace.

The aroma is malty with notes of roasted malt, chocolate and toffee. A fair amount of grassy hops are also noticeable.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth, creamy, lightly carbonated and dry. The flavor is malty with notes of chocolate and roasted malts along with hints of coffee and peaty smoke. Towards the end a fair amount of bitterness moves in. It finishes with grassy hops and once gone the bitterness and chocolate malt lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking, fairly well balanced porter. However, I was looking for more smoke flavors and aromas considering the name of the beer.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 US fl.oz. bomber poured into a tulip pint glass...

A - Dark brown (or very deep mahogany) colour to it. The head is very foamy at first, then it settles down to about a finger in thickness. Very nice lacing and good head retention. Looks beautfiyl.

S - Not that intense of a smell (probably because the beer isn't that fresh). Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, a tint of coffee. Some earthy hops and a fair amount of smoke.

T - A wonderful roasted and smoked profile. Pretty sweet for a porter, but the sweetness is not pushing the limits. Some earthy hops. The smoke adds an extra layer of meatiness to the beer. The after-taste is full of roasted malt and chocolate notes; the bitterness is not too strong. Very balanced and flavourful. I like how the bitterness, which is pretty intense, is suppressed by the sweetness and the smokiness.

M - Medium-to-full body. Quite thick, but very smooth, even creamy. Not much carbonation. A slight slight warming sensation from the alcohol. Moderately dry and bitter.

D - Good. This is a very drinkable porter. Goes down smoothly. Each sip is enjoyable.

Overall, this is a fantastic porter, and another very solid beer from Stone.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle into a Stone Smoked Porter pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Has a large, rocky head that dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Smoky with roasted malt and coffee notes.

Taste: Starts off smoky and bitter. Develops into a smoky, roasted character with hints of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and full-bodied.

Drinkability: Another win for Stone. This is an excellent porter with a rich, smoky flavor. It's more sessionable than most of Stone's other offerings, which only makes it better in my opinion. Definitely worth a shot and definitely something I'll have again.

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Photo of turnerr79
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from a WA state Fred Meyers store.

Pitch Black pour. Small firm head.

Nose of roasting Madrona wood

First sips- Rich espresso with a mocha twist. The smokiness is apparent, though not overwhelming. Neat complex flavor. Subtle carbonation is perfect with the heavier mouthfeel.

Of the porters I've tried, this is the best so far.

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

On-tap at MiKro in Hamden, CT. Served in a pint.

Pours super dark brown with a light tan, creamy head. Leaves pretty good lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, slight coffee, nothing special.

Tastes like you above-average dark beer. Lots of roasted malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Slight smokiness mixes with the roastiness. Hops bitter the beer without much flavor.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel, on the light end of medium bodied.

Very drinkable, nothing wrong with this beer at all. I would have had another if there wasn't cask Ghandi-Bot.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light khaki decent size head. A dark ruby red body. I can see some bubbles.

I'm kind of shocked on the way of smell here. All I smell is a very light smokiness, light hops and malts. Nothing really that great.

A decent body... Somewhat thick which is good for a porter. Not much carbonation and smooth. Leaves the mouth slightly dry.

You definitely can notice the nice smokiness with the first sip. It's a little bitter. The dark malts and even the somewhat spicy hops make its presence known. The spice isn't ass-kicking in any way but there's a subtle hint of it. A slight coffee taste from the dark malts. I like it. There really isn't an alcohol taste to it; which is good because I've noticed that a lot with other Stone Brewery offerings.

Drink Ability: for a porter I can drink this all night. Don't know how I'd feel in the morning, doesn't really matter because I wake up in the afternoon anyway.

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Photo of ghebel
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Dark fruit and chocolate malts up front with toffee like sweetness. Earthy and piney hops balance out the malt bill.

Appearance - Pours very dark brown with garnet edges. Head is light brown, creamy on top and comprised of tight smallish bubbles. Leaves moderate lacing on it's way down to a thin coating.

Taste - Dark fruits and sweet toffee. Dark malts combine with moderate bitterness. Sweet finish. Smoke is mild in the background and only enhances the other flavors. It is not overpowering. Finishes with earthy, piney hops.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body and carbonation bite. Bitterness lingers a while and seems to mildly coat the mouth. Mild, style appropriate astringency on the back of the mouth.

Drinkability - Very drinkable.

Overall - Nice Porter with a touch a smokey flavor in the background, but only enough to enhance the other flavors.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, expired best by date (02/18/10), poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass and then a Smuttynose pint glass.

A: Dark brown, red mahogany colors when held to the light, slightly opaque. Pours with a massive 3-finger mocha-colored head, very foamy and inviting. Dissipates fairly quickly but left really good web-like lacing on the regular pint glass. Head maintains a thin froth, like that of a good espresso.

S: Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, slightly smokey background is present and the alcohol esters come through just a bit.

T: Again, the chocolate and coffee come through strong, tasting like a good mocha espresso. The smoke is definitely present and inviting, but plays a background role, letting the traditional porter flavors shine. The nice smokey roasted character is balanced perfectly with a little sweetness (caramel and a little hop). Alcohol esters do make their self known, but in the background enough to not becoming unpleasant.

M: This didn't have as much viscosity as I expected, it was fairly thin for such a sweet chocolaty porter. However, it was exceptionally smooth and had very little bitterness in the finish, thanks to the sweet caramel and hops. The carbonation is fairly light and I enjoyed it more and more as it disappeared.

D: I went through 2 glasses very easily, which is what I expected given the lower alcohol content (6%). It just seemed to go down perfectly and I couldn't keep my hands off of it. There is really nothing more I could want in drinkability.

I was definitely worried about this being expired, especially at only 6% ABV, but it didn't disappoint. I'm sure the flavors were probably more mellow than when it was bottled, but they still were delicious. Stone is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Spider889
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Winking Lizard.

Thin black color with a dark sandy head. Left pretty good spotted lace all the way down.

There's chocolate malt and a little smoke in the nose, but just the bare minimum in order to be noticed. I don't like super smokey beers, but this was a little low on the smoke imo.

Dark and well roasted. There's a nice hop bitterness underlying it all (it is a Stone beer after all). I didn't get any smoke at all in the flavor. It drinks fairly light and it's very smooth. Dry on the finish.

Not my favorite porter, but it drinks easily so I'd have no problem finishing a bomber of this.

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